Howard Happenings


A spaghetti supper to benefit Tina Brownson will be held on Friday, May 31, at the Howard fire hall. Tina was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident on January 23. Another driver hit Tina’s car head-on and she suffered traumatic injuries to her lower body. She needed round clock nursing care and is continuing with her therapy treatment now.

Tina was employed by State Farm Insurance Company but had not been able to work. Tina grew up in Howard and is a graduate of Bald Eagle Area High School. She is a daughter of Dave and Kim Brownson, and her grandpap is Willard “Buzz” Brownson.

This supper hopes to help Tina with some of her financial needs so she can continue to rehabilitate and heal without worrying about all of the mounting bills and expenses. The cost of the meal for spaghetti and meatballs, salad, dinner roll, dessert and beverage will be $10. The benefit will be from 5-8 p.m. and you’re welcome to dine in or get take out meals. There will be a Chinese auction with some great prizes being offered by generous donors.


The Hays-Fearon-Bossert Cemetery in Beech Creek has purchased additional land and the cemetery association will be selling lots on Saturday, June 1, at the Beech Creek Wesleyan Church from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Those interested in obtaining a burial lot can contact a representative at the church.

A little bit of local history shows Lieutenant James Hays served in the “Colonial Wars” in the Pennsylvania Regiment under Col. Henry Bouquet. He fought in both the Princeton and Trenton battles. For his service he was granted 303 acres in the Bald Eagle Valley. Lieut. Hays settled on this land around 1787. He started a cemetery on this land in 1794 when the first burial took place. Thus, the Hays Cemetery was born.

The Hays farm was eventually acquired by John T. Fearon. Around 1850 the Fearon family added land to the original cemetery and thus became the Hays-Fearon Cemetery.

In 1944 Hays-Fearon Cemetery, Inc. was chartered by Judge Henry Hipple of Clinton County. The newly formed corporation purchased additional land from the Fearon’s in 1945.

In October, 2018, Hays-Fearon added two additional acres to the cemetery. One acre was purchased from the Bossert family, the current owners of the farm, and the Bossert’s donated another acre. This has been a settlement that came about after 32 years of negotiations between the cemetery association and the Bossert’s. Henry Salisbury, father of Judge Salisbury, and Harry Lingle, father of attorney Fred Lingle and David Lingle from whom has provided this information began those negotiations in 1986. The cemetery now goes by the name of Hays-Fearon-Bossert Cemetery.

For those who would be interested in cemetery lots you may come to the church on June 1 or contact David Lingle at 570-433-0929.


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. Dress for the outdoor service and bring a lawn chair to be more comfortable.

Nittany Valley Amish will be hosting a benefit dinner on Friday, May 24, at the Hublersburg fire hall. You can pick your time slot from noon to 8 p.m. Reservations can be called to Katie at 814-383-2008. Walk-ins are welcome, too. An adult meal is $18; children ages 11-17 will cost $16 and $5 is the meal charge for children ages 5-10. Senior citizen discounted price of $16 will apply for those over age 65. Proceeds from this dinner will help to offset the medical expenses for families in the community.

The flower and grocery sale and public auction usually held in conjunction with this benefit dinner will be held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds. Flowers and groceries will be sold on Friday evening from 3-6 p.m. and the Saturday, May 25, auction starts at 8:30 a.m. A breakfast buffet will be held on Saturday from 6-10 a.m. Call 625-2424 or 570-660-6695 for auction info.

Bald Eagle State Park will have a biking event on Saturday morning from 10-11:30 where you can enjoy a 5-mile round trip bike ride from Lower Greens Run to Bullit Run area and back. Bring your own bike and you must wear a helmet.

From 1-3 p.m. there will be an Eagle Watch at Bald Eagle State Park. Meet at the East Launch area to see the park’s bald eagles, their nest and the young. Binoculars and spotting scopes will be provided. Call 814-625-9369 for more info.

Marsh Creek Brethren in Christ Church will have a memorial service on Sunday, May 26, beginning at 9 a.m. Pastor Dan Longmore will bring his morning message at 9 and then the service will move to the cemetery to honor the memory of those buried there. For more info call 814-625-3544 or visit the church’s facebook page.

Jacksonville Cemetery will hold memorial services on Sunday, May 26, at the cemetery grounds beginning at 4 p.m. Call Joyce at 814-359-0307 for more info.

The Beech Creek American Legion will host the Memorial Day Parade on May 27. Parade line-up begins at 9 a.m. and the fire whistle blows at 10 a.m. for the parade to start. Floats, marching bands, twirling groups, fair queens and ball teams, fire trucks and ambulances and anyone else who would like to participate is welcome to join in the parade. Call Melvin at 570-660-6619 or Carol at 570-962-2265 for more information. Expect traffic delays as Route # 150 is closed during the parade time.

Beech Creek town-wide yard sale dates will be on May 31 and June 1. The Friendship Community Center will have tables available for those who want to set up for the yard sale and reap the benefits of having air-conditioning and no rain hassles. Tables are available to rent for $10 each and can be reserved by calling Sandy at 570-962-2397.

Friendship Community Center will also have their kitchen open on Friday from 9-5 and on Saturday from 9-1 for you to buy snacks and drinks during the yard sale times in Beech Creek.

Liberty Township Sportsmen’s Club will be having a bingo on June 6 at the Club House on Marsh Creek Road, Howard. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and bingo begins at 6:30. The kitchen will be open for snacks and drinks, too.

We had a good time at the first Club House Bingo. There were lots of rip-offs played during the entire evening and the kitchen food available was good. Club House Bingo will be held on the first and third Thursday evenings throughout the summer months. Call Dawn at 570-660-7901 for info and give Club House Bingo a try. If you need to bring the kiddos along there’s a small playground at the club that they may enjoy, too!

The descendants of Andrew and Etta Confer will gather for a family reunion on Saturday, June 8, at Bald Eagle State Park. The reunion will begin at noon and will be held in pavilion 3. Family members are invited to bring a covered dish to share and a white elephant gift for the fundraising auction. Spread the word so that the whole big family knows of the reunion date. Questions can be directed to Kaye at 843-552-6155.


VBS will be held at the Marsh Creek Brethren in Christ Church on Summit Hill Road on June 16-19. VBS will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. On Wednesday evening there will be an ice cream social after the Bible School. Children (and adults) are welcome to come join VBS at the church. For more info call Bonnie at 570-962-2665 or Dora at 814-933-0227.


Howard Happenings is written and compiled by Tammy Coakley who can be reached by email at tammy@ioiofficeinc.com or by calling 814-625-2684.