Mitch Traphagen

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Jonie, in her ninth decade

You may think you know her as the Fish Lady but Aleta Jonie Maschek is so much more than that.
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A Mom’s mission to help vets and soldiers grieve

Kelly Kowall stood on a beach and asked God for a ‘burning bush’ sign. Then a large caliber bullet washed up at her feet....
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Riverview Elementary students get into the beat at cultural center

Cultural center played host to four events last week....
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Observations: Such a good girl

I was lucky to have a friend like Sadie....
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Caring for fading memories

Her memories are a patchwork quilt of reality and hallucination......
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Observations: Losing a friend

I hope that someday I’m worthy of seeing her again....
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For some, this tax season is more unpleasant than ever

Across Florida and the nation, a growing number of people are falling victim to tax refund fraud....
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The t-shirts become a ‘thing’ at Sunday Southshore Market

The founders of a popular market have made a name for themselves for their t-shirts....
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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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