May 282013


The Lilly Volunteer Fire Company is hosting a poker run, Thunder on the Mountain, this Sunday starting at 9:00 AM. Line up and registration is on the grounds of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Hill Top Road. Food will be available for both breakfast and lunch. If you have a dirt bike or quad and don’t mind playing in the mud come out and have an enjoyable day on the mountain.


On Sunday, June 9th from 1 until 5 P:M Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church will host a “Money-Rama” at the Hilltop Road church pavilion. Donations are $20 and includes a Chicken Dinner from 1 until 3 PM, a mid afternoon snack from 3 until 5 PM, Drinks, Door Prizes and music provided by DJ Joe Gribbin. For tickets or information call 937-7053 or 886-2375. Come and join the fun.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Norman Lee who recently passed away, Norman grew up in Washington Township and attended the Lilly schools. He had been an owner of Lee’s Hardware in Cresson. Sympathy is also extended to the family and friends of Jack Crisko, he grew up in Jimtown and married a Lilly girl, Molly Sanders. Jack had many friends in Lilly from the Stiney Days.


Saturday evening , May 25th saw a large party in my back yard celebrating daughter Catherines graduation from the Mount Nursing program. Her husband Don Nadolsky hosted the occasion that went from 3:00 PM until midnight. Even though the temperatures out side wasn’t the greatest for partying the hardy crowd hung onto their beer cans throughout the evening. A bon fire in the back lots helped a lot.


Also on Saturday evening the 15th annual Lilly-Washington War Memorial Association banquet was held at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church hall. Monsignor John Sasway led both the Invocation and Benediction. Command Sergeant Major USA (Ret.) Chad Pysher delivered the main address to the approximately 60 in attendance including veterans of WWll, Korea, Viet-Nam and the War on Terror.

The Association presented plagues to the Mainline Garden Club, Lilly Polish National Alliance (PNA) and to Mr. Pysher in recreation of their service to the War Memorial Association and the Lilly community.


The Knights of Columbus Council 11084 will hold a Communion Dinner following the 11: 00 AM Mass at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church hall on June 9th.


Over 300 residents and visitors attended the 11:00 AM Memorial Day Service at the Lilly-Washington War Memorial field. Monsignor John Sasway said the Invovation and Tyler Prebish, a Penn Canbria senior sand the National Anthem. Commander James Steberger then presented the 2013 Americanism Award to Bailey Prebish, a son of John and Liza Presbish. Bailey is an 8th grade student at Penn Cambria. Helen Claar. Auxiliary post 628 vice-president then presented the girls Americanism Award to Anna Audley, daughter of Linda and Larry Audley. Anna is also in the 8th grade at Penn Cambria.

Scholarships were then presented to three Penn Cambria seniors. Nathan Prebish, the son of Natalie Barlick-Reed and Mark Prebish received a $2500 award; Anthony “A.J.” Leahey received $1,500 and Nathan Keagy received $1,000. Each student wrote an essay on “ What I would do to attempt to solve the Federal deficit.

Several Korean War era veterans were presented with certificates that arrived Friday from the Department of Defense. Others will be mailed to veterans that were included in the Departments packet. Veterans present included James B. McCabe, Kathleen Guido, Steve Suchta, Dave Brown, Joe Kondis and William McCartny. The war ended in an armistice 60 years ago.

Yours truly recited a story on the life and death of John Brown from the Lilly Mountain who died at Gettsburg 150 years ago on the second day of the battle while defending a cannon position. He is buried in an unmarked grave on the wheat field. John was Lilly’s only Gettysburg casualty and was a sergeant with the 115th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry at the time of his death. He has many surviving descendants in the area. Some of these descendants placed a flower at the Civil War monument in John’s honor. His great grand daughter Winnie McLucas was present along with her brother David. Also placing flowers were Lori Krug and her sons and Bridget Sorchetti and her son. Lori and Bridget are great-great- great granddaughters of Sergeant Brown and their children are great-great-great-great grandchildren


