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The Jacksonville Cemetery Association will host the annual Jacksonville Festival on Saturday evening, July 16. Food and games will begin around 5 p.m. and the live entertainment this year will be Lomison’s family and friends.

There will be raffle tickets for sale with the winners announced that evening with a 50/50 draw.

Bring your own lawn chair to make yourself comfortable for the evening.

The Jacksonville Festival is held to support the perpetual expenses of upkeep and grass cutting at the cemetery. With gas prices this year, more than ever, your support and generous donations are needed.

If you are unable to attend the festival but would like to make a monetary donation, please mail your checks to the Jacksonville Cemetery Association, 3440 Jacksonville Road, Bellefonte, PA 16823.


There will be a members meeting at the club house on July 16 starting at 9 a.m. All members are encouraged to attend to give their opinion. Certain modifications to the statutes are under consideration.

Every Thursday evening (weather permitting) there will be skeet and wobble shots from 6-10 p.m. All shooters must bring their own eye and hearing protection. There will be a clay court shooting on July 23 with registration starting at 9 a.m.

Call Gary at 814-355-7784 or Leonard at 814-357-5282 for more information.


The Rogers family reunion has changed date and time this year. The new meeting date is Saturday, July 23, at the usual place, but the “New” it’s 5 p.m. to eat. Please spread the word to all family members so they know the new date and time.

Elders of the Bald Eagle Region 2022 “Old Eagle” a picnic is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27 at Stem’s Event Facility, 253 Sycamore Lane, Julian (behind the Union Township Building). Registration begins at 11am with lunch (or shortly after). Please bring a covered dish to share with the group, as well as your own drink and tableware. If you have questions or want to help, contact Curt Heverly at [email protected]

Donations raised that day will go to the HOPE Fund of Bald Eagle Valley to help members of BEA communities who are dealing with tragedy and who are eligible for financial assistance. See to learn more.

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


Lomison’s family and friends will provide live entertainment tomorrow night at the Jacksonville Festival.

The Advent Historical Society will present a free concert on Sunday, July 17 at 2 p.m. at Advent Church. The public is invited to attend the concert, “Songs from the Parlor and the Bench”, which will feature Susan Bender on soprano vocals and accompanied by Jeffery Watson on piano.

After the concert, participants are invited to enjoy a social ice cream. Advent Church is located at 1303 Moose Run Road, (the road that connects Milesburg and Yarnell), in the countryside of Bellefonte. For more information, you can visit

The Lamar Lighthouse Camp will feature the band Re-Creation on Sunday evenings starting at 7 p.m. The summer concert series at the campground will feature live music every Sunday evening until mid-September. The concerts are free and a love offering is taken.


The Back Porch String Band will host their Country Jam on Sunday, July 24 at the Howard Fire Station. The jam session will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. A donation basket is passed with proceeds to benefit the fire company. Participants should bring a covered dish or snack to share during the afternoon. Country Jam is held on the fourth Sunday afternoon of each month at the Howard Fire Station. The band is open to play for your special event. Call Connie at 814-625-2724 to see if their schedule can meet your entertainment needs.


The Friendship Community Library in Beech Creek will be offering free tarot readings July 18 and 25 from 4-6:30 p.m.

The Friendship Community Library is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. .


The Center Hall Fire Company will hold an outdoor flea market on its grounds at 134 N. Witmer Ave. Friday and Saturday July 22 and 23. Vendors, especially produce vendors, are needed, and a place is only $20 for the weekend. There must be no move on Thursday, but rather wait until Friday. Firefighters will have food on Saturday only. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more information and a registration form.

The flea market will not take place in August due to the Foire de la Grange. The fire company will have a booth at the fair to sell their raffle tickets.

The fire company also offers a “Grange Fair Themed Bingo” Saturday, July 30 at the fire station. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bingo games start at 1 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $25 for 20 regular games; five special games will be available at a separate cost. The kitchen will also be open. Contact Beth at the borough office (814-364-1772) or at [email protected] Tickets will be $30 at the door.


A fundraising breakfast will be held on Saturday, July 23 at the Porter Township Community Center (the old school) for Lynn and Sherry Bartholomew. The retired couple lost their home and contents on Charlie Drive in Mill Hall to a fire on June 9. Breakfast will be from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Bartholomews currently live with Sherry’s parents, Walter and Alma Miller, in Lamar.


The Township of Marion is hosting its very first community garage sale on July 15, 16 and 17. Residents are invited to organize garage sales during this weekend. The Jacksonville Festival will take place July 16 starting at 5 p.m. at the church’s festival grounds.

The 100 Mile Garage Sale will be held July 15-16.

Rebersburg will have its citywide sales July 29-30.


The price of stamps has increased. A first class stamp now costs 60 cents. A booklet of 20 stamps will cost $12. If you buy “Still” stamps that they are good to keep using no matter if the price goes up.


Liberty Baptist Church in Blanchard is hosting a back-to-school event on Sunday, July 24 starting at 6 p.m. Children in grades K-12 will be allowed to choose various items they will need to help them with school this year. The first 100 children will receive a free backpack to put on their new school supplies.

Pastor Chris Davis will begin the event with a short message, then children and their families can choose their items. Visit the church’s website at or call Pastor Chris at 570-962-2214 for more information.


Crystal Haagen is hosting a project leadership workshop for churches in our area on July 23 at Cedar Heights Church in Mill Hall from 10 a.m. to noon. The meeting is for project leaders in local churches to learn about promotion and packaging tips for shoeboxes. Attendees will also be able to socialize and get new ideas from other leaders to share. It will be a fun morning.

The shoeboxes are part of Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Shoeboxes are filled with items for children ages 2-4; 5-9; and 10-14. Shoe boxes are collected and processed in mid-November, then shipped and distributed to children in countries around the world.

If your church, group or organization would like to help with Operation Christmas Child this year, come to the July 23 meeting. Questions can be directed to Crystal at 814-383-4719 or by emailing her at [email protected] com.

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Howard Happenings is written and compiled by Tammy Coakley who can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 814-625-2684.

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