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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 Country Club
City 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

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)
Search Engines

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


Help Wanted ~ Looking for a dependable and responsible person. Please apply at Winchester True Value ~1415 W. Main St. Whitewater. A morning cashier position Mon- Fri. 8 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. also a floor person for nights and occasional weekends.

Anderson Machining Service, Inc.

Brotoloc South Inc.

Bus Driver Openings - Nelson's Bus Service
City of Whitewater Job Openings
Diversified Building Maintenance
Positions open in Whitewater:
*Tuesday, Thursday and possible weekends if events are scheduled. 4-9 hours per week - flexible schedule.
*Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and sometimes Sunday. 10-15 hours per week - shift can be early morning or late evening.
*Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. 8-12 hours per week - shift can be late at night or early morning.
Applicant can apply for one or more positions.

Fairhaven Senior Services/

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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Monday, February 8, 3:30 PM - Whitewater Community Development Authority – Ad Hoc Committee on Grocery at Municipal Building Agenda: Discussion of committee composition; Approval of new members; Selection of Vice Chair; Discussion of committee goals and future agenda referrals.

Monday, February 8, 5p.m. - Whitewater School Board Special Meeting at District Central Office 419 South. Agenda: Adjourn into closed session, for the purpose of considering disciplinary charges against a student for knowing conveyance of any threat or false information concerning an attempt or alleged attempt being made or to be made to destroy any school property by means of explosives, and for conduct while not at school or while not under the supervision of a school authority which endangered the property, health or safety of others at school or under the supervision of a school authority.

Monday, February 8, 6p.m. - Whitewater School Board - Special Meeting/Study Session at LINCS Elementary School - Library Media Center Agenda: Tour of LINCS Elementary School and Consider District Facilities Needs with Eppstein Uhen Architects and J.P. Cullen and Sons.

Monday, February 8, 6:30pm - CITY OF WHITEWATER PLAN AND ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMISSION MEETING at Municipal Building Agenda summarized: Hold a public hearing for consideration of an amendment to the City of Whitewater Municipal Code: Chapter 9, specifically Section 9.18, addressing an amendment to allow for a permitted use for the keeping of bees in Whitewater residential areas; Hold a public hearing for consideration of a Conditional Use Permit for an awning sign with logo and letters larger than eight inches at 130 W. Center Street, in a B-2 (Community Business) Zoning District for Vanessa Wittnebel; Review Elevation Plan for the proposed cold storage building addition at 439 W. Whitewater Street for Home Lumber Company (Chris Hale); Hold a public hearing for consideration of a Conditional Use Permit for the conversion of a single family home into a duplex at 280 N. Tratt Street, in an R-3 (Multi-family Residence) Zoning District for DLK 280 N Tratt St (Michael Kachel); Hold a public hearing for a Conditional Use Permit to allow multi-family dwellings of more than four units (Municipal Code Chapter 19.21.030B) in order to build apartment buildings on Lot 44 of Waltons Pine Bluff Subdivision for Ed Kowalski and Zoning Ordinance Update.

(Feb 8) REMINDER TOday Mon. Feb. 8 - UW-Whitewater's Fairhaven Lecture Series Explores "All the World's a Stage" BEGINS!

UW-Whitewater's Office of Continuing Education and Fairhaven Senior Services announce "All the World's a Stage" as the theme for their spring community lecture series. For over 30 years, UW-Whitewater faculty and staff and community and business leaders have offered free presentations to thousands of people on topics ranging from politics and current events to history and literature.

The year 2016 will be celebrated as "Shakespeare in Wisconsin" in commemoration of the 400th year since the Bard's death. Shakespeare's plays were the pinnacle of popular entertainment of his age and have inspired us to explore entertainment and performance in our world today. From the authors and musicians whose words and sounds transport us to different places and times, to performers who bring characters to life on stage in screen, to the ways entertainment adds value in our communities and reflects social issues in our society, this lecture series examines the world that is the stage in the twenty first century.

