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Beth Dolinar The key to moving a piano is having someone else do it

It was my first major purchase, the Steinway upright piano I bought shortly after starting my first real job in television. The piano was eight years old then, its harp and keys broken in by an Ohio man who had played it for hours every day and who was trading up to a baby grand.

October 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 Men are also victims of domestic violence

Q: Will you please help me call attention to a little-known aspect of domestic and dating violence? It seems like most people assume women are the victims. I know that’s mostly true, but I’ve watched my older brother suffer at the hands of his girlfriend for over a year. He’s...

October 11, 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.

Sports Columns Close, meaningful games highlighted Week 6

Competitive games highlight Week 6 and provided clarity as how good teams really are.

October 08, 2017

Dale Lolley Steelers can’t turn back the clock on Big Ben

Roethlisberger showing he's no longer capable of carrying the Steelers on his back.

October 08, 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 Wet, hot indigenous people of America summer

Early last week, I noticed my cheeks were a healthy shade of red. I didn’t expect to get color this late in the year, especially since I was in Pittsburgh the whole time. It was 80 degrees! In October! In Pittsburgh! That’s both weird and wonderful.

October 08, 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 Newton reminded players to keep thoughts about media to themselves

Carolina quarterback is getting a lot of criticism, and much of it is coming from people who have never set foot in a profesisonal football team's locker room.

October 07, 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 Of antler restrictions, elderly hunters and the buck mentality

One is never too old to learn. I am a perfect example of the truth in that statement. I have spent an abundance of time in the woods watching deer in their natural environment, yet little do I really know. Those were the years when Eileen and I would tramp to a local farm and often just sit and...

October 07, 2017

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

Sports Columns Top-tier matchups, interesting challenges highlight Week 6

With some of the best matchups, Week 6 is expected to be one of the most interesting weeks of the local high school football season.

October 05, 2017

Beth Dolinar When the slang becomes the story

It was the first day of graduate journalism school at Northwestern University, when the professor set us all straight.

October 05, 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 Don’t change to attract someone

Q.Hey, it’s me! I’ve been asking you questions since sixth grade, so I’m not surprised I’m back now. I started college this year. I’m loving it. Here’s my question – and you can put it in your column. How honest should I be with new people I meet?...

October 04, 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.

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