Jun 292016

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 814-886-4694


Traffic is headed to Lilly as the lively Greater Lilly Reunion gets underway this coming weekend, July 2nd and 3rd, with entertainment and fun for all ages from the small child up through the ranks of those 90 and even 100 years old.
The annual Lilly Firemen carnival will be going on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. There will be music at the pavilion each evening. Saturday there will be a Firemen’s Parade over the streets of downtown Lilly starting at 6:30 PM with line up at the War Memorial field at 6:00 PM. Candy apples and cotton candy available each night.
those going to the Historical Society breakfast it will be at 9:00 AM Saturday at Our Lady of the Alleghenies church hall. If you are looking for seats call Galls or Jack Thursday or Friday morning, no guarantee of seats available.

During the day on Saturday St. Luke’s church will have a soup and hoagie sale at the church. Take some soup home for later use… The streets of Lilly will be busy Saturday evening. You can park your car once and then ride the Old Fashioned Trolley between clubs and the Firemen Pavilion from 8:00 PM until midnight. Music will be everywhere! Have an evening of fun with locals and visitors from across the USA.

On Sunday, church services recommended at a church of your choice, or Saturday afternoon at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Sunday, the 3d, the picnic will get under way at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church grounds on Hilltop Street. There will be limited souvenir hats and t-shirts available. Food sales including pigs in the blanket and hot sausage all day long. Ample beverages will be available. Some of the onsite activities include a silent auction, face painting by the girl scouts; Gobs by St. Luke’s; basket auction by the Lilly Library, painting sale and chances by the War Memorial; gambling by K of C. and tickets by the Historical Society. From 2 until 5 PM there will be FREE old fashioned trolley tours of the Lilly area. Take a relaxing ride around town with family or friends on the trolley and see some of the towns many highlights. A speaker will be along to point out items of interest.

At 2:30 PM at the church pavilion there will be an honors program for those over 90 and the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and Queen. Music all day will be provided by the Raging Slagg; the Hallmarks and from 6:00 PM until 9:30 the Fabulous Flash Backs The days event will close with the giant fireworks display at 9:30 PM. There will be ample parking at the War Memorial, along Memorial Drive and at the picnic. Bring a lawn chair to relax. There will be parking attendants on hand all day. Handicapped persons can get a ride from the parking lot in a golf cart or the attendant can leave you on to the grounds to let your passenger out. Visit us at the social site and have some cookies and water. Please sign the logbook of visitors.

Descendants of Joseph and Mary Hershel are reminded that there will be a family reunion from 1 until 5 PM July 30 at the Lilly Firemens Pavilion. RSVP or further details can be obtained from Sally at 886-2758 or Mary Lou at 886-5336

There will be a much needed change to the name plaques on the Miners Monument thanks to two generous benefactor’s. There is room to add 10 more names to the monument, fill out the forms and purchase at Galls insurance agency.

Tricia McMahon, Christine Patterson and Delores Skura celebrate birthdays on June 30 followed by Nathan Hoover, Heather Jones, Anna Leahey and Dorothy Phillips on the 1st and William Noga and Dana Ronan on the 2nd. July 3 finds Anna Brown, Cody Boast, Heather Stryker and Margaret Kunrod observing birthdays as will Phyllis Myers on the 4th and Brian Bart and Patrick Tremel on the 6th. Happy Birthday to All!

Chad and Barbara Pysher celebrate their wedding anniversary on June 30 while Richard and Debbie Giraud and Paul and Sandra Moyer observe wedding anniversaries on July 1 followed by Jane and Ted Kunko and Anna and George Wozniak on the 2nd. Ed and Patti Grove celebrate on the 3rd as will Francis and Sis Risko on the 5th and James and Linda Behe on the 6th. Happy Anniversary to each couple!

You are an old timer if you remember when Cleveland Street was brick surfaced.

