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.