Howard Happenings


A Fall Bazaar will be held at the Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek today (Nov. 4) from 6-9 p.m. and tomorrow from 9-1.  Proceeds from the bazaar will be given to Tom and Tosha Packer and their daughter who live in Howard.

It would be wonderful if volunteer bakers in our area could donate some baked goods or if individuals or businesses could provide a gift basket and drop them off at the FCC this afternoon from 4-5 p.m. to help make the bazaar proceeds a success for the Packer family.  The 50/50 raffle and baskets winners will be drawn and announced close to the 1 p.m.  bazaar ending on Saturday.  Winners do not have to be present to claim their prizes.  Call Sandy at 570-962-2397 for more information about FCC events.

Liberty Baptist Church Youth are hosting a Chicken and Waffle supper on Nov. 5 at the church in Blanchard from 4-7 p.m.  A free-will offering will be accepted as payment for your supper.  The youth are raising funds to go on a mission trip to the Operation Christmas Child processing center in Baltimore, Md. on Monday evening, Nov. 7, from 6:30-7 p.m. in the church sanctuary.  It is critical that Christians pray for the upcoming election.  The church will be open on Election Day as well if you’d like to stop by to join other Christians in prayer, mediation and reflection before casting your vote at the polls.

Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution will be on Nov. 7 at the former Beech Creek Elementary School from 2-4 p.m. Lions Bingo will be held on Nov.10 at Beech Creek Fire social hall starting at 6:30 p.m.

An Election Day luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Friendship Community Center.  Homemade chili and hot dogs along with other goodies will be available for purchase to support the FCC.

The next PTO meeting at Liberty Curtin Elementary will be on Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m.  Remember to save your Box Tops for Education squares and Campbell’s labels for the school. Friendship Community Library in Beech Creek is hosting a paper pine cone craft session on Tuesday, Nov. 15.  Registration can be made by calling the library at 570-962-2048 during library hours.  A $2 registration fee will cover the cost of the materials.  The craft instructor will be Linda Russo of Blanchard.  Friendship Community Library is open from 3-7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.


A Vera Bradley and Thirty-One Bingo will be held on Sunday,  Nov. 6, at the Howard fire hall to benefit Terry Yarrison.  The doors open at 1 o’clock and the bingo games begin at 2.  Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.  In addition to regular bingo games there will be special bingo games, various raffles and food available.

Terry was left paralyzed from the chest down following a fall off a roof on August 9.  Terry and his wife “Nee-dee” live in Howard.

For tickets or to donate items for the benefit or for more info call Kerri at 571-8918 or Tina at 441-3787.


A big thank you goes out to Howard Area Lions Club, Howard VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Howard Borough Parks and Rec committee and the Howard Fire Company and its Special Fire Police force  for helping to make the Halloween parade an exciting and enjoyable event this week.  The generous support of these groups helps to make the parade a success.

There were 101 children participating in the parade along with their families and pets.  It was a great turn-out and the parents and grandparents seemed to be having as much fun as the little parade marchers.

Thank you to Anita Masden for coordinating the parade and for her work with the goodie bags and prizes!



The Fall Bazaar at Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek will be held this evening from 6-9 and tomorrow from 9-1.  I encourage everyone to come out to this bazaar to shop for gifts that the vendors will have on hand.  There will be something for everyone.  Homemade ham and bean soup and sandwiches will be available from the kitchen.  There will be baked goods for sale and there will be a 50/50 raffle along with themed baskets for you to buy chances ($1 each for 6 for $5) on.

Some baskets that have already been provided are eye-catching and sure to please.  There’s a sewing and knitting/crocheting basket, a wine and dine basket, a baking basket that has all the fixings to make a pumpkin pie and much more.  There’s a “POP” basket that is filled with items like soda pop, pop corn, pop tarts, lollipops and more.   I saw another basket that is filled with word search and crossword puzzle books, adult coloring books with pens and colored pencils and a variety of other items.  There’s a basket filled with more than $25 worth of household cleaning supplies.  A beautiful Christmas silk flower arrangement with lights has been donated already, too.

