"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)

Janesville Gazette
Wisconsin State Journal
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin Newspapers

Whitewater Community TV - Channel 98/990 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
/Middle School
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
Washington Times


The Wheeler Report
Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance

CBS Sports
CNN Sports
Fox Sports WI
NCAA Div 3
WHS Whippets Facebook


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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(Feb 21) Tonight - City Market at Cravath Lakefront Building Tuesday 4-6pm

(Feb 20) SPRING PRIMARY ELECTION - FEBRUARY 21, 2017 - for the State Superintendent of Education. On the Ballot:

Tony Evers

Lowell Holtz

John Humphries

Polls statewide are open 7am-8pm. City voters at Downtown Armory.

(Feb 20) The president of Blue Dragon LLC will be on hand as Wisconsin Makers debuts its new four-color production 3-D printer during a grand opening celebration Saturday, Feb. 25.

Brandon Davis, CEO and president of Blue Dragon LLC, Las Vegas, will speak at the event, which takes place from noon to 5 p.m. at the regional makerspace in Whitewater.

"We are honored that Mr. Davis will be attending our grand opening," said Wisconsin Makers Board of Directors President Doug Grall. "Blue Dragon's state-of-the-art Firepoint 3-D printer is an exciting addition to our space. It will allow makers to take their ideas from prototype to finished product with ease."

The afternoon will feature self-guided tours of the makerspace and mini-demonstrations by members showcasing projects they have created.

A general welcome is set for noon, with Blue Dragon's Davis speaking about the new four-color 3-D printer at 2 p.m. At 3 p.m., FIRST Robotics Team 6574, co-sponsored by Wisconsin Makers, will make a presentation on preparing for its first competition.

Wisconsin Makers is a nonprofit regional makerspace with an educational mission. It has machining, welding/fabrication, electronics, 3-D printing, laser engraving, electronics, blacksmithing and woodworking shops. It also offers ceramics, pottery, metal art, quilting, fabric arts, matting/framing and much more.

"We now truly are a turnkey makerspace for residents of Jefferson, Walworth and Rock counties," said Grall. "During the past year, we have doubled our equipment inventory. The machinery is online and materials are waiting; all we need is you."

Wisconsin Makers is located at 200 E. Clay St., across the street from the American Legion. For more information, visit web page or its Facebook page .

(Feb 19) Irvin L. Young Memorial Library's Programs for the week.

Winter Reading Program Monday, January 16th-Friday, February 24th Please note that the final day of the Winter Reading Program is this Friday, February 24th at 5:00 p.m.

Block Engineering Club Tuesday, February 21st 4:00-5:00 p.m. Students are provided LEGOs and the opportunity to test their engineering skills and creativity at this monthly building club. Each session will have its own theme though participants may build what they choose. Each student's creation is placed on display in the children's section until the next meeting. Open to children ages 4-12. No registration is required.

Reading with Rover Saturday, February 25th 10:30-11:30 a.m. Reading is always more fun with a four-legged friend. Participants of all ages are invited to stop in and read with one of the certified therapy dogs. No registration is required.

Rhyme Time Ages 0-3 years Tuesday, February 21st 9:30-10:30 a.m. Rhyme Time offers caregivers and children the perfect opportunity to engage with songs, rhymes, and simple stories. Each 20-30 minute class period is followed by a play time.

Growing Readers Ages 3-5 years Thursday, February 23rd 9:30-10:30 a.m. Growing Readers allows children and their favorite adult to engage with songs, rhymes, stories, and play. Each session includes picture books, movement activities, and nursery rhymes. Each 30 minute class period is followed by art or activities and a play time. Please register on the Children's Page of the Library website .

Drop In & Play Ages 0-5 years Wednesday, February 22nd 9:30-11:30 a.m. Make friends and learn through play at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library's Drop-in & Play program! Children between the ages of birth to five are invited to the library Wednesday mornings any time between 9:30-11:30 a.m. Toys, activities, and books will be made available. No registration is required. The librarian will not be present. Please note that this is the last Drop In & Play meeting for the year.

(Feb 18) REMINDER - Whitewater High School Players production of "Afraid of the Dark"

Rehearsals are underway for the Whitewater High School Players production of "Afraid of the Dark," James Reach's outrageously funny and fast-paced story of Chauncey Stone and his bride, Lillums, honeymoon adventures at Chauncey's Aunt Alberta's deserted country mansion. Chauncey and Lillums are in the sitting room when all the lights go out plunging them into darkness-and Chauncey has always been afraid of the dark.

