May 302015


Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 814-886-4694

God Blessed us with a wonderful day filled with warmth and sunshine on Memorial Day .It reflected well in the good spirits of all those attending the annual War Memorial Service at the Lilly-Washington War Memorial field at 11:00 AM on Monday. Over 300 people attended from near and far. Jack Lazere was there from Florida, Joe Misiura from Illinois, Vic Moyer from Maryland Max Roberts from Alabama, Anna Marie and Joe Stanley from New Jersey and Ray and Dory Archihosky from Harrisburg, Doreen Bowser and Whitey and Joyce Talko from Pittsburgh among many others.

Two fifth grade students from All Saints sang the National Anthem at the start of the program. They were Cody Falger and Alayna Przybyz, they also led God Bless America at the conclusion’ Alexis Eckenrode and Matthew Garrett received Eighth Grade Americanism awards while Krista Claar, Jacob Hurley and Marissa Myers each received a scholarship from the Lilly American Legion Post 628.Each student read their winning essay to the assembly.

A small plaque with an angel was dedicated in honor of the late Elaine Klayko, founder of the Mainline Garden Club. The club does a lot of gardening work around the Lilly community and at the War Memorial field.

Rachel Shoff and Allison Barlick then read the 115 names from the new plaque. The Lilly Girl Scouts then placed flowers at the Civil War marker and the Main Monument. Bag piper Chuck Handerhan from Pittsburgh provided several bag pipe melodies making the event more solemn. The Lilly American Legion Honor Guard carried on with military rituals.

The town looked very nice, most residents pruned their yards and planted flowers. The Garden Club put flowers in most planters about town and the American Legion placed American flags about town and on graves at the four cemeteries. The Lilly Fire Company also placed flowers on member’s graves. The Lilly-Washington Historical Society placed 93 floral baskets on graves around town. The cemeteries looked very nice.

There were approximately 75 residents in attendance for the annual Memorial Banquet held Saturday evening at 5:30 in Our Lady of the Alleghenies Hall. Paul, Marcelle and Joi Cooney were honored for their generosity to the Lilly-Washington War Memorial Association. The late William Tremel, a Lilly baseball star, was also honored.

Twelve WWll veterans were present and each was given a replica “ruptured duck” Honorable Discharge Lapel Pin. Those present were: Francis Beck, Lawrence Brisini, David Brown, Carl George, Frank Giblock, Robert Kunrod, John Lazere, Adam Lee, George Lukacs, Michael Mazur Jr., Michael Nesbella, and Paul Sweeney. Mr. Mazur also received a certificate from the National American Legion honoring his 70 years of continuous service with Lilly Post 628.
The Lilly town wide yard sale will be held Saturday, June 6th starting at 9:00 AM and continuing during the day. To get on the map for $5 stop at Galls or Contact Nicole Boland. Maps will be available Saturday morning on Galls front porch on Main Street.

On Sunday, June 7th the Thunder on the Mountain Quad and Dirt Bike Run held by the Lilly Fire Company will be registering starting at 9:00 AM at the Mount Carmel Church lot on Hill Top Street. Helmets are required and no alcohol permitted on the run that will travel over 30 miles on Lilly Mountain

On Sunday 6/14 from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will be hosting a Money Rama. Cost is $20 and includes a chicken dinner from 1 until 3 and snacks from 3 until 5. There will be drinks and door prizes throughout the afternoon. Call 937-7053 or 886-2375 for tickets or more information.

Max Roberts is back in town. He is the DAV service officer who is willing to help veterans get the benefits they deserve. Contact him through the Lilly America Legion

The War Memorial Association will have a special meeting on Sunday, May 31 at 4 PM at the Washington Township building. All members are urged to attend as this meeting will address the letter received from the attorney general and make plans to answer it.

Work is underway for the water fountain at the walking trail just off of Cleveland Street. Also the townships contractor has begun work on the pavilion up near the new Little League field.

At my age and with my health problems I don’t think I have to quietly set back and put up with some peoples nonsense. Of whom I am speaking are the individuals that are running to outside sources to try undermining the good intentions of the officers and directors of the War Memorial. I don’t consider these individuals as having the good of the community in their hearts.

