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St Patrick Mission Trip car wash fundraiser – Sunday June 24 from 8 am to 2 pm

June 21, 2018

Whitewater Kiwanis Breakfast Club celebrates 40th birthday

June 21, 2018

The Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club celebrated its 40th birthday last week, with a special visit by charter members Russell Saunders, Roderick Dalee, Jerome Laurent, Russell Devitt, and Ed Thele. The picnic took place at the Kiwanis Shelter at Starin Park and featured a delicious and beautiful cake by the SweetSpot.

Attendees also included Kiwanis members as well as Circle K members from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Whippet City Running Club – FREE class for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade!

June 20, 2018

This class helps kids learn how running can be a fun, positive, and healthy activity for lifelong fitness. Current high school/middle school cross country coaching staff and student-athletes in grades 7-12 will be present during each session to help maintain a positive, inviting, and welcoming environment for all individuals. No experience is necessary for children to participate, and families are encouraged to come and walk/run while their children attend the class. We will run on campus trails that vary in terrain, and ice water will be provided at each session. You just need to bring a water bottle and come dressed ready to run! The final session will include a short cross-country style race with appropriate flagging and a start/finish area. All registered K-6 participants that attend two out of the three course sessions before July 4, will receive a free entry into the July 4th Whippet City Mile event.

The class will meet in Lot 22 off of Schwager Drive on the UW-Whitewater campus, near the Baseball Field and Track Complex.

Meeting dates: Tuesday and Thursday, 6 – 7 pm. June 26, 28, July 3, 5, 10, 12.

Register on the Whitewater Park and Rec webpage (https://whitewater.recdesk.com). Click on “programs” and search for Whippet City Running Club. Class number 1901.21

Camp CrossPointe Vacation Bible School signup open

June 20, 2018

At Deep Sea Discovery, kids dive into God’s presence with hands-on service projects and sea science that will help kids experience a VBS adventure like no other!

Camp CrossPointe will be held at CrossPointe Community Church, 445 N. Warner Rd. in Whitewater, on Monday, June 25 – Thursday, June 28 from 6 – 8 pm!

Please click the link to register your child(ren)! http://crosscc.org/campcrosspointe

Can’t wait to see you there!!

Walton Oaks Park tree damaged in strong storm

June 20, 2018

Article and photos by Sherry Stanek

Walton Oaks Park, a 2.6 acre park located at the west end of Bloomingfield Drive, is a rare Oak savanna remnant with beautiful Burr Oak trees that are older than the state of Wisconsin. As you approach the park,  a giant Burr Oak, which was used as a model for the Whitewater Urban Forestry Commission logo,  greets you.  A large branch near the middle of the tree came down during the Friday, June 16 storm, taking with it two more large branches of the tree. Fortunately, the tree will survive under the care of city staff arborists. However, today is a reminder that everyone that loves this beautiful park, and those that don’t know they do yet, should go soon and enjoy all of its beautiful trees, the huge variety of birds and native plants because we can’t take for granted that they will always be here.

SAVE THE DATE: Whitewater High School’s Alumni Association Annual Meeting Dinner

June 20, 2018

When: Saturday, August 18, 2018; a Social hour at 5:30 pm, followed by Dinner at 6:00 pm

Where: 841 Brew House Restaurant, 841 E. Milwaukee St. Whitewater

For reservations: Contact Jerry Grant at 262-473-2214 or e-mail jerrypackerfan@hotmail.com

Deadline August 10, 2015

Savory Sounds Summer Concert: Steve Meisner, June 21 at 11:30 am

June 19, 2018

 Steve Meisner

June 21 at 11:30 am

 Birge Fountain in front of the Cultural Arts Center, 402 W. Main St.

