"Faces of Whitewater"

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A (Very) Brief History of Whitewater By Carol Cartwright, Whitewater Historical Society

A Guide to Touring Historical Whitewater (1836-2004)

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Local Media

UWW Royal Purple
Daily Jefferson County Union
My Walworth County Walworth County Today (Janesville Gazette)
7eJanesville Gazette
Wisconsin State Journal
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin Newspapers

Whitewater Community TV - Channel 990 Schedule
Channel 3 Madison
Channel 4 Milw.
Channel 6 Milw.
Channel 12 Milw
Radio AM 940 WFAW - Fort Atkinson
Jefferson County Living/
Government - Education


Urban Forestry Committee

CITY - 2017 John's Garbage, Recycle and Bulk Collections

TOWNSHIP - 2017 John's Garbage, Recycle and Bulk Collections
School District
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High School Facebook
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Lincoln Facebook
District Adminstrator's Blog
District Adminstrator's Twitter
Irvin L. Young Memorial Library
Walworth County
Jefferson County


Aquatic Center
Chamber of Commerce

Community Development Authority

Dog Park
Downtown Whitewater Inc.
/Greater Whitewater Committee
Historical Society

Makerspace Whitewater - Calendar
Rainbow Hospice Care - Whitewater plus

UWW Young Auditorium
Movie Theater
Whitewater Police Department Face Book
Whitewater Country Club
Whitewater Police Department Newsletters
Whitewater Area League of Women Voters Newsletters
Whitewater Arts Alliance Newsletters
For Seniors in the Park Newsletters

Assembly of God
B'nai Abraham Congregation
For Area Jewish community - Beloit

Christus Ev. Lutheran Church
Community of Christ the Servant
St. Patrick Catholic Church
CrossPointe Community Church
/Congregational - United Church of Christ
Church of the First Born
First English Lutheran
First United Methodist
Kettle Moraine Baptist
LaGrange United Methodist Church
Living Word Fellowship
Millard Community Church
Richmond United Methodist Church
St. John Evangelical Lutheran (WELS)
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lakes - For area Unitarian members - Elkhorn
Banks and Credit Unions

Associated Bank
Commercial Bank
First Citizens Bank
Fort Community Credit Union
University of WI Credit Union

Any City Organization that would like a link in this column please use Email at the bottom of the page to request a posting, thanks!
Whitewater Arts Alliance
Bassett House
Bethel House - Ecumenical Program for Families in Need
Community Cat
Cub Scouts Pack #173
Friends of Noah - Animal Rescue
Greater Whitewater Committee
Fourth of July Committee
J-Hawks Swim
Kiwanis Breakfast Club - Facebook/
MatHawks Wrestling
Pig in the Park - Event
Rotary Club

Touched By A Paw -No kill cat shelter and rescue.
Studio 84

UWW Women's Ultimate Frisbee Club
W3 - Working for Whitewater's Wellness
VFW Post 5470 will be meeting at the American Legion/Veterans Building on Wisconsin Street the 3d Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Whitewater Fiber Guild
Whitewater Hang Gliding Club
League of Women Voters - Whitewater Area
Whitewater Lake Association
Whitewater Youth Basketball Club (WYBC)
Whitewater Youth Football League (WYFL)
Whitewater Youth Soccer Club

Wisconsin Makers
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National Newspapers

Christian Science Monitor
Los Angeles Times
NY Times
Roll Call Capitol Hill
USA Today
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post
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The Wheeler Report
Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance

CBS Sports
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Fox Sports WI
NCAA Div 3
WHS Whippets Facebook


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. • April 1st - 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

Help Wanted - General Laborer The Town of Whitewater is hiring a seasonal, part-time person to perform lawn mowing, street maintenance, and other miscellaneous duties. Flexible 20 hours per week. Must be 18 with a valid driver's license. CDL beneficial but not required. Pay is $12 per hour. Application is available at www.townofwhitewater.org, at Town Hall, W8590 Willis Ray Road, or call 262-473-4639. Application deadline is March 31.

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
City of Whitewater Job Openings
Fairhaven Senior Services/

Fort HealthCare Job and Provider Openings
Generac Power Systems Job Opportunities

iPacesetters - data management, and CRM sectors

UWW Job Opportunities

Whitewater Unified School District Job Opportunities
ZINGG Motors - Jobs
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(March 28) Whitewater Community Foundation Announces Community Action Grant Deadline

Twice a year, the Whitewater Community Foundation offers Community Action Grants for projects that our community and board of directors believe worthwhile and beneficial to various segments of the population. Grant proposals are due on April 30 this year. Decisions for funding will be made by the board of directors by end of the following month. Should this deadline be missed, there will be an opportunity to submit a grant proposal in October of 2017.

