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Southern Lakes Anthology District Winners

January 11, 2019

Congratulations to all Whitewater Middle School students that submitted work for this year’s Southern Lakes Anthology competition. The quality of middle school entries was outstanding again this year. These 12 students have been designated as our middle school district winners:

Front Row: 6th graders – Lucy Troxel, Ava Nygren, Nola Coburn, Alex Clarksen

Middle Row: 7th graders – Leah Newmann, Iza Tovar, Andrea Alcala, Ghati Binagi, Michelle Abarca, Cosette Wildermuth-Breitzman

Back Row: 8th graders – Monica Juette, Emma Weigel, Caleigh Yang, Ashlynn Prah

These selected entries will now advance to the regional competition on January 29th where they will compete against entries from approximately 35 different school districts. We wish them the best of luck at the next level.

Whitewater High School FIRST Robotics Team, Ferradermis, raising money for competitions

January 11, 2019

Whitewater High School FIRST Robotics Team #6574 Ferradermis is currently fundraising as part of the Wisconsin FIRST Raffle. The Grand Prize in the raffle is $1000. Second and third prize are a large flat screen TV and a laptop. Team members are selling tickets for $3.00 each or 4 for $10.00. If you would like to purchase tickets to help support the team on its journey to compete at the Northern Lights Regional in Duluth and the Wisconsin Regional in Milwaukee, please stop by First Citizens State Bank or reach out to Laura Masbruch at lmasbruch@wwusd.org, and we will send a team member your way. The ticket sales will continue until Valentines Day.

If you would like to see the game that the team is designing a robot to play this season, visit https://youtu.be/Mew6G_og-PI?list=PLZT9pIgNOV6bbr6hfD2K0WZgvQT_B6JVX to view the game animation.

Whitewater Police Departement Position Openings -Public Safety Dispatcher, Full Time & Part-Time

January 11, 2019

Are you interested in an exciting, challenging and highly rewarding career in public service? Consider joining our Communications Center team by becoming a Public Safety Dispatcher with the Whitewater Police Department. As the initial point of contact, our dispatchers provide 24/7 coverage to ensure emergency service needs are managed professionally and efficiently for the City of Whitewater, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and surrounding townships.

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A note from the Whitewater Lions

January 11, 2019

The Whitewater Lions would like to thank all the hunters that donated their deer hides and tails this past hunting season. They have collected over 60 hides/tails to donate this year. All proceeds will directly benefit campers with disabilities at the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt, WI.


December 2018: A very busy month for the UW-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club.

January 9, 2019

Article by Jeanine Fassl of the UWW/Community Optimist Club

Shown above are some of the more than 50 volunteers who help to make the annual UWW/Community Optimist Club’s Breakfast with Santa a huge success!

For over 25 years, December has always been a very busy month for the UW-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club. The members of this community service group love to spread Christmas cheer throughout the Holidays with their involvement in Whitewater’s Annual Holiday Parade, the club’s annual Breakfast with Santa, Toys for Kids toy drive, and Mitten Tree events!

Again this year, Frosty the snowman got a first class ride in the city’s Christmas Parade on Dec. 7th. He was also present for our Annual Breakfast with Santa the following day.

These three “characters”, John Foss, A’viand’s food service Gen. Manager of Esker Dining Hall, Santa and Frosty were major highlights of Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 8.

On December 8th, Breakfast with Santa served a total of 671 people this year; 365 adults and 306 children. Over 50 volunteers of the UW-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club, UW-Whitewater Student Optimist Club, and Whitewater High School Octagon Club helped run this event where families could enjoy breakfast, meet and take pictures with Santa and Frosty, listen to Christmas carolers, and the music of the brass duet of Dr. Don Deal, retired Band Director of Whitewater High School, and Griffin James, who is the current band director at Baraboo High School and a WHS grad.

This year, the Toys for Kids drive helped families in the Whitewater area. Children’s names were distributed to area churches and businesses for community members to pick up and buy gifts for. A special thanks is given to the First Congregational United Church of Christ, First English Lutheran Church, First United Methodist Church, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, for hosting the Toys for Kids drive in their facilities. The UW-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club would also like to thank the UW-Whitewater Student Optimists, who helped our members sort and wrap more than 300 presents on Monday, December 17. The gifts were distributed through the Whitewater Food Pantry.

Public Art Project Kicks off January 27

January 8, 2019

On Sunday, January 27 at 2:30 p.m. the Whitewater Arts Alliance will kick-off its 2019 Public Art Project- Portals to the Past: Portals to the Future of Our Community, with a special presentation by Carol Cartwright, at the Cultural Arts Center, 402 West Main Street. Cartwright is a local historian and president of Whitewater Historical Society. Cartwright will inform and inspire prospective public artists with an interesting look back at Whitewater’s history.

