Jun 202015

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694


Piper Street becomes busy and busier with the many activities at the ball fields, the construction of the UMWA drinking fountain, the construction of the pavilion by the township and the steady truck traffic hauling away mine refuse. Saturday, the 13th was also a busy day as Mark Mardulas graduation party was at the field pavilion, Summervilles had a large party in their yard and my grand-daughter Tasjas wedding adorned my back yard.
God was with us as heavy rains both Friday and Saturday held off until more convenient hours.

Alice in Wonderland was the theme picked for Tasja and Jeremy Kimballs wedding

celebration. The back lots were decorated with many items from the fairytale blending in with the natural surroundings. An infant wild rabbit paid a visit and lingered around during the festivities. Tasjas grand ma Helen did many floral decorations for the event while her Uncle Steve did various art works. Approximately75 people stopped by during the wedding. Many of Tasja and Jeremies friends came up from Mechanicsburg. Desiree Bukoski was the maid of honor and Cora and Nola Klien were the flower maid and ring bearers. I had the honor, as Mayor, to officiate the ceremony. Russ Conley served as DJ.

Sunday afternoon started with sunshine but it wasn’t long that a good heavy rain fall moved in causing a delay to the Ebensburg- Lilly ball game at the War Memorial field. It also kept the gamblers under the pavilion at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. A delicious chicken dinner was served there.

This Saturday, June 20, is the date for the First Annual Lilly Fire Company 5 K Run. Registration begins at the firemen’s pavilion at 8:30 and the race gets under way at 10; 00AM Fruit and snacks will be served. Call Pat Tremel for details at 937-4533

St. Lukes Lutheran Church will hold their annual yard sale on Saturday, June 27 from 7:30 AM until 2:00 PM. Donations for the sale and baked goods are welcome. Call Reverand Palko at 886-2222 for further details.

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Ruth Patterson who recently passed away. She and Hubba were good friends for many years and I can readily recall Lisa and Bill as small children. May she R.I.P.Further sympathy is extended to the family and friends of John Bender who also recently passed away. John was a Vietnam War veteran and was well known in town as he portrayed Santa Claus at the Tree Lighting Ceremony and at the Lilly Fire Hall for years.

Another recent loss was RoseMary Orlowsky of Ebensburg. She was born RoseMary Salony here in Lilly and was a daughter of Bill and Betty Salony.

I have taken notice to several properties in the borough that need grass and weed and trash removal about their properties. Some of the buildings are vacant and are becoming eyesores and a few others have rusty doors on them. These scofflaws represent less than 5% of borough properties. There are also several junk cars around town that should be removed and a growing junk yard on Piper Street that needs further action.

The Lilly American Legion Baseball team defeated the Ebensburg team in a double header held at the Lilly War Memorial Field on Sunday June, 14. Rained out for a while the teams finally got to play. Lilly won by 13-5 and 5-1. Good Job!

June 18 finds Lacey Behe, Julia Craine and Ed Krug celebrating birthdays followed by John Bossler, Joan Latoche, Linda Conley and Joseph Costlow on the 19th. On the 21st Sylvia Davies and Katelyn Miorelli get to party as will Ellen McCoy on the 22nd. There will be a lot of cake baking on the 23rd as Lana Geriak, Annette Glenn, Patricia Hershel, Amanda Skura and Tiffany Stiffler all have birthdays as will Ryan Brown, John Orehowsky, Lisa Prebish, Joan Sibis, and Ann-Jolene Vrabel on the 24th

Jerry and Lisa Segada celebrate their wedding anniversary on June 18th along with Douglas and Tina Stauski. On the 19th William and Susan Gorba and Edward and Rosemary Kertes observe their anniversaries as will Josephand Patricia Behe and Bill and Lori Rainey on the 20th. Then on the 22nd John and Lisa Prebish and Adrienne and Robert Rabatin celebrate as will Patrick and Robin Behe and Homer and Rita Butterbaugh on the 23rd and Shawn and Theresa Stevens on the 24th. Happy Anniversary to All!
A lot of old-timers must watch and feed the hummingbirds. A guy from Gallitzin, at Tasjas wedding, said “tell Shirley Patterson a guy from Gallitzin said she is full of crap when it comes to hummingbirds’ O well!

