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(July 26) Scenic Cinema Brown Bag Lunch
- Sentimental Reflections Video Magazine
- Monday July 28 at 1 pm
Bring your lunch and join a group in the Community Room of the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library for an hour of scenic relaxation. They will explore antique farm machines, Fall Creek Falls, Tennessee, the Elkhart Jazz Festival, Huntsville, Alabama, and the "Hoosiers" inspiration. Sample Sentimental Reflections video series preview on Facebook.

(July 26) First United Methodist Church Mission Trip

The Mission Trip members were from the Whitewater, Fort Atkinson and Palmyra area. One youth from Florida; he moved but returns every summer for the Mission Trip. During July 19 through 27th, 44 youths and leaders headed to St Louis MO to serve and make disciples of Christ; what an amazing job they did. From painting and repairing homes to serving the hungry and those without homes, the youth shared their hearts, their strength and their faith with many in need. A genuine appreciation is extended to all of their amazing supporters. From the group "Thank you family, friends, church supporters and all that visited the Whitewater Methodists' Church tent."

(July 25) Lacey Reichwald, SweetSpot Cafe, is entered to win a trip to Barista Camp in Rancho Mirage, California. This would be an amazing opportunity for her to become a certified barista since she has been doing it for 10 years. The contest is a photo contest on Facebook. The winner is chosen by votes. Please vote for her and the link is https://www.facebook.com . This is the photo that is entered and is Lacey and Dustin's daughter, Althea:

(July 25) The Whitewater Minneiska water ski show team took to the road the weekend of July 19th to compete in the annual Wisconsin State show team championships in Wisconsin Rapids.

Four High Pyramid!

Erin Doolittle, 19, competed in the individual swivel competition and placed among the 2014 top 5 swivel skiers in the State! Swivel skiing is much like ballet on water and Erin made her difficult 720 spins look effortless and beautiful!

Brandon Schleicher, 16, earned the Division 2 Outstanding male skier award for 2014! Brandon wowed the crowd and judges with his amazing tricks he performed during his wakeboard and barefoot acts!

The hometown team made a very proud showing by placing 6th in our D 2 division and having the honor of teammates Erin Doolittle and Brandon Schleicher earning individual recognition.

Wisconsin is home to over 24 water ski show teams that are divided among three divisions. The top teams from each division will compete at the National championship tournament. Minneiska is looking forward to this, competing in Warsaw, Indiana on Aug 2.

If you are looking for some fun, free, summer entertainment come see one of the home shows on Whitewater Lake in front of Scenic Ridge Campground!

Special thanks to all the sponsors that helped provide funding for the brand new triple rigged 250 Mercury engines!
July 26th 7:00 pm
Aug 9th 6:30 pm
Aug 16th Sponsor Appreciation show 6:30pm
Aug 16th 11-3 Brat/corn/hot dog sale to support the team at Scenic Ridge campground
Aug 23rd Benefit show for Childhood cancer 6:00pm
August 30th Last show of season 6:00pm

The ski team is in its 40th season and having a great year although suffering the set back of two members with broken arms. They are excited to be showcasing a beautiful 2-4-2 human pyramid, a 4 person around the boat team, strap doubles, trios, bare footing and much, much more!

Every year show ski teams pick a theme and this year they call the show "Show Ski Matchmaker" and have a little fun with the unique relationships that form among a close knit group of people with a common interest! Show Directors have put this theme together with great music and costumes to provide the audience with a fun, free, entertaining show that the whole family will love!

The 4rd Annual Whitewater Chamber of Commerce Brat and a Buck Sale will take place on Friday, August 1st, from 11 am to 7 pm. Stop by the chamber office at 150 W Main Street and grab a brat, hamburger or hot dog and receive a "chamber buck" that you can spend at participating Chamber members during the Main Street Festival Saturday, August 2nd.

