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(August 30) Life is busy, it hardly ever slows down, but our kids are our future, and they deserve to have the best opportunity to succeed that we can give them. Won't you consider how you can make a difference in making your community better by helping our kids? The UW-Whitewater/Community Optimists have been touching the lives of children and adults in our community since 1981. Joining with the Whitewater Optimist Club in 1999, they formed and began some of the great projects the community has come to know and love.

Members of the UW-W/Community Optimist Club at a previous planning meeting. (Back row l-r) Don Zahn, Al Hutchison, Duane Dickens, Mike Ciardo. (Middle Row l-r) Kim Simes, Susan Hiscox, Denise Kaminski, Carla Cheek, Jan Olson, Barb Dickens, Connie Murray. (Front Row l-r) Angie Alesci, Carol Miller, Judy Fox-Wildermuth, Joyce Hutchison, Jeanine Fassl, Anne Fellows.

Some of these projects include the Optimist Gyro Stand at the Fourth of July Festival, the Easter Egg Hunt, and our most popular, Breakfast with Santa. Other projects are the sponsoring of the High School Post Prom for 20 + years (sponsored by the UW-W Student Optimist Club for the past four years), Youth of the Month (rotating between the High School and Middle School, during the academic year, the club recognizes two youths each month for their positive attitude and willingness to serve others), Youth Appreciation Week with bowling and ice cream, Toys for Kids at Christmas, the Mitten Tree, sponsoring the High School Octagon Club and the Middle School Jr. Optimist Club, supporting the Whitewater Unified School District Family Emergency Fund, scholarships for High School graduates, providing the playground equipment for Turtle Mound Park, and supporting the Whitewater Food Pantry on a monthly basis.

These projects, sponsored and run by the UW-Whitewater/Community Optimists, have all made our community a better place in which to live, work, and play.

Fundraisers that help us meet our goal to provide for the children in our community range from the Optimist Gyro Stand at the Fourth of July Festival, taking tickets at Warhawk Sporting Events, taking tickets for the Jefferson County Fair, our annual City-Wide Rummage Sale and a new annual FUN fundraiser, the Trivia Night contest. The second annual event will happen on Feb. 20, 2015.

For more than 30 years, the Whitewater Optimist Clubs have made a real difference in our community. However, it seems we are finding fewer and fewer people willing to step up and make a difference in the lives of our kids. We have a significant need at this time to spread the philosophy of the Optimist Creed to more people in our community in order to continue to provide the support and programs on which the community has come to depend.

Meetings for the 2014-2015 year will be twice a month on Tuesdays; there will be one lunch meeting and one evening meeting, at which attendance is encouraged but not required. For a membership application and more information, please contact President, Kim Adams at 608-201-2151 or via email at adamsk@uww.edu, or Vice President, Jeanine Fassl at 262-473-4906 or via email at jnrfassl@hotmail.com




(August 30) Adult Golf Instruction Is your golf game lacking the skills you need to really push it into high gear? Then the City Parks and Recreation Department Adult Golf Instruction Program is just the thing to boost your confidence and golf swing! This program will run for 6 weeks on Mondays from 5pm-6pm at the Whitewater Country Club. Golf clubs are available for rent at a first come first serve basis for an additional $10.00 (paid to the country club at the time of the first day; you can then use the clubs every week throughout the course of the program). Please register at wwparks.org under course number 2601.31.
Dates: September 8- October 13th
Days: Mondays Time: 5pm-6pm
Location: Whitewater Country Club
Cost: $30.00
Instructor: Brett, Golf Pro at the Whitewater Country Club.




(August 30) The WHS Football Team did not fare well at UWW Perkins Stadium where they suffered their second loss of the season to Columbus 7-42. In the second quarter Tyler Hill 23 yard pass reception from Josh Nast, Peter McCrea kick good in the only score for the Whippets.

