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2014 John's Garbage, Recycle and Bulk Collections
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Aquatic Center
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Arts Alliance Summer 2014 Newsletter
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Assembly of God
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LaGrange United Methodist Church
Living Word Fellowship
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Millard Community Church
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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
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Whitewater Area League of Women Voters

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(Oct. 24) 2nd UPDATE - Halloween In Whitewater is starting this weekend. 5 Days and 7 Events for children to wear costumes - including City wide Halloween on actual night - Friday the 31st!!!!
Are you looking to show off your costume and trick or treat? Then be sure not to miss the following events!

Trick or Treat the Triangle: Saturday, October 25th 2:00pm-4:00pm - Trick or Treat the Downtown Shops
Activities on First Street in front of Ketterhagen Motors - 4:00pm-6:00pm

Whitewater Parks and Recreation Youth Halloween Party- Saturday, October 25th 6:00pm-7:30pm
Join everybody at the Downtown Armory for fun and games. Donation to the Food Pantry of .50 cents will get you into all the fun!

Halloween Breakfast - Whitewater Lions Clubhouse (Whitewater Lake N7462 Kettle Moraine) - Sunday, October 26, 7am-Noon.
All you can eat - Pancakes, sausage, eggs plus. Adults $7 - Children 6-12 $4.50 and under 6 FREE. Prizes for Kids Costumes also win a Flat Screen TV with your $7 ticket - donated by Whitewater Walmart. Donate non-perishable food items at door for Food Pantry. All profits go to the Whitewater Food Pantry.

UWW Residence Life will be hosting the traditional Family Fun Halloween event in Starin Hall (Starin Road), Monday, October 27, 5:30-7:30pm.
Signs will be on building directing attendees to entrance and fun! Families will enjoy trick-or-treating for candy in the hall, creating rock monsters, and participating in other fun activities. They look forward to seeing you and your family.

Ghouls Night Out- Thursday, October 30th 4:00pm-7:00pm-
Take an adventure around the Uptown Business District for a variety of Halloween activities.
Halloween activities, contests, entertainment, and more can be found at the various businesses in between Mercy Whitewater Medical Center all the way up to Culver's. One of the most popular attractions is the 13-foot inflatable clown head. For only one dollar, kids can reach into the clown head and grab three balloons that are filled with fun mystery prizes.
The ghoulish activities include pumpkin bowling at Robin's Nest Salon IV, jumping around in an inflatable bouncy house in Winchester True Value parking lot, and a scarecrow stuffing contest in the courtyard of St. Patrick Church. Decorate cupcakes and cookies at Mulberry Glen and caramel apples at Daniel's Sentry. For a free photograph, bring in a non-perishable food item to Walgreens. U.S. Cellular will be handing out goody-bags. These are just a few of the many activities. Trick-or-treating will be found at most of the businesses.
Pet Costume Contest & Pet Parade Thursday Parade at 4:30 Oct. 30th. At St. Patrick Catholic Church Parking Lot! (1225 W. Main St.) - Hosted By The Miss Whitewater Queens
Three different 1st place PRIZES! • LARGE BREED • SMALL BREED • HUMAN/DOG COMBO!
Grab Bags!
A special thank you to the sponsors! • Whitewater 4th of July Committee • M.E. & My Pets • K9 Hair Care LLC • Whitewater Veterinary Hospital Pet

City of Whitewater Trick Treat- Friday October 31st 4:00pm-7:00pm

(Oct. 24) Volleyball WHS in an exciting heartbreaking volleyball loss - WIAA Div. 2 Regional Semifinal: Whitewater at Big Foot - Whitewater 2 Walworth Big Foot 3

.......1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Wh 16. 26 ..22 ..25.. 13
BF .25. 24.. 25 ..15 ..15
Coach Kathy Bullis: "The Whippets lost an extremely close battle last night with Big Foot. Total points were Whitewater 102- Big Foot 104! I am extremely proud of this group of players as they were firing on all cylinders with their blocking, hitting, digging, passing and serving. They ended their season playing their best ball! The last two weeks the netters gained confidence through communicating, covering and celebrating at the conference tournament and while defeating Delavan earlier this week. The Whippets were peaking at the right time. It is disappointing as I feel we are definitely a team that should be competing for a regional title, but it wasn't in the cards for us this year."
Statistical Leaders:
Kills: Myriama Smith-Traore 18
Assists: Carmen Wyatt 41
Aces: Emilie Kachel 6
Blocks: Sarah Schumacher 7
Digs: Kailey Reynolds 24 Emilie Kachel 27 Myriama Smith-Traore 21 Carmen Wyatt 22.

Kailey Reynolds

Sarah Schumacher

Myariama Smith-Traore

Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka

Almost ready for traffic - Friday morning scene!

This is the new island. Note no left turn to E Main Street, only cross RR to Milw. St. - Note also the bike paths.

Coming from Washington School E. Main has no left turn at the island, only a right turn to downtown!

(Oct. 24) The Downtown East Gateway project is expected to partially open to all traffic by the end of business on Friday, October 24.

From the City Manager Cameron Clapper: The Downtown East Gateway project is expected to partially open to all traffic by the end of business on Friday, October 24. Traffic will be able to travel east and west on E. Main Street. The only project areas that will remain closed is a portion of Whitewater Street, between the intersections of Center Street and E. Main Street, and the alley north of the Whitewater Street/E. Main Street intersection. These areas will not open until pavement replacement and traffic signal installation is completed.

