Kristin Emery A change in making change

Do you still carry cash? I know that’s a funny question, but a lot of my friends don’t carry cash at all anymore. Instead, they use their debit and credit cards to pay for everything. I admit I am a practitioner of this plastic economy. I don’t feel comfortable carrying a lot...

April 18, 2017

Kristin Emery is a meteorologist at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, an O-R columnist and writer for Total Health magazine and other publications. Kristin is a Washington native, graduate of Washington High School and West Virginia University and works to fund her hobbies of travel, skiing, diving and golf.

Laura Zoeller Catnaps, inside and out

I have probably mentioned once or a hundred times how amused I am by our animals. Whether it is the calves frolicking in the field, or the pigs piling up to sleep, or the chickens rubbing on my legs waiting for me to pet them, they make me laugh.

April 17, 2017

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

Dave Molter Forcibly removed: a writer’s tale

First, there is no truth to the rumor that I was carried bodily from my home office last week to make room for four editors returning to Pittsburgh to take a remedial course on the use of the apostrophe for plural possessive’s.

April 16, 2017

Dave Molter is a freelance writer and Golden Quill and Keystone Press Awards winner. He also is a freelance musician in the Pittsburgh area.

George Block Trout season is finally upon us

It seems the cold, blustery and mostly rainy days have gone and we are finally having some decent weather.

April 15, 2017

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

Community Columnists Society to take tour of Laurel Highlands area

The California Area Historical Society will take a Faith, Hope & History Tour of the Laurel Highlands area Oct. 10.

April 15, 2017

Beth Dolinar Connoisseurs of Easter candy

My daughter had a request for the Easter Bunny. It felt more like a warning.

April 13, 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.

Dale Lolley To Rooney, life was more than just football

Rooney left a legacy that stretches beyond the Steelers and the NFL.

April 13, 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.

Mary Jo Podgurski “13 Reasons Why” fosters need to discuss suicide

Q. My daughter is 15 and wants to watch “13 Reasons Why” on Netflix. She’s dealt with depression in the past. I’m afraid to let her watch it. I know it’s about suicide. What do you think?

April 12, 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.

Laura Zoeller Too much truck, and trailer, for me

For years I’ve said that I don’t want to learn anything new about farming because it will somehow become my responsibility after that. When I learned to use the riding lawn tractor, I became responsible to mow the grass. When I learned to run the rototiller, the gardening was all...

April 10, 2017

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

John Sacco After 9 professional seasons, Monessen’s Allen ready to call it a career

After leading Monessen to a PIAA championship, a standout career at Notre Dame and nine years of pro basketball, local legend's playing days are at an end.

April 09, 2017