Howard Happenings


Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek will host a basket benefit today, July 19, for Cathy Hipple of Blanchard. Cathy is beginning another battle with cancer and has started an extensive chemo regiment last week that will take several months to complete. She was experiencing some side effects from the first round of chemo, and we’re all hoping that as each day goes by she will bounce back and get to feeling better.

Earlier this week I heard that there’s about 35 baskets and other nice gifts that are being donated already for the benefit and we appreciate those donors who have shown their concern and compassion to help Cathy and to make this benefit event a success.

I usually try to provide a basket donation when the FCC is helping someone, and I especially felt compelled to put together a basket for Cathy since my daughter Abbie went to Liberty Curtin Elementary and eventually graduated with Cathy’s daughter Leslie. Cathy’s daughter Jamie Shade is a rural mail carrier at the Beech Creek Post Office. Cathy’s son-in-law, Travis Shade, was a baseball coach for Jimmy’s team when he played Little League several years ago.

While Abbie and Andyboy were home visiting in June, she and I did some shopping and put together a nice basket. It’s has pink bath towels, hair care products, make-up and skin care products, perfume and many items that a lady can use to pamper herself with.

When I dropped my basket off earlier this week I saw some other baskets that had been donated that had some unique ideas, too. One basket was donated by the children (with the help of their parents) at Busy Bees Daycare and is full of chocolate candy bars, candies like M&M’s, hot cocoa mix and other things that chocolate lovers will want to have.

There were some back to school gift bags for a boy and girl that have a back pack, note books, pencils and lots of other supplies that a student will need to start to school within a few weeks.

There was a basket with all the fixing to make campfire s’mores and another basket full of things for a picnic that were really nice and will certainly come in handy this summer. It’s always exciting to see the ideas that people come up with for filling their baskets, and it’s even more exciting to know that the baskets are provided and the tickets sold that helps people right here in our local community.

Friendship Community Center helpers will be at the FCC around noon today to accept any last minute donations and to host the benefit event which will run from 2-8 p.m. Stop in to see all the baskets that have been donated and buy some raffle tickets to support Cathy. Basket winners will be drawn at 8 p.m. and the FCC will call you if you’re not there to arrange for pickup of your prizes.


The annual Jacksonville Cemetery Association’s Festival will be held tomorrow, 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 are is 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.


National recording artist Lynn Swizinsky will be in concert at the Beech Creek Wesleyan Church this Sunday, July 21, for the 9 a.m. worship service. Lynn has recorded his seventh solo album as well as having recorded on five group albums. He has shared the stage with such gospel greats like The Couriers, the Jacobs Brothers and many more.

Pastor Alan Eckenroad invites the public to the worship concert where you will hear Lynn perform some of the all-time gospel greats and some of his own original music. Beech Creek Wesleyan Church is located at 217Main Street in Beech Creek. For more information call 570-962-2732.


Mark your calendars that the dates for the Howard Area Lions Club Food Bank will be changed during the month of August and September.

Food Bank distribution will be on August 5 for Centre County residents in the Lions service area. The distribution date for those residents in Beech Creek will be changed to August 12 since the Lions will be parking cars at Grange Fair the week of August 19.

Food Bank distribution dates in September will be on Sept. 9 for Centre County residents and on September 16 for the Beech Creek area residents. Normally the distribution date is the first and third Monday of each month, but because of the Labor Day holiday it will be moved to Sept. 9.

The Howard Area Lions will host a blood drive on August 14 at the Howard fire hall from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Blood donors of all types are needed as summertime usually leaves the blood banks suffering with a low blood supply. Please become a regular donor at the blood drives in Howard.

Our local Lions will be parking cars during Grange Fair week beginning on August 16. This is a fundraiser that the Lions do to earn funds that are then used locally to help individuals and organizations when needed.

Lions Bingo will be starting again on September 12 at the Beech Creek fire company social hall. Doors and the kitchen are open at 5 p.m. and bingo games begin at 6:30.


Bald Eagle State Park will host a Kayak Day Trip on Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join the park naturalist for a day of aquatic recreation and education. This will be an 8-mile excursion that will take you from Milesburg to Bullit Run Launch in BESP. There are a limited number of kayak’s available to borrow from the park. You may bring your own kayak, but you must have your life vest and launch permit with you. Participants must be 14 years old or older and have prior kayaking experience. There is a $20 fee for this event. Call the park office at 814-625-9369 to register prior to July 27.

Learn about the Snakes of Pennsylvania in a program on July 27 at 7 p.m. at the Russell Letterman Campground Amphitheater. Guest speaker Michelle McCloskey from Black Moshannon State Park will tell you how important snakes can be to the environment and you can get a close-up view of some snakes, too.

For more information about these and other events being held at the park please call 814-625-9369 or visit the website.


The Cheerful Workers group at Faith Chapel UMC will be sponsoring a shopping bus trip to Grove City Outlets on Saturday, Nov. 2. The bus will depart from the Howard Elementary School at 8 a.m. and will return around 9 p.m. The cost is $30 per person. To make a reservation for the bus trip call Sue at 814-625-2132 or Linda at 570-962-3388.


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