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(Aug 2) First day report from the 10th Anniversary Trip of the Whitewater Motorcycle Group who left on their Western Montana 2014 "Return to the Mountains" July 31st - Aug.10th from Jessica's at 7:30am on Thurs. 31 July.

From Blake Scharine: "Well our trip on day one ended as it began... all of us coming together to share a meal together... more about that later. We enjoyed a great ride off the I-road through Edgerton, Oregon, Paoli, Verona, Mt Horeb and north to Hwy 14. Many of us have been on these roads numerous times but with near perfect weather and very little traffic you can't help but be amazed by our own state and its diverse landscape and beauty.

A long trip for our starting group of 12 bikes with about 630 miles under our belt. So far we've navigated thru plenty of construction, including lots of pea gravel oil and a 15 mile detour. But the bikes came thru relatively unscathed.... although the last 25 min of our trip across the lakes east of Webster at 10pm was very comparable to driving thru the Mississippi delta at night.. our windshields were plastered!

Windshields plastered!

Oh, and about that meal shared together... our very own crazy Patti (Storlie) (crazy party) was able to sweet talk the restaurant in the motel into keeping the cooks and staff there an extra hour so we could share supper together, priceless. John Sanderson joined us from his place in northern WI and beat us to Webster SD by a couple hours and had his own solo adventure having to detour around a burning 18 wheeler! So with John it is a bakers dozen! Thirteen bikes with 7 more to come together in the coming days. By the way, those Iron Butt bikers made their 1000 miles in way less than 24 hrs! (see below comment and picture) Crazy! They will join us tonite at Williston ND. Then with the Wagners in Mobridge SD joining, we will be 17 bikes! Jeff and Kathy Foreyt will join us in E Glacier MT making it 19 bikes... now that's a big group."

Iron Butt bikers are dedicated to safe, long-distance motorcycle riding. To qualify as an Iron Butt, the bikers must complete a 1000 mile trip in 24hrs.

The Iron Butt members: Shelly and Marus Scharine and Lisa and Tim Otterbacher who completed their 1000 miles the first 24 hours of the trip. They separated from the group in Whitewater and completed almost all on the Interstate System to Williston ND. Marcus asked that the picture and comments not be posted until they had completed the ordeal. Congratulations are in order for their accomplishment of becoming members of the Iron Butt Club. For more on this designation

(August 1) Whitewater Main Street Festival Saturday, August 2nd 10-5

Lots of Retail Sales from downtown to West end of Main St.

Music all day
Dance Performance
Art and Craft Booths (over 15 booths)
Art Exhibits
FREE Hands on Art Activities
"For the Birds" but fun for people too
Farmers Market
Sidewalk Chalk Art
Face Painting

Music Line Up
10:00 Carl Cole
11:40 Brain Lucas
1:00 Dance Performance
1:30 Derek Amin & Earthtet
3:20 Jay Craggs
Times are approximate
Music Sponsored by UW-Whitewater College of Arts & Communication

Sidewalk Chalk Art

Family/Public Space--Free (no judging)
Beginner Space--$3
Intermediate Space--$5
Expert Space--$10
Vote for your favorite in each category.
Winner receives the People's Choice Award & Prizes

Face Painting

$1--small image
$3--half face image
$5--full face image

Mono Printing

Learn about the process of a mono print.
Make one to take home.
Print one on the community art piece. FREE

Each community piece will be raffled off $1 for 1 ticket $5 for 6 tickets $10 for 15 tickets
Must be present to win. Winners drawn at 4:45 at the music stage.

Art Activities
At Studio 84 Kids and adults welcome to create.
Make a cool bird puppet then come back at 4:00 for a short parade to show off your creation. A giant Robin will be the parade leader!
Get one of Urban Forestry Committee's FREE birdhouse kits and put it together Then embellish it.
Vote for your favorite for the People's Choice Award
Purchase a prebuilt birdhouse or kit from MakerSpace. Then embellish it.

Farmers Market
Located at Winchester True Value parking lot.
Open from 8-noon

Art Exhibits
Studio 84 Art Gallery--Wings of Flight: art inspired by birds
UWW Crossman Gallery: 1-4 pm
Vote for the People's Choice Award at the Wings of Flight Exhibit

Event Organizers Studio 84 Whitewater: Arts Alliance: Whitewater Chamber of Commerce

Special Helpers Urban Forestry Committee : UWW Student Art Association

Event Sponsors Dales Bootery Nasco Arts & Craft Store UW-W College of Art & Communication

Proceeds from the event help support the Arts in Whitewater Funds will help support scholarships for local high school and college students, community art programing with a focus on the youth-at-risk after-school programs, and programing in the arts for people with disabilities. It will also help support creative improvements to our city such as public murals, mosaics, and sculptures.

