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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during the grand opening of Revolution Fitness Studio LLC, are, from left, Jill Fegley, friend; RevFit co-owners Caitlin Miller and Amanda Hascin; Jeff Bowe, board member, Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce; and Adriane Drum, Caitlin's sister.

A new type of fitness studio has opened in downtown Tamaqua.

Co-owners Amanda Hascin and Caitlin Miller wanted to create a place where people could come to make serious changes in their life, starting with their physical condition and healthy living. That led to the creation of Revolution Fitness Studio LLC, also called RevFit, which occupies the old Wenzel's Bakery at 125 E. Broad St.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m., at the Fireline Hotel in Bowmanstown. The topic will be "Our New Year Message to the President Refocusing the Democratic Agenda."

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Summit Hill man was sentenced to a term in state prison for driving drunk in 2009 and casing a crash that killed a passenger in his car.

Wayne A. Vasiliou, 24, received a sentence to 16 months and two day, to 7 1/2 years, last month in Lehigh County Court.

He was found guilty in November during a jury trial of driving drunk during the accident on Sept. 27, 2009, that killed William C. Barron, 22, of Nesquehoning, and injured three other people.

Vasiliou had been found guilty of homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, drunken driving, and reckless endangerment.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Duane Dellecker of Lehighton was installed as Master of Lehighton Lodge No. 621, Free and Accepted Masons. From left are, William H. Douthart IV of Lehighton, senior warden; Dellecker; Robert J. Neff, district deputy grand master of the 45th Masonic District; and Patrick Totaro of Albrightsville, treasurer. Also elected were, Keith G. Billig of Bowmanstown, secretary.

Duane A. Dellecker, of Lehighton, was elected and installed as Master of Lehighton Lodge No. 621, Free and Accepted Masons.

The one-year term began at noon, Dec. 27. Dellecker previously served as Master in 2000 during the 100th anniversary of Lehighton Lodge.

Other officers elected to serve the Lodge include William H. Douthart IV of Lehighton, senior warden; Patrick Totaro of Albrightsville, junior warden; Keith G. Billig of Bowmanstown, treasurer; and William H. Ravert, Past Master of Bowmanstown, secretary.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Palmerton area schools will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Classes will resume on Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Rep. Knowles

State Representative Jerry Knowles (R-124th) announced he is seeking re-election to the Pennsylvania State House.

"While Republican leadership ended Rendell's out-of-control spending, there is still much to be done to get our state back on track," Knowles said. "We've begun taking real steps to make Pennsylvania more attractive to small businesses and industries that create jobs, but we must do more and that's why I'm seeking re-election."

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
David Wargo/special to the times news Mahoning Township's new board of supervisors was seated at last night's reorganizational meeting. The supervisors this year are (front, left to right): Incoming supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt, Linda Benner, chairman John Wieczorek and secretary-treasurer Natalie Haggerty. (Standing left to right): Solicitor Tom Nanovic, Travis Steigerwalt and vice chairman Franklin Ruch.

Bruce Steigerwalt, a former township official, was welcomed to the Mahoning board of supervisors during the township's reorganizational meeting last Tuesday.

Steigerwalt had been previously appointed three years ago to fill the vacancy created when long-time secretary-treasurer and supervisor Dawn Blocker retired. At the time, he did not seek election to the office and his term ended with the election of Linda Benner and Franklin Ruch in 2009.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Karate school instructor has been charged with raping one of his students.

Pocono Mountain Regional police arrested Stephen Remeter, 27, of Tobyhanna, on Monday and charged him with rape of a child and related offenses.

He was arraigned before a district judge and committed to the county prison in Snydersville in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
McCullough

Lansford police are looking for the following people who are wanted on criminal warrants:

Jeronto J. Bryan Jr., 32, whose last known address was 633 W. Diamond Ave. Apt. C, Hazleton. He is wanted for escape and numerous traffic violations.

Holly Filer, 26, whose last known address was 219 W. Water St., Lansford. She is wanted for felony retail theft.

Shakietha McCullough, 33, whose last known address was 915 Greenbrook Terrace, Tobyhanna. She is wanted for passing bad checks.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A policy whereby students in the Northern Lehigh School District would be able to bring their own electronic device to school has been met with mixed reviews.

After various viewpoints were mulled over, the school board on Monday unanimously approved the first reading of the policy concerning "Pupils - Electronic Devices." Superintendent Michael Michaels cautioned that the approval was for the first reading only.

"We have to make sure we are comfortable," Michaels said. "I think it's a good policy, but I need to understand it better."