The featured menu will include brats or hamburger for $3 and $2 hot dogs. A meal, including choice of chips and a drink, are an additional $1. Additional drinks are $1 and additional chip bags are $0.50. Bulk business orders for pick up can be called into the Chamber Office leading up to or on the day of at (262) 473-4005, turned in to the Chamber Office at 150 W Main St, faxed to 262-473-4575 or emailed info@whitewaterchamber.com

(July 25) REMINDER Whitewater Community Clothes Closet Back to school: Supplies and Clothes Drive! Now-August 10.

1of 6 Barrel Locations - Paige Deppe from SweetSpot Cafe


Help Whitewater children in need by donating gently used children's clothes (including new undergarments and socks) and new school supplies. Please drop off your gently used back to school clothes & new school supplies here: First Citizens State Bank (Main Office), SweetSpot Cafe, Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, Sentry Grocery Store, Whitewater Aquatic and Fitness Center, Commercial Bank (Fremont Street & in Sentry). The Whitewater Community Clothes Closet will distribute donations on Saturday, August 16 from 8:30-11:00am and Tuesday, August 19 from 10:00 to 8:00pm at Whitewater Congregational United Church of Christ, 133 S. Franklin Street in Whitewater. Questions? Please call: Kay (262) 379-0187

(July 25) The Visioning and Master Plan for the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library will be presented by Architect Rick McCarthy of Library Vision, Inc. at an Open House Date: Monday, August 4, 2014 Time: 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this informational open house.

(July 25) The East Gateway Project continues and is expected to be completed by mid September.

BEFORE - July 16th - Dam removal behind the Baker Bldg, red tiled roof,
across from 5 flags on Main Street (background).

AFTER - July 25th one side complete!

July 25th The other side of the culvert under Main Street and
viewed from railroad tracks above pedestrian tunnel to Cravath Lake.

(July 25) Jewels of Morocco - Spring Break 2015. There will be a trip preview on Wednesday, July 30 at 1:00 pm at the Starin Park Community Building. Think about a trip to somewhere warm in 2015! Travel to Exotic Morocco March 19-29, 2015.

In Marrakesh, step back in time as you wander through the Jemaa-el-Fna, an exotic bazaar offering some of the greatest open-air entertainment. Listen to storytellers (an integral part of the culture) and browse for handicrafts.

In Fez, take an optional tour to see the ancient medina. Founded in the 9th century, it is one of the largest medieval cities in the world. Stroll through its souks and alleys, which are virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages. Taste authentic Moroccan cuisine and take in the sights and sounds of this fascinating city. Also visit Casablanca, Meknes, Ouarzazate, Ifrane, Erfoud, and Rabat, Morocco's vibrant capital. Admire changing scenery on the Road of a Thousand Casbahs, as the Middle Atlas Mountain range transforms to desert approaching the Erfoud oasis-a once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

A detailed itinerary is available at the Starin Park Community Building, calling 262-473-0535 or email dweberpal@whitewater-wi.gov. If you cannot make the preview or are interested in an evening preview, please call. Seniors in the Park welcomes seniors, boomers and adults of all ages to its trips and programs.

(July 24) REMINDER - Saturday, August 2nd Whitewater Main Street Festival to Bring Music, Art and Great Sales to town on August 2nd.
Art, music, bird houses, great food from area restaurants, and great sales from Whitewater businesses….what more could you ask for on Saturday August 2! Saturday, August 2 will be a great day in Whitewater at the Main Street Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More than 15 art and craft booths will decorate downtown Whitewater on the center of Main St. from Whitewater Street to 2nd Street. The UW-Whitewater College of Arts and Communication has graciously sponsored the music on First Street (bring a lawn chair and enjoy the tunes) for the day.

Following is the music line-up:
10:00 a.m. Carl Cole
11:40 a.m. Brian Lucas
1:00 p.m. Dance Performance
1:30 p.m. Derrick Amin and Earthtet
3:20 p.m. Jay Craggs

Children and families can make art using chalk on the sidewalks and the streets. They can create just for fun at the family/public space. More serious chalk artists can compete for awards in the beginner space ($3 to participate), the intermediate space ($5 to participate) and expert space ($10 to participate). Awards will be presented at 5 p.m. at the Main Stage on First Street.

