Jun 262013


I you decide to take a leisurely ride over Lilly Mountain to the Puzzletown Road make sure you use a truck, quad or Jeep. The road in Juniata Township is notorious, with deep gaps in the road where rain run off has washed it out.


The firemen’s carnival here in Lilly is in full swing. Open each night at 7:00 PM it is a great way to spend the evening and enjoy a funnel cake or hot sausage sandwich. The annual parade will be held Friday evening at 6:30 PM. The line up starts at the War Memorial field and the participants will move down Piper Street turn left on Portage Street to Washington Street, turn right to Main Street and then up Main Street, The viewing stand will be at the Lilly Fire Hall.


The roar of many motorcycles passing through town has died down as the annual Thunder in the Valley in the Johnstown area has come to a close. Next stop will be Bike Week in Ocean City this September 13 through 15th.


There is a new casino at Rocky Gap Park near Cumberland Maryland that just opened in June. It is easy to get to in just over an hour drive by going to Bedford, down 220 South to Interstate 68 and a few miles east. My sister Eileen and I checked it out last week and lo and behold I hit a jackpot of over 1.400 dollars. This put Rocky Gap on my favorite casino list (at least for now).


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Regina Skura and Rosemary Davis, wife of Fred Davis, both women recently passed away.


Doris Kuntz celebrates her birthday today, June 27th, along with Gary Glenn and Samuel J. Podrasky. On the 28th Mary Ann Skldowski, Nicholas Stauski, Rebecca Podrasky and Adama Zunick all enjoy birthdays as will Arletta Krumenacker, Ronda Amsler and Rodger McIntosh Jr. on the 29th. It will be party time for Dina McCarthy, Christine Patterson, Laurie Miller and Delores Skura on the 30th.

July 1 will find Nathan Hoover, Heather Jones, Anna Leahey and Dorothy Phillips celebrating birthdays as will William Noga, Heather Blazier and Dana Ronan on July 2nd. On July 3rd Cody Bost, Anna Brown and Margaret Kunrod observe birthdays. Happy Birthday to All! 


June 27th finds Angie and Gary Glenn, Faber and Madeline Conrad and Ray and Lillian Guzic celebrating their wedding anniversaries followed by Paul and Anita Booterbaugh, Barbara and Robert Leap and Bryan and Joyce Offman on the 28th.  On the 29th James and Anna Leahey celebrate along with William and Agnes McCarty. On June 30th Chad and Barbara Pysher observe their anniversary as will Richard and Debbie Giraud, Ann and Walter Mardula , Carrie and William Mitsko and Paul and Sandra Moyer on the 1st of July. On July 2nd Jane and Ted Kunko along with Anna and George Wozniak observe wedding anniversaries as will Ed and Patricia Grove on the 3rd. Happy Anniversary to each couple.


You are an old timer if you remember Sunday afternoon drives to Longs Dairy in Blue Knob for ice cream.


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Jun 182013


Tomorrow, June 21 will be the first official day of summer. Make the most of it as fall will be here before we notice.


The Lilly American Legion Post 628 held the annual election of officers on Thursday, June 13th. Elected for the 2013-2014 term were: Commander, James Steberger; 1st vice commander, Thomas Behe; 2nd vice commander, Duane Misiura; Adjutant, Melvin Fees, Finance Officer, James Shable; Service Officer, Jack Barlick; Chaplain, Ray Murry; Sergeant of Arms, Joseph Zurilla; Historian, Paul Sweeney and Judge Adutant, Richard Sweeney. The home association president is Joseph Zurilla and the three year trustee of the home association is Paul Sweeney.


The Lilly Post will hold the annual Legion picnic on July 21st from noon until late in the evening. Admission is $8 for members if paid by July 14th. Guests are $12. The price for all is $12 after July 14th. Sigh up at the post.


Starting at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, July 25th the firemen’s carnival will run each night through July 29. Children’s night, with special activities, including a show by Charlene’s School of Dance, will be held Wednesday. The parade will be Friday evening. Garbrick Amusements will provide the midway rides.

Stop down and enjoy French fries and hot sausage sandwiches at the refreshment stand. And if you are still young at heart-try out the ferris wheel.


I have noticed occasions when all three base ball fields are in use at the same time at the War Memorial and Eleanor Risko parks. Besides that, both the basketball court and volleyball court get lots of use. The community is fortunate to have such a first class recreation facility. Support it.


