Apr 302014

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694        


Those of us with a Polish family background are jubilant in celebration this week on the canonization of Pope John Paul ll as a Saint in the Catholic Church. My great-grandmother, Michalina Nadolsky, was born in Crawkow, Poland, the same home town as Pope John Paul ll.



On May 6 the contracted street sweeping machines will be in town for the day sweeping all the streets.

Residents are ask to keep all cars off the street and also before the 6th sweep your sidewalks and any yard shale or dirt into the street so it can be swept up that day. Help make Lilly look better.



The Lilly-Washington Historical Society will place flower baskets on graves at the Lilly cemeteries again this year. Baskets are $18 and can be ordered at Galls Insurance Agency.



The miner plaques that are currently being repaired and the new ones that are ordered will be in place for Memorial Day.



Anyone that has Easter flowers  with bulbs, such as tulips, hyacinths and lilies that are being discarded are ask to donate the bulbs to the Historical Society for planting. They can be dropped off at Galls Insurance or call 886-2961 for pickup.


Daughter Natalie and her husband Jim Reed and her mother, Helen Barlick, along with granddaughter Allison and her brother and sister Derek and Laura returned home Sunday, April 27, after a week at Disney World in Florida where they visited Cocoa Beach and Universal Studios.



I noticed Pat Shedlock down town picking up litter along the streets. He deserves being commended for his efforts, but isn’t it a shame that so many others carelessly throw garbage around. If you have it in your car keep it there until you either get home or to a gas station or store that has a litter receptacle. The police should fine anyone caught littering.



The Lilly Fire Company will be hosting a quad and dirt bike run, helmets required, on June 1  starting at 9:00 A:M at the Mount Carmel Church lot on Hilltop Street. Thunder on the Mountain will travel over 30 miles of trails on the Lilly Mountain.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will be hosting a Money-Rama on June 8th at the pavilion on church grounds. This afternoon event includes a chicken dinner from 1 until 3 P: M. Call 937-7053 to reserve tickets.



 May 1 finds Charles Devett, Margaret Lykens and Margie Panek celebrating their birthdays as will Jeremy Eckenrode, Meagan Leahey, Eric Fishel and Gannon Matcho on the 2nd and Robert Lee on the 3rd.  Korena Behe and Carrie Martynuska get to party on the 5th. Cindy Brickley and Mary Guzic party on the 6th. Rita Leahey, Raymond Martynuska, Clyde Costlow, Mark Caputo and Cathy Yagoda celebrate on the 7th. Happy Birthday to All!



George and Margaret Lukacs celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary today May 1 along with Daniel and Phyllis Siedlarczyk. Angela and Jay Stiffler celebrate on the 2nd followed by Mike and Betty McCarthy on the 4th and David and Theresa Dunmyer on the 6th. Happy Anniversary to All! 



You are an old-timer if you remember the annual May crowning’s held each year at the catholic grade school.

Apr 232014

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    814-886-4694                                                                            


If you live in Dog town here in Lilly and are wondering what happened to your bird feeders, well, Phil Andraychak caught a picture of an approximately 350 pound beer eating from his bird feeder last week. It was also in Jim Yinglings yard, so it apparently is visiting all the neighbors. As long as feeders are filled he will be back.



There was a very nice turnout of young children for the Lilly Library Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 19. The sunny skies and mild temperatures made for a nice afternoon get together. Easter Sunday was also a beautiful day. Finally the winter freeze is gone.



Terrence “Ted” Celestine McDermott passed away in a Winchester VA hospital on April 9th and was buried at St. Leo’s Cemetery in Inward West Virginia with full military honors presented by an honor guard from Andrews Air Force Base. Ted was 77 and was the eldest child of Terrence G. and Margaret (Lynch) McDermott. He was a career Air Force veteran and also retired from the Postal Service. Ted was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus at St. Leo Church in Inward, West Virginia. He raised race horses on his Kearneysville farm. He is survived by his wife Reiko, who he married 53 years ago, and these brothers and sisters who all grew up in Lilly: Colbert, Kiernan, Margaret, Mary Helen, Kathleen, Carol and Suzanne.



If you have taken a walk or drive along Memorial Drive you would have noticed the ongoing construction of dugouts at the new little league baseball field. I give these volunteers a lot of applause for the effort they are doing for our community’s children.



