“Sheltering with Poems: community and connection during covid” offered live on Zoom and Facebook on April 15

(Fort Atkinson Public Library) The Dwight Foster Public Library and the Friends of Lorine Niedecker are happy to announce a reading by Wisconsin poets to celebrate National Poetry Month. The poets featured at this reading are all included in the new anthology “Sheltering with Poems: community and connection during covid,” and the readings will take place on Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. on Facebook and live on Zoom. To register go to fortlibrary.org/covidpoetry.

In his foreword to the anthology, former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland “modestly” proposes “adding poets and artists to the list of essential workers.” While not as vital or heroic as nurses, doctors, teachers and “those among us doing what needs to be done day after day,” Garland says poetry can relate the “ongoing news of what happens in the hearts and minds of ordinary people facing extraordinary peril. News from the front lines of feeling.”

Although the pandemic goes on, in fact, many of the poems were written before the late 2020 surge, they come from the heart of the first reckoning of the otherness and disturbance of our “normal” daily lives, before we (almost) got used to the “new normal” among all the other new vocabulary. Witness these words from Appleton poet Cathryn Cofell’s “Hope is a Force of Nature:” One minute you’re sitting / on a porch enjoying the view / and then bam! Hope turns / yellow sun to bruise // blue sky inside out / porch swing to kindling / and you into your neighbor’s /arbor vitae, ass over teakettle

There are descriptions of the new way time feels, as in Madisonian Jody Murad Curley’s poem, “Pandemimonium:”
let the calendar drop its pages / let the phone lose its charge / let passwords pass away as / the clouds drift by above our heads // let us / stop

The poems in the anthology do deal with those new terms and situations: sheltering in place, social distancing, isolation. But it’s not just a bleak world depicted in poems. Madison poet Ron Czerwien poetically describes the proper distance for social distancing in “Where We Stand:” Equal to a man of average height / wearing a Lincoln-esque top hat / while lying on the ground.

There is an ode to soap, a poem that wonders if toilet paper will save us. There are poems that ponder our relationship to hair length and the trajectory of spit. Many poems note the days: “Day Fourteen,” “America in the Third Week,” or other numbers: “One Hundred Thousand and Climbing.” The poets in this anthology are nurses and lawyers, teachers and scientists, artists, students, booksellers and business owners. Their poems speak to all of us going through this pandemic together.

“If there is shelter in poetry, or art itself, it’s a movable shelter,” Garland writes, “an ancient antigen, shelter that preserves, but also reinvigorates; comforts, but also reawakens our latent capacity for healing.”

Fun Facts:
The anthology has poems by four former or current state poets laureate, two each former poets laureate from Madison and Door County, and one each from Eau Claire, Sheboygan and Madison.

Whitewater Public Library offers Reliable Health Information Workshop virtually on April 10

(Whitewater Public Library submission) The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library invites interested people to register for a Reliable Health Information Workshop to take place on Saturday, April 10th at 10:30 a.m. This virtual workshop will be available at whitewaterlibrary.org.

This is a free, 90-minute educational program developed by Wisconsin Health Literacy. The program helps adults use the internet to find reliable health information. Participants will learn how to tell which websites are good and practice searching different health topics.

Program includes:
•       Searching for health information that can be trusted
•       How to read a webpage – finding quick facts and key points
•       How to tell if the information you found is from a good source
•       Finding sites in other languages
•       Differences between using a computer or mobile device
•       Local places to use the internet 
•       Using other online resources for your health

Former American Legion Building Demolished to Make Way for Senior Apartments

Demolition of the former Veterans Memorial (American Legion) Building at 292 S. Wisconsin Street has nearly been completed in order to begin construction by DLK Remodeling of a ten apartment residence for people age 55+. The building will include an attached parking garage. Architectural drawings and other details about the project may be found in the agenda of the Plan & Architectural Review Commission meeting of March 9, 2020.

On Memorial Day in 2019, as part of his comments at the Veterans Memorial Building, American Legion Adjutant Steve Smith announced that a dwindling active membership, a lack of resources to maintain the building, and a refocusing on serving verterans led to the decision by the William Graham Post 173 of the American Legion to sell its building, which was 50 years old. “To be clear, we are not going away,” Smith stated. “We are downsizing to better focus on our mission, and we will continue to meet and function as we have in the past.”

The tank which had been displayed at the front of the property was relocated to Elkhorn Memorial Park.

Wilfred Arthur Ludeman, 97, of Whitewater, died on March 31, 2021 at his home

Wilfred Arthur Ludeman, 97, of Whitewater, died on March 31, 2021 at his home.

