Mike Buzzelli My funny valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day! Technically, it’s Valentine Eve. Warning: If you call it Valentime’s or VD, I will smack you in the mouth. Hard. With a snow shovel.

February 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.

John Steigerwald Brady doesn’t pass the eye test as the NFL’s greatest

I told you so.

February 11, 2017

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 A fine shooter and gentleman, Taylor will be missed

Waynesburg High School graduate Earl Taylor was not just a smallbore shooter, but a good human being. Few people could have higher status than the rifleman from Greene County.

February 11, 2017

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

Beth Dolinar Hoping the hog is wrong

This is how much I dislike winter.

February 09, 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 Ask Mary Jo

Q.What do I do if I know my friend is getting high? She says weed is going to be legal soon, so it’s no big deal. I tell her it’s not legal yet in Pennsylvania. I’m worried about her. She’s careful. So far, she hasn’t shown up at...

February 08, 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.

Kristin Emery Playing cat-and-mouse game without the cat

I enjoy hosting houseguests. However, I do not enjoy hosting unwanted, uninvited houseguests – especially when they are tiny, furry rodents who take up residence surprisingly and seemingly in the middle of the night.

February 07, 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 What’s not to understand about hot food?

If I were to place a steaming-hot plate of roast beef and mashed potatoes on the table in front of you, what would you do? How about if I gave you a piping hot bowl of chili? A cup of coffee?

February 06, 2017

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

Dave Molter Horses of a different color

Return with me now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when from out of the past come the thundering hoofbeats of … hobbyhorses?

February 05, 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.

John Steigerwald Belichick’s wins will always be tainted by Spygate

Just remember Bill Belichick cheated.

February 04, 2017

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

Dale Lolley Falcons’ lack of defense will be the difference

New England vs. Atlanta in the Super Bowl hasn’t exactly generated much interest outside of the fan bases of those two teams.

February 04, 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.