Feb 262015

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694
Very sad week indeed- with the passing of Margie Wyandt who had been writing the Cresson News column for many years. She was often outspoken, which was good, and her pet peeves would always point out something that needed fixed. My sympathy is extended to all of her family and friends.

Sympathy is also sent to the family and friends of Mary Gall who recently died in Lancaster. Mary had lived on George Street as long as I can remember.

My sister, Monica, who lives less than a mile from me, sent a Christmas card to my house on December 22. Lo and behold! It arrived on February 18th. Just shy of two months in the postal system. The card’s envelope was stamped “Miss sent to Thailand” A 17,000 mile journey to go a couple blocks.

Order forms are available at both Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church and chapel for the Knights of Columbus Easter Candy Sale due by March 14. Pickup will be March 28th and 29th. Contact Mary Lou Custer 886-7468; Shirley Patterson 886-7213; Patty Nagy 886-7374 or Debbie Kozak 886-8296 for further details.

Hannah Kertes has won first place in the under age 14 2015 North American Open Championship of the CRN Organization. She received the 1st place trophy for her Irish Dancing after competing against 10 others at the Renaissance Marriott Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 14th through 16th. Her sister, Sydney took first place in the under age 10 competition, receiving the Mean Grad award and sister Isabella took second place in the under 7 age group receiving the Bun Grad award.

The three Irish dancers are the daughters of Harold and Nicole Kertes and granddaughters of Mary and Michael Kertes. Their great grandfather Harold Cassidy was proud of his Irish heritage. Sydney and Hannah will compete in World Competition in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland this coming June. Good luck girls!

Pamela Sanders and Bonnie Guzic celebrate their birthdays today, February 26th followed by Andrea Siedlarczyk on the 27th and Bill Conley Sr. on the 28th. On March 1 Frances Albarano, Maddox Laret, Breann Latoche, Joseph Mardula, Mary Jo Rainey and Maya Lutton get to party as will Beverly Costlow on March 2. Then on the 3rd it will be cake and ice cream time for Kenneth Brown, Tyler Condon, Shelby Franey and Alyssa Vrabel. March 4 will find John Dougherty and Ursula McConnell celebrating. Happy Birthday to All!

Robert and Vera Hufford observe their wedding anniversary on February 27. Happy Anniversary!
You are an old timer if you know more people up in the cemeteries than you know downtown.
Think about it!

Feb 192015

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694

Just a reminder that Our Lady of Mount Carmel church will be holding a stuffed chicken breast dinner this Sunday, February 22nd , from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the church hall on Hilltop Road. You can dine in for $9 or take out for the same price. Children can dine in for $4.50. Call 884-0205 for further details. This is a good dinner to enjoy in this cold weather.

The Lilly Washington War Memorial Association mailed the annual fund drive appeal last week. Your support of this worthy organization is both crucial and important to the successful operation of the field that does so much for area children while bringing memory to those who died in the service.

The Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/ Lilly American Legion entry in the Altoona City League will play their home games at the Lilly field as they pursue their 12th City League Championship this summer.

I am anxious to see the townships completion of the recreation center/ pavilions and restrooms at the new Little League field. A refreshment stand is also being placed there to serve that field during home games. We will soon have a recreation area to envy by other communities. Wont be too long bfore the walking trail can get full use again. Come on Spring!

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Leroy “Fritz” George who passed away on February 12. Fritz was an Air Force veteran and a star baseball player. He spent a lot of his military time playing for Air Force ball teams. He was a great grandson of Frederick L. George. one of six brothers from Lilly who served in the Civil War.

Sympathy s also extended to the family and friends of Myra Kreger who also died recently. She was a Lilly High School graduate class of 1946 and was the daughter of John and Catherine Warner.

Further sympathy is extended to the friends and family of Elaine Boylan-Kot, who resided in Lilly with her late husband, Wayne Boylan, for many years.

Sympathy is also extended to the family and friends of Dennis Eckenrode of Cresson. His wife, Patricia Shedlock was from Lilly. Denny was a Navy veteran and served on a submarine. Further sympathy goes to the family and friends of Cresson resident James Rose. Jim was a WWII veteran. He was a friend of my daughter Cindy and her husband Bryan. Plus he was a faithful reader of Lilly Lines.

