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George Block Why the sharp decline among the hunting fraternity?

As I stood watching the hillside, many thoughts entered my mind. Of course, I was watching for that special 10-point buck I had seen four times before the season opener, and it was natural that I was watching the hillside where I had seen it.

December 03, 2016

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

Dale Lolley Commission has serious issues if only 550,000 hunters were afield

There were fewer hunters out on the opening day of deer season than I’ve seen in my lifetime and I also heard fewer shots than normal as a result.

December 03, 2016

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 Ain’t that a kick in the head

It’s not every day you see a giraffe kick a lioness in the face, unless you watch a ton of Discovery Channel.

December 02, 2016

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.

Beth Dolinar Gallons upon gallons of memories

While in the basement pulling out the Christmas decorations, I looked around and saw it: my life as a young mother. There were boxes everywhere – lidded, heavy plastic bins in sizes measured by the gallon. Most were 20-gallon boxes, but there were smaller ones, too. All had been labeled in...

December 01, 2016

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 We all grieve in our own way

Q.I loved Christmas all my life. Last year my mom died on Christmas Eve, after a long illness. Cancer sucks. I’m really dreading this year’s holiday. What makes it worse is the way my dad is handling it. I live with him and my younger brother. My parents split when I was 6 and my...

November 30, 2016

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 season ticket shuffle

The end of November means college football’s regular season is winding down, and it’s been a lot of fun. I love going to games and committed to buying season tickets a few years ago. It’s terrific fun to tailgate with friends, see the marching band perform and watch the action...

November 29, 2016

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 Turkey weekend on the road

We spent our traditional turkey day the way we have for several years now, eating something quick (this year was hot dogs and macaroni and cheese) and then watching movies until bedtime. We decided a few years back that the meal is less important than the time we spend together, and our own little...

November 28, 2016

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

John Steigerwald The Castro MLB myth is just that, a myth

“Lots of enthusiasm. Not much of an arm. Suggest he goes into another business.”

November 26, 2016

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 Playoff outlook looking better for Steelers

And down the stretch they come.

November 26, 2016

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 Bear hunt presented a golden opportunity

This is embarrassing but why keep it a secret. I missed! Yes, after shooting groundhogs at 300-plus yards and even making an omelet out of an egg at 100 yards with the old reliable .270, I missed a bear at 50 yards.

November 26, 2016

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

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