By Tammy Coakley

For The Express


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 Fire Company’s indoor yard sale is going on today until 6 p.m. and again tomorrow from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers are needed on Saturday at noon to help pack up all the left over items for the American Rescue Workers to haul away.

The Used Book Sale at the Storage Unit #3 adjacent to the fire hall location will be open during these times, too, for you to select books for a donation dropped into the fireman’s boot.

Fairview Cemetery Association will hold their annual Memorial Service on Sunday, May 19 beginning at 2 p.m. The guest speaker this year will be Elisa Osman, the Chaplain at The Oaks retirement home in Pleasant Gap. The Fairview Cemetery is located in Boggs Township at the intersection of Bullit Run and Fairview Roads and at the top of the Curtin Hollow hill. For more info about the cemetery call Nicky at 355-4823 or Herb at 355-1974.

Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution will be on May 20 for Beech Creek area residents and those in Centre County who missed their distribution date earlier this month. Food bank hours are from 2-4 p.m. at the former Beech Creek Elementary School.

Howard Area Lions Bingo will be held on Thursday evening, May 23, at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall. Doors and the kitchen open at 5 p.m. with first bingo ball dropped at 6:30 p.m. The Lions will take a break during the summertime months after the May 23 bingo night before resuming bingo again in September.

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.

Marsh Creek Brethren in Christ Church will have a memorial service on Sunday, May 26, beginning at 9 a.m. Pastor Dan 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.

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 2 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.

Club House Bingo will be held on the first and third Thursday evenings throughout the summer months. Call Dawn at 570-660-7901 for information.


A Used Book Sale to benefit the Howard Fire Company will be held during the fire company indoor sale dates at Storage Unit # 3 located behind the apartment building and across from the post office building. There is a massive selection of various genres including mystery, suspense, romance, science fiction and others with more coming in daily. The books were taken from the Gilbert Glenn home following his passing and will be available for a donation dropped into the fireman’s boot.

The storage unit was full of books before the town-wide sale earlier in May and I’m told that 531 books found a new home. More books are being sorted thru and brought to be added to the storage unit and sold during the fire company sale dates. Plan to stop by the storage unit to pick up some books on May 16-18. There are no prices, but rather you just drop your donation into the fireman’s boot to support our local fire department. Contact Deb at 625-2102 about the many books being offered at this sale.


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.


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.