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Local Media

UWW Royal Purple
Daily Jefferson County Union
My Walworth County
Walworth County Today (Janesville Gazette)
Janesville Gazette
Wisconsin State Journal
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin Newspapers

Whitewater Community TV - Channel 98/990 Schedule
Channel 3 Madison
Channel 4 Milw.
Channel 6 Milw.
Channel 12 Milw
Radio AM 940 WFAW - Fort Atkinson
Jefferson County Living/
Government - Education


Urban Forestry Committee

CITY - 2016 John's Garbage, Recycle and Bulk Collections

TOWNSHIP - 2016 John's Garbage, Recycle and Bulk Collections
School District
/High School
/Middle School
Lincoln Inquiry Charter School
Irvin L. Young Memorial Library
Walworth County
Jefferson County


Aquatic Center
Chamber of Commerce

Community Development Authority

Dog Park
Downtown Whitewater Inc.
/Greater Whitewater Committee
Historical Society

Makerspace Whitewater - Calendar
Rainbow Hospice Care - Whitewater plus

UWW Young Auditorium
Movie Theater

Whitewater Country Club
City Police Department Newsletters
Whitewater Area League of Women Voters Newsletters
Whitewater Arts Alliance Newsletters
For Seniors in the Park Newsletters

Assembly of God
B'nai Abraham Congregation
For Area Jewish community - Beloit

Community of Christ the Servant
St. Patrick Catholic Church
CrossPointe Community Church
/Congregational - United Church of Christ
Church of the First Born
First English Lutheran
First United Methodist
Kettle Moraine Baptist
LaGrange United Methodist Church
Living Word Fellowship
Millard Community Church
Richmond United Methodist Church
St. John Evangelical Lutheran (WELS)
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lakes - For area Unitarian members - Elkhorn
Banks and Credit Unions

Associated Bank
Commercial Bank
First Citizens Bank
Fort Community Credit Union
University of WI Credit Union

Any City Organization that would like a link in this column please use Email at the bottom of the page to request a posting, thanks!
Whitewater Arts Alliance
Bassett House
Bethel House - Ecumenical Program for Families in Need
Community Cat
Cub Scouts Pack #173
Friends of Noah - Animal Rescue
Greater Whitewater Committee
Fourth of July Committee
J-Hawks Swim
Kiwanis Breakfast Club
Pig in the Park - Event
Rotary Club

Touched By A Paw -No kill cat shelter and rescue.
Studio 84

UWW Women's Ultimate Frisbee Club
W3 - Working for Whitewater's Wellness
VFW Post 5470 will be meeting at the American Legion/Veterans Building on Wisconsin Street the 3d Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Whitewater Fiber Guild
Whitewater Hang Gliding Club
League of Women Voters - Whitewater Area
Whitewater Lake Association
Whitewater Youth Basketball Club (WYBC)
Whitewater Youth Football League (WYFL)
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National Newspapers

Christian Science Monitor
Los Angeles Times
NY Times
Roll Call Capitol Hill
USA Today
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post
Washington Times


The Wheeler Report
Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance

CBS Sports
CNN Sports
Fox Sports WI
NCAA Div 3
WHS Whippets Facebook


Part time work at Winchester Hardware - includes weekends - APPLY INPERSON

Anderson Machining Service, Inc.

Brotoloc South Inc.

Bus Driver Openings - Nelson's Bus Service
City of Whitewater Job Openings
Fairhaven Senior Services/

Generac Power Systems Job Opportunities

iPacesetters - data management, and CRM sectors

UWW Job Opportunities

Whitewater Unified School District Job Opportunities
ZINGG Motors - Jobs
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(May 3) New District Administrator Search Process Begins

Following the recent announcement of the resignation of District Administrator Eric Runez at the end of the school year, the Whitewater Unified School District school board requested district administrator search firm consultant proposals. On April 25 the board hired School Exec Connect, a regional firm that has completed 15 successful Wisconsin searches since 2011 - all but one are still serving these districts.

The timeline for the search process has already started and is targeted for completion before the end of June. While the position has been posted and the consultants are recruiting candidates, our staff, parents, and community are invited to join the search process. One opportunity is to complete a short online survey at between now and May 17, and another opportunity is to participate in a focus group during one of the times listed below:

WUSD Staff Thursday, May 12, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Whitewater Middle School library

WUSD Parents and Community Members
Thursday, May 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Whitewater Middle School library
Tuesday, May 17, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Central Office board room

Topics that the online survey and focus groups will explore are: the greatest strengths and challenges of our school district, the top three goals of the new district administrator, and the professional skills and personal characteristics most desired in the new district administrator. Responses to the survey and focus groups will be used in creating the New District Administrator Profile scheduled to be presented to the WUSD school board on May 23. This profile will inform candidate applications, candidate recruitment, and school board decision making.

The board will utilize the feedback from the open focus groups and representative interview teams in their decision making and selection process. June 27 is targeted for school board approval of the new WUSD district administrator.

Casey Judd Board President: "Thank you for taking a few minutes to complete the online survey and/or an hour to participate in one of the focus groups."