The Whitewater Community Foundation's mission is to "enhance quality of life in the Whitewater area via educational, cultural, charitable or benevolent expenditures." The Whitewater Community Foundation provides seed money for nonprofit projects that benefit Whitewater and residents of Whitewater. The Foundation looks for creative or innovative projects that address community needs and can kickstart a project that does not depend upon renewal of funding. In the past, the Foundation has awarded grants in program areas such as after school and summer camp STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) programming for children, playground equipment for children and adults, murals, environmental education, music and entertainment for community events, training for disabled artists, and projects that support community health.

For more about the selection and granting process and for more on the Grant applications . Additional questions can be sent through the contact link on the website or to Brienne Brown at info@whitewatercommunityfoundation.org

(March 28) The faculty at Whitewater High School has selected (L-R) Maribel Pena, Ali Ketterhagen and Abby Gnatzig, to attend Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh, June 18-23, 2017!

The girls were selected based on their interest in government and citizenship, scholastic rating in the upper half of their classes and outstanding qualities of leadership, good moral character, cooperativeness, dependability and participation in extra-curricular activities. Maribel, Ali, and Abby, will develop their leadership skills, learn more about WI system of government and traditions. Congratulations girls!

(March 27) The Big Foot Union High School District School Board announced the selection of four finalists for the District Administrator position and includes Douglas Parker (R), Principal at Whitewater High School.

The others are: Jeffrey Thake, Superintendent of Amboy School District in Amboy, Illinois; Dr. Amy Van Deuren - Principal at West Allis Central High School and Dr. William White - Principal at Williams Bay High School.

(March 27) Wisconsin Makers Inc., a regional community makerspace located in Whitewater, invites the public to participate in its second annual iron pour on Saturday, April 1.

This is a family-friendly event, with adults and children of all ages welcome. The doors open at 9 a.m. Participants will be provided a square-shaped "scratch" mold that they can personalize with their own design. Each scratch mold must be completed no later than 11:15 a.m.

At noon, the "pour team" led by Teresa "Tree" Lind, a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater lecturer of art and design, will fill each mold with molten cast iron. Student art majors will present the completed castings to the artists afterward around 2 p.m.

Participants may sign up early and purchase their molds . The per-person cost is $25. Availability of molds is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Refreshments and brats will be available for participants as they watch Lind and the UW-Whitewater students in action.

Wisconsin Makers is located at 200 East Clay St. in Whitewater, at the intersection of Clay and Wisconsin streets across from the American Legion Hall. It is handicapped-accessible.

(March 27) The City of Whitewater will be hosting a reception for the candidates for the Finance and Administrative Services Director on March 29, 2017, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Whitewater Innovation Center, 1221 Innovation Drive. No formal actions will be taken at this gathering. This event is open to the public.

(March 27) First Citizens State Bank has announced the promotion of Nate Parrish to President, with Jim Caldwell continuing in his role as Chief Executive Officer.

Jim Caldwell stated, "Nate Parrish has been a valuable and significant part of the bank's management team. He has been involved with all aspects of the bank and has led the way in keeping the bank current with advances in technology in addition to heading up the Lending functions of the Bank".

Nate joined the bank in 2011 as Executive Vice President with several years of banking experience in Tomah, Wisconsin.

Nate has been active in the community since arriving in Whitewater, which has included being involved with Whitewater High School Booster Club, Downtown Whitewater, Youth Basketball Club, Rotary Club, Youth Baseball Club and the University Tech Park Board and looks forward to continuing the support within the communities the Bank serves.

First Citizens State Bank is a $300 Million Bank with locations in Whitewater, Palmyra and East Troy Wisconsin.

(March 27) J-Hawk Swim Lessons - April 3rd start date.

(March 27) Rebekah Schumacher and Myriama Smith Traore were selected to play in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) State Basketball All Star game.

Rebekah Schumacher and Myriama Smith Traore

They are excited to play in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) State Basketball All Star game. The game will be played on June 16th at the Just-A-Game Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells. Each player involved in this event agrees to raise $500 for the Midwest Athletes against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund).

If you would like to sponsor them in this game, contributions can be made online by following this link:

$1 - $99 donor name mentioned on all-star's page
$100 - $199 donation includes 250x80 online banner
$200 - $299 donation includes 510x80 online banner
$300 donation and over includes 510x80 banner + print ad (1"x1")

If you prefer to donate by cash or check, please contact them at schumacherr@whippets.wwusd.org and smithtraorem@whippets.wwusd.org.

Both Rebekah and Myriama said "It is an honor to represent our school in this event. Our goal in this game is to offer our community's support in the fight against cancer. Thank you for all your support the past four years!

For the full story on the girls from the Janesville Gazette .

