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UWW Royal Purple
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My Walworth County
Walworth County Today (Janesville Gazette)
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Wisconsin State Journal
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Urban Forestry Committee

CITY - 2016 John's Garbage, Recycle and Bulk Collections

TOWNSHIP - 2016 John's Garbage, Recycle and Bulk Collections
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Lincoln Inquiry Charter School
Irvin L. Young Memorial Library
Walworth County
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Community Development Authority

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

Makerspace Whitewater - Calendar
Rainbow Hospice Care - Whitewater plus

UWW Young Auditorium
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Whitewater Country Club
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Assembly of God
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Community of Christ the Servant
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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
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Whitewater Arts Alliance
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Community Cat
Cub Scouts Pack #173
Friends of Noah - Animal Rescue
Greater Whitewater Committee
Fourth of July Committee
J-Hawks Swim
Kiwanis Breakfast Club
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)
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Help Wanted ~ Looking for a dependable and responsible person. Please apply at Winchester True Value ~1415 W. Main St. Whitewater. A morning cashier position Mon- Fri. 8 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. also a floor person for nights and occasional weekends.

Anderson Machining Service, Inc.

Brotoloc South Inc.

Bus Driver Openings - Nelson's Bus Service
City of Whitewater Job Openings
Diversified Building Maintenance
Positions open in Whitewater:
*Tuesday, Thursday and possible weekends if events are scheduled. 4-9 hours per week - flexible schedule.
*Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and sometimes Sunday. 10-15 hours per week - shift can be early morning or late evening.
*Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. 8-12 hours per week - shift can be late at night or early morning.
Applicant can apply for one or more positions.

Fairhaven Senior Services/

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 11) REMINDER TOMORROW - Year of Mercy/Lent Parish Mission: Frank Runyeon Presents "Luke: Stories of Mercy" on Friday, February 12th at 7:00 PM in the Church (St. Patrick Church--Whitewater).

This will be an evening that is entertaining and eye-opening, Frank Runyeon performs the famous parables in Luke's travel narrative, and then pauses to reflect on how we hear each story-and miss what it is really saying.

"Acclaimed by critics, scholars and pastors of every major denomination in America, Frank Runyeon tours his dramas and comedies to 40 states a year. More than 2,000 Catholic and Protestant churches have hosted his productions and given rave reviews. As a Christian youth speaker, he is consistently rated "the best we've ever heard." We hope your community will host a performance this year!" This quote from Frank's web page:

Free (A free will offering will be taken.)

Also, see Frank Runyeon perform "John: Signs of Mercy" the night before at 7:00 PM (Thursday, February 11th) at St. Patrick Parish in Elkhorn!

(Feb 11) The Wisconsin Makers Inc., a community workshop for residents of Jefferson, Walworth and Rock counties and beyond, has reorganized and elected a new board of directors, shown above. Pictured are, left to right: Front Row - Shanon Harrell and Sharon Warsh; Back Row - Ron Binning, Caitlin Jung, Peggy Smithson, Mike Tess, Antonio Fernandez and Pete Spangler. A makerspace with an educational mission, the Wisconsin Makers is located in the Wisconsin Manufactory, 200 E. Clay St., in Whitewater, across from the American Legion Hall. Memberships enable use of the workshop's equipment - for metals, woods, electronics, fabric arts, automotive, clay, matting and many other interests - around the clock. Special programs also are held, such as a monthly "make-and-take" and an upcoming workshop titled "An Introduction to Arduino Hardware and Software," which will be presented on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. (see story at left). To register for the workshop or learn more information about Wisconsin Makers, call Shanon at (262) 716-4983 or stop in at Wisconsin Makers facility and take a tour.

(Feb 11) Wisconsin Makers, Inc. will have the following event at the makerspace located at 200 E. Clay Street in Whitewater.

All interested people from throughout Jefferson, Walworth, Dodge, Rock and Waukesha counties and beyond are invited to participate. Wisconsin Makers - a community workshop - will provide an Arduino 2560 CPU development board, a power supply and a kit of parts to build numerous experiments.

An introduction to Arduino hardware and software will be held at Wisconsin Makers, Inc. on Feb 20th from 1:00-5:00. Wisconsin Makers, Inc. will provide an Arduino 2560 CPU development board, a power supply and a kit of parts to build numerous experiments. The course will cover both the software development language (which is free, courtesy of Google) and basic electronic hardware design. Basic projects will include sensing a button, lighting and blinking an LED under software control, sensing brightness and using it to control motor speed and using a buzzer to play simple musical melodies. Participants will have parts to build a lot more experiments after the workshop is over.

Participants should bring their own laptop (Win or Mac) with the Arduino compiler installed before class if possible. to download the latest version. We have had great success with Windows laptops or Mac laptops running Boot Camp. The Mac version of the compiler has some limitations, but we can work around them in class. For those without computers, we have a couple of systems that can be used during class. Please note that a Google Chrome or Android system won't run this software.

