"Faces of Whitewater"

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A (Very) Brief History of Whitewater By Carol Cartwright, Whitewater Historical Society

A Guide to Touring Historical Whitewater (1836-2004)

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Local Media

UWW Royal Purple
Daily Jefferson County Union
My Walworth County
Walworth County Today (Janesville Gazette)
Janesville Gazette
Wisconsin State Journal
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin Newspapers

Whitewater Community TV - Channel 98/990 Schedule
Channel 3 Madison
Channel 4 Milw.
Channel 6 Milw.
Channel 12 Milw
Radio AM 940 WFAW - Fort Atkinson
Jefferson County Living/
Government - Education


Urban Forestry Committee

CITY - 2016 John's Garbage, Recycle and Bulk Collections

TOWNSHIP - 2016 John's Garbage, Recycle and Bulk Collections
School District
/High School
/Middle School
Lincoln Inquiry Charter School
Irvin L. Young Memorial Library
Walworth County
Jefferson County


Aquatic Center
Chamber of Commerce

Community Development Authority

Dog Park
Downtown Whitewater Inc.
/Greater Whitewater Committee
Historical Society

Makerspace Whitewater - Calendar
Rainbow Hospice Care - Whitewater plus

UWW Young Auditorium
Movie Theater
Whitewater Police Department Face Book
Whitewater Country Club
Whitewater Police Department Newsletters
Whitewater Area League of Women Voters Newsletters
Whitewater Arts Alliance Newsletters
For Seniors in the Park Newsletters

Assembly of God
B'nai Abraham Congregation
For Area Jewish community - Beloit

Christus Ev. Lutheran Church
Community of Christ the Servant
St. Patrick Catholic Church
CrossPointe Community Church
/Congregational - United Church of Christ
Church of the First Born
First English Lutheran
First United Methodist
Kettle Moraine Baptist
LaGrange United Methodist Church
Living Word Fellowship
Millard Community Church
Richmond United Methodist Church
St. John Evangelical Lutheran (WELS)
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lakes - For area Unitarian members - Elkhorn
Banks and Credit Unions

Associated Bank
Commercial Bank
First Citizens Bank
Fort Community Credit Union
University of WI Credit Union

Any City Organization that would like a link in this column please use Email at the bottom of the page to request a posting, thanks!
Whitewater Arts Alliance
Bassett House
Bethel House - Ecumenical Program for Families in Need
Community Cat
Cub Scouts Pack #173
Friends of Noah - Animal Rescue
Greater Whitewater Committee
Fourth of July Committee
J-Hawks Swim
Kiwanis Breakfast Club
Pig in the Park - Event
Rotary Club

Touched By A Paw -No kill cat shelter and rescue.
Studio 84

UWW Women's Ultimate Frisbee Club
W3 - Working for Whitewater's Wellness
VFW Post 5470 will be meeting at the American Legion/Veterans Building on Wisconsin Street the 3d Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Whitewater Fiber Guild
Whitewater Hang Gliding Club
League of Women Voters - Whitewater Area
Whitewater Lake Association
Whitewater Youth Basketball Club (WYBC)
Whitewater Youth Football League (WYFL)
Whitewater Youth Soccer Club

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National Newspapers

Christian Science Monitor
Los Angeles Times
NY Times
Roll Call Capitol Hill
USA Today
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post
Washington Times


The Wheeler Report
Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance

CBS Sports
CNN Sports
Fox Sports WI
NCAA Div 3
WHS Whippets Facebook


Multiple Jobs listing from members of Whitewater Chamber of Commerce CLICK HERE

Whitewater Chamber of Commerce - SEEKING: Social Media/Marketing & Administrative Assistant Hours per week: 10+ Hours/ M-F, some evening & weekend hours during events Paid Internship - University students are encouraged to apply. Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing or similar majors preferred.Send resume and cover letter to Marie Koch, Executive Director Email: info@whitewaterchamber.com
Discover Whitewater 150 W. Main St Whitewater WI, 53190

Bellezza Hair Design & Spa is looking for talented stylists and massage therapists. Email inquiries and resume to bellezzaemployment@hotmail.com

Evening cleaning help needed in WHITEWATER! Full or part time. Dusting, vacuuming, mopping, bathrooms, etc. Shifts available from 4:00 p.m. NO WEEKENDS! Apply at DIVERSIFIED BUILDING MAINTENANCE, 1105 Touson Drive, Janesville WI 53546 or call 608-752-9465.