(March 23) Post 5470, Veterans of Foreign Wars members have voted to contribute a flagpole and flags for Treyton's Field of Dreams

When the Treyton's Field of Dreams in Whitewater's Starin Park was constructed a flagpole was not specified in the design. Now that the field is in operation, Post 5470, Veterans of Foreign Wars members have voted to contribute a flagpole and flags to the ball park so that the Stars and Stripes can be displayed twenty-four hours per day, every day year around. The city will be installing the flagpole soon and Sta-lite Electrical will install the LED spotlight to automatically illuminate the flag during dark hours.

This installation will be a permanent reminder to ball-playing youth and adults alike of the sacrifice veterans have made to assure that events staged here are available to all. Funds derived from the annual VFW Buddy Poppy drives have allowed the Post to make this contribution to the Field of Dreams. Post 5470 plans an appropriate ceremony to dedicate the flagpole to the city on a date in May close to Memorial Day. (John Newhouse)

(March 23) REMINDER - A GoFundMe program under the name WHS Shop Tools/CNC Router has been initiated.

WHS Technology Education advisory council members Jon Marshall and Nick Baldwin (both WHS Class of 2000) initiated the GoFundMe program to procure some new equipment. They see a need to get some funds to update the shop tools to keep them more up to date and keep some interest in the trades. They are at $5,316 of $10k towards their goal of $10,000 (more than halfway to their goal). Thank you all for your support. It would benefit the students headed for the currently-most in demand jobs.

CNC router (Or Computer Numerical Control router) is a computer-controlled cutting machine related to the hand held router used for cutting various hard materials, such as wood, composites, aluminium, steel, plastics, and foams. CNC stands for computer numerical control. CNC routers can perform the tasks of many carpentry shop machines such as the panel saw, the spindle moulder, and the boring machine. They can also cut mortises and tenons.

WHS Shop Tools/CNC Router

For on line donation . If you would rather not donate online you can also drop off a check to Jon Marshall at Tincher Realty, 532 W Main St, made out to WHS Tech and Engineering.

Southwest corner of Franklin and Main.

(March 21) Common Council agenda item "Possible Action related to investment and City involvement in a project that may result in the construction of a new library and other adjacent developments at the corner of Franklin and Main Street in the City of Whitewater." was discussed after about a 2 hour closed session.

Lynn Binnie: "The Council met in closed session with Troy Hoekstra of United Development Solutions, St. Cloud, MN to hear of his company's potential interest in developing a property with a new library, hotel and clinic. Returning to open session, no action was taken, but Council President Singer indicated that the Council expressed an interest in continuing discussion on the proposal, recognizing that the Library Board should engage the public in dialogue about the need for expansion/replacement of the current library while due diligence is performed on the fiscal implications. It was clear that no decision can be made in the near future, and no endorsement was made for the suggested location of the southwest corner of Franklin and Main.

In other actions - First reading passed for Public Works Committee, Finance Committee & Community Involvement and Cable TV Committee. (One amendment: 2 councilmembers and 1 non-councilmember citizen per committee rather than 3 councilmembers.) Public Safety Committee proposal was not acted on. Front loader purchase approved and the towing contract was dropped from the agenda.

There was a problem with the Whitewater Community TV - Channel 990 audio of the meeting and the cable staff expects to have the video posted online and on the channel on Wed."

The United Development Solutions was involved with the development of the Platteville, Wisconsin Library Block. This was the construction of a new 22,000-square-foot public library and a 72-room Holiday Inn Express Hotel. For more on that project .

(March 20) Badger Band Concert Raises Nearly $7,500 for Music Programs at Whitewater Schools

Whitewater Music Parents Association has announced that the March 4th Badger Band fundraiser, featuring 110 members of the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band, raised nearly $7,500 for music programs at Whitewater schools. Hundreds of people of all ages attended the concert, which was sponsored by Coburn Company, Commercial Bank, DLK Enterprises, First Citizens State Bank, Fort HealthCare, McCullough's, and Whitewater Community Foundation.

Kristine Zaballos, chair of the event and fundraising co-chair of the Whitewater Music Parents Association, which hosted the event, said, "It was great to see people young and old singing and interacting with the band, and many community members remarked they were thrilled with the show. Thanks to our sponsors, all of the funds raised from ticket sales will go to Whitewater schools for music programs."

(March 20) Jon Zimdars, (WHS Grad 2015), sophomore at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, competed at the NCAA Swimming Championships this past weekend in Shenandoah, Texas. Jon finished 5th in his 200 fly (1:47.84), 4th in the 400 medley relay, and 9th in the 200 medley relay. He also competed in the 100 fly and 100 free. The Kenyon Lords finished 2nd, as a team.

Jon's grandparents, Joan and Joe Domitrz, along with his sister, Brianna Zimdars, got to cheer him on. Joan Domitrz was Jon's WHS coach. Jon is the son of Eric and Cheri Zimdars.