The cost for the Arduino workshop is $40 member make and take, $60 non member. Also make only option is $20 member and $40 non member.

Call Shanon at 262-716-4983 to register for either class, or stop in at Wisconsin Makers, Inc. at 200 E. Clay Street, Whitewater.

(Feb 11) First Citizens State Bank has welcomed a new financial advisor to its financial services program. Aurelio Callope, an LPL registered financial advisor with over 13 years of experience, joins a team of consultants dedicated to providing an array of financial products and services that best serve their clients.

Through First Citizens State Bank's agreement with LPL Financial, customers have access to a variety of financial products and services, including professional money management, retirement planning, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, IRAs, life insurance, long term care and much more.

"Whether you're planning for your retirement or children's education, we understand the vital importance of tailoring financial products and insurance services to address the needs and wants of our customers. That is what comprehensive guidance and planning is all about-offering the most appropriate and competitive investment strategies and financial advice especially designed to help our customers work toward meeting their financial needs and objectives," said James Caldwell, President, First Citizens State Bank.

Aurelio Callope has been serving clients in the investment and financial advising industry since 2002 and in the broader financial services industry for over 27 years. He and his wife, Diana, have been Whitewater residents for over 25 years and raised two sons. Aurelio is and has been involved in the local community serving in various capacities with his church and local organizations including the Whitewater Rotary Club, Whitewater Soccer Club, and Whitewater Unified School District. His educational background includes attending Marquette University and University of Wisconsin - Whitewater where he earned his Bachelors of Business Administration Degree - Finance in 1989. Aurelio is a fully registered, insurance licensed, experienced financial professional.

Located within the main branch of First Citizen's State Bank on Main St., the financial services team is available by appointment to provide clients with personalized and professional financial guidance. Appointments for a complimentary portfolio review can be made by calling 262-473-1408.

(Feb 11) Mike Davison, WHS graduate and son of the late WHS Band Teacher Malcolm Davison, is a widely considered expert in Cuban music, performs and teaches Cuban music at the University of Richmond and worldwide.

He will be performing on February 24 at 7:30 pm at the Music Hall, 925 Bascom Mall, on UW-Madison. For the UW-Madison School of Music article on Mike and this free program

(Feb 11)The Whitewater Rotary Club is excited to announce it will be holding its annual Wine Tasting event at Fin & Hooves in Whitewater on February 27, 2016.

The event will feature dozens of wines for sampling and heavy hors d’oeuvres and deserts. There will also be a silent auction that includes an autographed football from the Green Bay Packers and many other great items. The funds raised from the event have gone towards supporting shelter boxes for victims of natural disasters, the Bethel House, the Whitewater Food Pantry and Rotary’s various other projects.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at Binning & Dickens Insurance, Commercial Bank, First Citizens State Bank and Fort Community Credit Union in Whitewater.

(Feb 11) The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater women's basketball team won handily over UW-Platteville Wednesday night 85-58 in Wisconsin intercollegiate Athletic Conference play at Kachel Gymnasium.

Sophomore guard Brooke Trewyn (Whitewater/Whitewater) tallied 14 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

The Warhawks (18-4, 7,4 WIAC) created 38 points off 27 UW-Platteville (5-17, 2-9 WIAC) turnovers and also got 52 points from the bench in the contest.

With the victory, UW-Whitewater clinched its 17th consecutive bid to the WIAC Tournament, which begins the week of Feb. 22. The Warhawks are currently alone in fourth place in the league standings.

(Feb 11) The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men's basketball team won their second game in a row by defeating UW-Platteville by a score of 104-86 in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest.

Senior guard/forward Trinson White (Milwaukee, Wis./Riverside) led the Warhawks with a team-high 27 points to go along with seven rebounds.

Senior Haki Stampley (Milwaukee, Wis./Hamilton) tallied 23 points including four 3-pointers, while grabbing five rebounds.

Junior Cole Van Schyndel (Kaukauna, Wis./Wrightstown) posted 16 points, while corralling a team-high eight rebounds.

This is the third time the Warhawks have eclipsed the 100 point mark this season.

UW-Whitewater (14-8 overall, 5-6 WIAC) held the lead for almost the entire game thanks to hot shooting from behind the arc and strong defense. UW-Platteville also shot well from the field, shooting just over 50 percent on the night. The Warhawks went 29-of-35 from the free-throw line which was a huge factor in this contest. The Pioneers (10-12 overall, 4-7 WIAC) only attempted 12 free-throws on the night.

UW-Whitewater returns to Kachel Gymnasium this Saturday night as they take on UW-Stout. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.

