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(Sept. 30) Fairhaven Announces New Therapy Unit

Fairhaven Board and Staff members celebrated the completion of the Therapy Department expansion and renovation on September 24th. The unit includes a new, larger remodeled space and state of the art equipment to provide physical, occupational and speech therapy to Fairhaven residents and rehabilitation patients.




(Sept. 30) Whitewater Area League of Women Voters is celebrating its 50th year as a community organization on Saturday, October 11th, 9AM to noon.

The event is sponsored by the Whitewater Historical Society and will be held in the Depot Museum, 301 W. Whitewater Street. A 9AM opening ceremony will feature speakers from our local League, remarks by Andrea Kaminski (r), Executive Director of the State League, and a proclamation to be read by City Manager Cameron Clapper. There will be face painting all morning and a book reading for children at 10AM. League members will be on hand to register voters. The event is open and free to the public with refreshments catered by the SweetSpot Coffee Shoppe. To learn more about Whitewater Area LWV visit .




(Sept. 29) "Bellezza Hair Design" is now "Bellezza Hair Design & Spa!"

Starting Wednesday, October 1st they will begin offering a full range of massage services in their newly expanded space! With the addition of two luxurious massage rooms, their customers will now have the opportunity to indulge in 55, 85 or 115 minute massages! You can call 473-3580 today for your appointment!

One of two luxurious massage rooms!




(Sept. 29) All of those 59 unique and colorful kites that have graced downtown Whitewater all summer were auctioned and raised $3,425. The one-of-a-kind kites were auctioned off to the highest bidders during the Whitewater Arts Alliance's 10th and final (for a while) fundraiser at the Cultural Arts Center. The starting bid on all kites was $25 with the average of about $60 with the top bid on one kite for $305 and pictured below.

Roni Telfer led the public art project for the last 6 years!

Jim McCulloch was an entertaining auctioneer with drama!

"Fantasy Flight" metal kite with detachable sun glass ornamentation by Becky Schaefer had the top bid of $305.

Another top bid was for the "Free Range" by Dorothy Spurgat that went for $130.

Sponsored by the Whitewater Arts Alliance (WAA), the public art project has helped to make Whitewater a popular tourist stop each summer. For each of the last ten years the WAA has selected a theme, and local artists and enthusiasts have created lively interpretations on the basic forms. In recent years, the artwork was produced by professional and amateur artists, school children from pre-school to high school, community members, families, business owners … all with creative ideas to share. This year's theme was, "Up, Up and Away in Whitewater," and brought a record number of artists to the table.

The board of directors and members of the Whitewater Arts Alliance thank Home Lumber for cutting the kite forms; the Scharine Group for the metal kites; Rick Fassl for developing the prototypes; Chuck Nass and the City Crew for hanging the kites and making adjustments; Zingg Automotive for providing the clear coating; Kim Scharine and GMA Printing for distributing and storing the kites, and for being the general contact; Coburn Company for creating the number tags; Dave Saalsaa, Lyle Hunter, Joyce Follis, and Linda Long for helping to hang the kites; Jim McCulloch, Auctioneer; Marjorie Stoneman and Jim Stewart for publicity; Dawn Hunter for initiating the project; and the Public Art Committee and ALL KITE ARTISTS AND SPONSORS.




(Sept. 29) National Championship Teams Visit Governor's Estate

UWW coaches who won national championships during the 2013-14 academic year, as well as several of the institution's administrators, surround Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at his estate on Saturday, Sept. 27, in Madison. (Back row: Chancellor Richard Telfer; second row: head football coach Lance Leipold, head gymnastics coach Jen Regan, Gov. Walker, head baseball coach John Vodenlich, assistant men's basketball coach Nick Bennett, Provost Bev Kopper and director of athletics Amy Edmonds; front row: club wheelchair women's basketball coach Dan Price, club wheelchair men's basketball coach Jeremy Lade).

Representatives from each of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 2013-14 national championship teams were on hand to be recognized by Governor Scott Walker for their success during the last academic year at his estate in Maple Bluff Saturday.

