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Mary Jo Podgurski Teens’ thoughts on ‘13 Reasons Why’

I’ve facilitated many discussions with young people and adults in response to the series “13 Reasons Why.” Our peer educators suggested we offer our own response to the idea of suicide: reasons why young people matter.

May 18, 2017

Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski is the founder and director of the Washington Health System Teen Outreach. She responds to 68 questions from young people daily and has written 'Ask Mary Jo' since 2005.

Kristin Emery A game of chasing moles and filling holes

How’s your golf game this spring? I haven’t had a chance to hit the links yet because I’ve been too busy working and playing groundskeeper of my lawn. First, I beat back the spread of dandelions only to nearly break an ankle while mowing when I stepped in a mole hole.

May 17, 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 A turkey walks into a store ...

It couldn’t have played out better if I had written it myself. He walked into my life last week, completely unexpected and largely undesired, but I just knew I had to take him home.

May 16, 2017

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

Dave Molter Murder, he wrote

“So, how do you like retirement?” a friend asked this week.

May 15, 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 Keeping Fleury was best decision Rutherford has made

Sometimes the best trades are the ones a general manager doesn't make.

May 13, 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 Spring brings thoughts of turkeys, walleye

I walked into Mike Weber’s house a couple of days ago and he had just finished smoking a couple of gobblers. I never cared for the taste and texture of a spring gobbler but in this case, the piece of turkey I ate was excellent.

May 13, 2017

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

Beth Dolinar The tuna casserole that wouldn’t die

Among the many challenges of middle age is the one about cooking for fewer people. Depending on what you consider middle age, I am either new to this and there’s still hope, or such a failure I should just give up and fill the freezer with TV dinners.

May 12, 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 Let’s talk about consent

Q.I want to my friend’s house last weekend on an afternoon. Her mom was there. She knew that there was a boy there, too. When her mom left for a little bit, the boy kept trying to kiss me even after I told him not to and pushed him away again and again. Then he kept touching my butt, and I...

May 11, 2017

Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski is the founder and director of the Washington Health System Teen Outreach. She responds to 68 questions from young people daily and has written 'Ask Mary Jo' since 2005.

Laura Zoeller Stuck in phone purgatory

Our middle daughter turned 15 last month, and we decided to get her a cellphone as her gift. As we did with our oldest daughter, we told our middle girl the gift includes the phone and three months of cellphone service before it becomes her financial responsibility.

May 08, 2017

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

John Sacco Wash High great, Merkle, still on the move

The ability to leap tall buildings or scale large mountains is beyond her now. Make no mistake, though, Nancy Merkle remains in shape and full of life.

May 07, 2017

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