Jul 102014


Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-2694


There will be a lot of ball playing going on this weekend at the Lilly War Memorial field as six regular season Triple AAABA games will be played locally. These are not tournament games but are regular season.

On Saturday, July 12 there will be games at 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM while on Sunday, July 13 the games will be played at 12:00 noon, 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM. Come out and enjoy some exciting games.



Bill Wassil, Lilly High graduate in 1961, has recently published a book, “Bruised Grapes”, which includes illustrations and self-deprecating, humorous short stories from his time growing up in Lilly until present day life in Orlando, Florida, where he resides. Some of the stories and illustrations have been published in the Orlando Sentinel. This is a limited edition and copies can be purchased by either contacting class mate Emil Campagna or contacting Bill at Wassilarts@cfl.rr.com


The Cresson firemen and community went all out to put on an exceptional 93rd Cambria County Firemen’s Convention last week. The Grand parade on Saturday was very nice and included many fire trucks from within and outside the county. Some from out of county included Penfield from Clearfield County; Waterford from Westmoreland County and Imler from Bedford County. The Latrobe Fire Company Drum and Bugle Corp was in the parade and added a very colorful part as they marched by. The pipes and drums really added to the festive air of the evening. Ebensburg Dauntless, Conemaugh and Lilly Fire Companies all had a nice representation of firefighters and vehicles in the parade along with over thirty other companies. Good job Cresson.


Besides backyard fireworks and a lot of noise this was a Fourth of July weekend to remember. Thursday, son Steve and I ventured to Gallitzin and got to watch the fireworks show from the Borough building lot. Then on both Friday and Saturday I was able to watch them in Cresson from my daughter Jackie’s on Powell Ave. All three evenings were colorful shows with the grand finale on Saturday being my favorite.


Congratulations to Lilly’s own Paul Sklodowski on his election as president of the Cambria County and Vicinity Volunteer Firemen Association for 2014-2015. Four other Lilly men have served in the past as preident including William Richards in 1922, the founding year,; J.K. George in 1932; Edward George in 1939 and Michael Devett, Jr. in 1972.


The order is going in Friday afternoon for additional miner plaques to be installed on the monument before Labor Day. Contact Jim Salony at 886-7282 or stop at Galls Insurance to order one by noon Friday.


On July 19 the Lilly Fire Company will be hosting a Gun Fest at the local pavilion. This is usually a full hose event. You may still be able to get tickets to attend from any Lilly Fireman.

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Jul 102014


Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 814-886-4694 


There will be a spaghetti dinner on July 13 at the Gallitzin Sportsman Club to help with the expenses of Eli William Bender, the 20 month old son of Jason and Nicole (McClosky) Bender of Lilly who was seriously burned at a campfire while on an outing in Potter County. He had been airlifted to the Allentown Burn Center and hospitalized there. He is now back home in Lilly and improving daily. Baskets are also being accepted by great aunt Sylvia Davies for an auction that day. She also has dinner tickets and can be reached at 886-5058 also cash donations can be made at any S & T Bank in an account opened in Eli William Benders name.


Congratulations to Kristi Claar on being named the 2014 Cambria County Fire Queen. She was selected at the competition held Saturday June 28th in Cresson and will reign over the events during the convention in Cresson this week. Kristi is the daughter of Raymond and Dana Claar of Lilly. She represented the Lilly Fire Company in the event.

The Lilly Fire Company had a very successful firemen’s week with exceptionally large turnouts on Friday and Saturday evenings. The parade Friday was small but colorful with Imler Fire Company coming the farthest distance. Frank Klayko beat me out on hot sausage sandwiches getting one each night, I missed a night. Several out of state visitors I noticed included Bill Misiura from Florida, Bob McLucas from Florida, and Chick Battisti of Phoenix, Arizona. Ray Archihowsky was also present from Harrisburg. The Saturday night band “Pistol Pegs and the Beer Kegs” drew a large gathering for their music. The weather really co-operated making it fun to be outside late into the night.

Through the course of the week most of my grandchildren were in town to enjoy the rides games and food including Derick and Laura Reed, Desiree Bukwoski, Allison Barlick, Connor and Kaylee Mento, Cora and Nola Klein and Kiana and Kiera Nadolsky.

There will be the Town Wide Yard sale again this year on August 2. Nicole Boland will lead up the event for the Lilly Decorating committee. This year there will be a map available for visitors. To have your address listed on the map the fee will be $5. St. Lukes will have a bake sale and the fire company will have their refreshment stand open. Past years have always been busy.

