Super Storm the Opera, Comes to Lincoln!

Lincoln student body was treated to an action-packed, singing whirlwind professional opera on Friday, presented by the Madison company, Opera for the Young. The chorus joining the 4 professionals were 16 Lincoln 4th grade singers.  The new opera written exclusively for the tour this year was supported by the Lincoln FTP parent group for which the school is most grateful. The children watching loved the amazing opera voices and seeing their school mates involved. The opera cast commented on how beautifully the students sang and how wonderful the audience behavior was! 

December 2018: A very busy month for the UW-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club.

Article by Jeanine Fassl of the UWW/Community Optimist Club

Shown above are some of the more than 50 volunteers who help to make the annual UWW/Community Optimist Club’s Breakfast with Santa a huge success!

For over 25 years, December has always been a very busy month for the UW-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club. The members of this community service group love to spread Christmas cheer throughout the Holidays with their involvement in Whitewater’s Annual Holiday Parade, the club’s annual Breakfast with Santa, Toys for Kids toy drive, and Mitten Tree events!

Again this year, Frosty the snowman got a first class ride in the city’s Christmas Parade on Dec. 7th. He was also present for our Annual Breakfast with Santa the following day.

These three “characters”, John Foss, A’viand’s food service Gen. Manager of Esker Dining Hall, Santa and Frosty were major highlights of Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 8.

On December 8th, Breakfast with Santa served a total of 671 people this year; 365 adults and 306 children. Over 50 volunteers of the UW-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club, UW-Whitewater Student Optimist Club, and Whitewater High School Octagon Club helped run this event where families could enjoy breakfast, meet and take pictures with Santa and Frosty, listen to Christmas carolers, and the music of the brass duet of Dr. Don Deal, retired Band Director of Whitewater High School, and Griffin James, who is the current band director at Baraboo High School and a WHS grad.

This year, the Toys for Kids drive helped families in the Whitewater area. Children’s names were distributed to area churches and businesses for community members to pick up and buy gifts for. A special thanks is given to the First Congregational United Church of Christ, First English Lutheran Church, First United Methodist Church, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, for hosting the Toys for Kids drive in their facilities. The UW-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club would also like to thank the UW-Whitewater Student Optimists, who helped our members sort and wrap more than 300 presents on Monday, December 17. The gifts were distributed through the Whitewater Food Pantry.

Optimists host 26th Annual Breakfast with Santa event

The UWW/Community Optimist Club hosted their 26th Annual Breakfast with Santa on December 8th.

The event served 671 guests this year and collected around 100 items for the Mitten Tree (to benefit the Whitewater Unified School District).

To learn more about the Optimists and their projects, head over to their blog or Facebook page.

Lions Club donates to Whitewater Food Pantry

From left to right is Lion Don McComb, President to the Whitewater Lions Club, Ms.Barb Quast, CoManager of the Food Pantry, Lion Larry Runnoe, Pancake Breakfast Chairman and Ms.Pat Chaput, CoManager of the Food Pantry.

The Whitewater Lions Club recently hosted the annual Halloween Pancake Breakfast at the Lions clubhouse located on Whitewater Lake.  Although the weather was not cooperative, there was a great turnout and we were pleased to present a check to the Whitewater Food Pantry.

8th Annual Run for Treyton Kilar raises money for field and scholarships

The 8th annual Run for Treyton Kilar was held on October 14, 2018, in Whitewater, WI. Treyton Kilar was killed by a drunk driver on the night of September 2, 2010.

From Treyton’s mother, Mary Kilar, “Destructive decisions can and do injure and kill. Each day gives us hope that we can send a message of making this world just a little safer – Treyton would have wanted that for all of us. And to any and all who have experienced tragedy at the hands of destructive decisions. This run honors you. It happens far too often and we all can work for change. Today is to honor that in all our lives.”

Well over 200 adults and children participated in the family-friendly event that included a family (and pet) 5K walk/run, child obstacle course and bouncy houses, food, face paint, and fun.

