A (Very) Brief History of Whitewater By Carol Cartwright,
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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
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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.
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Precision Machining LLC
Brotoloc South Inc.
Driver Openings - Nelson's Bus Service
City of Whitewater Job Openings
HealthCare Job and Provider Openings
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Unified School District Job Opportunities
Motors - Jobs
(April 25) The
United Methodist Women of Whitewater First United Methodist Church and LaGrange
United Methodist Church will be hosting its 43rd Annual Spring Salad Luncheon
and Silent Auction on Wednesday, April 26 from 11am-1pm at First UMC.
Lunch tickets are $7 presale and $7.50 at the
door. Take out is available.
Goods and services along with gift
certificates from local businesses are up for auction.
from the luncheon and auction go to the local and global missions of the United
(April 25) WHS Baseball - With the
weather warming up so did the Whippets' bats as they banged out 7 extra base
hits in a 13-1 five inning win over Parkview last night.
Jimmy Duval hitting a triple with the bases loaded for
3 RBI last night. Picture courtesy of Bob Mischka - for extensive picture
Whitewater Whippets improved to 8-1 on the season and
4-1 in the Rock Valley Conference. Tyler Niemuth, Jordan Curtis and Jason
Curtis all hit home runs and Jason Curtis picked up the win on the mound
allowing 3 hits and 1 run with 9 strikeouts in 4 innings of work, Dylan Pease
closed out the game with a perfect 5th. Jordan Curtis ended the night going 3-3
with a home run, a double, and 3 RBI's, Jimmy Duval went 2-3 with a double, a
triple, and 3 RBI's.
Alex Fero led off the 2nd inning with a double (1
of his 2 hits) and things started to roll from there as they scored 7 runs in
the frame including Jimmy Duval's bases loaded triple and Jason Curtis's 2 run
home run. In the 3rd inning Jordan Curtis led off with a double and Tyler
Niemuth hit a two run home run to left to stretch the lead to 10-0. In the 4th
inning Jordan Curtis capped his perfect night off with a 3 run home run to
right field to push the lead to 13-1. After a comeback win against Elkhorn
where the team was limited to just 4 hits but lined out several times and had a
number of really good swings, it came together last night as the team had 11
Tyler Niemuth, Jordan Curtis and Jason Curtis with
their Home Run balls. (Submitted picture)
(April 25) Doug Parker, WHS
Principal has been selected as the next District Administrator for Big Foot
Union High School District.
Mr. Parker will assume his duties in this
role effective July 1, 2017.
For the news release from Big Foot Union
High School District:
Wednesday, April 26, 12:00 -
07:00PM - Open Book Day with Assessor at Community Room Municipal Building, TO
Thursday April 27, 9:00AM - 03:00PM
- Open Book Day with Assessor at Community Room Municipal Building, TO VIEW
Thursday April 27, 5:30 PM -
Whitewater Community Development Authority Board of Directors Meeting at
Room105 Innovation Center 1221 Innovation Drive - Agenda
Thursday April 27, 6:00PM -
Whitewater School Board Policy Review Committee Meeting at Central Office -
Friday, April 28, 8-9:30AM -
Downtown Whitewater Board of Directors Meeting at Discover Whitewater
Conference Room, 150 W. Main Street - Agenda
(April 24) Elizabeth Katzman, an
8th grader at Whitewater Middle School, recently represented Jefferson County
4-H at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.
Space Camp is the brainchild of rocket scientist Dr.
Wernher von Braun, who led the development of the Apollo-era rockets that took
America to the moon, and Edward O. Buckbee, the first director of the U.S.
Space & Rocket Center. Space Camp trainees cultivate teamwork, leadership
and decision-making skills through simulated missions, while gaining personal
and professional insights that profoundly impact their futures. Launched in
1982, Space Camp has inspired and motivated young people from around the world,
with attendees from all 50 states and more than 60 foreign countries. Elizabeth
wishes to thank the Jefferson County 4-H Leaders Association for helping fund
this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Elizabeth is the daughter of Wes and Katy
Katzman of Whitewater.
(April 24) UWW Baseball to Honor
Tom Lange, Justin Wegner April 29
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater baseball team will
continue its fight against cancer and recognize a longtime program supporter on
Saturday, April 29, during the team's doubleheader against UW-Platteville at
noon at Prucha Field at James B. Miller Stadium.
