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Lilly Lines By Jack Barlick 886-4694

Well I would say we made it safely this far through a mild winter . Bill and Alb have kept the streets in good condition for residents and visitors. The Township have kept the roads in there area in good shape also. These crews are first class.

Anyone with ideas for community improvement let both the borough and township know, good ideas can make magic work. With spring soon coming give a thought of planting some florals in your yards, this makes for a noble appearance , also keep all curb weeds cut out, especially around poles

Today, March 5 finds Brett Dively, Mark Lekens, Ava Porbosky, Colin Shable and Mario Crocetti celebrating. Mario is 89 and deserves special wishes.Mary Jane Lingafelt will be 88 on the 7th and William Walters celebrates on the 8th. Amber Artko parties on the 9th and Winifred McLucas will be 95 on the 10th. The 11th finds Crystal Martino and Don Patterson enjoying cake and ice cream. Happy Birthday TO All!.


You are an old timer if you went to bed before the ball was let loose on Times Square

Dec 062016

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My neighbor, Thrish Behe, has a beautiful lighting display in front of her home. Puts me in the Christmas spirit just seeing them on. I haven’t been out much but hope to make a tour or two to see all the nice Christmas lighting in town.

Thanks to helpful children I have 90% of my shopping completed and haven’t left my home.
Steve and Cindy have been overly helpful.

See where Alb Claar got a nice 9 point buck. Guess there will be deer jerky at the Boro building for lunch….. My son, John, got an eight point down in Northern Maryland. Dick Sweeney returned from a hunting trip in Texas with some SeaBee friends. He was successful, but says deer are the size of a large dog down there.

Santa Claus will be at the GBU this Saturday, December 11 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM. He then will visit the Sokols on Saturday, December 17th from 1:00 until 3:00 PM and on Sunday, the 18th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at both the Lilly American Legion and the Lilly Fire Company. Take your children or grandkids for a visit with Santa.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Mark Wasil who recently passed away.

Special birthday greetings go to Paul Cooney who is 91 today, December 8, he celebrates along with Anna Lill, Mary Ann Billick and Emma Sawinski. Steve Durkay and Amber Artko celebrate on the 9th as will Charlotte Muldoon on the 10th, Bill Dunmyer and Barb Martino on the 11th and Chris Wheeler on the 12th. On December 13Nicholas Marinak and Ashlee Weakland observe birthdays as does my sister Maureen Kelly in Napiersville and my daughter Natalie Ann Reed in Altoona. The 14th finds Elizabeth Wilt celebrating. Happy Birthday to All!

The local clubs giving treats to children at Christmas time is a long standing tradition here in Lilly. Old timers can remember those visits when the VFW was also included.

Dec 062016

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All of my children and most grandchildren visited my home during Thanksgiving. My son Steve did a lot of the dinner preparation. Hope everyone else had nice times too.


Congratulations to Patty Grove on her retirement after 30 years of service to Our Lady of the Alleghenies parish. Enjoy the future free time.

Santa Claus will visit the Lilly G.B.U at 2:00 PM Sunday, December 8 for a children Christmas party and to pass out candy to local children who visit. Bring the kids for an enjoyable afternoon.
Many residents have taken advantage of the mild days to get their outside decorations up. I am told there was a nice turnout for the tree lighting ceremony managed by Kelly Sklodowski on Saturday evening down town.. There were about 134 riders for the horse and sleigh rides. Several out of town families took the opportunity to give their children a nice Christmas season experience. Thank you to my daughter Cindy Rabish and her husband Bryan along with Vickie Durkay for taking over the stable duties lining up the riders.

The day came and went while I did not leave the house. I did do some computer shopping and daughter Cindy has been helping.I am actually making progress.

Today, December 1 finds Amy Stauski and Nola Russian celebrating their birthdays as will Gloria Eckenrode. Barbara Bart and Priscilla Sibis on the 2nd and Anthony Ronan on the 3rd. Then comes December 4 when I turn 73 along with Kathleen Zirn, a 1961 classmate, partying also will be Ryan Behe, Joseph Ditosti and nephew Colin Nesbella. On December 5 Charles Mulhearn and Ed Myers get to party as will Tim Przybys on the 6th and Brooke McIntosh on the 7th. Happy Birthday to All!
Rick and Marilyn Nadolsky observe their wedding anniversary on the 1st and Howard and Susan McIntosh observe theirs on the 6th. Congratulations!

You are an oldtimer if you remember when Al Green would butcher deer at his market on Main Street.

Nov 242016

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Ugggh.Snow on the ground since the 21st of November….ready for hibernation.

I would like to wish my family, friends, and readers a very happy and enjoyable Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

As a reminder, Misty Haven Stables will be providing sleigh rides from 5:30PM to 9:00PM, Saturday, November 26th. Tickets are available at Gall’s Insurance Agency. Walk-up rides are available. Enjoy the town tree-lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa at 7:00PM. Both events
are at the old ambulance building (soon to be the new borough building) at the intersection of Main and Cleveland Streets in Lilly Borough.