The dates, titles and presenters of the lectures for the spring series are:
Monday, February 8, 2016 Dance Through the Ages Tina Hansen, Director and Owner, The Dance Factory and Music Studios
Monday, February 15, 2016 "The Amazing Journey:" Fostering Creativity and Social Consciousness from Rock to Rachmaninoff Ken Kohberger, Director, Young Auditorium
Monday, February 22, 2016 The Recording Studio: A Perpetual Performance Brian Lucas, Lecturer of Communication, Director of Radio 91.7 The Edge WSUW, UWW Radio Station
Monday, February 29, 2016 Teaching Children to Act Out Jim McCullough, Janesville Performing Arts Center and Drama Director at Whitewater High School
Monday, March 7, 2016 Disneyfying Disney History in Saving Mr. Banks Linda Robinson, Associate Professor of Communication
Monday, March 14, 2016 Creative Industry Incubators: Unexpected Connections Between Art and Business Megan Matthews, Lecturer of Arts Management
Monday, March 28, 2016 The Fabulous Lunts and the Creation of Ten Chimneys Randy Bryant, Executive Director of Ten Chimneys
Monday, April 4, 2016 Race, Rebellion and Rock & Roll: What Popular Music Teaches Us About Post-WWII American Culture and Society James Levy, Assistant Professor of History
Monday, April 11, 2016 Wisconsin Goes to Hollywood Mary Huelsbeck, Assistant Director, Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Monday, April 18, 2016 A Midsummer Night's Dream on Film Donald Jellerson, Assistant Professor of English
Monday, April 25, 2016 All the World's a Stage But There's Only One Carnegie Hall Glenn Hayes, Professor of Music

All lectures are free and open to the public and are held on Mondays at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Fairhaven Retirement Community, 435 West Starin Road, Whitewater. Street parking is adjacent to the building.

Unable to attend? Links to videos of lectures, including those from prior series, can be found at .

If you have a disability and desire accommodations, please advise us as early as possible. Requests are confidential. UW-Whitewater provides equal opportunities in employment and programming including Title IX and ADA requirements. Please contact Kari Borne at 262-472-1003 or bornek@uww.edu for further information.

(Feb 8) The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men's basketball team was unable to find its offensive rhythm in the first half Saturday night during a 74-68 setback against UW-La Crosse in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action at Kachel Gymnasium.

Senior forward Trinson White posted 14 of his 19 points in the second half against UW-La Crosse.

Picture by Peter Mischka courtesy of Bob Mischka - for extensive picture gallery

Despite winning the rebounding battle 40-26, including a 17-4 margin on the offensive glass, the Warhawks dropped to 4-6 in the WIAC and 13-8 overall on the season. The team is currently in a three-way tie for fifth place in the league standings with UW-Stevens Point and UW-Platteville with four games to play in the regular season.

UW-La Crosse (14-7, 8-2 WIAC) shot 61.5 percent from the floor and 11-of-12 from the free-throw line in the second half to stave off a UW-Whitewater rally.

UW-Whitewater looks to rebound Wednesday at UW-Platteville at 7 p.m.

For UWW story

(Feb 7) REMINDER - Hands2HelpU - A FREE service for elderly and disabled adults living within 15 miles of LaGrange (Whitewater, Elkhorn, Palmyra, and East Troy would be included). This service is sponsored by La Grange United Methodist Church. NO DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED -This is a service mission for their church in 2016.

Let them help you with small jobs in/at your home Examples:
Carry several boxes to basement storage area
Move contents around in storage area
Assist with sorting items for Goodwill and taking the items to Goodwill
Put up a wall shelf, hang pictures
Install smoke alarm (will provide the alarm for you if needed)
Minor rearrangement of furniture (e.g., move desk from bedroom into living room)
Change light bulbs too high to reach
Put items away on high shelves
Clean out under the kitchen sink
Sew on buttons, hem pants or skirts

Who are the Helpers? Members and friends of La Grange UMC
How many volunteers will come? Two (one male, one female)
Will the teams have credentials to show? Yes, each volunteer will carry a printed volunteer card and be prepared to show photo ID.
How do I schedule this? Call Judy Seip (her cell number is (608) 843-7143). Judy will take your name, address and phone number, find out what the task is, how involved it is, and what equipment might be needed. She will answer questions you may have. If she believes the task is appropriate, she will contact volunteers and call you back with the names of the team members assigned. Team members will also call you to arrange the day and time of their visit. If you ask them to do things that require supplies (e.g., light bulbs) you'll need to have those ready.
What types of tasks are not included?
Anything that would take more than two people
Anything that would take more than two hours
Painting entire rooms
Tasks that go beyond "home handyman" level
Will you take a contribution? No! The church's motto is "Serving God and our Community." No donations will be accepted.

This is a pilot project for 2016. They hope it is a huge success!