The Warhawks will
recognize public address announcer Tom Lange for his 40 years of service to the
program and hold Tom Lange Bobblehead Day as part of the festivities.
Bobbleheads will be available for $5 each.
Lange is a longtime backer
of multiple Warhawk teams. He currently serves as PA announcer for the
wrestling and baseball teams and attends numerous events for other sports.
In addition, UW-Whitewater will recognize catcher Justin Wegner
(Naperville, Ill./Central), who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last
summer after completing his freshman season in purple and white. All proceeds
from admissions and other memorabilia, including JwegStrong wrist bands, will
benefit the JwegStrong Fund to help offset costs associated with Wegner's fight
against the disease.
For more information on the special day
(April 24)WHS students and staff
celebrated Earth Day by having a Clean-up Whitewater Morning.
(L-R) Advisor, Tony Tautges, Haden Lee-Volpe,
Derek Holik, Salvador Gomez, Susan Payne, Amanda Kraayvanger, Jack Downs,
Milena Maroske, Slate Spear, Zach Brantmeier, Frankie Di Fiore, Mohamed
Mohamed, Michelle Di Fiore, Justin Brantmeier, and Manny Barragan.
Students in the WHS Recycling Club and Eco Bio class
walked alongside local roadsides and picked up trash and recyclables for
disposal in proper dumpsters. Almost 100 lbs. of materials were collected. They
felt the satisfaction of cleaning up the town and helping out Mother Earth.
They hope that everyone treats every day as Earth Day, and helps keep the
(April 24) Whitewater Federation of
Women's Clubs Invitation for Ladies and Young Ladies to a Tea to Benefit the
(April 24) WHS STUDENT WINS CAR -
WHS students Tyler Marinkovic and Katie Kuhtz were selected from 124 student
contracts as the finalists for Whitewater High School and attended the
Operation Click banquet at Lake Lawn Lodge on Friday, April 21.
Both students met all the requirements outlined in the
contract, and WHS celebrates their success and good decision making. Tyler and
Katie had the opportunity along with 2 students from each of the other Walworth
County high schools to start the car donated by Kunes Country Auto Group and
win that car.
Tyler was the third
student to pick a key and attempt to start the car and it started and he became
the proud owner of the Chevrolet Spark.
Tyler picks the key from the bowl.
Tyler startled when car actually starts and lights
start going on.
Tyler now in control of his car! About the Spark by
Chevrolet Pictures courtesy of Tom Ganser
Tyler is the 3rd WHS student to win a car since the
Operation Click program started in 2012. Walworth County was the 1st in WI to
have this program that started in IL. Alyssa Skindingsrude in 2012 and Brooke
Trewyn in 2013 were the two other WHS winners
For information about the
Operation Click Program
(April 24) Number of opioid addicts
growing at Walworth County Drug Court.
About one-third of participants in the Walworth
County Drug Court reside in Whitewater, and they are not college students.
The League of Women Voters - Whitewater hosted a program on the issues
facing the city and county regarding the opioid crisis by Katie Behl, Treatment
Court Coordinator, Walworth County Department of Health & Human Services.
For a detailed story on the program by Chris Welch for the Daily
Jefferson County Union
(April 24) Five Whitewater High
School students participated at the National History Day State competition on
the campus of UW-Madison, Saturday.
(L-R) Madelynne Elworthy, Emma Van Daele, Elle Treder,
Kali Mikulski, Sophie Olson
This year, Whitewater High School had one student
advance, Sophie Olson, to the National History Day final round and received an
honorable mention. Her NHD Senior paper was the 6th best in the state.
Individual Research Paper - Sophie Olson -
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
Individual Exhibit - Madelynne
Elworthy - 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.
Group Performance - Kali Mikulski, Ellie Treder, Emma Van
Daele -"Die Sonne Scheint Noch"- On Feb 22,
1943, Sophie Schol, her brother Hans and Christoph Probst, 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.
Her last courageous 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?"
To become a state qualifier, each
student competed in a local competition held at Whitewater High School (top
three advance to regionals), a regional competition coordinated by the
University of WI - Madison (top three advance to State), and then state
competition is held later at the University of WI - Madison campus. This stage
brings all of the regional winners to Madison. From these regional qualifiers
judges select the top two in each category that will advance to the national
competition. At each stage their work was evaluated by historians, educators,
and professional in related fields.
