Howard Happenings


Howard Fire Company has achieved designation as a Red Cross Emergency Shelter. With the installation of a generator donated by the county, the fire company can now keep their building powered during emergencies. There were no shelters in the Howard area until now.

There will be a special dedication of the shelter today, April 12, at noon at the fire station. Following the dedication the Red Cross will hold a short training for volunteers who will then visit each house in Howard Borough to offer to install free smoke alarms under the Home Fire Campaign.

We need volunteers to make up teams of 3-4 people each to visit the homes and do the alarm installations. It is expected to take a few hours to visit each of the homes in town.

To volunteer please call the fire station and leave your name and phone number saying you’ll help with the smoke alarm campaign. Volunteers will be treated to pizza at the noon dedication service and will then make sure that every house in Howard Borough has a smoke alarm.

If you live outside of Howard Borough and do not have any smoke detectors in use in your home please call the Red Cross and let them know.


An Easter Egg Hunt will be held for the Howard Community on Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m. The egg hunt will be held at the borough park (across from the post office) and is sponsored by the Howard Borough Parks and Recreation Committee.

There will be a visit from the Easter Bunny, prizes and all the children will receive a treat bag. Bring your camera for some springtime photos with the Easter Bunny!

For more info call Anita at 814-264-8042.


The Howard Post Office will have new hours beginning on April 13. A sign is posted on the glass window at the entry door advising that the new hours for weekdays will be from 7:30 to 4. On Saturdays the post office will be open from 7:30 until 11 o’clock.


Liberty Baptist Church in Blanchard is preparing for their Easter Services and the public is invited to participate.

r April 14 at 10:15 a.m. will be a Palm Sunday Worship Service.

r April 18 from 6-8 p.m. will be a Maundy Thursday Prayer and Communion Service.

r April 19 at 9 a.m. will be a Women’s Sacrificial Breakfast. RSVP before April 15 to 570-962-2214.

r April 19 at 11 a.m. will be the Cross Walk from the church to Sayers Dam and back.

r April 21 at 10:15 a.m. will be the Easter Sunday Worship Service

r April 21 at 11:15 a.m. will be an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service.

For more info about any events at Liberty Baptist Church call Pastor Chris Davis at the church office at 570-962-2214.


The Blanchard Church of Christ will be presenting their annual Easter drama on April 12-13-14 at the church. Tickets are free, but you must call the church office at 570-962-2423 to reserve your tickets.

The musical prelude begins at 6:15 each evening, and you can pick up your tickets and be in your seats by 6:30 p.m. that evening.

The drama begins at 7 p.m. A love offering is taken each evening.

For more information or to order your tickets call the church office and leave your name, number of tickets needed and what night you want to attend along with your telephone number.

Blanchard Church of Christ is located at 161 Beach Street in Blanchard and Pastor Russ Moldovan is the minister there.


The Beech Creek Wesleyan Church will be holding some exciting events to celebrate the Easter season. Pastor Alan Eckenroad invites the community to participate.

On Sunday, April 14, the church will hold a combined Palm Sunday service and a Children’s Easter program beginning at 10 a.m..

Also this Sunday an Easter Egg Extravaganza is set for 2 p.m. at the church. The Easter egg hunt will be for children ages 12 and younger. There will be refreshments, lots of prizes and several thousand eggs filled with goodies to hunt. Children should bring an Easter basket, bucket or a durable bag to collect all of the eggs they find!

Beech Creek Wesleyan Church is located at 217 Main Street in Beech Creek.

For more information contact the church office at 570-962-2732.


An Easter Bazaar will be held at Howard Christian Church on April 13 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This is the first time the church has ventured out to hold a bazaar of this type and it’s being organized by congregation member Sheri Dreibelbis. Sheri and her husband Kevin have been preparing pot-pie all week. They have mixed the pot pie ingredients for 49 batches from scratch and have rolled and cut the dough. They are using 25 pounds of ham and 40 pounds of potatoes. The potpie will be sold for $6 a quart at the bazaar.

Also featured is Nan’s Donuts, with 300 donuts being delivered for the bazaar. After a short survey taken of Sheri’s coworkers and other congregation members of their favorite donut flavors, there will be peanut butter filled donuts, white cream filled donuts, glazed, chocolate cake donuts with icing, lemon filled and blueberry filled.

Potted Easter flowers will be available in two sizes and various colors. Small pots of three bulbs of daffodils and tulips will be $5 while the larger pots that bear six bulbs will be $10. Hyacinth blooms that are rich in fragrance will be $5 for one bulb and the three bulb pots will be $10.