The traffic signals at the intersection of Whitewater Street and E. Main Street will not yet be functional upon initial opening; temporary stop signs will be used in the interim. Minor delays and congestion should be expected.

All detour signage will be removed. Please use caution as you drive through the project area as the street geometrics and other features have changed. Most notably, a median island has been added at the intersection of E. Main Street and Wisconsin Street (north of the railroad tracks) which will prevent eastbound vehicles from continuing east on East Main Street. Additional crosswalks and bike lanes have also been added.

The city understands that this project has been difficult for members of the community, and many city staff members have received inquires as to why the project took so long to complete. Based on the project scope of work, our city engineer expected the project to take twenty (20) weeks until the road could open and twenty-two (22) weeks for final completion. When the road opens tomorrow, it will be twenty (20) weeks since construction began. Though the contractor, Forest Landscaping & Construction, Inc., began construction approximately six (6) weeks after the anticipated start date, they have been responsive to city requests and have been able to expedite the project to meet the twenty (20) week expectation, which included paying their crews overtime.

The City of Whitewater would like to thank all of the residents and business owners for their patience and cooperation during this project. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Assistant City Manager, Christopher McDonell, at 262-473-0139, cmcdonell@whitewater-wi.gov; or the city Streets, Parks, and Forestry Superintendent, Chuck Nass, at 262-473-0542, cnass@whitewater-wi.gov.

(Oct. 23) Local photographer and artist, Katy Daixon Wimer, owner of katy daixon photography in Whitewater, will be exhibiting her Body Project photographs at the Whitewater Arts Alliance's Cultural Arts Center on 402 West Main Street in November.

"Mountain and Me"

The show opens Thursday, November 6 and runs through Sunday, November 23rd, and will be open to viewers on Thursdays through Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m. Katy will be on-hand to talk with visitors at a free reception on Saturday, November 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the CAC.

Katy said, "The Body Project popped into my head one night about a year ago while having a discussion with friends about the phrase 'body positive.' We came to realize that 'body positive' has been a phrase connected to fat women owning their fat and stating that they, too, are beautiful. I wanted something all-encompassing, something that spoke for all women struggling with their bodies or their body image in a society that bombards us with visuals of what a body should be. Body positivity is awesome, as long as all women are included. I want body acceptance and self-love."

"I immediately knew I needed to do this project. What followed were stories from women all around me-friends, friends of friends, and family. From January through September, I have photographed about 80 women who wrote affirming messages on their least favorite body part/parts for their photograph. Our mission is to create awareness about body acceptance and self-love in a society where beauty standards and body-type bashing are so prevalent. These women have uplifted, inspired, supported, and loved one another throughout this project and have created something more amazing than I could've ever dreamed. They are taking a stand against society's standard of beauty that has been so instilled in our minds since forever. They remind me to stay strong," said Katy.

She added, "While you witness this exhibition of brave women, I ask you to love your body and yourself. It won't hurt. I promise. Begin with us."

Katy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2010 and started katy daixon photography in 2011. She believes in community, collaboration and in shared thought. She feels that beauty lies in the core of oneself, and she strives to bring that out of others as they bring it out of her. Through her photography and writing, she captures the truth of someone.

She said, "I want to do rockin' portraits. I want to bring out the unexpected in my clients. I want them to be art. I aim to flex my creative abilities and theirs to produce something fresh."

The Cultural Arts Center is located on 402 West Main Street in the historic White building near the Birge Fountain. Parking is behind the building. An elevator is available for access from the parking lot entrance.


Very few things are worse than losing your wallet. Aaron Rogers is obviously a busy guy this time of year and Associated Bank has offered a reward to help him find his lost wallet. Two of Aaron's wallets have been found in Whitewater and those lucky fans will be rewarded with Packer Tickets, a $100 donation on their behalf to the local United Way and an opportunity to meet Aaron and receive an autographed mini helmet. Hailey found her wallet at The SweetSpot and Lindsay found hers at Jersey Mike's Sub Shop. Associated Bank is the Official Bank of the Green Bay Packers. Two other states are participating Illinois - Chicago Bears player and Minnesota - Vikings player.

Lindsay Bier, Assistant in the Chamber of Commerce Office and a UWW student found Aaron's wallet at Jersey Mike's Subs along with friend Kelley Agnew and Associated Bank Manager Glenn Gebauer. Number of winners will get 2 tickets to a Packers game. Lindsay will be taking her Bear fan friend Kelley to the Nov. 9th Packers and Bears game. She will also be attending a reception of the 75 winners to meet Aaron on Dec. 15th, receive an autographed mini helmet and have a $100 donation to United Way on her behalf.

Flanking the other Whitewater winner Hailey Marx with her mother Nicole are SweetSpot owners, Lacey Reichwald and Karen Moline.