On the school level over 10,000
Wisconsin students participated in National History Day this year. National
History Day is a nationally recognized academic achievement enrichment program.
Out of the 10,000 students only 650 (including the 5 students from WHS) were
selected to participate at the state competition. Nationally, more than half a
million middle and high school students participate annually.
yearlong academic program helps students build critical thinking and research
skills as students explore a topic of their own interest connected to an annual
theme. The 2017 theme was "Taking A Stand In History."
High School teaching staff who worked with these students and accompanied them
were: Mr. Scott Phillips, and Mr. Chris Wiegman, and they are thankful to the
parents, local judges, administrators, the School Board, as well as, all who
helped in the preparation and logistics needed to support the program.
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 getting close to their goal of
$10,000 - and with $7,511 they need an additional $2500.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
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.
(April 24) WHS Programmers Place
Third at Marquette
The Whippets had a very successful day at the Marquette
University Programming Contest on Wednesday, April 19. Approximately 250
students from around southeast Wisconsin competed in either Scratch or Java.
During the competition, in the Java divisions, teams were given color-coded
balloons for each problem they solved correctly.
Michael Hilliger's work was selected as "most
creative" in the Scratch division, and he was awarded a mobile power supply.
Michael with Math and Computer Science Teacher and Programmer Advisor,
Because there were 45 java teams, Marquette split the
schools into two divisions (large school and small school), and they
accidentally put Whitewater teams in both. The team of Mitch Dalzin, Zach
Brantmeier, Nick Kuzoff, and Dineth Gunawardena placed third in the large
school division, and each student received a Raspberry Pi 3.
The team of Jacob Korf, Declin Anderson, Zach Gross, and
Tyler Marinkovic was awarded third place in the small school division, and each
student received a Chromecast. Because it was Marquette's error, they let the
students keep the prizes and will also identify and award prizes to a new 3rd
place team for the small schools.
Only 20% of Wisconsin high schools currently offer
computer science coursework, and most of those schools are concentrated in the
southeast corner of the state. There is a large push underway to expand
computer science throughout the state.
(April 24) J-HAWK EARLYBIRD
TRIATHLON Sunday, May 7th UW-Whitewater with Olympic Race: 8-8:30am - Sprint
Race: 9:30-10am - Child Race: 2pm.
(April 24) The Student Council from
Washington Elementary School held a shoe drive this past week. They collected
173 pairs of shoes!! The shoes will be donated to Soles4Souls, a non-profit
social enterprise that collects shoes and clothing for those living in
(April 24) Homebuyers Seminar Sat.
April 29th, 10am
(April 24) The Whitewater Unified
School District (WUSD) has been honored with the Best Communities for Music
Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)
Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education, joining 527
districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2017.
The Best Communities Music Education designation is
awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to
provide music access and education to all students.
Districts that have
been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other
educators looking to boost their own music education programs. For more about
the NAMM Foundation
qualify for the Best Communities designation, WUSD answered detailed questions
about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction
time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making
programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The
Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
recognizes that the Whitewater Unified School District is leading the way with
learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation,
the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which recommends music and the arts as
important elements of well-rounded education for all children.
(April 24) Spring into Action!
Donate Blood! Save a Life! American Red Cross Blood Drive! It is a very
rewarding experience! Click here to schedule:
Friday, April 28th, 12:00 PM 6:00 PM at Cravath
Lakefront Building, 341 S Fremont Street
(April 24) Art by students from
ages 4 to 18 will be featured in the May exhibit at the Whitewater Arts
Alliance's Cultural Arts Center on 402 West Main Street. The show opens on
Thursday, May 4 and runs through Sunday, May 28 and will be accessible
Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. during those dates.
A reception for the students will be Sunday, May 7 from
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and it will feature the Lincoln Elementary School's World
Drumming Ensemble at 2:30 p.m. The show and reception are free and open to the
The exhibit will include a variety of two and three dimensional
artwork by students from area schools. The art teachers displaying their
students' art are: Paula Nees from Head Start; Ann Lamb, Christie Matteson,
Gigi VanAcker and Jen Clarke from the 4K programs; Joan Schlough of Lincoln
Elementary School; Sara Brautigam of Lakeview Elementary School; Mareta Hale of
Washington Elementary School; Jim Batiste of the Whitewater Middle School, and
Debbie Brigham-Schmuhl of the Whitewater High School. Christine Hayes will
bring the Lincoln Elementary School World Drumming Ensemble.