(August 1) Congratulations to Bridgett Hoffmann on her selection to represent the American Lowline Angus breed of cattle as Queen for this upcoming year (2014-2015).

Bridgett is the daughter of Steve and Crystal Hoffmann, sister to Lauren and Hannah. Granddaughter of Joe and Karen Gerlach (Palmyra) and John and Nancy Hoffmann (Whitewater). Bridgett was selected from 3 candidates that applied and interviewed for the position of Lowline Queen at the American Lowline Junior National show in June in Lebanon, TN.

In addition to being selected to serve as Lowline Queen, Bridgett has been on the American Lowline Junior Association National Board of directors since 2011 and currently remains on said board as secretary. Bridgett graduated from Whitewater High School this past June and is going on to school this August at South Dakota State University where she will study animal science. Check out web page for more on the American Lowline Angus Breed

Pictured with Bridgett (r) is the American Lowline Princess, Laramie Coffey (l) of Stillwater, Oklahoma.

(July 31) Downtown Whitewater, Inc. held its second annual cash raffle drawing Tuesday, July 29, at Fat Jack's in downtown Whitewater. Only two hundred tickets were printed and all 200 tickets were sold by DTWW board and committee members. Downtown Whitewater, Inc. is a member of the Wisconsin state Main Street organization and has been active for the last seven years helping make improvements to our city's downtown. Proceeds from this cash raffle will go toward funding projects that will help the downtown become an even better sense of place for residents, visitors and patrons.

Nate Parrish and Roni Telfer and were on hand to pull the winning tickets from the drum.

Cozette Moffit -$1,000

Pete Hill- $750

Mike Mckelvey-$500

(July 31) WHS GOLDEN REUNION There will be the classmates of 1957 Golden Reunion Saturday August 16, 2014 at Randy's in Whitewater. Social hour 5 P.M., Dinner 6 P.M. This is also combined with the W.H.S. Alumni annual meeting. Order from the menu. Deadline for reservation is August 06. Call Arlene Trewyn at 262-473-2124.

(July 31) The 10th Anniversary Trip of the Whitewater Motorcycle Group who left on their Western Montana 2014 "Return to the Mountains" July 31st - Aug.10th from Jessica's at 7:30am today.

Twenty three of the group (less children) at Jessica's before departing!

Starting in 2004 with Blake Scharine and Dick Jones the group has grown to 28 riders on 19 bikes, the largest group they have ever had. 1. Blake & Kim Scharine; Marcus & Shelly Scharine; Cliff & Pattie Storlie; Tim & Lisa Otterbacher; Scott & Joan Klabunde; Bob & Susan Wagner; Jeff & Kathy Foreyt; Russ & Mary Rogers; Ed & Lane Engle; Bill & Heidi Wood; Dick & Janet Jones; Fran Demott; Gary Kiger; Randy Stanley; John Sanderson; Bruce Parker; Sal Torez.

The trip this year takes them 2 days through the Dakotas to Hwy 12 into Montana. They will spend the 3rd day at Glacier National Park and land in Missoula MT. for 3 nights to ride the beautiful mountain roads and hike, golf or just kick back and relax. Wednesday morning they will load up and take a leisurely day ride to the quaint town of Red Lodge at the entrance to Spectacular Bear Tooth Pass and Chief Joseph Hwy. Thursday morning they will travel to elevations over 10,000ft and dozens of twisties and switchbacks through Bear Tooth and wind up in historic wild west town Cody WY. They will cruise through the majestic Big Horn Mountains and overnight in Gillette WY. Friday morning it is time for Spearfish Canyon, Deadwood, Lead, Black Hills and of course time to take in the Sturgis Bike Rally. Friday they have scheduled time to revisit Downtown Sturgis, get that last t-shirt and start the 2-day trip back to Wisconsin.

They are off!

Kim and Blake Scharine

Jane and Dick Jones

Pat and Cliff Storlie

Fran DeMott

(July 30) Yogurt Shoppe on Main Street has added City Style Hotdogs to their menu. Check the types listed on the window.

(July 30) REMINDER - Whitewater Whippet Athletics - Attention Parents and Athletes!
Here are a few important dates for fall sports at Whitewater High School.
Eligibility Pass Dates
(this is an opportunity to turn in eligibility requirements before the fall season begins. This will take place in the HS Main Office.)