(Oct. 22) UWW Blood Drive

Tuesday, Nov 4th, Noon - 6pm
Wednesday, Nov 5th Noon - 6pm
Thursday, Nov 6th Noon - 6pm

Located in Esker Dining Hall Rooms 118-120
For an appointment, or for more information, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or
Free parking for community donors in Lots #4 & #23 off Prairie St

(Oct 22) Right by the round about - TENT SALE

(Oct 22) The Middle School girls volleyball program ended a terrific season with a celebration on Tuesday, October 21 in the cafeteria.
Friends and family were in attendance to congratulate the girls on a wonderful season. Both 7th and 8th grade teams finished with outstanding records. At the end of the banquet the girls were encouraged to keep working hard to be better athletes, students and community members! The Whippets were coached by Elizabeth Dahlinger (7th) and Teshona Bennett (8th).

(Oct. 22) Rod Wilson Benefit Night - Sat. Nov. 8, 4:00-9:00pm at the Fuzzy Pig (N8660 Clover Valley Rd.)

Come show your support for Rod and his family as he battles Stage 4 Lung and Bone Cancer while enjoying a DJ, FOOD, BEER, and RAFFLES!!!
$20 donation will include an adult meal and one drink. Kids 12 and under eat for $7.
Rod is a loving father of two college-age children, a Navy Veteran, worked for Weilers and Co., and Mann Brothers. He is also a Whitewater Town Board Supervisor and former Lion's Club member.
If you cannot attend, donations can be made to the Rodney Wilson Benefit Account in person at any First Citizens Bank or mailed to: Rodney Wilson Benefit Account c/o First Citizens State Bank, 1058 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190.

(Oct 22) Canoe found on UWW campus. To claim, contact UWW Police at 262-472-4660, describe the canoe to claim!

(Oct 22) Girls' Swim Team - Whitewater 101 vs Jefferson 69 - JV Whitewater 110, Jefferson 41

Coach Gina Foucault: "As we get ready for the start of each meet, we talk about the fact that EVERYONE matters! Each place makes a difference in our quest to win. Finally we swam this way, each swimmer trying to beat just one person! It was awesome and our times and final score prove that!

Putting in First place finishes were Sydney Zimdars in the 200 Freestyle, Michelle Gantz in the JV 200 IM, Grace Fanshaw in the 200 IM, Megan Hartwell in the JV 100 Fly, Debra Krebs in the 100 Butterfly, Claire Treutel in the JV 500, Grace Fanshaw in the 500, Katrina Griffin, Alex Manske, Ally Carlson and Caty Strait in the JV 200 Freestyle Relay, Madeline Kuhl, Anna Yeazel, Sierra Minton and Sydney Hackney in the 200 Freestyle Relay, Abby Rodriguez in the JV 100 Breaststroke and Anna Yeazel in the 100 Breaststroke. Meghan Kehoe, Yvanna Strait, Claire Treutel and Emely Rodriguez in the JV 400 Freestyle Relay and Sara Foucault, Grace Fanshaw, Debra Krebs and Sydney Zimdars in the 400 Freestyle Relay!

We had so many great swims: *Our 200 Medley A Relay swam a 2:02.67 and our 200 Medley B Relay put up a 2:10.71. *Meghan Kehoe dropped 16 seconds in her 200 Freestyle *Karla Villarreal dropped 8 seconds in her 200 Freestyle and 5 seconds in her 100 Freestyle *Madeline Kuhl is headed closer to the Top 10 in the 200 Freestyle with a 2:13.94 *Caty Strait dropped 13 seconds in her 200 IM *Grace Fanshaw dropped 2 seconds off an already fast time, took first and bettered her Top 10 time in the 200 IM *Abby Ramirez dropped 4 seconds in the 50 Freestyle going 31.85 and 5 seconds in her 100 Backstroke *Maritza Xochipa dropped 2 seconds in her 50 Freestyle *Abagail Hernandez dropped 3 seconds in her 50 Freestyle *Noemy Aranda dropped 7 seconds in her 50 Freestyle *Yuli Espinoza swam a great 50 Freestyle with her googles over her mouth and nose and dropped 10 seconds in her 100 Freestyle *Megan Hartwell dropped 4 seconds in her 100 Butterfly and 10 seconds in her 100 Backstroke *Emely Rodriguez dropped 19 seconds in her 100 Butterfly *Debra Krebs dropped 4.5 seconds in her 100 Butterfly *Sage Spear went a 1:26.42 in the 100 Freestyle *Ally Carlson went a 1:21.37 in the 100 Freestyle *Claire Treutel dropped 24 seconds in her 500 Freestyle *Ireland Marinaro dropped 11 seconds in her 500 Freestyle *Madeline Kuhl dropped 7 seconds in her 500 Freestyle *Sierra Minton dropped 8 seconds in her 100 Backstroke *Maritza went a 1:30.93 in her 100 Backstroke *Ireland Marinaro went back to back in the 100 Freestyle to 500 Freestyle to 200 Freestyle Relay and swam amazing! So tough!

We put up 40 best times! Katrina Griffin, Abagail Hernandez (2), Megahn Kehoe, Karla Villarreal (2), Mati Tinazzi Martini, Madeline Kuhl (2), Tabi Altreuter (2), Caty Strait (2), Michelle Gantz, Yvanna Strait, Grace Fanshaw, Sierra Minton, Alex Manske, Yuli Espinoza (2), Noemy Aranda (2), Maritza Xochipa (2), Abby Ramirez (2), Megan Hartwell (2), Emely Rodriguez, Debra Krebs, Sage Spear (2), Ally Carlson (2), Ireland Marinaro (2), Claire Treutel, Sara Foucault, Sydney Hackney and Anna Yeazel. Great job ladies!"

