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Laura Zoeller Turning the nights upside down

I have been having some trouble sleeping for about six months now. I don’t know why, but I have stopped sleeping through the night as soundly as I have always done.

January 16, 2017

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

Dale Lolley Bell good as gold for Steelers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Note to the Steelers: Whatever Le’Veon Bell wants this offseason when his contract talks begin, with all due respect to the movie “Rounders,” pay that man his money.

January 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.

Mike Buzzelli Cultured butter

Earlier this month in Harrisburg, a unique tribute to Pennsylvania dairy farmers was unveiled. “The Culture of Stewardship” is art crafted in butter. Yes, I said butter. A half ton of butter, to be precise. The sculpture depicts farms, rolling hillsides, forests and hills and...

January 15, 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 Big difference between Porter arrest and Holmes

Former defensive tackle from 1970s shouldn't be the standard for Steelers' tolerance of bad behavior.

January 14, 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 Writing a weekly column brings out the best, and worst, at times

Producing a weekly column is a job that has lasted longer than this outdoors writer ever expected.

January 14, 2017

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

Dale Lolley Steelers need to stick with the plan: run the ball

There’s a reason why it’s called home-field advantage.

January 12, 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.

Beth Dolinar Moving on, but where?

This next phase of my life will begin by staring at a map, confused about where to stick the next pin.

January 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 Lucky 13 for this column

This month marks the start of this column’s 13th year! I am thrilled to write Ask Mary Jo. Responding to young people brings me joy.

January 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.

Kristin Emery The squeaky wheel got the grease!

Is it too late to wish you a happy New Year? I’m kicking off 2017 with a smile thanks to a change of heart by our editors at the Observer-Reporter. We got the news in December that several local columnists would be cut in the latest round of belt tightening, which unfortunately is...

January 10, 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 Smart shoppers? Not so much

Perhaps harder than it was saying goodbye to you is trying to express my gratitude to all of you who emailed me, and the editors, about my column ending. I am grateful and humbled that so many of you care to hear my stories. It is very validating and heartwarming. Thank you.

January 09, 2017

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

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