"We are so
excited to have the Whitewater students exhibit their talents in our gallery
again," said WAA volunteer Linda Long. "It is so fun to see the progress from
those first projects in elementary school and the later work in middle and high
school. The other aspect that we love about this show is that it often brings
visitors to the CAC who have not visited with us before, and expanding our
visitor list is one of our goals during this, our 10th Anniversary at the CAC."
Linda also would like to encourage folks to attend the World's Largest
Potluck on May 7. She adds, "Make it a great day and stop by the World's
Largest Potluck for lunch and then come on over to the CAC to enjoy great art
(April 24) Whitewater Veterans of
Foreign Wars, Post 5470 will again be joined by the Monsignor Thomas Berry
Council 1690 of the Knights of Columbus of Whitewater and Palmyra as a Memorial
Day Observance is held to honor all veterans, whether living or dead, and the
deceased members of the Knights on Monday, May 29th.
The ceremony will be held indoor at Fr. Berry Hall at
St. Patrick Parish at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome to participate and there is an
elevator to Fr. Berry Hall. The American Legion Honor Squad will render taps
and fire a rifle salute.
(April 24) WHS Team Ferradermis
competed in LaCrosse at the FIRST Robotics Seven Rivers Regional from
Wednesday, April 12, through Saturday, April 15, along with 50 other teams from
Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
One of the first tasks was to weigh the robot. The
rules state is must be under 120 pounds, and Ferradermis weighed
Five of the competing teams were rookies this year, and
Ferradermis was named the "Hot Shot Rookie Bot." Over the course of the four
days, the 30 Whitewater High School students in attendance worked to set up
their pit (a 10 x 10 area to promote the team and work on the robot) and
compete in ten qualification matches where they were randomly assigned to
compete in an alliance of three robots. The theme for this year's game was
Steampunk, so the playing field was equipped with two airships on which the
robots could place gears to turn rotors; the more rotors an alliance got
spinning, the more points they earned. Robots could also shoot fuel (whiffle
balls) into the boilers to earn points, and in the last 30 seconds of the match
they could climb a rope to board the airship for their alliance. During the
first 15 seconds of each match, the robots operated in autonomous mode, making
pre-programmed movements. For the remaining 2 minutes and 15 seconds, the
robots were under the control of the drive team who could use two joysticks to
control the movements. Ferradermis' robot, named Chief the Gear Thief, could
successfully place gears in both autonomous and tele-op modes, climb the rope,
and play defense against robots from the opposing alliance.
The robot had to pass through an elaborate safety
inspection before it could take the field.
Ferradermis went 3-7 in their qualification matches, and
although they did not make the playoffs, they had a very successful run. Two of
the most memorable matches were with and against the eventual champion, Team
Titanium out of Missouri. When Ferradermis played on the alliance with
Titanium, they helped set a high score for all of the qualification matches.
When Ferradermis played on the alliance against Titanium, they played excellent
defense against them and came out victorious, handing Titanium only one of
their two losses on the day. To view the team's matches
Sponsor's logos were proudly
displayed on the robot Sponsors'
If you are interested in helping to sponsor Ferradermis
financially for the 2017-2018 season or if you are interested in helping mentor
the team, please contact Laura Masbruch at email@example.com.
The Playing Field!
(April 23) "Coming Home" By Chimney
South America was lovely, and the weather was
great, but there's nothing like being back home in Wisconsin. As usual the
flight was grueling and I'm exhausted, but I'm glad to be back home in my
Downtown Whitewater chimney. Some friends of mine have found that modern
concept swift tower that some generous, thoughtful citizens built for us in
Cravath Lake Park. It's beautiful, functional, and frankly, it's an
all-you-can-eat buffet of insects near the water. It's even vented to let the
heat escape! I'd be there in a heartbeat, but migratory birds will be migratory
birds and I've called my all brick masonry place, with its open concept top,
and closed damper home for years.
I've got some big plans for the summer. I've been working
on my moves in the air, as I'd like to impress an equally acrobatic stranger,
and together we'll make more insect eaters than this town will know what to do
with. I plan to work on my weaving, too. With some little sticks and twigs,
I'll weave my nest and glue it to the side of my chimney with my sticky saliva.
What a perfect home for some tiny Chimney Swifts!
