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WUSD Referendum Project Update – May 2018

June 8, 2018


From District Administrator Mark Elworthy:

The referendum projects continue to be on schedule and on budget. Recently, the WMS choir room was completed and the Lincoln Elementary School Library Media Center will be completed by the end of June. Thank you for your patience and support during the construction process. Here is a link to the May 2018 Referendum Update. For other referendum updates click here. Monthly updates of completed projects will be provided on a monthly basis throughout the summer.

WHS Sign Construction Update

June 8, 2018

“Sidewalk superintendent”, Bruce Schroeder, checking out the construction of WHS sign on Walworth Avenue.

A digital rendering of what the completed WHS Sign will look like.

Young Auditorium Lines Up Amazing Entertainers and Performances for 2018-2019 Season

June 7, 2018

With world-renowned musical acts, standout theatre productions, and a pair of Broadway’s biggest hit musicals, there is truly something for everyone in the Young Auditorium 2018-2019 Season.

The season kicks off with Young Auditorium’s annual World Music Festival and is highlighted by appearances from classic rock icon Jim Messina, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Coasters, a brand new title from The Church Basement Ladies, and national touring Broadway productions of Jersey Boys and RENT. Country music fans will love Country Royalty: A Tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, and classical music lovers will not want to miss Bach’s Christmas Oratorio as performed by the Wisconsin Chamber Choir with a full orchestra, or Beethoven’s 9th as performed by the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra. With over 20 performances spanning the worlds of theatre, music, dance, comedy, and family shows, Young Auditorium is truly bringing you the very best in the world of entertainment.

Tickets for all Young Auditorium 2018-2019 shows go on sale Friday, June 8th at 9:30 am. A full event listing including dates, time, prices and purchase details, is available at www.youngauditorium.com. Use the site’s interactive ticket experience to pick your exact seating location for every show and purchase your tickets online.


Jim Messina – October 20th, 2018
As one-half of the extremely successful classic-rock duo Loggins & Messina, co-founder of the country rock band Poco, and a key member of Buffalo Springfield, Messina has used his masterful guitar playing and smooth, familiar voice to carve out an illustrious career. Messina’s talents will be on full display at Young Auditorium as he and his band perform some of his greatest hits like, Your Momma Don’t Dance, Crazy Love, and House at Pooh Corner.

The Coasters – November 17th, 2018
With a string of instantly recognizable hits like Yakety Yak, Charlie Brown, and Searchin, The Coasters helped define the rhythm & blues and rock and roll sounds of the 1950s and 1960s. Combining good-humored storytelling with impeccable timing and harmonies, The Coasters have the distinction of being the very first group EVER inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Jersey Boys – February 7th, 2019
Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical takes you behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, from the streets of Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Featuring the hit songs Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Rag Doll, Oh What a Night and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Jersey Boys ran for 11 record-breaking years on Broadway becoming the 12th longest-running show in Broadway history.

Church Basement Ladies – ‘Rise Up, O Men’ – March 3rd, 2019
The Church Basement Ladies are back at Young Auditorium in a brand new production! ‘Rise Up O Men’ gives the gents a chance to shine in the latest installment of the Church Basement Ladies musical comedy series. As the church prepares for participation in the town’s 1964 Centennial Celebration, we get to see their coming and goings from the eyes of the menfolk, who have their own problems to solve.

Country Royalty: A Tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline – April 6th, 2019
Two of country music’s biggest legends appear on the same stage at the same time when award-winning
musicians Jason Petty and Katie Deal pay tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. In a show like no other,
Petty and Deal honor these music icons by performing over 20 of their chart-topping hits with a live band!
Hear the songs and stories of Hank and Patsy as performed by two of the country’s finest entertainers.

RENT -20th Anniversary Tour – April 28th, 2019
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece RENT returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. The
timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters-love.

Everyone is invited to celebrate UW-Whitewater’s 150th birthday at Miller Park on June 23.

June 1, 2018

FLASH SALE ON TICKETS! Now $50 through June 8.

Thank you from Washington School’s Annual Family Fun Night Event

May 21, 2018

Washington Elementary School recently held its annual Family Fun Night event featuring raffles, silent auction, bingo, games, activities such as a dunk tank, Kona Ice, and more!

This annual fundraising event, sponsored by Washington School’s PATT, raised more than $4,800.00.  Proceeds from this event will help fund field trips, student organizations, assemblies, as well as supplies and equipment needed for the school.  We had an amazing turnout and couldn’t have had this success without all of our donors/sponsors.

Thank you to this year’s donors & sponsors!

For a list of sponsors, 

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.

9th Annual Fran Achen Photography Competition announced

May 9, 2018

9th Annual Fran Achen Photography Competition

July 5 – 29, 2018

Cultural Arts Center

Open to all photographers — beginning, intermediate, and accomplished photographers of all ages are invited to submit their photographs.

Judges will name 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize winners in each of three divisions: Youth/Teen (ages 18 and under), Amateur (ages 19 and up), and Accomplished (any age). Judges will also name a Best of Show Award and attendees of the exhibit will vote for a Viewers’ Choice Award. Each prize and award will include a cash prize.

