A bad year for the mayor

The mayor of Kittatinny will have a preliminary hearing in Schuylkill County District Court Tuesday, and could face a prison term of up to 10 years if charged.

Gustavus Petykiewicz, 54, was driving while intoxicated Saturday and collided with another vehicle just after 1 p.m., according to police report.  The driver of the other vehicle was Robert Doane, 40, of Kittatinny.

The first responder on the scene was Deputy Gordon Slivovitz. The deputy found the two vehicles upright in a farm field.

Doane was found conscious in his car with his head bleeding profusely. He was removed from his car by a response crew, and was then transferred by helicopter to Northeast Pennsylvania Hospital and Trauma Center in Wilkes-Barre. Responders were concerned he may have suffered a spinal injury.

Petykiewicz was still conscious after the collision and appeared to have no injuries. According to a police report, when Deputy Slivovitz asked the mayor if he had been drinking he responded, “You’d be drinking, too, if you were me.”

Petykiewicz went on to ask the deputy to not report the incident. According to the police report, the mayor said to the deputy, “Do you think we could just keep this quiet? I’m the mayor of Kittatinny.”

The mayor agreed to take a breath test, which showed his blood alcohol content to be .14 a police report stated. This is well over the legal limit of .08 for intoxicated driving in Pennsylvania.

Alice Magarian, 31, was driving behind Doane’s car when the incident occurred. According to a police report, Magarian said she saw a Ford, the mayor’s car, hesitate at a stop sign. She said the car continued into the intersection and collided with a Buick, Doan’s car, on the driver’s side.

The collision occurred at the intersection of State Highway 117 and Fonebone Road in the town of Frontenac, Schuylkill Country.

The mayor was taken from the sight of the incident to Schuylkill county Jail in Kittatinny. Petykiewicz did not call an attorney, but was released to the custody of his wife, Gloria Petykiewicz, just after 3 p.m. with a cash bail of $500, a police report stated.

The mayor and his wife are now hidden away in their house. When a reporter made a call to their home, Mrs. Petykiewicz had no comment to make about the incident.

Doane is still in the hospital, and suffered a broken jaw, several broken ribs, as well as cuts and bruises on his head, chest and stomach. A nursing supervisor at the hospital in Wilkes-Barre said Doane did not suffer a spinal injury, and is in good condition.

Schuylkill County District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said the preliminary hearing for the mayor is Tuesday at 9 a.m. Morgenthau said the mayor will face a charge of causing great bodily harm by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. This charge carries a maximum prison term of 10 years.


Steve Jobs motivated Standford students at graduation

Connecting the dots, love and loss and death are the three basic principles to be successful and happy, Steve Jobs told Stanford University graduates today.

The 50-year-old entrepreneur mastermind began his speech by telling students that dropping out of college was one of the secrets to his success. “It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made.”

When Jobs was born, his biological parents decided to give him up for adoption with only one speculation for his adopters: that he go to college someday. However, when he was quickly burning through all of his parent’s money at Reed College in Portland, Org, he did not see the worth in it and decided to drop out.

Jobs said this time of his life was by no means “romantic” but it allowed him to stop going to the classes that did not interest him, and start dropping in on the classes that did. This led him to a calligraphy class; something that, at that time, he never thought would be useful.

Ten years later, however, it became priceless information. Jobs had started the company Apples Inc., a corporation that designs and sells computers, computer software, and personal electronics.

In designing the first Macintosh computer, he used skills learned in the calligraphy course to develop typography that is used in most computers today. Jobs said this may never have been developed had he not dropped in on that class.

Jobs said the curiosity and uncertainty that filled his life during these years led him to things that were priceless later on. “Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.”

Jobs went on to tell the graduates of love and loss; two things he had experienced in a big way.

Jobs said he was lucky to have found what he loves to do early on in life. He and his friend Steve Wozniak, also known as Woz, started Apple Inc., together. They began in his parent’s garage, and ten years later had a $2 billion company.

Not long after Jobs developed love for his work, he also experience loss. He hired John Scully, who had been working with Pepsi-Cola, to help him run Apple. Scully and Jobs began to have disagreements of what the future of Apple Inc. would be, and it became obvious one of them would have to go.

Unfortunately, when Jobs and Scully finally had their falling out, the board sided with Scully, and Jobs was fired from the company he had founded.

Jobs said he was devastated, and for a few months hid away unsure of what to do, until something dawned on him. He still loved what he did, and being fired from Apple Inc., did not change that. He was free to begin anew and said it helped him to enter one of the, “most creative periods of my life.”

