Friends of Whitewater Aquatic Center and School District Food Drive

The Friends of Whitewater Aquatic and Fitness Center (WAFC) is thankful to all of the students from Lincoln Elementary School, Washington Elementary School and Lakeview Elementary School who brought in two canned food donations for the Whitewater Food Pantry in conjunction with receiving a free day-pass to the Whitewater Aquatic and Fitness Center.

“One of our goals is to encourage people of all ages from Whitewater to use the great fitness center and swimming pool that we have right here in Whitewater. The Whitewater Aquatic and Fitness Center is a treasure, and we are glad that so many children participated in the food drive that will also benefit other people in our community,” said Ron Binning, President of the Friends of WAFC.

Banco Insurance Agency will also donate a pizza party to one class from each school that had the most participants in the food drive.“Banco Insurance Agency is pleased to participate in this great community project that benefits everyone involved,” said Kasey Reed, Treasurer of the Friends of WAFC.

The Friends of WAFC is made up of members of the community who support the WAFC to maintain and improve the services provided with the goal of bettering the lifelong health and fitness of the citizens of the Whitewater area. 2016-17 was a transition year for the Aquatic Center, as Whitewater Parks and Recreation took over running the building. Many wonderful additions happened this year, with new fitness equipment installed, painting, new carpeting, and audio-visual equipment.

The Friends of WAFC transitioned to help with the Family Partnership Fund, which makes the pool and fitness room available to everyone in the community, regardless of income. Families that wish to use the center but cannot afford the fees may apply for financial assistance to join. In addition, the Friends Group worked with the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs to provide towels for members to use in the center. Also, donations were made in memory of a Whitewater resident, making it possible for low-income people to access swim lessons at a reduced price. The Friends group also assisted with a new sign that sits near the tennis court to help direct people to the center.

All membership fees and donations to the Friends of WAFC are processed through the Whitewater Community Foundation, a partner in managing the funds that the Friends raise and distribute to the Whitewater Aquatic Center.
Friends of WAFC can be reached via email at

WMS Word Masters Challenge Winners

The WordMasters Challenge™ is a vocabulary competition based on completing analogies. Whitewater Middle School has received the final cumulative results from this year’s events.

Congratulations to the top scoring students for the 2017-18 school year. They are: Caleigh Yang, Sophie Walton, Zuri Goldsmith, Henry Mortimer, Liz Ngabo, Jack Cohen, Reese Brantmeier, Madison Strickler, Cosette Wildermuth-Breitzman, and Savannah Hill.

Special recognition and a medal go to Caleigh Yang for having the top score at WMS and proving that it does pay to study the words.

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect From 1 pm Wednesday To 4 am Thursday

Whitewater area residents are still digging out from snow over the weekend and a new storm is making its way toward us.

From the National Weather Service:
Winter Weather Advisory In Effect From 1 pm Wednesday To 4 am Thursday.

Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches are expected. Lowest amounts will be toward southeast Wisconsin.

Where: Portions of east central, south central, and southeast Wisconsin

When: From 1 pm Wednesday to 4 am Thursday; Precipitation may begin as a wintry mix before changing to snow

Additional details: Snow may be heavy at times. Plan on reduced visibility and slippery road conditions, including during the afternoon commute on Wednesday.

Precautionary/preparedness actions: A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

The latest road conditions for the State you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5-1-1.

Memory Café Meeting, April 9 at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, will host a monthly Memory Café for individuals who are living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), early-stage Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and their care partners. This free social event will be held on the second Monday of every month in the Library Community Room at 431 W. Center St. in Whitewater, at 10:30 am.

The next meeting will be April 9th. The theme will be “Telling Your Stories” with collaborative storytelling games.

The Memory Café offers participants a safe and fun way to share their stories and socialize with others who have similar experiences. Learn how staying physically, socially and mentally active is good for the brain.

Registration is required for first-time attendees. Please call 800-272-3900 to register.

WHS Academic Excellence Scholarship Winners

Whitewater High School is proud to announce that Lydia Wiley Deal and Zachary Gross are the Class of 2018 Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship winners. Lydia and Zachary will each receive $2,250 per year for four years ($9,000 total) while they attend college in Wisconsin. Recipients chosen each year must have the highest cumulative grade point average in their class. If there is a tie for the highest GPA, winners are selected based on the highest number of honor points and ACT / SAT test scores.

Congratulations Lydia and Zachary!


The SweetSpot Bakehouse Brings Home Statewide Awards

The bakers of  The SweetSpot Bakehouse participated in the Midwest Foodservice Expo’s 2018 Baking & Cake Decorating Competition in Milwaukee. This year’s competition had a record 80 entries representing 37 bakeries. The SweetSpot’s bakers entered six items and came home with three awards.

Sarah Hoots won second place in the Best of the Midwest Pie Contest for her peach crisp pie. She spent several weeks developing the recipe for this crumble-topped pie, which will be available at The SweetSpot in the near future.

Natalie Meyer took home the second place prize for her gold and ivory wedding cake in the Extreme Wedding Cake Challenge / Student Divison. This was the first time Natalie has decorated a wedding cake.

Karen Moline, owner and lead decorator at The SweetSpot, brought home the Best of Show award for her black and white wedding cake in the Extreme Wedding Cake Challenge / Professional Divison.

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic | Monday, March 12

Award winning journalist Sam Quinones will present “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” Monday, March 12  at 7 p.m. in the Young Auditorium on the UW-Whitewater campus.
Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, former Los Angeles Times reporter, and author of three acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction including “Dreamland”, the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner for general nonfiction. The book chronicles the opiate crisis that took hold in Portsmouth, Ohio and how the town came together to address the dependency and work toward economic and social revitalization. “Dreamland” was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize and on over a dozen “Best Books of 2015” lists.
Quinones spent 10 years with the Los Angeles Times and has also published in National Geographic, Pacific Standard magazine, the New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and other outlets.

The event is free and open to the public.

Outstanding Citizen: Abby Gnatzig

Abby Gnatzig  was honored for her outstanding citizenship at a Good Citizens Award Luncheon sponsored by the Fort Atkinson Daughters of the American Revolution at the Hoard Historical Museum on March 1.
Abby was chosen for her dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, and punctuality), leadership (personality, self-control, ability to assume responsibility), service  (cooperation, courtesy, and consideration of others) and patriotism (unselfish interest in family, school, community, and nation) to an outstanding degree.

Abby was joined by her parents Brian and Sam Gnatzig (pictured with Abby, below left), her Spanish teacher Kate McNulty, her National Honor Society Advisor Pamela Sonmor-Wintz, and other honorees from Cambridge, Fort Atkinson, Johnson Creek, Lake Mills and Palmyra-Eagle (pictured with Abby, below right).

Congratulations Abby!