Aug 282014


Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 814-886-4694

Don’t forget the Penn Cambria Panther football bonfire will be held starting at 7:00 PM at the War Memorial field in Lilly. This event celebrates the beginning of the 2014 football season. There is plenty of parking in the area but seating is very limited so bring along a lawn chair. A large turnout of both students and parents are expected. Refreshments will be on sale at the stands in the field. Have a great time!

Labor Day, Sept 1 at 10:00 A.M. there will be the formal dedication of the Miner Monument Park and the Butterfly Garden. Please bring a lawn chair as seating will be limited. Contributors to the park will be honored during the program. After the program cake and ice cream will be served at the War Memorial pavilion.

I had the honor of officiating, as Lilly Borough Mayor, at a wedding on Saturday, August 23rd between Roy Glessner and Terri Linko. The ceremony was held at the Butterfly Garden at the Miners Monument at Piper Street. Although it had rained earlier in the day all dew drops held off and the sun even shined during the ceremony. The bride looked charming in her blue and white outfit. The groom, best man and maid of honor also looked their best for the occasion. Over two dozen friends and relatives were in attendance for the afternoon program.

Frank Klayko made what he called “ a trip of a lifetime” to Alaska during July flying out of Philadelphia on the 23rd after his flight was delayed by weather forcing a nighttime flight to Seattle. He was late for his flight to Anchorage and had to sleep on an airport bench.
The flight to Alaska was obscured by clouds preventing any airborne sightseeing. Finally the clouds cleared and he had a view of “ rugged mountains and gorgeous glaciers stretching for miles. His sister, Barbara Bowman, and her daughters Rebecca and Laura met him at the Anchorage airport to start his Alaska adventure.
Franks first venture was a 150 mile trip to Soldofna, a town on the Kena River to fish for king salmon. He caught a rain bow trout and three Dolly Varders but no king salmon. The one day cost was $150 dollars for each one in the party plus a $20 a day non-resident license and a $10 king salmon stamp.
Other adventures included a tour of Chugach State Park, Cook Inlet and Denali National Park which is 9219 square miles ( larger than New Hampshire State)He saw 20,322 foot Mount McKinley. A nearby motel stay was $225 per night. It was a worthwhile trip as the Klayko group got to see two grizzly bear (one was very large) four moose including two bulls and a fox and porcupine along with almost 100 caribou. Specially trained drivers operate the busses in the park that has drop offs of 1000 feet at the side of the road.
He also took a 116 mile train ride from Anchorage to Seward and saw many colorful lakes along the way. Frank and his sister Barbara drove to Bird Creek south of Anchorage where he caught a three pound male red salmon. He then took a fishing trip to Willow Creek with Barbara, her daughter Laura and her husband Mark where he caught four Arctic graylings and had a king salmon “on for awhile.” They watched a beaver play and king salmon spawning.
Franks return trip was over three hours flying to Seattle, four more to Philadelphia and four more hours driving ti Lilly.

Louella Kaiser celebrated her 104th birthday on August 23rd in Lewistown. She was born and raised in Lilly, one of 12 children of Margaret (George) and Albert Claar. Louella is the last surviving sibling in the family. She was married to Carl Kaiser and had two sons, Don and Ted.

Nicole Poborsky and Richard Sweeney celebrate their birthdays today, August 28 followed by Albina Nezneski, Nicole Lutton and Doris Patterson on the 29th. On the 30th it will be party time for Stephen Bart, Karla Lozano and Susan Zumer followed by Denise Leturgy on the 31st. September 1 will be a busy day as James Rice 4th, Celsey Hite, John Hurley, Gary Nadolsky, Robert Rabatin, Sr. and Helen Sarnecki all enjoy cake and ice cream followed by Nathan Gates, Sonja Moyer and Catherine Sweeney on the 3rd. Happy Birthday to All!

Sam and Carol Albarano , William and Ellen McCoy and Matthew and Marion Zunich all observe their wedding anniversaries today, August 28, followed by Gary and Barbara Stiffler on the 31st. On September 1 Don and Sandy Courvina, Frank and Helen Fordick and Joseph and Karen Wilson all celebrate. Happy Anniversary to All!

You are an oldtimer if you attended school at Rileys, Behes, Zoskeys, Scanlan Hill or Dutchtown schools.


Aug 232014

Jack Barlick 814-886-4694

Girls and boys from the Lilly area have traveled far and wide and settled all over the United States. We tend to forget or do not know of their many contributions in their new communities.
I would like to share this with you about a girl from Lilly.

Martin T. Tully, Mayor of Downers Grove .Illinois, do hereby proclaim October 17, 2013 as “Miss” Mickie Muldoon Beckman Day in Downers Grove in acknowledgment of Mickie’s life, dedication and commitment to Downers Grove. WHEREAS, Mickie was an avid gardener, her garden had appeared in major publications. Also, her cooking had been widely acclaimed, including an award for being the “Taste of Downers Grove”
WHEREAS, Mickie was a well known story teller, friend and loved as “Miss Mickie” in the Junior Room of the Downers Grove Public Library and throughout the community.
Martin T Tully, Mayor of Downers Grove

Smokey the bear is celebrating his 70th anniversary. Apparently he picked Lilly for the site of his party as he has been seen three nights in a row last week on Harris and Piper Street. I was told he personally greeted Vicki and Steve Durkay and Carol Paul as he came walking down Piper Street under the street light at 10:20 PM. Be careful leaving pets out alone.

Last week in error I called Elaine Klayko Emily. My apologies.

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Dorothy Aldrich who recently passed away. She resided on Jones Street for many years and has a brother George Rhawn Jr. living in Pittsburgh. Her son Paul resides in Newry and is a member of St. Luke’s Church.

