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(Sept. 1) UWW Students moved into housing this weekend!

Starin Road - bumper to bumper!

(Sept. 1) In what made for a very authentic experience on Saturday, the Whippet Girls' and Boys' CC teams took to the grass for the first time this season.

Varsity #1 Sarah Ziolkowski - 15:57

Varsity #1 James Ehlen - 14:32

Pictures by Peter Mischka courtesy of Bob Mischka

Alumni #1 Jen Taylor - 17:18

Alumni #1 Brett Harms - 13:27

Running in their shortest race they will encounter all season (2.5) miles vs 3.1, things went fairly well. There was marked improvement from last season from Sarah Ziolkowski and Andrea Sandoval, the current 1-2 punch that is available on the girls side. Carolina Oezer wasn't phased by the showers either and improved by just over a minute. Freshman Allisan Barrett ran alone the entire race but ran strong and I look forward to having Abby King back in the saddle and racing along side her in the next meet.

On the boys side, James Ehlen is leading the charge with Jon Zimdars not far behind cutting 18 seconds from last year's first effort. Wentao Guo is showing that experience in life is irreplaceable as he steps in and removed a minute from his Alumni race a season ago. Jimmy King was not to be out done by his peers as his improvement chopped his time down by nearly 90 seconds. Largest drop is by the tandem of Jack Downs and Nathan Cagney as they were both 5 minutes faster than a year ago! The varsity seven from last year to this year is significantly different with new runners of all ages and others nipping on their heels which makes for great practices and meets. Competition for Varsity spots this season could get interesting which makes for a stronger team showing later in the season.

(l-r) Carrie Barrett (Parent - Non-Scorer), Kristin Parker (Non-Scorer), Brenda Schumacher (Alumni),
Jen Taylor - (Alumni)

Michael Borglin, Eric Runez, Chad Carstens, Doug Parker, Foucault, Ben Maas, Bill Gmur (Parent),
Mark Schroeder, Brett Harms, Tommy Ziolkowski (brother to current athlete)

All the alumni, parents and staff that competed made for a fun and unique event and memories that will last a lifetime. Special recognition to Doug Parker, WHS Principal and Eric Runez, WUSD District Administrator, for weathering the storm and earning large amounts of respect for competing in today's event! The next meet will be the Whippet Challenge on Friday, September 12th. (Coach Chad Carstens) For the complete results

(Sept. 1)

Tuesday, September 2, 8:00 am - Downtown Whitewater Inc. Board of Director's Meeting at 150 W. Main Street. Agenda:
ACTION ITEMS: - Approval of agenda - Approval of minutes from August board meeting - Approval of recommendation to Council and Plan commission to NOT develop an ordinance for "period correct" colors in the downtown - Approval of changed meeting time for future board meetings
DISCUSSION ITEMS: - Discussion of Strategic Planning session/results and next steps - President's report (David) - Director's Report (Tami) ~ Community poll results ~ October report to Council ~ Treasurer's Report
COMMITTEE REPORTS: - Design (Dave ~ Organization (Kristine) ~ Promotions (Joe) ~ Economic Restructuring (Tami)

(THIS MEETING CANCELLED) Tuesday, September 2, 5:45 p.m. - Alcohol Licensing Committee Meeting at Municipal Building Community Room. Agenda:
III. HEARING OF : *ALC Request for Update on status of Blackthorne Scribe's (Patrick Monoghan, Agent) granted, but not issued "Class B" Beer and Liquor License, and possible hearing of request for, and subsequent recommendation to Common Council regarding, extension of time to issue the granted but not issued license. (Previous ALC action indicated business must be operational by October 1, 2014).

