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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
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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 - 2016 John's Garbage, Recycle and Bulk Collections

TOWNSHIP - 2016 John's Garbage, Recycle and Bulk Collections
School District
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High School Facebook
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Lincoln Facebook
District Adminstrator's Blog
District Adminstrator's Twitter
Irvin L. Young Memorial Library
Walworth County
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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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NCAA Div 3
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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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(Jan 20) Washington Elementary School in Whitewater Nominated for Prestigious National Blue Ribbon Schools Award

State Superintendent of Schools Tony Evers has nominated eight Wisconsin public elementary schools for the National Blue Ribbon Schools award, which is a U.S. Department of Education effort to recognize overall academic excellence or progress in improving student achievement. We are pleased to announce that Washington Elementary School is among those nominated.

"The Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in striving for solid student academic achievement," Evers said. "Our public school nominees provide a safe and supportive learning environment where young people can build a foundation for future academic and life success. I wish our nominees well in the next phase of the Blue Ribbon Schools process."

Schools nominated to the program must complete the Blue Ribbon Schools application and undergo a rigorous national review process. Awards, presented to "Exemplary High Performing" and "Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing" schools, are typically announced in early September. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized more than 8,500 of America's schools since it began in 1982. To be considered for the program, schools must be among the top schools in the state for overall achievement on statewide assessments or closing achievement gaps between student groups.

Tom Grosinske, principal of Washington Elementary, comments, "We are so proud and humbled to be nominated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the National Blue Ribbon Schools award through the U.S. Department of Education. This validates the incredible work our school staff has been doing for our students. We have known all along we have amazing families, a world class staff, and a very supportive school district. This nomination is evidence of the positive and student-centered culture that is Washington Elementary School."

The 2017 nominees are: Washington Elementary School, Whitewater Unified School District; Mountain Bay Elementary School, D.C. Everest Area School District, Weston; Robinson Elementary School, Laona School District; Shorewood Hills Elementary School, Madison Metropolitan School District; Oriole Lane Elementary School, Mequon-Thiensville School District; Elmwood Elementary School, New Berlin School District; Phillips Elementary School, Phillips School District and West Salem Elementary School, West Salem School District

(Jan 20) Join your friends and neighbors who have rediscovered the joy of playing in a band! "Dust off" your instrument and have fun with this great group. Monday night at 6:30 pm in the Center of the Arts - CA 1005. Contact Glenn Hayes at hayesg@uww.edu

(Jan 20) Lincoln Elementary School held their mid-semester celebration assembly to honor the students' achievements, recognize exceptional student leaders, and promote a positive second semester on Thursday, January 19th.

Students proud of their awards!

As the first "Leader In Me" school in Wisconsin, Lincoln School focuses on exemplifying the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Students. This month's habit is 'Think Win-Win." Students are encouraged to be courageous, cooperative, and empathetic in coming up with solutions that are beneficial for all.

During the assembly, brave students from each grade level were front and center for sing-alongs. Student leaders were in charge of the introductions for each song.

To conclude the festivities, Lincoln School staff joined in with their own sing-along, performing "We Are Family."

The assembly was a great opportunity for students and staff to come together as one. Lincoln School is looking forward to an incredible second semester! (Kim Gilliland -UWW PR Intern)

(Jan 20) Whitewater Community TV is back on the air with a temporary fix that will hopefully get them through the weekend.

Meanwhile, the City staff are ordering new parts for the equipment. Scheduled video programs like city meetings, church services, and community-produced shows should be available now. However, at this time they are unable to broadcast informational slides. Usually, there is a loop of PowerPoint slides that show city meeting agendas and other information. They will get that up as soon as they can.

(Jan 20) REMINDER - Request for candid pictures of Tim Hering related to his softball coaching days!

Kelly Hering Murray, daughter of long time WHS Softball Coach Tim Hering, is asking all WHS alumni who played softball for her dad to share candid photos of him from softball to be included in a video for his upcoming posthumous induction into the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Photos can be emailed to Laura Masbruch at lmasbruch@wwusd.org until the end of January.

(Jan 19) WHS Girls' Basketball Team 65 Palmyra 28

Parents Dave and Brenda Schumacher with daughter Rebekah with her 1000 points recognition by Coach Judy Harms.