Anyone who is excited about having their face painted can sign up for a small image ($1), half-face image ($3) and full-face image ($5). Enjoy art while walking around with art on your face!

An exhibit of art inspired by birds will be on display at Studio 84, 121 West Center Street. Urban Forestry will have a special booth with free bird house kits to embellish at Studio 84. These will be erected around the city to help make Whitewater a Bird City USA.

A Farmers' Market and more retail sales will be stationed on the West end of Main Street.

Main Street Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a partnership with many organizations and businesses to help promote the arts and a creative economy. This collaborative event has been organized by: Studio 84, the Whitewater Arts Alliance and the Whitewater Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors are Nasco Arts, Studio 84, Urban Forestry Commission, UW-Whitewater College of Arts and Communication, UW-Whitewater Student Art Association, Whitewater Arts Alliance, Whitewater Chamber of Commerce and Whitewater Maker Space. The event is held throughout the historic city of Whitewater and promotes the arts and a creative economy. The historic architecture and natural beauty serve as the perfect backdrop for exploring galleries, local shops and restaurants and to experience the many diverse forms of the arts we celebrate and support in our city.

Proceeds from the event go to support the local arts environment in our community. Funds will help support scholarships for local high school and college students, community art programing with a focus on the youth-at-risk after-school programs, and programing in the arts for people with disabilities. It will also help support creative improvements to our city such as public murals, mosaics, and sculptures.

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(July 24) The Walworth County Treasurer's Office will NOT be sending out reminder notices for the July 31, 2014 property tax installments. If you need to know how much you still owe You can search by parcel ID, address, or last name. If you would like to contact the Walworth County Treasurer's office by phone please call 262-741-4251.

The tax bill you received in November of 2013 has a payment stub for the 2nd installment on the bottom that can be mailed with your payment. Please mail your payments to: Walworth County Treasurer, 100 W Walworth, Room 103, PO Box 1001, Elkhorn, WI 53121

All delinquent taxes are subject to interest of 1% per month from February 1 until paid, and in addition will be subject to a .5% penalty for a total of 1.5% interest & penalty per month (fraction of a month counts as a whole month).

(July 24) Whitewater Whippet Athletics - Attention Parents and Athletes!
Here are a few important dates for fall sports at Whitewater High School.
Eligibility Pass Dates
(this is an opportunity to turn in eligibility requirements before the fall season begins. This will take place in the HS Main Office.)
Monday July 28th 7-8 pm.
Friday August 1st 7-8 am.
Sunday August 10th 4:30-5:30 pm.

All athletes who plan to participate in a fall sport must attend (WITH their parents) the Fall All-Sports meeting.
Sunday August 10th 6:00pm HS Auditorium
Sunday August 10th 6:00pm HS Auditorium
There will be two meetings for fall athletics
1. 6:00 pm Informational meeting for all athletes and parents - given by Jeff Behrens, Athletic Director
2. 6:45 pm Athletes and parents will meet with their respective fall coaches in designated classrooms

Requirements For Athletic Participation
1. Physical (good for 2 years)
2. Parent/Athlete Consent Form (last page of the Family Athletic Handbook)
3. Concussion Agreement (back side of Parent/Athlete Consent Form)
4. Athletic Fee

The Family Athletic Handbook - , and the physical form - both will be available outside the Main Office of the High School.

(July 24) The Ice Age Trail Hikers honored their long time leader, Russ Helwig with the presentation of a bench, installed on the Ice Age Trail overlooking Lake LaGrange, a popular viewing point on the Trail segment accessible from the Hwy 12 trailhead about 5 miles east of Whitewater.

Russ Helwig (without hat) with hiking group on his bench.

Over 60 hikers were in attendance. The group also made a donation in Russ's honor to the Ice Age Trail Alliance which oversees the twelve-hundred miles of national park and trail system known as the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, of which, about 800 miles are developed. The trail system is maintained by volunteers from various chapters throughout the state.

