Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 814-886-4694
Bear Rock Run is appropriately named. On Saturday evening at dusk, my son Steve, noticed a black bear on the bank of the creek in my back yard, here in the center of town. He estimated it to be about 300 pounds. The same evening, son in law, Don Nadolsky, saw a black bear on the mountain about three miles from town. I am told there are many more wandering about the area.
I got a copy of Bill Wassail’s book “Bruised Grapes” and find it very humorous and interesting. Contact Emil Campagna if you would like to purchase a copy. Bill graduated from Lilly High in 1961. A Navy veteran, he taught art in schools in the Orlando, Florida area.
The Lilly Volunteer Fire Company will be hosting their annual gun fest this Saturday, July 19th at the fireman pavilion n Railroad Street .The event, which includes dinner, starts at 6:00 PM and runs until 9:30 PM. Contact a Lilly fireman for tickets.
Janet Cramer from Ohio was in town last week with her brother Ernie from Michigan. They toured the town and met with me to go through the class of 61 yearbook. We were able to account for most classmates.
The Lilly Legion will be holding their annual post picnic on July 27th starting at 11:00 AM at the Legion pavilion on Jones Street. Sign up early for only $8 for members which includes food and drinks all day. A Super bargain.
Also, Max Roberts, a nationally certified DAV service officer is in the area until late August. He can be contacted through the Lilly Legion and is more than willing to help area veterans with compensation issues or questions.
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST
Congratulations to Bruce Hershel and Debra Dittner on their July 12th wedding. Have heard many fine compliments on their reception that was held at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel pavilion.
NATIONAL DANCE CHAMPION
Keara Sweeney, age 12, daughter of Stacy and Dan Sweeney of Ebensburg took second place out of 84 contestants in national ballet dance competition in Las Vegas last week. Keara is a granddaughter of Richard Sweeney of Lilly and Eileen Sweeney of Johnstown. She studies dancing through Abby Lee Dance Company of Monroeville and attends the Central Cambria schools.
WORLD IRISH OPEN
Hannah Kertes won 7th place in the under 13 solo dancing at the CRN World Open Irish Championships.
There were 34 girls in her category from around the world. He younger sisters, Sydney and Isabella competed in team dancing. All three got World medals for their participation. Isabella and her dad, Mike Kertes were in the Peter Pan competition where Mike portrayed the crocodile. He also got a World medal. The events were held at Castlebar,Ireland.
Mary (Cassidy) Kertes , Michaels mother, and the girls grandma, made the trip with Mike, Nicole and her dad, Larry Fitzgerald, as well as the girls from June 25th until July 8th. They toured the western side of Ireland and got to Saint Patricks Mountain, the cliffs of Moher and the Knock shrine were18th century apparitions were reported and they also visited several castles. The group also got to Eniskillen in Northern Ireland. This is the area where the Cassidy clan originated
Today, July 17 finds Robert Hufford, Edward Craine and Lily George celebrating their birthdays as will Ronald Leturgey and Diane Misiura on the 18th and Daniel Falger. Patrick McCool and Rose Orlosky on the 19t. July 20 will be a busy day as Joseph Smychynsky lll, Jennie Vargo,Colin Casale, Brianne Offman, Gary Risko, Karen Spaid and Mary Callen all observe birthdays as will Tina Latoche and Alex Dipko lV on the 21st. On the 22nd it will be party time for William Gorba, Ray Guzic Sr., AmberKertes and David Stossel. Bob Causer will celebrate his 85th birthday on the 22nd. Jane Kunko observes her birthday on the 23rd. Happy Birthday to All!
Ronald and Tammy Wissinger observe their wedding anniversary on July 18. Best Wishes!
YARDS AND FLOWERS
Most residents of Lilly Bro and Washington Township take pride in their homes and yards. There are many nice flower gardens in the area. Right now, the native mountain laurel are in full bloom with pretty white flowers. Also the wild tiger lilies grace the sides of highways. Take a ride and enjoy nature.
You are an old timer if you played Little League baseball for the Sokols, VFW, GBU or the PNA in the mid to late fifties.