Jan 082017

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.

Oct 302016

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While we are trying to enjoy the leaves turning colors as we advance through the fall we must take time outside to enjoy the briskness of the air. This brings along the annual Halloween programs in the area.

Lilly will be hosting a Halloween Parade in mid town with line up at 3:00 at the Lilly Ambulance building (that is the new Lilly Borough building) on Cleveland Street with the parade moving down Main Street at 3:00 PM. After the short parade a treat will be given to each child at the Borough building compliments of Lilly Borough and Washington Township. At the same time there will be trunks of treats in the pavilion area for those wishing to distribute candy from their vehicles.

Following this there will be town-wide trick or treating until 6: PM.
Fire and Ambulance personnel will help watch the streets for safety issues during the treat.

The Knights of Columbus Lilly Local will be conducting a Christmas candy sale at Our Lady of the Alleghenies church. Orders must be received by November 20th and candy pickup will be December 10th and 11th after all masses. They have many chocolate and peanut butter arrangements available.

Kayla Ehrenfeld and Autumn Hall observe birthdays today, October 27th followed by Sherry Agosta, Jacqueline Myers and Jeff Wilson on the 28th while Judith Leap. Cathleen Lykens and Bill Wheldon get to party on the 29th. Ed Ziemba observes his birthday on the 30th followed by Doug Custer, Michael Summerville. Chris Wheeler and Ronald Wissinger on the 31st. November 1 will find Mackenzie Behe, Jacob Martynuska and Travis Nadolsky celebrate as will Kimberly Bloom and Susan Filak on the 2nd. Happy Birthday to All.

Phil and Carol McGivney celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on the 29th while John and Joyce Pyo celebrate their 45th anniversary on October 30th. Happy Anniversary to both couples.

Having problems with my computer that appears like outside hacking. I am in the debate stage of what to do about it. So, for the next few weeks I may seem off base.

You are an old timer if the type writers in Mr. Beichners class room was the newest modern equipment you knew.

Oct 222016

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The Lilly Knights of Columbus will have order forms at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church and Chapel for their annual candy sale. Help support the Knights by purchasing some Christmas tasty Christmas candy from them. Orders are due by November 20th and can be picked up on December 10 and 11
Call Mary Custer at 886- 7468 , Patty Nagy at 886-7374 or Shirley Patterson at 886-886-7213

The Lilly Borough-Washington Township area trick or treat will be held Sunday. October 30th with the parade line up at 3:00PM and parade starting at 3:30 PM at the ambulance/borough building, treats will be given after the parade. A trunk to treat line up of those wishing to give out candy from their trunks will be held as will the town wide trick or threat until 6 ;00

After the most disgusting national campaign ever held in this country time is coming to vote. Make your best choice as we will have to live with the winner for at least four years.

John (Jack) Lazor was originally from Cassandra and went to school in Lilly. He was a Navy SeaBee who took pride in the military and traveled to many national convention. He visited ere in Lilly several times in the last few years and was a friend to me. RIP Jack

Georgia Borlie and William Weakland celebrate their birthdays to day October 20 followed by
Joy Eckenrode on the 21st and James McCabe , Dillon Tremel and Ron Cropsey Jr on the 22nd. On the 23rd RoseMarie Boast,Patricia Zoskey, Carol Funari, Trent Logan ,Trey Logan, Chad Pysher and Doris Sweeney get to party as will John Lingafelt, Elizabeth Lutton. Sue Ann Leap,Mary Louise Lingafelt, Bambi Brown on the 24th and Michael Zumer Sr on the 25th followed by Abigail Bost and Christian Quinn on the 26th. Happy Birthday to All!

Ray And Catherine Serre celebrated their wedding anniversary on October 20 followed by Chris and Nancy Rowe on the 21st and Joseph and Kim Gides on the 22nd Larry and Linda Behe celebrate on the 25th. Happy Anniversary to All!


if you soaped car windows….what can I say.

Sep 122016

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Congratulation to our Penn Cambria Panthers on their nice win over Westmont this past Saturday. The score was Penn Cambria 28 Westmont 0.

The Mainline Panthers had a very large turnout at The Lilly War Memorial field both Friday and Saturday for their weekend games. The excellent weather being outdoors for the evenings allowed a pleasant time for all the players, cheerleaders, parents, grandparents and all others in attendance. Fridays game under the lights ended with a fireworks show.

Shirley Patterson tells me that her hummingbird visitors are almost all gone for the winter months. I guess this is a warning that snow is on its way. After just now being able to enjoy the out doors it makes for unpleasant thoughts of returning to winter hibernation.

The Lilly Girl Scouts Troop Number 46508 will begin their fall registrations and meetings on September 19 at 6:30 PM. The troop is open to girls from Kinder garden to 8th grade .For further information call Jeannie George at 979-8281.

Josephine Lysic celebrates her birthday today, September 15th followed by Kloe Dixon, James Arnold, Jack George, Benjamin Rainey and Connie Stauske on the 16th and Fred Behe, Lucas Jones, Allen Lego, and Jackie Lingafelt on the 17th. Robert Paul enjoys cake and ice cream on the 18th as will Bently Rice, Mary Lou Behe, Cheryl Bender, Emil Campagna, Marty Craine and Tony Sabol on the 19th. On September 20 Tim McGarry, Justin Artko Matt Hoover and Charles McMullen observe birthdays. On the 21st Sister Jane Rosko, Kevin Eckenrode and Matt Hoover get to party. Happy Birthday to All!

Larry and Darla Summerville celebrate their wedding anniversary on September 16 as will Eugene and Sandy Miorelli on the 18th followed by John and Kathleen Bost on the 19th
and Bart and Valerie Borlie on the 20th. Alan and Colleen celebrate on the 21st. Happy Anniversary to each couple!

You bought a pack of cigarettes from a machine for 25 cents and got two pennies back taped on them.

Sep 122016

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694 

This has to be one of the warmest and pleasant summers we can remember. With fall just around the corner it will be hard to face the colder weather. Even though te sea coast took a beating over the Labor Day weekend the weather here in Central PA was great. Not long now and the hummingbirds will be headed to Belize for the winter.

Friday, September 9 the Knights of Columbus Local 11084 here in Lilly is sponsoring a Blood Drive at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church hall from 12:30 until 6:00 PM. Stop by and help them meet their quota.

Congratulation to the Penn Cambria Varsity Football team in their victory over Richland on Friday, September 2. Stop by the Lilly War Memorial field on most fall weekends and watch the Mainline Panthers play.

Where have all the gardens gone? For years most neighbors planted nice gardens that produced wholesome food for canning and sharing. Now, It is hard to find a garden in the neighborhood There is nothing better than fresh tomatoes this time of the year.

Saige Vargo and Elijah Ehrenfeld celebrate their birthdays on the 9th followed by Anglea Braatz on the 10th and Tyler Boland, Matt Myers, George Lukacs, Ann Mardula, and Regina Swinger on the 11th and Ava Campagna and Brian Skura on the 12th .On September 14 Gertrude Leap, William Orlosky and Robert Sorichetti get to party. Happy Birthday to All!

Les and Margo Kiel celebrate their wedding anniversary on September 9 followed by Christopher and Jessica Matcho on the 12th, James and Ann McCool on the 13th and Brian and Tina Latoche on the 14th along with Joe and Donna Panek. Happy Anniversary to each couple.!

You are an old timer if you remember George Singel running the movie house on Main Street.