Jun 152015

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 814-886-4694

This Sunday, June 14th, will be the Money-Rama sponsored by Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and held at their Hill Top Road pavilion from 1:00 until 5:00 PM. There will be a chicken dinner from 1 until 3. Snacks will be available from 3 until 5. Drinks will also be available and there will be door prizes and DJ music by Joe Gribben. Cost is $20. Call 937
or 886-2375.

On Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 AM the 1st annual Lilly Fire Company 5 K Run/Walk will get under way at the firemen’s pavilion on Railroad Street. Pre-registration will begin at 8:30 AM. There will be an entry fee. Call Pat Tremel at 937-4533 for further details’ Fruit and snacks will
be provided at the end of the run.

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of John Lysic who recently passed away in Ohio. He was a retired serviceman from the US Navy and had operated A&A Beverage along with his
wife Barbara for many years here in Lilly

St. Luke’s Church will be holding a yard sale and bake sale on June 27th from 7:30 AM until 2:00 PM. Donations for the sale and baked goods are welcome. Call 886-2222. Proceeds will
help towards the cost of restoration work on a large stained glass window in the church


The Penn Cambria High School graduating class from 1975 will be holding a forty year re-union on Saturday, June 27 at 7:00PM at the Gallitzin Italian Mutual Society hall. This is a cash bar and casual dress event. Call Laura Lenz at 696-0357 for additional information.

June 23rd will be the first evening for the carnival at the firemen’s pavilion. It will continue each night until Saturday the 27th. Plan to stop in for an evening of fun and visit with some old friends.

The Thunder on the Mountain Poker Run was a success as over three hundred riders on quads and dirt bikes took to the woods of Lilly Mountain on Sunday, June 7, under sunny skies and mild temperatures for an enjoyable run through the mud and over the dirt trails and rocks in this
annual event sponsored by the Lilly Fire Company.

The Lilly town-wide yard sale was held Saturday, June 6th. There were a lot of visitors checking out the sales, especially in the morning hours. It was a little too cool to be comfortable, yet still many walked around. I enjoyed talking to some friends and strangers as they passed by my front


The fund raiser held Sunday, June 7th by the Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/Lilly American Legion City League team at the War Memorial field was a success raising over $500 dollars by a basket auction and gate receipts for the Lilly Library. In the game Lilly won 8-2 over Proactive Sport.
A belated birthday greeting goes to my son, John, who celebrated his birthday on June 7.
Dorothy Obestor, Ashley Reed and Drake Swinger celebrate birthdays on June 12 followed by Joan Cloherty and Douglas Stauski Jr. on the 13th. On the 14th Harry Behe, Mary Filak and Stanley Skura get to party as will Shane Burkett and Kathleen Hooder on the 15th. The 16th is a busy day as Emma Claar, Gina Bender, Jean Bradley, Robert Courtot, Jeff Kozen, Doris Merlini and Jessie Skura all observe birthdays as will Debbie McCool, Chris Kertes, Mary Nagle, Patty Nagy, Edith Dibosky and Olivia Sawinski on the 17th. Happy Birthday to All!

A belated anniversary greeting goes to Deb and Leo Vermeulin who celebrated their 39th anniversary on June 5.On June 12 Christopher and Margaret Conrad, Gerald and Lillian Duke and Richard and Mary Louise Lingafelt observe their wedding anniversaries as will Christopher and Barb Martino on the 13th and Robert and Lori Bennett on the 14th. On the 15th James and Irene Krumenaker and James and Patricia Steberger observe anniversaries as will Patrick and Dorothy McCool on the 16th and James and Imy McMullen on the 17th. Happy Anniversary to each couple!

My granddaughter Tasja Reed and Jeremy Kimball will be getting married this Saturday, June 13. Hope the rain stays away as the event will be held in my yard here in Lilly at 1:00 PM. The family is excited.