Logo (R) created by Michael Hilliger, one of the actors in the play who is also a talented artist and cartoonist.

(Picture courtesy of Tom Ganser)

The cast for "Afraid of the Dark," under the direction of Jim McCulloch; (Front L-R) Weston Lema, Michael Hilliger, Gwen Smith (Student Director), Nicole Sedmak
(Middle L-R) Allisan Barrett, Andra Mathews. Haley Dieter, Jimmy King
(Back L-R) Caty Strait, Jeremy Hoesly, Gianna Creanza, Remi Van Darle, Alec Holt, Mitch Dalzin and Cally Julson (Student Director).

Show times are 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23-25, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26. Reserved seat tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and can be reserved by calling (262) 472-8178 or purchased at the box office one hour before the performance.

Beginning about 30 minutes before each performance, photos of the three prior WHS spring plays ("Almost Maine," "Play On!" and "The Crucible") will be shown in the auditorium.

(Feb 18) REMINDER - Whitewater Music Parents Association Proudly Presents the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band Featuring Director Mike Leckrone; Badger Band Fundraiser to Benefit Music Programs in Whitewater Schools - Saturday, March 4 from 2-4 p.m. WHS Gym .

Badger Band lovers have a unique opportunity to enjoy the famed University of Wisconsin Varsity Band-featuring Director Mike Leckrone-up close and personal when the Band takes over the Whitewater High School gymnasium on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. This is a rare chance for a front-row seat to the best that the Badger Band has to offer, as they perform their "run out" show in preparation for their spring concert at the Kohl Center. Proceeds from the Badger Band concert will benefit Whitewater elementary, middle, and high school music programs.

Kristine Zaballos, chair of the event and fundraising co-chair of the Whitewater Music Parents Association, said, "Don't miss this high-energy show, with favorites from the band's spring concert at the Kohl Center-such as "The Sounds of Simon," "Les Miserables," and "Frank Sinatra"-and the celebrated Fifth Quarter! If you know and love the Badger Band, if you support music in Whitewater schools, and if you are looking for a fun multigenerational family event on a cold Saturday afternoon-this event is for you."

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and those age 5 and under are free. Group tickets of 10 for $75 are available until Feb. 17. Tickets can be purchased from Jan. 23 through March 3 at Commercial Bank (downtown location), First Citizens State Bank (downtown location), the SweetSpot Café, the SweetSpot Bakehouse, and the Whitewater High School office. For more information and to order tickets by mail please email whitewatermusicparents@gmail.com.

The show takes place Saturday, March 4 from 2-4 p.m. at the Whitewater High School, 534 S. Elizabeth Street, and the doors will open at 1 p.m. The two-hour show will include a 15-minutes intermission, and light refreshments including popcorn, candy, sandwiches, and beverages will be available for purchase.

Whitewater Unified School District Administrator Mark Elworthy said, "Whitewater is lucky to have this opportunity to support our music programs and host this nationally-recognized band. We hope that all people who love music will join us for this special event at our very own Whitewater High School."

The Wisconsin Band maintains a high profile among musicians and Badger enthusiasts throughout the state and region. The Varsity Band is part of this program, providing performance opportunities for University students during the winter and spring, culminating in its annual extravaganza at the Kohl Center, which is April 20-22 this year.

(Feb 17) The Greater Whitewater Committee, Inc. (GWC) is thrilled to welcome, Whitewater native, Dawson Miller as the race director for the 2017 Discover Whitewater Series (DWS): Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5K, scheduled for Sept. 17, 2017.

Dawson has volunteered with DWS since its start in 2013. He is an avid runner and ran for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawk men's cross country and track and field teams from 2011-15. Miller is currently in his second season as an assistant coach to the UWW cross country teams and is the director of operations for the track and field programs.

"DWS has combined two of my favorite things, running and the City of Whitewater. It has always been a great experience," Dawson said. "The entire community comes together to put on this race, and it shows some of the great things Whitewater has to offer.

Growing up in Whitewater my entire life I've always enjoyed all the major events that the city hosts. I am excited to now have a major role in one of those events and can't wait to contribute to the race and the community."

