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I came across this article on Mashable about another incident of a Samsung galaxy exploding. This phone ended up catching fire on a plane that was going from Singapore to Chennai. The phone was overheating in a cabinet on the plane and must have got too hot then started up in flame. This has been a recent problem for Samsung with their new Galaxy Note 7 that claims to also be water resistant. This phone, however, was a Galaxy Note 2.

This article relates to me because I recently upgraded to the Galaxy 7. Mine hasn’t exploded, but I don’t think I will want too stick with the phone and wait until it does. This morning my phone was scorching hot. Almost hot enough to leave a burn. The reason of was because it was on the charger for too long. With all the noise about these phones, I will probably finally make he change to an iPhone.


Steve Jobs Commencement Speech

In front of a crowd of newly Stanford graduates, Steve Jobs sent out a strong message that consisted of three stories that were clearly highlighted in his speech.


Before Jobs starts telling his story he jokingly states, “This is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation.”


Jobs starts his first story which he calls “connecting the dots.” He started by giving a brief description of his life starting with adoption. The adoption process he recalls now is the first experience of him making the decision of ultimately dropping out of college.


When the time came around for college, Jobs “naively” chose to go to Reed University in Portland Oregon.


“I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out.”


When Jobs dropped out of classes he started “dropping in” on classes that interested him. “Looking back it was the best decision I’ve ever made”


One of the classes Jobs dropped into was a calligraphy course. He briefly describes what happened in this single class he was taking about “serif and san-serif type faces, varying the amount of space between letter combinations and about what makes great typography great.”


He went on by giving credit to the class that it all came back to him ten years later when they were designing the first Macintosh computer.


Ten years later is when he finally connected the dots. “You can’t connect the dots looking backward, only looking forward.”


Jobs makes it clear to the audience that it is important to keep your trust in something. He makes it well noted that he had no idea where his path was going but he stayed passionate in whatever he did.


“Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you down the well-warned path, and that will make all the difference.”


The second story he tells is about the love and loss Jobs endures during his life.


He starts by talking about his relationship with “Woz” who was his partner in starting Macintosh in his parent’s suburban garage. Not only did he love his work partner but also he loved what he was doing at the age of 20.

The loss starts to creep in shortly after his love when he got fired from his 2-billion company that he started. He asks the crowd “How can you get fired from a company you started?”


At just 30 years old he built his billion-dollar company only to be forced out. Jobs was a self-made public figure and extremely wealthy.


John Sculley, who Jobs hired, was the head of Pepsi-Cola and ultimately the Apple’s new chief executive. Scully and Jobs ended up not seeing eye to eye and got into a lot of disputes.


Jobs was later fired in 1985 when the board of Apple sided with Scully on the disputed between the two.


There was a sense of humiliation and lost in his voice when he was describing his determination from Macintosh.


“Didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let down the previous generation of entrepreneurs.”


Jobs went into detail that he contemplated “running from the Valley” but he still knew what he loved and Apple wasn’t going to take that away from him. That’s when Jobs started a new computer company called NeXT and Pixar.


“It freed me to enter the most creative periods of my life.”


Apple later then began to take a hit and bought out NeXT. Not long after Jobs was back to be the CEO at Apple.


Jobs’ final touching story was about the subject of death. It is a subject that has looked at him face to face.


A decision making tool Jobs lives by every day is by “remembering you will die is a simple way to escape the fact that you have something to lose.”


It doesn’t take somebody to experience cancer like Jobs did to have that quote hit you because everyone knows their time is limited.


Jobs mentions when he was diagnosed with cancer about a year ago.


“The doctors told me this was incurable and I should expect to live no more than 3 months.”



Jobs later describes he was miraculously cured from the cancer. He admits he gets dramatic but truthful when he speaks the facts about death. He now knows after his near-death experience “the old will die off to make room for the new.”


Jobs ends his wisdom-filled speech by reiterating to the graduates to “stay hungry, stay foolish.”


Shootout in Mount Horeb

On a frigid Friday night the Mount Horeb Vikings took down the Sauk Prairie Eagles in a battle that featured two high powered offenses.


Mount Horeb’s Quarterback, Max Meylor got off to a quick start on the ground rushing for two early touchdowns in the first quarter.


Down 14-0, Sauk’s running back, Austin Powell wasn’t hesitant in hitting the whole straight up the middle and scampered for a 68-yard touchdown. The run ultimately gained confidence for the Sauk offense.


“Powell gave us a little push that was needed for us early in the game,” said Sauk Prairie Quarterback Josh Holler.


Mouth Horeb’s running attack did not slow down in the second quarter. Matt Blome got his first of three scores of the game late in the second quarter.


“Blome was ultimately too much for the Eagle’s defense to handle,” said Sauk Prairie announcer Tom Schwarz.


Austin Powell had another big run of 47-yards right before the half to give the Eagle’s their second touchdown. The Eagles went into halftime down 21-14.


The Eagles started the second half right where they left off on offense. Josh Holler floated a short screen pass to the flats where he let Austin Powell do the rest of the work for a 41-yard touchdown to tie the game at 21.