(May 3) WHS senior Benny Liang was invited to attend the Wisconsin Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (WISCA) All State Banquet Sunday night based upon his state championship swims, where he won the 100 breast and was 3rd in the 100 fly.

Benny Liang with Coach Joan Domitrz at the Banquet

Benny was part of the first Whippet state championship title last year (200 medley relay) and became the first Whippet to win an event and repeat as champion, in his 100 breast. Only swimmers and divers receiving All-State swimming & diving standards were invited to the banquet. Benny will continue his swimming, after graduation, at Wabash College.

(May 3) Whitewater Student Council will be hosting a Senior Prom for those who are 55 years and older on Friday, May 13 from 5:30-7:00. The Prom will be held at Whitewater High School in the MPR. Admission is $3.00. Whitewater High School's Jazz Band will be providing the music. Cookies, punch, and coffee will be served.

(May 3) The Rock River Free Clinic (RRFC) was host to Representative Horlacher last week when he met with Clinic staff and Board members and toured the clinic.

(L-R) Dr. Barry Cash, RRFC Board member, Rep. Horlacher, Kristin Wallace, RRFC Executive Director and Gretchen Geist, RRFC Board Chairperson

. "We were honored that Representative Horlacher took the time to meet with us to learn more about the Rock River Free Clinic and the role we play in providing healthcare services to those in need," stated Kristin Wallace, RRFC Executive Director. "We were able to discuss the role of free clinics in the state of Wisconsin and how they help to fill the gap for those without health insurance," added Wallace.

The Rock River Free Clinic 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. For more information about the Rock River Free Clinic

(May 3) The WHS Girls' Varsity Soccer team defeated the Lady Badgers from Lake Geneva 1-0 Friday night.

Meikayla Korf

Holly Hough

File pictures (edited) courtesy of Bob Mischka - for extensive picture gallery

The Lady Whippets were able to tally the only score of a very tough match in the 16th minute, off a shot by Meikayla Korf which handcuffed the Badger keeper and was put in off the rebound by Holly Hough. From that point on the momentum went back and forth with each team having multiple scoring attempts but no one was able to score. Allison Sedmak had a very good game in goal as she recorded 15 saves. The defense and midfield played very well, controlling the pace of play and creating 20 shots on the Badger goal. Coach Menager was pleased with the ball control and time of possession in the match, but stressed we need to improve on our finishing when we get the ball into their defensive third. He noted that the momentum from the East Troy victory was clear and the girls played with more confidence against a strong Lake Geneva team. The Lady Whippets will travel to Clinton next Monday May 2nd for a conference match. Whitewater is 1- 2-1 in conference and 4-3-2 overall. Coach Gunter

(May 3) Congratulations to all the WHS Music students who performed at the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Solo/Ensemble Festival on Saturday, April 30th! The festival program for which WSMA is most well-known, Solo & Ensemble, draws in more than 100,000 students each year, representing every county in the state of Wisconsin! For students that receive a “starred first” rating (*1) at the Class A level at a district festival, State festivals are held at a total of 11 University/College campuses around Wisconsin, including UWW. Scheduling and adjudicator selection is done by WSMA.

Students who received a 1st Rating: Allisan Barrett-French Horn Solo. Also nominated for an Exemplary Award; Emma Stutzman-Music Theater Solo; Lydia Wiley Deal-Flute Solo; Bashkim Veliu-Bass Clarinet Solo; Jacob Zuehlke and Elliott McCulloch-Trumpet Duet; Jordan Heller, Miriam Navejas, Haley Dieter, Heather Ceranske, Bashkim Veliu-Saxophone Quintet; Alisha Parboteeah, Grace Ejnik, Lydia Wiley Deal, Sarah Maloney, Olivia Vander Pluym, Hannah Fuller-String Ensemble; Kaitlyn Eisner, Emma Stutzman, Tyler Marinkovic, Caty Strait, Hiqmet Dauti, Caleigh Judd, Mitch Dalzin, Remi VanDaele, Travis Winger, Allisan Barrett, Benny Liang, Lydia Wiley Deal, Jeremy Hoesly, Allison Sedmak-Madrigal Ensemble and Thomas McManaway, Mitch Dalzin, Lydia Wiley Deal, Allisan Barrett, Jacob Zuehlke, Elliott McCulloch, Michael Hilliger, Abby Center, Jimmy King, Hunter Martin, Luis Ramirez, Kristof Staniszewski, Jordan Heller, Haley Dieter, Miriam Navejas, Alisha Parboteeah, Bashkim Veliu, Jeylan Veliu- Jazz Ensemble.

Students who received a 2nd Rating: Jimmy King-Trombone Solo; Allisan Barrett-Piano Solo; Allison Sedmak-Soprano Solo; Miriam Navejas-Alto Saxophone Solo; Sarah Schiltz and Allison Sedmak-Piano Duet and Gwen Smith, Allison Sedmak, Allisan Barrett, Haley Dieter, Steven Blija, Sarah Schiltz, Alexa DuClos, Lydia Wiley Deal, Caty Strait, Sally Kate Hixson, Alisha Parboteeah-Handbell Choir

(May 3) Whitewater Country Club Junior Golf Instruction Program!

