Whitewater Community Calendar now live!


At the Whitewater Banner, our goal is to be the top resource for community information in Whitewater.  To continue that effort, the Whitewater Banner is proud to present the Whitewater Community Calendar.  There is a link near the top of the Banner homepage to the full calendar and events that are happening within the next 7 days appear in the left sidebar of the Whitewater Banner homepage (desktop site only).   All events in a sports category will appear on our Local Sports page.

Much like the Whitewater Banner, the calendar is crowd-sourced, meaning that we need you, the reader, to submit events to the calendar.  While our staff will continue to seek and post events, the calendar becomes a complete community resource with more community involvement. Thank you, in advance, for your time and efforts in posting events!

To submit an event:

  1. Go to: http:/whitewaterbanner.com/calendar
  2. Click on “Submit Event”
  3. Enter the event details and add a picture, if you’d like.
  4. Once submitted, the event will be reviewed by a member of the Banner staff.  After approval, the event will be posted on the community calendar.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email us at whitewaterbanner@gmail.com.

Visit http://whitewaterbanner.com/calendar  to see all Whitewater community events!


Remembrance Ceremony for Whitewater K-9 Officer Ruso

A remembrance ceremony will be held Thursday, August 23 at 6:30 pm for Whitewater Police Department K-9 Officer, Ruso. A Pagoda Dogwood tree has been planted in Ruso’s honor. The tree and a memorial placard will be revealed at the ceremony and are placed in the Ray Trost Nature Preserve located off North Fremont Street. Ray Trost was a Whitewater Officer from 1991 to 2010. The preserve was created in Ray’s honor after his passing in 2010. The Whitewater Police Department and Trost family felt it was a fitting location to also celebrate the life of K-9 Officer, Ruso.

City Manager, Cameron Clapper; Chief of Police, Aaron Raap; and Ruso’s handler, Justin Stuppy will be in attendance. The ceremony is open to the public to remember and celebrate Ruso. Ruso developed a kidney issue and underwent a very common surgery but sadly, his kidneys did not perform as expected. Ruso passed away July 27, just over a year of being sworn in on June 6, 2017.

Ruso was a high energy, 3-year-old Labrador retriever from Mexico. He graduated from Little Rock K-9 Academy after months of training and excelled in drug searches.

Ruso will be greatly missed by the Whitewater Police Department, city staff, and the Whitewater community.

Whitewater group travels to Norway and Russia


Bergen (Norway) was the starting point and the finish for these Whitewater residents (some formerly) including Chris Nelson, Mary Salverson, Jim & Dana Schroeder, Jerry & Nancy Wendt, and Caroline & Mary Wieman. We had just finished the 12-day, 2,600 mile round trip from Bergen to Russia and back that included 66 stops at various Norwegian towns along the way. Our ship on the Hurtigruten Line carried cars, general cargo, and 500 passengers.

The Wendts are now planning their 2019 trip from Paris to Norway. The 14-day trip will include a full day at the D-Day beaches and cemetery. The dates are Sept. 10 – 24, 2019. There is still some limited availability. All are welcome. Call the Wendts at 262-473-8400 for information.

Head Start / Early Head Start open for enrollment for 2018-19 program year

Head Start/Early Head Start…

Where Children Learn & Grow



Head Start/Early Head Start are FREE Federally funded programs providing a variety of services to children and families residing in Rock and Walworth Counties.


  • Application process – must be income eligible-meeting Federal Income Guidelines
  • Early Head Start serves- Pre-natal to age 3, Head Start serves ages 3 – 5 (3 on or before September 1st)


  • 4K programs in Beloit, Janesville, Delavan Head Start classrooms
  • Educational activities, healthy meals & snacks
  • Services available to meet the special needs of children with disabilities
  • FREE Transportation- (addresses must fit on the bus route)
  • Early Head Start- child care in Janesville and Beloit
  • Home base services in Rock and Walworth County for Early Head Start.

To request an application call – 1-800-774-7778 or visit our Website – rwcfs.org

Rock River Free Clinic Celebrates 15 Years with Ice Cream Sundae Social

In the spring of 2003, the doors to the Rock River Free Clinic (RRFC) opened for the first time.  It was a 100 percent volunteer effort and was open one evening each week for 3 hours.  Today, through the support of Fort Healthcare, Jefferson County, United Way of Jefferson and North Walworth Counties, Tomorrow’s Hope and numerous generous individuals and service organizations, the RRFC is now a full-time operation seeing patients every weekday.  During the past 15 years, the RRFC has provided almost 30,000 medical office visits, helping countless members of our community.

In order to celebrate this important milestone, the RRFC Board of Directors invites all community members to a “make your own ice-cream sundae” event on Thursday, August 23 from noon – 2:30 pm at the Clinic (1541 Annex Road in Jefferson).  There will be live music by local musician, Bill Hand, and a number of door prizes including a grand prize of a catered meal for up to 6 people.  Please plan to attend and spread the word to your family, friends, and co-workers.

“The quality of life in our community is most definitely improved because we are able to help our friends, families, and neighbors without health insurance get the medical care they need”, shares Kristin Wallace, Executive Director of the RRFC.  “The RRFC has filled an important gap in our healthcare delivery system for the past 15 years and this is reason to celebrate!”

The RRFC is a primary care clinic that operates out of the Jefferson County Health Department facility Monday through Friday.  Clinic services are free of charge for clients who live in Jefferson County, Whitewater, and Cambridge and who do not have health insurance.  If you have any questions about the RRFC or would like additional information, please contact Wallace at RRFCDirector@jeffersoncountywi.gov or call the clinic at (920) 674-7442.

Julian Stinson receives prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship award

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

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.

WHS Graduate to appear on $100,000 Pyramid on ABC on Sunday August 19

William Endres, son of Michelle Lieffring (of Whitewater) and Kevin Endres (of Delafield) was recently flown to the Big Apple for taping for The $100,000 Pyramid where he was a contestant. The taping occurred in May, a week before his 30th birthday. The airing date of the show is Sunday, August 19 at 8:00 CT on ABC, following Celebrity Family Feud.

William is a graduate of Whitewater High School and recently moved back to the area from Seattle, WA. He currently lives and works in Milwaukee.

For more on the story from the Daily Union, 

William Endres in front of the ABC studio in New York City.

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

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

***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.