This year, I have a
plan for empty nest syndrome. When the chicks have up and fledged late in
summer, I'll gather with a few hundred of my closest friends and host giant
overnighters in my chimney. We'll do this for a couple of weeks to support each
other before our big journey south. But because there aren't too many chimneys
that haven't been capped, or have been removed altogether, we don't have very
many places to live anymore. Before chimneys we lived in hollowed-out trees or
tree cavities, but there aren't too many of those around, either. Those new
swift towers, though! They're beautiful, and comfortable. Thank you, citizens
of Whitewater, for thinking of us!
If you'd like to see us in action
you can come out and watch us as we roost communally at the end of the summer.
You can find us in Downtown Whitewater at dusk in late August or early
September, gathering in huge numbers for our overnighters at dusk.
might also be able to see us during the summer. But don't look for us in trees.
We don't perch like most birds, but spend our entire days in glorious flight,
eating, drinking and bathing on the wing.
If you'd like to track our
progress as we make our magnificent migration, you can by following this
more about Chimney Swifts
(April 21) UW-Whitewater Gymnastics
to Celebrate National Title on Fire Truck April 28
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater gymnastics team
will celebrate its 2017 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association championship
with a fire truck ride through Whitewater next Friday, April 28.
Warhawks will depart from Perkins Stadium at 5 p.m. and be driven through
downtown Whitewater. Fans are invited to line Main Street
and cheer on UW-Whitewater as it celebrates its fourth national title in
the program's history.
(April 20) The Whitewater Common
Council on Tuesday discussed at length the potentiality of a development that
would house the public library, a medical clinic and a hotel. For more
on the library issue and other meeting comments by Chris Welch for the Daily
Jefferson County Union
(April 20) April at the Whitewater
Arts Alliance's Cultural Arts Center, 402 West Main Street, is celebrating art
by Latino artists from both far and near - Poetry readings, Mariachi Bands and
Oaxaca and local artist visits
The Latino art exhibit will be on display at the CAC from
Thursday, April 6 to Sunday, April 30 on Thursdays through Sundays from noon to
5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy the art for FREE.
Edgar Jahir Trujillo
On Sunday, April 30,
local artists and Silvia Castellanos, Edgar Jahir Trujillo and Victor
Cruz from Oaxaca, Mexico, are planning to be on-hand to greet visitors at a
closing reception from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., where snacks will be served. All of
the events are free and open to the public.
Linda Long, President of the Whitewater Arts Alliance
said, "We are so excited to celebrate Latino art and Latin music at the CAC. It
is fitting that the 10th anniversary of the WAA at the CAC will feature the
many talents of a culture that should be recognized."
One of the local
artists, Enrique Esquipula, has been living in Whitewater for the last 15
years. He works at Jessica's Family Restaurant, where some of his art is on
display. He has worked in oils, watercolor, and acrylics. In 2010-11 his
painting, "Trees" won the poster of the year in the Whitewater Arts Alliance's
Members show. Enrique enjoyed drawing and painting as a young child, but he
began painting seriously eight years ago. Since that time he has sold 72
paintings. Linda said, "We are so delighted to have local artists like Enrique
exhibit at our show, along with the international artists from Oaxaca. One of
our goals is to have every resident of Whitewater visit the Cultural Arts
Center, and we look forward to many new visitors with this exhibit."
UW-Whitewater Crossman Gallery Director Michael Flanagan traveled to
Oaxaca, Mexico with Emeritus Professor Charles Cottle in January of this year
to select prints and drawings to display at the CAC in April. Working with
their friends and gallery owners Hildebrando Gomez and Alili Lopez, they were
able to make arrangements to visit their gallery along with studios of a number
of very well regarded artists in Oaxaca. Flanagan said, "The initial visit to
the gallery allowed us to view a large number of works including examples by
Shinzaburo Takeda, a Japanese printmaker who has made his home in Oaxaca for
many years. Takeda is a professor at UABJO (La Universidad Autónoma
Benito Juárez de Oaxaca) and in this role has influenced many of the
working artists there."
Flanagan and Cottle visited the studios of
Victor Cruz Calderon, Silvia Lopez Castellanos, Argelia Matus Martínez,
Ixrael Montes, Tomás Píneda Matus, Edgar Jahir Lopez Trujillo and
Esteban Moreno Urbieta. During the studio visits, the artists generously
allowed Flanagan to make a selection of their work for the exhibit at the
Cultural Arts Center.
