May 302014

   Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694                                                                               


This coming Sunday, June 1 will see the Lilly Fire Company Thunder on the Mountain Poker Run come to life as four wheeler guads and trail bikes head to the mountain for a bumpy ride of over thirty miles through the dust and the mud. Come and register starting at 9:00 AM at the Lady of Mount Carmel property on Hill Top Street. Breakfast and lunch will be available on site hosted by the firemen. Helmets are required to participate in the run. If I can do it, anyone can, so come join in the fun.



The following Sunday, June 8 you can return once again for the Our Lady of Mount Carmel money-rama

That will start at 1:00 PM and run until 5:00 PM. Tickets are $20 and includes a chicken dinner from 1 until 3 PM and a later snack and beverages. Joe Gribbon will DJ the afternoon event. Call 937-7053 for tickets. The event will be at the church pavilion, so you can enjoy the fresh mountain air.



There were about 65 in attendance at the War Memorial Recognition Dinner on Saturday, May 24 at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church hall. Hugh Conrad was Master of Ceremonies for the event that honored George and Elaine Klayko for their many years of service to the Association and Elaine’s work with the Mainline Garden Club which she founded. Also honored was the late Jerry Glass for his service to the group. President John Hurley made the presentations.

William Patterson, councilman, accepted an award for Lilly Borough for their contributions to the group and Jamie Hartline and Scott Guzic, supervisors, accepted an award for Washington Township in appreciation for their assistance. Treasurer Joseph Gides made the presentations.

The annual War Memorial Service held by the Lilly American Legion and the Lilly-Washington War Memorial Association was held under sunny skies and a comfortable mid-seventies temperature on Monday, May 26 at 11:00 AM. Casey Craine did a beautiful job of singing the National Anthem and God Bless America. Master of Ceremonies Jack Barlick introduced Marissa Myers, a Penn Cambria Junior, who has been named the 2015 Cambria County Outstanding Young Woman of the Year. She is a daughter of Matt and Renee Myers. Monsignior John Sasway said the invocation and benediction.

Brock Talko received the Legions Americanism Award which is given to an 8th grade boy and Mattie Bossler received the 8th grade girl’s award given by the Lilly Legion Auxiliary. A $2500 scholarship was presented to Mackenzie McIntosh; a $1500 scholarship was presented to Sarah Hurley and a $1000 scholarship was presented to Jacob Yarnish. The three had written essays on “The Significance of D-Day Seventy Years Later”

Melvin Fees, Post 628 Adjutant presented certificates to Steve Suchta, John Orehowsky and Ollie G. Leap in recognition by the National American Legion on their 60 years of continuous membership in the American Legion. Yours truly then read a history of 30 Lilly area servicemen and their participation during the D-Day operations in Normandy in 1944.



Bill Claar and Josh Dixon will be partying on May 29. May 30 Audrey Craine, Andrew Glenn, Walter Hoberney and Justin Spaid observe birthdays as will Brandon Ehrenfeld, Rudy McCarthy, Tina Stauski , Adyn Tremel, Daryl Leap and Andrew Siedlarczyk  on the 31st.

June 1 will usher in birthdays for Antoinette Myers and Coonie Secrisky while on the 2nd it will be cake and ice cream for Dianne Batdorf, Kathleen Moyer, Ian Wissinger and Anthony Zumer. On the 3rd Bernadette Hmiel, John Nezneski, Jenna Russian, Donald Wilt Sr., celebrate as will Jesse Guzic and Robert Rabatin on the 4th.

Joe Kondis, who resides in Maryland, was in town for the Memorial Day weekend. He is a Korean War veteran and will be 83 on June 1. Happy Birthday to All!



Beverly and Charles Mulhearn celebrate their wedding anniversary on May 30 followed by David and Peggy Beck on the 31st.On June 1 Glenn and Peggy Marinak observe their anniversary as will Tim and Joyce Przybys the same day. Then on the 3rd Regis and Patricia Tremel celebrate. Happy Anniversary to All!



You are a very old timer if you remember Crobbie George running a poolroom on Cleveland Street, He was a one armed pool shark.

May 172014

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694                                                                                        


Saturday was a busy day for the teenagers of the area as they prepared for the Penn Cambria prom. All the pictures that were on Face Book showed very beautiful girls and handsome young men enjoying the day. Two of my granddaughters attended the event at the casino at Lakemont Park. I got to see them both for pre-prom pictures. They are Allison Barlick and Desiree Bukowsky.


Congratulations to my nephew Ian Barlick and his wife Sarah on the birth of their son Karter James Barlick on May 6. Karter joins a family tree on both sides that extends back to the earliest settlers in the Lilly area over 200 years ago.



Don’t forget the Meat Loaf dinner being held on Sunday, May 18th from 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Hill Top Street. Take outs are $9.00 and dining in is $9.00 adult or $4.50 children under 12. Call 884-0205


The annual War Memorial Recognition Dinner will be held on Saturday May 24 at 6:00 P.M. at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies church hall. Tickets are $10 and can be obtained from Bob Monahan or Joe Gides.

