Mar 272014

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694                                                                              


The Knights of Columbus of Our Lady of the Alleghenies parish will be holding an Easter Candy sale on April 12th and 13th in Our Lady of the Alleghenies church hall both before and after Masses each day. Order forms are available at the church or call Shirley Patterson at 886-7213 to place an order. Why further enrich the Walton’s when you can help your local Knights.


There was a nice turnout of coaches and players from the Penn Cambria baseball team and the local pony league team, little league, girls’ softball and Legion team along with some parents and LWWM board members, for the Saturday morning spring cleanup of the War Memorial field.

There has been some public criticism of the War Memorial Board for placing a fee on the City Leagues use of the field. The team did not participate in the field clean up. It must be noted that the current board does what it can to keep the field operational and help is always welcome.

A special meeting of the Lilly-Washington War Memorial board will be held on Sunday, March 30 at 7:00 P.M. at the Lilly Borough building to discuss a possible merger of the Lilly Raiders football team with Cresson and the City League issue. Parents and the public along with the City League are welcome to attend.


The Sankertown VFW is the home post for our area. It is a very active, community minded post and welcomes eligible veterans to their ranks. I attended a recent meeting and found it very interesting. All Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraqi and Afghanistan veterans should consider joining. The VFW will meet the third Wednesday of April at 7:00 PM.

The VFW will be holding a Ham bingo on Sunday, April 6th starting at 1:00 P.M. It is open to the public and will be held at the Post home.

For your information: Disabled American veterans can get a free lifetime pass allowing free entry to any National Park. For $10 any veteran is eligible for a life time pass


On March 28th it will be 70 years since Pvt. John F. Muldoon was killed on the Anzio beachhead in Italy during WW2. He was a 1942 graduate of the Lilly High School and had joined the army in 1943. John was the son of Francis and Susan Muldoon and had two sisters: Rosalia who married Ray Serre and Herlene who married Ray Lenz


Lillian Guzic and Justin Offman celebrate their birthdays today, March 27 followed by Leroy George on the 28th and Mia McCarthy, John Brinkley and Ruth Motel on the 29th. On the 30th it will be party time for Gerald Behe and Frank Fordick while the 31st will be a busy day with Carmella Drass, Barbara Plazek, April Stombaugh, Megan Wheeler and Linda Wheeler all having cake and ice cream. John Skura Jr. will observe his birthday on April 1 followed by David Beck Sr., Issac Eckenrode, Duane Misiura Sr., Shirley Przybys, John Pyo, Patrick Shedlock, Christine Wheeler and Carrie Myers on the 2nd. Happy Birthday to All!


You are an old timer if you remember Merle Campagna as post master here in Lilly. He was also a Boy Scout committeeman for Troop 50.




Mar 192014

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    814-886-4694                                                                              


Just a reminder that this Saturday, March 22, will be cleanup day at the Lilly War Memorial Field. In just a few hours the field can be made ready for the start of the 2014 ball season if the coaches and players from all the teams that use the field show up and lend a hand in the cleanup. Expecting the field to be there ready for you isn’t fair if you don’t make an effort. Cleanup will start at 8:00 A.M.



The Mainline Blue fourth grade team from Penn Cambria won the championship for their grade level in the basketball tournament held at the Dutch town school on March 9.Team members included Mason McCarthy, Camron Latterner, Zachary Eckenrode, Brock Sral, Dillon Hite, Conner Heiss, Ryan McGonigle and Kyle Hodge. The coaches were Ruby McCarthy and Ray and Kelly Latterner. Good Job!



Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Beverly (Davis) Noel who passed away on March 14. She was a daughter of the late Raymond and Ruth (Rainey) Davis.



A belated birthday wish is extended to Hunter Pyo who celebrated his 5th birthday on Saint Patricks Day, March 17

Madeline Conrad. Mary Ann Hoberney and Cindy Hartline celebrate their birthdays  March 20 followed by Melissa Clapper, Ken Szala, Siera Stock and Alissa Huskey on the 21st.

March 22 will be party time for Margaret Lukacs and Austin Nadolsky. Cynthia Giblock and Adrienne Rabatin celebrate on the 25th. It’s cake and ice cream for Sandra Burns, Joseph Smychynsky 3rd and Robert Kunrod on the 26th. Happy Birthday to All !