UWW game story

(Feb 11) Food from donations collected by the Whitewater High School Girls' Basketball Team at their game on Tuesday was delivered to the Food Pantry at the Downtown Armory and the sports clothes and equipment were delivered to the Whitewater Community Clothes Closet at the Congregational United Church of Christ at 133 S. Franklin Street.

(L-R) Keely Fiedler, Allison Heckert, Miranda Reynolds, Myriama Smith Traore, Michaela Schumacher. Rebekah Schumacher, Ali Ketterhagen, Maddy Fero, Cheyenne Minton, Andi Markham delivering food to Whitewater Food Pantry Director Art Hughes.

At the Clothes Closet, (L-R) Pat Miller, Andi Markham, Keely Fiedler and Kay Robers

(Feb 10)Warhawk Athletics, in partnership with UW-Whitewater's College of Letters and Sciences, Science Outreach and the Division of Undergraduate Research, will host Science and Sport Day this Saturday, Feb. 13, starting at 2:30 p.m. in the Williams Center's Kachel Fieldhouse. Children from the community are invited to attend and interact with UW-Whitewater student-athletes and undergraduate students at interactive stations from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Geography,Geology and Environmental Sciences, Physics and Health, Physical Education,Recreation and Coaching.

The event's 10 stations include a wind tunnel, football cannon, animal cracker calorie counter and heart rate visualizer.

Starting at 4:30 p.m., attendees are invited to the second floor of the Williams Center to view undergraduate research displays from students in the College of Letters and Sciences.

All are invited to attend the Warhawk men's basketball team's game against UW-Stout, which begins at 5 p.m. in Kachel Gymnasium, located on the second floor of the Williams Center. Members of the Undergraduate Research Program will be honored with their faculty members at halftime of the game.

Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club is taking orders for Easter Lilies. Four to six beautiful blossoms on each plant.
Only $11.00 ea. Deadline Feb. 29. Call Rollie Cooper 262-473-5375

(Feb 10) Whitewater Girls' Basketball Team 80 VS Evansville 37

Ali Ketterhagen

Michaela Schumacher

Andi Markham

Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka - for extensive picture gallery

Coach Judy Harms: "Whippets finish the last home game of the regular season by notching another win as they defeated Evansville 80-37. Whitewater honored their five seniors, Keely Fiedler, Chey Minton, Maddy Fero, Andi Markham, and Michaela Schumacher. It was great to be able to play all 5 seniors together, and even better to be able to reward them with substantial time tonight. Overall 10 players scored points, led by Myriama Smith-Traore 21, Rebekah Schumacher 15, and Allison Heckert with 12.

The team thanks everyone who helped "RECHARGE" the community by donating to the food pantry and clothes closet tonight. It was a perfect way for the team to give back to the community they love, WHITEWATER! Thank you!"

Whitewater score by halves: 36-44=80 - Evansville score by halves: 16-21=37

(Feb 10) Judy Harms, Head Coach of the Whitewater High School Girls Basketball Team, won her 200th Career game with Whitewater's non- Conference victory over Watertown on Monday, February 1, 2016.

Judy Harms, in her 16th season as Varsity Coach, began her Head Coaching career at Whitewater High School in 2000-01. She is a 1984 graduate of Ashland University, where she played four years and started at point guard for the NCAA Division II School in Ashland, Ohio.

Her overall career record is 202-146. Over the past 5 seasons, Whitewater High School Girls Basketball, under the direction of Judy Harms, has been one of the top programs in the State of Wisconsin amongst all Divisions with these accomplishments:
72-6 Rock Valley Conference record (.92 winning percentage), including 4 Conference Championships in 5 years (3 straight) and a current winning streak of 39 straight RVC victories.
110-12 overall record (.90 winning percentage), including 3 WIAA Regional Championships, 1 Sectional Championship, and 1 State Championship (2014-15).

The Whippets are currently 18-1 and ranked #1 in the State in Division 3 in both the AP and WBCA polls and are part of the loaded Division 3 Janesville Craig Sectional with 5 of the top 10 state ranked teams (Whitewater, Marshall, Brodhead, Lakeside Lutheran, Madison Edgewood), while Big Foot is also receiving votes.

Whitewater returns to action on Fri. Feb. 12 at RVC rival McFarland (7:15pm) and has games remaining at Oregon and at East Troy to close out the Regular Season. WIAA Regional Tournament play begins on Tue. Feb. 23.

(Feb 10) The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is undertaking a rapid strategic planning process which includes a community meeting next Tuesday evening, February 16.

If you can make it, please consider attending. The process supports the development of a five-year plan, designed to improve the UWW's strategic position relative to peers and competitors in the years ahead. The planning process will unfold throughout late winter and spring.

The Strategic Planning Committee invites Whitewater community members to attend a meeting scheduled for the Community Room at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library on Tuesday, 16 February, from 5:30p to 7:00p.

