What’s happening in Howard? By Tammy Coakley

WEEKEND EVENTS

The Advent Church yard and bake sale will be held today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon on the church grounds at 1303 Moose Run Road. The church sits right along Moose Run Road between Milesburg and Yarnell so you can’t miss it or the big tents holding the sale items.

The sale benefits the historic church and museum and will be held rain or shine since large tents are used.

A large selection of donated yard sale items have come in, and there has also been some wonderful baked goods made for the occasion. Call Charlotte at 814-355-4166 for more info.

Pleasant Valley Ladies Aid and Brotherhood Park at Marsh Creek will offer their annual Harvest Day on Saturday at the Brotherhood Park along Richner Hollow Road. Homemade apple butter by the pint or quart, baked goods and kettle-cooked soups will be available for eat-in or take-out at 11 a.m. To pre-order jars of apple butter call Phyllis at 814-355-2268 or Carol at 570-962-2265.

The Sisters Against Cancer 5k run/walk will be held at West End Park in Howard on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. This 5k event and raffle will help raise awareness for BRCA2, the hereditary cancer gene that causes higher risks of breast and ovarian cancer. Sponsorships and raffle donations are needed. Call Tina Lomison at 814-280-7333 for more info.

A Life After Loss support group session is being offered by the Howard United Methodist Church for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one or friend. The six-week series begins Sunday and will run each Sunday through Nov. 6 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the church. To sign up you may call Pastor Craig Rose at 814-933-7333 or Julie Cody at 814-625-2747.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

The Howard Area Lions Food Bank distributions for October will be on the 3rd and the 17th from 2 to 4 p.m. at the former Beech Creek Elementary School.

Lions bingo will be on Oct. 13 and 27 at the Beech Creek fire social hall. Doors open at 5:30 and bingo starts at 6:30 p.m.

Beech Creek-Blanchard Cheer Club will meet at Friendship Community Center on Thursday at noon. Bring a dish to share and an item for the Chinese auction. Call Jane at 570-962-2406 for more info.

Undine Fire Company will have its Cash Extravaganza on Oct. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. at Lambert Hall in Bellefonte. You must be 21 to enter and have photo ID.

Jacksonville United Church of Christ will have a fall fest celebration on Oct. 8 at the church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A chili cook-off is being held, so there will be bowls of chili, hot dogs, cold sandwiches, peach and apple dumplings along with a variety of homemade baked goods. There will be pumpkin decorating and face-painting for the kids to enjoy. Call Don at 814-353-0538 for more info. Proceeds will aid Denny and Sharon Herman with medical expenses.

Bald Eagle State Park is planning an educational day trip to see the Benezette elk on Oct. 8. Participants are required to provide their own transportation and should register by Oct. 7 by calling 814-625-9369. The drive will meander through the Quehanna Wilds with stops along the way to view the scenery and wildlife.

Friendship Community Center will hold a spaghetti dinner on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FCC on Main Street in Beech Creek. The dinner proceeds will help to pay for the new heating and air-conditioning units and installation. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for ages 6 to 11. Little tykes eat free. A basket raffle is also planned so anyone who would care to donate a basket should have it to the FCC before 11 a.m. To pre-order or reserve tickets or if you want to donate a basket, call Sandy at 570-962-2397.

Howard Happenings is written and compiled by Tammy Coakley who can be reached by emailing tammy@ioiofficeinc.com or by telephone at 814-625-2684.

What’s happening in Howard? By Tammy Coakley

PUNKIN CHUNKIN

Craft vendors are needed for the Howard Fire Company’s Punkin Chunkin event that will be held on Oct. 22 at Bald Eagle State Park. The festival usually sees about 10,000 people for the one-day event so this is a great opportunity for vendors to promote their items. Punkin Chunkin is fun for the entire family something for everyone. There’s free parking and free admission. Craft vendors may contact Lydia for an application or information at 814-625-2737 or by emailing lydiastuff@centurylink.net.

FALL FEST

Jacksonville United Church of Christ will have a fall fest celebration on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the church. There will be hot dogs, sandwiches, chili, baked goods and other foods available. There will be pumpkin decorating and face painting for the children and a chili cook-off for the adults. Special treats include apple and peach dumplings. The fall fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Denny and Sharon Herman family to help with medical expenses.

Call Don Shaffer at 353-0538 for more information or to make a baked goods or chili donation.

BOX TOPS

School is bad in session and once again Liberty Curtin Elementary will be collecting box tops for education squares and Campbell’s labels to submit for reimbursement in October. The school earns 10 cents for each box top collected which is used to provide field trips, to buy playground equipment and creative art supplies and for special classroom treats. Clip and save the box tops and labels to send in with a student or when you get several saved up mail them to the school at PO Box 329, Blanchard, PA 16826. Anyone can clip and save to benefit our school and the students.

