Howard Happenings


Howard Area Lions Club Food Bank distribution 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 who live in the Beech Creek area of Clinton County and those that missed their distribution date earlier 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.

A calendar for the Lions Lottery Calendar fundraiser is on sale now with your chance to win cash prizes for the whole year of 2021. The calendar tickets are $10 each and are based on the Pick 3 PA Lottery number for the evening drawing.

See any Lions Club member to get your lottery calendar now as they usually sell out fast. You can buy a calendar at the food bank distributions while they last.


Howard United Methodist Church will have a Take Out Soup Sale on Thursday, Sept. 17. The soup flavors will be vegetable-beef; ham and bean; chicken corn and chicken noodle. The soup will be sold by the quart for $7 each. Pre-orders need to be placed with Patti Long at 814-625-2182.

When you come to pick up your soup you must wear a mask and practice social distancing guidelines. Proceeds will benefit those in need in our local community.


Beech Creek Wesleyan Church will host The Craguns in a free concert on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m.

The concert will be held outside the church located at 217 Main St. in Beech Creek (weather permitting) and those attending should bring a lawn chair and practice social distancing skills. For more info about the free concert contact the church office at 570-962-2732.


Beech Creek Township residents will be given an opportunity to properly dispose of their old tires at a Tire Collection event to be held today, Sept. 11, from 7 a.m. to noon. The tire collection is sponsored by the Wayne Township Landfill to help residents in Beech Creek Township rid their properties of old, unwanted tires. Each township resident will be allowed to bring up to 12 car or light truck tires to dispose of free of charge to 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.


Liberty Baptist Church in Blanchard is once again running their Terri Lynn nuts and candy sale. Orders and money will be due before Sept. 27. Checks can be made to Liberty Baptist Church. If you’d like to place an order you may do so by contacting Joyce Beaty at 570-962-3355.


Howard Fire Company will be having a Chicken BBQ on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the fire station. The chicken should be ready by 11 o’clock and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. A meal of 1/2 chicken, baked beans, macaroni salad and a roll will be $10.

The fire company also has their gun raffle tickets available for sale. The gun drawing will be held on Nov. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. There are 20 cash and guns available to win. In case of COVID-19 restrictions the drawing may be held virtual/online. Tickets are $10 each and available from any fire company member.

Walker Township Fire Company in Hublersburg is selling their gun raffle tickets now. The gun drawing was planned for Sept. 12 but has been postponed until the spring. Keep your tickets as they will be honored for the spring drawing with the new date being announced in plenty of time. Tickets are $10 each and are available from any fire company member.

Please support your local fire department. Fundraising activities have been cut drastically because of COVID-19 but the bills don’t stop coming in each month.


Beech Creek-Blanchard Senior Cheer Club met on Sept. 3 at the Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek. There were 19 attending. President Peggy Gilbert called the meeting to order and Judy Cain read scripture and offered the table grace for the noon luncheon.

The group recited The Lord’s Prayer and pledged to the American Flag. All joined together to sing Happy Birthday to Mark Confer and Marilyn Ream.

A Chinese auction was held and Emma Butler claimed the door prize.

The next meeting of the Senior Cheer Club will be held on Oct. 1. Bring wrapped items for the bingo game and a covered dish to share. The club will be electing officers for 2021 at the October meeting so all are asked to attend.

If you’d like to become a part of Senior Cheer and are 60 years of age or older just come to the next meeting. You will surely be welcomed and it’s a nice time of fellowship and fun together. Senior Cheer Club is held the first Thursday of each month at noon.

For more information you may contact Janie Confer at 570-962-2406.


The Nittany Valley Amish Benefit Dinner scheduled for Sept. 19 has been cancelled 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.

Country Music Jam at the Howard Fire Hall that is usually held the fourth Sunday afternoon of the month has been cancelled for Sept.r 27. Call Connie at 625-2724 for info on the Back Porch String Band.

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


State College Magazine is planning a photo feature on quilt blocks. If anyone knows of quilt blocks on barns or buildings in the Howard or surrounding area please contact the photographer, R. Thomas Berner, at 814-753-2302 or send him an email to berner@statecollegemagazine.com.


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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