Jul 262012

CASINO TRIP The Lilly Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring a casino bus trip to Wheeling Downs this Sunday, July 29th. Contact Maureen at 886-7607 or Donna at 886-2584 for additional information.

TOWN WIDE YARD SALE The town wide yard sale in Lilly is only a week away. It will be held during the day on Saturday, August 4. .Also from 12 noon until 2:00 PM you can stop at the firemen’s pavilion and enjoy a barbequed chicken dinner while you browse the many sites or man your tables.

LEGION PICNIC The Lilly American Legion Post 628 will hold its annual members picnic on Sunday, August 12th at the Post pavilion on Jones Street. Sign up at the club during business hours. Guests are welcome with members.

RECOGNITION Max Roberts, the DVA Service Officer, deserves a lot of credit and praise for the many hours he has spent helping area veterans with information and claims the past two months. He will be in town for another week or so before heading home to Enterprise, Alabama.

BIRTHDAYS Today, July 26th finds John Steck, Denise Askins, Renee Behe, Richard Lingafelt and Ann McCabe celebrating their birthdays as will Les Kiel and John Mutsko on the 27th. Then on the 28th Bonita Gressick and Annette Pauley get to celebrate followed by Mary Kay Summerville, Stephanie Seymore and Madeline Mitchell on the 29th. July 30th is a busy day for the cake baker as Alex Dipko IIIm Heather Agosta, Don Hmiel, Margaret McGarry, Susan Rambeau and Ruby Tickerhoof all observe birthdays. James Moyer and Matthew Glenn gets to party on the 31st. Happy Birthday to All.

ANNIVERSARIES A special wedding anniversary greeting goes to John and Elaine Holsberger who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 28th. John is a retired teacher who taught in the Richland School District. He and Elaine have three children: Beth in Massachusetts, Jim in Kansas and Joe in Cresson. They also have six grandchildren

Gerald and Shirley Wilson observe their wedding anniversary on July 26th followed by Marty and Judy Arnold on the 28th, Dominic and Juliana Ricupero on the 29th and Fred and Sally Behe on the 31st. Happy Anniversary to All.

OLD TIMERS You are an Old Timer if you remember the steam engines belching smoke as they labored up the Mainline tracks and the large flocks of pigeons feeding on the corn that fell from cattle cars.


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

Jul 192012

VETERANS BENEFIT SEMINAR This Saturday at 12:00 noon at the Lilly American Legion Post 628 on Jones Street there will be a seminar held by Max Roberts, a certified Disabled American Veterans Service Officer. The purpose of the seminar is to help veterans become aware of the benefits available and if they qualify. This is open to all veterans from the area and we especially invite those that have served in Afghanistan and Iraq and the Desert Storm Conflict. If you served in Viet-nam and are not aware of the Agent Orange presumptions and compensation this may be important to you. The question and answer seminar will last about two hours.

TOWN WIDE YARD SALE The Lilly area town wide yard sale will be coming up on Saturday, August 4th. Call Nadine Rodgers to get on the map that will be distributed to visitors. The cost is only $5 and helps publicize the event.I am told it is bumper to bumper traffic that day.

GREEN GRASS Take a walk or a ride up past the War Memorial Field. You will be presently surprised how green the grass is getting on the LABBA field. The fire company has been helping keeping the area watered and the few down pours lately also helped. Now to see the old boney pile turn green.

BIRTHDAYS Today, July 19 finds Daniel Falger, Rose Lego, Pat McCool and Rose Orlosky celebrating their birthdays followed by Joseph Smychynsky III, Colin Casile, Brianne Offman, Gary Risko and Karen Spaid on the 20th. Then Tina Latoche celebrates on the 21st. On the 22nd Ray Guzic Sr. Vic Costlow, and David Stossel get to party as will Jane Kunko on thje 23rd and Elaine Klayko and Hannah Sibis on the 24th. On July 25th Jeanne Kodosky, Sam Podrasky Jr.,Jay Stiffler and George Woznial all observe birthdays. Happy Birthday to All!

ANNIVERSARIES Cheryl and Jerry Bender celebrate their wedding anniversary on July 24th and Deborah and Paul Wilson celebrate on the 25th. Happy Anniversary to both couples.

OLD TIMER You are an old timer if you can remember buying a soda for a nickel and then getting 2 cents back for the bottle. Also if you remember nickel beer night on Thursdays at the Sokols.


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

Jul 122012

There were a lot of Irish sons and daughters in town this past week when the descendants of James and Virginia Muldoon visited Lilly for a family reunion. Those present, most with spouses, were Joann from Pittsburgh, Paul from Alabama, Doreen from Perry County, Priscilla from Harrisburg, Maureen from Maryland, Mickie from Illinois, Joel from Portage, and Patricia, Ron and John from Lilly. Many nieces and nephews from California, Arizona, Florida and Pennsylvania also attended. The family enjoyed a visit to the War Memorial field, a scavenger hunt throughout Lilly, bocci ball, badminton, croquet, skits, and a race of thirty balls down the creek. According to family members it was a great get together.

