Sep 302013

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694                                                                     



There was a very large crowd from Lilly and Portage at the War Memorial field on Saturday, September 28th. The season is winding down with one more home game expected. After that, War Memorial activities, other than ice skating, will become dormant for the winter. They have had a busy year.


The Southern Alleghany Emergency Medical Services Council held their annual board elections and dinner at the Cresson American Legion on Saturday, September 28th. About 150 people from the six counties comprising the group attended. The Cresson Legion Post was the host and provided a delicious dinner for those in attendance.

The Cambria Alliance EMS, of which Lilly is a part, was well represented. There was an awards ceremony following the dinner and Dr. John Karduck of Portage was recognized for his life time achievement. He has been instructing the paramedic program and providing medical command since 1976.

John “ Jack” Seymore of Cresson was honored for his forty years in EMS. He has been a paramedic and operations manager at AMED in Altoona since 1973 and also runs with the local Cambria Alliance EMS. Gerald Stevens, president of the Cambria Alliance, was recognized for his community service.



Drive by on the 5th or 6th and you may see the sculptor installing part of the main part of the miner memorial. Work is slowly progressing. Many name plagues were removed to have a protective coating applied and will be re-installed in the near future.



Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Anna Louise Gatto, of Ebensburg, who recently passed away. She was born in Lilly and graduated from the Lilly High School. Sympathy also goes to the family and friends of Air Force veteran William Neff who recently died. William was a son of the late Bill and Clara (Sweeney) Neff and also graduated from Lilly High. Another Air Force veteran, Walter Phillips also passed away. He was a Coupon native and resided in Moshannon. May they rest in peace!



Shelley McIntosh and Marian Wyland observe their birthdays today, October 3rd followed by Sherry Gates, Joe Giblock and Don Hartline on the 4th. Pat Podrasky celebrates on the 5th along with Ed Kertes , Ella Mae Gaudlip and Barbara Stiffler. Paul Aldrich gets to party on the 6th while Dennis Amrhein and Frank Giblock enjoy cake and ice cream on the 7th. Joseph Stauski celebrates on the 8th along with Taylor Herschel. Happy Birthday to All!



Michael and Patricia Felus and Ronald and Denise Leturgy observe wedding anniversaries today, October 3, followed by Joseph and Connie Stauski on the 4th, Daniel and Karen Sibis on the 5th and Andrew and Heather Jones on the 7th. Happy Anniversary to each couple.



You are an old timer if you remember when Cassandra had three bars or hotels open in the borough. You are even older if you drank in all three. Name them.

Sep 252013

LILLY LINES  by Jack Barlick    886-4694



The leaves are turning color with the next couple of weeks to be a blaze of yellows, browns and orange leaves on the hillsides. Take a ride and enjoy them. The Amish farms are still open (except Sundays) down in Sinking Valley if you want farm fresh fruit and vegetables while enjoying the fall colors.


The Portage Coalition of Sportsmen is sponsoring a youth field day at Twin Lakes in Jimtown on Saturday September 28th. The events start at 8:30 AM with registration and a fish stocking at the lake. Outdoor demonstrations begin at 9:00 AM and will include muzzleloader, .22 shooting, archery, fishing, turkey hunting safety, shotgun shooting and canoeing.

The events are free for children 9 years old up to age 16. There will be T-shirts given out, a free lunch and a trout fishing derby after lunch. The Bear Rock Sportsmen Club and the Lilly Sokols are part of the coalition. Bring your children and grandchildren to Twin Lakes for an enjoyable day.



The new interlocking paver patio has been installed. The paver and installation materials were donated by Jim and Ellen Carruthers and Jim and Pauline Yingling. Jim Yingling also secured the services of Mark Farabaugh of Loretto  who did the beautiful installation of the pavers without charge. ( Marks phone number is 312-4259 if you need a patio installed.) The new black benches in front of the monument were donated in memory of Jack & Anna Rae Phillips and Chuck, Jim and Cindy Cooney. So many people have helped to make this dream possible. The Historical Society is still looking for a sponsor for the Coal Miners Memorial Chapel plague honoring the 56 known miners who died from Lilly area mining accidents. Please call Jim Salony to discuss sponsorship details at 814-886-7282. 

The sculptor will be back in town the weekend of October 5 to start on-site installation of the miner monument statue and background relief.



Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of John Warner, age 90, who recently passed away in Erie, PA. John grew up in Lilly and served in the United States Army during WW2. His sister, Barbara Stiffler, resides here.

 Sympathy also goes to the family and friends of Margaret (Przybys) Kondis who also recently died.



