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Mayor involved in DUI accident

March 20th, 2015



By PEYTON REIGSTAD / Daily News Writer

TOWN OF FRONTENAC, Pa. — Kittatinny mayor Gustavus G. Petykiewicz was arrested after being involved in a two car accident.

Deputies responded to a crash at the intersection of State Highway 117 and Fonebone Road shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday. The 57-year-old mayor was found not wearing a seat belt.

Police said that his speech was slurred and found a half-empty bottle of vodka on the passenger side floor.

When asked if he had been drinking, he said, “You’d be drinking too if you were me. Do you think we could just keep this quiet? I’m the mayor of Kittatinny.”

Petykiewicz took a breath test, showing he had a blood alcohol content of .14. He also failed a field sobriety test.

The driver of the other vehicle was 43-year-old Robert Doane. He was found bleeding profusely from his head and his Buick Le Sabre apparently had no airbag.

Paramedics believed that Doane had suffered from spinal injuries during the crash. He was taken by Flight for Life to the Northeast Pennsylvania Hospital and Trauma Center in Wilkes-Barre.

Doane suffered from several broken ribs, a broken jaw, and minor injuries to his head, chest, and torso. He is currently in satisfactory condition.

34-year-old Alice Magarian was a witness to the accident. She said that she was “several car lengths” back from Doane’s Buick.

Magarian said that Petykiewicz’s Ford Explorer seemed to hesitate at the stop sign, then pulled into the intersection and struck the Buick on the driver side.

Both vehicles were upright in a farmer’s field on the east side of Highway 117. The Buick sustained heavy damage to the driver side, while the Ford sustained serious damage to the front end.

The mayor was released on $500 cash bail by his wife Gloria. She refrained from commenting when contacted.

Schuylkill County District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said that a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m. Petykiewicz faces a charge of causing great bodily harm by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle

If convicted, Petykiewicz could be sentenced to a maximum of ten years in prison.


“There is no reason not to follow your heart”

March 13th, 2015

By PEYTON REIGSTAD / Daily Gazette Writer

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Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple Computer Inc., was today’s speaker for the Stanford commencement address. The 50-year-old entrepreneur shared three stories from his life with his audience.

Jobs first spoke of connecting the dots. He was adopted by his parents only after promising his biological mother that he would attend college. After graduating high school Jobs began to attend Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

After six months, Jobs felt that there was no value in his education, so he dropped out. He then dropped in on classes that seemed interesting to him.

“Much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless,” Jobs said. One class he dropped in on was a calligraphy course. This later inspired him when designing the first Macintosh.

Jobs started Apple with his neighbor, Steve Wozniak, in his parents’ garage when he was 20. In 1984, Apple released the Macintosh, which was the first personal computer with a graphic user interface and mouse.

As the company grew, Jobs hired John Sculley, who had previously worked for PepsiCo. He explained that he and Sculley had a falling out, with the board of directors firing Jobs.

“I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down,” Jobs said. He even apologized to his mentors, Robert Noyce and David Packard, co-founder of Intel and co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, respectively.

Jobs felt that he wanted to leave the valley. Silicon Valley’s business culture has employees work very long hours. Yet Jobs still enjoyed his work even after being fired.

The firing allowed Jobs to start over. Within a five year period, he founded NeXT Inc., bought Pixar Animation Studios, and met his wife Laurene.

NeXT was bought by Apple in 1996 and Jobs returned to Apple. Jobs said that the technology developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s renaissance.

“Don’t lose faith…Don’t settle,” Jobs said of life’s hard moments. He explained that work fills a large part of a person’s life and the only way to be satisfied is to believe in doing great work.

In 2003, Jobs was diagnosed with a very rare form of pancreatic cancer. He had surgery to remove the tumor and is now cancer-free.

Jobs then encouraged the graduates by saying “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life…Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

Jobs told of a magazine he read as a young man called The Whole Earth Catalogue. The last issue ended with the phrase “Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

“As you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you. Stay hungry, stay foolish,” Jobs finished.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble performance features saxophone concerto

March 6th, 2015


Some would assume that a saxophone can’t play extremely high notes. Listening to Zachary Laituri play a soprano saxophone challenges that assumption.

*The senior was one of the 42 members of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble performing on Sunday afternoon. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble has also performed at venues across the country, including the prestigious Carnegie Hall in 2013.

The ensemble’s performance included pieces composed by Paul Creston, Vincent Persichetti, and Percy Grainger.

The main feature of the concert was John Mackey’s “Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble.” The piece contains solos for the soprano sax.