On Monday, May 26 the annual War Memorial program will be held at the War Memorial field at 11:00 A.M. This year will recall the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion in Normandy and the role that many Lilly area men had in the event both on D-Day and shortly afterwards.

Anyone that had a family member involved in D-Day is welcome to call me for an inclusion of their story in the recollection. I am also looking for a volunteer to sing the National Anthem at the event.


The sympathy of the community is extended to the family and friends of Denise Renee Holsberger who passed away in Mission, Kansas at the age of 43, from cancer, on April 20, 2014. She was the wife of James Holsberger a Lilly native.


Today, May 15 finds Lisa Funari, Pastor John Palko and Jacob Hurley observing their birthdays as will  Mike Stager,Donald Courvina, Ronald Cropsey and Gerald Wilson on the 16th. May 17 Maureen Engle and Evelyn Hutsky get to party as will Elizabeth Sklodowski on the 18th and Robert Leap and Alexis Paul on the 19th. The 20th it is cake and ice cream time for James Leahey, Gail Palko and Abigail Livai. Grandson Nathan Przybys celebrates on the 21st. Happy Birthday to All!


A belated Anniversary greeting is sent to Marcie and Paul Cooney who observed their 59th wedding anniversary on May 12. The couple were married by Father Worsa at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in 1959

May 17th will be the anniversary of Michael and Tammy Hartline followed by Barbara and Brian Bart on the 18th and Michael and Dawn Summerville on the 20th. Happy Anniversary to each couple!


You are an old timer if you fished for Crappies and Catfish at the BAB. Your just as old, if not older, if you swam there.



May 082014

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694        


The Third Annual Lou Davies Pancreatic Cancer Walk sponsored by the Griffith Family Foundation

Will be held Saturday, May 17th at Mansion Park in Altoona. Registration will begin at 11:00 A.M at the park and is $30 a person with children under 12 Free. All proceeds will benefit Dr. A. James Moser and the ’AFFPC’ Pancreatic Cancer Research. Thanks in advance from the Griffith Family Foundation and Suzanne Davies.



The annual War Memorial Recognition Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 24th at 6:00 P.M. at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church hall.  This year’s recognitions will be presented to George and Elaine Klayko and Jerry Glass (posthumously). Also recognized will be Lilly Borough and Washington Township. For dinner tickets call Robert Monahan at 886-4656 or Joe Gides at 886-4443.



Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will be hosting a Meat Loaf Dinner on Sunday, May 18 from 11:00 A.M. until 200 P.M. at the church on Hilltop Street. Cost is $9.00 adult and $4.50 children.  Take outs are $9.00.  Call 884-0205.



Got the gambling urge? Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be hosting a Money –Rama on June 8th at the church pavilion. Tickets, which include dinner, can be purchased for $20 by calling 937-7053 or 886-2375. Joe Gribbons will D.J. the afternoon event.



Fred Davis spent three weeks in the Lilly area visiting family and friends. He is a 1959 graduate of Lilly High School and resides in Seattle, Washington. His brother, Jim, and sister-in-law Patti (Olsick) Davis reside in Lilly



The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the family and friends of Matthew Bart who recently passed away. Matt was a graduate of Mount Aloysius College and was a state archery champion.

Sympathy is also extended to the family and friends of Rick Handel from Jimtown who recently passed away. Rick was a veteran and retired from the U.S. Postal Service. His wife, Carolyn (Archihowsky) was from Lilly.



The first reported hummingbird in town this year was in Shirley Patterson’s yard on Jones Street. The bird arrived on May 1. Out in the township however one was seen in my sister Monica’s yard on April 16 before she had her feeders out. I have been watching but haven’t seen any at my feeder yet. I did however see a pair of Grosbeaks. The finches that I see daily have a beautiful yellow color at the present time.



Today, May 8 finds Jolie Diptko, James Davis, Rosemary Kertes, Marilyn McCoy, William McCoy and Joe Paney celebrating birthdays as will John Latoche Sr., and Joshua Nadolsky on the 9th. May 10 will be a busy day as Brianna WQest, Larry Behe, Linda Behe, Lillian Duke, Devlin Glen, Margo Kiel, Christina Quinn and Joanne Regan all get to party. Mercedes McIntosh, Daniel Sibis and Diane Waksmunski party on the 11th and Nicole Selip and Jean Lasinski celebrate on the 12th followed by Peggy Beck, Richard Giraud, Joan Kinback, Gloria Kuntz, Dorothy McCool, Debbie McCarthy and Susan Wilson on the 13th. Happy Birthday to All!



Last week I erred when I wrote up the anniversaries. Several readers noted my error in saying Mike and Betty McCarthy celebrated their anniversary. It was actually class mate Mike Phillips and his wife Betty who were celebrating.

Others from the Class of 61, Joe Zurilla and his wife Beatrice (Wilk), observed their 50th wedding anniversary recently.

Eric and Cindy Brickley celebrate their wedding anniversary today, May 8 followed by Mary and Matt Boland on the 9th and John and Roxann Seymore on the 12th.

Happy Anniversary to All!



Remember when kids would line the streets waiting for a wedding party to pass by and throw out pennies.