Mitch Traphagen

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Observations: When a backpack could mean the world

There must be recognition that not all poor people are to blame for being poor.
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The power of lightning hits home

It was more lightning than I had ever seen in my life ... and given Tampa Bay's reputation as the lightning capital of the world, that's saying something....
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St. Vincent de Paul helps those in need with back-to-school supplies

The organization provided rain checks for those children who did not receive a backpack and have since obtained 112 additional backpacks to fill the need....
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Slow down, commuters, school is back in session

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is focusing this year on school bus safety, and has produced a video to educate drivers about the legalities of passing a stopped bus....
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SouthShore Chamber welcomes new teachers

Members and a Commissioner lend a hand....
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Observations: These kids today

Like those of us who came before them, and those who came before us, they are decent, caring, people motivated to doing something good. ...
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Only 1,181 days to go and Florida doesn't matter. Yet.

With Florida as the largest of the swing states, the Tampa Bay area is generally credited with doing the swinging. Iowa, meanwhile, has just six electoral votes....
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A sweet way to beat the heat

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Unless you live in a (blissfully cool) cave, you know that it is August and in Florida that means it’s hot outside. In ...
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A big man on a small farm lends a helping hand

This month, John Lawson of Hydro Harvest Farms in Ruskin, is offering 50 percent discounts on purchases of their fresh, healthy produce, primarily for those in need of assistance....
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Observations: Through the joys and tears of humanity, ride on, Rumi

We don’t know the suffering of others; we probably don’t even know the struggles of our neighbors....
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A rough few weeks on Hillsborough County roads

By Mitch TraphagenIt has been a rough few weeks on Hillsborough County highways. On Saturday, seven people were injured in an 11-vehicle pile up that ...
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Wild Things roam Glazer Children's Museum

Dozens of children and their parents were able to channel their inner Max......
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Don't worry. It was Metrocon

Last weekend's Metrocon brought out a cast of unusual characters. Even for Florida....
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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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