CONGRATULATIONS A.J. Leahey is a junior at the Penn Cambria High School. He is also an accomplished member of their varsity and junior varsity basketball teams. Last week he scored his 1,000th point in a game against Central Cambria on the home court in Cresson. The team went on to defeat Central Cambria 63-39. A.J. is the son of Rich and Linda Leahey of Lilly and the grandson of Andrew and Helen Teno of Portage and the late Kenneth and Margaret Leahey. As he is only a junior look for great games of basketball at Penn Cambria during his coming senior year. AJ and several others from Lilly comprise the heart of the team that is destined for a championship year. Good Luck to All of the players and special congratulations’ to AJ. His parents and the community are proud of him.
WAR MEMORIAL The Lilly-Washington War Memorial has mailed out their 2012 fund drive appeal letters. This organization deserves your generous support as they are the prime source of recreation in the community and also maintain a dignified monument in honor of our war dead. The field is well maintained and provides countless hours of activity for the girls, boys and adults of the community and area. Help them out!
MONTANA A bunch of atheists are causing a stir in the wilds of Montana. The group wants the federal government to remove a statue of Jesus that has been in the federal parks woods for over 50 years. The statue was placed there by WW2 veterans and is maintained by the Knights of Columbus. The issue is now in the courts. I suggest that the Park Service sell the small tract of land to the Knights and solve the problem. I would hope that the singer who gave a one finger salute during the halftime show at the Super Bowl was sending a greeting to the atheists involved. Another thought of mine is we, as Christians, should place a cross on the exterior of our homes to let atheists know they can’t defeat us. I plan to!
NEW BABY David and Sarah Myers have welcomed a new daughter, Caitlyn Abigal, into their home joining a sister Christina. Caitlyn was born at Conemaugh Hospital on Ground Hog Day, February 2nd.
ST. LUKES ST. Lukes Lutheran Church will be holding services on Shrove Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 PM at te church. This includes the burial of the Alleluia, donuts, and burning of last years palms. On Ash Wednesday, February 22nd there will be an early service at St. Lukes at 6:00 PM and a later service at the First Lutheran Church at 7:30 PM both with Imposition of the Ashes and the Lord’s Supper. The parish will also conduct Holden’s Evening Prayer with a brief Order for the Healing each Wednesday in Lent at 7:00 PM February 29th , March 14th and March 28th at the First Lutheran in Portage and on March 7, March 21 and April 4th at Saint Lukes in Lilly.
FISH DINNERS Fish Dinners will be available at the First Lutheran Church in Portage from 12 noon until 5:00PM on February 24th, March 9th and March 23rd while supplies last.
SYMPATHY Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of George Secrisky who recently passed away. George was born in Gallitzin and grew up in Lilly.
STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST DINNER Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will be serving a Stuffed Chicken Breast Dinner from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM this Sunday, February 18th at the church hall on Hill Top Street. There is both dine in or take out available, Adult is $9.00 and children (dine in only) 4.50. Call 884-0205. Why bother laboring over the stove when it’s only a short drive for a delicious meal?
BIRTHDAYS Today, February 16th finds Malaki Brown, Robert Paul, Angela Stiffler and Joan Walters celebrating birthdays as will Matthew Serre and Karington Sklodowski on the 17th . On the 18th it will be party time for Doris Erzal, Genevieve Lassak, Shirley Patterson and Scott Steberger. The next day, February 19th will be cake and ice cream time for Tricia Martino, Bryan Offman, Robert Shedlock, Alicia Walters and Melanie Wilkinson. Helena Link observes her birthday on the 20th followed by Bill Patterson, Mike Phillips, Dave Lutton and Christina Rowe on the 21st. ON the 22nd Tina Digruilles and Victoria Regan get to party. Happy Birthday to All.
ROCKDUMP Take a ride up Memorial Drive and you will be surprised as to how little of the Piper rock dump remains. It looks like a few more weeks and there will be no sign left of the massive slag pile. I was a real skeptic when this job started but must admit that Fuel Recovery has been good to their word on running the trucks slow down Piper Street. Also each week that weather permits they have a street sweeper come through. The street is cleaner than usual.
LILLY LINES by Jack Barlick – (814) 886-4694