(May 2) Three juniors representing Whitewater High School at Badger Girls State this year!

(L-R) Linda Vo, Meghan Kehoe and Kelsey Herold

The American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State (ALABGS) is a program at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (June 19-24) designed to train future stateswomen in the science of government and to develop their leadership skills. Approximately 725 students will be attending this 73rd session. WHS Juniors, Linda Vo, Meghan Kehoe and Kelsey Herold were chosen based on their interest in government and citizenship, a scholastic rating in the upper half of their class and outstanding qualities of leadership, character, cooperativeness, dependability and participation in extra-curricular activities. Congratulations!

The American Legion Auxiliary, and certain American Legion Posts are the sponsoring body and pay the tuition fee for a delegate to attend American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State. The $250 (per delegate) tuition covers room, meals, study materials, etc. but not transportation. Contributors such as civic organizations, service clubs, businesses and school groups can help support the program by paying all or part of a citizen's tuition.

The entire delegation will become a fifty-first state and will function according to the laws of the State of Wisconsin. Each day will focus on the various aspects of state government. Students "learn by doing" as they function on city, county and state levels by electing officials in the manner prescribed by regular election procedures and conducting business on those levels.

Every girl is encouraged to participate in some level of the governmental process. ALABGS should not be confused with recreational or sport programs. ALABGS government and leadership conference is designed to educate the student on the function of government. Each student has been selected by her school and the local Unit. She should come prepared to apply herself diligently to the program as it is scheduled. More on the ALABGS

(May 2) Members of Whitewater High School's Operation Click-in conjunction with the Whitewater Police Department, the Whitewater Fire Department, and the Walworth County Sheriff's Department- held a mock crash at Whitewater High School last Wednesday.

The accident scenario of the mock crash involved the collision of two vehicles driven by high school students, both of whom were distracted while driving. Mock injuries and deaths resulted from the crash. This real-world experience for students, staff, and community members reinforced the necessity of good driver and passenger behaviors to keep everyone safe. Again, this was a planned mock crash. While there were sirens with police, fire, and rescue response, there is no reason for alarm about the activity depicted about the event.

Two dead one on road and one on the hood and several injured students in the cars.

Removed from the scene!

Jaws of Life to remove doors for access to victims!

Two dead to be placed in body bags!

Funeral director and Police Officer watching Coroner loading body bags into a wagon!

Following the mock crash scenario, students gathered in the auditorium to hear Former Walworth County Assistant District Attorney and Circuit Court Commissioner Zeke Wiedenfeld explain the criminal charges and potential penalties that can result from distracted driving. Additionally, Mr. Wiedenfeld and WHS ex associate principal Joe Lynch discussed the stress such cases have on not only the victims and defendants, but also on the families of those involved. The presentation concluded with statements about the students involved in the mock crash.

Zeke Wiedenfeld explained charges and process.

The driver to await the consequences!

Plight of victims and affect on families explained by Joe Lynch with appropriate pictures on screen.

De Anda Levine, Operation Click Advisor, explained the need for safe driving and the concern of all for the safety of students.

The mock crash players!

Wednesday, May 4, 7am - School Board Policy Review Committee Meeting at the School District Central Office Agenda: 347-Rule, Procedures for the Maintenance and Confidentiality of Student Records; Continue Review of 400s Policies regarding Students.

Wednesday, May 4th, 6:00pm – 7:00 pm - R-2A Zoning Sub-Committee Meeting at Municipal Building Agenda: Review the proposed draft changes to the R-2A zoning district; Provide staff with direction for future expected actions. For details of the issues and other information

Thursday, May 5, 6:00pm - Whitewater Landmarks Commission at Municipal Building, City Manager’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor Agenda: Election of Officers - Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and Secretary; Reports ~ Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve ~ Birge Fountain Report ~ Report on Effigy Mounds Survey Grant ~ Report on consideration of action regarding tile project ~ Report on Whitewater Historic Homes Photo Project ~ Report on Historic Preservation Display at Library ~ Report on Memorial Gateway (Landmark stone entrance to UW-Whitewater); Unfinished Business ~ Continue discussion and prioritize items on which the Landmarks Commission should focus over the next five years ~ Mounds Preserve signage project update ~ Officer slate for 2016/2017 by acclimation ~ Acquisition of GIS/LIDAR by Walworth County (Richardson) ~ Research of/naming of/possible plaque information for Brickyard Park ~ Repair of Interactive City Map on web site ~ Action by Landmarks Commission regarding tile project; New Business ~ Prioritize Budgetary needs for Landmarks Commission ~ Potential Public History Intern from UW-Whitewater ~ Individual Commission members action plan for June ~ Recommendations to the Birge Fountain Committee for conservation/preservation ~ July Landmarks Commission meeting ~ Addition of recent Local Landmarks to brochure(s) ~ Digital/audio recording of meeting minutes.

