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

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


Urban Forestry Committee

2015 John's Garbage, Recycle and Bulk Collections
School District
/High School
/Middle School
Lincoln Inquiry Charter School
Irvin L. Young Memorial Library
Walworth County
Jefferson County


Aquatic Center
Chamber of Commerce

Community Development Authority

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

Makerspace Whitewater - Calendar
Rainbow Hospice Care - Whitewater plus

UWW Young Auditorium
Movie Theater

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

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

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

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

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

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

UWW Women's Ultimate Frisbee Club

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

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NY Times
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Anderson Machining Service, Inc.

Brotoloc South Inc.
City of Whitewater Job Openings
City Rescue Squad Looking for Emergency Technicians Basic and Advanced.
Fairhaven Senior Services/

Generac Power Systems Job Opportunities

iPacesetters - data management, and CRM sectors

UWW Job Opportunities

Whitewater Unified School District Job Opportunities
ZINGG Motors - Jobs
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(Oct 6) Today - Whitewater City Market - Tuesday, October 6 at Cravath Lakefront Park from 3-7 p.m.

MUSIC Andrus and the Mariners - 5:30-7 p.m. DEPOT MUSEUM - 4-7 p.m. Bark River Boutique | MeowWow - aprons, dolls, catnip items BeefN'Beaks - grass-fed beef, farm-fresh chickens and eggs Bluff Creek Nursery - plants, produce, painted trellises Braun's Gardens - perennials Casual Joe's - pulled pork sandwiches, barbecue sauces, salads Chippy's Kettle Corn - popped-on-site kettle corn, lemonade Crafted - handmade signs from barn boards D&D Soaps - scented glycerin soaps Dilly's Creations - pickles, salsas, dilly beans Dorothy Schutte - handknit socks Doug Jenks Honey - honey, maple syrup, beeswax, apples Drews Designs Jewelry - jewelry Flying Cow Pizza - wood-fired, made-to-order, brick-oven pizza Jazzed-Up Marshmallows - gourmet marshmallows Kustom Wood Kreations - wooden cutting boards Life-Giving Nook - soap, plants, veggies Malone's Produce - sweet corn, veggies Meracle Whip - crafts, plants, coasters, wood items MSL Metals - metal sculptures, garden art Morningside Farm & Orchard - chicken, eggs, produce, cider Nani's Nook ? handsewn items New-Age Peasants Field of Dreams ? produce, body scrubs, furniture Not Your Mama's Knits - handmade scarves, headbands Number One Dime - crocheted items, jewelry, sculptures Pakou's Produce - fresh-cut bouquets, sunflowers, seasonal veggies Pottery by Five - handmade rustic stoneware pottery Primetime - hamburgers, Philly cheese steaks, wraps, snow cones, fries, cheese curds, soda Quednow's Heirloom Apple Orchard - heirloom apple varieties Second Salem - local craft beer by the cup Shia Shakes & Co. Jewelry - jewelry and jewelry holders Soap of the Earth - goat milk soaps infused with herbs, eggs Spark Spices - spice blends Starline Farm - pots, scrubs & salts, scarves, boot cuffs, hats Sunny Brook Farm - produce, eggs SweetSpot - coffee, baked goods, bread, iced tea, lemonade The Vegetable Stand - produce Tony's Honey - honey, soap, and beeswax items Tri-County Gardens - local produce Uncle Steve's Creations - homemade jams, sauces, relishes Vang's produce - produce Vang C & C Farm - certified organic produce VP Family Farm - seasonal produce Yang's produce - produce Ziplily - jewelry, accessories, photography, upcycled furniture


(Oct 5) JERRY AND NANCY'S RIVER CRUISERS are all smiles after dinner on September 19 aboard Vantage's River Discovery II cruise ship along the Rhone River in France.
Whitewater residents include: Tom and Karen Christofferson, Gaylon and Hannah Greenhill, Judy Jaeger, Lois Lauritzen, Harry and Sue Leffingwell, Sue Mealy, Jerry and Nancy Wendt; also, Mitzi Joseph of Fort Atkinson, Janice Kienbaum of Barron, Herb and Ann Rieth of Texas, and Bill and Cheryl Wienke of Florida.

