Howard Happenings


Faith Chapel United Methodist Church will hold their Roger A. White Fun Fair and Silent Auction at the church on Saturday, July 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine.

There will be lots of fun, a bounce house, games, great food and baked goods. The Nittany Greyhounds will be at the church from 10 a.m. until noon. The Jello eating contest begins at 1 p.m. Bidding for the silent auction items will be throughout the day and the bidding ends at 3 p.m. with items then being awarded to the highest bidders.

Some of the items up for bid are local business gift cards, yard games, Millbrook Playhouse tickets, Rocker folding lawn chair, rose bushes, a Succulent planter, a PSU Tailgate basket, picnic coolers, Woodcraft handmade items and more gifts too numerous to mention.

A total of 25 percent of the profits will be donated to Camp Victory in memory of Roger A. White.

All ages are invited to participate. Faith Chapel UMC is located at 551 Hunter Run Road, (turn off Route 150 near the Bald Eagle State Park) Howard. Call Karen at 814-355-0784 for more info.


Senior Cheer Club met at the Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek on June 2 for their luncheon meeting.

Club President Larry Butler welcomed the members and gave the table blessing. After everyone had enjoyed the potluck lunch the meeting was called to order and members stood to recite the Pledge to the Flag and The Lord’s Prayer.

Devotions were provided by Judy Cain and were taken from the scripture text of Psalms 125, verses 1-5.

Club Secretary Jane Confer read the minutes from the May 5 meeting. Janie also gave the roll call of attendance. There were 17 members present today. Each paid their $2 monthly dues which will be added to the treasury balance.

The group sang “Happy Birthday” to Fay Confer, Jane Confer and Ann Williams who celebrated their birthdays in June.

Thoughts and prayers are being extended to club members Peggy Gilbert and Mary Francis Haagen, both of whom have had hospital stays and are recovering.

Jane Confer read a poem entitled “Your Garden” and Larry Butler provided some humorous short stories and jokes for our enjoyment.

The door prize was brought by Mary Ellen Pletcher and was won by Jane Confer.

The next meeting will be a picnic luncheon beginning at noon on July 7 at Bald Eagle State Park. Members should bring a covered dish to share, along with your drink and an item for the Chinese Auction that will be held. Invite a friend or guest to come along. Anyone 55 or older is invited to attend Cheer Club and to participate in fellowship and fun with friends.


Friendship Community Library in Beech Creek will have several events happening in July that the public is invited to participate in.

The library will be open on Tuesday, July 5, for Storytime at 4:30 p.m. On July 12 at 4:30 p.m. there will be the Chatty Book Club meeting.

There will be free tarot readings on July 18 and July 25 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Friendship Community Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3-7 p.m. Call the library at 570-962-2048 to check on the hours for July 4 or call Courtney at 570-295-6980 for more info.


Howard Area Lions Club has accepted a new member, Ernest Greene, into it’s membership fold. Ernest was sponsored by Lion Steve Barnes.

Lions Bingo is not held during the summer months but will resume in September, thus the phrase ‘See You In September.’ At the last Bingo held in May, there was a trivia question asked: “Who made the song ‘See You In September’ popular?”

No one got the answer correct but we were told that “See You In September” was first recorded by the Pittsburgh vocal group The Tempos. This first version peaked at #23 in the summer of 1959. The most popular take on “See You In September” was by The Happenings in 1966, which reached #3.

The Lions Club will have their Food Bank distribution on July 11 for Centre County residents living within the Lions servicing area. This is a change since the normal date for distribution would fall on the July 4 holiday. Food bank hours are from noon to 3 p.m. at the former Beech Creek Elementary School. Be sure to bring your sturdy boxes back each month for reuse. The Food Bank distribution will be held on July 18 for residents of Beech Creek Borough and BC Township.

The Lions Club will be holding a Ladies Night Chicken Bar-B-Q at the Yearick Center in Howard on July 19. Reservations for this dinner evening need to be given to Lion Fred Kellerman before July 5. Those Lions with last names beginning with the letters A-M should bring a potluck main dish and those with last names beginning with N-Z should bring a dessert to share.

The Lions will have their Father and Son Steak Dinner at the Yearick Center on Aug. 2. Reservations must be given to Lion Fred Kellerman before July 19. The club will provide the steak and those with last names beginning with A-M should bring a dessert and those with N-Z last names should bring the main dish. Lions and their sons (or son-in-law) do not pay, but the cost for guests will be $10. Be sure to let Lion Fred know you’re coming before the deadline date or you won’t get any steak.

Our local Lions will again be parking cars during Grange Fair Days from Aug. 19-27.


The 2022 Bald Eagle Area Alumni “Elder Eagle” picnic is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27, at Stem’s Event Facility, 253 Sycamore Lane, Julian, which is behind the Union Township Building. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with the meal at noon. Elder Eagle Alumni should bring a covered dish to share along with your own beverage and table service. If you have questions or would be willing to help, contact Curt Heverly at caheverly@comcast.net.

Donations collected that day will go to the H.O.P.E. Fund of Bald Eagle Valley to help people in the BEA communities who are dealing with tragedy that can use some financial assistance. See www.HelpingOtherPeopleExcel.info to learn more.

Please spread the word to your friends, relatives and classmates and join us on July 27.

