December 7, 2013
October 31, 2013
Kittatinny Mayor Gustavus G. Petykiewicz, 55, faces bleak future due to his arrest on Saturday at about 2 p.m. after hitting Robert Doane, 41, while drinking and driving.
At about 1 p.m. Petykiewicz’s Ford Explorer struck Doane’s Buick Le Sabre at the intersection of State Hwy. 117 and Fonebone Road in the Town of Frontenac. Shortly after, deputy Gordon Slivovitz arrived to the scene.
Alice Q. Magarian, 32, witnessed the mayor hitting Doane’s vehicle. She reported that the Buick was proceeding northbound and had appeared to be following the speed limit of 55 mph. Once Petykiwicz’s Ford had approached from the west on Fonebone Road it appeared to hesitate at the stop sign and continue on to the intersection where it crashed into the Buick on its driver side.
Petykiewicz was suspicious of drinking and driving when a bottle of alcohol was seen in the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s report. Petykiewicz consented to a field sobriety test, which he failed. He also had a blood alcohol content of .14 read from a breath test he took.
According to reports, when at the scene, Petykiwicz was observed saying “You’d be drinking, too, if you were me.”
Although Doane was wearing a seatbelt, he was found conscious but disoriented. According to the police report, he was bleeding and suffered from abdominal pain. A county ambulance responded and arrived at the scene at 1:23 p.m.
Suspicions of a more serious spinal injury provoked the Flight for Life helicopter to be summoned. The helicopter arrived at 2 p.m. where it took Doane to the Northeast Pennsylvania Hospital and Trauma Center in Wilkes-Barre.
Doane was recently reportedly in satisfactory condition with several broken ribs, a broken jaw, and multiple grazes and bruises to the head, chest and abdominal area. He ultimately did not have any spinal injuries.
After driving over the legal intoxication limit in the state of Pennsylvania, which is .08, Petykiewicz was taken to the Schuylkill County Jail in downtown Kittatinny. Once there, he refused an attorney and exercised his right to remain silent.
Petykiewicz was released to the custody of his wife, Gloria Petykiwicz, when posted cash bail of $500.
According to the Schuylkill County District Attorney, Rober J. Morgenthau, there will be a preliminary hearing on Tuesday at 9 a.m. Petykiewicz will face a charge of causing great bodily harm by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. Morgenthau says he could face a maximum prison term of 10 years.
Currently the mayor has been laying low. There have been no recent comments from Petykiewicz or his wife.
October 23, 2013
Standford University graduates of 2005 received an inspirational commencement address by Apple Computer owner Steve Jobs, 50, on June 12.
There was an estimated 23,000 people in the stadium to hear Jobs speak about his life and advice he had for the recent grads.
Jobs’ speech had three insightful main topics that he used to portray his message, all while using his life experiences as examples. The three topics were; connecting the dots, love and loss, and finally, death.
The speech was started off by talking about how everything happens for a reason and has purpose. Jobs went into talking about how he was adopted by parents who promised his biological mother that he would attend college, which he did.
Jobs was enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Oregan for a semester and then dropped out. “It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made,” Jobs said, “The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.”
After explaining the financial pressure it put on his parents and the uncertainty he had in his education he ultimately dropped out, but still attended classes. Jobs went onto explain how he sat in on typography classes which sparked his inspiration for all of his passions today.
Jobs and his friend Steve Wozniak “Woz”, who met at age of 18, started a computer company in Jobs’ garage. The company eventually became successful and Apple Computer Company was created.
Jobs brought in another individual once the company got big enough for business assistance. Eventually it was decided that Jobs was no longer an asset to the company and he was fired at the age of 30 from the business he had started.
“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future,” Jobs said, “You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Although it was a hard time in his life, Jobs now sees how important it was for him to have that separation from the company for a while. In his time of unemployment he met his wife, Laurene Powell, in which they got married and had children. Because of his love for what he did despite being fired, he started two important companies in that time as well, NeXT and Pixar.
There were many fortunes that Jobs described having in his life, despite the lows. However he shared his story of death, his battle with cancer. Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year prior. He described how he was fortunate yet again. During a biopsy the doctors saw that his cancer was a rare treatable type.
“Death is very likely the single best invention of Life,” Jobs said, “It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away.”
