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.