Howard Happenings


Walker Township Fire Company in Hublersburg is having a Golf Tournament at Belle Springs Golf Course today. Golfers and sponsors are needed to support the fire company’s fundraising efforts. About eight more golfers are needed.

Registration for the golf tourney starts at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. for the 4-person scramble. Cost is $80 per golfer and includes your meal. There will be door prizes and auction gifts awarded, too an application to be emailed to you.

Registration can be done by contacting Matt Brungard (814-360-0935) or Chloe Roan (814-482-8071) who will be at the golf course early today.


There will be a sporting clay shoot tomorrow, Aug. 13, with registration starting at 9 a.m. at the Liberty Township Sportsmen’s Club along the Marsh Creek Road. The shoot will be 50 shots for $15 and runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Bring your own shotgun and shells. Shooters must wear eye and ear protection. Snacks and drinks will be available at the green barn at the skeet field. Call Gary at 814-355-7784 for info.

On Sunday, Aug. 14, the Too Hot to Shoot muzzleloader shooting contest will be held starting at 9:30 a.m. Registration opens at 9 o’clock. Call Dave at 570-660-2456 for info.

Every Thursday night (weather permitting), there will be skeet and wobble shoots from 6-10 p.m. at the skeet field. Call Leonard at 814-357-5282 for more info.


St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on Snydertown Road, rural Howard, invites the public to enjoy Summertime Sounds in Snydertown tonight. Bring a lawn chair and sit around a campfire at 6:30 p.m. for fellowship and then at 7 p.m. the Bluegrass group, the Parlor Pickers, will be entertaining.


The Lamar Lighthouse Camp will feature the Miller’s, on Sunday evening, Aug. 14, beginning at 7 p.m. The summer concert series at the Lamar Lighthouse Camp will feature live music each Sunday evening through mid-September. The concerts are free and a love offering is taken.

Brothers in Grace will be providing the concert on Aug. 21 and New Journey will perform on Aug. 28.

September concerts will feature the Pennycoff Family, Victory Trio and The Gloryway Quartet.


The Roland Curtin Foundation (RCF) will be providing tours of the historic grounds on the second and fourth Sunday’s of each month through the end of October. Monetary donations of your choosing are certainly appreciated when you visit the historic grounds.

Tomorrow, Aug. 13, RCF will host a “Come Home to Curtin” reunion for the public to meet families who once lived at Curtin or worked at the Eagle Iron Works. The day will include storytelling, fun games, photo opportunities with great backdrops from the past, genealogy assistance and much more.

Looking ahead to October, the RCF is planning an iron festival to celebrate traditional crafts and activities that once would have happened at Curtin.

Check the Curtin Village Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CurtinVillage for additional info or contact Sue at 570-220-9290 for details.


Tickets are on sale for several upcoming raffles that are being planned.

Central Bald Eagle Fish and Game Association will have their gun and cash drawing from noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the old school house in Mount Eagle. Tickets are $10 each. Call Leo “Tom” Bomboy at 814-280-2961 or Buck at 814-280-2959 for more info.

Walker Townshp Fire Company in Hublersburg will have a cash drawing on Sept. 17 from 5-10 p.m. Tickets are $10 for cash prizes ranging from $100 to $500. Must have photo ID and ticket stub to enter. No minors permitted. DJ will provide music during the event. Call 814-360-0935 for ticket info.

Citizen’s Hook and Ladder in Milesburg will have their gun drawing on Oct. 8. Tickets are $10 each.

Howard Fire Company’s gun raffle will be held on Nov. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. at the fire hall. Call Josh at 814-571-5849 for more info.

Millheim Fire Company spring 2023 raffle tickets are now being sold. Grand prize is $10,000.


The Senior Cheer Club met on Aug. 4 at the Friendship Community Center for a potluck lunch. The meeting was called to order by President Larry Butler who provided the table grace before the meal. Afterward, all stood to recite The Lord’s Prayer and to pledge to the flag.

Bible devotions were provided by Judy Cain.

Minutes from the prior meeting were accepted. Club secretary Jane Confer also gave the roll call of attendance. There were 19 members present and a special guest, Dave Orr.

Janie Confer read a poem entitled “Little Will” and Judy Cain read “When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking.”

Everyone sang Happy Birthday to Dorothy Kline (Aug. 5) and Emma Butler (Aug. 10) who were having birthdays this month.

Special guest, Dave Orr, a resident and former mayor of Beech Creek, spoke about the bridges of Beech Creek. The Beech Creek Veterans Memorial Bridge turned 86 years old this year. Dave enlisted the help of (then) State Representative Mike Hanna in officially naming the bridge in 2006.

Dave’s research shows that it was in 1935 that PennDOT decided there needed to be a two lane bridge instead of the old one-laner. From the project’s proposal in August, 1935 until the new bridge was opened and being used in May, 1936 was just a nine month time-frame. Along the way there was a brutally cold winter in 1935 and a flood in March of 1936 that delayed the construction but crews worked around the clock to complete the project.

Dave’s grandfather, Raymond Q. “Bucky” Mapes had trucks and hauled steal from the railroad to the bridge site and did various other work to contribute to the new bridge’s erection.

In 2021, Dave and his friend, Duke Glossner, installed new flag poles with lights at the bridge, and now the American Legion takes care of providing crisp new flags each year at the bridge. The American Legion also lays a wreath on the water during the annual Memorial Day Parade.

Dave provided a very informative history for the Cheer Club members and he would be willing to visit other groups or clubs that may want to learn more about his discoveries of the bridges and landmarks that are located in and around the Beech Creek area.

The next meeting of Senior Cheer Club will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1, beginning at noon at the Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek. Members should bring a covered dish, your own drink and a wrapped gift for the bingo games. Anyone 55 years of age or older is invited to attend.

For more info on Cheer Club or to reach Larry Butler, you may dial 570-726-6635.


Residents of Walker Township are encouraged to attend a special meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Walker Township fire station in Hublersburg. The purpose for the meeting is to inform residents about the fire protection and rescue services for the community and the need for additional funding.

The Walker Township Fire Company has approached the Walker Township Supervisors for help and residents need to come to the meeting to voice their opinions and thoughts on how to solve the financial dilemma.

An outpouring of community support is needed at this meeting. Please show up and speak up!


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


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