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(April 24) UWW Staff have been working on their comprehensive campus master plan over this past year. They are nearing completion and have scheduled several public sessions to present the final plan recommendations to campus stakeholders. Campus would like to extend an invitation to the Whitewater community to attend one of these sessions so they can see what the campus vision is for the next 15-20 years. There will be a Q&A session after each presentation.

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(April 24) Whitewater Unified School District 4-K Registration starts April 30, 2014 from 1:00-5:00 at the District Central Office
Registration forms are now available at all elementary buildings, the central office and on-line .
Parents are asked to bring completed paperwork and the child's birth certificate with them to registration. Children must be 4 on or before September 1, 2014.
Questions about 4-K can be directed to: Gigi VanAcker, Early Learning Coordinator at (262) 472-8439 or gvanacker@wwusd.org.

(April 24) UW-Whitewater celebrates 146th anniversary with Founders Day awards.

A devoted volunteer and supporter and five alumni who have achieved significant professional success will be honored as the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater celebrates its 146th anniversary.

The annual Founders Day event also includes the presentation of scholarships to outstanding UW-Whitewater juniors. The event will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, in the James R. Connor University Center.

Francine Pease

Bob Berezowitz

At the event, Francine Pease, a Whitewater resident and supporter of the university, will receive the S.A. White award. Pease worked as a speech/language pathologist and spent a lifetime helping others. She has devoted her time and resources to numerous important causes. At UW-Whitewater she has endowed two scholarships; in the College of Arts and Communication and the College of Education and Professional Studies. She also serves on the Young Auditorium Advisory Board. The award is named for Samuel A. White, a judge and state lawmaker who in 1868 was instrumental in the founding of the Whitewater Normal School, which later became UW-Whitewater.

The Outstanding Recent Alumnus award this year goes to Matthew Bartel, Milwaukee, a 2002 business graduate, who devised a digital, Web-based solution that revolutionized the process of course evaluations. He formed a company to market his idea, Digital Measures.
Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards for Professional Achievement include:
Danny Andersen, Madison, a 1974 graduate in accounting. Andersen is director and CPA with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause and has been serving public and private companies since 1974 while maintaining a strong family life.
Michael Cesario, Palm City, Fla., a 1971 graduate who creates the trademark uniforms of many of the country's finest bands, drum corps and color guards through FJM Inc.
Julie Anding, Milwaukee, who graduated from UW-Whitewater in 1990 with a psychology degree and in 1992 with a master's degree in guidance and counseling, is senior director of talent and learning with Harley-Davidson.
Bob Berezowitz, Darien, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in 1967 and a master's degree in education in 1977. Berezowitz left a deep legacy at UW-Whitewater, first as a student and All-American athlete and later as an instructor and coach who led the Warhawks to eight Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and five NCAA Division III playoff berths.

(April 24) The Whitewater Unified School District (WUSD) has been recognized as one of 376 school districts across the United States as a "2014 Best Communities for Music Education" District by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).

(Front l-r) Liz Elliott (WMS), Christine Hayes (LINCS), Stacey Joseph (WMS), Abi Pulvermacher (WMS & WHS)
(Back l-r) Karen Tordera (Lakeview), Lori Heidenreich(WHS), Josh Barrett (Lakeview, LINCS & Washington), Val Troxel (Washington) Not pictured: Lisa Werner (after school orchestra)

According to National Center for Educational Statistics data, there were 13,588 school districts in the US in 2011. In application materials submitted for the recognition, Christine Hayes, the music teacher at Lincoln Inquiry Charter School, provided detailed information about the seven full time and two part time music teachers in WUSD and the wide variety of quality school-based music education programs they provide to young people in Whitewater.

Christine wrote, "Our music program in the Whitewater Unified School District is taught by an innovative, talented and collaborative music staff who strives to serve every child in the district with quality and diverse music opportunities. We are supported and encouraged by our administration and community. We are a growing program that seeks out partnerships in the community to strengthen those opportunities. We have an extremely unique and valuable partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater."

A story by Tom Ganser about this important recognition of the music education programs offered though the WUSD is scheduled for publication in the June 1 issue of the Whitewater Register.

(April 24) The students in the Four Year Old Kindergarten class at Washington Elementary School have been observing the operation of a hydroponic garden.

The children watch the water as it moves up the tube and into the planter at the top of the garden. Once the top plant has had enough water, it trickles out the bottom of the planter into the next one in the column, and so on. When the bottom plant has been saturated, the water returns to the reservoir where the process begins again.

It is important for the children to learn about alternative forms of gardening, as space for outdoor gardens can be limited. A hydroponic garden can be placed in a window and become a valuable source for food.

(April 24) Whitewater High School's Music Department will present their annual Senior Recital on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Fairhaven Auditorium.

This is the music departments chance to showcase the talents of the top high school musicians and thank them for their leadership and hard work. Many different vocal and instrumental performances will be done featuring John Bresser, Destine Fuchs, Caleb Hintz, Bridgett Hoffmann, David Maxwell Kachel, Erin McManaway, Melissa Mursch, Dakota Nufer and Karsen Vance.