Dawson graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in finance from UWW in 2015 and is now working towards his MBA at the university. He was a NCAA All-Midwest Region and second team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honoree in 2014. Dawson was a six-time All-American in track and field and in 2015 he won the national championship in the steeplechase with a career-best time of 8:46.58. He ended his career as the school record holder in the steeplechase, the indoor 3,000-meter run and the distance medley relay. He was also a UWW Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete and team captain in 2015.

"On behalf of the Discover Whitewater Series team, we are thrilled to have Dawson as our race director for 2017," Executive Director Jeffery Knight said. "His racing background and credentials are truly amazing and therefore he will understand the needs of all our runners."

The goal of the DWS is to promote the City of Whitewater and highlight its greatest features. All the proceeds from the race are donated to five local non-profit partners: Bethel House (which provides interim housing for homeless families), UWW Athletics, Working for Whitewater's Wellness (W3), Whitewater Unified School District and the J-Hawk Aquatic Club. The DWS partners with the university, school district, city and business community to make this a tremendous event that benefits all who participate.

(Feb 16) Lincoln Elementary School is extremely excited to showcase the leadership initiatives of 4th grader Adalynn Frye.

Adalynn was born with cleft lip and palate, a craniofacial disorder. The effects of this disorder can only be repaired through surgical care. Nine-year-old Adalynn has undergone nine surgeries, and counting.

Adalynn created her own 'make a difference' project at Lincoln Elementary through Operation Smile, a non-profit organization. She began by researching Operation Smile, craniofacial disorders, and how others can help.

After gaining more background knowledge, Adalynn presented the information to 3rd through 5th grade classes. Following the presentations, a newsletter was distributed to encourage donations.

Adalynn collected donations at LINCS throughout lunch hours and at Whitewater High School boy's and girl's basketball games. She also collected donations at the First United Methodist Church, where her family attends. Everyone who donated received a smiley face pin to wear proudly.

Adalynn exceeded her goal of $240, the cost of a single surgery, and raised approximately $2400, enough for ten surgeries, which is two full days in the operating room!

Lincoln students and staff were extremely supportive of Adalynn's fundraising efforts, as were other members of the community. This project is an example of how students at Lincoln are empowered to be leadership focused and positively influence others.

For more on Operation Smile

(Feb 16) Alpha Gamma Chapter Presents String Soirée - An afternoon of chamber music Sunday, March 12th - 3:00 PM at Bassett House- 708 W. Main St.

Featuring UWW Chancellor's Quartet - Lorraina Bostetter and Cheyenne Pharr- violins, Sam Ewert - viola and Logan Lane- cello.

An Educational Scholarship at UWW is the beneficiary of the presentation. Cost of reservations is $20 per person. Refreshments served after the concert. Donations are happily accepted.

Reservations placed by March 5th would be appreciated. Please make checks payable to DKG- Alpha Gamma. Send checks to Mary Kenne, 425 Assembly Court, Whitewater, WI 53190 Include a phone number or an e-mail address if confirmation of reservations is preferred.

Parking available behind the Bassett House off Prairie Street or in the adjacent UWW lot. Tickets also available at the door on March 12th.

(Feb 16) Haley Street, a 7th grader at Whitewater Middle School, performed on Sunday with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra in their Celebration of Strings Concert.

Haley has been playing the viola in the School District orchestra program since 4th grade and is currently a violist in both the Middle and High School Orchestras.

(Feb 16) UW-Whitewater Offering Free Gardening Workshop - Spring is almost here!

UW-Whitewater is offering another free gardening workshop in March. Managing weeds is a timely topic they will cover as gardeners plan ahead for the growing season.

Workshop is presented for free and registration is required. Register for workshop or by calling 262-472-3165.

Title, date and time for the spring workshop:
Let's Talk About Weeds Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m.- 11 a.m.

(Feb 15) Stay On Guard! Whitewater Post Office warns customers about scam emails sent to postal customers.

Are you receiving emails from the Postal Service about missing a package delivery?

Does the email, which claims to be from the USPS, include a label with fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery? If so, don't open the email, because it may contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that can steal personal information from your computer.

The emails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service and contain fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery. The emails instruct customers to click on a link to find out when they can expect delivery. But Whitewater Postmaster Sherrie Benes is asking customers not to do it. "We want to keep our customers safe," said Ms. Benes. "Lately, we've been receiving complaints from customers about receiving emails about missing delivery."

Like most viruses sent by email, clicking on the link or opening the attachment will activate a virus that can steal information-such as a customer's user name, password, and financial account information.