Wilfred was born on June 12, 1923 in LaGrange, WI to Arthur and Lillian (Romey) Ludeman.  He graduated from Whitewater City High School in 1941. On June 20, 1946, Wilfred married Jean Orcutt. She preceded him in death on September 28, 2001. Wilfred owned and operated a dairy farm, drove school bus for 17 years, and worked for many years for Seasonal Services where he took great pride in the flowers and lawn at First Citizens State Bank. Wilfred was an active member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and served as an usher for 72 years.  He was also active in the FFA and 4-H. He and Jean also cared for many foster children over the years.

He is survived by his children: Mary Hoof; Kathy (Dan) Wood; John Ludeman; Patricia (Thomas) Korslin; Becky Ludeman; Kris Ludeman; son-in-law Michael Annessi; special family friend Laura Johnson; grandchildren: Matthew (Jennifer) Hoof; Sarah (Luke) Hein; Benjamin (Kelly) Ludeman; Michael Ludeman; Kate (Michael) Kennedy; Meg Tindal; Steve (Mariah) Korslin; Alexis and Alyssa Rodriguez; great-grandchildren: Elizabeth Freeman; Hailey and Caden Hoof; Jack Hein; Brock and Sophia Ludeman; Nathan and Cora Kennedy, Natalie and Jaxson Tindal; great-great grandson: Beckett Chaplin, and several others he thought of as family.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sister, Caroline; daughter, Jean;  daughter-in-law, Patsy; granddaughter, Vicki Jo; brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Bertha Ludeman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church 1225 W. Main St. Whitewater, WI 53190.  Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Whitewater.  A visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.  For your convenience, mass will also be live streamed on Tuesday. Please go to nitardyfuneralhome.com and follow the link on Wilfred’s obituary.

Following church and city protocols, masks are required and social distancing observed.  Because seating is limited, please email Becky at ludemanb@gmail.com if you are planning to attend in person for seat availability.  There will be no reception following the graveside service.  In lieu of flowers we suggest a memorial in Wilfred’s name to St. Patrick Catholic Church: Music and Liturgy or to the Parkinson’s Foundation.  Online condolences may be made by visiting www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

Obituary of Mary J. Goeglein has been updated with arrangements

A Memorial Service will be held to honor the life of Mary J. Goeglein on May 22, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Evergreen Country Club in the Pavillion, N6246 US-12, Elkhorn, WI 53121 .  Visitation will start at 1:00 p.m. with a service at 2:00 p.m., with visitation afterwards until 5:00 p.m.  Please note masks will be required.

Mary J. Goeglein, 61, of Whitewater, Wisconsin passed away surrounded by her family on October 22nd, 2020.

Mary was born on November 29th, 1958 in Fort Atkinson to Robert A. and Jane E. (Graham) Kettwig. She spent all of her early life in Whitewater; graduating from Whitewater High School in 1977 and then UW-Whitewater in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism. On June 1st, 1979, she married the love of her life, Walter “Wally” Goeglein, at United Methodist Church in Whitewater. After graduating, she pursued a career at her alma mater as an administrative assistant. Here, she touched many lives and dearly enjoyed mentoring and building friendships with her student workers.  Many kept in contact with her after their graduation and she enjoyed following their further careers and adventures. 

Many described Mary as a caring, warm-hearted person that was always willing to help others. She was gentle yet bold, and always had so much love to give. Her smile was bright and contagious; she lit up any room she entered. Mary enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren; and enjoyed cooking wonderful meals for family and friends.  One of her favorite activities was riding her Can-Am Spyder “Cora” and she was a beloved member of the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group. She loved all things Disney and made many trips “home” to Walt Disney World which brought her so much joy.  She enjoyed watching Badger, Packer and Brewer games and loved the spirit of Wisconsin sports. One event you could always find her at was Irish Fest in Milwaukee; enjoying the music, the food and all things Celtic.

Mary is survived by her husband Wally; her son Graham (Autumn White) Goeglein of Madison; her daughter Jessica (Tom) Ackley of Raymond; her brothers Thomas (Toni) Kettwig of Poinciana, FL, and Dan (Kathy) Kettwig of Port Orchard, WA; and her grandchildren Abraham and Harrison Ackley; as well as many other nieces, nephews, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Estelle Villwock.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Agrace Hospice, Cedar Crest Assisted Living, and Visiting Angels for all of their compassion and kindness.

A memorial service for Mary will be held in the Spring of 2021 when we can all gather to share our beloved memories of her and honor her spirit.

Memorials in Mary’s name may be given to the ALS Association at their website donate.als.org to benefit ALS research.  You can also send a memorial in her name to Agrace Hospice by either going to their website or if you prefer to donate by check, please make the check payable to “Agrace Foundation” and mail it to: Agrace, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711

The Nitardy Funeral Home, Fort Atkinson is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

Whippet Soccer Opens on Turf Field

Comments and Photo Courtesy of Bob Mischka:

Whitewater High School opened their Alternative Fall Boys’ Soccer Season on a windy day at one of the Mercy Health Sportscore fields in Loves Park, Illinois. It was a non-conference game on artificial turf against Beloit Memorial on March 30 — and the Whippets ended up on the short end of a 9-1 score. Beloit Memorial is, of course, a much bigger school than Whitewater.

