November 18th, 2014
November 1st, 2014
Kittatinny Mayor Gustavus G. Petykiewicz, 56, caused a car accident on Saturday when he drove through a stop sign and into the side of another vehicle, under the influence of alcohol.
When responding Deputy Gordon J. Slivovitz arrived at the site of the accident, the two vehicles involved in the accident, a Ford explorer and a Buick Le Sabre, were found upright in a farmer’s field near the intersection of State Highway 117 and Fonebone Road, in the Town of Frontenac, Pennsylvania. Both vehicles had sustained major damage and were inoperable.
A witness to the accident reported that the Buick was driving responsibly along Highway 117. The driver of the Ford hesitated at the stop sign at the intersection of Highway 117 and Fonebone Road, but then proceeded to drive through the intersection and into the driver’s side of the Buick.
Petykiewicz, who was behind the wheel of the Ford, appeared to have received no injuries from the accident. The deputy noticed a bottle of alcohol as well as a strong smell of alcohol while examining the vehicle. When deputies asked Petykiewicz if he had been drinking, he commented “You’d be drinking, too, if you were me.”
Petykiewicz consented to a breath test, and blew a .14, almost twice the legal limit of .08 for the state of Pennsylvania. After failing a field sobriety test, Petykiewicz was handcuffed and removed from the scene in the back of a deputy patrol car. He was transported to Schuylkill County Jail in downtown Kittatinny, where his wife, Gloria Petykiewicz, posted his bail of $500.
Robert H. Doane, 42, citizen of Kittatinny, was behind the wheel of the Buick. Upon examination of the Buick, it was found that Doane was conscious but disoriented and bleeding from his head. He was removed from the Buick through the passenger side door and was placed on a backboard with a head brace on suspicion of a spinal injury. He was then placed in a Flight for Life helicopter which flew him to Northeast Pennsylvania Hospital and Trauma Center in Wilkes-Barre.
Doane is currently being treated at the hospital, but is in satisfactory condition, according to a nursing supervisor. Although he did not suffer a spinal injury, he had several broken ribs, a broken jaw, as well as contusions to his head, chest and abdominal area.
Mayor Petykiewicz faces charges of “causing great bodily harm by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, which carries a maximum prison term of 10 years,” according to Schuylkill County District Attorney Robert J. Morgenthau.
A preliminary trial hearing will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in the Schuylkill County District Court. Petykiewicz and his wife are refusing to comment at this point.
October 20th, 2014
Steve Jobs gave three life lessons to the students of Stanford University today in his commencement address: how to connect the dots in life, what losing something loved teaches a person, and to live each day as if it was the last.
Steve Jobs is the founder of Apple Computer Inc. He started Apple out of his parent’s garage with his good friend Steve Wozniak, whom Jobs met while working for HP.
Throughout his speech, Jobs used his own experiences to relay his lessons to the students. The first lesson he gave was to connect the dots in life.
Jobs spoke about his brief enrollment at Reed College, a small college located in Portland, Ore. He said that he dropped out, but continued to ‘drop in’, attending without paying tuition or registering, on classes at the college.
It was during this time that he dropped in on a class in calligraphy, because he thought it would be interesting. He explained that although he didn’t know it at the time, he would later use the skills he gained in this class to contribute to the typography in the first Macintosh computer.
He said that if he hadn’t dropped in on the calligraphy class and made the choices he made, “personal computers may not have the wonderful typography that they do.”
Jobs used this story to explain that one can’t “connect the dots” in life when looking forward. It is when one looks back on life that one’s choices add up and make sense.
“You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future” Jobs said.
Jobs then went on to tell the story of how he was fired from Apple. He explained that a fellow colleague, John Sculley (Jobs did not mention him by name), whom Jobs lured from Pepsi-Cola to work for him at Apple, got him fired from Apple.
In a dispute between Jobs and Scully and the board members, Jobs was fired. This was possible because Jobs owned less than half of Apples shares, meaning he no longer had control over his company.
Although he felt as though he had let down his predecessors in technology, mentioning Bob Noyce, co-founder of Intel, and David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, Jobs still loved what he did. This love drove him to continue working in the field of technology.
“The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life,” Jobs said.
