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Lecture Series Celebrating 150 Years of UW-Whitewater Faculty

September 12, 2018

UW-Whitewater has transformed lives and our region since its founding in 1868 and begins a new chapter with its new campus in Rock County this year. The Fairhaven Lecture Series will celebrate UW-Whitewater’s sesquicentennial year throughout the fall.  From the Galápagos Islands to Germany, from the wonders of nature to the Milky Way Galaxy, these 11 lectures help tell UW-Whitewater’s 150-year history through its talented faculty.

Lectures with the theme “Inspire. Engage. Transform” will feature presentations by some of the more than 500 faculty and instructional staff members from the Whitewater and Rock County campuses who inspire our students with their teaching and mentoring, engage the state through their service and outreach, and transform our communities with their research and expertise.

The dates, titles, and presenters of the lectures for the fall 2018 series, which are held at 3 pm at Fairhaven Senior Services at 435 W. Starin Road in Whitewater, are

Monday, September 17 

Two Years that Changed the Milky Way Galaxy: 1951 and 2018

Presented by Robert Benjamin, Professor, Physics

Monday, September 24 

How Times Have Changed: Today’s UW-Whitewater / Germany Connection

Presented by Carol Scovotti, Professor, Marketing

Monday, October 1      

Generations United: Connecting and Involving Generations – Is That a Good Idea?   

Presented by Simone DeVore, Professor, Special Education

Monday, October 8   

Forgotten Wisconsin Authors and the Need to Revive Them  

Presented by John Pruitt, Associate Professor, English

Monday, October 15     

Love and Literature: What Young Adult Books Teach about Gender and Romance    

Presented by Tricia Clasen, Professor, Communications – Theatre Arts

Monday, October 22    

How the Boy Next Door Becomes a Latin King: A Christian Boy’s Unlikely Experience

Presented by Elizabeth King, Associate Professor, Educational Foundations

Monday, October 29   

Learning Communities: More than Textbooks   

Presented by Ozalle Toms, Associate Professor, Special Education

Monday, November 5  

Education for Sustainability in the Public Schools of the Galápagos Islands

Presented by Susan Huss-Lederman, Professor, Languages and Literatures

Monday, November 12 

Splendor Without Diminishment and the Wonders of Nature 

Presented by Bob McCallister, Professor, Geography – Geology

Monday, November 19 

The Diversity and Inclusion Imperative: Strategies for Student Success

Presented by LaVar Charleston, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Diversity, Engagement and Success

For nearly 35 years, UW-Whitewater faculty and staff and community and business leaders have offered free presentations to thousands of people on topics ranging from art and current events to history and literature.

All lectures are free and open to the public and are held on Mondays at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Fairhaven Senior Services, 435 West Starin Road, Whitewater. Street parking is adjacent to the building.

Unable to attend? Links to videos of lectures, including those from prior series, can be found at http://www.uww.edu/ce/fairhaven.

If you have a disability and desire accommodations, please advise us as early as possible. Requests are confidential. UW-Whitewater provides equal opportunities in employment and programming including Title IX and ADA requirements. Please contact Kari Borne at 262-472-1003 or bornek@uww.edu for further information.

Community Feedback Instrumental to November Referendum, by WUSD Vice President Kelly Davis

September 12, 2018

Community Feedback Instrumental to November Referendum

By Kelly Davis, Vice President

Whitewater Unified School District Board

November 6, residents of the Whitewater Unified School District (WUSD) will have an opportunity to vote on a referendum question that will appear on the regular election ballot. The question will ask residents to vote yes or no on a measure to replace a previously passed referendum that’s set to expire in June 2019.

As a parent of three children who attend elementary school in the District and a homeowner in the District, I think it is important to share with readers how the referendum came to be, how passing the referendum will impact the District, and the tax implications of the referendum. This editorial is intended to speak to these points.

How the referendum came to be: The input of the Whitewater community, including our parents, staff, business and civic leaders and local residents, has been an integral part of this effort.

Thanks in large part to the community engagement we’ve seen, the board has been able to develop a strong potential solution that would allow the school district to maintain the quality programs and services currently available to students. We also believe this solution makes the best possible use of the funds local taxpayers invest in Whitewater schools.

The process of placing this question on the ballot has been inclusive from the start. In addition to numerous community engagement sessions and presentations, we have received valuable guidance and feedback from our Citizen Finance Advisory Committee, a group of community and business leaders from throughout the Whitewater area. The individuals who comprise this group have leveraged their experience and expertise to provide key input as the board looked at the options in front of us.