Myriama Smith-Traore top scorer with 20 points

Katie Weaver sinks a 3-pointer.

Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka - for extensive picture gallery

Whitewater girls were on fire Thursday night scoring 43 point in the first half to lead 43-10 over Palmyra. Prior to the game Rebekah Schumacher was recognized for scoring over 1000 points in her career at Whitewater High School.

Whippets will travel to Beloit Turner on Tuesday and then back home Friday against McFarland.

Friday will be the Whippets annual "YOUTH NIGHT" as well as hosting a "RED OUT" in a partnership with the American Heart Association. T-shirts can be purchased for $10, socks $20, or both for $25. All proceeds will be donated to the AHA. Items may be purchased from any member of the Whippet girls' basketball program or contact Mrs. Harms at Washington Elementary School. (jharms@wwusd.org) All orders placed by 5:00pm Friday January 20th will be filled. Orders after the 20th will be based on our remaining supply.

Whitewater score by halves: 43-22=65
Palmyra score by halves: 10-18=28

JV Game: Palmyra won

(Jan 18) The No. 20 ranked UWW women's basketball team used a decisive fourth-quarter run Wednesday night to earn its seventh straight win, a 55-50 triumph over No. 10 UW-Oshkosh in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference showdown in front of a large crowd at Kachel Gymnasium.

Junior guard Malia Smith (Bolingbrook, Ill./Neuqua Valley) led the Warhawks with double doubles, registering a game-high 20 points, including a 10-of-10 performance at the free-throw line, to go along with a career-high 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Junior guard Brooke Trewyn (Whitewater High School) also had a double doubles game with 17 points, 10 rebounds and two assists.

Pictures by Peter Mischka courtesy of Bob Mischka - for extensive picture gallery

The Warhawks continue WIAC play Saturday against UW-Stout on Kids Day at Kachel Gymnasium. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m.

All children in eighth grade and under will receive free admission and be eligible to win great prizes throughout the game.

For UWW story

(Jan 18) The No. 25 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men's basketball team hit 10 of its first 12 shots from the field and shot 56.3 percent for the game Wednesday night en route to a 73-67 victory at UW-Oshkosh in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match-up in Oshkosh.

Junior guard Chris Jones (Milwaukee, WI/Bradley Tech) tallied a team-best 21 points and added three assists to lead UWW.

Junior forward Scotty Tyler (Grafton, WI) posted his fourth double double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds

Junior forward Demetrius Woodley (Milwaukee, WI/Vincent) had 11 points.

The Warhawks have now accumulated 16 straight wins over the Titans, with the last loss coming in February of 2009.

UWW continues WIAC play on the road Saturday at UW-Stout. Tipoff in Menomonie is scheduled for 3 p.m.

For UWW story

(Jan 18) Need help with your phone? There is a TechTime scheduled for Saturday, January 28th, at Irvin L Young Memorial Library from 12pm to 2pm. This program is designed to help anyone with both apple and android phones. Coffee with be offered, as well as a take away handout. If you have any questions contact Madeline Kuhl at kuhlm@whippets.wwusd.org

(Jan 18) The annual lot owners and directors meetings of the Cemetery Association of Whitewater will be held in the recreation room of Blackhawk Manor, 1155 Blackhawk Lane on Thursday, January 26th at 7:00 p.m. for election of officers and other business. (Lee Hollingshead)

(Jan 18) Returning for the 2017 filing season, the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program at UWW will provide free tax help and free electronic filing of 2016 federal and Wisconsin tax returns for low- and moderate income state residents.

VITA will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. from January 28 through April 12. Note that the tax clinic will be closed March 18, March 22 and March 25. No appointments are needed; it is first come, first served.

Staffed by IRS-certified student preparers and supervised by faculty in the Department of Accounting, the program offers critical hands-on experience for students. And UWW hopes to increase the number of returns processed and filed in 2017.

Robert Meyers, accounting department lecturer and program contact, relates, "We're excited to have increased capacity this year. Based on additional training and streamlined processes, we'll be able to help a lot more people."