Juris Grosskreutz

Debra Weberpal

(Feb 7) The League of Women Voters - Whitewater Area is sponsoring a program for the public at the Starin Park Community Building on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., regarding the procedure for getting a voter ID required for the upcoming elections and the various forms of ID available to the public and will be discussed by Juris Grosskreutz, Division of Motor Vehicles representative in Janesville and member of the Department of Transportation. In addition, Debra Weberpal, Senior Coordinator, City of Whitewater Parks and Recreation, will touch on topics relevant to seniors, boomers and adults in general.

(Feb 7) Wisconsin Makers, Inc. will have the following events at the makerspace located at 200 E. Clay Street in Whitewater:
Tues Feb 9th 6-8pm free make and take floating bookshelf project
An introduction to Arduino hardware and software will be held at Wisconsin Makers, Inc. on Feb 20th from 1:00-5:00. Wisconsin Makers, Inc. will provide an Arduino 2560 CPU development board, a power supply and a kit of parts to build numerous experiments. The course will cover both the software development language (which is free, courtesy of Google) and basic electronic hardware design. Basic projects will include sensing a button, lighting and blinking an LED under software control, sensing brightness and using it to control motor speed and using a buzzer to play simple musical melodies. Participants will have parts to build a lot more experiments after the workshop is over.

Participants should bring their own laptop (Win or Mac) with the Arduino compiler installed before class if possible. to download the latest version. We have had great success with Windows laptops or Mac laptops running Boot Camp. The Mac version of the compiler has some limitations, but we can work around them in class. For those without computers, we have a couple of systems that can be used during class. Please note that a Google Chrome or Android system won't run this software.

The cost for the Arduino workshop is $40 member make and take, $60 non member. Also make only option is $20 member and $40 non member.

Call Shanon at 262-716-4983 to register for either class, or stop in at Wisconsin Makers, Inc. at 200 E. Clay Street, Whitewater.

(Feb 7) The Whitewater High School Players are hard at work preparing for their upcoming production of American playwright Arthur Miller's 1953 drama, "The Crucible," the partially fictionalized story of the 1692-1693 witch trials conducted in the Province of Massachusetts.

Reading their parts.

Emma Stutzman, Travis Winger, Leif Sahyun and Gianna Creanza.

(Pictures courtesy of Tom Ganser)

Conducted by Jim McCulloch, the cast includes Sarah Beckum, Mia Bentel, Gianna Creanza, Mitch Dalzin, Hiqmet Dauti, Katrina Griffin, Michael Hilliger, Betsy Hixson, Sally Kate Hixson, Jeremy Hoesly, Jimmy King, Weston Lema, Andra Matthews, Marren McCulloch, Angie McKelvery, Leif Sahyun, Gabe Schemmel, Alli Sedmak, Nicole Sedmak, Kristof Staniszewski, Caty Strait, Emma Stutzman, Lydia Wiley-Deal and Travis Winger.

Performances in the Whitewater High School Auditorium will be at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25-27 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 28.

Reserved seat tickets ($8 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and students) can be ordered now by calling 262-472-8178.

"The Crucible" explores adult themes and therefore viewer discretion is advised.

(Feb 6) Boys' Basketball - Whippets 63, Jefferson 55

Tyrus Wintlend led the Whippets with 22 points as the Whippets evened their season record to 6-6 in the RVC North Conference.

Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka - for extensive picture gallery

(Feb 6) The WHS Girls' Basketball team is holding a Food Pantry drive at the next HOME Game Tuesday, February 9th and in conjunction a Sports Equipment/Apparel drive. Help the team erase hunger from our community by donating non-perishable food items. They will also be accepting gently used sports equipment or apparel to donate back to the community as well.

(Feb 6) Volunteers from Roberta's Art Gallery at UW-Whitewater and 15 residents from Fairhaven participated in a Snowman Jar Workshop held in Fellowship Hall. Glue and glitter oh my….a fun time was had by all. They look forward to seeing them again in March!

Beth and Allen with Snowman Jars!


(Feb 5) WHS Girls' Basketball Team 35 - Edgerton 28. Coach Judy Harms: "That's dodging a bullet!!!! Whippets RVC Champions outright with this win at Edgerton. It wasn't pretty, we have a couple of kids sick and it showed. Uncharacteristic play tonight. We just need a break before bouncing back next week on Tues against Evansville."

Pictures illustrate the swarming defense Edgerton used to hold down the Whippet scoring to 19 for the first half and 35 for the game.