In the five years that followed Jobs pursued new endeavors. He founded NeXT Computer, a business that made and manufactured computer workstations.

Jobs also founded Pixar, which led to the first computer animated feature film, “Toy Story”. He also met his wife, Laurene.

Just like dropping out of college, Jobs said getting fired from Apple Inc., was “one of the best things that could have happened.” Apple Inc. hired Jobs back and now NeXT technology is at the heart of Apple’s current reawakening.

Pixar is now most successful animation studio in the world, and Jobs said he and his wife have a beautiful family.

Jobs told the graduates the only thing that kept him going was that he loved what he did. “Work fills a large part of your life so you’ve got to do great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

About a year ago, Jobs experienced a death scare. He said he found out that he had pancreatic cancer, and the doctor told him he would live no more than another three to six months. Fortunately, the same day they did a biopsy and found he had a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that was curable with surgery.

Jobs said the notion of death has been an essential tool in making the big choices in life. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”

Jobs told graduates that life is too short to live in someone else’s shadow. He advised them to pursue their passions, to take chances and to never give up what they love.

In quoting the back of a “Whole Earth” catalog, Jobs told the graduates to stay hungry, and stay foolish.

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”




Wellness fair can teach students how to have a more successful college career

“When students are healthy, their ability to focus, concentrate and do well in school is greatly increased.”

Whitney Henley, the Wellness Coordinator here at UW-Whitewater, is in charge of the Wellness Fair this week; an event that  has been going on for over 20 years on campus.

Henley said the Wellness Fair is an event for anyone that wants to learn ways to improve any aspect of health and wellness in their life.

This is Henley’s second time helping put together the Wellness Fair, and said that although the fair will be run very similarly to last year, there will be a lot of new information as well.

“Certainly if someone attended last year, they will still learn new things… it’s always good to have new information and learn the latest health information too.”

The events at the Wellness Fair will not be focused on simply eating well and exercising. Henley said the fair also focuses on spiritual and mental health.

“There are a lot of different dimensions of wellness, it’s really easy for us to think of eating right and exercising but there’s more to it than that.”

Henley said there will be mental health screenings for participants. This can be used to screen for depression, eating disorders and substance abuse. In the past, Henley said this has been very beneficial to many students.

“[Students have] thought they had a serious problem, but found out really they’re more normal, or they learn that they do have a problem and they learn some tips and ways to improve their mental health functioning.”

The University Health and Counseling Services also collaborates with Rec Sports to put on the Wellness Fair. Jen Kaina is the head coordinator for Rec Sports and Facilities, and has been helping out with the fair for the last seven years.

“It’s really fun for the people who do come because there’s a ton of giveaways at all the tables, and they have a chance to win really great prizes.”

Kaina said in past years they have given away prizes such as IPods, yoga mats, and fitness equipment such as pedometers and resistant balls.

The Rec Sports exhibit will also be giving away fitness memberships, group fitness passes and personal training sessions.

Henley believes overall wellness for students is essential to helping them be more successful in school.

“I think it’s going to help [students] succeed in college if [they] maintain high levels of health, but it’s also a good time to set the stage for the rest of your life.”

College can be a stressful time for students, and Henley said it is important that students make the effort to seek out healthy food options, get enough sleep and manage stress levels.

Financial obligations can also be very stressful for students. Henley said there will be representatives from UW-Credit Union at the Fair to talk about financial wellness.

Working for Whitewater’s Wellness will also be at the Fair. Marci Pasquesi, a representative for W3, said they will be attending the fair to help students improve their own wealth as well as to, “improve the health of others in our community.”

Some exhibitors that will be at the fair include UWW Police Department, Rec Sports, Dining Services, University Health and Counseling Services, UW Credit Union, Winther Counseling Lab, Fort HealthCare, Mercy Health Systems, True Laser and Glo Salon and Spa, the Art of Living and numerous student orgs on campus.

Other items at the fair include chair messages, bone density screenings, blood pressure checks and flu shots. Henley said there will also be door prizes such as messages, fitness membership and gift cards. There will also be various giveaways from different vendors at the event.

Everything at the Wellness Fair is free, and there is no need to R.S.V.P. ““You can drop by for the whole time, or five minutes or just pop in between classes,” Henley said.

The event takes place October 17, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the UC Hamilton Room.







Emergency budget

Nobody is spared in the mayor’s proposed budget, delivered to the City Council on Monday to be reviewed.

Everyone from the Mayor on down to throughout the community will suffer financially due to the closing of a Susquehanna Steel Corporation unit. The mayor talked to people over at Susquehanna and said the closing of this unit was the result of foreign competition and lack of demand.

