Howard Happenings



It is time to renew your annual membership to the Beech Creek-Blanchard Ambulance Association.

Renewal membership cards have been mailed to past members, but if you haven’t received yours or if you’d like to start a new membership you can stop by the fire hall in Beech Creek this Saturday and on Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon to complete the application and make the payment.

A family plan is $60 and the cost for an individual is $35. For more info call the fire station at 570-962-2382.


It’s time to renew your dog license for another year. Applications are available at your county treasurer’s office or local veterinary offices and sub-agents. There is a discount for senior citizen dog owners.


Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek is happy to announce that Ryan Young is planning his senior project to benefit the center. Ryan will be asking for donations and raising money to be able to pave the parking lot area at the FCC. Several estimates for the paving have already been received, and Ryan needs to raise $12,000 for Eby Paving to do the project this spring.

Ryan is a senior at Central Mountain this year and is a special needs student. He is the son of Mark and Fay Confer of Beech Creek. Ryan chose the FCC as his project because his mother Fay is actively involved at the FCC and Ryan has tagged along with her to events and meetings that have been held there.

Ryan will begin his senior project hours by preparing letters and asking local businesses and individuals for their monetary support so that he can raise all of the money that is needed for the paving. If you’d like to contribute to Ryan’s goal please send your tax-deductible donation to Friendship Community Center, PO Box 218, Beech Creek, PA 16822 and put “Ryan’s Paving Project” on the memo line.

I will have more details about Ryan’s Paving Project over the next few weeks, and I am hoping that our local community will shower this special young man with your support so that he reaches his goal. The paving will certainly benefit everyone who visits the FCC since the parking area now is stoned and uneven. Paving will make it much nicer for people visiting there and it will be much better.


Howard Area Lions Club is in need of a freezer for their Food Bank program. One of their freezers died recently and so the Lions are hoping that someone may have a new or used freezer that you would donate to them. The Lions Club men would happily come to your home or business to get the freezer from you. Call Lion Ron Davy at 570-962-2407 if you can provide a freezer quickly to them.

Keep in mind that if you would donate a freezer or other goods during the year to the Lions Club you can use that as a tax deductible donation on your taxes. Often people down-size to smaller homes or have estate auctions so if you have a freezer now or anytime during the year please let the Lions Club know as they would certainly be interested in it.

The Lions Club would also be interested in your donation of slightly used wheel chairs or hospital beds that are in good condition that they could loan out to those in need in our area. The Lions Club has a supply of crutches, walkers, canes, portable potties, shower chairs, wheel chairs and hospital beds that can be borrowed free of charge. If you have borrowed any medical equipment from the Lions and are not currently using it please return it so that it can be loaned out to others who may be in need. Can Lion Dwayne Haines at 570-962-2939 for medical equipment inquiries.

Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution will be on Jan. 20 for residents of the Beech Creek area and those in Centre County who missed their date earlier this month. Bring your empty box back each month. Food bank hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. at the former Beech Creek Elementary School.

Lions Bingo will be held Jan. 23 at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo games begin at 6:30.

Howard Area Lions will host their annual Sweetheart Dinner on February 8.


Bingo will be held at the Liberty Township Sportsmen’s ClubHouse on Jan. 16. Doors open at 5:30 and the early bird game is at 6:15. Bring a friend along to enjoy the evening of bingo fun!

The Liberty Township Sportsmen’s Club is selling raffle tickets for cash prizes with the winner being drawn at the Coyote Hunt on March 1. The tickets are $2 each and the proceeds from the raffle will be used to offset the expenses of the annual kids fishing derby to be held in the spring at the clubhouse pond.

The Liberty Township Sportsmen’s Association’s Ninth Annual Coyote Hunt will be held Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2020. Registration and rules can be viewed on the website at www.libertysportsmen.com and you can print your application to mail in before Feb. 27. Walk-in registration will be held at the clubhouse along Marsh Creek Road on Sundays, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, from 1-4 p.m.

The Clubhouse will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with a flea market featuring hunting, fishing and camping vendors there selling their wares. If you’d like to rent a vendor table call Todd Rupert at 570-367-9608. The kitchen will be open during Saturday and Sunday with food and beverages available, too.

Additional info available by calling Todd Rupert or Butch Hanley at 814-280-3015.


Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek will host a basket benefit for Nena Haines on Jan. 24. Nena is recovering from a serious medical condition which left her without the use of her legs. Nena and her husband Chuck Rider live in Blanchard. She is the daughter of Dwayne and Darla Haines. Nena was self-employed and hasn’t been able to work since her hospitalization began back in October.

Nena is making good progress with her physical therapy, but could use our support at this benefit and our prayers, too.

The basket benefit will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, from 2-8 p.m. Baskets and donations are needed to make this benefit a big success for Nena. Please consider putting together a basket or donating items for the benefit. Restaurant gift cards, gas cards, grocery store or Walmart gift cards are always great ideas for you to donate to these types of benefits.

Please call Sandy at 570-962-2397 to let her know that you will happily supply a basket for this benefit.


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


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