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Today is Saturday, March 17, 2018
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Whitewater Area 4th of July Parade
July 4th @ 10:00 a.m.
Organized by the Whitewater Lions Club
THEME: Freedom in the Heartland
2018 Grand Marshal
Sgt. Michael Davenport U.S. Army
Michael (Mike) enlisted in the Army in 1976 at the young age of 17. He spent 27 months in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea as part of U.S. Military Intelligence. He was honorably discharged in 1982. He and his wife Pok Ye settled in the Whitewater area 27 years ago. Mike is well known and respected as the Commander of the Whitewater VFW Post.
Update from the 4th of July Committee
While the weather certainly may not feel anything like summer, the Whitewater Area 4th of July Festival planning is underway. For the 2018 season, the committee has some fresh faces and is in the process of a facelift for our website.
Dear Whitewater Community,
Today, we are announcing that the Whitewater Banner has become a part of the Whitewater Community Foundation. At the Banner, our goal has not and will not change. We will continue to strive to objectively share local news, events, photos, and enrichment with the community of Whitewater. By joining the Whitewater Community Foundation, we simply can be assured that the Banner will remain a true community asset and receive the support necessary to continually improve its ability to deliver news and engagement for the community of Whitewater.
Additionally, the Banner will continue to provide advertising/sponsorship space for local businesses and will be reaching out soon to continue these efforts. A portion of the funds from advertising and sponsorship will be earmarked for a Whitewater Banner Scholarship in honor of Jim Stewart, the founder of the Banner. The remainder of the funds will be utilized for the maintenance of the Banner website, and the continued efforts in achieving the Whitewater Community Foundation’s mission work.
As always, we will look to continue our efforts to make sure the Banner is meeting our community needs. Please do not hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with news, events, photos, or suggestions on how we can better serve our community.
Thank you for your support.
About the Whitewater Community Foundation
The Whitewater Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1995 to enhance the quality of life in the Whitewater area via educational, cultural, charitable or benevolent expenditures. Recently, the foundation has funded many other programs through Community Action Grants, providing money to Whitewater area organizations supporting a wide variety of cultural, civic, and wellness initiatives.
The Whitewater Community Foundation invites community members and businesses to join them by investing in Whitewater. Current board members include Danielle Frawley, president, Kevin Brunner, past-president, Mark Dorn, vice president, David Yochum, secretary, Geoff Hale, treasurer, Julie Caldwell, Thayer Coburn, Mark Elworthy, Rick Fassl, Ron Jongetes, Therese Kennedy, Sonia Sotos, Hector Villareal, and Kristine Zaballos.
From coach Kelly O’Hara:
Whitewater High School Gymnastics wrapped up the 2017-2018 season with a banquet held Thursday, March 8th at Whitewater High School. The gymnasts did a fantastic job this season and they will continue to do so in future seasons. Thank you to the parents for supporting the girls, organizing pasta parties, and all the other amazing things you do. Also thank you to Mr. Mischka for coming to the gymnastics meets and taking pictures of the girls. Overall it was an amazing season and I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls to work with. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. Go Whippets!
Sydney Treder – MVP, Captain
Caitlyn Zimdars – Captain
Autumn Lesar – Most Dedicated
Nicole Tomomitsu – Most Improved Varsity
Jocelin Beecroft – Rookie of the Year
Ella Willman – Most Improved JV
Maribel Alvarez – Positive Attitude
Honorable Mention Southern Lake Conference:
Nine National History Day state qualifiers presented for the Delta Kappa Gamma organization at Whitewater’s Cultural Arts Center on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Mr. Chris Wiegman, social studies teacher at Whitewater High School, gave an overview of the NHD program before the students took to the stage.
Whitewater advanced nine students to the state competition in five categories: Senior Individual Performance, Senior Individual Exhibit, Senior Group Exhibit, Senior Individual Website, and Senior Group Exhibit. The NHD Regional had schools from across South Central Wisconsin.
Participation continues to grow with more than 500,000 students participating annually across the nation. The National History Day program in Wisconsin is coordinated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. The NHD coordinators for Whitewater High School are Mr. Scott Phillips and Mr. Chris Wiegman
Whitewater High School students who were selected as state finalists and their subject:
Kiwanis Treasurer Rick Norman said, “We would like to thank the Whitewater community for supporting this project.”
Congratulations to the fifteen 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students that represented Whitewater Middle School at the Southern Lakes Advanced Learners Network Academic Bowl. Seven school districts participated. Whitewater Middle School did very well earning first place overall with 678 points. Jefferson took second place with 649 points and East Troy came in third with 642 points. .
The following Whitewater students earned special recognition:
Sophie Walton – 1st place, 8th grade
Calvin Baker – 2nd place, 8th grade
Emerson Ellenwood – 2nd place, 6th grade
Andrew Rollette – 1st place, 8th grade
Henry Mortimer – 1st place, 7th grade
Emma Weigel – 2nd place, 7th grade
Emma Clarksen – 3rd place, 7th grade
Whitewater Team 2 (Silas Baker, Anderson Waelchli, Atreyu Blahnik, Emma Weigel, Andrew Rollette) placed first in the Current Events portion of the competition.
