Jan 312013

LILLY LIBRARY The Lilly Library is sponsoring a game day on February 9th from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM. The game for the day will be checkers. To sign up for a playing time call 886-7543.

The Library staff would like your input and ideas as to what you would like held at the Library. Anyone that would like to teach an art or craft let Brenda know. The winter hours of the Lilly Library are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and on Saturdays from 7:30 until 2:30. Stop in and check out the selection of books and CDs.

ICE SKATING The ice skating rink at the Lilly War Memorial got several evenings of use over the past weekend. I noticed an impromptu hockey game in progress on Sunday evening under the lights.

GERMANY BOUND Sam Amrhein and his family are returning to Germany after a tour of duty with the “Stars and Stripes” in Tokyo, Japan.

COLLEGIATE RECORD Aaron Nadolsky was the anchor for a four man relay team that set a collegiate record in the 4×200 meter race at Penn State on Friday evening, January 26th. Their time was 1.24.70 beating a record held by Rutgers University since 2007. The other team members were Emunael Mpanduki of Zimbabwe; Matt Gilmore of Philadelphia and Brandon Bennett-Green of Philadelphia. Aaron is the son of Mike and Susie Nadolsky of Altoona and the grandson of Cecelia and the late Jan Nadolsky of Lilly. He is an academic senior at Penn State.

YARD SALE There will be a town wide yard sale again this year on August 3rd. Plan early for the big event. There will not be a map or charge to be on the list this year. It is a gift from the Decorating Committee to the Community of Lilly. Call Nadine at 886-4564 for additional details.

GROUND HOG DAY Saturday, February 2nd ushers in another Ground Hog Day. This once a year event finds some possibly crazed Punxsutawney men wearing black top hats out in the cold early morning hours destroying a poor ground hogs sleep in search of a hopeful weather report that winters nearing its end.

BIRTHDAYS The last day of January finds Mary George and Sarah Hurley celebrating their birthdays. The first day of February will be party time for Lee Ann Inman and Louise Bocci followed by Marisa Wildner on the 2nd. On the 3rd Catherine Leap, Angie Glenn and James Krumenaker celebrate birthdays as will my daughter Cathy Nadolsky, Erlynne Amrhein and Karissa Batdorf on the 4th. Betty Ann Agosta and Chad Franey celebrate on the 6th. Happy Birthday to All!

ANNIVERSARIES John and Jackie Lingafelt celebrate their wedding anniversary on February 3rd and will be followed by George and Shirley Noel on the 4th. Happy Anniversary to both couples.

OLDTIMER You are an old timer if you got your hair cut at Pat Dougherty’s or Andy Colomba’s Barber Shops. Your approaching old timer status if Kelly was your barber.


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

Jan 242013

ICE SKATING With the freezing temperatures this week ice skating should be available at the rinks at the Lilly War Memorial this weekend. If you like getting out doors in the cold give it a try.

BASEBALL SIGNUP The LABBA will be holding baseball and girls soft ball signups on Saturday, February 2, 2013 and Saturday, February 26, 2013 from 10:00 AM until Noon each day at the Washington Townshup Building on Jones Street.

PeeWee is age 5-6 and 7-8; Little League is 9-10 and 11-12; girls softball is ages 8-11 and Pony League is 13 to 15.
PeeWee, Little League and Softball fees are $25 until March 1 when they increase to $40 and then $100 after March 15. Pony League fees are $50 until March 1, then $75 until March 15th when the fee goes to $100.
Signup early. In need of information call John Hurley at 886-9483 or Rich Leahey at 886-4338.
HOAGIE SALE The Lilly Fire Company will be having a Hoagie and Pizza sale on February 2nd. Place an order with any fireman.

SUPER BOWL It seems to me like many Steeler fans temporarily crossed lines to root the Ravens onto a win over New England in the playoffs and will now be rooting for them against the Forty Niners at New Orleans. After the Super Bowel the Ravens will revert to mortal enemies again. New Orleans will be busy during February with the Super Bowl and then Mari-Gra. If I am to head there it will be with a suitcase full of colorful beads for the partying.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY Bev Mandichak and her sister Anna Leahey spent several days cleaning and organizing the Heritage Room above the Borough Building. A few work sessions are planned for the spring and just maybe we will have an open house on Memorial Dat. That’s the goal!

Also the society is seeking old uniforms and old dressed for display. The 1920-30-and 40 time periods would be great. Another item is pictures for next years calendars these can be people or scenes from Lilly and Washington Township.

