SNOW SHOE BINGO
There will be a Vera Bradley and Scentsy bingo on Sunday to benefit the Snow Shoe Pool. The bingo will be held at the Queen of Archangels Social Hall in Snow Shoe beginning at 3 p.m. The doors and kitchen will be open at 2 p.m. for early birds. For questions or to obtain tickets call Jen at (814) 880-8382.
SUPPER AND AUCTION
A spaghetti with meatball supper and basket auction is planned for May 5 at the Liberty Baptist Church in Blanchard. The all-you-care-to-eat supper will be served from 4-7 p.m. The meal will include the spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and drinks for a free will donation.
There is also a variety of themed gift baskets that can be bid on during the auction. All proceeds from this event will go to the church gym fund. Call Jamie at (570) 295-1523 for more information.
Howard sure was jumping with extra traffic and yard sale shoppers today. The town-wide yard sale continues tomorrow.
Howard United Methodist Church is having a yard and bake sale at the church fellowship hall until 2 p.m. on Friday and from 8-2 tomorrow.
I haven't yet heard when the Beech Creek, Blanchard and Marsh Creek yard sales will be held, but I'll be sure to pass the dates along once I've been informed.
The Beech Creek Museum will be open on Sunday afternoon from 1-3 p.m. Stop by to have a look around at all the items on display. A work detail was held last week and progress was made on organizing and arranging the items so that visitors can get an opportunity to learn and see some of the local history.
The Howard Ladies Civic Club will meet on May 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Howard United Methodist Church. All members and any other ladies who would like to join the club are invited to attend the meeting.
The Rada knives that were ordered have arrived and will be distributed at the meeting. An additional supply of the knives has also been delivered for those who missed placing an order so you will be able to purchase them at the meeting or by contacting Dorothy.
For more information on Civic Club activities or meeting dates contact Dorothy at (814) 625-2152.
MEN'S NIGHT OUT
There will be a Men's Night Out on Friday evening, May 18, at Sylvan Hills Christian Camp along Little Marsh Creek Road. The fee is $10 for boys under age 16 and $15 for those fellas who are over age 16 if you pay before May 10. Those planning to attend who haven't paid before May 10 will be charged $20. Registration begins at 4:30, supper will be served at 5:45 and the program starts at 7 p.m.
The guest speaker for the evening will be Allan Scott who has a powerful message and testimony about "The Power of Christ." You will hear and see how God has changed Allan and his life.
Allan was a drug abuser at an early age, had been in rehab twice and was in jail before coming to know the saving power of Jesus in 2001. His encounter with Christ radically changed his life. Allan is now a songwriter and a worship leader from the State College area. The Allan Scott Band has led worship services and has ministered at churches, retreats, festivals and concerts in PA and neighboring states.
For more information contact Bob at (814) 625-2987 or Joe at (570) 748-2508. Payment can be made before May 10 by mailing to Sylvan Hills Christian Camp, PO Box 532, Lock Haven, PA 17745.
We found out that baseball and bingo go together amazingly well when Howard Youth Baseball hosted a Vera Bradley bingo last Friday evening. Pre-game activities began at 5 p.m. and eager fans (bingo players) filled the ball park (Milesburg Community Center) and awaited the start of the game. The game announcer (bingo caller) gave the starting line-up (welcomed everyone) and the first pitch (bingo number) was thrown at 7 p.m.
Our local team players were doing a great job at running the bases (taking and delivering food orders) and scoring runs. The kids launched home run balls by using their polite manners. There wasn't time for any of the volunteers to sit on the bench.
There were a few sharply hit fastballs (bingo shouts) that earned doubles or triples (2 or 3 winners at a time) for the players. There were some close plays at the bases but the umpires (adults verifying the winning cards) were close at hand and made good calls.
During the seventh inning stretch (intermission) fans enjoyed food, bought 50/50 and rip-off tickets and purchased chances for the very nice Chinese auction prizes that had been donated by individuals and businesses in the Howard area.
In the bottom of the eighth inning Howard coach Jeff Snoberger emerged from the dugout (kitchen) and headed toward the mound for a brief chat. Coach Snoberger was joined there by the girls' softball players and the little league ball players who were in attendance. Snoberger thanked all of the individuals and local businesses who sponsored the Vera Bradley prizes and the auction items. He praised the parents, grandparents and others who donated food or helped in other ways to make this event happen. He thanked the fans (bingo players) for buying a ticket and coming out to support the event.
Coach Snoberger explained that the profit from this fundraiser would be used to buy batting helmets, baseball bats, catcher's gear and uniforms for the children that are involved in the Howard Youth Baseball program. More baseball bingos are planned in the future.
At the end of the evening the home team had notched an impressive win. It was a grand slam bingo event!
The Howard Area Lions Club has undertaken a memorial project to honor Foster Joseph Sayers. Lions Club members along with other organizations and individuals are working together hoping to have the memorial erected and ready for formal dedication before Memorial Day.
The project is being referred to as the "Medal of Honor Memorial" and will include a large statue resembling a World War II private first class soldier, three flag poles and respective flags, two newly planted trees, repainting of the current flag mural already and a brick walkway.
The concrete footer work has already been completed, the flag poles and the statue have already been ordered and orders for the engraved bricks for the walkway are being taken.
In addition to the Howard Area Lions Club, assistance with the project has already come from Larry Butler representing Woodmen of the World, Howard VFW Club, Beech Creek American Legion, Bald Eagle State Park employees, Army Corps of Engineers, Kader-Neff Funeral Home, Mayes Memorial, Centre County Vo-Tech students, Boy Scouts of America and Eagle Scout participants, Hannah Davy, Clinton County Veterans Affairs and various local state and county representatives.
The total cost of the proposed project is near $12,000. The idea of selling engraved bricks for the Veterans Walk of Fame should help to cover the cost. The bricks will be laid behind the memorial and lead toward the parking lot. The bricks are $65 each and will be engraved with the name of any honorably discharged veterans. Order forms for the bricks are available and proof of military service is required.
The brick walkway won't be completed in time for the May 25 evening dedication ceremony but will be completed next summer which should allow ample time for people to place their brick orders honoring a military loved one.
The memorial is being erected at the breast of the dam overlooking the 1776 mural flag. Central Mountain High School student Hannah Davy plans to repaint the mural as her senior class project.
The next planning meeting for the Foster Sayers Memorial project is scheduled for May 11 at 2:30.
I hope to have more information as it is provided to me in the coming weeks. The public is invited to the formal dedication ceremony which will be held on Friday, May 25, beginning at 6 p.m.
For questions or to contribute to the Foster Joseph Sayers Memorial project please call 962-2848 or 962-2407.
Howard Happenings is written and compiled by Tammy Coakley who can be reached by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 814-625-2684.