(March 20) The Greater Whitewater Committee, Inc. welcomes the renewal of Fort HealthCare's title sponsorship for the 2017 Discover Whitewater Series (DWS): Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5K, scheduled for Sept. 17, 2017.

(Front L-R) Andrew Punsel, Amy Reynolds, Caryl Whiteman, Tom Jones, Stephanie Hayes, and Haley Sheets, DWS Director of Operations. (Back L-R) Carol Christensen, Laura Nyquist and Tanya Geiger;

The continued sponsorship will grow the DWS further. "We are very happy to support this event the last four years," President and CEO of Fort HealthCare Mike Wallace said. "The Discover Whitewater Series has continued to grow as a whole and within the community, and we are thrilled to be part of it for the fifth year."

Fort HealthCare's mission is to improve the health and well-being of the community. By continuing their sponsorship with the DWS, they also work to keep area residents active and physically fit. Fort HealthCare believes in promoting early detections, prevention, wellness. This improves management of chronic disease when it does occur. Through listening, understanding, and responding to health care concerns, Fort HealthCare aims to help the community become the healthiest in Wisconsin.

"For Fort HealthCare's continued involvement to promote healthy activity in the community is one of the many goals the DWS has for our community and with their sponsorship we are one step closer to achieving that goal," Jeffery Knight, executive director of the race, said. The DWS team looks forward to this sponsorship with Fort HealthCare and the exciting opportunities it can give the residents of the area.

(March 20) What's the Big Deal about Native Plants? Why do they matter?? (And what does this have to do with me?) March 29th, 2017 at 6:30 pm at Irvin L. Young Library

Are native plants just weeds? Join Sherry Stanek, Master Gardener and learn how native plants balance our environment, help you spend less time and resources in your garden, and benefit birds and pollinators. Sponsored by the Whitewater Urban Forestry Commission. Free and is Open to the Public.

Sherry and her family have lived in Whitewater since 1995. She has always had an interest in gardening and the environment and became aware of the importance of integrating native plants into our landscapes. She is a Master Gardener, serves on the Urban Forestry Commission, and will soon begin her fourth summer overseeing landscaping in Whitewater's parks and other green spaces.

(March 20) First Citizens State Bank Art Gallery for March and April.

(March 19) WHS Students departed from school on Friday and have begun a journey through Spain.

They are visiting Madrid, will see an ancient Roman aqueduct in Segovia, will check out the most coveted swords in the world in Toledo, and view Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. Students will return to Whitewater with a greater understanding of the culture, people, and language of Spain.

Since they can't take everyone with us in our suitcases, they hope that you will come along virtually by following their travel blog: And of course our Snapchat: spaintrip2017

(March 18) The Whippets kicked off the 2017 track and field season with the Nelson Daniel Classic, held at UW-Whitewater on Friday night.

Miranda Reynolds

Logan Rasmussen

Robby Liberto

Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka - for extensive picture gallery

Coach John Houwers: " Miranda Reynolds was the lone event winner, taking the high jump at 5' 1". She won on a tie-breaker by having fewer misses at a lower height. Logan Rasmussen, while not an event winner, provided some of the biggest excitement of the night. In prelims, he jumped 44'5" in the triple jump. That set the meet record. He held it for about 15 minutes, until Marsell Martin of Pewaukee jumped 45'6" in finals. Logan answered with a jump of 45'0", but finished second. The other scorers for the Whippets were the boys 4x800m relay, of Connor Laue, Dalton Chenoweth, Daniel Soto, and Jacob Korf. All 4 runners ran excellent legs for their first time out. Dalton equalled his best 800 from last year in his first race and Jacob Korf was just off his best from last year. The girls 4x200m relay of Morgan Radaj, Miranda Reynolds, Ali Ketterhagen, and Rebekah Schumacher finished 6th. Morgan ran an excellent lead off leg. Miranda was closing in on the pack in front of her. The girls were right in the middle of it until Ali Ketterhagen got bumped by an outgoing runner, forcing her to almost stop. The gap created there was the distance behind the ladies were the rest of the race. A number of other athletes, while not scoring, performed very well.

Other athletes that had personal bests were Robby Liberto in the 55m hurdles, Sophia Ellworthy in the shot put, Morgan Wiedenhoeft and Morgan Radaj in the 55m dash, and Brady Meudt in the triple jump. Others were picking up right where they left off last year, such as Meghan Kehoe in the triple jump and Jose Villegas in 55m. Others got their first experience of a HS track and field meet, such as Hailey Murphy, Anna Yeazel, Grace Fanshaw, Kate Riemer, Anna Riemer, Hailey Praeger, Grace Raupp, Lea Caspar, and Kali Mikulski for the girls. Aldo Soto, Fabian Gonzlaz, Roth Wells, and Carter Henry got their first experience as well. The Whippets are off until April 4th for their first outdoor meet against East Troy."