Chancellor Telfer, Provost Kopper and Athletic Director Amy Edmonds, joined coaches and players from the six national championship teams including football, men's basketball, gymnastics, baseball, and men's and women's wheelchair basketball at the Governor's Mansion. Head football coach Lance Leipold presented Governor Walker with a personalized Warhawk football jersey.

Governor Walker offered his congratulations to representatives from the six teams for their success.




(Sept. 28) Craig Culver (yes, THAT Craig Culver) attended Elements for Success at the Whitewater University Technology Park Innovation Center to give the "scoop" on how a small family business in Sauk City, Wisconsin became a national franchise we all love so well. A larger than expected audience was in attendance - over 120 plus. There are 522 Culver's nationwide and more on the way and all using WI products; there might be a small change by using an out of state dairy next several months due to transportation costs. They will always just use WI cheese. Craig stated he will never go international or Hawaii or Alaska. His favorite custard "never ice cream" item is vanilla. He had an interesting and insightful question and answer session. Also the audience was treated to frozen custard and toppings.

Craig saw the packed room and helped bring additional chairs in for everyone to have a seat. A hands on CEO!

The details of the growth of Culver's as noted by Craig was based on family input, people orientation of "please, thank you and a smile" and product quality.

Craig Culver with WHS Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) student Ashley Rinebold, FBLA Advisor Cynthia Teal and FBLA student Hunter Riedel.

Craig conversing with Jim Caldwell, President First Citizens State Bank and his daughter Jenna.




(Sept. 28) There was a short dedication ceremony for the memorial of Marti Schultz held after school at LINCS Elementary.

Marti Schultz spent her teaching career in Whitewater starting at Lakeview and then moved to Lincoln which is where she was teaching when she retired. Marti's sister, Delone Hoganson, from Black River Falls, her cousin, Marilyn Bishop from Ettrick, WI, close friends, former colleagues and parents from the school district were in attendance.

Marti's sister, Delone Hoganson, spoke at the dedication with The Marti Schultz Memorial committee: Bonnie Bronson-Hefty, Kathy Ponyicsanyi, Kim Monk and Sue Halbach. Words of welcome and great thanks and appreciation were spoken by Delone. The memorial committee spoke as to how and why each memorial was chosen to honor Marti, thank yous were said to all those who helped the committee along this memorial journey as well as the sharing of special memories of her that each had experienced as her friend.

The memorial committee collected over $1200.00 in donation contributions, which were used to purchase and plant a limelight hydrangea tree in the front lawn area of the new landscaping of LINCS Elementary this summer... a rock engraved with the words, "Remembering Marti Schultz with love and friendship" which was set under the tree... and 4 picnic tables that are set up in the former arboretum area that Marti had at one time created for Lincoln School when she taught there. The remaining money along with whatever donations continue to come in will be put into the on-going LINCS Scholarship Fund that is designated for a graduating senior that went to LINCS during his or her elementary years.

A few of the 30 staff and friends of Marti in attendance at the event listening to the speakers and note the limelight hydrangea tree and engraved rock.

Marti's friends wanted to honor Marti in a way that would not only live on in her memory, but would also commemorate Lincoln (LINCS) Elementary. The Marti Schultz Memorial committee would like to sincerely and gratefully thank all those who contributed a donation in her memory. Through the loss and memory of our friend along with the collected memorials we can extend her life in ways to add beauty and good to a place where she did what she loved to do.... teach.

In our extension of appreciation, the committee would also like to thank Eric Runez, School District Administrator, for permitting the planting of the memorial tree on the LINCS school grounds; Cindy Wiedenhoeft, District Custodial Supervisor, for working with the committee on the kind of planting that would work with the school's needs and District's regulations along with also watering it in its early stages of planting; Mary Kilar, LINCS School principal and the LINCS staff for welcoming the memorial choices with open arms; the K&W Nursery in Janesville for so kindly and helpfully directing us on our final tree of choice and for delivering and planting it when needed; Dave Halbach for assembling the picnic tables, Ruby Schroeder for being "help us as needed" list for phone calls and information and finally, the Banner. Because of the help from all these people, the committee was able to pull this memorial together for Marti, whom we feel would be very pleased with the final results.

