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A highly intoxicated Gustavus G. Petykiewicz, 56, got into a car accident on Saturday afternoon where he injured Robert H. Doane, 42. The accident occurred on Fonebone Road at the Intersection of State Highway 117, in the town of Frontenac, Schuylkill County.

The accident happened around 1 p.m. on Saturday when the driver of a Buick had been struck at an intersection by the driver of a Ford Explorer. Robert H. Doane was driving northbound on State Highway 117 when a Ford Explorer hesitated at a stop sign, then proceeding into traffic, hitting the Buick on the driver side.

Petykiewicz, Mayor of Kittatinny, was driving the Ford at the time with a blood alcohol content of .6 over the legal limit; which is .8 in the state of Pennsylvania. A sobriety test was done but Petykiewicz failed, falling over multiple times.

The sheriff’s department reported a half open bottle of vodka and an odor of alcohol in Petykiewicz’s vehicle. When asked if he had been drinking Petykiewicz responded, “You’d be drinking, too, if you were me.” Later adding, “Do you think we could just keep this quiet? I’m the mayor of Kittatinny.”

Witness, Alice Q. Magarian, 33, says she saw the whole accident as it occurred while she was driving on State Highway 117 behind the victim’s car.

“The Buick was proceeding northbound in a prudent fashion, approximately 55 miles per hour, when the Ford approached from the west on Fonebone Road, appeared to hesitate at the stop sign, then pulled into the intersection, crossing the road and striking the Buick.” Magarian stated.

Both vehicles were found by responding deputy, Gordon Slivovitz, sitting in upright positions in a field next to the intersection of the accident. The Buick had heavy damage following the incident. Doane, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time, was discombobulated, bleeding from the head and complaining of stomach pain. Paramedics were concerned that Doane may have experienced injuries to the spine and called Flight for Life onto the scene.  The flight crew removed Doane safely from the vehicle and flew him to Northeast Pennsylvania Hospital and Trauma Center in Wilkes-Barre.

The Ford Explorer had heavy damage as well. Petykiewicz, who was not belted into his vehicle during the accident, appeared to be “out of it,” as he slurred his words to responders.

Petykiewicz was later taken to the Schuylkill County Jail where he went through the booking process, but was released on a cash bail of $500 by his wife, Gloria Petykiewicz.

The Schuylkill District Court will hold a preliminary hearing next Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. Petykiewicz will face up to 10 years in prison for, “causing great bodily harm by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.” Said Schuylkill County District Attorney, Robert Morgenthau.

Doane is currently still at Northeast Pennsylvania Hospital and Trauma Center in Wilkes-Barre. No spinal injury was obtained during the crash, but Doane’s nursing supervisor did say that, “he is in satisfactory condition with several broken ribs, a broken jaw, and various abrasions and contusions to the head, chest and abdominal area.”

When asked about the accident Mr. and Mrs. Petykiewicz had no comments.

With over 12 thousand students enrolled on campus and only fourteen on-campus halls, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is wondering what their next step is to get rid of the problem of overcrowding all together.

Since the year 2008, UW-Whitewater has had an increase in student enrollment. More freshman meant more living space, but that was space that the campus was quickly running out of. Starin Hall was built in the fall of 2008, and its purpose in part, was supposed to solve the problem of where to house students.

However, the new suites 400 plus bedrooms quickly filled up, still leaving new students without a place to live on campus.

Residence Life Director, Frank Bartlett, has been working on this particular problem for years now and has tried multiple strategies to fix it, from, “using the sophomore housing exemption to acquiring other living spaces for students in Fox Meadows and Cambridge Apartments.”

“We still found ourselves with over 160 students in lounges when we opened our doors this fall, so no matter all the strategies you have, clearly the demand is exceeding the supply at this particular point.” Bartlett said.

UW-Whitewater sophomore, Meghan Pfeiffer has been living in Wells East Hall since she was a freshman. However, she’s missing an important aspect of dorm life due to the campuses’ overcrowding issues.

“To be honest, I don’t want people living in my lounge anymore,” Pfeiffer said. “It’s kind of taking up valuable space that I’m paying for, and that I was promised when I applied here.”

Sophomore, Tiffany Dixon, agreed with Pfeiffer and added some input of her own on why lounges shouldn’t be allowed to be taken up as living space for students.

“A lounge in a dorm building is a place to go and relax with other friends on your floor after a hard day of classes. It’s a place to get together with a study group because our dorm rooms are too small. What am I supposed to do when four other people are living in the lounge on my floor?” Dixon said.

However, overcrowding doesn’t have to be looked at in such a negative way. Bartlett suggests looking at the positive that is coming from all the new Whitewater applicants applying each year.