5 vs 1 around Myriama Smith-Traore

5 vs 1 around Rebekah Schumacher

Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka - for extensive picture gallery

(Feb 5) The Whitewater Boys Swim Team took part in the SLC JV Conference Swim Meet held at Elkhorn HS.

Coach Joan Domitrz: "We came away tied for 2nd place. Our highest finish ever for this meet. It was a fun exciting night for the team. Every swimmer took home at least one medal. There was alot of good racing and many smiles.

The meet started out with WW taking 1st and 3rd in the 200 medley relays. Swimming on the A relay were Michael Kuhl, Dineth Gunawardena, Jack Downs and Mohamed Mohamed, the B relay was swam by Jacob Korf, Nick Kuzoff, Devin Samaranayake and Zander Jaeger. Other 1st place finishes were: Mohamed Mohamed, 100 fly. Michael Kuhl, 100 back. 400 free relay swam by Jacob Korf, Mohamed Mohamed, Jack Downs and Dineth Gunawardena.

Second place finishes were: Michael Kuhl 200 free. Jack Downs 200 I.M.. Dineth Gunawardena 100 Breast.

Third place finishes were: The 200 free relay swam with Michael Kuhl, Jon Zheng, Nick Kuzoff and Devin Samaranayake. Devin Gunawardena 50 free and Jacob Korf in the 100 backstroke.

Other top to 8 finishes were: Jacob Korf 4th in the 100 free. Devin Samaranayake 4th 200 I.M. and 7th in the 100 breast. Jack Downs 6th 100 breast. Nick Kuzoff 6th 50 free and 8th in the 100 breast. Zander Jaeger 4th 100 free. Devin Samaranayake 7th in the 100 breast.

Our next meet is the SLC Swim Championship Meet to be held here in WW at the WAC, Saturday February 6th, to start at 11:00am."

(Feb 4) The Whitewater Breakfast Kiwanis invited both Morgan Radaj and Art Hughes to a recent meeting as a joint program to emphasize the Kiwanis devotion to helping children worldwide.

Morgan Radaj and Art Hughes

Morgan represents "Feed My Starving Children," also known as Mobile Pack 2016, a hands-on project scheduled for April 2 at the high school in which volunteers will package 100,000 meals to be donated to needy sites in poor countries to help with childhood nutrition. Kiwanis made a contribution of $1,000 to Morgan. She is also encouraging all volunteers to bring 3 non-perishable food items on Saturday, April 2 to be donated to the local Food Pantry. All money donated will also remain in Whitewater.

Art, as the new Food Pantry coordinator, accepted a $500 donation from the Breakfast Kiwanis, which is donated primarily to purchase baby food and supplies, which is not often donated by the public. This is filed under the Kiwanis Young Child: Priority 1 program.

Kiwanians will soon be signing up for time slots on April 2 to assist in the preparation of the food packets and other interested community members will be encouraged by Morgan to volunteer to help.

(Feb 4) The Whitewater Area League of Women Voters Fall 2015 WHS Video Contest on voter registration, photo ID, and voting was a great success.

The League honored the 3 top video winners at their December 6th holiday dinner program. Whitewater High School students who produced the winning video are Jeremy Hoesly, Julia Nelson, and Tea Luehne. Among the 23 entries received, their video was the top winner. Their video has not yet been posted on the State League's website. They are in the process of vetting it for posting. To view the video


Kelly O'Hara finished first in every event

Sydney Treder scored a 7.15 on beam

Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka - for extensive picture gallery

Coach Jennifer Galbrecht: "Both the Varsity and JV Gymnastics Teams defeated Elkhorn last night in one of the final dual conference meets of the season. The Varsity team scored a 119.775 to Elkhorn's 113.8 and JV outscored Elkhorn 65.65 to 58.25. Kelly O'Hara finished first in every event including the all-around competition. She posted a career high score of 35.925 and just missed breaking Kim Stonewerth's all-time school record of 35.95. The other top three finish was posted by Sydney Treder who scored a 7.15 on beam and had her first no fall routine of the season. Treder also came in fourth on floor, vault, and all-around. Nicole Tomomitsu, despite a fall, came in fourth on bars and continues to show her strength. Sierra Brunner had a spectacular vault and has improved on this event immensely since the start of the season. Brunner also put in a new skill on bars and came in just behind Tomomitsu. Carmen Kraayvanger stepped up for the JV team and competed beam for the first time which was another highlight of the evening. The Whippets take on the tough Burlington/Badger/Wilmot/Catholic Central Division 1 team MONDAY at home for their last dual meet of the year."

