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Travels, Tours & Tales: Barry’s Gourmet Brownies

Travels, Tours & Tales: Barry’s Gourmet Brownies

  By Nicole Heubusch & Nicole Schoen After living in Florida for most of our lives, we discovered that we really haven’t seen all that our area has to offer. Armed with different Goupons and Living Social certificates, we’ve decided to visit as many different local places we can. We hope some of the places […]

Halloween Adventures & More

Halloween Adventures & More

  By Nicole Heubusch Adults Only There are many things to do in the area this time of year for those looking for a fright fest. Here are some of the “not so family friendly” options. Howl-O-Scream’s Cursed at Busch Gardens Busch Gardens is hosting the 14th annual Howl-O-Scream, and this year’s theme is Cursed. […]

Third Annual Fox Squirrel Corn Maze Offers Activities For Whole Family

Third Annual Fox Squirrel Corn Maze Offers Activities For Whole Family

  By Kathy L. Collins Fall in Florida is a great time for outdoor activities, including the Futch Family’s Fox Squirrel Corn Maze in Plant City. The third annual fall festival event at the Single R Ranch, located at 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd. in Plant City, will take place from Friday, October 3 through Sunday, […]

James McCabe Theatre Celebrates 100 Years In 2015

James McCabe Theatre Celebrates 100 Years In 2015

  By Kathy L. Collins The James McCabe Theatre in Valrico is a registered historical site and the home of the Village Players. In 2015, the community will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the historic building. The building is the only remaining commercial structure from Valrico’s construction boom of the early 20th century. When it […]

Eastern Hillsborough Art Guild Showcases Talent In Annual Members’ Show

Eastern Hillsborough Art Guild Showcases Talent In Annual Members’ Show

  By Kathy L. Collins The art exhibit for the month of August at the Bruton Memorial Library in Plant City is the Annual Members’ Show of the Eastern Hillsborough Art Guild (EHAG). The exhibit is available for viewing now through the end of August during normal library hours. There are 14 artists showcasing a […]

Osprey Observer Staff Spotlight: Nicole Schoen

Osprey Observer Staff Spotlight: Nicole Schoen

  By Nicole Heubusch Nicole Schoen began at the Osprey Observer as an intern in 2006 the summer before her senior year at Durant High School and continued to work as a freelance writer after she completed her internship. After high school, she attended the University of Central Florida (UCF) and majored in journalism with […]

Pearson Capital Boasts 100% Customer Satisfaction After 58 Years In Business

Pearson Capital Boasts 100% Customer Satisfaction After 58 Years In Business

  By Robyn St. James Walter Pearson likes to tell the story about how he fought in the first World War, and that his interest began when his parents bought him a soldier uniform when he was 4. Since then, he’s done many things, and now at age 98, he has an amazing story to […]

New Paintball Facility Takes Aim In Hillsborough

New Paintball Facility Takes Aim In Hillsborough

  By Kelly Wise Legg There’s a new place for some fun competition just south of Causeway Blvd. on U.S. Hwy. 41. Just over the railroad tracks, battles are welcome and paintballs are the flying ammunition.  South Tampa Paintball (STP) was collaboratively inspired and quite the long labor of love of its two owners, Casey […]

Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center Hosts Dash And Splash, Veteran Olympic Trainee Placed In Recent Competition

Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center Hosts Dash And Splash, Veteran Olympic Trainee Placed In Recent Competition

  By Tamas Mondovics BSAC Annual Dash and Splash The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center (BSAC) proudly announced the hosting of its third annual Dash and Splash event scheduled to be held on Saturday, September 13 at its facility located at 405 Beverly Blvd. in Brandon. According to BSAC officials, the event, which will begin […]

August Valrico 2014 Business Column

August Valrico 2014 Business Column

  By Sandra Meyer Back to School Festival Huge Success     The Valrico/FishHawk Chamber celebrates the success of the 12th Annual Back to School Festival with a donation of 2,500 school supply items and a cash donation of $1,250 to the YMCA Backpack program. The event was held on Sunday, July 27 at Campo Family YMCA […]