This work has also involved the school district’s financial advisor, which has enabled us to conduct accurate forecasts and find the best ways to protect our students, our schools and our community.

Considering that enrollment is one of the main drivers of our finances, we have also focused on creating robust enrollment projections. This, too, has informed our decision-making process, as we can see data on how many students we can expect to attend WUSD schools over the next several years.

How passing the referendum will impact the District: If passed, the referendum would allow the district to maintain and in some cases strengthen the district in a variety of ways: targeted class sizes, instructional and co-curricular programs, technology and facilities infrastructure, student support, safety efforts and mental health services.

The tax implications of the referendum: The referendum would have no tax impact in the first year, and then $30 per every $100,000 of assessed property value in each of the next three years.

In the weeks ahead of the November 6 referendum, the district will hold more community engagement sessions and continue to seek the feedback of our local residents. If you have questions about the referendum I urge you to visit: www.wwusd.org/referendum or contact any member of the Whitewater School Board.

Comentarios de la Comunidad Instrumental para el Referéndum de Noviembre

Por Kelly Davis, Vicepresidente

Consejo del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Whitewater

El 6 de noviembre, los residentes del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Whitewater (WUSD) tendrán la oportunidad de votar sobre una pregunta de referéndum que aparecerá en la boleta de las elecciones regulares. La pregunta pedirá a los residentes que voten sí o no sobre una medida para reemplazar un referéndum previamente aprobado que expira en junio de 2019.

Como padre de tres niños que asisten a la escuela primaria en el Distrito y una dueña de casa en el Distrito, creo que es importante compartir con los lectores cómo se llevó a cabo el referéndum, cómo afectará el referéndum al Distrito y las implicaciones fiscales del referéndum. Este editorial pretende hablar de estos puntos.

Cómo surgió el referéndum: La contribución de la comunidad de Whitewater, incluidos nuestros padres, el personal, los líderes cívicos y empresariales y los residentes locales, han sido una parte integral de este esfuerzo.

Gracias en gran parte a la participación de la comunidad que hemos visto, el consejo ha podido desarrollar una fuerte solución potencial que le permitiría al distrito escolar mantener los programas y servicios de calidad actualmente disponibles para los estudiantes. También creemos que esta solución hace el mejor uso posible de los fondos que los contribuyentes locales invierten en las escuelas de Whitewater.

El proceso de colocar esta pregunta en la boleta electoral ha sido inclusivo desde el comienzo. Además de numerosas sesiones y presentaciones de participación comunitaria, hemos recibido valiosas recomendaciones y comentarios de nuestro Comité Asesor de Finanzas Ciudadanas, un grupo de líderes comunitarios y empresariales de toda el área de Whitewater. Los individuos que son parte de este grupo han aprovechado su experiencia y conocimientos para proporcionar información clave mientras el consejo miro las opciones frente a nosotros.

Este trabajo también ha involucrado al asesor financiero del distrito escolar, que nos ha permitido realizar pronósticos precisos y encontrar las mejores formas de proteger a nuestros estudiantes, nuestras escuelas y nuestra comunidad.

Teniendo en cuenta que las matriculas son uno de los principales impulsores de nuestras finanzas, también nos hemos centrado en la creación de robustas proyecciones de matriculación. Esto también ha informado nuestro proceso de toma de decisiones, ya que podemos ver datos sobre cuántos estudiantes esperaríamos que asistan a las escuelas de WUSD durante los próximos años.

Cómo impactará al Distrito si pasa el referéndum: si se aprueba, el referéndum permitiría al distrito mantener y en algunos casos fortalecer el distrito en una variedad de formas: el número de estudiantes por clase, programas educativos y co-curriculares, infraestructura de tecnología e instalaciones, apoyo para los estudiantes, esfuerzos de seguridad y servicios de salud mental.

Implicaciones fiscales del referéndum: el referéndum no tendría impacto impositivo en el primer año, y luego $30 por cada $100,000 del valor de propiedad evaluado en cada uno de los próximos tres años.

En las semanas previas al referéndum del 6 de noviembre, el distrito realizará más sesiones de participación comunitaria y continuará buscando la retroalimentación de nuestros residentes locales. Si tiene preguntas sobre el referéndum, lo invito a visitar: www.wwusd.org/referendum o contactar a cualquier miembro del Consejo de Whitewater.

“Around the World Wednesday” at the Whitewater Post Office

September 11, 2018

Do you plan to take an international trip? Is your current passport about to expire? Or, are you applying for your first passport? Well, look no further than your local Post Office.

