Mitch Traphagen

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An era ends; the legacy endures

On Thursday, the United States entered the post-shuttle era. Photo gallery inside.
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Apollo Beach bank closed by FDIC

Regulators closed the SouthShore Community Bank on Friday....
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Observations: A surplus of nattering nabobs

Nattering Nabobs of Negativism has gone bipartisan....
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The dreams in Dry Creek

There was a time when people still reached out to others and that is a time that could still be today. It’s just down the road, after all....
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Atlantis launches the end of an era

Photo Gallery - Launch Video at end of article....
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After Atlantis: The future of American Spaceflight

“This isn’t the beginning of the end,” Garver said of the last shuttle launch. “This is the end of what was our beginning.”...
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Atlantis: Reporting on history

Reporting on history was interesting but involved a lot of mosquitoes. Photo gallery and launch video at end of article....
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Atlantis: the final launch

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN STS-135 Atlantis blasted off at 11:26 a.m. on Friday.  It was the 135th and final shuttle launch, successfully capping off the 30-year-old space ...
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Atlantis launch draws near

The last ever shuttle launch is fast approaching....
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Wildlife sanctuary opens to the public

Only a year ago, Elmira’s Wildlife Sanctuary was in survival mode....
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Atlantis: Astronauts arrive in Florida; Twitterers pack for launch

Astronauts ready for Friday launch, 150 Twitterers to get experience of a lifetime....
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Observations: The good son?

Often I think that if I were a good son, I’d pack up our lives and move to that little town in Minnesota......
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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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