Kathy Ponyicsanyi explaining the possible uses of the picnic tables for outdoor class use by LINCS students and staff

For those that are interested in still contributing a donation to the Marti Schultz Memorial, please send your donation to: Sue Halbach 159 N. Esterly Ave. Whitewater, WI 53190 Please make your check out to Sue Halbach and write Marti Schultz Memorial in the memo.... thank you. Sue will make sure it gets into the Scholarship Fund.




(Sept. 27) At the 77th annual Janesville Midwest Invitational, the Whitewater Girls' Cross Country Team fared well in a meet that saw over 3000 runners compete from 4 states (Illinois, Iowa, Texas and Wisconsin) totaling 40+ schools.

Sarah Ziolkowski

Andrea Sandoval

Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka

Coach Chad Carstens - "This meet has three different races available to put athletes so the squad doesn't represent the team all in one. Five girls ran their season best time to date. In the first event of the day, the girls' freshman/sophomore race, freshman Allisan Barrett ran an incredibly tactically sound race finishing in 13th overall out of 131 to earn a top 20 medal. This was a breakthrough day for her and the confidence gained going forward. Rebekah Schumacher performed strong in 86th and Alayna Mikulski completed the race for Whitewater with her season best time also in 122nd.
In the girls Varsity race, Sarah Ziolkowski and Andrea Sandoval finished one second apart in 28th and 29th respectively out of 213 finishers. This afforded them both a top 30 medal which is a tall order in such a top heavy division one meet. Andrea was the surprise performer of the meet stunning not only her coaches but herself in what she is really capable of. She was so focused and looked up through the race moving forward and trying to catch her teammate in Sarah. Catching Sarah seemed to be a powerful motivator for her. Abby King ran a season best finishing in 93rd. Rounding out the varsity competition was Amanda Herold in 192nd. Carolina Oezers was the lone competitor in the JV race finishing 364th. Results can be found here under the "77th Annual Midwest Invitational" heading. . Next up is the Rock Valley North Division Championship Hosted by Whitewater HS at UWW on Tuesday."


At the 77th annual Janesville Midwest Invitational, the Whitewater Boys' Cross Country Team fared well in a meet that saw over 3000 runners compete from 4 states (Illinois, Iowa, Texas and Wisconsin) totaling 40+ schools.

James Ehlen

Jon Zimdars

Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka

Coach Chad Carstens - "This meet has three different races available to put athletes so the squad doesn't represent the team all in one. Nine different boys' raced their season best today under the warm sunny skies at Blackhawk Golf Course in Janesville. First to compete were the freshman/sophomore boys. Jimmy King led the team in this event finishing in 50th out of 196. Jakob Gmur continues to impress as he and Justin Brantmeier ran together through two miles but Jakob was able to pull away the last 1.1 miles. Jakob finished in 96th and Justin was 110th. Steven Witt wasn't too far behind and was eager to catch them finishing in 119th. Elliot McCulloch had his first opportunity to feel a side stitch while trying to race. It cost him quite a bit as he finished an unusual 149th. Next up were the varsity boys again led by James Ehlen. He came home in 81st (out of 256) while trying to work through a hip injury. Jon Zimdars was challenged by a faster start in his race netting him his best time this season and a 110th placing. Jason Shelbourn and Nathan Barrett were doing their best in this stacked field and it showed as they both turned in season best times and placing 210th and 211th overall. Lastly, Alfredo Gomez nudged ahead of his season best time to place 240th. In the final event of the day, the JV boys put together a solid performance in the largest field of the day. In all, there were 618 runners in this event. Mitch Dalzin crossed the line in 409th, running a PR of 23:20. Jack Downs finished 469th, Nathaniel Jeppsen 501st and Nathan Cagney finished 534th. The boys have been working their way through some injuries and illnesses and look to get everything back on track in the coming weeks as the 12-team conference championship approaches in October. Results can be found here under the "77th Annual Midwest Invitational" heading Next up is the Rock Valley North Division Championship Hosted by Whitewater HS at UWW on Tuesday."