Refreshments will be served after the recital. It is a great way to spend the afternoon and it's all free. WHS Music Staff are very proud of their students and their music program. Come share their joy.

(April 24) Freshman McKennah Rupke, a 2013 graduate of Whitewater High School, daughter of Scott and Dawn Rupke, was one of twenty-nine Alma College MI students -- 19 freshmen, three sophomores and seven juniors -- who were recently awarded the President's Cup. The students earned the honor by achieving the highest academic standing in their respective classes at Alma.

The tradition of the President's Cup was started in 1968 by Alma's ninth President, Robert D. Swanson. Students earning the honor receive a certificate acknowledging their achievement and have their name inscribed on the appropriate class (freshman, sophomore or junior) President's Cup trophy. The trophies are kept on permanent display in the Reid-Knox Administration Building on campus.

(April 24) The Whitewater United Methodist Women's 39th Annual Spring Salad Luncheon and Silent Auction will take place Wednesday, April 30th at First United Methodist Church, located at 145 S. Prairie St. in Whitewater. Lunch, available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will feature hot chicken salad, along with a variety of salads, breads/rolls, milk, coffee and dessert.

Tickets can be purchased for $7 in advance or $7.50 at the door. Children under 5 eat free. A take -out option is available this year.
The Silent Auction will include a variety of items, including certificates for local businesses, gift baskets, homemade food items, and services - ranging from canoeing to weed pulling - provided by church members.
Proceeds from both the Salad Luncheon and Silent Auction support mission work here and abroad.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Church Office at 262-473-2131.

NCAA Division III vs. Division II

(April 23) UW-Whitewater to D-II? Not so fast UW-Whitewater Interim Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Amy Edmonds put to bed any rumors that the Warhawks would make the jump to Division-II, at least for the near future. For more on this Royal Purple story by Paul Bressler

(April 23) Sophomore University of North Dakota and WHS Graduate shot put thrower Molly Griep broke North Dakota’s 24-year old school record in the shot put on Tuesday night at Concordia College’s Cobber Twilight.

For more on this effort

This link is a courtesy from WHS Grad, Scott Schwab, from MN! Scott's daughter Allison is a swimmer at UND.

(April 23) School Board Special Meeting - Budget Study Session - The School Board and the District Leadership Team reviewed the following:
2014-15 Budget Development Process
2014-15 Program and Staffing Proposals

The budget considerations for 2014-15 included reductions due to lower enrollments and in a detailed initial Budget Review Presentation it was noted that in addition to the District experiencing a trend of declining enrollment, it is also anticipated that there will be a decrease in state aid and also the Board will be dealing with health insurance cost containment. The initial insurance renewal that was received was well above the 8-9% targeted budget number. Rather than absorbing that in the budget (taking a 25% renewal) and making programing reductions, plan design changes are expected to be considered to meet the target number of an 8-9% renewal. There is a compromise with the quality of the plan in order to maintain programing for students. The Health budget amounts have been impacted by a large ongoing claims and an unfavorable loss ratio that has worsened since January. The large ongoing claims continue to leave a loss ratio far in excess of the current premium paid. In January 2014 the loss ratio was at 130 % or for every dollar paid to the plan they pay out $1.30. It is expected that the ratio is now well above 130%.

Rae Anne Beaudry, Consultant from the Horton Group, expects that the health plans being considered will be less competitive when compared to other area School Districts. She had several recommendations 1. Triple choice options with variable deductibles including prescriptions. 2. That the District consider a reduction and possible future elimination of the payment for waiver of health insurance (Cash in Lieu) option. 3. District consider reducing retiree length of time on the plan AND further that any couple (who had both worked for the District) only get one opportunity for health benefits; not retain the ability to stack these benefits. 4. District have a continuing employee communication and education schedule and a time to meet with Horton Group to discuss claim issues. A Board decision on this and other Budget issues will be taken on April 28th meeting.

Program and staff proposals were also presented for future consideration by the Board. The proposed reductions are in areas where there are decreases in students and making reductions by balancing class sizes, caseloads, or offerings while continuing to maintain a consistent level of programs.
A detailed rationale and impact of the following 16 items are explained individually on the District web page and are only titled below to give a summary listing to highlight the variety of the issues under consideration. The rationale and impact should be read to fully understand why the items were selected - Each item is a separate page and you will need to scroll down.

Item #1: Elimination of a 2/3 section at LINCS (-1.0 FTE) Savings: $71,000 - Sample of rationale and impact for Item #1
Rationale: This is strictly an enrollment-driven reduction. We will be able to eliminate a 2/3 section at LINCS through attrition and still maintain class sizes at or near our target of 18 students.
Impact: Although this reduction is a result of attrition and class sizes will remain within our targeted range, there is still an impact on LINCS. One of the current 2/3 sections at LINCS will need to be split up and distributed amongst the remaining sections. The current second grade students would have had a new teacher as a result of the retirement, so the argument that they will not benefit from the multi-age looping is irrelevant; however, they will be split up from a peer group they had worked with the prior year. Also, rather than having class sizes of 16, which is below our target mark, class sizes will range between 18-19 students per section.

