Jan 292014

LILLY LINES by Jack Barlick     814-886-4694                                                                     



I received an e-mail from RONALD who stated he was cross country skiing near the old Lilly reservoir when he happened to see what he describes as an abdominal snowman with a string of fish around its neck. This was near a tree line and there was snow on the ground and on the snowman in the pictures he posted. I am skeptical to say the least.


Congratulations to Payton Behe who was named his schools Most Valuable Player in Defense at a recent banquet in Richland held by the SAFCA. Payton is a Penn Cambria Senior.



Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Fred Godish who recently passed away. Fred was a 1956 graduate of Lilly High School and was an Army veteran of the Vietnam era. He would often help out with the historical society and will be missed by many.



The following information is from John Inman Jr. who is president of the Lilly –Washington Public Library. He says state and county cuts in funding has equaled $28,000 this past year compared to former years and the state has also passed a law making libraries increase staffing to 45 hours a week. Lilly currently staffs at 35 hours and cannot afford the increased wages.

               The library has dipped into a reserve fund that was created by bequeaths, fundraisers and a Lilly Ambulance Service donation. With diminishing funds the Lilly Library has launched a Save the Library Campaign. A series of fund raisers will be held including tickets on a 32 inch Emerson TV that will be raffled on St. Patricks Day. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased from board members or at the library.

              Over 20,000 books, DVD’s and other material is checked out each year. Plus the Library hosts the annual Easter Egg Hunt, a summer reading program, a nine month story time for children and an open house each fall along with a cake social. A spring letter campaign will be conducted. Your support is crucial.



Mary George and Sarah Hurley celebrate their birthdays tomorrow January 31 followed by Louise Bocci and Lee Ann Inman on February 1. Catherine Leap and James Krumenaker get to party on the 3rd as will Erlynne Amrhein and Karrissa Batdorf on the 4th. Happy Birthday to All!



Thank you to the Lilly Borough and Washington Township road crews for braving the subzero temperatures in keeping our roadways open.



An old timer will remember when the borough water mains often froze in these cold winters years ago.




Jan 212014

LILLY LINES BY JACK BARLICK    886-4694                                                                  



Lilly Area Baseball and Softball signups will be held Saturday morning February 1 and February 15th 2014 at the Washington Township building from 10:00 AM until noon each day. Signups will include Pee Wee baseball ages 5and 6 and Pee Wee baseball 7 and 8.  Little League is ages 9-10 and 11-12. Girls Softball is ages 8-11 and Pony League is 13-15. Softball age is as of 12/31/2013 and baseball age is as of 4/30/2014.


Signup fees are Pee Wee, Little League and Softball $25. Pony League is $75. Fees increase after March 1. For further information call John Hurley at 886-9483 or Rich Leahey at 886-4338.



My daughter, Natalie Barlick Reed received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Penn State in a graduation ceremony at the Jaffe Mosque on December 21st. She is now pursing her Masters. Natalie is employed by Mount Nittany Hospital in State College as an RN. She also runs as a paramedic with Mount Nittany and AMED. Her twins Laura and Derek celebrated their 7th birthday on January 3.


Harold Kertes of Mechanicsburg, formerly of Lilly also received a Bachelor Degree from Penn State.

He works for the Attorney General’s office in Harrisburg and is the son of Mike and Mary (Cassidy) Kertes.



Reed George passed away in Cleveland on January 2. He was the last surviving member of his family that included brothers Tookie and Everett George and sister Mary Mallin. They were grandchildren of Frederick L. George, a Civil War veteran whose picture is at the Lilly American Legion.



Today, January 23rd finds Donald Diehl and Larry Summerville celebrating their birthdays as will Corey Shedlock and Catherine Weakland on the 24th. On the 25t Amy Walters and Ray Lasinski gets to party followed by Ron Courtot, Gary Nagy and Shawn Nadolsky on the 26th. Both Michael Conrad and Bailey Prebish  enjoy cake and ice cream on the 27th as will Judith George, Amanda Beck, Andrew Jones, Ted Kunko, Deborah Rabatin and Mary Yanik on the 28th. On the 29th Robert Bennett Sr. and Jeanine Nagle celebrate. Happy Birthday to All!



Stephen and Bonnie Mardula celebrate their wedding anniversary on January 24 followed by Francis and Jean Albarano who will observe their 64th anniversary on the 28th. Best Wishes to both couples.



You are an old timer if you remember the wooden church that was Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s before the brick church was built on Portage Street.





Jan 172014

The Lilly Washington Historical Society is again placing floral baskets on the graves in the Lilly cemeteries for Memorial Day.

Flowers are placed on the graves the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Cemeteries that flowers are placed : St. Brigid’s, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and  Our Lady of Mount Carmel National Catholic.

Cost for flower is $18.00 and must be ordered by May 16, 2014 to guarantee placement.


