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Organist/Pianist: The Whitewater Congregational United Church of Christ in Whitewater, Wisconsin, is seeking a year round organist/pianist for the 10:00 am Sunday morning service beginning May 28. The position requires playing suitable music for a Prelude, Postlude, Communion background music, Offertory, hymns and accompanying the choir or special music. The church has a 3 year old Quantum Q390 Allen Electronic Organ with an 80 stop three manual console featuring 7 distinctive stops lists, plus a grand piano. To learn more about our church, please visit www.whitewaterucc.org. For more information please contact Geraldine Jennings at 262-473-3909 or grjenmus@outlook.com, or Karen O'Connor at 262-473-8302.

Join us for our Hiring Kick-Off Event Landmark Services Cooperative is currently hiring for seasonal CDL driving positions across all of our agronomy locations. Drivers will deliver Liquid & Dry Plant Food during the Spring/Summer season. • Now - June 30th • Flexible Hours • Retirees Encouraged to Apply • Opportunity for up to 60 hours per week (overtime for anything over 40 hours per week)! • CDL drivers should be able to obtain tanker endorsement if necessary, AND seasonal non-CDL drivers that are willing to obtain a Farm Service CDL! For more details go to: landmark.coop/careers Video: https://youtu.be/WCyaPSNnVAY

Positions Available: Registered Nurses (RN)Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) Laundry, Dietary and Activities Aides at Atrium Post Acute Care of Williams Bay 146 Clover St Williams Bay WI, 53191.

Creative Balance Massage and Wellness Massage Therapist wanted: 3 Days a week and 1 Saturday a month. If interested, please contact us at: 262-903-9948 Or stop in at 543 S. Putnam St., Whitewater to fill out an application.

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

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

Basin Precision Machining LLC

Brotoloc South Inc.

Bus Driver Openings - Nelson's Bus Service
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Fort HealthCare Job and Provider Openings
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(May 19) The Town of Whitewater (this is the Whitewater Lake area and Whitewater Township, not the City of Whitewater) will offer additional branch chipping services for residents who have tree debris from Wednesday's storm.

The chipping will start at 7:00am on Monday, May 22 so please have your branches out before then. You can call the Whitewater Town Hall at 262-473-4639 and leave your name and address to get on the list, but the road crew will chip any branch piles that they see beginning Monday. To be eligible for branch chipping, please comply with the following:
Have branch ends placed toward the road in an orderly stack, 3 feet high by 5 feet wide by your fire number.
Maximum branch diameter of 6". No roots, leaves or yard debris. (OK to have greens and leaves on branches)
Do not place branches across the road in the ditch.
No building materials or other trash

(May 18) The City of Whitewater was hit just before 7 p.m. Wednesday night with strong winds and heavy rain. The initial storm lasted under thirty minutes but the destruction left behind will take crews the next few days to restore.

Wed night, the sight of downed trees and branches were visible throughout the city (200 block Cottage Street)

"It's amazing to see how much damage a storm can make in such a short time," says Kristin Mickelson, Whitewater PR & Communications Manager. " Thankfully no one was injured and we are on the road to recovery due to the quick response of our city staff and community members."

Whitewater Police, Fire Department and City crew members assessed the areas needing immediate attention and were in place minutes after the storm ended. They began barricading streets, sidewalks and public access areas clearing large branches and trees that had fallen into the streets along with poles, electrical wires and other debris.

Wed. night burning electrical wires visible within branches. (200 block Cottage Street)

The communications center received hundreds of calls in a very short time frame and officers responded to over 80 calls for service. Many homes and businesses within the city experienced power outages and some are still currently waiting for electricity to be restored. WE Energies has been diligently working to fix the problems around town, including the school district that closed schools today due to the power outage.

The crews worked late into the night to clear as many streets as possible. Officers and staff stayed on site until after the second storm ended just after 11 p.m. Crews continued to work this morning clearing brush and debris for safety of the residents. Most damage is in the downtown and residential areas that have many older trees and bushes. Some damage was a result of fallen trees near or on parts of homes and vehicles.

The City posted images of the damage on their website and Facebook page, reminding people to be cautious of the wires and debris. Many concerned friends and family used these outlets to verify if their loved ones were okay, share additional information and pictures and asking where they can go to help.

Thursday afternoon tree branches clear cut around electrical lines with both sides of street as well as limbs from Wed. night storm filling the terraces throughout the city. (200 block of Cottage Street)

"In the short time I have worked for the city, I have been amazed at the camaraderie and dedication the citizens of Whitewater have for the town and each other," says Mickelson. "Minutes after the first storm, I saw neighbors with chain saws and garbage bags helping one another remove branches and debris from their yards, fences and homes. No questions asked, just coming to the aid of their neighbors. What an amazing thing to witness."