Remind your high school senior who resides in Lilly Borough or Washington Township to get a 300 word essay into the Francis L. McCool Post 628 American Legion Post by May 12th to compete for scholarship awards of $2500, $1500 and $1000. The topic is “The significance of D-Day 70 years later.” Call me at 886-4694 if you need additional information.



If you are a military veteran who served between 1957 and 2001 and will soon be applying for Social Security take a copy of your DD214 with you to the Social Security office and ask for the military credit when you apply. This credit will boost your monthly benefit by several dollars. It must be ask for at the time of applying.



April 24th finds Linda Eckenrode and Claudine Falger celebrating birthdays as will Nicholas Askins, Nathan Keagy and Stanley Kluka on the 25th. Jamwes Behe, Michael Lingafelt, Bryan Nagy, Betty Phillips, Branden Przybys, Andrew Regan and James Salony  all get to Party on the 26th. On the 27th Sean McCool observes his birthday as will Ryan Haney and Helen Phillips on the 28th. Theresa Stevens celebrates on the 29th and Francis Albarano, Ruth Mulhearn and Ed Stombaugh get their turn at cake and ice cream on April 30. Happy Birthday to All!



Patricia and Tom Miorelli celebrate their wedding anniversary on April 24 along with Cindy and Mark Caputo followed by Mary and Robert Paul who will be observing their 50th Anniversary on the25th. Happy Anniversary to Each couple!



Remember when going to church on Easter you would see women in their favorite Easter bonnet. Anytime they went into a church year round they needed a babushka or a hat

Apr 172014

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    814-886-4694 



This Saturday, May 19, will be the annual Easter Egg hunt to be held at the firemen’s pavilion at 1:00 P.M. This event is hosted by the Lilly-Washington Public Library.



The Lilly United Methodist Churches sister church in Wilmore will have a Holy Thursday service tonight at 7:00 P.M. On Easter Sunday there will be a Sunrise service at the Lilly church at 6:30 A.M. There will not be a 10:30 service.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel National Catholic Church will hold a Holy Thursday Mass followed by a procession. There will be Veneration of the Cross Friday at 3:00 P: M. Saturday there will be a Vigil service at 3:00 P: M. Then at 4:00 P: M there will be a Resurrection Mass and Procession.  There will not be a Mass on Easter Sunday.

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

On Maundy Thursday there will be Seder at the First Lutheran Church in Portage. Call the pastor if you will be attending at 886-2222. On Good Friday the Portage Ministerium will be holding a Cross Walk vigil starting at noon at the Sacred Heart Church, Then at 1:00 P.M. at the Bethany Church and then at Saint Josephs at 2:00 P.M. The event will end at the cross at Decort Funeral Home at 3:00 P.M.

 At 7:00 P.M. at St. Luke’s here in Lilly there will be a Good Friday Passion of the Cross Tenebrae service of shadows. On Holy Saturday there will be an Easter egg hunt at the First Lutheran Church in Portage from 2:30 until 4:00 P.M. There will be an Easter Vigil service with Holy Baptism at St. Luke’s at 8:00 P.M.

On Easter Sunday there is a service at 6:30 A.M. Men of the parish will prepare breakfast. Then at 9:00 A.M. there will be a service at the First Lutheran Church. There will not be an 11:00 A.M. service at St. Luke’s.


Our Lady of the Alleghenies

Holy Thursday there will be a Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Procession at 7:00 P.M. There will be visits to the Repository until 10:30 P.M. Good Friday there will be a 1:30 Liturgical Service of the Passion and Death of Our Lord and a Veneration of the Cross & Holy Communion Service. Holy Saturday there will be Blessing of the Pascal Food Baskets at the Church at 2:00 P.M. and an Easter Vigil Service and Resurrection Mass at 8:30 P.M. Easter Sunday there will be Mass at the Chapel at 8:00 A.M. and at the Church at 10:00 A.M.



