Mar 272015

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694

The heavy snowfall last Friday dampened the planned clean up at the Lilly-Washington War Memorial field. The cleanup day will be held March 28 starting at 8:00 AM. Parents, coaches, team members and board members are ask to help out during the morning. Bring a rake and gloves and enjoy the brisk morning air with your friends making the field first class for this ball season.

The Lilly-Washington Public Library will be hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, March 28 at 1:00 PM at the firemen’s pavilion on Rail Road Street. There will be 5 categories for children from infant to age 11. Bring a basket or bag and need less to say children only are to gather eggs.

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of David “Shorty” McConnell who passed away last week. He grew up on the Lilly Level and was a Marine Corp veteran. He and I both traced part of our ancestry to Michalina and Frank Nadolsky from Krakow, Poland.

The Sankertown VFW which is Lilly’s home post, held nominations for 2015-2016 officers on Wednesday, March 18. Those nominated include: Commander, Michael Hoover; Sr. vice commander, Keith Myers; junior vice commander, John Barlick Jr.; Quartermaster, Dennis Wyland. Three year trustee (one to be elected) Ray Hoover and Denise Roberts. Chaplain, Eric Conrad Judge Advocate, Ray Hoover and Denise Roberts. Surgeon, Larry Wade. Tom Williams was appointed Service Officer and Rick Proudfit was appointed Sergeant at Arms. The election will be held at the Post on Sunday, April 26 from noon until 4 P: M.

After that heavy snow on Friday the 20th it’s hard to believe all the snow is gone as I write this on the 22nd. Good riddance!

Sandra Burns, Joseph Smychynsky II and Robert Kunrod observe their birthdays today, March 26 followed by Lillian Guzic and Justin Offman on the 27th and Mia McCarthy and Ruth Motel on the 29th. On the 30th it will be party time for Jon Brickley, Gerald Behe and Frank Fordick. The 31st will be a busy day as Carmella Drass, Barbara Plazek, April Stombaugh, Megan Wheeler and Linda Wheeler all enjoy cake and ice cream. On April 1 Ray Claar Jr. gets to party. Happy Birthday to All!
You are an old timer if you regularly chased the greased pig around the ball field on field days


Mar 202015

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694

Most of us have seen some flocks of robins gleefully playing in our yards now. Even though we are just seeing temperatures in the 40’s it is so much better than all the 0 degree days we recently put up with. Now for the crocus and tulips!

Saturday evening from 4 until 7 P: M the spaghetti dinner and basket raffle will be going on at the Cresson American Legion. This event is to help raise some funds for Paul Smith, a Lilly firefighter and family man, who is battling bone cancer. Dinner tickets are $7 and can be obtained by calling Krista Claar at 615-9477.

The War Memorial field annual spring cleanup will be going on this Saturday morning, March21. Starting at 8:00 A: M leaves and debris will be gathered and the field prepared for the spring season. All players, coaches, parents and board members are ask to give a couple hours to the effort. Bring a rake and gloves if you can.

Today, March 19 finds Deborah George, Vanessa Kuisick, Victoria Nagle, Danielle Dunmyer, Richard Leja, Catherine Serre and Dayne Summerville celebrating birthdays as will Madeline Conrad, Darlene McNair, Cindy Hartline and Mary Ann Hoberney on the 20th. Alissa Hutsky gets to party on the 21st while Margaret Lukacs and Austin Nadolsky do the same on the 22nd. March 25 will find Cindy Giblock and Adrienne Rabatin enjoying cake and ice cream. Happy Birthday to All!

On Sunday, March 15, I made a rare venture out of town to attend a surprise birthday party being held for Cathy Cherico by her children, grandchildren, and husband, Mike. There was a nice turnout and a good dinner and time enjoyed by all at Taddies.

Most blueberries come from Mexico now. Remember picking them at the Lattimore field on the Lilly Mountain or in the fields where the Dutchtown School is now.

Mar 122015

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 814-886-4694
The Lilly Junior Girl Scout Troop that includes girls from Kindergarten through grade 5 are currently raising funds to send 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to our military troops both overseas and state side. The program is called Operation Sweet Appreciation. So far 350 boxes have been sponsored.

B. Jeannie (Leap) George is the troop leader. Donation in any amount can be mailed to Troop #46508 5396 Portage Street, Lilly Pa. 15938 or call 814-979-8281. The scouts will be at the Logan Valley Mall outside of Applebees on Friday, March 13th from 5 until 9:00 PM and at Sam’s Club Saturday March 14 from 2 until 6:00 PM.

The annual spring cleanup day at the Lilly War Memorial field will be held on Saturday, March 21 from 8:00 AM until the work is done .Coaches, parents, team members and board members are all ask to pitch in for a couple of hours to get the field in shape for the coming season. Bring gloves and a rake if possible. This group effort really helps the association each spring. Rain date is the following Saturday, March 28.

It is almost three months until Memorial Day. I am working on the program already as this is the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. A special program is being planned for 11:00 AM.

All WWII veterans and a guest are invited to the War Memorial Banquet the Saturday before the holiday. Call Bob Monahan or Joe Gides for tickets. A letter will be mailed later.

Tuesday, March 17 will be Saint Patrick Day throughout the area. This is one of the favorite holidays of the year for those with Irish heritage, both real and imagined. The original founders of the area, Joseph and Catherine Moyer brought some Irish heritage here as Catherine was Scot-Irish with the last name Cassidy. Drink some green beer in their honor. Don’t forget to wear some green also.

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Paula Gides who recently passed away here in Lilly. Her husband, John, is well known in the community. Sympathy also is extended to the family and friends of Joseph Kondis who recently died. Joe was a Lilly High School graduate and a US Army veteran. He was an ardent supporter of the Historical Society and War Memorial.

Although it is only starting to warm up outside it is ever so much better than all the freezing weather we had this winter. I finally can get outside more. It will soon be time for the many walkers to start using the walking trail again. Time also to think about the robins and hummingbirds. The last cold spell the winter birds cleaned out my three feeders as fast as they could be filled. At least they looked well fed. This upcoming week looks great with temperatures in the 40’s.


Judy Ehrenfeld and Evan Boland celebrate their birthdays to day March 12 followed by Frank Sibis, and Mason McCarthy on the 14th. On the15th Vic Paul Jr.,Hadden Fleegle, Mason Fleegle, Josephine George, Lola Leap and Greta Hurley all enjoy cake and ice cream as will Valerie Borlie, Megan Filak on the 16th. On the 17th Carol Paul, Joseph Batdorf, Nellie Leap, Allura Nesbella, and Shawn Stevens all get to party. While it’s a special day for Shirley Bowman, Arianna Walters and Shawn Stevens on the 18th. Happy Birthday! ,

Congratulations to the many local grade school basketball teams who won championships lately. This bodes well for future high school teams. I didn’t get all the kids names yet but do know that grandson Connor Mento and granddaughter Kiera Nadolsky were among the champs.

You are an old timer if you remember when all the girls and women were required to wear either a hat or a babushka to church.