Jobs spent the days after he was fired founding NeXT Inc. and creating the NeXT Workstation. He also founded Pixar, a well-known computer animation company, as well as meeting his wife, Laurene Powell.
Eventually NeXT was bought by Apple and Jobs was able to continue his work there. Jobs explained that being fired from Apple was the best thing that happened to him. He explained how losing something really showed him that he loved it and that he wanted to continue doing it.
He told the students to find something that they loved to do, and to never settle. “You’ve got to find what you love,” Jobs said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.”
The last story Jobs told was about his battle with cancer. Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer one year ago. He explained that at first he was told that his cancer was incurable and he had six months to live, and that he should make peace with his family and get his affairs in order, which Jobs explained as “doctor’s code for prepare to die.”
He said he spent that day living with that diagnosis. At the end of the day, Jobs had a biopsy preformed on the cancerous tumor on his pancreas. The biopsy showed that Jobs actually had a rare form of cancer that could be cured with surgery, rather than a death sentence.
Jobs told the students that they should appreciate the fact that death could be right around the corner. He told them to live each day as if it was their last. “Death is the destination we all share,” he said. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
Jobs concluded his speech with one final message for the students. He quoted the back cover of the last publication of “The Whole Earth Catalog” and told the students to “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”
“I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.”
October 13th, 2014
This year on October 11th and 12th, the city of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin celebrated its 23rd annual Oktoberfest. Event Chairman Mike Kocourek is hopeful that this year’s event was a success for all, including those attending.
Oktoberfest is a German celebration that honors the wedding of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen in 1810. Nowadays people celebrate this historical event by holding festivals usually consisting of drinking German beers and eating German foods while listening to German music.
*Kocourek says that the goal of Lake Geneva’s Oktoberfest is to bring people to the town and to bring some fun to the citizens and visitors with rides for the children and shopping and food for the adults, as well as to benefit the community of Lake Geneva.
The festival brings thousands of visitors to Lake Geneva each year, according to Kocourek. “These thousands of visitors will shop in our stores and hopefully stay in our hotels and eat in our restaurants.”
Lake Geneva’s celebration is aimed towards being more family friendly than the usual Oktoberfest celebration. This year’s celebration featured a variety of small rides including a bouncy-house and a pony ride for kids to enjoy. Kids also received free pumpkins to take home from the festival.
“The free pumpkin giveaway is a huge attraction. The kids get to take their pictures with their pumpkins too!” said Kocourek.
As well as being enjoyable for children, Oktoberfest also featured many attractions for teenagers and adults to enjoy.
“The rides bring the little kids and the food brings the adults,” said Kocourek
This year’s festival had many booths serving German foods to the attendees including booths run by and benefiting Lake Geneva Cub Scout Pack 239 and the Rotary Club of Lake Geneva.
“The food is great. I’m glad to know that my money is going towards the community too, rather than some big company or something,” said Trae Boucher, a citizen of Lake Geneva who attended this year’s festival for the “good food and the sense of community.”
Many of the local stores held sidewalk sales, where shop owners place multiple items out front of their store on tables on the sidewalks, and sell the items at discounted prices. This is intended to both benefit the local shops and also give shoppers a deal on their purchases.
According to Justin Bailer, a Lake Geneva citizen, this year’s celebration was great fun and a huge success. He said that everyone around him was having a great time, and that is what the festival is all about.
Lake Geneva holds its Oktoberfest every year, and Kocourek invites anyone looking to have a great time with family and friends to attend the event in the years to come.
October 6th, 2014
Mayor Gustavus G. Petykiewicz released his proposed budget for 2015 for the city of Kittattinny, Pennsylvania to the City Council members today, which includes multiple significant changes from last year’s budget.
Petykiewicz’s budget reflects the city’s current financial crisis. Susquehanna Steel Corp. decommissioned one of its furnaces this year, causing the city to lose around $100 million worth of taxable property.
“We are going to have to tighten our belts for 2015,” Petykiewicz said.
Petykiewicz is proposing a tax increase of 0.3 mills, which would equal an increase of about $30 per year in taxes for the average citizen of Kittatinny.
City Council President Denelda Penoyer agrees with the mayor about his proposal for a tax increase, but suggested the increase should be one mill rather than 0.3 mills that the mayor proposed. This would mean that the average citizen would pay around $100 more in taxes each year.
