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Bob Donaldson

Bob Donaldson has been visual journalist at the Post-Gazette since 1986. He’s a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and attended the Ohio University Graduate School of Journalism. He’s worked as a photographer at newspapers in Western Pa. and graphics editor at newspapers in Florida and Tennessee. A native of Carnegie, he currently lives with his family in Green Tree.

In Focus: The Great Blue Heron

The love affair starts with a drive along Big Sewickley Creek Road. It winds along the creek, hopping from Allegheny County to Beaver County and back. Just up the short hill past the Hanson Asphalt Plant you cast your eyes to the right and there it is. Giant blue-gray birds, alien to a Pittsburgh youth of the ’50s and ’60s, rebuild some three dozen stick nests atop tall sycamore trees. Great blue herons have returned for another nesting season, and to delight me and my camera. View The Gallery >

29th annual Children’s Practice and Party

Children and their immediate family members from the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virgina, The Children’s Institute and the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh were treated to a practice session and lunch followed by a meet and greet with members of the Pittsburgh Penguins. View The Gallery >

In Focus: The shoe no longer fits

In a time filled with “end of eras,” Thursday afternoon was just a minor blip on the scale. But for people in the New Kensington area with shoes that need to be fixed, it was a major event. Gene Montemurro, savior of worn shoes, closed his Gene’s Shoe Repair on Fifth Avenue and retired after 66 years. View The Gallery >