(Oct. 22) The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team and the city of Whitewater will be featured this Saturday on ESPN College Gameday, a weekly national college football show that averages over one million viewers per episode, between 8-11 a.m.

The segment, which was compiled Tuesday and Wednesday on campus and around the city, is tentatively scheduled to air at approximately 9 a.m. during the program on Saturday morning. ESPN.com senior national columnist Gene Wojciechowski spoke with head coach Lance Leipold, senior defensive back Brady Grayvold and director of athletics Amy Edmonds for the piece.

ESPN's crew also collected video footage from the campus and surrounding community as part of the feature. Leipold posted his 100th career victory last Saturday in his 106th game to become the fastest head coach in NCAA history to reach triple digits in wins. His achievement received national attention immediately following the game, and will also be covered later this week in Sports Illustrated and by the Associated Press.

The No. 1 Warhawks host UW-Oshkosh this Saturday at 1 p.m. as part of Homecoming on the UW-Whitewater campus.

(Oct. 21) The Community of Christ the Servant celebrated its 43rd anniversary on Sunday, during the worship service at its location in the Community Building in Starin Park. Weekly worship services are held each Sunday at 9:30 am at this location.

Pastor Mike Obinger with Everett Long, President of the Community of Christ the Servant.

(Oct 21) COAT DRIVE for the Community Clothes Closet. Calling all coats!

The Community Clothes Closet Staff would like donations of GENTLY USED winter outerwear for all ages. Winter will be here soon and they need your help to get the items to those in need. Please check your closets and get those coats and jackets to the collection points below.

Collection Containers have been placed at the Commercial Bank -Main Office and West Town Branch, also at Irvin L Young Library.

The collected items will be distributed locally by The Community Clothes Closet located within The Congregational United Church of Christ 133 S. Franklin Street. Questions can be directed to Kay at 262-379-0187.

(Oct. 21) The UWW campus and community will celebrate Warhawk pride during Homecoming this week. This year's theme is "2gether Warhawks are Better," emphasizing the strong ties between all members of the Warhawk family.

"We like the message that we are better together as a community," said Kim Clarksen, student services coordinator of Career and Leadership Development.

Homecoming is not only about current students celebrating, but is also a time for alumni to return to their alma mater, reconnect with old friends, and relive and revive their love for UW-Whitewater.

"Alumni often share with us that Homecoming is one of their fondest memories. We want to provide opportunities for those reconnections," said Kim.

This year's events include window painting, Instagram spirit challenge, games, a dance,spirit rally, parade and athletic competitions. The undefeated and No. 1-ranked UW-Whitewater football team will take on UW-Oshkosh at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at Perkins Stadium.

For more information, vising the Homecoming website http://www.uww.edu/homecoming

(Oct.21) 3rd Annual Alumni WHS Boys' Basketball Tournament And 1st Annual Girls' Alumni Game, Saturday, December 27th.
The popular WHS Alumni Basketball Tournament returns this year and for the 1st time there will also be an Alumni Girls' Game! The boys' tournament will be structured as in the past with either pool play or bracket style depending on the amount of teams. There will be one girls' game played at Noon with players from odd years vs players from even years. Social will be at Lakefront Pub from 6:00-8:00pm afterwards.

When: Saturday, December 27, 2014 Games Starting at 9:00AM Deadline to Sign-Up is December 18th Where: Whitewater High School
Who: All WHS Alumni (not just basketball players). WHS Coaches, Faculty, and Staff at WWUSD are also welcomed!
How: To Sign-Up, Gather Some Old Buddies Up To Form A Team
~ Email Michael Zweifel at mbzweifel@dbq.edu with Your
~ Team Name, Team Members, and Each Team Member Year of Graduation
The Cost is Only $50 for Each Team Entry
Mail A Check or Give Money to Hugh Gnatzig at 206 S. Elizabeth St, Whitewater 53190 or bring Check to the Tournament.
Fans/Spectators: Free Entry For All Spectators!

They will need workers for the concessions, referees, food, and others. They are also hoping for parents or other community members to donate concession items such as baked goods, fruits, chips, granola bars, bottled water, etc. If you or someone you know would like to help or for more info out please contact Michael Zweifel at mbzweifel@dbq.edu or (262)949-9323 or Hugh Gnatzig hgnatzig@wwusd.org or (262)-903-6671.

(Oct 21) Treyton's Field of Dreams Welcomes UWW Women's Club Softball Team

The UWW Women's Club Softball Team was in need of a field to play a 3 game series against Loyola University (Chicago) on Saturday the 18th. Treyton's Field of Dreams welcomed the team with open arms. The UWW team went on to win all 3 games.


(Oct. 20) The Alma College (MI) Men's Basketball team will take on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit on Wednesday, November 26. The game is part of the Pistons Court of Dreams promotions and allows fans to purchase a ticket that is good for the Scots game at 2:30 p.m. and also for the Pistons-L.A. Clippers contest at 7:30 p.m. For more info from Alma

(Oct 20) The Urban Forestry Commission will host guest speaker Scott Weberpal as he presents "Saving the Swifts: How Chimney Swift towers can help save a species in rapid decline." - Tuesday, Oct. 28th in the City Manager's Conference Room at 4:30pm.

