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Save the Date: Class of 1989 30th Reunion – August 10, 2019

September 18, 2018

Class of 1989 will be having their 30th Class Reunion at Willow Brook Golf Course Aug. 10, 2019.

Details will be on the class website or contact Cori Niemuth at ckniemuth@gmail.com

Little Free Pantry at Irving L. Young Library in need of Peanut Butter

September 18, 2018

Irvin L. Young Library hosts The Packer Century and The Last Dog

September 18, 2018

Wednesday, September 19th, 6:30 pm, The Packers Century

Help us celebrate the Packers 100th Anniversary with Jim Rice, author and Packer historian. Jim will share his program, The Packers’ Century, which revisits the history of the NFL’s most successful franchise. Jim’s presentation traces the team’s history through hundreds of photos, old football cards, newspapers, magazines, and other media. All the great games, players and special moments are included! This program is free and open to everyone.

Thursday, September 20th, 6:00 pm, author Howard G. Olson, will be speaking about his book, The Last Dog

During his thirty-five-year career at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Olson wrote a textbook, and many articles that were published in professional journals. At the same time, he was also writing stories about his annual canoe trips into the Canadian wilderness and traditional week-long bow-hunting trips to northern Wisconsin with his father and friends. While at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Olson won the all-college excellence in teaching award four times. His teaching style was to create interest and action and drama by telling stories instead of always lecturing. The students became the characters and played parts in the stories. His style and philosophy of teaching were “outside the box.” His book, The Last Dog, is a culmination of a lifetime of teaching, living in the woods, seeking Spirit, telling and writing stories, and loving dogs. As the author explains, “the crazier my life gets, the more time I spend in the woods with my dogs.” Join us for stories based on real-life experiences. Howard will have his books available for sale. All profits from the book sales are donated to charitable organizations dedicated to preserving our natural environment and to the well-being of dogs. This program is free and open to everyone.

Dupont Pioneer donates $500 to Lakeview Loves

September 18, 2018

Lakeview Elementary would like to thank Dupont Pioneer for providing Lakeview Elementary PTA with a $500 grant for Lakeview Loves.

Lakeview Loves is a weekend food in a backpack program that provides any Lakeview student who signs up with a bag of food to consume over the weekend.  This grant was used to purchase food for the month of September to provide 30 students with weekend food bags.  The goal of Lakeview Loves is to keep our students fed and ready to learn.

For more information contact smarkham@wwusd.org.

J-Hawk Latebird Triathlon – September 30

September 17, 2018

For more information, please visit www.j-hawks.org or contact Cheri at j_hawkswim@charter.net or 608-449-5150.

Upcoming City and Community Meetings: Week of September 17 to September 23

September 16, 2018

WUSD Policy Review Committee – Monday, September 17, 2018, 6:00 pm, Whitewater Unified School District Central Office.

For agenda, 

Irvin L. Young Memorial Library Board of Trustees – Monday, September 17, 2018, 6:30 pm, Irvin L. Young Memorial Library – Community Room.

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City of Whitewater Common Council – Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 6:30 pm, Whitewater Municipal Building.

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Parks and Recreation Board – Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 5:30 pm, Whitewater Municipal Building – Cravath Lakefront Room.

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CDA Board of Directors – Thursday, September 20, 2018, 5:30 pm, Innovation Center, Room 105.

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Husband of UW-Whitewater chancellor banned from campus after sexual harassment investigation

September 16, 2018


Pete Hill, in a 2015 file photo

The husband of the UW-Whitewater chancellor is banned from the school’s campuses and events after an investigation found he sexually harassed female employees.

Chancellor Beverly Kopper announced Friday the UW System ended in June the unpaid appointment of her husband, Alan “Pete” Hill, to the university.

For complete story at the Janesville Gazette, 


Whitewater’s Oak Grove Cemetery designated as a Local Landmark

September 16, 2018

All Photos by Tom Ganser

The Whitewater Landmarks Commission has designated the historic Oak Grove Cemetery as a Local Landmark.  During the September 6 public hearing, the commission voted unanimously to make the site Whitewater’s 24th Local Landmark.

Photo by Tom Ganser

Oak Grove Cemetery has an interesting history.   In the spring of 1842 a committee of three men to include Judge Jarvis Pike, Asaph Pratt, and Asad Williams was organized to look for land for a cemetery in Whitewater.  Prior to the establishment of the committee, interments were made on land located between Church Street and Franklin Street which had been reserved for churches and a burial ground.   The first burial in Whitewater at this site was on September 19, 1839, when Jotham Newton Baker was interred.  Realizing that this area was not a good selection for the cemetery because it was too near the village, the committee was charged with finding a more appropriate place.  They contacted Dr. James Trippe and he indicated that “if they did not consider the present location the best place, they could select a spot on any land he owned, but stipulated that it should “ forever be out of the way”.  The committee located what was described as a beautiful knoll east of the village.  This knoll would meet the qualification of a “modest rural” cemetery outside of the village proper.

Dr. James Trippe, father of Whitewater’s first industry (a grist mill) was credited with donating one acre of land in 1844 for use as Grove Cemetery.   Jothan Newton Baker was re-interred at Grove Cemetry and became the first recorded burial at the site in 1844.  Dr. James Trippe was the second burial at the Grove cemetery.