Next year's trip to Athens and the Greek Islands is scheduled for September 7 - 18, 2016. Cruise only price is from $3899. Call the Wendts at 262-473-8400 for details. All are welcome!

(Oct 5) Downtown Whitewater, Inc. is hosting a raffle and celebration in support of its successful Whitewater City Market, which launched on July 21.

The market, which has far exceeded expectations in terms of its growth, draws 45 vendors and over 1,000 market-goers to its Cravath Lakefront Park location every Tuesday afternoon from 3 to 7 p.m. In addition to locally sourced produce, eggs, honey, soap, and other handcrafted items, the market offers kids' activities, food vendors, and free music. Every week market-goers and vendors donate hundreds of pounds of fresh produce and bread to the Whitewater Food Pantry.

The market is managed and funded by Downtown Whitewater, Inc., which waived vendor fees for 2015 to encourage vendors to join the market mid-season. In order to recoup costs to date and to ensure the market comes back in 2016, Downtown Whitewater is holding an end-of-season raffle to coincide with its last 2015 market, on Oct. 27.

Raffle tickets are only $10 each, or 6 tickets for $50, and prizes include cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100 and various items generously donated by our market vendors. Tickets can be purchased at the Triangle table at Whitewater City Market or at the following locations: Associated Bank, Binning & Dickens Insurance, Commercial Bank, Discover Whitewater (150 W. Main Street), First Citizens State Bank, Frame Dog, GMA Printing, Quiet Hut Sports, and Sweet Spot Café. Tickets can also be purchased from Downtown Whitewater board members, including Dave Saalsaa, Glenn Gebauer, Kim Scharine, Kristine Zaballos, Sara Amiri, Dennis Kopf, Chris McDonell, Joe Jaquess, Mark Wokasch, Brienne Diebolt-Brown, and Ben Tessner.

The drawing will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 at 8 p.m. at Second Salem Brewing Company, where the Whitewater City Market end-of-season celebration will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Hors-d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided. All are invited to attend, but you need not be present to win the raffle.

Downtown Whitewater, Inc. is a non-profit, community-based organization devoted to preserving, improving, and promoting Whitewater's quality of life by strengthening our historic downtown as the heartbeat of our community. The executive director is Tamara Brodnicki. This raffle is one way of raising operating money for the organization's work in revitalization and preservation. In addition to Whitewater City Market, Downtown Whitewater's projects include:
Working to bring WIFI and affordable broadband to the downtown area
Developing an on-line inventory of downtown properties to assist in bringing additional businesses to the downtown
Helping to develop festival guidelines to encourage activities and events in the downtown
Continuing clean-ups and beautification projects for the downtown area

By supporting Downtown Whitewater, Inc. you are helping to make Whitewater a stronger, more vibrant community and helping to ensure that the Whitewater City Market will return in 2016!

(Oct 5) Whitewater resident and Maranatha Baptist University junior Katie Vander Pluym recognized as Association of Division III Independents women’s cross country Runner of the Week For more
Katie also was recognized as the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Student-Athlete of the Week. Each student-athlete is nominated by his/her respective institution and exemplifies the Christian ideals held by the NCCAA.

(Oct 5) Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce Spirit Tour Saturday, October 10th - ONLY 20 TICKETS AVAILABLE SIGN UP TODAY

October is the perfect time for some spooks and thrills. The 2nd Annual Whitewater Chamber of Commerce Spirit Tour will take place on Saturday, October 10th at The Fuzzy Pig. Already attended the spirit tour last year? No worries, this year we will have two tours, the original and Spirit Tour 2.0. The original tour will start with a presentation on the haunted history of Whitewater and will continue with a bus navigation through the ghostly city of Whitewater with various stops for haunted tales. The second tour will include the same presentation as tour one, but these folks will load a separate bus for a different eerie adventure, maybe you'll see a "spirit" from yesterday.