The Chimney Swift population has been in serious decline over the last several decades. Some researchers believe the decline is due to dwindling food, while others are certain a loss of roosting sites is to blame - the truth likely lies somewhere in between.

The City of Whitewater is home to Chimney Swifts during the summer, and the Swifts use the last few remaining masonry chimneys downtown as roosting/nesting sites.

Is there more that can be done to help turn the tides of a species in serious decline?

For more about Chimney Swift birds

(Oct. 20) Kacie Carollo placed 3rd at the Sectional NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK (PPK) program at Greenfield WI.

Kacie, daughter of Joe and Keri Carollo, enjoyed the competition. She is 11 and was in the girls 10 and 11 year old division. She is in 6th grade at WMS. Top three performers from the sectionals around the state will meet in Lambeau November 30th. Kacie won't make it this year but is excited to try again next fall..

This is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15 to compete separately against their peers. The age groups are boys and girls (separate) 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15.

(Oct. 19) Stuff the Bus: Come out to Sentry in Whitewater and help Stuff the Bus on Friday, October 24th 12:00pm -6:00pm and Saturday, October 25th 9:00am - 1:00pm. Join them on Saturday from 10am -12pm for face painting, pumpkin decoration, a petting zoo, food hunts and other fun activities.
By donating nonperishable food items or monetary donations you can help meet their goal of 12,000 lbs or $12000. If the goal is met, then Commercial Bank and The Kachel Family will donate up to $5000!

All the food and funds go directly to the Whitewater Food Pantry.

Premier Sponsors: First Citizens State Bank, Ketterhagen, Toppers Pizza, Nelson's Bus Service, INC.
Sponsors: Daniels Foods Sentry, Frawley Oil Company, Babcock Event Management, McCullough's Prescriptions and Gifts, Supreme Structures, WSLD Country 104.5, Egnoski Excavating, LLC, S&H Truck Service LLC., Mulderink Farms.

If you need ideas of what items to donate to the STUFF-THE-BUS FOOD DRIVE, THIS LIST MAY HELP YOU. The Whitewater Community Food Pantry services over 520 families in the Whitewater Unified School District, and the numbers go even higher at times. Some people come seasonally, or once-a-month and some come each and every week. A wide variety of items are donated from just as wide of a variety of individuals and organizations to keep the pantry well-stocked.

hot cereals
canned vegetables
canned soups
rice & mixes
tuna helpers
macaroni & cheese
pasta noodles
spaghetti sauce
dried & canned beans
cake mixes
pork & beans
muffin mixes
baking needs
canned fruits

spaghettios, etc.
canned meats
pie fillings
hamburger helpers
potato mixes
dessert mixes
snack crackers
pancake mixes
pancake syrup
peanut butter
jams & jellies
tuna fish
saltine crackers
snack bars
breakfast cereals cookies

salad dressings
barbecue sauces
cranberry sauces
paper towels
toilet paper
facial tissues
laundry detergents
fabric softener

baby wipes
dish soap
bar soaps
paper plates
plastic silverware
fresh fruit
fresh vegetables
refrigerated rolls
baked goods
soft candies

(Susan Hiscox) The Whitewater Community Food Pantry desperately needs paper grocery bags! If you have 2 or 20 or 200, please drop them off at the Armory! Families are strongly encouraged to bring their own recyclable bags when they come for groceries or bread and produce!

Thank you to those who made donations to the Whitewater Community Food pantry this week: First English Lutheran Church and Rollie Cooper. It was so nice to see Rollie's pumpkins and squash this week! I think I forgot to mention Phil Marsh's apples last week. Sorry, Phil. Thanks also to our mysterious "bike man." He fixed up another one and brought it to us. I know we will find a good home for it! Someone also dropped off some children's books, and they are greatly appreciated

We are accepting warm clothing, especially jackets, snow pants, caps, scarves, gloves and mittens. We are also accepting clean baby items or household items, but we cannot accept summer clothing or children's toys. Please take them to the Clothes Closet. Today I had to take my whole car full, just from last week and today. We have enough books, hangers and plastic bags for quite a while.

Monetary donations can be mailed directly to Harriet Millard at 454 Douglas Court, Whitewater, WI 53190. At this time, we have a lot of empty shelves: baked beans, dry pinto and black beans, pancake mix and syrup, any kind of juice, pasta or soup and laundry detergent.

We really cannot wait until the Stuff-the-Bus food drive! It will be held in the Sentry parking lot on Fri., Oct. 24th from noon to 6 p.m. and on Sat., Oct. 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Sat. from 10 a.m. to noon there will be other special events as well: pumpkin carving contest, food hunt, face painting, petting zoo and a live broadcast from the WSLD 104.5 radio station. There are only 2 BIG food drives each year, this one and the postal carriers drive in May, and we absolutely depend upon them. With great participation, we have the opportunity for some matching funds as well, and that would be a tremendous help before the upcoming holiday seasons. We hope everyone in town will participate in this food drive and show their support for the premiere sponsors First Citizens' State Bank, Ketterhagen Motors, Nelson Bus Company and Toppers Pizza. Other sponsors include the WHS FFA Club, WSLD 104.5, Daniels Sentry Foods, McCulloughs Pharmacy and Gifts, Babcock Event Management, Frawley Oil, S & H Truck Service, Egnoski Excavating, Supreme Structures, and Mulderink Farms and, of course, your local food pantry.