Bald Eagle Area Class of 1982 will hold their 40th class reunion on Saturday, July 23. Invitations have been mailed so if you haven’t received yours then you should contact Jackie (Beck) Auman at 814-574-7473. The reunion will be held at The Shop at Snyder Brook Lane in the Zion area of Bellefonte. The cost is $35 for each classmate and a guest and must be paid before July 1. A class reunion booklet is also available for $5 and each classmate should complete a short bio that will be included in the booklet and handed out the evening of the class reunion.


The Lamar Lighthouse Camp concert for this Sunday, July 3, will need to be moved since the new tabernacle/multi-purpose building is not yet ready. The concert featuring the group “Renewal” will begin at 7 p.m. and is going to be held at the Living Faith Ministries Church this week. The church is located at 7175 Nittany Valley Drive, along state Route 64 in Mill Hall.

The Sunday evening concerts will be held at various churches until they can again be held at the Lamar Lighthouse Campgrounds in the new building that has been officially named “The Gathering Place.” Hopefully the new multi-purpose building will be completed and ready for the planned dedication service on July 10. For more info you may contact Eloise at 570-726-6523 or Lynette at 570-337-0203.

The concert on Sunday, July 10, will feature “Avenue.” This Gospel trio’s debut project, Songs For Every Mile, released in June 2018. The album manifests their big sound with strong vocals and poignant messages for the listener. The first radio release, “One Of These Mornings,” rose to No. 23 on the Singing News radio chart. Avenue is proud to be part of Main Street Music & Entertainment, under the Penn Street Records label, and is represented by Dominion Agency.


Volunteers are needed to work on Wednesday mornings at the Centre County Courthouse for Central Court. The hours would be roughly from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The volunteers would be helping the Central Court Coordinator to help keep track of the file folders.

CentrePeace is in need of volunteers to work the registers. You will be checking people out on a simple cash register system and then wrapping and bagging the purchases. Training and support are given. They currently need volunteers to work on Wednesday’s from noon to 4 p.m. and on Friday’s from 8 a.m. to noon. CentrePeace will accept volunteers for other dates and times, but these are the two shifts that need help now.

Centre Home Care is in need of volunteers to help at the blood pressure tent during the Grange Fair. Volunteers are needed to write down the blood pressures as the nurse takes them. Volunteers are needed from Friday, Aug. 19, through Saturday, Aug. 27. The shifts to help would be from noon to 3 p.m. or from 3-6 p.m.

Centre Home Care is also looking for help with their Health Fair at Grange Fair which is held at the South Side Stage on Thursday, Aug. 25. Set up starts at noon and you should be done by 6 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer for any of these opportunities, please contact Ashley at the RSVP program thru Centre County Government at 814-355-6816.


The Twinkle Toes Dance Studio group has been invited to perform at Disney World this fall. The group is holding fundraisers to offset the expenses that the dancers and their families will have during their trip to Florida. The trip will be from Oct. 11-18 and the dancers will perform on Oct. 13. The community’s help is needed to make this trip an adventure of a lifetime for the young dancers.

Twinkle Toes is holding a gun/cash raffle during the months of July and August, 2022. Tickets are $20 each and are being sold at various business locations in both the Clinton and Centre County areas as well as by the parents and grandparents of the children in the group.

Buying a ticket will ensure that you will have four chances to win from your ticket numbers on the ticket for the 62 prizes that will be awarded based on the PA Lottery Pick 4 Evening straight drawing. Guns are being provided by National Sporting Goods in Jersey Shore.

Twinkle Toes Dance Studio in Beech Creek is owned and operated by Angela Peters. There are about 50 young dancers who are very excited about going to Disney World together. They have been practicing for their performance and are improving each week.

Call Angie at 570-660-6693 for tickets or for more info about Twinkle Toes and their upcoming trip.



The Orviston Festival will be held on July 8 and July 9. Friday night will be registration at 5 p.m. for the Wiffle Ball Derby at the ball field. There will be a basket raffle and other raffle tickets for sale along with food and craft vendors.

Saturday at 7 a.m. begins with breakfast at the pavilion and followed at 10:30 by opening ceremonies at the stage.

Register for the horseshoe pitching contest and hear live entertainment at intervals throughout the day.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. with line-up along Blue Row. The Brick Float will be back this year and so will the Lomison and Friends band performing on the stage from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m.

The Jacksonville Festival will be held on July 16 beginning at 5 p.m. The Back Porch String Band will be providing the live entertainment during the evening. There are raffle tickets available that you can call Brenda at 814-383-2796 to get yours and maybe help to sell a few, too, before the winners are drawn that evening.

There will be food available including the usual burgers and hot sausages, hoagies, French fries, funnel cakes and ice cream.

Bingo is still just a quarter for a card and is played the “old fashioned way” with kernels of corn. There are kids games and the traditional paddle wheel spins for fruit and veggie basket give aways.

The Jacksonville Festival is held each year as a fundraiser for the Jacksonville Cemetery Association to pay for perpetual care and the grass mowing costs each summer.

Miles Township Fire Company in Rebersburg will hold their carnival on July 7-9. The parade will be held on Thursday evening at 6 p.m.

Gregg Township Fire Company’s carnival will be July 28-30 with the parade also on Thursday evening.


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


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