What to do? Simply delete the message without taking any further action. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is working hard to resolve the issue and shut down the malicious program. "If you're not sure about the email you received, you can delete the message or contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service," adds Ms. Benes.

Postmaster Benes also offers these tips on spotting scam emails: " The text contains poor grammar or spelling errors.
" The text states immediate action must be taken or customer could face dire consequences.
" The email requests personal information under the guise of re-confirming information.
" The text from an "automated message system" states "Click on this link for details."

Customers who have questions or wish to report a scam email should call 1-800-275-8777 or email spam@uspis.gov.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

(Feb 14) 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.

(Feb 14) Molly Griep, WHS Alumnus and Senior at University of North Dakota majoring in Kinesiology, Tosses Personal Record at the South Dakota State Indoor Classic in Brookings SD on Sat and Sun.

Molly earned both a personal best in the shot put and a season best weight throw. The personal best came in the shot put after she hit a mark of 46'10.25" (14.28m). The throw puts her in the fifth spot in the Big Sky Conference and moves her up to the third spot in University of North Dakota (UND) history. Her season best weight throw of 60'9.5" (18.53m) earns her the fourth spot in the Big Sky Conference. Pictured (R) is her Dad, Peter Griep, who surprised Molly at the meet. For her UND profile

UND will host a track meet this weekend in the new High Performance Center in Grand Forks ND and then on to Pocatello ID for the Big Sky Indoor Championships February 23-25th.

(Feb 14) UW-Whitewater Continuing Education Services, Memories Preserved Personal History, and The Gathering Place are offering a new five week life story writing class.


Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Saturday, March 4

Whitewater, Wisconsin, weather forecast


(Feb 20) James Michael "Mike" Underwood, 66, of Whitewater, WI, died at home suddenly on Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Mike was born in Birmingham Alabama on December 26, 1950, to James W. and Sophia Underwood.

Mike will be remembered for his kindness and willingness to help neighbors, friends, and family. He was passionate about photography and animals and was rarely seen without his much loved dogs by his side. Mike loved life's simple pleasures-he enjoyed nothing more than to watch the Packers, golf, and other sporting event on TV with his Dad and brother, or to share a meal with family at one of his many favorite Whitewater restaurants. We'll miss you, Mike!

Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Sophia Underwood.

Mike is survived by his son James (Jay) W. Underwood (Gabby Zavala), his step-children (who he considered his own) Hung Tran and Ann (Joseph) Eveland, his grandchild and step-grandchildren Jenna Sophia Underwood and Austin and Nicole Eveland, his father James W. (Lavonne) Underwood, his sisters Mary (Don Krug) Underwood and Margaret Underwood, his brother Peter (Mary Jarosz) Underwood, his nephew Peter Early and niece Anna Sophia Brugeman, and pet dogs Samantha and Sassafras.

Mike's life will be celebrated with the family at a private service in Whitewater.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Humane Society of Jefferson County, W6127 Kiesling Rd., Jefferson, WI 53549.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family

(Feb 17) Ella Irene Wells, age 99, of Whitewater, Wisconsin passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Fairhaven in Whitewater.

Ella was born in Forkston, Pennsylvania on September 24, 1917, the daughter of Ambrose A. and Anna (Dotter) Buckingham. She attended Lemon Township School in Lemon, Pennsylvania. On November 9, 1938, Ella married Ralph Wells in Dalton, Pennsylvania.

Ella attended the Whitewater Bible Church. She enjoyed gardening, canning, and doing needlepoint.

Surviving are: her children; Linda (John) Faughn, Danville, VA, Ralph (Vicki) Wells Jr., Appleton, WI, Ella Moyes, Helenville, WI, Reba Petitt, Whitewater, WI, and David Wells, Waupun, WI, eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; sister, Marion Line, Laceyville, PA and brother,Robert Buckingham, Austin, PA. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ella was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a granddaughter Sherry Ann Moyes, Brothers: George, Albert, Clarence, Charles, and Don, and Sisters: Edith, Nellie, Amy, Lucy, Grace, Helen, and Marge.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00AM on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Nitardy Funeral Home Chapel, 550 N. Newcomb Street, Whitewater, WI. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Whitewater, WI.

Friends may call after 10AM on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the funeral home until the time of the services.

The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Fairhaven for their years of devoted care of Ella. As an expression of sympathy you may wish to consider memorials to Fairhaven Senior Living.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family


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