Thursday, May 5, 6:30 p.m. - Whitewater Fire Department Business Meeting at Whitewater Municipal Building Fire Department Meeting Room (Lower Level) 312 W. Whitewater Street Agenda: Election of Board Members; Approval of Payment of Invoices and Discussion regarding potential website.

(May 1) Members of the Whitewater High School National Honor Society hosted international students from Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, Chile, India, Chile, France, Germany and Austria April 29 - May 1.

Students participated in relationship building activities Friday night, ice skating & bowling on Saturday and discussion activities on Sunday. Thank you so much to the following students and their families for hosting the students: Jonathan Caldwell, Abigail, Childs, Holly Hough, Julian Sonn, Sydney Hackney, Andrea Markham, Mia Bentel and Sarah Schiltz. Gratitude & appreciation is shared with Ron Binning and the Whitewater Rotary Club for sponsoring this wonderful event each year. A great time was had by all!
"I really enjoyed the weekend and I'm so happy that I met all these new cool American kids!" - Frida from Sweden
"Everyone was really friendly & nice! We had a lot of fun going ice skating, bowling and spending time together." - Emma from France
"The weekend was awesome! Our hosts were really sweet and friendly! It was great to spend some time together and meet new people. Andi's (my host) waffles are the best I've eaten!" Bruna from Brazil
"It was a fun weekend! I had a lot of fun with all of the NHS students! Whitewater was awesome!" Nikhil from India
"I will remember how outgoing and spontaneous the kids were. They were so willing to jump into our culture as well as share stuff about their home life as well." - Holly Hough WHS
"I will remember how alike we are even though we live in different parts of the world." - Abbie Childs WHS
"I gained from the experience a plethora of excellent memories and great connections that will remain with me far after the exchange weekend concluded." - Jonathan Caldwell WHS

Bowling at Hawk Bowl!

Group Panel Discussion!

Final Large Group Picture!


UWW/Community Optimists, Rick Fassl and Mike Ciardo show off the sign participants receive when they get "on the list" for the 12th annual City Wide Rummage Sale.

(May 1) DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING TO GET INTO THE TWELFTH ANNUAL CITY-WIDE RUMMAGE SALE PLANNED FOR WHITEWATER! The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club, will be hosting their final City-Wide Rummage Sale on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Registrations are now being accepted. All proceeds from this event help fund activities to support youth programs throughout the year. Last year saw more than 40 families benefit by having their rummage sale on the same day. More sales draw more people and that means more items you don't have to store anymore!

The cost to participants will be $10 per household, which guarantees each seller a spot on the master rummage sale list, a sign for their yard, and a brief, 10-word description of the most attractive items available for sale. This is a community service project offered by the UW-W/Community Optimist Club and we appreciate persons registering with us, as the very reasonable registration fee gives them better publicity at a cost savings over running a separate ad. Funds raised cover the costs for the project and any money in excess of costs goes to fund other youth service projects throughout the year.

You may register for the event online at the Club's blog: or follow the link available on the Whitewater Banner website . The $10 payment will be accepted via PayPal. You do not have to have a PayPal account to use this option. If you prefer to register via paper form and mailed check, you can pick up a registration form at the Irvin L. Young Library; the SweetSpot Coffee Shop, 226 W. Whitewater St; the SweetSpot Coffee Shoppe and Bakehouse, 1185 W. Main; and Eastsider and Westsider Citgo Stations. If you choose this option, mail the form and payment to J. Olson, 651 Darcy Lane, Whitewater, WI 53190 no later than May 13. Persons who wish to extend their sale either by starting on Thursday, May 19 and/or through Sunday, May 22nd, should indicate that on their registration form. There is no additional fee and the extra days are "on your own." Two and three-day sales will be highlighted on the locator list with an asterisk.

The final deadline for rummage sale registration is May 13. This guarantees participants a spot on the rummage sale list. Those lists will be available for pick up at the businesses listed above beginning May 19, as well as at the SweetSpot Coffee Shoppe, 226 Whitewater Street on May 21ST from 7-11am until the lists are gone.

Michaela Schumacher

(May 1) Michaela Schumacher was recently named to the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association (WFSCA) State Girls' Softball All-Star Game. This All-Star game will be held on June 14, 2016 at the Woodside Sports Complex in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Proceeds from this game will go directly to the Special Olympics Wisconsin, they provide sports training and competition for nearly 10,000 athletes with cognitive disabilities in 18 different sports year-round. All players involved in this event need to raise $300.00 in order to participate.

Michaela in a letter to the community stated "As a member of the Whitewater community, it is a tremendous honor to represent our school. Parents, friends, and families in Whitewater have made my athletic career memorable. As a four year varsity athlete, I have learned through strong commitment and a team effort, great things can be accomplished."

