Apr 302013


The second annual Lou Davies Walk for Pancreatic Cancer sponsored by the Griffith Family Foundation will be held May 19th at 12:00 noon at Mansion Park, Altoona. It is expected to finish about 3:00 PM. The registration fee is $30 a person. Children under 12 are free. All proceeds benefit pancreatic cancer research. Suzanne Davies along with the Griffith Family Foundation thank all who plan to participate.


John Inman long time announcer at Penn Cambria Varsity Home football and basket ball games has resigned to spend more time with his grandchildren and at his cottage in Poe Valley, Centre County. He started announcing basketball under Milan Gjurich 25 years ago and then football 20 years ago. John says his decision to resign was bittersweet but he is happy to have had the honor and privilege to serve as the Voice of the Panthers.


The Mainline Garden Club will meet May 8 at 11:00 AM at the Lilly War Memorial pavilion, new members are welcome.

Also there will be a Meat Loaf dinner this Sunday, May 5th at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Hilltop Road from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Both dining in or take outs are options for the low price of $9.


Keep in mind the annual War Memorial Banquet will be May 25th at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church Hall at 6:00 PM. Admission is $10. Tickets can be obtained by contacting Joe Gides at 886-4443  or John Hurley at 886-9483. War on Terror veterans will be recognized. They are ask to submit their names to Joe or John.


Rita Leahey will celebrate her 90th birthday on May 7th. She is a lifelong resident of Lilly and the widow of Norbert Leahey. Rita was born in 1923 a daughter of Robert and Mary (McNally) Moreland. Birthday greetings can be mailed to: Rita Leahey  605 Cleveland Street Lilly, PA 15938. Happy Birthday Rita.


Betty Phillips saw a hummingbird at her feeder on April 18th. It apparently was a scout for the coming flock as she hasn’t seen it since. I put my feeder out last week but as of yet have had no luck in drawing birds. I plan to soon put some orange halves out in an attempt to draw Orioles.


There was a very nice get together at the Penn Cambria High School cafeteria on Sunday, April 28th honoring the 2012-2013 Penn Cambria Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. Coach James Ronan spoke very highly of each of his varsity players and stated that this team was “ a special year and a special group” with the motto of “ Digging Deep to Dominate” he also stated the team has a “special place in his heart”. Coach Ronan also spoke on each seniors contribution to the team. He mentioned the Lilly boys: Nathan “ Przybys Harlem Shake; Nathan Keagys reminding him “just like 96 coach”; Jim Mardulas straight A school grades; Mac Behes leadership abilities and how younger players looked up to him; and the fabulous record of A.J. Leahey and his team leadership throughout the season. The varsity players each received a plaque and a tee shirt with the message: C 6 Champs some want to be here, some wish to be here, we are here. A.J. Leahey received several alcalodes for his outstanding season and team records.


Today, May 2nd finds Jerry Bender, Meagan Leahey and Gannon Matcho observing their birthdays as will Robert Lee on the 3rd and Anthony Steberger on the 4th. May 5th will be party time for Korena Behe and Kerri Martynuska. Mary Guzic celebrates on the 6th  along with Cindy Brickley. On the 7th besides Rita Leahey, Clyde Costlow, Mark Caputo, Raymond Martynuska and Cathy Yagoda get to party. On May 8th it is cake and ice cream for Jolie Dipko, James Davis, Rosemary Kertes, Sharon Martynuska, Marilyn McCoy, William McCoy and Joe Panek. Happy Birthday to All.


Angela and Jay Stiffler celebrate their wedding anniversary today, May 2nd followed by Betty and Mike Phillips on the 4th and Theresa and Dave Dunmyer on the 6th. On May 8th Eric and Cindy Brickley celebrate. Happy Anniversary to each couple.


You are an old timer if you remember the wood and metal shop in the “chicken coops” behind the high school in Lilly or took classes from Mr. Bellock there.