Along with the tax increase, the mayor is also proposing that Kittatinny police officers be removed from the streets between the hours of 4 a.m. and noon. His plan is to have Schuylkill County officers take emergency calls on a contract basis during that time of day.
Kittatinny Police Chief Roman Hurska says that because of the lack of direct roads in Schuylkill County, the response times of Schuylkill County officers to emergency calls would be unpredictable. Although Hurska isn’t expecting a higher crime rate during these hours, he is still worried about the possibility of the crimes committed having worse and even deadly outcomes.
The mayor’s proposed budget also calls for the removal of two police officers from Kittatinny’s police force in order to reduce costs.
Hurska issued a statement about his feelings on this matter:
“I cannot stand idly by and watch a city of this size be deprived of regular police protection for a third of each day.”
Hurska stated that he is willing to take a 10% pay cut if all of the other high ranking city officials do as well, to provide an alternative to the mayor’s current proposal.
Petykiewicz’s proposal will also affect the garbage pickup for the citizens of Kittatinny.
Garbage pickup will no longer be included on the tax levy in the mayor’s budget proposal. Instead, citizens will have to pay for their garbage pickup services in their monthly utilities bill. This will cost citizens about $16 dollars per month, totaling around $200 per year.
Petykiewicz stated that he is willing to discuss concerns that citizens have with his proposed budget.
“This is my proposal, but it is not the last word,” Petykiewicz said.
The mayor’s budget will undergo multiple reviews and revisions by the City Council before it is put into effect for the 2015 year.
September 22nd, 2014
Hanni Parry is a young architect from New York who plans to use green architecture, a type of architecture focused on sustainable and environmentally friendly design, to turn our cities into greener, more self-sufficient places.
Parry recently graduated and received her master’s in green architecture. Her focus has been on green roofs: roofs of buildings that are used for plant growth in order to replace the land that the building resides on.
“When you fly over a major city, all you see is grey, right? So imagine flying over a city and seeing an abundance of green instead.”
Extreme air temperatures and air quality are becoming growing concerns in today’s major cities. Parry says that green roofs are a way to combat this hazard.
“Increasing the amount of natural space through green roofs would allow our cities to better manage water flow, improve air quality and even help to better regulate extreme heat temperatures.”
According to Parry, green roofs are able to better reflect sun’s rays, catch falling rainwater and produce oxygen, while regular roofs cannot.
Parry has combined the idea of green roofs with agriculture and plans on using the roofs of hospitals and schools to help the buildings become more self-sufficient, as well as replacing the land used by the building.
Parry’s goal is to use the roofs of schools and hospitals to grow food that can be used within the building as a food source. The schools and hospitals could use the food they grow on their own roofs to feed the children and patients with freshly grown produce rather than with foods containing unhealthy additives and preservatives.
As well as the roofs providing a source of fresh and healthy produce, Parry believes that the roofs can also be a learning tool for kids in school. Along with providing an opportunity for kids to learn about agriculture and food growth, Parry hopes that giving kids the opportunity to grow their own food will help them to eat healthier.
“What’s the best way to get a kid to eat a tomato? Have them grow it themselves.”
Parry believes that her plan could change the way people see their food, and could spread throughout cities providing not only an opportunity for increased produce growth within cities, but also a way to give back to the land that we have built those cities upon.
September 8th, 2014
Last year during the spring semester, I was enrolled in a class called cross cultural communication. The class was a travel study course. Travel studies are courses offered here at UWW that enable students travel abroad for a short period of time, following a semester long course.
The travel study I participated in was about Ireland. During the semester we learned valuable information about Ireland’s history and culture, such as the history of Bloody Sunday, and proper pub etiquette.
The travel itself was spectacular. We traveled around the coast of Ireland, visiting popular cities like Belfast and Dublin, as well as staying in small towns like Malin Beg. All the while we were learning how to interact with members of another culture.
This travel study was the best thing I have done in my entire life. It made me learn things about myself that I didnt know existed. I also made some amazing friends with my fellow travelers, including my instructors.
This is a link to UWW global experiences page for anyone looking to learn more about or to participate in a travel study or other global experience.