Basin Precision Machining LLC

Brotoloc South Inc.

Bus Driver Openings - Nelson's Bus Service
City of Whitewater Job Openings
Fairhaven Senior Services/

Fort HealthCare Job and Provider Openings
Generac Power Systems Job Opportunities

iPacesetters - data management, and CRM sectors

UWW Job Opportunities

Whitewater Unified School District Job Opportunities
ZINGG Motors - Jobs
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(Sep 27) Ben Heller, 2009 WHS graduate and Lakeview School Grad, is depicted on a new bulletin board at Lakeview Elementary School. The New York Yankees traded for Ben on July 31st from the Cleveland Indians where he was a pitcher for 4 minor league seasons with having allowed just 122 hits while recording 226 strikeouts with a .193 opponents batting average. The Yankees promoted him on August 23rd where he made his major league debut on August 26th against the Baltimore Orioles, pitching a scoreless 8th inning. He has been a relief pitcher in 9 games with one save and ERA of 7.5.

(Sep 27) TODAY - Whitewater: Embracing Unity Through Peace Presents the 2nd of 3 planned events.

Whitewater: Embracing Unity Through Peace Presents…


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Tuesday, September 27th

6:30 PM

UC Hamilton Room

PEACE CIRCLES are round table events to help people cross perceived boundaries & bridge the gap between people. It's a restorative effort to bring people together through a structured process to help groups better understand one another, build and strengthen bonds and attempt to create viable solutions. All campus and community members are welcome to attend!

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi

Next Peace Circle | October 5, 2016| 6:30 PM |Whitewater High School

(Sep 27) The Friends of The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library in Whitewater, 431 West Center St., is having a book sale from Saturday, October 1st to Friday the 7th.

Stacey Lunsford, Library Director: "About Our Friends' Sale Items Items are withdrawn from the collection on a continuous basis as part of an overall process of Continuous Review, Evaluation, and Weeding (CREW). Librarians on staff evaluate the collection and determine whether an item's useful career is over. This method provides constant feedback on the collection's strengths and weaknesses. Items are withdrawn based on the age of the material, the last time the item was checked out, and whether the item is determined to be MUSTIE (Misleading, Ugly, Superseded, Trivial, Irrelevant to the needs and interests of the community, or whether the item can expeditiously be obtained Elsewhere). This is especially needful in our library due to space constraints.

Proceeds from this sale will go to purchasing new materials to replace the old and for library programming. Withdrawn books are sold for 50¢ each Hardcover books that have been donated are sold for $1.00 each DVDs and CDs are sold for $1.00 each"

The sale features fiction and nonfiction books, both paperback and hard-cover, including a large number of large-print books. Books are priced at 25¢ for children's books, 50¢ for adult paperback books, and $1.00 for adult hard cover books. CDs and DVDs are priced at $1.00 and audio books at $3.00 each. Valuable or rare books are individually priced.

The hours for the sale are Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

(Sep 28) Saturday was perfect running weather and the Whitewater Middle School cross country team performed very well at the Midwest Invitational in Janesville, WI. This was a huge race with 642 athletes competing in the 4th-8th grade race.

WMS Boys' Cross Country Team (red) in pre-race discussion!

Finishing in 3rd place overall and receiving 1st place for 7th grade, Gio Anello crossed the line in 5 minutes, 20 seconds. Wyatt Frisonwas the top 8th grader for the Whippets finishing in 27th place overall with a time of 5:52. CJ Tomomitsu was our first 6th grader to cross the finish line with a time of 7:04.

For the girls, Crystal Chan led the team and was the top 8th grade Whippet runner in 25th place and a time of 6:24. Melanie Juette led our 7th graders with a time of 7:04 and Julia Feit was the top 6th grader finishing in a time of 7:40.

In addition to some great individual performances, the cross country team ran very well as a team and continue to show strong support for one another.

Gio Anello

Great job to all of the Whippet cross country runners who participated on Saturday! For the results:

Wednesday, September 28, 8:00am - Whitewater University Technology Park Board Meeting at Innovation Center, 1221 Innovation Drive - Agenda:

Wednesday, September 28, 5:00pm - Community Development Authority Board of Directors Meeting at Room 105, Innovation Center, 1221 Innovation Drive - Agenda:

Thursday September 29, 7:00 pm - Whitewater Fire Department Meeting at Small Meeting Room Fire Dept. Municipal Building Agenda:

(Sep 25) Jason Jeffrey, a 1994 graduate of WHS and US Air Force Veteran, worked in Iraq and recently returned to WI and has opened a business "Good Habits Dog Training" serving Whitewater and area from Edgerton.