Each artist has a distinctive approach to their
imagery; Esteban Moreno Urbieta creates portraits using coffee and works in a
café with a poet who adds text to complete the image. Victor Cruz
Calderon uses mica to add relief texture and reflective light to his works.
Perhaps one of the most unusual methods of creating artwork belongs to Edgar
Jahir Trujillo; he uses the pigment from cochineal beetles to create his vivid
red designs. The beetle is found on cactus plants, which Edgar raises and on
which he introduces the beetles to grow. The insects are harvested and then
dried and ground up to make the natural dye carmine.
The Cultural Arts
Center is located on 402 West Main Street in the historic White building near
the Birge Fountain. Parking is behind the building. An elevator is available
for access from the parking lot entrance. 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of
the Whitewater Arts Alliance at the Cultural Arts Center.
(April 18) Tina Slack may be a
quintessential Warhawk. She won a national championship as a member of the
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater national champion gymnastics team and
on the very same day was named one of the finest science students in the
Goldwater Scholar honorable mention
recipient Tina Slack, left, is shown with her faculty adviser, assistant
professor Steven Girard, in a lab at Upham Hall on the UW-Whitewater campus on
Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
"It's extremely impressive," said Steven Girard,
assistant professor of chemistry and Tina's research mentor. "Besides being a
very talented gymnast, she's extremely well organized and performs at a high
level academically, balancing responsibilities in the gym and in the
Tina, from Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, was recruited by
the Warhawk gymnastics team and chose UW-Whitewater because of its tradition of
excellence and the "family-feel" of the program. Over the last three years,
she's competed in vault, bars and floor routines.
UW-Whitewater senior Tina Slack
cheers with teammates at a gymnastics meet in Whitewater
That same day, she received Honorable Mention recognition
from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.
The U.S. Congress established the program in 1986 to encourage young people to
become scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The Goldwater Scholarship is a
highly competitive and merit-based award. Only 547 college students in the
nation were recognized.
Professor Girard, who teaches inorganic
chemistry and nano-chemistry, saw Slack's potential and passion for science
early on in her collegiate career.
"I had her in the very first class I
taught at UW-Whitewater Chemistry 102. We shared the same research
interests, and she joined me in the lab spring semester of her freshman year,"
Girard said. Since then, the duo has conducted research every semester
including summer terms. "We work with elements that make up sand, glass and
rocks to create tiny materials called nanoparticles. We use them to convert
waste heat, like fossil fuel combustion, into useful energy,"
renewable energy applications can include solar cells, batteries, and
thermoelectric materials that convert heat into electricity," Girard said. Tina
recently presented her work at the National Conference on Undergraduate
Research at the University of Memphis, in Tennessee, on April 6-8, and at
UW-Whitewater's Undergraduate Research Day on March 16. This summer, she will
be working at the Office of Naval Research in Indian Head, Maryland, as part of
the nationally competitive Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program.
"She'll likely be getting a security clearance and will be working on really
complex problems in science that can only be addressed in these laboratories.
It's a fantastic opportunity for Tina to experience government lab work
firsthand," Girard said.
Tina aspires to earn a Ph.D. in inorganic
chemistry. Thereafter she seeks to be a research scientist with a government
agency such as the Department of Defense or the U.S. Naval Civilian workforce.
Her goal is to work with the armed services to develop new technologies useful
in energetic materials, specifically thermoelectric energy sources, as well as
renewable energy sources such as solar cells.
"With science, you can
always discover new things or ways to solve problems. I want to be able to use
my talents and serve my country, to give back."
(April 18) Eileen M. Hayes named
dean of the College of Arts and Communication - Provost Susan Elrod announced
the appointment of Eileen M. Hayes as dean of the College of Arts and
Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
so pleased that Dr. Hayes has agreed to serve as the next dean of the College
of Arts and Communication," Elrod said. "Her experiences as a faculty member,
researcher, musician, administrator and author uniquely position her to lead. I
know she will continue the creative drive that makes the college an immersive
experiential learning laboratory where students can pursue their passions."
"Today more than ever, colleges of arts and
communication have a special role to play in the life of the university -
indeed, in the well-being of our nation overall," Dr. Hayes said.
"UW-Whitewater is known throughout the University of Wisconsin System for its
excellence, and we look forward to continuing to build on that reputation
through a focus on inclusive excellence and providing students with meaningful
experiences both in and beyond the classroom."
