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“The History Boys” — Wednesday, August 21 at 12:30 p.m., Seniors in the Park

Remember the professor or teacher who made you think and wonder, and inspired you..? In 1980’s England, an unruly class of gifted and charming young men are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their Headmaster pushes them to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge. Based on the Tony Award winning Best Play, this film stars Richard Griffiths, James Corden (now host of CBS “Late Late Show”), Russell Tovey (ABC’s “Quantico”) and Dominic Cooper (“Mamma Mia” films). Filmed on location at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. This film was requested anonymously by the spouse of a departed UW-Whitewater History professor. 

When: Wednesday, August 21, 12:30 p.m.

Where: Seniors in the Park

Movie Information: Rated R (Language, sexual content) (2006)

Fifteen New Members Complete Ferradermis Boot Camp

Ferradermis, Whitewater High School’s FIRST Robotics Team #6574, wrapped up a busy summer by hosting their second annual Boot Camp for new members from August 3 through August 10, 2019. Twelve veteran team members and nine of their adult mentors led fifteen new members through the basics of FIRST Robotics and guided them through designing, prototyping, manufacturing, wiring, and programming a fuel (whiffle ball) shooter capable of playing the official game from the 2017 season. The 2017 Steamworks season was Ferradermis’ rookie year in the competition, but their first robot was not complex enough to play that portion of the game, so this was a new challenge for both the veterans and the rookies. New members included not only incoming freshmen, but also sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have made the commitment to join. Entering their fourth year this year, Ferradermis will be 43 members strong. Additional students are welcome to join the team this fall.

The team began each day of Boot Camp with a team-building activity. Over the course of the week, students completed the reverse cup stacking challenge, the marshmallow challenge, the nail stacking challenge, the balloon launch, and the blind object challenge. Students and mentors also maintained a memory wall to share their best memories of past robotics events and the current week. All of the challenges were designed to promote communication within and between sub-teams and alliances as well as the importance of understanding and interpreting rules.

New members were introduced to FIRST Robotics with a game of Ferradermis Bingo. In order to bingo they had to learn and be able to share information such as the number of teams on an alliance, the colors of the alliance, the Ferradermis team number, the definition of Gracious Professionalism, and the role of a mentor. On day one, new members also rotated through short sessions that served as an introduction to the various sub-teams within Ferradermis: CAD/Mechanical, Electrical/Programming, Competition Logistics, and Business. They were then presented with their challenge for the week.

Throughout the week, veteran and new members worked side by side to complete their challenge, and by the end of the day on the 10th, they were able to successfully test their robot by shooting fuel into a makeshift goal. Although their aim wasn’t perfect, they did achieve their goal of building a functional robot. Boot Camp is meant to model the first week of the six-week build season so that new members have an understanding of how the team will operate once the new season’s challenge is introduced.

The Business team used this week as an opportunity to launch their 2019-2020 fundraising campaign by preparing a mailing for our current and prospective sponsors, developing a campaign at DonorsChoose.org, submitting multiple grant applications, and writing thank you notes. The team operates on a budget of approximately $60,000 per year and is funded through the school district, grants, donations from businesses, individuals, and service organizations, student fundraising, and family contributions. This budget allows the team to build two robots, travel to two regional competitions, compete at the World Championships in Detroit when they’ve qualified, travel to trainings and events hosted by other teams, and compete in multiple off-season events. If you are interested in supporting Ferradermis financially, donations can be made through a link on our web site at http://ferradermis.org/support.php or by contacting Laura Masbruch at lmasbruch@wwusd.org.

Ferradermis will have a busy fall as they are planning to participate in two off-season competitions with their 2019 robot in September. The first will be at the Milwaukee Maker Faire on Saturday, September 14. This event is open to the public. On the weekend of September 28, the team has been invited to travel with Round Table Robotics from Oak Creek High School to IndyRAGE in Indianapolis, a competition where the drive team and the pit crew are to be all female. People attending the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the high school on Sunday, September 22, will have the opportunity to discuss the team with our members volunteering at the breakfast. Runners in the Discover Whitewater race will also see team members cheering them on from one of the water stations. The team has multiple presentations scheduled in the coming months including one for school district staff, one for Delta Kappa Gamma, and one at the AAUW Tech Savvy Conference at UW-Whitewater for girls in grades 6-9. If you would like to have the team do a presentation for your business or organization, please email ferradermis@gmail.com or contact Laura Masbruch at the high school. The team is also working to help start and mentor FIRST LEGO League Teams involving students from all three elementary schools in Whitewater as well as help another area high school launch an FRC Team.

