Howard Happenings


Mark your calendar that Howard Area Lions Club will have a change in their Food Bank distribution for September because of the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 7. The Food Bank will be held on Sept.14 for residents of Centre County that live in the Lions Club Food Bank area. The distribution for those residents that live in the Beech Creek area of Clinton County will be held on Sept. 21. Food bank hours are now from noon-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. The Howard Area Food Bank contact person is Lion Ron Davy who can be reached at 570-962-2407.


Our local state park is open and there are activities that may interest you. Masks should be worn and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

On Friday, Aug. 28, there will be a Healthy Hike from 9-10:30 a.m. Join in taking a 2.5 mile hike along the Woapalanne Trail as it weaves through the forests and fields of the park. The hike is rated for moderate as the terrain is uneven and wet in some spots. Meet at the winter launch area to begin. Wear your sturdy shoes and bring your water bottle along. You may want to consider sun screen and insect repellant, too.

From 1-2 p.m. on Aug. 28 there will be a Nature’s Villains exploration. Meet at the winter launch to join the park naturalist on a short walk to identify poison ivy, deer ticks and more.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, from 1-3 p.m. in the afternoon you can discover Dragons and Damsels and learn about the amazing lives of dragonflies and damselflies. Information about their life cycles, habits and identifying the creatures will be done at the Frog Pond near the winter launch parking area.

On Sunday, Aug. 30, from 1-3 p.m. there will be a time of identifying pelts at the beach. You can learn about different pelts, skulls and animal signatures with the park naturalist. Meet near the beach house.

Call the park at 814-625-9369 or the environmental center at 814-625-0145 for more info about other park events or services.



Beech Creek Township residents will be given an opportunity to properly dispose of their old tires at a Tire Collection event to be held on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday, Sept. 11, from 7 a.m. to noon. Each resident will be allowed to bring up to 12 car or light truck tires to dispose of free of charge at the Beech Creek Township Building on Wynn Avenue.

Tires will not be accepted from tire dealers, service station operators, repair garages, tire sale outlets or similar facilities.

Call the township building at 570-962-2391 for more info.


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 Miles and Kathryn Meckley family reunion scheduled for Labor Day at Bald Eagle State Park has been canceled. For info call Pam at 814-404-4598.

The Nittany Valley Amish Benefit Dinner scheduled for Sept. 19 has been canceled because of the pandemic gathering restrictions. The first two meals in the spring had to be cancelled, too. If you already made a reservation and paid for your meal you can get a refund by calling Katie at 814-383-2008.

Fairview Cemetery Association will not be holding their Chicken BBQ this fall because of the pandemic.

Howard Fire Company’s “Punkin Chunkin” scheduled for Oct.17 has been canceled this year. It will be held next year on Oct. 16, 2021.



School is back in session and adult Pen Pals are needed for the schools in the Bald Eagle Area School District. Throughout the school year an adult pen pal would need to write a few times to a student assigned to them and then agree to meet the student in person at the end of the school year. Each of the elementary schools has a pen pal coordinator who helps to collect your letters on time. You are notified of when your letters would be due and it’s fun to write to the students and learn about them. It doesn’t cost you anything to be a Pen Pal except a few minutes of your time to write the letters and meet at the school.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Pen Pal please call Brenda Reeve, the RSVP Director at 814-355-6816 or send an email to breeve@centrecountypa.gov. More info will be coming on the Pen Pal program as it’s given to me.


Residents of Curtin and Liberty Townships will be given an extension on paying their Centre County taxes. According to Joyce McKinley from 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.



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.


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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