Program Offered to Help Family Caregivers Manage the Role

Providing care for a friend or family member can be a rewarding experience, but it often provides challenges too. Over 65 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, homemaking and other services on a daily or on an intermittent basis and often find themselves struggling to meet the needs of both their loved one and themselves.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational workshop series designed to provide tools caregivers need to better care for themselves. Participants will learn how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, find life balance, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Walworth County is sponsoring Powerful Tools for Caregivers at Health and Human Services in Elkhorn from October 6, 2020 to November 10, 2020. This program was adapted from a model from Stanford University and has been tested and evaluated.

Classes consist of six, 2 ½ hour sessions held once a week. Two experienced leaders conduct each class. Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming help you take the “tools” you choose and put them into action for your life.

Sessions are every Tuesday for six weeks and begin on October 6, 2020. Classes will be held at Health and Human Services (1910 County Road NN, Elkhorn) from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required, and there is a one-time $10 charge. For more information or to register, contact Anna Goodrum at 262-741-3309.

Our Readers Share – Carol McCormick: Egrets on Trippe Lake

Photo courtesy of Carol McCormick

Dozens of white egrets (over 60 counted) taking advantage of the drawdown on Trippe Lake. Breakfast is easy pickings in the shallow water!

Our thanks to Carol McCormick for submitting this interesting picture.

— Our Readers Share: We hope that you might have something that you’d be willing to share.  Anything that’s been created by someone else should, of course, be credited, and you should ask their permission if you’re able. We cannot post copyrighted material without permission. We can’t guarantee that we’ll have space for all submissions, and contributions will be subject to editorial board approval. The one definite exclusion is anything politically oriented. We will assume that you’re willing for us to include your name as the submitter unless you indicate that you prefer to remain anonymous. Send to or click on “submit a story” near the top right of our homepage.  Thanks for thinking about this!

Bach, Cellos and Painting – Includes Cello Fest Clinic, with registrations due at noon Monday

UW-Whitewater Departments of Music, Art and Design and Continuing Education

(WHITEWATER, WIS.)— The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is planning a September filled with Bach, cellos and oil painting. Continuing Education and Professor Benjamin Whitcomb are moving Cello Fest Clinic outdoors on Sunday, September 13. This event is available to all ages from middle school to adult, with a maximum of 75 registrants, focusing on the Bach suites. Later in the month cellist and department of music professor Whitcomb will collaborate with Bethann Moran Handzlik, department of art and design lecturer, who will oil paint. The collaboration is called “Bach Suites for Cello: A Relational Performance Aural and Visual”.  The 90 minute event will be performed twice the first on September 18 outdoors at the James R. Connor University Center and the second on September 22 in the Nature Preserve with a rain date of September 24.

Cello Fest Clinic is accepting registrations online until noon on September 7, 2020. Cello Fest Clinic begins with registration from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. and then runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. with a performance at 4:00 p.m. The repertoire for the day focuses on Bach suites, but if students have worked on one or more movements, or a Bach etude that is also something to bring to work on. Participants will have individual coaching and a masterclass on the unaccompanied music they are working on along with time to practice them.

Whitcomb will present a session on the Bach suites, including how they are structured and various aspects of performance practice. A similar presentation will be given on some famous etudes and how to get the most out of them. A reading session will acquaint participants with additional repertoire for unaccompanied cello. The final concert will consist of unaccompanied repertoire. Find out more about Cello Fest Clinic.

The other Bach related events are unique collaborations between cellist Benjamin Whitcomb and painter Bethann Moran Handzlik, Whitcomb will perform the “Bach Suites for Cello” and Handzlik will respond to the music by painting. This allows for both a musical and visual interpretation of the Bach Cello suite. The first collaborative called “Bach Suites for Cello: A Relational Performance Aural and Visual” will be performed outdoors at the James R. Connor University Center, September 18 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and the second on September 22 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in the Nature Preserve, with a rain date of September 24 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. The Nature Preserve is next to Perkins Stadium and runs along West Schwager Drive and Fremont Road. 

These two events are great opportunities to learn more about the Bach Suites and how they inspire musicians and artists alike.

Flashback Photo from the Historical Society for September 4, 2020

3698P, Whitewater Historical Society

by Lizzy Farrey

Happy #FlashbackFriday and Labor Day weekend from the Whitewater Historical Society!

Pictured here is a group of Whitewater Condensery workers outside of the plant. Hoard’s Creameries only owned the plant from 1939-1944, so this can be dated around World War II. In 1944, Hawthorn-Mellody Dairy of Chicago purchased the condensery and continued to operate it until the 1990s. This image is just one symbol of the integral role that Whitewater played in the local dairy industry throughout the twentieth century.

Flashback Friday photos are posted to the Facebook account for the Whitewater Historical Society. These images and captions will be posted to the Whitewater Banner the following Saturday morning for members of our audience who do not use social media.

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!​

WUSD Welcomes New Hires

In a socially distanced event on August 24, 2020 the Whitewater Unified School District welcomed a number of new hires. The Banner would also extend a warm welcome to the Whitewater community to these individuals.

Photos courtesy of Tom Ganser

Electronics Recycling Event Saturday, September 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

(City of Whitewater Submission) The City of Whitewater will be holding an Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in LOT B (Across from Train Depot and Cravath Lakefront).

Items the contractor charges for:

All TV’s – $20.00

Old Tube CRT Computer Monitors – $10.00

Microwaves – $5.00

Exercise Equipment – $5.00

Items they accept: Computers, Laptops, Monitors, Printers, Circuit Boards, Servers, Modems, Scanners, Hard Drives, Cables, Keyboards, Mice, Power Cords/Wires and much more….

All Electronics, TV’s, Stereos, VCR’s, DVD’s, Power Tools, Small Appliances, Gaming Systems, Cameras, Exercise Equipment, Telephones and much more…

(Items they do not accept: Household Batteries, Light Bulbs, Large Appliances and anything with Freon)

Cash and Checks Only…NO Credit Cards will be Accepted!!

Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Announces Another Spring Graduate

Our Campus | MSOE

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (September 3, 2020) – The following student graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering in Spring 2020. A graduation ceremony is planned for Sept. 19 to celebrate the students’ achievements and honor their accomplishments. Congratulations to:

James Cushman, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Milwaukee School of Engineering is the university of choice for those seeking an inclusive community of experiential learners driven to solve the complex challenges of today and tomorrow. The independent, non-profit university has about 2,800 students and was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. Faculty are student-focused experts who bring real-world experience into the classroom. This approach to learning makes students ready now as well as prepared for the future. Longstanding partnerships with business and industry leaders enable students to learn alongside professional mentors, and challenge them to go beyond what’s possible. MSOE graduates are leaders of character, responsible professionals, passionate learners and value creators.


UW-W Chancellor Dwight C. Watson Placed on Administrative Leave

Statement from UW System President Tommy Thompson
MADISON, Wis. – Sept. 3 —University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson today issued this statement:
“Effective today, UW-Whitewater Chancellor Dwight Watson has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into a complaint. We will have no further comment on this personnel matter at this time. UW-Whitewater Provost Greg Cook will serve as leader of the university until the complaint is resolved.”

Banner update: Per Jeff Angileri, Director of University Communications, Dr. Greg Cook’s title was previously Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, but he is now serving as Interim Chancellor.