Whitewater High School Class of 1973, 45th Class Reunion, August 25, 2018 at 841 Brewhouse

Back Row standing (left to right) – Bob Rowley, Karen Luther, Ray Welter, Mary Holden, Jerry Pfiefer, Bonnie Lyons Pfiefer, Brian Fehly, George Behrens (Illinois), Ray Gavitt, Mike Piper, Jack Hale, John Stachowski, Cindy Luebke Wagner, Joe De Mott, Steve Pomplun, Ed Steck

Second Row sitting (left to right) – Lois Beattie Gray, Lynn Messerschmidt Dickey (Colorado), Cindy Cuff (Indiana), Sue Hookstead Meyer, Barb Kitzman, Debbie Gerner Ferguson, Windy Sievert Kremin, Kathy Davidson Colwell (Colorado), Kathy Peyer Pope Hookstead, Janet Bromley Olsen, Pat Peck Bromley, Becky Nugent Lippencott

Third Row standing (left to right) – John Stachowski, Ed Steck, Jim Lawrence, Mike Frawley, Gregg Theune, Cindy Luebke Wagner, Ralph Giorno, Dave Parker (Arizona), Bob Rowley, Clay Van de Bogart.

Front Row sitting (left to right) – Cindy Cuff (Indiana), Brian Fehly, Hoyt Klingaman (Indiana), David Nash, Meredy Misener Crosby, Randy Crosby, Sue Hawes Miazga

All Photos by Tom Ganser

Sixth year of success for Discover Whitewater Series

Photos by Bob Mischka

With 749 participants, more than 365 volunteers and more than 90 sponsors, the Greater Whitewater Committee (GWC)’s 6th annual Discover Whitewater Series (DWS): Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5K landed high participation numbers on Sept. 23, 2018.  All the people involved had sunny skies and no rain for a community event that honored the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Sesquicentennial.

The top runners in the women’s half marathon were: first place with a time of 1:26:55.67, Jessa Hackman, second place 1:28:26.65,  Anne Tully and third place 1:37:48.54, Michele Apuli.

The top runners for the men, in first place with a time of 1:07:28.32, John Dewitt, second place 1:11:50.66, Alexander Cushman and third 1:15:40.94, Thomas Enright.

The half relay winners: in first place team “Kickstart,” Jerry Mane and Amber Mane, 1:41:17.92, second place team “The Schwinns!”, Marie Schwinn and Benjamin Schwinn, 1:47:38.25 and third place team “J Squared,” Jeremy Lois and Julie Thompson, 1:50:38.55.

The top runners for the women’s 5K: in first place with a time of 21:29.77, Heidi Mane, second place 23:55.63, Genny Maltby and third place 24:29.60, Jayme Anderson.

The top runners for the men’s 5K: in first place 18:42.7, John Ejnik, second place 19:35.26, Mark Elworthy and third place 20:38.6, Charles Pritzel.

For all race results visit www.runwhitewater.com, under race details.

Every year the DWS is in conjunction with the Working for Whitewater’s Wellness (W3) Fit Kid Shuffle. During the Shuffle, children 10-years-old and younger were provided activities throughout the morning and a one-mile run. This year the Shuffle had more than 90 participants. This year was also a successful year for the Kids Korral; the DWS provided a free childcare to all its participants. The Kids Korral is staffed by background-checked volunteers from UW-W’s College of Education and Professional Studies and the student organization, Creative and Resourceful Educators.

The DWS was also joined by myTeam Triumph once again. There were 28 participants from the local running group, out of the 28 there were eight “captains” in wheelchairs for the half marathon.

This is the second year myTeam Triumph has participated in the DWS. The entire DWS was thrilled with their attendance and hope to grow the wheelchair division bigger next year.

The main goals of the DWS are to build a stronger community and showcase the City of Whitewater. All proceeds from the event are put directly back into the community each year. The five local non-profit partners are Bethel House, Whitewater LEADS, Working for Whitewater’s Wellness, Whitewater Unified School District and the J-Hawk Aquatics Club.

“The entire community comes together for this race and it is an honor to be part of it,” DWS Race Director Dawson Miller said. “Even those people that don’t run but walk or volunteer and helping a great cause.”

The DWS would like to thank everyone involved in making the sixth year a success. The Whitewater community is a great place to visit, live and work.

The DWS Planning Committee is starting on next year’s race; new editions and features for 2019 are in the works. Save the date for September 22, 2019. We hope everyone will join us!

For more information about the DWS contact Jeffery Knight by email, jpk@knightpublicaffairs.com or by phone, 920.728.0662.

Annual State of the City and School District event sponsored by The League of Women Voters – Whitewater Area

Whitewater City Manager, Cameron Clapper; Whitewater Unified School District Administrator, Dr. Mark Elworthy; District Director of Business Services, Matthew Sylvester-Knudtson and event MC League of Women Voters – Whitewater Area Secretary, Ellen Penwell.


The League of Women Voters – Whitewater Area welcomed the Whitewater City Manager, Cameron Clapper to deliver a State of the City address in the City Hall Council Chambers Thursday. A group of residents took this opportunity to become informed about the condition of our community and to learn about future projects and goals for the city of Whitewater. They also heard a presentation from the Whitewater Unified School District Administrator, Dr. Mark Elworthy who provided the opportunity to learn about what the District has done in the previous year and plans for the upcoming year. Also presenting was District Director of Business Services, Matthew Sylvester-Knudtson who covered the upcoming Operational Referendum which will be on the ballot on November 6th. For a print survey of much of the School District presentation,

The session was video recorded and will be available on TV Station 990 and for the daily schedule of offerings next week at http://www.whitewater-wi.gov/department/whitewater-community-television

Ski team raises over $1500 for Herma Heart Institute

The ski team was excited to present a check for $1,503.00 to the Herma Heart Institute of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The ski team put on benefit water ski show on August 18th in which raffle baskets, t-shirt sales, and all bucket donations went to this cause near and dear to the team.

