Dec 302013

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694                                                                                


Well, we are in the New Year now. Don’t forget the date when writing checks etc. It usually takes me a week or two to make the annual adjustment.

Christmas was very enjoyable. All of my children and most of my grand children were at my house after church on Christmas Eve. My sister Monica and her children and granddaughter also visited. It is always a great evening. On the 28th son Steve and I made a trip to Hagerstown to visit my son John and his family and see their tree.



St. Luke’s Church will hold a Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion at the church this coming Sunday, January 5th, at 5:30 P.M. The program includes Scriptures and Carols relating to the Epiphany. The public is welcome to attend.



Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of 96 year old Ann Mazur who died on Christmas Day. Ann was a world traveler and had sailed on both the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth. She had visited many countries and islands through out her life.


The community lost one of its most famous sons with the passing of Bill Tremel on December 22nd. Bill was the only Lilly youth to make it into the big league, playing for the Chicago Cubs from 1954 until 1956. He married a Lilly girl, Marie Mattiello, and then resided in Altoona. He still had many friends in Lilly and would attend the Triple AAABA games here each summer. The community’s sympathy is extended to his family and friends.



January 4th will find Sara Jane Latoche celebrating her birthday followed by Brett Dively, Mark Lykens, Ava Poborsky, Mario Crocetti and Gloria McGarry on the 5th.  Ruth Boast and Mary Jane Lingafelt get to party on the 7th as will William Walters on the 8th and Winifred McLucas , who will be 92, on the 10th. Happy Birthday to All!



You are an old timer if you remember when Steve Suchta, Charles Brady, George Forst, Harold Cassidy and Jack Stevens were police officers in Lilly Borough.






Dec 232013

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    814-886-4694


Didn’t the year go fast? Just a few days until New Years Eve, it is Time to make some resolutions. I never make any, as I won’t keep them anyhow. Have a Happy New Year!



The Lilly-Washington Historical Society 2014 calendar can be purchased at Galls Insurance Agency during the 9-5 business hours Monday through Friday.

Christmas Bulbs from the Lilly Decorating Committee from past years can also be purchased at Galls for $4 each or three for $10, Most of the past years are available. No ball was produced this year.



It was a very sad time in Lilly the past week as there were several deaths. First, Ashley Myers died in an auto accident. She was a 21 year old mother of a young son. Deepest sympathy is extended to her family and many friends. Then Roberta Claar passed away after a lengthy illness. Every one in town knew and loved Roberta who always had a pleasant smile and a friendly greeting. Sympathy is extended to her family and friends

Patricia Mock of Twin Rocks also died last week. She was the wife of Larry Mock who was from Lilly and graduated from Lilly High in 1961.



Today, December 26th is a busy day for birthdays as Linda Behe, Tiffany Bishop, Eric Ference, Paul Gressick, Deborah Krug, Christine Novitsky and Joyce Offman all celebrate.  June Dupirack and Marilyn Nadolsky get to party on the 27th followed by Robert George, Crystal Hite and June Nadolsky on the 28th. Mark Wilson celebrates on the 29th. Then on December 30th Jasmine Flores and Brian Latoche will enjoy cake and ice cream. New Years Eve is another big birthday bash as Brian Behe, William McCarty, Lindsey Phillips, Agnes Phillips, Louise Tranquillo and my son-in=law Don Nadolsky all get to party for both New Years and their birthdays. Happy Birthday to All!



Ronald and Cindy Segada celebrate their wedding anniversary on December 27th followed by Patrick and Mary Jo Rainey on the 30th. Best wishes are extended to both couples.



You are an old timer if you celebrated New Years Eve with a bottle of Thunderbird with a few friends under the old Lilly bridge.



Now we enter that ugggh time of year when the winter blues really set in until early March. Join the black bears in hibernation and hope for an early spring. Happy New Year

Dec 162013

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    814-886-4694                 


Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church will have a Christmas Eve Vigil beginning with a Musical program at 5:30 PM and a Crib Blessing and Mass at 6:00 PM December 24. Then on Christmas Day there will be an 8:00 AM Mass at the Chapel and a 10:00 AM Mass at the church.

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church has a 7:00 PM Musical Cantata at the First Lutheran Church in Portage on Christmas Eve. Then at 11:00 PM on the 24th there will be a Mass at St. Luke’s Church here in Lilly. There will not be a service Christmas Day.

The United Methodist Church here in Lilly will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:00 PM. There will not be a service Christmas Day.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will have a Christmas Eve Mass at 4:00 PM at the Hilltop Church. No service will be held December 25th.



