The Time Machine for January 4, 2013: Back in 1961
- There was a celebration at Shamokin State Hospital, which was entering its 50-year anniversary.
- W. Fred Kohler, chairman of the Northumberland County commissioners, announced that all county personnel would be retained through 1961 on year contracts.
- The Bell Telephone Co. announced it would invest $348,000 in the Shamokin district for service improvements.
- Eugene Mirarchi, a Kulpmont attorney who was the Democratic chairman of Northumberland County, said county Democrats would join with their counterparts in Dauphin County to set up a special inauguration train to go to Washington to see John F. Kennedy take the oath as president of the United States. Mirarchi said the cost of the trip would be $10 per person, both ways.
- The Lincoln School PTA, under the direction of the chairperson, Mrs. George Moser, held a panel discussion in which it was stated that parents were obliged to teach their children respect, religion and restraint.
- United Press took a survey and found that the average teachers' salary in the United States in 1961 was $5,215 a year. That compared to $660 a year in Japan and $1,400 in England.