(March 18) Winchester True Value Annual Chick Days are here and just in time as Spring starts Monday!

Supplies also available!

(March 17) The City of Whitewater invites community members to continue to make Whitewater an exceptional community in which to live, work and play. There are Board member openings/renewals on:

BIRGE FOUNTAIN COMMITTEE - Oversees maintenance of Birge Fountain. Meet several times a year, normally on Wednesdays.
BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS - Hear requests from property owners for variance to the Zoning Code. Alternate and regular positions open. Meet 4th Thursday of a month if there is a case.
CABLE T.V. COMMITTEE - Oversee local cable television operation. Meet as needed and by arrangement with Board Members.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY. Promote economic development within Community.
DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMITTEE - Hear complaints filed by those believing disability rights have been compromised. Meet as needed.
ETHICS COMMITTEE - Meet to hear and made recommendation regarding local government ethics complaints. Meet as needed.
LANDMARKS COMMISSION - Oversees local Landmarks. Meet the 1st Thursday evening of each month at 6:00 p.m.
LIBRARY BOARD - Oversees management of Irvin L. Young Memorial Library. Meets the 3rd Monday of each month.
PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD - Oversee Parks and Recreation programs, Whitewater Aquatic Center, and promotes recreational opportunities within the City. Meets the 3rd Wednesday evening of each month.
PLAN AND ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMISSION - Reviews plans for development in City and hear requests for conditional use permits. Meets 2nd Monday evening of each month.
POLICE AND FIRE COMMISSION - Oversees hiring, termination, promotion and demotion of sworn personnel. Meets quarterly.
PUBLIC ARTS COMMITTEE - Oversees public arts projects.
URBAN FORESTRY COMMISSION - Provides input relating to Urban Forestry matters and oversees Bird City USA designation. Meets monthly.

Interested citizens are asked to complete a Citizen Interest form, which can be obtained from the City Clerk or from the City's website . Interest forms must be returned to: City Clerk, P.O. Box 178, Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190 by March 31, 2017.


(March 16) Two School District teachers, Rosalinda Martinez and John Schimming, have received a 2017 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowship. Congratulations also go to Mitchell Dalzin, senior at Whitewater High School. Mitch has received a 2017 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship.


John Schimming

Mitchell Dalzin

The selection committee for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship, Fellowship, and Leadership Program has announced recipients of the 2017 Herb Kohl Foundation awards for students, teachers, and principals. Awards in the amount of $3,000 are being made to 100 teachers, 16 principals, and their schools, and $5,000 scholarships will be given to 207 graduating high school students.

"These recognitions exemplify our staff's commitment to teaching our students, and we are honored to have such high quality educators," said Dr. Mark Elworthy, district administrator.

On WHS senior Mitchell Dalzin's selection Doug Parker, WHS principal said "Mitchell is without doubt one of our finest all-around students, and he has definitely made a positive impact on the legacy of Whitewater High School."
Rosalinda and John join many of their peers in this accomplishment. Previous Whitewater Kohl Teacher Fellowship recipients: Michael Stutzman, Diana Callope (also Wisconsin Teacher of the Year), Justin Stewart, Valerie Troxel, Kris Ketterhagen, Anne Kuske, Laura Grochowski, Peggy Wuenstel (also Wisconsin Teacher of the Year), Carey Fero and Christine Hayes

Rosalinda Martinez, ESL / ELL / MAP Teacher (for web page bio ) and John Schimming, Middle School Science and Social Science Teacher (for web page bio ) and also Mitchell Dalzin, WHS Senior will be recognized on Saturday, April 29th at Middleton High School for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2017 Student, Teacher, and Principal Recognition Reception at Noon and a Luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

Excellence Scholarship recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond. Fellowship recipients are educators who have been chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom. Leadership Award recipients are school principals who are being recognized for setting high standards for instruction, achievement and character, and creating a climate to best serve students, families, staff, and community.

Excellence Scholarship, Fellowship and Leadership Award recipients are selected by a statewide committee composed of civic leaders, representatives of education-related associations, and the program’s co-sponsors: the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS), regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA), and the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators.

The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, philanthropist and businessman, in 1990. To date the foundation has awarded $11.5 million to Wisconsin educators, principals, students, and schools. “Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students, teachers, and principals and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future,” Kohl said.

(March 15) SweetSpot Coffee Cafe Gallery Show for March and April

(March 14) The Cat's Pajamas-Vocal Band, a high energy professional a cappella group based out of Branson, MO, will be performing at Whitewater Middle School on Thursday, March 30th at 7:00pm as part of their tenth annual Music in Schools Tour! Opening acts for the Cat's Pajamas will be the Whitewater Middle School Show Choir and the Whitewater High School Music Masters.