Score by Quarters          
  1 2 3 4 Final
(Visiting Team) Columbus 12 16 14 0 42
(Home Team) Whitewater 0 7 0 0 7

Whitewater   vs. Columbus  
First Downs 6   First Downs 16
Rushing Attempts 19   Rushing Attempts 47
Yards Rushing 52   Yards Rushing 281
Yards Passing 60   Yards Passing 86
Total Yards Gained 112   Total Yards Gained 367
Pass Attempts 15   Pass Attempts 5
Pass Completions 8   Pass Completions 4
Had Intercepted 0   Had Intercepted 0
Fumbles 3   Fumbles 3
Fumbles Lost 1   Fumbles Lost 1
Penalties 3   Penalties 6
Yards Penalized 31   Yards Pentaized 50
WHS Rushing Attempts Yards
John Saylor 12 50
Jordan Peterson 5 6
Josh Nast 1 1
Daniel Fuller 1 -5
Totals 19 52

WHS Passing Attempts Comp Yards Int
Josh Nast 13 8 60 0
Michell Ruhl 2 0    
Totals 15 8 60 0

WHS Receiving Receptions Yards
Bryan Parker 6 29
Tyler Hill 1 23
Jordan Peterson 2 8
Totals 9 60
Statistics courtesy of Samantha Hookstead

Josh Nast in pass play that resulted in the only score for the Whippets

when Tyler Hill caught the pass in the end zone.

Bryan Parker




(August 29) BicycleWise & Sports Fitness of Whitewater has been named one of America's Best Bike Shops for 2014 by the National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA).

John and Liz Sotherland

The NBDA's America's Best Bike Shops program is designed to identify and reward bicycle stores in North America against the highest performance standards in the industry.

There are approximately 4,000 bike shops in the United States, and fewer than 300 were chosen to be named "America's Best." BicycleWise is one of 6 shops in Wisconsin named "America's Best."

The shops were asked to fill out a detailed application describing what sets them apart from the average store. Mystery shoppers by an outside company evaluated the businesses in more detail by visiting the stores, reviewing their website, and contacting the shops by phone to assess the performance from a consumer's perspective. Applicants are awarded points based on the application and shopping results, with only the highest performers being selected.

During the application process, heart-warming stories came in from all over the country of shops that donate bicycles to children, work to find safe routes to schools, build bike trails and organize free rides to get people outside and help them maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The program is designed to help consumers find great stores in their areas that will provide the expertise and professionalism they need to get the most benefit from cycling.

The recipients of the America's Best Bike Shops title not only offer great shopping experiences, but are also rated on their support for their communities, as well as support for bicycle advocacy both locally and nationally. An awards banquet will be held during the International Bike Show in Las Vegas for the selected shops.

BicycleWise & Sports Fitness is a local bike shop owned and operated by John and Liz Sotherland and is also home to Sotherland Custom Bicycles, which produces custom bikes by master frame builder John Sotherland. BicycleWise & Sotherland Custom Bicycles is located at 1155 W. Main St, Whitewater Wisconsin. To learn more check out BicycleWise and Sotherland Bicycles .




(August 29) Save the Date - Prairie Tillers Mural 10th Anniversary Party - Saturday, September 6, 5 to 8 p.m. at Lakefront Pub 111 W. Whitewater Street. Hosted by Caryl Yasko, Dawn Hunter, Ginny Coburn, Kristine Zaballos, Thayer Coburn, Deborah Blackwell & Studio 84!




(August 28) Whippets Girls' Freshman Volleyball Team participated in a Wawautosa Tournament over the weekend. The Whippets Girls' Freshman Volleyball Team came out strong against South Milwaukee. Everyone was working together and the team was in synchronization. They beat South Milwaukee in two games. The first set against Wawautosa West went to the Whippets where they came out energized and played well together. The second set went to Wawautosa West who came out strong and outplayed the Whippets. The third set to fifteen went to the Whippets where they came energized and ready to play. The game was very well played and the girls were very well focused. The third game was against Arrowhead and didn't go the Whippets' way. Arrowhead came out extremely strong with full blocks and intense hits. The Whippets lost both games to a strong Arrowhead team. The fourth game was in the playoff part of the tournament with single elimination. The Whippets faced Brookfield East. The Whippets tried their best to get the serve receive passes so the setter could get a good set off of them, but the jump serves got the best of the passes. Brookfield East was a very strong team and the Whippets just fell short in both games ending the tournament for them. (Stephanie Trannel Freshman Coach)


