Whitewater 4th of July Festival: Celebrating our Hometown Heroes

Whitewater Area 4th of July Festival: “Celebrating our Hometown Heroes” at Cravath Lakefront Park

The Whitewater 4th of July Committee has spent much of 2021 cautiously optimistic that this year we would be able to bring a normal festival back to the Whitewater community. We are pleased to announce that we have planned a variety of events for the community to come together to celebrate.

Family owned and operated Christman Family Amusements returns to the park with carnival rides, games, and food Thursday through Sunday, July 1-4. Multiple all you can ride wrist band session times are $20 and schedule times are listed on our website www.whitewater4th.com.

The Miss Whitewater Pageant is back and better than ever. 2021 marks our 10th year and we will be “Celebrating Our Hometown Heroes.” Do not miss out on your chance to win great prizes by purchasing raffle tickets sold by participants. This year’s monies will go to Pets for Vets, The WW Fire Dept., and to support the community funded Whitewater K-9 Unit. To find out more details on how to enter the pageant, contact pageant organizers via email at misswhitewaterpageant@yahoo.com.

Whitewater, Wisconsin’s 36th Annual Fourth of July Celebration Car Show. This year’s show theme is CELEBRATING OUR HOMETOWN HEROES, taking place Saturday afternoon, July 3 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. There will be an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. where cars selected by LOCAL HOMETOWN HEROES will have the opportunity to win HEROES’ CHOICE awards. Spectator admission is free. Vehicles entered into the show are $10 (day of show).

Saturday evening features the band Wunderlich which is prepared to rock the new amphitheater in the park with originals & covers from Metallica, Foo Fighters, Tool, 90s – today. Fireworks will be launched at 10 p.m.

Sunday’s adventures begin with the fastest one-mile race you will ever enjoy with the return of the Whippet City Mile. This year the 4th is on a Sunday so make note that race time is 11:45 a.m. Entry forms can be found here: http://www.whippetcitymile.com/

High noon marks the official start for the 4th of July parade hosted by the Whitewater Lions Club. Join friends and neighbors to enjoy the parade or download an entry form to participate in the parade here: (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/16NchG4ejm6jDiDgZJJbCIvumkouS5VEl?usp=sharing) We cannot wait to celebrate this year’s grand marshals and all our hometown heroes.

The fun does not stop there; after the parade head down to the park to enjoy music by Steve Meisner.

Rounding out the festival, Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns, an 8-piece show band playing the best current and classic pop dance music will usher in a second night of fireworks at 10 p.m.

Because we opted to be cautiously optimistic, we still have some work to do in finalizing our lineup for food vendor participation, but we’ll update that on our website just as soon as we have those details in place!

As a committee and organization, our mission is to remember, respect, and celebrate our nation’s freedom and independence for our families, friends, community, and nation. We volunteer, organize, and work with other organizations and individuals to create an exciting celebration for the Whitewater community and surrounding areas. We hope that you will join us in celebrating and we’ll see you at the park!

Source: Whitewater 4th of July Committee press release

Local Students Named to UW-Madison Dean’s List

UW-MADISON ANNOUNCES SPRING DEAN’S LIST MADISON, Wis. (June 3, 2021) – The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized students named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2020-2021 academic year. Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester. Each university school or college sets its own GPA requirements for students to be eligible to receive the distinction. Most call the honor “dean’s list”, but some grant the “Dean’s Honor List” and “Dean’s High Honor List.” To view an online listing, visit http://registrar.wisc.edu/deans_list.htm. For questions or concerns about eligibility, please contact deanslist-registrar@em.wisc.edu 

Whitewater, WI

 Caroline Crowley, College of Letters and Science, Dean’s List
 James Dedrick, College of Engineering, Dean’s Honor List
 Sophia Elworthy, College of Letters and Science, Dean’s List
 Jaden Henneman, Col of Agricultural & Life Sci, Dean’s List
 Meghan Kehoe, School of Education, Dean’s List
 Ali Ketterhagen, School of Business, Dean’s List
 Nick Kuzoff, College of Letters and Science, Dean’s List
 Milena Maroske, School of Education, Dean’s List
 Connor Steinke, College of Letters and Science, Dean’s List

No Garage Sales Submitted, But An Advance Notice for Next Weekend

252 S Ardmor Dr,  Whitewater
(Next weekend) Friday, June 11, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday, June 12, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Oil Can Collection of Harley Davidson watches, kitchen bar stools, throw pillows, yarns, Christmas vintage glass bulbs, Christmas Collection of Barbie Ornaments, lights, roller blades, never worn ice skates, artist supplies, suitcases of all sizes, books, clothes and many other miscellaneous items.