A Halloween Breakfast sponsored by the Whitewater Lions and Lioness Clubs will be held on Sunday, October 26th from 7 a.m. until noon. All food items collected that day and all profits go to our food pantry! It will be $7 for an all-you-can-eat breakfast AND a chance to win a 32" flat screen TV donated by Walmart. See you there!

The Whitewater Community Food Pantry is fully handicapped accessible. It is located on the second floor of the Armory downtown on North Street, but there is an elevator. It is open from 9 a.m. until 12-noon on Wednesdays and 1Thursdays. Please be there before we start packing up everything at 11:30 a.m.

Marilyn's words to ponder this week: "It is not what you gather, but what you scatter, that tells what kind of life you have lived."

(Oct. 19) Governance Council and Family Teacher Partnership Raise Funds for Chromebooks at Lincoln Inquiry Charter School (LINCS); $2,500 more Needed to Provide Every 4/5 Student with a Chromebook.

More than 108 fourth and fifth grade students at LINCS Inquiry Charter School will have individual access to Chromebooks this year thanks to fundraising efforts by LINCS Inquiry Charter School's Governance Council and the LINCS Family Teacher Partnership.

In addition, the Governance Council is seeking another $2,500 to ensure that each of the 124 fourth and fifth grade students has a Chromebook to use for schoolwork.

The LINCS Governance Council has raised more than $10,000 toward the individualized technology, under the leadership of President Jim Caldwell, Vice-President Melvin Juette, Treasurer Joseph Kromholz and Secretary Diane Dalzin. The Family Teacher Partnership added to the total with another $5,000 from the fundraising efforts of LINCS families and teachers. Anyone who wishes to help raise the final $2,500 can go to the Governance Council's gofundme account at . You can learn more about the project and make direct donations.

Jim Caldwell, President of the Governance Council at LINCS, said, "Technology is a key component in today's curriculum. Our Governance Council members all agree that we want to give students the opportunity to use their own Chromebook at school and for school purposes. This kind of hand-on approach will help our students learn and grow, and is consistent with our goal of meeting the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century."

The books will help foster a deeper level of knowledge, excitement, and sense of wonder about inquiry learning. Students will utilize the Chromebooks to access different programs, and collaborate with experts and other people around the world when conducting inquiry projects and jury presentations. Students will also be able to utilize the Chromebooks to communicate with their teachers, access the standards they need to work on and keep track of progress made towards goals and standards.

Mary Kilar, Principal at LINCS, said, "Technology is a key component to help teachers engage, educate, and activate students' creativity and curiosity, and it fosters their intrinsic motivation to be self-directed, life-long learners who strive for knowledge and understanding both within themselves and in the world around them."

Governance Council members are hoping that members of the Whitewater community will also contribute funds for this important technology.

"We hope that people will support LINCS as we continue to engage children's curiosity, creativity, and ability to function in an increasingly technology-driven environment. With your financial support, we can give our students an opportunity to excel academically and reach their full potential," said Melvin Juette, Vice President of the LINCS Governance Council.

More than 340 students attend LINCS Inquiry Charter School, a kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school located on 242 South Prince Street. The overall goal of education at LINCS is to provide an integrated, multi-age, inquiry-based education to empower and develop global leaders to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

(Oct 17) Children's World Impact is coming to Whitewater Congregational - United Church of Christ ( 133 S. Franklin Street) Wednesday, November 5th at 6:20pm. They are inviting everyone to come and learn more about what this group does and how you too can help make a difference!

Attention! Leaders of Whitewater and Surrounding Areas Including: Service Clubs/Groups; Student Councils/Junior Optimist Groups; Youth Groups; Scouts and Surrounding churches! Are you interested in learning about a new opportunity?

This group which is close to home focuses on helping children and widows who are in poverty. They also make a difference in Walworth County by helping children and parents in crisis. There are very easy ways to make an impact in this world. Please come join them on November fifth to see how anyone, even yourself, can help the world by reaching out!
For more information on this event, visit the UCC church website:
For more information on Children's World Impact:

(Oct. 17) Combining the talents of UWW alumni, the Theatre/Dance Department, puppets, songs, dragons and friendship, Nate the Dragon will premiere on Saturday, October 25 at 2:00 pm in Barnett Theatre, located in the Greenhill Center of the Arts.

The show, written by alumnus, Neil Haven, is based on a book, "Nate the Dragon Stops Bullying" written by alumna, Kim Groshek and her nephew, Alex Urner. For tickets call 262-472-2222 or order online .
Puppets, songs, dragons and friendship come alive in Nate the Dragon as Nate and his friends take you on a journey to the Kingdom of Treegrass. Try as he may, Nate the Dragon just can't seem to fit in. He doesn't look like a duck, he doesn't quack like a duck, nor does he act like a duck(how many ducks do you know that can breathe fire?). This touching anti-bullying story reminds us all that even though we may be different, we all have something to give to the world. With courage, bravery and compassion Nate the Dragon teaches the valuable lesson that everyone is important.
Tickets are available to purchase in person at the Greenhill Center Box Office Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:00pm or by phone at 262-472-2222. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the performance, beginning one hour prior to curtain, as availability allows. Single tickets for each production are $7 for the general public and for those over 65, $5 for those under 18 students with a valid UWW ID.

