Father of slain correctional officer
pens historical novel
of Nanticoke has written a historical novel dedicated to his son Eric, a correctional
officer killed nearly six years ago in a federal prison.
While the novel is
based on a real event at the end of the Revolutionary War in 1782, a common theme
of the book deals with a topic hes thought a lot about in recent years:
It mostly surrounds revenge for the murder of family members,
Williams, who advocated for the death penalty for the inmate
who killed his son, said the book is based on a little-known event at the end
of the war, the Gnadenhutten massacre, also known as the Moravian massacre.
an occurrence very few people know about, Williams said. It was an
The massacre was the killing of 96 Christian Moravian
Indians by a colonial white American militia from Washington County, Pennsylvania
on March 8, 1782. Survivors of the dead vowed revenge.
The summary of Williams
book, Eighteen for Mercy, says he knows the topic well, following the death of
his son. His sons killer was convicted of murder, but spared from getting
the death penalty.
He understands being compelled to seek revenge and
didnt just write about those things; he lived them, the summary says.
As the characters in his book had to do, Donald also had to move forward
and continue to live this life and hopefully experience some joy here and there
among the struggles.
Williams said he wrote the book previously, but
it ended up like a history book. This time, he wrote it as a novel and he thinks
its more compelling.
The fighting described in the book wasnt just
imagined, according to Williams website. He was able to describe some scenes
from what he experienced during the Vietnam War.
Breathing in the thick
gunpowder and smelling feces and blood, which he described in a battle scene in
his novel, Eighteen For Mercy, wasnt something he read somewhere,
the book summary says. The smells, the confusion, dryness in the mouth,
and the inability to swallow experienced in battle, was something Donald had experience
during his time in Vietnam.
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Nanticoke Area votes to limit taxes, narrow kindergarten registration window
The Greater Nanticoke Area School Board voted
Thursday on several major issues:
To limit any potential tax increase
in 2019-20 to a state maximum of 3.5 percent;
To classify e-cigarettes
and vaping equipment under the districts tobacco policy (thus
banning them on school grounds);
And to limit kindergarten registration
to no later than Sept. 30 unless a child is transferring from kindergarten in
The tax-limit vote will be common among school boards this
month. Under the state law known as Act 1, which legalized gambling, some money
from that gambling is used to reduce school property taxes. But districts are
restricted in how much they can raise taxes without a voter referendum or state
approval under a limited number of exemptions.
If districts vote to stay within
the limit this month, they need not approve a preliminary budget until the end
of May. If they dont vote to stay in the limit, they must prepare a preliminary
budget in February. The limit, known as the Act 1 Index, can vary
year to year and district to district. This year, Greater Nanticoke Areas
index is the highest among Luzerne Countys 11 school districts.
if the vote meant the board would raise taxes, President Tony Prushinski said
it does not, and that under state law a final decision on any increase doesnt
have to be made until June 30.
Superintendent Ronald Grevera
said the change in kindergarten registration policy was aimed at those who register
children later in the year for kindergarten when they were not attending school
anywhere else. He said teachers cant cover all the lessons a student missed
if they dont start school until, say, November. Those who are transferring
from another district can still register mid-year because they were getting their
lessons at the other district.
Grevera also praised high school administration
and teachers for getting the district on the 9th annual Advanced Placement
Honor Roll. The title is given by the College Board which oversees
the AP program to districts in the United States and Canada that increase
access to AP courses while maintaining or improving the rate of students scoring
3 or higher on AP exams, which are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Some 373 districts
made the honor roll this year.
The board also voted to terminate
a paraprofessional, or teacher aide, identified only by employee number. The vote
apparently prompted a person to leave the room, which in turn prompted Prushinski
to make a criticism he said he has done in the past: Urging people to stay for
the whole meeting.
Noting the board takes actions based on the advice of Grevera
and Solicitor Vito Deluca, Prushinski said all were present for the students
and the taxpayers, and that while he wont attempt to stop people
from leaving, he will continue to comment when it happens.
Do they have
a right to walk out? Absolutely, he said. But it is rude.
after the meeting about the person who walked out, Grevera said only that it is
a personnel matter.
swears in first female mayor
Nicole Colatosti-Mackiewicz takes the
place of Rich Wiaterowski
Kelly Choate - pahomepage.com
The City of Nanticoke has a new mayor.
Nicole Colatosti-Mackiewicz was sworn in Thursday night as the city's first female
mayor during a special ceremony at the Nanticoke Municipal Building.
taking the place of Rich Wiaterowski, who died last month after a battle with
Wiaterowski dedicated his life to this community. He also served
as a volunteer firefighter in the city for 25 years.
she was fortunate to call Wiaterowski her close friend.
"We did a lot
of things together besides the political things in the town," said Colatosti-Mackiewicz.
"We had a great time, and I love every memory of it."
said she'll pick up where Wiaterowski left off, attracting more businesses to
the city, paving streets, and planning more events in Nanticoke.
will serve as mayor until the end of the year, but she already plans to run for
the position after that.
selected to serve as Nanticoke's mayor
A Nanticoke councilwoman will be the citys
New Year 2019!
Council chose to take the seat at a meeting Wednesday. She is the
first woman to serve as mayor in Nanticoke, solicitor William Finnegan said.
fills a seat previously held by Rich Wiaterowski, who died Dec. 9 after a battle
with acute myeloid leukemia. Along with his duties as mayor, Wiaterowski served
as a volunteer firefighter in the city. He worked for Laborers International Union
of North America before his illness.
They are big shoes to fill, for
sure, Colatosti-Mackiewicz said.
The citys charter allows her to
serve through 2019. Voters will choose a mayor in November to serve the remaining
two years of Wiaterowskis term. Colatosti-Mackiewicz said she planned to
run for the position.
In the meantime, she wants to continue work from Wiaterowskis
time as mayor, such as paving projects and redevelopment in the citys downtown.
like to continue with his legacy and see everything that he wished and wanted
to go through, she said.
Among those projects is the ongoing development
of the Hanover 9 industrial site in Nanticoke and Hanover Twp., the
Nantego Development Project along East Main Street, and infrastructure improvements
she hopes will attract more business to the city.
one of six people who submitted an application ahead of the deadline. Council
received another application at the meeting. The council members reviewed each
application and were able to have one-on-one conversations with each other about
It is great to see this many people have an interest
in Nanticoke to make this city better than what it is right now, council
President William Brown said.
The vote for her nomination passed with three
yes votes and two abstentions. Colatosti-Mackiewicz and council vice president
Kevin Coughlin abstained.
Colatosti-Mackiewicz is a human resources director
at Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Newport Twp. She was the only
council member to apply for the seat. Because she had to resign in order to become
mayor, council will now have to fill her seat. They will advertise the position,
collect applications then vote on someone to fill the seat, Finnegan said.
business of choosing a mayor to fill a vacant seat is the kind of housekeeping
municipalities everywhere must complete from time to time.
But this time, in
Nanticoke, it meant much more.
Replacing a beloved mayor is not how council
expected to start the new year, Finnegan said.
(Wiaterowski) was my friend
and he was a remarkable man, Colatosti-Mackiewicz said. I sure am
going to miss him and so is this city.