Following the presentation ceremony, a pizza banquet was held at the Nordic Trails Shelter off of CR-H in the town of LaGrange. Russ, a former science professor at UWW, started his weekly hikes about 12 years ago on Tuesdays and Wednesdays meeting at the Hwy 12 trailhead. His hikes now draw up to 60 people of various athletic abilities and age groups each week. He authors weekly articles published in the local press describing his hikes and advocating for the benefits offered by the outdoor lifestyle. Russ has been a beneficial force in the lives of those who hike with him. For more information about Russ and his hiking group, contact Russ at helwigr@cni-usa.com or check out .

(July 24) Team members of the WHS Girls' Tennis Team swept the singles division at the Heritage Days Tennis Tournament in Edgerton last week. Sally Kate Hixson, Champion; Milna Maroske, Runner-up and Andi Markham, won 3rd place.

Sally Kate Hixson and Milna Maroske

(July 23) The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named seven women and five men from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater track and field teams as Division III All-Academic Individuals including WHS graduate Dawson Miller.

To qualify for selection, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have either (a) competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or (b) finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFFRS.org.

Dawson Miller (r), Business (3.33 GPA) Indoor All-American (distance medley relay) and NCAA qualifier (3,000-meter run), outdoor All-American and national runner-up (3,000-meter steeplechase) and NCAA qualifier (5,000-meter run).

(July 23) Members of 4-H and FFA participated in the Meat Animal Sale at the Jefferson County Fair.

Kasey Reed (Banco Insurance Agency), Anna Lucht with her lamb, and Caitlyn Gerlach-2013 Fairest of the Fair

Elmer Keske (representing Keske & Keske of Brockton, IL), Matthew Lucht with his lamb, and Caitlyn Gerlach-2013 Fairest of the Fair

The meat animal project enables members to practice selection and management of livestock and prepare their animals for show. The animals are brought to the fair and are judged, graded, and sold to individuals and businesses that support these local youth in their learning and business experience. Anna and Matthew Lucht, of Stone School 4-H Club, would like to thank the following businesses for supporting their efforts at the Jefferson County Meat Animal Sale: Cold Spring Inn, Eby Family Dental-Fort Atkinson, Frawley Oil Company-Whitewater, and Whitewater Veterinary Hospital. They would especially like to thank Banco Insurance Agency-Whitewater and Keske & Keske of Brockton, IL for purchasing their market lambs. They appreciate the support of their education, the 4-H program, the community, and agriculture in Wisconsin.

(July 23) Grief Camp for Kids Scheduled for August Registration is now open for Home Health United's Camp GLOW, scheduled for 10am-3pm on August 23 at Traxler Park in Janesville. Limited space is available, and kids across southern Wisconsin are invited.

Camp GLOW - Giving Loved Ones Wings - is a grief support day camp for kids ages 6-14 that have been affected by a loss. Whether it is the loss of a friend, classmate, parent, grandparent, sibling, or other loved one, kids and teens often experience and express grief in different ways than adults. The Camp is designed to give children a safe place to share their feelings and concerns, with a wide range of activities and enough counselors on-site to give individual attention if needed. Activities include scrapbooking, writing letters to their loved one, and memory boxes that can be stained or painted, and are meant to hold items of sentimental value to the kids, remembrances of their loved one.

The Camp is being offered at no cost to the participants, with separate adult sessions for their parents or guardians who are also dealing with grief. Snacks and lunch are included. To learn more about Camp GLOW or to register, please call 877-356-4514 or .

(July 23) Food Network - Guy Fiero's car at Walmart. Car was touring the area and came from Lake Geneva this morning and was going to Janesville this afternoon. Is Guy going to show up here? No comment from Walmart or car driver other than he may show up! For more on Guy

Guy Fieri, from Food Network fame, was not in town but his car was at Walmart unloaded from this trailer!

Yes, this is the Guy's Chevy Camaro and yes, as always, Bruce Schroeder had to check it out!

UWW Sports picture from 2013 UW-Platteville Game!

(July 22) Warhawks finish No. 1 in football attendance; tickets now available for 2014 season - Starting today!
A total of 45,571 people packed Perkins Stadium for the Warhawks' 2013 championship season, the most of any Division III institution. Thank you to all of our alumni and friends for your support! 2014 tickets available now! UWW Ticket Football page.