Due to the closing of this unit over half of the employees at Susquehanna lost their jobs. However, they are not the only people who will suffer in the aftermath.

The mayor’s budget states that the closing of this unit has resulted in a 38.6 percent decrease from the taxable property in the city. The result will be various cuts throughout the city. “I am not happy about having to make any of these cuts…this is what I think is the best idea for overcoming the crisis in the city,” the mayor said.

One city official who is not happy with the mayor’s proposed budget is Police Chief Roman Hruska. “I think [the proposed budget] is unacceptable.” Hruska said.

If what is stated in the budget for The Police Department gets finalized they would be vastly affected. There would be a cut in the police early shift from 4 a.m. to noon, and a layoff of two police officers. Although the mayor said he proposed the elimination of this police shift with reluctance, the chief of police will not accept it.

“For a city this size to be without its police protection for eight hours a day is unacceptable, we can’t do it.”  Hruska said.

The mayor and Hruska will be having meetings to try and make a compromise on the cut of a shift, but the other issue of the layoff of two police officers falls more on the shoulder of Bjarne Westhoff, president of the Pennsylvania Police Association Local 34.

A police officers work is dangerous and demanding, and Westhoff said, “I can’t accept that level of cut.” There was a proposition that all of the police officers take salary cuts to keep on the two that would be laid off,  but Westhoff said reopening contracts would open up the possibility of more cuts and changes than just salary wages.  “We are suffering disproportionately compared to other department.” Westhoff said.

Other changes that would affect the community include a raise parking fees, parking tickets and police citations. The mayor’s budget states that parking meters along Main Street will rise from 10 cents per hour to 25 cents per hour. There will also be a $10 increase for annual parking permits.

Denelda Penoyer is the president of Kittatinny City Council and believes this budget will effect re-elections which are coming up just around the corner. However, this budget is not finalized yet.

The budget, by state law, must be finalized by December 1, but the community does have a voice. Penoyer said there will be many meetings for community members and concerned citizens to stand up and share their opinions and suggestions in how we can pull through these hard times.

The mayor along with many of the city officials have all agreed to taking a possible 10 percent pay decrease to help the economic needs of the city. The mayor said he has also talked to people in the political, faith and service community to try and help the families of the workers laid off from Susquehanna.

“There’s no way in the world that any safety net can replace the loss of a $25-an-hour job, but it can keep people on their feet until they can recover as best they can.” The mayor said.

These workers are also eligible for both state and federal assistance, but the community is encouraged to pitch in and help them as much as possible as well.

Both Penoyer and the mayor said they encourage people to get in contact with them via e-mail, telephone, letters or even personal visit, with any suggestions they would like to share.


UWW mens’s basketball manager balances sports, school and physical challenges

“[Basketball] made me realize you have to work hard; nothing comes easy. Nothing is just given, and nothing is unattainable.”

Junior A.J. Bocchini has been the manager for the men’s basketball team here on campus for the last two years, and explains what basketball has meant to him throughout his life. He goes to every practice and most meets while also balancing course work for his major in Broadcast Journalism and minor in Coaching.

To add to his rigorous coursework and passion for working with the team, Bocchini also has cerebral palsy, something he was diagnosed with when he was just 14 months old and has required him to use a wheelchair almost his entire life.

Bocchini explained that although there were frustrating times throughout the surgeries and therapy due to having C.B. there was also some good that came out of it all.

“If [being diagnosed] wouldn’t have happened I wouldn’t have so many great people in my life.”

One of those people included the men’s head basketball coach Pat Miller. Ever since running into Miller at a high school game two years ago Bocchini has devoted a great deal of his time on campus to helping out the team.

“[Miller] camp up to me and said he liked my [Whitewater] shirt, and I just asked him if he needed any help with the Basketball team.” Bocchini said. The following year Bocchini showed up to Miller’s office and has been a manager for the Basketball team ever since.

Bocchini’s role as manager includes going over film, helping with anything the coach needs during practice, game day preparations and more.

Bocchini was also with the team when they went to National’s last year, bringing home a title for Whitewater. “After winning it was just an unbelievable moment. You almost have to take a day to let it sink in.”

Because of how much Bocchini helped with the team, he was given a National Championship ring which he says he keeps safe back at home.

Bocchini still has a couple of semesters here at UW-Whitewater, and is not quite sure what he wants to do after graduation. “…right now I’m just living in the moment and enjoying it and loving it.”

One thing is for sure though; Bocchini wants to be involved with basketball in any way that he can, hopefully utilizing his minor in coaching.