Like others who apply to join this campus, Bartlett sees why Whitewater is so appealing right now. UW-Whitewater is a national champion in football, men’s basketball and baseball. Not to mention, Whitewater is one of the cheapest UW system schools graduating high school seniors can choose to attend.

“It’s really a challenging circumstance for us, but it’s also exciting,” Bartlett adds. “Realistically, the demand is there. Students are flocking to us. So, we’re doing something very well as a campus.”

That positivity is leading to multiple new renovations happening on the west side of campus called, west campus phase one, which in time will renovate Arey, Fricker, and all four other surrounding dorms. The idea is to get all six dorm halls connected and up to date with common areas, air conditioners, and much more.

The future campus master plan will then deal with the other side of campus that contains, Knilans and Tutt. As for the Wells Towers, they will be torn down and replaced by up to three new dorm halls, but that will take up to twenty years to do.

Right now, UW-Whitewater will have to continue to deal with the issue of overcrowding on our campus. However, Bartlett is right when he says it somehow brings a smile to all of our faces knowing that everyone wants to join us here at Whitewater.

Last Sunday, June 12, 2005, 50 year old Steve Jobs, told thousands of Stanford University graduates his story, and how it all leads back to simply connecting the dots in your life.

Jobs’ speech began by announcing, to everyone’s shock, that he had never graduated from college before, and that this commencement speech is the closest he has ever gotten to a college graduation.

Three stories were the main topic for the speech; connecting the dots, love and loss, and death, and as Jobs put it humbly, “it was no big deal, they’re just three stories.

In 1972 Jobs enrolled in Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Having attended the school for six months, Jobs realized that the expenses his parents were paying were too high for him to live with, and so he dropped out.

Still, for the remaining year and a half he stayed at the school without paying tuition, and took creative classes, such as calligraphy.

“None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life.” said Jobs.

Little did he know that a decade later, everything he had ever learned in his calligraphy classes would be applied to the invention of the multiple different typefaces for the Macintosh computer.

“If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on that calligraphy class.” Jobs stated.

Connecting the dots according to Jobs, is about being able to look back and say that things you did in your life, or classes you took aided you in some way, shape or form. Even if at the time, you had no use for them, everything will connect and come together at some point. Nobody can connect the dots by looking into the future, you can only connect your dots by looking into your past. And so we all wait to connect ours just as gracefully as Jobs connected his.

At the young age of 20, Jobs began working with a friend of his, Steven Wozniak, on a computer program in his parent’s garage. The program would soon become Apple Computer Inc, and one decade later, the company would be known worldwide.

Just when the company was doing well, Jobs brought on a man by the name of John Schulley. Sculley believed Jobs “lacked the discipline” needed to run Apple Computer Inc. and the two began to get off on the wrong foot.

It was when Apple told Schulley to limit Jobs’ abilities at the company that Jobs tried to get rid of Schulley. Sculley fired back by calling together a board meeting, ultimately firing Jobs from his own company.

This is where Jobs talked about having something you love and losing it in the blink of an eye.

“The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything,” said Jobs. “It was awful-tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.”

The lesson Jobs wanted to get across is that even with something you love, if you lose it you have the chance to begin again and go in a different direction. His situation is rather grand in scale, but nonetheless he assures everyone that you have the strength in you to find something new and to start again if things do not go as planned the first time around.

The final topic in Job’s speech was death, however he presented it as that of a positive one as he told students to do everything they want to do in life without regrets before it is too late.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” Jobs said.

Back in 2003, Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and was told he only had three to six months left to live. However, later that night, doctors discovered the type of pancreatic cancer Jobs had was actually rare, and could be cured with surgery.

Having lived through it, Jobs said it was easier to tell graduates, “Death is very likely the single best invention of life.”

Jobs made it clear that death is not to be feared. It will all come to us at a certain time in our lives. Death’s presence should only make living our lives our own way, easier.

Whether it be looking back on your life ten years from now and finally having sense from connecting all of the wandering dots, or losing something or someone you love dearly and having to start all over from the beginning, or even knowing that death is inevitable in your life and you have to live it your way, we all know that it is possible and it can be done.

Jobs made it through it all. We can to.

        Nobody is more hungry than the always going, never stopping average college student. And what better way is there to help stop that hunger than to give the kids what they want…FOOD!

     *This past Thursday, September 9th, UW-Whitewater’s student entertainment awareness league, also known as SEAL, held their first annual Grocery Bingo in the University Center’s Hamilton Room. The first 475 students could come and play free at 8 p.m. where the prize for each winner was an entire bag full of groceries to stock their shelves.*

“Bingo is actually one of our bigger events that we have, this is just our third bingo this semester.” First time SEAL team member, Dwayne mentioned. However, having held bingo multiple times in the past, the league wanted to switch up the pace. The solution ended up being grocery bingo.

