Professor Gueno to Speak on Religion and Politics in the Age of Trump

The League of Women Voters, Whitewater Area is pleased to introduce a program on religion and politics presented by Dr. Michael Gueno of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.

The program will be held in the Common Council Chambers of City Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18.

Please join us for an interesting cultural perspective of the significant role played by religious ideas and traditions in American society. According to Dr. Gueno, the current entwinement of religion and American politics is the result of centuries of precedent interaction that has defined American history. This talk will explore the historical roots of the current relationship between religion and politics and try to lay out some of the complicated factors that motivated many Evangelicals to elect and now support the current president and some, the politics of the far right. American religion and American politics are inextricably bound. Paradoxically, it is America’s commitment to religious liberty that has helped to further ensconce religion in public, political life.

The public is cordially invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Whitewater Kiwanis and Culver’s Joint Fundraiser April 16

On Tuesday, April 16, Culver’s of Whitewater and the Whitewater Kiwanis Breakfast Club will team up to benefit the Culver’s/Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club’s Whitewater High School Scholarship Program. A portion of the sales made between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on April 16 will be donated to the program.

Chair of the program, Ed Schweitzer, said, “Kiwanis appreciates the support offered by Culver’s to the Whitewater community. We are so happy to team up with Culver’s to raise funds for scholarships. Customers can enjoy a delicious meal and refreshing Culver’s frozen custard while supporting the Culver’s/Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club’s WHS Scholarship.”

The Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club is made up of dedicated volunteers who help children in the Whitewater community and the world, all with 100 percent of funds raised going directly to projects and zero to administrative costs. Each year, the club distributes approximately $20,000, with over half going to the Whitewater Unified School District, including Ferradermis, ELL 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 and accessible playground at Starin Park and Treyton’s Field of Dreams, as well as adopting a highway to clean up. In addition, the group donates to 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.

City of Whitewater Requests Assistance from Clay Street Residents

The City of Whitewater requests responses to an income survey from residents along Clay Street, between Dann Street and the round-a-bout, in order to apply for a sanitary sewer and water grant.

The Clay Street project scheduled for 2020 has multiple steps, one of which is replacing old sanitary sewer and water piping. With the assistance of residents living on Clay Street, the city may be able to apply for a grant to help lower costs of the project and avoid additional utility fees.

Residents are encouraged to fill out the income survey that was sent to them in March. This needs to be returned by April 17, 2019. The City wishes to thank the vast majority of individuals who have already taken the time to complete and return the survey.

Contact Public Works Director, Brad Marquardt at (262) 473-0139 or to obtain an income survey if needed.

Wisconsin Makers Inc. will host its fourth annual iron pour on Saturday, April 13.

Area residents are invited to this family-friendly event at the regional makerspace, located at 200 E. Clay St. across from the American Legion in Whitewater. It will be held rain or shine, with inside activities in the event of cold or inclement weather.

The doors open at 9 a.m.

Spectators are welcome to watch the “pour team” — Teresa “Tree” Lind, a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater lecturer of art and design, and her students melt cast iron in an outdoor furnace much the same way that the cavemen did 3,000 years ago. The only modern technology they will use is a leaf blower and, of course, modern safety gear. Once the iron is heated to 3,200 degrees, the team will fill sand scratch molds with molten metal.

At noon, Lind and her students will begin pouring the cast iron, and they will present the completed castings to participants at 2 p.m.

“This is an experience you won’t want to miss,” said Wisconsin Makers member Lynda Babcock, adding that past years’ iron pours each drew nearly 100 attendees. “Your iron mold sculpture will be a truly unique one-of-a-kind design of your own making.”

Persons wishing to create squares — which make great trivets, garden “stones” and decorative art — will be able to do so from 9 a.m. to noon on April 13.

In addition, they may attend a workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Whitewater makerspace.

People may sign up for the iron pour and purchase their scratch molds for the workshop at Wisconsin Makers via EventBrite at Each scratch mold costs $25 and includes the free workshop.

Also on Saturday, April 13, iron pour attendees will be able to take tours of Wisconsin Makers.

“We have many areas of interest to makers,” Babcock said. “Our metalworking area will be demonstrating both welding and a ‘foundry in a box.’