Celebrating birthdays today, February 19, are Tricia Martino, Bryan Offman, Robert Shedlock, Alcia Walters and Melanie Wilkinson. . On the 21st David Lutton, John Lykens, William Patterson, Michel Phillips and Christina Rowe get to party as will Tina Digruilles, Victoria Regan and Bev Mandichak on the 22nd. George Klayko observes his birthday on the 23rd followed by Theodore George, Edward Hutsky, Holly Patterson, Barry Yagoda and Matthew Zunich on the 24th. It will be cake and ice cream time for Ella Digruilles, Jon West, Jim McConnell and Thomas Suchta on the 25th. Happy Birthday to All!

Walter and June Nadolsky celebrate their 65th Wedding Anniversary on the 21st followed by Bernard and Helen Phillips who celebrate on the 23rd. Happy Anniversary to both couples!

Our Lady of Mount Carmel church will be hosting a Sports Raffle at the Cassandra Social Hall on Sunday March 8. This will include a roast beef dinner and snacks. D.J. Casey will provide entertainment. For tickets or information call 937-7053.

You are an oldtimer if you drank Sun Drop soda on a regular basis. Sanders Birch Beer was a good second choice.

Feb 132015

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694

Just two days to Valentines Day. Don’t forget flowers, candy or jewelry for your sweetheart.

Lent is also just around the corner. It is time again for the regular Friday night fish dinners. Hope the snow is gone by Easter.

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Luella (Claar) Keiser , a Lilly native, who passed away at the age of 104. She was a sister to the late Chalmer Claar Sr and Amy Bender
and resided in Lewistown.
Sympathy is also extended to the family and friends of LeeRoy”Skip” Lyle, who passed away recently. He had resided here in Lilly the past few years with his daughter, Lora Ingram, and was a US Marine veteran.

Maybe you noticed. Chad Pysher used his snow blower several times to open up the walking trail. This determined effort is usually futile with the strong winds blowing across the field making a swift demise of his work. Anyhow it wont be long you will be able to walk the trail without snow present.

Keep in mind that Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will host a chicken breast dinner on Sunday, Feburary 22 at the church. Cost is $9 dining in or taking out. Children are $4.50 dining in. Bring the family to the Hilltop church hall for a delicious meal.

The Lilly American Legion will hold its Post 628 and home association meetings tonight starting at 7:00 PM
New members welcome.

A belated birthday greeting goes to Evan McConnell who was 13 on February 2. His sister Gina, mom LeeAnn and grandma Bev Mandichak all made his day special.

Today, February 12 finds Jacob Boosler celebrating his birthday followed by Mary Reese and Zachary Martynuska on the 13th. On the 14th it will be cake and ice cream time for Barbara Lego, Toni Nadolsky, Andrew Ronan, Jame Secriskey, Erin Serre and Bill Wilkinson III.

On the 15th Larry Lucas, Travis Franey, Christopher Matcho and Melissa Shable all get to party. While Malakai Brown, Angela Stiffler, Robert Paul and Joan Walters do the same on the 16th. Then on the 17th Bart Borlie, Michael Eckenrode and Karington Sklodowski all enjoy their special day. Happy Birthday to All!
Paul and Sherry Gates celebrate their wedding anniversary on Valentines Day, February 14. Best wishes!

Outhouse , what’s an outhouse??


Feb 072015

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 814-886-4694

Well, Phil up in Punxsey has predicted six more weeks of winter. So be it.

There will be a stuffed chicken breast dinner on February 22 at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Hilltop Street here in Lilly. Always delicious meals are served from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Takeout available. For details call 884-0205.

53 years ago today Larry Mock, Bill Nadolsky and myself left town for basic training in the United States Army. Seems like yesterday.

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Greg Moyer who recently passed away in Altoona. His wife. Angie Secriskey was from Lilly and his mother-in-law Connie Secriskey resides here.

Celebrating today. February 5 is Chris Eckenrode followed by Betty Ann Agosta and Chad Franey on the 6th and Michelle Claar,Kenneth Behe, Donald George, Gary Nadolsky Jr. and John Prebish on the 7th. On the 8th it will be party time for Leona George and on the 9th Jason McIntosh and Sean Tomlinson. Cake and ice cream will be served to Anna Mae Giblock, John Nezneski, Jacob Stevens and Samantha Stevens on the 10th. Joanne Courtot celebrates on the 11th. Happy Birthday to All!

Before we know it spring will be here. Now is the time to consider what flowers to plant to brighten your yards and the community this year. Also, those who have accumulated junk and debris in their yards should plan on cleaning it up. A well-kept yard reflects very well on the occupants.

You are an oldtimer if you bet on the first Super Bowl in 1965.