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Julian Stinson receives prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship award

August 19, 2018

On August 14, the Whitewater Lions, along with 27-A1 District Governor Sharon Eberhardt, had the honor of presenting the Melvin Jones Fellowship award to Lion Julian Stinson.  Melvin Jones was the founder of the Lions and the award bearing his name is the most prestigious award any Lion could hope to receive.

Julian joined the Lions Club in 1990 in New Jersey, later joining the Whitewater Lions in 2002.  He has served as Whitewater’s Lion President three times over the years.  During that time, he advocated for inviting women to join the Whitewater Lions Club and the club now has several women members.  He has been very active in fundraising and researching how to make our events more efficient.  It was Julian that came up with the famous steak sandwich that is served at the 4th of July Festival in Whitewater and the Antique Flea Market in Elkhorn.

Julian has visited the Mandeville, Jamaica Lions Club and worked on a school painting project with the Whitewater Lions’ sister club in Jamaica, bringing several UW-Whitewater students with him.  He and the students brought much-needed school supplies for the children in the area.

Julian has been one of the Whitewater Lions’ most active members, attending meetings and fundraising events as well as serving as Lion President for all those years.  The Whitewater Lions Club congratulates Julian on this incredible honor and thanks him for his many years of service and dedication.

The Whitewater Lions meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.  There is a social hour starting at 6:00 pm and the meetings start at 7:00 pm.  If you are interested in learning more about the Lions Club and what they do, please feel free to stop by their clubhouse located at N7462 Kettle Moraine Dr on Whitewater Lake.  Or “like” us on Facebook, Whitewater Lions Club, Whitewater, WI.

Wisconsin Makers: Open Make Night

August 19, 2018

Wisconsin Makers, located at 200 E Clay Street in Whitewater,  is having an Open Make Night, Tuesday, August 21, 6 – 8 pm. At the event, participants will be “Yarn Bombing the Parade Prowler” with old sweaters, blankets and any yarn we have around the MakerSpace.

Stop in and put your mark on this one of a kind Work of Art. We will also be giving tours of the Makerspace.

Local skier, Nicole Tomomitsu, performs with Tommy Bartlett water ski show in Wisconsin Dells

August 17, 2018

Nicole, 18, a senior at Whitewater high school will be “living the dream” which is the Tommy Bartlett motto for the rest of her summer. Nicole, who is an accomplished water skier on the Whitewater Minneiska water ski team has been skiing for 12 years. She is excited to be a part of the popular Wisconsin Dell’s attraction which is in its 65th season.

The show is made up of an amazing group of talented champion skiers from around the world. Nicole is looking forward to entertaining the crowds and perfecting her water ski skills among these new mentors. The Tommy Bartlett show performs everyday rain or shine at 4:30 and 8:30 pm through Labor Day. Nicole performs Thursday – Sunday.

Another Successful Year for the UC’s “Summer on the Mall”

August 16, 2018

By Alex Bauman

For 26 years, the University Center at the UW-Whitewater has had a tradition of hosting “Summer on the Mall” events. Held each June, July, and August, these events are fun pace changers to the UW-W faculty, staff, students, and community members, with a delicious themed menu, art activities, games, prizes, philanthropic causes, and the sound of entertainment that filled the air.

“This was my first time experiencing Summer on the Mall,” says Rosie Sheets, an Administrative Assistant at the UC. “It was very exciting, especially since it was a fun change from our normal routine.”

Each “Summer on the Mall” has a unique theme. For June, attendees showed off their spirit for Whitewater by dressing in purple to reflect their “Purple Pride.” July’s theme went more wild with “Safari at the UC,” with jungle leaves and exotic animals decorating the UC’s north mall. And finally, August’s event chose a groovy direction for its “Back to the 80’s” theme, reflecting the event’s date of 8/8/18!

Complementing the themes are various games and activities for each event. A Warhawk Plinko Board & Purple Pond Duck game matched the purple spirit of June’s event, a Safari Splash Dunk Tank attracted most of the attention for July’s “Safari at the UC,” and an “Escape the 80’s” Escape Room made a fun and unique challenge for August’s event. Many games and activities allowed the players to win a prize, with many of the prizes being donations from local businesses.