In this phase of the planning process, members of the Committee will review feedback gathered from the first phase of the process, introduce a list of preliminary strategic themes and gather feedback and input that will serve as the foundation for the plan. To learn more, please visit the UW-Whitewater Strategic Planning website

(Feb 9) Put on your snow pants and bundle up for another great Freeze Fest Event on Saturday, Feb 13th at Cravath Lakefront Park, 341 S Fremont St. Come enjoy all the activities and support the local Special Olympics.

10:30AM-11:30AM: Kids Activities - Join the hands on learning projects and informational tables in the Cravath Lakefront Building.

11:00AM- 1:00PM: Snow Dogs Event - Come meet and learn about snow dogs, perhaps even take a sled ride. ** This event will happen at the Irvin L Young Memorial Library, 431 W. Center Street

11:00AM-3:00PM: Horse Drawn Wagon Rides - Enjoy Downtown Whitewater by Horse! This is a great way to check out all the store deals happening just for Freeze Fest. Stops will be made at Cravath Lakefront Park and Downtown

11:00AM- 2:30PM: Chili Cook Off Stop down to the warming tent at Freeze Fest Saturday, February 13 between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm for a hot bowl of chili. For $5.00, sample chilis from the contestants including Mean Beans, Joe's Chili, B & B Vet's Chili, "Far North" of the Border Chili, Rajun Cajun Venison Chili and several other unnamed chilis. You can also purchase a Polar Plunge Mug for $10 and keep the mug. Funds raised go to support programs for Special Olympics and Seniors in the Park. **This event will take place in the warming tent located in the Cravath Lakefront Parking Lot.

NOON- 3:00PM: Polar Plunge Join hundreds of brave Wisconsin Winter Warriors as they plunge into the icy water of a 18,000 galloon pool at Cravath Park as a part of Freeze Fest! Every plunger and non plunger (Too Chicken to Plunge) takes the leap to raise funds to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes. Whether you plunge solo or with your coworkers, friends or families – for the ultimate bonding experience there is something for everyone. Get started today in putting a team together or create a challenge for yourself. All the tools and information you need to plunge can be found at

(Feb 9) A Record Breaking Night The Whippets took on Division 1 combined team Burlington, Badger, Wilmot, Catholic Central, Union Grove for their last home meet of the season and came up short 118.125 to 134.175.

Kelly O'Hara

Amanda Kraayvanger

File pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka - for extensive picture gallery

Coach Jennifer Galbrecht "Although the team did not pull out a win, senior Kelly O'Hara had an unbelievable meet and broke three school records during the senior night celebration. This is the 42nd year Whitewater High School has had a team and O'Hara is now the top gymnast of all time with a new all-around score of 36.175. She surpasses previous record holder Kim Stonewerth who set the record in 2011. Along with breaking the all-around record, she broke her own floor record and achieved a new high score of 9.5. Along with this, she broke the beam record set by Stonewerth in 2011. This is such a neat way for Kelly to end the final home meet of her career and all of the coaches couldn't be more excited for her.

We had five varsity gymnasts compete all-around and they did a fantastic job. Autumn Lesar took second place behind O'Hara, and Nicole Tomomitsu finished third. Amanda Kraayvanger had a personal best on beam and we had many JV girls with no falls this meet on beam. Two of the JV gymnasts competed in events for the first time tonight and did fabulous. Sage Spear competed vault and Caitlyn Zimdars did beam for the Whippets. It's nice to see other girls getting skills put together to be able to compete and add to the team score. The varsity team will travel to Platteville this Saturday and the final meet for the JV team will be conference next Friday."

WHITEWATER MIDDLE SCHOOL - 2nd Quarter Honor Roll Honor Roll - 3.00 - 4.00 GPA

(Feb 9) Whitewater Middle School is hosting its 8th annual Grandma Laurine blood drive on Friday, Feb. 12 from 1-6 pm at the Middle School. Students from the school's Junior Optimist Club and student council will be helping at the drive. With the recent bout of winter weather, this drive is extra important for helping keep the blood supply adequate. Make your appointment now and help them help others.

(Feb 9) LINCS kindergarten and first grade classes celebrated the 100th day of school on Friday, February 5th. The students collected over 100 food items to donate to the local food pantry!

(Feb 9) Living Word Fellowship Church is sponsoring Healing and Evangelistic Worship with local author Bruce Van Atta on Sunday 21st Feb at the Church.

(Feb 7) REMINDER - Hands2HelpU - A FREE service for elderly and disabled adults living within 15 miles of LaGrange (Whitewater, Elkhorn, Palmyra, and East Troy would be included). This service is sponsored by La Grange United Methodist Church. NO DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED -This is a service mission for their church in 2016.

