Howard Happenings



Howard Borough will be picking up leaves for residents during November. Leaves should be raked to the curbs for Steve and Cody to collect on Monday or Tuesday as their schedule allows.

Please do not rake the leaves near fire hydrants and be sure to keep the storm grates cleared of leaves. Residents are not to be burning leaves or sticks and limbs, but rather can dispose of them at the compost pile site at the West End Park (out past the Woolrich Plant) area.


The 4th Annual Santa Jump Jamboree is tomorrow (Nov. 9) in Beech Creek. There will be craft, retail and food vendors set up across the Legion ball field and the borough building grounds, in the fire station, the fire company social hall and at the Beech Creek Friendship Community Center for the Jamboree that runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

From 10 a.m. until 1 o’clock there will be a Santa’s workshop with crafts for the children to make and games for the children on the tennis courts.

At 1 p.m. we’ll look to the skies to see Santa and two elves skydiving from a plane (weather permitting) and landing on the ball field. Santa will greet the children and hand out treats. Bring your camera for photos with Santa.

There will be bike giveaways for children, ham and turkey raffles for the adults, a 50/50 raffle and Chinese Auction items to be given away to winners.

Parking for the event is available at the Beech Creek Wesleyan Church with a shuttle bus running throughout the day. The bus will stop at the post office and fire station for riders to board. Some handicapped parking is available at the borough building for those who have the proper handicapped placard. Please don’t take a handicapped parking space from someone who truly needs it.

Volunteers are needed to help with the Santa Jump Jamboree. A lot of preparation work has already been done, but now there’s a need for volunteers to help with setting things up on Friday, and making sure that things run smoothly throughout the day on Saturday. There’s raffle tickets to sell, there’s auction items to arrange and watch over, there are games to chaperone and help certainly will be needed for the clean-up afterward.

Information is available and volunteers may contact Billie at 570-962-9944 or Wendy at 570-295-0421.

Lynn Bitner will have the Beech Creek Museum open on Saturday from 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. for anyone who would like to visit and see the collection of memorabilia there.



Howard Fire Company will hold their gun raffle on Nov. 9 from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from any fire company member or at the door. There are 10 gun prizes and 10 cash prizes along with a special bingo ball prize of a Taurus Judge 45/410 revolver.

Nittany Valley Fire Company will hold their Sportsmen’s raffle on Nov. 9 from 3-9 p.m. Tickets are $10 each for cash, rifles and crossbow package prizes. Call Kevin at 570-263-6019 for info.

You must be 21 with photo ID and have your ticket copy to attend. Food and beverages are available.


On Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, the Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek will offer a Veteran’s Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Any and all veteran’s along with one guest of their choice are invited to come to the FCC to enjoy free coffee, tea and sweets. No reservations are necessary.

Call Sandy at 570-962-2397 for any questions or to rent the FCC anytime.


Lions Club Bingo will be on Nov. 14 and on Nov. 21. Notice the change because of Thanksgiving Day. Doors and the kitchen open at 5 and bingo games start at 6:30 p.m. Lions Bingo is held at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall.

Howard Area Lions Club Food Bank distribution will be on Nov. 18 for Beech Creek area residents and those in Centre County serviced by the Lions Club who missed their distribution earlier in the month. The Food Bank headquarters is the former Beech Creek Elementary School and distribution hours are from 2-4 p.m. Bring your empty box back each month for the Lions to refill.

The Lions Club members are selling their fundraising Lottery calendars now. The calendars are for the entire year of 2020 and are $10 each. The winning number is based on the evening Pick 3 PA Lottery drawing. The calendars sell out quick so see a Lion to get yours soon.



Liberty Baptist Church in Blanchard hosted a chicken and waffle supper on Oct. 25 to obtain funds to purchase items for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. There was a good turnout of people coming to eat and also for getting take-out meals. Some people opted to make a monetary donation that exceeded the value of the meal just because they knew the proceeds were going to a worthy cause.

Operation Christmas Child provides a shoebox full of items for children through Franklin Graham Ministries and Samaritan’s Purse. Shoeboxes are packed full of toys, books, school supplies and personal hygiene products for boys and girls in ages ranging from 2-14 years. Hats, socks, t-shirts, shoes and flip-flops also fit into the shoeboxes. One shoebox and its contents puts smiles of delight on each of the children’s faces as the box full of items could very well be the only gifts that the children receive for Christmas. For each box shipped there is a $9 shipping fee and the supper proceeds will also help to cover the costs of shipping the boxes that are packed by the church congregation.

The church will have a shoebox packing party on Nov. 10 starting at 5 p.m. for anyone who may want to assist with this outreach program. Call the church office at 570-962-2214 for more info.

Several church members are planning a trip to Boone, N.C. to help with preparing many shoeboxes that will then be shipped out of the North Carolina to those under-privileged countries all around the world.


Howard United Methodist Church will have a Soup Sale Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.

A bowl of soup, piece of pie, roll and drink is $6. Orders for take-out quarts of soup are to be called into Patti at 814-625-2182 by Sunday, Nov. 17.


Liberty Township Sportsmen’s Club will host a Christmas Bingo on Nov. 30 at the Clubhouse along Marsh Creek Road. Tickets are $25 and there will be prizes for all ages. Doors and the kitchen will be open at 3 p.m. with bingo games starting at 5 p.m. Call Dawn at 570-660-7901 for tickets or bingo info.


The 7th Annual Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Beech Creek Fire Company social center on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9-11 a.m.

.The theme for this year’s Santa Breakfast is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. All ages are invited to come to eat a free breakfast with Santa. Bring your camera along for photos with Santa. There will be crafts for the children, too.

.Please bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Clinton County Veteran’s Affairs for local veterans in need. Please make sure that your canned food items have not expired so they can be safely donated to those in need.

Call WoodmenLife representative Larry Butler at 570-962-2848 or email the Santa Breakfast organizer Tessa Irvin at tirvin40@icloud.com for more info.


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