On November 20, 1848, the Cemetery Association was formed.  Prior to the formation of the Cemetery Association, the ground of Grove Cemetery had been owned by the town of Whitewater and was under control of the Board of Supervisors who did not consider it was their duty to provide fencing and beautification to the site.

During the spring of 1858 when burial plots were no longer available, the Cemetery Association enlarged the grounds with the purchase of two additional acres.  In addition, Leander Birge volunteered to purchase the fencing needed to surround the cemetery.   Volunteers set to work clearing the grounds and erecting the board fencing.

In 1884, George Esterly had the cast iron gate with a stile for visitors to enter the cemetery, made in his foundry and assembled on the cemetery grounds.  Up until this time, the cemetery had been known as Grove Cemetery.  With the installation of the gate donated by Esterly, the cemetery was then referred to as Oak Grove Cemetery.

There are over 800 recorded burials at this cemetery.  Noted among the burials are two Revolutionary War soldiers, Eli Pierce of Vermont and Israel Ferris of New York.  It is unusual to find two soldiers of this war buried at the same site.  This cemetery is one of a few in Wisconsin that can claim this.  In addition, there are three soldiers from the War of 1812 and approximately 40 soldiers from the Civil War, one being William Quals of the 29th U.S. Colored Regiment, Co. I.  The pioneer settlers and founders of Whitewater are buried here.  Familiar families such as the Trippes, Cravaths, Prince, Mead, Pratt, Kinney and Cole are interred here.      In 1976 a community effort lead by the Tri-County Marine Corps League began restoration of the Oak Grove Cemetery.  The effort was prompted by the extensive damage that had occurred at the site.  Community businesses, banks, and individuals donated both time and financial resources to accomplish this ongoing restoration.

Photo by Tom Ganser

Concerns regarding the safety and preservation of this historic property have resulted in it being gated and locked.  Access to the cemetery requires contacting the sexton whose information is posted near the entrance to Oak Grove along with informational signage regarding burials at the cemetery.  A complete listing of all burials at Oak Grove Cemetery can be found at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library located at 431 W. Center Street.


Krystoffer Sebastian Dortch, 25 of Whitewater, died on September 15, 2018.

He entered this world on March 4, 1993, which was his due date. It is also the last time he agreed to follow directions set by someone else. He was a beautiful, vivacious energy with an infectious light that has touched so many lives.  Krys was the kind of person who people fell in love with. From the moment he was born, he was able to capture the hearts of others just by giving them a look and a smile. He cared about people, loved animals and wanted to be the best he could be.

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Lorraine Margaret Millis, age 91, of Whitewater, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Sunset Ridge Assisted Living in Jefferson, WI.

Lorraine was born on October 3, 1927, in Wisconsin – the daughter of Hector and Irene Fraser. After completing high school, Lorraine attended The Art Institute in Milwaukee.  On February 17, 1951, Lorraine married Walter James Millis; they had five children and were together until Walter passed away in December of 2011.  Her most cherished times were spent with her husband whom she adored, their cats and Pattie their dog.  Lorraine was in her element when she could be outdoors working in her flower gardens, but nothing could compare with her and Walter’s love of camping. She would be packed and ready to go at even the suggestion of a camping trip.  She also loved to have her kids, grandkids, and great-grandchildren come to visit.

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Albert (Pete) Brokmeier passed away on September 17, 2018; born on January 18, 1940, to Albert and Adeline Brokmeier, he was 78.

Pete lived in Whitewater all his life, and enjoyed softball, traveling to various places in Europe, Alaska, and stateside with his wife, Trudy, camping, golfing, and his real love – fishing. 

Pete was extremely active within the community. He was a volunteer fireman for over 20 years, was President of the Whitewater Jaycees, was a member of the Whitewater Police and Fire Commission, and served on various committees at the Methodist Church in Whitewater. Pete owned Fireside Heating with Joe Bonk. He also worked for Hawthorne Melody for 20 years and for Home Lumber until retiring in 2005. 

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Ida Helen (Erickson) Haney, 86, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Glenwood Memory Care in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Ida, who was born in the town of Clearbrook, Minnesota, on September 29, 1931, was the eleventh of twelve children born to Emil and Inga A. (Haugen) Erickson. She married Merwyn Dale Haney on July 15, 1950, in Crystal Lake, Illinois. For several years, they lived in various locations in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin until settling in the Palmyra, Wisconsin area in 1971.

Ida was a wonderful homemaker who loved spending time with her family. She was a hospitable hostess and made sure each guest felt special by preparing foods which she knew they enjoyed. Ida loved her Lord and reading her Bible, and spent years teaching both her Sunday school class and her grandchildren about the Lord.

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Wendy Ann Kremin, 63, Whitewater, WI passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Janesville, WI with her family by her side.

Wendy worked in the medical field for over 40 years.  She had amazing compassion for each and every patient she cared for.  She especially loved working with the elderly and they loved her.   She volunteered for several years as a member of the Lyons Rescue Squad. 

Wendy was always there for her family and friends.  One of the biggest joys of her life was being with her grandson, Ethan.  She loved spending her summers on Turtle Lake with her family and friends.  She loved to make crafts and enjoyed cooking.  She was known for her chocolate chip cookies and broccoli soup.

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