SHAMOKIN - Citizens for a Better Community (CBC) has undertaken three projects that will salute members of the armed forces, help maintain Shamokin Cemetery and bring an old mine personnel carrier off of Big Mountain for display in town.

With approval of City Council, CBC will have "Shamokin/Coal Township Hometown Heroes" banners hanging on street light poles in time for Memorial Day. The 2-by-4-foot banners will be purchased by either family members or businesses and will include the name and photo of the person, their rank and branch of service, any foreign wars they fought in, and the name of the person or business who purchased the banner.

The banners are similar to those produced for Mount Carmel last year, but with photos. Sunbury has also recently undertaken a banner project, open to those from the military throughout Northumberland County.

The banners, which will cost $200 each, will stay up until around Thanksgiving. After they are taken down, the owners can take possession of the banners, although they can have them installed again in successive years for $50 each time.

CBC secretary Angie Arnold said there will be disruption on Independence Street because of a project by PPL to replace street lights this summer. But, "We are hoping, though, that we will have enough interest to hang them all throughout Shamokin and Coal Township, not just on Independence Street," Arnold said.

For more information, contact Arnold at 648-6294 or at Applications must be in by April 5.

'Adopt-a-Plot' idea

At its April 7 meeting, CBC will set a date for its "Adopt-a-Plot" event at Shamokin Cemetery, according to CBC president Richard Jilinski Sr.

Adopt-a-Plot will entail members of the public or community groups using their own lawn mowers or weed-whackers to spruce up one grave or a section of graves at Shamokin Cemetery.

There is no charge for taking part in the event, just a sense of community pride, Jilinski said.

Mine car display

Also, with the help of the Northumberland County Career and Technology Center, CBC hopes to get two huge mine personnel carriers left on Big Mountain northwest of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School and bring them into town to create a display.

One car, which is approximately 30 feet long, will be restored for display by students at NCCTC, while the other will be used for spare parts.

"We have no spot at this time where we are going to place the cars," Jilinski said. "That will be up to us and the city working together to find a suitable location."

Established in July 2008, CBC describes its self as a group of "concerned and dedicated citizens who support to improve and enhance the quality of life and pride in our community."

Since its inception, the group has purchased new Christmas lights for the Shamokin business district, established the "trunk or treat" event at Halloween and has been the driving force behind continuation of Shamokin's fireworks display, which will take place this year at approximately 9:45 p.m. Saturday, July 6.

Approximately $8,500 was raised through roadside collections the day of the display as well as a car cruise and show downtown during the Fourth of July weekend. That means the 2013 display is paid for, and donations this year will help pay for the 2014 display, CBC reports.