As a part of her experience with the All-Star game, she has been asked to encourage all of you to contribute to the Special Olympics Wisconsin. Contribution opportunities available are as follows:
Booster $1 - $24 Listing on website
Sponsor $25 - $99 Listing on website and program
Advertiser $100 Half-rectangle ad on Website & Listing in Program (250 x 80 pixels)
$200 Full rectangle ad on Website & Listing in Program (510 x 80 pixels)
$300 Full rectangle ad on Website, Listing & Logo in Program (510 x 80 pixels) and logo in program

You can contribute online at or if contributing at the Advertiser level, there is a sheet required which needs to be completed and returned. Michaela is happy to pick up and collect any contributions at your convenience. Just call her at 920-650-8347 or email her at msschoey@gmail.com. She will present all donations on behalf of her community on May 6th.

Checks may be made payable to Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association (WFSCA). WFSCA is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit charity. Receipts are available upon request

(May 1) Whitewater Arts Alliance "Photography beyond the snapshot" Free Workshop Sat. May 14th, 10am-12pm at Cultural Arts Center, 402 W. Main Street. For planning purposes attendees are requested to send Email to: jeff.mcdonald@gaelicarts.com

(May 1) Check out WHS Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) and Operation Click's latest project hanging above Main Street! The banner is designed to remind students to be safe at prom and to also encourage community members to drive safely. Remember to stay off your phone while driving and "Save Your Selfie!"

Connor Steinke, Jesenia Cuevas, Rebekah Schumacher, Sarah Ziolowski, Sarah Schlitz and Natalia Cuevas

(May 1) Washington Elementary "Family Fun Night" Friday May 6th, 5-8pm.

File picture sample of "square foot garden"

Picture from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/275704808407974209/

(May 1) Spring kicks off the gardening season, but it's not always easy for some people to kneel in the dirt while planting, weeding and tending to row after row of vegetables. That's why Wisconsin Makers, a regional makerspace located in Whitewater, is offering a workshop on "square-foot gardens" that are perfect for growing in raised beds.

At its free Make-and-Take Tuesday on May 10 from 6 to 8 p.m., Wisconsin Makers will reveal its prototype raised-bed garden, share a salad featuring its first home-grown lettuce of the season and learn about square-foot gardening from Rachel Catlett, a horticulturist, avid gardener and artist from Brown Dog Farm in Sugar Creek. A member of the Walworth County Master Gardeners, Catlett will discuss the principles behind the widely popular "Square-Foot Garden" method, which aims to utilize the maximum output in the minimum of space. This method especially is useful to gardens in small spaces or raised-bed applications.

Interested persons are encouraged to come to the workshop armed with questions and a list of the plants they would most like to grow. They will leave with a design specifically addressed to their needs. Handouts and graph paper will be provided; bring a pencil and a plant list.

Catlett has a vast gardening experience. Her latest vegetable garden is developing quickly at Brown Dog Farm, a 40-acre farm she and her woodworker husband, Ed Hicks, recently purchased in Sugar Creek. Also in attendance will be Frankie Fuller, Fort Atkinson, a member of the Jefferson County Master Gardeners.

Reservations are not necessary for the free Make-and-Take Tuesday, although attendees may indicate their interest in the "upcoming events" listing on Wisconsin Makers Facebook if they so wish.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin Makers is providing five ready-to-grow raised-bed gardens for use by senior citizens or physically challenged persons in Walworth and Jefferson counties. It is seeking applicants for a prototype container garden that measures 4 feet wide, 4 feet long and 31 inches high, enabling the recipient to garden from either a standing or a sitting position. Wisconsin Makers will deliver the containers, already planted with a variety of garden vegetables, to the recipients in early June and then pick them up in mid-October for dry storage over winter. Recipients may reapply to use the garden again the next year. Two raised garden containers each will be placed in Whitewater and Fort Atkinson, with the fifth going to a Walworth County locale. Applicants may be individuals or in a group setting or residence. Applications for this pilot project are available at Wisconsin Makers at 200 E. Clay St. in Whitewater or by calling (920) 650-2333. They also may be printed off of www.Facebook.com/WisconsinMakers. Application forms must be returned by Friday, May 20, to: Wisconsin Makers Garden, 200 E. Clay St. in Whitewater, 53190.

For information about the garden programs or Wisconsin Makers, a nonprofit community workshop with an educational mission, call Pete Spangler at (920) 650-2333. Wisconsin Makers is located at 200 E. Clay St. in Whitewater, across from the American Legion Hall at the corner of Clay and Wisconsin streets. Off-street parking is available and the building is handicapped-accessible.

(May 1) The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will celebrate the achievements of its graduates Saturday, May 14th, 10am - Undergraduate Ceremony and 3pm - Graduate Ceremony, as proud families gather for spring commencement ceremonies. - For more information on the event:

(May 1) Earl Humphrey, angel investor, SCORE mentor, and UW-Whitewater alum, will present "Starting and Growing a Business: Making the Right Decisions" Free and open to the public however registration required. To register

(April 30) Bulk Pick-Up Trash Days Extended in May

John’s Disposal will be doing additional Bulk Trash Pick-Up days in May to assist residents with disposing of their belongings. Bulk Trash Pick-Up is scheduled for
• May 12
• May 16 – May 20
• May 26
These days are for any extra garbage or recycling you have or items that are too large to fit in the carts. This does not include yard waste, construction materials, hazardous materials or electronics.