Nate the puppet and actor Ben Treinen.


The J-Hawk Aquatic Club offers a swim team and swim lessons, to area youth. No child is ever turned away due to financial difficulties. Their wreath sale helps offset the costs of running their programs and allowing all children to participate.


Make sure to check their products out! Products Available: 20" Single Sided (option of mail order, as well); 26" Single Sided; 36" Single Sided or Double-Sided; 48" Single Sided or Double-Sided; 60" Single Sided; 72" Single Sided Cane Shaped; 36" Cross; 25' Roping Swag; 18" Christmas Tree (option of mail order, as well) Centerpiece (option of mail order, as well) Easel Door Hook

to view pictures and detailed descriptions (order form is on the last page) Please order by Nov. 1st.
How to order: 1. Call in or text your order to 608-449-5150 (if texting, leave your name)
2. E-mail your order to j_hawkswim@charter.net
3. Complete the order form and mail it in.


Rocky Rococo's of Whitewater will donate 20 percent of their sales between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m on Monday, October 27th to the Whitewater Middle School Parent Teacher Organization.

"We are thankful to Rocky's for generously donating 20 percent of their sales to the Whitewater Middle School Parent Teacher Organization to raise funds for our kids. WMS has a terrific team of students, teachers and staff, and this fundraiser will help us to better meet their needs," said Dr. Tanya Wojciechowicz, Principal of the Whitewater Middle School.

The Whitewater Middle School Parent Teacher Organization regularly supports 7th Grade Native American Day, 6th Grade World Tour, 7th Grade Washington D.C. Trip, 8th Grade World of Disney Trip, State Testing (snacks for) and much more! All proceeds go directly back to help the WMS students! More than 430 students attend the Whitewater Middle School, located on 401 South Elizabeth Street. The mission of WMS is to ensure that individual students achieve at the highest level in a challenging curriculum of academics and the arts, while supporting physical, social, emotional, and civic development collaboratively with parents and the community in a safe, caring, and positive environment.

The Whitewater Art Alliance will celebrate its eighth year at an annual meeting on Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center on 402 West Main Street.

Community members are invited to join the board of directors to review 2014 and discuss plans for 2015. Anyone interested in serving on the board or as an officer should plan to attend the meeting. Nominations will be accepted from the floor. The members of the Whitewater Arts Alliance include artists and people who enjoy art. Artists and art-advocates alike are invited to join the Whitewater Arts Alliance. Members receive regular communication from the Alliance regarding art-happenings in the area. By becoming members, they also are helping to support an active thriving arts alliance in our community. Please check out the WAA website

The Whitewater Arts Alliance also has Birge Fountain t-shirts available for sale for $10 at the Cultural Arts Center.

The mission of the Whitewater Arts Alliance is to promote the visual and performing arts through an alliance of artists, individuals, educational resources, and organizations to promote creativity and diversity that will serve to educate and enrich the lives of the residents of the Whitewater community and surrounding areas.


Whitewater High School will be holding its annual Career Fair for the juniors and seniors on the morning of Thursday, October 30th. They are looking for a few more professionals to represent their field! Any field of work is welcome to join them but we are specifically seeking those in the fields of: auto mechanics, nursing, and the trades (such as plumbing, carpentry, etc.). If you are interested in setting up a booth and speaking with high school students about your line of work, please contact Jessica Prokop at 262-472-8180 or email jprokop@wwusd.org.

The Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the sixth annual Ghoul's Night Out on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 4-7 p.m. located in the uptown business district.

Halloween activities, contests, entertainment, and more can be found at the various businesses in between Mercy Whitewater Medical Center all the way up to Culver's. One of the most popular attractions is the 13-foot inflatable clown head. For only one dollar, kids can reach into the clown head and grab three balloons that are filled with fun mystery prizes.

The ghoulish activities include pumpkin bowling at Robin's Nest Salon IV, jumping around in an inflatable bouncy house in Winchester True Value parking lot, and a scarecrow stuffing contest in the courtyard of St. Patrick Church. Decorate cupcakes and cookies at Mulberry Glen and caramel apples at Daniel's Sentry. For a free photograph, bring in a non-perishable food item to Walgreens. U.S. Cellular will be handing out goody-bags. These are just a few of the many activities. Trick-or-treating will be found at most of the businesses.

Whitewater Aquatic & Fitness Center Swim Lessons Oct 30 - Nov. 13th and Nov. 22 Jan. 10th.

Rummage and Bake Sale Sat Nov 1 9am-2pm

60th Anniversary Celebration - Bruce (Chief) and Shirley Lyon were married October 28, 1954.

Anyone who would like to celebrate their day with them are invited to an Open House hosted by their children, Bonnie (Jerry) Pfeifer, Lorie (Jerry) Radke and Jeff Lyon.

It will take place on Saturday, November 1st from 1-4pm at the Cravath Lakefront Community Building, 342 S. Fremont Street. Please omit gifts.

