Aug 302012

BONFIRE Tonight, August 30, there will be a Pep Rally and bonfire at the War Memorial Field in Lilly honoring the 2012 Penn Cambria Football team as they embark on their 2012 season. The public is invited to attend this 7:00 PM event and help cheer the team along. The refreshment stand at the field will be open during the bonfire which will be held near the new playing field in its parking lot. Lilly players on the team include Nate George, Jacob Hurley, James and Mark Mardula, Payton and Mac Behe, Nathan Keagy and Nathan Przybys. My expectations are a great winning season for this experienced and competitive team.

PROGRESS While you are up at the bonfire take time to stop at the Miners Monument and observe the progress being made. Stuvers Nursery spent several days planting shrubbery and trees last week.

GARDEN CLUB The Mainline Garden Club extends a sincere Thank You to those who supported their efforts during the town wide yard sale. The basket raffle winners were Vicki Durkay and Harry Myers.

YARD SALES The Lilly Decorating Committee is looking for individuals or an organization to continue the Town Wide yard sales held each August. Call Nadine at 886-4654 if you are interested in helping to organize and run the event in 2013. She is willing to explain the ins and outs of the program which she has led for 12 years and has become an exciting daylong event in town each summer.

LABOR DAY Schools back in. Now its time for the Cambria County Fair which will get started on Labor Day and continues all week. It is hard to believe that summer is over for the kids and almost over as a season. Beware winter.

BIRTHDAYS Today, August 30 finds Stephen Bart, Karla Lozano and Susan Zumer celebrating their birthdays followed by Denise Leturgey, Rosella Przybys and Vanessa Yanzetich and my granddaughter Kiana Nadolsky on the 31st. Michael Hartline, Celsey Hite, John Hurley, Gary Nadolsky, Robert Rabatin Sr., and Helen Sarnecki all get to party on September 1 followed by grandson Connor Mento, James Rice IV, Nathan Gates, Sonja Moyer and Catherine Sweeney on the 3rd and Camette Hoberney, Samantha Johnson and Christopher Martino on the 4th. Then on the 5th its party time for Nicholas Felus, Helen Claar and Kathy Leahey. Happy Birthday to All.

ANNIVERSARIES On August 31st Gary and Barbara Stiffler celebrate their wedding anniversary followed by Don and Sandy Courvina ,Frank and Helen Fordick and Joseph and Karen Wilson on the 1st of September. On the 3rd of September Natalie and James Reed observe their wedding anniversary as will Joseph and Diane Batdorf on the 4th and William and Joan Latoche on the 5th. Happy Anniversary to each couple.

OLDTIMER You are an old timer if you stood in front of Browns Hardware to have a cigarette before school started.


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

Aug 232012

STORYTIME The Lilly-Washington Public Library will be holding Story Time registrations beginning on August 27th. Children must be two years old by the date of registration. Classes will begin on September 10th. As classes will be small it is encouraged to call the Lilly Library early to registrar your child.

Also, the Lilly-Washington Public Library will be holding a Basket Auction-Cake Social on September 16th at the Bear Rock Sportsmen’s Club on Route 53 at 2:00 PM. Cost is $5 adult and $2.50 under age 12 and includes lunch, bingo and prizes. Tickets are available at the Lilly Library. Call 886-7543 for further information.

READING IS COOL There were 490 participants from throughout Cambria County in the recent Reading is Cool program sponsored by the Foster Grandparents.This was a program to see how many books a child could read from June 1 until July 31st. Savana Koval took first place in her age group that included the first and second grades. She read 300 books that included 5297 pages. Meanwhile her brother Josh took first place in the 3rd and fourth school year age group. He read 325 books. Josh has won the past three years. He was prompted to become a reader by his late great-grandmother June Costlow.

Savana and Josh are the children of Brenda and Rick Koval and the grand children of Robert and Vera Hufford of Lilly.
BIBLE SCHOOL The Lilly-Portage Lutheran Parish completed their annual Vacation Bible School “Amazing Desert Journey” held from July 23-27th at the First Lutheran Church in Portage. The young people gave over $200 dollars in their offerings with one half going to clean water projects around the world and one half to the Cresson and Portage food banks. 31 students attended including Nicholas Baker, Alvah Maul, Savana Koval, Evan Russian, Katyln Rietscha, Noah Baker, Dayton Maul, Bailey Russian, Emily Canavan, Josh Koval and Josh Canavan.

