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Cabinets & Design by Cozette moves, to hold open house

January 21, 2019

WHS wrestler Brianna Staebler ranked in first-ever Wisconsin Girls High School Wrestling Rankings

January 20, 2019
WHS’s Brianna Staebler is ranked #3 in her class in first ever WI Girls High School Wrestling Rankings. (Photo courtesy of Bob Mishcka)

1 – N/A – Natalie Kemp Sun Prairie 12
2 – N/A – Asia Rave Black River Falls 10
3 – N/A – Brianna Staebler Whitewater 10
4 – N/A – Ann Tess Sun Prairie 11
5 – N/A – Savannah Ahnen Racine Case 11

Wisconsin Wrestling Online introduces first-ever Wisconsin Girls High School Wrestling Rankings

WIWrestling.com is happy to present the first-ever Wisconsin Girls High School rankings. These rankings recognize girls on wrestling teams at their Wisconsin high schools.

Wisconsin Numbers and Girls High School Wrestling Tournaments

Girls wrestling numbers have grown at all levels in Wisconsin with over 280 girls setting out to join wrestling teams at their high schools for the 2018-2019 season. This growth has motivated Wisconsin Wrestling Online (WIWrestling.com) to prepare girls rankings for the first time ever.

Successful girls’ divisions were offered for the second year in a row, hosted at the following tournaments in 2018-2019; Fond du Lac Invite, Badger State Invitational in Madison (sponsored by Stoughton high school) and the Brookfield Central Lancer Invitational.

See entire article and rankings at WIWrestling.com.

Whitewater Educational Support Staff is hosting a mid-year social (casual) for all current and retired WESS members

January 20, 2019

Upcoming City & Community Meetings: Week of January 21 – 27

January 20, 2019

Library Board Meeting – Monday, January 21, 2019, at 6:30 pm at the Irvin Young Library – Community Room (Agenda)

Parks and Recreation Board Meeting– Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 5:30 pm at the Whitewater Municipal Building – Cravath Lakefront Room (Agenda)

Annual lot owners and directors meetings of the Cemetery Association of Whitewater – Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the rec. room of Blackhawk Manor, 1155 Blackhawk Ln., Whitewater. The purpose of the meeting is for election of officers and other business.

Alpha – Tuesday, January 22 at 12:30 PM, Seniors in the Park

January 18, 2019

Alpha is a 2018 American historical adventure film directed by Albert Hughes and written by Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt, from a story by Hughes. The film stars Kodi Smit-McPhee as a young hunter who befriends an injured wolf during the last ice age, with Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson as his father. The wolf is played by Chuck, a five-year-old Czechoslovakian Wolfdog.

Principal photography began in February 2016 in Canada and lasted through that April. The film was delayed several times, before being released in the United States on August 17, 2018, by Sony Pictures Releasing. It has grossed over $99 million worldwide and received generally favorable reviews from critics, who praised the performances and cinematography.

When: Tuesday, January 22 at 12:30 PM

Where: Seniors in the Park

Movie Info: Rated PG-13; 1 hour, 36 min. (2018)

Lecture Series Revisits World War II

January 18, 2019

For 35 years, UW-Whitewater faculty and staff and community and business leaders have offered free presentations to thousands of people on topics ranging from art and current events to history and literature.

All lectures are free and open to the public and are held on Mondays at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Fairhaven Senior Services, 435 West Starin Road, Whitewater. Street parking is adjacent to the building. Unable to attend? Links to videos of lectures, including those from prior series, can be found at http://www.uww.edu/ce/fairhaven.  If you have a disability and desire accommodations, please advise us as early as possible. Requests are confidential. UW-Whitewater provides equal opportunities in employment and programming including Title IX and ADA requirements. Please contact Kari Borne at 262-472-1003 or bornek@uww.edu for further information.

Spring 2019 Series:

A World at War: Taking a Closer Look at WWII

Seventy-five years ago, the world was engaged in the deadliest conflict in history. This spring, the Fairhaven Lecture Series will take a closer look at World War II — the Allies and the Axis, the international battlefields and the home front, the great powers and the greatest generation.

Fourteen lectures in the “A World at War: Taking a Closer Look at WWII” series will feature presentations by faculty from UW-Whitewater’s Whitewater and Rock County campuses and will explore topics from the atomic bomb and the film and literature of the era to women war pilots and one family’s story of surviving the Holocaust.

This weekly series begins on January 28th with:

Making the Movies Safe for War: The WWII Combat Film

Presented by John McGuigan, Professor, Languages and Literatures

WUSD begins use of Raptor Visitor Management System

January 18, 2019

Dear WUSD Community:

The Whitewater Unified School District is pleased to announce that we are now using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools.  Part of keeping students and staff safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that.  This system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide some peace of mind for our students, staff, and community.  

Upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a driver’s license or state ID.  If a visitor does not have a driver’s license or state ID, the visitor can work with the building principal to determine an acceptable form of identification. The Raptor system checks the visitor’s name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders.  The registered sex offender database is the only database checked by the Raptor system.  No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded, and the information is not shared with any outside agency.  Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of their visit.  Subsequent visits will not require an ID, as a new badge can be printed just by entering the person’s name.  A badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.  If you have any questions regarding the system, please contact your building principal or District Safety Coordinator David Brokopp at dbrokopp@wwusd.org.

Estimada comunidad de WUSD:

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Whitewater se complace en anunciar que ahora estamos utilizando el Sistema de Gestión de Visitantes llamado Raptor en todas nuestras escuelas. Para mantener a los estudiantes y al personal seguros y a salvo es necesario saber quién está en nuestros edificios a todo momento, y el sistema Raptor nos permitirá hacerlo. Este sistema nos permitirá escanear mejor a los visitantes, contratistas y voluntarios en nuestras escuelas y ayudará a brindar tranquilidad a nuestros estudiantes, personal y comunidad.