There will be 40 tickets available for tours including dinner. Those interested in dinner will have two options. Option 1: lasagna or veggie lasagna or option 2: pork loin in cranberry sauce. Both meals will be served with salad, squash, garlic bread, dessert, and a beverage (cash bar available). Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. If you cannot make it to the dinner, the main event will start at 6 p.m.

The buses will then leave from The Fuzzy Pig at 6:45 pm and will return around 9:30 p.m. for an "after-party" including a cozy bonfire, ghost stories, and drinks $2 for beer $3 for mixed drinks. If all this still isn't enough spook for you, coupons for The Fuzzy Pig famous haunts will be offered at the end of the tour. Tickets are $50 per person with dinner or $35 per person without dinner.

Limited tickets are available so reserve your space for a FRIGHTFUL good time today! Credit cards accepted. Please contact the Whitewater Chamber of Commerce for additional information. 150 W. Main Street, Whitewater WI 53190. 262-473-4005 or info@whitewaterchamber.com

(Oct 5) The annual Whitewater Arts Alliance Members Show (and sale) will be exhibited at the Whitewater Cultural Arts Center, 402 West Main Street, from Thursday, Nov. 12 to Saturday, Dec. 12.
The gallery will be open Thursday through Sunday each week from 12:00 to 5:00 P.M. The Whitewater Arts Alliance invites the public to an opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 P.M. Viewing the exhibit is free of charge and open to anyone interested in the visual arts and crafts.

The Members Show welcomes both art and craft pieces by Whitewater Arts Alliance members in any 2-D or 3-D medium completed since the close of the October, 2014 WAA members show. The Alliance encourages each artist or craft-person to submit a maximum of three pieces. Anyone can become a member of the Whitewater Arts Alliance by completing a membership form and choosing a contribution level. Check out and click on "getting involved" and "membership" for more details.

Show visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite pieces from Nov. 12 to Nov. 20. The pieces with the four highest numbers of votes will be photographed and printed as note cards. After the close of voting, Virginia Epps will notify the winners.

On Saturday, Dec. 12 at 2:30 P.M., a WAA representative will announce the viewer's choice awards. The Whitewater Arts Alliance is pleased to give the members whose pieces are chosen for the note cards a set of 24 cards. If all systems work well, the note cards will be available to the artists and for purchase on Dec. 12. Members of the Whitewater Arts Alliance should submit their art and/or craft pieces on Sunday, Nov. 8 between 2:00 and 4:00 P.M.

Artists and craft-persons should pick up their art and/or craft pieces after the note card distribution on Saturday Dec. 12.
Exhibit Guidelines
1. Submitted pieces should represent work done since the close of the October 2014 show.
2. Submitted pieces must be original. If a piece references or reproduces a photograph, the artist or craft-person is to have taken the original photograph(s).
3. Submitted 2-dimensional pieces must be framed, wired, and ready for hanging.
4. Pedestals are available for 3-dimensional pieces, but artist or craft-person must provide display case if needed.
5. Artists may submit up a maximum of three pieces. Gallery capacity: 150.
6. Complete the insurance agreement (see www.whitewaterarts.org ). At the bottom of this form you will find information tags for three craft or art pieces. Complete one of the tags for each art or craft piece to be submitted for the show. Attach the tag so that it can be viewed easily.
7. Submit pieces on Sunday, Nov. 8 between 2:00 and 4:00 P.M. or by special arrangement.
8. Sign the licensing contract to merchandise images (see www.whitewaterarts.org ) for art or craft pieces submitted on Sunday, Nov. 8. 9. Sign the general release for liability for the work while on exhibit at the Cultural Arts Center on Sunday, Nov. 8th.
10. Attend the opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 1:30 to 3:30P; however, the gallery will be open from 12:00-5:00 P.M.
11. Pick up art and/or craft pieces after the note card distribution on Saturday Dec. 12 after 2:30 P.M.

