Lucas A. Burns, age 30, of Whitewater, passed away after his courageous battle with cancer on Monday, August 24, 2020 at the UW Hospital in Madison

WHITEWATER− Lucas A. Burns, age 30, of Whitewater, passed away after his courageous battle with cancer on Monday, August 24, 2020 at the UW Hospital in Madison. Lucas was born in Janesville on December 12, 1989; the son of Jim and Michelle (Edgington) Burns.  After graduating from Craig High School in Janesville, Lucas earned Bachelor Degrees in Criminology and Sociology from UW-Whitewater in 2012. While attending college, Lucas played for the Warhawks men’s basketball team, winning the National Championship in 2012.  He was an outgoing guy with a great smile; a friend to everyone he met.  Lucas was a big “foodie” and never turned down a trip to Taco Bell; he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, watching movies and playing video games.  Lucas and his dad, Jim, own and operate 841 Brewhouse in Whitewater, where staff and customers became a second family.  Lucas will forever live on in the hearts of his family and friends.

He is survived by his parents: Michelle Burns and Jim Burns; brothers: Derek J. Burns of Racine, Trevor R. Burns of Janesville, and Garett J. Burns of Whitewater; grandmothers: Marlene Edgington and Doris Kuehne; aunts and uncles: Georgiana Edgington, Michael Edgington, Gary (Cynthia) Burns, Girlie Burns, and Ronda (Dan) Bowe; cousins: Kari (Mark) Schuh, Danielle (David) Moyer, Alyssa (Tom) Arneson, and Grant (Shelby) Bowe; and all of the people he knew and loved.

Lucas is preceded in death by his Grandpa Al Kuehne; Grandpa Jim Edgington; and uncles, Greg Burns and Joe Burns.

A celebration of Lucas’ life will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 841 Brewhouse in Whitewater.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lucas Burns Memorial Scholarship, which has been set up at the First Citizens State Bank in Whitewater. SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY is assisting the family.  For online condolences and guestbook, please visit:

Banner note: The Gazette of August 27 has a front page article about Lucas titled, “That was his DNA: Lucas Burns spread goodwill wherever he went.”

UW-Whitewater professor garners international award for scholarship in Egyptian drama

Per a press release issued by Director of University Communications Jeff Angileri – In the sunbathed city of Tanta in northern Egypt, where the Nile River delta fans toward the Mediterranean Sea, a girl grew up in a house of poetry.

The house included parents Ibrahim and Layla, who loved books and taught in the high school. Literature, lively discussions and the aroma of cardamom-spiced Turkish coffee were ever-present in the family home.

The child, named Hala, loved to sit with her father, an Arabic language teacher and “an amazing man.” They bonded in front of the television where the two would count the gaffs of television newscasters reading Arabic, which has both spoken and written dialects.

Hala Ghoneim serves basbusa, a dessert recipe from her native Egypt at home on Friday, August 7, 2020. UW-Whitewater associate professor Hala Ghoneim, who teaches Arabic language and World of Ideas courses has received the New Directions in the Humanities International Award for Excellence. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

“My dad would recite poetry at the dinner table,” she said, remembering the readings over evening meals of cheese, falafel, olives, eggs and yogurt with her mother and two sisters. “The Arabic word for a line of poetry is ‘bayt,’ which also means ‘house.’ So people literally dwelt in these houses of poetry.”

This love of scholarship carried Hala Ghoneim into university at Cairo and doctoral work at UW-Madison. Now an associate professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Ghoneim teaches four levels of Arabic, a World of Ideas course and a course about Islam.

“I now teach Arabic like my dad, but in a different setting and level,” she said. “My mom taught philosophy, and I teach ‘World of Ideas,’ which involves a philosophy component.”

Ghoneim’s scholarly article based on her study of three contemporary Egyptian playwrights, “Indigenization and Modernization: The Invention of a Truly Egyptian Drama,” has earned the 2020 International Award of Excellence from the New Direction in Humanities Journal Collection.

The research paper, which was published in the International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, deals with three contemporary, Egypt-born playwrights — Tawfiq al-Hakim, Yusuf Idris and Naguib Surur — and how each sought an authentic Egyptian writing for theatre while coping with inevitable Western influences.

“This literary debate is true to other aspects in real life,” said Ghoneim. “And so it really is not (limited to) literature. How do we achieve progress and not renounce authenticity? What does progress mean? Sometimes it means moving away from tradition. Sometimes it means moving back to tradition.”

“I enjoy reading al-Hakim but I am very critical of his thought process,” she said, showing her father’s love of language and then her philosopher-mother’s quest for truth. “I am capable of liking something and being critical of it at the same time. We (scholars) have to be in the in-between state of embracing something but not the whole thing.”

