Mar 262013


The Lilly United Methodist Church will hold a Sunrise service at 7:00 AM Easter Sunday at the Willow Street church. There will not be a 10:30 AM service. On Holy Thursday there will be a 7:00 PM Communion service at the sister church, the Wilmore United Methodist.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel National Catholic Church will have a Mass on Holy Thursday at 4:00 PM. On Good Friday at 3:00 PM there will be an Opening of the Tomb. There will be a Vigil at 3:00 PM Saturday followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at 4:00 PM. There is no Sunday service.

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church will hold a Seder service on Thursday, March 28th along with a dinner at 6:00 PM at the Lilly Church. There will be a 7:00 PM service at the Portage 1st Lutheran Church at 7:00 PM. On Saturday, the 30th, an Easter Vigil will be held at 8:00 PM. On Easter Sunday there will be a service at St. Luke’s at 6:30 AM and at the 1st Lutheran in Portage at 9:00 AM. There will not be an 11 AM service at Lilly.

Our Lady of the Alleghenies Catholic Church will have a Mass of the Lords Supper and Procession at 7:00 PM followed by Visits to the Repository until 11:00 PM. Good Friday there will be a Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion at 1:30 PM. On Holy Saturday there will be a Blessing of the Pascal Food Baskets at the church at 2:00 PM and an Easter Vigil Service & Resurrection Mass at 8:00 PM. On Easter Sunday Mass will be held at the chapel at 8:00 AM and the Church at 10:00 AM.



There will be an Easter Egg Hunt at the Lilly firemen’s pavilion at 1:00 PM sponsored by the Lilly-Washington Public Library. Be on time as the event will start promptly at 1.


As Old Man Winter chose to hang around longer than usual it was necessary for the War Memorial to reschedule the annual field clean up which now will be held on Saturday, April 6th. Helpers are ask to bring a garden rake if possible and be at the field at 8:00 AM.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Carol Wertz who recently passed away in Cresson. She was a daughter of Leo and Lucille Yingling of Lilly and was married to the late Fosten Wertz. Her brother Leo and sister Patty reside in Lilly. Sympathy also is extended to the family and friends of Lilly native Bernard Eckenrode who also recently passed away. Bernie grew up in Upper Dutchtown and is survived by brothers Phil and Ray and sisters Mary and Theresa. Condolences also are extended to the family and friends of Leona Vendrzyk, a Lilly native, and Greta Diamond who passed away at her daughter Lisa Segada’s home here in Lilly.


Today, March 28th finds Leroy George celebrating his birthday as will Mia McCarthy and Ruth Motel on the 29th and Gerald Behe and Frank Fordick on the 30th. On Easter Sunday, March 31 Carmella Drass, Barbara Seaman, April Stombaugh, Megan Wheeler and Linda Wheeler all  get cake along with Easter candy.

On April 1st John Skura,Jr. observes his birthday along with Ray Claar, Jr. and Luke Brickley.The 2nd will be a busy day as Dave Beck Sr., Duane Misiura Sr., Shirley Przybys, John Pyo , Patrick Shedlock and Christine Wheeler all enjoy birthdays as will Rita Norris and Kody Nadolsky on the 3rd. Happy Birthday to All.


At least the long range weather reports show Easter Sunday with temperatures nearing the 50s. This will be a bright spot in celebrating the holiday. Happy Easter to all readers.


It was brought to my attention that you are an old timer if the doctors you go to are half your age which is the normal anymore. (Lilly dentist exempt)

Mar 212013


There are still tickets available for the Money-Rama to be held this Sunday, March 24, from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM at the Cassandra Social Hall sponsored by Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Call 937-7053 for tickets. The afternoon includes money prizes, door prizes and a roast beef dinner along with live entertainment. Come out of hibernation as spring approaches and have a good time socializing with friends and neighbors. See you there!


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Alice Lescznske of Wilmore who recently passed away. Alice was a daughter of John and Mary Smilnak and grew up in Lower Dutchtown. She graduated from Lilly High School.

Sympathy is also extended to the family and friends of Eva M. Hite, age 96, who recently passed away in Richland. She was born in Lilly in 1915, a daughter of Charles and Nina (Sweeney) Brown. She graduated from Lilly High School and married Fred J. Hite. Her siblings included the late Bud, Hilda and Chuck Brown, all lifetime Lilly residents.


It was great to see Pope Francis elected last week. Being a Cardinal from the Western Hemisphere made it a great joy. The first American Pope, Argentina can be proud.

Just maybe the good Pontiff’s work ethics will rub off on the politicians in Washington and Harrisburg and they all start riding a bus to work.


No sooner than the fees were raised for us to use the Pennsylvania Turnpike citing loss of revenue we learn that a grand jury indicted at least eight of the big wheels on the Commission for receiving millions of dollars in campaign kickbacks and political donations. If convicted the eight out to be made a part of a chain gang cleaning up litter on the pike.


