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Whitewater Community Calendar now live!

August 21, 2018


At the Whitewater Banner, our goal is to be the top resource for community information in Whitewater.  To continue that effort, the Whitewater Banner is proud to present the Whitewater Community Calendar.  There is a link near the top of the Banner homepage to the full calendar and events that are happening within the next 7 days appear in the left sidebar of the Whitewater Banner homepage (desktop site only).   All events in a sports category will appear on our Local Sports page.

Much like the Whitewater Banner, the calendar is crowd-sourced, meaning that we need you, the reader, to submit events to the calendar.  While our staff will continue to seek and post events, the calendar becomes a complete community resource with more community involvement. Thank you, in advance, for your time and efforts in posting events!

To submit an event:

  1. Go to: http:/whitewaterbanner.com/calendar
  2. Click on “Submit Event”
  3. Enter the event details and add a picture, if you’d like.
  4. Once submitted, the event will be reviewed by a member of the Banner staff.  After approval, the event will be posted on the community calendar.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email us at whitewaterbanner@gmail.com.

Visit http://whitewaterbanner.com/calendar  to see all Whitewater community events!


Remembrance Ceremony for Whitewater K-9 Officer Ruso

August 21, 2018

A remembrance ceremony will be held Thursday, August 23 at 6:30 pm for Whitewater Police Department K-9 Officer, Ruso. A Pagoda Dogwood tree has been planted in Ruso’s honor. The tree and a memorial placard will be revealed at the ceremony and are placed in the Ray Trost Nature Preserve located off North Fremont Street. Ray Trost was a Whitewater Officer from 1991 to 2010. The preserve was created in Ray’s honor after his passing in 2010. The Whitewater Police Department and Trost family felt it was a fitting location to also celebrate the life of K-9 Officer, Ruso.

City Manager, Cameron Clapper; Chief of Police, Aaron Raap; and Ruso’s handler, Justin Stuppy will be in attendance. The ceremony is open to the public to remember and celebrate Ruso. Ruso developed a kidney issue and underwent a very common surgery but sadly, his kidneys did not perform as expected. Ruso passed away July 27, just over a year of being sworn in on June 6, 2017.

Ruso was a high energy, 3-year-old Labrador retriever from Mexico. He graduated from Little Rock K-9 Academy after months of training and excelled in drug searches.

Ruso will be greatly missed by the Whitewater Police Department, city staff, and the Whitewater community.

Whitewater group travels to Norway and Russia

August 21, 2018


Bergen (Norway) was the starting point and the finish for these Whitewater residents (some formerly) including Chris Nelson, Mary Salverson, Jim & Dana Schroeder, Jerry & Nancy Wendt, and Caroline & Mary Wieman. We had just finished the 12-day, 2,600 mile round trip from Bergen to Russia and back that included 66 stops at various Norwegian towns along the way. Our ship on the Hurtigruten Line carried cars, general cargo, and 500 passengers.

The Wendts are now planning their 2019 trip from Paris to Norway. The 14-day trip will include a full day at the D-Day beaches and cemetery. The dates are Sept. 10 – 24, 2019. There is still some limited availability. All are welcome. Call the Wendts at 262-473-8400 for information.

TEA PARTY RAVE at the ILY Memorial Library

August 20, 2018


Thursday, August 23, 4:00 pm—7:00 pm

At the ILY Memorial Library

This is all the rage across the pond in England. Break out your best ‘tea” hat, outfit and dancing shoes. A rave is a lively party or gathering involving dancing and beverages. We’re starting sedately from 4:00—5:00 pm with tea and beverages, including beer and a signature cocktail, along with snacks. From 5 — 7 pm, DJ Steve Atkinson, will play dance music so we can RAVE!

We appreciate knowing if you will be attending so we can have enough food and beverages for your enjoyment. Please call 262-473-0535

Whitewater High School Cross Country team selling salt for fundraiser

August 20, 2018

The Whitewater cross country team is once again selling water softener salt as a program fundraiser!  If you are running low, would like to stock up, or don’t have a water softener system but would like to donate money toward the purchase of salt for a homeowner in need, please see this flyer. 

There is a two bag minimum purchase and delivery will take place on Saturday, September 8 between 9:00 am – Noon.  Orders are due to Coach Chad Carstens by Friday, August 24 and can be dropped off at WHS.

Purchase 2 or 200 and the runners will put them inside if you are home, or outside wherever you specify on the order form.  Let us do the heavy lifting!

Questions can be sent directly to Coach Carstens at cccarstens@wwusd.org  Thank you for your continued support!