(Oct 4) REMINDER - Schedule for Janesville St. Railroad replacement From Chuck Nass, Superintendent Streets-Parks: "Knapp Railroad Builders have scheduled the complete replacement of the Janesville St. crossing beginning the week of October 5, 2015 and reopening the street on Friday October 9, 2015. The street will be shutdown to all through traffic, The detour will be set up to use the by-pass, but residents and those familiar with the area, will use Harper St. to Walworth Street and then back to Janesville St."

Large truck traffic will need to use the marked detour. In the morning when traffic coming into the city from the south is especially heavy, it is recommended that traffic heading to the high school or middle school take the Hwy. 12 bypass to Walworth Avenue to avoid major congestion on Harper Street.

(Oct 4) In windy and cool conditions the WHS Cross Country teams competed at Burlington HS in the Chocolate City Invitational.

Medal winners from Saturday's race (L-R) Sarah Ziolkowski (13th), Allisan Barrett (7th), Andrea Sandoval (15th), Brodie Runez (5th), Jimmy King (30th)

Coach Chad Carstens: This meet boasts mostly D1 teams with a few other strong programs in other divisions. Both teams had strong showings with the girls in 4th and boys in 9th overall.

With a pretty flat course and cool temps, many runners ran their lifetime best. Leading the charge on the girls side was Allisan Barrett closing in under 20 minutes for the first time in her career in 19:36 good enough for 7th. Not far behind in 13th was Sarah Ziolkowski and the final medalist on the girls side is Andrea Sandoval in 15th. As the team's fourth runner, Abby King raced to a strong effort stopping the clock in 21:10. She continues to get better and better since her injury set her back a bit earlier in the season. Other significant time drops came from all races included Caleigh Judd, Carolina Oezer and Nancy Espana. The girls JV squad finished in 12th overall as a team.

Brodie Runez feared no one as he pushed the envelope and stormed his way to an immense PR (16:28) and 4th place finish. This race was the confidence booster he needed heading into the championship portion of the season. Jimmy King also clung to the field to also run well and earn the final medal in the Varsity event in 30th. Jacob Korf broke 18 minutes for the first time in 17:51. Nearly every boy dropped significant time from their previous season best time despite it being their 3rd race in 8 days. Jon Zheng led the charge in the JV field to finish in 19:20, his first time under 20 minutes. The JV team all braved the wind to finish in 11th as a team overall.

Race results:

The next race for the Whippets will be on Thursday, Oct. 15th in the Rock Valley Conference Championship hosted by Whitewater at UW-Whitewater. The race schedule is as follows: 3:30 p.m. JV Girls 4:05 p.m. Varsity Girls 4:40 p.m. Varsity Boys 5:15 p.m. JV Boys 5:50 p.m. Middle School Boys & Girls (3K)

(Oct 4) The WHS National Honor Society announced that the Homecoming Coin Contest raised $357.57 this year! Funds will be donated to worthwhile causes during the 2015-16 school year! They thank everyone who participated!

NHS members (L-R) Devin Samaranayke, Jan Maroske, Lief Sayhun,Holly Hough, Jonathan Caldwell, Jimmy Cushman

Fundraiser - TACO NIGHT - Tuesday, Oct. 6 5-9pm at Whitewater Country Club - Fin and Hooves for UWW Social Work Organization.

(Oct 4) UWW Football - No. 1 Football Takes Miner’s Axe in Front of Record Crowd

Part of the record crowd, 15,287!

Picture courtesy of Bob Mischka.

The No. 1 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team scored 10 points in the final two minutes of the first half and held a strong passing game in check defensively Saturday to defeat 14th-ranked UW-Platteville 17-7 in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference showdown at Perkins Stadium.