Ferradermis thanks their current mentors who operated the boot camp including Co-Head Coaches Carissa Petzinger, an engineer from Generac, and Dilpreet Randhawa, a member of Wisconsin Robotics at UW-Madison, Allison Conrad and Nick Ackerman, both a part of Wisconsin Robotics, Rob Prager from Wisconsin Ovens, Komboocho entrepreneur Doug Grall, and WHS alumni Andrew Cipriano and Leif Sahyun. Ferradermis is always looking for additional adult mentors. If you have a particular talent such as electronics, programming, engineering, or business that you would be willing to share, or if you are just willing to learn, we’d love to hear from you. Go, Ferradermis!

“Poms” — Tuesday, August 13 at 12:30 p.m., Seniors in the Park

A delightful comedy about a group of women who form a cheerleading squad at their retirement community, proving that you’re never too old to ‘bring it.’Stars Diane Keaton, Rhea Perlman, and Pam Grier.

When: Tuesday, August 13, 12:30 p.m.

Where: Seniors in the Park

Movie Information: PG-13; 1 hour, 31 minutes (2019)

Banner City Bikers Summer Travels: Coming Home

Article and Photos by Blake Scharine

Previous installments: The Journey Begins | Part II | Tail of the Dragon | Rain!

Well our time in Georgia has come to an end. What an incredible week, crazy yet awesome roads, beautiful lush mountain views, relaxing evenings with friends, great BBQ, camaraderie, and fellowship with old friends and new ones. 

On our way home we planned a day at The Ark Encounter in Kentucky. What can i say, this is biblical history come alive. You can see all the pictures out there and until you stand next to this life-size replica of Noah’s Ark. You can’t realize the enormity of the ship and the amazing engineering utilized within. Make it a family trip. Patty & Steve decided to try their hand at zip-lining at the ark, a perfect activity for Crazy Patty!

Leaving the ark, we skipped the interstate and took a fun 2 hour back roads ride to Greensburg, IN for our last night together. I know i speak for all the group when i say these trips are definitely about the journey not the destination. All total we rode more than 3000 miles, equating to about 80 – 90 hours of riding. Lots of laughs, sore muscles, sharing meals, card playing & looking out for one another. I encourage you to find us on facebook for more pics…@bannercitybikers

Until next year thanks for being a part of our Georgia excursion for 2019! God has blessed us with the opportunity to experience His creation on the back of our motorcycles, what has He done for you that you can share with others and bless them?

Banner City Bikers Summer Travels: RAIN!

Article and Photos by Blake Scharine

Previous installments: The Journey Begins | Part II | Tail of the Dragon

The week of riding has been remarkable.. especially the rain! 

Well, the timing of it, that is. So we got some rain at least 6 different days & only one modest rain for 15 min just before our lunch stop. The rest were the very end of a full days ride.

In fact, one day we saw a strong storm right in front of us, obvious heavy downpours, dark clouds and red on the radar and decided to gather under an entrance to a dialysis center. Fortunately, they were closed… we waited out the storm for almost an hour and stayed dry on the 30 minute ride back to the lodge. 

On Wednesday, a bunch of us went on the “Dealer Loop” heading south into the northern burbs of Atlanta. We visited 2 Harley and 2 Indian dealers and picked up some tees. Our ride back to the lodge took us on the southern portion of Highway 129. This section of highway was “nameless” not like the dragon, gauntlet or moonshiner etc. but is worthy of a name like “twisted twenty” as it was an equally fun piece of pavement as the others.

About 20 minutes from the resort the rain cut loose but we found shelter on a big porch of a BBQ joint that was closed on Wednesdays. Hmm, you think this stuff is coincidence? I don’t think so. His provision time and again.

Our last day of riding before heading back north was the Hiawassee Lake loop. Tremendous ride with lake views and challenging rolling hills with twisties we wont forget. All this topped off with an impressive Hiawassee Dam park and viewing area. We enjoyed a dinner together at the flying trout restaurant at the copperhead lodge.

The days are flying by!!

Banner City Bikers Summer Travels: The Tail of the Dragon

Article and Photos by Blake Scharine

Previous installments: The Journey Begins | Part II

The week continues with more incredible rides!

As I told all of our bikers this year “its about the roads”. This area of north Georgia and the Carolinas, simply hands down, has the best roads and routes in the USA.

Whats on tap for next few days? “The Gauntlet” & the infamous “Tail of the Dragon.”

