On Centre: Bald Eagle Area | Howard walkway offers path toward exercise

September 17, 2013 

When it comes to promoting fitness and neighborliness, Howard walks the walk.

On Tuesday, the borough will dedicate the mile-long Howard Path, a paved pedestrian and bicycle trail through the town. A 6 p.m. ceremony at the J.K. Yearick Center at 241 Walnut St. in the borough will formally open the recreational route, which was mostly completed last month.

Borough Secretary Irv Hoy said the path encourages residents to exercise and offers safe passage across town — especially for children, who can walk to Howard Elementary School on the route. It also serves another purpose, he said.

“It’s helped to bring the community closer together because people stop on the path and talk to each other,” Hoy said.

Costing about $300,000, the path received funding from the state departments of Transportation and Conservation and Natural Resources, Hoy said. Work began in April.

The route stretches from West End Park on one end of Howard’s peninsula to Beck’s Lane on the other. At each end, pedestrians can rest on benches.

To get young cyclists in the proper mood for the path, the borough and PennDOT will hold a free bike rodeo at 5 p.m. in the elementary school parking lot at 255 School St.

The rodeo will include a skills course, a helmet fitting and bicycle safety tips. Participants should bring a bicycle and helmet. Children younger than 12 must wear a helmet and have a parent or guardian present.

Fall festival in Snow Shoe

One dollar will carry a lot of buying power at the Snow Shoe Annual Fall Festival and Car Show.

For the first time, the Saturday festival will include an animal petting zoo. Admission will be $1, but an extra buck gains a hand stamp and unlimited admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It’s just one of the many attractions planned for the event in Snow Shoe Park, starting at 9 a.m.

The Snow Shoe Fire Company will serve a fundraiser breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. as vehicles arrive for the car show. Registration for the show will last until 11:45 a.m., with judging beginning soon after. More than 90 trophies for various categories will be awarded starting at 4 p.m.

A full day of music is scheduled. At 10 a.m., the gospel band Near Heaven plays, followed by the gospel band Joyful Noise at 11:30 a.m. and the country group The Silver Eagle Band at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Also on the bill are country singer-songwriter Riley Roth, a Centre County native, from 2:30 to 3 p.m., and a professional magician.

Throughout the festival, more than 50 flea market and craft vendors will have booths. Local civic organizations will sell chicken barbecue, homemade baked goods and other food as fundraisers. The Mountaintop Area Pool Association, for instance, will make its customary milkshakes as well as run bingo games.

All booth and car show fees, as well as sales of apple butter made at the festival and walking tacos, will go toward a fund to refurbish the veterans memorial in front of the fire company.

“It’s just a fun time,” said Snow Shoe resident Betty Lou Dudish, who has been helping organize the festival since its first year in 2007. “It’s nice to see the people of the Mountaintop come together.”

Chris Rosenblum writes a weekly column about news in the Upper and Lower Bald Eagle valleys. If you have news to share, email crosenbl@centredaily.com or call 231-4620.

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