“All of them are really amazing writers,” she adds. She describes al-Hakim as an intellectual who was in a hurry for Egyptian theatre to catch up with the West. The works of Idris and Surur are more relatable for general audiences, particularly Surur, who, ironically, is not translated in the West. All three playwrights were active in the mid-to-late 20th century and all are deceased.

In her current research, Ghoneim focuses on two contemporary women writers who also are striving for an authentic voice amid forces of male dominance, nationalism and post-colonialism, and who want to be understood, not stereotyped. This can mean simply being seen as brave rather than oppressed, she said.

At UW-Whitewater, undergraduate students in the required World of Ideas class see Ghoneim as a genuine scholar and teacher who loves what she does. They are drawn into debates over such texts as Plato’s “Republic” because Ghoneim brings the ideas from the writings into the here-and-now.

“Every reading of a text is a new birth to that text,” she said “It’s really rewarding when, after a few weeks, they’re valuing the new revelations they acquire as they do this. Every meeting has to tell the students why this is relevant to us today.”

At UW-Whitewater, professors are classroom teachers and researchers in that order, a model which fits Ghoneim perfectly.

“I think people ultimately must teach what they know,” she said. “Just knowing something and not sharing it is like cooking an amazing meal and not sharing it with someone. You’re supposed to do research, with the goal of sharing the knowledge and teaching people what you know.”

“Education opened windows of opportunity for me,” added Ghoneim. “It changed my opinions. It freed my thought. I want what I know to be transmitted to somebody else. That’s what teaching does.”

Whitewater Arts Alliance Announces Scratchblock Workshop & Metal Pour

Per a press release issued by the Whitewater Arts Alliance – As part of the Metals Exhibit at the Cultural Arts Center (CAC), the Whitewater Arts Alliance, in collaboration with the UW-Whitewater Sculpture Department, will be hosting an outdoor aluminum pour on Sunday, September 27, 2:00 pm – 4:00 p.m. at the CAC, located at 402 W. Main Street in Whitewater.

In preparation for the pour, CAC Gallery Manager Taylor McDarison will teach a Scratchblock Workshop on
Sunday, September 13, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the CAC. Attendees will learn how to carve a scratchblock to
create a metal casting mold. The molds will then be used in the aluminum pour on September 27, and attendees will have a metal tile of their own design to take home with them. The workshop is kid-friendly for ages 5 and up; children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. In observance of COVID-19 precautions, the workshop registration is limited to 14 people and masks must be worn.

The general public can also participate by purchasing a scratchblock to take home, carve, and bring back for the aluminum pour. The cost of the workshop is $30.00 and includes the scratchblock and tools are provided. The cost of a scratchblock to take home is $25.00. The workshop registration deadline is September 6. Registration is available online here.

Metal pours are fun to watch, and the public is invited to join us on September 27 in the CAC parking lot for the
pour. If you have any questions, please contact Taylor McDarison at

Big thanks to our sponsor!

Whitewater’s Cultural Arts Center is located on 402 West Main Street in the historic White building near the Birge Fountain. Parking is behind the building, with an elevator available from the parking lot entrance. Parking is also available on side streets.

The mission of the Whitewater Arts Alliance is to promote the visual and performing arts through an alliance of
artists, individuals, educational resources, and organizations to promote creativity and diversity that will serve
to educate and enrich the lives of the residents of the Whitewater community and surrounding areas.

This Weekend’s Rummage Sales (2nd Sale Added)

N7825 County Road P, Whitewater
Rummage Sale:  Friday and Saturday, August 28 & 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Nordic Track Walkfit 5000, Generator, Hand tools, Beer mirrors, Beer signs, Clothes (men’s, women’s and young adults), Housewares, Books and More! 

164 S Ash Ln, Whitewater
Back to School Rummage Sale!
Friday 9-5pm & Sat 9-2pm
Tons of name brand clothing! Under Armour, Justice, Carter, Adidas
Boy and Girl clothing/shoes newborn-size 16!
Junior size 0-12. Pink, Under Armour, Nike, Converse
Woman’s size medium- 2X.
Over 15 tables full! Most clothing $1! Lots new with tags!
Almost new travel system, baby gear, toys… too much to list! You don’t want to miss this! No early sales!

A New Banner Service – Garage Sale Ads

As a result of a reader’s comment that it’s hard to find garage sales in Whitewater now that we no longer have a weekly shopper, the Banner staff has agreed to begin a “consolidated” garage sale posting that will be published each Thursday morning for the upcoming weekend’s sales. This announcement will only be for garage sales (a sale of miscellaneous household goods, often held in the garage or front yard of someone’s house) in the city and school district boundaries. We will not be accepting, for example, ads for cars or other items that are not part of a scheduled garage sale. There will be a limit of three times per year for a particular property. Although we may eventually make a small charge for this service, initially it will be complimentary.

