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VFW Post 5470 and American Legion Post 173 to offer Memorial Day observance

May 21, 2018

VFW Post 5470 and American Legion Post 173 will offer a solemn observance in memory of deceased veterans and their families at 11:00 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 28,  2018, at the Veteran’s building on Whitewater’s Wisconsin Ave. In addition, Badger boys and girls graduates receiving VFW and Legion scholarships and students receiving Legion Americanism awards will be recognized.

Legion Adj. Steven Smith is the Master of Ceremonies along with CMDR Michael Davenport of the VFW. The Middle School and High School bands will lead the parade from the First Citizens Bank to the Veteran’s building at 10:30 a.m., where the high school band will provide a selection of patriotic music at the ceremony. Deacon Hector Villarreal of St. Patrick Catholic parish will provide the invocation and benediction. The memorial speaker for the observance will be Rep. Don Vruwink, Wisconsin Assemblyman from Milton, representing the 43d District.

The observance will include a reading of the names of Whitewater veterans who have passed during this year and the solemn playing of taps and a rifle salute by the combined Honor Squad in their memory

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Loos Custom Homes to develop 13 lots on the northwestern side of Whitewater

May 21, 2018

At Whitewater’s City Council meeting Loos Custom Homes of Johnson Creek, through Gremar LLC, announced their purchase of 13 vacant lots on the Northwest side of the City of Whitewater. The Council settled on a Developers’ Agreement for construction to begin this year. The agreement was explained to Council by Public Works Director Brad Marquardt.

“We appreciate the effort the Greater Whitewater Committee put forth to attract single family housing to the Whitewater market, they were very instrumental in bringing Loos here,” Common Council President Patrick Singer said before the meeting. “We want to thank Cory and his team for being willing to invest in our community I think they’ll find a lot of demand so hopefully they can get these built quick and filled.”

The Greater Whitewater Committee, Inc. (GWC) with the help of 25-35 professionals (local bankers, realtors and city officials) created the subcommittee called the Single-family Housing Taskforce. The goal of the task force was to work with the City of Whitewater to market the available lots in the city to housing developers in the area, with the ultimate goal of building more single-family homes in Whitewater. An invitation was sent to approximately 50 developers to attend the Single-Family Housing Taskforce meetings. Loos Custom Homes Director of Land Development Cory O’Donnell responded positively and attended every meeting held. “This will be a great project for Loos Custom Homes and Whitewater,” said O’Donnell. “Since the taskforce sent us a letter asking to join them I knew we would make something work to develop in this beautiful city.”

Groundbreaking is planned to start in August of this year for the 13 lots purchased. O’Donnell said after the initial 13 there is an option to purchase 20 more lots. Development of the 20 more could start as soon as 2019. “First Citizens State Bank is happy to be part of a project that will help meet the needs of our customers and our community,” First Citizens State Bank President Jim Caldwell said. “We hope the project creates local jobs, increases patronage to local businesses and increases revenue to our local governments.” Caldwell also said local realtors have told him the demand for single-family housing is high, but the shortage of those homes in the city has made it difficult for families to move. The task force had its first meeting in November 2017. Over the course of six meetings, the task force was able to develop a plan to increase the amount of single-family housing in the City of Whitewater. The first two meetings consisted of identifying why there was a lack of housing in the city. The meetings informed everyone involved what developers needed to begin construction on the land.

“After the first meeting, it became clear there is a need for more marketing of Whitewater to the surrounding areas and to potential developers for positive projects,” GWC President/CEO Jeffery Knight said. “Whitewater has so much to offer and we’ve shown Cory that, now we need to show others.” Knight also mentioned the amount of land potential Whitewater has to offer developers. He stressed the need to market Whitewater and how the task force achieved that goal. Each successive meeting after consisted of working together to create a plan for Whitewater single-family housing and that led to the Loos Custom Homes’ purchase. Guest speakers attended each meeting to inform the task force of the need for single-family housing or the roadblocks to building in the City that may occur. Guest speakers included: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Economics professor Russ Kashian, Advisors from Ehlers and Associates, Whitewater Neighborhood Services Director Chris Munz-Pritchard, Whitewater Public Relations Specialist Kristen Mickelson and Whitewater Finance Director Steve Hatton. Each meeting ended with a discussion of the next steps and what action needed to be taken to make the City of Whitewater even more successful than what it already is. “This partnership will benefit everyone, and the city will have more homes for its workforce,” GWC Chairman Larry Kachel said. “The GWC couldn’t be happier with the outcome of this task force.”