Other items each have a Rationale and Impact Staement
Item #2: Music Reconfiguration (-1.0 FTE) Savings: $72,000
Item #3-4: Elementary Physical Education Reduction (-0.25 FTE) Savings: $14,000
Item #5: Elementary Art Reduction (-0.50 FTE) Savings: $33,000
Item #6: Reconfiguration of Custodial Staffing Savings: $30,000
Item #7: Elementary Special Education Reduction (-0.50 FTE) Savings: $33,000
Item #8: Special Education Paraprofessional Reduction (FTE TBD) Savings: $19,000
Item #9: Middle School Health Reduction (-0.25 FTE) Savings: $11,000
Item #10: Increased 4K Costs ($25,000)
Item #11: Special Education Transfer of Service (+1.0 FTE): ($75,000) Transfer of Service (TOS)
Item #12: Addition of part-time Dean of Students (+0.50 FTE): ($32,000)
Item #13: Increase French Teacher (+0.20 FTE): ($11,000)
Item #14: Addition of part-time Math Interventionist (+0.50 FTE): ($33,000) Title I Grant Funded
Item #15: Reduce Capital Projects levy by $60,000: Transfer of $60,000 from Fund 41 to Fund 10
Item #16: Decrease the Salary Addition Election (SAE), payment in lieu of health insurance, to $3,500 Savings: $165,000.
Issue notice of personnel non-renewal is scheduled for 29th April. The Preliminary Budget will be published 1st August and the Annual Budget Hearing is scheduled for August 25th.

(April 23) REMINDER - The 2nd Annual Whitewater Lioness Rummage and Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, April 26th from 8:00 - 2:00. It will be held at the Lions' Clubhouse on Kettle Moraine Dr. on Whitewater Lake. Lunch will be available.

(April 22) Open House for Lori Heidenreich Sunday, May 4th 3:00 - 5:00 pm High School Multi-Purpose Room

Lori Heidenreich, High School Choir Director, is retiring after 31 years of service to the Whitewater School District. She has touched so many students and families over the years with her musical talents and her extreme dedication. Please wish her well in retirement on May 4th.

Sponsored by the WUSD Music Parents. If you are willing to help or donate a dessert, please e-mail Diane Dalzin at ddalzin@wwusd.org.

(April 22) Reunion - 25th - save the date - WHS class of 1989 - To visit Class of 89 webpage click on Save the Date announcement and to join the class Facebook

(April 22) Happy Earth Day! April 22- Special thanks to all of these amazing kids, and their parents! Their Mission was to clean up the City of Whitewater. They participated in a garbage scavenger hunt organized by Cadette Girl Scout, Morgan Radaj.

(April 21) Studio 84 is offering classes in theater and visual arts this summer. Start planning your summer now. Classes are open to a variety of ages and abilities.

Theater classes will be July 21-25 with a morning class for ages 5-10 and an afternoon class for ages 11-17.
Visual arts classes will be held in two sessions. Session I is June 16 - July 7 and Session II is July 14 - August 1. All the visual arts classes are accepting ages 4th grade thru adult and are designed to accommodate the beginner to the advanced artist. Classes are in puppet making, drawing, painting out doors and book making.
Registration is now open and will continue until classes are full. Details and registration forms on all classes are online at .

(April 21) Fort Community Credit Union (FCCU) will be holding three Community Shred Events that will be free and open to the public.
The first event will be held at their Jefferson Branch located at 100 North Main Street on Saturday, April 26th from 9-11am.
The second will be held at their Main Fort Atkinson Branch located at 800 Madison Avenue on Saturday, May 3rd from 9-11am.
The final Community Shred Event will be held at their Whitewater Branch located at 203 East Milwaukee Street on Saturday, May 10th from 9-11am.
Take advantage of this free opportunity to shred your confidential documents to make sure that they don't end up in the wrong hands.

(April 21) Earlier last week, residents of Fairhaven Senior Services in Whitewater were treated to a re-creation of the supper served aboard the Titanic on the fateful evening of its sinking. Working from a copy of that evening’s original menu, Chef Lloyd Brehm faithfully prepared a 5 course meal that included such entrees as Oysters a la Russe, fresh Atlantic salmon poached in wine with a lemon butter sauce, petit tenderloin topped with foie gras, artichoke hearts and black truffle oil and roast duckling breast with an apple liqueur glaze. Cream of barley soup and various side dishes accompanied the entrees along with a dessert of Waldorf Pudding and chocolate éclairs with French vanilla bean ice cream. The meal served aboard the Titanic that night included a total of 10 courses.

(April 21) A 2-day DNR


Boater's Safety class will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18 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. Register online at

(April 17) Chamber of Commerce welcomes three new members receiving a plant, membership plaque and a ribbon cutting event.

