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George Block EHD could be problem again for deer in area

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease.

September 23, 2017

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

Community Columnists Country Meadows women knit blankets for children in hospitals

A group of women at Country Meadows is knitting blankets for children in local hospitals.

September 22, 2017

Chris Dugan 5 things to watch in high school football this weekend

Lineup changes are the norm in high school football, whether it’s play to play, series to series or game to game. That’s why the teams that have the most depth usually end up winning more games than they lose.

September 21, 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.

Mary Jo Podgurski Share feelings, concerns with parents

Q.I’m starting my junior year of college. I’ve done well. I come home every summer. I love my mom, but she acts like I’m still a kid when I’m home. She wants to know where I’m going and fusses about what time I come in. I’m 20 now, I’ll be 21 soon,...

September 20, 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 A trip postponed, a region devastated

We were supposed to be packing today. The list included scuba gear, sunglasses and flip-flops. When my friend suggested this trip back in March, we were all eager even though that nagging question kept popping up in the back of my mind. “Why would you want to travel that week? You realize...

September 19, 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 I’m an old lady

I have discovered a sad truth about myself: I have gotten old. Sometime in the years since I left college, the transformation happened where I no longer understand college-aged kids. Maybe I never did.

September 18, 2017

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

Chris Dugan 5 things we learned from the high school football weekend

The much-maligned Tri-County South Conference made big news.

September 17, 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.

Dave Molter Picture this

My mother read the Bible daily, attended church twice a week and taught me that “the N word” was never to be used, no matter how many times I heard it thrown at the five or six African-American kids I attended school with in our small town.

September 17, 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.

Dale Lolley Steelers’ offense still rounding into form

Bell, Bryant still rounding into form for Steelers.

September 17, 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.

Dale Lolley Defense should be difference for Steelers

Week 1 games are always tough to gauge in the NFL – witness my 5-10 record against the spread last week as evidence.

September 16, 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.

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