Dr. Hayes is currently a professor and chairperson of
the Department of Music at Towson University in Maryland, where her
responsibilities include budget management, personnel, tenure and promotion,
faculty development, student success, marketing and public relations,
accreditation, assessment, and oversight of the university's marching
Dr. Hayes' research interests include African American music,
gender theory; the politics of iconography and music in Ireland; music and
politics; and ethnic identity and Afro-pop festivals in Germany. She received
her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Washington, a master's
degree in folklore and ethnomusicology from Indiana University Bloomington and
a bachelor's degree in music history/piano from Temple University.
will assume her role at UW-Whitewater on Aug. 1st.
(April 15) St Patrick Catholic
Church - 1225 West Main Street, is having their annual Rummage Sale on Friday,
May 12 from 8:00 am to 3:00 and on Saturday, May 13 from 8:00 am to 1:00 with a
$2.00 "fill the bag sale" at Noon. There will be lunch available and a bake
(April 11) Wisconsin Execs to be
Featured at UW-Whitewater Business Ethics Week
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College of
Business and Economics is holding its 10th annual Business Ethics Week from
April 17 through April 24. The event emphasizes the critical role of business
ethics and connects what students learn in the classroom with real life
Four guest speakers-all alumni and seasoned
professionals-will discuss business ethics and examples in their respective
companies. Students, faculty and visitors are encouraged to attend their
presentations, which will be held in Timmerman Auditorium of Timothy J. Hyland
Business Ethics week will conclude with a
presentation by Michele Thoren, '03, Senior Human
Resource Manager at CINTAS. She will present Ethics at CINTAS from
2:30 to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 24. In her
multifaceted role, Thoren provides guidance on employment laws, performance
management and disciplinary issues.
The UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics is
deeply committed to preparing students to think and act with integrity and
honesty. Business Ethics Week helps advance positive ethics as students prepare
to enter the business world.
(April 10) The Veterans of Foreign
Wars, Post 5470 of Whitewater will donate a flagpole and flags to the City of
Whitewater for placement at Treyton's Field of Dreams in Starin Park.
This illuminated flag will be flown 24 hours a day, year
round, as a constant reminder of the sacrifice our veterans have made to
preserve a free and safe location for youth to participate.
dedication will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Time to be announced. Funds
for this installation were derived from the annual Buddy Poppy distribution,
which this year will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Eastsider and
(April 6) 5K Run/Walk UWW -
Fraternity Fundraiser. Sunday, April 23rd at 11am
Coulthart Pavilion (adjacent to Perkins Stadium)
Guaranteed T-shirt for early bird
Cost is $20 for early bird registration (ends Sunday,
April 16 at 11:59 PM), and $25 after that.)
Payment will be due at
the time of check-in on race day.
For more information
(April 4) SweetSpot Bakehouse,
First Citizens State Bank, Johns Disposal all rally around Downtown
Whitewater, Inc.s Guinness World Record Potluck
The worlds largest potluck will be held at Cravath
Lakefront Park on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M., and this large of
a party doesnt happen without a lot of hosts!
SweetSpot Bakehouse is joined by First Citizens State Bank, and Johns
Disposal as major sponsors. Coburn Co. and HSI rentals are also supporting the
event. More in-kind donors will be highlighted as the event draws closer.
SweetSpot Bakehouse owner Lacey Reichwald shared, We loved the
idea of being a part of an event that celebrated something we love so much:
community. Were thrilled to sponsor an event that is all about coming
together and enjoying the company of our neighbors. As part of the event,
sponsor SweetSpot Bakehouse will also be hosting a pie-eating contest to
benefit local non-profit groups. At 1 p.m. representatives from area
non-profits will compete in a pie-eating contest (with pie flavors of their
choice!). Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.
Aiming for a
sustainable event, Downtown Whitewater, Inc. is working with Johns
Disposal to help with recycling efforts. Johns is donating their services
and providing receptacles so that guests can keep their plastics out of the
landfill. Guests are also asked to consider bringing their own reusable plates
Volunteer slots are still available and can be
signed-up for at .
(April 25) Barbara Ann
Owens Swift, age 88, of Whitewater, Wisconsin passed away at Fairhaven Skilled
Nursing Center on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
Barbara was born in
Oak Park, Illinois. In 1937 her family moved to what had been a family summer
cottage in Hebron, WI, where she grew up during the WWII years. She attended
Fort Atkinson High School.