VITA is located in Timothy J. Hyland Hall, room 1001, across from parking lot 7 on Starin Road. On Wednesdays, stop at the Visitor's Center on Starin Road (drive-thru on the north side of the building), tell them you are there for the VITA tax clinic and ask for a temporary parking permit. Park in Lot 7 in any non-metered spot. On Saturdays, simply park in Lot 7.

Important information, including location map, program limitations and required supporting documentation, can be found at . For additional information, email the VITA Site Coordinator at vita@uww.edu or leave a message at 262-472-5449.


Annual Freeze Fest Chili Cook-Off Competition, Saturday, February 11

Do you make an incredible chili? Are you interested in helping raise funds for Special Olympics? Then the Freeze Fest Chili Cook-off is for you. Get together a group of people, your club, group, church or business and make it an event! You can promote your group or business while serving chili to Freeze Fest participants and spectators. The event is Saturday, February 11 in the warming tent at the Cravath Lakefront Park in Whitewater, serving from 11 am - 2:30 pm. There is no entry fee! Participants vie for the First Place trophy, Golden Ladle, Best Decorated table, and People's Choice bragging rights, plus a few other prizes. Registration forms are available online at www.wwparks.org by calling 262-473-0535 or emailing Deb Weberpal at dweberpal@whitewater-wi.gov. The deadline for registration is Friday, February 3. Share your talents, good food and help raise money for Special Olympics and Seniors in the Park.

Whitewater Lions Club Annual Fish-a-ree, Sunday Feb 12th

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Saturday, March 4

(Jan 14) The Whitewater Arts Alliance (WAA) is pleased to announce that it has received a $1,500 grant from the Whitewater Community Foundation. The WAA will use the funds to support activities celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Whitewater Arts Alliance at the Cultural Arts Center on 402 West Main Street.

The year 2017 marks the 10th year that the Whitewater Arts Alliance has had a home base, the Cultural Arts Center. Formerly the White Memorial Public Library, this prominent and historic building in its park setting on Main Street is a landmark like no other in Whitewater.

Funds from the Whitewater Community Foundation grant will help the Whitewater Arts Alliance make a make a strong outreach effort so that even more area residents and visitors can participate in WAA programs. The goal is to provide exhibits and performances that appeal to a broad spectrum of visitors, including seniors, veterans, school children, university staff and students, Latinos, artists, and non-artists.

Linda Long, president of the WAA, said, "Our tenth anniversary is an opportune time to tell our story and help our community understand the importance of the visual and performing arts. (And it is a time for our community to have a little fun together!) We have a full slate of exhibits already scheduled, and we are excited about the other events that we might be able to add."

The grant will help the WAA partner with the UW-Whitewater College of Arts and Communication to put together an exhibit of artwork from Oaxaca, Mexico, and hopefully include Latin music and dancing. In addition, highlighting performing artists (including student musicians) at exhibit opening receptions is another plan. Also, the support will help the WAA secure a children's concert by Stuart Stotts during the Savory Sounds Concert Series this summer.

The mission of the Whitewater Community Foundation is to make Whitewater's dreams come true. The Foundation collaborates with its civic partners to create opportunities for youth and adults to achieve their educational and economic dreams, to create a vibrant city for the arts, and to celebrate and preserve the qualities that make Whitewater exceptional. In the years since its inception, the Foundation has grown from a scholarship foundation to one that has used additional gifts and investments to support local nonprofits.

Linda Long said, "Making dreams come true is the mission of the Whitewater Community Foundation, and we are so thrilled to have their help in making our dreams come true during this, our 10th anniversary at the Cultural Arts Center. Their help will raise the awareness of what a great community we already have and are striving to augment. The arts enrich to the quality of life in any community. Whether one is an artist waiting for a chance to share his/her talent, a person who just enjoys the arts, or someone who is getting a first introduction to the creative community, there is something for everyone."

Following is the 2017 calendar for the Cultural Arts Center: February/March - Shelby Keefe; April - A Celebration of Latino Arts and Artists; May - Whitewater Student Show; June - WRAP Exhibit; July - Fran Achen Photography Contest; August - Costume Exhibit by UW-W Theater/Dance Dept.; September - Artrageous Birds; October - Virgi Driscoll; November/December - WAA Members' Show

Following is the Savory Sounds Concert Series Schedule: June 15 - Carl Cole; June 22 - TBA; June 29 - Main Street Big Band; July 7 - Bill Hill; July 14 - Stuart Stotts.