(Sept. 27)Homecoming Football game WHS 13 Jefferson 43

Team Captains - Peter McCrea, Jordan Peterson, Tommy DuVal and Bryan Parker.

John Saylor

Josh Brown

Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka
Whitewater   vs. Jefferson  
       
First Downs 10   First Downs 13
Rushing Attempts 33   Rushing Attempts 45
Yards Rushing 152   Yards Rushing 252
Yards Passing 63   Yards Passing 93
Total Yards Gained 215   Total Yards Gained 345
Pass Attempts 15   Pass Attempts 9
Pass Completions 3   Pass Completions 4
Had Intercepted 1   Had Intercepted 1
Fumbles 3   Fumbles 1
Fumbles Lost 2   Fumbles Lost 1
Penalties 12   Penalties 7
Yards Penalized 102   Yards Penalized 70
Statistics courtesy of Samantha Hookstead
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Final
Jefferson 14 15 7 7 43
Whitewater 0 6 0 7 13

WHS Scoring
With 10:17 left in the second John Saylor 18 yd run Peter McCrea kick failed
With 3:52 left in the fourth Jordan Peterson 56 yd run McCrea kick good

WHS Rushing Attempts Yards TD
John Saylor 16 86 1
Jordan Peterson 10 76 1

Passing Attempts Comp Yards Int
Josh Nast 7 2 48 1



(Sept. 27) WHS Soccer 3 East Troy 1

Jake Riemer with a header into the net for the second WHS goal. He made another goal the same way a little later in the game

Freshman Roberto Navejas has his shot blocked by the East Troy goalie.

Pictures by Peter Mischka and courtesy of Bob Mischka



(Sept. 27) WHS Volleyball 0 McFarland 3

Emilie Kachel

Keely Fiedler

File pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka

The Middle School Volleyball 8th Grade Team won their first home game against Lake Geneva bringing their overall record to 2-1. Next game will be Monday September 29 vs East Troy at 3:45. Come show your support. The Whippets are coached by Teshona Bennett.




(Sept. 27) You have a Will or a Trust: What Now? What else do you need? What should you have on hand? How do you plan ahead? What can you expect? Get the Answers at the two part workshop "And Then There Was One: End of Life Readiness" being held at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library in Whitewater, WI on October 7 & 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Sometimes it's sudden. Sometimes there is time to prepare but it's filled with health concerns. Most times there has not been a lot of discussion about it before it happens. When it happens, there is immediate change. Life will no longer be the same. There can be feelings of shock, isolation, confusion, anger, panic, intense sadness, relief and guilt. People who did not get along well before it happened will probably get along worse.
A death can cause all of these things to one degree or another. One out of one of us will die. We can make our passing easier for the ones we leave behind by being PRE-pared and talking about it with our loved ones.
One way to be PRE-pared is to attend the workshop called "End of Life Preparedness." The workshop is based on a workbook called "And Then There was One" written by Charlotte Fox of Flagstaff, Arizona. Charlotte's husband of three years died beside her in bed in his early fifties. It was so devastating and the paperwork was so horrendous, Charlotte designed the workbook with 70 checklists and memory prompter pages for you to complete. You can find out more at her website:

The workshop includes speakers: a lawyer, a banker, a hospice representative and a tax specialist. It is free. The workbook costs $30. You are not required to purchase a workbook to attend. Charlotte and I are anxious to get the information to you. Refreshments will be served.

There is no charge unless you choose to purchase the workbook; however, for coordination purposes, please register at the library by calling 262-473-0530. Not sure yet if you can make this date? Please call and make a tentative registration to assist with planning for copies, etc.