For more information about the Single-Family Housing Taskforce and the GWC contact Jeffery Knight at jpk@knightpublicaffairs.com or 920.728.0662.

Upcoming City Meetings: Week of May 21 through May 27

May 20, 2018

Police & Fire Commission Meeting – Monday, May 21, 2018, 12:00 pm, City of Whitewater Municipal Building – Community Room. For agenda, 


Urban Forestry Commission –  Monday, May 21, 2018, 4:30 pm, City Municipal Building, Cravath Lakefront Room. For agenda, 


Irvin L. Young Memorial Library Board of Trustees – Monday, May 21, 2018, 6:30 pm, Irvin L. Young Memorial Library – Community Room. For agenda,  

 

Sen. Johnson visits with students at UW-Whitewater

May 20, 2018

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) experienced the excellence of UW-Whitewater first-hand on Friday when he met with a group of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater economics students who took part in the finals of the national Fed Challenge Competition in Washington, D.C.

The team was the first-ever from a Wisconsin university to advance to the finals and competed against regional winners Harvard University, Pace University, Princeton University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

“I want to thank Sen. Johnson for visiting our campus and spending time with our outstanding students,” Chancellor Beverly Kopper said. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to introduce Senator Johnson to the power of a UW-Whitewater education, which provides students with exceptional experiences both in and out of the classroom, giving them the skills to be leaders in their chosen fields and their communities.”

Sen. Johnson held a listening session at the Mary Poppe Chrisman Success Center and was especially interested in hearing from students.

“I always appreciate when our leaders come to our campus to speak with our students,” Thomas Kind, Whitewater Student Government president said. “Sen. Johnson brought up a lot of great things to students, including the importance of being able to argue your opinions and, if someone else has a better argument, being willing to change your mind. I think it is an extremely important quality to understand the skills that develop a person and prepare them for what their future will hold.”

Chancellor Kopper presented Sen. Johnson with a copy of a book that commemorates the 150th anniversary of UW-Whitewater. The campus began a year-long celebration of its Sesquicentennial on April 21. For more information, visit www.uww.edu/150.

High School Student Art Show: Calling all artists!

May 19, 2018

As part of its mission, the Whitewater Main St. Festival is to support the arts and one of those ways is through a special high school student show during the event on September 15, 2018. It is open to all high school students in the state.

Committee member, Lisa Dawsey, states, “It’s important that we support our creative youth with this type of encouragement through a show of their work. The Festival will be selecting a Best of Show and a cash award will be given from funds raised as part of the Festival’s mission.” “The Festival is an arts-infused event with music, art & craft booths, food, painting on the street and other hands-on activities for visitors”

The Festival is organized by Downtown Whitewater, Studio 84, Whitewater Chamber, and the Whitewater Arts Alliance.

It is free to enter up to two pieces; images of each piece must be submitted. From these images, one piece will be selected by a juror and guaranteed in the show. It will be in the running for the Best of Show award. Depending on the total number of entries received and if space is available the second piece submitted will also be on display also. Artists will be notified via email or phone which piece/s they should deliver.

Deadline for submission of entries is June 15th. Art needs to be delivered to Studio 84’s gallery, the host of the show, by August 1. Awards will be announced during the Festival @ 2 pm on Sept. 15.

Details and entry form are available at www.wwmsfestival.blogspot.com.

Whitewater Arts Alliance seeks mixed media pieces for upcoming show

May 17, 2018

The Whitewater Arts Alliance is enthusiastically seeking artists to participate in the “Making Magic with Mixed Media” show at the Cultural Arts Center, 402 West Main Street, during the month of August 2018.

