Howard Happenings


Howard Area Lions will be collecting funds in Beech Creek today and tomorrow for White Cane Days. Please drop your coins and dollars into the Lions’ collection cans that will be donated to programs that benefit the blind. Donate your old eye glasses to the Lions Club since they are collected and sent to third world countries to help those needing them that cannot otherwise afford glasses.

A Sports Raffle will be held in Monument tomorrow, Oct.13, from 2-5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased to win prizes of cash, guns and sports-related items. The raffle will be held at the Monument festival grounds at 109 Birch Way. Contact Mona at 570-962-2443 for more info. Come on out to support this fundraiser that benefits the Monument Festival held each summer.

Milesburg Citizen’s Hook & Ladder Company will be having a Gun Raffle on Saturday beginning at noon. Tickets are $10. Food and drinks are provided with a ticket for those 21 or older.

Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek will hold a hot sausage sandwich sale on Saturday to raise funds to renovate the restroom area of the FCC. The hot sausage sandwich sale will begin at 11 a.m. and will last until they are sold out. Go early to get your sandwich with onions and peppers included. The sandwiches will be available for eat in or take out and will be $4.50 each. Call Sandy at 570-962-2397 for more information.


The Fairview Cemetery Association has asked me to thank everyone who helped to make their Chicken BBQ and bake sale a success that was held in September to raise funds for the perpetual upkeep at the cemetery grounds in Boggs Township. A special thank you to Tiny Sweitzer for bringing his “Chicken Coop” (that’s a big transportable grill) to the Yarnell Community Center to prepare the chicken and have it hot off the grill ready for those who purchased tickets for the benefit meal.

Thank you to Sandy Boob and those at Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek for having an open house at the center for people to visit and see the many improvements that have been done at the FCC. The FCC really looks nice with the new flooring tiles and it’s so bright and cheerful inside.

The Soup Sale at Howard United Methodist Church will be on Thursday, Oct. 18. It was incorrectly noted in the newspaper earlier this week and we want to clear that up. This soup sale will be held on Thursday from 11-1 and again from 5 to 6:30. A bowl of soup, a roll, a piece of pie and beverage will be $6. The proceeds from this soup sale will go to the Howard Fire Company.

Fire Prevention Week was October 7-13th. This year the theme is Look, Listen and Learn. Be aware – A fire can happen anywhere. Look for ways to reduce a fire hazard in your home. Listen for the sound of a smoke detector. Learn to get out of your house quickly, practice fire safety drills at home with your family, and teach children the importance of knowing when to call 9-1-1 for emergencies.

Howard Fire Company Fire Chief Collin Alterio suggests that residents should change the batteries in their smoke detectors and do routine checks to keep them working properly.

Guided tours are offered at Curtin Village on Saturday’s 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday’s from 11-4 through October. Call 814-355-1982 for more info.


Marsh Creek Brethren in Christ Church will have a refreshment and praise event that is open to the public. “CPR for the Soul” will begin with a concert by the Covalt’s on Saturday, Oct. 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Guest speaker Pastor Dennis Maderia will share his personal story on Sunday morning of God’s healing and grace during an illness. The Sunday service begins at 9 a.m. and will be followed by a brunch and fellowship time.

The church is located at 417 Summit Hill Road, about five miles west of Howard. Pastor Dan Longmore can be reached at 814-625-3544 for more info.


Howard Parks and Rec Committee will hold their annual Halloween Parade on Oct. 31 beginning at 5 p.m. Parade participants are encouraged to arrive in costume at the Howard fire hall just prior to 5 p.m. The parade will be led by a fire truck leaving the fire station, travel onto Black Street to Grove, then to Main and to Heverly Streets and then back to the fire station. Drinks, snacks and prizes will be provided after the parade. Contact Anita at 814-264-8042 for information.

Trick or Treating in Howard will be after the parade from 6-8 p.m. Residents who are prepared to offer treats should turn their porch lights on to welcome those trick or treating and for safety reasons.


Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution will be on Oct. 15 for Beech Creek area residents and those Centre County residents who missed their distribution date earlier this month. Food Bank hours are from 2-4 at the former Beech Creek Elementary School.

Howard United Methodist Church will hold a Soup Sale on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 11-1 and also from 5-6:30 p.m. The cost is $6 for a bowl of soup, roll, pie and beverage. Freezable quarts of soup are also available for $6, too. Proceeds from this soup sale will be given to the Howard Fire Company.

Howard Fire Company’s Punkin Chunkin will be held on Oct. 20 at Bald Eagle State Park. Craft vendors are needed for this event. Volunteers to assist with this activity are also needed. Craft vendors can obtain an application at or by calling 814-360-1680.

Howard Area Lions Club Bingo will be on October 25. Doors open at 5:30 and bingo games begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Beech Creek Fire Company social center. The men involved with the Lions Club keep the bingo evenings interesting with their antics. The crowd sang birthday greetings to Dwayne Haines and Randy Payton in September. Jackpots are growing which adds to the excitement. The kitchen is open to provide hot dogs and other snacks.

Howard Fire Company will hold their annual gun raffle at the fire station on Nov. 10. Tickets are on sale now from any fire company member and tickets will also be available at the Punkin Chunkin Festival.

The Beech Creek-Blanchard Santa Jump Jamboree will be held on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The final meeting to organize the events will be held at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall on Nov,7. Volunteers are needed to help the day of the event and anyone interested in helping should plan to attend these meetings. The meeting will start at 6 p.m.

Craft and food vendors are still being sought for the Jamboree. Applications can be obtained by calling Billie at 570-962-9944 or Wendy at 570-295-0421.

The Beech Creek Legion Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a free Veteran’s Day Breakfast Buffet on Sunday, Nov.18, from 7-11 a.m. This event is open to all veterans and their guest. An RSVP is requested before Nov. 11 so that the Auxiliary will have an idea of how many to prepare the food for. Please call Billie at 570-962-9944 to leave a message on who and how many will be attending.


Howard Happenings is written and compiled by Tammy Coakley who can be reached by emailing to or by telephoning 814-625-2684.