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Thursday 05/24 10%
Mostly clear. Lows overnight in the low 60s.
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Friday 05/25 20%
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Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 87F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
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Saturday 05/26 20%
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Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 90F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday 05/27 0%
Sunny skies. High 93F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday 05/28 20%
Sunshine and some clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 90F. Winds light and variable.

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The Walworth/Jefferson Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance to Offer Free Hiking Events On June 2, National Trails Day

May 24, 2018

Saturday, June 2 at 8 AM:  The Annual Up-to-20-mile National Trails Day Hike

Join members of the Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance for a free guided hike of 1.5, 4.2, or up to twenty miles of the Trail in Walworth and Jefferson Counties, rain or shine!   Meet at the white Ice Age Trail tent near the Rice Lake boat launch parking area (free) in the Whitewater Lake Recreation Area, near the north end of State Park Road just south of Kettle Moraine Drive.  The trail is rocky, hilly, scenic, and can be quite challenging;  sturdy shoes, a cell phone, water, and snacks are strongly recommended.  Hikers may opt out at most road crossings;  free transportation back to the parking area will be available.  Contact Chapter Coordinator Andy Whitney at 262-949-0286 for further information.


Saturday, June 2 at 10 AM:  Mammoth Tracks:  Nature Exploration for Children and Families

Older children and families can take a guided hike to explore one of two nearby sections of the Ice Age Trail — down the hill to Whitewater Creek (2.2 miles) or up the bluff to the lookout over Rice Lake (1.8 miles).  A limited number of hand-peeled hiking sticks will be awarded to the young hikers afterward.  Hikes will take place on the hour between 10 AM and 1 PM — long pants, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and bug spray are recommended!  On-going hands-on supervised nature exploration activities will be provided for toddlers and little tots.

Both activities will take place at the white Ice Age Trail tent near the Rice Lake boat launch in the Whitewater Lake Recreation Area (near the north end of State Park Road just south of Kettle Moraine Drive).  Free parking on National Trails Day.  Other amenities at the site include a playground, shady picnic areas, water, and primitive bathrooms.  This event is sponsored by the Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

For more information, contact Barb Converse at 262-473-7304.

Free Fishing Day hosted by the Whitewater Optimist Club – Saturday, June 2, 2018

May 24, 2018

Whitewater Educational Support Staff (W.E.S.S.) end of year social for current and retired W.E.S.S. members

May 23, 2018

UW-Whitewater Graduation Photo Gallery

May 23, 2018

Photos by Tom Ganser

Former WHS Baseball Player Garners Award

May 22, 2018

WHS Graduate (2016) Julian Sonn completed his freshman season on MSOE’s (Milwaukee School of Engineering) baseball team – an injury red-shirted him his academic freshman year. Playing in the NACC conference, Julian was First Team selection playing first base.

Sonns’s statistics for the 2018 season:
Batting Average- .339,  Runs – 26, Hits – 57, Doubles – 11, Triple – 1, Home Runs – 3, and led the conference with 42 rbi’s.

Thank you from Washington School’s Annual Family Fun Night Event

May 21, 2018

Washington Elementary School recently held its annual Family Fun Night event featuring raffles, silent auction, bingo, games, activities such as a dunk tank, Kona Ice, and more!

This annual fundraising event, sponsored by Washington School’s PATT, raised more than $4,800.00.  Proceeds from this event will help fund field trips, student organizations, assemblies, as well as supplies and equipment needed for the school.  We had an amazing turnout and couldn’t have had this success without all of our donors/sponsors.

Thank you to this year’s donors & sponsors!

For a list of sponsors, 

Friends of Whitewater Aquatic Center and School District Food Drive

May 21, 2018

The Friends of Whitewater Aquatic and Fitness Center (WAFC) is thankful to all of the students from Lincoln Elementary School, Washington Elementary School and Lakeview Elementary School who brought in two canned food donations for the Whitewater Food Pantry in conjunction with receiving a free day-pass to the Whitewater Aquatic and Fitness Center.

“One of our goals is to encourage people of all ages from Whitewater to use the great fitness center and swimming pool that we have right here in Whitewater. The Whitewater Aquatic and Fitness Center is a treasure, and we are glad that so many children participated in the food drive that will also benefit other people in our community,” said Ron Binning, President of the Friends of WAFC.

Banco Insurance Agency will also donate a pizza party to one class from each school that had the most participants in the food drive.“Banco Insurance Agency is pleased to participate in this great community project that benefits everyone involved,” said Kasey Reed, Treasurer of the Friends of WAFC.

The Friends of WAFC is made up of members of the community who support the WAFC to maintain and improve the services provided with the goal of bettering the lifelong health and fitness of the citizens of the Whitewater area. 2016-17 was a transition year for the Aquatic Center, as Whitewater Parks and Recreation took over running the building. Many wonderful additions happened this year, with new fitness equipment installed, painting, new carpeting, and audio-visual equipment.

The Friends of WAFC transitioned to help with the Family Partnership Fund, which makes the pool and fitness room available to everyone in the community, regardless of income. Families that wish to use the center but cannot afford the fees may apply for financial assistance to join. In addition, the Friends Group worked with the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs to provide towels for members to use in the center. Also, donations were made in memory of a Whitewater resident, making it possible for low-income people to access swim lessons at a reduced price. The Friends group also assisted with a new sign that sits near the tennis court to help direct people to the center.

All membership fees and donations to the Friends of WAFC are processed through the Whitewater Community Foundation, a partner in managing the funds that the Friends raise and distribute to the Whitewater Aquatic Center.
Friends of WAFC can be reached via email at friendsofwac@gmail.com.

Local Tennis Player Reese Brantmeier Selected to Represent USA

May 21, 2018

Reese Brantmeier (3rd from right in back row) pictured with her Team USA teammates.

Reese Brantmeier, a 13-year-old 8th grader at Whitewater Middle School, and daughter of Scott and Becky Brantmeier of Whitewater, was recently chosen as one of 6 top juniors to represent the U.S. in the qualifying rounds of Junior Davis and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas (16-and-under) and World Junior Tennis (14-and-under), the world’s premier junior team competitions. The events were played April 26-28 in Mexico City.

The North/Central American and Caribbean Final Qualifying rounds consisted of three days of round-robin play, with each matchup consisting of two singles matches and one doubles match. Reese won all her singles and doubles matches to contribute to the Win for the USA team!


Phyllis Masterson, 92, of Whitewater passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2018 in at Fairhaven in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Phyllis was born June 21, 1925, to Raymond and Alta (Sleep) Chamberlain in Palmyra, Wisconsin.  She lived most of her life in Whitewater, Wisconsin.  She graduated as valedictorian from Whitewater High school in 1943.  She then attended and graduated from Whitewater State Teacher’s College (now UW-Whitewater) in 1947.

Phyllis married William Masterson, her high school sweetheart, in 1947.  Together, they spent 61 years together and had three children.  For 23 years, she taught math at the junior high and high school in the Whitewater school district.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary, PEO Sisterhood and the Retired Teachers Association.  Phyllis enjoyed music, reading, knitting, weaving, crosswords and loved her family dearly.  

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