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Howard Happenings

LIONS CLUB NEWS

Howard Area Lions Club will have its Food Bank distribution on Aug. 17 for residents who live in the Beech Creek area of Clinton County and those of Centre County in the Lions Club service area that missed their food bank pickup date already. The Lions have changed the hours for picking up food. Food bank hours are now from 1-3 p.m. at the former Beech Creek Elementary School. Those coming for food aid should remain in your vehicles and wear a mask when approached by the food bank workers. Please bring your empty boxes back each month so the Lions can refill them for the food distribution.

If anyone has a freezer that works but you are not using it and would care to see it go to a good home please consider donating it to the Lions Club for their food bank program use. The club members would be happy to come pick up the freezer from your home. The Howard Area Food Bank contact person is Ron Davy who can be reached at 570-962-2407.

BLOOD DRIVE

There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive at the Howard fire hall on Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Please consider becoming a regular blood donor at the drives held in Howard. Transportation can be arranged for you to come and be taken back home by contacting Paul Confer at 570-660-0265.

CANCELLATIONS

The Schenck’s Reunion that was scheduled for Aug. 8 at Bald Eagle State Park has been canceled. Questions can be directed to Barb at 570-748-8631.

The 54th Annual Foxy Heverly reunion that was scheduled for Aug. 8 at Bald Eagle State Park has been canceled because of COVID-19. Lord willing the next family reunion will be held on Aug. 14, 2021.

The 46th Annual Flegal/Walker reunion that was scheduled for Aug. 9 at Bald Eagle State Park has been canceled because of the pandemic. Lord willing the next family reunion will be held on Aug. 8, 2021. Call Sharon at 570-962-3088 for info on the Heverly or Flegal/Walker reunions.

Country Music Jam at the Howard Fire Hall that is usually held the fourth Sunday afternoon of the month has been canceled for Aug. 23. Call Connie at 625-2724 for info on the Back Porch String Band.

The family reunion of the descendants of Miles and Kathryn (Lutz) Meckley scheduled for Labor Day at Bald Eagle State Park has been canceled. For info call Pam at 814-404-4598.

POST OFFICE HOURS

Howard Post Office will have a change in their working hours beginning on Aug. 10. Customers may enter the lobby and obtain window service Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. The post office will be closed for lunch from 11 a.m. until noon on weekdays.

On Saturday the post office will be open from 7:30 until 11 a.m.

TAX EXTENSION

Residents of Curtin and Liberty townships will be given an extension on paying their Centre County taxes. According to the Centre County Tax Office, the due date for paying the face amount has been extended until Sept. 30, 2020. Questions can be directed to your local tax collector whose telephone number is shown on your tax bill.

FARMERS MARKET

There’s a Farmers Market every Thursday morning at Valley Ace Hardware parking lot in Milesburg. Vendors are usually there selling until mid-afternoon. More vendors are encouraged to come set up your stands and can stop by the store or call 814-355-5451 to learn more details.

CEMETERY

ASSOCIATION

The Blanchard Baptist Cemetery Association is asking for donations to pay for the upkeep of the cemetery. The cemetery is located beside the Liberty Baptist Church but the church does not financially support the cemetery. Funds are running extremely low and it would be a nice gesture for those who have loved ones buried at the cemetery to make a monetary donation in honor of those loved ones so that the cemetery can be mowed and kept nice this summer.

The last time the cemetery association asked for financial help was in 2013, so it’s important that we take this matter seriously and make sure that funds are provided as a way of showing our respect and honor to those buried there. Donations can be mailed to: Carol Robison at P.O. Box 93, Mingoville, PA 16856.

This cemetery may be a perfect project for a student looking to fulfill their senior project requirements. Perhaps a fundraiser or benefit could be organized to help raise money for the Blanchard Baptist Cemetery. You may call Carol if you have any questions at 814-383-4258.

PROJECT IDEAS

There are some projects that may be of interest to those needing to fulfill their high school senior project or Eagle Scout requirements.

Howard Fire Company would like to have a new digital marquee. The fire company already has some ideas for the new marquee and the project mentor would be fire company member Josh Collins.

The fire company would certainly be supportive of the individual(s) who would like to take on this project as far fundraising to pay for it and the installation of the new marquee. Howard Borough Council representatives and local church officials are favorable to the new marquee proposal since it could be used to inform of all activities in the Howard area. For more info call the fire station at 814-625-2761 and Josh will get back to you.

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

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