Jordan Ratliffe registered a career-high 33 carries for 72 yards and this touchdown.

Senior defensive back Ryan Winske finished with eight stops and this interception.

Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka.

The 21st annual George Chryst Bowl drew a WIAC and school record crowd of 15,287 and marked the 36th consecutive win for the Warhawks (4-0 overall, 1-0 WIAC), good for the longest in NCAA football. The rivalry game is named in honor of former UW-Platteville coach George Chryst, who died suddenly in 1992 after leading the Pioneers to a 79-60-2 record and the 1980 conference championship. The George Chryst Bowl was dedicated in 1995 and the Miner's Axe became the rivalry trophy. Chryst's wife, Patty, was on the field for the postgame presentation of the Axe.

UWW Head Coach Kevin Bullis with Patty Chryst

Team with the axe!

Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka.

UW-Whitewater held the Pioneers (3-1, 0-1) to 26 carries for minus-2 yards, the fewest allowed by the Warhawks since November 26, 2011, when the team surrendered a meager minus-5 yards against Franklin in the second round of the NCAA Playoffs.

The Warhawks continue conference play next Saturday at No. 17 UW-Oshkosh. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. The game is scheduled to be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Sports. Check local listings for channel information.

The Game Stats:

More on the game story from UWW:

Also more on the game story from UW-Platteville:

(Oct 3) WHS Homecoming Football Game - WHS 0 - Evansville 46

Bryan Parker running after catching a pass!

Picture courtesy of Bob Mischka.

Coach Tom Grosinske: "We came into our Homecoming game against Evansville knowing we would have to play our best football of the season as they were undefeated and leading the Rock Valley. We, of course, were looking to provide a great game for the Homecoming crowd we would have at WHS cheering on the Whippets. Although we played them fairly tight until the half (14-0) we allowed the game to slip away pretty quickly in the third quarter.

Our defense played well the first half and for portions of the second. Other than a few big pass plays, our pass defense fared pretty well. They were able to gain some yardage on the ground to sustain drives and keep the chains moving. Their fullback ran hard and they have a couple of tailbacks who continued to run well as they have this entire season. We matched up pretty well size-wise on the line, but they were able to move the ball when needed.

Offensively, we had a poor game as indicated by the scoreboard. We were able to gain some yards on the ground between the guards, but not enough to generate enough momentum throughout the game. Our passing game never got on track. Our pass protection didn't provide as much time as we had hoped and the reads/throws were very inconsistent throughout the night.

We want to thank our home crowd for coming out to support us and cheer us on last night. The support was wonderful. We will host Parkview at home next Friday in a crossover game. It is also Senior Night and we have our sights set on having our seniors securing a big home win to celebrate their energy and effort dedicated to Whippet Football the past number of years. We would love and appreciate a big home crowd to help us celebrate.

For more stats:

Marching Band at half-time!

This is a 1 1/2 year old Kerouac in the running of the whippets (2) owned by 1979 WHS Alumnus
Darren Powers and Therese Powers at halftime.

Pictures courtesy of Bob Mischka.

(Oct 2) The Whitewater Boys' Soccer team won its 5th conference match, beating East Troy 3-0!

Roberto Navejas found the back of the Trojan net on an unassisted goal.

Picture courtesy of Bob Mischka.

