Howard Happenings


Howard Fire Company is having an Open House to tour their substation on Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and to enjoy a rib dinner.

The substation in Marion Township was established in 2019 with the generous assistance from the Marion Township Supervisors. The substation houses an engine rescue and the QRS special unit vehicle. This substation allows the fire company to respond more quickly to emergencies in the Marion Township area.

The Howard Fire Company’s Marion Township substation is located at 119 Weights Lane near Panik Park along Jacksonville Road.

The open house meal will feature a half-rack of ribs, mac & cheese, coleslaw, roll and drink for $15. If you just want the rack of ribs the cost will be $10.

A memorial observance to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 will also be held during the open house. Howard Fire Company members want to pay tribute to those firemen, police and individuals who lost their lives during the 9/11 event.

Contact Don Moore at 814-404-5012 for more info about the open house and rib dinner.


Howard United Methodist Church will be holding a Take Out Soup Sale on Thursday, September 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The soups available will be vegetable beef, ham & bean, chicken corn and chicken noodle. The cost is $7 per quart.

The soup comes in freezable containers and should be pre-ordered by calling or texting Patti at 814-625-2182. Leave your name along with the flavors and number of quarts desired and your telephone number in case there is a question about your order.

Your payment for the soup will be collected when you come to pick it up. Because of the COVID restrictions and guidelines please wear a mask when you come for soup pick-up.

Proceeds from the soup sale will support the church’s outreach missions in our local communities.



The Bald Eagle Valley Community United Methodist Church will be hosting a 9/11 Memorial Prayer Service on Saturday, Sept.11, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The service will be held outside on the church lawn (weather permitting) and will feature prayers and times for sharing stories about loved ones we lost on that day.

A moment of silence and the sounding of Taps will be offered at each of the following times:

9:37 a.m. – Crash of Flight 77 into the Pentagon

9:59 a.m. – Collapse of the South Tower

10:03 a.m. – Crash of Flight 93

10:28 a.m. – Collapse of the North Tower

The public is welcome to join Rev. Dr. Nancy Hale and church members for the entire service or just for a part if you need to leave early. Bring a lawn chair and join your hearts and voices as we honor those we lost and pray that peace may someday become a reality for our world.

Bald Eagle Valley Community United Methodist Church is located at 111 Runville Road in Bellefonte which is directly behind the Sheetz store in Wingate.


The Curtin United Methodist Church will have a fall yard and bake sale on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 at the church. On Friday the sale will be held from 8-4 p.m. and on Saturday the sale will run from 8-2 p.m. There will be delicious treats, pies, homemade soups, hot dogs, sloppy joes and lots of yard sale bargains.

Milesburg will have it’s fall community yard sale days on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2.



Beech Creek Wesleyan Church will host The Stevens Family in concert on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The Stevens Family has been traveling in gospel ministry since 1985 and shares a message of God’s Word while bringing hope and encouragement to others through their songs and ministry.

A love offering will be collected and given as an appreciation to the Stevens Family for their ministry. Beech Creek Wesleyan Church is located at 217 Main St. in Beech Creek.



Curtin Village will be open on Sunday, Sept. 12, for tours beginning at 2 p.m. Guided tours last approximately one hour and are free of charge. Self-guided walking tours are permitted any time from dawn to dusk. Brochures highlighting the 20 features of the historic iron furnace are available in the brochure box near the walkway of the Curtin Mansion. Donations are gratefully received.

The Eagle Iron Works and Curtin Village is a 19th century industrial heritage site featuring an 1831 ironmaster’s mansion, an iron furnace complex and a workers’ village. Guided tours of the site will be held the second and fourth Sunday of each month now through Oct. 24.

More information is available on Facebook at Eagle Iron Works and Curtin Village or contact Sue Hannegan at 570-220-9290 or by emailing to sbh50@embarqmail.com.



Due to rising numbers in the COVID virus, the Howard Woolrich Reunion Picnic that was planned for Wednesday, Sept. 15, is canceled for this year. We will try again in 2022.


Bellefonte High School students are collecting slightly used shoes for a fundraiser. The last day for the shoe collection is on 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.


A Hunter’s Safety course will be offered at the Liberty Township Sportsmen’s clubhouse on Sept. 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students must be age 11 by Sept. 11 to take the course. There is a seating limit on the number of students so it’s based on first registered, first seated. Visit the website to register or for more information at www.libertysportsmen.com

There are overnight camper accommodations at Liberty Township Sportsmen’s Association for those who may be traveling to the Nittany Lion games and need an overnight spot. Contact Todd at 570-367-9608 for camping info.