Place all large items including furniture, carpeting, large metal, large cardboard boxes (emptied and flattened) and appliances 6 ft. away from, not in front of, or next to the carts.

Small items such as automotive batteries, tires (2 per home per month) drain oil (in sealed 1-5 gallon container) should also be 6 ft. away from the carts.

Extra paper or bulk recycling should be bagged in clear plastic bags and placed at the road away from the carts.

If you have any questions about what you can dispose of please call John’s Disposal at 262-473- 4700.

(April 30) Saint Patrick Catholic Church Annual Rummage / Bake Sale and BBQ Lunch at Berry Hall, 1225 W. Main Street.

Friday, May 6 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 7 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

$2.00 Bag Sale on Saturday Noon - 2:00 p.m.

(April 30) The students at Lakeview elementary school will be participating in their annual Jump Rope for Heart (JRFH) event from 2-3 pm on Friday May 6th at Lakeview School for a community event/ fundraiser that supports the American Heart Association (AHA).

Lakeview school has a strong tradition of supporting the AHA and has been participating in JRFH for over a decade. The students know that heart disease is the number one cause of death in America and often know of someone who has been affective by the disease including some of their own classmates. Fortunately 80% of heart disease is preventable and students are learning how to avoid some serious heart issues now at an early age.

So far over $1,200 has been collected for the cause. The AHA "life saver pups" have been a fun incentive for the students to raise funds as well as knowing a $50 donation will reward them with three water balloons that will be tossed at their favorite/ or not so favorite teacher on the last day of school! A big THANK YOU to the teachers that volunteer for that to help this worthy cause! A big THANK YOU as well, to the La Grange Fire Department, who will be giving a ride home to a lucky student whose name is drawn that collects $150 or more for the AHA.

Just this past week Wisconsin became the 31st state to sign legislation into law that requires high school students to learn basic CPR. The American Heart Association was behind these efforts knowing it has the potential to save many, many lives.

(April 30 )Art by students from ages 4 to 18 will be featured in the May exhibit at the Whitewater Arts Alliance's Cultural Arts Center on 402 West Main Street.

2015 Reception

The show opens on May 5 and runs through May 29 and will be accessible Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. during those dates. A reception for the students will be Sunday, May 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and it will feature the LINCS World Drumming Ensemble at 2 p.m. The show and reception are free and open to the public.

LINCS World Drumming Ensemble - 2015

The exhibit will include a variety of two and three dimensional artwork by students from area schools. The art teachers displaying their students' art are: Ann Lamb, Gigi VanAcker and Jen Clarke from the 4K programs; Joan Schlough of LINCS Inquiry Charter School; Sara Brautigam of Lakeview Elementary School; Mareta Hale of Washington Elementary School; Stacy Johnson of the Whitewater Middle School, and Debbie Brigham-Schmuhl of the Whitewater High School. In addition, Head Start students will share their art.

"We are so excited to have the Whitewater students exhibit their talents in our gallery again," said WAA volunteer Linda Long. "It is so fun to see the progress from those first projects in elementary school and the later work in middle and high school. The other aspect that we love about this show is that it often brings visitors to the CAC who have not visited with us before."

(April 30) Annual Sale at ON-TIME TEES at the round about on Thursday and Friday!

(April 30) Upcoming Events at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library

Adulting 101 Monday, May 9th 4:00-5:00 p.m. Being a grown-up is hard. Learn the skills you need to successfully adult at our new monthly workshop series. Sheldon Newkirk, an automotive technician instructor at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, will provide an overview of car maintenance. No registration is required.

Create Lab Tuesday, May 10th 4:00-5:00 p.m. Makers from age 5K to 5th grade will have the opportunity to explore and create at this monthly lab. This month we will be working with watercolor paint. Please contact the library at (262) 473-0530 to register.

Creative Kids Friday, May 13th 1:30-2:30 p.m. Children under the age of 5 are invited to this weekly art workshop hosted by our AmeriCorps Members. Participants will have an opportunity to explore different kinds of art projects. Dressing for mess is encouraged! No registration is required.

(April 30) Studio 84 recently held the inaugural Paint Party at the Whitewater Country Club. A great time was had by all. A special thank you is extended to Tyler Sailsbery for some great snacks and wine.

Studio 84's paint parties are mini fund raisers to help support their art programing for people with disabilities. More paint parties are scheduled throughout the summer at Studio 84 and during the Whitewater City Market. Sign up is available on-line, with dates, times, locations and a photo of the painting for the night at

Studio 84 is a non profit art studio and supports artists with disabilities who otherwise might not have the opportunity to enrich their lives in the arts. They provide art instruction and guidance, hold exhibits in the gallery and seek out opportunities to do commission work. Studio 84 staff also assist the artists with the goal of earning extra income with the sales of their work. Whether someone is interested in making art a career or a hobby for self enrichment, Studio 84 is there for the community. All ages and all abilities are welcome.

