Images from the Whitewater High School, Class of 1954 reunion – July 6, 2019

Images courtesy of Tom Ganser

Front Left to Right
Yvonne (Brown) Henry, Joy (Steig) Widenhoeft (Rockford, IL), Lynette (Bigelow) Arnold (Roscoe, IL), Ann (Pior) Frey, Evelyn (Miller) Schneider, Nancy Fardy, Marian (Ellis) Odaff (Show Low, AZ)

Back Left to Right
Dean Tucker, Carney Ryker (Garden City, CA), Bruce Lyon, Roland (Ron) Socwell, David Williams, Dean Arnold

“Shazam” – Tuesday, July 23 at 12:30 p.m., Seniors in the Park

As a kid, who didn’t dream of being invincible and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound? Well, wishes do come true for 14 year old Billy Batson, after meeting the mystical wizard Shazam. With one magic word, Billy is transformed into an adult superhero: Captain Sparklefiners! Err, Thundercrack..? (Due to copyright laws, he can’t be called the original, Captain Marvel.) A hilarious, fun film for all!

When: Tuesday, July 23, 12:30 p.m.

Where: Seniors in the Park

Movie Information: Rated PG-13, 2 hours, 12 minutes (2019)

WHS Students Travel to France

Eleven students from Whitewater High School traveled to France towards the end of June with French Teacher Alecia Pasdera and Spanish Teacher Kate McNulty. Students had the chance to practice their French language skills and observe French culture firsthand in cities throughout France. 

Highlights from the trip include sightseeing in Paris, visiting famous cathedrals and castles in the Loire Valley, seeing low-tide at Mont St Michel, swimming in the English Channel in St Malo, and visiting the D-Day beaches at Normandy during the same month as the 75th anniversary of D-Day. 

It was a busy 9 days of travel, tours, eating French cuisine, and exploring new places. Students who went on the trip were graduates Jaden Henneman and Alisha Parboteeah; incoming seniors Hailey Prager, Kitana Volbright, Alex Wilson, and Ellie Treder; juniors Evan Schepp and Will Hofmann; and sophomores Mackenzie LaFlash, Brennan Fox-Simes, and Morgan Hartwell.

Beat the Summer Heat with Blithe Spirit Now Through July 20

This week is going to be a scorcher and the place to be to beat the heat is the Hicklin Studio Theater for Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit directed by Bruce Cohen which runs July 16 – 19 at 7:30 p.m. and July 20 – 21 at 2:00 pm in the Hicklin Studio Theatre. This award-winning comedy debuted on London’s West End in 1941, and continues to reach audiences with its entertaining and comedic look at marriage even after the death do us part. Tickets are available by calling 262-472-2222 or visiting the Greenhill Center of the Arts Box Office M-F from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm or you may purchase online at

In Blithe Spirit novelist Charles Condomine is researching his next book that delves into the occult, so he plans a small dinner party and invites Madame Arcatti to conjure a séance. To everyone’s surprise the séance brings back Charles’ ex-wife Elvira which doesn’t go over very well with his current wife Ruth who initially is unable to see the ghost of Elvira. More hilarity ensues as Charles and Ruth adjust to life with Elvira.

The cast includes: Lance Schroeder as Edie, Samantha Pinchard as Ruth, Sam Bochat as Charles, Nico Rojas as Dr. Bradman, Kelsey Pacetti as Mrs. Bradman, Alexa Farrell as Madame Arcati and Jamie Love as Elvira. All are students at UW-Whitewater studying Theatre Arts. Bruce Cohen is directing this Noel Coward classic with the aid of Abby Smith-Lezama as stage manager, Eric Appleton as scenic designer, Tracey Lyons as costume designer, Alexa Farrell as assistant costume designer, Samuel Hess as lighting designer and Collin Grice as hair and make-up designer. The play offers some unique challenges for our designers such as Elvira’s ghostly appearance and objects that move about without a humans touch.

Join us for this spirited comedy running July 16-19 at 7:30 pm or July 20-21 at 2:00 pm in the Hicklin Studio Theatre. Ticket prices with all fees included are: Adult $16.50, Over 65 $14.50, Under 18 $11.00 and UW-W Students $6.00. Tickets are available by calling 262-472-2222 or visiting the Greenhill Center of the Arts Box Office M-F from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm or you may purchase online at

Whitewater K9 Fest Scheduled for Saturday, July 20

Whitewater Area Community Fundraising Partners is hosting Police K9 Fest on Saturday, July 20, at Cold Spring Golf Center, to benefit area K9 Units. Join us for a full day of activities beginning at 8 a.m. Over 100 baskets have been donated and are available for bidding at the silent auction.

All K9 Officers that will benefit from the fundraiser

Police K9 Fest 2019
Events and Times

7am: Run Registrations – $20 includes wristband for dinner

8am: Runs Start, Golf Registrations – $20 includes wristband for dinner

9am: Poker Run Registration – $20/$10 Additional Rider/$20 Van Rider: includes wristband for pig/corn roast

9am: Golf Scramble via Tee Times – $20 includes wristband for dinner

9am – 11am: Face-Painting, Picture Booth (with K9’s and handlers)

9am to 6:45pm: Basket Raffles Open, Silent Auction Items Open

10 am: K9 Demonstration(Narcotics, Tracking and Apprehension), Face Painting, Photo Booth

10:30am: Youth Basket Raffle Drawings

11am – 4pm: Poker Run/Pub Crawl – Double D’s, Whiskey Ranch, Lucy’s Hideaway, Anchor, Sunset Bar & Grill, and Real MacCoy’s

12pm – 3pm: Bingo

4pm-7pm: Meat & 50/50 Raffles

4pm- 7pm: Pig/Corn Roast – $10 per meal (runners, walkers, bikers, and golfers receive free meal)

6:45pm: Silent Auction Closes – Basket Raffles Drawn and Posted

7pm to 10pm: Band- Wayne Road – FREE

In addition to event day registration, you can register online at

Savory Sounds Concert is Inside the CAC at 11:30 a.m. today – air conditioned!

Whitewater Arts Alliance Logo

“A great concert on a dreary day! Today in the air conditioned and dry Cultural Arts Center by the Birge Fountain! Come in from the parking lot and use the elevator, or up the stairs in the front. Parking on Park Street, the Lutheran Church across Main or in our lot. SweetSpot is our food vendor. Come to our final concert of the season,” said Christine Hayes, WAA Board Member and Co-Chair of the event.

The Whitewater Arts Alliance, in partnership with Fairhaven Senior Services, First Citizens State Bank, Fort Community Credit Union, Olm & Associates, PremierBank, and John and Sandra Heyer will present The Brothers Quinn as the fifth and final performance of the 2019 concert series Savory Sounds inside the Cultural Arts Center, 402 West Main Street from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 18. Attendees may bring their own lunch or purchase lunch from SweetSpot, the participating vendor, while they enjoy music.

UW-Whitewater to offer cooling centers Thursday, Friday

UW-Whitewater will open various facilities as cooling centers in response to the heat advisory issued in Rock and Walworth counties.

The National Weather Service issued the advisory for Thursday and Friday as temperatures are expected to reach the 90s with the heat index reaching 100 degrees, according to a news release.

These facilities will be air conditioned and open to the public:

  • James R. Connor University Center, 228 Wyman Mall, Whitewater, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday.
  • Andersen Library, 141 Wyman Mall, Whitewater, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday.
  • Williams Center, 907 W. Schwager Drive, Whitewater, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday.
  • UW-Whitewater at Rock County campus, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday.