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Camp Opportunities for Local Girl Scouts Announced

March 22, 2018

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin – Badgerland recently unveiled its 2018 camp season – featuring double the programming, expanded overnight options and themed day camps.

“Our exciting new summer camps are in response to the valuable feedback we’ve gotten from parents and girls over the last year,” said Marci Henderson, Badgerland Girl Scouts’ CEO. “The 2018 Summer Camp Planning Team was charged with one purpose: Getting more girls to camp, because Girl Scouts benefit immensely from spending time outdoors.”

Findings published by the Girl Scouts Research Institute show that when girls participate in outdoor programs, they experience personal growth and empowerment, try new things, overcome fears and learn teamwork and leadership skills. The study also finds that nearly three-quarters of girls improved a skill while participating in an outdoor Girl Scout program.

“Another significant finding in the research is that girls develop lifelong environmental stewardship by participating in camping outdoor experiences,” Henderson added. “That’s why it’s so important to get more girls outdoors this summer.”

No matter their age, all Badgerland Girl Scouts will try something new at camp this year. But they’ll also participate in the traditions that have kept girls coming back to camp for decades: campfires, swimming, songs, archery, creek hopping, flag ceremonies and more.

“We’re infusing energy and interest among girls and their parents to experience camp, and to want to come back in years to come,” Henderson said.

Any girl in kindergarten through twelfth grade can attend Girl Scout camp. To register for Girl Scouts and sign up for camp, see www.gsbadgerland.org.

For Girls in Grades K-5

For the first time ever, all resident campers in kindergarten through fifth grade will hop on the bus and adventure to Camp Ehawee in La Crosse County for up to five nights. Not only will they get to explore a new place, but each week has a different theme, like “Mess Makers”, “Build It. Break It. Blow It Up!”, and “Hogwarts: An Intro to Magic”. Badgerland is also introducing one-night “My First Sleepaway” camp options at Camp Ehawee and Camp Brandenburg in Dane County to give girls in kindergarten and first grade a taste of camp life. Troops can also attend camp together at Camp Black Hawk in Antigo, Wis.

For Girls in Grades 6-12

Girls in sixth grade and higher can choose from four new adventure camps designed around G.I.R.L. (GoGetter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader) themes and challenges. Resident campers will camp at Camp Evelyn in Sheboygan County and Camp Manitou in Manitowoc County.

About Badgerland Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin – Badgerland Council serves 23 counties in south-central and southwest Wisconsin, as well as Houston County in Minnesota and Allamakee County in Iowa. Its service centers are in Madison, Janesville, Platteville and La Crosse.

More information about Badgerland Girl Scouts can be found on its website: www.gsbadgerland.org.

Easter Lily Pick-up on Tuesday March 27 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

March 22, 2018
The Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club reminds those who ordered Easter lily plants that the plants are available for pick up on Tuesday, March 27 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Whitewater Greenhouse, 301 Country Road U, Whitewater.
Kiwanis thanks everyone who purchased the lilies. Net proceeds are dedicated to transportation needs for the Whitewater Schools’ English Language Learner (ELL) Summer Reading Program.
Anyone who ordered a lily and has a question should contact Kathy Schumacher at 262-473-3351 or schumacher4044@gmail.com

Morning Star Psychotherapy Associates Moves to 1173 W Main Street

March 22, 2018

Morning Star Psychotherapy Associates will host an open house at their new location, 1173 W. Main St., Suite G (upstairs over McCullough’s Pharmacy).  The open house times will be Friday, March 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. Stop by to mee all the Morning Star counselors at once and stick around for a snack and tour.

J-Hawk Swim Lessons Start April 3

March 22, 2018

How to Access the Whitewater Banner

March 22, 2018

It has come to our attention that many of our readers access this site by searching for “Whitewater Banner” in a search engine.

Unfortunately, when we moved the website to a new server and framework, the search engines have not yet updated their search results to include the Banner.   We have requested that the search engines index our site to ensure that they appear in the search results again.