Jun 232016

LillyLines by Jack Barlick 814-886-4694

Busy times are coming up in Lilly for the next two weeks. If you need information on any event fill free to call me, Jack Barlick at 886-4694 anytime.
Forty five letters were mailed to residents and former residents over the age of 90 inviting them to participate
In the Sunday, July 3rd program at 2:30 PM where the Home Coming Queen, King and Court will be honored. If you are over 90 and did not get a letter, please come to the party.

Several individuals helped Ray Lentz and I track down Joe McGarry.
He has been put in touch with a serviceman from Texas whom he served with in Vietnam years ago. Thanks!

There will be a vintage silent auction at the homecoming on Sunday, July 3rd.
The Lilly Library will be hosting a basket auction at the main tent also, and the War Memorial will be selling art prints and chancing one off.

Elected officers for the Lilly American Legion Francis L. McCool Post 628 Home Association for 2016-2017 were Joseph Zurilla, President; James Steberger, vice president; Melvin Fees, Secretary and James Shable, treasurer and financial officer. Trustees are: Ron Muldoon,Chad Pysher and John Seymore Jr.

Tickets are still available for the Lilly/Washington Alumni Dinner Dance being held at the Cresson Legion on Saturday July 2nd.
Contact LeeAnne Cannonie or Sandra Miorelli for tickets and further information.

The Lilly Community Fire Company is hosting a 5K walk and run on Saturday June 25th.
Lineup will start at the Lilly Firemen’s Pavilion at 9:00 A.M. Contact any firemen for details.

Sunday will be a busy day along Hilltop Road as the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will be hosting a Wine Fest on the church grounds. There will be wines for tasting and sale.
Food and vendor sales will be available. No food or drink carry on permitted on to grounds. For details call 886-2375 or 886-4904 the first from 1:00 to 4:00 PM and the second from 5:00PM until 8:00 PM. A souvenir wine glass and tote bag will be given to each participant
Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Daniel “Bugsy” George who recently passed away at the Care Center in Ebensburg. Further sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Robert Causer who died in Lilly. Bob was 86 and left behind his wife Virginia, daughters Patti and Debbie and sons Bob, Thomas and Daniel.

Today, June 23 finds Lana Geriak, Annette Glenn, Patricia Hershel, Amanda Skura and Tiffany Stiffler celebrating birthdays as will John Orehowsky, Lisa Prebish,.Joan Sibis and Ann-Jolene Vrabel on the 24th and Judy Butterbaugh , Anita Inman, James C. Martino and
Mike Zumer Jr. on the 26th. June 27 Lauren Giraud , Doris Kuntz and Gary Glenn observe birthdays as will Mary Ann Sklodowski on the 28th.
Happy Birthday to All!
Patrick and Robin Behe and Homer and Rita Butterbaugh observe wedding anniversaries today, June 23 followed by Shawn and Theresa Stevens on the 24th
On the 25 Mark and Catherine Lykens celebrate as will Gerald and Mary Lou Behe and Jeremy and Joy Eckenrode on the 26th. Faber and Madeline Conrad observe their wedding anniversary along with Ray and Lillian Guzic on the 27th and both Barbara and Robert Leap and Bryan and Joyce Offman on the 28th.
HappyAnniversary to each couple!

You are an oldtimer if you remember when the Smilnak girls would walk their family’s cows to Moshannon for grazing.
The distinct clanging of the large bells around the cow’s neck alerted you that the cows were moving.

NOTE: Just give me a call at 886-4694 if you want to see what is going on during the home coming weekend

Jun 062016

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694

There were at least 72 individuals at the Lilly/Washington War Memorial Banquet held on May 28 at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church Hall. Robert Monahan gave a talk on the Valiant 28 Memorial and plans to create an entryway in their honor at the War Memorial field. Donations are welcome to help fund the project. The Valiant Twenty Eight was a list of casualties from the Lilly area in World War Two.. The former Lilly VFW was named in their honor. Hugh Conrad Jr. And Jack Barlick were recognized by the War Memorial group in appreciation for their community effort.

