SHAMOKIN - The News-Item, in conjunction with the Shamokin 150th Anniversary Committee, is producing a glossy-covered keepsake booklet to document this special year in city history.

Local civic organizations, fire departments and other entities are encouraged to submit information about their histories as part of this effort. (Note that churches have been contacted directly by letter.)

Topics and questions listed at the bottom of this article can be used as a guide. It's preferred that the information be submitted in story form, but it is permissible to provide a list of details from which a story will be compiled. Maximum word count is 300.

There is no cost.

Also, businesses are welcome to contact the newspaper about purchasing advertising in the booklet. Call the ad department at 570-644-6397, extension 4.

Shamokin-based organizations are obviously the focus of the booklet, but those from Coal Township or otherwise nearby with a strong connection to the city, or with a majority of members, from the city are welcome to submit information.

The booklet will be distributed to The News-Item's home subscribers as part of our July 2 edition, and another 2,000 will be presented to the anniversary committee, which will sell the book and keep the proceeds to help pay for the July 5 city celebration.

Please submit information no later than 4 p.m. Monday, June 2. It can be mailed or dropped off at 707 N. Rock St., Shamokin, Pa., 17872, or emailed to jake_b@newsitem.com.

Information to include:

- Contact person and daytime phone number

- Name and address of organization

- Date of founding

- Current officers

- Current number of members

- Brief history

- Major projects, changes, developments over past 50 years (or less)

- Anything else of note about your organization.

Parade program

The commemorative booklet is a separate project from the souvenir program being produced for the July 5 parade celebrating the 150th. The program will be "dedicated to those from the greater Shamokin area now serving and those who have honorably served in the military of the United States of America" and will be sold for $1 along the parade route prior to the start.

Family and friends of veterans can list their loved ones for $7. The list will include the name of the veteran, living or deceased, their rank, branch and theatre of service. Display block tributes can also be purchased in one-eighth, one-quarter, half-page or full-page sizes.

The committee is working on a list of all area active-duty service men and women to honor them in the program without charge.

Tributes can be mailed to or dropped off at 49 E. Independence St. (next to Wendy's). For more information, contact Bill Dudeck at 570-259-0530.

Camaro tickets

The parade is being financed by the raffle of a brand new 2014 Camaro convertible acquired and purchased through B&L Chevrolet of Shamokin. Approximately 7,000 chances are being sold at $10 each. The winner will be drawn on the morning of the parade. The winner will also become the official parade marshal and will lead the 2 p.m. parade in their new car.

About a quarter of the tickets have been sold. Several locations are selling tickets, and the Camaro can be viewed in the B&L dealership showroom. For tickets, call Marian Edmondson at 570-648-5813 or Vanessa Dudeck at 570-863-8410.