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New experiences await at environmental center

New experiences await at environmental center

By PENNY FLETCHER If all goes according to plan, several new learning experiences will be available in Apollo Beach next spring. In 1986, Tampa Electric Company opened the Manatee Viewing…

’Tis the season: Spreading joy through art

’Tis the season:  Spreading joy through art

By LISA STARK Ask anyone who has visited a nursing home or assisted living facility and they will often say the patient rooms can be somewhat drab and colorless. Sabina…

Christmas tree lighting draws more than 1,000 to Winthrop Town Centre

Christmas tree lighting draws more than 1,000 to Winthrop Town Centre

By KEVIN BRADY Even the heart of the Grinch himself might have swelled a size or two last weekend at Winthrop Town Centre when the lights flicked on at the…

Ramblin’ Man: Stories of jaunts and journeys

Ramblin’ Man: Stories of jaunts and journeys

By JASON BARTH Lesotho is a country in Southern Africa that is completely surrounded by South Africa. With the extreme poverty and high rates of HIV, the country sees very…

He’s everywhere! Santa made an early visit to South Hillsborough last weekend

He’s everywhere!  Santa made an early visit to South Hillsborough last weekend

Santa made an early appearance in South Hillsborough this past weekend, and his schedule, as usual, was a busy one. Dozens of people turned out at the Firehouse Cultural Center…

Observations: We’ve come to this

Observations: We’ve come to this

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In a different lifetime, I worked as a programmer for a large retail company. One particular project, with about 10 people on the team, was a big…

Memorial ceremony recalls Pearl Harbor attack

Memorial ceremony recalls Pearl Harbor attack

By KEVIN BRADY The United States is a land divided among Japan and Nazi Germany in Philip K. Dick’s novel, The Man in the High Castle, a nation of nuclear…

Native American Arts and Cultural Festival

Native American Arts and Cultural Festival

December 5 and 6, RedHawk Ranch in Wimauma hosted the first Native American Arts and Cultural Festival ever held in South Hillsborough County. The 18 acres that comprise the ranch,…

A surprising reunion: Fate, faith, friendship

A surprising reunion:  Fate, faith, friendship

By LISA STARK It was around 11 a.m. at the Ruskin VFW post and then-bar manager John MacDonald had just completed his opening procedures when the door buzzer rang. He…

’Tis the season for crime, both high tech and low

’Tis the season for crime, both high tech and low

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN In the land of eternal yuletide warmth and sunshine, something cold brews during the holiday season. According to a leading consumer and business financial analysis website, Florida…