InStyle Consignment
1139 W Main St
(behind Beijing Buffet and adjacent to BicycleWise Sports and Fitness)

Easy cut! Chamber reps welcomed InStyle Consignment.

Chamber Board Members Kim Brotz First Citizens State Bank: Denise Derry, Good Morning Advertiser; Co-owners Katie Reynolds-Oezer and husband Ryan Oezer; Board member, Kim Scharine, GMA Printing and Chamber Director Marie Koch.

Easy cut! Chamber reps welcomed InStyle Consignment, 1139 W Main St (behind Beijing Buffet and adjacent to BicycleWise Sports and Fitness).

Brand Name New and Used Children's size 4-18, Juniors, Women and Women Plus Size Clothing and Accessories. Excellent Quality! They are consigning New and Excellent Used Brand Name Children's size 4-18 (no 4T or 5T), Juniors, Women and Plus size Clothing up to 3X/24W and Accessories! Their woman's department is geared to the Teen, 20 and 30 something. Miss Me, Coach, Kate Spade, Michaek Kors are just some of the higher end item they have! Save $$ while being InStyle! For more information check out Facebook

177 W. Main Street

Easy cut! Chamber reps welcomed ARANDA-be-Unique

Chamber Board Members Kim Brotz First Citizens State Bank: Denise Derry, Good Morning Advertiser; and the Aranda Family - Tony, Marta, Jennelle Rossbach, and look who is peeking at the ribbon cutting, 4 year old Marijose, Lourdes Aranda; Marissa Aranda; Board member, Kim Scharine, GMA Printing and Chamber Director Marie Koch.

ARANDA-be-Unique, 177 W. Main Street, is a family-owned clothing store established on November 9th, 2013, in downtown Whitewater. ARANDA offers the latest trends in sizes ranging from XS-3XL. The downtown store provides... a great selection of footwear, dresses, business wear, and casual wear, as well as outfits for those special occasions. ARANDA also offers a variety of accessories including jewelry, scarves, belts, purses, and hats. The quality merchandise and reasonable prices that the store has to offer guarantees customer satisfaction. Due to customer support and feedback, the store will soon be offering men's clothing. For more information check out Facebook

Touched by a Paw - Cat Rescue
182 W. Main Street

NO cut! Chamber reps welcomed Touched by a Paw - Cat Rescue

Chamber Board Members Kim Brotz First Citizens State Bank: Denise Derry, Good Morning Advertiser; Kabuki the kitten and no large sciccors; Janna Burhop, President, Touched By A Paw, Inc.; Board member, Kim Scharine, GMA Printing and Chamber Director Marie Koch.

Touched By A Paw, Inc, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the care and sheltering of stray, neglected or abused cats. It is run entirely by volunteers, and subsists only on donations. They receive no government help or funding. Touched By A Paw is open Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM, or by appointment. Touched By A Paw, has a No-Kill policy. Touched By A Paw began in 1998 in a room behind Reflections of the Past, a vintage clothing boutique. Reflections of the Past is owned and run by Janna Burhop, President, Touched By A Paw, Inc. For more information

(April 16) When Pigs Fly and Apothecary Design will be teaming up Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, for the Vintage Shop Hop. 180 shops in southern WI and northern IL will be participating in this event. Many shops will have in store specials, give aways and sweet treats to eat. For more information check us out on Facebook

(April16) From Jean Mills and Blake Scharine Co-Chairpersons - Whitewater 4th of July Committee"We thought with this weather still acting like winter, it might be fun to talk about the Whitewater 4th of July. The theme of this year's Festival is "Flying High Over The 4th of July". We are honoring all aviators from all branches of the service.

This will be the 7th Annual Whippet Mile, 30th Annual Car Show. We are very excited about this year's Parade, we have contracted the "Jersey Surf" Drum and Bugle Corps from New Jersey to march in this year's Parade at 150 strong. We will also have about 30 members from the UW Madison Marching Band with us in the Parade. We are bringing back the kids " Pedal Pull" that was such a great success. This year's Miss Whitewater Pageant will have a 50's theme. One of the highlights of this year's Festival will be a band that we have hired called "Madison Rising" they will be playing on July 5th. They have been called "America's most patriotic rock band" they are coming from Colorado. We are getting really excited to celebrate this year's Whitewater 4th of July. As always you can see updates ."

(April 16) It's Time to Get Ready for the TRIATHLON season!
Sunday, April 27th - UW-Whitewater, Williams Center pool
Adult race: 9am
Child race: 2pm
Do it on your own or as part of a relay team!

Adult Distance Race (Raptor): 1000 yard indoor swim, 26 mile country road bike, 6 mile run
Adult Sprint Race: 500 yard indoor swim, 13 mile country road bike, 3 mile run
Child Race: 200 yard swim, 4 mile bike, 1 mile run

All participants are automatically entered into a drawing to win a $200 gift certificate to BicycleWise. There are lots of other fun prizes, too.