2014 Preseason D3football.com - Top 25 poll - UW-Whitewater receives ALL the No. 1 votes. Who do the voters think are the biggest challenges to a Warhawk repeat? Check out the full ranking. #8 UW-Platteville and #18 UW-Oshkosh.

Wisconsin-Whitewater: A season of domination - Great story By Rob Knox D3sports.com A month old but worth reading about "UWW Campus of Championships".

(July 22) OLD MAIN PHOTOS NEEDED! Full-color photos of Old Main are needed for a tribute to a retired UW-Whitewater staff member. The color photos of Old Main taken before the fire are missing from the UW-Whitewater collection, and it is hoped that a local resident may have copies in their collection.

If you have any photos of Old Main, please contact Tom at 920.285.8055 or email winwisconsin@gmail.com

(July 22) WHS Class of 1974 Reunion Pictures!

Staff members in attendance (standing l-r) Vince and Lois Hrabrich, Bill and Ruby Davis, Dave and Jane Roberts, John and Arlene Newhouse and Ken Nehring - (seated) Gloria Weigandt and Ed Ritter.

The Class of 1974 Football Team Members (Front l-r the 9 linemen??) Pete Stephan, Bill Kyle, Ben Killips, Bryan Miller, Trent Agnew, Larry Waga, Bill Addie, Mark Maikowski and Mark Bailey
(Back l-r the 6 - backfield??) Bill Wagie, John Duerst, Reid Jolin, Roger Kincaid, Jim Newhouse and Mark Mead.

A skydiving event for some adventurous classmates!

Julie Piatt Enerson and on the ground pictured below!

Peter Early and mother Meg Underwood

Ellie Sents Coriell and Julie Piatt Enerson

Ken Brautigam and Donna Knilans

(Pictures and names courtesy of Crystal Stevenson Singer)

(July 22) Time is running out!
Do you have your Downtown Whitewater Raffle ticket?
You could be the lucky winner of $1000, $750, or $500!

Quiet Hut window display!

Downtown Whitewater, Inc. is selling raffle tickets for $50, and, since only 200 tickets will be sold, your chances of winning are pretty good. And even if you do not win, your money goes to support the work of Downtown Whitewater, Inc. in making our downtown the heartbeat of Whitewater.

The drawing will be held on Tuesday, July 29 at Fat Jack's in downtown Whitewater at 7 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will start at 6 p.m. with the drawing following at 7 p.m. All are encouraged to attend, but you need not be present to win. Don't miss your chance. Get your ticket now.

Tickets are available at the Downtown Whitewater offices on 150 W. Main Street or by calling 262-473-2200. In addition, tickets are available from: Associated Bank, Commercial Bank, First Citizens State Bank, GMA Printing, and Quiet Hut. AND all of the following Downtown Whitewater Inc. Board members are selling tickets as well: Joe Jaquess of FrameDog Custom Framing & Gifts; Kim Scharine of GMA Printing and Founding Board Member; Kristine Zaballos, Community Member; Dave Saalsaa of Quiet Hut Sports, Community Member; Roni Telfer, Community Member; Sara Amiri; Community Member; Brienne Diebolt-Brown; Mark Wokasch of Fat Jacks; City Manager Cameron Clapper; Dennis Kopf of UW-Whitewater, and Glenn Gebauer of Associated Bank.

By supporting Downtown Whitewater, Inc. (DTWW) you are helping to make Whitewater a stronger, more vibrant community. The funds raised go to continue the work of DTWW in revitalization and preservation of the downtown triangle businesses. One of DTWW's goals is to be a conduit between the property owners, store owners, residents and the city of Whitewater government. DTWW, Inc. helps lessen the burden of city government by providing services such as sidewalk and street clean sweeps, and by purchasing, storing, and maintaining the winter decorations in the downtown Triangle area. DTWW has also assisted in the purchasing of electrical upgrades in Cravath Lake Park making the park a more user friendly park for events used by various organizations. The Christmas Parade of Lights, Trick or Treat the Triangle, Pig in the Park and the Jack Hanna Wild Animal program are events that DTWW, Inc. sponsors to help make Whitewater a destination for visitors stimulating our local economy.