Today, May 28 finds Mary Gorba, Linda Cropsey, Troy Logan and Dominic Ricupero observing their birthdays as will Bill Claar and Josh Dixon on the 29th and Andrew Glenn, Walter Hoberney and Justin Spaid on the 30th and Andrew Siedlarczyk, Daryl Leap, Brando Ehrenfeld, Rudy McCarthy, Tina Stauski and Adyn Tremel on the 31st. June 1st finds Josuha Szala, Antoinette Myers and Connie Secrisky celebrating as will Dianne Batdorf, Nicole Fleegle, Kathleen Moyer, Catrina Jo Rainey, Ronald Segada and Anthony Zumer on the 2nd. Then on the 3rd it will be party time for Bernadette Hmiel, John Nezneski and Donald Wilt. Happy Birthday to All!

Beverly and Charles Mulhearn observe their wedding anniversary on May 30th followed by David and Peggy Beck on the 31st.On June 1 Glenn and Peggy Marinal observe their anniversary as will Regis and Patricia Tremel on the 3rd. Happy Anniversary to Each Couple!

You are an old timer if you recall when the hobo’s regularly rode the rails and often slept under bridges. At times they would knock on a door asking for a sandwich.


May 212015

Lilly Linees by Jack Barlick 886-4694

Don’t you just love the smell of lilacs in full bloom?

Just a friendly reminder that the annual Lilly-Washington War Memorial banquet and recognition ceremony will be held at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church Hall at 5:30 PM on Saturday, May 23rd. At least 10 World War ll veterans are expected to attend. It is 70 years since the end of WW11.

The Lilly American Legion Post 628 will hold services at the four Lilly area cemeteries on Monday Morning May 25th. At 08:45 they will be at Mount Carmel National Catholic Cemetery on Hilltop Road. Then at 09:00 the service will be held at Lillydale followed at 09:30 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery on Cemetery Road. At 10:00 a service will be held at Saint Brigid Cemetery.

The annual War Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM at the Lilly-Washington War Memorial field. Come early to get good parking and bring a lawn chair if you want. There will also be arranged seating. Americanism Awards will be presented to 8th grade students Matthew Garrett and Alexis Eckenrode. Three scholarships totaling $5000 will be presented to seniors residing in Lilly or Washington Township by the Lilly Legion Post 628.Krista Claar will receive a $2500 Scholarship; Jacob Hurley will receive a $15000 Scholarship and Marissa Myers will receive a $1000 Scholarship

A plaque, bush and angel, by the Mainline Garden Club honoring the memory of the groups founder, Elaine Klayko, will be unveiled.

The main Memorial Day program will be the dedication of a plaque remembering the 115 men from the greater Lilly area who died while serving our country from the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848 until present. Students, Allison Barlick and Rachel Shoff will read a roll call of the names and the local Girl Scouts will place flowers at the Main monument and the Civil War Monument. It is 70 years since the end of WW11 and 150 years since the end of the Civil War.

The plaque with the 115 names was a co-operative arrangement between The Lilly American Legion Post 628, Sankertown VFW Post 7377, Lilly-Washington Historical Society and the Lilly-Washington War Memorial Association.

A special feature will be the presence of a bagpiper who will play several melodies including “Amazing Grace” and “Danny Boy”. If you love bagpipe music don’t miss this event.

I am especially proud of my granddaughter, Kiera Nadosky, who spent last Saturday afternoon with her Aunt Cindy Rabish placing American flags on veterans graves in the Cresson area along with the Cresson legionaires for Memorial Day.

The Lilly area town wide yard sale will be held June 6 starting at 9:00 AM to get on the map stop at Galls Insurance to register. The fee is $5. Maps will be provided to visitors the day of the sale in front of Galls Agency on Main Street. A large turnout is expected.

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Frank Sibis on his recent passing. Frank ,known as Fast Buck to his friends was a well-known businessman who operated a car dealership on the Cresson Summit for many years.

The Lilly Fire Company quad and dirt bike run travelling over 30 miles of trails on Lilly Mountain will be held Sunday, June 7th starting with registration from 9:00 AM until noon at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church lot on Hilltop Road. Come out and get all muddy.

Today, May 21 finds me grandson, Nathan Przybys celebrating his birthday as will Isabella Askins, Francis Filak, Dominic Hall, Russ Leap and Shirley Wilson on the 22nd. Then it’s party time for Dave Bender, Ryan Giraud, Ed Grove, Sr. and Blaize Quinn on the 23rd. Caleb Eger enjoys cake and ice cream on the 24th as will Shirley Noel and Tim Panek on the 25th. On the 26th Brent Smith, Lori Krug and Nancy Rowe get to celebrate as does Gregory Podrasky on the 27th.. Happy Birthday to All!