Barbara married brother-in-law Wendell Swift
on July 12, 1946. In the year 2016 Barbara and Wendell celebrated 70 years of
While raising 4 children, Barbara worked part time in a
variety of positions. Foremost was waiting tables at the Mundelein Illinois
Country Club. Subsequent positions were working as a grocery clerk and baker,
clerk in a department store, clerk in a jewelry store, and as an outside agent
for a travel agency.
Barbara enjoyed travel, letter writing, gardening,
bowling, reading, and especially being with the youngsters in her family. She
made friends with everyone she met.
Barbara is survived by her spouse,
Wendell, and children, son John Swift (Patricia) of Big Rock, Il, son Larry
Swift (Beverly) of Round Rock, TX, daughter Margaret Swift of Cleveland, OH,
and daughter-in-law Maureen Swift of Chicago, IL. She is survived by
grandchildren Heather (Scott) Otolski , of Charlotte, NC, Blain (Jessica) Swift
of Big Rock, IL, Hannah (Mark) Kania, of Round Rock, TX, Rachel Swift of
Denton, TX, Abigail (Steve) Swift-Spolarich of Columbus, OH, and Jessica Swift
of Chicago, IL, also by great grandchildren Bryce and Shayne Otolski, Marek and
Levi Kania, and Mark John Swift. Barbara is also survived by brother Willard
(Bill) Owens, of Fort Atkinson, WI and Many nephews and nieces.
is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Doris Owens, her sister Betty
(Wilbur) Swift, a son Robert (Maureen) Swift, and a grandson Nathan Rey
A Celebration of Life Service is being planned at
Fairhaven in Whitewater and the date and time will be announced when confirmed.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to First United
Methodist Church, Whitewater, or to Fairhaven Senior Services, Whitewater.
The family of Barbara Ann Owens Swift wishes to thank especially the
Fairhaven second and third floor skilled nursing staff for their consideration
and care during four separate rehabilitations following surgeries or illnesses
over the last three years.
Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the
(April 25) Lawrence
Jacobs, age 88, of Whitewater, WI passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at his
Larry was born in LaGrange, Wisconsin on October 6, 1928,
the son of Marion D. and Minerva (Knuteson) Jacobs. He graduated from
Whitewater High School, class of 1946.
Larry married Beatrice Mulks on
April 9, 1949. Larry and Bea farmed most of their married lives. He also
retired after 30 years with Hawthorn Mellody Farms.
Surviving are: his
wife Beatrice of Whitewater, WI and two sons: Daniel (Sally) Jacobs, of
Atlanta, GA and Gordon Jacobs, of Fort Atkinson, WI. Also surviving are two
brothers Donald Jacobs of Whitewater, WI and Arnold Jacobs, of Bruce, WI.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law JoAnne
Jacobs; a sister Norma (Jacobs) Schilt; and a brother Edward Jacobs.
accordance with Lawrence's wishes, there will be no visitation and services.
A private service for the immediate family will be held at Hillside
Cemetery, Whitewater, WI.
Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the
(April 24) BRIGGSVILLE
- Connie Bucket Agnew, age 68, passed away on Monday, April
24, 2017, at UW Hospital in Madison, surrounded by her loving family.
Connie was born on May 4, 1948, in Whitewater, WI, the daughter of
Harold and Bonnie (Olson) Krohn. She married Bernie Agnew on July 23, 1977.
Together, they owned and operated Foxys Bar for 17 years and she also bartended
at The VFW in Oxford. Connie enjoyed bear hunting and fishing in Canada and
loved spending time with her Canadian friends which she always referred to as
her second family.
She is survived by her husband, Bernie Agnew of
Briggsville; children, Jeff (Rhonda) Agnew of Ft. Atkinson, Kristie Walter of
Baraboo, Chad (Jackie) Agnew of Baraboo; sister, Shirley (Bruce) Lyon of
Whitewater; grandchildren, Spencer (Megan) Agnew, Dylan Agnew and Megan Agnew
of Ft. Atkinson, Brooke Walter of Oxford, Caden Agnew, Caylee Agnew, and Calin
Agnew, all of Baraboo; nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. She was
preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
A Celebration of
Life will be held at Foxys in Briggsville on Saturday, May 6, 2017, starting at
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.
Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home is assisting the family.