Tuesday, September 2, 6:30 p.m. - Common Council Meeting at Municipal Building Community Room Agenda:
CALL TO ORDER, ROLL CALL, AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. CONSENT AGENDA CA-A Approval of Payment of Invoices Processed through 8/26/14. CA-B Acknowledgment of Receipt and Filing of the Following: *Library Board Minutes of 7/21/2014. CA-C Expedited Approval of the following items, per recommendation of City Staff: None Listed.
STAFF REPORTS: Assistant City Manager Report on Downtown East Gateway Project. Chuck Nass Presentation of Bird City Designation. City Manager • Proclamation Declaring September Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. • Proclamation Honoring Retiring Youth Services Librarian, Catherine Bloom. • Proclamation Honoring Star Spangled Day 9/12/14.
ORDINANCES – Second Reading O-1 Action on request from SOBO Properties LLC (Dennis and Eva Stanton) to impose R-2A Residential Overlay Zoning Classification on 288 S. Janesville Street property. (City Manager Request)
CONSIDERATIONS: C-1 (THIS ITEM DELETED) Discussion and possible action on Alcohol Licensing Committee’s recommendation on the possible request of Blackthorne Scribe’s (Patrick Monahan, Agent) for extension of time to activate previously approved, but not issued, “Class B” Beer and Liquor license (Previous ALC action indicated business must be operational by October 1, 2014). (City Clerk Request) C-2 Discussion and possible action to award the Woodland Drive Stormwater Project Contract to Forest Landscaping of Lake Mills, Wisconsin. (Asst. City Manager Request) C-3 Presentation and discussion regarding capital improvements to be included as part of the 2015 Capital Improvement Plan. (City Manager Request) C-4 Councilmember Requests for Future Agenda Items.
C-5 EXECUTIVE SESSION. Adjournment to Closed Session to reconvene approximately 20 minutes after adjournment to closed session. Items to be Discussed: Elkhorn Road Ventures LLC property foreclosure at the roundabout near Milwaukee St. / Elkhorn Rd. and Bluff Road. Reconvene into Open Session. Possible action related to Elkhorn Road Ventures LLC pilot payments, special charges and the County tax foreclosure of the property.

Thursday, September 4, 7am - School Board Policy Review Committee at District Central Office Agenda:
2. POLICIES/RULES/EXHIBITS A. Review School Safety Plan Draft B. Review Policies/Rules/Exhibits: 720, Safety Program; 721, Buildings and Grounds Inspections; 722.1, Injury Reporting; 722.1-Exhibit, Injury Report Form; 723.1, Fire Drills; 723.1-Rule, General Fire Drill Procedures; 723.2, Bomb Threats; 723.2-Rule, Bomb Threat Procedures; 723.2-Exh, Bomb Threat Checklist; 723.3, Emergency School Closings; 723.3-Rule, Procedures for Emergency School Closings Due to Inclement Weather; 723.4, Weather Emergency Plans; 723.4-Rule, Weather Emergency Procedures; 723.5, School Safety Response Plan; 723.5-Rule(1), General Safety Response Guidelines; 723.5-Rule(2), Safety Response Procedures for Weapons Situations; 723.5-Exhibit, Staff Emergency Response Guidelines; 724, Playground Safety; 724-Rule, Playground Safety Guidelines; 724-Exh, Playground Equipment Safety Checklist; 731.1, Locker Room Privacy; 731.3, Video Surveillance; 732, Building and Grounds Maintenance; 733, Energy Conservation; 740, Material Resource Management; 741, Maintenance and Control of Instructional Materials; 742, Authorized Use of School-Owned Equipment; 760, Food Service Program; 760-Rule, Food Service Program Fees; 771, Printing and Duplicating Services (Reproduction of Copyrighted Materials); 771-Rule, Duplicating Guidelines of Written Materials
3. FUTURE MEETINGS A. Consider Future Meeting Dates and Agendas

Thursday, September 4, 6 PM - Whitewater Landmarks Commission Meeting at City Manager's Conference Room Municipal Building. Agenda:
Call to Order - Call to Order and roll call - Approval of Agenda - Approval of Minutes - August 7, 2014 - Set date and time of next meeting - Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 6:00 PM - Hear Citizen Comments - Reports - Friends of the Mounds (Helmick) - Historical Society (Marshall) - Birge Fountain (Kienbaum) - Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve and Maintenance (Helmick) Unfinished Business - Plaques for Landmarks (Popke) - Budget - Present budget $1600 - Old Stone Mill Dam (Kienbaum) - New Business - Future Agenda Items - Good of the Order - Adjournment

(Sept. 1) Black River Falls Varsity Girls Volleyball Tournament
Coach Kathy Bullis - "The WHS Girls Volleyball Team started off with Black River Falls. We lost 18-25 and 10-25. The team struggled getting into a rhythm but kept their heads up and rebounded against Stanley-Boyd. In the first set the Whippets fell behind early but battled through and came back to win 18-25. Stanley-Boyd then rebounded and picked up their momentum and defeated the Whippets the next two sets, 7-25, 8-15. In the third round against an Arcadia team which hadn't lost a set in the first two rounds, adjustments were made in and the line-up which provided a spark in team chemistry. The Whippets provided a large block in the front row to basically shut down the 6'3" Arcadia middle hitter. Myriama Smith-Trajore, Nicole Frison and Sarah Schumacher stuff blocked her 3 times, which forced the powerful Junior to tip and roll shot. Emilie Kachel, Kailey Reynolds and Katy Carlson were able to respond defensively and pick up her off speed shots. Even though the Whippets played with much more confidence they came up short and lost two straight sets to Arcadia. Arcadia went on to win the tournament. After a short lunch break the girls came out with a spark and played confidently thus went on to beat Osseo-Fairchild 25-21 & 25-19 and Nakoosa 25-21 & 25-19.

