Chris Dugan Hillers had a truly sweet season

Even in defeat, Hillers earned a distinction that can never be taken away.

March 25, 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.

Beth Dolinar Call me Bamelia

Twice in my life, someone has told me I look more like a Betsy than a Beth. That’s not much of a stretch, considering both names are shorter versions of Elizabeth, and besides, Betsy has that wholesome, country-girl vibe that tends to go with chubby cheeks, which I’ve always had.

March 23, 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 Kids need some room to breathe

Q.I’m glad you wrote last week’s column. I’m always telling my dad I’m not getting in trouble, but he keeps saying all teens take risks. He acts like every little thing I do wrong is huge. I tell him I make mistakes, but I keep on trying. My grades aren’t bad. I...

March 22, 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 March madness can be maddening

Are your brackets busted yet?

March 21, 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 Battle for the bus

The alarm goes off every day at six. I snooze it one time, and then crawl out of bed. On school days, I throw on clothes, wake the kids for school and head to the coffee pot. As soon as it is brewing, I go wash my face and run a brush through my hair.

March 20, 2017

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

Dave Molter Retiring minds want to know!

Where to best spend your Golden Years? Here’s one idea: Waste away in Margaritaville.

March 19, 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 Kaepernick’s stance – or non-stance – could be costing him a job

Colin Kaepernick says from now on he will stand when the Star Spangled Banner is played before NFL games.

March 18, 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 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