The Boys' soccer team has been on a roll, winning its last 4 games in a row. The Whippets had tied East Troy in their previous meeting and it was expected that this would also be a close match. The coaching staff felt going into the game that the boys were well prepared for this contest. As the game began, the Whippets were able to play a solid possession game and maintained their structure nicely. Coach Menager felt time of possession and a low number of turnovers would be key, as East Troy was primarily a counter-attack team. The Whippets did not turn the ball over and were able to control the midfield time of possession. In the 23rd minute, Roberto Navejas found the back of the Trojan net on an unassisted goal. The half played out with Whitewater leading 1-0. Going into the second half, Whitewater maintained its momentum with a strong defensive play and aggressive midfield marking. In the 60th minute, Xhonaton Shahollari scored his first of 2 goals, assisted by Jake Riemer. Whitewater continued its offensive pressure, and in the 74th minute, Xhonaton Shahollari scored off a nice passing assist by Thomas McManaway. The Trojan attack was kept in check for the rest of the match. The Whippet defense played its usual solid game, and held off the East Troy attack for the remainder of the contest for the 3-0 victory. Jimmy Cushman was in net for the first half with 2 saves and Michael Fernandez played the second half with 7 saves. Additional notable play was that of Dineth Gunawardena, Victor Fernandez, and James Dedrich, with solid play in the defensive and middle third.

The JV Squad also had a very good game, defeating East Troy 2-0.

Next Tuesday, the Whippets will host conference rival, Jefferson. Whitewater is now 5-2-1 in conference and 6-4-2 overall. (Rich Gunter)

(Oct 2) The Whitewater Girls' Tennis Team wrapped up their dual match season with a 5-2 win over Watertown Luther Prep, finishing the year at 19-1.

From Row (L-R) Andi Markham, Emma Stutzman Back Row: (L-R) Alli Sedmak, Sally Kate Hixson, Izzy Zahn, Emily Heckert

Coach Tim Nelson: "Senior Night saw the Whippets change up the line-up. We had 3 girls playing singles who have not played varsity singles before, two had never played singles period. In addition we had one girl play doubles who had never played doubles before. Ali Ketterhagen and Emma Stutzman moved to singles from 2 doubles and both of them came away with victories. Doubles was the Whippets strong suit with straight set victories at all 3 spots. Sally Hixson and Alli Sedmak won at #1 doubles, Milena Maroske and Amanda Kraayvanger made their doubles debut with a victory and Andi Markham and Izzy Zahn closed out the doubles sweep. The Whippets now get ready for the start of WIAA Tournament play with the sub-sectional Monday morning in East Troy."

(Oct 2) WHS FFA students and alumni thanks everyone that came out in the rain to support the Whitewater FFA Alumni on September the 18th. A special thank you to Culver's of Whitewater for donating the buns. Also, a big thanks to Sorgs Meats for the delicious Pork chops and hot dogs. Despite the cold rainy weather they had a great turn out.

Enjoying the meal!

Service with a smile! (L-R) Sammantha Thelan, Courtney Frie, David Hiebert, Alumni member Sue Burton, Megan Reynolds, and Anna Lucht

The League of Women Voters Whitewater-Area and the UW-Whitewater P.E.A.C.E. group are co-sponsoring an important public program on Wisconsin's voter photo ID law on Thursday evening, October 15th, 7PM, in Hyland Hall, Room 2101, on the UW-Whitewater campus.

Meagan McCord Wolfe, Public Outreach Elections Specialist with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB), will present the program. Meagan has worked for the GAB in this role since 2011. She is a 2006 graduate of UW-Whitewater and served as the Public Relations Director for the UW-Whitewater Student Government while a student on campus. Meagan's presentation will cover all you need to know about voting in Wisconsin for the upcoming 2016 election with special emphasis on what constitutes acceptable photo IDs for voting and how to obtain a free Wisconsin ID card for voting purposes. She will also discuss voter eligibility, voter registration, absentee voting, and what to expect on Election Day. There will be plenty of time for Meagan to answer election questions of importance to you.

Voters will be required to present a valid photo ID at the 2016 elections. Wisconsin's voter photo ID law was enacted in 2011 but remained blocked by court order until earlier this year when the US Supreme Court declined to review a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit upholding the ID law. It is critical that all voters understand what the law requires, especially students who wish to vote in the Whitewater community next year. Make sure your vote counts! Learn what photo ID you need to bring with you to the polls on Election Day.