An assortment of homemade baked goods and peanut butter melt-away candies in various Easter shapes will also be available as well as children’s books, Veggie Tales DVD’s, Amish books and crafts that will be sold at the bazaar.

The proceeds from this bazaar will be used for the church benevolent fund which will help individuals and families in and around the community as well as to support the Howard Elementary School’s Angel Tree program that buys gifts for needing families at Christmastime.

For more info or to preorder potpie please call Sheri at 814-876-2910. Come early to get your potpie, favorite donuts and more during the church bazaar.


Howard Area Lions Food Bank provided 143 families with food aid in February and 147 boxes of food were distributed to families in March.

Food Bank distribution will be on April 15 for residents who live in the Beech Creek area and those living in Centre County who missed their distribution date earlier this month. Food Bank aid is provided to registered families who live in the Lions Club servicing area. To learn more about the Howard Area Lions Food Bank contact Ron Davy at 570-962-2407.

Howard Area Lions Blood Drive will be on April 17 at the Howard fire hall from 1:30 to 7 p.m. For local transportation to the blood drives call Paul at 570-660-0265. Our goal is to get 50 donors to support the Red Cross blood drive this month, so we need your donation.

At their March business meeting our local Lions Club voted to donate nearly $14,000 to support local groups and their activities. The Lions Club provided donations to three fire companies and the youth softball and baseball programs.

A donation was made to support the BEA Pen Pal program and some student scholarships. The Lions Club also made financial contributions to Lion’s Club projects and helped other organizations in the area. Lions Club members work all year long to fundraise and support these donations and we praise them for their service.

Lions Bingo is one way the local club works to earn money to support needs in the area. At the last bingo in March we sang Happy Birthday to Karen Kyle and Courtney Weaver. The Lions are planning to provide ten Easter hams as prizes for the bingo on April 11.

Lions Bingo will be held on April 25 at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo games begin at 6:30. Lions Bingo will be held on May 9 and May 23 before taking a summertime break.

Please feel welcome to join the bingo group. We always have a good time and the Lions Club men keep it fun with laughs, 50/50 raffles, rip tickets and kitchen snacks. Bingo is over about 9 p.m. so you needn’t worry about being out too late.

Lions road clean-up will be held on April 27. Volunteers are to meet at the Howard VFW parking lot at 8 a.m. to start.

Howard Area Lions Club is planning a Memorial Ceremony at the Foster Sayers Memorial site at Sayers Dam. The service will being at 6 p.m. on May 24.

Veterans bricks are available for purchase and recent brick orders will be laid in place in the Walk of Honor before the memorial service. An engraved brick with the veteran’s name is $65 and can be ordered any time during the year by contacting Gene Teaman at 570-962-2578.


A Frog Pond Exploration will be held at Bald Eagle State Park on April 13 at 2 p.m. This is a great time to bring your youngsters to see the frogs, birds and insects at the park. Dress for the outdoors and wear your boots because there will be some wet and muddy areas to venture into. Meet at Pavilion 6 near the beach for the exploration walk.

On April 19 at 8:30 there will be a Full Moon Hike at Bald Eagle State Park. Join the park naturalist as we look for signs of spring beneath a full moon glow. Participants will be hiking about two miles on the Skyline and Butterfly Trails. Dress for the outdoor weather and bright a flashlight. This program is weather dependent and could be cancelled if rain or cloud cover.

A spring clean up day is planned at Bald Eagle State Park on Saturday, April 20, from 9 to noon. Volunteers are needed to help with litter pickup and to remove old tires and junk from the area. Gloves are provided. This program is part of the Clearwater Conservancy Watershed Cleanup Day. Meet at the Bald Eagle boat launch in Howard to help. Call the park office at 814-625-9369 for more info.

Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority will hold a free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on April 26 and 27. The HHW Event will be held on Friday from 9-5 and on Saturday from 8-2 and is for residential households only.

Items that are acceptable will be household cleaners, oil-based paints, insecticides, weed killers, pool chemicals, CFL bulbs and fluorescent tubes.

For more information about the HHW Collection Event call CCRRA at 814-238-7005.

Country Music Jam is held the fourth Sunday of each month, April 28, at the Howard fire hall. The Back Porch String Band from Howard hosts the monthly jam session that begins at 2 o’clock. A 50/50 raffle is awarded and the hat is passed for a donation to benefit the Howard Fire Company. Bring a snack to share and enjoy the Sunday afternoon music and fellowship time at the fire hall.

Howard Community Yard Sale Days will be on May 3 and 4. Residents are invited to set up a yard or garage sale on these dates.


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