(Feb 4) The Greater Whitewater Committee (GWC) and Discover Whitewater Series (DWS) executive team is proud to announce its title of "Best T-Shirt Design" for the Chicago Athlete Magazine Best Race Shirt competition.

Haley Cox - Graphic Designer

This amazing accomplishment was due to the combined efforts of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater Unified School District, City of Whitewater, Whitewater Business Community, volunteers, students, community members, and team leaders of the DWS. It was because of their dedication that the DWS shirt design placed first out of forty different entries to the Chicago Athlete Magazine Best Race Shirt Competition.

Haley Cox, a recent graduate of UW-Whitewater, is the graphic designer who created the winning shirt. Cox's talents are used at Knight Public Affairs, where she works as the exclusive designer of the DWS race. By working closely with the DWS executive board, she proudly created the unique design for this year's 4th annual race. Cox began the creative process by designing four different shirts for the executive board to choose from. Her winning t-shirt design was voted on and loved by all the board members. The DWS Race Director, Jolene Sell, proceeded to submit the shirt as an entry in this year's Chicago Magazine Best Race Shirt completion. As advertised by the competition, the winner is to be featured in the annual Chicago Athlete Magazine Event Guide. The DWS is a Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) certified race, which makes the victory especially meaningful. The DWS marketing strategy is to highlight everything Whitewater has to offer. This serves to attract runners from Chicago and Northern Illinois, as well as central and southeastern Wisconsin.

The competition was a close and exciting event to follow. As the DWS is set in a University town, watching the response on social media from our community was truly exceptional. In the beginning, our shirt stood in sixth place. It is then that the entire Whitewater community stepped up to bring our half marathon shirt to not only a victory, but by a significant margin. The effort given by countless university/community friends of the race created a buzz within Whitewater that inevitably helps promote the DWS scheduled for September 18, 2016. This achievement would not have been possible without the unique efforts of the Chicago Athlete Magazine, as all the participants had the chance to market their events locally.

Ultimately, the DWS in Whitewater is about raising revenues to support the following nonprofits: Bethel House, J-Hawk Swim Team, W3 Working for Whitewater's Wellness, Whitewater Unified School District for Academic Excellence and the University of Wisconsin Whitewater Athletics. Over the last three years, the race has distributed $77,000 to Whitewater community organizations. The DWS executive team is proud of the efforts made, and honored to claim title as "Best Race Shirt Design."

(Feb 2) "Art by Amy K" - Amy Kleinhans at SweetSpot Coffee Shoppe 226 West Whitewater Street and on display during the month of February!

Amy Kleinhans does figurative art using unique color pallets. At the time she works mostly in color pencil and watercolor, capturing the emotions of her subjects.

This show features many of her most recent creations. Amy is always available to work on commissioned pieces.

To see Amy's art visit her site

Currently, Amy is a student working on a Graphic Communication Degree.

"Red No. 2" color pencil


(Feb 2) Regional Southern Lakes Anthology (SLA) Winners at Middle School

(Front L-R) Ella Houwers, Reese Brantmeier, Jayanne Aron, Crystal Chan
(Back L-R) Shawn Chan, Emma Unger, Hailey Murphy, Chris Porcaro

Judging for the Southern Lakes Anthology was completed in Elkhorn. Again this year, Whitewater Middle School was very well represented at this event eight of the twelve submitted middle school entries were chosen for publication. These students will have their entries published in the 2016 edition of the Southern Lakes Anthology Anything But Ordinary and will be publicly recognized at a special reception that will be held on May 25 at UWW Young Auditorium. Great job and congratulations to all of the students whose work was selected. You make us very proud!

(Feb 2) Four 6th grade students attended the Southern Lakes Advanced Learners Network (SLALN) 5-6 Science Immersion Day at UW-Whitewater.

(Back L- R) Anisa Dauti, Savannah Hill
(Front L-R) Blake Wegner, Calvin Baker

These students attended three lab sessions in the morning learning more about chemistry, fossils and ancient river streams, and a biology insect study. In the afternoon, students learned about the science of light and sound in a "behind the scenes look at theatre production" presentation at Young Auditorium. Students enjoyed the "on campus" experience and would like to thank the UW-Whitewater Science Dept. for making this opportunity possible.

(Feb 2) The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is launching its process to develop a new strategic plan.

The process supports the development of a five-year plan, designed to improve the institution's strategic position relative to peers and competitors in the years ahead. The planning process will unfold throughout late winter and spring.

