Jun 132014

LILLY LINES by Jack Barlick    886-4694                  

The rhododendrons are in full bloom now and are very colorful. They are about two weeks behind schedule due to the freezing winter. Enjoy them!


There will be a basket raffle in honor of Matt Bart at the Bear Rock Sportsman Club this Saturday, June 14th from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. There are many baskets to choose from with something for everyone. Two Pittsburgh Pirate game tickets will be chanced off also. Stop by and support a good cause



There was a nice turnout for the Money-Rama held by the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Sunday, June 8.The church pavilion was a great place to be especially when an abrupt cloud burst flooded the area .Everyone appeared to be having a great time at the sold out event all afternoon.



Keep in mind that the Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/ Lilly American Legion will be hosting a fund raiser game to help the Lilly-Washington Library this Sunday, June 15th at 5:00 PM at the Lilly field. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the library. Come on out and enjoy some good baseball and help a good cause too. At 12:30 the same day the American Legion will be playing a double header at the field.



Once again the Lilly-Washington Historical Society is looking for pictures to include in the annual calendar. If you have an interesting scene or group of people contact Jim Salony, Ron Muldoon or myself.

The grounds around the miner’s monument is looking real nice thanks to the efforts of Jeff Wilson, Sue Wilson and Chad Pysher.

I noticed both Chet Harker and Bev Mandichak voluntarily working on the floral displays in the center of town and at the bridge.  Their efforts go a long way to improving the town. Thanks!


Make their efforts worthwhile and do everything you can to prevent litter and weed cutting curb side would also improve a streets appearance. Keeping dogs off of other people’s property and cleaning up after them is a must.


Good Luck to the Penn Cambria Class of 2014 who graduated this past Saturday. My granddaughter Desiree Bukowsky and great nephew Justin Sweeney were among the graduates.


Today, June 12 finds Ashley Reed, Dorothy Obester and Drake Swinger celebrating their birthdays as will Joan Cloherty and Douglas Stauski Jr. on the13th and Jacob Digman, Harry Behe, Mary Filak and Stanley Skura on the 14th. It will be party time for Gianna Caputo, Gabriel Irving, Shane Burkett and Kathleen Hooder on the 15th. On June 16th it will be cake and ice cream for Emma Claar, Gina Bender, Jean Bradley, Robert Courtot, Jeff Kozen, Doris Merlini and Jessie Skura.The 17th will find Debbie McCool, Joanne Leap, Edith Dibosky, Chris Kertes, Mary Nagle, Patty Nagy and Olivia Sawinski celebrating. On the 18th Lacey Behe, Julia Craine and Edward Krug get to party. Happy Birthday to All!


Christopher and Margaret Conrad, Gerald and Lillian Duke and Richardand Mary Louise Lingafely observe theirwedding anniversaries on June 12 followed by Christopher and Barb MARTINOON THE 13 AND Rober and Loir Bennett and Francis and Dorothy Conrad (61 years) on the 14th. On the 15th James and Irene Kurmenaker celebrate ALONG WITH James and Patricia Steberger. The 16th finds Pat and Dorothy McCool celebrating as will James and Imy McMullen, along with Rick and Brenda Kovel on the 17th. June 18th will be anniversary time for Jerry and Lisa Segada and Douglas and Tina Stauski. Happy Anniversary to All!


You are an old timer if you remember when Boy Scout Troop 50 camped on the hill above the Saint Francis College lake.


Jun 062014


Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    886-4694   


As promised I ventured along with my son-in-law Don Nadolsky on the Lilly Fire Company Poker Run on Lilly Mountain on June 1. The 3 ½ hour field trip on Don’s Land Rover was an adventure for sure as I got to see parts of the mountain range that I had never been to. Some areas were beautiful with timber that hasn’t been cut in years and others with a large growth of hemlock trees and ferns. This was nature at its finest.