BONFIRE The Penn Cambria Senior High Football team will be guests at a pep rally and bonfire held here in Lilly next Thursday, August 30th at 6 PM at the new field above the Lilly-War Memorial. All residents of Penn Cambria are invited to attend and start cheering on this special team that is eager to start a dramatic winning season. I expect wonders from these guys including the Lilly Stars: Paul Mardula, Nathan Keagy, Nathan Przybys, Peyton Behe and Mac Behe.

POLISH PICNIC Just a few early rain drops threatened the Lilly Polish Picnic on Sunday, August 19th. There was a very large turnout as the afternoon warmed up under sunny skies. The food line was occupied all day long as residents from near and far stopped by for some Polish fare. This is a great event.

MINERS MONUMENT An order was placed for over 25 additional name plaques to add to the Miners Monument this fall. Also landscaping is beginning to take place there. Stuver’s Nursery will be planting some trees and hedges this week. Stories are still being accepted for the Miners History Book.

BACK TO SCHOOL Summers shot. Monday, August 27th marks the beginning of another school year. That means the school busses will be out early in the morning and children will be along the streets and highways. Keep very alert and drive safely. Always give the child the right of way. There is no need what so ever to drive fast on the town and townships roads.

BIRTHDAYS Today, August 23rd finds Peyton Behe, Lori Bennett, Ava Braatz, Michele Elliott and Bruce Hershel celebrating their birthdays as will Brandi Hershel, Lynne Filak, David Gaudlip, Orie Leap and Anthony Funari on the 24th. The 25th will be party time for Mary Boland and Braylon Clinemyer followed by Andrew Koval on the 26th.

August 27th will be party time for Phyllis Podrasky, Barbara J. Leap, Jeannie George, Colleen Keagy and Alicia Proudfit. Nicole Poborsky and Richard Sweeney celebrate birthdays on the 28th as will Nicole Lutton, Albina Nezneski and Doris Patterson on the 29th. Happy Birthday to All.

ANNIVERSARIES Allen and Amber Little celebrate their wedding anniversary today, August 23rd along with Lindsey and Matt McCoy. On the 26th Daylon and Renee Behe and Barbara and James Lego celebrate as will Carol and Sam Albarano, Ellen and William McCoy and Marion and Matthew Zunich on the 28th and Jackie and Scott Steberger on the 29th. Happy Anniversary to each couple.

CHOO-CHOO TRAIN On Monday morning a nice, orderly crowd gathered along Rail Road Street here in Lilly to await the steam locomotive, compliments of North Folk Southern, coming west on the Mainline pulling several passenger cars on its way to Pittsburgh and then Fort Wayne, Indiana, its home.. Several observers were able to track its location and after stops in Gallitzin and Cresson the train finally passed through Lilly shortly before 1:00 PM. There were many among the crowd, including me, taking pictures of this once in a hundred blue moons event.

OLD TIMER You are an oldtimer if you remember when these steam locomotives came through Lilly on a daily basis.


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

Aug 162012

LILLY POLISH PICNIC Sunday, August 19th is one of my favorite days this summer. That is when Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is holding the annual Lilly Polish Picnic. This is always a great event, rain or shine, and features games for the kids and adults, refreshments, music and some of the finest Polish foods found anywhere. Besides that you get to visit with others you don’t get to see too often. There is plenty of parking and the black bears are still deep in the forest so come out to Lilly and have an enjoyable time. The picnic is on Hilltop Street just beyond the War Memorial ball field. Stop in anytime from noon until 9:00 PM.

VOLLEYBALL NET There has been a volleyball net placed in the War Memorial field for the use of both children and adults. The Lilly Area Ambulance Association was a major contributor to its installation. Sand will be added in the future. I am told by some teenagers that they use it often. The basketball court gets a lot of use. Most days there are several youths playing there.

TRIPLE AAABA Lilly was host to 3 games this year that brought in visitors from 5 states other than Pennsylvania, they were: Ohio, Michigan, New York, Maryland and Louisiana. Dry weather and warm temperatures made for nice turnouts each day.

LEGION PICNIC At least 109 members and guests attended the Lilly American Legions annual picnic on August 12th.The food was great and the delicious homemade cookies baked by Sue Paul were excellent. I am told Sue was covered with flower as she eagerly made the cookies.