Friday August 1st 7-8 am.
Sunday August 10th 4:30-5:30 pm.

All athletes who plan to participate in a fall sport must attend (WITH their parents) the Fall All-Sports meeting.
Sunday August 10th 6:00pm HS Auditorium
Sunday August 10th 6:00pm HS Auditorium
There will be two meetings for fall athletics
1. 6:00 pm Informational meeting for all athletes and parents - given by Jeff Behrens, Athletic Director
2. 6:45 pm Athletes and parents will meet with their respective fall coaches in designated classrooms

Requirements For Athletic Participation
1. Physical (good for 2 years)
2. Parent/Athlete Consent Form (last page of the Family Athletic Handbook)
3. Concussion Agreement (back side of Parent/Athlete Consent Form)
4. Athletic Fee

The Family Athletic Handbook - , and the physical form - both will be available outside the Main Office of the High School.

(July 29) St. Patrick Catholic Church - Country Fest

(July 29) Whitewater Youth Rugby Plays with Impressive Skill and Determination!

(Front l-r) Jared Anderson, David Cushman, Izabelle Hahn, Carson Ellenwood, Fletcher Crone and Trenten Zahn.
(Back l-r) Coaches Doug Hahn, Andrew Crone and Alex Kitchner.

David Cushman evades a Green Bay defender.

Whitewater youth rugby team played Green Bay in the championship game in a tournament in Menomonee Falls this past weekend. Whitewater took home the second place trophy in the tournament which featured twelve youth teams from around Wisconsin. Behind by three scores at halftime, they fought back to tie the game at the end of regulation. In a sudden death overtime, Whitewater stopped a couple of Green Bay surges and came close to scoring several times but Green Bay was able to hold off Whitewater's attacks and eventually found a small opening in its defense to score. It was Whitewater's first loss after winning their first eight games this year. "You can't ask for a better played championship game between two equally matched teams." said tournament organizer Dan Zeroth. "It could have gone either way."

Nobody on the Whitewater team has played rugby before this summer and already they are proving themselves to be a top tier team with each player on the team finding a way to score a "try" this past weekend. But most importantly, they demonstrated the true spirit of rugby. When two of Green Bay's players were hurt in the second half, Whitewater decided to allow them to borrow players from another team. "Rugby is first and foremost a social sport" said assistant coach Alex Kitchner. "Winning is never the primary motivation for playing the game.

Whitewater Youth Flag Rugby is run through the Park and Rec Department and thanks to a generous donation by The Coburn Company, it's free to anybody who wants to play. Whitewater has one more tournament this summer. After the school year starts, the team will continue to hold open practices a couple times a month. Anybody interested in playing, should contact Andrew Crone at: crone.andrew@gmail.com.

(July 29) Fire Department Fund raiser! Saturday Aug 9, 1-9pm

(July 29) The UW-Eau Claire track and field teams were honored recently with U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Academic accolades. Team members recognized were two WHS Graduates - Tony Floyd and Jacob Dennis-Oehling.

Tony Floyd a Senior - Major Accounting - Position: Hurdles/Sprints

Jacob Dennis-Oehling - Major Social Work - Position: Sprints/400

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either of the following athletic standards: a student-athlete must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org

(July 29) Whitewater School Board - Meeting Highlights - Referendum discussion as offered as a recommendation by the Citizens Financial Advisory Committee. A. Considered Retiree-Only Health Reimbursement Arrangement Revised Proposal Action and approved Employee Handbook Revisions.

Approved Resignations and hirings. Art Teacher, Washington Elementary; Two Special Education Teachers, Whitewater Middle School; 4K Paraprofessional, LINCS Elementary
New Employment - Cook, Whitewater Middle School; Custodian II, Whitewater High School; English Language Learner Teacher, LINCS Elementary; Special Education Teacher, Whitewater Middle School; Library Media Specialist/Technology Integrator

For detail comments check story by Chris Welch, Union staff writer Daily Jefferson County Union

(July 29) Whitewater Aquatic Fitness Center - Friday Free Admission Program and Red Cross Babysitter's Training!

(July 28) Treyton's Field of Dreams construction update at Starin Park.
Construction was completed on the masonry backstop wall today by Midwest Masonry. Additionally, H&H Construction has started prep work for the synthetic turf installation. They are currently setting forms to pour the concrete curbing that surrounds the field. For more information on the construction progress or to view a photo gallery

Masonry backstop wall.