At last report the Conrad Chiropractic/ Lilly American Legion City League team was 9-0 for the season. On June 30th at 3:00 PM the Lilly team will play J&D Gun Sales here in Lilly in a benefit game. All proceeds of the game will go to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society. Gate admission will welcome cat or dog food or a cash donation. Come watch a good game and help a deserving cause.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Robert Bender who died at the age of 78 in Hagerstown. Bob was a son of Norman and Madelaine Bender and grew up in Lower and Upper Dutchtown. He graduated from Lilly High in 1953 and served in the United States Marine Corps.

Sympathy also is extended to the family and friends of Hope (Yingling) McAllister who died at the age of 96on May 28th. She was a daughter of Martin and Christina (Eger) Yingling and was one of 16 children. She was the last surviving member of the family. Hope was a triplet and had sisters Faith and Charity. Elmer and Art Yingling were two of her brothers that resided here in Lilly.


Today, June 20 finds Jonathan Mulhearn and Catrina Jo Rainey celebrating birthdays as will Sylvia Davies and Katelyn Miorelli on the 21st. Ellen NcCoy gets to party on the 22nd followed by Lana Geriak, Patricia Hershel, James Larue and Amanda Skura on the 23rd. The 24th is a busy day as Ryan Brown., John Orehowsky, Lisa Prebish, Joan Sibis and Heather Zunick all observe birthdays as will Anita Inman, James C. Martino, Mike Zumer Jr., Judy Buterbaugh and Robert Krull on the 26th.


A belated anniversary greeting goes to Leo and Desalles Yingling who observed their 48th wedding anniversary on June 19th.

Today, the 20th finds Joseph and Patricia Behe, Tom and Michele Elliot and Bill and Lori Rainey celebrating as will John and Lisa Prebish and Adrienne and Robert Rabatin on the 22nd, Patrick and Robin Behe and Homer and Rita Butterbaugh on the 23rd  Shawn and Theresa Stevens on the 24thand Joe and Phyllis on the 25th and Gerald and Mary Lou Behe on the 26th. Happy Anniversary to Each Couple.


You are an old timer is you stopped for a drink at Herr’s Tavern in Moshannan. 

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Jun 182013
Jun 112013


Congratulations to the 138 graduates of the Penn Cambria Class of 2013. Best wishes to each student as they pursue future endeavors. There were many parties held for the graduates over the past weekend. I was able to attend two, both on Sunday, June 9th. The two were parties for Nathan Keagy and grandson Nathan Przybys. Each was a well attended event with many family. friends and classmates present, plus the food was great both places.


Congratulations to my daughter Cathy Nadolsky on passing her state nursing boards on the first attempt. I accompanied her to Pittsburgh on June 5th as she nervously sat for the boards. The next day she was ecstatic to learn she had passed. She will pursue a nursing career at Conemaugh Health Systems.


Daughter Cathy, along with granddaughters Kiera, Kiana and Desiree and yours truly made a trip on Thursday, June 6th to Edgewater Maryland to celebrate my son Johns birthday. It rained all day Friday but was a mild summer day on Saturday the 8th so the girls got to enjoy the beach. We all enjoyed a seafood dinner on the evening of the 7th. Kiana was able to enjoy a full lobster dinner for the first time. We all sang happy birthday to John.


The Mainline Garden Club is welcoming new members to the group. Also a couple volunteers are needed to help tend the gardens I;e pull the weeds at the Miners Monument and Butterfly garden. Call Alyssa Walters at 736-7333 for more information.


The Lilly-Washington High School class of 1963 will hold a 50 year re-union on Saturday, August 31st here in Lilly. They are planning to have an alumni dance at the Sokols at 9:00 PM with a special invitation being extended to all graduates of Lilly High School to attend.


Mark your calendar for the upcoming Lilly Fire Company carnival to be held June 25th through June 29th. This annual event is always a good time to visit Lilly and meet old friends and make new ones. I will do a nightly trip for a hot sausage sandwich.


Gina and Dave Bender recently returned home after visiting Daves sister Peggy in Hawaii. It was a first time airplane trip for both. Sounds like the couple got to see many sights while there including the famous Diamond Head Mountain in Honolulu.