SPORTS HALL OF FAME A former Lilly resident, Sue Panek, was inducted into the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame for an ongoing lifetime of excellence in basketball. As a star at Bishop Carroll Sue led the Huskies to the 1987 state championship then while playing for the University of Maryland she helped the Terrapins advanve to four straight NCAA appearances, including a trip to the final four. After graduation she embarked on a coaching career with stops in high school, college and the WNBA. Sue is currently the Director of Basket Ball Operations for the two time defending WNBA Eastern Conference champion, Atlanta Dream.

SYMPATHY Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Wyneva (Rumery) Riley who recently passed away. She was 94 and a member of Saint Luke’s Church.

BIRTHDAYS On August 17th Kelly Bennett, John Inman Jr., Mary Nesbella, Patrick Rainey andEdward Williams celebrate their birthdays as will Matthew Bart, Dolores Forst, Nancy Giblock, Nicholas Mulhearn and Msgr. John Sasway on the 18th followed by Sandra Smith on the 19th.

On August 20th Alayna Przybys, Laura Gressick, Michael McCoy, Bill Rainey and Juli Stossel get to party as will Brian Kozak, Blake Nadolsky, Stanley Orlosky, Travis Walters and Ann Wolfe on the 21st and Payton Behe, Lori Bennett, Ava Bratz, Michele Elliott and Bruce Hershel on the 23rd. On the 24th Lynne Filak, Anthony Funari and William Kodosky observe their birthdays. Happy Birthday to all.

ANNIVERSARIES Today, August 16th finds my next door neighbors, John and Anita Inman celebrating their wedding anniversary along with David and Regina Swinger. Then on the 17th Joanne and Robert Courtot, Donald and Doris Patterson and Bruce and Cheryl Wheeler all get to celebrate as will Mary Agnes and Richard Slebodnik and Delores and Paul Seymour on the 20th. Then on the 23rd Allen and Amber Little and Lindsey and Matthew McCoy observe their anniversary. Best Wishes to each couple.

OLDTIMER You are an old-timer if you got two gallon of Gulf gas at Leaps to cruise around all night just paying a quarter a gallon for the purchase.


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

Aug 092012

VACATION I just got back after a week of relaxing at Ocean City, Maryland with most of the family. Needless to say it was very warm but this made it nice for sitting on the Lankford porch into the wee hours. Had enough seafood to last me until I return there during Bike Week. My son John, his wife Molly and their four daughters along with Cathy, Don, Kiana and Kiera along with Cindy and Bryan Rabish took a pontoon out in the bay for four hours. Don, Bryan and I took turns captaining the boat; however Cindy was fearful of my seamanship, afraid I was going to ground us in a sandbar. Natalie, Jim and Nathan along with Peyton Behe, Allison and a friend and Laura and Derek also enjoyed the week. Ran into lifelong friend, Jim Moyer who was walking on the boardwalk. He was down for his first trip to Ocean City with his family and Jerry Duke’s family. My cousins Larry and Danny Olsavsky were also staying nearby with their families. Sisters Eileen, Maureen, and Monica were present with some family members also. A Mini-reunion.

YARD SALE I am told the yard sale Saturday was “Fabulous” with possibly the largest turnout yet. Sounds like buyers were roaming the streets before 7:00 AM looking for bargains. One neighbor said about three hundred people visited his tables. In demand was children’s clothing. The Fire Company reportedly sold out of 200 bar-b-que chicken dinners. There were 58 signed up on the yard sale map.

CONGRADULATIONS The Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/ American Legion entry in the Altoona City League pulled it off again winning the 2012 League Championship. This is their ninth championship in 10 seasons. Laurels go to Ron Davison for his leadership of such a fine team.

UPCOMING The Lilly American Legion picnic is this Sunday, August 12th. The Sokol’s annual picnic was last week and had a very good turnout. Keep in mind then that the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Polish picnic will be on August 19th on Hilltop Street from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM. This is always a fun filled event. If you love polish food this is the place to visit for lunch or supper or BOTH.

SYMPATHY Sympathy is extended to the family of Anastasia Marcelle (Kodosky) Kushlan who recently passed away in Paxtang. She was born in Lilly, the last of 14 children of Polish immigrants. Anastasia was the Valedictorian of the 1946 Lilly High School Class. She married Joseph Kushlan of Lilly. Their son, Janes is the editor and publisher of “World War II” which is a very interesting magazine bi-monthly on WW11 history. I subscribe.