The UW-W Strategic Planning Committee invites the Whitewater community to participate in the first phase of the strategic planning process. The link below provides an opportunity to provide feedback that will be used to shape the identification of key strategic themes. Please respond to the survey by 5:00pm Tuesday, 9 February 2016 for your feedback to be considered by the Committee. UW-W Strategic Planning Questionnaire

The Committee also invites Whitewater community members to attend a meeting scheduled for the Community Room at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library on Tuesday, 16 February, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. In this second phase of the planning process, members of the Committee will review feedback gathered from the first phase of the process, introduce a list of preliminary strategic themes that will likely serve as the foundation for the plan, and gather feedback from attendees.

To learn more, please visit the UW-Whitewater Strategic Planning website

(Feb 2) The LINCS first graders in Mrs. Adelmeyer's class have been building a literacy partnership with 8th grade buddies at the Middle School.

The students get together to read to each other and share stories together (pictures above). The idea generated from parent feedback at last year's listening sessions at LINCS when parents shared that they would like to see a continued partnership among students within our schools. Mrs. Adelmeyer and Mrs. Albrecht heard that feedback and created a mutually beneficial partnership of literacy! As you can see, the students enjoy sharing together!

(Feb 2) Eight WHS Senior Choir Members travelled to Beloit Turner High School to sing in the Rock Valley Honors Choir.

(Front L-R) Conductor Mary Schmidt, Maria Espana, Remi VanDaele, Angie McKelvey, Cally Julson
(Back L-R) Shane Peterson, Alexa DuClos, Lydia Wiley Deal. Not pictured Kylee Traylor.

They joined talented students from throughout the conference. They sang under the direction of guest conductor, Mary Schmidt. Students spent the day rehearsing with and learning from Ms. Schmidt. There is a link to the concert that capped off the day:

(L-R) Bailey Lee, Rachel Meinert, Mary Kate Hummel, Madison Thornburg and Hannah Runez

(Truman Today picture)

(Feb 2) Truman State University (TSU) has an article in the Feb. 1st "Truman Today" regarding WHS graduate Hannah Runez and her TSU club basketball teammates who responded and provided aid to a car accident on their way to a basketball tournament in Wisconsin back in December. It is a good example of the importance of being first aid and CPR trained. A nice story about a former Whitewater student.

(Jan 31) Kraus the Barber is opened.......Formerly Pete's Barber Shop! Located at 110 North 2nd Street.

$11.00 Haircuts

Hours: Mon. Tues. & Thurs. 7am-4pm
Wed. 7am-7pm
Fri. 7am-3pm
Sat. 9am-til??

Note: Haircuts will be $9.00 until the planned Open House on Tues. March 1st.

Tel: 608-201-0576 ask for Cyndie!

Cyndie Kraus - Barber


Tues. Feb. 9th - The Cat's Pajamas are returning to Whitewater Middle School on Tuesday, February 9th! They will be here for ONE NIGHT ONLY singing songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and even current hits!

(picture courtesy of Mrs. Stacey Joseph)

Their last appearance here in 2014 was a fantastic experience (pictured above)! The Cat's Pajamas have appeared on TV's The Sing Off, Next Great American Band, and America's Got Talent. Here is your chance to see their fabulous show live at a great price!

Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids 18 and younger. Click on this link to order tickets - pre-ordering is highly recommended! Proceeds from this performance will benefit the WMS Choral Department.

For more on the Cat's Pajamas

FRI. FEB 12th - Year of Mercy/Lent Parish Mission: Frank Runyeon Presents "Luke: Stories of Mercy" on Friday, February 12th at 7:00 PM in the Church (St. Patrick Church--Whitewater).

This will be an evening that is entertaining and eye-opening, Frank Runyeon performs the famous parables in Luke's travel narrative, and then pauses to reflect on how we hear each story-and miss what it is really saying.

"Acclaimed by critics, scholars and pastors of every major denomination in America, Frank Runyeon tours his dramas and comedies to 40 states a year. More than 2,000 Catholic and Protestant churches have hosted his productions and given rave reviews. As a Christian youth speaker, he is consistently rated "the best we've ever heard." We hope your community will host a performance this year!" This quote from Frank's web page:

Free (A free will offering will be taken.)

Also, see Frank Runyeon perform "John: Signs of Mercy" the night before at 7:00 PM (Thursday, February 11th) at St. Patrick Parish in Elkhorn!