On the same day, October 15th, Ms. Wolfe will present a similar program on voting and photo ID to students at Whitewater High School in the high school auditorium. The public is welcome to attend the afternoon presentation although a specific time has not yet been announced. Please contact Whitewater High School at 262-472-8100 for confirmation.

To learn more about Wisconsin's photo ID law visit this GAB website: . To learn more about the LWV Whitewater- Area visit www.lwvwhitewater.org and "Like" them on Facebook! The mission of the UW-W P.E.A.C.E. group (Peace, Education, and Activism through Creative Engagement) is to uphold and progress ideals, which promote social, political, and environmental justice at the local, state, national, and international levels.

(Oct 2) Whitewater 4-H Earns Record Number of Awards at Walworth County Fair

"Winning Whitewater 4H club members at Walworth County Fair Bankers Night" (Row 1 L-R) - Cosette Wildermuth and Leah Newmann (Row 2 L-R) - Brady Meudt, Emma Hageli, Katie Gillette, Kimberly Powell-Farage, Tabitha Bellrichard, Madelynn Newmann, (Row 3, L-R) - Caty Strait, Mary Hegeman (Row 4, R-L)- Maxwell Meiners, Christopher Hegeman, Theodore Bellrichard, Timothy Bellrichard

October 4-10th is National 4-H Week, the perfect time to celebrate the accomplishments of Whitewater 4-H youth! This year members of the Whitewater 4-H club earned a record number of grand champion and reserve grand champion awards at the Walworth County Fair. Between them, 14 members of the Whitewater 4-H club earned 49 champion ribbons in projects including woodworking, foods and nutrition, art, citizenship, family and child development, photography, crocheting, writing, public speaking, food preservation, clothing, style review, plants, cavies, dogs, rabbits, sheep, dairy, horse and pony and goats.

Each year, 6 million youth from urban, suburban, and rural communities across the US participate in 4-H. The fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, learn-by-doing experiences encourages youth to experiment, innovate, and think independently. Youth learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills through more than 1,000 projects with topics as varied as rocketry, entrepreneurship, natural sciences, dog training, robotics, dairy, electrical and mechanical science, GPS mapping, public speaking, photography, clothing, international studies, food science and nutrition, home furnishings, and community service. Studies show that youth participating in 4-H do better in school, are more motivated to help others, feel safe to try new things, and develop lasting friendships. As the youth program of Cooperative Extension, 4-H's connection to 110 land-grant universities gives young people an opportunity to make connections for college and beyond.

Established in 1938, the current Whitewater 4-H has 36 members. The club meets at the Whitewater Town Hall the first Thursday of the month. Cloverbuds (5-8 year olds) meet from 6-7 pm, and 4-H members (age 8-18) meet from 7-8 pm. In addition to their project work, members enjoy trout fishing, roller skating, bowling, ice skating, sledding, mini golf, bonfires and field trips as just a few fun club activities. Club members are also actively engaged in community service. If you are interested in learning more, please join us at a meeting or contact Laurie Giorno, Whitewater 4H Club adult leader, at laurie_giorno@hotmail.com.

(Oct 1) Emely Rodriguez, donated 14 inches of her hair to the "Wigs for Kid's" program.

Donna Lasley, of the Belezza Hair Design Studio, helped to measure cut and style Emely's new look. If the hair is donated, the haircut is free. This was Emely's first donation to such a program.

Emely is a sophomore at Whitewater High School and has participated in swimming, soccer and the Dance Club. She is the daughter of Miguel and Maria Rodriguez. She is an active member of St. Patrick Parish and is working to establish a new youth group there.

For over 30 years, Wigs for Kids has been providing Hair Replacement Systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families. The effects of hair loss go deeper than just a change in a child's outward appearance. Hair loss can erode a child's self-confidence and limit them from experiencing life the way children should. With an injured self-image, a child's attitude toward treatment and their physical response to it can be negatively affected also. Wigs for Kids helps children suffering from hair loss look themselves and live their lives.

