Statement from UW System President Tommy Thompson on CDC Antigen Test Study

(UW System press release, Dec. 31) MADISON, Wis.— University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson today issued this statement on a new CDC antigen test study:
“We are pleased to have partnered with the CDC on the study the agency released today, which identifies
the Sofia rapid-results antigen test as an appropriate use for congregate settings such as for our residence
hall population. This study affirms the efficacy of our testing efforts to stop the spread of the virus, by
enabling us to quickly identify students who may have the virus and quarantine them away from other
students while administering a confirmatory PCR test. We established protocols last fall for symptomatic
students to get a PCR test, which is consistent with results of this study. In addition, the accuracy of a
negative result on the Sofia test allowed our students to live and study on campus successfully. We will
embark on an even more aggressive testing program using the Sofia rapid-results test during the spring
semester. We also continue to encourage members of the public to take advantage of our surge testing
sites using the free Abbott BinaxNOW rapid-results test when they become operational again January 4.”

Whitewater Community Fundraising Partners Joined with The Black Sheep to Sponsor 140 Meals for Community Youth and Families (UPDATED with photos)

The Whitewater Community Fundraising Partners joined up with Tyler Sailsbery of The Black Sheep, along with his staff, to sponsor 140 meals to feed our community youth and their families. The Black Sheep staff and WCFP volunteers packaged the meals one night and delivered them the following morning. The recipients appreciated the thoughtful and delicious holiday meals! The Whitewater Community Fundraising Partners is a nonprofit organization of classmates from the WHS class of 1982, plus friends. See for more details.

Tim Nelson, Cheri Zimdars, and Janet Simkus bag up holiday meals, while Mary Kay, Steph, and Kiara Nelson work at the back table
Mary Kay Nelson, John Pio, and Ron Walenton box up salad fixings and desserts
Ron Walenton, Mary Kay Nelson, Kiefer Sullivan, Tyler Sailsbery, and John Pio
Eric Zimdars, Janet Simkus, Cheri Zimdars, Mary Kay and Tim Nelson, Joan Domitrz fill vehicles prior to delivery
Kiara and Steph Nelson are about to deliver meals

Please Help Keep Fire Hydrants Clear of Snow & Ice

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Whitewater Fire Department

(Whitewater Fire Dept. Facebook post)  · When you are clearing your driveways and sidewalks today, don’t forget to give your local hydrant some love! It makes our jobs much easier and allows us to better protect lives and property. We found one this morning that had already been cleared, thanks to all those who help us and their fellow citizens out.

Recent Home (and Other Property) Sales

Source: Wisconsin Department of Revenue – Arms length sales recorded in December, 2020

218 E. Lakeview Dr.$292,000
805 & 807 W. Highland St.239,900
519 W. Starin Rd.215,000
228 S. Church St.380,000
338 E. Main St.140,000
1277 E. Bluff Rd., #112165,000
141 N. George St.150,000
281 N. Park St.161,500
640 N. Prospect Dr.4,850,000
351 S. Wisconsin St., #11241,900
950 W. Charles St.65,700
N7459 E. Lakeshore Dr.250,000
112 S. First St.83,000
304 S. Janesville St.141,000
516 W. Whitewater St.118,500
277 S. Janesville St.108,750
1264 W. Blooming Field Dr.234,000
412 S. Summit St.350,000
206 S. Woodland Dr.184,600

Temporary Closings: Subway for a Week, Starting Sat. @ 3 p.m. for Remodeling; Baymont Inn for Longer Period

Satyen & Neera Bhatnagar, owners of the Subway Restaurant on Main St., told the Banner that they “will be closed for remodel from 3 p.m. 2nd January to 8th January 2021. We will be reopening on 9th of January 2021.
Sorry for inconvenience.”

Separately, the sign on the door at the Baymont Inn indicates that they are temporarily closed and suggests calling the Super 8 (which is under the same ownership) for lodging. An employee at the Super 8 told the Banner that Baymont is going to be closed “for a couple months.”

Welcome to the first #FlashbackFriday of 2021 with the Whitewater Historical Society!

