Mitch Traphagen

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On July 3, a fundraiser to celebrate independence, for our nation and from fear

Celebratory gunfire is 100 percent preventable — there is no doubt about that. In this case, there is something that we can do. We can stop this. On July 3 at the Firehouse Cultural Center, you can help.
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Observations: The sausage grinder

Sometimes it is too late....
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Hard Rock Hotel offers a walk down a rock ‘n roll memory lane

With a little help from things such as instruments, clothing and even a pair of round glasses, memories can play back like favorite songs on an iPod. ...
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Campers green up Apollo Beach, and cross a big milestone

The young campers were involved in the planting of more than one million plugs of marsh grass for beach restoration....
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Deal with Amazon could bring 1,000 jobs to Ruskin

But deal would also mean Floridians would pay sales tax on purchases from the world’s largest Internet retailer ...
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SCC Art Club opens unique June exhibit

Show focuses on transportation...
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Observations: Courage in getting older

Bravery? Maybe. But with age also comes wisdom....
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Women Who Care make a big impact at Firehouse Cultural Center

Local philanthropists help to keep summer programs alive at cultural center....
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Brunch in an era of austerity

Brunch can be as much of a micro-vacation as it is a meal....
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Tropical Storm Andrea provides an early kickoff to hurricane season

Tropical Storm Andrea provided an early kickoff to the 2013 hurricane season on June 6.  While the fast moving, relatively weak storm didn’t pack the ...
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A canary in the climate coal mine?

Technically, Smith Island isn’t sinking — it is eroding. Adding to that problem is a rising sea level....
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The final day of an icon

As the hour for opening drew near, people began lining up. ...
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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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