What’s happening in Howard? By Tammy Coakley


Fairview Cemetery in Boggs Township will have a memorial service on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. The public is invited to the service. A free-will offering is accepted to help with the summertime mowing expenses.

Howard Area Lions Club will hold a memorial ceremony on May 26 at 6 p.m. at the Foster Joseph Sayers Memorial site near the spillway at the breast of the dam. Beautiful landscaping improvements have been made at the memorial site that you will want to see! Bring your lawn chair and dress for the outdoor evening ceremony.


Beech Creek-Blanchard Senior Cheer Club met on May 4 at the Friendship Community Center The15 in attendance enjoyed the buffet luncheon and fellowship time. President Gale Spangler provided the blessing for the meal and Chaplain Judy Cain read a scripture passage. All recited The Lord’s Prayer and the pledge to the flag. The secretary and treasurer’s reports were both read and accepted. Fern Biesecker won the floral arrangement that was raffled and Jane Confer won the door prize. Judy Cain provided a reading entitled “Thought for Mother’s Day” and Fern had a reading entitled “The Junk You Like.”

Club members extended their thoughts and prayers to Charlotte Young as she is now recovering from some health concerns.

The next meeting will be held at the FCC on June 1. Anyone over 50 is invited to attend. Bring an unwrapped gift for the Chinese auction and a covered dish to share for the noon meal.

The Senior Cheer Club is planning the annual picnic to be held on July 6 at Bald Eagle State Park. Call Jane at 570-962-2406 for more club info.


The Howard Area Lions Club distributed 132 boxes of food during the month of April.

The next food bank distribution date is June 5. Bring your photo ID along, as Centre County residents will be eligible to receive vegetable food vouchers.

The Red Cross blood drive in April netted 38 units. The next blood drive will be held on June 7 at Howard Fire Hall from 1:30 to 7 p.m. More blood donors are needed. One pint of blood has the potential of saving three lives, so please take about one hour of your time to give the gift of life.

Lions Bingo will be held on May 25. Doors open at 5:30 and bingo games start at 6:30. This is the last night of bingo before the summer break so free hot dogs will be given away while supplies last.

Special recognition and thanks to Lion Ken Stine for his leadership on “Litter Patrol” during the many years that the Lions Club has cleaned litter from along Route 26 near the Howard VFW. Howard Lions Club is 112 members strong and each one applauds and appreciates Ken for his dedication in this public service endeavor. Lion Ken has recently passed his Litter Patrol coordination duties to Lion Art Hoffman.



Katrina Miller of Marsh Creek chose the Howard Area Lions Club’s Toys for Tots distribution last December to fulfill her senior project requirements.

Katrina has helped her maternal grandfather who is a member of the Lions club with shopping for many of the toys that were given out to the families who utilize the food bank run by the local Lions club. Gifts were purchased for both boys and girls from infants and other age groups from 1 to 16. The club also received numerous donations from the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program in Centre County.

Katrina helped wrap the numerous items and then sorted them to be handed out at the Dec. 19 distribution. The variety of gifts, including board games, Hot Wheels, watches, craft kits, trucks, dolls, and stuffed animals, were wrapped. Six bikes and 15 sleds were also given out. There were enough books, coloring books, crayons and colored pencils, as well as hats, gloves and scarves, to be provided to each child preregistered for the Christmas toys.

“I enjoyed helping the Lions club. While shopping for the gifts and wrapping them, I imagined the smiles that the gifts would bring to little boys and girls on Christmas morning,” said Katrina. “It’s a heart-warming feeling to know that I helped in some small way to brighten the lives of these children. I’m already planning and looking forward to helping the Howard Lions Club again next December with the toy distribution.”

Katrina will be graduating in June from Central Mountain High School and has been accepted to Lock Haven University to earn degrees in both Social Work and Psychology. She works part time at Lykens Market in Beech Creek, and in her spare time she enjoys taking care of her pet rabbits and dogs. She enjoys family vacations and especially going on cruises.

Katrina is the daughter of Todd and Debbi Miller of Marsh Creek.


The Nittany Valley Benefit Dinner will be held at the Hublersburg Fire Hall on Friday, May 26. You can select your meal time hour, from noon to 8 p.m. Local Amish families will be cooking and serving the meal. Tickets are $18 for adults age 18 and up with a senior citizen discount allowed for those over 65. Meal cost for those 11 to 17 is $16 and the cost for a meal for those ages 5 to 10 is $5. To reserve your mealtime slot, call Katie at 383-2008.

Take a horse and hay wagon ride to the auction site next door for the Friday evening grocery and flower sale and to preview the many items that will be sold at the auction on Saturday, May 27. Grocery auction starts at 5 p.m., with the flower and plant sale running from 4 to 8 p.m.

Saturday morning kicks off with a breakfast buffet from 6 to 10 a.m. with a pig roast and chicken barbecue, baked goods, salad bar and other foods available throughout the day.

For sale consignment or auction questions, call Henry Stoltzfus at 625-2424.


The Beech Creek American Legion will hold a Memorial Day Parade on May 29 beginning at 10 a.m. The public is invited to participate in the parade. Fire, ambulance and emergency apparatus, antique vehicles and tractors, bands, twirling groups, dairy princesses, fair queens, ball teams, church groups and anyone else who would like to enter a float or participate may do so. Parade line-up begins at 8:30 a.m. at or near the Legion grounds. Call Melvin at 570-660-6619 or Carol at 570-962-2265 for more information.


Howard United Methodist Church will offer a six-week educational support group for anyone who has experienced a loss through death. The support group will meet on Sundays from noon to 2:30 at the church on May 21 and then continuing each Sunday in June. For more information or to sign up for participation, please contact Pastor Craig Rose at 814-933-7333 or by emailing to craigqr@yahoo.com.

Bald Eagle State Park will have a Kayak Eagle Watch on Sunday, May 28, from 9 to 10:30. Preregistration is required and the kayak rental fee is $5. Call 625-9369 for more information.

Country Music Jam will be held at the Howard Fire Hall on Sunday, May 28 from 2 to 6 p.m. The jam is sponsored by the Back Porch String Band and is held the fourth Sunday of each month. I’m sure there will be some patriotic songs for you to enjoy in honor of Memorial Day. Bring a snack to share. A donation basket is passed and a 50/50 raffle drawn to benefit the fire company.

Bellefonte VFW Teener Baseball & Softball will hold its annual cash raffle at Lambert Hall on June 10 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets include food and beverages. You must be 21 years old to attend. Call Rich Rogers at 814-769-3066 for more info or stop by Bellefonte Sports Academy (formerly the skating rink at Hecla) for tickets. All proceeds benefit the Bellefonte baseball, Centre Hailstorm softball and Rebellion softball programs.


Congratulations to some local sweethearts who are celebrating anniversaries this month: Dwayne and Darla Haines of Blanchard celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on May 11, Walter and Alma Miller of lower Marsh Creek celebrated their 61st anniversary on May 12, and Jack and Beverly Gardner of Howard celebrated their 60th anniversary on May 18.


Howard Fire Company’s indoor yard sale will be today and tomorrow. Today’s sale hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday’s are 9 a.m. to noon.

Milesburg Community Yard Sale Days are today and tomorrow.

Beech Creek Community Yard Sale Days will be June 9 and 10. The Friendship Community Center will be available for you to rent a table and set up your yard sale indoors. A benefit is also planned at FCC during the yard sale days to help a young boy battling cancer.


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