SAT. FEB 13th - St Patrick Catholic Church Valentine's Day Dinner and Dance Sat. Feb 13th

SUN. FEB 14th - Fish-a-ree - Whitewater Lake - Sun. February 14 at Lions Club House.

FRI. FEB 19th - The UW-W/Community and Student Optimist club's 3rd Annual Trivia Night will be held on Friday, February 19th.

2015 1st place team (UWW College of Business)

2015 2nd place team (Chia Pets)

Teams have already paid their registration fees and there is a room limit of 32 teams. Registered teams will enjoy 10 rounds of fun trivia, get in on great deals in the silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, FREE child care, a cash bar and light refreshments!

The event will take place on Friday, February 19 at 7 PM in the Hamilton Room on the first floor of the James R. Connor University Center on the UWW campus. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

Cash prizes will be given to the top two teams. Registration was $120 per 8 person team. Registration deadline was Feb. 5.

For more information contact Kim Adams at adamsk@uww.edu or 608-201-2151. You may also check out this information on their website:

All proceeds will go to the Whitewater Unified School District Family Emergency Fund, Whitewater Food Pantry, Washington School Mural Project and other youth oriented projects such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Fishing Derby, High School Scholarships and Breakfast with Santa.

Lanora Heim, PhD., Director of Pupil Services for the Whitewater Unified School District, shared in an interview that she is very excited for these three entities to benefit from the event. "The Food Pantry is a saving grace for many families living in Whitewater" Heim said. "The Washington School Mural project will be very fun and will be something that the children can be proud of." Dr. Heim shared that the Family Emergency Fund is very near and dear to her heart. "It provides families with necessities and aids those in crisis."

Can't attend the event but would like to contribute to the fund raising efforts? Tax deductible donations toward team sponsorship, silent auction items, refreshments and funds to defray the costs of the event can be sent to: UW Whitewater Community Optimist Club, P.O. Box 571, Whitewater, WI 53190. Please make checks payable to Optimist International Foundation and specify how you'd like your donation used. That form is also available

SAT. FEB 20TH at 2 p.m. - Young Auditorium Offers Affordable Family Show in February

The month of February offers several opportunities for affordable family fun at Young Auditorium in Whitewater with Horizons Family Series and Never Too Young Series events. The auditorium is located at 930 W. Main Street (on the UWW campus).

On Saturday, February 20 at 2 p.m., the Young Auditorium Horizons Family Series presents Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) and a cast of young people who will perform an original show, Rumpelstiltskin. MCT, based in Missoula, Montana, is the nation's largest touring children's theatre, and has been touring extensively for 42 years. As the story goes, a strange little gnome appears from here, there, and everywhere. He will spin straw into gold…for a price. If his price is too steep, one must guess his name…Rumpelstiltskin! Join in the fun of Festival Time and help Clara guess the mischievous little gnome's name. The story also includes a jester, villagers, wizards, a queen, a king, knights, and a band of busy little bees. This heart-warming tale of mischief and friendship answers more questions than just "What is that little man's name?"

A tour team arrives in a given town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play...except the cast. The team holds an open audition and casts 50-60 local students to perform in the production. The show is rehearsed throughout the week and performed on a Saturday. All MCT shows are original adaptations of classic children's stories and fairytales with a twist. Ticket prices for this show range $9.50-$13.50.

The Young Auditorium serves as a presenting organization for the performing arts and as an educational and cultural center enriching the lives of regional communities, offering a full season of world-class performing arts presentations. Tickets for any show can be purchased online (fees apply), by calling the Box Office at (262) 472-2222, or in person. The Greenhill Center of the Arts Box Office is located inside the UW-Whitewater Center of the Arts building near Barnett Theatre on the UW-Whitewater Campus (930 West Main Street in Whitewater). The Young Auditorium is adjacent to this building, and parking is always free at the venue. To learn more, or follow ON Facebook .

Sun. Feb. 21st from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Karolyn will demonstrate Watercolor painting and sign her book. On Sunday Feb. 28th visitors can meet the artist from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Karolyn Alexander Tscharnack's solo show of more than 60 paintings, "Art From My Heart," will be exhibited at the Whitewater Arts Alliance's Cultural Arts Center (CAC), 402 West Main Street from February 5 to February 28.