The Lilly American Legion Post 628 will again award three scholarships to seniors from Penn Cambria or Bishop Carroll who reside in Lilly Borough or Washington Township. A $2500, $1500, and $1000 dollar scholarship will be warded on Memorial Day.

The topic for this years scholarship competition is “How I would attempt to solve the Federal deficit” It is to be 300 words or less. Do not have the student sign the essay but have the student place their name on an envelope, seal the essay in side and return to the Lilly American Legion, attention James Steberger by May 17th. Call Jack Barlick if you need a clarification.

With Memorial Day just over two months away it is time to start planning for the days event. This year will honor the memory of John Brown from the Lilly (Sharps)Mountain who died on July 2nd at Gettysburg 150 years ago. Descendants that have school age children and would like to have them participate in the ceremony are ask to contact me at 886-4694. I also need a volunteer to sing the “National Anthem”.


The Lilly Washington Historical Society will meet tonight March 21st at the Lilly Borough building at 7:00 PM.  All members are welcome to attend. Dues notices for 2013 will be mailed to annual members within the week.


Today, the 21st finds Zachary Eckenrode, Melissa Clapper and Alissa Hutsky observing their birthdays followed by Margaret Lukacs and Austin Nadolsky on the 22nd  then on March 25 Cynthia Giblock and Adrienne Rabatin get to party as will Sandra Burns ,Robert Kunrod. John Russian and Joseph Smychynsky ll on the 26th. On March 27 Savanna Koval. Lillian Guzic and Justin Offman enjoy cake and ice cream. Happy Birthday to All.


Bob and Virginia Causer recently celebrated their 63rd Wedding Anniversary with family and friends at the Ponderosa Restaurant.Their five children attended including Patti, Debbie and husband Leo Vermeulin, Bob and wife Thelma, Tom and wife Dotty and Dan with his wife Brenda. Eight grandchildren attended: Carrie, Richard, Crystal, Matt, Kayla, Mitch, Nick and Nate. Six great grand children also enjoyed the festivities they were Rebecca, Jessica, Katelyn, Joey, Justin and Hunter. A great-great granddaughter Riley was also present. Some family friends also attended. There was a surprise visit from Bob’s sister Dorothy and her husband from York, PA. After the party at the Ponderosa the group gathered at Deb and Leo’s home in Lilly for an Easter Egg Hunt. It was a very happy event with all being able to get together with the wonderful couple.



On Sunday I had the opportunity to spend a couple hours with Natalie, Jim and their family, Grandma Helen and Cindy and Bryan at PJ’s Tavern celebrating the Irish Holiday. The twins Laura and Derek were dressed in Irish Green and brightened the occasion. The McGuire Brothers entertained the full house of many colorful characters and visitors in green from throughout the area with many Irish songs. Besides the music I especially enjoyed the Reuben sandwich and Irish stew.



You are an old timer if you remember the Bell Telephone Company party line. Our ring in Dutchtown was two shorts, Smilnaks was a long, and someone in Cassandra had a long and a short.

Mar 142013

The Penn Cambria Senior Boys basket ball season came to a close last Saturday night at the Altoona Field House. Greensburg Central Catholic won 64-54 over our team in a exciting playoff game. Best wishes to all of the Penn Cambria players as they now begin life’s journey. The Lilly players made our town proud.


It is almost time for baseball season and with this in mind the Lilly-Washington War Memorial will be conducting a spring clean up of the grounds at the ball field. Next Saturday, March 23rd is scheduled for the clean up to begin at 8:00 AM. Coaches and ball players are ask to help restore the area to pristine condition. It will only take a few hours with a nice turn out. The rain date is set for April 6th.

The Lilly-Washington War Memorial Association is still collecting for the 2013 fund drive. All donations are appreciated.


As I write this week’s column on March 11th the snow is melting away. Hope this is the last of it. I am looking forward to the return of the robins and hummingbirds and for the daffodils and crocus to bloom.



Sunday is Saint Patrick’s Day. Wear some green and let others know of your proud Irish heritage. Many in the Lilly area can trace their Irish ancestors in the Lilly area from before the Civil War. The first settlers in the Dundee tract around 1806,  eventually evolved into part of Lilly Borough, were the German Joseph Moyer and his Irish wife Catherine Cassidy. Up until about 1890 most residents of Lilly Borough or Washington Township were German and Irish.


Today, March 14th finds Mason McCarthy, Frank Sibis and Stephanie Eckenrode observing birthdays followd by Victor Paul, Lola Leap, Hadden Fleegle, Mason Fleegle, Josephine George, Greta Hurley and Allen Little celebrating birthdays on the 15th and followed by Megan Filak on the 16th and Joseph Batdorf. Nellie Leap, Allura Nesbella, Shawn Stevens, Carol Paul and Hunter Pyo who turns 4 on the March 17.