Concrete curbing that surrounds the field.

(July 28) Thank you to Kasey Reed of Banco Insurance for purchasing Trevor Messmer's steer at the Jefferson Co. Fair. Trevor greatly appreciated the support.

Trevor Messmer with his steer and Caitlyn Gerlach-2013 Fairest of the Fair

WI State Bird - the American Robin

Eastern Bluebird

(July 28) Bird City Wisconsin (BWC) - Six more Wisconsin communities, including Whitewater, have been saluted for their long-term commitment to working with residents to make their neighborhoods a better place for people, birds and other wildlife. For Bird City Wisconsin web site

The new group spans the state and brings the ranks of Bird City Wisconsin communities to 87. The members of the new group are are the cities of Mercer, Iron County, New Berlin, Whitewater and Reedsburg and the Village of DeForest.

Andrew Struck, president of the Milwaukee Audubon Society and chair of the Bird City Wisconsin steering committee, said the communities recognized Monday demonstrate the statewide scope of this partnership-based conservation project that now draws its major support from the Bird Protection Fund of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.

BCW communities each receive a special Bird City Wisconsin flag, plaque and two street signs to be erected at their boundaries, marking their conservation achievements.

Modeled on the "Tree City USA" program, Bird City Wisconsin has developed 22 conservation criteria across five categories. If a community meets at least seven criteria, it can be recognized as an official Bird City.

In a letter to Chuck Nass, Streets/Parks Superintendent- City Forester, Carl Schwartz BCW Project Coordinator noted: "On behalf of the Steering Committee for Bird City Wisconsin, our congratulations to the City of Whitewater on having achieved recognition as a Bird City community for 2014-'15. It is an accomplishment that puts your city at the forefront of efforts to forge a statewide coalition of citizens and public officials who know that birds are more than beautiful -- they are significant."

Carl Schwartz also noted: "Our review team cited a number of achievements by the city and acknowledged the Urban Forestry Commission's lead role in seeking this recognition. Among them: Whitewater is in compliance with Wisconsin's Smart Growth law for land use planning and resource management
- The Urban Forestry Commission was charged by the Common Council with drafting a Natural Landscape Ordinance ensuring that homeowners had the right to maintain a non-turf-grass natural landscape. Approved landscapes included woodland, oak savanna, prairie, sustenance gardens, flower gardens, and wetlands. The ordinance also defined various invasive plants and methods to eradicate them.
- Whitewater's Chamber of Commerce played an important role in facilitating the Main Street Festival (Aug. 2, 2014), which adopted the theme "Flying High" in anticipation of Whitewater's Bird City recognition. Activities focusing on community involvement have been planned, including construction and embellishment of bluebird nest boxes, kestrel nest boxes, and robin platforms. These will be for sale or for in-kind donation at the festival. A portion of the nest boxes constructed will be for city use in parks and other public lands.
- Whitewater has been a Tree City USA for 20 consecutive years.
- The Forestry Commission plans a table at the Main Street Festival with literature focusing on keeping birds safe from both window strikes and free-roaming cats. Literature will also be available at the public library, the city's municipal building and other venues in and around Whitewater.
- Pages devoted to Bird City Whitewater will be online on the city's Forestry Commission webpage outlining good practices for limiting the hazards to birds. The City also has an ordinance against free-roaming pets.
- Future work to limit hazards to birds include working with Studio 84 and MakerSpace to design and create patterns for constructing "Catios," or outdoor cat enclosures to keep birds safe from domestic cat predation.
- The Forestry Commission has brought in speakers on enhancing favorable bird habitat, including: Mariette Nowak, in January, at the public library on the importance of native plantings, shrubs and trees, and their positive impact on healthy bird population. Virginia Coburn, citizen scientist, environmentalist, and activist spoke at the Municipal Building in May. She focused on her work in citizen science, banding birds, eradicating invasive species and community involvement.
- Whitewater's Main Street Festival is kicking off the city's International Migratory Bird Day celebration for 2014, and organizations involved are currently discussing the best options for celebrations in the coming years. Various literature will be available on Limiting Hazards to Birds, a flyer put out by Whitewater's UFC; Mariette Nowak's Beyond the Feeder, detailing the native plantings for favorable bird habitat, as well as information on land restoration put out by the Kettle Moraine Land Trust."