They are always seeking volunteers to assist staff with the various operations of the studio. Call or visit if you are interested. Studio 84 is located at 121 W. Center St. in Whitewater. 262-473-9845 or visit their web page

(April 30) The Innovators Showcase, Wednesday, May 4, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Whitewater University Technology Park Innovation Center, 1221 Innovation Drive The Innovators' Showcase is an opportunity for community business leaders, entrepreneurs and start-up owners, faculty, students and staff to see the results of their collaborative efforts, network, and plan new endeavors. The event will begin with networking and hors d'oeuvres at 5:30 pm, followed by presentations at 6:15 pm. This event is free and open to the public. The event program and registration are available at . Program:

(April 30) Alpha Sigma Phi - Zeta Kappa Chapter is proud to announce the inaugural Alpha Sigma "PHI"ve K (get it?) being held May 8th, at Perkins Stadium on the UWW campus.

This family friendly run/walk is a great way to get your Mother's Day off to a healthy start, and it's for a great cause!

Alpha Sigma Phi has partnered up with Big Brothers Big Sisters to help support their efforts in the area. Be sure and get this 5K on your racing calendar EARLY!! Each Early Bird Registrant is assured a custom designed T-Shirt. Come grab your shirt and number at 8:30 AM, the timed 5K will start promptly at 10:00 AM. Your support will help hundreds of children in Rock, Walworth and Jefferson County who could benefit from a Big Brother or Sister.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit organization whose sole focus is to help those children through their youth mentoring programs and Alpha Sigma Phi is proud to help support this great organization. See you on Sunday May 8th!! After May 1st tickets are $25 and they cannot guarantee a shirt. All proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rock, Walworth and Jefferson.

To register:

(April 30) A 2-day DNR Boater's Safety class will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15 from 8am-noon at the Whitewater Town Hall (W8590 Willis Ray Road, Whitewater). This training is open to anyone (not just town residents) at a cost of $10 per person. Wisconsin law requires that anyone born after Jan. 1, 1989 must have a boater's safety license in order to operate a boat. This class is a good refresher for all ages and parents are encouraged to sign up along with their children. Space is limited to 20 people. Register on-line at

(April 30) TRACK - Coach Houwers: "The Whippets competed in a strong field at the Fort Invite on Friday night. The girls team finished 6th of 9 teams, while the boys took 7th."

4x800 Relay - Mike Mattingly, Matt Mattingly, Timmy VanderPluym and Connor Laue.

"The highlights of the night were two wins by a combined total of .03 seconds. The boys 4x800m relay ran a gutsy race. Matt Mattingly led off with a strong leg, getting the team into 3rd position. He handed off to his brother, Mike Mattingly. Mike did a nice job maintaining our position before handing off to Connor Laue. Connor went after the two runners in front of him, and was able to close and eventually pass both runners. Timmy Vander Pluym ran the 4th leg and had to hold off a strong push Monona Grove. Timmy held the lead going into the final stretch. Coming around the final curve, he drifted out to lane 2, opening a door for Monona Grove to try to get by on the inside. MG's final runner was charging hard and even threw himself over the finish line to try to get the win. The camera showed Timmy held him off and the team won the relay by .01 seconds. It was a very exciting finish to the first race of the night for the boys."

100m hurdles race - Nicole Frison

"The next photo finish came in the girls 100m hurdles race. Nicole Frison ran a great prelim race, clocking in at 16.77 to add her name to the all time top ten list in the event. This seeded her second going into finals. Nicole showed the race wasn't a fluke, running finals in a 16.82, winning by just .02 seconds in front of Casey Reily of Monroe. Two photo finishes, both going in favor of the Whippets."

Xhonatan Shahollari won the high jump

"The team had a number of other good performances. Xhonatan Shahollari won the high jump, and the girls 4x100m relay team of Morgan Wiedenhoeft, Ali Ketterhagen, Kelly O'Hara and Morgan Radaj ran a season best to win their race. Allisan Barrett took second in the 3200m with a big PR going 12:24.69. Nicole Tomomitsu broke 6 min in the 1600m last night, running her PR. Jacob Korf joined the PR party taking a few seconds off his time in the 1600m as well.

The Whippets are at Evansville again on Tuesday, this time for the North Division Meet."

Allisan Barrett took second in the 3200m

Connor Rupke took third in 100m

All track pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka - for extensive picture gallery

(April 30) Join the race to help homeless pets at the Humane Society of Jefferson County's 3rd Annual Furry Friends 5K Run/Walk. This family and dog friendly event will take place on Saturday, May 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fair Park.

The FF5K course ensures that first time walkers and runners can comfortably participate alongside more serious runners. Early registration is strongly encouraged. Please visit the Humane Society's website: for more information.

The event will also include great music provided by Good Time Music Service, concessions, a 50/50 raffle, face painters, a dog agility course and the ever popular lure coursing. Many vendors will also be on hand including a custom pet portrait artist and a creator of delicious, nutritious dog treats.