Bernard Seese of Altoona, who grew up in Lilly, the son of Harvey and Beverly Seese is headed to San Antonio Texas to attend his sons Nathan graduation from basic training at Lackland Air Force base on May 31, his daughter Deanna will accompany him.Several generations of Seese’s from Lilly have served in the military including Nathans late great grandfather Herman, late grand father Harvey who was in the Korean War, his late great uncle Bob Seese who was in Africa in WWll and earned a Purple Heart there. His uncle Bartley served in the Air Force and now resides in Cresson.Bernards mother, Beverly, resides in Cresson and his sister Brenda lives in Hughesville PA where she is an R.N. in a pediatricians office. Brenda,s daughter Niki is in her masters degree program in psychology at Geneva College after graduating from Misercordia College in Wilkes-Barre


Today, May 30 finds Audrey Crane, Andrew Glenn, Walter Hoberney and Justin Spaid celebrating birthdays as will Daryl Leap, Brandon Ehrenfeld, Rudy McCarthy, Tina Stauski, Andrew Solarczyk and Adyn Tremel on the 31st. June birthdays include Antoinette Myers  and Connie Secrisky on the 1st; Dianne Batdorf, Kathleen Moyer, Ian Wissinger and Anthony Zumer on the 2nd followed by Bernadette Hmiel, John Nezneski and Donald Wilt Sr. on the 3rd it will be party time for Jesse Guzic and Robert Rabatin Jr. Marcelle Cooney ,Stuart Custer, Olivia Guzic, Elizabeth Lasinski and William Mitsko will enjoy birthdays on June 5th. Happy Birthday to All!


David and Peggy Beck celebrate their wedding anniversary on May 31st.Then on June 1 Glenn and Peggy Marinak and Tim and Joyce Przybys both celebrate as will Regis and Patricia Tremel on the 3rd,  and Leo and Debbie Vermuelion on the 5th. Happy Anniversary to Each Couple.


You are an old timer if you remember the colored man from Portage, Bill Carpenter, who would occasionally come around collecting scrap in an old truck and paying pennies and nickels for it much to the delight of the neighborhood kids.

Enjoy the coming warm spell and the lazy, hazy days of summer.


Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694                                                                 





May 202013


On Monday May 27th the services by the Lilly American Legion at local cemeteries will begin at 08:45 at the Lady of Mount Carmel National Catholic cemetery on Hilltop Road followed by a service at the Lillydale cemetery at 09:00 and at the Lady of Mount Carmel cemetery on Cemetery Street at 09:30 AM. A 10:00 AM service will then be held at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies (St. Brigids) cemetery.

At 11:00 AM the annual Memorial Day program will be held at the Lilly War Memorial field. The public is invited to participate in and attend this event that honors deceased veterans. Tyler Prebish will sing the National Anthem to start the program after an invocation from Monsignor John Sasway. Americanism Awards will presented to an eight grade girl and boy and scholarships from the Lilly American Legion Post 628 will be presented to Nathan Przybys, Anthony J. Leahey and Nathan Keagy.

Lilly’s only casualty at Gettysburg 150 years ago will be remembered in a short story of his life and death. He was John Brown from the Lilly Mountain who was killed in the wheat field on the second day of battle, July 2, 1863. Flowers will be placed at the Civil War monument in his honor by several children who are Sergeant John Browns descendants.


Don’t forget the 15th annual War Memorial Association dinner being held Saturday evening beginning at 6:00 PM. Retired Command Sergeant Major Chad Pysher will address the assembly. The Mainline Garden Club, Lilly PNA and Mr. Pysher will be honored during the event.