Keep in mind the Penn Cambria Football bonfire is to be held next Thursday, August 28th at 7:00 PM at the Lilly War Memorial field. Bring a lawn chair. The past two years this has been a fun filled evening with a very large turn out of students and parents. Refreshments will be available at the War Memorial stand.

I have several copies of Bill Wassils book, “Bruised Grapes” that I am selling for him. If you want a copy of this interesting satire call me at 886-4694 anytime. Bill resides in Florida with his wife Carla. His mom, Kate Leap, is at John Paul Manor. Bill graduated from Lilly High in 1961.

The Lilly-Washington Public Library will be holding a Cake Social/ Basket Raffle on September 21 at the Bear Rock Sportsman’s Club. The funds raised will help maintain the library that has suffered cuts in state funding. Sponsors are needed for the baskets, as are donations of cash, soda, paper towels, dish towels. little Debbie cakes or holiday items. Call Brenda Marsh at the library at 886-7543 for further details or drop a donation off at the library.

Rain and an overcast sky threatened the annual Polish picnic, however by noon the sun was shining brightly and remained all day. A nice crowd gathered with many out of town visitors making for another successful day.

Steve, the sculptor, was back in town and completed more work on the monument. He will be back again next week. The name plagues that are out for replacement will be back by Labor Day.

On Labor Day, September 1, events will start at the monument at 10:00 AM. Bring a lawn chair as seating will be limited. Cake and ice cream will be served after the ceremony at the War Memorial pavilion.

Work on the Walking trail along Memorial Drive and down the rear of the War Memorial is progressing well. The base looks good but people are cautioned not to use motorized vehicles including quads and dirt bikes on it. Don’t ruin it for others! Only walkers, runners and pedal bikes are allowed.


Blake Nadolsky, Stanley Orlosky, Travis Walters and Ann Wolf all celebrate their birthdays today, August 21 followed byDan Butterbaugh on the 22nd and Payton Behe, Lori Bennett and Ava Braatz on the 23rd. It is party time for Brandi Hershel, Lynne Filak, Anthony Funari, William Kodosky, David Gaudlip and Orie Leap on the 24th and Mary Boland on the 25th. Then on the 27th Jennie George, Collen Keagy and Alcia Proudfit all get cake and ice cream. Happy Birthday to All!

Both Matthew and Lindsey McCoy and Mike and Sue Stager celebrate their wedding anniversaries on August 23rd followed by Donald and Sharon Diehl on the 25th and Daylon and Renee Behe along with James and Barbara Lego on the 26th. Happy Anniversary to All!

You are an old timer if you attended Lilly High School football games at the War Memorial field.

Aug 042014

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694


This Saturday, August 2, will feature the Lilly Town Wide yard sale which will be starting at 9:00 AM.
Come join the hundreds of bargain hunters as they tour the town in search of treasure. Maps are available to help you find the hot spots. Call Nicole Boland at 288-9969 for further information. Also stop in at St. Luke’s for some tasty items from their bake sale or at the Lilly Firemen’s pavilion for a quick lunch. Have Fun!


The Triple AAABA tournament will be under way next week with at least two games being played at the Lilly field. One on Monday, August 4 and the other on Tuesday the 5th. These are always exciting events with the opportunity to meet visitors from different states who love to come to Lilly to compete. If nothing else get up to the field and enjoy their world renowned hot sausage sandwiches.


Some plaques are off the wall as they were sent back for repair, other new ones are on their way and should be up for Labor Day. I am told that the Women and Labor plaques are refurbished and will be re-installed at the Bank corner. Finally!

The Lilly-Washington Historical Society is attempting to identify those coal miners age 90 or older from the Lilly area who worked in the coal mines of the area including 3A, Lilly Coal, Pipers, Benscreek #2 and Sonman. Please give the names to Bev or Vicki at Galls, Jim Salony or myself as we intend to recognize these miners on Labor Day.


The Penn Cambria cheer leaders will be holding a bake sale and car wash on August 9 with a rain date of August 10. More details next week or ask any cheerleader.


There is much sadness in the community this week with the passing of Mary Ann Walters and Dorothy Mae Conrad. Both ladies were well known and liked by all. Lilly will be a sadder place without them.


Mark your calendar for the upcoming Polish picnic on August 17 sponsored by Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at their Hilltop location. This annual event is one of the favorite happenings in the community. Be sure to stop by for some delicious polish food and enjoyable music.

Today, July 31 finds my good friend James Moyer observing his birthday along with Greg Talko. August 1 will be party time for Nathan Hoover, Heather Jones, and Dorothy Phillips. The 2nd will find Bill Noga and Dana Ronan partying as will Cody Boast and Margaret Kunrod on the 3rd. Brian Bart and Patrick Tremel observe birthdays on the 6th. Happy Birthday to All!


Fred and Sally Behe are celebrating their wedding anniversary today, July 31 followed by Bill and Marianne Wheldon on August 2 and Donald and Bernadette Hmiel on the 3rd. On August 4 Charles and Diane Bishop celebrate as will Steve and Vanessa Yanzetich and Michael and Susan Zumer on the 5th. Andy and Dana Ronan and Donald and Elizabeth Wilt observe their wedding anniversary on the 6th. Happy Anniversary to All.


I can’t say enough about the many beautiful flower gardens in the area. Vicki and Steve Durkay have some fabulous lilies in their yard and the butterfly garden looks great at the miner’s monument as does the large white containers at the War Memorial entrance. These were completed by the Mainline garden club. The center of town looks great thanks to the efforts of Anna Leahey, Sue Wilson, Bev Mandichak, Gina Bender, John Suchta and Chet Harker. We should all applaud their work in bettering the community.


You are an old timer if you remember buying three quarts of generic beer or two quarts of name brand beer for a buck.