All proceeds from the Furry Friends 5K will benefit the Capital Campaign to support the HSJC's new animal shelter. A huge thank you to the generous FF5K sponsors, including Platinum donors: Nestle Purina PetCare, Daily Jefferson County Union and the Badger Group; Gold sponsor: Fort HealthCare; Silver sponsors: Jefferson Veterinary Clinic, Premier Bank, Johnson Creek Veterinary Care, Mounds Pet Food Warehouse, Bender, Kind & Stafford Dental, Thrivent Financial-Brian Zachgo, Waterhouse Bistro and Kohls; Bronze sponsors: Edgerton Pharmacy & Boutique, W&A Distribution Services, Perfect 10 Boarding, Abendroth Water Conditioning, Edward Jones-Bruce Waller, Waterloo Veterinary Clinic, Fort Community Credit Union, American Family Insurance-Brad & Alicia Glassel, Marcus Novak Photography, Badger Veterinary Hospital, Animal Hospital of Sun Prairie, Ken & Judy Leipold, Culvers of Whitewater, Watson Ace Hardware, Paddy's Pub and Kendall Packaging.

If you're looking for a day filled with excitement, fun, fellowship and lots of tail wagging, plan to take part in this year's Furry Friends 5K on May 21! Questions about the event may be directed to the Humane Society of Jefferson County at 920-674-2048.

(April 30) The featured speaker for the WHS High Honors Reception that was held on Wednesday, April 27 was WHS alum David Eckert (1984), Chief Information Officer - CIO, Head of Operations & Corporate Real Estate - Neuberger Berman.

District Administrator Eric Runez with Dave Eckert and his son Enzo and High School Principal Doug Parker.

David has held other positions to include Global Chief Information Officer - CIO & Chief Operations Officer COO of ING Insurance & Investment Management and also Managing Director JP Morgan. Dave who has travelled extensively and worked in Japan and several other locations is now located in Manhattan, New York. He brought his son Enzo and showed him his home and school in Whitewater. In his talk to the large number of honor students and their parents in the auditorium he covered some of his experiences and included some advice. Three advice areas he included were: advice he received from a senior when he was at WHS, "do not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone once in awhile;" also sometime in your life "reboot" or reassess and try something new that you have never done before; and, surround yourself with people who would take you to the "next level." His message was well received and he visited afterwards with students and parents. For an article by David on "Technology as Strategic Enabler"

Eight of the many honor students that were recognized; Andi Markham, Connor Steinke, Keely Fiedler, Alyx Kiernan, Lizzy Hall, Sally Kate Hixson, Natalia Cuevas, Ally Sedmak

(April 29) Whitewater High School Post Prom Committee is hosting a substance free, supervised all-night Post Prom party for Whitewater High school students.

Scheduled immediately after the Prom, the party will take place at Whitewater High School.

Festivities will include games, inflatables, food, and dancing. The highlight of the party will be the distribution of gifts and door prizes.

Tickets go on sale Monday, May 2 at the High School.

They are still seeking volunteers to chaperone from 10:45 pm-4 am or anytime in between. They also need volunteers to set-up Saturday May 7th, and clean up on the 8th.
With your support, they will be able to provide a fun, safe place for the students to celebrate the night away. They would sincerely appreciate any monetary donations, as well.

If you have any support, volunteers or donation questions, please contact committee chairperson, Elizabeth Bols at 262-472-8301, or email ebols@wwusd.org.

(April 29) Dedication of the Chimney Swift Tower and Celebration of International Migratory Bird Day Tuesday May 10, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. (Same day as Whitewater City Market)

Bird enthusiasts and citizens are invited to a brief dedication ceremony at the new Chimney Swift Tower located in Cravath Lake Park east of the Whitewater City Market. The generous donors to the tower construction project are especially invited to attend. Without them, the tower would not be ready for this spring's nesting season. A new interpretive sign will soon be in place which tells the story of the Chimney swift, a migratory bird that flies across the Gulf of Mexico to the Amazon River headwaters, feasts on insects there during our winter, then makes the return trip to the north, arriving in Whitewater in late April. Swifts begin nesting in early May and hopefully a pair or two will accept our tower in which to raise their families. The Chimney Swift Tower project was sponsored by the Urban Forestry Commission of the City of Whitewater.

(April 29) Mukwonago Area Community Choir will be performing one of their spring concerts at the Whitewater Congregational Church - UCC at 133 S. Franklin St. on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 PM.
John Anello III and Valerie Troxel, residents of Whitewater, are the conductors for the concert, which is entitled "Folk and Story Songs." This event is free and open to the public. They request that in lieu of admission, that concert goers bring a non-perishable food donation for the Whitewater Food Pantry.


The 34th Annual Roast Beef Dinner and Bake Sale will be held at the North Lima Presbyterian Church (9233 Lima Center Road Between Hwy 59 & County N) on Thursday, May 5th from 4:30pm - 7:30pm at a cost of $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Meal includes roast beef, coleslaw, corn, mashed potatoes, rolls, dessert and beverage and carry-outs are available.

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