Dale Lolley Buck harvest up across the state thanks to archery hunters

The much-anticipated deer harvest report was released this week by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, with officials saying the state had its best buck season since 2002.

March 18, 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.

George Block Tail is wagging the dog with PGC

It has been said figures don’t lie and liars figure.

March 18, 2017

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

Business Columns Hackers’ delight: Businesses put selves at risk for invasion

NEW YORK – Randell Heath isn’t sure how hackers got into his company’s website – all he knows is a supplier called, saying the site had become an online store selling Viagra and Cialis.

March 18, 2017

Community Columnists Good deeds all the way around

A Washington family continues to pay it forward with Jamie's Dream Team, an organization that has helped their son with his therapeutic needs.

March 18, 2017

Beth Dolinar Untangling my web of bandages

My readers are good at solving problems.

March 16, 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 Sexting aside, she is still a ‘good kid’

Q.I’m in shock! I thought I taught my child right and wrong. I give a good example of morality and integrity. I told her about this! Yet, my 12-year-old was one of several middle school children caught sharing nude pictures on cellphones. I went over the rules for cellphones over and over...

March 15, 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 Spate of injuries derailed Cal U.

It was a cruel way to end a season of high expectations for the California University women's basketball team.

March 14, 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 Wanted: Someone to take charge of the circus

I think my life might be a circus. I know what you may be thinking: that you all have known this for quite some time and I must be slow to just now be figuring it out. (There is some merit to that theory.)

March 13, 2017

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

Joe Tuscano Lee’s loss greatest bout in PIAA history

The greatest wrestling match ever.

March 12, 2017

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.

Mike Buzzelli Confessions of a channel surfer

It was supposed to be a relaxing night in front of the TV. It started out that way. I was a little too relaxed and dozed off with the remote on my lap. A loud bang on screen jolted me back awake. Did they shoot that guy? Alas, I will never know. Apparently, when I jolted up, I knocked the remote...

March 12, 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.