Bald Eagle State Park offers winter bird walks each Wednesday morning during December from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Meet at the park office.
There are Healthy Hikes on Friday afternoons from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the park during December. Meet at the Nature Inn for the hikes. Dress for the outdoors and bring along your binoculars. Call the park office at 814-625-9369 for more details.
Howard Area Lions Bingo will be held on Dec. 28 at the Beech Creek-Blanchard Fire Company Social Hall. Doors open at 5:30 and bingo games begin at 6:30. Come early and enjoy snacks, fun and fellowship with the Lions. Lions Bingo is held the second and fourth Thursday evenings of each month. Call Lion Paul at 570-660-0265 with bingo questions.
Liberty Baptist Church in Blanchard will be holding a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. The public is invited to come and enjoy this special service and celebration of Christ’s birth!
The Lighthouse Reformed Church at 135 East Main St. in Howard will have a candlelight Christmas Eve service beginning at 11 p.m. at the church. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas!
The church will also be offering a public forum on “Addiction in Howard” and how we can learn more to help those battling with addition and those who may need treatment and recovery resources. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28. For more information, call Pastor Clyde at 814-590-4379.
The .22 LEAGUE
The Bald Eagle .22 Rifle League is on a winter break for hunting season and Christmastime.
Shooting action will resume on Jan. 2. Matches are on Tuesday evenings. If you’d like to take a shot and see if you’d hit the bull’s eye, feel free to come to the matches. The league is open to anyone age 12 and over. Team rifles can be used if you don’t have your own .22. Bring your own shells and ear plugs.
Matches on Jan. 2 will see Mill Hall traveling to Markovich Construction, Avis will be at Liberty Township Sportsmen’s Club in Marsh Creek and Tylersville shooters will be traveling to Lamar. The season will continue through March with the final match being held on April 3, 2018.
LIONS CLUB NEWS
Santa made a surprise appearance at Howard Area Lions Club bingo on Dec. 14. He had been visiting some children in the area and decided he needed to check in on his Lions Club friends and those playing bingo. Dorothy Snoberger was the bingo caller for the evening. The Lions provided small poinsettias and Christmas trees as door prizes to bingo players.
The bingo jackpots are growing and waiting for a winner to claim them. The next bingo is on Dec. 28. Doors open at 5:30 and bingo games begin at 6:30. Bingo dates for next month will be on Jan. 11 and Jan. 25.
Howard Area Lions Food Bank distributed Christmas turkeys and Toys for Tots to their food bank clients on Dec. 18. The food bank distribution dates will be on Jan. 8 for Centre County residents in the Lions response area and on Jan. 15 for those living in Beech Creek and Beech Creek Township. Note the change in distribution date due to New Year’s Day holiday!
Feb. 10 will be the date for the Howard Area Lions Sweetheart Dinner at the Howard Fire Hall.
MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS
Mom and I took a bus trip to Sight & Sound Theatres in Lancaster on Dec. 13 to see the “Miracle of Christmas.” We traveled with friends from the Pleasant Valley and Runville United Methodist churches. Mary Confer was our group leader and Paul was our Fullington driver.
We had really good seats at the theatre for the 11 a.m. show. Afterward we went to Hershey Farm Restaurant for a delicious meal. We had a very enjoyable day.
WOODMEN LIFE NEWS
Woodmen Life Insurance Society held a fall banquet on Oct. 14 at the Nittany Valley Fire Hall. The banquet is held annually for Chapter 691 members and their guests. Larry Butler is the local Woodmen Life representative. Members were welcomed by Chapter President Michael Frank.
Pastor Steele gave the table blessing for the delicious meal that fire company members served.
Woodmen Life local officers were announced. In addition to Michael Frank and Tessa Irvin, Ron Glossner serves as vice president and Beth Lindsey is the Treasurer. Chapter trustees are Susan Irwin and Misty Frank.
“Happy Birthday” was sung to Larry Butler and Dale Miller, both observing their 70th birthdays in October. Dale and Ruth Miller of Marsh Creek were recognized as observing their 50th wedding anniversary the day of the banquet.
Awards were presented during the evening. The local chapter was recognized as achieving the 5 Star Award. A scholarship award in the amount of $1,000 was presented to Breanna Irvin who is currently attending Lock Haven University.
An American flag was presented to officers of the Nittany Valley Volunteer Fire Company to fly at the fire station.
Awards were presented to families who are 100% Woodmen Life members (meaning that each person in the family is covered with life insurance protection). Those families were Jay and Brenda Frazier, Gene and Bonnie Auman and Eric and Clinta Frank and their children Hayley and Austin.
The Community Leadership Award was presented to Kevin Frank for his volunteering within the community. In addition to working full time at Dotterer Equipment, Kevin finds time to serve as an EMT and firefighter with Nittany Valley Fire Company. He also serves the community as a Porter Township supervisor, is the chairman of Porter Township Recreational Park and was instrumental in organizing the 175th Anniversary Celebration and parade to honor Porter Township.
The Fraternal Spirit Award was presented to Tessa Irvin for her role in helping with the annual Breakfast with Santa that the chapter helps sponsor. Irvin’s daughter, Breanna, began the event in 2012 as her senior class project at Central Mountain High School, and each year the event has grown.
Each year non-perishable food items are collected at the breakfast and donated to the Howard Area Lions Club for use with the club’s food bank distribution.
Tammy Coakley was presented with the Community Partner Award for her work with individuals, groups and organizations to advertise their events and local news in her Howard Happenings articles that appear weekly in The (Lock Haven) Express newspaper.
Dave Benner was presented with the Caring For Others Award. Dave is active in the Clintondale United Methodist Church and has been instrumental in working with the youth there. He helps with the Saturday night movie presentations, Bible games and also regularly visits those confined to Centre Crest in Bellefonte.
Anyone with questions about the local Woodmen Life chapter may contact Larry Butler at 570-962-2848.
I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Howard Happenings is written and compiled by Tammy Coakley who can be reached by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org