"Barn and Blue Moon Winter"

"Hold on tight"


"Sunlit Window Box"

The show opens Friday, February 5 and will run Fridays through Sundays at the CAC from noon until 5 pm. Karolyn will greet visitors at an artist reception, free and open to the public, on Saturday, February 6 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the CAC. On Sunday, Feb. 21st from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Karolyn will demonstrate Watercolor painting and sign her book. On Sunday Feb. 28th visitors can meet the artist from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Karolyn is a life-long Whitewater resident and with the encouragement of her father, the late Richard Kettwig, has had a passion for art starting in childhood. She has enjoyed mixing colors and making plain surfaces more colorful since her first box of Crayola crayons. As a youngster she experimented with creating new colors by layering one crayon color over another. The passion for color and color mixing remains today as she uses watercolor, acrylic and collage to make watercolor paper and canvas surfaces more colorful.

An early retirement from UW-Whitewater as an IT training coordinator permitted her to focus on art. In April of 2003 she began taking watercolor classes from the late Marilyn Keating at L'Atelier Art Studio in Janesville. Since then she has taken workshops with Kari Anderson, Shelby Keefe, Ratindra Das, Karen Ragus and Laura Lein-Svencner among others. In addition to watercolor, she enjoys doing collage and most recently creating acrylic abstracts. Regardless of the medium she finds delight in experimenting with and using color.

Karolyn said, "I have written a book titled 'Watercolor Cookbook-Recipes for Mixing Delicious Color' which includes tips on mixing watercolor paints plus over 60 full color photographs of my watercolor paintings. Many of my paintings can be viewed on my web site www.karolyn.biz. I teach adult watercolor and collage classes in Whitewater and Janesville and on occasion in other locations such as Milwaukee and Jefferson. Color is everything!"

This exhibit of her work at the Whitewater Cultural Arts Center includes watercolor, collage and acrylic paintings, with varied subject matter from representational to abstract. The abstracts are from some of the series on which she has been working. The series represented in this exhibit include Music, Play and Correspondence.

Whitewater Arts Alliance President Linda Long said, "Karolyn Alexander's work is so loved by our community. I can hardly look at a poppy without thinking of her! And the new direction for her artwork is equally beautiful. We are so pleased that she is able to have this one-woman show for us."

TUES. FEB. 23rd - Attend the gruesome tale of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street presented by the UWW's Theatre/Dance and Music Departments February 23 - 27 at 7:30 pm on the Barnett stage, located in the Greenhill Center of the Arts. The production is directed by UW-Whitewater professor Jim Butchart with musical direction by Robert Gehrenbeck. For tickets, call: 262-472-222 or tickets.uww.edu. Audience Advisory: Recommended for mature audiences due to subject matter.
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SUNDAY FEB 28th - The Whitewater FFA Alumni is hosting their 24rd annual Farm Toy Show, Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 9:00AM-2:30PM at the Whitewater High School, 534 S. Elizabeth St.

The Farm Toy Show consists of venders selling a large variety of items, miniature farm dioramas and door prizes. Food and drink will be for sale throughout the day.

Ages 11 and older $3, 10 and younger FREE with an adult! The Whitewater FFA Alumni sponsors this event to raise money for the FFA. The money goes to pay for the activities and community service projects the FFA participates in. The funds also help sponsor FFA members attending the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. each summer. The Whitewater FFA and FFA Alumni find more ways than one to give back to the community.


SAT. MAR. 5th - For your calendar - A NEW MONTH - MARCH (not Feb.) to enjoy the 'all you can eat Kiwanis Pancakes, the great tasting Jones Sausage, continual refill of Hot coffee and cold Milk & OJ' at the Downtown Armory ON SATURDAY, MARCH 5th - 6:30am - 12:30pm!

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(Feb7) Robert W. Kline Jr., 68 Whitewater passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at his home.

Robert was born on November 16, 1947 in Omaha, Nebraska to Robert and Sara (Solt) Kline Sr. He graduated from West Division High School in Milwaukee. Robert served in the United States Army and was a Vietnam War Veteran. After the war, Robert received his Bachelors Degree from UW- Wisconsin and his law degree from Marquette University. He worked as an x-ray technichian in the military and also after the war at the Milwaukee Co. Hospital. He also served as a full time reservist in the Air Force. Robert worked for many years for the State of Wisconsin as a Public Defender. He loved to fish, deer hunt and collect coins.

He is survived by his siblings; Sharron Hegland, Whitewater, WI, Roger (Marcia) Kline, Menomonee Falls, WI., Barbara Sullivan, Cudahy, WI and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A time of remembrance will take place on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI 53190.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00am until the time of service.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family.


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