Let them help you with small jobs in/at your home Examples:
Carry several boxes to basement storage area
Move contents around in storage area
Assist with sorting items for Goodwill and taking the items to Goodwill
Put up a wall shelf, hang pictures
Install smoke alarm (will provide the alarm for you if needed)
Minor rearrangement of furniture (e.g., move desk from bedroom into living room)
Change light bulbs too high to reach
Put items away on high shelves
Clean out under the kitchen sink
Sew on buttons, hem pants or skirts

Who are the Helpers? Members and friends of La Grange UMC
How many volunteers will come? Two (one male, one female)
Will the teams have credentials to show? Yes, each volunteer will carry a printed volunteer card and be prepared to show photo ID.
How do I schedule this? Call Judy Seip (her cell number is (608) 843-7143). Judy will take your name, address and phone number, find out what the task is, how involved it is, and what equipment might be needed. She will answer questions you may have. If she believes the task is appropriate, she will contact volunteers and call you back with the names of the team members assigned. Team members will also call you to arrange the day and time of their visit. If you ask them to do things that require supplies (e.g., light bulbs) you'll need to have those ready.
What types of tasks are not included?
Anything that would take more than two people
Anything that would take more than two hours
Painting entire rooms
Tasks that go beyond "home handyman" level
Will you take a contribution? No! The church's motto is "Serving God and our Community." No donations will be accepted.

This is a pilot project for 2016. They hope it is a huge success!

Juris Grosskreutz

Debra Weberpal

(Feb 7) The League of Women Voters - Whitewater Area is sponsoring a program for the public at the Starin Park Community Building on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., regarding the procedure for getting a voter ID required for the upcoming elections and the various forms of ID available to the public and will be discussed by Juris Grosskreutz, Division of Motor Vehicles representative in Janesville and member of the Department of Transportation. In addition, Debra Weberpal, Senior Coordinator, City of Whitewater Parks and Recreation, will touch on topics relevant to seniors, boomers and adults in general.

(Feb 7) The Whitewater High School Players are hard at work preparing for their upcoming production of American playwright Arthur Miller's 1953 drama, "The Crucible," the partially fictionalized story of the 1692-1693 witch trials conducted in the Province of Massachusetts.

Reading their parts.

Emma Stutzman, Travis Winger, Leif Sahyun and Gianna Creanza.

(Pictures courtesy of Tom Ganser)

Conducted by Jim McCulloch, the cast includes Sarah Beckum, Mia Bentel, Gianna Creanza, Mitch Dalzin, Hiqmet Dauti, Katrina Griffin, Michael Hilliger, Betsy Hixson, Sally Kate Hixson, Jeremy Hoesly, Jimmy King, Weston Lema, Andra Matthews, Marren McCulloch, Angie McKelvery, Leif Sahyun, Gabe Schemmel, Alli Sedmak, Nicole Sedmak, Kristof Staniszewski, Caty Strait, Emma Stutzman, Lydia Wiley-Deal and Travis Winger.

Performances in the Whitewater High School Auditorium will be at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25-27 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 28.

Reserved seat tickets ($8 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and students) can be ordered now by calling 262-472-8178.

"The Crucible" explores adult themes and therefore viewer discretion is advised.

(Feb 6) Volunteers from Roberta's Art Gallery at UW-Whitewater and 15 residents from Fairhaven participated in a Snowman Jar Workshop held in Fellowship Hall. Glue and glitter oh my….a fun time was had by all. They look forward to seeing them again in March!

Beth and Allen with Snowman Jars!


SAT. FEB 13th - St Patrick Catholic Church Valentine's Day Dinner and Dance Sat. Feb 13th

SUN. FEB 14th - Fish-a-ree - Whitewater Lake - Sun. February 14 at Lions Club House.

FRI. FEB 19th - The UW-W/Community and Student Optimist club's 3rd Annual Trivia Night will be held on Friday, February 19th.

2015 1st place team (UWW College of Business)

2015 2nd place team (Chia Pets)

Teams have already paid their registration fees and there is a room limit of 32 teams. Registered teams will enjoy 10 rounds of fun trivia, get in on great deals in the silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, FREE child care, a cash bar and light refreshments!

The event will take place on Friday, February 19 at 7 PM in the Hamilton Room on the first floor of the James R. Connor University Center on the UWW campus. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

Cash prizes will be given to the top two teams. Registration was $120 per 8 person team. Registration deadline was Feb. 5.

For more information contact Kim Adams at adamsk@uww.edu or 608-201-2151. You may also check out this information on their website:

All proceeds will go to the Whitewater Unified School District Family Emergency Fund, Whitewater Food Pantry, Washington School Mural Project and other youth oriented projects such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Fishing Derby, High School Scholarships and Breakfast with Santa.