We apologize for this inconvenience and we anticipate that the search engines will be updated soon, with the Banner appearing in the search results.

To access the Banner:

On both desktop and mobile computers, you can access the Banner by typing WhitewaterBanner.com into the address bar of your browser of choice. Be sure to type the entire address, including the .com.

Once you have successfully accessed the site, you can bookmark or favorite the site in order to quickly access the Banner in the future.

Thank you for reading the Banner and if you continue to experience issues in accessing the Banner, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at whitewaterbanner@gmail.com.


The Sandhill Crane – Whitewater Urban Forestry Commission’s Bird of the Year.

March 21, 2018

Renowned conservationist and Wisconsin native Aldo Leopold was certain they’d face extinction, just as the Passenger Pigeon, but Sandhill Cranes have made a remarkable recovery!  One of only two cranes native to the U.S.,  Sandhill Crane are making their magnificent migration back to their summer breeding grounds in Wisconsin.  Look for them in and around wetlands, or in agricultural fields.  They’re easy to identify, as they tower at nearly 5 feet!  In the air, their long legs are stretched straight behind them, and their necks are “craned” out.  Have you heard them?  Their call is unmistakable.  Have a listen!

Sadly, Leopold died before he could witness their amazing recovery, but keeping this ancient bird around will take a commitment to conserving their wetland habitat.  To learn more about the Sandhill Crane, you can visit the National Audubon Society or the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Whitewater Partners in Communication Upcoming Meetings

March 21, 2018


Upcoming Meetings:

  • April 3 – Whitewater H.S. at 7 pm

  • May 1 – Irvin L. Young Library at 7 pm

  • June 5 – Starin Park Community Building at 7 pm

For more information, see this flyer or visit the Whitewater Partners in Communication Facebook page.


WHS Music students Performed at the Chamber Music Festival on March 15.

March 21, 2018

All WHS Music students performed at the Chamber Music Festival held at Whitewater High School on March 15th. The students performed their piece for a clinician and received comments to help them improve. The students also listened to their classmates and learned from the ideas and suggestions the clinicians provided.

Congratulations to all Music students!

Dr. Robert Karl Webb, former UWW Professor Receives Lifetime Acheivement Award at 15th Annual Wisconsin Flute Festival

March 20, 2018
Linda Chatterton, one of Webb’s students and currently a professional flute player from Minneapolis, presents the award to Dr. Webb.

Webb retired from UW-Whitewater in 1989 where he served as a professor of flute and clarinet, coordinator of the music education faculty, and director of the University Flute Choir.

During his tenure at Whitewater, Webb was the most published member of the music faculty having articles pertaining to music education, philosophy of music education and articles aimed at the playing and performing of woodwind instruments and music arranging.

Now in his 91st year, Dr. Webb has most recently been recognized for his contribution to the music program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater by his inclusion in the College of Arts and Communication Wall of Recognition.

The Whitewater Community Foundation presented a check for $500 to the 15th Annual Wisconsin Flute Festival on March 10 in support of the Festival.

From left to right: Mark Elworthy, David Yochum, Mark Dorn, Geoff Hale (all WCF board members), Danielle Breisach (artistic director for Festival), Marianne Gedigian (Guest Artist for Festival), Cristina Ballatori (UWW Asst. Prof & director of UWW Flute Choir).


WHS Students performed at the WSMA District Solo/Ensemble Festival at Jefferson High School on Saturday, March 10.

March 20, 2018

Congratulations to all students who participated. The students who will perform at the Wisconsin State Solo/Ensemble Festival on April 28th are Caroline Crowlley, Katie Kutz, Nick Kuzoff, Caty Strait, Henry Bresser, Lydia Wiley Deal, Natalie LaBreche, Grace Ejnik, Alisha Parboteeah, Allisan Barrett, Angie McKelvey, Weston Lema, Cally Julson, Gabe Schemmel, Lauren Harkness, Alec Holt, Elliot McCulloch, Kiersten Kehrer, Miriam Navejas, Carter Waelchli, Jacob Zuehlke, Luis Ramirez, Amy Earle, Jillian Harkness,  and Chris Porcaro.

