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IMMIGRATION: A Personal and Story-Based Presentation

November 8, 2018

The Immigration Hispanic Task Force and Whitewater Unites Lives are excited to offer a story-based presentation about immigration and how it is perceived differently by many.

The 30-minute story filled presentation will take place on Monday, November 12, 2018, at 7 pm at the Starin Park Community Building in Whitewater.

Speaker and Emeritus Professor of Social Work, Jim Winship, teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and will share his personal experiences with immigration within his family and those he met along the way. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, Fulbright Professor in El Salvador and Columbia, and the author of Coming of Age in El Salvador, Jim has knowledge and experience that comes to life in his stories. Also having conducted research on youth and migration in El Salvador, Jim understands the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that correspond to the topic of

Families are encouraged and welcome to listen to Jim’s experiences and to the stories of those who seek to immigrate to the United States or are currently living in Wisconsin. With his time in El Salvador, Jim will share the perspectives of families both abroad and local, while reflecting on the comparisons between recent immigrants and his own family’s
immigration story.

This presentation is open to the public and discussion after is encouraged and desired.

Whitewater Unified School District, Board Release Statement on November 6 Referendum Election Result

November 7, 2018

Casey Judd, President of the Whitewater Unified School District Board, and Dr. Mark Elworthy, WUSD District Administrator, released the following statement after voters approved the operational referendum November 6:

On behalf of the Whitewater Unified School District, we would like to thank our community members for their thoughtful consideration of the referendum question on the November 6 ballot. We are pleased that the solution the board presented to voters balanced the needs of the school district and our local taxpayers.

Throughout this process, we have worked to engage in a two-way conversation about WUSD’s needs and how we can best address those needs. This has also given us an opportunity to speak with many community members about how we can best position the district and its schools for the years to come.

With the passage of the referendum, WUSD will be able to maintain targeted class sizes, student support and mental health services, comprehensive instructional and co-curricular programs, and technology, safety, and facilities infrastructure.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in this process, including those who attended our community engagement events and provided us with their feedback and input over the past year and a half. We look forward to continued conversations about the future of Whitewater’s public schools.

2018 Fall General Election Results: Evers is WI governor, WUSD referendum passes

November 7, 2018

For complete results on all races, visit WisconsinVote.org.

For results by county: Walworth | Jefferson | Rock

The images below are unofficial and vote totals may change at any time.  Check WisconsinVote.org for the most up to date results.

UWW’s 2018-2019 Music Mosaics Series Continues with Romance Times Three

November 7, 2018

At 7:30 pm, Sunday, November 18, come and see the next concert of the Music Mosaics series, Romance Times Three. Faculty members MyungHee Chung, piano; Leanne League, violin, and Benjamin Whitcomb, cello, will transport audiences with their harmonious renditions of classical trios by Brahms and Schubert. The Music Mosaics series benefits the UW-Whitewater Music Department’s Scholarship Fund, allowing the department to recognize students for their musical talents and academic excellence. Don’t miss out, subscribe and save on the rest of the Music Mosaics series, catch the next three concerts for $27 or less! Subscriptions and tickets are now 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.

Chung, League, and Whitcomb will be performing Brahms’ lush B-major Piano Trio along with Schubert’s evocative Nocturne. The trio has performed for over 20 years on campus and around the state, the trio’s harmony can frequently be heard on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Live from the Chazen broadcasts. Having recently performed several times for schools and venues, in and out of the state; trio member, Benjamin Whitcomb states that, “After these performances, audience members frequently commented on how very unified our playing was, that we were clearly communicating and conversing with each other through our instruments and that our passion for the music was obvious.” Experience the emotion and electricity of live music with Music Mosaics Romance Times Three.

About the Artists

Benjamin Whitcomb, cellist and music theorist, has earned a national reputation as a performer and teacher of music. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he performs more than thirty concerts a year. He appears regularly on the “Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen” concert series broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio. He collaborates with pianist Vincent de Vries in frequent recitals around the country and overseas, and he is a member of the Ancora String Quartet and the UW-Whitewater Piano Trio. He performs concertos with local orchestras, and he has also been a member of several orchestras in Texas and Wisconsin, including serving as Associate Principal Cello of the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He has produced several CDs of his recordings, including his release of solo cello works by Bach and Gabrielli on the MSR Classics label.