The Lilly Washington Historical Society 2014 calendars are now available at Galls Insurance Agency. They also can be purchased at Cresson Springs Restaurant, Stagers Store and DeLucas Market. The calendar features a close up picture of the Miners Monument on the front cover and a full view of the site on the back cover. The society thanks Elizabeth Wilt and Ron Muldoon for their work in preparing this years calendar.



The sympathy of the community is extended to the family and friends of Albert Shedlock who passed away at age 87. Albert was a military veteran, a retired coal miner and had played baseball with the Benscreek Industrial Team years ago.



Looking for a place to go on New Years Eve? Consider the Cassandra Social Hall where Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will be hosting a New Years Eve party from 9:00 PM until 1:00 AM on New Years Eve. Music will be provided by the Fabulous Flashbacks and a buffet dinner will be served starting at 9:00 PM. BYOB, mixers, beer and soda will be provided along with hats, noisemakers and leis. Call 937-7053 or 886- 2375 for additional information and tickets.



If you want to buy the hunter in your family an unusual gift, why not consider a ticket to a gun fest sponsored by Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church to be held on March 16th in the Cassandra Social Hall. It will begin at 12 noon that day with a roast beef dinner being served at 1:00 PM. Refreshments provided all afternoon. Call 937-7053 for tickets or information.



On New Years Eve Agnes Phillips will be celebrating her ninety fifth birthday. This amazing lady still drives her auto and will be singing at the Masses Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church. Most people don’t know that Agnes tried to join the Army in WW11 but was rejected because she was married. Her late husband, Henry, was already serving in Italy with the Army.

Send her a card or best wishes.



Today, December 19 finds Aden Craine, 11, son of Anthony and Lori Craine celebrating his birthday in Altoona ,also Richard Link is celebrating his birthday, followed by Patty McElheny, Brittinie Bender, Phyllis Beres, Adam Nagy, Rocco Ricupero and Vincenzo Ricupero on the 20th. Then on the 21st Eileen McDermott celebrates as will Leslie Devett and Ken Leap on the 22nd. On December 23rd Alexis Pauley celebrates as will Tina Stauski on the 24th and Richart Burkhart and James M. Martino on the 25th. Happy Birthday to All!



Barbara and Stanley Kukla celebrate their wedding anniversary on December 22nd. Happy Anniversary!



On TV this morning there was a short segment on Santa Claus and criticism that he is always featured as being white. Come on World, there are better things to worry about, like the war in Syria, the typhoons and damage in the Philippines and the hungry people around the world.



You are an old timer if you remember the Christmas songs and animations that played on the black and white TV’s back in the early 1950s. These included Suzy Snowflake, Frosty the Snowman and the Three Little Elves: Hardrock, Cocoa and Jo. It is pleasing to see these old time memories running on WJAC-TV this holiday season.



Here is hoping that all my readers have a very Merry and Happy Christmas with their family and friends. Enjoy this special time together. Get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoor lighting found in the area. Take time to go to the services at your church and thank God for the fine community we live in. Merry Christmas.


Dec 092013

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694



Santa Claus will be at the Lilly American Legion at 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 15, to give treats to the children.



Start taking a little evening drive around Lilly Borough and Washington Township to enjoy the many Christmas lights residents are placing in their yards and on their homes. The center of town is really taking on a colorful holiday lighting festival.



Was told that Jordan Segada got a 13 point buck on Lilly Mountain and Jerry Weakland got a 10 point buck also on the mountain. Both nice trophies, congratulations.



Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of George Hoberney who recently passed away in Ohio. George grew up in Strawberry. Further sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Charles Slebodnick who also recently passed away. Charles also grew up in Lilly and was a Korean War veteran.



Chris Wheeler celebrates his birthday today, December 12, followed by Nicholas Marinak, Ashlee Weakland, my sister Maureen Kelly and my daughter, Natalie Barlick-Reed on the 13th. Elizabeth Wilt  and William Kuntz get to party on the 14th as will Helen Fordick, Francis Krumenaker, Cecelia Nadolsky and Lyle Offman on the 15th. It will be party time for LeAnn Cannonie on the 16th. On the 17th my son Steve celebrates his birthday along with Frank Klayko, Rick Koval, Josephine Kozak and Andrew Lysic. On the 18th it will be cake and ice cream time for Bill Latoche and Nyla Robine. Happy Birthday to All!