A Lilly girl received a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from the Lynchburg Virginia College on Saturday, May 18th. She is Dr. Lindsey LeComte, daughter of Bruce and Lynn Eberhart of Lilly. Lindsey is now home for a well earned rest as she seeks a position in the State College area. She is a 2004 graduate of Penn Cambria High School. Her sister Kadee, brother Nick and grandmother Barbara Eberhart are especially proud of her. I can bet her great-great grandmother, Michalina Nadolsky is smiling down from Heaven. Congratulations Doctor, the whole community is proud of you.


June 2 will see lots of muddy or dusty riders traversing the Lilly Mountain on their quads and dirt bikes during the spring Thunder on the Mountain Quad run hosted by the Lilly Fire Company. Riders can register at 9:00 AM at the site set up near the church on Hilltop Road. If you have a quad come play in the mud and help the fire company.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Tom McMullen who passed away unrepentantly. Tom was well known to many in the community and well liked by all who knew him. He will be missed.

Sympathy is also extended to the family and friends of Elsie Beichner who died on May 15th at the age of 98. She and her husband Francis raised seven daughters here in Lilly where Francis was a high school teacher and a president of the Lilly Bank. Elsie had 19 grandchildren and 26 great grand children. She is survived by six daughters and a sister Dorothy Hite in Johnstown.


A belated birthday greeting goes to Alexis Eckenrode the daughter of Kevin and Stephanie Eckenrode who celebrated her 12th birthday on May 22nd. Today, May 23rd finds Dave Bender, Ryan Giraud, Edward Grove Sr. and Blaize Quinn observing birthdays as will Caleb Eger on the 24th.

On May 25th it will be party time for Shirley Noel and Tim Panek. Then on the 26th more parties as Brent Smith, Lori Krug and Nancy Rowe celebrate. Gregory Podrasky celebrates on the 27th. On the 28th it will be cake and ice dream for Mary Gorba, Linda Cropsey, Troy Logan and Dominic Risupero. Happy Birthday to All!


A belated anniversary greeting is sent to Kevin and Stephanie (Pyo) Eckenrode who celebrated their wedding anniversary on May 22nd. On the 25th Andrew and Joanne Regan will observe their anniversary followed by Steve and Vicki Durkay on the 27th. Happy Anniversary to each couple.


A group of veterans including Jim Steberger, Joe Zurilla, Joe Stauski, Dick Sweeney, Tom Behe  and Melvin Fees along with Bruce Hershel either placed American flags on several hundred graves in the four local cemeteries or placed flags along the streets of the community on Saturday, May 20th in preparation for Memorial Day.


You are an old timer if you remember Memorial Days when the Lilly High School Band, VFW and Lilly Legion along with Boy Scout Troop 50 and a few WW1 veterans marched from down town to the War Memorial field to observe Memorial Day. The Boy Scouts would sell poppies to the many spectators along the route.


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May 132013


Needless to say I was very proud of my daughter, Catherine Barlick- Nadolsky, who graduated on May 12 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. Her two daughters, Kiana and Kiera plus her husband Don and her large extended family and friends are all proud of her and enjoyed her happiness. The evening before there was a Pinning ceremony at the Mount where 39 new nurses received their Nursing pins. A very nice event with a nice luncheon following.

This year was the largest graduating class in the Mounts history going back to its founding in 1939 and even further when the Sisters of Mercy started St. Aloysius Academy in Loretto in 1851. There were over 400 graduates from the 2012-2013 school year. Those earning associate degrees from Lilly included: Liberal Arts , Sheila Ann Cropsey, Summa Cum Laude; Matthew Bart, Criminology ; Amanda Adamo, Nursing and Jessica Brianna Costello, Physical Therapist Assistant.

Patricia Rooney, the wife of Daniel Rooney former Ambassador to Ireland and the Pittsburgh Steeler owner, gave the Address to the students. She spoke of her Ireland travels and how pleasant the Irish people are. Dan and Patricia both received Honorary Doctorates from the Mount.  Her well given advice:” Look around-be part of your community.”