On Wednesday, August 27, the Whitewater JV volleyball team kicked off their season at the East Troy Trojan Invitational tournament placing fourth out of eight teams. Rd1 vs Waterford Lost 23-25 20-25: Rd2 vs East Troy Won 26-24 19-25 15-11: Rd 3 vs Wilmot Lost 25-17 15-25 9-15 Rd 4 vs Brookfield East Lost 7-25 21-25: Rd 5 vs Waterford Lost 21-25 25-23 14-16

The tournament featured match play best 2 out of 3 sets with the 3rd set scoring to 15 points. The Whippets faced Waterford in their first game losing two close sets 23-25 and 20-25 respectively. They then went on to play East Troy in which they pulled out a win in the 3rd set 15-11. The Whippets came off the victory challenging their next component Wilmot once again to 3 sets but fell short in the end 9-15. The biggest challenge came to Whitewater in pool play as they would face Brookfield East. After losing the first set 7-25, the ladies refocused and came back stronger but falling short 21-25. The Whippets went on to play for 3rd place once again facing Waterford. They lost the first set 21-25, won the second 25-23, and lost a close third 14-16. Overall I am proud how our girls fought and am excited to see us work and improve in the "little things" that will help us be successful in the end. (Erin Stuerwald JV Coach)




(August 28)Studio 84 After School Visual Arts for Middle School and High School Students - Tuesday and Thursday - 4-5:30 pm - 5 Sessions with each session lasting for 5 weeks. Registration Form




(August 27) Irvin L. Young Memorial Library will be closed Saturday, August 30 through Monday, September 1 for the Labor Day weekend.




(August 27) Chancellor Richard J. Telfer on Monday continued a long and cherished tradition in providing a look both back and forward at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
He delivered his “State of the University” address to a crowd of several-hundred faculty, staff, students and community members gathered in Young Auditorium
For the rest of the story by Tom Ganser, Special to the Daily Jefferson County Union




(August 27) The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is proud to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2014. This year, nine individuals will be inducted as part of the 50th anniversary of UW-Whitewater Athletics' Hall of Fame celebration. Athlete representatives include John Damato, Laura (Hering) Granger, Valerie (Kerkman) Auseth, Andreas Klotz, Todd Lamberty, Lynn (Olsen) Krueger and Rich Straub. Additionally, Bob Berezowitz will be honored under the category of athletic department personnel, and Dennis Salverson will receive the Distinguished Service Award.

Laura (Hering) Granger

Bob Berezowitz

Dennis Salverson

The nine inductees will be honored at halftime of UW-Whitewater's football game against UW-La Crosse on Oct. 4 and will be recognized at the annual Hall of Fame banquet following the game. More information regarding the halftime celebration and banquet will be posted when available.

John Damato played football for the Warhawks from 1995-1997...... Damato earned a degree in health and physical education and currently teaches fitness and health education at Sussex Hamilton High School in Sussex, Wis., where he is also the head football coach and strength and conditioning coordinator.

Laura (Hering) Granger (WHS graduate) was a member of the UW-Whitewater softball team from 1996-1999. The four-year letterwinner and ace on the mound compiled the most wins in the history of the league when she graduated with a record of 67-18. That mark still ranks sixth in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record book and is second in the UW-Whitewater records. She led the Warhawks to two conference titles (1996 and 1999) and three NCAA tournament berths (1996, 1998 and 1999). Granger earned first team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 1998 to go along with numerous athletic awards. She was named first team All-Region in 1998, second team All-Region in 1999 and third team All-Region in 1997, and added All-Tournament Team accolades in the 1999 regional. Granger was selected to the All-WIAC teams four times, with first team honors in 1998 and 1999 and honorable mention recognition in 1996 and 1997. She was a team captain in 1998 and 1999 and was also named the team's Pitcher of the Year three seasons (1996, 1997, 1998). When she graduated, Granger held the top marks in the UW-Whitewater record book in season win-loss record (20-4 in 1998), strikeouts in a season (72 in 1998), career wins (67) and career strikeouts (229). Her name can still be found under a number of other categories in the Warhawks' records, including innings pitched in a season, complete games, shutouts in a season, career innings pitched and most innings pitched in a game. Off the field, Granger excelled in the classroom, earning the Chancellor Scholar Athlete Award and the WIAC Scholar Athlete of the Year honor in addition to being named named the Marty van Steenderen Sportswoman of the Year in 1999. She was also named the Sociology Department Junior of the Year in 1998. Granger received her degree in sociology/criminal justice and currently works for Rutabaga Paddlesports in Madison.