Best of luck at State!

Photography Invitational featured at the Cultural Arts Center in April

March 20, 2018

April’s Cultural Arts Center (CAC) Gallery menu features a smorgasbord of photography. The main event is the Whitewater Arts Alliance’s (WAA) Photography Invitational show, which will feature works by William Eklund, Mary Mann Ellsworth, Everett Long, and Jeff McDonald. Each of the featured photographers has won multiple awards in WAA Fran Achen Photography Competitions and in competitions held elsewhere. Several of these awards were for Best of Show.

The show runs Thursdays to Sundays from April 5 to April 29 from noon to 5 p.m. at the CAC, 402 West Main Street. An opening reception will be Sunday, April 8 at 1 p.m., with music by the Whitewater High School Band.

Everett, Jeff, Bill, and Mary will also be collaborating in two photography workshops during April:

  • Saturday, April 14 from 10 am to Noon, will cover basic to intermediate photography and image capture.
  • Saturday, April 21 from 10 am to Noon, will cover basic image organization and basic post-processing.

These events are all free and open to the public — all are welcome to attend. However, so that organizers may better plan for the workshops, those planning to attend one or both workshops should please RSVP to Jeff McDonald at jeff.mcdonald@gaelicarts.com.

Following is more about the photographers:

Dahlia Fog, Mary Mann Ellsworth

Mary Mann Ellsworth is a lifelong resident of Southern Wisconsin. She has a lifetime of experience and loves working with and photographing animals. She is a breeder of World Champion Quarter Horses, West highland White Terriers and is a Professional Pet Stylist. Many of Mary’s grooming customers have beautiful portraits of their freshly groomed family members. Mary’s knowledge of animal behavior is a big asset when doing a dog sitting. Mary also has a love for nature and often focuses her lens on beautiful flowers. She enjoys and has been successful in entering her photos in competitions, receiving Merit awards in the WI Association of Camera Clubs and Whitewater Arts Alliance Fran Achen Photography Show.

Bridge to Nowhere, William Ecklund

William Eklund is a native of Belvidere, IL and currently lives in Lake Summerset. Bill purchased his first digital camera in 2007. Short of a six week “Introduction to Digital Photography” course at a local community college, Bill has learned the art of photography by trial & error and a continuing regimen of online education.

From Bill’s Artist Statement: “A passion for architecture, Americana and natural wonders are the motivation in my photographic vision.  The ability to show people something they see every day in a way they have never seen it before, is part of what draws many to my work. Bringing my vision of a scene to life, in the form of a print, is the challenge that drives me. Sometimes easier envisioned than done. The allure of Black & White photography has become a favorite method of sharing my vision. Having the viewer to paint their own colors into a scene, sometimes can make an image more captivating. The greatest challenge for me is finding time to capture all of scenes that I would like to capture. A full-time job and family life limit the time I have to spend behind the lens.”

Christmas cactus Schlumbergera, Everett Long

Longtime Whitewater resident Everett Long’s work is well known to Whitewater Arts Alliance show attendees.

From Everett’s Artist Statement: “Photography became an avocation and a passion after retiring from a 31-year career teaching history at UW-Whitewater.  I’ve always had cameras, using them primarily to record family events and travels.  My principal subject matter since becoming serious about photography are what generally could be defined as nature photography, including landscapes, flowers (both representational and abstract), birds, water scenes, fall colors, as well as sunrises and sunsets, etc. A tripod is necessary for obtaining the close-up photos of flowers and other small objects in nature which I favor.  Adobe Lightroom permits me to organize, store, and edit the thousands of digital photos that I have taken over the years.”