Lanora Heim, PhD., Director of Pupil Services for the Whitewater Unified School District, shared in an interview that she is very excited for these three entities to benefit from the event. "The Food Pantry is a saving grace for many families living in Whitewater" Heim said. "The Washington School Mural project will be very fun and will be something that the children can be proud of." Dr. Heim shared that the Family Emergency Fund is very near and dear to her heart. "It provides families with necessities and aids those in crisis."

Can't attend the event but would like to contribute to the fund raising efforts? Tax deductible donations toward team sponsorship, silent auction items, refreshments and funds to defray the costs of the event can be sent to: UW Whitewater Community Optimist Club, P.O. Box 571, Whitewater, WI 53190. Please make checks payable to Optimist International Foundation and specify how you'd like your donation used. That form is also available

SAT. FEB 20TH at 2 p.m. - Young Auditorium Offers Affordable Family Show in February

The month of February offers several opportunities for affordable family fun at Young Auditorium in Whitewater with Horizons Family Series and Never Too Young Series events. The auditorium is located at 930 W. Main Street (on the UWW campus).

On Saturday, February 20 at 2 p.m., the Young Auditorium Horizons Family Series presents Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) and a cast of young people who will perform an original show, Rumpelstiltskin. MCT, based in Missoula, Montana, is the nation's largest touring children's theatre, and has been touring extensively for 42 years. As the story goes, a strange little gnome appears from here, there, and everywhere. He will spin straw into gold…for a price. If his price is too steep, one must guess his name…Rumpelstiltskin! Join in the fun of Festival Time and help Clara guess the mischievous little gnome's name. The story also includes a jester, villagers, wizards, a queen, a king, knights, and a band of busy little bees. This heart-warming tale of mischief and friendship answers more questions than just "What is that little man's name?"

A tour team arrives in a given town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play...except the cast. The team holds an open audition and casts 50-60 local students to perform in the production. The show is rehearsed throughout the week and performed on a Saturday. All MCT shows are original adaptations of classic children's stories and fairytales with a twist. Ticket prices for this show range $9.50-$13.50.

The Young Auditorium serves as a presenting organization for the performing arts and as an educational and cultural center enriching the lives of regional communities, offering a full season of world-class performing arts presentations. Tickets for any show can be purchased online (fees apply), by calling the Box Office at (262) 472-2222, or in person. The Greenhill Center of the Arts Box Office is located inside the UW-Whitewater Center of the Arts building near Barnett Theatre on the UW-Whitewater Campus (930 West Main Street in Whitewater). The Young Auditorium is adjacent to this building, and parking is always free at the venue. To learn more, or follow ON Facebook .

Sun. Feb. 21st from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Karolyn will demonstrate Watercolor painting and sign her book. On Sunday Feb. 28th visitors can meet the artist from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Karolyn Alexander Tscharnack's solo show of more than 60 paintings, "Art From My Heart," will be exhibited at the Whitewater Arts Alliance's Cultural Arts Center (CAC), 402 West Main Street from February 5 to February 28.

"Barn and Blue Moon Winter"

"Hold on tight"


"Sunlit Window Box"

The show opens Friday, February 5 and will run Fridays through Sundays at the CAC from noon until 5 pm. Karolyn will greet visitors at an artist reception, free and open to the public, on Saturday, February 6 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the CAC. On Sunday, Feb. 21st from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Karolyn will demonstrate Watercolor painting and sign her book. On Sunday Feb. 28th visitors can meet the artist from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Karolyn is a life-long Whitewater resident and with the encouragement of her father, the late Richard Kettwig, has had a passion for art starting in childhood. She has enjoyed mixing colors and making plain surfaces more colorful since her first box of Crayola crayons. As a youngster she experimented with creating new colors by layering one crayon color over another. The passion for color and color mixing remains today as she uses watercolor, acrylic and collage to make watercolor paper and canvas surfaces more colorful.

An early retirement from UW-Whitewater as an IT training coordinator permitted her to focus on art. In April of 2003 she began taking watercolor classes from the late Marilyn Keating at L'Atelier Art Studio in Janesville. Since then she has taken workshops with Kari Anderson, Shelby Keefe, Ratindra Das, Karen Ragus and Laura Lein-Svencner among others. In addition to watercolor, she enjoys doing collage and most recently creating acrylic abstracts. Regardless of the medium she finds delight in experimenting with and using color.

Karolyn said, "I have written a book titled 'Watercolor Cookbook-Recipes for Mixing Delicious Color' which includes tips on mixing watercolor paints plus over 60 full color photographs of my watercolor paintings. Many of my paintings can be viewed on my web site www.karolyn.biz. I teach adult watercolor and collage classes in Whitewater and Janesville and on occasion in other locations such as Milwaukee and Jefferson. Color is everything!"