Kelly Sklodowski and John Sweeney celebrate birthdays today, September 26th while Pete Seno, Mike Sklodowski and Darla Summerville celebrate on the 27th. It will be party time for Joanne Dunmyer, Linda Sweeney and Karen Wilson on the 28th and Sam Podrasky Sr. on the 29th. September 30th will find Gregory Clapper, Theresa Dunmyer and Fran Kodosky enjoying cake and ice cream.

Ushering in October with birthdays on the 1st will be Mason Little, Joseph Leap and Daniel Martynuska and on the 2nd Eric Courvina and Donna Glass.  Happy Birthday to All!



Willard and Kimberly Wilkinson celebrate their wedding anniversary today, September 25th while Gregory and Melissa Clapper celebrate on the 29th and Nicholas and Nancy Cassisi on the 30th. On October 2 Travis and Angela Braatz and William and Joanne Kodosky observe their anniversaries. Best Wishes to each couple.



You are an old timer if you got haircuts from Pat Dougherty or Andy Columba at their Main Street barber shops.



Sep 202013

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694      

On Saturday, September 7th there was a very nice ceremony at the Loretto American Legion at 10:00 AM as they dedicated a memorial along Saint Marys Street honoring all branches of the military. Senior Judge Timothy Creany, a Marine veteran, was the guest speaker. My son, Steve, had drawn the original design for the memorial that adds dignity to the front of the American Legion. It is lit at night.



Three bronze statue and two more benches have been added to the butterfly garden and the miners memorial and a new brick wall for a list of miner casualties and St. Barbara has been installed. The sculptor spent a weekend here, off site, preparing the main monument that soon should be installed.

Master pieces take time.



Today, September 19th finds Cole Amsler, Mary Lou Behe, Cheryl Bender, Emil Campagna, Marty Craine, Tony Sabol and Jody Walter observing birthdays as will Tim McGarry and Charles McMullen on the 20th.On the 21st Matt Hoover, Sister Jane Rosko and Helen Thrower get to party as will Monica Behe , Nicole Boast, Thomas Craine, Derek Szala, Cassidy Myers and John Giblock on the 22nd. On September 23 it will be cake and ice cream for Theresa Brown and Francis Conrad. The next day, the 24th, Jayden Pinkney and Miranda Wilkinson get to party followed by Kristen Diehl, Mike Felus, Katie Leahey, Michael Leahey and Linda Orlosky on the 25th. Happy Birthday to All!



John and Kathleen Boast celebrate their wedding anniversary on September 19th followed by Al and Colleen Keagy on the 21st. On the 22nd Robert and Robin Lee celebrate along with Gary and Patty Nagy. On the 24th Tony and Cynthia Funari observe their anniversary. Best Wishes to Each Couple!



My daughter, Cathy Nadolsky, her friend Michele Kreshalk and I ventured to Ocean City on Friday, September 13 to take in the Bike Week festivities going on along the Eastern Maryland Coast and the Delmarva area where a reported 150,000 bikers were in attendance. It was bikes, bikes and more bikes at the bars, restaurants, motels and hotels of the city and the nearby countryside. The noise of bikes revving up into the wee hours of the morning surely awakened the wild horses trying to sleep on Assateaque Island.

Daughter Cathy had the opportunity of meeting Alvarez, her favorite actor from the Sons of Anarchy TV series, she has a picture of her taken with him at the Oasis outside of Ocean City. Many others from the Cresson and Lilly area enjoyed the activities during bike week in Ocean City including Ray and Jenny Guzic; Scott and Denise Guzic; Scott and Jackie Steberger, Bruce Hershel , Brian Filak, Brenda Little, Rocky Sibis, Mitche and Mike Harrison, Charlie Mack and others.



You are a real old timer if you remember when Ott Bierly ran an ice cream stand at the Ko-Ko-Mo.

Sep 102013

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694                                                    



Every time I venture outside I expect to see the leaves turning to their colorful fall colors. The next few weeks should accelerate that happening, a fore boding of winter ahead.


The Lilly Fire Company will be conducting a hoagie sale this Saturday. September 14th. Contact any Lilly fireman to place an order.


Sunday, September 15th will bring the Lilly Fire Company end of summer poker run for quads and trail bikes on Lilly Mountain. If you like playing in the mud come join in the fun and make some Thunder on the Mountain. Registration is from 9:A:M until noon at the Mt. Carmel Church Lot on Hilltop road. Helmets are required. No alcohol permitted on the course.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Jerry Bender who died last week. Jerry grew up in Lower and Upper Dutchtown and was a son of the late Norman and Madeline Bender. He was one of the last students to attend the Dutchtown grade school. Jerry was a very good baseball player and an avid bowler. He will be missed.

Sympathy is also extended to the family and friends of Lilly native Kelly Campagna who also died last week. He was a son of Kelly and Ethel Campagna. He graduated from Lilly High School and ran an insurance business in Ebensburg.