To learn more about this program or how to make a donation of hair check out their website:

(Oct 1) Join the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library for the following events:

Create Lab Tuesday, October 13th 4:00-5:00 p.m. Makers from age 5K to 5th grade will have the opportunity to explore and create at this monthly lab. This month we will be making slime monsters! Please contact the library at (262) 473-0530 to register.

Reading with Rover Wednesday, October 14th 6:00-7:00 p.m. Reading is always more fun with a four-legged friend. Students in 5K-5th grade are invited to schedule an appointment to practice their reading skills with one of our certified therapy dogs! Please contact the library at (262) 473-0530 to register.

Teen Advisory Board Thursday, October 15th 4:00-5:00 p.m. Members of the teen advisory board have the opportunity to positively impact the library's services to teens by planning, promoting, and implementing teen services and programs, making suggestions for the collection, and assisting me in making the teen area more inviting. Please see the Youth Educational Services Librarian for an application.

Early Literacy Classes Rhyme Time (0-35 months) Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 a.m. Rhyme Time offers caregivers the perfect opportunity to bond with their little ones over songs, rhymes, and simple stories. Each 20-30 minute class period is followed by a play time.

Growing Readers (3-5 years): Thursdays 9:30-10:30 a.m. Growing Readers allows children and their favorite adult to sing, rhyme, and play. Each session includes picture books, movement activities, and nursery rhymes. Each 30 minute class period is followed by activities at our Creation Stations and a play time. Please register for the Early Literacy Classes using the form on the children's pages of their website .

There will be no class on the following dates: September 29th, October 1st, November 3rd, November 5th, and November 26th.

(Oct 1) October Classes - Sponsored by Seniors in the Park.
Stained Glass Class - Anyone new to this craft can attend and receive one-on-one instruction until you are cutting and soldering like a pro. This class will teach you the basics. More classes will be offered following the beginning class. Please bring: Safety glasses, an old towel, scissors and a soldering iron, if you have one. Class meets at the Downtown Armory on Saturdays October 17 & 24 from 9:00 am to Noon. Fee is $17.00 residents or $21.25 non-residents. Deadline to register is Thursday, October 8. Register by calling 262-473-0535 or going to , class #5312.22 or search for stained glass.

Colored Pencil Class - Learn to work with colored pencils using techniques like stippling, cross hatching, and layering. Learn some color theory and how to combine colors and make a color scheme. Bring colored pencils, eraser, sharpener and your own adult coloring book and/or paper. Instructor Katie Swanson has some supplies you can borrow or purchase. Class will be held on Friday, October 16 at the Starin Park Community Building from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Fee for the class is $20 and the deadline is Thursday, October 8. Register by calling 262-473-0535 or going to , class #5314.21 or search for colored pencil.

(Oct 1) First Citizens State Bank is hosting a Community Shred-It Day on October 9th from 11am - 2pm. They will also be having free cookies and a food drive, and a donation of non-perishable food items will enter you into a drawing for a gift card.

(Oct 1) UW-Whitewater Offering Gardening Workshops Fall is a perfect time for gardening!

UW-Whitewater is offering several workshops focused on garden and landscape topics this year. The first two of five workshops will be held in October - a hands-on learning experience for the home gardener and an exploration of the plants and landscapes from across the globe.

Titles, dates and times of workshops are:
Plant Propagation: Woody Ornamentals and Houseplants Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-noon
Sustainability, Landscaping, and Plants of Israel Saturday, Oct.17, 9 a.m.-noon

Workshops are presented for a minimal fee and registration is required. Register for workshops: . Dates and titles for upcoming workshops can also be found using the link. Please contact Kari Borne at 262-472-1003 or bornek@uww.edu for further information.

(Oct 1) Mark your calendars for the annual Whitewater Lioness Spaghetti Dinner. It will be held on Saturday, October 17th at Rocha's Waterfront Pub (lower level). Time will be 4:30 until 7:00. Come out and support your community.

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