Bill DiFabio Walters’ Marine training had impact on coaching, West Greene wrestling

John "Buzz" Walters built the West Greene wrestling program from infancy to WPIAL power.

February 06, 2016

Bill DeFabio is a sports columnist for the Observer-Reporter.

F. Dale Lolley Defense, not Newton, will win for Carolina

During an interview last week with Steelers president Art Rooney II, he was asked about the state of the NFL.

February 06, 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.

Mike Buzzelli Celebrating Punxsy Phil

On Feb. 2, 2016, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. I almost cried.

February 05, 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 Eating a Victorian airplane

It was after another long day of scraping and painting that the farmer sat in his chair, unlaced his work boots and nailed what we’ve both been thinking.

February 04, 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 Whatever the act, the risks are real

Q.I think my best friend is going to have oral. It’s all she talks about. I think it’s a huge mistake. She says it’s not like it’s real sex. I want to know what she thinks real sex is. Aren’t there risks? She’s the same age as me. And I’m upset...

February 03, 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.

Dave Molter Mattel missing the boat on Barbie

OK, I admit it: I am obsessed with Barbie. Since I began writing columns in 1989, Barbie has been the subject of no fewer than four of them.

February 02, 2016

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

Laura Zoeller Dealing with a workout

Now that soccer is over for my oldest girl – until she plays this fall in college, that is – she has shifted gears to her other sport of choice: track.

February 01, 2016

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

Terry Hazlett January deaths enough to fill Grammy’s ‘In Memoriam’ segment

When the Grammy Awards Show presents its “In Memoriam” segment, it’s generally representative of an entire year of losses in the music industry.

January 31, 2016

Terry Hazlett

Terry Hazlett opines about TV and culture.

John Steigerwald Noll still the NFL’s greatest coach

Noll a deserving pick for Super Bowl 50 Golden Team.

January 30, 2016

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

George Block Wetlands a vital part of the environment

The property had many acres of wetlands. The property reached almost 200 acres, but in reality was only buildable or able to support farmlands on a small percentage of that.

January 30, 2016

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.