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Whitewater Lions Fish-A-Ree to be held on Sunday February 10

January 17, 2019

Special Raffles include the following:

  • Vexilar FL-8SE Fish Finder – Tickets for this item are $10.00 per ticket.  Only 50 tickets will be sold!
  • StrikeMaster Lithium 40v Electric Ice Auger – Tickets for this item are $20.00 per ticket.  Only 50 tickets will be sold!
  • Tickets for the “Special Raffle” items are available at the door or contact Steve Malone at (608)201-5515 for advance sales.

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UWW Department of Music 2019 Starts Off with Musical High Notes

January 17, 2019

UW-Whitewater’s Department of Music starts 2019 with many musical high notes and concerts to choose from. Faculty recitals include Benjamin Whitcomb, cello; Leanne League, violin; Music Mosaics concert Woodwinds of Change; and guest artists including percussionist Patti Cudd; flutist, Ian Clarke and Otis Murphy, saxophone with Haruko Murphy, piano. Tickets are on sale by calling 262-472-2222, or online to tickets.uww.edu, or in person at the Greenhill Center of the Arts Box Office or the Information Services Desk in the University Center.

On Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 pm in Light Recital Hall the Department of Music presents the faculty recital of Benjamin Whitcomb, cello. This concert will feature Suite No. 2 in D minor, Op.131c by Max Reger; Suite No. 2 in D, Op. 80 by Benjamin Britten, and Suite No. 2 in D by Ernest Bloch. The concert takes place in the Light Recital Hall. Tickets are $8 general public/$6 Over 65/$5.50 under 18 and UW-W students

UW-Whitewater Department of Music & Sonict Presents percussionist Patti Cudd on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm in Light Recital Hall. Percussionist Patti Cudd will perform new works by composers Cort Lippe, Brett Masteller, Chris Mercer, and UW-Whitewater faculty member Jeff Herriott.

Tickets are $8 general public/$6 Over 65/$5.50 under 18 and UW-W students http://www.patticudd.com

The Faculty Recital of Leanne League with the Illinois Chamber Music Festival Faculty takes place Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 3pm in Light Recital Hall. Leanne League, violin performs with Michelle Elliott, Lisa Nelson and Nina Gordon of the Illinois Chamber Music Festival Faculty. They will be performing Brahm’s sextet along with other chamber music works.

Tickets are $8 general public/$6 Over 65/$5.50 under 18 and UW-W students.

The Music Mosaics Concert Woodwinds of Change is on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 7:30pm inLight Recital Hall. The UW -Whitewater Department of Music presents the Music Mosaics Concert Series featuring the Whitewater Woodwind Trio. The concert entitled Woodwinds of Change features Cristina Ballatori, flute, Christian Ellenwood, clarinet and Matthew Sintchak, saxophone. The Whitewater Woodwind trio will be performing a wide variety of works including a premiere of  a new work by our very own Christian Ellenwood. All proceeds from Music Mosaics concerts benefit UW-Whitewater music student scholarships.

Tickets are $12 general public/$10 Over 65/$5.50 under 18 and UW-W students

Guest Artist Ian Clarke, flute performs on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:30pm in Light Recital Hall.

Ian Clarke, world renowned British flutist and composer will present a concert featuring his own compositions with piano accompaniment. Tickets are $8 general public/$6 Over 65/$5.50 under 18 and UW-W students www.ianclarke.net

Guest Artist, Otis Murphy, saxophone with Haruko Murphy, piano perform a concert on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm in Light Recital Hall. Otis Murphy is a professor of saxophone at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and will be joined by his wife, pianist Haruko Murphy.

Tickets for any and all of these events can be purchased by calling 262-472-2222, going online to tickets.uww.edu, by visiting the Greenhill Center of the Arts Box Office, or the Information Services Desk in the University Center.

SLALN 5-6 and 7-8 Math Meet Results

January 17, 2019

Front – (6th graders) Andrew O”Toole, Henry Gehrenbeck, Ava Nygren, Alex Clarksen
Back – (8th graders) Peter Portwine, Cole Schlicher, Jazmin Cederberg, Emma Clarksen  (7th graders) Emilia Houweers, Silas Baker, Emerson Ellenwood, Jared Apgar

It was a job well done for the students that represented Whitewater Middle School at the Southern Lakes Advanced Learner Network Math Meets on January 15. While no trophies or medals were earned by Whitewater students they tried their hardest, had fun, and represented our school well. 

