- At Southern Columbia Area High School, there was a controversy over a proposed charge of $75 for the school's band to march in the Catawissa Halloween parade. Glenn Keller, a member of Southern's school board, said he could not understand why there was any charge to such a community effort for the band's participation.

- At West End High School in Coal Township, police said thieves who had broken into the school must have taken hours to batter open a safe in the executive offices. The net take was $12.50.

- At Ralpho Township Community Park, 237 Girl Scouts from the Hemlock Council were atttending a camporee.

- Weis Markets, now a giant in the food industry, proudly announced the opening of its 50th store, this one in State College.

- Shamokin native Martha Kopitsky, president of the Northumberland County Association of Retarded Children, hosted an awards event in the borough that was highlighted by a speech given by state Secretary of Welfare Arlin Adams. Among the award recipients were the Shamokin Optimist Club and the Zerbe Rod and Gun Club.

- At the Capitol, "Behold a Pale Horse" had a high-powered cast in Anthony Quinn, Gregory Peck and Omar Sharif.

- In sports, most of the area high schools had good records, but Coal Township, at 5-0, had the best of all. Trevorton and Mount Carmel were in at 4-0-1, while Shamokin had a 3-2 mark.

- Yankee Stadium still presented an irresistible attraction for fans from the coal region in general and Shamokin in particular. Of all the New York parks, it was the most majestic, and the neighborhood in the south Bronx was just beginning to have the economic and social bottoms fall out of it.