“BlacKKKlansman” — Tuesday, August 27 at 12:30 p.m., Seniors in the Park

Based on a true story: an African American police officer in Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan chapter with the help of a Jewish police partner, who eventually is offered to become its leader.  Nominated for Best Picture; Oscar Winner for Best Adapted Screenplay (Spike Lee). Stars John David Washington, Adam Driver, Alec Baldwin, and Topher Grace. 

When: Tuesday, August 27, 12:30 p.m.

Where: Seniors in the Park

Movie Information: Rated R (Language, violence); 2 hours, 15 minutes (2018)

“The History Boys” — Wednesday, August 21 at 12:30 p.m., Seniors in the Park

Remember the professor or teacher who made you think and wonder, and inspired you..? In 1980’s England, an unruly class of gifted and charming young men are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their Headmaster pushes them to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge. Based on the Tony Award winning Best Play, this film stars Richard Griffiths, James Corden (now host of CBS “Late Late Show”), Russell Tovey (ABC’s “Quantico”) and Dominic Cooper (“Mamma Mia” films). Filmed on location at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. This film was requested anonymously by the spouse of a departed UW-Whitewater History professor. 

When: Wednesday, August 21, 12:30 p.m.

Where: Seniors in the Park

Movie Information: Rated R (Language, sexual content) (2006)

Eleanor Ann Reeb, 92, of Whitewater passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

Eleanor Ann (McCutchern) Reeb was born on July 31, 1927 in Macomb, Illinois, the daughter of Ralph McCutchern and Wilma (Koontz).

She graduated in 1945 from the Western Training School and Western Academy at the Western Illinois State Teacher’s College in Macomb. She married on November 28, 1947 at the Methodist Church in Hebron, Illinois to Louis Reeb. They started farming in Waterford in 1951 and then bought their own farm in Fort Atkinson in 1959.

Lou had a heart attack in 1971, so they gave up farming and moved to an Arizona retirement community. Lou golfed with their youngest daughter, Gina, and Eleanor gardened in the Arizona sunshine. Then they moved closer to family in an Arkansas retirement community. Lou had two 18-hole golf courses and a lake to fish. After Lou’s death, Eleanor moved back to Wisconsin to be closer to family. She restored an abandoned home and lived there for thirty years.

Eleanor loved being close to family, farming, gardening and quilting.

Eleanor is survived by four children, John (Jean) Reeb of Whitewater, Stanley Reeb of Eastman, Ted (Becky) Reeb of Whitewater, Gina (Dennis Bookout) Ivey of Ash Flat, Arkansas; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Dick McCutchern of Tucson, Arizona; sister, Shirley Weeks; brother-in-law, Kenneth Reeb; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Louis Reeb and Daughter, Carol.

A memorial service for Eleanor will take place at the First United Methodist Church, 145 Prairie St., Whitewater, WI 53190, on August 31, 2019 at 11 AM. Visitation will take place from 9:30 AM until the time of services. Burial will follow services at Cold Spring Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Eleanor’s name to Rainbow Hospice Care or the First United Methodist Church in Whitewater.

Nitardy funeral home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Fifteen New Members Complete Ferradermis Boot Camp

Ferradermis, Whitewater High School’s FIRST Robotics Team #6574, wrapped up a busy summer by hosting their second annual Boot Camp for new members from August 3 through August 10, 2019. Twelve veteran team members and nine of their adult mentors led fifteen new members through the basics of FIRST Robotics and guided them through designing, prototyping, manufacturing, wiring, and programming a fuel (whiffle ball) shooter capable of playing the official game from the 2017 season. The 2017 Steamworks season was Ferradermis’ rookie year in the competition, but their first robot was not complex enough to play that portion of the game, so this was a new challenge for both the veterans and the rookies. New members included not only incoming freshmen, but also sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have made the commitment to join. Entering their fourth year this year, Ferradermis will be 43 members strong. Additional students are welcome to join the team this fall.

The team began each day of Boot Camp with a team-building activity. Over the course of the week, students completed the reverse cup stacking challenge, the marshmallow challenge, the nail stacking challenge, the balloon launch, and the blind object challenge. Students and mentors also maintained a memory wall to share their best memories of past robotics events and the current week. All of the challenges were designed to promote communication within and between sub-teams and alliances as well as the importance of understanding and interpreting rules.