Valerie (Kerkman) Auseth played alongside Granger on the Warhawks' softball team from 1996-1999. ...... . Auseth went on to earn a degree in physical education (K-12) and health education. She is currently a wellness education teacher and department chair at Burlington High School.

Andreas Klotz was a top thrower on the men's track and field team from 1987-1990....... Klotz is currently the vice president of sales at Noble Medical, Inc., in Brookfield.

Todd Lamberty, who competed from 1983-86, is the first representative from men's soccer in the UW-Whitewater Athletic Hall of Fame...... Lamberty now works as a project superintendent for Tri-North Builders in Madison.

Lynn (Olsen) Krueger earned four letters as a middle hitter on the Warhawk women's volleyball team from 1996-99......Krueger earned a degree in accounting in 1999 and is now a corporate controller for Midwest Communications, Inc. Rich Straub wrestled in three different weight classes throughout his four-year career at UW-Whitewater...... Straub earned his degree in elementary education major is currently a guidance counselor at Arvada West High School in Arvada, Colo.

Bob Berezowitz was the head coach of the Warhawk football team from 1985-2006. His roots are grounded in Whitewater, beginning with his collegiate athletic career. He was a two-sport athlete from 1963-66 as a catcher for the UW-Whitewater baseball team and quarterback on the Warhawks' football squad. Berezowitz' coaching career began in 1967, when he served as a student assistant for the Warhawks. After a few years at the high school level, Berezowitz returned to Whitewater as the offensive coordinator under Forrest Perkins, his head coach as a player, in 1981. He took over as the head coach at UW-Whitewater in 1985, leading the Warhawks to eight conference titles, five NCAA Division III tournament berths and two national runner-up finishes (2005 and 2006). Over the course of his 22-year career at the helm for UW-Whitewater football, Berezowitz compiled a record of 158-73-4. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1998. His tenure at UW-Whitewater spanned 25 years and included teaching in the Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching Department, as well as facility management responsibilities. In September of 2012, UW-Whitewater renamed the student athletic complex that houses classrooms and coaches' offices the Berezowitz Student Athletic Complex. The orginal concept of the SAC was designed by Berezowitz, who was instrumental in the planning and funding for the facility that opened in the fall of 2003.

Dennis Salverson, the owner of Coyote Grill in Whitewater, Wis., has been a long-time supporter of Warhawk Athletics. As a founder and president of the Tipoff Club, charter member of the Dugout Club and a member of the Quarterback Club for over 50 years, Salverson has shown his support for UW-Whitewater athletics both in attendance and in financial support. It is commonplace to see Salverson in the stands or on the sidelines at a majority of Warhawk events, displaying his dedication, commitment and passion for UW-Whitewater athletics.

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(August 27)Seminar teaches real-world, tech-savvy training to area high school teachers including WHS Technical Education Teacher Mike Wintz.

Mike Wintz with Snap-on Instructor.

A seminar hosted at Gateway Technical College Aug. 11 to Aug. 14 gave Mike Wintz the additional skills and equipment to provide cutting-edge training to his students to successfully enter their career or a college program. Called a "train-the-trainer" event because college instructors train Mike to better train his students, the session provided nationally certified instruction on Snap-on automotive diagnostic equipment used in the industry today.

The skills gained by Mike allow him to deliver to his students even more real-world skills which are needed to become college and career ready. The session was the same certification training Gateway has offered to instructors from across the country since 2008.

"This type of in-depth, nationally recognized professional development is rare and expensive to attend, so being able to provide this opportunity for our local instructors at no cost is a great benefit for the entire community," said Gateway and session instructor Matt Janisin.