The Whitewater Post Office will host a Passport Event on Wednesdays through September 26, 2018 from 8:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. “This is a great opportunity for Whitewater residents planning to travel outside the United States to apply for a passport without making a reservation,” said Whitewater Postmaster Sherrie Benes.

In addition to the familiar passport book, travelers can also apply for a passport card, which may be used for land and sea travel only between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean region. The wallet-size passport card is a less expensive alternative for those who travel to these destinations, but it is not available for international travel by air.

To apply for a passport book or passport card for the first time, applicants need proof of U.S. citizenship in the form of their birth certificate issued by the city, county or state, or a certificate of citizenship or a naturalization certificate.  Applicants will also need a valid form of photo identification, and they must submit a photocopy of that identification, such as a current valid driver’s license, government ID or military photo ID. There will be passport photo service available at the Whitewater Post Office.

For first time applicants, the fee for a passport book is $110.00 to the Department of State with an acceptance fee of $35 to the Postal Service. The Acceptance fee for an adult passport card is $35.00. An expedited process is also available for an additional fee. Passport applications for both the book and the card require a 2 x 2 photograph in color, which can be taken at the Passport Event for $15.00. The application fee for minors under the age of 16 is $80 for a Passport Book and $15 for a Passport Card, and the Acceptance Fee is $35.

“We’re here to help our customers as they prepare to travel the world,” added Benes.  “We make getting a passport easy and convenient with a one-stop shop solution,” she explained.

Customers can learn more about passport application costs and save time by downloading forms and scheduling an appointment at select Post Offices at www.usps.com/passport. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778. For the latest information on passport deadlines and other travel requirements established by the U.S. Department of State, go to www.travel.state.gov. Travelers can check the status of their passport applications online at: http://travel.state.gov/passport/status/status_2567.html.  

HOPE FOR CREATION workshop – September 29

September 10, 2018

On Saturday, September 29, from 10 am to 3 pm, Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart, professor of Theology & Ecology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, will lead a series of workshop sessions at First United Methodist Church, Whitewater. The workshop sessions will explore how we are called to share in the healing of creation. The registration fee for the workshop is $15/person and lunch is included. To learn more and register, go to: www.garrett.edu/hopeforcreation. All are invited.

On Sunday, September 30, Dr. Eberhart will preach at First United Methodist Church at the 8 am and 10 am worship services.

Whitewater Kiwanis to Serve Pancakes for Half Marathon Breakfast on September 23

September 8, 2018

The Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club will be serving their delicious pancakes and Jones Sausages on Sunday, September 23, 2018, from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Whitewater High School Cafeteria in partnership with the Greater Whitewater Committee’s Discover Whitewater Half Marathon.

Tickets for the breakfast are available at Associated Bank, First Citizen’s State Bank, Fort Community Credit Union-Whitewater, PremierBank, and the Whitewater Chamber of Commerce.  They can also be purchased from any Whitewater Kiwanian.  Tickets for the breakfast are a $5 donation per person in advance and $6 at the Whitewater High School cafeteria the day of the event (with pre-school children FREE).

Kiwanis provides breakfast tickets for the runners which are included in each runner’s registration packet. Kiwanis will have coffee available for runners as they come in to pick up materials on September 23.

The Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at Whitewater High School will be served from 6:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Due to race logistics, attendees will need to use different entrances to get to the breakfast at different times.  From 6:30 to 8 a.m, breakfast attendees can enter the high school property via Elizabeth Street. From 8 to 8:30 am, breakfast attendees will need to park on side streets and walk to the high school.  From 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. breakfast attendees can enter the high school property via Indian Mound Parkway to Walworth to the high school west entrance.

Jerry Grant, president of the Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club, said, “We are so happy to partner with the Half Marathon, and look forward to a great breakfast.”

Sunday, September 23 will feature the Greater Whitewater Committee’s 6th Annual Discover Whitewater Series: Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, 5K and W3 Fit Kid Shuffle. The Greater Whitewater Committee, Inc. (GWC) launched the Inaugural Discover Whitewater Series in 2013. The GWC is an organization made up of local businesses, its goal to educate, advocate, and develop ideas that make Whitewater a destination of choice to visit and live. More information about the Discover Whitewater Series can be found at http://runwhitewater.com.  The pancake breakfast will be served at the high school for anyone in the community who wishes to attend, including event participants and their families, volunteers and community members.

Jeff Knight, Executive Director of Discover Whitewater, said, “The runners love the pancake breakfast and the Kiwanis make the entire DWS event so special. We appreciate everything that the Kiwanis do, not only on race day, but throughout the year.”

