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George Block No tall tale: EHD is a threat to deer, other hooved animals

One should never base his or her credibility on rumor. There is more than a bit of truth in that statement or facts are fact and innuendo is just a big maybe.

September 16, 2017

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

Beth Dolinar Mighty sounds from little acorns grow

They come all hours of the day and night, crackly popping sounds that set the wheels of imagination turning. When the sun is out, the noises enter the ears as benign nature sounds. But at night, when the quiet of the house amplifies even small sounds, the mind goes to other places.

September 14, 2017

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 ‘Friends with benefits’ can be tricky

Q.I’m in my last year of college. I had a boyfriend in high school, but we didn’t have sex, although we did do sexual things. My roommate at school and most of my friends are sexually active. I thought I wanted to wait for the right person, but then I decided that was stupid. I...

September 13, 2017

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.

Chris Dugan Wild Things can take pride in this season

Washington qualified for the playoffs and won its first home postseason game in 10 years, but is still chasing its first Frontier League championship.

September 11, 2017

Chris Dugan has been covering local sports for more than 30 years and has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1986. He was named sports editor in 2006. Before joining the O-R, he was sports editor at the Democrat-Messenger in Waynesburg. He is a former member of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Laura Zoeller A laundry awakening

Am I remembering this summer correctly? Didn’t it rain every week, and sometimes every day? Haven’t the farmers had a hard time making hay, the homeowners had a hard time keeping their grass cut, and the gardeners had a miserable time growing virtually anything?

September 11, 2017

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

Mike Buzzelli Nutshell reviews by an actual movie nut

At the tail end of summer, the weather turned chilly, and I went to the movies.

September 10, 2017

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.

Dale Lolley Brown wins the day for Steelers

Steelers receiver shows why team rewarded him with a new contract in the offseason.

September 10, 2017

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.

John Sacco Calm, confident Hartmann made the tough calls

It is not often that a referee or umpire hears nice things said about him.

September 10, 2017

Dale Lolley Roethlisberger to keep on winning in Cleveland

With a win today, Ben Roethlisberger would become the winningest quarterback in the history of FirstEnergy Stadium with 11.

September 10, 2017

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.

John Steigerwald Brady looks old; Steelers have look of an 11-5 team

Apparently, the New England Patriots will not be going 16-0.

September 09, 2017

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

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