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Whitewater Recollects: Town & Gown – November 18 at 1 PM

November 12, 2018

Houwers becomes Whitewater’s first girls champion, Team finishes in 8th

November 12, 2018

WHS competed in 5 (of 12) events at the WIAA Div 2 Swimming Championships on Friday, Nov 9. Sixteen schools compete in each event and the top six schools in each event make it to the podium and receive medals. WHS reached the podium in 4 of the 5 events in which they competed — 2 individual races and 2 relays. Sophomore Ella Houwers swam in each of these four events. Ella finished third in the 200 Yard Individual Medley and was Champion in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

From the Janesville Gazette: 

A Whitewater High athlete reached the top of the podium Friday for the first time in the 49-year history of the WIAA girls swim meet.

The performance of sophomore Ella Houwers highlighted a hugely successful night for the Whippets during the WIAA Division 2 state meet at the UW-Madison Natatorium.

Houwers won a state title and set a school record in the 100-yard breaststroke, topping a 16-swimmer field in a time of 1 minute, 5.34 seconds to become the Whippets’ first girls champion.

For the complete story at the Gazette, 

From Coach Foucault:

Whippets posted a new School Record in the 200 Medley Relay and earned medals for their 6th place finish.  Congrats to Sophia Fanshaw, Ella Houwers, Brianna Zimdars, and Morgan Radaj! 1:51.94!  These ladies were seeded 11th going into the race and had a plan to win their heat and throw down the best time they could to try to medal.  It was great to see how confident the girls were that they could do this, they went out with incredible determination to make this happen and succeeded.  This is our first girls’ relay to ever medal at State.

Ella Houwers was able to go a lifetime best in the 200 Individual Medley finishing in 3rd place with a new School Record time of 2:09.12!  Way to go Ella!

Brianna Zimdars swam to an 8th place finish in the 500 Freestyle, going a lifetime best 5:19.07!  Brianna also posted her best 200 time during this swim, 2:03.97!  Brianna is now 6th all-time in the 200 and 4th all-time in the 500!  Awesome!

DREAM BIG!  We were a bit of a State Meet Cinderella story in the 200 Freestyle Relay with the girls going from the 16th seed to a 6th place medal-winning performance!  Way to go Morgan, Brianna, Amber Krebs, and Ella!  New School Record 1:41.13!  It was a great team effort from all of the girls.

Ella Houwers – STATE CHAMP, 100 Breaststroke – 1:05.34!  With not a lot of rest, Ella was able to focus and hold off a very strong field of competitors to earn the title.  Ella finished the night with 4 medals at State!  What a night!

The girls finished the evening in 8th place!

Thanks to everyone who supported us throughout the whole season!

Upcoming City and Community Meetings: Week of November 12 to November 18

November 12, 2018

City of Whitewater Plan & Architectural Review Commission – Monday, November 12, 2018, 6:30 pm, Whitewater Municipal Building – Community Room

For agenda,  

WUSD Policy Review Committee – Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – 8:00 AM, Whitewater Unified School District Central Office

For agenda,  

Community Involvement & Cable TV Commission – Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:00 pm, Whitewater Municipal Building – City Manager Conference Room

For agenda,  

CDA Board Meeting – Thursday, November 15, 2018 – 5:30 PM, Innovation Center – Room 105

For agenda,  

Last Flag Flying – Tuesday, November 13 at 12:30 PM, Seniors in the Park

November 12, 2018
Shown in observance of Veterans Day.
30 years after they served together in Vietnam, former Navy Corpsman “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) reunites with his old Marine buddies, Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington, and with the help and support of his old pals, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in New Hampshire.

When: Tuesday, November 13 at 12:30 PM

Where: Seniors in the Park


Droullard Conference Room Dedication to be held Monday at 4 pm

November 11, 2018

The community is cordially invited to attend a conference room dedication in honor of the life and community commitment of Dr. Clayton Droullard on Monday November 19 at 4:00 PM at the Whitewater Innovation Center,  1221 Innovation Dr., Whitewater Wi.

The short ceremony will be followed by refreshments.

Whitewater High School Players open their 2018-19 season with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

November 9, 2018

Performances are Nov. 15  -17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at the WHS auditorium.

Tickets are available by calling the Whitewater High School Box office at 262-472-8178 or can be purchased at the door. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students, and all seats are reserved.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” has charmed audiences its wit and humor.

Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book, and a truly fresh and musical vibrant score, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

Putnam Valley Middle School is having its annual spelling bee and a quirky collection of six pre-teens have made it to the finals. The bee, run by equally quirky adults, finds the young participants sharing stories of their lives while spelling their way through the words on the road to that championship title.

Winner of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a delightful musical, complete with audience participation and is sure to tickle your “humerus” and get you ready for the holiday season.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is directed by Jim McCulloch and Liz Elliott.  The production is choreographed by Lynn Lema and Francesca Hanson directs the pit band.

The talented cast and crew include Henry Bresser, Angie McKelvey, Weston Lema, Carter Waelchli, Ella Willman, Lauren Harkness, Nicole Sedmak, Caleb Bols, Alec Holt, Jul Boss, Maggie Jay, Gio Anello, Colin Chenoweth, Sophie Mayer, Maddie Elworthy, Madison Strickler, and Audrey Mayer.

Putting their technical stage skills to the test are Cally Julson, Josie Hintz, Emma Van Daele, David Kromholz, Jordyn Korf, Jared Clapper, Dakota Isbell, Bailee Korf, Morgan Janovec, Jake Hintz and Jack Mayer.