Kiwanis thanks all of the sponsors who help make the breakfast possible with donations of products and services, including:  City of Whitewater Parks & Recreation, PremierBank, First Citizens State Bank, Dalee Water Conditioning, D.L.K. Enterprises Inc., Jessica’s Family Restaurant, Jones Dairy Farm, Milton Propane Inc., Second Salem Brewing Company, Studio 84, Gus’ Pizza, and Whitewater Manufacturing and Winchester True Value.

The Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club is made up of dedicated volunteers who help both the Whitewater community and the world, all with 100 percent of funds going directly to projects and zero to administrative costs.  Last year, the club distributed more than $20,000, with over half going to the Whitewater Unified School District, including Ferradermis, summer school transportation, shoes for students, Badger Boys State and Badger Girls State, and scholarships.  Kiwanis helped to build and maintain the Flowing Well Shelter, the shelter at Starin Park and Treyton’s Field of Dreams, the WHS football field lights and press box, as well as adopting a highway to clean up.  In addition, the group donates to Camp Wawbeek, the Whitewater Youth Soccer Club, the Friends of the Whitewater Aquatic Center Family Partnership Fund, the Whitewater Food Pantry, Bethel House and more.

Funds are raised through annual Pancake Breakfasts that have been served continuously since the 1950s, the Discover Whitewater Series Half-Marathon Pancake Breakfast since it began, and yearly poinsettia and lily plant sales. More information can be found on the Whitewater Kiwanis Breakfast Club Facebook page.

Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club meetings are at Jessica’s Family Restaurant on Main Street on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday mornings from 7:00-8:00 a.m. and evening meeting on the 5th Tuesday of the month with 5 Tuesdays.  If anyone is interested in learning more about Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club, they are welcome to call Jerry Grant at 262-473-2214; Rollie Cooper at 262-473-5375; Irene Potocki at 262-374-0826; or Jean Bromley at 262 473 9126.

2018 Spirit Tour: enjoy a guided tour of Whitewater’s histories and lore from its unnatural past

September 3, 2018

The Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce will now be hosting their 5th annual Spirit Tour on two nights, October 12th and 13th 2018 from 5:00-10:00 PM. Tickets are now on sale with limited spaces available. Tickets are $40 per person and include appetizers and drinks at The Fuzzy Pig. Again this year, participants will receive a 2018 Spirit Tour glass. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Discover Whitewater office at (262) 473-4005. Credit cards accepted.

The event begins at The Fuzzy Pig with appetizers and presentations from paranormal groups and the Whitewater Historical Society. If you’re looking for a thrill to end the evening, The Fuzzy Pig will be offering discounts for their themed haunts to Spirit Tour guests.


The spirit tour is a guided bus tour around Whitewater, Wisconsin, where attendees will learn all about the unnatural history of Whitewater’s past like the Poison Widow and the Spiritualism school that once towered over the community. The tour will immerse everyone in the history of our town as they visit iconic locations such as the haunted witch’s tower as well as paying a visit to the crypt of Mary Worth.

All of this and more will be taking place during Whitewater’s 2018 Spirit Tour

October 12th and 13th from 5:00-10:00 PM

September Features “Artrageous Birds” at Whitewater’s Cultural Arts Center

August 31, 2018

The Whitewater Arts Alliance’s Cultural Arts Center will host its fourth annual “Artrageous Birds” exhibit from September 6 to September 30 with 72 art pieces by 26 artists from Wisconsin and Illinois.  The gallery will be open to all art and bird lovers from Noon to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays, and features a wide variety of artistic styles, including photography, mixed media, watercolor, collage, oil, porcelain sculpture, polymer clay, and alcohol inks.  The exhibit is free and open to the public at 402 West Main Street at the Cultural Arts Center.

All 26 exhibiting artists are eligible to win one of several awards:  Award of Excellence I ($200), Award of Excellence II ($100), Award of Excellence III ($75), Humorous Interpretation ($50), the People’s Choice Award ($50), and Honorable Mentions.  The judge for the event is Mary Ann Inman.  Awards will be given at a reception on Sunday, September 30 at 2 p.m.

The City of Whitewater gained its Wisconsin Bird City designation in 2014. The Whitewater Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) is responsible for implementing and fulfilling the requirements to maintain this designation.