Director of Emergency Management with the Walworth County, Lt. John Ennis reminds citizens, they are generally safest in their homes or in shelters during storms. Though it may be tempting to travel through town during or after a storm, it is suggested to stay indoors to allow first responders and maintenance crews to handle their jobs and keep streets clear of additional congestion.

City staff and crews will be continuing to clean up debris within the city well into next week. Although every situation is different, Whitewater staff is prepared to spring into action when necessary to get the job done and ensure the safety of their community is top priority.

(May 18) Whitewater High School earns Silver Rating Out of 507 high schools in Wisconsin and 28,496 high schools in the nation, Whitewater High School ranked 70th and 2,553 respectively in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report high school rankings.

More information can be found on the U.S. News website:

More information on how they rank schools can be found here:

(May 18) Matthieu Talpe, a 2007 WHS graduate, recently obtained his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

His thesis, entitled "Extending the Record of Time-Variable Gravity by Combining GRACE and Conventional Tracking Data" may seem like a mouthful, in his mother's words, and she recommends watching Matthieu's TEDx talk on facebook for a layman's version of how gravity changes as the planet warms. Matthieu's interest in science took off when he first read Carl Sagan's work.

After graduating from WHS, he went on to earn his B.S. in Planetary Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), a Master's in Planetary Science from M.I.T., where he worked with Maria Zuber on research for NASA, and did several internships at NASA's research base the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at California Institute of Technology in Southern California. Matthieu received a Fulbright grant to study at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) from September 2015 until July 2016. He also won a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (advisor: Steve Nerem), and this past spring was the recipient of the 2017 John A. Vise Graduate Student Excellence Award.

Matthieu fondly remembers his teachers from WHS and has returned as a guest lecturer in math and science classes. After a summer of international travel and scratching the itch of finally seeing gorillas up close in East Africa, Matthieu will be starting his career as an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
Matthieu is the grandson of John and Carol Holford of Whitewater.

(May 18) District 2 Alderman James Langnes resigned from the Whitewater Common Council during Tuesday’s meeting. For more information regarding the resignation and other actions by the Common Council check out the story by Chris Welch for the Daily Jefferson County Union .

(May 18) School District Educational Support Staff year end social!

(May 18) The City of Whitewater Landmarks Commission has recently designated the Moksnes/Epps House located on Highland Street as its twenty-second Local Landmark.

The home was designed in 1970 for Stephen and Billie Moksnes by Peter Fritz Dreger and is one of two existing homes in Whitewater of the modern/contemporary design with a "Wrightian" influence. The Moksnes' occupied the home from 1971 until 1993 when they sold it to Dr. M. Virginia Epps who is the current owner.

Architect, Peter Fritz Dreger was a local talent who graduated from Whitewater High School and pursued a degree in Structural Architecture from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in 1960.

He was initially employed as a draftsman by Helmut Ajango and Associates in Fort Atkinson where he was instrumental in completing design work on the Fireside Restaurant in Fort Atkinson and the Gobbler Restaurant in Johnson Creek. At the time of the home's design, Dreger was employed by the architectural firm of Krueger, Shutter and Associates in Madison. In 1973, Dreger established his own architectural firm, Principal Dreger and Associates in Iron Mountain, Michigan. Now retired, he enjoys life in northern Wisconsin and winters in Montana. Dreger developed what he described in an interview as a "radical" design for the home by "turning the house around" so that the living room and dining room faced the back of the lot and the three bedrooms fronted on the street side. The house is a split level of rough sawn cedar walls constructed in a horizontal board and batten design on both the exterior as well as the interior.

Carol Cartwright Lohry, noted Wisconsin Historic Resources/Preservation Consultant and Whitewater resident has indicated that the house qualifies for placement on the National Registry and was pleased that it was designated as a Whitewater Local Landmark because of its unique design.

If you are interested in having your home designated as a Whitewater Local Landmark, please contact the Landmarks Commission with your request. The Commission will be happy to assist with any research that needs to be done. The Landmarks Commission can be contacted by calling (262) 458-2178 or and save THIS FORM to your computer and fill out the requested information.

(May 18) Whitewater Offers Free Memory Screenings as Part of Their Dementia-Friendly Community Initiative

Forgetting where you set your keys or mistaking someone for another person is not abnormal behavior in our fast paced lives. However, continued forgetfulness or confusion on a frequent basis could be early signs of dementia. Whitewater is now offering memory screenings as an option to help detect early signs of memory problems.

A memory screening is a simple health assessment consisting of a series of questions and tasks designed to gauge memory, language and thinking skills. This ten minute assessment is a face-to-face meeting with no preparation required, is confidential and is strongly encouraged for anyone with concerns of memory loss.

Memory screenings are a significant first step towards discovering memory problems but not many people know about the screenings or where to have them done. This is where two local healthcare professionals stepped in to bring this service to Whitewater.