The dinner was special to me as three daughters attended along with several grandchildren and son in law Jim Reed, it extra special was my Aunty Patsy Lukosavich, my dad’s youngest sister and her son Bruce and his wife Linda attending as they were passing through the area on their way home in Michigan. When I went in the Army in 1962 my grandpap Steve Barlick told me to make him proud. He died two months later. This dinner helped send him a message in heaven.

Under a beautiful sunny day and enjoyable temperatures the annual Lilly/Washington War Memorial service was held at the Lilly field on Monday, May 30 at 11:00 AM. Malia Prebish and Alayna Przybys, Penn Cambria Elementary students, started the ceremonies with their vocal rendition of the National Anthem. Reverend John Palko followed with the invocation. Lilly Francis L. McCool Post 628 Commander James Steberger then presented Americanism Awards to eighth grade students Zoey Hartline, daughter of Jamie and Kim Hartline and Elijah Noel son of Glenn and Angeline Noel.

James Steberger, Post 628 Commander, presented scholarships to the three winners of the Posts scholarship competition. The topic was “ Should 18 year old girls be subject to the military draft” First place $2500 winner was Bishop Carroll student Lucas Hutsky, son of June (Shaner) Hutsky and Andrew Hutsky. Second place $1500 winner was Penn Cambria student Allison Barlick, daughter of Natalie Barlick Reed and Albert “Alb” Claar. Third place winner, $1000 was Penn Cambria Student Jacob Guzic son of Scott and Kim Guzic
Robert Monahan addressed the gathering of over 200 visitors about the history of Lilly’s Valiant Twenty Eight and plans for an improved entry way to the field in their honor. He also explained the new planting of a red oak tree replacing trees that had been removed at the entrance walk due to deterioration and rotting branches causing public danger .Reverend John Palko led a prayer and blessing to dedicate the tree. Donations are welcome to help complete this noble project that will continue to honor those who gave their lives for freedom over 70 years ago.

Robert Monahan, the Mainline Garden Club and Judy and Ron Muldoon and others did a beautiful job with the flowers. One perennial that stood out to me was the red poppies near the monument bringing to mind the “Flanders Field poem by Joyce Kilmer.”

Four members of the Lilly American Legion were recognized for Length of Service awards they received from the National Office of the American Legion. Francis Krumenaker has 70 years of continuous membership and George Wozniak, Leslie Devett Sr. and Frank Giblock have 50 years each as members of the American Legion.

There will be a Blood Mobile next week at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church Hall from 12:30 PM until 6:00 PM sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.This will be Thursday evening June 10.

The dinner was special to me as three daughters attended along with several Steberger then presented Americanism Awards to eighth grade students Zoey Hartline, daughter of Jamie and Kim Hartline and Elijah Noel son of Glenn and Angeline Noel.

James Steberger, Post 628 Commander, presented scholarships to the three winners of the Posts scholarship competition. The topic was “ Should 18 year old girls be subject to the military draft” First place $2500 winner was Bishop Carroll student Lucas Hutsky, son of June (Shaner) Hutsky and Andrew Hutsky. Second place $1500 winner was Penn Cambria student Allison Barlick, daughter of Natalie Barlick Reed and Albert “Alb” Claar. Third place winner, $1000 was Penn Cambria Student Jacob Guzic son of Scott and Denise Guzic

At the Homecoming picnic on July 3the Historical Society will be sponsoring an Amateur Lilly Area Photo Contest. Entries will be displayed that day and also judged. Prizes will be given in Scenery, Wildlife and people (persons) categories. Place 8×10 entries in an eight by ten plastic sheet protector with your name on a paper with it and deposit by June 24th at the Borough Building or at Galls Insurance Agency.