Bird City Wisconsin mobilizes citizens and public officials who already know that birds are more than beautiful – they are significant. A Bird City is a community whose government educates its citizens about birds while implementing sound conservation practices. Whitewater is one of them!  Bird City Wisconsin encourages its communities to address the decline of urban birds like the Chimney Swift and Purple Martin, species that have declined in Wisconsin by 32.3% and 92.7%, respectively, over the last 40 years. They support our community in our efforts to protect and manage green space, build and erect nesting structures, landscape with native plants, reduce threats like collisions, and generally make urban areas friendlier for breeding, wintering, and migrating birds.

The Cultural Arts Center is located on 402 West Main Street in the historic White building near the Birge Fountain. Parking is behind the building.  An elevator is available for access from the parking lot entrance.  More information about the Whitewater Arts Alliance can be found at www.whitewaterarts.org and on Facebook.

Whitewater Kiwanis donate to Studio 84

June 28, 2018

Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club donated $500 to Studio 84 after a presentation by Executive Director and Founder, Deborah Blackwell. Studio 84 provides fully accessible opportunities in the arts to enrich people’s lives by focusing on the strengths and abilities of the individual, by encouraging the creative voice with self-directed activities, thus, inspiring self-worth, pride, confidence, and acceptance.

Studio 84 serves anywhere from 10 to 30 artists with cognitive or physical limitations. Studio 84 gives them the opportunity to creatively and independently make their own art and control their artistic expressions.

More information about Studio 84 can be found at http://www.studio84inc.org or on Facebook.

Pictured here: Kiwanis President Jerry Grant with Studio 84 Executive Director Deborah Blackwell.


Krystoffer Sebastian Dortch, 25 of Whitewater, died on September 15, 2018.

He entered this world on March 4, 1993, which was his due date. It is also the last time he agreed to follow directions set by someone else. He was a beautiful, vivacious energy with an infectious light that has touched so many lives.  Krys was the kind of person who people fell in love with. From the moment he was born, he was able to capture the hearts of others just by giving them a look and a smile. He cared about people, loved animals and wanted to be the best he could be.

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Lorraine Margaret Millis, age 91, of Whitewater, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Sunset Ridge Assisted Living in Jefferson, WI.

Lorraine was born on October 3, 1927, in Wisconsin – the daughter of Hector and Irene Fraser. After completing high school, Lorraine attended The Art Institute in Milwaukee.  On February 17, 1951, Lorraine married Walter James Millis; they had five children and were together until Walter passed away in December of 2011.  Her most cherished times were spent with her husband whom she adored, their cats and Pattie their dog.  Lorraine was in her element when she could be outdoors working in her flower gardens, but nothing could compare with her and Walter’s love of camping. She would be packed and ready to go at even the suggestion of a camping trip.  She also loved to have her kids, grandkids, and great-grandchildren come to visit.

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Albert (Pete) Brokmeier passed away on September 17, 2018; born on January 18, 1940, to Albert and Adeline Brokmeier, he was 78.

Pete lived in Whitewater all his life, and enjoyed softball, traveling to various places in Europe, Alaska, and stateside with his wife, Trudy, camping, golfing, and his real love – fishing. 

Pete was extremely active within the community. He was a volunteer fireman for over 20 years, was President of the Whitewater Jaycees, was a member of the Whitewater Police and Fire Commission, and served on various committees at the Methodist Church in Whitewater. Pete owned Fireside Heating with Joe Bonk. He also worked for Hawthorne Melody for 20 years and for Home Lumber until retiring in 2005. 

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Ida Helen (Erickson) Haney, 86, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Glenwood Memory Care in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Ida, who was born in the town of Clearbrook, Minnesota, on September 29, 1931, was the eleventh of twelve children born to Emil and Inga A. (Haugen) Erickson. She married Merwyn Dale Haney on July 15, 1950, in Crystal Lake, Illinois. For several years, they lived in various locations in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin until settling in the Palmyra, Wisconsin area in 1971.

Ida was a wonderful homemaker who loved spending time with her family. She was a hospitable hostess and made sure each guest felt special by preparing foods which she knew they enjoyed. Ida loved her Lord and reading her Bible, and spent years teaching both her Sunday school class and her grandchildren about the Lord.

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Wendy Ann Kremin, 63, Whitewater, WI passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Janesville, WI with her family by her side.

Wendy worked in the medical field for over 40 years.  She had amazing compassion for each and every patient she cared for.  She especially loved working with the elderly and they loved her.   She volunteered for several years as a member of the Lyons Rescue Squad. 

Wendy was always there for her family and friends.  One of the biggest joys of her life was being with her grandson, Ethan.  She loved spending her summers on Turtle Lake with her family and friends.  She loved to make crafts and enjoyed cooking.  She was known for her chocolate chip cookies and broccoli soup.

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