FRIENDSHIP NEWS

Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek will be having a spaghetti dinner on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 11-2 at the FCC. The dinner proceeds will help to pay for the new heating and air conditioning units that are currently being installed. FCC is selling tickets and will have the FCC open today from 5-7 p.m. for you to pre-purchase tickets and for you to see how nice the FCC is since some of the units are already operational. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 6-11. Kids 5 and under will eat free.

FCC will also be having a basket raffle during the dinner. Basket donations are being requested to be able to have a large variety of different basket themes for people to win. Call Sandy at 570-962-2397 for tickets or to say you’ll donate a basket.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution for September has been changed because of the Labor Day holiday. Boxes will be distributed on Monday, Sept. 26, from 2-4 p.m. at the former Beech Creek Elementary School.

Friendship Friday’s with coffee and sweets will be held at Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek from 7-10 a.m. on Friday mornings in September. Come for fellowship and drop a few dollars in the collection can to support FCC.

Milesburg’s Apple Harvest Festival will be held on Sept. 24. The festival benefits the Milesburg Museum and Historical Society. A car, truck and motorcycle show is also held during the day. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with car show awards being presented in the afternoon. Breakfast is served from 8 to 10. Homemade soups, apple dumplings and baked goods will be available for sale. For more info call 814-355-9647.

Spaghetti benefit supper will be held on Monday, Sept. 26, from 4-6 p.m. at the Lighthouse Reformed Church on East Main Street to benefit Terry Yarrison of Howard who suffered injuries in a fall on August 9 that has left him paralyzed from the chest down. Tickets available by calling 814-590-4379 or at the door. Take-outs are available, too.

Howard Area Lions will sponsor a Blood Drive at Howard fire hall on Sept. 28 from 1:30 to 7 p.m. A goal of 75 donors has been set and we need your help to reach it. Donors of all blood types are needed. Donors can register to win “Bleed Blue” Penn State Home Game Prize Packages for the 2016 football games. Call Lion Paul Confer at 570-660-0265 for transportation arrangements.

Sisters Against Cancer 5k run/walk will be held at West End Park in Howard on Oct. 1 beginning at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. This 5k event and raffle will help to raise awareness for BRCA2, the hereditary cancer gene that causes higher risks of breast and ovarian cancer. Sponsorships and raffle donations are needed. Call Tina Lomison at 814-280-7333 for more info.

Pleasant Valley Ladies Aid and Brotherhood Park at Marsh Creek will offer their annual Harvest Day on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Brotherhood Park along Richner Hollow Road. Homemade apple butter by the pint or quart, baked goods and kettle cooked soups will be available for eat-in or take-out. To pre-order jars of apple butter call Phyllis at 814-355-2268 or Carol at 570-962-2265.

A Life After Loss support group session is being offered by the Howard United Methodist Church for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one or friend. The six-week series begins on Oct. 2 and will run each Sunday through Nov. 6 from noon to 2:30 at the church. To sign up you may call Pastor Craig Rose at 814-933-7333 or Julie Cody at 814-625-2747.

CHEER CLUB NEWS

The Beech Creek-Blanchard Senior Cheer Club met on Sept. 1 at the Friendship Community Center. A buffet-style meal was enjoyed by the 13 members in attendance. The meeting was called to order by President Gale Spangler and led the Lord’s Prayer. The Pledge to the Flag was recited and Psalm 23 was heard. Fern Beisecker gave her treasurer’s report and read “Heaven’s Policy Change” to the group. Happy birthday to Marilyn Ream and Gale Spangler. The door prize was won by Phoebie Smith and a thank you card from Lucy Miller was read to the group.

The next meeting of Cheer Club will be on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the FCC. A Chinese auction will be held so please bring an unwrapped item to participate.

Howard Happenings is written and compiled by Tammy Coakley who can be reached by emailing to tammy@ioiofficeinc.com or by telephone at 814-625-2684.

What’s happening in Howard? By Tammy Coakley

WEEKEND EVENTS

The Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek will be having a Fall Bazaar on Sept. 16 from 6-9 p.m. and on Sept. 17 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 18, there will be a Kid’s Fun Fair from 1-3. Tickets for the children’s games and activities are just a quarter each. Snacks and drinks will also be available for purchase. Call Sandy for info. at 570-962-2397

Beech Creek-Blanchard Fire Company is having their annual gun and ATV drawing tomorrow, Sept. 17, at the fire hall from noon to 5 p.m. Grand prize is a 2016 Honda Pioneer 500 with trailer. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased from any fire company member or at the door. No one under 21 will be granted admission.