This tour brings student choral clinics, school assemblies, and evening shows to communities across the nation in an effort to raise money for school music programs. To date, The Cat's Pajamas have raised over $100,000 for music education!

Their goal is to inspire students, generate increased excitement and passion for music, and encourage all youth and teens to get involved in the arts. The group teaches and mentors students during the school day, focusing on singing techniques as well as sharing their personal journeys and testimonies about how they have turned their love for music into a professional career. That night, The Cat's Pajamas put on a world class show for the entire community, and they donate a portion of those profits directly to Whitewater Middle School's music program.

The Cat's Pajamas received national acclaim on NBC's hit show The sing-off: Season Three. When they are not performing in Branson, MO or Atlantic City, they are in the Caribbean as guest entertainers with Norwegian, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, and Disney Cruise Lines.

The Cat's Pajamas perform pop classics from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, including songs from The Temptations, Queen, Grand Funk Railroad, and Jackson Five. Contemporary artists like Maroon 5, Pitbull, Ed Sheeran, and Bruno Mars are also featured in the show, all performed in The Cat's innovative and funk-infused a cappella style. This interactive group appeals to all ages and keeps the crowd laughing, dancing, and singing along for the entire show.

To see what audiences from around the world are saying about The Cat's Pajamas, visit www.vocalmeow.com

For ticket purchases and to fill out the order form : Price: $8.00 for adults; $5.00 for students 18 and under.

(May 13) Connor Steinke of Whitewater High School participated in the Wisconsin State Senate Scholars program at the State Capitol this past week. Connor was representing the WI Senate District 11 with State Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) a WHS alumnus.

Connor Steinke at mock executive session.

At the close of the program, there was an awards reception honoring all the members of the Senate Scholars program. Connor with Emma Stutzman, UW-Madison student and WHS alumnus and Wisconsin State Senate Scholar.

Connor was selected to participate in this prestigious program. Each Senate Scholar must have outstanding academic qualifications and experiences that demonstrate an ability to perform tasks with a high degree of responsibility.

During the week Senate Scholars engaged in a variety of experiences during the week long program. Typical activities included attending floor debates in the Senate Chamber, committee hearings, seminars conducted by select individuals involved in the legislative process (lobbyists, reporters, legislative staff, Governor's staff, etc.), and seminars by professors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In addition, Senate Scholars were engaged in mock legislative activities, such as bill and amendment drafting, policy analysis, fiscal analysis, constituent communications, and lobbying. These activities culminated in a mock legislative hearing in which Senate Scholars provided and obtained testimony and then held an executive session to vote a bill out of committee. Connor's bill passed through the committee during the 2017 session.

(March 13) Augsburg College visited Whitewater High School on Tuesday, March 13th.

Their concert band gave a performance to Whitewater High School Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble students. They performed Colonial Song by Percy Grainger, The Planets Mvt. 1 Mars by Gustav Holst, Mambo from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, Symphony no. 1 The Lord of the Rings Mvt.1 Gandalf by Johan De Meij, and Groovy Loops by Scott McKenzie. They were under the direction of Erika Svanoe who is a 1994 Whitewater High School Graduate.

The WHS Jazz Ensemble performed and received a clinic from David Mantini and they had time for a performance by the Augsburg Jazz. They played Go Where I Send Thee arr. Michael Brown, and Nice N Juicy by Jeff Steinberg. Great music was shared and enjoyed by all people involved. They hope Augsburg College continues to have a wonderful tour and thanked them for sharing their talents at Whitewater High School!

(March 13) Cub Scout pack 173 would like to thank the Whitewater community for supporting scouting for food this past weekend.

The scouts were able to collect a large amount of non-perishable items for the Whitewater food pantry. The boys even helped stock the shelves. If you have items to donate or they missed your house please send your address to cubscoutpack173@yahoo.com and they will gladly pick up your donation.

(March 13) Downtown Whitewater, Inc. Sets Out to Break Guinness’ World Record for Largest Potluck.

Downtown Whitewater wants to bring the community together to beat the world record for the largest potluck. The event will be held at Cravath Lakefront Park on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M.

The record is currently held by Sherwood Park Alliance Church in Canada with 1,558 attendees. Downtown Whitewater wants to bring the world record to the Midwest, aiming for 2,017 people in 2017.

"When I think of Midwest potlucks, I think of so many tables that kids have an unending maze to crawl through and loud air filled with conversations and laughter—basically I think of family holidays. If we can create a community-wide family holiday and win a world record, then we should! The record belongs in the Midwest, and I think Whitewater is the right community to do it,” Executive Director Courtney Nelson said of Downtown Whitewater’s goal.

