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.
SATURDAY NIGHT BANQUET
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.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
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.