Laura Zoeller A painful renovation

We are in a constant state of remodel around here, as you well know. A couple of weeks ago, I spoke of staining boards for a wood ceiling my husband was installing. I talked about lying down in the grass to rest, only to discover I had trapped a mole beneath my back, and how the mole was nearly as...

July 18, 2017

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

Dale Lolley Steelers, Bell need each other to succeed

Steelers have an asset in Bell and should treat him as such.

July 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.

Mike Buzzelli Making Kennywood memories

Last Sunday was Italian Day at Kennywood Park, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

July 17, 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 Sacco Monessen native looms large in NBA

Mia White stands just 5-2, but she is a large figure in the NBA these days.

July 17, 2017

John Steigerwald Trade Phil Kessel? That’s a bad idea

Who wants to trade Phil Kessel?

July 15, 2017

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

Beth Dolinar Relentless flood of cukes

By this time most summers, I’m filling this space with my annual whining about zucchini. If you’ve followed my column through any of the past 20 years I’ve been writing it, then you know that after a certain point, I consider zucchini to be a July plague along the lines of...

July 14, 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.

Chris Dugan Huntington needs to be patient as trade deadline approaches

Midseason notes and thoughts about the Pirates, Wild Things, Frontier League and Pony League World Series.

July 13, 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 Request for nudes was sexual harassment

Q.This boy sent me a request for a nude. I told him no. Then he got all mean and told me I was only good for sex. Except he used a word I’m not allowed to say. I got scared and told my mom, and she helped me block him on Instagram. I don’t understand. I don’t do things like...

July 13, 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 There’s some doggone dirty business going on here

It has finally happened. Remember the grumpy old guy or lady on your block who you were afraid of as a kid?

July 12, 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.

Joe Tuscano Five reasons why Pirates failing

With the ceremonial halfway point of the Major League Baseball season here, one has to ask this question of the Pittsburgh Pirates: What in the world is going on with this team?

July 11, 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.