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November 3, 2018

From Downtown Whitewater, Inc.:

Happy November! We hope it comes as no surprise that we at Downtown Whitewater, Inc are passionate about small businesses. Knowing that, we also think that supporting small businesses should be much bigger than just one Saturday in November. If you make a purchase at any small business ($25 dollars or more) in Whitewater from November 1 through the 24, bring your receipt into the Discover Whitewater office located at 150 W Main Street and fill out our raffle form (Please attach your receipt or a copy of the receipt).

At 5 pm on November 24, we will draw one winner to receive $500 cash. We also have instructions on our website if you can’t come by the office during business hours!

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Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

November 3, 2018

The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG) will be making an assessment and examine all aspects of the Whitewater Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operation, and support service. The assessment will take place Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

Verification by the WILEAG team is necessary for the Whitewater Police Department to meet the Board’s state-of-the-art standards as part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation.

“This is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Chief Aaron Raap said.

The public can provide comments to the assessment team by calling (262) 473-0109 on Wednesday, November 14 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with WILEAG’s standards.

Individuals can offer written comments about the Whitewater Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation and send them to Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, WILEAG at WILEAG at P.O. Box 528, Hartland, WI 53029.

“The Whitewater Police Department must comply with 233 standards in order to gain accredited status,” said Raap. “The achievement and subsequent maintaining of accredited status is truly a landmark accomplishment for our department. It vividly represents our commitment to providing the highest quality law enforcement services possible and is one important aspect of our commitment to organizational excellence.”

“The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies,” said Captain Dan Meyer, Accreditation Manager for the Whitewater Police Department. “The assessors will review written material, interview individuals and visit offices and the places where compliance can be witnessed.”

Assessors for Whitewater will be Captain Jill Kallay (Team Leader), Sergeant Brian Vaughn, and Officer Michelle Preisler. “After completion of the WILEAG Board’s review of the agency, they report back to the full Board which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status,” Meyer stated.

Accreditation status is granted for three years during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, citizens can email executive.director@wileag.info or write to WILEAG, P.O. Box 528, Hartland, WI 53029

A copy of the standards is available at the Whitewater Police Department.

Citizens can contact Captain Dan Meyer at (262) 473-1371 for further information.

Quilters Needed for February Exhibit at the Cultural Arts Center

November 3, 2018

The Whitewater Arts Alliance (WAA) is seeking quilts for the 2019 Quilt Show to take place February 1 to 24 in 2019 at the Cultural Arts Center, 402 W Main Street in Whitewater.

The Whitewater Arts Alliance is seeking area quilters for an exhibit in the Cultural Arts Center during February 2019.  The goal is to have 10-15 quilters participate in the showQuilts can be exhibited at the CAC either with pockets sewn into the quilts or with large clips.  They can be very small quilts or as large as king-sized.

Anyone interested in displaying their quilts should please complete the quilt form on www.whitewaterarts.org (click on Events and then Quilt Show to get to the form) and send it to Linda Long, PO Box 311, Whitewater WI 53190 by Dec. 1, 2018.  Please also either attach photos of your work or email them to Linda at Lcubed12@gmail.com.

Quilt show organizer Linda Long said, “Whether you hand- or machine-stitch, your quilt is a work of art.  Please consider sharing your art with our visitors at the CAC this February.”

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

November 1, 2018

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 www.whitewaterarts.org.  For more information, contact Linda Long at lcubed12@gmail.com or 262-473-5538 or Mary Nevicosi at marynevicosi@yahoo.com  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, www.whitewaterarts.org.

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.

Discover Whitewater Series donates $27,500 to local charities

November 1, 2018

The Discover Whitewater Series (DWS): Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5K sponsors, team leaders, volunteers, and five local charities gathered for a night of celebration at Willow Brook Golf Course on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.

“The race always has great support from the community and we’re always eager to give back,” DWS Executive Director Jeffery Knight said. “This year we had excellent numbers and were able to make a larger donation!”