“It was just something different, we didn’t want to do just bingo again,” Dwayne said. “We really wanted to give away actual bags of groceries, not just one grocery item.” The team certainly succeeded in that aspect, as each prize winner went home with a bag of groceries from Wal-Mart, weighing in at around $35 each.

SEAL aimed their overall goal of the night at getting students to have some fun, and helping their wallets feel a little less hurt. For junior, Jaymi Watson, this is an event that she hopes starts coming around more often.

“I’m a student athlete, so I don’t get to work when I’m at school,” Watson explained. “The only money I have is from my summer jobs, so during the school year my bank account goes down a lot.”

Unfortunately, this is a reality for most college students trying to struggle school, sports and work, however for Watson, life is a little bit harder when it comes to food.

“I have celiac disease, so I have to buy everything gluten free which costs a lot more than regular food does.” Watson said. However, that is where her motivation for going to grocery bingo came from. She hoped to go and win some gluten free items, like Doritos or Sunny D, so that her bank account could stop suffering.

On the brighter side of things, junior, Lindsay Rusch, plays the game strictly “for some fun time with the girls.”

“I’ve honestly only won once in the three years I’ve come here, but it’s still a great time to get together with friends. And it’s not about winning, just fun.” Rusch said with all smiles.

Now that SEAL has seen the outstanding turn out for the food based bingo game, they are sure to be holding it more often in the upcoming semesters.

        Mayor of Kittatinny, Gustavus G. Petykiewicz, proposed the 2015 budget to the Kittatinny City Council earlier this morning. The budget involves a new way to go about garbage pickup, police officials being pulled off the streets, and having the city tax rate raised.

        “We are facing a financial emergency,” Petykiewicz stated. “These are not actions I take lightly. How do we move forward? How do we recover from this? How do we remake our city?”

        Earlier this summer, Kittatinny was hit hard when the town’s largest employer, Susquehanna Steel Corporation, decommissioned one of its main blast furnace units, which resulted in the layoff of 600 workers from the companies then employed, 1,600. Petykiewicz claims to be working with state and government to “bring training, money and opportunities back to the families now in need of new family supporting jobs.”

        Due to this harsh hit, taxes were proposed to make an increase from 4 mills to 4.3 mills in this upcoming fiscal year. Petykiewicz explained that for the average homeowner that type of increase isn’t steep at all. (i.e. $30 more per month.)

        One of the big ways Petykiewicz plans to cut back on costs this year is with garbage pickup. Citizens are used to seeing that bill paid by the cities tax levy, but Petykiewicz would like to remove it from the tax levy, and move it over to the city utility bills. He insists however, that the process of the pickup, “would not change,” and that “the same company will continue to pick up your garbage and recycling each week.”

        “This would be about $200 per year.” Petykiewicz estimated. “These charges would be split monthly to about $16 per month, and would show up onto your utility bill.”

        Another big issue is Petykiewicz wanting to lay off two police officers and remove the morning shift, therefore leaving the streets open for crime to take place. However, Petykiewicz offers up the option of Schuylkill County sheriff’s deputies handling all emergency calls, through a contract basis, made during the morning shift hours of 4 a.m. to noon.

        “It is not necessarily ideal, like a lot of things in this budget, but I anticipate there will be changes. There will be quite a few. I would be absolutely amazed if this budget came back to me unchanged.” Petykiewicz said.

        Kittatinny Chief of Police, Roman Hruska, made an appearance to voice his concerns on the issues concerning his employees, and had plenty to say in opposition to the mayor’s proposal.

        “I cannot stand idly by and watch a city of this size be deprived of regular police protection for a third of each day.” Hruska stated when asked about the potential cut in his police force.

        Hruska brought attention to Kittatinny being a town where nearly 4 to 5 domestic violence incidents happen per year, and without the proper protection out there on the streets, Hruska claims, “our crimes would have worse outcomes if this proposal went through.”

        Denelda Penoyer, president of the Kittatinny city council, proposed a solution of raising the tax rate from the already proposed 4.3 mills, to 5 mills.

        “At least the city would be able to keep our police protection then, but that would mean hardships for some people, and I don’t know what to say about that.” Penoyer said.

        Penoyer wasn’t the only one fighting for the officer’s cause, President of the Pennsylvania Police Association Local 34, Bjarne Westhoff, believes that, “many citizens would be willing to pay extra so they can keep police officers on the street.”