(27 Sept.) Delta Kappa Gamma Chapter of Women Educators met September 25, 2014.
They began their meeting with an interesting tour of the Whitewater Innovation Center. Roger Gerndt, Director of the Center, was their guide as he informed the group of the various entrepreneurs using the facilities. He answered many questions the group had. After the tour the chapter, with guests, enjoyed their dinner meeting at Cold Spring Inn. Following their meeting representatives from the Whitewater Unified School District presented the group with a program on the school's referendum that will be on the November 4th ballot.

Roger Gerndt with the Chapter members and guests at the Whitewater Innovation Center

Nathan Jaeger: District Director of Business, Bunny Schoen: President of Delta Kappa Gamma, Eric Runez: District Administrator, and Doug Parker: High School Principal.




(Sept. 27) The Fall Early Literacy Classes begin soon at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library. Registration is required and can be done in person or by phone.
Lapsit classes includes children from birth through 18 months and will meet Tuesdays at 10:00 am for thirty minutes.
Toddlers include children 18 months through 3 years and will meet on Wednesdays at 10:00 am for 45 minutes.
Preschoolers meet on Thursdays from 10:00 to 10:45 am.
Preschool Early Literacy classes are for children 3 to 5 years old.

This Fall's weekly themes are for the week of October 6: Hello, Goodbye, October 13: Autumn, October 20: Pumpkins and Apples, October 27: Halloween, November 3: Colors, November 10: Counting, November 17: Alphabet, December 1: Winter, December 8: Winter Animals, and December 15: Holidays. There will be no Early Literacy Classes the week of November 24.

For more information About Early Literacy Classes, please contact Deana Rolfsmeyer, Youth Educational Services Librarian at 262-473-0530 or drolfsmeyer@whitewater-wi.gov. To register your child please visit the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library at 431 W. Center Street, Whitewater, or call 262-473-0530.




(Sept. 27) Whitewater Aquatic & Fitness Center Swim Lessons Oct 30 - Nov. 13th and Nov. 22 Jan. 10th.




(Sept. 27) The Miss Q Contest, sponsored by AgSource Cooperative Services, rewards junior dairy exhibitors for superior dairy practices. Four youth were recognized at the Walworth County Fair. Rachael Vanderstappen, Lake Geneva; Riley Davis, Sharon; Rebecca Schmidt, Delavan; and Avery Jacobs, Darien, Wis. were each awarded the Miss Q title and given the opportunity to sell one half-gallon of milk at the Miss Q Auction, held during the fair.

AgSource Miss Q Contest award winners and successful auction buyers are joined by royalty and contest sponsors at the 2014 Walworth County Fair (L to R): Daniel Carpenter, Rick Henningfield, Carlie O'Donnell, Lisa Konkel, Miriam Smith and Geanne Case representing the Big Foot FFA Alumni, Emily Cerny-2014 Fairest of the Fair, 1st Lactation Winner Rachel Vanderstappen, 2nd Lactation Winner Riley Davis, Nancy and Marty Vanderstappen, Steve Schmidt, 3rd Lactation Winner Rebecca Schmidt, Richard and Letha Kuecker, 4th Lactation Winner Avery Jacobs, Patty Lauderdale, Emily Watson-2014 Fair Royalty and Rodney Davis, AgSource Cooperative Services.

Cows on a processed DHI testing program that have completed a first, second, third or fourth-or-higher lactation were eligible for the award. The cow in each lactation class with the highest milk quality, determined by the lowest average linear score (somatic cell count), was declared the winner. Proceeds from the auction were awarded to the winning youth exhibitors to assist with further development of their dairy projects or finance their post secondary educations.

Rachael Vanderstappen, a member of Lake Geneva Big Foot FFA Chapter and daughter of Marty and Nancy Vanderstappen, captured the first lactation award. Her quality milk pitcher sold for $700.00. Lisa Konkel, representing the Big Foot FFA Alumni, was the successful bidder.

Riley Davis earned the second lactation AgSource Miss Q Award. Marty and Nancy Vanderstappen, representing Dutch-Made Farms of Lake Geneva, Wis., purchased her half-gallon of milk for $1,200. Riley is the daughter of Rodney and Theresa Davis and a member of the Big Foot Pioneer 4-H Club.