The DWS donated $5,500 to each of the five charities for a total of $27,500. These charities include: Working for Whitewater’s Wellness, Bethel House, Whitewater Unified School District, Whitewater LEADS and J-Hawk Aquatic Club.

Each of the seven title sponsors for the DWS were given a chance to personally hand the donation and be photographed with a charity partner of their choice during the banquet.

“This is the second year I have been the Race Director and I am still filled with joy to give back to my home community,” DWS Race Director Dawson Miller said. “I have no doubt that next year will be just as good, if not better.”

A survey was posted on the DWS’s Facebook page (facebook.com/runwhitewater) for participants to voice their opinions on the 2018 race. The survey was created for the DWS team to learn what went well and what didn’t go so well on race day; this year a large majority of the respondents were extremely satisfied. The top response was made to the DWS volunteers. Eighty-nine percent of respondents reviewed the DWS volunteers as excellent and helpful on race day. Many respondents were also pleased with the challenge of the DWS course. Roughly 65 percent of respondents ranked the DWS as better than other races of similar size.

“The DWS has volunteers from all around the City and without their help the DWS wouldn’t be possible,” GWC Chairman Larry Kachel said. “The banquet is meant to honor our charity partners and thank all those that participated on race day, from runners to volunteers.” The seventh annual DWS will take place on Sunday, September 22, 2019.

For more information about the DWS contact Knight at jpk@knightpublicaffairs.com or 920.728.0662

Art by WAA Members at CAC November 8 to December 9

October 31, 2018

The annual Whitewater Arts Alliance Members Show (and sale) will be exhibited at the Whitewater Cultural Arts Center, 402 West Main Street, from Thursday, Nov. 8 to Sunday, Dec. 9. Except for Thanksgiving week, the gallery will be open Thursday through Sunday each week from 12:00 to 5:00 PM.  The Whitewater Arts Alliance invites the public to an opening reception on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  Viewing the exhibit is free of charge and open to everyone interested in the visual arts.

The WAA Members Show welcomes art pieces by Whitewater Arts Alliance members in any 2-D or 3-D medium completed during the last two years. The Alliance encourages each artist to submit three to four pieces.  All participants will be entered in a blind drawing for a free 2019 WAA membership.  The drawing will be Sunday, Nov. 11.

Anyone can become a member of the Whitewater Arts Alliance by completing a membership form and choosing a contribution level.  Check out www.whitewaterarts.org and click on “getting involved” and “membership” for more details.

From Nov. 8 to Nov. 18, show visitors will also have the opportunity to help select four pieces for the 2019 WAA note cards.  When visitors enter the exhibit, docents will give each visitor a set of four adhesive stickers. While viewing the art pieces on exhibit, the viewers will place one or more of their stickers on the white cards beside their favorite pieces.  Photographs of the four pieces with the highest number of stickers (votes) will be printed as note cards.  After the close of voting on Nov. 18, Virginia Epps will notify the winners.  At about 2:30 P. M. on Sunday, Dec. 9, a WAA representative will announce the viewers’ choices.  The Whitewater Arts Alliance is pleased to give the members whose pieces are chosen for the note cards a set of 12 cards.  If all systems work well, the note cards will be available to the artists and for purchase on Dec. 9.

Members of the Whitewater Arts Alliance are to bring their art to the Cultural Arts Center gallery on Sunday, Nov. 4 between 4:30 and 6:00 PM.  Artists are to pick up their art pieces after the note card distribution on Sunday, Dec. 9 at about 2:30 P.M.


Random Acts of Kindness completed by the Whitewater Gymhawks Youth Gymnastics Team

October 30, 2018

Members of the Gymhawks Gymnastics Competitive Team in Whitewater recently worked together to complete 19 Random Acts of Kindness from October 5 – 24 to celebrate the memory of their former teammate and friend, Avery McCarthy. Avery was an 11-year old, talented and hard working gymnast, who was also a follower of Christ with a kind heart and a love of life. She focused on giving of herself and helping others, bringing joy to people every day simply by letting them know she cared. Each year, the 19 days between Avery’s birthday and the day she tragically passed away six years ago are celebrated – by completing 19 random acts of kindness in her honor. Inspired by the love and guidance provided by their coach, Allison Annala, and in celebration of the girls’ bond as teammates and friends, the team eagerly completed their Random Acts of Kindness throughout Whitewater and their surrounding communities. As team members reside in Whitewater, Palmyra, Janesville, and as far away as Watertown, Oconomowoc, Orfordville and surrounding areas, a variety of area organizations and individuals benefitted from the team’s efforts. A sample of their acts are noted below (a complete listing with additional photos and related video can be found on the Gymhawks Facebook page).