Antelope Canyon, Jeff McDonald

Jeff McDonald of Whitewater, is an information technology professional with a passion for fine art photography. A seed of interest, planted decades ago by his Air Force pilot uncle, led to a serious interest in photography. Career demands limited this interest to passively appreciating the works of others until it became possible to actively create works of his own. He currently favors landscape, travel, black and white, and long-exposure photography.

From Jeff’s Artist Statement: “My objective as a fine art photographer is to produce remarkable images. Motion, unusual visual perspectives, and interesting light intrigue me, as do the found elements of a scene that challenge one to frame them into an interesting composition. In my view, fine art photography is far more about presenting the artist’s interpretation of reality than it is about presenting objective reality, as it would be for a photojournalist. To that end, I embrace the tools of the digital darkroom, the modern analogue of the chemical darkroom, applying them as little as possible but as much as necessary when they help me achieve my artistic vision. Still, I favor a realistic feel and use digital tools to enhance, rather than define, this vision.”


Student Report: Girl Scouts Donate to Lakeview Loves

March 20, 2018

Article by Josie Selby

Want Girl Scout Cookies brought to you?  Well, great news!  They will be given to you if you are in Lakeview Loves! Two girls in Lakeview Elementary’s Mrs. Borgen’s class, Josie S and Hailey P of Whitewater’s own Girl Scout Troop 2240, have donated some assorted Girl Scout Cookies to the Lakeview Loves program.  If you ask Lakeview Loves for some Girl Scout Cookies, you might get some if you do.  ENJOY!!!

**Please note:  Lakeview Loves bags will go home on Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 for Spring Break.  These bags will contain the donation of Girl Scout Cookies for students who have signed-up for Lakeview Loves.  Thank you to Troop 2240 for their generosity!


Douglas Lee Vincent; 59, of Whitewater, WI formerly of Elkhorn, WI died Tuesday March 6, 2018 at St. Mary’s Medical Center Madison, WI. 

Doug was born February 4, 1959, in Elkhorn, WI the son of William H. and Mary Lou (Erdman) Vincent.   Doug is survived by his father William of Elkhorn, WI, his sister; Toni (Rick) Fuller of Sarona, WI and his brother Scott Vincent of Beechwood, WI; he was preceded in death by his mother and his sister Debra. 

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Virginia Mae Pitt passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, at the age of 90.

She was born on May 1, 1927, in Whitewater, Wisconsin.  She was the daughter of Edward and Evelyn Strunk.  Virginia married Glen Pitt on August 21, 1947, in Whitewater. 

Shortly after getting married they left Wisconsin and spent more than 40 years living in California.  Retiring to Alabama for the next 20 years.  In 2011 they returned to California where Virginia spent the last 5 years in Manteca.  She lived at Prestige Senior Living and attended St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

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On March, 13, 2018, William G Wilson Jr., at the age of 84 years, six months, ten days and two hours passed away, with Jesus leading him by the hand saying, “It’s time to go.” It was that and many prayers on his behalf, that Bill left this world for heaven, with his loving wife at his side. Bill resided at The Gardens of Ridgestone, Elkhorn, WI.

Bill was born on September 3, 1933, to William and Margaret (Dunn) Wilson Sr. in Guilford, Maine. Bill spent his childhood in Bangor, Maine. His favorite number was 13, married for 13 years and died on the 13th. Three’s also played a role with his birth date and the month he died.

Bill proudly enlisted and served his country in the US Army during the Korean War 1953-1956. He was stationed in Japan. Bill was proud of being part of The Far East Honor Guard. The family tradition of service extends to his son and grandson in the Navy. Both served in the nuclear sub program. Bill received his Honor Flight to Washington D. C. on November 7, 2015, accompanied by his son, (Gary) William G Wilson III.

Bill drove semi for many years for many years, like his father, on the east coast. Bill’s other occupations included security guard and maintenance in New Jersey. When residing in Wisconsin, Bill was manager of Blackhawk Manor Senior Living in Whitewater, WI.

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