Howard Happenings


The Howard Area Lions Club wants to thank everyone for their donations of food and money over the past year that enabled the Food Bank to stay open and able to provide food aid to many local families who were in need.

Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution dates will be on Jan. 18 for residents who live in the Beech Creek area of Clinton County and those residents of Centre County who missed their distribution date earlier this month. Food bank hours are from noon to 3 p.m. and those coming should stay in your vehicle and wear a mask. Please be sure to bring your empty boxes back each month so that they can be refilled for the next distribution.

The Lions Club is still looking for someone to plow snow as needed at the food bank headquarters. Thanks to Jim Smith for his quick action to clear snow for the Jan. 4 distribution date, but it’s pretty far for Jim to travel so we’re looking for someone closer to consent to plow the next time it snows.

If anyone has any questions about food bank aid offered by the Howard Area Lions or if you can plow snow when needed please contact Lion Ron Davy at 570-962-2407.



It’s time to renew your Beech Creek-Blanchard Ambulance membership for another year.

Applications were mailed to local residents in the area, but if you didn’t receive one and would like to get a membership you may drop by the Beech Creek fire station tomorrow, Jan. 9, to get a membership application. You may drop your completed application and payment off at the fire hall tomorrow from 8 a.m. until noon as well or mail to the address on the yellow membership application card before February 1.

The cost of an ambulance membership for the year for an individual is $35 and the cost for a couple is $70. A family membership will be $75.

For more information about the ambulance membership or if you might be interested in joining the BC-B Fire Company you may call the fire station at 570-962-2382.


Howard Parks and Rec Committee has their 2021 calendars on sale now. The calendars are $10 each and can be obtained outside the Howard post office on Saturday mornings or by calling Debbie Simoncek at 814-625-0054.

The calendar pages are of photographs taken by various people in and around Howard. Several photos feature beautiful scenes captured at Bald Eagle State Park.

Proceeds from the calendars are used to maintain and decorate the parks in town and hopefully the committee will again be able to sell at least 100 calendars to use for mulch, paint and other items needed to keep the parks looking nice for everyone to enjoy.



Belonging to the church family at Marsh Creek Brethren in Christ Church we were always reminded of biblical meanings of earthly items like the candy cane or the donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem and Jesus to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday that still are implanted in my memory.

One of Jimmy’s Sunday School teachers gave each of her students a snowman Christmas tree ornament one year and attached to it was a cute card that I’ve kept with the ornaments all these years.

Since we’ve had some snow this winter and the remnants of earlier built snowmen are still lingering in some yards, I thought maybe this would be a nice addition to my Howard Happenings article this week. Some people view snow as something they’d rather do without and as an inconvenience, but maybe thinking of a snowman in this way will make the cold winter days a little brighter.

The Meaning of the Snowman

The WHITE SNOW represents God’s forgiveness of our sins.

The circular SNOWBALLS show the everlasting life God promises us.

The CARROT NOSE shows us that God has given us the Earth and all living things.

The BLACK COAL MOUTH reminds us to give God praise.

The SCARF keeps us warm, just as God’s love does.

The TOP HAT reminds us to honor God above all things and

The TWIG ARMS are open to hold us the way God does when we need Him.


Howard Happenings is written and compiled by Tammy Coakley who can be reached by emailing to tammysue0115@gmail.com or by telephoning 814-625-2684.


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