SHAMOKIN - An 80-page glossy covered booklet recognizing Shamokin's 150th anniversary is available for sale starting today.

Produced by The News-Item in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary Committee, the sesquicentennial keepsake contains historical content stretching back to Shamokin's founding as a

borough in 1864. But the bulk of the 36 stories and 99 photographs feature developments from the past 50 years, building off the excellent centennial book produced in 1964.
Cost is $10, with all proceeds from sales going to the committee to help pay costs of this week’s sesquicentennial events, which culminate with a parade and fireworks Saturday.
The book is available for sale at The News-Item, city hall, Independence Fire Company and the sesquicentennial headquarters (beside Susquehanna Bank’s east branch on Independence Street). Copies are available first thing this morning at The News-Item, but distribution to the other sites is taking place this morning, so it may be a few hours until the books are available at all locations.
The committee will also be selling the book at anniversary events this week.
In addition to the stories and photos, 50 local businesses supported The News-Item with advertising, some adding their own historic information and photos.
The writing and research efforts were led by veteran News-Item reporter and editor Jake Betz, with support from staff writer/photographer Larry Deklinski and other staff. Jenna Wasakoski, an assistant editor, designed the cover and was responsible for layout.
Topics covered range from natural disasters and religion to the decline of coal and the dismantling of the J.H. and C.K. Eagle Silk Mill. The consolidation of local schools, construction of prisons and highrises and even the famous “head” story are recounted, and there are photos of every mayor since Shamokin became a third-class city in 1950. Accomplishments in athletics over the past 50 years are covered, too.
The book will be distributed in Wednesday’s edition of The News-Item but to home subscribers only.