Apr 222013


Credit goes to the members and friends of the Lilly United Methodist Church who spent part of their day on Saturday April 21 cleaning up litter from Lilly Borough to new Route 22 in Cresson Township along Route 53. They had collected several bags of litter when I noticed their efforts.

We must abhor litter and educate the public not to discard anything along the highways and streets.

There are fines for such behavior. Report violators to the police.



Lilly Raider Football and Cheerleader signups will be held at the Lilly-Washington War Memorial Pavilion on Sunday April 28th, Monday April 29th and Tuesday April 30th from 6:30 PM until 8:00 Pm each evening.

The cost of registration for the insurance fee is $25.00 and is due at sign up. After May 10th it will be $40.00.

Signup includes boys and girls from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Kindergarten to Grade 3 is for Flag Football; Tackle Football is grades 3 through 6 and Cheerleaders are accepted from Kindergarden through sixth grade. Any questions call Jeramie at 932-3640 or Dan at 886-9433.



The Lilly Area Baseball Association will hold a dedication ceremony at 1:00 PM Sunday, May 5th at the new baseball field recently constructed just east of the War Memorial field. The first ball game on the field will follow the ceremony. A backstop and home run fencing was recently installed at the field.



The Mainline Garden Club meets at 11:00 A M the second Wednesday of each month. During nice weather the meetings are at the War Memorial pavilion here in Lilly. The group is helping with the flowers at the War Memorial field and at the monuments around town. They welcome new members, call Sharon Zoskey at 886-2531 if interested or have questions. The next meeting is May 8. Current officers are Alicia Walters, president; Patty Zoskey, vice president; Betty Phillips, treasurer and Sharon Zoskey, secretary.



Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will be hosting a Meat Loaf dinner on Sunday, May 5th from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the church on Hilltop road. Dine in or take out for $9. Children dining in is only $4.50.



Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of George Smilnak who recently passed away. George was a 1948 graduate of Lilly High School. He grew up in Lower Dutchtown and was the youngest son of John and Mary (Zurilla) Smilnak. Sympathy also is extended to the family and friends of Robert Wilk who recently passed away in Coalport. Bob was a Marine veteran of the Korean War and was an instructor at Admiral Peary Vo-tech School.

Yet another sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Margaret Hammond, 89, who passed away on Wednesday, April 17th in Ohio. Margaret and her late husband Steve resided in the area for many years. Steve was a proud member of the Lilly American Legion.



Today, April 25th finds Laura Siedlarczyk, Nicholas Askins, Nathan Keagy and Stanley Kluka all celebrating their birthdays as will James Behe, Michael Lingafelt, Bryan Nagy, Betty Phillips, Braden Przybys, Andrew Regan and Jim Salony. On the 28th Ryan Haney and Helen Phillips get to party as will Theresa Stevens on the 29th. On April 30 Francis “Cheetz” Albarano and Ruth Mulhearn get to party. May 1 will be a time for cake and flowers for Charles Devett, Margaret Kondis, Margaret Lykens and Margie Panek. Happy Birthday to All!



Mary and Robert Paul celebrate their wedding anniversary on April 25th. Congradulations.



Seniors in high school from Lilly and Washington Township are reminded to get their essays into the Lilly Legion by May 15th to be entered in the scholarship competition.



Just as we hear the last roar of the snow blowers we begin to hear the roar of lawn mowers in the neighbor hood. Thank God, spring is here. Have you noticed the increase in people out walking?

My cherry tree in the back yard is a beautiful pink this week and as usual the daffodils are showing off their blooms. What a great time of the year. I will be awaiting a call about the first hummingbird sighting.



You are now an old timer if you played football or basketball or cheered for the Lilly- Washington High School Red Raiders, or played in the Lilly-Washington High School band.

Believe it or not!

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694

Apr 162013


John Suchta was selected as the Tribune Democrat Person of the Week for his work with the Cambria-Somerset Outstanding Young Woman Scholarship Program. He serves on their board of directors and also helps design the setup for the competition and then acts as a deck hand. John runs Floral on the Corner here in Lilly. Congratulations John.


