Feb 232012

March is just a week away. Other than a freak snow storm or two winter is about over. Won’t be too long now until the robins return for the summer. I will be watching for the rose breasted grosbeaks to return awhile during their annual migration further north.

SYMPATHY Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Ida “June” Costlow who passed away last week. June was really fond of her large extended family and very much enjoyed the well organized family reunion held at her home each year. I was always amazed how active she was for her advanced age. She loved her church (St. Luke’s) and her family and will be missed by all.

Sympathy also is extended to the family of Frank Chislow who also recently passed away. Frank resided in Gallitzin but was born and grew up in Lilly. He was a WW2 Army veteran.

BIRTHDAYS Happy birthday to George Klayko who celebrates today, February 23rd. Then on the 24th it will be party time for Ted George, Ed Hutsky, Barry Yagoda and Matthew Zunich. On the 25th Ella Digruilles, Christy Offman. Jim McConnell, William Marks and Tom Suchta celebrate as will Pamela Sanders and Bonnie Guzic on the 26th and Jamie Russian, Jared Semindinger and Andrea Siedlarczyk on the 27th. Bill Conley Jr. gets to party on the 28th. Happy Birthday to all.


LILLY LINES by Jack Barlick – (814)886-4694

Feb 162012

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

Feb 092012

SUPER BOWL I was rooting for the Giants along with granddaughters Kiara and Kiana Nadolsky as we watched the entire game at their home. It was a very good game and half time show by Madonna. Now its time to start Steeler mania for 2012.

ICE SKATING Just maybe you will be able to skate both Saturday and Sunday evenings at the War Memorial if the evening weather forecasts hold up. Good luck, as the season is getting short.

CHICKEN DINNER Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will be serving a Stuffed Chicken Dinner on Sunday, February 19th at their Hilltop location. Adult is $9.00 and children $4.50. All take outs are $9.00. Meals are available from 11: AM until 2: PM. From past experience, believe me, a dinner there is well worth the cost.

MOVED to MANHEIM Mary Gall had lived in Lilly most of her life. After her daughter Marianne died last year she remained in town but really wanted to live with her son Charles and his family in Manheim where she also has three grandchildren. She recently made the move and I wish her well.

BIRTHDAYS Paul Erzal and Shawn Phillips celebrate their birthdays today, February 8th as will Anna Mae Giblock, John Nezneski , Jacob Stevens and Samantha Stevens on the 10th. Then on the 11th it will be party time for Joanne Courtot followed by Jacob Bossler and Regina Skura on the 12th.

Zachary Martnuska gets to celebrate on the 13th as will Barbara Lego, Toni Nadolsky, Andrew Ronan, James Secrisky, Erin Serre, Jackie Steberger and Bill Wilkinson III on Valentines Day, the 14th. Then it will be cake and ice cream for Travis Franey, Larry Lucas, Christopher Matcho and Katie McCarty on the 15th. Happy Birthday to All!

HISTORICAL SOCIETY If you have a family picture you would like considered for the 2013 calendar submit a copy to the society at 417 Cleveland Street or drop it off to me or Ron Muldoon.

AMERICAN LEGION The Lilly American Legion will hold its monthly meeting this evening at 7:00 PM. All recently discharged veterans and those on active duty in the military are invited to join the Lilly Legion as Post members.


LILLY LINES by Jack Barlick – (814) 886-4694

Feb 022012

GROUNDHOG Did he see his shadow or not? Regardless, only about six weeks of winter remains. I can deal with that while I am anxiously watching for crocuses and daffodils. With the warm January temperatures I have been told some people already saw small flowers sprouting in their yards.

LITTLE LEAGUE With spring on its way it will soon be time for baseball. Signups for Lilly Area Baseball and Softball will be held this Saturday, February 4th and Sunday, February 5th from 10:00 AM until Noon each day at the Washington Township Building on Jones Street. Peewee, Little League and Softball fees are $20 increasing to $40 after March 15 and $100 after April 15. Pony League fees are $40 and increase to $80 after March 15th. For information call John Hurley at 886-9483 or Rich Leahey at 886-4338.

SYMPATHY Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Mildred Moschgat who recently passes away. Sympathy also ie extended to the family of Helen Popchak of Oil City who recently died. Helen was a Zurilla and grew up in Washington Township.

BIRTHDAYS Marisa Wilder celebrates her birthday today, February 2nd. On the 3rd Angie Glenn, Catherine Leap and James Krumenaker observe their birthdays followed by Erlynne Amrhein, my daughter Cathy Nadolsky and Karissa Batdorf on the 4th. On the 6th Betty Ann Agosta and Chad Franey get to party as will Michelle Claar, Donald George, Gary Nadolsky Jr., and John Prebish on the 7th. Then on the 8th Leona George celebrates. Happy Birthday to All.

SUPRISE PARTY The family and some friends of Winifred McLucas held a surprise birthday party for her at Taddy’s in Gallitzin. Winnie was 90 years old on January 10th. She was born at the home of Chester and Rhoda Hoover on Jones Street. Her mother, Regina, was staying there so the Doctor could make it for the delivery as the family home on the mountain was snowed in. Her dad was Edward A. Brown who was the principal of the Jimtown school. Winnie was baptized at St. Brigid’s Church.

Her son, Bob, flew in to DC and then drove up for the party. Her nephew, Bill McLucas and his family also came up from Virginia. Her only surviving brother in law, Homer McLucas, attended as did her daughter Brigit’s in laws. Over forty friends and family joined Winnie for the party.

TALL TALES Back in the summer of 1908 several Slavs were partying in downtown Lilly. They then headed back to Lilly Coal where they both worked in the mines and resided in company houses. While walking home late at night the miners were set upon by other “foreigners” near the Piper mine row houses. A fight began, guns were drawn, and one individual was shot in the arm. Constable Inman of Lilly locked several of those involved in the borough jail for the night.

REWARD OFFERED The owner of the storage sheds behind the Lilly factory building is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for vandalism at the site. Apparently several storage sheds were spray painted with black paint the night of January 21st. The culprit(s) also spray painted the concrete bridge pillar there. The police have been notified. If you have helpful information call 886-8610.


LILLY LINES by Jack Barlick – (814) 886-4694