Those wishing to place a notice must send the information to by Wednesday at 6 p.m. You may include a brief description of the items that are for sale, the hours and days of the sale, and of course your address.

UW System, Tavern League, Restaurant Association Seek Help from Bars, Restaurants as Students Return

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 24 — University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson today joined leaders of the Tavern League of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Restaurant Association in asking bar and restaurant owners to enforce mask mandates and encourage physical distancing as students return to universities for on-campus instruction.

Thompson, Tavern League Executive Director Pete Madland, and Restaurant Association President and CEO Kristine Hillmer said in a letter to the groups’ members that they play a crucial role in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Across our country, we have seen the consequences when large numbers of young people congregate in public settings, including bars and restaurants. Those consequences have led to the reversal or suspension of plans to provide in-person instruction,” the letter says. “We know that nobody wants this outcome. The UW System is actively promoting to students the need to engage in healthy behavior. We are asking you to engage your membership on these critical efforts as well.”

The UW System has developed robust testing protocols to diagnose and monitor COVID-19 as one component of a comprehensive strategy to mitigate risk that includes promoting behaviors that reduce spread, maintaining healthy environments, and preparing for when someone gets sick.

Banner note: The letter is included below.

Letter to tavern, restaurant operators

August 24, 2020

To:       Tavern League of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Restaurant Association members

From: University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson

 Tavern League of Wisconsin Executive Director Pete Madland

 Wisconsin Restaurant Association President and CEO Kristine Hillmer

The University of Wisconsin System is welcoming back to campus nearly 170,000 students for in-person instruction starting Sept. 2. Educating students on campus is the best choice for their emotional well-being and educational progress, and it provides an economic and cultural benefit to Wisconsin communities.

As a result, the UW System has developed robust testing protocols to diagnose and monitor COVID-19 as one component of a comprehensive strategy to mitigate risk that includes promoting behaviors that reduce spread, maintaining healthy environments, and preparing for when someone gets sick.

We know what these students mean to our university communities and businesses. We are asking for your help to encourage responsible behavior of our students. Across our country, we have seen the consequences when large numbers of young people congregate in public settings, including bars and restaurants. Those consequences have led to the reversal or suspension of plans to provide in-person instruction.

We know that nobody wants this outcome. The UW System is actively promoting to students the need to engage in healthy behavior. We are asking you to engage your membership on these critical efforts as well, such as:

  • Encouraging your patrons to maintain physical distance, including by setting capacity limits.
  • Enforcing a mask mandate inside your establishments and outdoors where applicable.
  • Posting signs that encourage patrons to wear a mask, watch their distance, and wash their hands.
  • Following other guidance from your local public health departments and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

The University of Wisconsin System has taken numerous steps to mitigate risk upon the return to campus of students. The System and members of the Tavern League and Restaurant Association have a mutual interest in thriving university communities and want to partner on these efforts.

Please let us know if we can provide further information or assistance. Thank you for all that you do for the state of Wisconsin.

Suzan Sorensen Wade, in her 72nd year, died in a single vehicle accident in Richmond, WI on August 2, 2020

Suzan Sorensen Wade, in her 72nd year, died in a single vehicle accident in Richmond, WI on August 2, 2020.  Born February 20, 1949, in Randers, Denmark, Suzan immigrated with her mother Karoline Marie (Mia) and stepfather Jens Kristian (Kris) Lai to Ontario, Canada in May 1956.  Suzan completed a certificate as a Child and Youth Worker and later in Gestalt Therapy.  She worked for many years helping troubled teens in Toronto.  She loved to travel and throughout the ‘70s, “flowerchild” Suzan travelled throughout Far East Asia, including teaching children in remote jungles like Brunei and Sarawak, Borneo. In the early ‘80s, Suzan moved to Wisconsin to manage the Gestalt Therapy Retreat. In Wisconsin, Suzan met her soul mate, Ronald Wade and they were wed on April 6, 1985. Together they managed the dairy and family farm for many years.