The Whitewater Arts Alliance's 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.

(Jan 12) Former Whippet, Class of 1983, Allyn Hackett, School Community Officer, Delavan-Darien School District!

Officer Hackett retired on January 6th after serving 26 years with the City of Delavan Police Department. Check out a Delavan - Darien School District video and photo album recognizing Officer Hackett.

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(Jan 20) Vernon "Lee" Rexroat, 78 Fort Collins , CO died peacefully at home after a short illness on Monday January 16, 2017.

Lee enjoyed a long career with the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater where he served as assistant dean of students for a period of time. He then taught at the graduate level in the education department. Later, he acted as student advisor and counselor. Lee married his high school sweetheart, Jeanie Gustafson (Erdmann), and they had two children. Later in his life, he remarried the love of his life, Christine Rexroat (Bevevino) at which time he lovingly accepted his extended family, and they enjoyed many years together until his death.

Lee was fortunate to retire from the university at the age of 55 yrs. After retirement, he and Christine traveled the countryside in their RV, eventually settling for many years in two places: Burnsville, NC (summers) and Cedar Key Fl. (winters). Five years ago, Lee and Christine relocated to Fort Collins, CO to be close to children and grandchildren. He was a musician and a storyteller, and he beamed laughter and love everywhere he went. He adored his grandchildren who all will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his wife Christine Rexroat, 5 children; daughters Dawn Rexroat (William), Leah Barrett (Brian), and Gabrielle Pearl Barrett (Ted), Sons Christopher Rexroat (Kathy) and Jason Barrett (Mari). 8 grandchildren; Devonte & Kian Rexroat-Potts (Dawn and William), Rosie&Lilli Barrett (Jason and Mari), Jackson&Tyler Pearl (Gabrielle and Ted), and Lance&Margot Rexroat (Christopher and Kathy).

Please send all communications and condolences to Lee's wife Christine christirexroat@gmail.com

(Jan 20) Audrey Amelia Stahl, (Oct. 4, 1929 - Jan. 8, 2017) was surrounded by her family when she was called home to be with the Lord. (Previous Whitewater resident)

She even had her very special friend, Benji, her dog. As she said to her granddaughter, "I'm going to go be with my honey, and we're going to be dancing". She loved everyone so very much. Even in her last hours, she would say, "I'm going to miss you so much, I love you". Even with the little strength that she had, she made sure to say how much she "love the doctors so much, they are all so nice". At this time, the "doctors" were all the Nurses, CNA's, R.T., and Hospitalist who were all caring for her. I want to take this time to personally thank all the staff at Watertown Hospital, from the ER to the Med\Surg Unit, especially the Nurses & CNA's on the Unit, they all went above and beyond to make my mother comfortable, and to make the family comfortable as well. Thank you so much.

Survived by her children; David (Diane), Debra Donner (Jim), and Michael (AnnMarie), sisters Grace Anton, and Nancy Prout. Further survived by 16 grandchildren, 19 1/2 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends. She was visited often by a very special friend named Alice of whom she adored. In her last few months when her health required extra help, the Lord sent her a special angel - Michele R.M.. Audrey loved her to pieces and would anxiously await for the days she would come! Yes, Michele spoiled her by bringing her fresh salads, strawberries, butterfingers, and her all time favorite; Cheetos, Spinach dip & chips!!! Preceded in death include; her loving husband Robert E., son Robert "Jeff", grandsons Jeffrey J., and James R. Donner, sister Patricia, brothers Robert, Howard, and Jimmy, long time friend Delores Hill, her parents and other family & friends.

My mother wanted to say a special, love filled "Thank you", to all of her family that sacrificed themselves, their time, and their love to care for her these past nine years, especially the past two. She appreciated every little thing from everyone. She also had a special daughter of a niece, that she truly adored as well. She loved her for her beautiful smile, her abundant love, and for her coming out to visit her, and help prepare the apartment for when she came home from the hospital. She missed you.

A celebration of her life is being planned later in February. Family will announce details at a later date.

Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral Services - Oconomowoc assisted the family.


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