Mitch Traphagen

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One year later, keeping the skies bullet free

It would be impossible to say how many lives have been saved or injuries prevented thanks to 14-year-old Diego Duran, his mother Sandy, and his family.
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A Christmas dinner by angels

On Thursday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, businesses, and individual residents came together to make Christmas brighter for approximately 500 seniors and veterans, many of whom would otherwise have been alone for the holidays....
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All too soon enough

There are so many milestones in life, so many points where we are at the top of our game...
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In honor, in memory, for Christmas: 26 Acts

The idea is for people across the country and around the world to commit 26 acts of kindness in honor of the children and adults who lost their lives on Friday....
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Where the heroes are

It’s simply a matter of doing something good that a lot of people wouldn’t otherwise do....
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A girl, a guitar, a rising star

Morgan Bernard has “It”; the mysterious, inexplicable, yet entirely recognizable feature of someone who is going to go places few people will reach....
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Santa, elves visit Wimauma Elementary

The spirit of Christmas isn’t found in the gifts; it is found in the love and generosity that inspire the giving of gifts....
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RVHS and Newsome team up to present Oklahoma!

According to the Wall Street Journal, if ever a show has earned an exclamation point, it is Oklahoma! Opening on Dec. 13, Riverview High School ...
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Observations: Reflections on the living room wall

In the early morning darkness, I could see the flashing lights of the police car parked outside my house reflecting on the walls of our ...
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It’s Christmastime in the city

Holiday-themed decorations abound in the area....
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The holidays kick off with Winterfest at Winthrop Town Centre

Winterfest at Winthrop Town Centre in Riverview offered a great excuse for families to kick start the holidays under perfectly blue skies last weekend. The ...
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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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