BIRTHDAYS Today, the 24th finds Leo Vermeulin, Corey Shedlock and Catherine Weakland celebrating birthdays as will Amy Waters, Raymond Lasinski, Nick Causer and Carol Wertz on the 25th and Ronald Courtot, Shawn Nadolsky and Gary Nagy on the 26th.

On January 27th Michael Conrad, Bob Causer, Bailey Prebish and Jesse Wilson celebrate as will Amanda Beck, Andrew Jones, Theodore Kunko, Deborah Rabatin, Judy George and Mary Yanik on the 28th. On the 29th Robert Bennett, Sr, and Jeanine Nagle get to party. On January 30th it will be Tom Causers turn to party. Happy Birthday to All.

ANNIVERSARIES Stephen and Bonnie Mardula celebrate their wedding anniversary today, January 24th. Then on the 28th it is a special 63rd anniversary for Francia and Jean Albarano. Best wishes to both couples.

OLDTIMER You are an old timer is you spent all or part of your high school years at the red brick Lilly High School down town.


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

Jan 172013

CRESSON PRISON CLOSING I had no use for Governor Corbett before and I definitely have increased my dislike for him after the sneaky way he and his cohorts at the Department of Corrections decided to close the Cresson Prison. This will be disastrous for this areas economy and takes away the few good paying jobs that remained here.

Some items to investigate are: Why close Cresson after just spending many millions there to upgrade the weatherization? Why close Cresson when over 2400 state prisoners are lodged in county and municipal jails? Is Corbett trying to take the Centre County heat off him over not investigating Sandusky enough when he was attorney general by placing over 500 jobs there?

These facts from the Department of Corrections say there are 51,000 state prisoners and 48,000 beds. That is 3000 less beds than prisoners. That would be enough to keep Cresson (1500) and Greensburg (950) open.

Keep in mind Corbett will be running for re-election in less than two years. Anyone from Cambria County that votes for him should engage the much needed services of a shrink. He has done nothing for us.

After all the confusion over the prison shut downs we than learn that sneaky Tommy has also given the rights to manage the Lottery to a British firm….outsourcing PENNSYLVANIA JOBS TO Britain, Ask yourself: What has Tom Corbett done to help Cambria County?

STUFFED PORK CHOPS Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will be holding a stuffed pork chop dinner this Sunday, January 20th from 11: 00 AM until 2:00 PM at the church. Sit down meals are $9 adult and $4.50 for children under 12. All take outs are $9. Call 884-0205 or 937-7053. As it is calling for cold weather Sunday this meal will hit the spot.

SYMPATHY Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Paul Erzal and Dorothy (Carruthers) Evon, both who recently passed away.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Lilly-Washington Historical Society will meet at 7:00 PM tonight, January 17th, at the Lilly Borough building. The public is welcome to attend.

BIRTHDAYS Celebrating their birthdays today, January 17th are Charles Bishop and Nathan Offman. On the 18th Linda Albarano, Blane Clapper, Dorothy Glenn, Ed Costlow, Bobby Glenn and Ron Yagoda get to party as will Brian Spiker, Jeff Spiker, Stella Ketchessin, Joseph Krug, Jr., Bonnie Mardula and Nathan Stevens on the 19th. On the 20th it will be cake and ice cream time for Monica Seidlarczyk, Andre Marinek and Imy Muldoon.

On January 21st Carol McLucas celebrates her birthday followed by Marie Dougherty, James Kozak and Dane Nesbella on the 22nd and Larry Summerville on the 23rd. Happy Birthday to All.
ANNIVERSARIES Francis and Lynne Filak, Leroy and Mary George and Robert and Margaret Kunrod all celebrate their wedding anniversaries on January 21st. Happy Anniversary to each couple.

OLD TIMER You are an old timer or getting close to being one if you set pins at Grover’s and later Franks bowling alley and then lost your earnings in games of razzle.


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

Jan 102013

POST OFFICE An important reminder that there will be a very important meeting concerning the Lilly Post Office on Tuesday, January 15th at 5:30 PM at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church hall. All those served by the Lilly Post Office are urged to attend as this is an information gathering venture conducted by postal officials concerning the future hours of operation of our local Post Office.

SYMPATHY Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Kenneth Joseph Behe, 68, who recently passed away. Ken grew up in Lilly and now resided in Cresson. He was an Army veteran of the Viet Nam War.

VARSITY BASKETBALL The Penn Cambria varsity basket ball team will play Central Cambria tonight at 7:30 in Cresson. The senior players will each have the opportunity to recognize their favorite teacher. Then on Friday, January 18th, it will be Black Out Night when the team plays Bishop Carroll. All attending are asked to wear black.

