Howard Happenings


Beech Creek Wesleyan Church will celebrate Christmas in July with a live nativity on Sunday evening, July 14, from 5-7 p.m. at the church. Stop by to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Christmas season and to celebrate Christ’s birth and the plan of salvation.

Pastor Alan Eckenroad invites the public to attend this free event and to join him for ice cream at the church pavilion. For more info call the church office at 570-962-2732.


Clinton County Community Center at 124 E. Walnut Street in Lock Haven will offer a new 8 hour course for those 55 and older who would like to receive a discount on their auto insurance premiums.

The course will be held on two days for 4 hours each on July 12 and July 19. You must attend both classes to receive the full 8 hours to obtain the certificate to get the discount. CCCC is located in the former K-Mart Plaza complex near the MacIntyre Chevrolet dealership in Lock Haven.

Classes are held from 12:15 to 4:30 p.m. and you can reserve a space by calling 570-858-5800. John Eck is the instructor and he will get you properly registered on July 12 and will accept your one-time payment of $20 then. If you are a member of AARP and bring your membership card the cost of the program is only $15.

John Eck held a couple classes here in Howard for me and he’s great to work with. There are no tests to take and John encourages open discussion during the class time. John can be contacted at 570-220-0949, too.


The annual Orviston Festival will be held on July 12 beginning at 5 p.m. and on Saturday, July 13.

Friday evening activities feature a Wiffle Ball Sluggers Derby that starts at 6 p.m. followed by the Vinyl Stripes Band entertaining from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Saturday morning kicks off with breakfast at the pavilion from 7-9 a.m. At 10 o’clock the official opening ceremonies will be held . Horseshoe Pitching registration is at 9 and the tournament begins shortly thereafter.

The Second Chance Band will perform at 11:30. The Parade will be held at 2 o’clock.

Route 364 Band will take the stage at 2:30 followed by Sadie Wolfe at 5 p.m. with Beetles Tunes.

The annual brick float will be held at 6:15. Lomison Family and Friends will entertain from 6:30 to 8:30.

Prizes will be awarded from the 50/50 raffle and the ticket raffle. The grand finale fireworks show starts at 9:45.


Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek will host a basket benefit on Friday, July 19, for Cathy Hipple of Blanchard.

Cathy has recently learned that cancer has returned and she will need to undergo an extensive chemo regiment. This basket benefit will hopefully help to provide her with some funds to lessen her worries about the many extra expenses that she’ll have as a result of treatment, doctor visits, hospital stays, etc.

If you can donate a basket please do so to make this benefit a big success for Cathy so she knows we are supporting her and so she can concentrate on getting better. Call Sandy at FCC using 570-962-2397 to let her know she can count on your basket donation for this benefit. Baskets can be dropped off at the FCC on Thursday evening before the Friday benefit.


The annual Jacksonville Cemetery Association’s Festival will be held on Saturday, July 20, at the festival grounds in Jacksonville. This festival is held to raise funds to provide for the perpetual care needs of the nine acres of cemetery grounds. It costs about $6,000 annually for the cemetery mowing and upkeep. The festival started in 1930 and will be held rain or shine.

The festival kicks off about 5:30 p.m. when the grills are fired up and ready with hotdogs and hamburgers. There’s also pizza, french fries and hot sausage sandwiches. There’s soda, ice cream and shade canopies to keep you cool during the evening. There are games for the kids to enjoy and the paddle wheel, poker games, and bingo games. There is a 50/50 raffle and rip tickets are sold during the evening.

This year the live entertainment will be provided by the Lomison Family & Friends who will perform from 6-9 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and settle in for some good food, fun and fellowship.

The cemetery association can always use a few volunteers to help for the festival activities, too. Call Joyce at 814-482-1343 to volunteer and for any cemetery or festival questions.


The Lions will have their food trailer at the Orviston Festival on July 12 and July 13. The Orviston Festival parade will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Firefly Fun will be held on Friday evening, July 12, at the Russell Letterman Campground Amphitheater in Bald Eagle Stae Park. Whether you call them lightning bugs or fireflies, you’ll get to learn more about these summertime glow bugs. Learn more about the history of the fireflies and have fun catching them.

The Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution for residents in who live in Beech Creek and Beech Creek Township along with those residents from Centre County who missed their distribution date earlier this month will be on July 15. Food Bank headquarters is the former Beech Creek Elementary School and distribution is from 2-4 p.m. Bring any boxes that you have back for reuse.

Clubhouse Bingo will be held at the Liberty Township Sportsmen’s Club at Marsh Creek on Thursday evening, July 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Snacks and sodas are available from the kitchen, too.


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