George Block Here’s to Ferdinand Mannlicher, Austrian patriot and firearms designer

It’s a safe bet almost every reader of my writing know what “03” means. Of course, it is the designation for the 1903 Springfield used by our troops in the first and second world wars. Today, this military rifle chambered for the equally famous .39-06 cartridge is sought after...

June 25, 2016

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

Mike Buzzelli My Sunday – in brief(s)

I continue to find new and interesting ways to embarrass myself. Yay, me!

June 24, 2016

Mike Buzzelli is a stand up comedian and published author. He is a theater and arts critic for 'Burgh Vivant, Pittsburgh's online cultural talk magazine, and an active board member of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, the Carnegie Arts Initiative and the Carnegie Screenwriters. His book, "Below Average Genius" is a collection of essays culled from his weekly humor column here in the Observer-Reporter.

Beth Dolinar First jeans, now I have ‘mom hair’

So apparently there is such a thing as “mom hair,” and I’m pretty sure I have it.

June 23, 2016

Beth Dolinar has been writing her column about life, both hers and the rest of ours, for over 20 years. When not on the page, she produces Emmy-winning documentaries for public television, teaches writing to university students, and enjoys her two growing children.

Mary Jo Podgurski How old is old enough for a phone?

Q. I want a phone. The kind where I can go online and use social media. My mom says I’m too young. She also says I’m immature. She says we can’t afford a phone for me right now. She told me to write you and see what you say. I’m the only person I know without one. All my...

June 22, 2016

Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski is the founder and director of the Washington Health System Teen Outreach. She responds to 6–8 questions from young people daily and has written 'Ask Mary Jo' since 2005.

Laura Zoeller How slow can we go?

Monday dawned sunny and bright. The house was quiet. I drank a leisurely cup of coffee before planning to leave for my daughter’s college orientation.

June 20, 2016

Laura Zoeller is a farm wife and mother who has been blessed with a wonderful – and funny - life.

Terry Hazlett Pens’ victory provided brief diversion from tragedy in Orlando

Late in the evening of June 12, victory was hanging in the balance.

June 20, 2016

Terry Hazlett

Terry Hazlett opines about TV and culture.

Joe Tuscano Open champ stays calm, sheds label

With his win at Oakmont, Dustin Johnson is no longer the "best gtolfer to never win a major."

June 19, 2016

Joe Tuscano has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1980. He has covered all sports for the newspaper, including the Steelers, Pirates, Pitt football, local college football and wrestling. He has worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Jeannette News-Dispatch and North Hills Record. He graduated from Duquesne University in 1980.

George Block The right way to sight a rifle is always a hot topic

Really serious shooters will argue one point over and over. In fact, I once saw a friendship nearly break up over the point of sighting in a varmint rifle.

June 18, 2016

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

John Steigerwald Might be best for Penguins to keep Fleury, trade Murray

If they Penguins can keep only one of their goaltenders, here are reasons for it being the veteran.

June 18, 2016

John Steigerwald has been a fixture of TV, radio, and newspaper sports in Pittsburgh, and has a Sunday column in the Observer-Reporter.

F. Dale Lolley Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Club wins NRA national title

The Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsman’s Club didn’t win the Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle League championship earlier this year, losing to the Frazier-Simplex Rifle Club in a tiebreaking match.

June 18, 2016

Dale Lolley has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1993 after previously working at WJAC-TV and the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, and The Derrick in Oil City. A native of Fryburg, Pa., he is a graduate of North Clarion High School and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where he earned a degree in journalism. He has covered the Pittsburgh Steelers since joining the Observer-Reporter in 1993, and also serves as the outdoors editor. He also is a radio host for Pittsburgh’s ESPN 970-AM, and serves as administrative adviser for the Red & Black, Washington & Jefferson College’s student newspaper.