Mitch Traphagen

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A New Year, a new church for New Thought in SCC

The new church focuses on the individual’s spiritual practices and philosophies rather than on a specific doctrine.
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Observations: Where I should be

I am and always have been where I am supposed to be...
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Christmas angels at the layaway counter

A trend in anonymously paying off layaway accounts has swept the nation....
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Last minute shoppers go local at Ruskin Market

Hundreds of people turned out for the South Shore Market held on Sunday looking for last minute gifts — for others and themselves. The market, ...
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World of Suzie Vong recognizes local teachers

Suzie Vong, owner of the World of Suzie Vong in the plaza near Home Depot in Sun City Center, made the holidays brighter for five ...
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HCSO celebrates a chili holiday

The competition was fierce. On Saturday, off-duty officers from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office District IV office in Ruskin brought forth their best…carrying in slow ...
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Observations: Merry Christmas! There, I said it.

Should I now sit back and wait for the Politically Correct Police to come and handcuff me?...
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Christmas in SCC: Everything but snow

SCC Parade photo gallery inside......
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Sundance Growers puts the color in Christmas

For Henry Brouwer and the staff at Sundance Growers on U.S. Highway 41 in Sun City, Christmas began in August as the poinsettias were first ...
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Observations: The fluffy reporter?

Should this column be devoted to horrors and injustices?...
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A survivor pays it forward, one flight at a time

Twenty years ago, Dale was given five years to live. Now he’s helping others to survive....
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Observations: Bob gets his life back

Fair winds, Mr. and Mrs. Lipkin. Thanks for helping to keep my dreams alive....
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Curiosity towards Mars

NASA’s most complex and ambitious interplanetary mission lifts off from Florida...
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Local businesses hope shoppers will Occupy Main Street

Area retailers look to residents to 'Shop Small'....
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Observations: My guitar rocks on. Should I gently weep?

My guitar has gone on to better things than I have....
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Author info
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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