Downtown Whitewater encourages Whitewater and surrounding communities as well as UW-Whitewater students to attend the event. The potluck will feature a raffle, live music, and yard games. To be counted as a potluck participant, every household or small group must bring at least one dish to pass. "Community is about a wide variety of people from all different backgrounds, ages, and experience coming together. What better way to celebrate what a truly amazing community we have than with a potluck? Setting a world record just goes one step further so we can show the world how amazing Whitewater is,” commented Lisa Smith, the Board President of Downtown Whitewater.

Looking for volunteer hours? The event needs volunteers for the day of the event. Some of the tasks will include set up, registration tables, and clean up. If you are interested in volunteering or want to learn more, go to the downtownwhitewater.com/potluck. Major sponsors to be announced soon.

(March 13) The Whitewater Kiwanis Breakfast Club is again selling Easter lilies for the upcoming Easter season.

Each plant has five or six buds which will produce large, beautiful blossoms. The plants have green decorative pot covers with protective sleeves and cost only $12.00 each.

In buying these plants, you will not only be making the recipient happy, but you will be contributing to Kiwanis service projects that make the Whitewater and surrounding communities a better place in which to live.

With an emphasis on youth, the Breakfast Kiwanis Club provides scholarships to high school students and support to numerous student endeavors. The proceeds from this year's sale will be used 100 percent for the transportation needs for the Whitewater Schools' English Language Learners (ELL) Summer Reading Program. None of the proceeds will be used for administration expenses.

Delivery will take place on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Free delivery is available within the Whitewater city limits, and elsewhere for orders of over 60 plants. There is also a price break for large orders.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the following Kiwanians: Kathy Schumacher - 262-473-3351; Rollie Cooper - 262-473-5375 or Rick Norman - 262-391-2228.
The Kiwanis Club greatly appreciates your business and continued support.

(March 13) The National Honor Society recycles empty ink cartridges and used cell phones every year through the Green School Project and Funding Factory Programs.

Send your items to the Student Services Office at WHS and NHS will do the rest! Thank you for helping the environment while raising funds for numerous projects throughout the year.

Thank you to National Honor Society members (L-R) Thomas Cushman, Ali Ketterhagen, Eve Klawitter and Jamie Millian for your help with this project!

(March 13) The Whitewater FFA Alumni Spaghetti Supper is coming up Tuesday, April 4th at Whitewater High School from 5-8pm.

Happy thumbs up of happy servers from previous Spaghetti Supper!

Donations are appreciated at the door. All donations go towards supporting FFA members, from trips to scholarships and anything in between. Delicious spaghetti will be served with either plain or the FFA's special meat sauce. The meal includes the finest salad alongside hand buttered garlic bread and a cookie. Hope to see you there!

(March 13) The Lauderdale - La Grange Fire Department will be competing in the American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb on March 18th at the U.S. Bank building in Milwaukee. Last year they were able to be the highest fundraising firefighting team for the 4th year in a row raising over $11,000.

(March 13) Four of five National History Day state qualifiers presented for the Delta Kappa Gamma organization at Whitewater's Cultural Arts Center on Thursday March 9th.

Kali Mikulski

(L-R) Sophie Olson, Emma Van Daele, Ella Treder, Mr Chris Wiegman - not pictured Madeline Elworthy

Mr. Chris Wiegman, social studies teacher at Whitewater High School, gave an overview of the NHD program before the students took to the stage.

Whitewater advanced five students to the state competition in three categories: Senior Paper, Individual Exhibit, and Group Performance. The NHD Regional had schools from across South Central Wisconsin.

National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic. This year, the annual theme is "Taking A Stand In History". Students present their conclusions by creating museum style exhibits, media documentaries, research papers, interactive websites, and dramatic performances.

The school event is the first step in a competition cycle that can take students from school level to the regional, state, and national competitions. At each level of competition students share their work with their peers, historians, educators, and professionals in related fields as they compete for special awards and the opportunity to advance to the next level of competition. The Wisconsin State Event will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Madison.

Participation continues to grow with more than 500,000 students participating annually across the nation. The National History Day program in Wisconsin is coordinated by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

The following are the Whitewater High School students who were selected as state finalists and their subject.

In the Group Performance Category students Kali Mikulski, Ellie Treder, Emma Van Daele presented a performance of "Die Sonne Scheint Noch." On Feb 22, 1943, Sophie Schol her brother Hans and Christoph were condemned to death by the 'People's' Court, which had been created by the National Socialist Party to eliminate Hitler's enemies. They were all beheaded by a guillotine. Prison officials, in later describing the scene, emphasized the courage with which she walked to her execution. Her last words were: How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause? Such a fine, sunny day ("Die Sonne Scheint Noch"), and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?" For more background .

In the Senior Paper Category, Sophie Olson presented her paper on "Florence Nightingale." Florence Nightingale (12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910) was an English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a manager of nurses trained by her during the Crimean War, where she organized the tending to wounded soldiers. She gave nursing a highly favourable reputation and became an icon of Victorian culture, especially in the persona of "The Lady with the Lamp" making rounds of wounded soldiers at night. For more background .