Register by this Sunday, to guarantee a shirt and get a pre-assigned wave. On-site registration will be available. Raptor racers will start first.

Register on-line Detailed info

Questions? Call or text Cheri at 608-449-5150 or e-mail her at j_hawkswim@charter.net

(April 14) Congratulations to WHS students Ryan Anderson and Sara Foucault who were randomly selected to represent WHS in the drawing for a car as a result of their participation in Operation Click. The drawing takes place at a Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon on April 25 at Lake Lawn Lodge in Delavan.

During a mid-day class two WHS students were summoned out of class to meet with the WHS Assistant Principal Joe Lynch initially with an issue that required the presence of their parents that turned into congratulations for their selection to draw for a winning key for a car. Ryan Anderson and Sara Foucault were totally surprised and somewhat taken aback by their selection.

Students who practice safe driving all of the time increase their odds for winning the car, which is being donated by Kunes Country Auto Group in Delavan. Operation Click started in Crystal Lake, Ill.'s three high schools in 1998. This is the third year for the program in Walworth County.

The seven area schools participating in Operation Click are: - Badger High School. - Delavan-Darien - Big Foot - Elkhorn Area - Whitewater - East Troy - Catholic Central, Burlington, in Racine County, but where a number of Walworth County students attend. Approximately 14 or less students will be given a key and one of them who starts the car wins the car.

The program is focused on reducing teen fatalities and injuries from motor vehicle crashes by developing safe driving habits through education and positive reinforcement. But the program goes beyond just buckling up. Students sign contracts committing them to constantly practice safe driving habits. Volunteer observers stationed regularly at the entrance and exits of school parking lots will monitor student drivers as they enter or leave school grounds. Schools where 94 to 95 percent or more of the students are complying with the seatbelt rules, two student contacts will be pulled, and they will be eligible for the car. Anyone practicing unsafe driving habits, such as not wearing a seatbelt or texting while driving, is disqualified after two offenses.

WHS Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) organization supports the Operation Click program. It promotes safe driving habits through positive reinforcement and prizes rather than punishments. Students have to sign a contract stating they will drive safely and they have the opportunity to win a VIP parking spot, gift/gas cards and even a car!

The Wisconsin AAA Motor Club is also involved, giving $2,000 to each school. That $2,000 can be used to buy T-shirts, candy, posters, anything to promote the program. A WHS Studnet has won a car in the previous two years, Alyssa Skindingsrude and Brooke Trewyn. Three-peat??

Hopeful Deb Anderson with son Ryan and husband David and Assistant Principal Joe Lynch

Deb, Ryan and David joined with SADD students Alex Cady, Chelsea Niemuth, Emily Markham and Erika Levine.

Assistant Principal Joe Lynch with Sara Foucault and her mother Gina.

SADD members joined Sara, Emily Markham,

(April 8) The Whippet Athletic Booster Club Auction is coming up on April 26th at 6:00 at the American Legion in Whitewater.

It's held every two years and is a GREAT event. Tickets are only $10 to get in and that gets you free food and beverage all night. So even if you don't bid on anything, it's a great time with money going to a great cause - Whippet Athletics!! So again, below are the details. Please pass this on to anyone that might be interested. Anyone and Everyone is welcome! It's seriously a great and FUN event. If there are questions or if people want to buy tickets, please contact Jeff Behrens, Whitewater Athletic Director or any other Booster Club Board member: Dave Schumacher, Julie Caldwell, Deb Nast, Therese Kennedy, Beth Chase, Tammie Lohff, Mary Kilar, Lisa Griep, Karen Kachel, Jan Gorsuch, Scott Trewyn, Shane Zahn and Dave Reynolds.
What: Whippet Booster Club Auction
When: Saturday April 26th, 2014
Where: American Legion in Whitewater Time: 6:00
Cost: $10 - free food and beverage all night


SATURDAY MAY 17TH..... SATURDAY MAY 17TH..... SATURDAY MAY 17TH.....The final deadline for rummage sale registration is MAY 9TH.....The final deadline for rummage sale registration is MAY 9TH

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club, in cooperation with the Whitewater Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting a City-Wide Rummage Sale on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Registrations are now being accepted. All proceeds from this event help fund activities to support youth programs throughout the year. Last year saw nearly 60 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 locator list, a sign for their yard, and a brief, 10-word description of the most attractive items available for sale.

Interested participants may reserve a spot now by picking up a registration form at the Whitewater Chamber of Commerce, Irvin L. Young Library, the First Citizens State Bank, Commercial Bank, Fort Atkinson Community Credit Union, the Sweet Spot Coffee Shoppe and the Westsider Citgo Station. Registration forms are also available on-line . You may mail your name, address, phone number, $10 fee, and description to: C. Miller, 1601 Turtle Mound Circle, Whitewater, 53190. Checks should be made payable to UW-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club.

Persons who wish to extend their sale either by starting on Friday, May 16 and/or through Sunday, May 18th, 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.

In addition to great rummage opportunities city-wide, shoppers are also invited to browse area merchants for spring merchandise sales.