Saturday, August 2nd FOR THE BIRDS!! Whitewater's Urban Forestry Commission has succeeded in having Whitewater recognized a Bird City USA, as noted above. Part of this process was education. During the Whitewater Main Street Festival on Saturday, August 2 from 10-5, Urban Forestry will have members on hand with information on attracting birds to your yard.

They will have a limited number of free birdhouse kits that 'early birds' to their booth will be able to put together and embellish at Studio 84. These birdhouses will be erected in various locations through out the city in parks, and trails. As a bonus, visitors to the Festival can place their vote for a favorite birdhouse and the winner of this People's Choice Award will have their name placed on the birdhouse. Winner of the People's Choice Award will be announced at the end of Festival around 4:45 pm.

(July 26) WARM (Whitewater Area Regional Ministry of the United Methodist Church) Mission Trip

The Mission Trip members were from the Whitewater, Fort Atkinson and Palmyra area. One youth from Florida; he moved but returns every summer for the Mission Trip. During July 19 through 27th, 44 youths and leaders headed to St Louis MO to serve and make disciples of Christ; what an amazing job they did. From painting and repairing homes to serving the hungry and those without homes, the youth shared their hearts, their strength and their faith with many in need. A genuine appreciation is extended to all of their amazing supporters. From the group "Thank you family, friends, church supporters and all that visited the Whitewater Methodists' Church tent."

(July 25) The Whitewater Minneiska water ski show team took to the road the weekend of July 19th to compete in the annual Wisconsin State show team championships in Wisconsin Rapids.

Four High Pyramid!

Erin Doolittle, 19, competed in the individual swivel competition and placed among the 2014 top 5 swivel skiers in the State! Swivel skiing is much like ballet on water and Erin made her difficult 720 spins look effortless and beautiful!

Brandon Schleicher, 16, earned the Division 2 Outstanding male skier award for 2014! Brandon wowed the crowd and judges with his amazing tricks he performed during his wakeboard and barefoot acts!

The hometown team made a very proud showing by placing 6th in our D 2 division and having the honor of teammates Erin Doolittle and Brandon Schleicher earning individual recognition.

Wisconsin is home to over 24 water ski show teams that are divided among three divisions. The top teams from each division will compete at the National championship tournament. Minneiska is looking forward to this, competing in Warsaw, Indiana on Aug 2.

If you are looking for some fun, free, summer entertainment come see one of the home shows on Whitewater Lake in front of Scenic Ridge Campground!

Special thanks to all the sponsors that helped provide funding for the brand new triple rigged 250 Mercury engines!
July 26th 7:00 pm
Aug 9th 6:30 pm
Aug 16th Sponsor Appreciation show 6:30pm
Aug 16th 11-3 Brat/corn/hot dog sale to support the team at Scenic Ridge campground
Aug 23rd Benefit show for Childhood cancer 6:00pm
August 30th Last show of season 6:00pm

The ski team is in its 40th season and having a great year although suffering the set back of two members with broken arms. They are excited to be showcasing a beautiful 2-4-2 human pyramid, a 4 person around the boat team, strap doubles, trios, bare footing and much, much more!

Every year show ski teams pick a theme and this year they call the show "Show Ski Matchmaker" and have a little fun with the unique relationships that form among a close knit group of people with a common interest! Show Directors have put this theme together with great music and costumes to provide the audience with a fun, free, entertaining show that the whole family will love!

(July 25) The 4rd Annual Whitewater Chamber of Commerce Brat and a Buck Sale will take place on Friday, August 1st, from 11 am to 7 pm. Stop by the chamber office at 150 W Main Street and grab a brat, hamburger or hot dog and receive a "chamber buck" that you can spend at participating Chamber members during the Main Street Festival Saturday, August 2nd.

The featured menu will include brats or hamburger for $3 and $2 hot dogs. A meal, including choice of chips and a drink, are an additional $1. Additional drinks are $1 and additional chip bags are $0.50. Bulk business orders for pick up can be called into the Chamber Office leading up to or on the day of at (262) 473-4005, turned in to the Chamber Office at 150 W Main St, faxed to 262-473-4575 or emailed info@whitewaterchamber.com

(July 25) REMINDER Whitewater Community Clothes Closet Back to school: Supplies and Clothes Drive! Now-August 10.