MINERS PLAQUES If you want a plaque on the miners monument before Labor Day stop at Galls today or tomorrow to get your order in.

BIRTHDAYS Sally Behe, Rhonda Blazier and Frank Kodosky celebrate their birthdays today; August 9th followed by Lindsey McCoy, Mary Theresa Sabol. Jerry Segada and Mary Ann Walters on the 10th and Dillon Hite along with Tammy Hartline on the 11th. Roberta Claar and James Smith both have birthdays on the 12th. On the 13th Barbara Kukla and Patty Plazek get to party as will Ronald George, Stephanie Regan and Eli Summerville on the 14th. Walter Mardula, Victor Moyer and Cody Offman all have birthdays on August 15th. Happy Birthday to All.

ANNIVERSARIES August 10th will find Kathy and William Leahey, Diane and Duane Misiura and John and Shirley Patterson celebrating their wedding anniversaries. The Patterson’s are celebrating their 55th anniversary. Frank and Marian Wyland celebrate on the 11th. Also on the 11th John and Greta Hurley will celebrate their 21st wedding anniversary. They were married at St. Josephs Church in Portage. Greta had a horse and buggy ride from her home on Springhill to the church. The couple have three children: Sarah, Jacob and Caleb. John is president of the Lilly-Washington War Memorial Association.

August 12th will find both Bill and Deb Kozak and Joseph and Linda Mardula observing anniversaries as will Bonita and Paul Gressick and Pete and Linda Wheeler on the 13th. Camelo and Helen Cameletti will observe their anniversary on the 14th, Best Wishes to each couple.

OLDTIMERS You’re becoming or are an old timer if you remember getting a three cent nickel at Stiney’s to play the juke box or pin ball machine.


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

Aug 022012

YARDSALE This Saturday, August 4th will see the Town Wide yard sale here in Lilly and Washington Township. This event has a large following so set up a table and sell your unwanted items. Maps are available but it should not be hard to spot a vendor.

CHICKEN BAR-B-QUE At the firemen’s pavilion on the 4th there will be a chicken bar-b-que dinner served from noon until 2:00 PM either dine in or take out. Take a break from the yard sale and get lunch at the pavilion.

TRIPLE AAABA Monday, August 6th will see the Triple AAABA Tournament begin. There will be games in Lilly on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Stop up to see the game and enjoy a hot sausage sandwich.

GET TOGETHER The family of Bob Causer were all in town on July 22nd to celebrate Bobs 83rd birthday with a party at his daughter and son-in-law Debbie and Leo Vermiluens home. All of his sons and daughters along with grandchildren, great grand children and one great-great grandchild were in attendance.

DEADLINE The deadline to get a miners name plaque before Labor Day is August 10th. No further orders will go in this year. Forms can be filled out at Galls Insurance Agency. Keep an eye on the Miners Memorial. Some plants will be soon in place for the butterfly garden. Other work is in progress.

BIRTHDAYS August the 2nd will find Jeffrey Hite, Mimi Kratzer, Michael Plazek and Paul Sklodowski celebrating their birthdays followed by Mary Obester and Steve Suchta on the 3rd and Wyneva Riley on the 4th. On the 5th it will be party time for Donald Godish, Kristan Muldoon, Christian Sklodowski, Gina Campbell and Cheryl Wheeler. Lorraine Castell celebrates on the 6th. Happy Birthday to All.

ANNIVERSARIES Bill and Marianne Wheldon celebrate their wedding anniversary on August 2nd followed by Bernadette and Don Hmiel on the 3rd along with Brenda and Jim Smith. On the 4th Charles and Dianne Bishop celebrate as will Francis and Jamie Riussian, Vanessa and Steve Yanzetich and Michael and Susan Zumer on August 5th.

The 6th will be celebration time for Ray and Jean Lasinski, Dana and Andy Ronan and Elizabeth and Donald Wilk. Then on the 7th April and Ed Stombaugh will observe their anniversary. Best Wishes to each couple.

OLDTIMER You are an old timer if you remember drinking at the Sokols on the Thursday nickel beer nights or getting a Cheerio with a free stick at Albaranos Store.


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