 Others from Lilly  earning degrees were  Alli Bossler, Business Administration Honor Program graduate; Ryan James Haney, Nursing Cum Laude and Kariann Marie Leahey, Professional studies Behavioral and Social Sciences, All Bachelor degrees and a Masters Degree in Business Administration was earned by Jamie Ann Kosak.


Lilly Borough council is to be commended for contracting with the J.C. Fleming Company for street sweeping this year. Last week the Fleming group had three vehicles in town and did a very nice job of cleaning all the streets.


The Penn Cambria Senior High School Prom was held at the Casino in Lakemont on Saturday evening May 11th. Three grandchildren were among the attendees: Nathan Przybys, Allison Barlick and Desiree Bukowski.  The girls were beautiful and Nathan was very handsome. Proud of all three! There were several other students pictured on FaceBook and all the kids looked great.


The American Legion has open nominations for officers for the post and home association until the June 13th meeting when elections will be held.


The Lilly Fire Company auxiliary is hosting a pie sale with orders being taken until May 20th. Pick up date will be June 1 from 9 until 11 AM at the fire hall. Various pies are available and also Cinnamon rolls and Gobs. Call Theresa at 886-8720 or Pam at 736-3015 to place an order.


Hoagies will be available on May 18th at the fire hall during morning hours. Stop by and buy one for lunch.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of  Walter “Breezy” Swemba of Cresson who died May 3rd. Walter, a WWll veteran was born in Lilly. He had been a mining surveyor for Bethlehem Mines Corp.


 Two girls from Lilly were on the team that took the Laurel Highland Conference Championship in Girls Softball after a 4-3 victory over Cambria Heights last Tuesday. The girls are MacKenzie McIntosh and Sarah Hurley, both seniors and both former players in the Lilly softball league. The Lady Panthers are 13-1 in the conference and 15-2 overall record for the year. Johnstown was second with 10-3 in the conference. Great job girls!


A belated birthday greeting is sent to one year old Parker Pyo, son of Matt and Jamie Pyo who celebrated his birthday on May 15.

Today, May 16th finds Mike Stager, Donald Courvina, Ronald Cropsey and Gerald Wilson celebrating their birthdays as will Maureen Engle and Evelyn Hutsky on the 17th, Elizabeth Sklodowski celebrates on the 18th followed by Robert Leap, Alexis Paul and Donna Spahr on the 19th, On the 20th  Gail Palkp, Abigail Livai and James Leahey gets to party as will grandson Nathan Przybys on May 21, On the 22nd it will be cake and ice cream for Isabell Askins, Francis Filak, Dominic Hall, Russ Leap and Shirley Wilson. Happy Birthday to All!


On May 18 Barbara and Brian Bart and Clyde and Beverly Costlow celebrate their wedding anniversaries as will Michael and Dawn Summerville on the 20th. On May 21st Dan and Diane Kusick celebrate as will Cynthia  and John Giblock and Shawn and Toni Nadolsky on the 22nd. Happy Anniversary to each couple.


Tickets are still available for the War Memorial Dinner to be held on May 25th at 6:00 PM at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church Hall. Cost is $10 dollars and can be purchased from Joe Gides.


You are an old timer if you stopped for gas at Ollie Leaps and then drove around the corner for bread at Obesters Store on Grant Street.

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694 

May 062013


There was a ribbon cutting and dedication at the new Little League ball field adjacent to the War Memorial field in Lilly. The field was dedicated in memory of Eleanor Risko who was a zealous fan of Lilly teams. Her son Francis and daughter Marge Panek were on hand for the event as was Paul Cooney who had donated the land the field was built on. Mr. Cooney received a plague from the Washington Township supervisors for a land donation he made to the township for recreation. He had the honor of throwing the first ball. Lilly K of C. played the Sankertown VFW in a game following the ceremony. Lilly won head over heels 15-0.


After that stray hummingbird arrived at Betty Phillip’s feeder on April 18th there have been several other sightings reported. My sister, Monica saw them in Lower Dutchtown on April 27thm they were at Moose Pyo’s on May 1 and at Shirley Pattersons on May 2. The blue birds were also back at the Pyo’s.