MyungHee Chung was born in Korea and began piano when she was four. Four years later, she debuted with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with a Mozart Piano Concerto. Dr. Chung holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including first prize at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Performer’s Competition and the William Kapell International Piano Competition. Her playing has been described as “clean, strong…marked by a bell-like quality that never disappeared even under the severest pressure.” Since then, she has performed throughout North America with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as in Europe and Asia. Public radio has also broadcasted her performances.

Leanne League is associate concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Her performances include chamber music and orchestral performances in Italy, Austria, Amsterdam, Costa Rica, and Slovenia, and cities throughout North America. From 1996-1999, she was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida where she performed as concertmaster and principal second violin. She earned her M.M. in performance from UW-Madison, studying with Vartan Manoogian and holding an assistantship at UW as a violinist in the Strelow String Quartet. Her undergraduate studies were completed at The Florida State University and Eastman School of Music. On the Baroque violin, Leanne has studied with Karen Clarke and has performed with Nicholas McGegan, Max von Egmont, the Tallahassee Bach Parley, the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, and the Madison Bach Musicians.

Whitewater City Winter Market starts November 10

November 6, 2018

The Whitewater City Market indoor market season starts on Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Community Room of the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, 431 W. Center Street. The market will run weekly, 9 am to noon, November 2018 through April 2019. (No market on Nov. 3, Nov. 17, and Jan. 5.)

Six months of weekly markets will offer market-goers everything from fresh-roasted coffee beans and freshly brewed kombucha to locally grown micro greens, cheese, local eggs, honey, fresh-baked bread, a variety of meats and granola. Add handmade cards, jewelry, quick breads, pastries and cookies, jams, award-winning gourmet popcorn, and a twice-a-month fish vendor. We think we have a winning season to look forward to!

Veterans Donation Drive | Campaña de Donación de Veteranos

November 5, 2018


  • Who: Whitewater Middle School Veterans PLT
  • What: Socks, Mittens/Gloves & Hat Drive for Veterans
  • Where: Whitewater Middle School
  • When: November 5th –November 30th
  • How: Select a paper sock, mitten, or hat from our giving tree (located outside the Middle School Office) that will be used to write a thank you note to the Veteran for their service! Feel free to take more than one! These will be included with the item that you have donated.
  • Place item, in original packaging, and paper sock/mitten/hat in a plastic bag and return to the Middle School office or Mr. Bee. All socks, hats, and mittens will go to Veterans in need in our surrounding communities.

***Cash Donations would be accepted as well to purchase these items!!***

  • Quién: PLT de Veteranos de Whitewater Middle School
  • Qué: Recaudar Calcetines, Mitones / Guantes y Gorros para veteranos
  • Dónde: Whitewater Middle School
  • Cuándo: del 5 de Noviembre al 30 de Noviembre.
  • Cómo: ¡Seleccione un calcetín de papel, mitón o gorro de nuestro árbol de donaciones (ubicado fuera de la Oficina de la Middle School) que se usará para escribir una nota de agradecimiento al Veterano por su servicio! ¡Siéntase libre de tomar más de uno! Estos serán incluidos con el artículo que usted ha donado.
  • Coloque el artículo, en el empaque original, y el calcetín / mitón / gorro de papel en una bolsa de plástico y devuélvalo a la oficina de la Middle School o al Sr. Bee. Todos los calcetines, gorros y mitones irán a los veteranos necesitados en nuestras comunidades alrededores.


News from the Schools: GSF donates winter coats, Sub of the Month, Former WUSD student awarded patent

November 4, 2018

Employees of Golden State Foods Donate 80 Winter Jackets to WUSD Students

Every year WUSD is the recipient of many generous donations from community organizations, whether it is donated time serving the District and/or resources. Each year the employees of Golden State Foods raise funds to donate winter jackets for our students. Last week we received 80 jackets for our students and they have already been handed out. Thank you to the employees of Golden State Foods for your donation. Our students, families, and staff greatly appreciate your donation and your support.