“There also will be an area to create ‘hardware art’ from a large pile of nuts, bolts and hardware for kids,” she said.

Brats will be available for $3, and chips and soda, for $1 each.

Wisconsin Makers is a nonprofit regional makerspace (community workshop) offering an affordable, collaborative and educational environment that inspires people of all ages to become innovators by unlocking their skills through continual experimentation and training. Work areas/equipment include: 3D printing, laser engraving, machining, welding/fabrication, electronics, blacksmithing, woodworking, ceramics/pottery, jewelry making, arts/crafts, quilting/fabric arts, matting/framing and much more.

For more information or to register for the iron pour workshop, or to learn about memberships, visit or its Facebook page at @wisconsinmakers; call (262) 753-6455; or email Lynda at

Whitewater Middle School performs Guys and Dolls, Jr. on Apr. 11 and 12

Article and Photos by Tom Ganser

Best way to fight an early bout with Spring Fever?

How about taking in a performance of Whitewater Middle School’s production of “Guys and Dolls, Jr.” on Apr. 11 and 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Whitewater High School Auditorium? It’s the perfect way to kick off the first month of spring.

General admission tickets are available at the WHS box office beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Apr. 11 show is a “pay what you can” night, with suggested donations of $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Tickets for the Apr. 12 performance are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Children five and under are free.

Set in New York City, “Guys and Dolls, Jr.” follows gambler, Nathan Detroit, as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest crap game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years without ever getting married. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown. “Guys and Dolls, Jr.” takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, but everyone eventually ends up right where they belong.

The production is directed by Liz Elliot, with the help of assistant directors, Calla Craze and Alyssa Orlowski; choreographer Lynn Lema; set and lighting designer Jim McCulloch; and sound designer Tony Hansen.

The cast of 49 includes Lilly Altreuter, Wyatt Anderson, Tyler Arnett, Brooke Bazeley, Katelyn Block, Keith Cameron, Caelyn Caputo, Afton Clapper, Caleb Clapper, Ayden Clark, Emma Clarksen, Alejandra Diaz, Molly Donner, Rose Fosda, Adalynn Frye, Henry Gehrenbeck, Sierra Gonzales, Alex Jones, Josh Kirley, Megan Kleeberger, Mikeala Klumb, Ilana Lothes, Alex Martin, Ben McCulloch, Myles Morse, Leah Newmann, Ava Nygren, Emily O’Donnell, Betzy Palomec, Chloe Prince, Meg Roselle, Amber Rossmiller, Lucas Scherer, Cole Schlicher, Jayden Sontag, Athena Soto, Skylar Staebler, Alex Sullivan, Claire Tourdot, Evie Troxel, Maria Verduzco, Willow Vogelzang, Anderson Waelchli, Emma Weigel, Marco Wence, Cosette Wildermuth, Morgan Zingsheim, Kelsy Zingsheim, and Xavier Zei.

WHS students putting their theatrical experience to work in this production include Audrey Mayer, Stephanie Ordaz, Emma Van Daele, Aldro Rodriguez, Carter Waelchli, and Sophie Walton.

The talented stage crew includes Ghati Binagi, Payton Bunger, Izzy Dieter, Emerson Dunham, Monica Juette, Abby Olson, Emily Schmidt, Heidi Sherman, and Isaac Straight.

Kat Dunham, a paraeducator serving the students of WUSD, often works behind the scenes – and far below the radar – in creating sets for the district’s annual theatrical productions – two for the high school, one for the middle school, and one for students from grade 6 to graduating seniors.

“In theatre, everyone sets aside their differences and works together toward a common goal of a quality show,” Kat commented. “You learn teamwork, acceptance, responsibility, reliability, and have a great time doing it. You become a solid team because if you don’t, the show fails.  When it succeeds, you get to be a part of something much bigger than yourself. That’s an amazing feeling that can’t be matched by anything else.”

The Animal Dude at UW-Whitewater on April 12

David Stokes will be doing a program on Friday, April 12 from 10 – 11 am at the Roseman Gym, UW-Whitewater.

Through the use of songs, stories, movement, riddles, audio/visual and hands-on materials, students are actively engaged in learning. Live animals and animal artifacts are used when appropriate to enhance the learning.