The final deadline for rummage sale registration is May 9. This guarantees participants a spot on the rummage sale locator list. Those lists will be available for pick up at the businesses listed above beginning May 14, as well as at the Sweet Spot Coffee Shoppe, 226 Whitewater Street on May 17th from 7-11am or until the locator lists are gone.

For further information or questions, phone 262-473-4904 between the hours of 5pm to 9pm.



(April 24)Whitewater HS JV Softball game last night at Edgerton.
From Gina Hollingshead, JV softball coach: "We fell just short to Edgerton tonight. The score went back and forth for the first few innings and was tied at 7-7 in the 6th. This was the best game the girls have played all year and I am proud of them for never giving up. Izzy Zahn got it done on both sides of the ball tonight, great pitching and a hard hit double. Brianna Pope had a solid double as well, bringing in 2 runners. Megan Salvaggio had an outstanding game, having 2 nice pick ups in right field. Late in the game we had to do some shifting of positions which threw the girls off a bit and we made a few errors. Edgerton is great competition for us and their pitcher throws with nice speed so this game was definitely a learning experience for us and now the girls are starting to see their potential. We will take on Jefferson twice next week and hope to add a W to our win column."

(Apil 24) The Whippet Girls’ Softball Team defeated Palmyra-Eagle 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Sally Hixson connecting

Lauren Lohff safe at home

Pictures by Peter Mischka courtesy of Bob Mischka

Coach Dowden remarked, “It was nice to see our defense play so well. Several times Palmyra-Eagle got players on base, and we were able to keep them from scoring. Schumacher pitched well knowing she had some good gloves behind her in the field. Great catches were turned in by Tuinstra in left, Babcock in center, and Hixson against the first base fence in the 7th. Our bats came alive in the sixth inning. We scored five runs but could have had more if it wasn't for three line drives getting caught to dampen big innings. We are coming around nicely; now we need to show what we can do against a tough team like Edgerton.”

(April 24) A four-run seventh inning for the Whippets led to a 9-5 Rock Valley Conference crossover win over Palmyra-Eagle.

Whitewater took advantage of 7 Palmyra walks with some timely hits by Julian Sonn, Tyler Hill, Scott Gorsuch, and Bailey Meyer. Whitewater pitchers struggled themselves at times to locate in a tight strike zone giving up 8 walks but battled through to get the win. Scott Gorsuch gave up only 1 earned run over 4 innings, while striking out 7 to earn the win. Tyler Hill came in and pitched the remaining 3 innings, striking out 4, to secure it for the Whippets.

Whitewater hosts East Troy on Saturday at 2 p.m. in a Rock Valley Conference double header For more on the game by Paul Schaum, Daily Jefferson County Union,

Bailey Meyer with a hit which resulted in a run batted in.

Brady Swanson making a put-out of a Palmyra runner at 2nd.

Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka

(April 24) The track and field teams traveled to East Troy on Tuesday to take on the Trojans.

Keagen Stonewerth tied the school record in the pole vault with a jump of 13-9.

File picture courtesy of Bob Mischka

The boys came away with a 75-71 victory, while the girls fell 95-51. The highlight of the night was Keagen Stonewerth tieing the school record in the pole vault with a jump of 13-9. Xhonatan Shahollari had a nice day in the triple jump, winning the event with a jump of 36-9.5 Other event winners for the boys were James Ehlen, Brett Harms, Brad Stoll and Joe Bullis. The 4x1, 4x4, and 4x8 relays were also all victorious.

On the girls side, it was great to see Sarah Ziolkowski get back on the track. She competed for the first time this season, coming off an injury and was a member of the winning 4x8 relay team. Dani Dolan joined her on that relay. She also won the 400 and 200. Lindsay Chase took the shot put and Liz Mielke took the 800m. Kelly O'Hara ran a great 100m race, getting beat at the finish by only 0.1 second.

Saturday is the Randy Lyon Memorial held at WHS, honoring former Whippet Randy Lyon. The meet begins at 10 am. (Coach John Houwers)

(April 22) Girls' Soccer Team - Whippets defeat Evansville, improve to 4-1

Megan Reynolds hits a penalty kick which becomes the Whippets' first goal when the Evansville
goalee lets the ball go through her hands.

Holly Hough with one of her power kicks toward the Evansville net.

Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka

On Monday the Whippets traveled to conference rival Evansville and defeated the Blue Devils 1-0, improving their conference record to 3-1-0. Whitewater's lone goal came in the 28th minute off a direct kick by Megan Reynolds. Reynolds took the kick, the result of an Evansville hand ball, 10 yards outside the penalty box placing the ball over the keeper's reach in to the back of the net. Throughout the game Whitewater's defense adopted a bend but not break approach to Evansville's aggressive offense. The entire defense unit comprised of Erin McManaway, Abby Ramirez, Stephanie Brown, Erika Levine and Rebekah Schumacher played an outstanding game.
"All in all the entire team played a complete game and withstood Evansville's aggressive play," commented Coach Dauti. "Our team defense was excellent, the midfielders played well and our forwards had some outstanding runs to the goal."
Whitewater improves to 4-1-0 and resumes play on Thursday, hosting McFarland at 4:45 and 6:45. JV lost to Evansville 6-1 with Cristina Rodriguez scoring the Whippets lone goal.

