Jan 202016

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694

Some of the actions of several major league sports teams on national television is beyond disgusting. Fines and a game or two suspension doesn’t solve the problem. A full year, at least, of not being permitted to play and loss of salary may open these jerks and their ignorant fans eyes. What a poor example these teams, fans and players send to our youth. The Cincinnati Bengals should be first on the year long suspension list.

Who would have believed a year ago that oil prices would drop so low? We are nearing less that two dollars a gallon on vehicle fuel and a lot less to run the home furnace. From what I read price may go lower yet and stay down for several years. Take advantage of this break and create a savings for the future. I am curious to see what the oil from Iran will do to the oil market. Now if the financial market would cut out the greed and raise the interest on savings to help retirement plans.

Every once in a while I get an unsigned letter complaining about something Normally they get trashed. A recent one though, from a former Lilly resident, read: “Good job Mayor. Lilly is becoming all monuments and junked cars.” As mayor I have been trying to clean up the junked cars. (Health issues slowed me down) Some people co-operate, while other, more ignorant ones, just avoid the issue. The junk car yard on Piper Street is the worst. It is still being looked at and may require a stronger ordinance with a steeper fine to get it removed. As far as the monuments around town, that is a Historical Society endeavor, and my opinion is they add class and knowledge to the community. Other problems that have been on the forefront are unkempt lawns and high weeds and the potential for future fracking. With the dive in oil prices I don’t expect to see any gas well drilling in the area for years.

Father William Kovach, a Cassandra native recently died at Garvey Manor. He was 86 Another Lilly native Gladys Rosa a daughter of Paul and Mary Sloan Shaffer also recently passed away. She was 91.Marie (Krug) Clinemyer also passed away. She was 81 and was born in Munster. She and her husband Buster raised a family on Jones Street extension.

Carol McLucas and Clair Lill celebrate their birthdays today, January 21 as Marie Dougherty, James Kozak and Cilin Nesbella on the 22nd and Donald Diehl, Christian Lutton, Eric Swain and Larry Summerville on the 23rd. It will be party time for Leo Vermeulin, Raymond Lisinski, Catherine Weakland and Corey Shedlock on the 24th and Nick Causer and Amy Waters on the 2th.
Cake and ice cream will be enjoyed by Ronald Courtot and Gary Nagy on the 26th and Michael Conrard and Bailey Prebish on the 27th. Bob Causer celebrates his birthday on the 27th. Happy Birthday to All!

Bob and Margaret Kunrod celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary on the 21th followed by
Stephen and Bonnie Mardula on the 24th. Best Wishes to both couples!

My memory is wearing thin so I more than welcome any suggestions to put in the Old Timer column. Just call me at 814-886-4694
Remember when almost everyone had a garden in their back yards and most households’ canned fruit and vegetables or made chowchow for the winner. Some of the best food ever.

Jan 132016

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694

Cold enough for me these past few days. At least we made it to January 11 without significant snow fall, and according to a friend just six more weeks of winter remain.

Just loved that Steeler victory over Cincinnati on January 9. The Bengals really earned that loss.

The Great Lilly Homecoming is now less than six months away and will be held on July 2nd and 3rd following the Lilly Fireman Carnival that will run June 28 until July 2. Get your family and friends invited to Lilly for a special week of fun. It would be a good time to start booking rooms in Altoona, Johnstown and Ebensburg NOW.

Congratulations to Alex Eberhart on being named the Lilly Firemen of the year for 2015

Today, January 14 finds Cody Falger and Bill Kozak observing birthdays as will Patricia Miorelli on the 16th and Chad Schaffrenck. Charles Bishop and Nathan Offman on the 17th. It will be party time on the 18th for Robert Glenn, Linda Albarano ,Dorothy Glenn and Ron Yagoda and on the 19th Ashley Eckenrode, Noah Eckenrode, Brian Spiker, Jeff Spiker, Stella Ketchessin, Joseph Krug Jr. And Bonnie Mardula all enjoy cake and ice cream as will Andre Marinak and Imy McMullen on the 20th. Happy Birthday to All.

Jan 062016

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694


We made it to 2016! Happy New Year! If you haven’t made your new year’s resolution yet, think of “passing it forward”. It is always so nice to hear and see simple friendly gestures being made to folks in our community; what’s even nicer is when they themselves then pass it forward.

Well we made it through Christmas without notable snow but the white stuff decided to show up on New Year’s Day. The angels must have wanted to have a pillow fight to ring in the New Year.

At the time of this writing the majority of us within the region were smiling ear to ear with Pittsburgh’s win against Cleveland and the Jets loss to the Bills. Our neighbor’s in Buffalo helped out the Black and Gold this year. Thanks Buffalo! This coming Sunday we all need to have our Steeler gear ready to cheer them on against Cincinnati to keep them heading towards another Superbowl.

Today, January 7th Robert Maul, Jr., Chris Hartline, and Sandy Fiffick celebrate their birthdays. The 8th brings Dann Crum & Aviah Maul’s celebration. January 9th is Jonathan Stauski’s and the 10th is Donald Horners birthdays. Then on the 11th is Cheryl Sherbine, Emily Enderlein, Robert Abbotts, Jr. and Mimi Cole. The 12th Jason Cooper, Miche’ Irving and Ida Kerch, Joseph McKrush, and Terry Steward, Jr. all celebrate another year. Happy Birthday to everyone.

You know you are an old timer if you remember your father or your grandfather shaving with a straight razor and razor strap or if he chased you with the razor strap.

If you have any stories, birthdays etc. that you would like published in my column call me at 814-886-4694. I will gladly get the information in. I am a bit more home bound so I can’t rely on being down town to gather information. I will be writing timely article concerning the upcoming Great Lilly Home Coming to be held July 1-2 and 3, of July 2016. Plan to visit Lilly then. Thanks