Howard Fire Company will be offering a chicken bbq on Sunday, Sept. 18, beginning at 11 a.m. until the chicken is sold out. Chicken quarters are $4 each or a meal that includes baked beans, macaroni salad and a roll will cost $6.

HARVEST DAY

Pleasant Valley Ladies Aid and Brotherhood Park at Marsh Creek will offer their annual Harvest Day on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Brotherhood Park along Richner Hollow Road. Homemade apple butter by the pint or quart, baked goods and kettle cooked soups will be available for eat-in or take-out. To pre-order jars of apple butter call Phyllis at 814-355-2268 or Carol at 570-962-2265.

SPAGHETTI

BENEFIT

Terry Yarrison of Howard was seriously injured in an August 9 fall which has left him paralyzed from the chest down. Lighthouse Reformed Church will be offering a spaghetti supper to assist Terry and his wife “Nee-Dee” with expenses. A wheel chair ramp has been added to their home in anticipation of Terry’s release from the hospital this week. Please continue to keep Terry and his family in your daily prayers.

Spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and drinks will be available at Lighthouse Reformed Church on East Main Street in Howard from 4-6. Tickets are $6 each and children under 5 can eat free. Large families or four or more will get a bargain price of $24 for the whole family to eat. Tickets and more information is available by calling Pastor Clyde Mighells at 814-590-4379.

CONGRATULATIONS

It was a beautiful afternoon for an outdoor wedding on June 11, 2016 as Stephanie Ivory and Chad Harpster exchanged marriage vows in a 3 o’clock ceremony. Family and friends gathered for the wedding and reception that were held at a beautiful spot along the stream at the groom’s family farm in Marsh Creek.

Stephanie is the daughter of Pete and Amy Ivory of Coalport. Chad is a son of Bruce and Bobbi Harpster of Marsh Creek. The newlyweds live in rural Beech Creek with their dog named Thor.

Congratulations to Stephanie and Chad. We wish you many happy years of marriage.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Howard Lions Club bingo will be Thursday evening, Sept. 22, at the Beech Creek Fire Social Hall. Doors open at 5:30 and bingo games start at 6:30.

Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution for September has been changed because of the Labor Day holiday. Boxes will be distributed on Monday, Sept. 26, from 2-4 p.m. at the former Beech Creek Elementary School.

Friendship Friday’s with coffee and sweets will be held at Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek from 7-10 a.m. on Friday mornings in September. Come for fellowship and drop a few dollars in the collection can to support FCC.

Milesburg’s Apple Harvest Festival will be held on Sept. 24. The festival benefits the Milesburg Museum and Historical Society. A car, truck and motorcycle show is also held during the day. Registration starts at 8:30 with car show awards being presented in the afternoon. Breakfast is served from 8 to 10. Homemade soups, apple dumplings and baked goods will be available for sale. For more info call 814-355-9647.

Spaghetti Benefit Supper will be held on Monday, Sept. 26, from 4-6 p.m. at the Lighthouse Reformed Church on East Main Street to benefit Terry Yarrison of Howard who suffered injuries in a fall on August 9 that has left him paralyzed from the chest down.

Howard Area Lions will sponsor a Blood Drive at Howard fire hall on Sept. 28 from 1:30 to 7 p.m. A goal of 75 donors has been set and we need your help to reach it. Donors of all blood types are needed. Donors can register to win “Bleed Blue” Penn State Home Game Prize Packages for the 2016 football games. Call Lion Paul Confer at 570-660-0265 for transportation arrangements.

Sisters Against Cancer 5k run/walk will be held at West End Park in Howard on Oct. 1 beginning at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. This 5k event and raffle will help to raise awareness for BRCA2, the hereditary cancer gene that causes higher risks of breast and ovarian cancer. Sponsorships and raffle donations are needed. Call Tina Lomison at 814-280-7333 for more info.

A Life After Loss support group session is being offered by the Howard United Methodist Church for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one or friend. The six-week series begins on Oct. 2 and will run each Sunday through November 6 from noon to 2:30 at the church. To sign up you may call Pastor Craig Rose at 814-933-7333 or Julie Cody at 814-625-2747.

Howard Happenings is written and compiled by Tammy Coakley who can be reached by emailing to tammy@ioiofficeinc.com or by telephone at 814-625-2684.