Show organizers are looking forward to receiving a wide variety of entries from artists working in 2-D or 3-D. In this first-of-its-kind show at the Whitewater CAC, mixed media is broadly defined to include the creation of pieces of art using more than one medium — acrylics, oil, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink, pencil, etc. — to acrylic with collage, oil and cold wax, assemblage, etc. The options can be as narrow or broad as one’s imagination. The Whitewater Arts Alliance is excited to provide a showcase where this magical art will be featured and celebrated.

The entry form can be found at http://whitewaterarts.org/PDFs/WAAMixedMediaEntryForm.Final.pdf  There is no entry fee for this exhibit.

The goal of this exhibit is to stimulate interest in mixed media among our artists. Artwork must be completed within the last two years and not previously exhibited at the Cultural Arts Center.

“Making Magic with Mixed Media” will run from Thursday, August 2 to Sunday, August 26. The CAC will be open from Noon to 5 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during that time.  The closing reception will be held at the CAC on Sunday, August 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. Artists may pick up their pieces after the 2:30 p.m. awards presentation.

There will also be three demonstrations using different materials and techniques in mixed media.  All will be held at the Cultural Arts Center (402 W Main Street) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  They include

“Alcohol Ink and Pen” by Kathy Gibbs – Thursday, August 9
“Watercolor and Mixed Media” by Karolyn Alexander – Friday, August 17
“From Pop Can to Pop Art” by Dawn Hunter – Thursday, August 23

These demos are free, and no reservation is required.  However, for planning purposes, the instructors would appreciate your letting us know if you plan to attend.  Please email Linda Long (Lcubed12@gmail.com) or call 262-473-5538 with the demo(s) of interest to you.

Anyone interested in entering the show should go to www.whitewaterarts.org, print off the Entry Form, complete it and send it to the Whitewater Arts Alliance, P.O. Box 311, Whitewater, WI 53190, postmarked on or before July 18th. All art should be dropped off at the Cultural Arts Center between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 30th. WAA members may submit four pieces; non-members, three pieces.

Festival Foods in Fort Atkinson becomes regular Whitewater Community Food Pantry donor

May 14, 2018

The Whitewater Community Food Pantry wishes to announce Festival Foods of Fort Atkinson as a new donor.  They will provide us with quarterly donations for the Food Pantry patrons.

We welcome and appreciate their support!

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Spring Water Main and Hydrant Flushing – May 21 – 25, 2018

May 14, 2018

The City of Whitewater – Water Utility will begin its semi-annual water main and hydrant flushing program on Monday, May 21 through Friday, May 25. Flushing of water mains is necessary in order to continue to deliver clean, safe water to our citizens. If we have more than expected repairs during the week, we may have to continue flushing into the following week.

Flushing of water mains and hydrants may cause discoloration of the water. Therefore, caution should be used when washing white clothing. Discoloration of the water due to flushing WILL stain white clothing. We notify the public in all local media outlets; therefore, we cannot be responsible for stained clothing.

If discoloration is detected, run the cold water faucet until the discoloration clears. While we are still flushing in your area the water may take a while to clear up. You may want to wait until we have left the area and the water settles down before running your water tap. If reduced pressure is experienced after flushing, you may have to clean the aerators on your house faucets.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during water main and hydrant flushing. If you have any questions, please contact the Water Utility at 473-0560.

Obituaries

Phyllis Masterson, 92, of Whitewater passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2018 in at Fairhaven in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Phyllis was born June 21, 1925, to Raymond and Alta (Sleep) Chamberlain in Palmyra, Wisconsin.  She lived most of her life in Whitewater, Wisconsin.  She graduated as valedictorian from Whitewater High school in 1943.  She then attended and graduated from Whitewater State Teacher’s College (now UW-Whitewater) in 1947.

Phyllis married William Masterson, her high school sweetheart, in 1947.  Together, they spent 61 years together and had three children.  For 23 years, she taught math at the junior high and high school in the Whitewater school district.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary, PEO Sisterhood and the Retired Teachers Association.  Phyllis enjoyed music, reading, knitting, weaving, crosswords and loved her family dearly.  

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