(April 22) Baseball - The Whippets were edged by the McFarland Spartans by a score of 3-2. After a rough first inning that saw three runs cross the plate, Tyler Hill threw 4 scoreless frames to keep the dogs within striking distance. The Whippets were able to plate two runs in the second, but that's as close as it would get. We were right there in position to come back and take the game. I like the way we battled the whole game, it just wasn't quite enough today. (Coach Lauersdorf)


Michaela Schumacher was 2x3, with a single and a double

Picture by Peter Mischka courtesy of Bob Mischka

The Whitewater Whippet softball team dropped two games last week to McFarland, a team currently ranked #9 in the state in Division III.
Wednesday's home game saw temperatures in the low 30's and strong, gusting winds - not the type of weather favored by coaches or players. Amid these conditions, Whitewater fell to the Spartans, 11-0.
"The conditions out there were brutal," Whippet Coach Dan Dowden said, "but our girls never gave up. They just kept fighting."
Michaela Schumacher pitched four innings, giving up 11 runs (eight earned), struck out three and walked three. Izzy Zahn pitched the fifth and final inning, giving up one hit.
Offensively, the Whippets got singles from Lauern Lohff, Emilie Kachel and Sisi Minton.

The next day, the Whippets traveled to McFarland to again face the Spartans. Though they lost 11-1, the Whippet defense was able to hold McFarland to five runs spread over the first five innings, only three of them earned.

Michaela Schumacher went the distance for Whitewater, giving up 11 runs, walking six and striking out six. At the plate, Schumacher was 2x3, with a single and a double. Lauren Lohff and Hannah Tuinstra each added a single to complete Whitewater's hitting efforts.
"We're getting better each game," Dowden said. "We just need to continue to work hard and the wins will come," he concluded.
The Whippets will be away both Tuesday and Thursday this week. On Tuesday, they travel to Palmyra for a 4:45 p.m. game. On Thursday, they'll play in Edgerton, also at 4:45 p.m. -- (Coach Dowden)

Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka

Photographer covering Whippet Sports -

Thanks Bob for doing this service for our students, families and also for access by the Banner.

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Rock Valley Conference

(April 9) Solid pitching combined with timely hitting aided the Warhawks to a doubleheader sweep of Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe UW-Oshkosh at Prucha Field at James B. Miller Stadium in Whitewater Wednesday.

Mikole Pierce (above) and Mike Mierow led the Warhawks with six hits in the doubleheader.
Mike Mierow added two runs and four RBIs while Mikole Pierce chipped in four runs and six RBIs.

Picture by Alex Sagger - UWW Athletic Office

The Warhawks won game one 12-6 and game two 15-2 in seven innings. Game two was shortened by the WIAC rule stating that a game is to be stopped if one team is 10 or more runs ahead of its opponent after seven or more innings of play. The sweep pushes the Warhawks to 15-3 overall and 3-1 in WIAC action. The Titans fall to 10-8 and 3-5.

UWW Story

Box score Game 1

Box Score Game 2

(April 9) The Warhawk softball team topped UW-Stevens Point in shutout fashion Wednesday afternoon.

Kelynn Sporer got it done on both sides of the ball Wednesday. She led UW-W at the plate going 2-for-2 in the batter's box with four RBI and a walk. The righthander also picked up the win on the mound pitching allowing just two hits in five innings while striking out one.

Picture by Angela Kelm UWW Athletic Office

UWW opened with a 10-0 win in five innings and defeated the Pointers 5-0 in the second game of the twinbill. The Warhawks improve to 16-3 this season and 3-1 in the WIAC. UW-SP falls to 10-15 overall and 1-7 in league play.

UWW Story

Box score Game 1

Box Score Game 2

Whitewater, Wisconsin, weather forecast


(April 24) Dean Dalton Hefner, 3 day old infant son of Harmony Biskupski and Tim Hefner, of Whitewater, WI passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.
Dean was born on April 17, 2014.
Surviving are: His Parents: Harmony (Tim Hefner) Biskupski, Whitewater, WI, Brother: Eean Hefner, Sister: Breanna Hefner, Grandmothers: Sandy Hallin and Kim Crouch, Grandfather: Roger Biskupski, and Great-grandmother: Betty Adler.
A Memorial Visitation will be held from 2-4PM on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Nitardy Funeral home Chapel, 550 N. Newcomb Street, Whitewater, WI.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial to the Dean Dalton Hefner Memorial Fund established at First Citizens State Bank in Whitewater, WI.
Nitardy Funeral Home of Whitewater is assisting the family.