Today, September 12 finds Ava Campagna and Brian Skora observing birthdays followed by Gertrude Leap , William Orlosky and Robert Sorchetti on the 14th. Josephine Lysic and Kaci Paul celebrate on the 15th as will Kloe Dixon, Jim Arnold, Benjamin Rainey and Connie Stauski on the 16th. Fred Behe, Allen Legro and Jackie Lingafelt get to party on the 17th  and Robert Paul celebrates on the 18th. Happy Birthday to All.


Christopher and Jessica Matcho observe their wedding anniversary on September 12 followed by James and Ann McCabe on the 13th  and both Brian and Tina Latoche and Joe and Donna Panek on the 14th. Larry and Darla Summerville celebrate on the 16th and Sandra and Eugene Miorelli on the 18th. Happy Anniversary to each couple. 


The Lilly-Washington Historical Society will meet at 7:00 PM tonight, September 12th, at the Lilly Borough building. Any one that has a family picture they want considered for the calendar is ask to drop it off there or at Galls. Good old time scenes in Lilly are also welcome.


You are an old timer if you remember the pay phone in the drug store on Main Street.

Sep 042013

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694                                                                              


On September 15 the Lilly Fire Company will be hosting an end of summer poker run on Lilly Mountain. Registration will begin at 9 A:M at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel grounds on Hilltop Road. Helmets are required and both quads and trail bikes may participate in the no alcohol event. Both breakfast and lunch will be available.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Rose Przybys who died recently. Rose was my grandson Nathans paternal grandma and will be missed by my family. Rose and her husband Stanley “Gig” raised four children: Larry, Dave, Mark and Patti (Robine).


You may have noticed, the hummingbirds have been leaving for the warmer climates. Is this a sign of an early winter? Shirley Patterson says she was filling her feeder daily but now it lasts all week. They have slowed visits at sister Monicas also.


I was amazed at the very large gathering for the Penn Cambria pep rally and bon fire held at the Lilly War Memorial field on Thursday, August 29th. Hardly a parking space could be found with the amount of students and adults present.


Then on Sunday, September 1 another very large gathering of parents and fans and full parking lots greeted the Lilly Raiders football home games. Sunny weather interspersed with some rain awaited the visitors.


The descendants of Stephen and Mary Barlick gathered at my home on Saturday, August 31st for the annual Barlick reunion. Visitors were from New Hampshire, Michigan, Virginia, Illinois, New York. Maryland and of course, Pennsylvania. About 80 relatives of all ages were present including my aunts Patricia Lukosavich, Eleanor Dickman and Marge Olshavsky. My uncle Mike Barlick was also present.

It was a great gathering with fine food and interesting conversations and lasted into the dark hours when the kids got to roast marshmallow at a bonfire. My daughter Cindy Rabish was the organizer of most activity and food preparations with lots of help from her husband Bryan, sister Jackie Mento and our friend Tom Boast in both setting up and cleaning up.

Predictions of some rain did not materialize so the whole day was enjoyed with sunny skies and temperatures around 80 degrees.


The next day, September 1st I attended another nice get together of about 60 people. This time at my daughter Cathy Nadolskys home were a birthday party for granddaughter Kiana, who was 13 years old on August 31st. It was another event that lasted into the darkness and another bon fire. There were tents set up in the yard and several parents and children camped out for the night.


On September 2nd it was party time again as I ventured to my daughter Natalie’s home in Altoona for a Labor Day party. There was a nice crowd of relatives and friends present for the festive occasion. Her new deck and recently seeded back yard got a lot of use. The rain stayed away until the group had mostly dispersed. By then I was partied out for the weekend.


Sue Stager,Kathy Leahey, Helen Claar and Laura Costlow celebrate their birthdays today, September 5th followed by Kendall Krug. Kaitlin Lutton and Diana Schaffranck on the 6th and Gerald Bender on the 7th.

On the 10th it will be party time for Angela Braatz. The 11th will be a busy day as Myra Kreger, George Luckacs, Ann Mardula, Regina Swinger and Paul Sweeney will celebrate birthdays.Best wishes to all!

Special best wishes are extended to World War Two hero Paul Sweeney as he celebrates his 94th birthday this week. Paul was aboard the USS Susan B Anthony when it was sunk by a mine enroute to Normandy for D-Day. The British rescued him and his ship mates.


Bill and Joan Latoche celebrate their wedding anniversary on June 5th followed by Pat and Holly Tremel on the 6th and both Donald and Janet Franey and John and Sara Jane Latoche on the 8th  On the 9th Les and Margo Kiel celebrate . Happy Anniversary to each couple.



You are an old timer if you remember when street lights were regular light bulbs.