Jan 122012

SYMPATHY Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Harold Leahey of Hollidaysburg, formerly of Lilly who died last week. Harold was a son of Brady and Marcella Leahey and graduated from the Lilly High School in 1949. He married Cecelia Albarano. An Army veteran of the Korean War he retired from the Mobil Oil Company.

ICE SKATING The rink at the War Memorial Field is ready for the ice skaters, if only we could get some ice. If we get a few days with temperatures below 32 and colder nights it will probably be ready to use. As for me, skip the ice, give me the sunny skies and warm weather.

CRESSON NEWS I enjoy reading the Pet Peeves posted most weeks by Margaret Wyland in her Cresson column. So many of them hit the local topics directly. Keep it up Marge!

HEARD IT ALL So you think you have heard it all. Let me tell you a story. Here in town a woman was walking her dog (on the property of others without permission). The dog apparently stepped into a very slight depression in the earth and allegedly pulled a muscle. The woman is expecting the landowner to pay the dog’s medical expense. I feel sorry for the dog for possibly getting hurt but feel more sorry for the dog for having such an idiot for an master.

FIRE COMPANY DINNER At least eighty people attended the annual installation dinner of the Lilly Community Volunteer Fire Company at the Sokols on January 7th. This was a very nice affair where the Fire Company recognized the Life Members present and presented each with a special hat. Among those present the eldest were Vic Paul Jr, Ted Myers and Bob Kunrod. The company also thanked the Township, Borough, Mutual Aid Companies, Cresson Ambulance and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for their help during the year. Eight junior firemen received special thanks for their yearlong efforts. This young group of boys and girls have brought a new enthusiasm to the organization and showed their pride in being members as each wore the companies uniform o the dinner. The fire company auxiliary, represented by Theresa Dunmyer, Sister Jane and Donna Smith. presented the company with a check for $2800 dollars raised during 2011;

Arturo Martynuska, a former Lilly volunteer and a retired past assistant chief of the Johnstown Fire Department, who is active with the State Firemens Union, was present and spoke on recent cancer legislation, that was signed into law by Governor Corbett, that effects both paid and volunteer firemen. It is an important benefit that protects firemen for 600 weeks after leaving active duty after at least four years of service in the event they are afflicted with cancer. It helps with lost wages and medical bills.

Lilly Mayor Patrick Podrasky administered the oath of office to the members elected to various positions for 2012. They are: President Paul Sklodowski; vice-president Jeremy McIntosh; recording secretary Bob Klayko; treasurer Ray Guzic Jr. and financial secretary Matt Crum Fire Company trustees are Paul Smith, Dan Myers and Bill Conley Sr. The Relief Association trustees are Shane Smith, Jamie Hartline and Montana Miller. Line officers for 2012 are: Fire Chief Robert Crum; deputy chief Ian Daugherty; assistant chief Ed Myers; Captain 1 Matt Myers and Captain 2 Bill Conley. The Lieutenant 1 is Montana Miller and Lieutenant 2 is Dan Myers. Ray Guzic and Matt Crum will serve as safety officers. The Fire Police Captain is John Conley and the Fire Police Lieutenant is Jessica Bender. Accountability officer is Shane Smith.

BIRTHDAYS Today, January 12, Paul Lukacs, Leah Muldoon, Deborah Selip and Dave Swinger III celebrate birthdays as will Tin Panek Jr. and Ed Stombaugh on the 13th followed by Katherine Glass, Bill Kozak and Joyce Larue on the 14th. On the 16th Patricia Miorelli and Jerod McConnell celebrate as will Charles Bishop, Nathan Offman and Linda Albarano on the 17th. On January 18th Dorothy Glenn, Edward Costlow Bobby Glenn and Ron Yagoda all get to party. Happy Birthday!

My grandkids; twins Derek and Laura Reed were 5 years old on January 3rd. They had a little party with Jim and Natalie’s family present on the 8th. It was almost like a repeat of Christmas as they opened gifts,

LANDMARK GONE Did you notice that the Albarano Store was recently torn down? The store was built there over 70 years ago by Felix Albarano and operated by his family and daughters until 2006.When we were school kids in the late 1950s we would stop there for lunch cakes and soda. Dad always bought groceries there and was a faithful customer as the Albarano’s would carry his account during work slowdowns and layoffs. My daughter recently mentioned the excellent chocolate candies that would be available there at Christmas time. I would get jelly beans there also at Easter.


LILLYLINES by Jack Barlick – (814) 886-4694