Steve Meisner is a multi-talented musician, entertainer, composer & arranger. He began playing the accordion at the age of 5 and has been earning a living in the music business since the age of 16. Steve’s family has a rich musical heritage and he is a second-generation full time working musician. His father, the late Verne Meisner, had a successful music career for over 57 years. Steve’s brand of music is extremely versatile and appealing to a wide audience. He has made a name for himself by taking the music he grew up with from his father and adding his own imagination and feeling. He has brought his brand of traditional American polka into the 21st century with a fresh spark & swing while retaining the roots of this music.

In Steve’s 40 year musical career he has performed with the nation’s top accordionists, polka icons & musicians including Myron Floren, Frank Yankovic, Joey Miskulin, & Verne Meisner. He has amassed 22 LP/CD credits, 6 Single, and 7 Video releases with full production credits. He has performed nationally coast to coast and internationally averaging as many as 250 performances annually including performances at the Lawrence Welk Theater in Branson MO, Stardust-Monte Carlo-Hacienda-Orleans & Plaza Casinos in Las Vegas. He has performed at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington DC. He and the Meisner brand of music has filtered into television broadcasts and motion pictures including TNN’s Crook & Chase Show and the ABC Network 4th of July broadcast of “In Search of America, a 4th of July Celebration” hosted by the late Peter Jennings and folklorist Nick Spitzer. He and his music are featured a full-length motion picture “Chump Change” released internationally by Miramax and he has been heard and seen on the film festival circuit in a short film called “The Pick Up Polka”. He has an original composition in the independent full-length feature “Red Betsy”. Writer/director/actor Steve Burrows from Hollywood CA call’s Steve “the Mozart of Polka”.

Steve has received numerous awards and nominations including “Musician and Band of the Year”, “Favorite Polka Artist”, “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Maryland Accordion Club, he resides as the 29th inductee to the Ironworld Polka Hall of Fame, and in 2005 an “Honor Roll” induction to the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame, he is the first of his generation to reside alongside his father as a “Lifetime Achiever” in the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in 2012. He and his father’s, original compositions are included on many best-selling polka recordings, Grammy nominated recordings, and can be found in the archives of the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institute, and Wisconsin state libraries in both textbook and music categories. His recordings are used in preschool and kindergarten classes to teach the young and enjoyed by many generations bringing back memories of care free days.

The WAA is grateful to our partners-Fairhaven Senior Services, First Citizens State Bank, Fort Community Credit Union, Olm and Associates, and PremierBank–for helping to make these events possible.

Savory Sounds Upcoming Schedule
(11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on the following Thursdays, inside the CAC if raining)

June 28 UW-W Jazz Camp Ensemble
July 12 Rose Among Thorns
July 19 Brass Knuckles

Wisconsin Makers, the local Whitewater makerspace, hosting three events

June 19, 2018

Tri-County Business Networking Group – Tuesday, June 19, 3 – 5 pm; This is a group for business owners, entrepreneurs and creatives in Walworth, Jefferson, and Rock counties who wish to promote positive growth through educational programming and collaboration.

Veterans Open Shop Night – Tuesday, June 19,  6 – 8 pm; We encourage Veterans to come in and see the equipment we have to create your projects. We have 3D printers, laser engraver, woodworking machines and tools, welding area and much more. We are also giving tours of the MakerSpace.

Open Make Night –  First and third Tuesday of every month, 6 to 8 pm. We are here doing projects, socializing and fixing up the MakerSpace. Our technology area is second to none with a laser engraver and 3D printers. Stop in and make something. We are also giving tours of the MakerSpace.

About Wisconsin Makers

Wisconsin Makers is a makerspace located in Whitewater, WI, serving the needs of makers, creatives, crafters, and artisans in the Southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois area.

Wisconsin Makers is dedicated to a collaborative and educational approach to creativity.  We’re a community of makers and tinkerers fostering an environment where the only limit is our imagination. We hope to work within our communities to share our love of making things with our own hands no matter our skill level. Please join us in working on your craft, sharing what you know, and learning skills from others. We are Wisconsin Makers!

Tours are generally available during the day with Pete Spangler from 10 am – 5 pm daily. Tours during nights and weekends available on request.

