May 242012

REMINDER The Lilly-Washington War Memorial Associations annual banquet will be held this Saturday, May 26th starting at 6:00 PM at the Our Ladies of the Alleghenies Church Hall. Those veterans who served during WW2 and are in attendance at the dinner will be honored. Paul “Moose” Sweeney, an Army veteran of the European Theater will address the assembly.

MEMORIAL DAY At 8:45 AM on Memorial Day, Monday May 28th the American Legion Honor Guard will conduct a service at the Lady of Mount Carmel National Catholic Cemetery on Hilltop Street. Then they will be at the LillyDale Cemetery for a 9:00 AM service. Following that service the Legion will be at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery on Cemetery Street and at 10:00 at St. Brigids Cemetery.

At 11:00 AM the annual Memorial Day service will be conducted at the Lilly War Memorial field. Americanism Awards will be presented to Alyce Palko and Dane Myers, both eighth grade students at Penn Cambria. Scholarships, totaling $5000 will also be presented to three high school seniors by the Lilly American Legion Post 628.

CITY LEAGUE The Lilly entry in the Altoona City League lost its opening game against the former East Coast Gun Sales in a game that went 12 innings at the Lilly field on May 20th. WW2 veteran Paul Sweeney threw out the first pitch to start the season. The final score was 3-2.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY The two books: “The Spirit of the Community” and “The Military Spirit of the Community” can be purchased at Galls Insurance Agency. Several soft back issues will be available at the War Memorial after the service on May 28th. Also miner plagues can still be ordered for inclusion on the miners monument at a cost of $50.

50TH ANNIVERSARY On May 20th approximately 250 people, including priests, nuns, family members and former and current parishioners of Monsignor John Sasway were in attendance at the Mass and Dinner honoring his fifty years in the priesthood. It was a very nice program and if you were there you will never forget about the fly and elephant at St. Vincent’s as told by Father Angelo Patti.

REMINDERS Just a reminder to area gamblers that the Lilly Fire Company Auxiliary is sponsoring a bus trip to the Hollywood Casino near Harrisburg on June 3rd.

On Sunday, May 20th the Traditional Anglers of Pennsylvania (T.A.P.s) of Portage placed trout in both the Bear Rock and Little Conemaugh creeks here in town in what they termed a supplemental stocking. The efforts of this group to the recreational activity of area youths is outstanding. Support them!

BIRTHDAYS On May 25th Shirley Noel and Tim Panek will celebrate birthdays followed byLori Krug and Nancy Rowe on the 26th and Robert Krull along with Gregory Podrasky on the 27th. On May 28th Linda Cropsey, Troy Logan and Dominic Ricupero all get to party as will Bill Claar on the 20th. On the 30th Audrey Craine, Andrew Glenn, Walter Hoberney and Justin Spaid all celebrate theor birthdays. Happy Birthday to All.

ANNIVERSARIES Andrew and Joanne Regan celebrate their wedding anniversary on May 25th and Beverly and Charles Mulhearn celebrate on the 30th. Happy Anniversary to Both Couples.

RAILROAD Sunday morningI talked to a fellow from Chicago who spends his vacations photographing trains. He had two tripods and cameras set up on the bridge at the Sokols. He times his photo shoots by the sun and explained how he gets better clear magazine quality pictures when the sun is just right. I ask him how he located Lilly and he said through magazines and train schedules. He works in the North Folk Southern yard in Chicago.

FINALLY I finally observed a ruby throated hummingbird at the flowers near my porch feeder. All is not in vain. No Grosbeaks though.


LILLYLINES by Jack Barlick – (814) 886-4694

May 172012

LEGIONAIRES Legionaries willing to help are reminder that American flags will be placed on veterans graves in the community on Saturday, May 19th starting at 8:30 AM. Meet at the Lilly Legion.

DINNER REMINDER The annual War Memorial Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 26th at 6 :00 PM at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church Hall. Call Bob or Mary Jane Monahan for tickets.

