Howard Happening


A local family is in need of aluminum can tabs which will help them to stay at the Ronald McDonald House while their child is being seen at Geisinger in Danville. Please save your soda or beer can tabs and get them to me at Insurance Office this week. I’m hoping that the Askey family will contact me so that we can arrange for some other drop off locations in the Beech Creek area to make it convenient for everyone to save the tabs and get them to the family quickly before their scheduled stay in Danville.

A little tab can go a long way in making a difference for those families who have children that need hospital treatment. Let’s do our best to help the Askey family out at this critical time!


Howard Parks and Recreation still have a few calendars left for sale. This year the calendars honor the artistic talents and the memory of the late Bertha “Sis” Lomison. There are just four calendars left that are available at the Insurance Office, Inc. on Walnut Street during daytime office hours. Each calendar is just $10 each. Call 625-2488 for calendar availability as the final few will be sold on a first come basis.


Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Jacksonville will offer a homemade soup and bake sale on Saturday, Feb. 2. The sale will begin at 10 a.m. and will last until the goods are gone.

Soup flavors are ham and bean, chicken corn and vegetable beef and the price is $6 for each quart.

Baked goods will include bread, cookies, pies and other delicious treats.

There will also be hot dogs with Texas sauce and ham sandwiches with cabbage slaw for sale, too.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Call Don Shaffer at 814-353-0538 for more info.


Bald Eagle State Park will celebrate Groundhog Day by having a hike on Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Hikers will be able to join the park naturalist to see if we’ll have an early spring or six more weeks of winter. Dress for the outdoor temperatures. Meet at the Nature Inn shortly before 10 a.m. for the 2-mile hike. Call 625-9369 for more info.


Howard Area Lions Food Bank dates next month will be on Feb. 4 for Centre County residents in the Lions service area and on February 18 for Beech Creek area residents. The Food Bank headquarters is at the former Beech Creek Elementary School and distribution is from 2-4 p.m.

Howard Area Lions will offer their annual Sweetheart Dinner at the Howard fire hall on Feb. 9. This is a free sit-down dinner of turkey, ham and all the trimmings for residents living in the Lions Club service area who are 60+ years of age and older. The meal is served at noon. Come early for a seat with your friends and fellowship time. There will also be chances for cash prizes to be given away as well as a 50/50 drawing.

A Red-Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Howard fire hall on Feb. 13 from 1:30 – 7 p.m. Blood donors of all types are needed to replenish the blood bank supply.

At the December blood drive in Howard there were only 37 pints collected. Blood supplies are seriously low all over and with wintertime colds and flu season that could keep regular donors from giving, please consider becoming a donor at the February blood drive. For local transportation to the blood drive call Lion Paul at 570-660-0265.

Howard United Methodist Church will offer a Soup Sale Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the church fellowship hall. The luncheon runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features a bowl of soup with a roll, a piece of pie and a beverage for $6. Take-out quarts of soup in freezable containers can also be ordered beforehand by calling Patti at 814-625-2182.

The Orviston Community Club will offer a chicken and waffle supper on Feb. 23 from 4-7 p.m. A meal will be $7 and the proceeds will go towards the grand finale fireworks show at the Orviston Festival in July.

The chicken and waffles will be served from 4-7 p.m. at the Beech Creek Fire Company social hall. Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting Brenda at 570-660-5283 or Dave at 814-404-0357. You may also contact Wes and Missie at 570-962-2916 for meal tickets or to volunteer to help sell raffle tickets for the festival, too.


Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek sponsored a basket raffle on Jan. 19 for Ethel Heverly. Ethel has asked that thank everyone for all that they’ve done to help her.

There were 65 different baskets and prizes that were donated by her family, friends and those of the community which certainly made the benefit a big success. I think this is the most baskets that I’ve ever seen donated for a benefit that has been held at the FCC.

Ethel is having dialysis treatments now and is gradually getting her strength back. She has to be careful to avoid those with colds and the flu, so she’s not venturing out much right now, but she’s happy to speak with anyone who would like to give her a call at home.

Please continue to keep Ethel in your thoughts and prayers and know that she certainly appreciates all the love and support that has been showered upon her.


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