1of 6 Barrel Locations - Paige Deppe from SweetSpot Cafe


Help Whitewater children in need by donating gently used children's clothes (including new undergarments and socks) and new school supplies. Please drop off your gently used back to school clothes & new school supplies here: First Citizens State Bank (Main Office), SweetSpot Cafe, Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, Sentry Grocery Store, Whitewater Aquatic and Fitness Center, Commercial Bank (Fremont Street & in Sentry). The Whitewater Community Clothes Closet will distribute donations on Saturday, August 16 from 8:30-11:00am and Tuesday, August 19 from 10:00 to 8:00pm at Whitewater Congregational United Church of Christ, 133 S. Franklin Street in Whitewater. Questions? Please call: Kay (262) 379-0187

(July 25) The Visioning and Master Plan for the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library will be presented by Architect Rick McCarthy of Library Vision, Inc. at an Open House Date: Monday, August 4, 2014 Time: 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this informational open house.

(July 25) The East Gateway Project continues and is expected to be completed by mid September.

BEFORE - July 16th - Dam removal behind the Baker Bldg, red tiled roof,
across from 5 flags on Main Street (background).

AFTER - July 25th one side complete!

July 25th The other side of the culvert under Main Street and
viewed from railroad tracks above pedestrian tunnel to Cravath Lake.

(July 24) REMINDER - Saturday, August 2nd Whitewater Main Street Festival to Bring Music, Art and Great Sales to town on August 2nd.
Art, music, bird houses, great food from area restaurants, and great sales from Whitewater businesses….what more could you ask for on Saturday August 2! Saturday, August 2 will be a great day in Whitewater at the Main Street Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More than 15 art and craft booths will decorate downtown Whitewater on the center of Main St. from Whitewater Street to 2nd Street. The UW-Whitewater College of Arts and Communication has graciously sponsored the music on First Street (bring a lawn chair and enjoy the tunes) for the day.

Following is the music line-up:
10:00 a.m. Carl Cole
11:40 a.m. Brian Lucas
1:00 p.m. Dance Performance
1:30 p.m. Derrick Amin and Earthtet
3:20 p.m. Jay Craggs

Children and families can make art using chalk on the sidewalks and the streets. They can create just for fun at the family/public space. More serious chalk artists can compete for awards in the beginner space ($3 to participate), the intermediate space ($5 to participate) and expert space ($10 to participate). Awards will be presented at 5 p.m. at the Main Stage on First Street.

Anyone who is excited about having their face painted can sign up for a small image ($1), half-face image ($3) and full-face image ($5). Enjoy art while walking around with art on your face!

An exhibit of art inspired by birds will be on display at Studio 84, 121 West Center Street. Urban Forestry will have a special booth with free bird house kits to embellish at Studio 84. These will be erected around the city to help make Whitewater a Bird City USA.

A Farmers' Market and more retail sales will be stationed on the West end of Main Street.

Main Street Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a partnership with many organizations and businesses to help promote the arts and a creative economy. This collaborative event has been organized by: Studio 84, the Whitewater Arts Alliance and the Whitewater Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors are Nasco Arts, Studio 84, Urban Forestry Commission, UW-Whitewater College of Arts and Communication, UW-Whitewater Student Art Association, Whitewater Arts Alliance, Whitewater Chamber of Commerce and Whitewater Maker Space. The event is held throughout the historic city of Whitewater and promotes the arts and a creative economy. The historic architecture and natural beauty serve as the perfect backdrop for exploring galleries, local shops and restaurants and to experience the many diverse forms of the arts we celebrate and support in our city.

Like Whitewater Main Street Festival on Facebook to keep up to the minute on what's happening!

For more information check their blog


Tuesday, August 5thThe Whitewater Police Department is hosting the annual National Night Out celebration on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014, 5-8pm.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local crime prevention programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police -community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Cravath Lake Park, located at 341 S. Fremont Street, residents are asked to spend the evening outside with their neighbors, police officers, fire fighters, and EMS personnel. The National Night Out event is a simple way for people to meet one another, have fun, and explore how they might work together to improve the safety and quality of their neighborhoods.