Our 5-6 team came in 3rd place (out of 8 schools in their division) behind Hartland-Lakeside and Merton. Henry Gehrenbeck and Andrew O’Toole just missed receiving high individual medals by placing third and fourth high respectively. Alex Clarkson and Ava Nygren also had very high scores close behind Henry and Andrew and within the top 12. Hartland-Lakeside and Merton also dominated the 7-8 Math Meet event. 

Our 7-8 team came in 6th place (out of 8 schools in their division) and placed above Clinton and East Troy. Jared Apgar was the highest scoring student on our 7-8 Whitewater team followed by Cole Schlicher and Emma Clarksen. Other members of the 7-8 team included Jazmin Cederberg, Peter Portwine, Silas Baker, Emerson Ellenwood, and Emilia Houwers. It was an exciting, high energy event and a tough day.

There were 72 math teams competing represented by 36 different school districts and 576 students attended the event on the UW-Whitewater campus.

St Patrick hosts St. Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance

January 17, 2019

8 Lincoln Choir Students Perform in WCDA All-State Children’s Choir

January 16, 2019

Students performing were (front row, left to right) Isaac Weigel, Erika Dreksler, Elora Wildermuth-Brietzman, (back row, left to right) Margaret Brown, Chacha Binagi, Nina Heim, Yareli Palomec and Honors Choir director from the Platteville Children’s Choir, Marcie Russell.

Lincoln Elementary 5th Grade Choir had 8 students selected for the Wisconsin Choral Director’s Association All-State Children’s Choir. The performance was January 12 at Lawrence University in Appleton.

They performed with 5th and 6th-grade choir students from across the state for the WCDA State Conference.

Lincoln Choir Director, Christine Hayes, commented, “The music was challenging and the students worked extremely hard for a beautiful performance. It was a life changing experience!”

WUSD 4K and Kindergarten Registration Information

January 16, 2019

Calling all 2019-2020 4K and Kindergarten students
(coming from outside our current Whitewater 4K programs)!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Our 4K and Kindergarten registration is coming up on February 13 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Central Office (419 S. Elizabeth Street, Whitewater, WI).


  • A child must be 4 years old by September 1st, there is no early entrance allowed into 4K
  • Students will be assigned to the school of which they reside.
  • AM and PM preference will be given on a first come first serve basis
  • The expectation is that the enrolled student is “potty” trained
  • A 4K student may attend 4K for one year
  • $10.00 Registration Fee will be collected
  • 4K is part of the elementary school and good attendance is important. If your child will be missing, you must call the attendance office by 8:20 AM
    • Please Bring: Birth Certificate, Immunization records, registration packet, and registration fee


  • Child must be 5 years old by September 1st
  • $20.00 Registration Fee will be collected
  • Please Bring:
    • Birth Certificate, Immunization records, registration packet, and registration fee

Thank you for choosing The Whitewater Unified School District!

New Banners for Downtown

January 16, 2019

City crews and Downtown Whitewater, Inc. volunteers removed holiday snowflake decorations and installed new light pole banners.

In 2018, Downtown Whitewater, Inc. designed and printed new light pole banners for the downtown area. It was a unanimous decision by the board of directors to put into production something that was different from logo-based ones of the past.

Board President Lisa Dawsey Smith says, “We’ve added a message to banners because one of the most important parts of any city/neighborhood/area is a sense of community. We hope that each member of the community will feel the same sense of connection to Whitewater that we do. Whether you are simply passing through, here for a degree, or here for a lifetime we truly hope that Whitewater will always feel like home to you.”

There are four different images on the banners: One a traditional Wisconsin fish fry, photographed with the assistance of local restaurant 841 Brewhouse; one a multigenerational family image photographed by UW-Whitewater graduate Leslie Jones; one a photo of a child playing with sidewalk chalk also photographed by UW-Whitewater graduate Leslie Jones; and one a photo of Fran Achen provided with permission by the family of Fran Achen whose studio was located in the Downtown.

Downtown Whitewater, Inc. is a volunteer-driven organization spearheading community efforts to re-energize and enhance our historic downtown. We are community advocates and volunteers who share a passion for Whitewater. We bring people from all walks of life together to celebrate Whitewater’s history and traditions, to care for our downtown neighborhood, and to inspire confidence and investments that are flowing toward an economically vibrant, engaging and exciting place in the heart of Whitewater – a place we love, a place we’re proud to call home, and a place where future generations can grow and take pride in calling their own.