DTWW, Inc. also helps with design consultations to new or existing businesses to improve the storefronts. DTWW's mission includes helping the city to provide a clean, safe and attractive environment for our visitors, residents and patrons of the downtown. It is our firm belief that our historic downtown is the heart of our city and a healthy and attractive downtown helps in the vitality and success of the entire city of Whitewater.

Downtown Whitewater, Inc. is a non-profit community-based organization devoted to preserving, improving and promoting Whitewater's quality of life, by strengthening our historic downtown as the heartbeat of our community.

(July 21) St. Patrick Catholic Church will be rolling out the welcome mat for the return of Country Fest after an absence of a couple of year.
On August 2nd, from 4 to 7p.m. in Father Berry Hall, an old-fashioned pig roast, with coleslaw, buns, chips, sauerkraut, baked beans, and cake will be offered: $10.00 for adults, $6.00 for children under twelve.

Advance tickets are not necessary, and take-out containers will be provided. Beverages will also be available, and guests can start bidding on a variety of silent auction items.

On August 3rd from 12-4p.m., the entire front lawn of the Church will be devoted to family entertainment. In addition to the continuation of the silent auction, the entire family can enjoy a variety of foods; (including a Hispanic plate lunch, hot dogs, brats & desserts), children's games, adult games, a farmers' market and craft booth, a dunk tank, and a number of raffles.

Raffle items include a beautiful queen-sized quilt and a number of cash prizes- 1st prize is $2500.

It is not often that the entire family can enjoy a day together with a variety of choices and prices that do not dent the budget. And although the welcome mat celebrates the return of a wonderful festival, it is also big enough to invite everyone to relax, catch up with friends, share a family event, eat great food, play games, and maybe walk away with one of the raffle prizes. Come and have some fun!

For more details and schedule .

(July 21) Congratulations to Emily Heckert (daughter of Kevin and Sally Heckert, granddaughter of Don and Lou Zahn of Whitewater and Ken and Janet Heckert of Elkhorn) on her excellent showing at the 2014 Jefferson County Fair!

Emily Heckert at Jefferson County Fair received Reserve Champion AOB (Any Other Breed) Steer and also, OVERALL Reserve Champion Steer with her Maintainer steer pictured, Zeus. She is a member of the Stone School 4H Club of Whitewater and also the Whitewater FFA. Emily also received Reserve Champion Commercial Heifer! Congratulations Emily on an excellent fair!

(July 21) Recent Penzeys Spice Catalog/Magazine, a nationally known company, based in Milwaukee, featured the Hayes family, Glenn, Christine and Lauren.

The Catalog/Magazine gave a call for people who have a history or story with old VW Bugs. One of Christine's girlfriends encouraged her to send in her story. (She also gets their catalog regularly and is a big fan of their spices.) You can find the story on pages 48-49 in the most recent catalog.

Christine and her '69 VW

(July 21) The softball girls U10 sportsmanship award was presented to Reagan Hammons (age 9) by Ashby Hibbs, the coach.

(l-r) Jennifer Clarke (helper), Reagan Hammons, Ashby Hibbs (coach), and Jana Haight (asst coach).

(July 21) Mary Watson has been reading some of the archives of the Whitewater Register and found information that someone named Wayne Welty recorded songs from various people to play over the loud speaker downtown for the holiday season. One of those was Mary's dad, Francis Watson. They do not have any recordings of her dad. Please contact Mary if anyone can assist her. Anything would be appreciated. Email: waukeshabuddy409@cox.net or Mary Watson, 4142 Chela Circle, Las Vegas, NV 89120


(July 15) Tuesday, July 29th- Jim Winship UWW Professor wins Fulbright award, explores Latin America

Jim recently published a book, "Coming of Age in El Salvador" () that examines some of the challenges facing El Salvador's youth. He also was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar Teaching/Research award that will take him to Cartagena, Columbia in 2015. For more information

Jim Winship will give a presentation on his new book, "Coming of Age in El Salvador," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, 431 W. Center St., Whitewater.

