Jul 102014


Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick 814-886-4694 


There will be a spaghetti dinner on July 13 at the Gallitzin Sportsman Club to help with the expenses of Eli William Bender, the 20 month old son of Jason and Nicole (McClosky) Bender of Lilly who was seriously burned at a campfire while on an outing in Potter County. He had been airlifted to the Allentown Burn Center and hospitalized there. He is now back home in Lilly and improving daily. Baskets are also being accepted by great aunt Sylvia Davies for an auction that day. She also has dinner tickets and can be reached at 886-5058 also cash donations can be made at any S & T Bank in an account opened in Eli William Benders name.


Congratulations to Kristi Claar on being named the 2014 Cambria County Fire Queen. She was selected at the competition held Saturday June 28th in Cresson and will reign over the events during the convention in Cresson this week. Kristi is the daughter of Raymond and Dana Claar of Lilly. She represented the Lilly Fire Company in the event.

The Lilly Fire Company had a very successful firemen’s week with exceptionally large turnouts on Friday and Saturday evenings. The parade Friday was small but colorful with Imler Fire Company coming the farthest distance. Frank Klayko beat me out on hot sausage sandwiches getting one each night, I missed a night. Several out of state visitors I noticed included Bill Misiura from Florida, Bob McLucas from Florida, and Chick Battisti of Phoenix, Arizona. Ray Archihowsky was also present from Harrisburg. The Saturday night band “Pistol Pegs and the Beer Kegs” drew a large gathering for their music. The weather really co-operated making it fun to be outside late into the night.

Through the course of the week most of my grandchildren were in town to enjoy the rides games and food including Derick and Laura Reed, Desiree Bukwoski, Allison Barlick, Connor and Kaylee Mento, Cora and Nola Klein and Kiana and Kiera Nadolsky.

There will be the Town Wide Yard sale again this year on August 2. Nicole Boland will lead up the event for the Lilly Decorating committee. This year there will be a map available for visitors. To have your address listed on the map the fee will be $5. St. Lukes will have a bake sale and the fire company will have their refreshment stand open. Past years have always been busy.

On Sunday, June 29 I stopped to talk to visitors at the miner memorial. Robert “Chick” Battisti was visiting from Phoenix Arizona along with his nephews and great nephews from Detroit, Michigan, Bill. Ed and William Russ. The Russ group had ridden motorcycles from Detroit. Chick was full of praise for the miner monument and the community. He was taking his group up to see the murals at the American Legion. Chick had graduated from the Lilly High School in 1950 and played the first baseball game at the War Memorial when it opened that year.

On Thursday night there will be fireworks in Gallitzin at 10:00 PM. Then on both Friday and Saturday nights there will be firework displays in Cresson at 10:30 each night. Also on Saturday the Cambria County Firemen’s Convention Parade will be held in Cresson. Grandson Connor Mento and I will be on the judging stand as I will represent my home post, Sankertown VFW, on the platform.

If you are putting fireworks off in your yard be especially careful with the young children and your pets. Don’t injure either with careless actions.


Today, July 3rd finds Anna Brown, Heather Stryker, Cody Boast and Margaret Kunrod observing birthdays as will Phyllis Myers on the 4th and Jeff Miller on the 5th. Brian Bart and Patrick Tremel share birthdays on the 6th and then Paul Phillips, Aaliyah Quinn and Phyllis Siedlarczyk get to party on the 7th.
July 8th is Elijah Livai, Kerry Bossler, Helen Link, Betty McCarthy, Bryce Nadolsky and Devin Selips turn to enjoy cake and ice cream. Debbie Vermeulin, Trisha Behe, Patrick Behe and Janet Franey celebrate on the 9th. Happy Birthday to All!

James and Chelesa Rice and Edward and Patricia Grove celebrate wedding anniversaries today, July 3 while Francis and Sis Risko celebrate on the 5th and James and Linda Behe on the 6th. On the 7th Joseph and Annette Ditoski observe their anniversary as will Catherine and William Weakland on the 9th. Happy Anniversary to All!


You are an oldtimer if you bought penny candy at Pyo’s store on Jones Street near Stumptown lane.



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