The trails crossing the mountain varied from nice smooth runs to rocky beds full of rocks that heavy rains course over as streams. Some mud pits were shallower than they looked while others were deeper. There was no way to avoid getting your machine at least partly covered in mud.

Almost 300 hundred riders participated in the enjoyable day under clear skies and mild temperatures. Many were husband and wives while others were a family group or gang of friends. One rider ventured the whole way from Virginia to ride the trails while four others travelled from New York State. The Lilly firemen had completed an excellent marking of the trail and manned checkpoints throughout the day. They also had an impromptu car wash at events end to clean quads and also sandwiches, fries and drinks were available.

At age 70 I was one of the oldest riders and felt it at days end. Bouncing over rocks for 3 ½ hours plays on the lungs and aneurisms aside from a lot of pressure on the bladder. Fortunately I am hemorrhoid free and didn’t develop callouses on the rear either. Will I ride again? Most likely not!



Saturday, May 31 was time for a surprise 40th birthday party for my son-in-law Bryan Rabish. Held in my back lots there were about 40 family and friends present for the event that ran to the early hours of June 1. Several of his nieces, Kiera, Kianna and Kaylee along with nephew Connor and some friends were also on hand and enjoyed hunting for crayfish in Bear Rock Run.



Daughter Cathy, her mom Helen and Kiana and Kiera Nadolsky recently visited Disney World for a week. They took the auto train south. I think Cathy likes Disney more than her kids as she is always ready for a trip there. Her mom has been there twice this year. Once with Natalie and once with Cathy.



Don’t forget the Money-rama being held this Sunday, June 8th at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church pavilion on Hill Top Street. The event starts at 1:00 PM and goes until 5:00 PM. Dinner is served from 1 until 3. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of trying to win a few bucks and door prizes and having a good dinner.

Joe Gribbons will be the DJ for the afternoon. For last minute tickets call: 937- 7053



The Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/ Lilly American Legion City League team is hosting a fund raiser game for the Lilly- Washington Public Library on Sunday, June 15 starting at 5:00 PM at the Lilly War Memorial field. All gate donations, a basket raffle and 50/50 will go to the Library. Turn out and support a good cause.



The Lilly Library will be holding a summer reading program called: “Fizz. Boom and Read” starting on June 16. The event is free for the children. To register call 886-7543 or stop in at the library.



A lady was walking her dog last Thursday near the Lilly Coal pipes when she chanced upon a black bear. Needless to say she did not stick around the area. Be careful walking a dog, especially without a leash.


Other  matters I have received,  complaints have been made lately of people letting their dogs mess on other people’s property, including the Miners Monument, and not cleaning it up. This must stop or enforcement will be made.



Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Anna Mae (Lolita) Simala who recently died in Portage. She was a Lilly native.



 June 5 finds Marcelle Cooney, Stuart Custer, Olivia Guzic, Elizabeth Lasinski and William Mitsko celebrating their birthdays as will Jacqueline Bost, Richard Slebodnick, Sr. and Judy Smith on the 6th and Patricia Behe, James Drass, Peggy Marinak and John Patterson on the 7th. Marissa Conley celebrates on June 8 along with Regis Kinback.

Brian Risko gets to party on the 9th along with Amber Lee Butterbaugh, Josie Sawinski, Nancy Stombaugh and Jamie Williams. June10 it will be party time for Sis Risko, Jolene Sawinski and Justin Sweeney, June 10 will see Jolene Sawinski and Justin Sweeney celebrating birthdays. Happy Birthday to All!



Ronald and Linda Cropsey will observe their wedding anniversary on June 7th followed by Ryan and Theresa Brown on the 8th and Ed and Nancy Stombaugh on the 9th. The 10th will be a busy day as James and Patricia Davis, Joseph and Nancy Giblock, Joe and Mimi Kratzer and Ruby and Dina McCarty all celebrate wedding anniversaries. Best Wishes to All!



You are an old timer if you bought penny candy in Dollingers Store on Main Street