Mitch Traphagen

Proven wrong

Shadow Marie at home in the Little Harbor Village Marina in Ruskin. By MITCH TRAPHAGEN A few years ago during the peak of the housing bubble, I
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Not enough rose coloring in my glasses

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN As time has passed, I’ve become a firm believer in the adage that discretion is the better part of valor. Upon hearing of ...
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Do you want the bad news or the good news?

Mitch Traphagen Photo Sammy the dog has been pretty happy since puppyhood. He doesn’t spend a lot of time reading news websites but is ...
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Observations: Better than ever

By Mitch Traphagen   These guys didn’t risk their lives and wealth on a nation of whiners. Americans are still a strong and proud people and ...
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Furling the far-borne canvas

The final chapter in an Observer News feature series...
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Together the weather is better

  I’ve spent nearly 15 years in Florida and have seen countless critters from venomous snakes to bobcats. It was near Jacksonville, however, that I saw ...
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One if by land, two if by sea

Part of an Observer News feature series By Mitch Traphagen “Uh oh” “Now what?” Michelle asked. “Small craft advisories have just been posted,” I said while ...
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Breaking through the ice

Part of an Observer News feature series By Mitch Traphagen   The layer of ice covering the waterway offered no resistance, except in my mind. When I left ...
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Ruskin CG Auxiliary Flotilla celebrates 50 years of service

USCG Auxiliary District Seven Commander Amos Johnson administers the oath of office to the Flotilla 75 staff officers. MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS By MITCH ...
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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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