When Cindy Berg was in fourth grade, she wrote her first play.
Brad Simms considers every single call he has responded to over his 46 years as a member of the Claysville Volunteer Fire Department to be important.
Jeanne Allender knew from the time she was a young girl that she wanted to help people in need.
On March 24, when Gov. Tom Wolf announced Pennsylvania schools were closing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stephanie Knisely’s friend told her she couldn’t find diapers at any of the local grocery stores.
When Matt Leader and his fiancée, Ashley Farabaugh, got engaged in 2019, they knew immediately who they wanted to officiate their Oct. 2, 2021, wedding: Dr. Rueben Brock, a licensed counselor and professor at California University of Pennsylvania, whose psychology courses the couple took whi…
Washington Senior Citizens Center volunteer Charles "Chuck" Staley has been named as the February Extraordinary People recipient.
From the time she was in second grade, Rosalynn “Roz” Miller dreamed of becoming a professional dancer.
It all started in a Washington County courtroom.
For her tireless work in the Washington community to raise awareness about violent crimes and to help others who have experienced loss, Suzanne Kelley has been selected as November's ExtraORdinary Person.
Mary Beth Rudy, second from right, was chosen as the Observer-Reporter’s “ExtraORdinary People” recipient for September. As part of the award, the Washington Auto Mall and newspaper will make a $500 donation in her name to the charity of her choice, Washington City Mission. With Rudy are, fr…
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Mary Beth Rudy was selected as the ExtraORdinary People awardee for September.
Forty years ago, at the age of 30, David Garrison had the first of three heart attacks.
A former college professor and philanthropist has collaborated with her daughter on a charming book series about Southwestern Pennsylvania that has allowed the trio to do something they love: help people.
For her philanthropic project, Nina Thompson has been honored with the Extraordinary People Award for May, which recognizes people who make a positive difference in their communities. The Observer-Reporter and Range Resources sponsor the award.
Meet Tracey Crompton, founder of Bridge to Home Animal Rescue and February's ExtraORdinary People recipient.
Denise Brna-Kusky, the January recipient of the ExtraORdinary People award, uses extreme couponing to donate food and supplies to animal shelters.
Todd Crissman, technology education teacher at Trinity Area High School, is December's ExtraORdinary People awardee.
For turning his life around and dedicating his efforts to area youth, Troy Moore has been selected as the Observer-Reporter’s ExtraORdinary Person for the month of November.
James Walter of Vestaburg is the October ExtraORdinary People Award recipient.
Dave Richards, a sergeant for the North Strabane Police Department, receives the September ExtraORdinary Person Award.
ExtraORdinary People: Nick Phillips rescues three people from a house on fire in Cecil in June.
Every month, the Observer-Reporter recognizes the “ExtraORdinary People” in our community and is seeking nominations from readers for the feature.
Nicholas Demaske, a recovering addict, has turned his life around and was able to save a woman who overdosed.
ExtraORdinary People - Local man who suffered a traumatic brain injury has found satisfaction with his job
Francis Mangino, who suffered a traumatic brain injury after a car accident in 2011, has found satisfaction – and many friends – on the job at Italian Village Pizza in Monongahela. For his dedication and inspiration to others, he was nominated for the June ExtraORdinary People award.
Francis Mangino, who suffered a traumatic brain injury after a car accident in 2011, has found satisfaction – and many friends – on the job at Italian Village Pizza in Monongahela.
Kathy McCully Cameron is a nominee for an ExtraORdinary People award.
Tracy Sushel, director of supportive services for Thomas Campbell Christian Center, has been awarded the ExtraOrdinary People award for her work with the elderly.
Don and Joyce Bailey, with Washington County Young Marines, were chosen as the Observer-Reporter’s “Extraordinary Person” for the month of February. The Observer-Reporter and Range Resources will make a $500 donation in their names to the Marine Corps League Foundation. Pictured in the check…
A Canonsburg woman helps make wishes come true for seniors.
Erica Lenzi was chosen as the Observer-Reporter‘s Extraordinary Person for the month of January. The Observer-Reporter and Range Resources will make a $500 donation in Lenzi’s name to Second Chance Sato. Pictured, from left, are Mike Mackin of Range Resources, Lenzi, and Matt Miller of the O…
Spouses Don and Joyce Bailey have run the Washington County Young Marines program for many years.
Erica Lenzi of Finleyville rescues dogs from the streets of Puerto Rico. Find out how she does it in this installment of the ExtraORdinary People series.
In June of 2017, the Observer-Reporter launched a new project, "ExtraORdinary People," a series that recognizes the unsung heroes in our own community. Each month, a panel of community and philanthropic leaders select one winner from nominations submitted by our readers, and we share their s…
In this video from our ExtraORdinary People series, Pam Slomiany, of Peters Township, was nominated the extraordinary person of the month for the work that she does with Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Here she’s talking with her “little sister,” Jessica, 13, of Charleroi.
Meet Pam Slomiany, whose work as a mentor with the Big Brother Big Sister program earned her the honor of the December Extraordinary People award.
Meet Debbie Hampson, the O-R's Extraordinary People selection for November.
Billie Morris sits behind the desk in her office while two rotund office cats lounge contentedly nearby.
Hope Black calls it “Spencer’s Mountain,” and she is only slightly exaggerating.
Della Faryna, center, who has a knack for raising money and has organized hundreds of community fundraisers and events, was profiled in August as part of the Observer-Reporter’s Extraordinary People feature. As part of the recognition, the Observer-Reporter and Range Resources will be making…
When Della Faryna’s children enrolled in Ave Maria School in Bentleyville 32 years ago, she jumped into fundraising to help raise money for school-related activities and events.
For Mike Rumble, the serenity of a late October evening was destroyed by a crash he heard, and probably felt, from inside his home. He immediately sensed it was bad.