New members were introduced to FIRST Robotics with a game of Ferradermis Bingo. In order to bingo they had to learn and be able to share information such as the number of teams on an alliance, the colors of the alliance, the Ferradermis team number, the definition of Gracious Professionalism, and the role of a mentor. On day one, new members also rotated through short sessions that served as an introduction to the various sub-teams within Ferradermis: CAD/Mechanical, Electrical/Programming, Competition Logistics, and Business. They were then presented with their challenge for the week.

Throughout the week, veteran and new members worked side by side to complete their challenge, and by the end of the day on the 10th, they were able to successfully test their robot by shooting fuel into a makeshift goal. Although their aim wasn’t perfect, they did achieve their goal of building a functional robot. Boot Camp is meant to model the first week of the six-week build season so that new members have an understanding of how the team will operate once the new season’s challenge is introduced.

The Business team used this week as an opportunity to launch their 2019-2020 fundraising campaign by preparing a mailing for our current and prospective sponsors, developing a campaign at DonorsChoose.org, submitting multiple grant applications, and writing thank you notes. The team operates on a budget of approximately $60,000 per year and is funded through the school district, grants, donations from businesses, individuals, and service organizations, student fundraising, and family contributions. This budget allows the team to build two robots, travel to two regional competitions, compete at the World Championships in Detroit when they’ve qualified, travel to trainings and events hosted by other teams, and compete in multiple off-season events. If you are interested in supporting Ferradermis financially, donations can be made through a link on our web site at http://ferradermis.org/support.php or by contacting Laura Masbruch at lmasbruch@wwusd.org.

Ferradermis will have a busy fall as they are planning to participate in two off-season competitions with their 2019 robot in September. The first will be at the Milwaukee Maker Faire on Saturday, September 14. This event is open to the public. On the weekend of September 28, the team has been invited to travel with Round Table Robotics from Oak Creek High School to IndyRAGE in Indianapolis, a competition where the drive team and the pit crew are to be all female. People attending the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the high school on Sunday, September 22, will have the opportunity to discuss the team with our members volunteering at the breakfast. Runners in the Discover Whitewater race will also see team members cheering them on from one of the water stations. The team has multiple presentations scheduled in the coming months including one for school district staff, one for Delta Kappa Gamma, and one at the AAUW Tech Savvy Conference at UW-Whitewater for girls in grades 6-9. If you would like to have the team do a presentation for your business or organization, please email ferradermis@gmail.com or contact Laura Masbruch at the high school. The team is also working to help start and mentor FIRST LEGO League Teams involving students from all three elementary schools in Whitewater as well as help another area high school launch an FRC Team.

Ferradermis thanks their current mentors who operated the boot camp including Co-Head Coaches Carissa Petzinger, an engineer from Generac, and Dilpreet Randhawa, a member of Wisconsin Robotics at UW-Madison, Allison Conrad and Nick Ackerman, both a part of Wisconsin Robotics, Rob Prager from Wisconsin Ovens, Komboocho entrepreneur Doug Grall, and WHS alumni Andrew Cipriano and Leif Sahyun. Ferradermis is always looking for additional adult mentors. If you have a particular talent such as electronics, programming, engineering, or business that you would be willing to share, or if you are just willing to learn, we’d love to hear from you. Go, Ferradermis!

Whitewater teen wins USTA 16s title

Reese Brantmeier, pictured here in this file photo, won the USTA Billie Jean King Girls’ 16s National Championship.

Reese Brantmeier, a 14-year-old girl from Whitewater, came armed with a serve that occasionally hit 100 mph and sharp forehand shots that could leave her older opponent flat-footed.

So, with that arsenal and an aim at her first national title, 14th-seeded Reese Brantmeier went from underdog to champion in the USTA Billie Jean King Girls’ 18s and 16s National Championships.

Brantmeier took the 16s crown 6-2, 6-0 over No. 1 Valencia Xu, 16, of Livingston, N.J., at the Barnes Center on Saturday.

For more, head over to view the entire article at San Diego Union Tribune.