Jason, who served in the Republic of Korea in 2002, with his Military working dog, Mack.

Jason with his wife Candy with their children (l-r) Youngest Daughter, Laura; Oldest Daughter, Summer and Son, Caderyn.

Jason son of Josie Grasse commented that "In 1995 I left the small community of Whitewater and joined the United States Air Force. I started my career by protecting the USA's Nuclear Assets, however my dream was to work with Military Working Dogs. I served for 15 years in the USAF until I was injured and was medically separated from the service due to those injuries. In 2011, I accepted a position with the Department of State in Basra, Iraq as one of the Program Mangers for the working dog section. I was in Iraq for 3 years and was only able to come home twice a year. As you can imagine having a young family I missed out a lot of "firsts". First steps, first words and first booboos that I could not be there to console. My wife and I decided it would be best for me to stay home. We moved back to Wisconsin and opened our own business, Good Habits Dog Training located out of Edgerton, WI."

Their business is a veteran owned and family operated business, Good Habits Dog Training. It will supply you with a diversity of dog training options. Many dog trainers focus on one type of dog training i.e. E-collar, inducement training or classical leash and collar training. Good Habits Dog Training has a variety of training types.

With over 20 years of experience, they will meet all your needs in how you would like your dog to be trained.

The competitive advantages that Good Habits Dog Training supplies is a balance of training, care, understanding and respect for dogs and their owners.

Good Habits Dog Training is compassionate while creating a specific plan and timeline for each individual dog, because no two dogs are alike and your family deserves the very best. They offer free consultations and life time support. You can find them on Facebook at Good Habits Dog Training or call them at 608.884.0358 - Located at 10970 N. Reed Rd, Edgerton.

(Sep 25) REMINDER - The UWW Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity is sposoring their Color Run on October 1st at Perkins Stadium. All the proceeds of this event will be going to the Whitewater Fire Department.

This is not a race or endurance test by any means. The color run is for individuals of all ages. Firefighters risk their lives rain or shine, so this event will take place rain or shine. So come with a smile and accept the Warhawk 5k Color Walk/Run Challenge. Be Excited! Get Excited! Get Colorful!

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(Sep 25) Coach Kevin Bullis opened up practice once again to Fairhaven Senior Services and it was another tremendous event with the Football Team last Wednesday.

Thirty residents and multiple volunteers had the opportunity to get up close with the team through a handshake line.

Fairhaven residents, volunteers and staff thank the entire coaching staff and players for taking time out of their practice to greet them! Go Warhawks

(Sep 24) Stuff the Bus is Back! Friday, October 14th (12 - 6pm) and Saturday, October 15th (9am - 1pm) at Walmart.

Nelson's Bus Service, Inc., Walmart, and the Whitewater FFA Chapter have teamed up for Stuff the Bus. The main objective of this annual food drive is to get the students of Whitewater Unified School District, local area businesses and the Whitewater community involved by donating food and monetary contributions to Stuff the Bus in an effort to stop hunger. The donations will be collected and totaled by the Whitewater Food Pantry on Friday, October 14th (12 - 6pm) and Saturday, October 15th (9am - 1pm) at Walmart.

Sarah Ziolkowski - WHS 2016 Graduate

(24 Sep) University of Wisconsin-La Crosse freshman Sarah Ziolkowski of Whitewater (H.S.) has been named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week, the league office announced this past Tuesday. For the story from UW - LaCrosse

(Sep 24) Irvin L. Young Memorial Library - There will be no early literacy classes on October 4th or October 6th. Classes will resume on Tuesday, October 11th.

(Sep 23) Blood Drive - 2-6pm Monday October 3rd at First English Lutheran Church

(Sep 23) Participation in the Whitewater's 26th CROP Hunger Walk is a wonderful service project for students of all ages! SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2nd

To learn more about CWS/CROP, visit the website

Their goal is $5,000. Contact: Mariann Scott, (262) 473-4219, for collection envelopes.