Today, June 3rd, finds Nicole Reese, Collin Borlie, Dennis Eckenrode, Bernadette Hmiel, John Nezneski and Donalt Wilt observing birthdays as will Josh Koval. Amanda Smorto Jesse Guzic,and Robert Rabatin on the 4th and Marcelle Cooney, Olivia Guzic, Elizabeth Lazinski and Stuart Custer on the 5th. It will be cake and ice cream on the 6th for Christina Myers, Jacqueline Boast, Richard Slebodnik Sr and Judy Smith and on the 7th for Patricia Behe, James Drass , Peggy Marinak and John Patterson. Regis Kinback, Marissa Conley and Dianna Podrasky celebrate on the 8t and Amber Lee Jenkins,Brian Risko, Josie Sawinski, Nancy Stombaugh and Jamie Williams on the 9th. Happy Birthday to all!

Regis and Patricia Tremel celebrate their wedding anniversary today June 3 as will Ron and Linda Cropsey on the 7th, Joseph and Tanya Phillips on the 8th and Ed and Nancy Stombaugh on the 9th. Happy Anniversary to All!

You are an old timer for sure if you remember when Kate Smith sang “When the Moon comes over the Mountain on black and white TV


Jun 062016

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694

On Monday May 25 at 11:00 AM the Lilly American Legion and Lilly/Washington War Memorial Association will conduct the annual War Memorial service at the War Memorial Field. This year’s program will pay homage to the Valiant Twenty-Eight who gave their lives with others during WWII. A Red Maple Tree has been planted along the fence line in their honor. The tree replaces the grove of trees that were along the entry way and were taken down as the aging trees, planted in 1949 were rotting out and branches breaking off. Mali Prebish, a Penn Cambria student will sing the National Anthem to start the day’s events. James Steberger, Lilly Legion Post 628 Commander will present the Americanism Awards to an eighth grade girl and boy. He then will present scholarships given by the Lilly American Legion to three students whose scholarships were selected by Legion judges. The students will read their scholarships to the assembly. Robert Monahan will address the gathering about the Valiant Twenty-Eight history. The annual War Memorial banquet being held at Our Lady of the Alleghenies on Saturday, May 28th, will also pay honors to the Valiant Twenty Eight

The flowers ordered through the Historical Society will be placed on the graves on May 28th.There was an error with addresses in the newsletter so the post office had returned several to the senders, my apologies.

A special notice goes out to the men/women who annually volunteer their time putting the American Flags on Veteran gravesites and throughout town on the telephone poles. It is always welcoming coming into any town to see all the flags being flown up and down the streets. The sight of the graves with the American Flags is always bitter sweet. These volunteers are noticed not only in Lilly but also to our neighbors in Cresson, Portage, etc. Hundreds if not thousands of flags are placed just in our area alone. This is no easy task for these men/women who go out to make sure the flags are flown prior to Memorial Day. A sincere Thank you for your time and service in ensuring the graves are marked and honored for their service. Many of those who do this patriotic chore each year are getting up in years. It is time for the veterans from the Iraqi and Afghanistan conflicts to jump on board and join the Legion and/or VFW

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Arlene (Habas) Wilt who recently passed away. She attended school and graduated from Lilly/Washington High School and resided in Duncansville. Sympathy is also extended to the family of Marie Bowman.

Happy birthday to all those celebrating this week: Lori Krug, Nance Rowe, and Brent Smith on May 26th. Linda Cropsey, Troy Logan, Dominec Ricupero, and Mary Gorba all celebrated on May 28th. Bill Claar has a birthday on Sunday, May 29. Andrew Glenn, Walter Huberney, and Justin Spaid all on May 30th. May 31st Brandon Erhenfeld, Rudy McCarthy, Andrew Siedlarczyk, Tina Stauski, and Adyn Tremel all celebrate another birthday.

On May 30th Beverly and Chuck Mulhearn and on May 31st David and Peggy Beck celebrate another anniversary. On June 1st Glenn and Peggy Marinak also enjoy another year together. Happy Anniversary to these couples.

You are an old timer if you remember when Thomas Duffy and George Rhawn, both WWI Veterans, took part in the Memorial Day Parades.