Not available to attend this presentation in the Individual Exhibit category was Madeline Elworthy on "Child Labor-Lewis Hine." Lewis Hine (September 26, 1874 – November 3, 1940) was an American sociologist and photographer. Hine used his camera as a tool for social reform. His photographs were instrumental in changing child labor laws in the United States. For more background .

(March 13) REMINDER - WHS Prom Preparation Course includes free tuxedo rental, corsage/boutoniere and Prom Meal for first three applicants.

(March 13) A ten-question Candidate Questionnaire was recently forwarded to all Common Council candidates in advance of the April 4, 2017 Spring Election . Candidates were given a full two weeks to complete the Questionnaire and, if they choose to respond, their answers will be posted on the League's website, , by the end of the day Monday, March 13th.

The League board developed the questions, which range from the standard, "What motivates you to want to become or seek another term as a Common Council member?, to more topical questions on how Whitewater might attract a grocery store or encourage the development of single-family housing.

Candidates Running for Common Council (April 4, 2017 Spring Election)
AD1 Patrick Wellnitz and Carol McCormick
AD3 Chris Grady
AD5 Stephanie Goettl
At Large Patrick Singer

(March 9) A 2-day DNR Wisconsin Boating Safety Course will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21 from 8am-noon at the Whitewater Town Hall (W8590 Willis Ray Road, Whitewater).

This training is open to anyone (not just town residents) at a cost of $10 per person. Wisconsin law requires that anyone born after Jan. 1, 1989 must have a boater's safety license in order to operate a power boat or PWC. This coarse is a good refresher for all ages and parents are encouraged to sign up along with their children. Space is limited to 20 people. Register online . You will need a DNR number (unless you have one from a previous course or license) or you can call 888-936-7463.

(March 13) 4K and Kindergarten Registration (K registration is ONLY for students not currently attending a Whitewater 4K program) April 20, 2017 Time: 11:00 am- 7:00 pm

Calling all parents/guardians needing to enroll a student for 4K (4 years old by September 1, 2017) or Kindergarten student (5 years old by September 1, 2017) not currently attending a Whitewater School 4K program. It is time to REGISTER for the 2017-18 school year.

Please bring the following: Immunization record Birth certificate ~ $10.00 registration fee for 4K ~ $20.00 registration fee for Kindergarteners.

Registration will take place @ Whitewater Unified School District Central Office 419 S. Elizabeth Street Whitewater, WI 53190

4K y Registración de Kindergarten (Kinder Registración para aquellos estudiantes solo que no asisten a un programa de Whitewater 4K.) 20 de abril 2017 Hora: 11:00 am a 7:00 pm

Llamando a todos los padres / tutores que necesitan inscribir a un estudiante para 4K (4 años de edad el 1 de septiembre de 2017) o estudiante para Kinder (5 años de edad el 1 de septiembre de 2017) solo que no asisten a una Escuela de Whitewater programa de 4K. Es el momento de Inscribirse para el año escolar 2017-18

Favor de traer lo siguiente: Inmunización ~ Certificadode Nacimiento ~ El costo $ 10.00 para 4K ~ $ 20.00 para Kinder.

Oficina Central Whitewater Unified School District 419 S. Elizabeth Street Whitewater, WI 53190

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(March 23) Clarence George Treutel, Jr., of Whitewater, died peacefully surrounded by friends on Saturday, March 18th, 2017. He was 94 years old.

He was born to Clarence and Janet Treutel (Dempsey) on January 21, 1923, in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Clarence worked in the family hardware store that had been in downtown Whitewater. After the Treutel Hardware store closed in the early 1960's, he spent a while working for DLK Enterprises as a parking lot monitor for the many Kachel parking lots in Whitewater. The Kachel family always showed Clarence concern and kindness. He appreciated their generosity, friendship and thoughtfulness. Clarence spoke often of the wonderful times the Treutel family spent at their charming little cottage on Green Lake in central Wisconsin. He loved to spend time visiting his uncle's farm on Bluff Road, swimming in Tripp Lake and riding his vintage bicycle all over Whitewater. He had a penchant for balloons. When residents of Whitewater spotted balloons floating amid tree-flanked neighborhoods, they knew that Clarence was out and about. In his later years, he had a loyal circle of friends who never failed to invite him over for holiday meals and threw him a birthday party every January.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents and only sibling, Donald A. Treutel, who died in 1954.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Nitardy Funeral Home Chapel, 550 N. Newcomb Street, Whitewater, WI from 5:00- 6:30PM with a Eulogy at 6:30PM. Clarence will be laid to rest in the Little Prairie Cemetery alongside his family.

The Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, WI


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