Wednesday, July 30th 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 on:
BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS - Hear requests from property owners for variance to the Zoning Code. 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.
DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMITTEE - Hear complaints filed by those believing disability rights have been compromised. Meet as needed.
ETHICS COMMITTEE - alternate position. Meet to hear and make recommendation regarding local government ethics complaints. Meet as needed.
LANDMARKS COMMISSION: Oversee and assist in designating Landmarks in the City, and promote historical education. Meet monthly.
PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD - alternate member. Oversee Parks and Recreation programs and promote recreational opportunities within the City.
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.

Interested citizens are asked to complete a Citizen Interest form, which can be obtained from the City Clerk or from the City's website . Board and Commission Information . POLICY ON BOARD AND COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS

Interest forms must be returned to: City Clerk, P.O. Box 178, Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190 by July 30, 2014.

Thursday, July 31st The Summer Reading Programs at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library conclude with the Miller and Mike Show on Thursday July 31 at 1:30 pm.
Miller & Mike have worked all over US and beyond. They have entertained audiences with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Apple Vacation Resorts, MTV, The Today Show, Extreme Makeover and the Travel Channel. Right now they perform out of Wisconsin at libraries, fairs, festivals and corporate events. The energy they bring is unlike any other show you've seen before. Combining circus skills and audience participation with good clean comedy Miller & Mike are making memories one show at a time. Check their web page
After the show enjoy free ice cream during our annual Ice Cream Social. This event is for all ages. Please register to insure adequate amounts of ice cream!

Saturday, August 2nd FOR THE BIRDS!! Whitewater's Urban Forestry Commission is working to get Whitewater recognized as a Bird City USA. Part of this process is education. During the Whitewater Main Street Festival on Saturday, August 2 from 10-5, Urban Forestry will have members on hand with information on attracting birds to your yard.

They will have a limited number of free birdhouse kits that 'early birds' to their booth will be able to put together and embellish at Studio 84. These birdhouses will be erected in various locations through out the city in parks, and trails. As a bonus, visitors to the Festival can place their vote for a favorite birdhouse and the winner of this People's Choice Award will have their name placed on the birdhouse. Winner of the People's Choice Award will be announced at the end of Festival around 4:45 pm.

Tuesday, August 5thThe Whitewater Police Department is hosting the annual National Night Out celebration on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014, 5-8pm.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local crime prevention programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police -community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Cravath Lake Park, located at 341 S. Fremont Street, residents are asked to spend the evening outside with their neighbors, police officers, fire fighters, and EMS personnel. The National Night Out event is a simple way for people to meet one another, have fun, and explore how they might work together to improve the safety and quality of their neighborhoods.

Entertainment will be provided to include the following and more: explore emergency vehicles from the City of Whitewater Police and Fire Departments, UW-Whitewater Police Services, the Walworth County Sherifffs Office, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, and the Wisconsin State Patrol. A SWAT vehicle will be on display along with ambulances, fire trucks, military vehicles, etc. Learn about bike safety, home and vehicle safety, car seat checks, drug and alcohol knowledge/prevention, sexual assault awareness, internet safety, and healthy living. The new K9 unit will provide search demonstrations and the Whitewater Rescue Squad will provide AED/CPR demonstrations and free blood pressure checks. Search and rescue horses from WAMSTAR will be roaming the park and there will be appearances by Culver's Scoopie and McGruff the Crime Dog. Operation Click golf carts will be available for people to experience why they shouldn't operate a vehicle while impaired. Children will enjoy the hands-on experiences of being a crime scene investigator (CSI), a fire fighter spraying water into a water wall, and learning how to dial 911 with an emergency dispatcher. Free hotdogs, popcorn, ice pops, beverages, and a bounce house will be provided. Lastly, don't miss your chance to dunk Whitewater Police Captain Brian Uhl, Whitewater Police School Resource Officer Jacob Hintz, Whitewater High School Principal Doug Parker, and Whitewater High School Assistant Principal Joe Lynch. All proceeds from the dunk tank go towards helping fund the Whitewater Police Department's new K9 unit. Children visiting each of the displays or purchasing dunk tank tickets will have a chance to win one of four bikes generously donated by Walmart.

