Sep 062012

PANTHER FOOTBALL August 30th and 31st were two busy, memorable days throughout the Penn Cambria School District as the 2012 Football season was ushered in. The first event was a Pep Rally and Bonfire held in Lilly on August 30 to both encourage and honor this years team. An estimated 400 to 500 individuals of all ages that included family, friends, team members, the PC Band and cheerleaders from throughout the District who showed up for the event sponsored by the Penn Cambria Football Boosters. Many happy remarks concerning the activities showed up on Face Book. Several said this should be an every year event.

The cheering, praises and encouragement surely helped as the Penn Cambria Panthers Varsity was above and beyond in beating the Greater Johnstown Trojans on August 31 at Cresson by a score of 38 to 0. Outstanding!!!! The Piper Street gang really did their part in the victory. Both Nathan Keagy and Mac Behe scored touchdowns and my grandson Nathan Przybys had many tackles and an interception. The whole team worked very well together to pull off this memorable win to start the season.

The turnout of fans for the game was great. More than I have usually seen at home games the past few years. All the residents of Penn Cambria should try to make at least one or two home game as this is bound to be a record breaking season. Also, the Penn Cambria Marching Band was at its finest. They were quite impressive and it was good to see their ranks have increased. Go, Panthers!

UPCOMING The Lilly Volunteer Fire Company will be holding their late summer Quad Run on Lilly Mountain on September 16th. For those who like to play in the mud this is always a fun-filled event. Registration will be at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church grounds starting at 9:00 AM. Helmets are required for all quad and trail bike riders.

HUMMINGBIRDS Just got a note from Shirley Patterson in which she stated that her hummingbirds were starting to leave a little earlier than usual. Is this a forboding of an early winter?

REUNIONS This was a very happy weekend of family gatherings from both sides of my family. On Saturday, September 1 the descendants of Mary and Steve Barlick gathered at a pavilion in the Revloc Park for an annual reunion. Over 50 of my cousins, aunts, an uncle and many of their spouses and children were present. Uncle Mike Barlick came from New Hampshire and his sister Patricia came from Michigan with her son and daughter and family. There were cousins from Virginia and New Jersey and many locals present. An early rain that didn’t last too long interrupted the day a little bit, otherwise it was fine food, warm temperatures and lots of happy conversations and memories. Then on Sunday, September 2 the Cassidy side of my family gathered in the afternoon at the Keystone Restaurant in Munster for an early dinner in which 45 family members participated followed by an evening get together at my sister Monica’s home in Dutchtown. In all over 50 Cassidy-McNally relatives visited during the day.

Pat Cassidy and Ron Barlick organized a ghost story telling walk along Jefferson Street telling stories to children, grandchildren and even my Aunt Mary Theresa Crago. While Ron and Pat were recalling child hood ghost tales there was a rustling heard in the woods. Expecting a deer to cross the road the group was very surprised when “ The Ghost of Days Gone By” emerged from the woods adorned with a Black coat, black top hat and a white face. As Paul Harvey said: The rest of the story……………
Among out of town visitors for the reunion were Mary Theresa and Charles Crago from North Olmstead, Ohio. Pat Cassidy and family from Wheeling, West Virginia and Mary and Mike Kertes from Carlisle. My sister Maureen and her husband Dave came from Naperville, Illinois along with their daughter Melissa from Brooklyn New York and granddaughter Rhianna Kelly from San Jose, California. A very delightful day.

I ended out the Labor Day weekend with a visit to granddaughter, Kiana Nadolskys birthday party in the evening on the 2nd and grandson Connor Mentos birthday party on September the 3rd.

REPUBLICANS Isn’t it about time the Republican Party focuses on the many problems in the country and the world. I am tired of their constant president bashing as a campaign issue. They haven’t shown a potential solution for anything. My late father was a staunch Democrat. It isn’t hard to wonder why.

BIRTHDAYS Today, September 6th will find Kendall Krug, Kaitlin Lutton, Diana Schaffranek, John Bender, Sharon Diehl celebrating his birthday followed by Gerald Bender and George Ernest on the 7th .Angela Braatz gets to party on the 10th along with my brother Ron, Aunt Mary Theresa Crago and granddaughter Tasha Reed who turns 21.

September 11th will be a busy day as Myra Kreger, George Lukacs, Ann Mardula, Paul Sweeney and Regina Swinger all celebrate their birthdays followed by Ava Campagna on the 12th. Happy Birthday to All.

ANNIVERSARIES Patrick and Holly Tremel celebrate their wedding anniversary today, September 6th followed by Donald and Janet Franey and John and Sara Jane Latoche on the 8th and Les and Margo Kiel on the 9th. Then on September 12th Christopher and Jessica Matcho celebrate/ Happy Anniversary to each couple.

OLDTIMER You are an old timer if you had your school lunch at Salonys Bar and Restaurant or Stineys Dairy Dell. Others walked home at lunchtime.


Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick

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