David is a Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Teacher of the Year and an “Aldo Leopold” award winner.

This show is for preschool, kindergarten, elementary-age Children, families and adults. School/center/childcare groups welcome!

Come share frogs, turtles, snakes and more in an engaging, fun way. Using live animals, songs, puppets, toys and 3-dimensional objects, we will have fun exploring the wonder of animals. This will be a primary experience, with an opportunity to touch and see and hear.

David Stokes has been creating exciting learning situations since 1974. He has presented at UW-Whitewater since 1986. David loves to share his humorous approach to nature study, animals, plants, and the earth.

Friday, April 12, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Roseman Gym, UW-Whitewater
$5.00 per ticket • Register online:

Old Main Lane Celebration to be held April 12 at UW-W’s University Center

The James R. Connor University Center (UC) at UW-Whitewater will be hosting the Old Main Lane Celebration on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm. The program will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the first installation goal in Old Main Lane during the University’s Sesquicentennial year. “The purpose of the hallway is to help celebrate the rich history of the campus and to celebrate Warhawk spirit,” states Kim Adams of the University Center and the coordinator of the project. 

Over the course of a three-year period, UC staff and students, as well as a Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) team have worked to collect artifacts, photos, news articles and numerous other items to help tell stories of our campus history, in addition to current achievements by students, faculty and staff. Audio recordings and braille captions are also being added to the hallway.  The planning team for the project intends to update certain items and add new information over the months and years to come. 

Deronica Goldsmith of the UW-Whitewater Special Collections is someone who has helped greatly to bring this project to life at the UC. When asked about the significance of the celebration, Deronica stated “This celebration marks the efforts of many people as part of a LEAP proposal. The LEAP team’s goal was to create a place on campus to tell the history, to remember the mission of the campus and see how the campus has grown and changed over time. It displays parts of the 150 years the campus has been present on the current property. We incorporated some permanent artifacts. We created some window displays to highlight current achievements and anniversaries of departments and/or organizations on campus. The addition of touch screens allows us to have a place where visitors can interact with pieces of our rich history and illustrates the pursuit of excellence achieved on the campus.”

This celebration will take place on the second floor of the University Center in the Old Main Ballroom (UC 275B) and the Old Main Lane Hallway. A brief program will take place, along with a live performance of the new Alma Mater.  Light refreshments will also be provided.

For more information, contact Kim Adams at 262-472-1477 or

Dr. Peter R. Barry, 87 of Whitewater, Wisconsin, passed away March 31st at Fairhaven in Whitewater.

Peter was born December 26th, 1931 in Chatham, New Brunswick, Canada and lived in Fort Kent, Maine until he attended Saint Anselm’s College (AB history), Boston College (MA history), and UW Madison (PhD history). Peter’s first teaching position was at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. While working at Cardinal Stritch, he was finalizing his dissertation at UW Madison entitled “The New Hampshire Merchant Interest, 1609-1725”. Peter was a professor of history at UW Whitewater teaching courses such as American Revolution and Confederation, American Military History and Strategy, and the US at War in Vietnam. He served as chairman of the salary committee at UW Whitewater, too. Simultaneous to his teaching career, Peter was an officer in the U.S. Army and later the Army Reserve retiring at the rank of Colonel. Peter attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Army War College, and was a diplomat of the National Defense University. He served as adjunct faculty at the Command and General Staff College, was a West Point interim faculty member, and was Deputy Commander of the Center of Military History reporting to the U.S. Army Chief of Staff. In Walworth County, Wisconsin Peter served as a Walworth County Board member for several terms and chaired the computer and audit committees and the tri-county training and employment consortium.

Peter was the beloved father of Elizabeth (Beth) (Richard) Ruderman and loving grandfather of Aaron and Barry Ruderman of Lincolnwood, Illinois. Peter was a dear son of the late Henrietta Losier Barry and the late Alfred Thomas Barry of Fort Kent, Maine. He was predeceased by his older twin brothers Thomas Marc Barry and Joseph Paul Barry and his younger brother Arthur Alfred (Caroline Cyr) Barry.

Private internment will be at St Louis Cemetery in Fort Kent, Maine. May his memory be for a blessing.