The portals are to be painted on plywood boards measuring 24 x 42 inches. The plywood for the boards will be provided free of charge to anyone who wishes to participate in this annual project.

The art will hang during the summer from the light poles in the downtown area. Each artist can include a story of his/her vision, and it will be included on the Whitewater Strive On app. Strive On utilizes the GPS on smartphones and will take individuals on a walking tour of the portals.

The annual public art project aims to provide a fun way for businesses, individuals, families and friends to participate in a fun and educational experience. Artists are encouraged to make their portals creative, whimsical, colorful, and fun!

The Whitewater Arts Alliance will have materials and instructions ready for pickup on January 27 at 2:30 p.m. If an artist would like to participate but can’t transport the boards, an Arts Alliance member will deliver them. Opportunities to sponsor a portal will also be available. This is one of the major fund-raisers for the WAA each year.

The boards will also be available at the Cultural Arts Center during gallery hours, Thursdays through Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning February 1 during the Quilt Show.

Pack 173 & Troop 173 spent time over the holidays thanking the following businesses for their support .

January 8, 2019

The groups would like to thank First Citizens State Bank, American Legion, Lion’s Club, Whitewater Park & Rec, Whitewater Police Department, Casey’s General Store, SweetSpot, Walmart, Culver’s, True Value, Triebold’s, Uncle Bucks Gas Station, Dalee Water, Home Lumber and First English Lutheran Church for their support.

Whitewater Polar Plunge

January 4, 2019

Last year, the Whitewater Polar Plunge raised over $59,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes in the Southeastern Region. 


Dr. John F. Kozlowicz, 77, of Elkhorn, WI, passed away Wednesday, Dec.19, 2018.

He was born June 1, 1941, the son of the late Frank and Esther Kozlowicz. John married the love of his life, Joan Aniszewski, on June 13, 1970 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Whitewater, WI.

John was a Professor of Political Science and chairman at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from 1968 until his retirement in 2005, where he was fondly known as “Koz”, “Dr. Koz” and “Prof Koz”. Following his retirement, as Professor Emeritus John continued to teach both in person and online through the Fall Semester 2018. His teaching spanned curriculum such as American Government and Politics, Constitution, the Judicial Process, Constitutional Law, Resources for Legal Research and Police, Criminal Justice Administration among other related topics. John was on the forefront of incorporating technology and web-based teaching in the 1990’s with the emergence of the internet, and also designed two new programs for UW-Whitewater, which passed through the curricular process and became part of the academic offering: The Legal Studies Minor and Paralegal Certificate. John was also the Internship Program Coordinator for UW-W, pairing students with legislators, campaign staff for public office candidates, law offices and governmental agencies both in Wisconsin – as well as in Washington, D.C to allow students to view the national political process in action. Throughout his career he advised all Pre-Law students as well as a significant number of Political Science Majors in his 50-year career as a Professor. He found great joy in navigating students to pursue their highest potential.

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Shirley Underwood passed away peacefully at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, Florida, on January 11, 2019.

She was a wonderful mother, wife, sister, grandmother, great and great-great-grandmother who truly represented the best of “the greatest generation.”

Shirley was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 21, 1928, to Harry and Pearl Traxler. She would call Milwaukee home until graduation from high school. During high school, classmates knew her as “Trixie” Traxler. She was interested in sports and music. After graduation, Shirley was accepted to and attended Bob Jones College, the first in her family to go to college. This decision would profoundly and happily change her life. She met a handsome ex-Air Force navigator and fellow student, Bob Underwood, at Bob Jones; they fell in love and were married in Milwaukee on December 28, 1946, a marriage that lasted almost 66 years until Bob’s passing in 2012.

Bob’s career was as an educator, which took he and Shirley to different colleges and universities as they grew as a family. Son Steve and daughter JoAnne were the lights of their lives, as were their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

While married, Bob and Shirley lived in many parts of the country, including many years in Whitewater, Wisconsin, where Shirley taught second grade at Washington School, and in retirement at Bella Vista, Arkansas. Shirley loved to play golf with her friends and Bob and Shirley enjoyed their life in Bella Visa. While teaching and during retirement, Bob and Shirley had many great travels together. In 2005 they finally settled in Santa Barbara, California where their son Steve lived. Shirley later moved to Cape Coral in 2017 to be near her daughter JoAnne.

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Betty Joyce Hardy, 76, of Whitewater, answered the call of her father in her dream to come home on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Betty was born on August 24, 1942, in Vesper, WI, daughter of the late Charles and Marie (Fruin) Strooisma. She married Thomas Hardy on May 23, 1970, in Whitewater.

Betty worked at UW-Whitewater for 34 years as a Classified Payroll Specialist and received several awards for her service. She was a diehard Packer fan and enjoyed sewing and gardening. She also enjoyed art and culture, visiting many museums.

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