Pat Metz, a retired RN and Judy Kaspar, a retired clinical social worker, knew they could help. Both women became certified memory screeners through the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) to provide this meaningful and free health service in Whitewater.

"Early detection is important in two ways," says Metz. "It allows for a better chance that medical interventions or clinical trials may slow the progression of symptoms. It can also afford an individual the opportunity to participate in long term care, legal and financial planning discussions with their families, and obtain social services support."

Metz also says some memory problems can be caused by vitamin deficiencies including thyroid problems, infections or dehydration but can be readily treated. That is where the screenings come into play.

The Whitewater Dementia-Friendly Community Initiative (DFCI) is designed to educate the community about Dementia and how anyone can help those who suffer from this disease. Metz and Kasper are able to use their professional skills and passion to help people learn about Alzheimer's early detection screenings and early treatment. They encourage others to participate and volunteer.

"[DFCI] is a group of other healthcare professionals and dedicated volunteers working toward educating the community and, hopefully, eliminating the stigma of dementia," says Kaspar.

The first screenings are available Wednesday, June 7th at the Starin Park Community Center. Call (262) 473-0535 to make an appointment. Bonnie Beam-Stratz, of the Alzheimer's Association of SE Wisconsin, will present on The Basics of Memory Loss and Alzheimer's disease at 2:00 p.m. and this is open to the public. If you are interested in being part of the Whitewater DFCI, contact Deb Weberpal at (262)473-0535.

(May 18) School District Groundbreaking Ceremony for facility projects at Lincoln School area is rescheduled for May 23 at 9 AM.

Ceremony includes: Welcome, National Anthem, Guest Speakers, Official Groundbreaking, close with Mariachi Band.

(May 18) It is with great pleasure that Whitewater High School announces the hiring of their new head football coach, Jeff Rogers.

Coach Rogers was most recently the Defensive Coordinator at Armstrong High School in Plymouth, MN. Coach Rogers has been coaching football for 22 years with experience at the youth, high school, and college levels. Coach Rogers coached football at UW-River Falls for 9 years, with a few of those years alongside current UWW football coach, Kevin Bullis.
Coach Rogers is very passionate about the game of football and creating a program defined by leadership, dedication to team, and a relentless pursuit of excellence on and off the field. They are very excited to introduce Coach Rogers as the leader of their program and know he is enthusiastic about starting this new era of Whippet Football.

Below are some important dates regarding the Whippet Football program.
1. Online Team Store Opens end of May
2. June 15-16 - Minicamp 4-7pm - at Whitewater High School
3. June 17 - UWW Passing Jamboree - at University of Whitewater
4. July 15 - UWW Passing Jamboree - at University of Whitewater
5. July 17-19 - Minicamp 4-7pm - at Whitewater High School
6. July 19 - Gym Lock In - at Whitewater High School

Please feel free to contact Coach Rogers regarding the Whippet Football Program with any questions you may have. His contact information is; jrogers.1@live.com or 715-222-2609.

(May 18) The Discover Whitewater Series (DWS) has teamed up with the Whippet City Striders and the Whippet City Mile for a 5K Group Fun Run on June 7.

(L-R) Mark Maas, Whippet City Mile, Maas's granddaughters, Jane Becker and Brenda Schumacher, Whippet City Striders, Dawson Miller, DWS Race Director, Stacey Kincaid, first DWS Race Director and her children, Alexandria Johnson, DWS team member, and Alexandria Salas, DWS Public Relations Specialist

The Fun Run is part of the Chicago Area Runners Association's (CARA) initiative to run around the global of Global Running Day. The Fun Run is a free event for anyone who enjoys running and wants to be part of running around the world.

(May 18) Whitewater Masonic Lodge Teach Whippet Gentleman Manners for Prom The Whitewater Masonic Lodge completed the Gentlemen 101 Course recently with three young men from Whitewater High School.

The Gentlemen 101 Course is designed to teach young men how to be better men by introducing traditional Gentleman manners, how to prepare for a formal dinner and event. The course provides a school of instruction that included a lunch as well as a free tux rental, prom meal for 2, and free corsage & boutonniere. They were able to practice what they learned this past weekend at the Whitewater Prom.

High school students that completed the 2017 course were Junior, Neil Garcia and seniors, Noah Phillips and Isaac Phillips. Course instructor, Derek Henze, commented," It was a great course to educate young men on how to treat ladies and really prepare them for life. The three that attended the course are remarkable young men and it was a pleasure to have them attend the course."

A great thanks to the local businesses that donated their services to help make this happen: The Black Sheep, Flora Villa Flowers, Nedrebro's, and Sports Clips.