This outing was a good opportunity for Rene Menager, our new coach, to learn more about the boys before conference play begins. Next up is another non-conference game at Racine Case on April 1. Conference play begins at home against McFarland on April 5.

Ignacio Cuevas

Local grocery co-op start-up opens special access ownership, funded by generous donations

[Whitewater, WI, March 2021] If you’ve hesitated to join the Whitewater Grocery Co., a
cooperatively-owned grocery store start-up, because of cost, there is a donor-funded
opportunity for you to become a full member for just $25.

In February, an anonymous owner generously donated $500 — raising the balance of the
sponsorship fund and making it possible for eight individuals and 10 students to become full
owners. This new ownership option includes all the same rights and responsibilities as any other

“This is a powerful opportunity to bring new members into our community to support a
locally-owned grocery store in Whitewater. This also demonstrates that the GroCo is an
inclusive organization. While there are a number of ways for people to join the GroCo, this
option may be more viable for some. We are also excited to make this offer to students, who are
an important part of the Whitewater community,” board president Katy Wimer said.

“It is our hope that other donors will help support this effort so that we can make this offer to
even more new owners. It’s easy to do by just going to our website.”
Whitewater Grocery Co. has 723 member-owners and is preparing for the next stages of
development which include a capital campaign and leasing a location.

“We’re excited that we’re getting closer all the time to launching our capital campaign and
finalizing decisions about the best location for the GroCo,” Wimer said.

Anyone can sign up to be an owner, a special access owner, or a special access sponsor on the
Whitewater Grocery Co. website at www.whitewatergrocery.co/ownership

UW-W Announces Plans for a Hybrid Spring 2021 Commencement

(UW-W press release) The spring 2021 commencement at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will be held in a hybrid format, allowing graduates an opportunity to cross the stage in cap and gown and receive their degrees in person, and providing the speeches, music and other traditional elements in a virtual format. About 1,775 students from both the Whitewater and Rock County campuses are expected to participate.

“We know from students and their families that crossing the stage is a powerful and emotional moment in the academic journey,” said Chancellor Dwight C. Watson. “Our Warhawks have worked to achieve this important milestone under remarkably difficult circumstances. We are happy to offer our graduates the opportunity to take this important step in person.” 

On Friday, May 14, students will be recorded crossing the stage at either Young Auditorium or Kachel Fieldhouse in cap and gown as their names are read. Masks must be worn at all times and social distancing must be observed in keeping with the university’s COVID-19 protocols. Graduates will be contacted regarding their specific line-up time and location.

Then, on Saturday, May 15, the entire recorded ceremony — including students crossing the stage — will be shared online at 1 p.m., allowing graduates to watch it with their friends and family members. The video will also be available for viewing at a later time.

Photographers will be on hand to take photos on May 14 as students cross the stage, and students will receive printed commencement booklets. Because of limitations on gatherings, we cannot accommodate any guests. And, because of space limitations, the ceremony is reserved for 2021 graduates.

The Commencement Committee, in close consultation with students, university leadership, and the Emergency Operations Committee, carefully and thoroughly considered different options for the format of the ceremony. It was determined that an outdoor ceremony was not possible because Perkins Stadium, the only venue large enough to accommodate a graduating class of this size and their guests, is not available due to renovations beginning this spring and continuing into the summer. The hybrid option at Kachel Fieldhouse/Young Auditorium provides for an indoor opportunity for students to cross the stage and receive their degrees in person, in keeping with social distancing practices for safety.

More information on UW-Whitewater’s spring 2021 commencement will be released at a later date. This information and any additional updates will be posted to uww.edu/commencement

Graduation regalia for both undergraduate and graduate students is available for purchase from the University Bookstore. Caps, gowns, tassels and diploma frames can be purchased either in-store or through the University Bookstore website

Adopt-A-Highway Season Opens

(Walworth County Highway Dept. press release)

Please be aware of the Adopt-A-Highway groups as you are traveling Walworth County roads. You may
encounter groups of volunteers cleaning up trash on the side of state and county roads to improve our
county’s aesthetics.

If you currently maintain a section and are in need of supplies, please contact Walworth County Public
Works for replenishment (262-741-3367). Please remember to be aware of your surroundings and to make
this a safe and productive volunteer program. Do not pick up litter on medians, bridges, in tunnels,
overpasses or around other structures that would pose a danger. If you see suspicious items, do not touch
the item, contact Walworth County Public Works (262-741-3114, Option 1).

If you are part of or know of a group that is interested in adopting a road section to maintain, please contact
Walworth County Public Works for information (262-741-3367).