The following children made their First Holy Communion at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church on May 45th: Alissa Hutsky, Lily George, Allura Nesbella, Andre Marina and Tiffany Stiffler. The same day First Communion was held at St. Francis Church in Cresson. My grand daughter Kaylee Mento and Patty and Ed Groves grandson Zachary Grove received the sacrament with others there.


Best Wishes and Congratulations to Samuel Albarano Jr on his ordination as a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church this coming Saturday, May 18th at the Cathedral in Altoona at 10:00 AM. Bishop  Mark Bartchak will perform the invocation.


Stephen Bart has graduated from UPJ with  degrees in Bio-chemistry and Biology. He now will pursue his Masters at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia this fall. Stephen, a 2009 graduate of Penn Cambria, is the son of Brian and Barbara Bart and the grandson of George and Margaret Lukacs of Lilly.


Grand daughter Kiana Nadolsky caught a nice Rainbow trout at the pipes on Lilly Coal road on Saturday morning. She was thrilled as was her sister Kiana. Both agreed to put the fish back into the stream. I am told my nephew Ian Barlick caught one almost two feet long near Cassandra.


Tickets are available for the annual War Memorial banquet that will be held May 25th at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church hall. Call Joe Gides to make a purchase for only $10. We are still waiting for War on Terror veterans to reserve free tickets for the event. Other happenings at the dinner will include guest speaker Command Sergeant Major Chad Pysher (US Army Retired), and award presentations to the Mainline Garden Club, PNA and CSM Pysher. Come join in the festive evening with neighbors and friends.


This is the 10th anniversary of the Chiropractic office here in Lilly operated by Tyler Conrad on Church Street. He has been a steadfast supporter of the Lilly entry in the Altoona City League along with the Lilly Legion. We wish him many more years of success here.


The center of town looks beautiful from all the tulips reaching full bloom. This is a great year for them. Bev Mandichak deserves much credit for planting those beds.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Thomas Starchville who recently passed way. Tom was a Lilly native and a graduate of Lilly High School. He spent a career teaching in the Forest Hills School District. Sympathy also is extended to the families and friends of Lucy Eger and Virginia (Panek) Smigelsky.


In Texas a high school team was disqualified from the state championship game there because a member of the 400 meter relay winning team pointed his index finger toward the heavens as he crossed the finish line in a playoff game. Officials called it excessive celebration. These officials should be tarred and feathered and put on a boat to North Korea.


Today, May 9th finds John Latoche and Joshua Nadolsky observing birthdays as will Larry Behe, Linda Behe, Lillian Duke , Devin Glenn, Margo Kiel, Christina Quinn and Joanne Regan on the 10th.Mercedes McIntosh, Diane Waksmunski and Dan Sibis gets to party on the 11th and Roberta Claar, Jean Lasinski and Nicole Selip on the 12th

The 13th is a busy day as Peggy Beck, Richard Giraud, Joan Kinback, Gloria Kuntz, Dorothy McCool and Susan Wilson all celebrate birthdays as will Mary Lou Custer, Gerald Duke, John Gides and Michael Sawinskion the 14th. Then on the 15th St Luke Pastor John Palko, Lisa Funari and Jacob Hurley get to party. Happy Birthday to All.


Mary and Matt Boland observe their wedding anniversary on May 9 followed by Dan and Kerri Martynuska on the 10th, John and Roxanne Seymore, Marcelle and Paul Cooney, Michael and Jolene Sawinski and Joan and William Walters on the 12th. On the 14th Michael and Celeste McCoy celebrate. Happy Anniversary to each couple.



I received a phone call from Veronica Andrews in Florida who says you are an old timer if you remember paying 11 cents to go to the movies at the Liberty Theater on Main Street. She recalled that weekend matinees featuring two movies were only a dime leaving an extra penny for candy.


 Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694