"This seamless transition into Gateway's programs saves students, their parents, and taxpayers money by not having to pay for duplicated services," said Janisin. "Accelerated students will come to the entry-level job market and post-secondary education with higher skills that benefit area employers as the skilled workforce expands."

In addition to providing the training at no cost, Gateway and the National Coalition of Certification Centers-NC3 donated $6,000 worth of Snap-on diagnostic tools to Mike - the same equipment they trained on in the session - for WHS. For more on NC3

"Equipment and training are essential for improving student experiences within the classroom, and building a more skilled and career-ready workforce," said Janisin. "This donation of advanced automotive diagnostic equipment, along with nationally recognized certification training, ensures instructors will be comfortable and confident in teaching their own students how to effectively diagnose problems found on today's complex computer controlled vehicles."

The event was hosted at Gateway's Horizon Center for Transportation Technology. This opportunity was made possible by the strong partnership Gateway has created with Snap-on, Inc. through NC3.




(August 27) WHS Girls Tennis - Whippets 5 Columbus 2

Coach Nelson "After a day of rain and a no show by one school, the triangular turned into a dual with Columbus. We won 5-2, but what I was most pleased with was the improvement I saw out of most of our players since the weekend. Izzy and Andi at #1 and #2 weren't able to pull out wins, but they are really starting to play some nice points. They are working on their strategy and not just pushing things back in the court. That is actually the hard part, now we just need to keep working on the strokes to become more consistent. Amanda was just consistent, she kept the ball in play and waited for her opponent to make an error and Serra did the same thing, but lost a little focus in the 2nd set and decided to make things a little more difficult for herself. All 3 doubles teams played well, they were all very aggressive and went after everything from start to finish. We now have a little time to work on some of the things that we have noticed as our next match isn't until Sept. 4 when we play Big Foot, who I believe is going to be up near the top of the conference this year."
1S Izzy Zahn lost T.Lang 3-6,6-1,1-6
2S Andi Markham lost M.Wiersma 3-6,1-6
3S Amanda Kraayvanger beat B.Wilke 6-0,6-0
4S Serra Anderson beat K.Goebel 6-0,6-4
1D Sally Hixson/Alli Sedmak beat M.Breunig/K.Peterson 6-1,6-1
2D Whitney Treder/Milena Maroske beat B.Grafton/M.Larson 6-0,6-0
3D Emma Stutzman/A.Ketterhagen beat D.Elderhall/B.Wilson 6-1,6-1

Whitewater #2 Doubles Team of Milena Maroske (back line) and Whitney Treder (net), 6-0, 6-0,
awaiting return of serve from Columbus doubles team.




(August 26)The Marti Schultz Memorial Committee thanks all those who made it possible to purchase a Limelight Hydrangea tree that was planted at LINCS Elementary yesterday, August 25th.

With the newly planted Hydrangea Tree are the Marti Schultz Memorial Committee members: (l-r) Kim Monk, Kathy Ponyicsanyi, Bonnie Bronson-Hefty and Sue Halbach, all friends and former co-workers of Marti Schultz.

The tree is located near the school front entrance centered amongst the new landscaping that was put in this summer. Marti taught at Lincoln Elementary School for many years before retiring. One of her loves was admiring and teaching children about nature. The committee has not completed the task of designating the remaining monetary donations but they soon will have a dedication for the tree when everything has been decided on and purchased. Once this is finalized within the next few weeks a dedication date will be announced. Marti passed away on April 30th.




(August 26) Music Teachers Recognized at School Board Meeting Bart Breber of Breber Music Company of Elkhorn presented a certificate to the District Music Teachers for the District's selection as a Best Communities for Music Education 2014 Award from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. This year, the NAMM Foundation nationally designated 376 districts as Best Communities for Music Education, that included ten Districts in WI including Whitewater. This is the second time the District has been selected. NAMM recognizes the selected districts and schools as having set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education.