Looking for grant and scholarship information you can visit www.needalift.org for 150 pages on state grants, Legion grants etc. Lilly and Washington Township seniors are reminded to get their essays into the Lilly Legion by May 17th for the scholarships given each year.


The War Memorial banquet will be held on Saturday May 25th starting at 6:00PM. All servicemen or veterans that have served since Septemper 2001 in the War on Terror whether state side or overseas will be recognized. Call Bob Monahan or Jack Barlick for a dinner ticket and to be listed on the recognition list.


Today, April 18th finds Matt McCoy and Pricilla Przybys celebrating their birthdays as will Jocelyn Myers, Leonard Olsick and Anna Wozniak on the 19th.  Then on the 20th it will be party time for Margaret Cochran, Anna Ference, Cynthia Funari, Sally Lassak and Tom Muldoon Jr. On the 21st Thomas Kodosky Justin Conley and Irene Krumenaker observe birthdays as will  Dan George, Francis P. Claar, Don Finnegan, Frances George, Dallas Hite, Judy McIntosh, Ashley Myers and Marisa Rabatin on the 22nd. On April 23rd Rita Butterbaugh, Gia Ricupero, and Sr. Patti Rossi get to enjoy cake and ice cream and if you stop in the Borough building wish Claudine Falger a Happy Birthday on the 24th. Bailey Russian also celebrates on the 24th. Happy Birthday to All!


Jim and Dawn Paul celebrate their anniversary along with Kathy and Ray Martynuska on the 22nd followed by Cathy and Barry Yagoda on the 23rd and Cindy and Mark Caputo along with Patricia and Tom Miorelli on the 24th. Best Wishes to each couple!


You are an old timer if you went across the street from the Lilly High School to have lunch at Spider Salonys Bar and Restaurant.



Apr 082013


A.J. Leahey was selected to the First All Star Team by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Association. A fine honor for a Lilly youth who has set records in basketball at Penn Cambria. He now will attend UPJ in the fall. Congratulations A.J.


Our Lady of Mount Carmel National Catholic Church will hold a Swiss Steak Dinner this Sunday, April 14th at the Hilltop Church here in Lilly. There will be both eat in or take out for $9. Children can dine in for $4.50. For further details call 884- 0205.


The first day of trout fishing starts this Saturday morning. The week after the first day TAPS will stock area streams with fish raised at the Portage Nursery. The schedule includes the Little Conemaugh on April 16th; Bear Rock on the 17th; Oil City on the 18th;  Bens Creek on the 23rd and Noels Creek on the 25th. A second stocking will follow at the Little Conemaugh on the 30th; Bear Rock on May 2nd; Oily City on May 7th; Bens Creek on May 9th and Noels Creek on May 14th.

TAPS (Traditional Anglers of Pennsylvania, Portage Chapter) deserve a lot of praise for their extensive effort on providing quality recreation in the form of trout fishing for the adults and children of our area.


Kudoos for the large group that turned out Saturday, April 6th to clean up the War Memorial field and prepare it for the start of the baseball season. I noticed a large group working including coaches, ball players and board members Also on hand was Mike Kunko and his crew who were busily cutting down the Ash trees at the fields entrance. Many of these trees were dying and creating a hazard and needed removed. They had been there since at least 1950 as silent sentinels honoring WWll casualties. The stumps will soon be removed and topsoil spread and grass planted. This may not be complete by Memorial day however.


Penn Cambria and Bishop Carroll seniors who reside in Lilly Borough or Washington Township are once again reminded to enter the scholarship competition being held by the Lilly American Legion Post 628. Deadline foe submission to the Post is May 15th. The essay is to be 300 words or less and the topic is “How I would attempt to solve the Federal deficit.”


The Lilly-Washington Historical Society spring newsletter was mailed out this week. Copies are available at the Borough building or Galls Insurance if you did not receive one.



