IMMIGRATION: A Personal and Story-Based Presentation

The Immigration Hispanic Task Force and Whitewater Unites Lives are excited to offer a story-based presentation about immigration and how it is perceived differently by many.

The 30-minute story filled presentation will take place on Monday, November 12, 2018, at 7 pm at the Starin Park Community Building in Whitewater.

Speaker and Emeritus Professor of Social Work, Jim Winship, teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and will share his personal experiences with immigration within his family and those he met along the way. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, Fulbright Professor in El Salvador and Columbia, and the author of Coming of Age in El Salvador, Jim has knowledge and experience that comes to life in his stories. Also having conducted research on youth and migration in El Salvador, Jim understands the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that correspond to the topic of

Families are encouraged and welcome to listen to Jim’s experiences and to the stories of those who seek to immigrate to the United States or are currently living in Wisconsin. With his time in El Salvador, Jim will share the perspectives of families both abroad and local, while reflecting on the comparisons between recent immigrants and his own family’s
immigration story.

This presentation is open to the public and discussion after is encouraged and desired.

Memory Café Meeting, October 8 at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, is hosting a monthly Memory Café for individuals who are living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), early-stage Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and their care partners. This free social event is held on the second Monday of every month in the Library Community Room at 431 W. Center St. in Whitewater, at 10:30 am.

The next meeting will be November 12. The theme will be “Pets” with activities and discussions about companion animals.

The Memory Café offers participants a safe and fun way to share their stories and socialize with others who have similar experiences. Learn how staying physically, socially and mentally active is good for the brain.

Registration is required for first-time attendees. Please call 800-272-3900 to register.

Military Veterans make great business owners- Irontek workshop, November 9

As part of Wisconsin’s Start Up week any current veteran business owner,  military veteran/active duty member or military spouse interested in entrepreneurship is invited to Irontek in Beloit Wisconsin on November 9 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

Speaking at the event

  • Ana Simpson, Director of the Veterans Business Outreach Center
  •  Perry Zukowski of FranNet, exploring business ownership through franchising
  • Josh Bowers;  Army Veteran and Owner of Bowers Grass Fed Beef
  • Dave Bynum;  Air Force Veteran and Owner of Party Inventory

In addition to the speakers, there will be a light snack, business card exchange and a question and answer session.

Current supporters for the event include: Irontek, Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, Bunker Lab, and Veterans Business Outreach Center

To ensure your spot please register via Eventbrite via the following link.

For additional questions please contact Mike Olmsted at or Dave Bynum at


Scholarly Scoop: The Life of a Burial Archaeologist: Telling and Protecting the Lives of Those Once Lived

Friday, November 2 at 10:30 am

Starin Park Community Center


Peter E Killoran

This talk focuses on the work of a Burial Archaeologist; similar to those who do forensic anthropology. They deal with the legal and ethical aspects of what happens when burials that are historical and not of criminal interest are uncovered, usually individuals who have unmarked graves that are disturbed through construction or other types of development. The process involved in the legal and ethical treatment in the recovery and protection of these individuals and some of the new tools available to help us identify and document these people will also be covered.

Peter E Killoran, Lecturer, Depart. of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology.  He is an Anthropologist specializing in Forensic Science and Bio-archaeology.

Please register in advance if you will be attending by calling 262-473-0535.

Janesville – An American Story – Presented by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Amy Goldstein

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Amy Goldstein will be presenting “Janesville – An American Story” Monday, October 22, 2018, at 7 pm in the Young Auditorium as part of the UW-Whitewater College of Letters and Sciences Contemporary Issues Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.

In over 30 years as a staff writer at the Washington Post, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Amy Goldstein has focused on stories that lie at the intersection of politics and public policy and explore the effects of both on ordinary people. Her first book, “Janesville – An American Story”, reflects this interest. In writing this book, Goldstein spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin, where the nation’s oldest operating General Motors assembly plant shut down in the midst of the Great Recession. She is currently the Post’s national health-care policy writer and has reported on a number of other social policy issues. Goldstein has been a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty, a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a visiting journalist at the American Institutes for Research, and a fellow at Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.

Visit the League of Women Voters website to learn more about your candidates

Voting and Elections

The League of Women Voters, Whitewater Area invite you to go to their website and click on the link “voting and elections” to find answers to questions like who is on the ballot and how to register to vote.  In addition, a candidate questionnaire for State Assembly District 43 is available that candidates representing both parties were invited to complete.  A link to the recent candidate forum in which incumbent Don Vruwink and challenger Gabriel Szerlong participated can be accessed at the League website also.

Become more informed by clicking on the local League’s webpage.

Polling in the 2018 Midterm Elections

Polling in the midterm elections provides an elusive insight into election results.   Dr. Louis Fucilla, UWW professor, will cast light on the effect of polling on the elections.   How effective are these polls in predicting voter turnout for example?

Dr. Fucilla will entertain all questions about the power of the polls on Thursday, October 18, in the Council Chambers of City Hall.  The time of this program is 6:30 pm.   Light refreshments will be served.  Be sure to put this important program on your calendar.

This presentation is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Whitewater Area.

Furniture Restoration/Preservation Workshop at Wisconsin Makers

Do you have a piece of wood furniture that needs a bit of TLC? We are having a workshop to learn the basics of furniture restoration and preservation. You will learn what tools, stains, and varnishes to use to make that piece one you will be proud to own and display in your home.

The workshop will be held Monday, October 15, 6 – 8 pm at Wisconsin Makers facility located at 200 E Clay St in Whitewater.