(April 23) Clara D. Grenzow, 99, formerly of Elkhorn, and East Troy, WI, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Fairhaven of Whitewater, WI.
Clara was born Aug. 15, 1914, in Switzerland. She was the daughter of the late Conrad and Anna (Schmid) Diem. She was united in marriage to William S. Grenzow on Nov. 26, 1941, in Dubuque, IA. Bill died Oct. 11, 1985. Clara was an avid bowler who bowled in league bowling into her early 90's. She was a member of the Walworth County Homemakers and active with her church. Clara was a devoted homemaker and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Clara is survived by her five children: William (Dawn) Grenzow of Whitewater, WI, Margaret (John) Clark of Milton, WI, Ellen (William) Kiekhaefer of New Holstein, WI, Robert (Karen) Grenzow of Sumas, WA, and Shari (Tom) Mauer of Kie,l WI; five grandchildren: Gary and John Clark, Tara Luers, Tyler and Amanda Grenzow; seven great-grandchildren: Patrick and Riley Clark, Ori and Charlie Henriksen, Caiden Luers, Chloe Grenzow and Isabella Blank.
Clara was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, William; a sister Anna LaBril; and two brothers, Conrad and John Diem.
Memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at HAASE-LOCKWOOD & ASSOCIATES FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 730 N. Wisconsin Street, Elkhorn, WI, with Rev. Michael Obinger officiating. Inurnment will be at White Oak Cemetery in the Town of LaFayette, WI. Visitation will be at the FUNERAL HOME Saturday from 3 p.m. until time of service.

Haase-Lockwood Funeral Home is assisting the family

(April 23) Janice Mae Ulik Schade of Whitewater, was born to this world Dec. 4, 1934; and born to Eternal Life April 11, 2014.
Preceded in death by parents, Chester Ulik and Loretta (Martha Bunke) Schade; and sweetheart, Ronnie, Janice was the sweet cousin of Merrilee Bailey of Michigan, and dear penpal of Rita, Marian, Pat, and Arlene.
But, very importantly, Janice was LOVED, and will be greatly missed, by her kitties! Janice went everywhere surrounded in a cloud of cat hair, smudged with a little cat food, and told funny stories of her cats’ antics!
If Janice were to say just one more thing, it would be “Thank you” to the kind people who stepped forward in recent years with their assistance; unconditional love, hugs, and smiles; and to those who made her feel valued, and her life worthwhile.

A memorial service will be held at ROCK PRAIRIE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 8605 E. County Road A, Janesville, WI, on Saturday, April 26th, 2014, at 10 a.m.

(April 20) Helen Ruth Parks (October 11, 1925 - April 15, 2014)

Helen Ruth Lowry Parks was born October 11, 1925, in Augusta, Wisconsin, to Mary Praunseiss and Frank Lowry (Lavrih). She was the third of four children. She died April 15, 2014, in DeForest, Wisconsin, in the presence of her husband of nearly 62 years.

Helen was the wife of Gordon Elliott Parks and the mother of Danny (deceased infant), Alan (Jean), Frank, Katie (the late Tony Spragg), Elizabeth (Willard Hanson), Christopher (special friend, Caroline), Howard (Fran), and Matthew (Linda). She was the grandmother of David (Holly), Jeffrey (fiancé, Grace), Daniel (Annika), Aaron, Sam, Sarah, Abigail, Katherine, Charles, Anna, and Jessica, and the great-grandmother of Tyler, Josh, and Lia. She was the sister-in-law of Etta Johnson and Evelyn Weidinger, and the aunt and great-aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Helen was predeceased by her first child, Danny, her parents, her brother and two sisters, and a son-in-law, Tony Spragg.

Helen attended the public schools of Augusta and the Milwaukee County Hospital School of Nursing. After her graduation, April 30, 1947, she worked at Veterans Administration hospitals in Milwaukee and then at Tomah, where she met her future husband, who was on duty at Fort McCoy. They were married May 10, 1952, in the Post Chapel of Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. During her marriage, Helen worked at a number of hospitals and nursing homes. She was also on the staff of the Student Health Center at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She gave up nursing in her later years, fearing she could no longer meet her professional standards.

Helen loved nursing, coffee, babies, opera, big holiday meals, pussy willows, musical performances by family members, baking, travel, birds, the Winter Olympics, Halloween treats, jigsaw and crossword puzzles, and her family. She enjoyed cycling and exercycling. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, an election clerk, and a regular voter. She supported and enjoyed public radio and television, especially musical and dance programs. She loved to dance herself, and insisted that her husband learn to polka, waltz, and tango.

Baptized and confirmed in the Roman Catholic faith as a child, Helen attended mass regularly wherever she lived. For forty-eight of her last forty-nine years she was a parishioner of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Recently she has attended St. Olaf’s in DeForest.

After visitation with the family at 2 p.m., a funeral mass will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 24, at St. Olaf Catholic Church, DeForest, Wisconsin.

A memorial celebration of Helen’s life is planned for May, in Whitewater.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Nature Conservancy, Helen’s favorite secular charity.

Assisting the family - Ryan and Joyce Ryan Funeral Home


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