Mitch Traphagen

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Lost in Florida: The Lost City

Of unparalleled beauty, it's a place like no other in America. Part three in a series. Photo gallery below article.
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Thousands mourn, reminisce, at the passing of long-time coach and educator

Coach Tom Lota passed away on Sunday. Memorial service on April 27....
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Gravity can’t pull him down

Sun City Center man reclaims his life through technology, caring therapists and a great outlook. ...
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R.H.S. softball recognizes current, past players

Riverview High School Coach Slater is creating a Softball Alumni Association in the hopes that players of the past can impact Riverview's players of the future....
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Lost in Florida: Doing the Duval Crawl

Key West is where the weird turn pro. Part two in a series. Photo gallery below....
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Teacher of the Year gets a lift to Spoto High School

"The whole reason why I think I exist is for you guys,” she said, speaking to her students....
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Lost in Florida: Part one in a series

Evidence of human presence in the Everglades stretches back 15 millennia, making the relatively recent discovery of Florida significant, but somewhat less impactful....
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A surprise party for a retiring community icon

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Community Service Officer Donna Budd has literally defined the term “community service” in her 34 years with the HCSO....
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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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