District Teachers proudly accepting the Award from Bart Breber (r) were: (l-r) Karen Todera (LINCS), Josh Barrett (MS), Christine Hayes (LINCS), Lori Heidenreich (HS), Abi Pulvermacher (HS), Valerie Troxel (Washington), Liz Elliott (MS), Stacey Joseph (MS) and not pictured Emily Van Veen (Lakeview).

Replica certificates of the award for each school were presented by Board Member Thayer Coburn to (l-r) Christine Hayes, Karen Todera, Valerie Troxel, Stacey Joseph and Abi Pulvermacher.




(August 26) The School Board passed items in the area of school finance including the approval of the preliminary budget for 2014-15 and a $1.2 million Referendum question for the Nov 4th Election.

The 2014-15 budget calendar will continue with September 19 - Third Friday pupil count date; October 1 - Tax Apportionment Valuation Certification; October 15 - Final State Aid calculation released by the Wisconsin DPI; October 27 - Tax levy certification meeting and November 10 - Tax levy must be certified to municipalities on or before this date.

The following charts indicate selected 2014-15 Budget Revenues, Expenses and Levy information:








Debt service levy remains at $1.9M this year then drops in 2015 and again in 2019 - Debt service levy is lower than it has been since 1998


The following Referendum question for the Nov 4 Ballot for a $1.2 million non-recurring amount for each of 4 years starting with the 2015-16 budget was approved by the Board. "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 2015-16 school year through the 2018-19 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?”
Not many public comments were made on the Referendum since much of the discussion took place at a previous Special Meeting of the Board that is summarized as follows: "The Board discussed the financial needs of the District, that the Referendum if accepted by the Board, would not result in an increase in the tax levy due to the ending of prior debt service that will be paid off and the referendum amount would be for $1.2 million to exceed state-imposed revenue caps. Based on the two hour discussion, if the referendum (3-5 year non-recurring) was a success they would still need to address an approximate $300,000 reduction and if failed the reductions required would be about $1.5 million for the 2015-16 school year. The Board and administration have not yet addressed a list of personnel, service, curricula and non-curricula programs that would support the reductions.
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 - "

For more details on this meeting and other Board actions taken, check out Chris Welch's story in the Daily Jefferson County Union .




(August 25) The Community Clothes Closet would like to thank everyone who made their 1st Annual back to school clothing and supply drive a huge success.
Thank you to the following organizations/businesses for being drop off spots: Whitewater Public Library, First Citizens State Bank, SweetSpot, Commercial Bank, Whitewater Aquatic and Fitness Center, and Sentry.
Thanks to the Scharine Group for donating the barrels that were used.
Special thanks the Methodist Church for hosting "Undie Sunday!" and to many of you who helped when more supplies times were needed!
Thanks to your generosity 71 families and 155 children were helped!
Look for another drive for school supplies/socks/undies next year!




(August 25) The Wisconsin Supreme Court suspended a Whitewater attorney's license to practice in Wisconsin for 90 days because of professional misconduct, according to the Justices' opinion, released Aug. 21. The disciplinary proceedings were for John C. Dade, who practices in Whitewater. For the rest of the Janesville Gazette - Walworth County Today




(August 25) Red Cross Asks Individuals to Celebrate Life - Donating blood can mean the difference between life and death for many patients now in need. Whitewater - August 12th.
The UW-Whitewater Circle K club, the college level of Kiwanis, is proud to be co-sponsoring the September 12th blood drive. Due to the low levels of blood donated in the past, there is an increased need for blood. There are more than 900 people, daily, in the Mid-American Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross in need of blood. When someone you love is in need, being turned away because there is not enough blood of their type, is just UNACCEPTABLE.

Your next opportunity to help save lives by giving blood is the upcoming Whitewater Community Blood Drive on Friday, September 12nd, from Noon to 6pm at the Whitewater Armory.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) OR go on-line to make an appointment.

DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR YOURSELF! HELP SOMEONE ELSE! A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of ID are required at check-in. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Donors must be at least 17-years-old and weigh 110 pounds or more. It isn't necessary for donors to know their blood type to donate.




(August 25) Whitewater Unified School District - Orientation Day for new Teachers.

