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.