What’s happening in Howard? By Tammy Coakley

BOB BEATTY MEMORIAL

The public is invited to a memorial celebration honoring the life of Bob Beatty on Sunday at 1 p.m. Bob passed away on August 23 and his wife Joyce would like to have a gathering of family and friends for fellowship together and to enjoy photos and stories of Bob’s life.

Bob and Joyce had celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary in June and were able to renew their marriage vows at Jersey Shore Manor Care.

Bob was a barber in the Blanchard and Beech Creek area for 45 years before his retirement in 2009. Bob was involved in many community and Liberty Baptist Church activities, and he mentored a lot of youth through the Boy Scouts, Big Brothers and Keystone Central’s Smile Program.

The informal memorial celebration will be held at the Beatty home in Blanchard. Bring a lawn chair and your favorite Bob Beatty photo and stories to share. If you’d like to contribute a snack or covered dish for the occasion, that would be fine but not necessary.

Bob has certainly been missed over the last few weeks since his death, and he will forever remain in our hearts and memories.

FIRE COMPANY NEWS

The Howard Fire Company is the apparent focus of a scam, and we want to pass a word of warning along to our local residents and those reading this column. We have learned that someone has been calling local residents asking for donations in the name of the fire company. Howard Fire Company does not call people asking for money. The fire company does accept donations that should be mailed only to P.O. Box 276, Howard, Pa. 16841.

The fire company can also use your financial support with fundraisers throughout the year. They will be offering a chicken barbecue on Sunday, Sept. 18, beginning at 11 a.m. until the chicken is sold out. Chicken quarters are $4 each, and a meal that includes baked beans, macaroni salad and a roll costs $6.

Mark your calendar that the fire company’s annual Punkin Chunkin’ Festival will be held at Bald Eagle State Park on Oct. 22.

Beeck Creek-Blanchard Fire Company is having its annual gun and ATV drawing on Sept. 17 at the fire hall from noon to 5 p.m.Tickets are just $10 and and offer cash prizes, guns and a 2016 Honda Pioneer 500 with trailer. They can be purchased from any fire company member or at the door.

Gregg Township Fire Company is going to try for the first time a gun or cash raffle on Oct. 3. Tickets are $2 each or a book of six tickets for $10.

Howard Fire Company will be having its annual gun raffle on Nov. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and available from any fire company member.

LIFE AFTER LOSS

A support group session is being offered by the Howard United Methodist Church for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one or friend. The six-week series begins on Oct. 2 and will run each Sunday through November 6 from noon to 2:30 at the church. To sign up you may call Pastor Craig Rose at 814-933-7333 or Julie Cody at 814-625-2747.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Nittany Antique Machinery Show and Fall Flea Market will be held this weekend at Penn’s Cave in Centre Hall.

Howard United Methodist Church plans a soup sale this coming Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with bowls of soup, pie, roll and beverage available. Take-outs are also available. The proceeds will benefit local missions in our area.

Friendship Friday with coffee and sweets is being held every Friday this month at Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek from 7 to 10 a.m. Come for fellowship and drop a few dollars in the collection can to support FCC.

The next meeting for the FCC will be on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. Nominations for officers will be accepted, so please be sure to attend this meeting and the next few before the December officer elections are held.

The Friendship Community Center will be having a Fall Bazaar on Sept. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tables for the event are available for $10 each. Call Sandy to reserve your space at 570-962-2397. On Sunday, Sept. 18, there will be a Kids’ Fun Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets for the games and activities are just a quarter each. Snacks and drinks will also be available for purchase.

Fall clean-up at Bald Eagle State Park will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should meet at 8:30 at the park’s Environmental Learning Center. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Call Matt at 814-625-2775 for info about park events.

The Nittany Valley Benefit Dinner will be held on Sept. 10 at the Hublersburg fire hall. Pick your time slot to enjoy an Amish wedding meal with lots of good food and desserts. To purchase or reserve tickets for a time slot from noon to 7 p.m., call Carolyn at 814-349-4387 or Katie at 814-383-2008. Walk-ins are welcome, too.

Liberty Township Sportsmen’s Club will offer a free CMP shoot on Saturday, Sept. 11, beginning at 9 a.m.

The Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution for September has been changed because of the Labor Day holiday. Boxes will be distributed on Mondays, Sept. 12 and 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the former Beech Creek Elementary School. Bring your box back with you each month so the Lions can maintain a steady supply of boxes to refill.

Lions Bingo has restarted after a summer break. The next bingo date will be Thursday evening, Sept. 22, at the Beech Creek-Blanchard Fire Company social hall. Doors open at 5:30 and bingo games start at 6:30.

