What’s happening in Howard? By Tammy Coakley


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

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


Howard Cub and Boy Scouts will be collecting food and non-perishable items on Saturday, Nov. 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Items will be gathered in Howard and also in the Bullit Run and Nyman’s Development areas.  Place your bagged items on your porch facing the roadways so the scouts can see them from the road and they will pick up the items and will then be sorting them at the fire hall back room afterward before donating them to the Howard Area Food Bank. If anyone would like to donate items to the food bank on behalf of the scouts you can drop them off at the fire hall on Saturday morning.

The Women’s Ministry of Summit Hill Wesleyan Church in Marsh Creek will hold their 10th annual Craft Show “One Stop Shop” on Saturday, 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 Fire Company has tickets available to the Nov. 12 gun and cash drawing to be held at the fire hall. The drawing will run from noon to 5 p.m. and features guns, a gun safe and $300 cash prizes. Tickets are $10 each.   A special bingo ball game prize is a Glock 43 9 mm and custom made shelf.

Nittany Valley Volunteer Fire Company will be having a Sportsmen’s Raffle at the fire station in Lamar  on Saturday 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.


Liberty Curtin Elementary is collecting Box Tops for Education squares and Campbell’s labels.  Clip and save the box tops and labels to send in to the school with any student.  The school receives 10 cents for every box top collected which helps to fund field trips, buys art and school supplies and also playground equipment for the children to enjoy.



Is there a “doll doctor” in our local area or does anyone know of a reputable doll restoration facility?  If so, please provide me with their name and phone number.  A friend of mine has a doll that dates back to 1926 that she wants to pass down to her granddaughter.  Before doing so she’d like to have the doll’s hair repaired and possibly give the doll a “face lift”.


Santa Claus is coming to the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall on Dec. 3 and you’re invited to come to enjoy breakfast with him.  The event runs from 9-11 and features breakfast, kid’s crafts, photos with Santa and treats.  The event is free but we’d like you to bring a donation of non-perishable food items that will be given to local families in need this Christmas season.


Plans are underway to have the Santa Jump Jamboree in Beech Creek on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10-3.  Santa and two of his elves will be parachuting onto the ball field at 1 p.m. (weather permitting).  Santa will meet and greet the children and hand out treats.

Santa’s Workshop (crafts for kids) will be in the Friendship Community Center.  There will be bike give-a ways for three age groups.  The Legion Ladies Auxiliary will be giving away turkeys and hams.

Vendors will be set up at the Friendship Community Center, at the fire company’s social hall and between the ball field and the borough building.  For a vendor application or for more info call Billie at 570-962-9944 or Wendy at 570-295-0421.

Parking is available at the Beech Creek Legion and the Beech Creek Wesleyan Church with shuttle buses running throughout the day.  The bus will stop for passengers to get on and off at the post office building.  Limited handicapped parking will be made available at the boro building and the fire station, but those able to use the bus should do so.



Howard Borough will provide leaf collection and residents are reminded that there should be no burning of leaves or anything else in town.  Rake your leaves to curbside and cover the pile.  Be sure to keep the leaves away from fire hydrants, storm water grates and parked vehicles.  Borough employees Dan and Steve will gather the leaves during their weekly rounds as their schedule allows.


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.   I wasn’t given the time the class starts so you’ll have to check with the library.

Bald Eagle State Park will have bird walks each Wednesday during November beginning at 9 a.m.  The walks will last about an hour or so and you’ll be able to see many birds who call the park home and those that will be migrating through the park.  Dress for the outdoor temperatures and weather.  Call 814-625-9369 to say you’ll come along.  Bring your binoculars.

Howard United Methodist Church will offer a soup sale luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 11-1 at the church fellowship hall.  Pre-order quarts of soup for $6 to take home with you by calling Patti at 814-625-2182.  For lunch a bowl of soup, a piece of pie, a roll and your choice of beverage is $6.  The proceeds from the soup sale are designated to local missions.

Howard UMC will host a Thanksgiving meal on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the church fellowship hall from 5-6:30 p.m.  The meal is free and open to the public, but we ask that you bring non-perishable food items to support the Howard Lions Food Bank.  For more info call Connie at 814-625-2231 or Patti at 625-2182.

Howard Area Lions Bingo will be held on Nov. 17 at Beech Creek Fire social hall starting at 6:30 p.m.  Doors and kitchen open at 5:30.  Note this change in bingo date due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution will be on Nov. 21 at the former Beech Creek Elementary School from 2-4 p.m.  Registration for Toys for Tots thru the Lions Food Bank will be on Dec. 5.  You must show up in person to complete the application to receive toys.  See Ron Davy with questions at the food bank distribution dates.

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 www.centrecountypaws.org/bingo for info or  tickets.

Bald Eagle Area High School in Wingate will have a Fall Craft Show on Nov. 26 from 9-3.  Vendors will be set up in the school gym, lobby and cafeteria.  The craft show benefits the Spanish Club, the Jr. Class and student government.  For more info email to spanishclub@beasd.net or call Andrea at 814-355-4868, ext. 1192.


Bald Eagle .22 Rifle League saw the Liberty Township team visiting the Mill Hall team on Nov. 1.

Top shooters for Liberty Township were Park Lane and Jimmy Coakley both with a score of 98-5x.  Allen Muthler followed with a 97-5x and Rick Bowman finished with a 97-2x.

Top shooters for Mill Hall were Jeff Koch with a 99-5x;  Jim Baney fired a 98-6x; Holly Baney finished with a 95-2x; and Karen Woods scored a 94-2x.

Mill Hall finished with a team score of 756-19x.  Liberty Township won the match with a team score of 772-29x.

Jr. shooters for the Mill Hall team were Connor Swope and Tyler Weaver.  Jr. shooters for the Liberty Township team were Jayden Day, Kyle Hollobaugh, Chase Roan, Clayton Foster, Collin Foster, Emory Gunsallus and Lance Bowman.

An All-Star Shoot was held at Liberty Township Sportsmen’s Club on Election Day.


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.