On Wednesday the 23rd it will be White Out Night as the team plays Bishop McCort. Of course! Wear White. On February 8th it will be Seniors Night when the team plays Cambria Heights.

JUNIOR FIREMEN & WOMEN The girls and boys who are junior firefighters here in Lilly are setting some very good examples. Reading about their visit to the patients/ residents of the Cambria Care Center over the holidays makes them shine in my book.

ICE SKATING RINK I noticed on the 6th that the ice skating rink at the War Memorial field had been set up. Now for some freezing water and it will be ready for use. The staff of the association needs a little help in supervising skating sessions. Let Dan Martynuska or John Hurley know if you can help.

MEETINGS Both the Lilly-Washington War Memorial Association and the Lilly American Legion meet tonight at 7:00 PM. The LWWM will be at the borough building and the Legion at the Jones Street Post Home.

BIRTHDAYS Today, January 10 finds Christine Castel, Kimberly Ehrenfeld and Winnie McLucas celebrating their birthdays as will Crystal Martino, Crystal Steck and Donald Patterson on the 11th. The 12th is a busy day as Dorothy Conrad, Paul Lukacs, Ron McCoy Jr., Leah Hmiel , Deborah Selip and David Swinger lll all party. The 13th finds Tim Panek Jr., and Ed Stombaugh enjoying birthday cake as will Cody Falger, Katherine Glass, Bill Kozak and Joyce Larue on the 14th. Patricia Miorelli celebrates on the 16th. Happy Birthday to All.

ANNIVERSARY Robert and Robin Krull celebrate their wedding anniversary on the 11th. Best wishes to them.

OLDTIMER You are an old timer if you remember watching for a free stick when you purchased a Cheerio ice cream bar.


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

Jan 032013

Now that the New Year has begun it is time to look forward to an early spring. We had our snow for a white Christmas. Now it can go away. Wont be long and we will be planning for Easter which is at the end of March this year.

A HEROES STORY I was saddened to learn of Edward Kawtoski’s death on December 26th. I had known Ed most of my adult life and had a lot of respect for him. His wife Catherine had died in 1969 and Ed raised his seven children alone keeping the family together. He had been injured in the mines and then had a successful career as an agent and sales manager for the American General Life Insurance Company.

He was also a WWll veteran having served with the United States Army as a recon scout. He had entered the service with Frank Funari, Homer Bradley and Patrick Cassidy, all of Lilly, and they were known as the “Four Muskateers”.

After training they were sent to Europe. Ed was with a recon platoon when he was captured by the Germans and became a prisoner of war during the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944. His three friends also became prisoners. They remained prisoners of the Germans until April of 1945. In this span of four months they were marched back and forth across Germany in the very cold winter as their captors tried to avoid both the American and Russian Armies.

Frank Funari’s health was quickly failing and Ed learned how to make a potato soup for him from a New Zealand prisoner. Needing potatoes he would raid a German supply truck. Guards finally caught him and gave Ed a terrible beating breaking his nose. The soup had helped keep Frank alive. Both he and Frank survived the dangerous ordeal of being prisoners and finally escaped from their captors. They were hiding in a barn when German troops approached. Expecting the worst they were both surprised and relieved when the Germans seeing they were Americans raised their arms in surrender. Ed’s war was over. He, Frank, Grover and Pat all made it home. (Ed had made me promise during an interview not to release this story while he was alive.)
STORIES If you have a story to tell in Lilly Lines just call me at 814-886-4694. This includes visitors, trips, awards and any human interest tale.

CHRISTMAS BALLS I am told that the 2012 Christmas balls have arrived. There was reportedly a manufacturing problem. Collectors can get them at the Borough Building or at Galls Insurance Agency.

BIRTHDAYS On January 3 Sara Hurley celebrates her birthday along with my two grandchildren Derek and Laura Reed. Sarah Jane Latoche celebrates on the 4th. On the 5th it will be party time for Brett Dively, Mark Lykens, Ava Poborsky, Mario Crocetti and Gloria McGarry.

January 7th will find Ruth Boast, Mary Jane Lingafelt and Elizabeth McIntosh all celebrating birthdays as will William Walters on the 8th. Happy Birthday to All.

OLDTIMER You are an old timer if you picked elderberries to sell to Ollie Leap at his garage on Portage Street. Old timers also remember going into Rosie’s for ice cream and walking on newspaper that was covering her recently scrubbed floor.


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