Stanley and Rose Orlosky celebrate their wedding anniversary on December 12th followed by Ed and Lori Krug on the 15th. Happy Anniversary.



Planning an evening out on New Years Eve? Consider joining in the fun at the Cassandra Social Hall starting at 8:30 PM with a New Years Eve dinner served at 9PM. Then dance to the music of the Fabulous Flashbacks from 10 PM until 1 AM. Tickets are $25 a person and can be arranged by calling 937-7053. The event is sponsored by Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church here in Lilly.



According to PJ Sloan you are an old timer if you remember Chicken Wing Charlie. In the late 1940s or   early 1950s Chicken Wing Charlie was a hobo who would spend time in a hobo camp built from railroad ties at Carneys Crossing. Allegedly as trains passed the make shift camp, carrying loads of live chickens to market, Charlie would reach into slow moving freight cars and grab the chickens by the wing, pulling the wings off the chickens, some times up to thirty pair of wings a day. He would then cook them over his campfire. Other hoboes were welcome to dinner if they brought some vittles, such as a bottle of wine, to the table. PJ claims ol’ chicken Wing Charlie started the chicken wing

Dec 062013
Dec 022013

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694  


The Tree Lighting ceremony on Saturday, November 30th was a very nice event with a large crowd battling the cold wintry night to enjoy it. The horse and sleigh rides were well received with just over 200 children of all ages from infant to eighty plus enjoying the old fashioned event. It was enjoyable to watch the little children show their anxiety when their turn to ride came about. The Festival of the Nativity at St. Luke’s church drew many visitors to see the 50 or more Nativity sets on display. All in All it was a great start to the Holiday season.

Note: A cell phone was found on the sleigh about 6:30 PM. If you lost one call me at 886-4694.

A colorful part of the evening occurred when Santa Claus, Mrs Claus and many elves took a sleigh ride and passed out candy to the children. The group was sponsored by the Lilly GBU. Another nice touch to the evening rides were when several teen-agers, all junior firemen, met on the corner of Railroad and Cleveland Street holding signs that ask Emma Racz if she would go to the Snowflake Ball with Billy Conley. Her answer was –Yes.

Starting to notice many residents beginning to put up their outside Christmas lighting for the holidays. The Bank Corner is shaping up with the Manger in place and the community tree lit across the street.

The town always takes on a dazzling display of color for the season.



The Cresson American Legion on Ashcroft Avenue in Cresson will be the site of an informational event for veterans on Thursday December 12th from 3:00 until 7:00 PM sponsored by State Representative Gary Haluska. There will be representatives on hand from the Pennsylvania Mobile Veterans Services Van, the Cambria County Veterans Affairs Office and various agencies to explain many veteran benefits at the state level which includes property tax exemption for totally disabled (100%) veterans, emergency assistance for veterans, the PA Educational Gratuity, and the Gulf War bonus program. Stop by for information. Some benefits can be applied for that evening.



It is now less than three weeks until Christmas and I still have some gift shopping to do. I have my list made out and my Christmas Eve menu of items needed for my Slovak-Polish-American dinner. That evening is my favorite time of the year when it is a big joy to have the kids and grandkids all gather for an evening of merriment.



This was the first time in 50 years that I had Thanksgiving dinner out of state. Steve and I headed to son John’s home near Hagerstown to enjoy a festive dinner with his family. While Lilly was draped in a sparkling display of ice on all of the trees, his farm was ice and snow free, and you could actually sit outside.



The Knights of Columbus will have a Christmas candy sale in the church hall on Saturday December 14th and Sunday December 15 before and after all of Our Lady of the Alleghenies Masses. Stop in for some Christmas candy.



Yesterday, December 4th found Ryan Behe, Joseph Ditosti, Colin Nesbella. My classmate from grade school and Lilly High Kathy (McDermott) Zirn and yours truly. I was 70 yesterday, out beating many doctors odds, but thankful to Dr. Gahfari, my pulmologist in Altoona who helped me through some health issues along with UPMC Shadyside. Now for age 80!


Charles Mulhearn and Edward Myers observe birthdays on the 5th followed by Tim Przybys on the 6th and Brook McIntosh on the 7th. December 8th will find John Bunting, Ron Costlow, Mary Ann Billick, Paul Cooney and Emma Sawinski enjoying cake and ice cream.  On the 10th it will be party time for Charlotte Muldoon. Happy Birthday to All!



You are an old timer if you remember the airplanes hanging from the ceiling of Mr. Tickerhoofs home room at the old Lilly High School.