WILK REUNION On Saturday, July 7th the family of the late Bolic, son of Thomas and Margaret Wilk, and Mary(Garbacz) Wilk held a reunion at the firemen’s pavilion here in town. 64 relatives from all over the country ventured to Lilly for the event that is usually held each four years. Beatrice (Wilk) and Joe Zurilla were two of the closest travelers, coming from Gallitzin RD. Tom Wilk came from Duluth, Minnesota with his son Christopher and family. Another son travelled to town from Harwood, Maryland. Beatrice’s sister, Rosemarie came from Newfoundland, NJ. With her husband Larry Scarmazzo. Another sister, Mary Ann Farber and her husband Jim came to visit from Hunlock Creek, Pa, a son Larry with wife Tanya and son was along and a daughter Theresa and husband Bob McBryon came from Milton. Lorainne Farber and Jim visited from York. A special surprise was a visit by Betsy Stemrich and her daughter Sarah who came from Idaho to wish Mary Ann and Jim a Happy 49th Wedding Anniversary on July 6th. Elaine Rhawn came from Ambridge and her daughter Gina and Sean Mannion and two children came from Pittsburgh.

Mary Barbara and Daniel Rodgers ventured from Reynoldsville for the reunion along with their daughter Carol and husband Dana Smith from Dubois. Mendy and Mike Berta and their children came from Treasure Lake. Raymond and Cathy Cvetovich attended from Scotch Plains, NJ while Tony and Alecia Rodig visited from Bernville, PA. Patty and Gary Nagy from Cresson and John Yanik and his two children from Ashland, Kentucky were also present as was Howard Walls and his son and daughter Lisa from Cuyahoga Falls and Kent, Ohio also attended. Margaret and Carlos Solis travelled from Monroe, Connecticut for the reunion. There were ten members of the Kathy Toth family of Allen Park, Michigan present. Kathy is the daughter of Josephine Shevock, 92, the last surviving sibling of Bolic Wilk.

The group was entertained by “Dan and Galla” from Alexandria, Huntingdon County, who play a harmonica, flute and other instruments along with singing. Beatrice says Mazz did a great job in preparing Polish food for the occasion. All went well despite the excessive heat spell.

LABBA The Lilly Area Baseball Boosters Association and their president, Rich Leahey wishes to thank all of those involved in preparing and leveling out the topsoil, spreading grass seed and mulching the new little league field including Ed Myers, James Leahey, Fuel Recovery, Mainline Construction and the Washington Township supervisors and employees.

They also wish to thank the Lilly Volunteer Fire Company who has been practicing fire fighting techniques as they water the new seed on the field, Take a walk and check out the progress. “Great things happen when the community works together. The LABBA will be doing a fundraiser in the near future. Donations can be made to LABBA c/o the Lilly First National Bank. Show your appreciation of the volunteer effort of many citizens in working on this project with a generous donation.
SYMPATHY Genieve Zimmerman passed away in Hagerstown, Maryland. She was a granddaughter of Dr. Charles White who had practiced medicine in Lilly from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. Genieve had attended Mount Aloysius College in the nursing program. She and her son, Charles Johnson, had made several visits to Lilly in the past few years and provided the Lilly-Washington Historical Society with some priceless photos of Dr. White. She was a faithful member and donor to the society.

HEAT SPELL Whoooa! Talk about hot weather. I ate several watermelons lately to help cool off. Haven’t been this warm since I was in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam many long years ago. We didn’t have air conditioners either, just one large fan that was moved around the barracks all night long. Still looking forward to my upcoming beach trip however, maybe the nights will cool off.

BIRTHDAYS A belated birthday greeting goes to my daughter Cindy who celebrated on Sunday, July 8th. Today, July 12th finds Matthew Corwin, Jonah Diehl, Debbie Giraud, Geraldine Siedlarczyk and Patricia Steberger celebrating as will Andrea Szala on the 13th and Amanda Soni, Joseph Behe and Regis Tremel on the 14th followed by Kim Gides, Glenn Marinak and Donna Panek on the 15th.

On July 16th Patricia Davis, Paul Dibosky, Mary Martino and Malia Prebish get to party as will Edward Craine, John George, Robert Hufford, Amy Schmidt and Lily George on the 17th and Ron Leturgey, Diane Misiura and Jarrett Seaman on the 18th. Happy Birthday to All.