I am very pleased with how this group of athletes remained focused and determined after losing the first three matches. The Whippet netters left the tournament feeling energized and excited to build on the positive play they produced and are looking forward to open up conference play Tuesday, September 9th vs McFarland. This will be Whippet Pride night. Please join us in wearing your red and white!"

Statistical Leaders

Aces: Sarah Schumacher and Emilie Kachel both had 4

Kills: Kailey Reynolds=13, Myriama S-T=14, Sarah Schumacher=15 and Faith Steinert=10

Digs: Emilie Kachel=52, Katy Carlson=8, Kailey Reynolds=15

Blocks: Myriama S-T, Sarah Schumacher and Nicole Frison combined for 11 total blocks!

Assists: Carmen Wyatt=22, Keely Fielder=10"

Emilie Kachel

(Sept. 1) Whitewater Farmers' Market Appreciation Day

To help celebrate its 23 years in the Whitewater Community the Whitewater Farmers' Market is having an Appreciation Day this Saturday September 6th. The Appreciation Day is for all the customers who have supported the Whitewater Farmers' Market during the 23 years. The market invites you to come this Saturday and have a piece of cake and some other goodies. While you are enjoying the goodies stop at the vendors and purchase local fresh produce. local honey, home made bakery, flowers, plants, and home made crafts. Again the Whitewater Farmers' Market would like to say thanks to the Whitewater community for supporting the market for 23 years. (The vendors of the Whitewater Farmers' Market)

(Sept. 1) Opening Day for School District Staff, last Thursday, included a staff recognition for years of Service.
5-Year Certificate - Tara-Lyn Albrecht, Jill Bergman, Lynnette Gmur, Bonnie Heller, Stacy Johnson, Jayme Mane, Sandra Ramirez, April Theriault, Shelly Treder, Wayne Trewyn
10-Year Lapel Pin - Jennifer Bolz, Chad Carstens, Dawn Donalds, Mary Geraghty, Naomi McDonald, Kate Mors, Susan Payne, Donna Schiltz
15-Year Golden Apple - Amy Houwers, Calli Laue, Michelle Kuhlow, Jennifer Perkins
20-Year Golden Bell - Shirley Cutshall, Pamela Duerst, Pamela Hookstead, Joanne Kyle
25-Year Crystal Bowl - Lorie Radke
30-Year - Crystal Iceberg - Mary Beal, Anne Kuske
35-Year Statue - Debra Brigham-Schmuhl
40-Year Pewter Tray - Barb Sheffield

District Administrator Eric Runez welcomed staff with comments and highlighted recent District successes.

Concluding the recognition of staff for years of service was the presenting to Barb Sheffield for 40-Years of service - a Pewter - Tray.

District Administrator noted the following successes:
- The District piloted an Educator Effectiveness program and is positioned for a well supported transition to the new evaluation system this year.
- The District was recognized as an Outstanding Music Education community.
- Three of the District Staff were selected as Kohl Scholar Fellows this past spring.
- The District facility maintenance and improvements through either the performance contract or the District planned projects support the commitment to an excellent educational environment for the students and staff.
- The District should celebrate some early student performance reports. The ACT composite increased for a second straight year and was almost two points higher than the state average. It was number 1 in Rock County and the Rock Valley Conference, Number 2 in Walworth County with only Williams Bay scoring better with their very different student demographic. Our high school's ACT composite is higher than all of the districts that touch our borders (including Fort, Milton and Elkhorn). This is a testament to the hard work of Mr. Parker and the entire High School staff, but it is also important to acknowledge that this is also a product of the tremendous work being done at every level in the District.
- Also, although still embargoed from the public, it looks like the District will have some celebrations with the soon to be released school report cards.
- Every person in WUSD should take pride in all of these accomplishments.

He concluded his remarks - "I wish you all a wonderful start to the new school year, and I am really glad you are all here. Thank you! "

(August 31) UWW Sports Update:

UW Women's Tennis Team

The UW Women's Tennis Team totaled 51 points to win the Warhawk Invite Saturday in Whitewater. The invite format included three singles brackets and three doubles brackets with three points awarded to each win in the championship side of the bracket and two points for a win in a third place match. Team standings were: 1. UW-Whitewater - 51 points 2. UW-La Crosse - 19 points 3. Carthage - 18 points 4. UW-Eau Claire - 16 points 5. Grinnell - 14 points 6. Augustana - 12 points 7. UW-Oshkosh - 10 points 8. Illinois Wesleyan - 0 points. For complete story

Volleyball Point celebration!

