Mitch Traphagen

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Hurricane Season begins Wednesday

The North Atlantic hurricane season begins Wednesday, June 1
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Observations: The last place

I can’t remember what I expected out of life, but it wasn’t this....
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The last teacher standing

Just a few miles south of Florida’s fourth most populous county is a remnant of a different time....
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The Zen of a Road Trip

A road trip breaks me out of a rut. It forces me to confront things anew, to see life with fresh eyes....
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Observations: Time waits for no man

Looking back isn’t moving forward. The time to live is right now, in the moment....
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Hillsborough School Board votes to name EBHS Gym in honor of Lota

The school board voted to name the East Bay gym the Coach Tom Lota Gymnasium...
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A Ruskin ‘mom & pop’ store supersizes

At its new location to open June 4, South Shore Bait and Tackle will be one of Tampa Bay’s largest tackle stores....
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Waiting on Endeavour

A scrubbed launch but still an adventure....
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Editorial: Wishing a man dead

Mark Twain once said, “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” I am not the man that Twain ...
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Florida officials respond to death of Osama bin Laden

South Hillsborough officials weigh in on Bin Laden death...
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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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