Last week I mentioned the Traditional Anglers of Pennsylvania and their stocking of trout in the Borough and Township. They started with the Little Conemaugh on the 15th and will also do Bear Rock Run on the 29th, both streams will get stocked two times. This is great, especially for the children of the area. Help them with a donation to T.A.Ps 4 Sherry Lane, Portage PA 15946. Put a “Thanks for stocking Lilly streams” note with the donation



Sweep your sidewalks and driveways now before the street sweepers come through. Don’t place piles in the street as it’s hard for the sweeper to gather them, just scatter the cinders around. The town will look good if everyone pitches in. If you have an elderly or infirm neighbor or relative help them out.



The Francis L. McCool Lilly American Legion will be awarding three scholarships this year to students from Lilly Borough or Washington Township who are seniors at Penn Cambria or Bishop Carroll High School. There will be a $2500, $1500 and $1000 scholarship awarded on Memorial Day. The winners will be requested to read their entries at the War Memorial Service at 11:00 A.M. at the Lilly Field.

Entries are to write a 300 word or less essay on “The Significance of D-Day 70 years Later” It is to be returned to the Lilly American Legion on or before May 12, Students are to place their name, address and telephone number on the envelope but not on the essay pages.



Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Mary Jo (Martynuska) Butch who recently passed away. Mary Jo was a daughter of the late Val and Phyllis (Albarano) Martynuska.



Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will be hosting a Swiss steak dinner on Sunday, April 27, from 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. at the church. Adults are $9 and children $4.50. All take outs are $9. Call 884-0205.



Once again floral baskets can be ordered from the Lilly-Washington Historical Society for placement on graves in the Lilly cemeteries for Memorial Day. Baskets are $18 and can be ordered at Gall’s Insurance or by writing to the Historical Society at 417 Cleveland Street, Lilly Pa. 15938. Order forms are also in the recently mailed society newsletter.



My son-in-law Don and I were taking a ride on his new land rover. As we descended down a logging trail in the middle of nowhere I noticed something coming down the trail. I thought “Here comes Big Foot and I don’t have my camera.” As the apparition got closer we realized it was Bruce Hershel out for a leisurely Saturday afternoon walk.



Today, April 17th is my sister Eileen Sweenys birthday and also my granddaughter Allison Barlicks birthday. She is sweet sixteen. Annette Smychynsky, Agnes Leap and MaryAgnes Slebodnik will also be celebrating today. Then on the18th it is party time for Matt McCoy and Pricilla Przybys. On the 19th Jocelyn Myers, Leonard Olsick and Anna Wozniak celebrate as will Margaret Cochran, Anna Ferrence, Cynthia Funari, Sally Lassak and Thomas Muldoon Jr on the 20th. The 21st finds Justin Conley, Joseph Kodosky and Irene Krumenacker observing birthdays as will Dan George, Francis P. Claar, Donald Finnegan, Frances George, Dallas Hite, Judy McIntosh and Marisa Rabatin on the 22nd. Happy Birthday to All!



Judy and Ron Muldoon are observing their wedding anniversary today, June 17th. On the 20th Doug and Mary Lou Custer will observe their anniversary followed by Kathy and Ray Martynuska and Jim and Dawn Paul on the 22nd. Happy Anniversary to All!



Got a call from a lady who says she remembers before Pete Mattielo had a pool room on Cleveland Street the place had been a grocery store that “sold the best root beer barrel candy”




Apr 092014

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694     


Keep in mind that Easter Candy can be purchased at Our Lady of the Allegheny Church Hall this Saturday and Sunday, both, before and after each Mass. This is a Knights of Columbus fund raiser so please support their efforts.



The first day of the 2014 trout season will start this Saturday at 8:00 A.M. That is a sure sign of spring. Weather reports look good for the first day.

The Portage Chapter of Traditional Anglers will stock Bear Rock creek on April 29th and May15th at 9:15 each day. They will stock the Little Conemaugh here in Lilly on April `15th and May 1st.  Oil City the stockings will be April 22nd and May 13th.  Spots are good for your young children and grandchildren to fish. Any one that feels generous should donate to TAPs to help with raising the fish. Contact me or Frank Klayko as to where to send a donation.



Now is the time to get outside and begin spring cleanup chores. Residents should sweep the shale and debris off their sidewalks, NOW, instead of after the contracted street sweepers come through with their machines in the near future. It was great to see the coal hauler come through with a sweeper on Thursday, they swept Main, Cleveland and Piper Streets and Memorial Drive up to where they start hauling at Lilly Coal. Job Well Done!