Rebecca Schmidt was the AgSource Miss Q third lactation winner. Rebecca, is the daughter of Steve and Pauline Schmidt and a member of the Richmond 4-H Club. Her half-gallon of quality milk was purchased for $1,000 by a syndicate comprised of Richard Kuecker - Elkhorn, the Coburn Co. - Whitewater and the Whitewater Veterinary Clinic.

The AgSource Miss Q fourth lactation winner was Avery Jacobs, a member of the Sharon 4-H Club and the son of Dan and Sue Jacobs. His half-gallon of quality milk was purchased by Patty Lauderdale of Sugar Creek Mutal Insurance, Elkhorn, Wis., for $1,300.

Bidding was spirited at this year's auction. Contenders included: Merry Water's Farm-Lake Geneva, Stateline Vet Clinic-Darien, Rick Adams-S-C-DAIRY SYNDICATE-Sugar Creek Dairy, AI Supply-Gale Shelboure, Homestead Hoof Care-Tyler Guarido, Wedige Radiator, BMO-Harris Bank-Janesville and the Scharine Group-Whitewater.

Complete Feeds of Sharon, Wis., represented by Jeff Johnson and Adam Watkins, presented each AgSource Miss Q Lactation Winner with an additional $150 cash award. Katy Katzman and Jason Kollwelter donated the 2014 Miss Quality Contest banners, as well as milk and cookies enjoyed during the auction and dairy show and Gary Finley served as the auctioneer for the event.

AgSource, a member-owned cooperative, headquartered in Verona, Wis., is a leader in agricultural and environmental laboratory analysis and information management services. A subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International, AgSource provides services to clients in the United States and across the globe. Learn more .




(Sept. 27) Heroin Summit at UWW Hyland Hall on Starin Road Wednesday Oct 1- Informational Booths 5:30 - 9pm and Seminar 6:30 - 8:30pm.




(Sept. 25) Three of the seven red pop up tents that the National Guard loaned to the Discover Whitewater Series for medical stations on the Half Marathon race on Sunday are missing. Volunteer assistants and others who may have helped in the tent pickup and know the location should contact Jeff Knight - Email jpk@knightpublicaffairs.com or Telephone 920-728-0662.

The tents were located at Schwaeger Drive before Fremont St. near mile marker #3, Clay St. near Taft St. near mile marker #9 and near mile marker #12 at Walworth and Scott St. Volunteers are asked to help locate them as early as possible.

The National Guard made the event very special, let's see what we can do to find their tents today.




(Sept. 25) Irvin L. Young Memorial Library PUMPKIN PROGRAM Thursday Oct 2nd at 7pm.




(Sept. 25) League of Women Voters – Whitewater Area to Host Candidate Forums for State Senate District 15 and State Assembly District 43 Races

THE LWV is sponsoring two candidate forums on Saturday, October 4th in advance of the November 4th general election. A forum for State Senate District 15 candidates will be held from 10AM-11:30AM with League member Ben Penwell serving as moderator. A forum for State Assembly District 43 candidates will be held from 1PM -2:30PM with League member Marion Burrows serving as moderator. Both forums will take place in the Whitewater City Hall Council Chambers, 301 W. Whitewater Street. Candidates running for open seats in these districts are listed below. Questions for the candidates are drawn from the audience, so the League encourages your participation. The candidates were also recently mailed a Candidate Questionnaire developed by the League board. Their responses will be posted on the League’s website, on Monday, September 29th.