Wisconsin Makers Inc
200 E Clay Street
Whitewater, WI 53190



Bruce Wayne Hogue, 67, of Whitewater passed away on June 15, 2018.

Bruce was born on August 9, 1950 in Sheboygan to Virgil Karl and Shirley (Kline) Hogue.  He graduated from Concordia High School.  On March 27, 1976 he married Katherine Margaret Moraski.  They spent eight years in Caledonia before moving to Whitewater.  Bruce was a self-employed mechanic for a couple years and then worked at Converse Equipment for 10 years, and Briggs and Stratton and Generac for 15 years.

In his free time, Bruce enjoyed working on cars, antique cars, ATVing, snowmobiling, watching NASCAR and playing Santa Claus for children’s events.

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Shirley L. Stekel died on Friday, June 15, 2018 at SSM St, Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.  This was amid loving calls from far-away family and chapters of a James Herriot Book being read aloud by her husband and daughter.

Shirley was born to Alma (nee Madsen) and Verge Dow in San Francisco, California on June 10, 1936.  After the end of WWII, the Dow family moved to Rogue River, Oregon where she graduated from high school.  She always considered herself to be an Oregonian; this was reinforced when she earned BA and MA degrees in Physics from Oregon State University. 

Her first teaching position was at the Yakima Valley Junior College in the state of Washington.  After a couple years, she went on to Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan for additional graduate work in physics and a part-time teaching appointment.  She left Wayne State in January 1963 for a position as an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department of (what is now) the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  She was on the faculty here until her retirement in 2000.  At UW-W she did a lot of work with prospective elementary teachers in a physics class emphasizing hands-on, activity-oriented science instruction.  Shirley also developed and taught a popular course: Physics of Sound & Music.  In 2000, She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

At Whitewater, in 1965 Shirley met a newly hired physics instructor, Frank Stekel.  After working together for several years, they were married in August 1967.  They were still working together right up to the present time.

After retirement, Shirley became a Master Gardener.  She had a special interest in prairies and was a volunteer at Rotary Gardens in Janesville in the presentation of programs for elementary school students.  Shirley loved nature, animals (especially cats) and travel.

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William Harold Rabenhorst, 62, Whitewater, passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 13, 2018 at his home where he was raised and worked his whole life as a dairy farmer.

Bill was born on August 21, 1955 in Fort Atkinson to Harold William and Edith Grace (Uglow) Rabenhorst.  He graduated from Whitewater High School in 1973.  Bill enjoyed bowling, history and reading, friends and family, farming and taking day trips to get away from the farm.  Bill liked to road farm and shoot the breeze with the neighbors. He also enjoyed riding his Harley. He loved his grandchildren. 

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Cora M. Forbush, age 91, of Whitewater, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

She was born on October 8, 1926, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the late Earl Franklin Forbush and Mildred Ella Ogle.

Cora spent her entire professional life in education. She received her BS degree from UW La Crosse in 1948, her MS degree from UW Madison in 1952 and her Ph.D. from UW Madison in 1971.  In 1967 Cora attended the University of Colorado for 1 year of coursework. She began her career in Oconomowoc public schools, teaching Physical Education to students in grades 1-12 during 1948 and 1949.  Cora moved to Milwaukee in 1950 and taught PE and Health at Bayview High School for two years.  Cora became Dean at Carthage College, Carthage, IL during 1952-1956.  Cora was hired as Associate Dean – Women at UW Whitewater in 1956 and retired 32 years later in 1988. Cora was an avid outdoors person and thoroughly enjoyed her YMCA Camp Manitowish (Boulder Junction, WI) experiences.  She served in counseling and administration roles and participated in camping and chapel activities including navigation of the over 1300 lakes in Villas County, Canadian fishing, and canoe tripping.   Cora is remembered fondly by the Camp staff and is recognized as a memorable role model for the younger campers. She participated in social/honorary fraternity and sorority activities in her spare time.  Cora was also an active member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Elkhorn, WI.

Above all, she cherished time spent with her family.

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