Jobs ended his commencement quoting The Whole Earth Catalog, a 1960s publication. He said how on the final article that was published on the back was the phrase “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” And so he ended his speech with those words for the graduates.
October 16, 2013
Parents of UW-Whitewater students attended the annual Family Fest that took place Saturday, October 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event took place before the UW-Whitewater Warhawks played the UW-Stout Blue Devils here at Perkins Stadium.
This year’s Family Fest included food, pictures with Willie Warhawk, carnival games and face painting. Parents paid a fee ahead of time for tickets to the included events online. These festivities took place in the Kachel Fieldhouse.*
“We offer a wide variety of activities that can be enjoyable for all ages at Family Fest,” Amberly Bell, the assistant director in First Year Experience and primary contact for Family Fest, said.
Parents and students were also found pregame tailgating that took place in the parking lots outside of Perkins Stadium.
Student, Julia Knippel, and her father, John Knippel, were some of the Whitewater fans tailgating before the game. “It’s nice they have Family Fest here at Whitewater,” Knippel said, “Since we’re from Minnesota we don’t get much opportunity to visit our daughter here. Plus it’s a great excuse to watch some good football.”
The football game started at 2:30 p.m. where the Warhawks beat UW-Stout 55-13. Thousands of parents and students packed the stadium to watch the victorious Warhawks with halftime entertainment and music from the band included.
It is tradition that right after a touchdown a cannon behind the end zone gets set off. Mike Lesko has been volunteering the duty of setting off the cannon for the past 19 years. “The students, and today the parents, really enjoy seeing the cannon go off every time there’s a touchdown,” Lesko said, “It is part of the tradition here at Whitewater.”
After the football game a Journey tribute band, DSB, performed at 7:30 p.m. in the Young Auditorium.
Besides all of the activities, Family Fest provoked a sale at the University Bookstore that students and family could utilize while the parents were in town. Everything in the store was 20 percent off that weekend.
Since Family Fest at UW-Whitewater is an annual event, so information for next year’s festivities will be available first semester of 2014.
September 24, 2013
“Farm & Fleet” is what Fred Quandt, owner of what is the Baraboo Bluff Winery, would say if you asked him where he got his inspiration to start a winery.
Four years ago when Quandt and his wife were shopping for plant and agricultural supplies, he decided to buy grape vines to grow on the land at his Baraboo residence. Once they were planted, he thought “how cool would it be if this whole hillside had grapevines?” Quandt said.
Living just outside Baraboo, Wisconsin, located in Sauk County, Quandt has the ideal location for the winery. Currently there are two acres filled with grape vines being harvested in preparation for wine making on his property.
In order for Quandt to make his dreams a reality he enrolled himself in online viticulture science technology classes through Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA). Quandt has also visited various wineries throughout the country and has spoken with instructors, owners and experts on related manners.
Quandt is currently involved in the Wisconsin Grape Growers Association as well as the Wisconsin Winery Association. He hopes to educate himself as much as possible before officially opening the winery.
Besides learning winemaking he also had to follow the proper protocols to get everything approved in a legal and dutiful fashion. Quandt had to get signatures for the referendum of the winery, fill out government paperwork, get a winery permit from the state, and apply for a Class B liquor license.
He is not alone in this time-consuming and unique endeavor. His oldest son, Casey, and old college pal, Pete Wegman, are helping him with the physical labor and business aspects of the winery, along with friends and family.
The Baraboo Bluff Winery is now open as of May 1, 2015. They offer six different wines that have been made and sampled on location, with plans on expanding their wine list in the future.
They expect their winery to grow as the business builds and that they become more well-known. “I want patrons to think of coming to the Baraboo Bluff Winery as an event with a great view and great wine,” Quandt said.
September 9, 2013
Madison, Wisconsin is home to the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. It is the only comprehensive cancer center in the state and is one of the top hospitals providing the best cancer care and research efforts in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals”, which is published annually.
It originally was the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research which was established in 1940. Then, in 1973 it evolved into the UW Comprehensive Cancer Center (UWCCC) and is now known as the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center.
Currently there are more than 2,400 individuals working there, including more than 280 physicians and scientists. They help treat, diagnose, or provide follow-up therapy to over 30,000 people annually at the UW Hopsital and Clinics, as well as other clinical locations.
The purpose of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center is to conduct clinical trials or research studies in order to answer specific scientific questions about improved ways to detect, diagnose, treat and prevent various diseases.