Balitski Vision has relocated in Washington and will celebrate it Saturday.

The owner, Thomas G. Balitski, will have a grand opening event, including prizes, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the practice’s new location – 400 Locust Ave., Suite 2. It moved there from 199 N. Franklin St. on May 1, but kept the office number: 724-228-1028.

Balitski has worked in the eye care field for 26 years, the past 19 in Washington. He worked at Knox Optical from 1999 to 2014, when owners Susan and Leroy Knox retired and closed shop. The doctor opened Balitski Vision there that year.

Balitski Vision accepts most vision benefit and medical insurance plans, has evening and Saturday hours and has free, off-street parking.

Goat farm adds spa

Things aren’t going baaa-dly for Hillside Goat Dairy, which is expanding its operation.

Overseers of the small family goat/dairy farm have added Hillside Bath & Spa to its offerings at 1884 Route 136 in Eighty Four. The spa started taking appointments last week, but will have a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday.

Spouses Dorrie and Mike Lynch share ownership with their daughter, Mandy Lynch. They make all of their products from goat milk and sell them in a retail store on their farm. Items include soaps, lotions, scrubs and bath fizzies, plus gift baskets. They also take special orders for goat milk fudge and caramel topping.

Bath and spa hours are: Tuesday and Thursday, 1 to 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mandy Lynch handles all skin-care duties. The telephone number is 724-205-1653.

Buzz on new bakery

Honey Bee Bakery is hoping to savor the sweet smells of success in Monongahela.

The shop, at 3726 Dry Run Road, opened for business Friday. Marilyn Sanner is the owner, and at the urging of friends and family, is launching a bakery for the first time.

Honey Bee is closed Monday and Tuesday, but is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The telephone number is 724-809-3401.

New doughnut shop

And speaking of openings ... there will be a ribbon-cutting at noon Wednesday to mark the opening of The Dapper Donut, 230 Bill George Drive, Waynesburg.

Solar choice

Members of the Upper Ohio Valley Solar Co-op have selected Appalachian Renewable Power to install solar panels for its 33 participants.

They made their selection through a competitive bidding process that included four other firms.

The co-op is open to residents of Washington and Greene counties, of West Virginia’s northern panhandle and of the Ohio counties of Belmont, Columbiana and Jefferson. They have until Oct. 24 to sign up at

DEP director

Patrick McDonnell, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, last week appointed Keith Salador to be executive director of its Citizens Advisory Council.

Salador has been an attorney in DEP’s Bureau of Regulatory Council since 2014. He advised staff in the areas of environmental cleanup and brownfields; radiation protection; storage tanks; clean water; compacts and commissions; and oil and gas programs.

The council is made up of 18 citizen volunteers who meet 10 times a year in sessions open to the public.

Honor society

  • Certified Risk Managers recently honored
  • David Baily,
  • chief executive officer of Baily Insurance in Waynesburg, for leadership and professionalism in the risk management field. He received a certificate of achievement for five consecutive years of active affiliation with CRM.
  • Amy Braun-Bostich,
  • chief executive officer and lead adviser of Braun-Bostich & Associates Inc., has earned a Five Star Wealth Manager Award for the fifth consecutive year. Her firm, based at Ashwood Commons on Washington Road, North Strabane Township, is a Registered Investment Advisory/Private Wealth Advisory operation. Five Star Professional partners with Pittsburgh Magazine to recognize Pittsburgh-area wealth managers who provide quality services to their clients. About 1,000 managers are considered and around 400 receive awards.
  • Guardian Storage
  • has earned a 2018 Top Workplaces award from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, based entirely on employee feedback gathered by research partner Energage LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics). Guardian has 17 locations in the Pittsburgh area, including Washington, and five in Colorado. The company plans to open a location in Bethel Park in early 2019.


Business Writer

Rick Shrum joined the Observer-Reporter as a reporter in 2012, after serving as a section editor, sports reporter and copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rick has won eight individual writing awards, including two Golden Quills.

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