FCC has been so generous to designate the proceeds of this bazaar to benefit Tom, Tosha and Lily Packer of Howard.   Tom has a form of blood cancer and Tosha suffers with Chrone’s disease.  They both aren’t able to work and have been struggling trying to pay their rent, electric and other bills.  They need heating fuel for in their tank to get them started through the winter months and there’s a few things that little Lily already has on her Christmas wish list.

I hope that everyone will come and help this young family out during the FCC bazaar event.


Howard Fire Company has t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts and hats available for sale from the Punkin Chunkin that didn’t happen because of the flooding.  Tickets to the Nov. 12 gun and cash drawing are also on sale at the fire hall each Thursday night or by seeing any fire company member.   The drawing will run from noon to 5 p.m. and features guns, a gun safe and several $300 cash prizes. A special bingo ball game prize is a Glock 43 9 mm with a custom-made shelf.

Nittany Valley Volunteer Fire Company will be having a Sportsmen’s Raffle at the fire station in Lamar  on Nov.12 from 3-9:30 p.m.   Tickets are $10 each for your chance at guns, crossbows, cash and more.  A winner will be drawn every 15 minutes.  There are extra special prizes that will also be chanced off each hour, too. For more info or tickets call Kevin Frank at 570-263-6019.

Food and beverages are provided free with your entry ticket stub and photo ID.  Must be 21 to attend.  Support the local fire departments — you never know when you might need them to come to help you!!


Centre County PAWS is sponsoring a bingo on Friday, Nov. 18, at Mt. View Country Club (formerly the Elks Club).  Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.  The prizes will be of Pandora and Vera Bradley products along with special cash prizes being awarded.  Doors open at 5:30, early bird specials begin at 6:30 and regular bingo games start at 7 p.m.  Call 814-237-8722 or visit for info or tickets.



Howard Cub and Boy Scouts will be collecting food and non-perishable items on November 12 beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The scouts will be distributing door hanger reminders this week in the town of Howard, Bullit Run area and the Nyman Development area.

Place your bagged items on your porch facing the roadways and the scouts will see and pick up the items on Nov. 12.  For others who would like to contribute to the scouting drive you may drop your items off at the small back room at Howard fire hall on the morning of Nov. 12.   The scouts will sort the items after pick up and will donate them to the local food bank.

There might not be enough door flyers for every house so if you find one hanging on your door knob please tell your neighbors about the collection date, too.

Call Scoutmaster Diane Lucas at 814-280-8935 for more scouting information.


Friendship Community Center is hosting a Veteran’s Appreciation breakfast on Friday, Nov. 11, from 8-11 a.m.  Free coffee and breakfast sweets will be served to any veteran.  Guests are invited to accompany the veteran’s.

The Beech Creek American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will host a free Veteran’s Breakfast Buffet on Sunday, Nov. 13, from 7-11 a.m. in the Legion dining room.  The breakfast is open to all area veteran’s and a guest may accompany the veteran.   A reservation call to Billie at 570-962-9944 would be appreciated by Nov. 8 so meal preparations can be planned.

Remember to thank and appreciate our veteran’s not just on Veteran’s Day but any time you have an opportunity to encounter them.


The Women’s Ministry of Summit Hill Wesleyan Church in Marsh Creek will hold their 10th annual Craft Show “One Stop Shop” on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9-3 in Beech Creek. Craft vendors will be set up in both the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall and the Friendship Community Center.  There are over 40 vendors that will feature everything from dog treats, artwork, home decor, American Doll clothing, country crafts, homemade soap products, wood crafts, jewelry, outdoor fire pits and metal workings, specialty gift baskets and a lot more.

The kitchens will be open with foods and refreshments available for purchase, too.  All proceeds will benefit the women’s retreat held each spring.  The upcoming retreat dates will be April 28-29, 2017 with guest speaker Gwen Mouliert.  For more information on the craft show, the women’s ministry program or the spring retreat call Tammy at 814-360-2122.


Howard Happenings is written and compiled by Tammy Coakley who can be reached by emailing to