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Howard Happenings

CHICKEN BBQ

Howard Fire Company is planning a Chicken BBQ tomorrow, May 23, from 11 a.m. until sold out. The meal will consist of 1/2 chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans and a roll for $8.

The meals will be sold on a first-come, first served basis and is by drive-thru pickup at the fire station.

These pandemic restriction days have certainly taken a toll on the fire companies who rely on renting their banquet rooms and fundraising activities to sustain their budgets throughout the year.

Please support your local fire company at this chicken BBQ. Call the fire station at 814-625-2761 or George at 814-571-8303 for any questions.

LOCK YOUR DOORS

There have been a lot of thefts in the Howard area over the past several weeks. Please lock your house, garage and car doors and keep an eye out for suspicious activities in and around town not only at your own homes but for your neighbors as well.

Several residents have been the victims of thefts and there are numerous warnings and postings on the Howard Facebook page. The state police have been contacted by various residents. It’s basically up to the residents to watch their properties so be on the look-out and get those security cameras up and operating for additional protection.

FOOD BANK

The Howard Area Lions Food Bank will be open on Monday, June 1, for the Centre County residents in the Lions service area. The Lions will also provide food aid to anyone impacted by COVID-19 that are in need at this time.

Distribution is from 2-4 at the former Beech Creek Elementary School. Bring your boxes back so they can be reused each month at the food bank.

The Master Gardeners from Penn State will be at the distribution to give out vegetable plants to those who would like them.

Karen Bucher will be available at the food bank distribution to give out information on how to help with debts during these pandemic days.

Anyone needing food bank help should feel free to contact Ron Davy at 570-962-2407.

YARD SALE

The townwide yardsale in Howard usually were held the first weekend in May, but they’ve been moved this year to the first weekend in June.

Residents can set up their yard or garage sales for June 5 and June 6 but should remember to practice social distancing.

Also, if you put up signs advertising your yard sales you need to go back and take those signs down so that our town isn’t littered with outdated and unnecessary signs.

MEMORIAL SERVICES

The Beech Creek American Legion will be honoring veterans on Monday.

The Memorial Day parade has been canceled but local graveside services with Taps and the honor guard rifle salute will be conducted with the placing of the wreaths.

The Legion members will be meeting at the American Legion beginning at 10 a.m. and will then move to Clark’s Cemetery and Hays-Ferron-Bossert Cemetery.

There will be a service at the Beech Creek Bridge to honor those of the naval services.

Following the bridge ceremony there will be services at the Blanchard Church of Christ cemetery and finally ending at the (Liberty) Baptist Cemetery.

There is not a definite time for each of the graveside services. If you are attending at one of the cemeteries you must wear a mask and practice social distancing standing away from the Legion members conducting the services.

The American Legion members want to honor all veterans for their service and sacrifices. Even though there’s no formal parade this year, our local American Legion is still continuing the tradition of honoring our veterans.

For info about the Beech Creek American Legion you may contact Legion Commander Joe Hills at 570-295-1087.

CANCELLATIONS

Howard Area Lions Club has canceled their bingo thru the summer months. Bingo has been canceled since March anyway, but the Lions always would take a summer break, so hopefully the virus will be all behind us when Bingo would resume in September.

Romola Bible Church of Marsh Creek has canceled the Memorial Services that were scheduled for Sunday, May 24. For info on the Romola Cemetery you may contact Ron Heverly at 625-2116.

The Country Jam at the Yearick Center in Howard will be canceled for May 24 because of the pandemic. The Jam session is usually held the fourth Sunday of the month but it hasn’t been held for the past several months because of the virus.

The Country Jam session is hosted by The Back Porch String Band of Howard. For more information about the band you may call Connie Salvanish at 814-625-2724.

The Nittany Valley Amish Benefit Dinner that was scheduled for June 6 at the Hublersburg Fire Hall has been canceled because of the virus restrictions.

The first dinner had to be canceled and now this one, too. The Amish community hosts the dinners to raise funds for their local schools.

There’s one more dinner scheduled for this year on Sept. 19. Hopefully the virus threat will be gone by then that the meal can continue as planned.

For those who paid early for a meal please contact Katie at 814-383-2008 to discuss your refund options or call Sam at 570-295-1785 for more info.

Memorial Services at Schenck’s Cemetery in Howard Township have been canceled.

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

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