Big Brothers Big Sisters merges efforts, announces new logo and branding

November 9, 2018

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Wisconsin along with more than 270 Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates across the country has changed its branding and has revealed a new logo.   At the same time, we are announcing the merger of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rock, Walworth and Jefferson Counties with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dodge County and Watertown Area.  This merger creates one strong Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate working to help youth reach their full potential.  Please make note of our new name of the combined agencies, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Wisconsin, serving Dodge, Jefferson, Rock and Walworth Counties.

There is a need for volunteer mentors to be Big Brothers and Big Sisters in these four counties to help the youth waiting for a “Big” reach their full potential.  After much research, it was found that the previous brand was not conveying the mission of the organization nor was it connecting with potential mentors.

Big Brothers Big Sisters move to modernize the brand is to assure the mission stays strong and conveys the right message.  This new logo, with an uppercase and lowercase “B” blending together will help people realize that just like the matches made between our Bigs and Littles, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Youth today face many challenges, more than previous generations.  This move forward by BBBS of America is to assure that we are here to defend the potential of our youth and help them soar to greater heights.

It takes a mentor for every child.  Please join the movement to defend the potential of our youth today.  Be a Big.  For more information about our programs please contact our offices and apply to be a Big.

Delavan office:  262-728-8865    Watertown office:  920-261-2315

http://www.bbbs4kids.org  –  Website

https://www.linkedin.com/company/big-brothers-big-sisters-of-south-central-wisconsin/  –  Linkedin

https://www.facebook.com/bbbsscw  –  Facebook


Optimist Youth Appreciation Week Sparks Fun For Kids

November 9, 2018

The UW-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club invites families and their kids to come out for two fun activities. The Optimist club will host a free movie and free bowling night in honor of Youth Appreciation Week in mid-November.

On Saturday, November 10, there will be a free movie, Sherlock Gnomes, showing at the Cinemas of Whitewater at 10:00 am. Later in the week, the Optimist Club will offer free bowling at Hawk Bowl on Wednesday, November 14, starting at 4:00 pm.

Concessions will be available for purchase at both locations, so no carry-in snacks or beverages are allowed.  Chaperones will be provided at both events.

Our Blog can be found on the UWWBLOG under UW-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club

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The information provided is not sponsored or endorsed by the Whitewater Unified School District.


Marie Irene Roe, 85, Whitewater was called to Heaven to be with her parents and brothers on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Fairhaven Senior Living in Whitewater, WI.

Marie was born on February 21, 1933 in Prairie Du Chien, WI to Henry and Evelyn (Walker) Graul.  She graduated from Wauzeka High School in 1952.  She earned her Rural Teaching Degree from Whitewater State Teacher’s College. She taught in a one room school at Famechon Ridge School in Eastman, WI and at Springbrook School in Whitewater. Marie married Wilfred Roe on July 31, 1954 in Eastman, WI.  She grew up on a farm and after she married Wilfred, she worked alongside Wilfred on their family farm as well as raised nine children.  Marie was active as a 4-H leader and had her children involved in many activities in the community.  She was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ, Whitewater.  Marie loved to bake and cook and her grandchildren were her joy. She loved the role of taking care of her family, both immediate and extended family.

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Susan Kay Parrish, age 73, peacefully passed away at 5:20 am Sunday November 4, 2018 at Covenant Village of Westminster, Colorado.

Susan was born in Whitewater, Wisconsin on August 26, 1945. Susan is survived by her two daughters Jamie Nicole Chesser and Jennifer Sue Parrish of Colorado; her son-in-law William Jason Chesser; her grandchildren William Henry Chesser, Hadley Nicole Parrish, and Vera Rose Chesser. Susan was preceded in death by her parents Ralph Wickingson and Arlene Freeman; her husband Charles Benjamin Parrish; and her brothers Robert and Thomas Wickingson.

Susan was a beautiful woman and a wonderful mother. Her two daughters knew nothing different than to reach for the stars in life because Susan taught them no mountain was too high and their dreams could become their reality. “Ain’t no mountain high enough.” – will certainly be one of her legacies. Her grandchildren were the love of her life. She bestowed upon them irreplaceable values including understanding, patience, love, gratitude, and tenderness. Susan was a devout Christian, attending church routinely throughout her life. Her faith was demonstrated in every aspect of her life including her work ethic, her friendships, and the relationships with her family. She held several jobs during her life with her favorites being mother, homemaker, nanny to her grandchildren, and companion and helper to the elderly.

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Beatrice (Mulks) Jacobs passed away on November 9, 2018 at Fairhaven Senior Living, Whitewater, WI.

She was born in Eaton, NY to William and Marie (Elliott) Mulks on September 21, 1927.  She was a 1945 graduate of Janesville High School.  Bea married Lawrence Jacobs on April 9, 1949. He preceded her in death on April 24, 2017. She and Larry farmed most of their married life. Together Bea and Larry had two sons; Daniel (Sally) Jacobs, Atlanta, GA and Gordon Jacobs, Fort Atkinson, WI.

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On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, Charles “Tom” Coe passed away at age 74. 

Tom was born on June 15, 1944, in Milwaukee. He graduated from Whitewater High school in 1963 and served in the Army National Guard for a year. He then joined his Father at the Whitewater Register, aka Coe Printers and Publishers. 

When Tom and his brother in law Russ Saunders sold the paper in 2001, it marked the end of the 128-year family owned business.

Tom was a member of the Whitewater Fire Department from 1968 to 2004, and his run included some time as Chief. He had a passion for sports and loved attending Badger and Warhawk sporting events.

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