On Sunday, June 29 I stopped to talk to visitors at the miner memorial. Robert “Chick” Battisti was visiting from Phoenix Arizona along with his nephews and great nephews from Detroit, Michigan, Bill. Ed and William Russ. The Russ group had ridden motorcycles from Detroit. Chick was full of praise for the miner monument and the community. He was taking his group up to see the murals at the American Legion. Chick had graduated from the Lilly High School in 1950 and played the first baseball game at the War Memorial when it opened that year.

On Thursday night there will be fireworks in Gallitzin at 10:00 PM. Then on both Friday and Saturday nights there will be firework displays in Cresson at 10:30 each night. Also on Saturday the Cambria County Firemen’s Convention Parade will be held in Cresson. Grandson Connor Mento and I will be on the judging stand as I will represent my home post, Sankertown VFW, on the platform.

If you are putting fireworks off in your yard be especially careful with the young children and your pets. Don’t injure either with careless actions.


Today, July 3rd finds Anna Brown, Heather Stryker, Cody Boast and Margaret Kunrod observing birthdays as will Phyllis Myers on the 4th and Jeff Miller on the 5th. Brian Bart and Patrick Tremel share birthdays on the 6th and then Paul Phillips, Aaliyah Quinn and Phyllis Siedlarczyk get to party on the 7th.
July 8th is Elijah Livai, Kerry Bossler, Helen Link, Betty McCarthy, Bryce Nadolsky and Devin Selips turn to enjoy cake and ice cream. Debbie Vermeulin, Trisha Behe, Patrick Behe and Janet Franey celebrate on the 9th. Happy Birthday to All!

James and Chelesa Rice and Edward and Patricia Grove celebrate wedding anniversaries today, July 3 while Francis and Sis Risko celebrate on the 5th and James and Linda Behe on the 6th. On the 7th Joseph and Annette Ditoski observe their anniversary as will Catherine and William Weakland on the 9th. Happy Anniversary to All!


You are an oldtimer if you bought penny candy at Pyo’s store on Jones Street near Stumptown lane.



Jul 102014


Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694


The Lilly Firemen’s Carnival is going on through Saturday the 28th.I will be venturing down each evening for a hot sausage sandwich and fries. If you like funnel cakes stop in and get one, candy apples, sugar candy and popcorn can be found at Garbrick’s trailer.

If you like country music stop down Saturday night to hear Pistol Pegs and the Beer Kegs, a popular country group who will be playing at the gazebo. We, all, like a parade and the one in Lilly will be held on Friday night at 6:30 PM. Line up starts at 5:00 PM at the War Memorial field parking lot on Piper Street. The parade will move down Piper to Portage St. across Washington Street and up Main.


The Cambria County Firemen’s Association will be playing softball at the Lilly field starting at 8:00 AM Saturday the 28th and continuing all day as part of the 2014 convention being hosted in Cresson. Also on Saturday the Cresson convention Queen Contest will be held at 1:00 PM at the Cresson fire hall. Krista Claar and Karington Skoldowski will be representing the Lilly Fire Company in the competition.



If you like fireworks next week will be your time of enjoyment as Gallitzin hosts fireworks on July 3rd and Cresson as part of the convention activity’s has fireworks both on July 4th and 5th. The Sankertown VFW and Cresson American Legion are the sponsors of the Cresson shows. Also the Convention parade will be on July 5th in Cresson.


There will be a spaghetti dinner and a basket raffle at the Gallitzin Sportsman Club on July 13th starting at 11:00 AM for little Eli William Bender, son of Jason and Nicole (McClosky) Bender of Lilly who was recently severely burned at a campfire in Potter County. He had been flown to Allentown’s Burn Center and was hospitalized there. If you would like to donate a basket for the auction or buy dinner tickets call Sylvia Davies at 886-5058. Cash donations to help the family can be made at any S&T Bank in an account for Eli William Bender. (The account is already in place.)



If anyone wants to add a plaque to the miners monument in the name of a coal miner living or deceased try to get it in to Galls Insurance by July 10th to have it included by Labor Day. Also there are some old pictures at Galls from the late 30’s or early forties that the historical society would like help with identifying those show. Just stop at Galls and view them.



Had an opportunity this past week to talk with Janet Cramer on the phone. She is a classmate from the 1961 Lilly graduating class whom I haven’t seen or talked with since we graduated from high school. Janet lives in Ohio and will be visiting her sister here soon.


Recent studies by both Hong Kong University and Indiana University came to the conclusion that Pennsylvania had the 5th highest corruption in government of the 50 states. Illinois ranked right with them. The other three highest were in the Deep South. Way to go PA, not unexpected in the least.