District 15 Senate Candidates
Janis Ringhand 412 Fowler Circle Evansville, WI 53536-1220
Brian Fitzgerald 3906 Capella Dr. Janesville, WI 53546-3519

District 43 Assembly Candidates
Andy Jorgensen 1148 Brown Dr. Milton, WI 53536-1783
Leon Herbert W5795 Hoge Rd Ft. Atkinson, WI 5353-8928




(Sept. 25) Doug Turley, WHS Graduate, has been battling Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," for several years. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. On Sunday October 12th, he will lead Team Turley in the the 2014 ALS Walk in the Milwaukee area. Please consider lending your support to Team Turley. To find out more, use this link:

Doug Turley actively participated in the phenomena which was the 2014 #ALSicebucketchallenge. Not only did he challenge himself (be sure to see his video), but he was the brains behind and impetus for several others. Check out Doug's multiple video postings using this link: http://www.youtube.com/user/dasturley1

Check out WHS Class of 1981 challenge:




(Sept. 24) Calling All Future Girl Scouts!!!

Girls from Cadette Troop #3336 donated books to all the Free Little Libraries in town for their first meeting of the year. They would like to remind all families interested in joining Girl Scouts to attend the NEW Girl Registration event being held this Friday, September 26 from 6-7:30pm at Starin Park. Can't make the event and have questions? Please contact Sara Rupnick, Recruitment Specialist at 608-237-1144 or RupnickS@gsbadgerland.org




(Sept. 23) Parents, grandparents, business people, educators and other community members are banding together through Whitewater YES to help encourage people to vote in favor of the Whitewater Unified School District Referendum on November 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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UPCOMING EVENTS IN DATE SEQUENCE

WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 1 - Studio 84 Program - Early Bird Registration by Oct. 1


Free Estate Planning Seminar on Thursday, October 2nd at 1:30pm at the Whitewater Seniors in the Park Center. This is being presented by Senior Strategies Asset Protection, and Gromowski Law Firm. Contact Deb at the Senior Center if interested in attending at 262-473-0535.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 4 - GRAND OPENING!


Monday, October 6 - Like playing COMPETITIVE basketball? Signup and parent meeting at The Middle School MPR on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Boys and girls, in grades 4th - 8th, interested in signing up for competitive traveling basketball should attend the October 6th meeting to discuss the upcoming season, register players, collect fees and introduce coaches. Eligible participants must be residents of Whitewater or enrolled in the WUSD. All players and parents should attend. If you are unable to attend, please contact Matt Amundson at wwytbc@gmail.com.
Register online at or visit the club's website to print the registration packet.


PREFER RECREATIONAL BASKETBALL? Whitewater Recreation Department has what you need! Youth Basketball Instruction for girls and boys grades K-2 Youth Basketball League for girls and boys grades 3-6 Register online


SATURDAY - OCTOBER 11th - The Annual Whitewater Arts Alliance Members Show and Sale will be exhibited at the Whitewater Cultural Arts Center, 402 West Main Street, from Thursday, Oct. 9 to Saturday, Nov. 1.
The gallery will be open Thursday through Sunday each week from 12:00 to 5:00 P.M. The Whitewater Arts Alliance invites the public to an opening reception on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. Viewing the exhibit is free of charge and open to anyone interested in the visual arts and crafts.

The Members Show exhibits both art and craft pieces by Whitewater Arts Alliance members in any 2-D or 3-D medium completed during 2014. The Alliance encourages each artist or craft-person to submit up to three pieces.

Anyone can become a member of the Whitewater Arts Alliance by completing a membership form and choosing a contribution level. Membership Form .
Entry Form and Liability Release -
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Show visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite pieces from Oct. 9 to Oct. 19. The pieces with the four highest numbers of votes will be photographed to be made into note cards. After the close of voting, Virginia Epps will notify the winners. On Saturday, Nov. 1 at 3:00 P.M., a WAA representative will announce the viewers' choice awards. The Whitewater Arts Alliance is pleased to give the members whose pieces are chosen for the note cards a set of 24 cards. If all systems work well, the note cards will be available to the artists and for purchase that day.