Congratulations to Karen Kachel, recognized as the Teachers on Call Substitute of the Month for September in the Wisconsin region. Karen is recognized for her commitment to WUSD by subbing nearly every day, having excellent attendance, and receiving consistent five-star ratings. We are fortunate to have outstanding substitutes like Karen! #TheWhippetWay

2012 WHS Graduate – Aaron Brunner awarded a patent

Aaron Brunner was just awarded his first patent for work he did at Spectrum Brands between his junior and senior year in college. The patent is a redesign of a hand-mixer blade. When given an opportunity to do some 3-D modeling with his work team at Spectrum Brands, Aaron suggested to his work team the concept of creating a helical blade. Some models were developed, which led to the patent. The redesign changed how the mixer redistributes the batter by funneling the batter up the blades instead of only circulating the batter on the horizontal plane. Aaron currently works for Milwaukee Forge. Aaron attributes his interest in engineering from his learning experiences at Whitewater High School. He credits    Mr. Tony Tautges, WHS physics teacher, for showing him how science can be applied to everyday life. What’s next? Aaron believes the mixer will go into production but no release date is scheduled. Aaron is the son of Whitewater residents Kevin and Nancy Brunner.


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

November 4, 2018

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.


Marie Irene Roe, 85, Whitewater was called to Heaven to be with her parents and brothers on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Fairhaven Senior Living in Whitewater, WI.

Marie was born on February 21, 1933 in Prairie Du Chien, WI to Henry and Evelyn (Walker) Graul.  She graduated from Wauzeka High School in 1952.  She earned her Rural Teaching Degree from Whitewater State Teacher’s College. She taught in a one room school at Famechon Ridge School in Eastman, WI and at Springbrook School in Whitewater. Marie married Wilfred Roe on July 31, 1954 in Eastman, WI.  She grew up on a farm and after she married Wilfred, she worked alongside Wilfred on their family farm as well as raised nine children.  Marie was active as a 4-H leader and had her children involved in many activities in the community.  She was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ, Whitewater.  Marie loved to bake and cook and her grandchildren were her joy. She loved the role of taking care of her family, both immediate and extended family.

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Susan Kay Parrish, age 73, peacefully passed away at 5:20 am Sunday November 4, 2018 at Covenant Village of Westminster, Colorado.

Susan was born in Whitewater, Wisconsin on August 26, 1945. Susan is survived by her two daughters Jamie Nicole Chesser and Jennifer Sue Parrish of Colorado; her son-in-law William Jason Chesser; her grandchildren William Henry Chesser, Hadley Nicole Parrish, and Vera Rose Chesser. Susan was preceded in death by her parents Ralph Wickingson and Arlene Freeman; her husband Charles Benjamin Parrish; and her brothers Robert and Thomas Wickingson.

Susan was a beautiful woman and a wonderful mother. Her two daughters knew nothing different than to reach for the stars in life because Susan taught them no mountain was too high and their dreams could become their reality. “Ain’t no mountain high enough.” – will certainly be one of her legacies. Her grandchildren were the love of her life. She bestowed upon them irreplaceable values including understanding, patience, love, gratitude, and tenderness. Susan was a devout Christian, attending church routinely throughout her life. Her faith was demonstrated in every aspect of her life including her work ethic, her friendships, and the relationships with her family. She held several jobs during her life with her favorites being mother, homemaker, nanny to her grandchildren, and companion and helper to the elderly.

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Beatrice (Mulks) Jacobs passed away on November 9, 2018 at Fairhaven Senior Living, Whitewater, WI.

She was born in Eaton, NY to William and Marie (Elliott) Mulks on September 21, 1927.  She was a 1945 graduate of Janesville High School.  Bea married Lawrence Jacobs on April 9, 1949. He preceded her in death on April 24, 2017. She and Larry farmed most of their married life. Together Bea and Larry had two sons; Daniel (Sally) Jacobs, Atlanta, GA and Gordon Jacobs, Fort Atkinson, WI.

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On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, Charles “Tom” Coe passed away at age 74. 

Tom was born on June 15, 1944, in Milwaukee. He graduated from Whitewater High school in 1963 and served in the Army National Guard for a year. He then joined his Father at the Whitewater Register, aka Coe Printers and Publishers. 

When Tom and his brother in law Russ Saunders sold the paper in 2001, it marked the end of the 128-year family owned business.

Tom was a member of the Whitewater Fire Department from 1968 to 2004, and his run included some time as Chief. He had a passion for sports and loved attending Badger and Warhawk sporting events.

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