A 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 whitewaterbanner@gmail.com 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.

Frye Advances to Sectional Golf Meet

Article by Justin Crandall
Whitewater High School Athletic Director

Congratulations to Camden Frye on shooting a 90 on Tuesday, June 1, at the Regional Golf Meet at Edelweiss Chalet CC. Frye played 20 holes of golf, as there was a 3-way tie after the standard 18 holes.

Camden has now qualified for Sectionals to be hosted next week in Prairie du Chien!

Track and Field Competes in Last Meet Before Conference

Article Submitted by Mark Maas
Whitewater High School Head Track and Field Coach
Photo Courtesy of Bob Mischka

What a beautiful night for track and field! The Whippets battled Elkhorn, Delavan-Darien, Lake Geneva Badger, Mukwonago, and Big Foot on Tuesday, June 1.

We had a chance to get in a nice tune-up meet before the conference championship next Wednesday at Big Foot. We had some really nice performances all the way around as our times continue to get faster, and field events continue to improve.

The boys’ 4X400 made up of Trenten Zahn, Ignacio Cuevas, Cooper Hammond, and Denver Isbell had a season best time of 3:40.

Crystal Chan

Crystal Chan eclipsed the 5′ barrier in the high jump.

The girls’ 4X100 and 4X200 again ran season bests of 51.63 and 1:50.44. Those teams consisted of Kacie Carollo, Kindyl Kilar, Madelyn Buehler, and Amanda Tovar.

Our throwers keep improving each week which is nice to see.

Now we’ve got about a week to prepare for the RVC Championship. It will be a fun battle as the conference is putting out a lot of really good performances.

Full results are available at https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/432317/results

Marquette County Sheriff’s Deputy Captain Mike Kowalski earns Certified Jail Manager

Marquette County Sheriff Joe Konrath (Left) congratulated Captain Mike Kowalski who recently
earned Certified Jail Manager. He is the first and only Certified Jail Manager in Wisconsin.

(Submitted) Marquette County Sheriff’s deputy Captain Mike Kowalski can now add the letters CJM
behind his name, making him the first and only Certified Jail Manager in Wisconsin. It’s quite
the honor for Kowalski, for the Sheriff’s Department and for Marquette County and it didn’t
come easily.

The certification is bestowed by the American Jail Association. The American Jail
Association (AJA) was incorporated in 1981 through the merger of the National Jail Association
and the National Jail Managers’ Association. AJA is a nonprofit organization that focuses on
excellence in services, education, the publication of an award-winning magazine American Jails,
best practice, collaborative partnerships, and steadfast support of jail personnel. AJA “asks
every individual to recognize the American jail for what it is: a vital community agency which
renders superb service to the public 24 hours a day/7 days a week.”

AJA offers certification for Jail Officer, Jail Supervisor, Jail Manager, and Correctional
Trainers. The American Jail Association says, “The Certified Jail Manager (CJM) Program was
launched in 1997. This program focuses specifically on the individual jail manager and is an
indication of his or her competency in this specialized field. Jail managers who become CJMs
are distinguished as individuals who have reached one of the highest levels of achievements in
their field.”

Captain Kowalski met the stringent requirements for Certified Jail Manager and received
his certification in April of this year. He will be required to recertify every four years and meet
jail management, education, training and related leadership activities during that certification

Kowalski grew up in Whitewater, Wisconsin and attended Blackhawk Technical College
doing a seven-week internship with the Rock County Sheriff’s Department in 2001. He worked
for the same department until taking a job with the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department in

In 2013 Kowalski became Patrol Sergeant and in 2016 Captain/Jail Administrator.
Asked what it is he likes about working in the jail, he said, “I like working with the staff of hardworking people and I enjoy working toward positive changes and improving policy and our custody manual.”