The money raised from this event supports maintaining the youth sized professional baseball field in Whitewater built for kids to love the game. In addition, educational scholarships are given to support local seniors who have made great choices and wish to continue their education.

The Kilar family wishes to thank the run/walk coordinators Molly and Dan Fuller along with all who came out in support of this event that honors Treyton and good decisions that can better our world.

Whitewater Arts Alliance Welcomes New Board Members and Announces 2019 Public Art Project at Annual Meeting

The Whitewater Arts Alliance (WAA) Board of Directors welcomed Robert Mertens back to the board of directors as well as new member Jason Miklik, bid farewell to Linda Long and Everett Long, shared the successes in 2018, and announced the 2019 Public Art Project “Portal to the Past, Portal to the Future.”

Linda Long, who has been president or co-president for the last four years and involved in the WAA for 10 years, received many accolades for her work as President and then Co-President of the Whitewater Arts Alliance.  Board member Christine Hayes commented on how much the board appreciated Linda’s hard work, enthusiastic support of the arts in Whitewater, and her can-do attitude.  The Board also recognized both Mary Kenne and Marjorie Stoneman for their tireless work for the WAA.  Mary has coordinated the docents and scheduling, while Marjorie has handled the group’s publicity.  The Board also thanked Everett Long for his six years of service on the board.

The WAA announced its public art project for 2019 as “Portal to the Past, Portal to the Future.”  Artists will decorate plywood boards that will hang on the light posts in the downtown area during the summer.  Artists can choose a person, place or thing of past significance to the history of Whitewater or a vision of what they see in the future for Whitewater.  Sponsorships of the artwork again this year will make it possible for artists to participate without any cost to them.

Local historian, Carol Cartwright, will be making a presentation on interesting facts and photos of Whitewater history to help spark the imagination of the artists.

The plywood boards, along with the entry forms and instructions, are available now at the Whitewater Arts Alliance’s Cultural Art Center (CAC).  The CAC is at 402 W. Main Street.  Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.  Forms can also be downloaded online at the WAA website  For more information, contact Linda Long at or 262-473-5538 or Mary Nevicosi at  or 608-883-2000.

2018 at the Cultural Arts Center was a success, with a Quilt Show, a Portrait Exhibit, a Photography Invitational, the Whitewater Unified School District Art Exhibit with Lincoln Elementary School music students performing, the Wisconsin Regional Arts Program, the Fran Achen Photography Contest, Making Magic with Mixed Media, Artrageous Birds, “Transitions” by the Whitewater Circle of Artists, and the upcoming Whitewater Arts Alliance Members Show.  Performances, demonstrations and other events included:  five Savory Sounds concerts, one major watercolor workshop, three technique demonstrations, a photography workshop, a poetry reading, dedication of the mobile “Peace and Harmony” to Jim Coburn, and the Annual Public Art Project “Windows on Whitewater.”  The Alliance has 165 members, a record for the group, with 1,650 visitors to the CAC so far this year and 650 volunteer hours recorded to date.  Also in 2018 Board Member Audra Lange reformatted and reconfigured the Whitewater Arts Alliance Website,

2019 promises to be very busy:  January the CAC will again be closed for upkeep and maintenance;  February features The Art of the Quilt; March features Janet Nelson’s art; April is about the Whitewater Unified School District art and music performances; Karolyn Alexander’s art will be the May focus; June will be the WRAP show; July will feature the 10th Annual Fran Achen Photography Contest; August will feature Mixed Media – Part 2; September will feature “The Road Less Traveled”; October will feature the Cambridge Artists Society Exhibit, and November-December features the Annual WAA Members Show. Savory Sounds is scheduled for June 13, 20, and 27 as well as July 11 and 18.

The annual board meeting was started out with a piano performance by WHS Freshman, Sophie Walton. She also spoke of her involvement in music through her life.

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, 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, 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

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.