        Petykiewicz was clear about wanting citizens of Kittatinny to be involved in this process. He urged the help in citizens coming up with solutions to the problems the town in now facing, and would like to hear all opinions and input.

        “I want this to be an open and transparent process, so the proposal will be up and available to the public’s eye on www.kittatinny.gov. I do want to look forward, so please ask yourself, how can we make things better?”

        Petykiewicz’s proposal for the 2015 year must pass through and be approved by the city council by, December 1, 2014. If approved, it will take effect on January 1, 2015.

Imagine having to wake up so early that wiping the sleep from your eyes is impossible. Imagine having to make a soccer ball your new best friend. Imagine having to do this every single day for the majority of your life, because what you want most in life is out there on that field.

A man I have known since I was a child, had chosen this path for himself a long while ago.  Growing up, my uncle, Drew Watzka, had been told he was born with a gift to play soccer. At the age of 5 he was already playing in games where he would score countless times.

Watzka was the youngest in his family, but the only one to ever be dedicated to a sport from the very beginning. From the ages of 10-18 he joined the German Soccer Club-Milwaukee Sports Club. This is where his competitive soccer career began.

Growing up, Watzka played at Division One Pius High School where he honed in on his skills at an amateur level. He was the first known freshman in the school’s history to make varsity and play as a starter.

“I was a 4 year letter winner,” Watzka said, “In my career, at Pius High School, I hold the school record for most goals scored in career at 101, and most goals in a season at 34. I even scored the game winning goal in the 1-0 State Champion game.”

These were the ground breaking moments, that Watzka said would build up to his nearly unstoppable college and professional career.

Although Watzka was offered multiple full ride scholarships to universities around the country, he settled on UW-Green Bay for one year, then transferred to Marquette, a top division school, on yet another full ride.

It was during his senior year at Marquette, when he was pushing to get drafted professionally, that an injury presented itself. The result was a 4th degree ankle sprain that did severe damage to his ligaments and benched him for a month of the season, due to extensive rehab training.

“It wasn’t my best year of playing due to the injury sustained. My dream was to play professional soccer. So, I worked hard in rehab, strength training and practice to be ready for the professional try-out camps. I missed vacations and time with friends. I just trained.” Watzka said.

Thankfully, his love and perseverance didn’t leave Watzka empty handed in the professional soccer world. He was drafted in the first round of the territorial pick by professional outdoor soccer team, the Milwaukee Rampage, and professional indoor soccer team, the Milwaukee Wave. He respects indoor soccer, but prefers it as a side game, and ended up signing on with the Rampage in 1998.

Having played for one season, he had to leave his dream of playing professionally behind, seeing as, “the money to support a family and a future wasn’t  in the game at the time.”

He now leads a life where his name will go down in infamy not only in our family, but at Pius High School for being the only soccer player in school history to hold the honor of NSCAA All-American, and at Marquette University for today, still holding the all time highest season goals. He was the only one in my family that went out and reached for his dreams, and now, I look up to him, and live by his words. “You control your own destiny – fight for it and you will never have regrets!”

For someone who is pretty much good at nothing, or at least good at very few odd things in this world, I handle myself with the composure of someone who is grand and talented at all things. It all seems to come down to one little secret of mine. And I can let you in on that secret if you promise not to share it with any of your friends. Come in closer…closer…a little bit closer, alright, the secret is, Haute Hammer. I know what you’re thinking right now. “A haunted hammer? What the heck?!” Just slow down and breath with me here. By the end of this little lesson, Haute Hammer is going to be your new best friend, as it is already mine!

hautehammerCreated and edited by the very talented film and television actress, Aimee Teegarden, Haute Hammer is a ‘Grand Central Station’ that holds a little bit of everything for the girl, or even guy, that needs a little guidance here or there. Her areas of expertise include, fashion, (honey, help me!,) food, (I live off of frozen meals here, so I need all the help I can get right now!) DIY, (I suppose since everybody is doing it themselves these days,) and Life, (literally, no explanation needed, I mean come on.)

Any one of these helpful hands-on categories can be a handy guide to what you’ve been trying to work at lately, but for me, it’s definitely the food. Aimee is a vegan, and so mostly every post she has on the food portion of the site is vegan based. I admire her lifestyle and the fact that she focuses on finding locations that cater to those who want to follow that path as well. Not saying that I, myself, will ever be a vegan, God, do I love a big juicy steak, but there the big ONE DAY, MAYBE.

So, here’s hoping that the awkward dresser, the everyday food burner, the over the top spender, and the travel savvy all at least dip their toes into Haute Hammer. Because, life honestly isn’t fun unless we are creeping on other people’s live’s and opinions nowadays, anyways. We are a strange generation.

Peace and Blessings. x