Robert and Virginia Causer will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on March 25th. Congratulations.


According to the AARP magazine you are an old person if you are age 70 or more. Guess I must face reality.



You are an old timer if you remember when the Blue and White Bus would pick up and discharge mill workers downtown.


Mar 122014

 Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694                                                                                   



The Lilly-Washington War Memorial Association is planning a field clean up on March 22 beginning at 8:00 A.M. All members, coaches, players and parents are ask to donate a couple of hours to the cleanup effort. Most of the effort goes into gathering branches that have fallen during the winter and raking up debris.



March 17th will bring about another St. Patrick’s Day. I already have a new green t-shirt for the occasion Get out and join the fun. At least we don’t get as disorderly around here as they do at Penn State, IUP and the college in Massachusetts.



Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Thelma “Jeannie” (Kearney) Kodosky who passed away last week.



A reminder that miner name plaques can still be purchased for on the Miners Monument. Here is a chance to honor your dad, granddad or other relative. Forms can be picked up at Galls Insurance Agency.

Also the society is requesting picture suggestions for the 2015 calendar. Drop them off at Galls.  



March 14 Frank Sibis and Mason McCarthy will celebrate their birthdays followed by Lola Leap, Hadden Fleegle, Mason Fleegle, Josephine George and Greta Hurley on the 15th and Megan Filak. The 17th  Saint Patricks Day it will  be party time for Joseph Batdorf, Nellie Leap, Allura Nesbella and Shawn Stevens. March 18 will find Ed Costlow, Bobby Glenn, Arinna Walters and Frank Wyland enjoying cake and ice cream . The 19th Danielle Dunmyer, Richard Leja, Catherine Serre and Dayne Summerville all celebrate birthdays. Happy Birthday to All!



In 1906 Edward Leahey was hauling a load of coal for $2.20, in 1917 Brady Leahey hauled a load for $2.50.  Electric bills averaged $1.35 a month from the Klemstine Electric Light Heat and power plant here in Lilly in 1914 while water bills to the local Summit Water Company were .75 cent a month.

Speaking of light bills. I have a real bad taste for Penelec now. Not only do they still have their workers locked out and have brought in southern strike breakers to do the men’s work, they also don’t read meters. I complained to our state senator and Penelec then came out and read mine after four months. I had been overcharged and now have a credit coming .Now you hear of people getting bills upwards to a thousand dollars for the month of February. Something’s really wrong!



You are an old timer if you stopped for ice cream at Bierleys stand on the Ko-Ko-Mo or fished in the pay pond in the woods nearby.


Mar 062014

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick     814-886-4694                                                               



Mike “Dewey” Kertes downed a very large wild hog while on a hunting trip to the Carolina’s. His son, Harold, was along with his daughter Sydney. She got to see some wild pigs but didn’t get a shot this year. I am sure she will try again.


The Lilly-Washington Public Library has mailed their 2014 fund drive notice to borough and township residents this past week. Be generous in your support as they can really use some help. The library sponsors the annual Easter Egg hunt plus a summer reading school for children among many other programs.


I awoke on Monday, the 3rd, expecting to be snowed in due to the past week of weather predictions. Wheeeeew! The snow stayed well south of Lilly. Thank God. Now hurry up spring.



 March 6, finds Judy Arnold, Ed Brown. Nicholas Cassisi and Chad Pysher celebrating their birthdays as will Madison Clinemyer, Lillian Krull and Bill Leahey on the 7th. The 8th will be party time for my sister Monica Barlick, Bryan Ehrenfeld and Richard Perron,Jr. The 9th Jean Albarano,  Jonathan Bossler, Christopher Boast, George Noel, Tim Salony, Mark Stiffler and Holly Tremel all get to party as will Kathleen Bost, Randy Myers and Olivia Sklodowski on the 10th. March 11 will find Crystal Steck, Rose Marie Nagle and Joseph Suchta  enjoying cake and ice cream. Joe will be 93. Judy Ehrenfeld celebrates on the 12th. Happy Birthday to All!



You are an old timer if you remember when Bill Behe was the mechanic at Leaps garage and also served as a township supervisor.