Al ingresar al edificio del distrito, se les pedirá a los visitantes que presenten una identificación, como una licencia de conducir o una identificación del estado. Si algún visitante no tiene una licencia de conducir o una identificación del estado, el visitante podrá conversar con el director de la escuela para determinar cuál sería otra forma aceptable identificación. El sistema Raptor verifica el nombre y la fecha de nacimiento del visitante para comparar con una base de datos nacional de delincuentes sexuales registrados. La base de datos de delincuentes sexuales registrados es la única base de datos verificada por el sistema Raptor. No se recopilará ni se registrará ningún otro dato de la identificación, y la información no se compartirá con ninguna agencia externa. Una vez que se apruebe el ingreso de los datos al sistema, Raptor emitirá una credencial que identificará al visitante, la fecha y el propósito de su visita. Las visitas subsiguientes no requerirán una identificación, ya que se puede imprimir una nueva credencial simplemente ingresando el nombre de la persona. No será necesaria una identificación para aquellos que visitan nuestras escuelas simplemente para dejar un objeto en la oficina o para recoger documentos.

La seguridad de nuestros estudiantes es nuestra máxima prioridad y el sistema de gestión de visitantes Raptor nos permite identificar rápidamente aquellos que pueden representar un peligro para nuestros estudiantes. Gracias de antemano por su comprensión y por su apoyo para mejorar los protocolos de seguridad escolar en nuestro distrito. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el sistema, comuníquese con el director de su escuela o con el Coordinador de Seguridad del Distrito, David Brokopp, a dbrokopp@wwusd.org.


David Brokopp

District Safety Coordinator

Whitewater Lions Fish-A-Ree to be held on Sunday February 10

January 17, 2019

Special Raffles include the following:

  • Vexilar FL-8SE Fish Finder – Tickets for this item are $10.00 per ticket.  Only 50 tickets will be sold!
  • StrikeMaster Lithium 40v Electric Ice Auger – Tickets for this item are $20.00 per ticket.  Only 50 tickets will be sold!
  • Tickets for the “Special Raffle” items are available at the door or contact Steve Malone at (608)201-5515 for advance sales.

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Dr. John F. Kozlowicz, 77, of Elkhorn, WI, passed away Wednesday, Dec.19, 2018.

He was born June 1, 1941, the son of the late Frank and Esther Kozlowicz. John married the love of his life, Joan Aniszewski, on June 13, 1970 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Whitewater, WI.

John was a Professor of Political Science and chairman at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from 1968 until his retirement in 2005, where he was fondly known as “Koz”, “Dr. Koz” and “Prof Koz”. Following his retirement, as Professor Emeritus John continued to teach both in person and online through the Fall Semester 2018. His teaching spanned curriculum such as American Government and Politics, Constitution, the Judicial Process, Constitutional Law, Resources for Legal Research and Police, Criminal Justice Administration among other related topics. John was on the forefront of incorporating technology and web-based teaching in the 1990’s with the emergence of the internet, and also designed two new programs for UW-Whitewater, which passed through the curricular process and became part of the academic offering: The Legal Studies Minor and Paralegal Certificate. John was also the Internship Program Coordinator for UW-W, pairing students with legislators, campaign staff for public office candidates, law offices and governmental agencies both in Wisconsin – as well as in Washington, D.C to allow students to view the national political process in action. Throughout his career he advised all Pre-Law students as well as a significant number of Political Science Majors in his 50-year career as a Professor. He found great joy in navigating students to pursue their highest potential.

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Shirley Underwood passed away peacefully at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, Florida, on January 11, 2019.

She was a wonderful mother, wife, sister, grandmother, great and great-great-grandmother who truly represented the best of “the greatest generation.”

Shirley was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 21, 1928, to Harry and Pearl Traxler. She would call Milwaukee home until graduation from high school. During high school, classmates knew her as “Trixie” Traxler. She was interested in sports and music. After graduation, Shirley was accepted to and attended Bob Jones College, the first in her family to go to college. This decision would profoundly and happily change her life. She met a handsome ex-Air Force navigator and fellow student, Bob Underwood, at Bob Jones; they fell in love and were married in Milwaukee on December 28, 1946, a marriage that lasted almost 66 years until Bob’s passing in 2012.

Bob’s career was as an educator, which took he and Shirley to different colleges and universities as they grew as a family. Son Steve and daughter JoAnne were the lights of their lives, as were their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

While married, Bob and Shirley lived in many parts of the country, including many years in Whitewater, Wisconsin, where Shirley taught second grade at Washington School, and in retirement at Bella Vista, Arkansas. Shirley loved to play golf with her friends and Bob and Shirley enjoyed their life in Bella Visa. While teaching and during retirement, Bob and Shirley had many great travels together. In 2005 they finally settled in Santa Barbara, California where their son Steve lived. Shirley later moved to Cape Coral in 2017 to be near her daughter JoAnne.

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Betty Joyce Hardy, 76, of Whitewater, answered the call of her father in her dream to come home on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Betty was born on August 24, 1942, in Vesper, WI, daughter of the late Charles and Marie (Fruin) Strooisma. She married Thomas Hardy on May 23, 1970, in Whitewater.

Betty worked at UW-Whitewater for 34 years as a Classified Payroll Specialist and received several awards for her service. She was a diehard Packer fan and enjoyed sewing and gardening. She also enjoyed art and culture, visiting many museums.

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