(Front l-r) Steven Zartman, MS 6th Grade Math Science; Elizabeth Dahlinger, HS Math Teacher; Cody Watson, HS Tech Ed Teacher; Jessica Prokop, HS Business Teacher; Chris Wiegman, HS Social Studies Teacher; Jill Hernke, HS Spec Ed Teacher and Ann Lamb, LINCS 4K Teacher.
(Back l-r) Elizabeth Balge, HS French; Cory Peppler, Library Media Specialist; Sara Brautigam, Lakeview Art; Emily Van Veen, Lakeview Music; Kathy Wilson, LINCS Spec Ed Teacher; Sara Pratt, MS 8th grade; Michelle Lopez, LINCS ELL; Carly Lund, MS Spec Ed Teacher and Sara Watkins, MS Spec Ed Teacher;




(August 25) Today, Ned Shuck has been hired as head wrestling coach at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Ned begins his tenure with the Warhawks after serving as head wrestling coach at Heidelberg University, an NCAA Division III institution in Tiffin, Ohio.

During his three years at Heidelberg, Shuck led the Student Princes to consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference championships (2012-13, 2013-14) and mentored 22 All-OAC selections, four academic all-conference honorees, seven National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-Americans and six individual NCAA qualifiers, including one All-American. He was selected OAC Coach of the Year last season.

"We are excited to welcome Ned and his family to UW-Whitewater," Director of Athletics Amy Edmonds said. "We are very impressed with his level of expertise and the success he has had in coaching at the Division III level. We are confident that Ned will continue our wrestling program's success while fostering the best possible environment for our student-athletes to succeed both on and off the mat."

While at Heidelberg, Ned managed all facets of the wrestling program, including academic performance, fundraising, marketing, camps, alumni relations and community service.

Ned served as an Assistant Coach at perennial national power Augsburg (Minn.) from 2009-11. He helped lead the Augies to the 2010 NCAA Division III championship and a runner-up performance at the 2011 national championships. Ned helped coach 13 All-Americans, four national finalists and one national champion during his tenure at Augsburg.

"I would like to thank Chancellor Richard Telfer, Director of Athletics Amy Edmonds and Associate Director of Athletics Bob Lanza for their confidence in me to lead the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater wrestlers to excellence in the classroom, on the mat and in life," Ned said. "My family and I are thrilled to be members of the UW-Whitewater family and the Whitewater community. The wrestling program has a tremendous tradition of excellence and I look forward to honoring that by building men of character as we strive for national championships."

During his career, Ned also served as an Assistant Coach with the Ohio Cadet/Junior National Team (2012-14) and as head coach for the Minnesota Storm Freestyle Cadet team (2009-11). He was a full scholarship recipient for the NWCA Leadership Academy in 2011.

Ned wrestled at the University of Iowa from 2000-05. He was a four-time letter winner and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection for the Hawkeyes.

Ned inherits a Warhawks program that has finished among the top 10 in NCAA Division III in each of the last three seasons. UW-Whitewater won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title for the third straight year and finished as the national runner-up, the program's best-ever finish, in 2013-14. Five student-athletes earned All-America accolades.

In addition to his coaching duties, Ned will be an Instructor for UW-Whitewater's Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching department. He begins in September. Ned and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Lukas (4 years old) and Micah (1).




(August 23) Whitewater Area League of Women Voters September Newsletter




(August 23) The following survey is part of a strategic planning process by Downtown Whitewater. Downtown Whitewater is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building downtown Whitewater through strategic marketing, downtown promotional events, community activities and economic development efforts. Your input is needed to help identify community priorities and ideas for improving the downtown over the next five years. Please share your input by participating in the following short 10-question survey. The survey will be active until September 22. To take the short survey .


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UPCOMING EVENTS IN DATE SEQUENCE

SEPTEMBER 7th - 1st Annual Pancake Breakfast - Whitewater Fire Department - Sunday, September 7th, 7am-noon - All proceeds go to the Whitewater Fire Department.


