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City / Government Job Openings: USPS Postal Carrier Assistant and Public Safety Dispatcher

October 15, 2018

The 175th Anniversary Celebration (1843-2018) of First United Methodist Church on Sept. 9, 2018

October 13, 2018

Photos and Story by Tom Ganser

Events of the day:

(1) Breakfast gathering in Fellowship Hall beginning at 8:45 a.m.

(2) Organ recital at 9:30 a.m. by FUMC organist and music director (since 1975) Jim Athas featuring compositions by Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, and Paul Otto Mantz

(3) Worship service at 10:00 a.m. beginning with Sophia Walton playing piano

(4) Celebration after the service in Fellowship Hall.

Additional information:

Rev. Susan Bresser – Pastor for First United Methodist Church

Rev. Mary Beth Byrne – Pastor of Caring Ministry for First United Methodist Church

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church

Rev. Forrest Wells, District Superintendent, South East District (Wisconsin); served as Associate Pastor for First United Methodist Church (Whitewater), 1984-86.

Also serving roles in the worship service:

Sophia Walton, piano

Jayne Haskey, FUMC Office Manager

Jim Athas, FUMC Organist/Music Director

Angie Dickens, flute

Ella Smith, ukulele and vocalist

Beth Staniforth-Seamster, Children’s Ministry Coordinator for Whitewater Area Regional Ministry

Chancel Choir directed by Christine Hayes

Technical support provided by Joe Sherman.

Congregation members Lynn Binnie, Cason Boudreau, Ethan Dugan, Kay Ebert, Jake Gerlach, Margaret Hancock, John Hoffmann, Tim Hoffmann, Amy Houwers, Elizabeth Katzman, Meikayla Korf, Elizabeth McComb, Mary Peiffer, Jen Soehner, Chuck Taylor, Donna Vosburg, Caroline Wieman (Church historian)

Several members of the congregation participated in the “March of History” highlighting important events in the history of Methodism and the First United Methodist Church in Whitewater.

UW-Whitewater Music Department’s Annual Holiday Gala Celebration

October 11, 2018

UW- Whitewater Music Department presents the Holiday Gala Concert, Dinner, and Silent Auction on Saturday, December 1, 2018 starting at 6:00 pm. An annual holiday tradition, this year will be filled with joyous sounds from nearly every student ensemble throughout the Young Auditorium facility. Small ensembles will play prior to the performance, during intermission, and immediately following the large concert throughout the building. The event includes a dinner in the Kachel Center at 6:00 pm, a silent auction in the Fern Young Terrace starting at 7:00 pm, and the concert at 7:30 pm in Young Auditorium. All proceeds benefit the Music Department scholarship fund. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling (262) 472-2222, online at tickets.uww.edu, or in person at the Greenhill Center of the Arts box office (950 W. Main Street Whitewater, WI 53190).

Our concert line-up includes selections from Handel, the Nutcracker, and more. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will play a WORLD PREMIERE version of “Winter’s Breath” by UW-W alumni, Jeffrey Ouper. Several small ensembles including flute and percussion will also play throughout the evening in various spaces throughout the building. Starting at 7:00 pm, auction items will include weekend getaways, restaurant gift certificates, hand-crafted items, and more. This year’s FEATURED AUCTION ITEM is a pair of tickets to the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions game at Lambeau Field on December 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm. The seats are located mid-field, Section 119, Row 55, Seats 17 & 18. The perfect gift for the holidays awaits your winning bid.

“Did you know that our students win numerous awards each year?” Department Chair Mike Dugan states. “UW-W Music students have won more prestigious Gaarder Awards than any other school, an award that is given out annually to one music student in the state of Wisconsin. This last year, one of our students was the recipient of the ASTA Student Exemplary Service Award, a nationally prestigious award that goes out to one student per year. Each year, this holiday tradition helps the department raise funds that go directly to our students through scholarships. What better holiday gift to give than the gift of education?”

Join us for the event of the season and create some new traditions on Saturday, December 1, 2018 in Young Auditorium. New opportunities this year are available by purchasing dinner and the concert as a package or purchasing an entire event table which includes 8 tickets to the dinner and the concert. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling (262) 472-2222, online at tickets.uww.edu, or in person at the Greenhill Center of the Arts box office (950 W. Main Street Whitewater, WI 53190).

Event Tables (includes 8 dinners and 8 concert tickets)

Table $350

Dinner & Concert Packages (available until November 1)

General Public $45

Over 65/Under 18/Student $40

Single Tickets 

Dinner: $30 (available until November 16)

Concert: General Public: $18, Over 65/Under 18/Student $13

*$2 more when purchased at the door

Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Schedule

October 10, 2018

Week of November 5 – 9

Week of November 12 – 16


The City of Whitewater Department of Public Works will conduct a leaf and yard waste collection the:

  • Week of November 5 – November 9
  • Week of November 12 – November 16

Yard waste must be bagged in clear or transparent bags only.  The City offers Bio-Bags at the Finance Department free of charge while supplies last.  Yard waste will not be collected if not properly bagged or placed in non-transparent or black bags.  Please place your bagged yard waste on the curb by Monday, November 5, 2018. Brush will not be collected as part of the yard waste collection.  Residents requesting brush collection may call 473-0560 to make an appointment for pick up on Tuesdays.

NOTICE:   It is against City Ordinance Chapter 12.08 – Street Obstructions, Section: 12.08.010 – Prohibited to deposit any yard waste debris on city streets or right of ways other than City of Whitewater designated days.