CASINO TRIP The Lilly Fire Company Auxiliary is sponsoring a bus trip to the Hollywood Casino near Harrisburg on June 3rd. More details in a later edition. Also on June 3rd the Lilly Fire Company will be hosting their spring Poker Run on Lilly Mountain for quad and dirt bikes. Time to get muddy, guys and gals!

STUFFED MEAT LOAF DINNER This Saturday, May 20th Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will be hosting a Stuffed Meat Loaf Dinner from 11: AM until 2:00 PM at the Hill Top Church. Both dining in meals or take out will be available.

CITY LEAGUE At 3:00 PM the Lilly American Legion/ Conrad Chiropractic City League Team will play a game against East Coast Gun Sales here at the Lilly Field. The season opener is being held in honor of military veterans and all are invited to attend. Proceeds will benefit the Lilly American Legion Scholarship fund.

GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY Also on May 20th Monsignor John Sasway will celebrate his 50th year as a Catholic priest. There will be a Mass at 3:00 PM at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church in his honor.

HOLYLAND TRIP My sister, Eileen Sweeney, recently returned from a 10 day visit to the Holy Land. She was able to visit Cana, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Capernaum, Mt. Tabor, Mount of the Beatitudes. Mt. Carmel, Mt. Zion, Casarea, Jerusalem., Bethany, the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, Emmaus, Jericho, Haifa and Tel Aviv. She carried a cross, sang and prayed the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa. The group she was with from Johnstown sang at eight different churches and Eileen was honored to read at the Sunday Mass at the Church of the Natavity in Bethlehem. They also rode a boat on the Sea of Galilee and renewed their baptismal vows at the River Jordan. Eileen also visited the Mediterranian Sea and the Dead Sea. Among the many Biblical sites, homes and churches she visited were the birthplaces of Jesus, Mary, John the Baptist, Lazarus, St. Peter, Mary Magdalene and many other saints. She joined with hundreds praying and touching the Wailing Wall. While the group was there the Israelites were celebrating their Independence Day and Memorial Day, both annual events. You had to have your passport with you when crossing from Jerusalem to Bethlehem and vice versus. At the checkpoint armed guards with machine guns would get on the bus and check the passengers and the luggage compartments each time they crossed the border. Surprisingly, the group felt very safe the entire time. Eileen said the trip was a once in a lifetime experience for her.

SYMPATHY The sympathy of the community is extended to the family and friends of Cynthia Cooney who passed away this past week while on a trip to Arizona.

BIRTHDAYS Celebrating birthdays today, May 17th are Maureen Engle and Evelyn Hutsky. On the 18th Elizabeth Sklodowski celebrates as will Robert Leap on the 19th and James Leahey on the 20th. Then on the 21st it will be party time formy grandson, Nathan Przybys who will be 17, The 22nd will be a busy day as Isabella Askins, Francis Filak, Dominic Hall, Russ Leap and Shirley Wilson all observe birthdays followed by Timothy Baer and Dave Bender on the 23rd. Happy Birthday to All.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES Michael and Tammy Hartline celebrate their wedding anniversary today, May 17th followed by Barbara and Brian Bart and Irene and Joseph Suchta on the 18th. On the 29th Michael and Shawn Summerville celebrate as will Cynthia and John Giblock and Shawn and Tori Nadolsky on the 22nd. Happy Birthday to All.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Lilly-Washington Historical Society will meet tonight May 17th at the Lilly Borough Building at 7:00 PM. The sculptor is tentative now for June in bringing in the completed project. There are several plaques to be corrected and several more to be ordered,. This is planned for August. Anyone wanting to place a miners name on the monument can get included in this order for $50. Plans are also being developed for the landscaping at the monument site.

LITTLE LEAGUE Went up to the Sankertown ball field the other day to watch a Little League game between Cresson and Lilly. It was one of those rare times I was rooting for Lilly’s opponents as my grandson, Connor Mento, was playing for Cresson. Connors team made a come from behind over time innings win with a score of 9-8.


Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick – (814) 886-4694