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George Block Ryerson Park festival should be a can’t-miss event

It might not be as big as the Washington or Jacktown Fair but bigger is not always the best. If one is looking for a relaxed atmosphere in a country setting keep in mind the small celebration to be held Sept. 9 at Ryerson Park.

August 12, 2017

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

Dale Lolley Two young Steelers make their mark in preseason opener

Watt, Hilton get preseason off to good start for Steelers.

August 11, 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 Consider me brow beaten

If you’ve been paying any attention at all, you know that faces are all about eyebrows now. I’ve lived through all the iterations of facial grooming, including the following: thin, frosty lips in the ’70s; bright eyeshadow in the ’80s (accented by crunchy, poufy bangs);...

August 10, 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 People of all ages are sometimes afraid

Q.I used to be afraid a lot. My friends like roller coasters, and I would sit and watch them ride and feel sad, but I wouldn’t go on them. Last year, a really good friend helped me, and now I love coasters!

August 09, 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 Helping others starts by simply asking

A reader wrote to me last week suggesting a column on how to make sense of or cope with events such as the recent flooding in Washington County or the building collapse that trapped one woman and resulted in several residents and businesses losing everything.

August 08, 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 Letting me know they really need me

I awoke yesterday morning remembering solidly why I don’t allow the dog to sleep in our bed very often. He was spread out across the entire bottom third of the bed, while I was curled into an uncomfortable and unflattering position.

August 07, 2017

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

Dave Molter Danger! Soft shoulders!

I was thinking of changing the mug shot that accompanies this column to something a little more interesting. My first instinct was to go with the picture I originally wanted when I started writing here in 1989. That is, a high-angle view of me passed out over a typewriter, an empty bottle of Jack...

August 06, 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 Extending Tomlin’s contract was a smart move by Steelers

The Steelers did the right thing with Mike Tomlin.

August 05, 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 Nature offers us a lot, if only we take time to look

Anyone entering the grounds of the Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen Club can’t help but notice a large walnut tree that grows near a bridge. The club grounds are home to quite a few of these friendly giants.

August 05, 2017

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

Beth Dolinar Blacksnake put sudden stop to trail ride

It was as close as I’d come to wrecking on my bike in years. A wreck would have been preferable, considering the options that flashed before me at that moment.

August 03, 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.

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