Remember above the bucket a day coal stove there was a vent in the ceiling to allow heat to rise to the second floor. The vent also was a means for little ones to watch if Santa was downstairs.

Jun 032015

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694

The Lilly-Washington War Memorial Association will hold their monthly meeting tonight, June 4, at the Lilly Borough Building starting at 7:00 PM.

The Lilly town wide yard sale will be held this Saturday, June 6 starting at 9:00 AM.
Maps can be picked up at Galls Insurance on Saturday morning. Look for a nice turnout for this annual event.

The Lilly Fire Company Poker Run will begin with registration Sunday morning, June 7, at 9:00 AM at the Lady of Mount Carmel lot on Hill Top Road. Breakfast and lunch will be available. The course winds over 30 miles on the Lilly Mountain so if you want to get dusty or muddy join in. The event is open to quads and dirt bikes. Helmets are required and no alcoholic beverages are permitted.

There will be an Altoona City League ball game, sponsored by the Conrad/ Chiropractic/Lilly American Legion team at the Lilly War Memorial field benefitting the Lilly-Washington Public Library on Sunday, June 7 at 4:00 PM. The public is invited. There will be a basket raffle and donations will be accepted at the gate.

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Ronald Corl of Windber who recently passed away. His mother, Angela McNally, was a Lilly resident. Ron was a Marine Corp veteran and was a owner/operator of several coal mines in Somerset County.

Sympathy is also extended to the family and friends of Rilla (Mansell) Kearney who also recently passed away. She was living with her daughter, Joan Walters of Lilly. Rilla was the widow of Michael “Bill” Kearney a Lilly native.

A Money-rama to benefit the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Building fund will be held at the churches Hill top pavilion on Sunday, June 14th from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM. There will be $2000 in prize money plus door prizes awarded. A chicken dinner is included from 1 until 3 P, followed by snacks from 3 until 5. DJ Joe Gribben will entertain the gathering. Tickets are $20.Call 937-7053 or 886-2375.

Every Hero Has a Story is the title of the Lilly-Washington Public Libraries summer reading program that starts the week of June 15. The program is open to children 3-12. Registration started on May 20 Call the library at 886-7543 for further information. Children that complete the program will be invited to a party where certificates and rewards will be presented.

Such beautiful, warm weather is spoiling all of us. It is nice to see the large gatherings at the ball games at the War memorial field and the new ball field. Have seen many visitors stopping at the miner’s monument and others using the walking trail. The whole area is a major plus for the community thanks to the Lilly-Washington War Memorial Assn., LABBA, the Lilly-Washington Historical Society, Lilly Borough, Washington Township and the many generous donors.

Have you noticed the recent work in the Miner Monument Park? The UMWA (United Mine Workers of America) are installing a water fountain for public use near the walking trail. It should be finished shortly.
Jesse Guzic, Nicole Reese, Josh Koval, Amanda Smorto and Robert Rabatin Jr. celebrate birthdays today, June 4 followed by Marcelle Cooney, Stuart Custer, Olivia Guzic, Elizabeth Lasinski and William Mitsko on the 5th. It will be party time for Jacqueline Bost., Richard Slebodnik, Sr. and Judy Smith on the 6th and Patricia Behe, James Drass, Peggy Marinak and John Paterson on the 7th. Regis Kinback and Marissa Conley celebrates on the 8th. The cake baker will be busy on the 9th as Amber Lee Jenkins, Brian Risko, Josie Sawinski, Nancy Stombaugh and Jamie Williams all will be partying as will Susan McIntosh, Sis Risko, Jolene Sawinski and John Sweeney on the 10th. Happy Birthday to All!
Ronald and Linda Cropsey celebrate their wedding anniversary on June 7th followed by Ryan and Theresa Brown on the 8th and Edward and Nancy Stombaugh on the 9th. June 10th will be a busy day as James and Patricia Davis, Joseph and Nancy Giblock, Joseph and Mimi Kratzer and Rudy and Dina McCarthy all celebrate. Happy Anniversary to each couple!


You are an old timer if you remember the really delicious smell of bread baking in the coal stove oven on a cold winter morning.