Howard Happenings By Tammy Coakley


Beech Creek/Blanchard Senior Cheer Club met on November 2 at the Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek. There were 20 members in attendance. Emma Butler was welcomed as a new member. Gale Spangler gave the table grace for the noon luncheon.

Judy Cain provided the devotional time. The Lord’s Prayer and the Flag pledge. Both the secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were given.

The Christmas party arrangements were finalized. The Christmas party will be held at the Mountain Valley Diner.

Judy Cain, Charlotte Young and Blair Confer were serenaded with Happy Birthday this month.

The door prize was won by Maxine Chubb and the fundraiser contest was won by Janie Confer.

“Thanksgiving Feasting” and “A Turkey Speaks” were read by Gale Spangler.

The club will not meet during the months of January or February due to cold weather time.

For more information about Senior Cheer Club call Janie at 570-962-2406.


I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving. We have many blessings to be thankful for each day, not just on Thanksgiving Day.


Bald Eagle Area School’s Spanish Club will be hosting a Fall Craft & Gift Fair on November 25 from 9-3. Non-perishable food items will be collected during the event to stock the local food banks for the holiday season. For each non-perishable food item you bring you’ll be awarded free raffle tickets to win some really nice prizes. There are more than 100 vendors signed up for this event.

BEA Student Government group will be accepting donated dresses for the upcoming prom season. The strongest need is for modern prom dresses and semi-formals for the girls to wear to the dances. Dresses are offered to students who may not be otherwise able to afford a dress for their dance. For more info on how you can donate a prom dress call Diane at 814-280-8935.

November morning bird walks will be held at Bald Eagle State Park each Wednesday from 9-10:30 a.m. You’ll be able to get some exercise and discover the many birds that are in the park. Dress for the outdoors and bring your binoculars. The meeting location will vary each week so call ahead for details to 814-625-9369.

Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall on December 2. This is the 5th annual breakfast and is free to attend. The event runs from 9-11 a.m. and will feature breakfast, kid’s crafts and photos with Santa. Bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Howard Area Lions Food Bank. This event is the Senior Class Project of Raine Smith and is sponsored by Woodmen Life and other local businesses.

Liberty Baptist Church in Blanchard will have a Holiday Dinner and Concert on the evening of December 2 . A dinner is planned and the Keystone State Quartet from Ebensburg will provide the Southern-style Gospel concert. Proceeds from this event will help with the cost of the church gym facility. More info as to the time, the cost and how to reserve your seating will be coming soon or you may contact Greta or Pastor Chris at 570-962-2214.

The annual Santa Jump Jamboree will be held in Beech Creek on Saturday, December 9. Food and craft vendors will be set up and there’s still time for some last minute vendors to get accepted. Call Billie at 570-962-9944 or Wendy at 570-295-0421 for a vendor application or for more info.

This year Santa and his elves will parachute onto the ball field at 1 p.m., weather permitting that the plane can fly. Vendors will be set up in the Friendship Community Center and the fire company social hall and along the grounds from the ball field to the borough building. There will be bike give-aways for three age groups and the Legion Ladies Auxiliary will be giving away turkeys and hams. Santa will meet and greet the children and hand out treats upon his arrival. Strolling characters will be on scene for photos to be taken with them throughout the day.

Howard Area Lions blood drive will be held on December 13 at the Howard fire hall from 1:30-7 p.m. Blood donors of all types are needed.


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