Allow me to share a letter I just received.

“Mr. Barlick

I am a Lilly native, and with the town making so many improvements it seems a shame that junk is accumulating in yards, porches etc.’ Is there a code enforcement , which would require residents and businesses to keep property free from junk and garbage? This seems to cheapen the town, give an appearance that the residents of the town do not care and bring down property values and is a health hazard. How people choose to live inside their homes is their own business but when it affects the town and property values, then it involves the community. Thanks. A Lilly Native”

Without further study I can’t fully answer the question poised. However, I have reviewed the junk vehicle ordinance and will be sending out letters shortly, through my position as mayor, to those in violation.

Have you noticed the litter along the highways? These are disgusting individuals who constantly throw items out of moving vehicles. Attention to those who are walking dogs should be carrying a scooper and doggy bag. Many do, but many don’t.  And  another issue is dogs running at large, especially large ones that can be a threat to children and other pets. Call the police if you see it going on.



On Saturday, April 5 I noticed the volunteers from LABBA working diligently at the new ball field digging footers for the two dugouts they are installing. Many truckloads of shale and top soil was also hauled in.

These guys deserve a lot of credit for using their free time to improve things for the youth in the area.



Today, April 10 finds Joseph Kratzer and Mary Paul celebrating their birthdays as will Kathleen Compardo, Nicholas Szala, Warren Krumenaker, Dan Myers and Carmella Martynuska on the 11th.  Patricia Grove, Logan Johnson, Lauren Papi and Patricia Tremel get to party on the 12th. April 13 will mean cake and ice cream for my brother Patrick Barlick, Marty Arnold, Janessa Martynuska, Sam Albarano and William Walters. Jenna Irving celebrates on the 14th along with Juliana Ricupero who will be partying at her new home in Cresson Township on the 14th followed by Joseph G. Podrasky, Adrienne Ditoski, Shawna Franey, Mary Kozak, John Mutsko, John Sanders and Kimberly Wilkinson on the 15th.The 16th is Party time for Tanner Clawson, Betsy Franey and Helen Talko. Happy Birthday to All!



George and Elaine Klayko celebrate their wedding anniversary on April 15th followed by Judy and Ron Muldoon on the17th. Happy Anniversary to both couples!



If you have any information on family events, trips or student achievements that you would like mentioned just call me at 886-4694 or e-mail me at Pappyjack56@aol.com. I will reply.



You are an old timer if you shot pool at Pete Mattiello’s pool room on Cleveland Street. Remember his 1 cent weigh scale and the counter box you could drop pennies in to try and win some cash.


Apr 022014

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694         


Finally! Now get out and watch the flowers grow. The warmer weather this week will be so enjoyable. Hibernation is over.



The Lilly Washington War Memorial Association voted to waive the recently enacted fee for the City League team for the 2014 season. This action was completed after a special meeting Sunday evening with both supporters and objectors to the team playing free at the field in attendance. A committee of interested citizens will be appointed by the board to meet with team representatives on a future plan.

In other action at the meeting it was decided to move forward with the merger of the Lilly Raiders with the Mainline Panthers football team. This action is dependent on insurance needs and cost. A smaller and smaller amount of young children in the area makes this necessary to keep football alive.



Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of George Delmar Miller of Glen Burnie, Md who passed away March 23.” Delmar” as he was known by family and friends was the youngest son of the late George and Erma Miller. He graduated from Lilly High in 1949 and served four years in the US Army with a tour of duty in Panama. He then worked for the NSA. He was 82.



Rita Norris celebrates her birthday today, April 3, along with Ted Myers and Kody Nadolsky. Followed by John Bost, Patricia Muldoon, Francis Risko on the 4th and Matthew Nadolsky and Shane Hartline on the 5th. Amy Davies gets to party on the 6th as will Mary Kay Lucas, George Ernest and Deborah Wilson on the 7th. Its cake and ice cream for Karen Claar on the 8th and Amy Crospey, Sheila Crospey and Max Haney on the 9th. Happy Birthday to All!



George and Rose Ernest celebrate their wedding anniversary on April 4. Congratulations!



You are an old timer if you remember when Roddy Kearney would repair broken wooden bats with nails and miners tape so that he and his friends could play baseball.