What’s happening in Howard? By Tammy Coakley


Jacksonville Cemetery Association will have their annual meeting on Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. at the Emmanuel Church of Christ in Jacksonville. All cemetery lot owners and anyone interested in serving on the board are encouraged to attend. The current board members have served diligently for many years and they need some younger, energetic people to become involved so the reins can be passed down.

The cemetery association is responsible to nine acres of cemetery grounds and burial lots and organizing the annual festival that will be held on July 21, 2018. For more info. call Paul at 814-355-4987 or Joyce at 814-359-0307.

Rev. Clyde Mighells will provide an informational talk on February 4 at the Howard United Methodist Church. Rev. Clyde is the pastor at the Lighthouse Reformed Church in Howard and he will share from his extensive experience as an addiction counselor about the dangers of opioid use and addiction in towns and cities across our nation. Now is the time to learn about this problem and how local resources can be prepared to help those battling addiction and their families, neighbors and friends to try to prevent deaths.

A free light lunch will be served at 11:30 before the seminar is held. Please reserve a space for lunch and the following program by calling 814-625-2362.

Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution will be on Feb. 5 for Centre County residents and on Feb. 19 for those in Beech Creek and Beech Creek Township. Food bank hours are from 2-4 p.m. at the former elementary school in Beech Creek.

Howard Area Lions Bingo will be on Feb. 8 and Feb. 22 at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall. Doors open at 5:30 and games begin at 6:30.

Howard Area Lions will offer their annual Sweetheart Dinner at the Howard fire hall on Feb. 10. This free meal is provided to those residents age 62+ who live in the local Lions Club service area of Howard, Blanchard, Beech Creek, Jacksonville, Monument and Orviston and the surrounding townships of Howard, Curtin, Liberty, Marion, Walker and Boggs (excluding Milesburg). The meal begins at noon so come early for a good seat, good food and fellowship.

Howard Area Lions will hold a blood drive on Feb. 14 at the Howard fire hall. Donors are needed to show up from 1:30 to 7 p.m.

There will be a ham pot pie supper at the Yarnell Community Center on February 15 beginning at 5 p.m. Come out to enjoy an all you can eat meal of ham and pot pie, vegetables, applesauce, desserts and drinks for $8. Children under age 12 eat for free. Take-out meals are available. The proceeds from the meal will benefit the 2018 Runville United Methodist Charge’s missions teams. A team is headed to Texas to aid in the Hurricane Harvey recovery work and another missions team is planning to go to help in deep Appalachia, West Virginia. Call Thelma at 814-355-7134 for more info.

The Orviston Community Club will hold a chicken and waffle supper at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall on Feb. 24 from 4-7 p.m. The cost is $7 in advance if you buy your ticket now, or $8 at the door for anyone age 13 and older. Children under age 13 are asked to provide a donation worthy of the meal. Take-out meals are available. The proceeds from this event go towards the Orviston Festival Fireworks. The festival will be held on July 14 and the fireworks are the grand finale at the end of the day! Call Jim at 570-660-9725 or Brenda at 570-660-5283 for more info or tickets.

Liberty Township Sportsmen’s Association will hold their 7th annual Coyote Hunt on March 2-4 at the clubhouse in Marsh Creek. Registration for the coyote hunt will take place on Feb. 25 from 1-4 at the clubhouse. A gun and money raffle is also planned and winners will be drawn on March 4 shortly after 4 p.m. A flea market of hunting, fishing and camping items is planned for Saturday and Sunday. Tables are available for rent to set up your market. Call Butch at 814-280-3015 or Dwight at 814-574-5020 for more info.

Howard Area Civic Club is planning their bingo on Sunday, March 4, at the Howard fire hall.

Tickets are available for $25 and can be obtained by stopping at Insurance Office, Inc. on Walnut Street or contacting any civic club member.

Melissa Stover of Queen Bee Collectibles in Beech Creek will be having a Pop-Up Market at the Friendship Community Center on March 10 from 10-5. Vendor applications are available for a booth at $20 each. Melissa would like to keep the vendors to those with handmade items, antiques, repurposed items, crafts and baked goods. Home-based businesses would also be welcomed as vendors, too.

Food and beverages will be available from the Friendship Community Center kitchen during the market day. Contact Melissa at 717-386-9660 or email her at Sweetapeez@gmail.com for more info or a vendor’s application.


Howard Happenings is written and compiled by Tammy Coakley who can be reached by emailing to tammy@ioiofficeinc.com or by telephone to 814-625-2684.