Today, April 11 finds Emily Hershel, Nicholas Szala, Kathleen Compardo, Warren Krumenaker and Carmie Martynuska celebrating their birthdays as will Patricia Grove, Logan Johnson and Patricia Tremel on the 12th. On the 13th  Sam Albarano Jr., Janessa Martynuska, Marty Arnold, Pat Barlick and William Walters celebrate as will Juliana Ricupero, Jenna Irving and Dana Bunting on the 14th.

April 15th will be a busy day as Joseph G. Podrasky, Adrienne Ditosti, Shawna Franey, Mark Kozak, John Mutsko, John Sanders and Kimberly Wilkinson all celebrate as will Helen Talko and Becky Baker on the 16th and Agnes Leap, Annette Smychynsky, grand daughter Allison Barlick, my sister Eileen Sweeny and Mary Agnes Slebodnik on the 17th. Happy Birthday to All!


Celebrating wedding anniversaries this week are Elaine and George Klayko on the 15th, John and Albina Nezneski on the 16th and Judy and Ron Muldoon on the 17th. Happy Anniversary to each couple.


You are an old timer if you remember fishing for “sunnies” at the B.A.B. on Route 53.


 LILLY LINES by Jack Barlick      814-886-4694 

Apr 022013
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Stephen Bart was awarded a College Scholar in Biology Award on March 24th at the Academic Honors Convocation at UPJ where he is a senior majoring in Biology and bio-chemistry. Stephen graduated from Penn Cambria in 2009. He is the son of Barbara and Brian Bart of Lilly and the grandson of George and Margaret Lukacs also of Lilly and the late Paul and Margaret Bart. He will graduate from UPJ on April 27th. Congratulations Stephen.


The Lilly Washington Public Library is conducting their annual fund drive at this time. Please be generous with a donation as the library really needs your help. State and county funds have been drastically decreased the past few years.


The War Memorial Association will attempt to have Clean Up Day this Saturday starting at 8:00 AM. Anyone willing to help return the field to a pristine condition for the coming ball season is ask to help. Bring a garden rake with you if possible. This field is one of the jewels of the community and we are proud of it.


On March 30 the All Star North team defeated the All Star South team 112-111. A closely fought game!

Two Lilly young men; A.J. Leahey and Mac Behe played on the North team. Both are seniors at Penn Cambria and had a remarkable season being part of the team winning the District 6 Class 3 Championship. Great Job guys!


Before we know it the fishermen will be hitting the area streams as the first day of trout is April 13th. As some of the grandkids, especially granddaughter Kiera, want to go so I guess I will get a license this year.


Penn Cambria Seniors from Lilly and Washington Township are reminded to submit an essay in this years scholarship competition to the Lilly American Legion. The topic is “How I would attempt to solve the Federal deficit”.


Belated birthday greetings to Carrie Myers who celebrated on the 2nd and Ted Myers who celebrated on the 3rd. Today, April 4th finds Terry McGarry, John Bost, Patricia Muldoon and Francis Risko observing birthdays as will Shane Hartline and Matthew Nadolsky on the 5th followed by Amy Davies and Alyssa Seaman on the 6th. George Ernest celebrates on the 7th along with Mary Kay Lukacs and Deborah Wilson. On April 8 it will be party time for Karen Claar. On the 9th Courtney Atkins, Amy Crospey and Sheila Crospey will be enjoying cake and ice cream as will Joseph Kratzer, Mary Paul and Cory Shoff on the 10th. Happy Birthday to All!


These few nice days are sure good for a positive attitude. Now is the time to watch for the crocus, daffodil and tulip to sprout. The trees will soon start to bud. Time to end the winter hibernation.


It was brought to my attention it was Joe Archihosky, not Leo, as I called him in a recent article who was a butcher at the C.A. Hughes Company Store. Leo Goss was the manager.

You are an old timer for sure if you hanged out at Stineys Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street across from the former high school and you are really over the hill if you hung out at Marcella and Francis Bender Dairy Dell on Cleveland Street. It was also a bowling alley and poolroom and is now the Borough Building after being the VFW Post home for years.

LILLY LINES by Jack Barlick    814-886-4694