Members of the Whitewater Arts Alliance should submit their art and/or craft pieces on Saturday, Oct.4 between 1:00 and 3:00 P.M. Artists and craft-persons should pick up their art and/or craft pieces after the note card distribution on Saturday Nov. 1.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 11th - 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


Muscular Dystrophy Dance For A Cure -Saturday October 18, from 6 pm to 11 pm. at Wanda's Waterfront, LLC Restaurant & Banquet Hall 292 S Wisconsin St. They will have raffles and food. Bar will be opened for purchasing drinks. Petty Thieves will be playing from 7 pm. to 11 pm. Admission is a donation at the door to MDA. The reason for this event is because it affects Pam Brotzman's family. She has 3 family members with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and her family has lived with 9 generations of family with MDA. Fighting for a cure for those that fight the fight. Over the years her family used to do the MDA Carnivals at the Sentry Foods Store in the parking lot. They have opted for the dance and raffles. If anyone would like to volunteer the night of the event please contact Pam Brotzman at p.brotzman@yahoo.com or through the event page on Facebook.

Check out Facebook event page and the many more donations they have received also three of the many donations pictured below.


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DEATH NOTICES - MEMORIALS





Charles Alan Moyes, age 67, of Helenville, WI passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at the Fort Memorial Hospital in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.
Charles was born in Morris Township, New Jersey on January 24, 1947, the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Weaver) Moyes.
He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, serving on the USS Ticonderoga Aircraft Carrier.
On December 11, 1971, Charles married Ella Wells in Whitewater, Wisconsin.
He worked at the A.O. Smith Company. Charles enjoyed model trains and working with Operation Migration for the Whooping Cranes.
Surviving are: Wife: Ella Moyes, Helenville, WI, Two Daughters: Christina Moyes, Golden Valley, MN and Melanie (Paul) Rue, Jefferson, WI, Three Grandchildren: Lilin, Amelia, and Eli, Sister: Patricia Schmid, DeForest, WI, Brother: Richard Moyes, Louisville, KY, Brother: Clifford Moyes, Horicon, WI, Sister: Dorothy (Kermit) Singer, Baraboo, WI, and Sister: Elizabeth (Joe) Wagi, Fort Atkinson, WI
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Sherry Ann Moyes, and a sister Margaret Moyes.
Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 11:00AM at the Nitardy Funeral Home Chapel, 550 N. Newcomb Street, Whitewater, Wisconsin with Terry Deland officiating.
Interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Whitewater, Wisconsin.
Visitation will be from 10-11AM on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at the Nitardy Funeral Home Chapel, Whitewater, WI.
Nitardy Funeral Home of Whitewater is assisting the family.






(Sept. 26) PAUL WILLIAM LAURITZEN passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on September 26, 2014.
He was born July 9, 1932 in Valparaiso, IN, the son of Carl and Edna Lauritzen. Paul grew up in Glen Ellen and Rock Island, IL. He graduated from Augustana College (IL) in 1954 where he played basketball setting many school records. He was inducted into Augie's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982.
Paul served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956. He married Lois M. Wilson in 1955 in East Moline, IL.
He earned his master's degree at Western Illinois in Counseling and Guidance and his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in 1964 in School Psychology.
Paul taught Physical Education, coached and was a Guidance Counselor in several schools in Illinois and Iowa. In 1964, he came to UWW and started the Special Education Department where he served as chairman for 19 years. He was also instrumental in starting the Disabled Services Department. He was a member of many national and state professional organizations as well as local boards and committees.
Paul loved his family, his woods, gardening, bicycling, basketball and teaching in the classroom as well as in life's many settings. He enjoyed mentoring youth to share interests and to develop talents.
Paul is survived by his wife Lois, daughter Lisa (Stuart) Smith of WY, son Jeff (Jeri) Lauritzen of Brookfield, daughter Karen (Larry) Centro of NJ along with grandchildren Elesif and Damon Smith, Katie Lauritzen Prestegard, Cara Lauritzen, Matt Lauritzen, and Francesco and Ana Centro. A brother Peter of Port Townsend, WA, a sister Bertha Mount of Evanston, IL and nieces and nephews also survive him.
A Memorial Service will be planned at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to The Nature Conservancy or to Fairhaven Senior Services.
Nitardy Funeral Home of Whitewater is assisting the family.


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