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