Upcoming City & Community Meetings: Week of August 12 – August 18

Plan and Architectural Review Commission Meeting – Monday, August 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM; Whitewater Municipal Building Community Room

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Whitewater School Board – Special Meeting – Monday, August 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM; Whitewater Unified School District Central Office


Joint Public Works/Finance Committee Meeting – Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM; Whitewater Municipal Building – 2nd Floor, Cravath Lakefront Room

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Parks and Recreation Board Meeting – Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 5:30 PM; Whitewater Municipal Building – 2nd Floor, Cravath Lakefront Room

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CDA Board Meeting – Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 5:30 PM; Innovation Center, Room 105

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Second serious accident at Highway 12 and Walworth Ave intersection in less than 2 weeks

A second serious accident at the intersection of Highway 12 and Walworth Avenue / County Road N occurred on Friday, August 9 at approximately 4:45 pm. From the Walworth County Scanner Updates Facebook page:

Whitewater Fire and Rescue: Accident on Walworth Ave. and Highway 12 bypass. Flight for life just requested.

More information will be shared if it becomes available.

For additional coverage, see this post from Channel 3000.com.

Rhonda Rae Cook, 62, Fort Atkinson, passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, after a determined fight with cancer, at Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek, WI.

Rhonda was born on October 3, 1956 in Fort Atkinson to Harry Jr and Rosemarie (Wenger) Phelps. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1974 and attended UW-Madison where she was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority. On May 7, 1977 Rhonda married Alan Cook. She started her career as a travel agent and later co-owned Fort Travel Center. After closing the business, she formed Help Me Rhonda Travel and dairy farmed alongside her husband and daughter Stephanie. She was a long time active member of the Fort Atkinson Junior Women’s Club and a lifetime member of the Fort Atkinson FFA Alumni Association. Rhonda enjoyed traveling extensively, gardening, caring for her grandchildren, and spending time with her family and close friends. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Alan; children Kylene (Mark) Anderson, Gregory (Chevon) Cook and Stephanie (Ryan) Hitt all of Fort Atkinson; grandchildren Isabelle, Kiefer and Kirk Anderson, Heston and Lana Cook; brother James (Ann) Phelps, Madison, WI; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 314 Barrie St., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. A visitation will be held on Monday, August 12, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church and on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. As an expression of sympathy you may wish to consider memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church or Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.

Nitardy Funeral Home, Fort Atkinson is assisting the family, www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

“Poms” — Tuesday, August 13 at 12:30 p.m., Seniors in the Park

A delightful comedy about a group of women who form a cheerleading squad at their retirement community, proving that you’re never too old to ‘bring it.’Stars Diane Keaton, Rhea Perlman, and Pam Grier.

When: Tuesday, August 13, 12:30 p.m.

Where: Seniors in the Park

Movie Information: PG-13; 1 hour, 31 minutes (2019)

Banner City Bikers Summer Travels: Coming Home

Article and Photos by Blake Scharine

Previous installments: The Journey Begins | Part II | Tail of the Dragon | Rain!

Well our time in Georgia has come to an end. What an incredible week, crazy yet awesome roads, beautiful lush mountain views, relaxing evenings with friends, great BBQ, camaraderie, and fellowship with old friends and new ones. 

On our way home we planned a day at The Ark Encounter in Kentucky. What can i say, this is biblical history come alive. You can see all the pictures out there and until you stand next to this life-size replica of Noah’s Ark. You can’t realize the enormity of the ship and the amazing engineering utilized within. Make it a family trip. Patty & Steve decided to try their hand at zip-lining at the ark, a perfect activity for Crazy Patty!

Leaving the ark, we skipped the interstate and took a fun 2 hour back roads ride to Greensburg, IN for our last night together. I know i speak for all the group when i say these trips are definitely about the journey not the destination. All total we rode more than 3000 miles, equating to about 80 – 90 hours of riding. Lots of laughs, sore muscles, sharing meals, card playing & looking out for one another. I encourage you to find us on facebook for more pics…@bannercitybikers

Until next year thanks for being a part of our Georgia excursion for 2019! God has blessed us with the opportunity to experience His creation on the back of our motorcycles, what has He done for you that you can share with others and bless them?