Pictured here is a New Years postcard postmarked January 1, 1913. It was sent from Mary R. to a S.W.W. Burgett, both of Whitewater. In her note, Mary sends “greetings for the new year!” In the early twentieth century, postcards were an especially popular way to send a short note to friends and family on special occasions, holidays, and sometimes just to say hi. Mary’s postcard only cost her one cent to send! What are your family’s New Year’s traditions and memories?

Join us next week for more from the Whitewater Historical Society collections!

(Burgett Family Postcards Collection, Whitewater Historical Society)​

Charlotte Loth passed away on December 30, 2020 at Lakeland Hospital in Elkhorn of COVID related complications

Charlotte Loth passed away on Dec 30, 2020 at Lakeland Hospital in Elkhorn, WI of COVID related complications.  She was born on March 18, 1928 in Whitewater, WI to Ellis Arthur Uglow and Dorothy May Mules Uglow.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy and Ellis Uglow, her husband Fritz, son Greg, and brother Thane Uglow.  She is survived by her daughter Karen (Tom) Heuerman, East Troy, her son Bob (Jean) Loth, East Troy, and daughter in law Sue Loth, Elkhorn; grandchildren Stacey Heuerman, East Troy, Dean Heuerman, Barneveld, WI, Theresa (Erik) Anderson, Elkhorn, Jeb (Caty) Loth, Elkhorn, Allen Loth, East Troy, Brooksie Loth, Highlands Ranch, CO, and Claire Loth, Phoenix, AZ; she is further survived by great-grandchildren Alexa Heuerman; Aiden Macara; Landon, Caleb and Hallie Loth; Jackson, Katie and Nic Anderson; sister Bonnie (Dave) Stanley, Whitewater, WI, sister in law Carol Uglow, Madison, WI and many other friends and family.

Charlotte was born and raised in Heart Prairie (near Whitewater), WI.  She graduated from Whitewater HS in 1946 and attended UW Whitewater for two years.  She met Fritz when she was a bookkeeper at the Equity Co-op in East Troy.  They married in 1950, making their home in rural East Troy where Fritz farmed and Charlotte was a waitress at Linden Terrace Supper Club and then later as a clerk at the Road Ranger and Shell gas stations in town.  Their family grew and their years together multiplied until Fritz’s death in 2001.

Charlotte was an active member at East Troy and Troy Center Methodist Churches through the years.

She was a loving daughter, sibling, mother, wife, grandmother and friend.  She enjoyed a good game of Sheepshead, pinochle and others.  She would often say “this ain’t no lovefest” when playing cards with the family.  She enjoyed going to the casino and scratch off lottery tickets.  We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention her love for the Brewers, Badger football and Packers, seldom missing a game! 

According to Charlotte’s wishes, she wanted to be cremated with no memorial service.  Memorials may be directed to Troy Center Methodist Church (8801Briggs St), Troy Center Fire Dept (N8870 Briggs St), your local food pantry or other charity of your choice. 

Whippet Girls Down Clinton in Nail Biter

Article by Kristen Lippens
Whitewater High School Head Girls’ Basketball Coach

The Whippet Girls’ Basketball Team competed in a rescheduled conference game against Clinton on Tuesday, December 29. It was a nail biter throughout the game, but the Whippets prevailed 52-51.

Kacie Carollo led the team with 24 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals.

Kindyl Kilar dominated the boards with 11 rebounds, scored 15 points, and had 5 steals.

Danielle DePorter contributed with 8 points, 2 assists, and 1 steal.

Happy New Year from the Banner

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All Jefferson County Snowmobile Trails are Open

(Jefferson County press release) All Jefferson County Snowmobile Trails will be open at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 31, 2020.

This includes all County Trails – both north and south.

Some trails may be closed due to open water.
Plowed fields may be rough.
Please ride safely.

Please stay on the marked trails and obey all signage.

Please call the Snowmobile Alliance 24-hour Hotline at 920-699-SNOW (7669) daily for current information. Snowmobile trails in adjoining counties may be closed. Trail users should check with each county to determine trail status.