(Oct. 13) The Whitewater Lioness will hold their Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, November 1st at Wanda's Waterfront Restaurant located in the lower level of the American Legion (292 S. Wisconsin Street). The dinner will include spaghetti, tossed salad, Italian bread, and homemade desserts. Tickets for the dinner are $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 10 years and younger. Dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Parents, grandparents, business people, educators and other community members are banding together through Whitewater YES to help encourage people to vote in favor of the Whitewater Unified School District Referendum on November 4.

Whitewater YES volunteers are helping to make contact with voters, distribute yard signs, and help in other ways to share the importance of this vote for Whitewater children and the broader community.

"Our District has great accomplishments in keeping elementary class sizes smaller, achieving high ACT scores at the high school, offering a nationally-recognized music program as well as great sports events, and more. In order to keep our schools great we need to support this referendum. As a grandparent of children in our district, and as a business person who wants to see Whitewater thrive, I am dedicated to making sure that our kids receive a great education in our community," said Ron Binning, co-chair of Whitewater YES and owner of Binning & Dickens Insurance in Whitewater.

Many caring, concerned people have been working on the budget for our district. The school board and staff have worked diligently with financial experts from all walks of life to cut thousands of dollars from the budget. Teachers, support staff, and administrators have made financial sacrifices in both pay and benefits to help ensure that Whitewater children continue to receive a high-quality education. The administration has been making prudent cuts and will continue to be a careful steward of the funds. Even if this referendum passes, the district will still need to cut $300,000 from the budget. But cutting staff health care plans and reducing the budget is not enough. The state allocation per child to public schools was cut dramatically and has never been restored. A wide range of community members all believe it is imperative to the future of area children that residents vote yes to pass the referendum on November 4th.

"As an educator at the University and as a parent of children who attend our school district, I believe that this vote will help determine the health of our community as a whole in the future. Education is vital to a healthy society," said Kristen Monday, co-chair of Whitewater YES, and a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Rather than asking for a recurring increase, the referendum asks to establish this support for the next four years. That will allow the community to revisit this issue. So, a YES vote now, allows the district to provide the financial resources needed to keep Whitewater schools great in the present while also allowing the district to reconsider the issue in the near future. The district is asking to renew existing tax levy authority. The district has $600,000 in debt payments that will be falling off at the same time the current $600,000 operating referendum will expire. This $1.2 million in expiring levy authority will allow for the $1.2 million in proposed levy authority to be absorbed with a neutral impact on the overall tax levy. Both the expiring levy authority and the proposed referendum have an equal value on the mill rate of $0.89 per thousand. If the referendum is supported, there would be no anticipated increase over the current levy amount. The district is going from paying off debt to investing in technology, infrastructure and the great programs offered by the district.

"I grew up in Whitewater, and I had a great education here, which is one of the reasons we moved back to Whitewater after our son was born. Our schools' music and art programs are award-winning, and our talented and caring teachers and staff help foster creativity and innovation. Creativity and innovation help our kids stand out as they pursue their careers. It is crucial to our kids and our community that we pass this referendum and keep our schools strong," said Marjorie Stoneman, co-chair of Whitewater YES.

Aurelio Callope, Treasurer for Whitewater YES, concurred, "As a business person and a father of children who attended our district, I know the importance of a great school system to our family and our community. We must keep our schools strong in order to attract more people to our district."

If residents have more detailed questions, they may visit the Whitewater Unified School District's website

People who want to help Whitewater YES spread the 'vote yes' message, request yard signs, or help make a financial contribution to Whitewater YES, may contact Ron Binning's office at 262-473-3930. Donations can also be sent to Whitewater YES via Aurelio Callope, N1060 Fremont Rd, Whitewater, WI 53190.

Supporters are invited to 'LIKE' Whitewater YES for Education on Facebook.

Following is the actual wording of the November 4 referendum: "Shall the Whitewater Unified School District, Jefferson, Rock and Walworth Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $1,200,000 a year beginning with the 2015-2016 school year through the 2018-2019 school year, for non-recurring purposes consisting of the following objectives: maintaining elementary class sizes, student support services, comprehensive instructional programs, co-curricular programs, technology infrastructure and facilities maintenance?"

The referendum was also recommended by the Citizen’s Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC). This Committee discussed the district’s decrease in overall enrollment with an increase in special education, state revenue limits, loss of state aid (through the Equalized Aid formula), capital improvement needs, and increases in other necessary areas in the budget.
For the Power Point presentation used in guiding the discussion - .

CROP Hunger Walk Quilt Raffle! Drawing for this beautiful quilt is Wednesday, November 26th. Tickets are 1 for $1, 6 for $5. Available from the following churches: First English Lutheran Church, St. Patrick Catholic Church, First Congregational United Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Also available from Woodland Quilts.

Cheryl Kehm and Carol Laursen, showing the Scrappy Star design quilt, 72” by 90”, made by Woodland Quilts Thursday Quilters: Nancy Dynkowski, Carol Laursen, Cheryl Kehm, Denise Charts, and Jean Paszkiet.

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(Oct. 21) A Memorial Service for Paul Lauritzen will be held at the UWW University Center Old Main Ballroom on October 25th, at 11:00 AM.

The family can be greeted at the Paul's woods from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. (5 miles west on Hwy N (Walworth Ave.) then turn right on County KK 1-2 miles and woods will be on the right.)

Paul William Lauritzen passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on September 26, 2014. For the obituary at Nitardy Funeral Home


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