Entertainment will be provided to include the following and more: explore emergency vehicles from the City of Whitewater Police and Fire Departments, UW-Whitewater Police Services, the Walworth County Sherifffs Office, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, and the Wisconsin State Patrol. A SWAT vehicle will be on display along with ambulances, fire trucks, military vehicles, etc. Learn about bike safety, home and vehicle safety, car seat checks, drug and alcohol knowledge/prevention, sexual assault awareness, internet safety, and healthy living. The new K9 unit will provide search demonstrations and the Whitewater Rescue Squad will provide AED/CPR demonstrations and free blood pressure checks. Search and rescue horses from WAMSTAR will be roaming the park and there will be appearances by Culver's Scoopie and McGruff the Crime Dog. Operation Click golf carts will be available for people to experience why they shouldn't operate a vehicle while impaired. Children will enjoy the hands-on experiences of being a crime scene investigator (CSI), a fire fighter spraying water into a water wall, and learning how to dial 911 with an emergency dispatcher. Free hotdogs, popcorn, ice pops, beverages, and a bounce house will be provided. Lastly, don't miss your chance to dunk Whitewater Police Captain Brian Uhl, Whitewater Police School Resource Officer Jacob Hintz, Whitewater High School Principal Doug Parker, and Whitewater High School Assistant Principal Joe Lynch. All proceeds from the dunk tank go towards helping fund the Whitewater Police Department's new K9 unit. Children visiting each of the displays or purchasing dunk tank tickets will have a chance to win one of four bikes generously donated by Walmart.

Saturday, August 9thGolden Anniversary-Stanley R. and Carolyn A. (Evenson) Godfrey,S2640 Waletzki Road, Fountain City WI 54629 will celebrate their 50th Anniversary on August 8, 2014.
They were married at Koshkonong Lutheran Church on August 8, 1964. Stan and Carolyn; formerly of Whitewater, own and operate Godfrey Heating and Air Conditioning. They are active hunters and conservationists. They have two children; Mike Godfrey of Lake Geneva and Ann (Daniel) Seffernick of Neenah, WI and 3 grandchildren; Mitch Godfrey of Whitewater and Taylor and Derek Fraiser of Green Bay. A celebration in their honor will be held on August 9, 2014 at their home. It is an Open House, hosted by their children from 1-4pm.

Monday, August 11thVacation Bible School--Escuela Bíblica de Vacaciones
St. Patrick Church will be hosting Vacation Bible School from August 11th through the 15th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in Berry Hall. Children in Grades K through 5 are welcome to participate. There are registration forms in the parish office. For more information, please email Rick at rupprechtr@archmil.org or call him at (262) 473-3143 x119.

La Escuela Bíblica de Vacaciones de San Patricio se tomará acabo el 11 de agosto hasta el 15 de agosto de 9:00 a 12:00 en Berry Hall. Es para niños en Kínder hasta 5º Grado. Hay formas de registración en la oficina parroquial. Para más información, por favor envíe un email a Rick a rupprechtr@archmil.org o llámelo al (262) 473-3143 x119.

(July 23) Grief Camp for Kids Scheduled for August Registration is now open for Home Health United's Camp GLOW, scheduled for 10am-3pm on August 23 at Traxler Park in Janesville. Limited space is available, and kids across southern Wisconsin are invited.

Camp GLOW - Giving Loved Ones Wings - is a grief support day camp for kids ages 6-14 that have been affected by a loss. Whether it is the loss of a friend, classmate, parent, grandparent, sibling, or other loved one, kids and teens often experience and express grief in different ways than adults. The Camp is designed to give children a safe place to share their feelings and concerns, with a wide range of activities and enough counselors on-site to give individual attention if needed. Activities include scrapbooking, writing letters to their loved one, and memory boxes that can be stained or painted, and are meant to hold items of sentimental value to the kids, remembrances of their loved one.

The Camp is being offered at no cost to the participants, with separate adult sessions for their parents or guardians who are also dealing with grief. Snacks and lunch are included. To learn more about Camp GLOW or to register, please call 877-356-4514 or .

Saturday, September 20thWalworth County Alliance for Children (WCAC) is hosting a safety fair on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Tree House Child and Family Center grounds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event, “Safety and Fun vs. 911” will provide an informative and entertaining way for Walworth County children and their families to learn about safety issues that are important to them. The Safety Fair will offer attendees:
- Fun activities including face painting, cookie decorating, dunk tanks, and firemen wars
- Educational opportunities including personal safety at home, pet safety, hygiene, internet safety, finger printing, impairment goggles, bicycle safety, and others.

Sandy Wagie-Troemel, President of the WCAC states, “Safety and Fun vs. 911 will provide access to vital safety information and practices, safety items for homes, and links to county support systems. It is hoped that by meeting and interacting with law enforcement and first responders, children will develop a sense of security in knowing that there are many in the county who care about their safety and well being. “

In addition, the WCAC will provide food, entertainment and free gifts to attendees.



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

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(August 1) Ronald Myrel Schiltz, 63, of Whitewater, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully Thursday July 31, 2014 with his family by his side.

