It’s 40 candles for a Scott Township car dealership.

Woltz & Wind Ford is celebrating 40 years of happy motoring. Jack Woltz and Larry Wind started the business in 1979 when they purchased Pascoe Motor Co., a Ford dealership based in a 1911 building in Carnegie. They immediately moved the enterprise to a site off Washington Pike.

Larry Wind is the president of Woltz & Wind and Washington Ford.

Over time, the dealership has grown from 40 employees to 110, undergone three additions and a showroom overhaul, and added an offsite vehicle storage area and a vehicle prep center.

Last year, new and pre-owned sales totaled 3,000-plus vehicles. Total revenue of all departments was $110 million.

Excellent nurse

Burrell School District students probably consider Angela Elenitsas Dastolfo to be an excellent nurse. Soon she will have an award to validate that.

Dastolfo, a Monessen High School graduate, will be presented the School Nurse Excellence Award for the Southwestern Region of Pennsylvania for 2019. She was selected by the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners, and will honored at the association’s annual banquet next Saturday at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College.

A mother of three and grandmother of three, Dastolfo is the certified school nurse and coordinator of health services for the Burrell district. Students and staff there nominated her for this award.

Dastolfo’s selection makes her eligible for the National Association of School Nurses’ 2020 Pennsylvania School Nurse of the Year Award.

Boost for Literacy Council

The Literacy Council of Southwestern PA is benefiting from a program launched by Moe’s Southwest Grill of Pittsburgh.

Moe’s has donated a grant through its Community Support Program to the Washington-based adult education facility. The grant will go to the council’s “Mommy and Me Baby Book Bag” program, which recommends that new mothers begin reading with their infants soon after birth.

Through the “Mommy and Me” program, each child born in Washington Hospital gets a book bag, baby book and literature on early childhood literacy.

The council has distributed more than 26,000 baby book bags during the 20-plus years the “Mommy and Me” program has existed.

Eight area Moe’s locations are donating more than $200,000 to local nonprofits, schools and other community organizations.

Sheetz hiring

Looking for work? Sheetz Corp. plans to hire about 1,100 people in Pennsylvania and more than 2,500 companywide. Positions will be full and part time.

Open interviews will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at all 589 Sheetz locations. Sheetz is a family-owned and operated convenience store chain based in Altoona. Its stores also are in West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina.

For more information, visit

Independence award

Independence Township is being honored for its ability to communicate with residents.

The township took a second place in the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ 51st annual Citizen Communication Contest. Independence was the runner-up in the Newsletters, Population 2,000 and Under category.

The contest attracted 106 entries in eight media categories: printed newsletters; electronic newsletters; most improved newsletters; other publications; audiovisual communication; cable TV programs; social media; and websites. A total of 36 townships submitted entries and 21 got awards.

GACO seminar

The Government Agency Coordination Office at California University of Pennsylvania will sponsor a Defense Contract Audit Agency and Accounting seminar April 3. It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh,

DCAA provides audit and financial advisory services to the Department of Defense and other federal bodies that are responsible for acquisition and contract administration.

Joseph Greger, a DCAA small business program manager, and Mark Wasser, a DCAA supervisory auditor, will speak. The seminar is free. The registration deadline is April 1 at

For more information, contact Tyler Verin at 412-237-6098 or

Shop opens

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting took place Thursday at Eye Candy, Simply Organic Hair, at 75 S. Maiden St., Waynesburg.

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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