What’s happening in Howard? By Tammy Coakley


Be sure to THANK a veteran today (and every day) for their service. We enjoy many freedoms because of their sacrifices. Fly your flag to honor of all our veteran’s both living and deceased.


Howard Fire Company will have their 2017 Gun Raffle on Nov. 11 at the fire station from noon to 5 p.m. There are 10 cash prizes of $300 each and 10 gun or cross bow prizes. The special 75 bingo ball prize this year is a Kimber Micro 380 pistol. Tickets are $10 which will be available at the door if you haven’t purchased one already. The menu features hamburgers, hotdogs, hot sausage sandwiches, fresh cut fries and a variety of other side dishes.

Nittany Valley Volunteer Fire Company will host their 9th annual Sportsman’s Raffle at the fire station in Lamar on Saturday, too. The drawing will run from 3-9:30. Tickets are $10 each which gets your entry into the prize drawings and your meal and beverages. Tickets are now available at the fire station or by calling Kevin at 570-263-6019.

Please support the local fire companies. You must be 21 years old with photo ID to attend each of these gun drawings.


Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution date will be on Nov. 20. Centre County residents who live in Blanchard, Howard, Marsh Creek, Monument, Orviston and the townships of East Boggs (excludes Milesburg), Curtin, Howard, Liberty, Marion and Walker should have obtained their food box on November 6, but if you missed you can come to the food bank on the 20th. Residents who live in Beech Creek and Beech Creek Township are eligible to receive their food box on November 20. The Food Bank is open from 2-4 at the former Beech Creek Elementary School. Turkeys from the Food Bank are not given out for Thanksgiving, just at Christmastime.

Those food bank recipients who desire a turkey for their Christmas meal and the Toys for Tots program will need to register during their November Food Bank visit. If you missed registering on November 6 then you need to stop by the Food Bank on November 20. Call Ron Davy at 570-962-2407 for food bank or Toys for Tots info.

Lions Bingo will be held on Nov. 16. The Nov. 16 is a change from the fourth Thursday since that would be Thanksgiving Day. Turkeys will be raffled off at the Nov. 16 Bingo.

Lions PA Lottery Calendars are available for sale at $10 for the 2018 year. Calendars are available from any Lion member.

The next Lions blood drive will be held on Dec. 13 at the Howard fire hall.


There will be a Fall Bazaar at the FCC on Nov. 10 from 6-9 p.m. and on Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. During the bazaar there will be a Chinese and Basket Auction to benefit Sandi Boob. Sandi is the president of FCC and she’s been having some serious medical problems lately. Donations of auction items and baskets are needed and can be dropped off at the FCC before 6 p.m. today or arrange pickup with Ethel at 814-625-2361.

There will be a soup, bake and craft sale at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall on Nov. 11 from 9-4. This event is held on Veteran’s Day and all vets will get a free hot dog to honor them for the past or present service. Information is available by calling Tammy at 570-660-4552. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Blanchard Baptist Cemetery upkeep.

There will be an all you can eat meal at the Yarnell Community Center on November 11 beginning at 5 p.m. to benefit the Runville United Methodist Charge’s Missions Teams. The meal will feature home-made soups of ham and bean, chicken corn, vegetable and broccoli with cheese. Home-made bread, sandwiches, desserts and drinks will also be served for $8 per person. Quarts of soup can be ordered for take home for $5 each. All active, reserve or retired military members will eat free at this meal in honor of Veteran’s Day. For questions about the meal or the Missions Team’s 2018 agenda, feel free to contact Thelma at 814-355-7134.

The Beech Creek Legion Ladies Auxiliary will host a free Veteran’s Breakfast Buffet on Sunday, Nov. 12, from 7-11 a.m. in the dining room of the Beech Creek American Legion. The breakfast is open and free to all area veterans and a guest. Reservations for seating and to prepare enough food are required by calling Billie at 570-962-9944. Your reservation should have been made already.

November morning bird walks will be held at Bald Eagle State Park each Wednesday from 9-10:30 a.m. You’ll be able to get some exercise and discover the many birds that are in the park. Dress for the outdoors and bring your binoculars. The meeting location will vary each week so call ahead for details to 814-625-9369.

The Mill Hall Lady Lions Club will host a Variety Bingo on Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Wayne Township Fire Hall in McElhattan. This bingo is the club’s main fundraiser to provide funds for their Blessings in a Backpack program. The budget for this school year program is $8,000. The program provides weekend meals and snacks for about 150 Mill Hall Elementary students so that they don’t go hungry over the weekend. Breakfast, lunch, supper and healthy snack foods are sent home on Friday’s with the students.

The bingo will feature a variety of prizes such as Vera Bradley, Pandora, 31, American Girl and others. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved early or purchased at the door for the same price. Doors and the kitchen will open at noon and bingo games run from 1-4 p.m. For more info call Tracy at 570-295-9849.

On Monday, Nov. 13, in celebration of Veteran’s Day, there will be free coffee and donuts offered at FCC to all local veterans and their guest from 8-11 a.m.

There will be a Santa Jump Jamboree meeting on Monday, Nov. 13 at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall beginning at 6 p.m. All interested helpers and volunteers are encouraged to attend. There’s a lot to do to make sure everything runs smoothly for the Jamboree on December 9. Craft vendors and sponsorships are still needed. Call Billie at 570-962-9944 for info.

The Brotherhood Park in Marsh Creek in conjunction with the Pleasant Valley Church is planning a whole hog sausage sale. Place your orders with Mary by calling 814-355-9580. Orders will be filled at the butcherings on Nov. 15-17 and will be available for pick-up accordingly. The cost is $3.75 per pound for loose or $4 for stuffed sausage.

Howard United Methodist Church will have a soup and bake sale luncheon on Nov. 16. Get your soup, roll, pie and beverage for $6 to eat in or take out. A side salad is also available for $1 extra. Quarts of soup are available for pre-ordering at $6 each. Orders need called into Patti at 814-625-2182 before Sunday, the 12th. The luncheon runs from 11-1 at the church fellowship hall.

Jacksonville Emmanuel United Church of Christ will hold a Soup and Bake Sale on Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. until the soup is gone. The soup flavors available will be ham and bean, chicken corn and vegetable beef. The cost is $5 per quart. There will be ham and turkey sandwiches available, too. The baked goods will feature bread, cookies, pies and other homemade goodies. There will also be live holiday wreaths available for sale. A portion of the proceeds will be used for the UCC Summer Church Camp program. Call Joyce at 814-482-1343 for more info.

Howard United Methodist Church will provide a Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov.18 from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the church fellowship hall. The meal is free, but a donation of non-perishable food items will be accepted and given to the local food bank. Bring a friend and come for good food and fellowship. For more info call 814-625-2362.

Bald Eagle Area School’s Spanish Club will be hosting a Fall Craft & Gift Fair on Nov. 25 from 9-3. Non-perishable food items will be collected during the event to stock the local food banks for the holiday season. For each non-perishable food item you bring you’ll be awarded free raffle tickets to win some really nice prizes. There are more than 100 vendors signed up for this event.

BEA Student Government group will be accepting donated dresses for the upcoming prom season. The strongest need is for modern prom dresses and semi-formals for the girls to wear to the dances. Dresses are offered to students who may not be otherwise able to afford a dress for their dance. For more info on how you can donate a prom dress call Diane at 814-280-8935.


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.