ANNIVERSARIES Both Christine and William Patterson and Delores and Stanley Skura observe their wedding anniversaries today, July 12th. On the 13th Jeffrey and Crystal Hite celebrate as will Catherine and Ron Davison and Robert and Theresa Shedlock on the 14th. Then on the 15th Claudine and Daniel Falger observe their wedding anniversary along with Mary Ann and Walter Hoberney. Ken and Anna Brown observe their anniversary on the 16th and Ronald and Tami Wissinger celebrate on the 18th. Happy Anniversary to All.


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

Jul 052012

FIREMEN’S WEEK The annual Lilly Firemen’s carnival is now history. There were good turnouts in the hot summer evenings which made the week a success. I was told the parade on Friday was nice and a large crowd was present Saturday when Charlene’s School of Dance preformed on the midway. Many youngsters tried the National Guard Wall Climb.

HUNTER SAFETY Jim Davis was recently recognized by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for his service as a hunter safety instructor. He is currently teaching a class at Wilmore. This is his 44th year of teaching. Incidentally, Jim was the first to attempt climbing the National Guard Wall Climb on Tuesday, June 26th.

SYMPATHY Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Charles Clinemyer who recently passed away in Alabama. He was a graduate of the Lilly High School and made a career in the United States Air Force.

Sympathy also is extended to the family and friends of Heather Mallory of Loretto. Heather was only 37 and had many friends in Cresson and Lilly. She was severely injured several years ago but dealt with her problems amazingly. She was always cheerful in public.
COMING UP There will be a Pony League Tournament at the Lilly War Memorial Ball Field on July 27-28-29th and two days of Triple AAABA baseball at the Lilly Field when the Altoona and Johnstown teams meet here for double headers on July 14th and 15th at 1:00PM and 4:00 PM each day. The 2012 Triple AAABA playoffs will start in Lilly on August 7th. Also there will be a Cambria County Youth Fair on August 1. Also start getting prepared for the town wide yard sale on August 5th. Contact Nadine Rodgers to get listed on the map.

PROGRESS I observed several area men working on the LABA ball field project on Monday afternoon. Despite the heat they were leveling off the top soil and gathering rocks. I didn’t get names but they deserved a lot of credit. Also the rock dump cleanup of the Piper dump is about finished. I am anxiously waiting for it to be seeded and turning into a grassy knoll.

WEDDING My son, John III and Molly Klein were wed on Saturday June 30th in a beautiful ceremony at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in the center of Annapolis, MD. I was both happy proud that all of my children and their children made the trip and attended the service. Natalie and Cindy were readers in the program and Steve was best man. John’s two daughters, Tasja and Desiree were in the wedding party while Molly’s daughters Nola and Kora were flower girls. Saint Mary’s Church is absolutely beautiful. Consecrated in 1860 it stands on grounds originally belonging to Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the only Catholic signer to the Declaration of Independence. A beautiful flower garden surrounds the church which is near the Spa River. There are at least 10 large stained glass windows that were stunning to see with the afternoon sun lighting them up. The main altar was very impressive with statues of several saints on it. One side altar had the Good Shepherd pictured and the other had a painting of the Lady of Perpetual Help. After the service the family, wedding party and friends went to the Elks Lodge in Annapolis for the reception. Friday night a severe storm had passed through the area and with temperatures around 103 degrees the Elks Air Conditioning was out due to power failure. Lighting was provided by a generator, Needless to say, those nice tuxedos were soon abandoned Friday evening all had gathered at Molly’s parents for an evening of conversation, getting to know each other and a fine food setup. The day after the wedding, July 1 we all gathered for the breakfast brunch at Buddy’s on Main Street in Annapolis. 41 adults and children from John and Molly’s families were present. Fabulous brunch, seafood included. We all then headed back to Pennsylvania except Johns mom ,Helen, who stayed to watch kids as John and Molly went on their honeymoon. They had planned to tour the south but due to the excessive heat wave headed to New England instead.

BIRTHDAYS Today, July 5th finds Marsue Glenn celebrating her birthday followed by Brian Bart and Patrick Tremel on the 6th and Nicholas Bennett, Paul Phillips, Aaliyah Quinn and Phyllis Siedlarczyk on the 7th.

Then on the 8th Kerry Bossler and Betty McCarthy get to party as will Allison McConnell,Cecelia Baer, Trisha Behe, Patrick Behe and Janet Franey on the 9th followed by Diane Bishop. Deb Kozak, George Nesbella and Sharon Zoskey on the 10th. Then on the 11th it will be party time for Caroln Albarano, Regina Leja, Agnes McCarty and Tami Wissinger. Happy Birthday to All.
ANNIVERSARIES James and Linda Behe celebrate their wedding anniversary on July 6th followed by Catherine and William Weakland and Rick and Martha Link on the 9th and Antoinette and Randy Myers on the 10th. Then on the 11th Cindy and Don Hartline and Fran and Thomas Kodosky celebrate. Happy Anniversary to each couple.


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