The first couple hours of the gauntlet brought us through Suches, GA. A wild curvy route that kept us alert the whole time all the way to our lunch destination, Big Daddy’s Smokehouse, in Helen, GA. Helen is big touristy town; waterparks, tubing, ATVs and tons of shopping and restaurants. Also a thigh burner, as traffic was backed up coming into town for a mile or better, one road in and one road out. I guess this can be expected. Big Daddy’s did not disappoint with great burgers, ribs, chicken and more. I highly recommend it. 

We saw rain rolling in on the radar, losing a lot of time in Helen. We decided to cut the Gauntlet short and head back to the lodge directly. Oh that wont take long! Mountain driving is always an education. My running response to “how far to our next stop?” is “oh about 15 mi but about 2 1/2 hrs” WHAT! Is the typical response.. but I’m not always that far off, just kidding. Anywho, we got into Blairsville (10 min from the lodge) and some of us wanted to fuel up and/or grab some groceries. Well, 3 couples got under a gas station roof before the market visit, and the rest got drenched on the way back. Hard rain, couldn’t see, and pulled over to get even wetter. Good thing is the entire week, what rain we got nearly always came at the very end of the ride home. God has blessed us with his perfect timing.

The next day “the Tail of the Dragon” on Highway 129 was our destination. The roads going up to 129 were almost as good as the dragon. We stopped for some pics & souvies at Deal’s Gap, the self proclaimed entrance to the dragon. After our t-shirts got packed away, we set our sights on the pavement of the tail. This ride is best known for its 318 curves in 11 miles. This is 100% designed for honing your biking skills. The curves have aggressive banked angles and nearly all are 10 -15 mph twisties. Great pavement too! Another cool situation was once you’ve been thru the dragon, there are not a multitude of options to head back, so about half of us decided to ride it back down again and the other half took a slightly longer route back south/west. This worked out great as they discovered hwy 68 and hwy 60 which we all got to enjoy later in the week. We all got back safe and sound that night. 

The Cherahala Skyway would be our next days adventure and WOW! Beautiful scenery and lots of paved pull offs. This road had just the right sweeping angles and banked turns. We got a little rain just before lunch but had a chance to dry off over some good food.  The Smokies come by their name honestly. The fog rolled in on a daily basis, beautiful and enduring, making it difficult to predict the weather. But we’ll push on! God most certainly created a gem in the Cherehala. Stopping at a Harley dealer at the entrance of the skyway and hitting lunch at Lynn’s made this a memorable ride.

Till my next installment!

Update on Banner City Biker – Sturgis contingent

Bruce Parker & Dick Jones arrived in Sturgis at Katmandu campground Friday and not far behind was Gary Kiger & Cliff Floerke.

Campground was set up, tents and all! Cliff Storlie left Georgia thursday am with Russ/Mary as they had a Nebraska appointment to get to Sturgis & join the others. He gets in at midnight and throws his sleeping bag on top a picnic table and is out like a lite. Black Hills activities will wait til morning! Have fun guys!!

Banner City Bikers Summer Travels: Part II

Article and Photos provided by Blake Scharine

For part one, click here.

When we left Maggie valley, all of us commented on how impressive the wheels through time museum was. If you have any reason to be that direction, do stop there, it’s well worth the time and money. Hundreds of antique functional motorcycles and well informed museum staff to answer questions – Great stop.

Onward to Copperhead lodge! Hwy 19 was our route, Wow! The route is spectacular, long sweeping turns mixed with plenty of 25 mph 90-120° turns with the occasional 10-15 mph hairpins without the freezing and thawing seasons the pavement down here is amazing.

With the exception of Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee (our first real thigh burner) traffic has been great. By the way “thigh burner” is when you’re stuck in a start and stop traffic jam, your bike runs very hot, and that heat has to go somewhere, well you can figure out the rest… ouch.

Speakin of backups, we were all ecstatic to be traveling south on I-40 as we observed a 20 mile standstill on I-40 northbound on a 90° aftern. Yuck. Anyhoo… we arrived safe and sound at the lodge Friday afternoon: 10 bikes, 16 people. Eddie and the Hamlins would arrive a bit later and by Saturday we would be 12 bikes & 19 people.

As is in most great motorcycling spots the area has given certain rides “names,” so Saturday we set out on “the Moonshiner 28.” Again pristine pavement and challenging twisties, we stopped to see several water falls including Dry Falls. We were able to go right down underneath the spill for pics, very cool, literally.

Lunch was at the Highland Smokehouse on 28. Excellent grub and great service. Well, maybe not Jessica’s service but pretty good ;). 

Finishing up the “Moonshiner 28” we headed back “home” stopping to fuel for the next day and get a few groceries. Big day on Sunday: The Gauntlet! And, yes, “Tail of the Dragon” is in the itinerary too.