This exhibit of her work at the Whitewater Cultural Arts Center includes watercolor, collage and acrylic paintings, with varied subject matter from representational to abstract. The abstracts are from some of the series on which she has been working. The series represented in this exhibit include Music, Play and Correspondence.

Whitewater Arts Alliance President Linda Long said, "Karolyn Alexander's work is so loved by our community. I can hardly look at a poppy without thinking of her! And the new direction for her artwork is equally beautiful. We are so pleased that she is able to have this one-woman show for us."

TUES. FEB. 23rd - Attend the gruesome tale of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street presented by the UWW's Theatre/Dance and Music Departments February 23 - 27 at 7:30 pm on the Barnett stage, located in the Greenhill Center of the Arts. The production is directed by UW-Whitewater professor Jim Butchart with musical direction by Robert Gehrenbeck. For tickets, call: 262-472-222 or tickets.uww.edu. Audience Advisory: Recommended for mature audiences due to subject matter.
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SUNDAY FEB 28th - The Whitewater FFA Alumni is hosting their 24rd annual Farm Toy Show, Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 9:00AM-2:30PM at the Whitewater High School, 534 S. Elizabeth St.

The Farm Toy Show consists of venders selling a large variety of items, miniature farm dioramas and door prizes. Food and drink will be for sale throughout the day.

Ages 11 and older $3, 10 and younger FREE with an adult! The Whitewater FFA Alumni sponsors this event to raise money for the FFA. The money goes to pay for the activities and community service projects the FFA participates in. The funds also help sponsor FFA members attending the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. each summer. The Whitewater FFA and FFA Alumni find more ways than one to give back to the community.


SAT. MAR. 5th - For your calendar - A NEW MONTH - MARCH (not Feb.) to enjoy the 'all you can eat Kiwanis Pancakes, the great tasting Jones Sausage, continual refill of Hot coffee and cold Milk & OJ' at the Downtown Armory ON SATURDAY, MARCH 5th - 6:30am - 12:30pm!

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(Feb 11) Vivian Fern Henderson, age 87, of Whitewater, WI, passed away on Wednesday February 10, 2016 at Alden Estates of Jefferson, Jefferson, Wisconsin.

Vivian was born in Cudahy, WI on April 27, 1928, the daughter of Clifton and Rose (Henderson) Henderson. Vivian was a lifelong resident of Whitewater, graduating from Whitewater High School and living in the family home all of her lifetime. Vivian's family roots trace back through the Henderson family as early settlers in Cold Spring Township.

Over the years Vivian worked at the raincoat factory in Whitewater followed by a stint at a shoe Factory in Edgerton, WI, moving onto housekeeping at Fairhaven and later the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she retired. She enjoyed reading, flea markets, taming of wild birds and squirrels that frequented their home and the companionship of either a cat or dog.

She is survived by her sister Joan E Henderson Kraege, Whitewater, WI and cousins David Williams, Whitewater, WI, Amy Williams Kaul, McFarland, WI, Chuck Williams, Poway, CA, Diana Williams Schroedl, Whitewater, WI, Judy Jensen, Bailey, CO, Suzie Feldner, Waukesha, WI, , Fred Jordan, Fort Atkinson, WI, and Betty and Carl Hudson, Lancaster, WI.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Allen Henderson, brother-in-law Fred Kraege and cousins Roger Williams, Gail Henderson and Marion Blunt.

Graveside services will be held in the spring, on Saturday April 16, 2016, at 11:00 AM at Hillside Cemetery. Luncheon to follow.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family.

(Jan 10) Martha Irene Lilly, 81, Whitewater passed away on Monday February 8, 2016.

Martha was born on July 23, 1934 in Fayettville, West Virginia to Herbert and Hazel (Simms) Nugen. She married Kennith Lilly on September 16, 1954 in Mount Hope, WV. She worked at the Country Squire and Copper Kettle Restaurant which is now Jesssica's. Martha enjoyed collecting angels and birds and loved taking care of her flowers.

She is survived by her husband, Kennith, Children; Renita Lozano, Whitewater, Kennith V. Lilly Jr., Whitewater, Vivian (Darrell) Deegan, Greenwood, WI., Roger (Susan) Lilly, Milton, Dale (Tammy) Lilly, Milton, 14 Grandchildren, 11 Great-Grandchildren, 1 Great-Great-Grandchild, Brother, Leonard Nugen, Alaska, Sister, Faye (Edward) Schoolcraft, West Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Harry Nugen.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11:00am at the Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI 53190 with Pastor Jerald Wendt officiating.

A visitation will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016 from 4-7pm at the Nitardy Funeral Home and on Saturday from 10am until the time of service.

Burial will take place following the service at Hillside Cemetery, Whitewater.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family.

(Feb 10) Sharon Lynn (Petersen) Noonan, 76, Whitewater passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Jefferson Memory Care with her family at her side.

Sharon was born on April 10, 1939 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Orval and Marie (Hunter) Petersen. She graduated from West Division High School in 1957, and for much of her life she worked as a secretary. Having a great vocabulary, and a flair with a pen, Sharon was known for her exceptional writing, whether it was a letter to the mayor or a lovely children's book. She was funny; she loved to make people laugh and could keep up with the best of them, too. She was an excellent pianist, who loved the theater, and the cinema and New York City. She was a fierce advocate for animals and she cherished her rescue menagerie. She was happiest however, spending time with her family; her grandchildren holding the keys to her heart. She will be missed greatly by them.

She is survived by her children; Brian (Mayumi Miguel) Noonan, Randolph, NJ, Karen (James) McCulloch, Whitewater, WI, Patrick (Leah) Noonan, Yonkers, NY., Grandchildren; Marren, Elliott and Benjamin McCulloch, Zoe and Orlando Noonan, Siblings; Carol (Calvin) Taylor, Jefferson, William (Kathy) Petersen, Brookfield, Peggy (Louie) Weber, Bay City, OR, Tim (Maggie) Petersen, North Carolina, Dan Petersen, Milwaukee, Pat Petersen, WI, and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Joan Searles.

A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, March 1st at the Cravath Lake Community Center from 11am-3 pm.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider donations to the Jefferson County Humane Society, Touched by a Paw, Community Cat, or the Valley of the Kings.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family.

(Feb 10) After a long struggle with dementia, William (Bill) Bethke died on February 2, 2016, in Tucson, Arizona.

Bill was born in Whitewater February 10, 1939 to Ed and Edna Bethke of La Grange. Bill graduated from Whitewater High School in 1956. He took over the running of his parent's farm until he was called up to serve on active duty with the National Guard during the Berlin Crisis. When he returned from his service in Washington State, he began college at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and later transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He graduated with honors in 1966 and took a position with Archer Daniels Midland Company, then headquartered in Minneapolis. In Minneapolis, he met and married Deanna (Dee) Cadmus in 1968. The couple lived in Illinois for a few years after their marriage, but returned to the La Grange farm in 1971 where they raised their three children Bradley, Michael, and Danielle. In 2005, the couple retired and moved to Oro Valley, Arizona, a suburb of Tucson.

Bill was for 20 years a stockbroker with Robert W. Baird & Company in Janesville, but his first love was his family farm in LaGrange. He worked the land with help from his friends and family for the 35 years the family lived on the farm. When arthritis forced him to give up farming, Bill and Dee moved to Sun City Oro Valley where Dee still lives.

Bill is survived by his three children, his beloved sister Jean (Jim) Bethke Lemay, her daughter Jeri (John) Webb Henry and her family, Cousin Fred (Cindy) Lawton, and other extended family and dear friends.

The family will gather for a memorial service for Bill at the Millard Community Evangelical Church in June. The family asks that any memorials be directed to the Millard Church.

(Feb 10) Duane R. Clarke, age 81, died in Whitewater, on Feb 5th, 2016, at the apartment he shared with his wife, Janis.

He was born May 8th, 1934, in Janesville, WI. Duane’s jobs included a brief stint in the US Marine Corps, Open Range Cowboying in Colorado, and working on a coal fired train. He then pursued his Master’s Degree in Education and taught at a multitude of schools spread across the US. He was still substitute teaching at Fort Atkinson HS.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Janis; daughters; Taleen Wagie (Phillip), Natalie Buggs (David); sons, Randall, and Shane; grandchildren: Candace, Matthew, Laura, Micah; a sister, Margaret; great-grandchildren: Brenton, Collin, Logan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, from Noon until 2 p.m. at ALBRECHT FUNERAL HOME in Milton, WI, followed by a graveside service with Military Honors at Milton Cemetery, Milton, WI.

Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Milton 828 S. Janesville St., 608-868-2542 -

(Feb7) Robert W. Kline Jr., 68 Whitewater passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at his home.

Robert was born on November 16, 1947 in Omaha, Nebraska to Robert and Sara (Solt) Kline Sr. He graduated from West Division High School in Milwaukee. Robert served in the United States Army and was a Vietnam War Veteran. After the war, Robert received his Bachelors Degree from UW- Madison and his law degree from Marquette University. He worked as an x-ray technician in the military and also after the war at the Milwaukee Co. Hospital. He also served as a full time reservist in the Air Force. Robert worked for many years for the State of Wisconsin as a Public Defender. He loved to fish, deer hunt and collect coins.

He is survived by his siblings; Sharron Hegland, Whitewater, WI, Roger (Marcia) Kline, Menomonee Falls, WI., Barbara Sullivan, Cudahy, WI and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A time of remembrance will take place on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI 53190.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00am until the time of service.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family.


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