Chili Cook-off 2019 at Freeze Fest Sign-up Open

January 16, 2019

Do you make an incredible chili? Are you interested in helping raise funds for Special Olympics? Then the Freeze Fest Chili Cook-off is for you. Get together a group of people, your club, group, church or business and make it an event! The best part is you don’t have to plunge and you get to promote your group or business. Prizes are awarded for First Place, Runner-up, People’s Choice and Best Decorated Table. The event is Saturday, February 9 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Freeze Fest heated tent at the Cravath Lakefront Park in Whitewater. There is no registration fee!

For more information or a registration form call 262-473-0535, go online to wwparks.org or email Deb Weberpal at dweberpal@whitewater-wi.gov. The deadline for registration is Friday, February 1.

Share your talents, good food and help raise money for Special Olympics and Seniors in the Park.


Dr. John F. Kozlowicz, 77, of Elkhorn, WI, passed away Wednesday, Dec.19, 2018.

He was born June 1, 1941, the son of the late Frank and Esther Kozlowicz. John married the love of his life, Joan Aniszewski, on June 13, 1970 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Whitewater, WI.

John was a Professor of Political Science and chairman at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from 1968 until his retirement in 2005, where he was fondly known as “Koz”, “Dr. Koz” and “Prof Koz”. Following his retirement, as Professor Emeritus John continued to teach both in person and online through the Fall Semester 2018. His teaching spanned curriculum such as American Government and Politics, Constitution, the Judicial Process, Constitutional Law, Resources for Legal Research and Police, Criminal Justice Administration among other related topics. John was on the forefront of incorporating technology and web-based teaching in the 1990’s with the emergence of the internet, and also designed two new programs for UW-Whitewater, which passed through the curricular process and became part of the academic offering: The Legal Studies Minor and Paralegal Certificate. John was also the Internship Program Coordinator for UW-W, pairing students with legislators, campaign staff for public office candidates, law offices and governmental agencies both in Wisconsin – as well as in Washington, D.C to allow students to view the national political process in action. Throughout his career he advised all Pre-Law students as well as a significant number of Political Science Majors in his 50-year career as a Professor. He found great joy in navigating students to pursue their highest potential.

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Shirley Underwood passed away peacefully at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, Florida, on January 11, 2019.

She was a wonderful mother, wife, sister, grandmother, great and great-great-grandmother who truly represented the best of “the greatest generation.”

Shirley was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 21, 1928, to Harry and Pearl Traxler. She would call Milwaukee home until graduation from high school. During high school, classmates knew her as “Trixie” Traxler. She was interested in sports and music. After graduation, Shirley was accepted to and attended Bob Jones College, the first in her family to go to college. This decision would profoundly and happily change her life. She met a handsome ex-Air Force navigator and fellow student, Bob Underwood, at Bob Jones; they fell in love and were married in Milwaukee on December 28, 1946, a marriage that lasted almost 66 years until Bob’s passing in 2012.

Bob’s career was as an educator, which took he and Shirley to different colleges and universities as they grew as a family. Son Steve and daughter JoAnne were the lights of their lives, as were their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

While married, Bob and Shirley lived in many parts of the country, including many years in Whitewater, Wisconsin, where Shirley taught second grade at Washington School, and in retirement at Bella Vista, Arkansas. Shirley loved to play golf with her friends and Bob and Shirley enjoyed their life in Bella Visa. While teaching and during retirement, Bob and Shirley had many great travels together. In 2005 they finally settled in Santa Barbara, California where their son Steve lived. Shirley later moved to Cape Coral in 2017 to be near her daughter JoAnne.

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Betty Joyce Hardy, 76, of Whitewater, answered the call of her father in her dream to come home on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Betty was born on August 24, 1942, in Vesper, WI, daughter of the late Charles and Marie (Fruin) Strooisma. She married Thomas Hardy on May 23, 1970, in Whitewater.

Betty worked at UW-Whitewater for 34 years as a Classified Payroll Specialist and received several awards for her service. She was a diehard Packer fan and enjoyed sewing and gardening. She also enjoyed art and culture, visiting many museums.

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