(May 17) FOR PLANNING INPUT - Notice is hereby given that the City of Whitewater Common Council will hold a Public Hearing on Amendments to the City of Whitewater Comprehensive Plan on June 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Whitewater Municipal Building Community Room, 312 W. Whitewater Street, Whitewater, Wisconsin.

The public hearing will be held to gather public input on proposed amendments to the "City of Whitewater Comprehensive Plan, 2030." The Comprehensive Plan sets the policy for the growth, development, and preservation of the community. The proposed amendments affect the Existing Land Use Map (Map 4), the Future Land Use Map (Map 5), and Chapters 2, 3, 7, 9, and 10 of the Plan document.

Proposed Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Text:
1. Chapter 2: Update the demographic data to reflect the latest U.S. Census data.
2. Chapter 3: Update information about farmland preservation to reflect current programs.
3. Chapter 6: Update the housing data to reflect the latest information available.
4. Chapter 7: Throughout the chapter, update descriptions of other future land use categories to reflect changes to the zoning ordinance and the new zoning districts adopted in 2014.
5. Chapter 7: Update the description of the "Central Area Neighborhoods" to reflect the new R-2A permission area. Clarify that within the R-2A permission area, rezoning parcels to R-2A to allow more than three unrelated individuals may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Clarify that rezoning to more intensive residential zoning districts is strongly discouraged outside of the R-2A permission area.
6. Chapter 7: Update the description of the "Higher Density Residential" future land use category to reflect changes to the zoning ordinance, new zoning districts, and the creation of the R-2A permission area.
7. Chapter 7: Revise the description of the "Mixed Use" future land use category to provide more policy direction to the City and to suggest design features suitable for mixed use, pedestrian-oriented development.
8. Chapter 7: Update the land use data and land demand projections to reflect the latest information available.
9. Chapter 9: Update the Utilities and Community Facilities Timetable (Figure 9.5)
10. Chapter 10: Update the economic data to reflect the latest information available.

Proposed Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Maps:
1. Update the Existing Land Use Map (Map 4) to reflect current development patterns.
2. Update the Future Land Use Map (Map 5) to depict the R-2A permission area and reflect current development patterns and adjustments in policy.

The Comprehensive Plan and the proposed amendments are available for review at City Hall and on the City of Whitewater web site . Written comments on the proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan should be submitted before the public hearing date to the City Clerk. All written comments will be forwarded to the City of Whitewater Plan Commission.

For information, call (262) 473-0540.

(May 17) Register for 4K now!

(May 16) Public Rally - Monday, May 22nd., 5-5:45pm.
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(May 16) Lakeview Elementary staff and students are so grateful and amazed by the support the school district receives from the community. Recently the Nelson's Bus Drivers took time out of their day to play a friendly game of kickball with Lakeview's first grade students at Starin Park. The students had a BLAST playing with their bus drivers!

(May 15) The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library will be holding a Community Forum in the Library Community Room, on Monday, May 22, at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the progress of the proposed library building expansion over the last 15 years and our plans for moving forward. They encourage all interested community members to attend the meeting and participate in a dialogue about Whitewater's public library services.

(May 15) UW-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club sponsors Free Fishing Day - Sat June 3rd.

UW-W/Community Optimists, Mike Ciardo and Rick Fassl, are "gearing up" for the DNR Free Fishing Day. On Sat., June 3rd, from 9-noon at Tripp Lake Park, children will learn how to catch fish and receive a bag of fishing goodies, too! For more information contact Al Hutchison, 920-723-4180 or Kim Adams, 608-201-2161.

(May 15) UW-Whitewater wins grant to help veterans: Veteran & Family Members Education Fair

One obstacle veterans and their family members face is navigating the bureaucracy of higher education, where career information, advising, admissions, and benefits can all be available in different offices with different people on different days. To help solve this problem, UW-Whitewater was awarded a $5000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs to host a multi-institutional education fair that will take place June 5, 10-3, in the Ballroom of the James R. Connor University Center.

The event will feature onsite benefits applications, free onsite career interest inventories, jobs outlook information, advising, free financial planning applications, and onsite admissions application for UW-Whitewater, UW-Rock County, and Blackhawk Technical College. Free parking is available at the Visitor Center at 826 Starin Road. Music, food and prizes are also in store for the occasion.

(May 15) WHS Golf Team Fundraiser - June 8th about 7pm. Tickets available now.

(May 15) Whitewater Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5470 will again be joined by the Monsignor Thomas Berry Council 1690 of the Knights of Columbus of Whitewater and Palmyra as a Memorial Day Observance is held to honor all veterans, whether living or dead, and the deceased members of the Knights on Monday, May 29th.

The ceremony will be held indoor at Fr. Berry Hall at St. Patrick Parish at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome to participate and there is an elevator to Fr. Berry Hall. The American Legion Honor Squad will render taps and fire a rifle salute.

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