On May 12th Paul and Marcelle Cooney celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The community’s belated best wishes are extended to this family on the happy occasion. Dan and Diane Kuisick celebrate on the 21st while Cynthia and John Giblock and Shawn and Toni Nadolsky celebrate on the 22nd. Mike and Ashley Eckenrode observe their anniversary on the 23rd and Andrew and Joanne Regan on the 25th. Then on May 27th it will be party time for Vicki Tand Steve Durkay. Happy Anniversary to each couple!
You are an old timer if you remember Pipers tipple along Memorial Drive (Lilly Coal Road)

May 142015

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694

If you want a floral basket placed on any grave in the Lilly cemeteries by the Lilly-Washington Historical Society for Memorial Day contact Galls Insurance by the deadline tomorrow, Friday, May 15. Call 886-2961

The War Memorial annual banquet will be held on Saturday, May 23, starting at 5:30 PM at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church Hall on Main Street. This is a special program as this year marks 70 years since the end of World War Two. Several veterans from the war will be present at the dinner. The Paul and Marcy Cooney family will be recognized as will Marie (Matiello) Tremel. Call Joe Gides for tickets to the event at 886-4443.

The annual War Memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, May 25 at the Lilly field. This year is special as it marks 150 years since the end of the Civil War, 70 years since the end of World War ll and 40 years since our final withdrawal from Vietnam.

A plaque will be dedicated listing the 114 servicemen and one merchant marine who died while serving our country since the Mexican-American War of 1846-48 until present.

The parishioners of Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church here in Lilly are commended for their very generous donation to the St. John Paul ll bust that will be placed in the garden of the John Paul ll Manor in Cresson that is run by the Sister Servants of the Sacred Heart. The Polish pope was loved very much by area residents, many with Polish and Slavish backgrounds.

If you travelled Route 53 since Saturday you would have noticed all the white, full, garbage bags along the road. Thanks to many parishioners from the Lilly United Methodist Church they cleaned up the 53 berm up to Mazur Motors and made the area look more wholesome. Now if the feral North Carolina pigs will just quit the littering it would be a true thank you to this group.

Graduation was held at Mount Aloysius College on Saturday, May 9. My daughter Catherine Nadolsky received her Bachelor Degree in Nursing. I am very proud of her.

I finally noticed a hummingbird at my back porch feeder. The liquid is going down but I am not seeing them. Must be early morning feeders. The yellow birds, cardinals and sparrows also brighten the day.

On Sunday, May 17 there will be a Stuffed Meatloaf dinner at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Hilltop Road from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Come and enjoy a delicious meal. Dine in or take outs are $9. Children dining in is $4.50.

On June 6th the Lilly Town wide yard sale will be conducted starting at 9:00 AM. To get on the map stop at Galls Insurance. Cost is $5. The sale was moved to June from August as many wanted an earlier sale date.

On June 7th the Lilly Fire Company spring poker run for quads and dirt bikes will be held with registration starting at 9:00 AM at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel church lot.

Today, May 14, finds Mary Lou Custer, Gerald Duke and Michael Sawinski celebrating birthdays as will Pastor John Palko, Lisa Funari and Jacob Hurley on the 15th and Donald Courvina, Ron Cropsey, Mike Stager and Gerald Wilson on the 16th. It will be party time for Maureen Engle and Evelyn Hutsky on the 17th and Elizabeth Sklodowski on the 18th. Bob Leap, Alexis Paul and Donna Spahr gets cake and ice cream on the 19th as does James Leahey, Gail Palko and Abigail Livai on the 20th. Happy Birthday to All!
Michael and Celeste McCoy celebrate their wedding anniversary on the 14th followed by Michael and Tammy Hartline on the 17th and Barbara and Brian Bart and Clyde and Beverly Costlow on the 18th. Happy Anniversary to each couple!

You are an old timer if you remember the large bulletin board on Portage Street. (site of the Leahey home.)

May 072015


Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 814-886-4694

This Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day. It is a time to show your appreciation to the most important person in your life. Send her flowers, candy or a small gift,. and say “Thanks Mom”.

Shirley Patterson saw her first hummingbird on April 29, however her feeders were emptying before then. My sister Monica saw her first hummingbird out in Dutch town on May 2. I put my feeder out and am patiently watching.

Bear are still around also. My son in law Don Nadolsky saw one near the Lilly Borough reservoir just last week. Hibernation is over. Wildlife Galore! Son-in-law Bryan Rabish got a spring gobbler plus an almost 2 foot brook trout.

I ventured to the Holy Rosary Church in Juniata on the 3rd for my grandchildren Deric and Laura Reeds First Holy Communion. There was a nice family turnout for their special day.