The action-packed events each had a philanthropic cause as well. All proceeds received from the games and as donations went to various organizations, including the UW-Whitewater Campus Food Pantry, the Warhawk Emergency Fund, the Whitewater Food Pantry, the Whitewater Unified School District Family Emergency Fund, and the Whitewater Bethel House. Together, the June, July, and August “Summer on the Malls” raised over $1,500 for these organizations.

“What’s great about Summer on the Mall is that it’s a community-based event,” says Ben Matthews, a UC Human Resources Intern. “You don’t just have employees attend. People from the town all come to enjoy the festivities and have fun. There’s a real sense of community with these events.”

“Summer on the Mall” is an annual event that the UC team looks forward to planning for the 27th year in 2019. For more information or to get connected as a philanthropic organization, contact Kim Adams at adamsk@uww.edu.

A message from WWHS Principal Mike Lovenberg regarding first day of classes

August 16, 2018

From Mike Lovenberg:

On behalf of the entire Whitewater High School staff, I would like to welcome you to Whitewater High School!  We are looking forward to a great 2018-2019 school year.   At WWHS, the first day of school on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, will be only for ninth grade students.  This will be a full day of school (7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.) with the purpose of easing the transition into Whitewater High School.  Lead Dogs (Student Leaders) will help in creating a positive first day for our new students. We want the first day of high school to be enjoyable, allow students the opportunity to get to know the building layout, understand the services offered and the expectations for graduation, and fully understand the lunch system at WWHS.  

Looking forward to a great year!

Road construction to close Whitewater Street from Janesville Street to Fourth Street for two weeks

August 15, 2018

***Updated with new dates and information***

The closure of the Whitewater Street and Franklin Street intersection will start Thursday morning August 16, 2018.

Whitewater Street will be closed from Janesville Street to Fourth Street with local access only.

The contractor will be completing the water main, storm sewer, and sanitary sewer lateral work during the closure.

It is estimated the intersection will remain closed for two weeks and will reopen with a gravel surface. Motorists will be required to use alternative routes during this closure.

Primary election results from August 14, 2018

August 15, 2018

Voting in the Fall 2018 primary on August 14, 2018. (Photo by Tom Ganser)

For complete results from yesterday’s primary, 

Results by county:     Walworth      Rock     Jefferson

Home Sweet Home! – Banner City Bikers return from Utah

August 15, 2018

From Blake Scharine:

The last installment of BCBikers trip to Utah has arrived.

In the past 4 articles, I’ve shared incredible sights to see, exceptional roads to ride and great places to visit. The one thing that all these things have in common is that we were able to share the experiences with great friends.

Many times we take friendship and comradery for granted, but it’s very obvious God has blessed me with an awesome group of friends that share the love of biking & travel.

Included in this last article are some of my favorite pics, the ones with my friends…

Well, Utah 2018 has come to a close…

  • logging in over 4200 miles
  • temperatures from 48°-108°
  • hundreds of twisties & switchbacks
  • Vistas unmatched anywhere on earth
  • … and time with friends that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Until next year,
God’s Strength & Grace!


This is the final part of the Banner City Bikers’ trip to Torrey, Utah. For part 1, ; part 2, ; part 3, ; part 4, 


Mildred A. Van De Bogart (Webb) age 89 of Whitewater died Monday, August 6, 2018 at Fairhaven Nursing Home in Whitewater.

She was born October 28, 1928, to the late Arthur and Otelia (Heir) Webb in Bloomer, WI.  Millie graduated from Bloomer High School as Valedictorian.  She earned her undergraduate degree from UW Madison, Magna Cum Laude.  She then attended law school at UW Madison and received her Master’s degree in Biology from UW-Whitewater.  She married James A. Van De Bogart on November 20, 1950, in Bloomer, WI.

Millie worked at the UW Enzyme Research Laboratory in Madison for several years as a research assistant.  After she and Jim moved to Whitewater, she taught Biology to Nursing Students at Milton College.  She then taught Jr. High Science at Whitewater Jr. High until her retirement.  Millie loved traveling with her daughter and friends, reading, gardening, canning and making wine.  She enjoyed walking, swimming and being outdoors.  She was active in the Community of Christ the Servant Church and many clubs in Whitewater.  In 2009, Millie suffered a debilitating stroke and moved to Fairhaven Nursing Home.

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