Shahnnon Hawkins, a senior clarinet player, said that Laituri worked extremely hard on his solo during the saxophone concerto.

“The first time I played it, my face turned red,” Laituri said.

Mackey’s concerto contains five movements, but the ensemble only performed three of them. The third one, Metal, showcases the high range of the soprano sax.

Laituri’s fingers seemed to jump across the instrument as he played the movement. The notes played sounded similar to a clarinet or flute.

“Listening to Zach play the third movement is amazing, he has such talent,” said Jessica Erbe, a senior piccolo player.

Laituri also played alto saxophone for the remainder of the performance.

The ensemble started by playing Creston’s “Celebration Overture.” The piece has an irregular rhythm and contains solos for woodwinds.

After the concerto came Persichetti’s “Symphony for Band,” with its four movements. It begins slowly, but quickly picks up.

The second movement stands out because of a calm melody featuring solos for cornet, flute, clarinet, and oboe.

The final piece was Grainger’s “Marching Song of Democracy.” This piece has overlapping melodies and ends with a grand pause and coda.

Laituri was given a standing ovation at the end of the performance.

“I never thought I would play a piece like this during my last semester here. I feel like I’ve really grown as a musician,” said Laituri.

Mayor’s budget proposal stirs up controversy

February 22nd, 2015

Kittatinny Mayor Gustavus G. Petykiewicz unveiled his budget proposal today and it has many members of the community upset.

“These are not actions I take lightly,” Petykiewicz said. The proposal includes increasing the tax rate, giving out more parking tickets, and decreasing the number of officers on the police force.

Police Chief Roman Hruska is one of the city officials upset with the proposed budget. One addition of the budget is that the Kittatinny Police Department will no longer be on duty during the hours of 4 a.m. to noon.

“The most dangerous crimes, especially domestic violence, take place overnight. We can’t stand idly by and let a city of this size be deprived for 1/3 of each day,” Hruska said.

Hruska also said that if Petykiewicz would take a 10% pay cut, he would do the same.

City Council President Denela Penoyer agreed with Hruska’s proposal, saying that she and the other members of the city council would also be willing to take a pay cut. She proposed an increase in the tax levy by $100 that would allow officers to remain on duty.

AFSCME Local 644 President Martha Mittengrabben said that she would go to the members and ask to reopen contracts to freeze or lower pay.

Pennsylvania Police Association Local 34 President Bjarne Westhoff said that he would also consider reopening contracts for the Kittatinny Police Department. Westhoff said that the officers feel that an increase in writing tickets wouldn’t be beneficial to the city.

Petykiewicz also proposed to call an economic development summit to bring more people into town for tourism.

UW-Whitewater professor shares experiences in Nigeria

February 9th, 2015

Explaining Africa is all in a day’s work for Adam Paddock. The UW-Whitewater Assistant Professor in History specializes in African history. But he shared that the lives of people in Nigeria are quite similar to the lives of people in the U.S.

“My initial travels to Africa were based on my research, so travelling to Africa was a necessity,” Paddock said. He has travelled to Nigeria at least 10 times.

While in Nigeria, Paddock had seen many similarities to the U.S. in the lives of the locals.

There are class distinctions, but unlike the U.S., there are few people who qualify as middle class. This dates back to the European colonization of Africa.

Nigeria is home to the fourth fastest growing economy in the world. Many Nigerians prefer to have their own independent business. Due to this, there are more urban areas than rural areas.

The urban areas have Wi-Fi and good cell service, Paddock said. No landline phones were set up by the government; the money was spent on wireless cell phone towers.

Older people aren’t sent to nursing homes. Their children will have the parents live with them.

Neighbors visit homes at all hours of the day. It is expected for the homeowner to serve the guest food or drink.

Paddock’s experiences in Nigeria have proven that not everyone lives in a forest, wearing loincloths and killing things with spears. Racism is also nonexistent in Nigeria.

Not all of Paddock’s travels have been for research. On his second trip, he met his wife, who was a nursing student at the University of Ibadan. Now, whenever he visits Nigeria, he stays with his in-laws.

Paddock is considering another visit in the summer of 2015. He said he might visit Benin for a few weeks.

Excitement for Star Wars

February 8th, 2015

Hi everyone, like a lot of you, I’m excited for the new Star Wars movie. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is set to be released on December 18, 2015. Many familiar faces will be returning and the new cast is as mysterious as they were before the teaser trailer was released.

The whole production has been kept under wraps and very little information has been given concerning the plot of the film. All that is known is that the film is set 30 years after Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

What do you think will be the plot of the film? Will one of the old cast members die in the film? Share your thoughts below.

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