Day 12 – Ava (level 4) delivered a baking package to a retired teacher at her school who is recovering from cancer

Day 10 – Falyn (level 4) donated 19 handmade fleece blankets and pet food to the Humane Society of Jefferson County

Day 9 – Benzi (level 3) donated personal care items and doughnuts to the shelter for women and children at the House of Mercy in Janesville

Day 7 – Makayla (level 4) donated 19 items, including kid-friendly snacks, to The Little Food Pantry in Whitewater

Day 6 – Izzy (level 7) delivered a fall plant and a special “Thank you” to the Vice Principal at her school for going above and beyond in helping her throughout the year

Day 5 – Bailey (level 3) delivered flowers care package to the 3rd floor nurses and patients at Fairhaven Senior Services in Whitewater in memory of her great-grandmother who was a resident there until she passed.

Day 4 – Trinity (level 6) Baked cookies to share with her whole class at school

Day 3 – Lacy (level 3) Donated 19 pairs of socks to the Community Clothes Closet in Whitewater

Day 1 – Carmen (Level 5) and Courtney (Level 4) delivered a box of fire-themed treats to the Janesville fire station and cookies to their police station to thank their local heroes

The Gymhawks Gymnastics program is a developmental gymnastics program run by the UW-Whitewater Gymnastics team. Young gymnasts learn in state-of-the art facilities with professional and caring staff and train in the same facilities as the five-time NCGA Division III National Gymnastics Champions Whitewater Warhawks. Gymhawks offer recreational group sessions, private and semi-private lessons, gymnastics camps, birthday parties, and has a USAG Competitive Team.

The Gymhawks competitive team currently consists of 21 team members, competing at Levels 3 – 7. Their team has completed the first two of five scheduled competitive meets this season and 12 gymnasts have already qualified to compete at the State Gymnastics Competition on December 1st for Levels 3 – 5. Gymnasts Amethyst Grunnert (Level 3), Ava Zepezauer (Level 4) and Rhianna Pena (Level 5) are currently leading each level with high scores.

For more information about Gymhawks Gymnastics, contact Head Coach Allison Annala at gymhawks@uww.edu or 262-472-1454, find them on Facebook under “Gymhawks Gymnastics” or at the University of Whitewater’s website.

For more information about Averydayministries, find them on Facebook under AVERYday Ministries.

WUSD Geography Project Shared at Geofest Conference

October 30, 2018
John Houwers was a presenter at the 2018 Geofest that was held on the campus of St. Norbert College. Geofest is sponsored by the Wisconsin Geographic Alliance every year. It is Wisconsin’s best geographic education opportunity for K-12 teachers and the community. Students in last year’s AP Human Geography course were selected to participate in the Google Expeditions Beta project #LoveWhereYouLive created by John Houwers, Whitewater Unified School District Tech Integrator and students at Whitewater High School. Houwers shared a project created by students in Mr. Greg Stewart’s AP Human Geography Course.

Teachers gained insight into how their city’s history and geography can be understood by students by creating a Virtual Reality Tour using Google’s Tour Creator. This project can be can shared with others in Whitewater and the world. At the end of the conference, geography teachers from around the state had a firsthand look using VR headsets.

Mr. Stewart would like to thank Carol Cartwright of the Whitewater Historical Society for her time and effort in working with the students in assisting with the project. Many of the students were fascinated with the incredible photo archives collected by local historians. Students gained an appreciation of Whitewater’s past through geographic inquiry.


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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