Arianna Walters, Shirley Bowman and Frank Wyland get to party on the 18th as will Danielle Dunmyer, Richard Leja, Catherine Serre, Deb George, Vanessa Kulick, Victoria Nagle and Dayne Summerville on the 19th. The 20th will bring cake and ice cream for Darlene McNair, Madeline Conrad, Cindy Hartline and Mary Ann Hoberney. On the 21st  Ken Szala, Melissa Clapper, Alissa Hutsky and 9 year old Zachary Eckenrode get to celebrate. Happy Birthday to All!



Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will be sponsoring a Moneyrama at the Cassandra Social Hall on March 24th.

The Lilly Library will be sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt on March 30th.



You are an old timer if you made purchases at Pyo’s store on the Jones Street extension.

Mar 122013
Mar 072013

March 7, 2013


Congratulations to the Penn Cambria Boys Senior Basketball team for their victorious season becoming District 6 Class AA champions on Saturday night, March 2nd by defeating Northern Cambria 63-43 at St. Francis College. Scoring leaders in the game were A.J. Leahey, Mack Behe and Nathan Keagy. The team had earned the playoff seat by defeating Bishop McCort earlier in the week.

Now they will play Greensburg Catholic High School at the Altoona High School Field House on Saturday, March 9th.

Members of the championship team from the Lilly area include A.J. Leahey, Nathan Keagy, Mack Behe, Nathan Przybys, James Mardula and Mark Mardula. A team to be proud of! Incidentally, A.J. Leahey broke the school record in basketball with points amassed during his career at Penn Cambria.

On a side note: It was great to see the Penn Cambria Fire Alliance trucks and firefighters lead the team back to Cresson from St. Francis College on Saturday. It shows the community wide pride in the team.



Congradulations are extended to 17 year old Penn Cambria Senior Bradley Petyak on placing in the top 10 in essay competition in Washington D.C. on March 3rd. He received a 3000 dollar scholarship. His 1st winning essay was submitted through the Sankertown VFW. Bradley is the son of Renee Monahan and Robert Petyak and the grandson of Robert and Mary Jane Monahan of Lilly. Robert is a Korean War veteran.



The Lilly-Washington Public Library is collecting non perishable foods/ canned goods and money donations for the Our Lady of the Alleghenies St. Vincent DePaul Conference. All donations will go to the Cresson Food Pantry. Fines for overdue books will be forgiven with a donation to the cause at the local library.



The Lilly-Washington War Memorial Association will meet tonight, March 7th, at the Lilly Borough building. Also, the annual fund drive letters were recently mailed out. Your kind donation is always a great help to the association.

The annual community Easter Egg hunt, sponsored by the Lilly Library, will be held on Saturday March 30th at 1:00 PM. The Summer 2013 reading program is planned to start in June 1st. During 2012 there were 19,687 circulations with 6,359 children material circulations.



Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Julia Stossel who recently passed away. She was a faithful member of the Our Lady of the Alleghenies church choir for many years and will be greatly missed.

Sympathy is also extended to the family and friends of Irene Suchta who also recently passed away. Irene was the wife of Joseph Suchta.

Sympathy is also extended to the family and friends of George Bertram of Cresson who passed away on March 4. George was a WWll veteran and had resided in Lilly Coal at one time. His daughter Gina Bender resides in Lilly.



There will be a spaghetti dinner fund raiser and social night  held at the Cresson American Legion on Saturday, March 9th.with  dinner being served from 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM..

The event, which will run from 4:00 PM until midnight, will also include live entertainment all evening and a basket raffle. Proceeds are to benefit Ted Dombrosky of Lilly who has very serious health issues. Admission is $10 dollars or $15 a couple. Donations can also be made at the door on dinner night.



Today, March 7, finds David Eger, William Leahey, Regina Siuniak and Drake Talko celebrating birthdays as will my sister Monica Barlick, Bryan Ehrenfeld and Richard Perrone  Jr. on the 8th and then the 9th will be a very busy day with Paul Dibosky Jr., Jadon Aldrich, Jean Albarano, Jonathan Bossler, Christopher Bost, George Noel, Tim Salony, Mark Stiffler and Holly Tremel all getting to party.

On the 10th Kathleen Bost, Randy Myers and Olivia Sklodowski all enjoy birthday cake followed by Rose Marie Nagle and Joseph Suchta on the 11th and Judy Ehrenfeld along with Evan Boland on the 12th. Happy Birthday to All!


A belated birthday wish is sent to Jeffrey and Susan Wilson who celebrated their wedding anniversary on March 5th.



You are or are becoming an old timer if you remember the mules in the barn yard along Memorial Drive, the former Lilly Coal road.

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    814-886-4694   

Mar 042013