He was born September 24, 1950 in La Crosse, Wisconsin to Myrel and Angie (Lehman) Schiltz. He married Donna Brusic on August 2, 1997 in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Ron was known for his dedication to engineering and working hard for his family. He loved the outdoors and deer, turkey, and duck hunting. In addition, he enjoyed boating, fishing, snow skiing with his family and friends, and collecting antique decoys. He was a lifelong member of the NRA.

His lifelong dream was to go on a bear hunt. Two years ago he traveled with his son Brian to Canada and the hunt was successful. The bear was mounted and is now proudly displayed in the family room of his home. Ron was a loyal Minnesota Vikings fan, a strong supporter of UW-Whitewater Warhawks athletics and the Milwaukee Brewers. He lived as a devout Catholic, dedicated to Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Whitewater. Ron was a loving father and grandfather. He enjoyed watching them participate in football, swimming, wrestling and dancing events. He donated regularly to charities such as St Jude's Children's Cancer Foundation. Ron demonstrated great strength and a positive attitude with his four year battle with glioblastoma (GBM) brain cancer. Ron will be remembered for his determination, ambition, honesty, integrity and trustworthiness.

He served as a sergeant in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. While attending college, he worked as a Schwans delivery man. He also worked for a company that built large concrete grain silos. He used his silo building skills to add to an existing silo at the family farm in Caledonia, MN. He graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in 1975. Ron was a devoted mechanical engineer. Ron's career included fourteen years at APV Crepaco in Lake Mills, six years at Cherry-Burrell in Delavan, six years at Johnson Controls in Watertown, and eight years at BASO in Watertown. His positions included design and development manager, project/design engineer, senior QMI engineer, and chief engineer. He even received patents as a result of his ingenuity.

In addition to his wife Donna of Whitewater, he is survived by their daughter Sarah Beth Schiltz of Whitewater, as well as his daughter Rhonda (Robert) Stankiewicz of Niles, IL, and son Brian (Jennifer) Schiltz of Mukwonago, WI, by his first marriage to Janis (Perry) Emmling. His siblings Darlene (Jim) Verdick of Bettendorf, IA, Carol (Ervin) Banse of La Crescent, MN, Sandy (David) Nelson of La Crosse, WI, Dave (Sandy) Schiltz of Winona, MN, Alan Schiltz of Winona, Margie (Don) Ferring of Caledonia, MN, and Mark (Karen) Schiltz of Caledonia; three grandchildren, Derek and Jessica Schiltz and Adam Stankiewicz; and his mother Angie Schiltz of La Crosse. He was preceded in death by his father Myrel Schiltz and sister Donna (Thomas) Hammes.

A visitation will be held at Nitardy Funeral Home located at 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI 53190 on Aug. 8th from 4 to 7 pm.

A church visitation will be held from 8:30 to 10:00 am and a mass of Catholic burial will be held at 10:00 am on August 9th at Saint Mary Mother of the Church located at 2006 Weston St., La Crosse, WI. Entombment will take place following ceremony at La Crosse Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center in Ron's name in care of Rainbow Hospice Care, 125 Rockwell Street, Jefferson, WI (920-674-6255).

Nitardy Funeral Home of Whitewater is assisting the family.

(July 31) Jerome “Jerry” William Johnson, age 83, of Park Falls, died on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Park Manor Nursing Home in Park Falls.

He was born in Eau Claire on May 2, 1931, the son of Jasper and Evelyn (Peterson) Johnson. His early life and schooling were in Eau Claire. Jerry enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of 19 during the Korean War. He served three years in Germany as a cryptographer with the US Air Force Security Service. After serving his country he earned his bachelor's degree in teaching from the University of Eau Claire and taught US and world history at the Park Falls High School from 1957 until 1964. On August 8, 1964 he married Beatrice “Beba” Malach in Park Falls. Jerry earned masters degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. He served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, as assistant professor of Learning Resources for 28 years in the capacities of Special Collections Librarian, University Archivist and Records Manager, and director of the Area Research Center for Local History.

Jerry and Beba returned to Park Falls in 1994. Jerry was a member and past commander of the Park Falls VFW Post, an active member of the Park Falls American Legion Post, and a former member of the Park Falls Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Beatrice “Beba” of Park Falls; his son, Rick Johnson of Seattle, WA; two brothers: Eugene (Diane) Johnson of Murietta, CA, and Wallace Johnson of Eau Claire; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. from the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Park Falls. Pastor Elizabeth F. Hazel officiated. Burial followed at Nola Cemetery in Park Falls with military honors under the auspices of the Park Falls American Legion and VFW Posts.


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