Central Bald Eagle Fish & Game Association will have their gun or cash drawing at the old Mount Eagle school house on Sept. 18. Tickets are $10 each for the 20 prizes up for grabs this year. The drawing runs from noon until 5 p.m. with food and drinks provided. For tickets or more info contact Leo “Tom” Bomboy at 814-280-2961.


Due to the Labor Day holiday, Howard Area Lions Food Bank distribution will be on Monday, Sept. 13, for Centre County residents that live in the Lions service area. Distribution is from noon to 3 p.m. at the former Beech Creek Elementary School. Please remember to bring your boxes back each month so the Lions can reuse them for future distributions.

Food distribution for residents that live in Beech Creek Borough and Beech Creek Township will be on Sept. 20. For food bank questions call Lion Ron Davy at 570-962-2407.

Howard Area Lions Bingo will be on Thursday evening, Sept. 23. Bingo is held at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall. Doors and the kitchen open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo games begin at 6:30. Lions bingo will be held on the second and fourth Thursday evenings of the month.


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. Fire company members will have a table at the Nittany Antique Machinery Show at Penns Cave this weekend from now until Sept. 12. You may also stop by or call the fire station at 814-349-8164 for tickets.


There will be a Jeep and Side-by-Side Show & Shine benefit for Keith Peters who is now battling cancer. The benefit will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the softball field behind the Beech Creek borough office building.

There are different categories for your ride to enter — whether it is those rides that are all shined up and looking their Sunday best or those with some rock rash and trail scars. Maybe your ride fits into the category for being the dirtiest from splashing through those mud holes?

Pre-registration can be done by contacting Shirley at 814-482-1048 or you can register the morning of the event.

There will be food, raffles, craft and commercial vendors at the benefit so come and show your support to Keith and his family.


The Santa Jump for 2021 is going to happen on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa and his elves will be parachuting onto the Beech Creek ball field at 1 p.m. There will be crafts, vendors, food, 50/50 raffle, a Chinese Auction, and ham, turkey and bike give-aways.

Vendors and volunteers are needed and this event would be a great opportunity for high school students to use as their senior project. If you are interested in being a vendor, a sponsor or a volunteer this year you should get in touch with Billie soon so that she knows she has your commitment and support to help with planning, set-up, handling activities during the day of the event and for clean-up. Billie can be contacted by email at SantaJump2016@gmail.com or by calling 570-962-9944.


The Centre County United Way’s Day of Caring will be held on Thursday, Oct. 7. This is a one-day event where people from the region join together to support nonprofit agencies and organizations that do so much for our communities each and every day of the year.

This is the 27th annual event and since 1993 there have been more than 63,000 volunteers who have completed over 3,200 projects. It is an extraordinary day of volunteerism.

This year the 60+ projects range from landscaping, clearing trails, planting gardens, painting and staining, small construction projects both indoors and outside, organizing donations for the coming holidays and many more projects that will require more than 800 volunteers to complete.

Build a team of volunteers or register as a single volunteer and be placed with a team to ensure all those projects get completed. Registration is now open and can be done by contacting Lauren by emailing dayofcaring@ccunitedway.org


A Life After Loss class is being held starting Sunday, Sept. 19 and running each Sunday through Oct. 24. The time is from 12:30 to 3 p.m. with a light lunch at no charge for the class, lunch or materials. The deadline to register for this class will be by noon on Friday, Sept. 17.

This is a Hospice class for processing grief and it is being hosted by Christ’s Julian United Methodist Church, in the South Eagle Valley at the church in the middle of Julian. The class is open to anyone age 18 and older who is processing grief in the death of a loved one(s) who has passed away atleast three months or longer ago.

Registration can be done by leaving a voice mail (no texts please) for Donna, the class instructor, at 814-571-4235. Donna will also need to know of any food allergies those attending may have so she can coordinate the light lunch preparations.


Bald Eagle Valley Community United Methodist Church is having a ham or chicken pot pie sale on Monday, Sept. 13. The pot pie will be $8 for each quart and the pick-up will be at 4 p.m. by drive-thru service at the church located at 111 Runville Road, Bellefonte (behind the Sheetz in Wingate).

Pre-orders can be called into Janette at 814-883-0893 and then just come to the church, stay in your car and church members will assist and load your order for you.

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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 telephone at 814-625-2684.


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