The UWW Volleyball Team cruised to two wins Saturday with back-to-back sweeps. The Warhawks defeated Carroll 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-19) before routing Edgewood 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-14) in their final match of the UW-Whitewater Invitational. For complete story

The UWW Women's Golf Team finished second in the 15-team field at the Tournament on the Border hosted by Carthage College at Bristol Oaks Country Club Saturday. For complete story

The UWW Men's Soccer Team fell to third-ranked Loras College 3-0 Friday at Fiskum Field in Whitewater to open the 2014 season. With the victory, Loras takes home the "Hawk Cup", the traveling trophy at stake when these two teams meet, for the fourth time. For complete story

(August 31) Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson, the Army's first female African-American Major General, gave an address as part of the UWW's annual Women in Higher Education Leadership event. General Anderson covered her journey from her childhood in Beloit and East St. Louis MO. She noted that “When I tell people I am from East St. Louis, it’s to suggest to them that I’m lucky I even made it out. But what I say to that is it makes you more determined to take that stereotype and turn it on its head.” She followed with many interesting comments on her progress to the position in the military and her civilian position as a lawyer. She is currently on leave from the United States Courts, where she serves as the Clerk of Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, located in Madison. For more on Major General Anderson check out the story by Amy Smith, staff writer, Daily Jefferson County Union.

Warhawk Battalion ROTC Cadet Rachel Liska hands a plaque that commemorates Major General Anderson's visit to campus to Professor of Military Science Lieutenant Colonel Carl Meredith who presented it to Major General Anderson. The plaque statement - "In appreciation of your commitment of time, mentorship, leadership and inspiration of our cadets, cadre, campus and community. "It's not important where you begin your journey; it's how and where you end it.""

(August 31) Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce - Spirit Tour Saturday, October 11th

October is the perfect time for some "spirits" and fun. Join us Saturday, October 11th for an evening. The bus will leave Public Parking Lot "G" behind the Chamber office at 6:45pm for Randy's Restaurant where refreshments and a little home brew will be served along with a presentation given by the Whitewater Historical Society on the history of the Pratt Institute. Then hop on the bus and visit sites around town and hear the tales of the past; maybe you'll see a "spirit" from yesterday. The tour will end with refreshments at Second Salem.

Tickets are $35 per person, only 46 tickets will be sold. Reserve your space for FUN today! Credit cards accepted. Call (262) 473-4005

Spiritualism & The Morris Pratt Institute By Carol Lohry Cartwright

(August 30) The Whitewater boys soccer team (1-1-1), hosted Sugar River Thursday evening, in a non-conference match and winning 2-0. Coming off a big win at McFarland earlier in the week, the team was ready. Both teams played solid throughout most of the first half with each having several scoring opportunities. Finally in the 40th minute of the first half, Mark Cuevas was able to take a loose ball in the Sugar River penalty box and put it past their keeper, Cullen Penny. The second half played much like the first with both teams battling in the midfield for control. In the 67th minute, Jake Walton, on an assist by Mark Cuevas, was able to find the back of the net, which made it 2-0, Whitewater. Coach Menager was very pleased with how his team communicated and controlled the pace of play. Once again, the defense was solid with notable play by Daniel Falcon, Keegan Stoneworth, and Chamath Gunawardena. Jimmy Cushman recorded his first shutout in goal with 4 saves. Bryce Parish also got some time in the net and recorded 2 saves. Whitewater is now 1-1-0 in conference and 2-1-1 overall. The Junior varsity continues to play well with a 2-2 tie against a strong Sugar River JV squad. The next varsity match will be Friday, August 30th, at home against Delavan, with a 6:45 pm start. (Rich Gunter)

Jake Walton kicks the second goal of the game.

Brodie Runez

Mark Cuevas

Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka

The Whitewater Boys soccer team (2-1-1),hosted the undefeated Delavan Comets Friday night. Delavan played a very fast paced game, which eventually wore down the Whippet defense. Whitewater unfortunately lost 3 defensive starters to injury mid-way through the first half which impacted the half. The key to Delavan's attack were Juan J. Rocha and Tigrio Huerta who accounted for all 6 Comet goals in the match. Whitewater had several chances during the match, but was kept out of the goal with good goalkeeping by Juan L. Rocha. The match was shortened with 10 minutes left in the second half due to lightning, with the Comets winning 6-0. Coach Menager commented that he was not disappointed with the overall play of his varsity squad, but acknowledged that Delavan was a very good team and this was a learning game for the Whippets. Jimmy Cushman was in net for Whitewater for the first half and 3 saves on 7 shots taken. Freshman Bryce Parrish minded the net in the second half and 2 saves on 4 shots.