“Me and Austin were on the same page on the screen pass. It was a play we try to get good timing on all the time in practice,” said Holler.


After a 1-yard rushing touchdown for Mount Horeb and another long 53-yard run from Sauk’s Powell, the score was tied again at 28.


Meylor threw his first and only touchdown with 2:17 left in the third quarter to give the Vikings another lead at 35-28.


Once the fourth quarter started it was all Mount Horeb. The Eagles had to punt on their first two possessions and Blome had another rushing touchdown to make the game out of reach for the Eagles at 42-28 with 7:19 remaining.


Max Meylor ran for one more score with 1:23 remaining to give the Vikings a 49-28 victory.




Kittatinny Budget Proposal

The town of Kittatinny released Mayor’s, Gustavous Petykiewicz proposed budget for the 2016 year. Monday morning, four officials were on hand to answer questions the towns people had about Kittatinny’s stressful economic situation that will take effect January 1 of next year.


Kittatinny took a big hit in the local economy when one of the two Susquehanna Steel Corporations closed down business. Mayor Petykiewicz stresses the fact that we can no longer rely one large industrial employer. He says, “We will begin to diversify our economy.”


The town will need to find another way to produce revenue for the town and also employ the 600 people who lost their jobs. Petykiewicz sympathizes with the residence that lost their jobs but says, “We must balance our budget in Kittatinny.”


The first major tax increase in the proposed budget was raising the city tax rate from 4 mills to 4.3 mills. This would ultimately raise the tax on a $100,000 house from $400 to $430.


The mayor urged the people of Kittatinny to call in and voice their opinion on the tax increase saying he would raise it to as much as 5 mills. “I’m really reluctant to talk about a tax increase of $100 a year when 600 citizens have lost a really good paying job.”


President of city council, Denelda Penoyer, says she has talked to the mayor about a large tax increase.


The mayor proposed to freeze his salary and the other officials, but was asked about taking a pay decrease for the sake of the rough times. “Given the state of trouble that we are in, if other state officials would be willing to take a pay cut then I would as well,” says Mayor Petykiewicz. “I’ll throw out a figure, lets say 10 percent”


With the town struggling to produce money, the Mayor proposes to spend more in Parks Department. A drivable weed-removal vehicle for the city beach at White Deer Lake, and a combination dump truck/snow plow for the city Street Department are proposed to be renewed.


A major point of emphasis for the Mayors future plan was attracting tourists to this beautiful place of Northern Pennsylvania. “People will not want to go in the lake if there are weeds everywhere,” says Mayor Petykiewicz.


A proposal that has a lot of people in the town worried is the reduction in full-time Kittatinny police force from 10 officer to eight (not including chief). As a result of this proposal, police early shift (4 a.m. to noon) will no longer be staffed by Kittatinny officers.


Chief of Police Roman Hruska was not happy about the proposed cut and was prepared with a quote, “I cannot stand idly by and watch a city of this size be deprived of city police protection for a third of each day.”


Hruska brings up the fact, “The most dangerous encounter for a police officer is domestic violence and it is the kind of situation that is so unpredictable during the day.” “I don’t know what the mayor was smoking when he came up with this plan.”


Bjarne Westhoff, president of Pennsylvania Police Association Local 34 says, “chief of police and mayor seem like they have personal issues with each other that need to get resolved.”


The mayor also proposed the garbage pickup to be taken off the tax levy. Therefore it will be charge to the residence monthly on the water bill.


“Your garbage will still be picked up in the morning the same way. The only difference is that there will be a $30 increase each month on the water bill,” says Mayor Petykiewicz.








Running for a Cause



For Farit Kuri-Azamar, running has always been a hobby since his cross-country days in high school.


Once his competitive running days were over he was aware he could still run for something. Relay for Life presented that opportunity for him.


“I just wanted to give something back to my community,” he said, “I know a lot of people that have been affected by cancer somehow in their lives.”


Kuri-Azamar didn’t take this opportunity lightly. He made it into a full-time job raising money until the big event.


On weekends, he would spend his Saturdays next to brat stands dressed up in a hot dog costume, making people laugh, but most importantly raising a ton of money.

A lot of people knew who Kuri-Azamar was because he was always a happy and outgoing person. He used it to his advantage saying, “I figured if I used all my resources and connections, I could raise a good amount of money.”


Over the course of the year as the date came closer for Relay for Life, the money he had raised piled up. Never in his life had he thought he would have this much impact on a small town. “It became a lot bigger than I ever imagined it would be.”


“There were so many people that were willing to help out because it was for a good cause,” he said with a proud grin on his face. When Relay for Life came around Kuri-Azamar had raised $6,252.00.


The hardest part wasn’t over yet because there was still running to do. His goal was to run/walk non-stop from sunrise to sundown. “What kept me motivated is trying to outdo myself, just challenging myself to do more, do better.”


Throughout the day people from the community would bring Kuri-Azamar food and water during his run/walk. A group of kids even ran behind him like the movie ‘Forest Gump.’


He was determined to raise awareness for cancer and he was successful by completing 75 miles on his Relay for Life run/walk.




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