Mitch Traphagen

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Observations: About that wisdom thing...

“Don’t fear the years,” said one character in the movie. “Getting older makes you wise.”
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Taking a walk on the haunted side

I don’t necessarily believe in ghosts. I use the word “necessarily” as a condition....
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Presidential campaign trail winds through South County

With just under two weeks left in the campaign, it is possible, although as of yet unscheduled, that the trail that leads to the White House will again run through South County. ...
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The faith of fear

I’m tired of fear and I’m doubly tired of those who peddle fear....
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Anti-bullying program to kick off at Riverview High School

During the regular meeting of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners on Oct. 3, Commissioner Sandra Murman read a proclamation stating that October would be set aside as National Bullying Prevention Month in Hillsborough County....
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Screaming through the sky

This was no ordinary radio-controlled airplane. It has its own on-board telemetry and had just been clocked at over 230 miles per hour — not bad for a model airplane with a wingspan of less than six feet built from a kit....
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Trick or Treat Street returns to Riverview

Trick or Treat Street 2012 will take place at Riverview High School Saturday, October 20 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m...
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Eternity through the lens

Cartier-Bresson exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art is the only U.S. venue for the celebrated photographer’s work documenting the 20th Century...
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Observations: More than I calculated

Jean Spisak passed away last month and something good left this world with her. Jean worked at The Observer News for 30 years, the last ...
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Made in America!

In Tampa, Crowley Marine christens American-built vessels...
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Cultural center welcomes Fall Artist-in-Residence

Photographer Carl Weese will not only display and share his talent, he’ll add to his impressive body of work chasing some local light....
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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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