Today, June 13th finds Joan Cloherty and  Douglas Stauski Jr. celebrating birthdays as will Jacob Digman,  Harry Behe, Mary Edna Filak, Marion Phillips and Stanley Skura on the 14th and Shane Burkett, Gianna Caputo, Gabriel Irving and Kathleen Hooder on the 15th. Then on June 16th it is party time for Emma Claar, Gina Bender,  Jean Bradley, Robert Courtot and Jessie Skura. On the 17th it will be cake and ice cream time for Debbie McCool, Mary Nagle, Patty Nagy, Joanne Leap, Edith Dibosky and Olivia Sawinski. Then on the 18th Lacey Behe, Julia Craine,  Edward Krug and Matt Madigan celebrate birthdays followed by John Bossler, Linda Conley, Joseph Costlow and Joan Latoche on the 19th. Happy Birthday to All!


A special anniversary greeting is extended to Francis and Dorothy Conrad who will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on June 14th.

Today, June 13th finds Christopher and Barb Martino observing their anniversary followed by Robert and Lori Bennett on the 14th and James and Irene Krumenaker and James and Patricia Steberger on the 15th, On the 16th Patrick and Dorothy McCool celebrate as will James and Imy McMullen on the 17th followed by Jerry and Lisa Segada and Douglas and Tina Stauski on the 18th. Then on June 19th Edward and Rosemary Kertes observe their anniversary. Happy Anniversary goes out to each couple.


A respected reader pointed out to me that I had my grandson Nathans last name wrong in last weeks’ article. I can hardly claim a typo so it must be absent mindedness, failure to proof read close enough or just possibly the onset of Alzheimer’s. Take your pick.


You are an old timer if you were old enough to drink beer at the firemen s carnival in 1972 when Garbrick first brought his carnival to Lilly.

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Jun 032013


This coming Sunday, June 9th will be the Money-Rama at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM at the Hill Top Road church pavilion. Tickets can be purchased for $20 by calling 937-7053 or 886-2375. A chicken dinner is included from 1 until 3 PM followed by snacks from 3 to 5. DJ Joe Gribbins will provide the entertainment and both drinks and door prizes will be available. Enjoy the fun at the pavilion.


There were approximately 225 quad and dirt bike riders present for the Lilly Fire Company Thunder on the Mountain Poker run this past Sunday. Temperatures were just right for a breezy ride on the mountain.


 Lilly native, Arturo Martynuska was recently installed as the President of the Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters at their 41st convention held in Philadelphia. The association represents over 10,000 active and retired firefighters in Pennsylvania. Arturo had over 20 years of service with the Johnstown Fire Department rising through the ranks as a firefighter and paramedic to become assistant chief. He gained interest in the fire service when he joined the Lilly Fire Company as a junior fireman at age 16 in 1976. He is the son of Carmella and the late Arthur Martynuska of Lilly.


The Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/Lilly American League Altoona City League Baseball team is off to a great start for the 3013 season. The team has won their first 6 games as they seek another championship year. They have won 10 of the last 11 championships bringing first place honors to Lilly 10 times all ready

This was a great week for viewing beautiful rhododendrons in full bloom. There are many colorful blooms on many large bushes in Upper Dutch Town, Farmers Turnpike, Barkertown and down town Lilly.

It is worth the ride to enjoy the flowers.



Today, June 6th finds Jacqueline Bost, Richard Slebodnick Jr., and Judy Smith celebrating their birthdays as will Patricia Behe, James Drass, Peggy Marinak and John Patterson on the 7th and Regis Kinback along with Adam Steberger and Marissa Conley on the 8th. On June 9th Brian Risko, Amber Lee Buterbaugh, Josie Sawinski, Nancy Stombaugh and Jamie Williams all party as will Sis Risko, Jolene Sawinski and Justin Sweeney on the 10th and Dorothy Obester, Ashley Reed and Drake Swanger on the 12th. Happy Birthday to All.


Ryan and Theresa Brown celebrate their wedding anniversary today, June 8,  along with Allen and Heather Zunick. They are followed by Edward and Nancy Stombaugh who celebrate on the 9th. On June 10th James and Patricia Davis, Joseph and Nancy Giblok, Joseph and Mimi Kratzer and Ruby and Dina McCarthy all observe wedding anniversaries followed by Christopher and Margaret Conrad, Gerald and Lillian Duke and Richard and Mary Louise Lingafelt on the 12th. Happy Anniversary to each couple.


You are an old timer if you remember airplanes landing and taking off at the Cresson airport.


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