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Remember when …

Remember when …

Remember when … there was an A&W root beer stand in Ruskin? By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net There’s a spot in Ruskin that has returned to its roots. Well, it’s almost…

You, me and business

You, me and business

It’s so important to shop locally By DANA DITTMAR CEO, SCC Chamber of Commerce Last Friday officially rang in the Holiday Shopping Season. The Sunday paper was heavy with tons of…

Remember when …

Remember when …

Thanksgiving was for ‘thanks’ and family, not Black Friday! By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net We used to look forward to what we referred to as Thanksgiving Weekend. Even with all the…

Remember when …

PUBLISHED NOV. 24, 2016 Thanksgiving dinner was served from the back of pick-up trucks By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net Several years ago, I mercilessly tore most of my 35mm photographs from…

Remember when …

PUBLISHED NOV. 17, 2016 Remember when … By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net I’ve been writing for local publications continuously since moving to South Hillsborough County from Bradenton in January 1980, so…

The public in public transit

The public in public transit

The public in public transit By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net It has probably been a decade or two since anyone called her cute. But she was wearing a pink baseball hat…

Social Security news

Social Security news

Supporting our wounded warriors By Daryl Rosenthal Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Tampa FL Every Veterans Day, the nation honors the brave men and women who risk their lives…

Freedom 4

Freedom 4

The ancient pathway By CHRISTINA OLKA Freedom Director, South Bay Church, christina@southbay.cc There is a secret pathway we used to take behind the railroad tracks while we were growing up.  I…

Freedom 3

Freedom 3

Generational hurts By Christina Olka Freedom Director, South Bay Church, christina@southbay.cc When you put my mother and me in the same room, many people can point out that we are…

Words

Words

Let the name-calling commence By Christina Olka Freedom Director, South Bay Church, christina@southbay.cc By definition, a name is “a set of words by which a person is known, addressed or…