Upcoming City & Community Meetings: Week of August 19 – August 25

Library Board of Trustees Meeting – Monday, August 19, 2019 at 6:30 PM; Irvin L. Young Memorial Library – More information

Common Council Meeting – Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 6:30 PM; Whitewater Municipal Building – More Information

University Tech Park Board Annual Meeting – Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM; Innovation Center – More Information

Police & Fire Commission Meeting – Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM; Whitewater Municipal Building – More Information

Community Foundation to Host “Civic Summit at the Market” August 20

The Whitewater Community Foundation will hold their 2nd annual “Civic Summit at the Market” on Tuesday, August 20th, during regular City Market hours.

When you finish shopping, please join us to let us know how your civic group or organization is doing and celebrate your accomplishments. Let’s keep the conversation going!

Questions? Contact info@whitewatercommunityfoundation.org.

“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)

Hops & Hounds Fundraiser Scheduled for August 17

It’s picture day for your dog! Hops & Hounds is on Saturday, August 17th, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. This is a day for the dogs, and together with Second Salem Brewing Company, Shadow Dog Photography will be taking photos of your furry best friend. Come to Cravath Lakefront Community Center, and get ready to have some fun.

Visit the Shadow Dog booth, sign up, donate $20 CASH, get a photo taken that day, and you’ll receive a beautiful digital image of your pup.

And because fun events make us thirsty, Second Salem Brewing Company will be there with beer! Get ready to have a pint, get a great photo of your pup, and meet some pretty fabulous people. Albert’s Dog Lounge will also have some sweet adoptable dogs there, too.

100% of the proceeds will go to Albert’s Dog Lounge, a foster-based Whitewater not-for-profit rescue focused on providing homes to senior, special needs, and hospice dogs. Click here to see their website for further information: https://www.albertsdoglounge.org. Hosted by Shadow Dog Photography and Second Salem Brewing Company. See you there!

WHS JV Tennis Team Hosting Annual Gilda’s Club Fundraising Tournament August 17

Every year the Whitewater High School Tennis Team hosts a JV Tournament to fundraise money for Gilda’s Club. This year’s tournament will be held on Saturday, August 17, from 9 am – 1 pm at the UW-Whitewater Tennis Courts and the Whitewater High School Tennis Courts.

Gilda’s Club is a nonprofit organization founded by Gene Wilder, in memory of his wife, Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer. This organization provides a place where cancer patients and their families are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

To help support this vital organization, the tennis team is selling concessions the day of the tournament, and Rocky Rococo’s has been generous enough to donate a portion of the profits they make on August 17 to the fundraiser. The team is also selling tickets for raffle baskets the day of the tournament as well as at the Whitewater High School football game on September 6 and the Whitewater High School soccer game on August 29.

Anyone can come and enjoy the tournament for free, but we hope that you support Gilda’s Club by purchasing concessions, raffle baskets, Rocky Rococo’s, or by donating directly. Thank you to everyone who has donated, and we hope to see you there!

Upcoming City & Community Meetings: Week of August 12 – August 18

Plan and Architectural Review Commission Meeting – Monday, August 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM; Whitewater Municipal Building Community Room

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Whitewater School Board – Special Meeting – Monday, August 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM; Whitewater Unified School District Central Office


Joint Public Works/Finance Committee Meeting – Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM; Whitewater Municipal Building – 2nd Floor, Cravath Lakefront Room

Agenda and More Info

Parks and Recreation Board Meeting – Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 5:30 PM; Whitewater Municipal Building – 2nd Floor, Cravath Lakefront Room

Agenda and More Info

CDA Board Meeting – Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 5:30 PM; Innovation Center, Room 105

Agenda and More Info

Rhonda Rae Cook, 62, Fort Atkinson, passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, after a determined fight with cancer, at Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek, WI.

Rhonda was born on October 3, 1956 in Fort Atkinson to Harry Jr and Rosemarie (Wenger) Phelps. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1974 and attended UW-Madison where she was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority. On May 7, 1977 Rhonda married Alan Cook. She started her career as a travel agent and later co-owned Fort Travel Center. After closing the business, she formed Help Me Rhonda Travel and dairy farmed alongside her husband and daughter Stephanie. She was a long time active member of the Fort Atkinson Junior Women’s Club and a lifetime member of the Fort Atkinson FFA Alumni Association. Rhonda enjoyed traveling extensively, gardening, caring for her grandchildren, and spending time with her family and close friends. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Alan; children Kylene (Mark) Anderson, Gregory (Chevon) Cook and Stephanie (Ryan) Hitt all of Fort Atkinson; grandchildren Isabelle, Kiefer and Kirk Anderson, Heston and Lana Cook; brother James (Ann) Phelps, Madison, WI; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 314 Barrie St., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. A visitation will be held on Monday, August 12, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church and on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. As an expression of sympathy you may wish to consider memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church or Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.

Nitardy Funeral Home, Fort Atkinson is assisting the family, www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

UW-Whitewater Chancellor to Hold Welcome Receptions in Whitewater and Janesville

Members of the community are invited to special community receptions to welcome University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chancellor Dwight C. Watson. The receptions will be held:

  • Tuesday, August 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Casual Joe’s in Whitewater, 319 W. James Street 
  • Monday, August 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Venue in Janesville, 37 S. Water Street

Please join Chancellor Watson for refreshments and fellowship!

Watson began his tenure August 1 as the 17th chancellor of UW-Whitewater. The UW System Board of Regents named Watson to lead the university on May 23.

Chancellor Dwight C. Watson

“For more than 150 years, dedicated people at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater have been transforming the lives of students and positively impacting the region we serve. We have much to be proud of as we begin a new academic year. I am humbled and honored to serve as chancellor, and I am looking forward to continuing to move the university forward,” Watson said. “I want to assure members of the Warhawk family that I will listen, learn, and lead. I plan to listen to students, faculty, staff, and the community. I plan to learn all I can about UW-Whitewater and the region. And I will then work collaboratively to help lead the university to greater achievements.”

Historic Walking Tour of Whitewater on Sat., 8/10

Go back in time as historian Carol Cartwright of the Whitewater Historical Society takes you on an historic walking tour through Downtown Whitewater on Sat., 8/10 at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. Allow Carol’s vast knowledge of Whitewater to take you back to the founding of our fair city, and through its advances in history as she guides you through some of downtown’s most interesting sites. Cost is $15, with tickets available at the starting point, The Book Teller, 171 W. Main Street. The distance will be reasonably short and the tour will last between one and one-half hours.