Til next time, soak in God’s spectacular creation!

Banner City Bikers Summer Travels: The Journey Begins

Article and Photos provided by Blake Scharine

Greetings All!

Its that Time of year again! Our group is just a little smaller going South to Blairsville, Georgia in the Smoky Mountains. We have another contingent leaving next week to tent camp for a week at Sturgis and the Black Hills in South Dakota. Our group to Georgia, once we hit Georgia, will consist of 12 bikes a truck & 19 peeps.

Blake & Kim Scharine
Jeff & Kathy Foreyt
Scot & Joan Klabunde
Steve Marschall
Mark & Marge Knudsen
Chris Antzak & Tammy Fischer
Cliff & Patti Storlie
Ed & Lane Engel
Russ & Mary Rogers
Tom & Kathy Hamlin

We met at Jessica’s as is tradition at 6:30; a big change this year is traveling with a trail vehicle, driven by my lovely bride Kim. Lane will accompany her to Blairsville during their 1st few days as Eddie will be catching up on the bike when he leaves work on Friday. Ya, Kim has one passenger now but wait for rain & the cab will be FULL.

Our journey begins avoiding tolls thru Clinton, meeting Steve and and saying farewell to a biker friend Mike Odell who accompanied Steve. A 550 mile ride today, so we will make a little time on the interstate to get south of Champaign, Illinois and grab lunch.  After about an hour delay south of Rochelle, we awaited the Storlies, as Patty had an emergency dentist visit that morning.  OK, we are all back together and heading South. This is par for the course. When we pulled off the interstate to get fuel, we found the gas station closed. As were looking on the GPS on the roadside, a lady sporting a Harley Davidson sticker on her window, pulls up tells us where to get fuel, where to have lunch, and then proceeds to help serve food at the bar-and-grill that we overwhelmed. After lunch but not too far south of Champaign, we ran into some bike trouble with Steve’s engine. We spent a couple hours trying a number of different things with no success.. Mark and Marge make the decision to stay with Steve overnight and see what they could do at a local bike shop just a couple blocks down the road in the morning. Yes, not so amazing if we’re gonna have bike troubles God puts us next door to a bike shop.  

Meanwhile the rest of the group continued to head south we had a long ride to Winchester Kentucky East of Lexington.. Taking highway 36 East  And then heading South on interstates hoofin’ it right along to make up some time to get to Winchester at an exhausting 12:20 a.m. Fortunately, that will be our highest mileage day of the trip. Good night!

Day 2: we sleep in!! Departure Time is 10:00 a.m…nice.  Food in our bellies and fuel in the tanks and off we go staying off the interstate as best we can. My route takes us on some lesser known 3 and 4 numbered highways. On our way south, as we head towards Maggie Valley, I come up to the intersection that my planned route is telling me to turn. Its a very narrow bridge with gravel scattered over the top of some pavement. I double check with the group, they’re stopped behind me and well… we decide to go with it. It looked good on the computer 3 months ago! I think all of us thought as we headed across this bridge onto this narrow paved road on the edge of a hill that it might have just been someone’s driveway but we continue down with no dead signs and there were private drives. We’re good, whew! 

After about a 12 to 15 miles off a 12′ wide paved windy hilly road we reached another numbered highway. The road was called Jake’s heavenly highway. I haven’t Google it yet but I encourage you to. By the way, this is a great road for motorcycles but I kind of forgot we have a trail vehicle this year. Awesome for bikes, but for a truck it was a little nerve wracking wondering if there would be any oncoming traffic around all the curves sorry Kim. (Luv u. 🙂 ) God’s provision: not a single motorcycle or vehicle coming the other direction for nearly 30 minutes of riding the heavenly highway!

Some more incredible roads in Kentucky kept us entertained as we moved towards our next destination: Maggie Valley North Carolina. We arrived in Maggie Valley’s about 6:00 p.m. got settled into the Ramada and walked down to Brickhouse Pizza next door for some grub. 

Update on Steve’s bike: so the engine was in fact trashed and Mark & Marge and Steve had spent all day Thursday searching the Internet for bikes for sale in that area of Illinois. At 10:00 p.m.Thursday night, I received a picture of Steve on his new bike. They will be back on the road to join the group as we hit Georgia! Before our group leaves Maggie Valley we are going to head to wheels of time motorcycle museum supposed to be an exceptional exhibit and every bike can be started and ran in the museum one of the largest collections of functioning memorabilia. It should be awesome and with only about a 100 miles to Blairsville. We will have some free time to explore and maybe get lost a little bit.

Until my next installment, we’ll continue getting in “miles under the Son.”