Whitewater Team 3 (Cosette Wildermuth-Breitzman, Calvin Baker, Keith Cameron, Max Hsu, Emma Clarksen) placed third in the Current Events competition.
Whitewater team members included: Jared Apgar and Brock Grosinske.
Congratulations to all of the participants for their contributions to the team’s overall success and a special thank you for doing a great job representing Whitewater and Whitewater Middle School.
To the Whitewater Community,
Thank you for your generous donations to the Whitewater Community Food Pantry. Your thoughtfulness and support to the Whitewater Pantry are very much appreciated. We are so very blessed to have such a fantastic community so willing to help.
The Whitewater Community Food Pantry
The Whitewater Community Food Pantry is located at 146 North Street on the second floor. There is a ramp and an elevator for disabled folks. It is open Wednesday and Thursday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon for anyone who needs groceries. Last year, the food pantry was able to serve 649 families.
Donations can be brought to the pantry Wednesday or Thursday mornings, or by calling the pantry at 262-458-2720.
Monetary donations can be mailed to:
The Whitewater Community Food Pantry
P. O. Box 63
Whitewater, Wisconsin, 53190
The Whitewater Community Foundation is seeking a candidate that lives in the Whitewater Unified School District to fill their part-time Program Coordinator position. If a great day to you includes color coordinating your agenda, bullet journaling, pinteresting, and checking off your to-do list then this is the perfect job for you. Besides being actively engaged in community happenings, this role is the hub of the foundation’s mission work. Hours will typically be Monday through Friday (four hours each day) and some nights and weekends depending on community events.
If you love where you live, this is a great opportunity for you to get involved while being paid. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Danielle Frawley at email@example.com.
Whitewater Varsity and JV math teams won the conference math meet held at Jefferson High School. This is the fourth straight year for Whitewater’s varsity title and second straight for the JV team.
For the varsity team, Zach Gross came in 2nd place in the conference. Nick Kuzoff tied for 4th place. Colin Chenoweth and Zach Brantmeier tied for 6th place.
For the JV team, Hunter Martin won 1st place in the meet, while Nicole Sedmak took 2nd. Mina Truesdale, Shawnn Chan, and Alisha Parboteeah tied for 8th place.
On March, 13, 2018, William G Wilson Jr., at the age of 84 years, six months, ten days and two hours passed away, with Jesus leading him by the hand saying, “It’s time to go.” It was that and many prayers on his behalf, that Bill left this world for heaven, with his loving wife at his side. Bill resided at The Gardens of Ridgestone, Elkhorn, WI.
Bill was born on September 3, 1933, to William and Margaret (Dunn) Wilson Sr. in Guilford, Maine. Bill spent his childhood in Bangor, Maine. His favorite number was 13, married for 13 years and died on the 13th. Three’s also played a role with his birth date and the month he died.
Bill proudly enlisted and served his country in the US Army during the Korean War 1953-1956. He was stationed in Japan. Bill was proud of being part of The Far East Honor Guard. The family tradition of service extends to his son and grandson in the Navy. Both served in the nuclear sub program. Bill received his Honor Flight to Washington D. C. on November 7, 2015, accompanied by his son, (Gary) William G Wilson III.
Bill drove semi for many years for many years, like his father, on the east coast. Bill’s other occupations included security guard and maintenance in New Jersey. When residing in Wisconsin, Bill was manager of Blackhawk Manor Senior Living in Whitewater, WI.Read More
Jim was born on January 24, 1944, in Kenosha, Wisconsin to the Hon. Harry V. Sr. and Corinne (Schmitt) Carlson. He graduated from Kenosha Bradford High School in 1962, from UW-Madison with his undergraduate degree in 1966, and his law degree in 1970. Following law school, Jim began his career as an attorney at the Clark Dempsey Law Firm in Whitewater, also serving at that time as the Assistant City Attorney for Whitewater. In 1976, Jim was elected District Attorney for Walworth County. During his tenure as District Attorney, Jim focused on building the capabilities of the office to better serve the interests of Walworth County. In 1978, Governor Lee Dreyfus appointed Jim to fill a judicial vacancy for Walworth County. Following his appointment, he was regularly elected to the court until his retirement on July 31, 2016. In 2013, the Walworth County Bar Association recognized Judge Carlson’s long and dedicated professional service to the community by awarding him a Lifetime Achievement Award. By the time of his retirement in 2016, Judge Carlson had become the longest-serving judge in Walworth County history.Read More
Carol was born on May 24, 1925, to Albert and Nora (Kobelman) Smith in the Town of Sugar Creek, Wisconsin. Carol graduated from Elkhorn Area High School in 1943 and from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1947 with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught first grade at Caswell Elementary in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin for four years and second grade at Wileman Elementary in Delavan, Wisconsin for 36 years, retiring from her beloved profession in 1988. She married Howard Francis Siddons on October 14, 1961, in the Historic Heart Prairie Church on the shores of Whitewater Lake. Reading, gardening, bird watching, ceramics, and needlework were just a few of her special interests. Carol loved her animal companions and was a devoted supporter of animal shelters and environmental conservation. She volunteered for Lakeland Medical Center for 17 years, Meals on Wheels, and Lutherdale Bible Camp. Carol was a member of Sugar Creek Lutheran Church and the Walworth County Retired Teachers Association.Read More