Howard Happenings


Howard Fire Company held its annual gun drawing last Saturday at noon. The raffle was virtual and live-streamed to the Howard Fire Company facebook page. Winners have already been contacted.

The 10 gun winners were: Bobby Yearick, Zach Fisher, Sandy Shivery, Carter Miller, Lester Beck, Emily Lucas, Greg Kunes, Mark Ott, Carlee Casher and Matthew Corl. Gun winners should visit National Sporting Goods in Jersey Shore promptly to claim their gun prize.

The 10 cash winners were: Jim Watkins, Carol Mackey, Kim Inzawa, Beth Ertley, Aaron Kuhn, Scott Burns, Nate Greene, Jeff Snoberger, Rich Moyle and Ronald Hart.

Fire Chief Collin Alterio extends a congratulations to all of the winners and a big thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket to support the fire company.


The last days for fall leaf collection in Howard Borough will be on Monday or Tuesday, Nov. 23 or 24 depending on Steve and Cody’s schedule. You should rake your leaves to the curb and cover them if possible. Residents should not rake their leaves over storm grates or around fire hydrants. Be sure that cars are removed from the area so that the leaf collection truck can access the piles of leaves without striking any vehicles.


Liberty Baptist Church in Blanchard has a supply of Terry Lynn nuts and candy left yet. Most of the nuts or candies are sold in one pound bags and range in price from $6-$10.

If you are interested in purchasing these items that would make great Christmas gifts you should contact Joyce at 570-962-3355.


Howard United Methodist Church will offer a free Thanksgiving Take-out meal on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 5-6:30 p.m. The meal will consist of turkey with trimmings and your pre-order is suggested by calling Patti at 814-625-2182. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing when picking up your take-out meals.

If possible and in an effort to support the Church’s Food Pantry please consider donating a box of cereal to the church when you pick up your meal.

Beech Creek Wesleyan Church will have their annual free Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year the meal will be take-out or home delivery only. If you would like to request meals please call the church at 570-962-2732 and provide your name, phone number to contact you at and the number of meals you want to reserve.


The Howard Area Lions Club will again be assisting the Salvation Army this year for their kettle collection and bell ringing at Walmart on Nov. 27.

Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution dates for December will be on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14. Food bank drive-thru hours are from noon to p.m. You should stay in your car and wear a mask. Bring your empty boxes back for the workers to reuse each month.

Make plans to purchase a Lions Lottery Calendar for the 2021 year from any Lions member. I’m sure there will be some available during food bank dates for you to ask about and purchase there. The calendars are just $10 each and is a fundraiser that the Lions Club uses to help those in need in our local community.

At the Blood Drive in Howard on Oct. 14, 37 units of blood were collected. We need to get more blood donors involved. Please mark your calendar to become a blood donor at the next drive that will be held on Dec. 9 at the Howard fire hall. Blood drive hours are from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Our local Lions club will even provide transportation to and from the blood drives for you.


Bald Eagle State Park will offer activities today, for those who would like to participate. This morning from 7:30 to 9:30 there will be a Waterfoul Watch at the

Lower Green’s Run Launch area where you will be able to watch the birds that live and migrate thru our area. Dress for the outdoor weather, wear a mask and bring your own binoculars.

This afternoon from 2-3 p.m. there will be a Weekly Walkers activity to help those interested in staying active to support both physical and mental health. Don’t let these shorter days and colder temperatures keep you cooped up indoors, but come out and take a walk and possibly make new friends. The walks are slower paced and the park naturalist will point out the seasonal changes that can be expected as we transition from fall to winter. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the outdoors. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center to begin promptly at 2 p.m. and be sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 2-3 p.m. there will be a Holiday Healthy Hike for those who would like to join the park naturalist to hit the hiking trails. Dress for the outdoor weather and wear sturdy shoes. Call the park office at noon at 814-625-9369 to obtain the meeting site for this hike and for information about other events at Bald Eagle State Park.


The Monument Festival Committee regretfully must cancel the Christmas Tree Lighting in December because of the pandemic gathering restrictions. Anyone having any questions about the activities that are held in Monument may contact Roger or Mona at 570-962-2443.


The Back Porch String Band will be cancelling their Country Jams until the spring. The band usually hosts the musical entertainment at the Howard fire hall on the fourth Sunday afternoon of each month. The jam sessions haven’t been held for several months because of the pandemic, and with the expectation that the flu and corona virus situation will worsen over the next few months the band feels it necessary to cancel for now.

The Back Porch String Band members wish all of their faithful supporters who usually attend the jams a Happy Thanksgiving and continued good health and safety until the jam sessions can hopefully resume in the spring. Call Connie at 814-625-2724 for Back Porch String Band info.


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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