In October 2015, groups in the Whitewater community including participants from the University gathered together to walk and raise contributions for Church World Services/Christian Rural Overseas Program (CWS/CROP). The 79 walkers collected $4,146.49 with 25 percent or $1,036.62 going to the Whitewater Food Pantry. In 25 years, the community has raised $179,011 with $34,809 staying in Whitewater (Food Pantry).


(Sep 23) Whitewater High School Class of 1982 is planning their 35th Class Reunion. They are looking for all alumni to join them. Please contact Rita (Domitrz) Hookstead at Email: classof1982.whs@gmail.com so they have your address and contact information to keep you posted on all the events they are planning.

If you know the contact information of other graduates from the class, they would appreciate you providing them with that information as well.

(Sep 22) Keep up to date on what is new at the Whitewater Police Department, current crimes occurring in our community and the most recent scams you are seeing in and around the community. Check out the Whitewater Police Department Face Book page a reliable source of information - .
Shared from the ADRC of Portage County (it had been shared on a WI courts page): SCAM ALERT: On Sunday 9-11-2016 the police department took a report from a resident that a subject had called her stating that she had missed jury duty and as a result a warrant had been issued for her arrest and that she needed to make two $200 money transfers and appear in court on 9-22-2016 or she would be locked in jail. The caller advised her to go to Dollar General and purchase the pay-pal vouchers. When the resident advised that she had no means of transportation, the caller stated he would call a cab to take her.

A short time later, a cab did indeed arrive to take the resident to Dollar General. While en route to the store, she told the cab driver the story and he advised her to return home and call a family member and the driver took her home before she purchased the money transfers.

The family member upon hearing the story contacted police. Investigating the call, the number on caller ID came back to the Osseo, WI area, but further investigation showed that the call had been masked and may have come from the Atlanta, GA area instead.

A couple of points, first, thanks to the driver from Courtesy Cab for preventing the resident from losing $400. Second, you are always notified in writing by the Circuit Court Clerk when you have jury duty. You are contacted by letter months in advance and asked to fill out a questionnaire and then sent another letter telling you what dates you are asked to appear. Third, the police do not make arrangements for transportation to pick up bond money, unless it is in the back of a squad car.

Please be careful, there are always people trying new and creative ways to separate you from your money, and they are frequently invoking the power of law enforcement to get people to hand over hard earned cash. If you get a suspicious call similar to this, hang up and call your local law enforcement agency.

(Sep 21) Two WMS students were honored at Tuesday's Whitewater Optimist monthly meeting. Aldo Rodriguez and Audrey Mayer were selected as the September honorees for outstanding school performance and attitude.

Aldo Rodriguez and Audrey Mayer were joined by Ms. Rosalinda Martinez, Middle School ELL Teacher; Ms. Angela Ketter, 6th-8th grade Computer Science Teacher and Ms. Elizabeth Elliott, Middle School Music/Band Teacher to a special luncheon held on the UWW Campus.

Aldo's recognition is due to him always having a positive attitude, an extraordinary work ethic, and overcoming significant obstacles. Audrey is being recognized for her happy disposition that is infectious to her peers, her high academic standards, and involvement in a variety of school related activities.

Both students were selected by a panel of ten teachers who came to an agreement that they would be excellent representatives of WMS outstanding students but also examples of the Whitewater Optimist Club creed. Congratulations Aldo and Audrey!

(Sep 21) Wisconsin Makers is sponsoring a scratch mold workshop Thursday, Sept. 29, in conjunction with an upcoming iron pour at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

From an April iron pour with individuals of all ages making scratch molds!

Taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the makerspace, located at 200 E. Clay St. in Whitewater, this is a family-friendly event, with adults and children from throughout the area welcome to attend.

For $20, participants will be provided with a 5-by-5-inch square sand scratch mold that they can personalize with their own design. Members of both the Wisconsin Makers and Friends of Wisconsin Makers - as well as anyone joining either group that night - will be given a $10-per-mold discount.

Persons unable to attend on the Sept. 29 workshop or who desire more time to complete their scratch mold at home may pick up blocks at the MakerSpace weekdays from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m. It always is best to text/call ahead at (920) 650-2333.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, the "pour team" on the UW-Whitewater campus will fill each mold with molten cast iron. The completed castings may be picked up at Wisconsin Makers after 2 p.m. that Saturday. Teresa "Tree" Lind, a UW-Whitewater lecturer of art and design, is the professor in charge of the pour.

She and her art students led a successful iron pour at Wisconsin Makers last spring that drew more than 60 participants and many more spectators. The second annual iron pour is slated for April 1, 2017.

