Howard Happenings


The Senior Cheer Club met on July 1 at Bald Eagle State Park for a noon picnic. Club President Larry Butler welcomed everyone and said the table blessing before the meal. There were 17 in attendance on that rainy day, but smiles and spirits weren’t dampened as the group enjoyed food, games and fellowship.

After lunch the meeting was called to order and everyone recited The Lord’s Prayer and the Pledge to the Flag. Secretary Jane Confer read last month’s minutes and held the roll call of attendance.

The treasurer’s report was given and the $2 dues collected this month from each member totaled $34 which will be added to the existing treasury balance.

Jane Confer read a poem she had penned in memory of Bob Beatty, a well-known barber in Blanchard that most everyone knew and loved.

Janie also read a poem she wrote about the Monument-Orviston Road which is now known as the Milford Wensel Memorial Highway. The poem was dedicated to the memory of her brother, CPL Milford H. Wensel, who was serving in the Army during the Vietnam War and was killed in action on June 5, 1969. He was just 20 years old at the time of his death.

The club will send a sympathy card to club member Richard Miller with our thoughts and prayers for him following the death of his mother. Club members Bonnie Bortot, Sara Graham and Cindy Wensel were in our thoughts and prayers as they are having some medical concerns.

Larry Butler shared some humorous Christian One-Liners and Sandy Sherman shared a cute story with the group, too.

Kathleen Snavely won the door prize this month and will bring the door prize for the August meeting.

Members brought Chinese Auction items that were raffled off this month. Lucy Miller was “one lucky lady” having won several of the auction gifts that had been brought.

Currently there are 36 members on the Attendance Roll of the group and Larry Butler has set a goal to grow the group and hopes to reach 50 members by the end of the year. Each person is encouraged to invite family and friends to come to the meetings. The next meeting will be on Thursday, Aug. 5, at noon at the Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek.

Senior Cheer Club is for anyone age 55 and older who would like to attend. You don’t have to live in Beech Creek or Blanchard to be a part of the group. Come join the fun. Bring a covered dish to share for the noon meal, your own drink, and a wrapped gift ($3-$5 price range) for the bingo games in August.

Contact Senior Cheer Club President Larry Butler at 570-962-2848 for more info.


Bellefonte High School students are collecting slightly used shoes for a fundraiser. The collection is now through Sunday, Sept. 12. Howard United Methodist Church is a local drop-off site for the shoe collection. You can leave your shoes on the church porch (out of the elements) so they are found early Sunday mornings and can be taken inside.


The descendants of Miles and Kathryn Meckley will gather at noon on Labor Day, Sept. 6, for their reunion at Bald Eagle State Park. Pass the word to all family members. Contact Pam at 814-404-4598 for more info.

A Howard Woolrich Reunion picnic is planned for anyone who ever worked at the Woolrich plant in Howard for Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 4-8 p.m. at the West End Park pavilion on Spearing Street in Howard. Please bring a covered dish or dessert to share. Table service and water will be provided. Contact Patti Miller at 570-660-5291 for more info.


Howard Area Lions will have their Food Bank distribution on Aug. 2 for residents of Centre County in the Lions service area. Food bank hours are from noon to 3 p.m. at the former Beech Creek Elementary School. Those coming to the food bank should stay in their vehicle and the Lions will load you up. Please bring your sturdy boxes back each month so the Lions can reuse them for future distributions.

Eye glasses and hearing aids are being collected by the Lions Club. These items are refurbished and given to individuals needing them in underdeveloped countries. Used hearing aids should be placed in a clear sandwich bag (for hygiene reasons) and can be given to the Lions at food bank distributions or at any of their club activities.

The Lions Club will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Aug. 11 at the Howard fire hall from 1:30 to 7 p.m. More blood donors are needed, so please consider rolling up your sleeve and donating. It only takes about one hour from start to finish.

Lions Bingo will be resuming on Sept. 9 at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall.


Jim and Teri Holsinger are once again hosting the Holsinger’s Automotive 8th Annual Benefit Hot Rod Poker Run. This year the poker run will be held on Aug. 7 at the Milesburg Legion grounds.

Registration for the poker run will be held starting at 10 a.m. The poker run will be from noon to 4 p.m. The registration fee is $20.

Craft vendors are needed for this year so if you’re interested you can contact Jim at 814-353-1192. There will be numerous concession stands, 50/50 raffles and a silent auction in addition to the craft vendors.

This year the proceeds from the poker run will go to help Paxton, a ten-year-old boy who nearly drowned at the age of five. Paxton’s medical condition and disabilities now require the use of a handicapped accessible van. Jim and Teri Holsinger are hoping for a huge turnout and a successful event so that Paxton and his family can get the handicapped van that is needed.


Snow Shoe Fire Company will hold their 9th annual gun raffle on Aug. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Snow Shoe Carnival Grounds. The tickets are $20 each for 25 prizes.

Millheim Fire Company members are selling their raffle tickets for the prize of a new Polaris General 1000 side-by-side. The tickets are $20 each (or 6 for $100) and the winner will be drawn on Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. Tickets will also be available at Millheim’s Small Engine Shop and fire company members have tickets or you may stop by or call the fire station at 814-349-8164 for tickets.

Citizen’s Hook and Ladder in Milesburg will be holding their gun and cash raffle on Oct. 30 at the fire station on Catherine Street in Milesburg. Tickets are $10 each and the doors open at noon.


Kathi Alterio and her friend Lisa Bryant have the concession stand at Bald Eagle State Park open for the summer. The concession stand will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. as long as the weather is nice. The concession stand will offer hot dogs, hamburgers, walking tacos, pulled pork and cold sandwich wraps, chips, eight flavors of PSU Berkey Creamery ice cream, soda and bottled water.

Cool off at the beach and enjoy the food and snacks at the concession stand this summer. Contact Kathi at 814-360-1680 for info.


Our troops are in need of small packages of items to keep them comfortable while they are serving and protecting us and our nation. Small bottles of sunscreen, hand (moisturizing) lotions, chapsticks or lip balms, tooth brushes, tooth paste and dental floss can be mailed to Operation Care and Comfort, 2731 N. First St., San Jose, CA 95134.

Operation Care and Comfort is a nonprofit organization that will forward the items to our troops that are stationed abroad.


The annual Jacksonville Cemetery Association Festival was held earlier in July. Now the festival committee would like to have a post-festival meeting to discuss the festival (expenses and income) and to decide on any improvements and plans that they may like to try doing for the 2022 festival next July.

The festival committee will gather on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m. at the festival grounds’ pavilion. All those interested should plan to join the committee members. Bring your ideas and suggestions to the table and your willingness to be involved to help the cemetery association.

This year the festival evening was rained on, but folks still came and supported the festival. Funds raised from the annual festival go towards the grass mowing expense at the cemetery grounds.

Monetary donations are needed to keep the grass mowing fund replenished. Your donations can be sent to the Jacksonville Cemetery Association, C/o Joyce Rogers, 3440 Jacksonville Road, Bellefonte, PA 16823.


The price of a postage stamp is going up at the end of August. Currently a first class stamp to mail a letter is 55 cents. The price of a stamp will increase to 58 cents.

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


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