Anita Inman celebrates her birthday today, June 26 along with Judy Butterbaugh, James C. Martino and Mike Zumer Jr., then on the 27th Lauren Giraud, Gary Glenn, Sam J. Podrasky and Doris Kuntz celebrate as will Mary Ann Sklodowski and Rebekah Podrasky on the 28th. Ronda Ansler gets to party on the 29th and then it’s a busy day on the 30th as Laurie Miller, Dina McCarthy, Tricia Muldoon, Christine Peterso and Delores Skura all get to party. Happy Birthday to Nathan Hoover, Heather Jones. Anna Leahey and Dorothy Phillips on July 1st and William Noga and, Dana Ronan on the 2nd. Best Wishes to All!


Gerald and MaryLou Behe and Jeremy and Joy Eckenrode celebrate wedding anniversaries on June 26th followed by Angie and Gary Glenn, Faber and Madeline Conrad and Ray and Lillian Guzic on the 27th. On the 28th Barbara and Robert Leap celebrate along with Bryan and Joyce Offman. June 29 finds James and Anna Leahey celebrating along with William and Agnes McCarty. Then on the 30th it is Chad and Barbara Pyshers turn to remember their wedding day.

There are a lot of dinner dates on July 1 as Richard and Debbie Giraud, Anna and Walter Mardula, Carrieand William Mitsko and Paul and Sandra Moyer observe their wedding anniversaries as will Jane and Ted Kunko and Anna and George Wozniak on the 2nd. Happy Anniversary to All!

You are an old timer if you remember when carnivals were held at the War Memorial parking lot. (Early 1950’s)

Jul 102014


Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694


The Lilly American Legion Francis L. McCool Post 628 elected both post and home association officers on June 12. Post Officers include: James Steberger, Commander; Thomas Behe Sr. vice commander; Duane Misiura Sr., Jr. vice commander; James Shable, financial officer; Melvin Fees, adjutant; Francis Risko, Legislative officer; John Barlick Jr., service officer; Raymond Murray, chaplain; Joseph Zurilla, sergeant-at-arms; Paul Sweeney, historian and Richard Sweeney judge advocate.

Home association officers for 2014-2015 are Joseph Zurilla, president; James Steberger, vice president; Melvin Fees, secretary; James Shable, treasurer; Chad Pysher, Three year director; Paul Sweeney, Two year director and Richard Sweeney, 1 year director. The post and home meet the second Tuesday of each month starting at 7:00 PM.

The annual Legion picnic will be held Sunday, July 27 at the Post pavilion. Signups can be made at the club during business hours.

The Lilly Fire Company carnival will begin at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 24th at the pavilion and continue until June 28th. Bike Week (Thunder in the Valley) will be going on in the county the same week end so watch for a lot of traffic on area roads.

On June 10 my precious little friend for the past 17 years passed away. She was my cat named “Kitty”, a black and white feline who was an ever faithful companion in my home. Kitty was a joy to have around and would come to my bed room each morning to be sure I was awake about 7:30 and accompany me down stairs awaiting her morning meal. She would choose a warm spot on the first floor to nap during the day and run to the cellar if visitors came to the door. “Kitty” would meet me at the door each time I came home and if I brought groceries she would check the bags for goodies. She could be out of sight all day but if I opened a can of salmon or tuna she was right there. On miserable winter days she was often the only one I talked to. Then on cold winter nights she would cuddle at my feet to sleep. Lately she would sit on my lap to watch the late news with me before lying down for the night. A perfect, much loved, pet- “Kitty” I will miss you!


Sunday afternoon was perfect weather to enjoy the ball game between Conrad Chiropractic/Lilly American Legion and Sheetz, both of the Altoona City League. Lilly beat Sheetz 11-0 in a 5th inning called game upping their record to 10-1 for the season. The game was a fund raiser for the Lilly Library.

Today, June 19 finds Linda Conley, Joseph Costlow, John Bossler and Joan Latoche celebrating their birthdays as will Sylvia Davies and Katelyn Miorelli on the 21st and Ellen McCoy on the 22nd. It will be party time for Lana Geriak, Annette Glenn, Patricia Hershel, Amanda Skura and Tiffany Stiffler on the 23rd and Ryan George, John Orehowsky, Lisa Prebish, Joan Sibis and Ann-Jolene Vrabel on the 24th. Happy Birthday to All!

William and Susan Gorba along with Edward and Rosemary Kertes observe their wedding anniversaries today, June 19th followed by Joseph and Patricia Behe and Bill and Lorey Rainey on the 20th. John and Lisa Prebish celebrate on the 22nd along with Adrienne and Robert Rabatin. Patrick and Robin Behe and Homer and Rita Butterbaugh observe wedding anniversaries on the 23rd while Shawn and Theresa Stevens observe theirs on the 24th. Mark and Cathleen Lykens celebrate on the 25th. Happy Anniversary to All!

You are an old timer if you remember chasing the greased pig at Lilly field days.