Milesburg’s Apple Harvest Festival will be held on Sept. 24. The festival benefits the Milesburg Museum and Historical Society. A car, truck and motorcycle show is also held during the day. Registration starts at 8:30 with car show awards being presented in the afternoon. Breakfast is served from 8 to 10 a.m. Homemade soups, apple dumplings and baked goods will be available for sale. For more info, call 814-355-9647.

Howard Area Lions will sponsor a blood drive at Howard Fire Hall on Sept. 28 from 1:30 to 7 p.m. A goal of 75 donors has been set and we need your help to reach it. Donors of all blood types are needed.

A Sisters Against Cancer 5k run/walk will be held at West End Park in Howard on Oct. 1 beginning at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. This 5k event and raffle will help to raise awareness for BRCA2, the hereditary cancer gene that causes higher risks of breast and ovarian cancer. Sponsorships and raffle donations are needed. Call Tina Lomison at 814-280-7333 for more info.

Howard Happenings is written and compiled by Tammy Coakley who can be reached by emailing to tammy@ioiofficeinc.com or by telephone at 814-625-2684.

What’s happening in Howard? By Tammy Coakley

BINGO IS BACK

Lions Club Bingo will resume on Thursday evening, Sept. 8, at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall. Doors open at 5:30 and bingo games start at 6:30 p.m. Bring a friend along and come out to support this Lions fund-raiser.

FRIENDSHIP EVENTS

Beginning on Friday, Sept. 2, the FCC will be starting “Friendship Friday” which is coffee and sweets from 7-10 a.m. It’s a time of fellowship where friends and family can come to the center and you just drop a few dollars in the can that will help to cover the costs of the coffee and pastries and to support the community center. It’s on a trial basis each Friday morning in September and if it takes off and people enjoy it enough then it will be continued into October as well.

The next meeting of the FCC will be held on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. It’s time to nominate officers for the upcoming year that will be elected in December. Anyone interested in holding or continuing a position should plan to attend the monthly meetings.

.Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek will be having a Fall Bazaar on Sept. 16 from 6-9 p.m. and on Sept. 17 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tables for the event are available for $10 each. Call Sandy to reserve your space at 570-962-2397. On Sunday, Sept.18, there will be a Kid’s Fun Fair from 1-3. Tickets for the games and activities are just a quarter each. Snacks and drinks will also be available for purchase.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Nittany Antique Machinery Show and Fall Flea Market will be held on Sept. 8-11, 2016 at Penn’s Cave in Centre Hall.

Howard Area Lions will offer a 55 Alive Refresher Driving Course on September 8 at the Howard fire hall. The program is part of the AARP Defensive Driving program. Sign-ups are being accepted for the afternoon course which will run from 1-5 p.m. Participants must be at least 55 years old and must have already completed the full 8 hour course to be eligible for this refresher. The cost is $15 for AARP members or $20 for non-members. Those interested should contact Bob DeArment at 814-625-2534 or stop in Insurance Office, Inc. at 316 Walnut Street in Howard to sign up. Participants must bring their AARP membership card and drivers license to the refresher course on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Nittany Valley Benefit Dinner will be held on Sept. 10 at the Hublersburg fire hall. Pick your time slot to enjoy an Amish wedding meal with lots of good food and desserts. To purchase or reserve tickets for a time slot from noon to 7 p.m. call Carolyn at 814-349-4387 or Katie at 814-383-2008.

Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution for September will be changed because of the Labor Day holiday. Boxes will be distributed on Sept. 12 and 25 from 2-4 p.m. at the former Beech Creek Elementary School. Bring your box back with you each month so the Lions maintain a steady supply of boxes to refill.

Beech Creek-Blanchard Fire Co. will have their annual gun and ATV raffle on Sept. 17 at the fire hall from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and offer cash prizes, guns and a 2016 Honda Pioneer 500 with trailer.

Milesburg’s Apple Harvest Festival will be held on Sept. 24. The festival benefits the Milesburg Museum and Historical Society. A car, truck and motorcycle show is also held during the day. Registration starts at 8:30 with car show awards being presented in the afternoon. Breakfast is served from 8 to 10. Homemade soups, apple dumplings and baked goods will be available for sale. For more info call 814-355-9647.

Sisters Against Cancer 5k run/walk will be held at West End Park in Howard on Oct. 1 beginning at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. This 5k event and raffle will help to raise awareness for BRCA2, the hereditary cancer gene that causes higher risks of breast and ovarian cancer. Sponsorships and raffle donations are needed. Call Tina Lomison at 814-280-7333 for more info.

Howard Happenings is written and compiled by Tammy Coakley who can be reached by emailing to tammy@ioiofficeinc.com or by telephone at 814-625-2684.