Whitewater is now (2-2-1) The Junior varsity played a very aggressive game but fell 6-1 to a good Delavan JV team. The next match will be Tuesday, September 2nd, at home against East Troy. The JV game begins at 4:30 pm and the varsity match will begin at 6:30 pm.

(August 30) WHS Girls' Swim Team Conference Relays 2014 at Elkhorn

Girls' Conference Relay Team

Whippets put up a fantastic 4th place finish at Conference Relays after graduating a very talented senior class! Finishing ahead of the Whippets were the two Division 1 Co-op teams Burlington and Badger along with the Elkhorn team.
The Whippets were able to medal 3 relays:
3rd place 1000 Freestyle Crescendo - Sydney Hackney, Grace Fanshaw, Sara Foucault and Sydney Zimdars
3rd place 100 Freestyle - Sydney Zimdars, Debra Krebs, Grace Fanshaw and Sara Foucault
2nd place 400 Breaststroke - Anna Yeazel, Grace Fanshaw, Sydney Hackney and Sara Foucault

Incoming Freshman, Grace Fanshaw, made the lineup and a big splash in her 1st meet as a Whippet medalling in 3 relays. Super splits came from many swimmers tonight including the whole 200 Freestyle Relay of Sierra Minton, Shannon Kehoe, Ireland Marinaro and Madeline Kuhl; Sydney Hackney in the 100 IM; Ireland Marinaro and Shannon Kehoe in the 100 Backstroke; Sara Foucault in the 100 Breaststroke and Alyssa Nelson in the 100 Freestyle.

(Aug 30) The Whitewater Youth Football League is promoting their annual cookie dough fundraiser. Help your neighborhood kids out and be sure to purchase some delicious cookie dough before it's too late!

For the order form

(R) WYFL Players Ramon Wence and Brock Grosinske

(August 30) UW-Whitewater's Office of Continuing Education and Fairhaven Senior Services announce "Democracy Today: An International Perspective" as the theme for their fall community lecture series.
For over 30 years, UW-Whitewater faculty members have delivered more than 600 lectures to an estimated 20,000 attendees on topics from politics and history to art and technology.
Lectures in the "Democracy Today: An International Perspective" series will address questions such as: What is the state of democracy in the world today? Who are the advocates of democracy and how do they make their voices known in the ballot box, in street demonstrations, and via social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook? Presenters and community members will explore democracy's challenges and its future from the promise of the Arab Spring to the everyday witnesses of revolution, and in this way, examine our increasingly democratic world and what it really means to participate.

The titles and presenters of the lectures for the Fall Series are:
Monday, September 8 "Challenges to the Democracies of Great Britain, India, and Nigeria" Presented by Jane Gottlick, Lecturer, Political Science
Monday, September 15 "Democracy in Mali and Iran: Personal Accounts from International Students" Presented by Nana Maiga & Shirin Bouzari, International Undergraduate Students
Monday, September 22 "The 'Perpetual Crises of Democracy' in Latin America" Presented by Anne Hamilton, Lecturer, Political Science
Monday, September 29 "Trapped Between Colonial Legacies and Dysfunctional Leaders: Democratic Successes and Challenges in Nigeria" Presented by Adam Paddock, Assistant Professor, History
Monday, October 6 "The Arab Spring: Democracy and Social Protest in the Middle East" Presented by Molly Patterson, Assistant Professor, History
Monday, October 13 "Democracy in Retreat? The Challenge of Democracy After the "Third Wave'" Presented by F. Peter Wagner, Associate Professor, Political Science Monday, October 27 "The Transition to Democracy in Mexico: A Check-Up" Presented by Bert Kreitlow, Lecturer, History
Monday, November 3 "Is Democracy Possible in the Middle East? Exploring the Egyptian Spring" Presented by Hala Ghoneim, Assistant Professor, Languages and Literatures
Monday, November 10 "Internet in China: Enhancing Democracy or Net Vigilantism" Presented by Katrina Liu, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Monday, November 17 "Iran and Democracy" Presented by Zohreh Ghavamshahidi, Professor, Political Science

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 on line . If you have a disability and desire accommodations, please advise us as early as possible. Requests are confidential.

(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, Jim Miller. (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

Pictures by Peter Mischka courtesy of Bob Mischka

(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 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 .


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

SUNDAY 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.

Friday Sept. 12th - Red Cross Asks Individuals to Celebrate Life - Donating blood can mean the difference between life and death for many patients now in need. Whitewater - September 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.

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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