Howard Happenings


The Orviston Community Club members are already thinking about warm summer nights and the Orviston Festival celebration in July. The Orviston Community Club will hold a chicken and waffle supper at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall on Saturday evening, Feb. 24, from 4-7 p.m. There’s still time to save on the cost of a ticket if you buy your ticket now at $7, or the meal price is just $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 paying for the fireworks that will be the grand finale at the end of the festival on July 14. This meal is usually well attended so we ask that once you finish eating that you kindly make room for others to sit down so they may enjoy their meal, too. Call Jim at 570-660-9725 or Brenda at 570-660-5283 for more info or tickets.


Maranda Hanley and Lauren Steining will be holding a Blood Drive on Feb. 26 at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall from 1-6 p.m. This event is being organized for their senior class project. Donors are needed for this blood drive. A donor must be 17 years old or 16 with a parent coming along to grant permission. Donors should be in good health with no coughs or colds.

The girls have put a lot of time into planning and preparing for this blood drive, so please make an effort to show your support of their project and come out to donate. With the flu season upon us, some people won’t be able to donate because of sickness, so those of you who are healthy and able should take about 30 minutes of your time to give blood because your gift has the potential to save several lives.

Please call Maranda at 570-295-5739 and let her know that she and Lauren can count on you to be there.


Yarnell Community Center is taking orders for homemade Easter eggs until the end of February. The flavors are peanut butter, coconut, cherry and black walnut. The eggs are $1 each and can be ordered by calling George at 814-355-5896. The eggs will be made in mid-March and ready for pick-up then.


Yancy Sagastume, the owner of Brothers Pizza in Howard, is leaving on a mission’s trip to Honduras and he wants to fill a suitcase full of items to use at the medical clinic there. Over-the-counter headache, sinus or allergy pills, eye and ear drops, band-aids and gauze pads or wraps, antibiotic creams, antiacids, and various other items that we use here will certainly come in handy to treat those in Honduras. Donations must be dropped off to Yancy at the pizza shop before February 25.

Yancy will be traveling with the Evangelistic Faith Mission Team to San Luis and will be a translator while working with the medical clinic outreach there from March 3-10. Please keep Yancy and the missions team in your prayers. For more info call 814-625-2003.


Beech Creek-Blanchard Senior Cheer Club will meet on Thursday, March 1, at the Friendship Community Center for a noon luncheon and meeting. Anyone age 55 and older is invited to join the club for fellowship, food and fun. Bring a covered dish to share and a wrapped item for the bingo games. For more information about Senior Cheer Club contact Jane at 570-962-2406.

Howard United Methodist Church will offer a Lenton Fish Buffet at the church on Friday, March 2, from 4-7 p.m. The all you can eat meal will feature breaded baked fish, macaroni and cheese, baked potatoes, stewed tomatoes, mixed veggies, coleslaw, rolls, desserts and drinks. Ham will be available for those non-fish eaters. The mean is $13 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. The church is located at 144 West Main Street, down by the Kader-Neff Funeral Home, in Howard. Call 814-625-2362 for more info.

Bald Eagle State Park will offer a Golden Eagle Voyage Weekend March 2-4 at the Nature Inn. On Saturday guests will drive to Tussey Mountain to see migrating hawks and eagles. Tussey Mountain records the highest seasonal totals and peak daily counts of migrating golden eagles in the spring in the eastern United States. Lunch will be served at Shawver’s Creek Environmental Center followed by a Birds of Prey program. Dinner will be served at the Nature Inn followed by a nighttime stroll for the Owl Prowl. Sunday morning offers a delicious breakfast followed by a morning bird walk.

Zach McCloskey, the Environmental Education Specialist at Bald Eagle State Park, also reminds that the park offers a sled riding slope for families to use during the winter months and also there is a snowshoe and cross country ski loaner program available for those interested. Call the park at 814-625-9369 or visit the website at for more info.

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 Sunday, February 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. The Clubhouse kitchen will be open selling food, snacks and drinks during the weekend. 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 for more info or a vendor’s application.

There will be a lasagna supper at the Yarnell Community Center on Saturday, March 10, beginning at 5 p.m. Come out to enjoy an all you can eat meal of lasagna, garlic bread, 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 missions team is headed to Texas at the end of March to aid in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and another team is planning to go to help in deep Appalachia, West Virginia. Call Thelma at 814-355-7134 for more info.

Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek will have a Spring Bazaar on March 23 from 6-9 p.m. and on March 24 from 9-1. Tables are $10 each for vendors to sell their wares and can be reserved by calling Sandy at 570-962-2397. Proceeds from the bazaar will go towards replacing the flooring at the FCC.

The Neva Askey Memorial Dart Tournament will be held on March 23 and March 24 at the Lock Haven VFW Club. Registration for teams of three members is $30. To register your team contact Sandy at 570-660-1172 or Dan at 570-660-8681. Proceeds this year will go towards helping local veterans through the Clinton County Veterans Affairs office.

There will be a Nittany Valley Benefit Dinner on Saturday, March 24, from 12-7 at the Hublersburg fire hall. This is an Amish all you can eat dinner that you can pick your hour time slot for eating. Take-outs are available, too. The main dinner features meats, potatoes, noodles and much more. The desserts are pies, donuts, cakes, puddings and ice cream. Cost is $18 for adults with a $2 savings for those older than 65. The price for children from 11-17 is $16 and the cost for children ages 5-10 is $5. The hour time slots begin at noon and end at the last slot from 6-7 p.m. Reservations can be made early by contacting Katie at 814-383-2008. Walk-ins are accepted, too.

Liberty Curtin Elementary will hold a Vera Bradley Bingo on March 25 at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall. Doors open at 11:30 and bingo runs from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $20 early or $25 at the door. A themed basket and Chinese auction will also be held along with 50/50 and kitchen foods available. Seating is limited to 200, so get your tickets early. For tickets or more info call Cassie at 570-660-0956 or Michelle at the elementary school at 570-962-2225, ext. 2503.


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