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Sports Columns Must-win games, battling for home-field advantage headline Week 8

With the playoff picture slowly becoming clearer, local high school football teams are still in must-win situations to make a playoff run possible.

October 19, 2017

Beth Dolinar Taking time to smell the flowers

The fragrance was as green as any I’d ever smelled, and so fresh that I stopped in my tracks to inhale it again. Turns out it was from some dried sweet woodruff flowers along the park bicycle path, and I would have missed it if I hadn’t chucked the music.

October 19, 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 What’s the difference between like and love?

Q:When does “like” become “love,” and how do you know when the love thing happens? I’ve been with someone for six months. We connect really well. I have fun with him. I can share things with him, even bad things, and I know he will listen. We both have lousy...

October 18, 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 It’s the fall when temperatures just won’t fall

Have you broken out your fall fashions yet? I haven’t either, and that’s probably because it has felt more like San Diego or Miami around here than what we’re used to in fall around Southwestern Pennsylvania. So much for kids playing in piles of leaves while you enjoy that...

October 17, 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 Plenty of water, and plenty of mud, too

I mentioned a few weeks ago how our spring had stopped flowing, how I was required to utilize the facilities of our local laundry establishment and how we had taken water conservation to a whole new level.

October 16, 2017

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

Dale Lolley Ageless Harrison puts win in sack

Old No. 92 shows he can still make substantial plays.

October 15, 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.

Dave Molter We’re here to pumpkin you up

I want to share a couple of facts that I learned recently: First, the ubiquitous pumpkin spice products being sold seemingly everywhere except funeral parlors are not meant as a tribute to the late, lamented sixth Spice Girl who quit before the girl group made it big in 1994.

October 15, 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.

Sports Columns Louisville not the only ‘slimy’ program in basketball

And you thought Rick Pitino was slimy.

October 14, 2017

Dale Lolley An angry Ben will play well enough to cover

Anyone who was in the locker room listening to Ben Roethlisberger’s statements following the Steelers’ 30-9 loss last week to Jacksonville knew he was more defiant than resigned when he said, “maybe he just didn’t have it anymore.”

October 14, 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.

Joe Tuscano Forecasting the local college football future

It is the unofficial midpoint of the college football season and Washington & Jefferson is charging toward a postseason berth, California University has apparently crashed and burned and Waynesburg is still looking for its first win.

October 14, 2017

Joe Tuscano has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1980. He has covered all sports for the newspaper, including the Steelers, Pirates, Pitt football, local college football and wrestling. He has worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Jeannette News-Dispatch and North Hills Record. He graduated from Duquesne University in 1980.

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