What’s happening in Howard? By Tammy Coakley


Santa Claus is coming to the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall tomorrow, 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.  This is the fourth year for this event and this year it is the senior project for Raine Smith of Blanchard.  The event is free but Raine would like you to bring a donation of non-perishable food items that will be given to local families in need this Christmas season.


Howard Park and Recreation will once again be selling calendars.  This year the calendar is compiled of photographs that have been taken by Howard resident Willem (“Bill”) Van Den Berg.  The calendars are $10 each and will be offered outside the post office on Saturday mornings or by calling Debbie Simoncek at 625-0054.  We have a few calendars at Insurance Office, Inc. that will be available for sale during office hours, too.

Bill is a retired teacher and holds a PhD in Biophysics.  He has lived in Howard for the past nine years and has taken most of the calendar photos close to his home in our area.  Depending on the time of year, Bill enjoys cross-country skiing and windsurfing.  Bill offers windsurfing lessons and has a website at betterworldwindsurfing.org.



Liberty Baptist Church in Blanchard will present its annual dinner theatre production of  “In the Bethlehem Inn” on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m.  The dinner and drama will be held in the church gymnasium and is by ticket reservation only.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12.  Children age 4 and under are free if attending with a paying adult.  To reserve your seat call the church office at 570-962-2214.



Lighthouse Reformed Church on Main Street in Howard will be celebrating the Advent season each Sunday morning until Christmas.  Pastor Clyde Mighells would like to invite the public to attend the morning services that begin at 9:45 a.m.

The church will also host a Christmas Eve service at 11 p.m. and a Christmas morning worship service at 9:45 a.m.  Keep Christ a part of your Christmas this season!  Pastor Mighells can be reached at 814-590-4379.


Excitement is building for 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 o’clock (weather permitting).  Once his feet are firmly on the ground, 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 shuttle buses should do so.


Howard Lions Club Food Bank distribution will be on Dec. 5 from 2-4 at the former Beech Creek Elementary School.  Food Bank recipients must show up to register on Dec. 5 if you want Toys for Tots.  Toys and Christmas turkeys will be given out at food bank distribution on December 19.  Last month the Lions Food Bank provided 94 boxes to local residents.

Lions Club Bingo will be held on Dec. 8 and 22 at the Beech Creek Fire Company social center.  Doors open at 5:30 and bingo games begin at 6:30.

Lions Blood Drive will be on Dec. 14 at the Howard Fire Hall from 1:30-7 p.m.  More blood donors are needed for the American Red Cross.  The Lions members offer a nice meal and snacks to all donors.

Lions Club raffle calendars are available for the 2017 year for $10 each.  The winners are based on the PA Lottery evening drawing number.  Proceeds from this raffle allows the Lions Club to provide services to those needing it in our local area.

Mark your 2017 calendar for food bank distributions dates on Jan. 2 and Jan. 16 and the Sweetheart Dinner will be on Feb. 11.


WoodmenLife Chapter 691 members gathered for their fall banquet at the Nittany Valley Fire Hall on Oct. 29.  Dave Benner gave the table blessing for a delicious meal prepared by fire company volunteers.  Chapter members attending the banquent brought canned goods for the WoodmenLife’s 2016 nationwide project known as “Focus on Hunger”.  The items will be donated to the local food bank.

Susan Irwin gave recognition to those members who passed away since the banquet held the previous year.  These individuals, Florence McClure, Roberta McGhee, John Fryer Sr., Robert Beatty, Terry Confer and Christopher Brown, were honored and remembered with a moment of silence and a prayer by Woodmen Life Representative Larry Butler.

Chapter President Michael Frank introduced Jurisdiction dignitaries in attendance.

George Bartley, Jr. received the Fraternal Spirit Award for his work with the annual hot dog and corn boil event held each summer.

Dena Mackey was honored with the Contribution to Youth Award for her role with the annual Breakfast with Santa event.  Dena has worked for the past three years to make this event a huge success for the youth and the community.  This year the Breakfast with Santa will be held on Dec. 3.

A Safe Driver Pin and Certificate was presented to school bus driver Donna Jeirles for her 35 years of safe school bus driving.

WoodmenLife 100% Family Awards were presented to Ralph and Rosie Dotterer and their sons Daniel and Jesse; Pastor Carl and Sarah Steele; Gary and Vicki Eminhizer; Stanley and Shirley Poorman and Joe and Nicole Kyle.  WoodmenLife families not in attendance who also received this award were Craig and Misty Mark and Joe and Joan Bechdel and their daughters Laurie and Amy.

Susan Irwin was also honored for her many years of club activity and being the local Chapter 691 secretary.  Sue is resigning her position at the end of 2016.

For more information about WoodmenLife products and upcoming events contact Larry Butler at 570-962-2848.


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.