Howard Happenings


A local family is in need of aluminum can tabs which will help them to stay at the Ronald McDonald House while their child is seen at Geisinger in Danville. Please save your soda or beer can tabs and get them to me at Insurance Office soon. I’m hoping that the Askey family will share the latest update on their family situation that I’ll be able to pass along to you here.

We also have a tab drop off location in the Beech Creek at Larry Butler’s Woodmen Life office along Route 150 across from the Armstrong plant for those who are willing to save and donate the tabs, too. I believe the American Legion in Beech Creek will accept the tabs there for the Askey family as well.

A little tab can go a long way in making a difference for those families who have children that need hospital treatment at Geisinger and who need to stay at the Ronald McDonald House there. Keep on saving those tabs to help!


Howard Parks and Recreation still have a few calendars left for sale. This year the calendars honor the artistic talents and the memory of the late Bertha “Sis” Lomison.

We want to sell the last few calendars so that you are able to enjoy the beautiful artwork each month. There are some historical paintings that will bring back memories of buildings long gone now.

There are just three calendars left that are available at the Insurance Office, Inc. on Walnut Street during daytime office hours. Each calendar is just $10 each. Stop in or call 625-2488 for calendar availability as the final few will be sold on a first come basis.


Howard Area Lions will offer their annual Sweetheart Dinner at the Howard fire hall on Feb. 9. This is a free sit-down dinner of turkey, ham and all the trimmings for residents living in the Lions Club service area who are 60+ years of age and older. The meal is served at noon. Come early for a seat with your friends and fellowship time. There will also be chances for cash prizes to be given away as well as a 50/50 drawing.


Yancy Sagastume, owner of Brothers Pizza in Howard, is planning to go to Honduras on a missions trip. Yancy is traveling with a missionary group led by Evangelistic Faith Missions and he acts as a translator for the medical teams at the clinic in the mountains of San Luis.

Yancy would like your help to fill a suit case with supplies that he can take to the clinic. Things needed are cough drops, decongestants, eye drops, ear drops for removing wax and for treating swimmers ear, Tylenol, ibuprofen, Aleve, Tums, Rolaids, wart medicine, creams for skin conditions, antifungal creams like Neosporin, hydrocortisone creams, zip-lock baggies, band-aids and tooth paste. These over-the-counter medicines and other items should have a valid expiration date.

Yancy will be accepting your donations at Brothers Pizza and needs to have them before February 24 since he will be leaving on February 27 for Honduras.

For more info call Yancy at 814-404-7810.


A Red-Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Howard fire hall on Feb. 13 from 1:30 – 7 p.m. Blood donors of all types are needed to replenish the blood bank supply and if you are type O blood then your donation is crucial. Blood supplies are seriously low all over and with wintertime colds and flu season that sometimes keeps regular donors from being able to give, so please consider becoming a donor at this blood drive.

The American Red Cross has issued a desperate plea to all available donors to become a blood donor this month, and the Howard Area Lions Club will help to make you feel welcome, comfortable and cared for during your donation experience. It only takes about one hour of your time and certainly means a lot to people who have chronic illnesses, those needing immediate surgery, and traumatic injuries. Once your donation is complete the Lions Club provides nourishing foods and drinks for you free of charge, and the Lions Club will provide transportation to local donors, too. For local transportation to the blood drive call Lion Paul at 570-660-0265.


Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution will be on Feb. 18 for Beech Creek area residents and those Centre County residents who missed their date earlier this month. The Food Bank headquarters is at the former Beech Creek Elementary School and distribution is from 2-4 p.m. If you have an empty box to bring back that the Lions Club can reuse each month for packing the food aid please bring it along.

Howard United Methodist Church will offer a Soup Sale Luncheon on Thursday, February 21, at the church fellowship hall. The luncheon runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features a bowl of soup with a roll, a piece of pie and a beverage for $6. Take-out quarts of soup in freezable containers can also be ordered beforehand by calling Patti at 814-625-2182.

The Orviston Community Club will offer a chicken and waffle supper on Feb. 23 from 4-7 p.m. A meal will be $7 and the proceeds will go towards the grand finale fireworks show at the Orviston Festival in July.

The chicken and waffles will be served from 4-7 p.m. at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall. Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting Brenda at 570-660-5283 or Dave at 814-404-0357. You may also contact Wes and Missie at 570-962-2916 for meal tickets or to volunteer to help sell raffle tickets for the festival drawing, too.

Howard Area Lions Bingo will be held on Feb. 28. Doors and the kitchen open at 5 and bingo games start at 6:30. Lions Bingo is held the second and fourth Thursday evenings at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall.

Howard Area Civic Club will have their bingo featuring handmade furniture and country decor on March 3 at the Howard fire hall from 2-6 p.m. Tickets are $25 each. In addition to the regular bingo games and the special games there will be a Chinese auction, rip tickets and 50/50 raffles. The Civic Club is asking for donations from businesses either in the form of a Chinese auction prize or a monetary gift. This bingo is a popular event in Howard so get your tickets early since there is limited seating of about 200 participants.

Tickets are available at Insurance Office, Inc. on Walnut Street during weekday hours or by calling Dorothy at 814-482-8018.

Nittany Valley Amish Benefit Dinner will be held on March 30 at the Hublersburg fire hall from noon to 7 p.m. You can pick your time slot to eat a traditional Amish home cooked wedding style meal. Call Katie Beiler at 814-383-2008 or John Glick at 814-383-0180 for more info or to arrange your meal time slot. Walk-ins are welcome and take-out meals are available, too! Proceeds from the meal benefit the Amish schools.


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