Jun 062016
 

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 886-4694

WAR MEMORIAL DINNER
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.

WAR MEMORIAL CEREMONY
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
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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.”

LONGTIME LEGION AIRES
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.

BLOOD MOBILE
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

AMATUER PHOTO CONTEST
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.

BIRTHDAYS
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!

ANNIVERSARIES
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!

OLD TIMER
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

MEMORIAL DAY
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.

FLAGS
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
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.

BIRTHDAYS
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.

ANNIVERSARIES
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.

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