Suzan was open minded, kind and giving of her time and resources, including non-profits like PBS and Public Radio, which she supported for many, many years. She also volunteered for The Hope Institute of Uganda, which led to the sponsorship of a young man to attend Iganga Boys’ School in Uganda. She had a great sense of humor, loved to laugh, enjoyed the company of people and was a great listener.  Oftentimes she could be found in her vegetable and perennial garden or starting a new knitting project. She had an affinity for coffee, and it was a rare sight to see her without a mug in her hand. Her passions included traveling, enjoying music, movies, art galleries, tours and live performances, cooking all styles of food (especially Danish food), fiber arts, caring for many animals over the years including Bubba, crosswords and reading. In 2008, she went to hear the Dalai Lama speak. Suzan was a loving wife, stepmother/grandmother (“mormor”, Danish for grandmother), sister, aunt, cousin and good friend to many others.  Her spirit and constant smile will be sorely missed. 

Suzan is survived by her sister Gynna (Henning) Thomsen of Copenhagen, Denmark; her brothers: Niels John (Beth) Lai of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and Mark Lai (Shelley Carter) of Elora, Ontario, Canada; stepson Steven (Mindy) Wade of Whitewater, WI; stepdaughter Lynn (Mark) Walters of Oregon, WI; nieces and nephews Tom and Gitta Thomsen; Krista, Naomi and Severin Lai; and three grandchildren, Molly and Emma Wade and Henry Walters; family and special friends including Julie, Victor and the Feidlers.

Suzan was preceded in death by her parents and husband. 

Due to current public health safety concerns, an outdoor visitation will be held at the home of Steven & Mindy Wade, at W8918 Territorial Rd, Whitewater, WI 53190 on Friday, September 4 from 2pm to 7pm. A virtual only Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Sept 5 at 1pm with Pastor Susan Bresser presiding. Instructions for accessing the Celebration of Life will be available at visitation or by contacting family. Graveside services are postponed at this time and will be held when international travel is permitted. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to express sympathy may wish to give to Richmond United Methodist Church, where she was a member. Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be given to the family at

The family wishes to express a very special thanks to area emergency services, the Babcock family and two others who were driving by and stopped to help. We are eternally grateful to you all for your quick and caring response.

David J. Davenport, 73, of Watertown, went to his Heavenly Father on Monday, August 24, 2020 at Fort HealthCare in Fort Atkinson (UPDATE: Funeral rescheduled)

David J. Davenport, 73, of Watertown, went to his Heavenly Father on Monday, August 24, 2020, at Fort HealthCare in Fort Atkinson. With dignity he endured 28 years of the challenges of progressive multiple sclerosis.

David James Davenport was born on December 11, 1946, in Monroe, the son of Robert and Dorothy (nee Hoeppner) Davenport. On August 17, 1968, he married Karen Lee at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson. He received his Bachelor’s degree from UW-Eau Claire and his Doctorate of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He had practices in both the Whitewater and Fort Atkinson communities. David was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc.

David loved music. He was part of the traveling Statesmen Men’s Choir at UW-Eau Claire during his college years. He also was part of a Barbershop Chorus and sang in church choirs. During his last nursing home years, the staff would report that he sang loudly in his room often.

His greatest hobby was meeting people and taking time to get to know them well. This led to a love of community. In Whitewater he served on the city council and was very active in Jaycees and Kiwanis. He was also an avid stamp collector.

David is survived by his wife, Karen Davenport of Nashotah; daughter, Dana Triebold of Oconomowoc; grandchildren, Madelaine, Hayden and Payton Triebold; brothers, John (Sue) Davenport of Waupaca and Peter (Cathy) Davenport of Thornton, CO; as well as nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Troy Davenport.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc with Rev. Steven Hillmer officiating. Family and friends may gather at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials, if desired, would be appreciated to the church or the MS society. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

Friday Flashbacks are coming to the Whitewater Banner!

George Scharfenberg Collection, Whitewater Historical Society

by Lisa Dawsey Smith
Whitewater Banner Staff

We’re teaming up with the Whitewater Historical Society to bring feature content from their social media account to the Banner for those who may not be regular Facebook users. Keep an eye out each Friday for a “Friday Flashback” featuring information and images from the Historical Society’s collection. A huge thank you to Lizzy Farrey and Carol Cartwright for their efforts in forging this partnership. The image above was featured Friday, August 21, 2020 to the Historical Society’s Facebook account with the following caption:

Happy #FlashbackFriday from the Whitewater Historical Society! 
This week we are honoring the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment this upcoming Wednesday (August 26th). Many Whitewater area citizens were active participants in the women’s suffrage movement during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Established in 1964, the local chapter of the League of Women Voters Whitewater Area has hung banners over Main Street for many years during election seasons. This image here, taken by the late local resident George Scharfenberg in about the mid-1990s, depicts one of their banners reminding people to vote.

The Whitewater Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets the history of Whitewater and the surrounding area. Be sure to join us next week for more from the Society’s collections. Please “like” us on Facebook and check out our website at!​