Thursday, May 26, 2016
Linda Torso of Ohio, dog Ziva, flies through the air as she competes in the DockDogs Show at the Noble J. Dick Aquatorium in Monongahela. DockDogs is an organization for competitive dog jumping. Photo/Illustration
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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Friday, April 29, 2016
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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Conrad Rossetti of Eighty Four casting a line in Meadow Run stream during a fly fishing class with Venture Outdoors at Ohiopyle.
Ron Oda of McMurry holds a Brook Trout that he caugh fly fishing in Meadow Run stream at Ohiopyle
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Ireland, though small geographically, has produced many notable and influential people who have shared their talents and achievements with the world. Writers Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and, more recently, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, have left us with words and images that continue to affect us all. International peace negotiator Mary Montague and musician and humanitarian Bono, of U2 fame, show Ireland’s diversity, as do boxing champions Barry McGuigan and Wayne McCullough.
As impressive as the list might be, the most important people to me are my ancestors, the Quigleys and Maxwells, who were among the 250,000 who immigrated to America to escape devastating poverty brought on by the potato famine that affected Ireland from 1845 to 1852. My grandfather, John S. Quigley, was very proud of his Irish heritage. I will never forget hearing him sing old Irish folk songs while on our walks to the post office. He taught me to keep my eyes on the ground as not to miss the chance to find a four-leaf clover. He shared stories with my brother, sister and I about the sacrifices his parents had made to give the family a better life. I will always cherish those memories and the lessons learned, especially as we gathered around the dinner table to share a pot of Irish stew.
In life, we all face difficult challenges. I was recovering from a major health crisis when one of my dearest friends suggested that I needed to celebrate my turn around by taking a trip. When asked where I would like to go, I answered without hesitation: Ireland.
It wasn’t long before we set out on an 11-day adventure covering 13 cities and 1100 miles in the hope of connecting with my family home land.
In Ireland and Great Britain, vehicles drive on the opposite side of the road than in the U.S and the steering wheel is on the right side of the car. I certainly had a time adjusting to that as I sat on the passenger side trying to slow the car by pushing my foot on the floorboard as we rolled along twisted, windy side roads at what seemed like breakneck speed. However, from what I remember, the view was spectacular. I was able to catch my breath when we abruptly stopped to allow a herd of sheep to cross the road.
Although I have long been a vegetarian, I was knocked off my game with the food, especially a breakfast of homemade bread, eggs, mushrooms, beans, fried potatoes, tomatoes and ham. It was so good, I found myself getting up early just to sit at our bed and breakfast table each morning.
Through it all, I found myself falling in love with the beauty of Ireland’s natural landscape: the small and beautiful cottages, the rolling green countryside and the fresh, clean air. However, what I will always remember most are the friendly and beautiful people who make up this amazing Emerald Isle called Ireland.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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Friday, March 18, 2016
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Thursday, February 18, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Shelby McAllister of Washington, gets out of the limo during Night To Shine, a prom for special needs kids 16 and older. It's sponsred by the Tim Tebow Foundation at The Bible Chapel in McMurray.
Paul and Jessica make their way down the red carpet during Night To Shine, during the a prom at The Bible Chapel in McMurray.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Washington County Department of Parks & Recreation held an introduction to snowshoeing event at Mingo Creek County Park. Daniel Royall, right,recreation program coordinator, led the class on a modern hike.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Monday, December 21, 2015
Friday, December 4, 2015
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Scott Stegman of Greensboro participates in the 3rd annual Washington County Gay Straight Alliance candlelight walk through downtown Washington to recognize Transgender Day of Remembrance. This event helps to bring awareness in our community and honors the memory of transgender people who have died due to violence, hate, and discrimination.
Monday, November 9, 2015
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
International Peace Negotiator Mary Montague at Washington & Jefferson College. Montague, an experienced mediator who hails from Northern Ireland, has spent many years promoting peace in communities both at home and abroad.
Peacemaker: 'Rehumanizing' Key to resolution
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
Justin Buckels credits his early love of lower-body lifting for putting him in competitive shape to potentially break a state record in dead lifting.Buckels turns to weight training to overcome heroin.
Addict addicted to dead lift | Observer-Reporter
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
A recovering heroin addict shares her story of rehabilitation after a $200-a-day drug habit took its toll. Her story is the first in our "Under the Label" series, which will focus on the human side of social issues in the area. Heroin addict: 'It brought me to my knees' | Observer-Reporter
Monday, August 31, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
Jamie Thistlethwaite looking over a vine of French hybrids grapes in the vineyard at Thistlethwaite Vineyards in Jefferson Click To Read Story
Tommy McDowell,bottles wine at Thistlethwaite Vineyards in Jefferson
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
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Thursday, August 6, 2015
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Saturday, August 1, 2015
Jerry Davis,left, and David Morgan both from Pittsburgh, take a last look over the racing program before placing their bets for Delvin Miller Adios Race at The Meadows Race Track on Saturday, August 1, 2015
Friday, July 31, 2015
Boys and girls from the ages 7 to 10 put down their video games / iPads and step out into the bright sunshine and fresh air to partake in some old-fashion fun this week. During Pioneer Living Day Camp run by Washington County Parks and Recreation at Mingo Creek County Park, the campers enjoyed activities in the spirit of those who settled the United State such as Native American games, archery, butter making, panning for gold and much, much more. Even with the absence of electronics or a high speed internet connection, the kids seemed to enjoy connecting with nature and learning about the past.
Jeffrey Chickis,10, of Cecil, tries his hand at an Native American game by flipping sticks off the back of his hand then catching them during Pioneer Living Day Camp