See Spring Newsletter for the order form

Jan 132014

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694                                                                     



The Slovak Catholic Sokol Lodge # 79 of Lilly, PA. will hold their yearly lodge meeting at the Sokols club on January 26 at 2:00 PM. A late lunch will follow the meeting and members of the lodge are urged to attend.



The sympathy of the community is extended to the family and friends of Theresa (Latoche) Lingafelt who unexpectedly passed away at her home in Bellwood. She grew up in Strawberry and was a daughter of the late John and Anna Latoche. Theresa graduated from the Lilly High School and Conemaugh School of Nursing and was a Registered Nurse at Altoona Hospital.

Another recent passing brought a lot of sadness when 57 year old Michael Kreshalk died. Mike, originally from Nanty-Glo, was married to Susan Sweeney of Lilly and had been a paramedic with the Lilly Ambulance service in the 1980’s. He was a full time medic for 25 years at AMED in Altoona. Mike, Susie and their children loved Disney World and often vacationed there. At his wake on Sunday, January 12, there was a large turnout of firemen from Ebensburg, Altoona, Lilly and Summerhill for a firemen’s service. Mike was a life member of the Dauntless Fire Company in Ebensburg. He also had been a Nanty-Glo policeman and a Mainline dispatcher. RIP



There are talks of a merger between Lilly and Cresson Fire Companies. Such a merger will affect all citizens and they should ask questions. A few I have at the present are: (1) Will there be any changes in the ISO ratings both now and down the road? (2) Will workmen’s compensation costs increase?) (3)The building on Main Street was built by past generations of Lilly firemen and paid for by community donations. Will it remain a community asset? (4) How will the annual carnival week be affected? This is one of the only events in town that is an enjoyment to all. Public meetings should be held on the merger issue. Ask questions and express your views.


I have been told it would decrease fund raising requirements. I can’t imagine how. Man power has also been cited as a reason. I actually think this will have a bad effect on Lilly as the younger members will go up the road for more action. Duel dispatching may be a better option.



Today, January 16 finds Patricia Miorelli and Jerod McConnell celebrating their birthdays followed by Charles Bishop and Nathan Offman on the 17th. On the 18th it will be party time for Ed Costlow, Bobby Glenn, Linda Albarano, Blane Clapper, Dorothy Glenn and Ron Yagoda. A special birthday greeting is sent to Stella Ketchessin who will be 94 on the 19th. Also partying that day will be Joseph Krug Jr., Bonnie Maradula, Nathan Stevens, Bryan Spiker and Jeff Spiker. On the 20th Andre Marinak, Monica Siedlarczyk and Amy McMullen observe birthdays as will Carol McLucas on the 21st. January 22nd will find Marie Dougherty, James Kozak and my nephew Dane Nesbella enjoying cake and ice cream. Happy Birthday to All!



The 21st is a busy day as Francis and Lynn Filak, Leroy and Mary George and Robert and Margaret Kunrod celebrate wedding anniversaries. The Kunrods celebrate 64 years together. Happy Anniversary to All!


It was brought to my attention that Leonard McCool was also a Lilly police officer in the late 50’s and early 60’s.Frank Szczechowicz was an officer in the late 60’s with Chief Francis Patterson and Joe Pramuk followed by Jack Barlick and Ted Myers.

Jan 082014

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694                                                                                      



What a cold spell we just had. Makes me look and long for spring that much more. I noticed Bob McLucas was in cold ole town Lilly for the holidays from warm, sunny Florida, I thought: He needs a shrink.



Why cook in this cold weather when on Sunday, January 12 it only takes a short drive to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Hilltop Drive to enjoy a stuffed pork dinner from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Adults are $9.00 to dine in and children are $4.50. All take outs are $9.00. Call 937-7053 for information.



 Sympathy is extended to the family of Marie Jean Staley who passed away on January 1.



Winifred McLucas celebrates her birthday tomorrow, January 10 followed by Cristal Martino, Crystal Steck and Donald Patterson on the 11th. On the 12th it will be party time for Dorothy Conrad, Ron McCoy Jr. and David Swinger 111. The 13th will find Ed Stombaugh celebrating as will Cody Falger, Katherine Glass, Bill Kozak and Joyce Larue on the 14th.  Patricia Miorelli and Jerod McConnell observe  birthday’s on the 16th. Happy Birthday to All.



I took over the position of Lilly Borough Mayor on Tuesday evening January 7th. If you have a borough related issue for the mayor call me at 886-4694. I am hot on drug pushers and hope to make their lives miserable here in town.



According to a class mate of mine, Rose Ann (Sweeney) Presley from the sunny peach state (GA) you are an old timer if you remember when Ed Bradley was Chief of Police and would place a line across the road at Ollie Leaps garage on Portage Street and try to stop speeders by blowing a whistle.