STORYTIME The Lilly-Washington Public Library will be holding Story Time registrations beginning on August 27th. Children must be two years old by the date of registration. Classes will begin on September 10th. As classes will be small it is encouraged to call the Lilly Library early to registrar your child.
Also, the Lilly-Washington Public Library will be holding a Basket Auction-Cake Social on September 16th at the Bear Rock Sportsmen’s Club on Route 53 at 2:00 PM. Cost is $5 adult and $2.50 under age 12 and includes lunch, bingo and prizes. Tickets are available at the Lilly Library. Call 886-7543 for further information.
READING IS COOL There were 490 participants from throughout Cambria County in the recent Reading is Cool program sponsored by the Foster Grandparents.This was a program to see how many books a child could read from June 1 until July 31st. Savana Koval took first place in her age group that included the first and second grades. She read 300 books that included 5297 pages. Meanwhile her brother Josh took first place in the 3rd and fourth school year age group. He read 325 books. Josh has won the past three years. He was prompted to become a reader by his late great-grandmother June Costlow.
Savana and Josh are the children of Brenda and Rick Koval and the grand children of Robert and Vera Hufford of Lilly.
BIBLE SCHOOL The Lilly-Portage Lutheran Parish completed their annual Vacation Bible School “Amazing Desert Journey” held from July 23-27th at the First Lutheran Church in Portage. The young people gave over $200 dollars in their offerings with one half going to clean water projects around the world and one half to the Cresson and Portage food banks. 31 students attended including Nicholas Baker, Alvah Maul, Savana Koval, Evan Russian, Katyln Rietscha, Noah Baker, Dayton Maul, Bailey Russian, Emily Canavan, Josh Koval and Josh Canavan.
BONFIRE The Penn Cambria Senior High Football team will be guests at a pep rally and bonfire held here in Lilly next Thursday, August 30th at 6 PM at the new field above the Lilly-War Memorial. All residents of Penn Cambria are invited to attend and start cheering on this special team that is eager to start a dramatic winning season. I expect wonders from these guys including the Lilly Stars: Paul Mardula, Nathan Keagy, Nathan Przybys, Peyton Behe and Mac Behe.
POLISH PICNIC Just a few early rain drops threatened the Lilly Polish Picnic on Sunday, August 19th. There was a very large turnout as the afternoon warmed up under sunny skies. The food line was occupied all day long as residents from near and far stopped by for some Polish fare. This is a great event.
MINERS MONUMENT An order was placed for over 25 additional name plaques to add to the Miners Monument this fall. Also landscaping is beginning to take place there. Stuver’s Nursery will be planting some trees and hedges this week. Stories are still being accepted for the Miners History Book.
BACK TO SCHOOL Summers shot. Monday, August 27th marks the beginning of another school year. That means the school busses will be out early in the morning and children will be along the streets and highways. Keep very alert and drive safely. Always give the child the right of way. There is no need what so ever to drive fast on the town and townships roads.
BIRTHDAYS Today, August 23rd finds Peyton Behe, Lori Bennett, Ava Braatz, Michele Elliott and Bruce Hershel celebrating their birthdays as will Brandi Hershel, Lynne Filak, David Gaudlip, Orie Leap and Anthony Funari on the 24th. The 25th will be party time for Mary Boland and Braylon Clinemyer followed by Andrew Koval on the 26th.
August 27th will be party time for Phyllis Podrasky, Barbara J. Leap, Jeannie George, Colleen Keagy and Alicia Proudfit. Nicole Poborsky and Richard Sweeney celebrate birthdays on the 28th as will Nicole Lutton, Albina Nezneski and Doris Patterson on the 29th. Happy Birthday to All.
ANNIVERSARIES Allen and Amber Little celebrate their wedding anniversary today, August 23rd along with Lindsey and Matt McCoy. On the 26th Daylon and Renee Behe and Barbara and James Lego celebrate as will Carol and Sam Albarano, Ellen and William McCoy and Marion and Matthew Zunich on the 28th and Jackie and Scott Steberger on the 29th. Happy Anniversary to each couple.
CHOO-CHOO TRAIN On Monday morning a nice, orderly crowd gathered along Rail Road Street here in Lilly to await the steam locomotive, compliments of North Folk Southern, coming west on the Mainline pulling several passenger cars on its way to Pittsburgh and then Fort Wayne, Indiana, its home.. Several observers were able to track its location and after stops in Gallitzin and Cresson the train finally passed through Lilly shortly before 1:00 PM. There were many among the crowd, including me, taking pictures of this once in a hundred blue moons event.
OLD TIMER You are an oldtimer if you remember when these steam locomotives came through Lilly on a daily basis.
Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick – (814) 886-4694