Mitch Traphagen

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Observations: Silver linings

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Bad things happen to good people, yada, yada, yada. That is likely true, but who am I to judge if I’m a “good
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Florida texting and driving ban goes into effect Oct. 1

Some claim victory to a dangerous practice, others complain the law is too weak. State officials have generally been quiet about the whole thing....
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Chamber, residents welcome new medical facility

On Saturday executives from the new St. Joseph’s-South Physician Office Building invited residents and members of the Sun City Center and SouthShore Chambers of Commerce ...
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Florida naturalist offers a lifetime experience on the water, with a seafood finish

Gus Muench is at home on the water. The flats, the shallows and the wildlife of Tampa Bay are seemingly in his DNA...
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In South Hillsborough: A rare jewel like nowhere else on earth

There are few places left in Florida, let alone in America, like the Uzita Trail. Photo gallery below article...
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Calvary Church cuts ribbon on Angel Attic Thrift Store

The new 4,000-square-foot building began in February 2013 and is the result of a generous and supportive congregation, contracting partners, and countless hours of work from some key Calvary members and volunteers....
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Pleasant Living residents raise money for home…and for those who protect our homes and us

Half of the money raised was donated to a nonprofit dedicated to helping deputies and other sheriff office employees in critical need after catastrophic events....
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Observations: Good Stuff

The distractions have been minimized, my outlook has changed and improved....
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Walking in the footsteps of the past

Seeking out the roots of your family, the lineage from whence you came, can do much to help explain who and what you are today....
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September Sky

Some people enjoy Florida summers, much like some people enjoy Minnesota winters. But for those who have seen enough “highs of 91, lows of 76,” ...
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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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