If you have any questions, please call the Streets Department at 473-0560.

Deer Hides Wanted by Whitewater Lions

October 10, 2018

Whitewater Lions will once again be collecting deer hides during the deer bow and gun hunting season.  Together we can make a difference in the life of a child.  Each donated hide will help raise funds to send a child to camp.  Extra cash is raised for the tails!

Hides and/or tails may be dropped off at the Whitewater Lions Clubhouse, located at N7462 Kettle Moraine Dr, Whitewater, WI 53190.  There will be a drop box on site so hides could be dropped at any time.  Please salt the hides when dropped off.  Salt will be available on site.  Hides could also be dropped off at the Steve Malone residence located at 6636 N. Sturtevant Rd, Whitewater,  WI.  Please call (608) 201-5515 to arrange drop off time.  Feel free to call Steve if you have any questions regarding hide collection.  Bob Strand is also available to answer any questions and he can be reached at (414) 630-4981

New Digital Marquee at WHS

October 9, 2018

Whitewater High School Class of 1973, 45th Class Reunion, August 25, 2018 at 841 Brewhouse

October 9, 2018

Back Row standing (left to right) – Bob Rowley, Karen Luther, Ray Welter, Mary Holden, Jerry Pfiefer, Bonnie Lyons Pfiefer, Brian Fehly, George Behrens (Illinois), Ray Gavitt, Mike Piper, Jack Hale, John Stachowski, Cindy Luebke Wagner, Joe De Mott, Steve Pomplun, Ed Steck

Second Row sitting (left to right) – Lois Beattie Gray, Lynn Messerschmidt Dickey (Colorado), Cindy Cuff (Indiana), Sue Hookstead Meyer, Barb Kitzman, Debbie Gerner Ferguson, Windy Sievert Kremin, Kathy Davidson Colwell (Colorado), Kathy Peyer Pope Hookstead, Janet Bromley Olsen, Pat Peck Bromley, Becky Nugent Lippencott

Third Row standing (left to right) – John Stachowski, Ed Steck, Jim Lawrence, Mike Frawley, Gregg Theune, Cindy Luebke Wagner, Ralph Giorno, Dave Parker (Arizona), Bob Rowley, Clay Van de Bogart.

Front Row sitting (left to right) – Cindy Cuff (Indiana), Brian Fehly, Hoyt Klingaman (Indiana), David Nash, Meredy Misener Crosby, Randy Crosby, Sue Hawes Miazga

All Photos by Tom Ganser

St Patrick 2018 Confirmations

October 8, 2018


St. Patrick Catholic Church is proud to announce that the following high school students from our parish were confirmed on Saturday, September 22 by Bishop James Schuerman from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee: Zachary Brantmeier, Montserrat Cuevas, Elijah Gilson, Kourtney Huppert, Carlos Martínez, Jesús Rojas, Alejandra Valdez, Dalia Velázquez, and Jacquelín Villarreal.


Joan Rose Saelinger, 86, Richmond, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018 at Delavan Health Services in Delavan, WI.

Joan was born on January 1, 1932, in Chicago, IL to Andrew and Mary (Houlihan) Grotz.  She married Ralph Saelinger on June 30, 1951.  Joan enjoyed reading and watching old movies, especially John Wayne movies.  Joan and Ralph loved to dance and she enjoyed gardening.  She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Whitewater Lions Club.

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Douglas Howard Parker, age 89, passed away of natural causes, on Friday, October 5th, 2018 at Rainbow Hospice in Johnson Creek, WI.

He was born December 26, 1928, in Whitewater WI, and is the son of Benjamin and Luella (Schoechert) Parker. Doug was raised in Whitewater, WI, where he graduated from Whitewater High School in 1947. Immediately after high school, Doug became a member of the Home Guard, which then was changed to the Wisconsin National Guard. Member Headquarter Company, 3rd Battalion, 127th Infantry. Promoted to Sergeant T/5. He was honorably discharged in 1951. During this time, he attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering, graduating in December 1950 with a Technical Degree in Thermodynamics. His first job was with Lipman Refrigeration, Beloit WI, as a repairman, disassembling ammonia compressors for recycling, and eventually promoted to foreman then assistant to the chief engineer. He also worked with Fairbanks-Morse and Company, as a parts technical writer then service manual writer for diesel engines. The family then moved to Galesburg, IL, where he worked as a service manual writer and assistant department manager. Later, the family moved to Kenosha County, where he worked with Modine Manufacturing Company in Advertising and Sales Promotion. He was later transferred to an assembly line as a foreman, then to Wonder Lake, IL as an Assistant Factory Manager. 

In 1969, Doug started a career with State Farm Insurance. During his time with State Farm, Doug earned Legion of Honor, Agent of the Year and Traveling Millionaire. After more than 23 years of service, he retired from State Farm in December 1992. He thoroughly enjoyed his career as a State Farm Agent, especially in his efforts to help clients and associates and the friends he made along the way. After “retirement,” Doug and Winnie moved to Sun City West, AZ, where he started a new career as a real estate agent with Ken Meade Realty. He enjoyed hobbies such as photography, history, genealogy, and computer club. He also loved trains, travel, and visits from family and friends. After 21 years in Arizona, they moved back to Whitewater, where he spent time working on a couple of novels started when he was in Arizona. He and Winnie married in 1950 and celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary this year. He was very proud of his family and loved them dearly.

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