Saturday, August 9thGolden Anniversary-Stanley R. and Carolyn A. (Evenson) Godfrey,S2640 Waletzki Road, Fountain City WI 54629 will celebrate their 50th Anniversary on August 8, 2014.
They were married at Koshkonong Lutheran Church on August 8, 1964. Stan and Carolyn; formerly of Whitewater, own and operate Godfrey Heating and Air Conditioning. They are active hunters and conservationists. They have two children; Mike Godfrey of Lake Geneva and Ann (Daniel) Seffernick of Neenah, WI and 3 grandchildren; Mitch Godfrey of Whitewater and Taylor and Derek Fraiser of Green Bay. A celebration in their honor will be held on August 9, 2014 at their home. It is an Open House, hosted by their children from 1-4pm.

Monday, August 11thVacation Bible School--Escuela Bíblica de Vacaciones
St. Patrick Church will be hosting Vacation Bible School from August 11th through the 15th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in Berry Hall. Children in Grades K through 5 are welcome to participate. There are registration forms in the parish office. For more information, please email Rick at rupprechtr@archmil.org or call him at (262) 473-3143 x119.

La Escuela Bíblica de Vacaciones de San Patricio se tomará acabo el 11 de agosto hasta el 15 de agosto de 9:00 a 12:00 en Berry Hall. Es para niños en Kínder hasta 5º Grado. Hay formas de registración en la oficina parroquial. Para más información, por favor envíe un email a Rick a rupprechtr@archmil.org o llámelo al (262) 473-3143 x119.

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.



Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka

Photographer covering Whippet Sports -

Thanks Bob for doing this service for our students, families and also for access by the Banner.

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(July 26) Bradley R. Cummings, age 39, of Whitewater, and formerly of Plain, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

He was born on Sept. 7, 1974, in Madison, the son of Gerald and Kathleen (Donahoe) Cummings.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Kathy (Fred) Cummings-Emshoff of Prairie du Sac; his father, Gerald Cummings of Garland, Texas; a brother, Brian (Amanda) Cummings of Prairie du Sac; a sister, Amy (Tom) McGuire of Sun Prairie; a nephew, Jonathon Cummings; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Charles and Estelle Donahoe; and his paternal grandparents, Bob and Mary Cummings.

A scripture service will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at ST. LUKE'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Plain, at 11 a.m. Father Mike Resop will officiate with a private family burial at a later date in the Calvary Cemetery in Reedsburg.

Visitation will be held on Thursday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

Online condolences are available . The Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

(July 24) Bruce Ellis Johnson, age 79, of Whitewater, WI passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Bruce was born in Whitewater, Wisconsin on February 23, 1935, the son of Theodore Ellis and Janet (Kurtz) Johnson. On June 29, 1957, Bruce married Janice Ann Schultz.

Bruce worked as a shipping foreman for the Coburn Company in Whitewater for 30 years.
Bruce was a member of St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church in Whitewater. He loved his grandchildren dearly, and enjoyed snowmobiling, woodworking, antiquing, racing stock cars, and was an avid racing fan for many years.

Surviving are: Wife: Janice Ann Johnson, Whitewater, WI, Two children: Jillian (Brian) Johnson, Jefferson, WI and Todd Johnson, Jefferson, WI, and three grandchildren: Brooke, Kaden, and Kennedy. He is further survived by many other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, a son Terry, and a brother Dean.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, July 28, 2014, at 11:00 AM at the St. John's Lutheran Church, 116 S. Church Street, Whitewater, WI with Pastor Jonathan Rossman officiating. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Friends may call after 9AM on Monday at the church until the time of the services.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial to St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Whitewater.

Nitardy Funeral Home of Whitewater is assisting the family.


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