Full information including rules and entry forms available at: http://www.whitewaterarts.org/fran‐achen‐2018.html

For tips on basic framing, please refer to the free video, “Basic Photo Framing Using Frame Kits”, available at: https://www.jmacpix.com/blog/2017/2/25/basic-framing-video-class

 For other questions please contact the event’s chairperson, Jeff McDonald, at jeff.mcdonald@gaelicarts.com

Important Dates

Entry Form Deadline: Thursday, June 14

Photo Drop-Off: Thursday, June 28, from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Cultural Arts Center.

Opening Reception & Awards Presentation: Sunday, July 8 from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Cultural Arts Center. Awards will be presented at about 2 pm.

Photo Pick-Up: Sunday, July 29, from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Heirloom Seeds Available at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library

April 7, 2018

Despite the cold temperatures of the last few days, it’s time to think about planting seeds!

Once again, the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library has heirloom vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower seeds available for check-out.  We also have many books on the subject of seed saving as we ask that everyone who takes out our seeds attempts to bring back seeds in the fall to keep the exchange going.

In addition, the local chapter of Wild Ones has donated many native plant seeds to attract pollinators and keep our native plant heritage going strong.


Bruce Wayne Hogue, 67, of Whitewater passed away on June 15, 2018.

Bruce was born on August 9, 1950 in Sheboygan to Virgil Karl and Shirley (Kline) Hogue.  He graduated from Concordia High School.  On March 27, 1976 he married Katherine Margaret Moraski.  They spent eight years in Caledonia before moving to Whitewater.  Bruce was a self-employed mechanic for a couple years and then worked at Converse Equipment for 10 years, and Briggs and Stratton and Generac for 15 years.

In his free time, Bruce enjoyed working on cars, antique cars, ATVing, snowmobiling, watching NASCAR and playing Santa Claus for children’s events.

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Shirley L. Stekel died on Friday, June 15, 2018 at SSM St, Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.  This was amid loving calls from far-away family and chapters of a James Herriot Book being read aloud by her husband and daughter.

Shirley was born to Alma (nee Madsen) and Verge Dow in San Francisco, California on June 10, 1936.  After the end of WWII, the Dow family moved to Rogue River, Oregon where she graduated from high school.  She always considered herself to be an Oregonian; this was reinforced when she earned BA and MA degrees in Physics from Oregon State University. 

Her first teaching position was at the Yakima Valley Junior College in the state of Washington.  After a couple years, she went on to Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan for additional graduate work in physics and a part-time teaching appointment.  She left Wayne State in January 1963 for a position as an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department of (what is now) the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  She was on the faculty here until her retirement in 2000.  At UW-W she did a lot of work with prospective elementary teachers in a physics class emphasizing hands-on, activity-oriented science instruction.  Shirley also developed and taught a popular course: Physics of Sound & Music.  In 2000, She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

At Whitewater, in 1965 Shirley met a newly hired physics instructor, Frank Stekel.  After working together for several years, they were married in August 1967.  They were still working together right up to the present time.

After retirement, Shirley became a Master Gardener.  She had a special interest in prairies and was a volunteer at Rotary Gardens in Janesville in the presentation of programs for elementary school students.  Shirley loved nature, animals (especially cats) and travel.

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William Harold Rabenhorst, 62, Whitewater, passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 13, 2018 at his home where he was raised and worked his whole life as a dairy farmer.

Bill was born on August 21, 1955 in Fort Atkinson to Harold William and Edith Grace (Uglow) Rabenhorst.  He graduated from Whitewater High School in 1973.  Bill enjoyed bowling, history and reading, friends and family, farming and taking day trips to get away from the farm.  Bill liked to road farm and shoot the breeze with the neighbors. He also enjoyed riding his Harley. He loved his grandchildren. 

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Cora M. Forbush, age 91, of Whitewater, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

She was born on October 8, 1926, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the late Earl Franklin Forbush and Mildred Ella Ogle.

Cora spent her entire professional life in education. She received her BS degree from UW La Crosse in 1948, her MS degree from UW Madison in 1952 and her Ph.D. from UW Madison in 1971.  In 1967 Cora attended the University of Colorado for 1 year of coursework. She began her career in Oconomowoc public schools, teaching Physical Education to students in grades 1-12 during 1948 and 1949.  Cora moved to Milwaukee in 1950 and taught PE and Health at Bayview High School for two years.  Cora became Dean at Carthage College, Carthage, IL during 1952-1956.  Cora was hired as Associate Dean – Women at UW Whitewater in 1956 and retired 32 years later in 1988. Cora was an avid outdoors person and thoroughly enjoyed her YMCA Camp Manitowish (Boulder Junction, WI) experiences.  She served in counseling and administration roles and participated in camping and chapel activities including navigation of the over 1300 lakes in Villas County, Canadian fishing, and canoe tripping.   Cora is remembered fondly by the Camp staff and is recognized as a memorable role model for the younger campers. She participated in social/honorary fraternity and sorority activities in her spare time.  Cora was also an active member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Elkhorn, WI.

Above all, she cherished time spent with her family.

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