Mitch Traphagen

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The Dream Catcher

Best-selling Apollo Beach author’s third book brings meaning to our dreams.
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SCC’s Lee takes on Orbison, Groban for Senior Idol competition

On April 6, Richard Lee will take to the stage again at Ruth Eckerd Hall...
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Low-speed rail

Amtrak provides daily service between Orlando and Tampa and tickets start at only $10. ...
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Observations: Old and crabby

A midlife crisis isn’t so much a desperate attempt to reclaim lost youth as it is a last-ditch effort to find some purpose....
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Observations: Swallowing the hook

Life is an adventure — sometimes it’s joyous, sometimes it’s tragic...
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Bad Moon Rising

Some wonder if the moon is causing trouble for Earth...
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Celebrating 100 years with a kiss

Howard Demask of Apollo Beach celebrates 100 years...
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Covering Cops

Covering Cops I have a pretty good relationship with the local sheriff’s office (The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, District IV).  Part of that comes ...
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What is old could be new again

What is old could be new again In Ruskin, Florida, the fire department is moving into a brand, spankin’ new building.  What to do ...
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Walking the walk for the common good

In Ruskin, what is old is new again....
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Observations: Baby manatees don't care about the price of gas

There has been a definite change in vibe over the past days and weeks. ...
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Crime falls sharply in South Hillsborough

HCSO Major credits deputies, public, sheriff, in crime reduction; lowest rate in county...
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Observations: Let's not race to mediocrity

By Mitch Traphagen On a beautiful spring day in 1975, Reuben Svingen stood in his classroom at Worthington Junior High School, held up a silver coin ...
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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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