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7th - The Wisconsin Dream Center is a Christ-centered nonprofit organization transforming communities by “Restoring, Rebuilding, Renewing” one family at a time by meeting needs of the overlooked and underserved in our region. The Center is having a fund raiser . It impacts Walworth, Rock and Jefferson counties. They do not turn anyone away who needs help regardless what county or state they are from. For more on the Dream Center


Wednesday, September 10 - Sandwich Generation Lunch and Listen

A Sandwich Generation presentation will be given for those still working who are "sandwiched" between caring for family and aging relatives. The presentation will include Tips and Tools for Caring for your Parents and also Caring for Parents with Dementia, Legal Intervention, How to Cope with Impending Loss, Caring for Yourself, and Asking for Help. The presentation is on Wednesday, September 10 from noon -12:45 at the Starin Park Community Building, 504 West Starin Road, Whitewater. You are welcome to bring your lunch. For more information or to register for the presentation call 262-473-0535.



Saturday September 13th

For more info and a list of auction and raffle items visit the group on Facebook pages:

JACK Hartmann Group Page

The link to the Event page is

Jack Hartmann Story - at CaringBridge.com


Saturday, September 13 - In a special sale with unbelievable prices, original artwork from some of the area's finest artists will be available at the Senior Center at Starin Park, 504 West Starin Road, on Saturday, September 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All pieces will be sold for $100 or less. Admission is free and open to all.

Some of the artists participating are: Kathy Ward, Edgerton; Amy Kleinhans, Palmyra; Sandy Vobian, Janesville; Sylvia Linton, Elkhorn; and Alison Meschke, Johnson Creek. Whitewater Artists include Mary Nevicosi, Louise Fuerstenberg, Shirley Matthews, John Mayer, Marilyn Fuerstenberg and more.

Many of the participating artists have created art at a constant pace for years and as a result, much of their work has never had the chance to be seen. One artist stated, "I have upwards of 50 watercolor paintings in a variety of sizes that I will price from $25 to $75. These are good paintings that I have never exhibited and I would like to downsize my inventory."

Artists Louise Fuerstenberg, Marilyn Fuerstenberg and Mary Nevicosi organized this special fundraiser, with an artist fee to benefit the Whitewater Arts Alliance.


SEPTEMBER 13th - The public is invited to join the members of the Whitewater Congregational United Church of Christ at 133 S. Franklin St. for an old fashioned (Wisconsin style) Shrimp Boil. Save the September 13th date. The seating will begin at 5pm and will continue until 7pm.

In addition to jumbo shrimp, they will be serving organic, homegrown boiled red potatoes, Mississippi caviar, coleslaw, cornbread, all topped off with homemade peach cobbler. There will be a children's meal available as well. The cost will be $15 for adults and $5 for the kids menu.

Advanced tickets are required. Please contact them at (262) 473-4101 or drop into the Congregational UCC church office Monday through Thursday between 9am and 1pm to purchase tickets. The proceeds of this event will go to Back Bay Mission. Back Bay is an on-going outreach project of the United Church of Christ serving the homeless population in Biloxi Mississippi. Come and join the fun and become a part of an important mission project.

Hosted by: Grace United Church, Fort Atkinson, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Fort Atkinson, and Congregational United Church of Christ, Whitewater. THIS IS THE CHURCH DINNER YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR!


Sat. Sept. 20Richmond United Methodist Church Annual Auction and Fall Fest on Sat. Sept. 20. Mark your Calendar - Consignments wanted.


Saturday, September 20thWalworth County Alliance for Children (WCAC) is hosting a safety fair on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Tree House Child and Family Center grounds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event, “Safety and Fun vs. 911” will provide an informative and entertaining way for Walworth County children and their families to learn about safety issues that are important to them. The Safety Fair will offer attendees:
- Fun activities including face painting, cookie decorating, dunk tanks, and firemen wars
- Educational opportunities including personal safety at home, pet safety, hygiene, internet safety, finger printing, impairment goggles, bicycle safety, and others.

Sandy Wagie-Troemel, President of the WCAC states, “Safety and Fun vs. 911 will provide access to vital safety information and practices, safety items for homes, and links to county support systems. It is hoped that by meeting and interacting with law enforcement and first responders, children will develop a sense of security in knowing that there are many in the county who care about their safety and well being. “

In addition, the WCAC will provide food, entertainment and free gifts to attendees.



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