Mitch Traphagen

A day in the life of my wife

  Mitch Traphagen Photo Michelle taking the four dogs for their morning walk. She has since gone to shifts, walking the craziest dog separately. By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net   
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At the mercy of the sea and public opinion

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net    Most parents are reluctant to hand over the car keys to their 16-year-old children. A few parents, however, are somehow able to ...
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The President’s Lament

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net    In August, 2009, the headlines weren’t particularly comforting to those of us working as congressional staff members. Every single day, it seemed, ...
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The president’s lament

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net    In August, 2009, the headlines weren’t particularly comforting to those of us working as congressional staff members. Every single day, it seemed, ...
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Salted smiles and tears

    A magical sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Will it ever be the same?Mitch Traphagen Photo By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net I ambled through the powdery white sand ...
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Mill Bayou development denied...again

By MITCH TRAPHAGENmitch@observernews.net Mitch Traphagen Photo For the second time, the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners denied an application to build eight homes ...
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In Sun City Center: Sammy Rides again

Mitch Traphagen Photos Volunteers and riders from Sammy Rides, a project dedicated to the memory of a nine-year-old victim of pediatric cancer, take a ...
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South Hillsborough after dark: Undercover with the Street Crimes Unit

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net   RIVERVIEW — A heavy squall had just passed leaving a wet heaviness in the air. The traffic on this busy Riverview corner ...
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Undercover with the Street Crimes Unit

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net   RIVERVIEW — A heavy squall had just passed leaving a wet heaviness in the air. The traffic on this busy Riverview corner ...
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Resurrected Mill Bayou development plan goes before BOCC June 8

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netRUSKIN — A proposal to build eight homes on a strip of land on the Little Manatee River will result in a show ...
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In Sun City Center: Standing up for the fallen

{igallery 12} Memorial Day is over but you can still stand up for troops and vets By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER — Retired Navy Commander ...
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Heavy metal in God’s waiting room

Mitch Traphagen photo Lightning strikes over Sarasota’s waterfront as an incomparable day draws to a close in the place known around the world as ...
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Art on a Canvas of Flesh

{igallery 6} By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.netRIVERVIEW — A bumper sticker tacked onto a filing cabinet discretely tucked away in Mike Parson’s office reads, ...
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Elaine Brad leaving SCC Chamber of Commerce

As president of the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce for the past 10 years, Elaine Brad has become the face of the community for ...
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Art on a canvas of flesh

{igallery 6} By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.netRIVERVIEW — A bumper sticker tacked onto a filing cabinet discretely tucked away in Mike Parson’s office reads, ...
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Observer News Weekly Briefing June 3, 2010

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net The Observer News Weekly Update with Julie Ball This week in The Observer News: Public ...
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image Mitch Traphagen Mitch Traphagen is a photojournalist, columnist and online editor for the Observer News Publications. He is the recipient of 55 awards of excellence from the Community Papers of Florida for his photography and writing. He has worked for some of the nation’s largest corporations, as Press Secretary for a U.S. Congressman, owned and published a weekly newspaper, and produced a commercial documentary video on sailing. He is a Commodore in the Seven Seas Cruising Association (ssca.org). Mitch is a writer, photographer, sailor and traveler with a bit of a geek thing going on. You can visit his personal website at mitchtraphagen.com
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