Located at the corner of Wisconsin and Clay streets across from the American Legion Hall in Whitewater, Wisconsin Makers is a community workshop/makerspace for residents of Walworth, Rock and Jefferson counties and beyond.

Members have around-the-clock access to equipment for metals, woodworking, welding, fabric arts, matting/framing, foundry/blacksmithing, ceramics/pottery, machining, 3-D printing, laser cutting and other hobbies and projects.

More information about the organization and scratch mold workshop is available and Facebook .

(Sep 19) Walworth County Clean Sweep Household Hazardous Waste Friday & Saturday October 7 & 8

Clean Sweep is dedicated to the collection & proper disposal of household hazardous waste products. Services are available to Walworth County household residents free-of-charge, and pre-registration is not required.

What is household hazardous waste? It is the unusable portion of a household product containing volatile chemicals that are flammable, corrosive, explosive, reactive, toxic or radioactive. These products are identified by looking at labels, which are generally marked CAUSTIC, ACID, DANGER, FLAMMABLE, WARNING, or POISON. Product examples are listed BELOW.

COLLECTION POINT #1 Open ONLY on Friday, October 7 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. City of Whitewater Public Works Complex 150 East Starin Road

COLLECTION POINT #2 Open ONLY on Friday, October 7 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Town of Linn Municipal Garage N611 Zenda Road, Zenda

COLLECTION POINT #3 Open ONLY on Saturday, October 8 8:00 a.m. - Noon Walworth County Public Works Department W4097 County Road NN Elkhorn

Is there a Clean Sweep program for businesses & institutions? Yes! But, businesses and institutions must pre-register for the program, provide a list of items they want to bring, and pay for product disposal. Please call 262-741-3367 or 262-741-7264 for more information about this opportunity, or to request a pre-registration form.

(Sep 17) Enjoy a night of creepy stories and lore derived from the history of Whitewater, Wisconsin (also known as "Second Salem").

Learn about the Poison Widow and take a look into the crypt of Mary Worth as you drive to the iconic spots of Whitewater's past.

$35 per ticket Includes:
*Guided Bus Tour
*Drinks & Appetizers
*Guided Storytelling into the legends of Whitewater

The event starts and stops at The Fuzzy Pig for appetizers and drinks. The Fuzzy Pig also does annual haunts for the public to enjoy and will be discounted for Spirit Tour guests at $5 for all the attractions!

Limited seating so reserve your spot! Call (262) 473-4005 to buy your tickets now!

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(Sep 27) Frances Edna (Gruhn) Keil, age 89, of Whitewater, WI passed away September 25, 2016 at Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek, WI. She was born March 9, 1927 in Sabula, Iowa the daughter of Henry and Mary (Peters) Gruhn. Frances was baptized, confirmed and married in Calvary Lutheran Church in Sabula, Iowa. She married Calvin T. Keil on June 12, 1949. She was a hard working farm wife and together they farmed in Sabula, Iowa for 27 years and then in Lancaster, Wisconsin for 20 years. They retired in the 1990's and moved to Whitewater to be closer to family. Calvin passed away on July 15, 2010. Frances enjoyed spending winters in Arizona with her daughter Sharon and her family, and also accompanied daughter Cindy on her nursing assignments throughout the U.S. Her hobbies included embroidery, crocheting, and was an avid reader.

She is survived by 4 children: Sharon (Wayne) Lawrence of Mesa, Arizona; Cindy Smith of Whitewater, WI; Steve (Erna) Keil of Whitewater, WI and Ron (Joan) Keil of Springfield, PA.

Grandchildren: Jennifer (Scott) Munstermann; Matthew Lawrence; Stephanie (Randy) Badsgard; Leah Smith; Adam Smith; Chris (Kelsey) Keil; Jason Keil; Timothy (Rachel) Keil; and Bakhita Keil.

4 Great Grandchildren: Logan; Grace; Luke; and Nate and one sister: Jackie Giddings of Miles, Iowa.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and 5 sisters.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00PM on Friday, September 30, 2016 at First English Lutheran Church, 401 W. Main Street, Whitewater, WI with Rev. Steven Hanson and Rev. Jerald Wendt officiating. Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery, Bellevue, Iowa.

Friends may call after 11AM on Friday at the church until the time of the services.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial to Rainbow Hospice of Jefferson, WI.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family


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