The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the family and friends of Joseph Suchta who passed away November 20th. Joe was a retired coal miner and also a veteran of both WWII
and Korea. He helped with mining information for Lilly-Washington Historical Society’s “Spirit of Community” book.
Also sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Barbara Szczechowicz who passed on November 14th. She was a 1961 graduate of Lilly-Washington High School and was a land-lady
in Lilly and also operated a grocery store on Cleveland Street for many years.

On November 24th, Hannah Glenn, Allison Przybys, and Trey Talko get to blow out candles.
Cake time on the 26th for Joseph Gides, Deb Hartline, James Lego, and Bernard Phillps. The 27th sees Rick Nadolsky, Barbara Pysher, and William Wilkinson V, celebrating. Happy Birthday to
Florence Stevens and Vicki Durkay on the 28th. The 29th sees Lucille Campagna and Taylor Tomlison celebrating. On the 30th, Lori Rainey celebrates her birthday. On December 1st, Amy Stauski celebrates. Happy Birthday to All.

A special anniversary wish to Phyliss and Ted Myers on November 25th, as they observe their 60 years together. Donald and Frances George, Frederick and Gloria Kuntz, and Thomas and Patricia Muldoon celebrate as well.
On the 28th, Regis and Joan Kinback celebrate and on the 29th, James & Mary Kozak celebrate.
The 1st of December, sees Rick and Marilyn Nadolsky celebrating.
Happy Anniversary to each couple.

You are an old timer if you raised your own turkey for Thanksgiving.

Nov 162016

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The Borough Christmas Tree lighting and town lighting will be held on Saturday, November 26th at 7:00 PM at the Lilly Borough Building (former ambulance) building on Main Street . Come join in the festivities of welcoming in the Christmas Season.

There will also be Sleigh Rides hosted by the historical society and provided by Misty Haven Stables from 5:30 until 9:00 PM. Sign up in advance at Galls Insurance on Main Street. Out of town families are welcome. Fortunately in over 10 years of holding the tides there has never been enough snow to use the blades instead of the wheels. Fingers crossed!

Celebrating their birthdays on the 17th are Ronald George and Tabitha Sibis. John Weber will be turning another year older on the 18th. On the 19th, Taylor Rabatin and Dominic Stiffler will celebrating their birthdays. If you see Diane Kuisick, Caleb Hurley, Noah Jones, or Chris Mulhearn on the 21st, wish them a happy birthday. Michael Quinn will be eating cake and ice cream on the 22nd for his birthday. Happy birthdays go out to Myrtle Haines, Hannah Glenn, Allison Przybys, and Trey Talko on the 24th.

Celebrating their anniversaries on the 20th are Andrew and Josephine Lysic and James and Sonja Moyer. On the 21st, James and Carmella Drass will be enjoying their anniversary. Russ and Gertrude Leap will have their 60th anniversary on the 22nd. If you see Robert and Deborah Rabatin on the 23rd, wish them a happy anniversary.

Yon are definitely an old timer if you remember Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson running for President and John Kennedy and Richard Nixon running four years later.

Nov 162016

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The Lilly American Legion Honor guard will hold a veteran remembrance ceremony at the Lilly War Memorial field at 11:00 AM on Friday November 11. The public is invited to this event that will honor area veterans who have passed away this past year including Larry Mock, Fred Arnold, Ralph Scoran, Larry Lucas and Paul Sweeney.
Orders can still be placed with the Lilly Knights of Columbus for their Christmas Candy until November 29.( See any Knight) The orders then can be picked up before or after Masses at Our Lady of the Alleghenies hall on December 10 and 11.
The entire community was saddened by the recent death of John Muldoon. He lived here in town and had a wealth of friends and family here. RIP

Aren’t you glad the elections are over and the TV programs are getting back to normal. This was the most frustrating campaign for president that I can ever remember and I now have no respect for either finalist or parties. Disgusting is too mild of a word to call the campaign.
As it was warm the other day I decided to take a scooter ride around town. I covered most streets and was also looking out for junk and problems especially groups of old autos in my duty as mayor. There aren’t many to be found and 1 without plates or inspection is ok. Ones with broken windows should be removed.
What I did notice was that a very, very large percentage of residents take pride in their properties. Only a few places in town need cleaned up and letters will go out shortly addressing this.
Today, November 10 finds Nancy Cassissi, Jenifer Craine, Sharon Diehl, Elizabeth McCool, Frances McIntosh, Dolores Seymour and Liza Tremel all celebrating their birthdays. A special greeting goes to Elizabeth McCool who is 100 years of age on the 10th On the 11th John Schaffranek, Brady Jones, William Mulhearn and Joyce Przybys celebrate as will Emma Miorelli on the 12th. Mary Ann Suchta celebrates on the 13th and Margaret Conrad,Stephen Mardula, Laureen Ronan and Ray Serre party on the 14th while Tyler Prebish, Mark Przybys, Joyce Pyo, James Steberger and Sarah Wilson all enjoy cake and ice cream on the 15th. Happy Birthday to All!
Michael and Shelley McIntosh celebrate their wedding anniversary on the 15th. Happy Anniversary!

You are an old timer if you remember cleaning erasers outside after class as they were full of white dust.

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