Two local members of the team, Hunter Peters (16) and Zach Tomomitsu, (14) have been patients of the Herma Heart Institute all of their life. The boys were each born with only half of their heart. The congenital heart condition is known as Hypoplastic right heart syndrome for Hunter and Hypoplastic left heart syndrome for Zach. Through the excellent care and treatment of the institute, the boys are both living full and active lives despite their heart abnormalities.

The Herma heart institute will use the funds to help advocate for appropriate physical activity for children with heart disease and school intervention programs.

The Ski team has just a couple shows left if you would like to catch one yet this summer 8/31 at 6:30 pm at the Lauderdale Landing, Lauderdale Lake and 9/1 at 6:00 pm at Scenic Ridge Campground, Whitewater lake.

Another Successful Year for the UC’s “Summer on the Mall”

By Alex Bauman

For 26 years, the University Center at the UW-Whitewater has had a tradition of hosting “Summer on the Mall” events. Held each June, July, and August, these events are fun pace changers to the UW-W faculty, staff, students, and community members, with a delicious themed menu, art activities, games, prizes, philanthropic causes, and the sound of entertainment that filled the air.

“This was my first time experiencing Summer on the Mall,” says Rosie Sheets, an Administrative Assistant at the UC. “It was very exciting, especially since it was a fun change from our normal routine.”

Each “Summer on the Mall” has a unique theme. For June, attendees showed off their spirit for Whitewater by dressing in purple to reflect their “Purple Pride.” July’s theme went more wild with “Safari at the UC,” with jungle leaves and exotic animals decorating the UC’s north mall. And finally, August’s event chose a groovy direction for its “Back to the 80’s” theme, reflecting the event’s date of 8/8/18!

Complementing the themes are various games and activities for each event. A Warhawk Plinko Board & Purple Pond Duck game matched the purple spirit of June’s event, a Safari Splash Dunk Tank attracted most of the attention for July’s “Safari at the UC,” and an “Escape the 80’s” Escape Room made a fun and unique challenge for August’s event. Many games and activities allowed the players to win a prize, with many of the prizes being donations from local businesses.

The action-packed events each had a philanthropic cause as well. All proceeds received from the games and as donations went to various organizations, including the UW-Whitewater Campus Food Pantry, the Warhawk Emergency Fund, the Whitewater Food Pantry, the Whitewater Unified School District Family Emergency Fund, and the Whitewater Bethel House. Together, the June, July, and August “Summer on the Malls” raised over $1,500 for these organizations.

“What’s great about Summer on the Mall is that it’s a community-based event,” says Ben Matthews, a UC Human Resources Intern. “You don’t just have employees attend. People from the town all come to enjoy the festivities and have fun. There’s a real sense of community with these events.”

“Summer on the Mall” is an annual event that the UC team looks forward to planning for the 27th year in 2019. For more information or to get connected as a philanthropic organization, contact Kim Adams at adamsk@uww.edu.

Whitewater High School Class of 1968 – 50th Class Reunion, July, 14, 2018

Photo by Tom Ganser

Whitewater Lions Club host the participants of the Midwest Deafblind Transition Institute

On June 29th, the Whitewater Lions Club hosted the participants of the Midwest Deafblind Transition Institute at their clubhouse on Whitewater Lake. The Midwest Deafblind Transition Institute is an event for deafblind youths from the ages of 16 to 21 from 7 mid-western states.

The Students spent the weekend at UW-Whitewater and had a memorable outing on Whitewater Lake. Many of the students have never been to Wisconsin before and we gave them a day they would never forget water skiing, boat riding, and swimming. The perfect day at the lake came to a conclusion with our own private ski show! This event would not have been possible with the support of the local community and numerous volunteers.

A huge thank you goes out to Sue Center and the Minneiska Ski Team, Kurt Roskopf with the Disabled Division of the Wisconsin Waterski Federation, the Whitewater Lions Club, Lauderdale Aqua Skiers, Travis Lukens, and the Colsac Skiers Adaptive Ski School. Also, we would like to thank Studio 84, Nelson Bus Service and Black Sheep Catering for their services.

Whitewater Kiwanis Breakfast Club celebrates 40th birthday

The Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club celebrated its 40th birthday last week, with a special visit by charter members Russell Saunders, Roderick Dalee, Jerome Laurent, Russell Devitt, and Ed Thele. The picnic took place at the Kiwanis Shelter at Starin Park and featured a delicious and beautiful cake by the SweetSpot.

Attendees also included Kiwanis members as well as Circle K members from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

The WHS Choir presented their Spring Concert entitled “The Eye of the Beholder” on May 16.

The WHS Choirs presented their Spring Concert on May 16th. Bel Canto Choir, Music Masters, Cadenza Singers and the WHS Ringers performed at the concert titled “The Eye of the Beholder”.

The theme of the concert was color, beauty, and the visual arts. During the concert, two student visual artists each created a painting based on the sounds they heard. After awards and recognitions were made, the paintings were revealed.

Congratulations to all on a beautiful, colorful concert!


Rotary Club hosts WHS academic top 10%

In a continuation of an annual tradition, the Whitewater Rotary Club hosted the WHS Class of 2018 academic top 10% at the group’s May 22 lunch meeting.