Head Start / Early Head Start open for enrollment for 2018-19 program year

August 20, 2018

Head Start/Early Head Start…

Where Children Learn & Grow



Head Start/Early Head Start are FREE Federally funded programs providing a variety of services to children and families residing in Rock and Walworth Counties.


  • Application process – must be income eligible-meeting Federal Income Guidelines
  • Early Head Start serves- Pre-natal to age 3, Head Start serves ages 3 – 5 (3 on or before September 1st)


  • 4K programs in Beloit, Janesville, Delavan Head Start classrooms
  • Educational activities, healthy meals & snacks
  • Services available to meet the special needs of children with disabilities
  • FREE Transportation- (addresses must fit on the bus route)
  • Early Head Start- child care in Janesville and Beloit
  • Home base services in Rock and Walworth County for Early Head Start.

To request an application call – 1-800-774-7778 or visit our Website – rwcfs.org

Rock River Free Clinic Celebrates 15 Years with Ice Cream Sundae Social

August 20, 2018

In the spring of 2003, the doors to the Rock River Free Clinic (RRFC) opened for the first time.  It was a 100 percent volunteer effort and was open one evening each week for 3 hours.  Today, through the support of Fort Healthcare, Jefferson County, United Way of Jefferson and North Walworth Counties, Tomorrow’s Hope and numerous generous individuals and service organizations, the RRFC is now a full-time operation seeing patients every weekday.  During the past 15 years, the RRFC has provided almost 30,000 medical office visits, helping countless members of our community.

In order to celebrate this important milestone, the RRFC Board of Directors invites all community members to a “make your own ice-cream sundae” event on Thursday, August 23 from noon – 2:30 pm at the Clinic (1541 Annex Road in Jefferson).  There will be live music by local musician, Bill Hand, and a number of door prizes including a grand prize of a catered meal for up to 6 people.  Please plan to attend and spread the word to your family, friends, and co-workers.

“The quality of life in our community is most definitely improved because we are able to help our friends, families, and neighbors without health insurance get the medical care they need”, shares Kristin Wallace, Executive Director of the RRFC.  “The RRFC has filled an important gap in our healthcare delivery system for the past 15 years and this is reason to celebrate!”

The RRFC is a primary care clinic that operates out of the Jefferson County Health Department facility Monday through Friday.  Clinic services are free of charge for clients who live in Jefferson County, Whitewater, and Cambridge and who do not have health insurance.  If you have any questions about the RRFC or would like additional information, please contact Wallace at RRFCDirector@jeffersoncountywi.gov or call the clinic at (920) 674-7442.

Upcoming city and Community Meetings: Week of August 20 to August 26

August 19, 2018

Irvin L. Young Library Board of Trustees – Monday, August 20, 2018, 6:00 pm, Location Irvin Young Library Community Room.

For agenda, 

WUSD Policy Review Committee – Monday, August 20, 2018, 6:00 pm, Whitewater Unified School District Central Office.

For agenda, 

Alcohol Licensing Committee – Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 6:00 pm, City of Whitewater Municipal Building – Cravath Lakefront Room.

For agenda, 

Common Council Meeting – Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 6:30 pm, City of Whitewater Municipal Building.

For agenda, 

Whitewater University Technology Park Board – Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 8:00 am, Whitewater University Technology Park Innovation Center.

For agenda, 

Police & Fire Commission – Thursday, August 23, 2018, 12:00 pm, City of Whitewater Municipal Building – Community Room.

For agenda, 

CDA Board of Directors- Thursday, August 23, 2018, 5:30 pm, Innovation Center, Room 105.

For agenda, 



Mildred A. Van De Bogart (Webb) age 89 of Whitewater died Monday, August 6, 2018 at Fairhaven Nursing Home in Whitewater.

She was born October 28, 1928, to the late Arthur and Otelia (Heir) Webb in Bloomer, WI.  Millie graduated from Bloomer High School as Valedictorian.  She earned her undergraduate degree from UW Madison, Magna Cum Laude.  She then attended law school at UW Madison and received her Master’s degree in Biology from UW-Whitewater.  She married James A. Van De Bogart on November 20, 1950, in Bloomer, WI.

Millie worked at the UW Enzyme Research Laboratory in Madison for several years as a research assistant.  After she and Jim moved to Whitewater, she taught Biology to Nursing Students at Milton College.  She then taught Jr. High Science at Whitewater Jr. High until her retirement.  Millie loved traveling with her daughter and friends, reading, gardening, canning and making wine.  She enjoyed walking, swimming and being outdoors.  She was active in the Community of Christ the Servant Church and many clubs in Whitewater.  In 2009, Millie suffered a debilitating stroke and moved to Fairhaven Nursing Home.

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