On Sunday, May 17, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will be holding a Stuffed Meatloaf dinner from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Hilltop church. The price for a delicious meal is $9 adult, $4.50 children under 18 and children under 2 are free. All takeout’s are $9.00 Call 886-0205.

Civil protest can be understood and tolerated. But the outright vandalism, car burnings, assaults, arson and looting that recently occurred in Baltimore is out right disobedience to the law and order of the community and a crime. All responsible should be arrested and prosecuted.

These sunny warm days are great as the warm weather brings out the flower and tree blooms. Alas it also brightens the excessive junk. It is time to get rid of this junk in many yards in the community. I would hope these individuals would take pride in the community and get rid of it. It is so unsightly, hazardous and disgraceful. It is also time to get rid of junk cars. Let’s be Lilly Proud.

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Camilio Cammaretta who died last week. Sympathy is also extended to the family and friends of Rita Schmidt of Bensalem PA., she died on April 30. She was well versed on the George family history of which she was a part, her dad, Arthur George, was a Lilly native. Rita had spoken at the George family seminar held during the Bi-centennial celebration here in 2006.

Today, May 8, finds Jolie Dipko, James Davis, Rosemary Kertes, Sharon Martynuska, Joe Panek, Marilyn McCoy and Bill McCoy celebrating their birthdays today as will John Latoche Sr., and Joshua Nadolsky on the 9th. The 10th is a very busy day for the cake bakers as Brianna West, Larry Behe, Linda Behe, Lillian Duke, Devlin Glenn, Margo Kiel, Christina Quinn and Joanne Regan all celebrate.Mercedes McIntosh parties on the 11th. On May 13 Peggy Beck, Richard Giraud, Joan Kinback, Gloria Kuntz, Dorothy McCord and Susan Wilson observe their birthdays. On the 14th it will be party time for Mary Lou Custer, Gerald Duke, John Gides and Michael Sawinski. Happy Birthday to All!

Michael and Celeste McCoy observe their wedding anniversary on May 10. Best Wishes!

The Lilly-Washington War Memorial banquet is May 23 at 5:30 at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church Hall. Tickets are only $10 and can be obtained from Joe Gides. Enjoy an evening out with our communities World War Two veterans.

You are an old timer if you sold Poppies along Main Street as the War Memorial Day parades lined up for the annual march to the ball field.


May 072015

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694 

A reminder: High School seniors residing in Lilly Borough and Washington Township are reminded that May 15 is the deadline to submit an essay for the Lilly American Legion Post 628 Scholarship competition. Three scholarships will be awarded: one for $2500, one for $1500 and one for $1000. The topic is “What effect did WWll veterans have on the Lilly Community”The essay is to be 300 words or less. Call me at 886-4694 if you need additional information.

Anyone wishing to purchase a plaque on the Miners Monument for inclusion by Memorial Day can fill out a form at Galls Insurance Agency until May 6. Plaques are $50 and can include the miners name, mines worked in and the years employed there.

A decision has been made to move the town wide yard sale here in Lilly back to the first Saturday in June, which will be June 6, starting at 9:00. A map will again be available for visitors to help find the sales. Cost to be on the map will be $5 and can be signed up for at Galls Insurance Agency. The Historical Society will oversee the event.

A reminder that the Lilly-Washington Historical Society is again placing live floral baskets on graves at the Lilly cemeteries. The cost is $18 and can be ordered at Galls Insurance. They will be placed on the graves the Saturday before Memorial Day by society volunteers.

Today, April 30 finds Francis Albarano, Ruth Mulhearn and Ed Stombaugh celebrating their birthdays. On May 1 Charles Devett, Margaret Lykens and Margie Panek get to party as will Jeremy Eckenrode, Meagan Leahey, Eric Fishel and Ganno Matcho on the 2nd and Robert Lee on the 3rd. Roxanne Seymore observes her birthday on the 4th while Korena Behe and Carrie Martynuska enjoy cake and ice cream on the 5th as will Cindy Brickley on the 6th. Happy Birthday to All!.

George and Margaret Lukacs celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on May 1. Daniel and Phyllis Siedlarczyk also celebrate on the 1st. Angela and Jay Stiffler celebrate on the 2nd and Mike and Betty Phillips on the 4th. David and Theresa Dunmyer observe their anniversary on the
6th. Happy Anniversary to each couple.

To draw Monarch butterflies plant milkweed.
Anyone who graduated from the Lilly-Washington High School is an old timer. The last graduating class was in 1966.