The Marquette County jail serves up to 40 inmates a day. During COVID they have had
25 to 30 inmates a day and have successfully prevented COVID infections in the jail population
in Marquette County. Sheriff Joe Konrath is working towards housing an additional up to 10
inmates from other county jails in the future. These would be low risk individuals on work
release detention and would utilize jail infrastructure while generating income for Marquette
County. Presently there are 20 fulltime Deputies in the jail supervised by Captain Kowalski.
Operating a quality jail takes leadership and high standards of performance. In 2020
Marquette County received a Gold award for excellence in law enforcement policy management
from Lexipol Connect. This award was given for the extensive work completed to improve the
custody manual in law enforcement and continued actions to maintain performance levels and
knowledge of staff.

Lexipol is a risk management company for public safety and local government. The
company saves Marquette County about $30,000 a year according to Sheriff Joe Konrath. It was
County Clerk/Administrative Coordinator Gary Sorenson who brought the services to the
attention of the Sheriff that led to policy changes and updates, saving money mostly through
insurance costs. Sheriff Konrath and Captain Kowalski are administrators of the custody policy
manual. Among other requirements, Sheriff department staff are required to take regular training
bulletin educational reviews from Lexipol and their scoring in the high 90s was one qualification
for being awarded the Gold level for excellence in law enforcement policy management.
Captain Kowalski follows the lead of Sheriff Konrath and is continually seeking
education and training that helps keep Marquette County Sheriff’s Department including the jail
operating under high standards. Sheriff Konrath attended the FBI National Academy in 2008,
becoming President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Academy from 2013 until 2017.
He sent Captain Kowalski to the National Academy in 2018.

In 2017 Captain Kowalski attended Wisconsin Command College with the Department of
Justice and became a Certified Public Manager. That made him eligible to apply for certification
with the American Jail Association.

There is a twist to the story here. In 2016 then Sheriff Kim Gaffney attended the
National Sheriff’s Association conference and won an application for Certified Jail Manager.
The cost of the application was the prize because all requirements still had to be met. He passed
it on to Kowalski who put it into an envelope and kept it in his desk.
Life circumstances including back surgery and the death of his father put the quest of
CJM on the back burner, but he never forgot that he had that letter that might mean his chance to
seek the certification. When it was the right time, he pulled it out and he and the Sheriff inquired
if it would still be honored. Since the letter hadn’t been dated, AJA said yes, they’d honor it and
Kowalski filled out the 20-page application. He scored well above the required 500 point
minimum and went on to take a 250-question test over four hours and received the honor of
Certified Jail Manager.

Captain Kowalski is also a State Firearms Instructor and a Canine Handler. His canine
partner Axel is now 11 years old. Sheriff Konrath said, “I appreciate Captain Kowalski’s hard work and determination to stay on top of his field.” That hard work brings some prestige to Marquette County. It now has the only Certified
Jail Manager in the state and Kowalski joins a professional list of people around the country who
have earned this high honor.

“If it wasn’t for the support of Joe and Kim (Gaffney), I wouldn’t have had these
opportunities,” said Captain Kowalski. “I also really have to thank my wife Sara. I wouldn’t
have been able to do this alone. She and my son Michael support me. It’s not easy being the
family of law enforcement especially a canine handler. I get called out at all hours.”

Adding that CJM after his name, Captain Kowalski really adds it to a list of honors and
achievements that make Marquette County special. The honor of having the only Certified Jail
Manager in the State of Wisconsin says something about how Marquette County sets standards
of professional performance.

Whippet Track Competes in Tider Invite

Article Submitted by Mark Maas
Whitewater High School Head Track Coach
Photos Courtesy of Bob Mischka

The Whippet Track and Field Team travelled to Edgerton for the Tider Invitational on Friday night, May 28. The kids performed well despite the cool weather.

The girls’ 4X200 had a season best of 1:50.4, winning the event. They came back to take the 4X100 as well. Those two teams included Kindyl Kilar, Kacie Carollo, Madelynn Buehler, and Amanda Tovar.

All of our throwers, Connor Raupp, Grace Foucault, Scottie Krebs, and Skylar Staebler, had personal bests as well, and it was nice to be able to see Dylan Duclos back in the pole vault for the first time this year after battling back from an injury.

Trenten Zahn ran an outstanding race in the 800, finishing second, and Cooper Hammond ran his first ever 3200 and did a great job.

Our sprinters continue to get faster and faster as we head toward the championship portion of the season.

Tuesday night we travel to Elkhorn for a meet with Lake Geneva, Delavan, Big Foot, Mukwonago, and Elkhorn.

Police Department Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

(Police Dept. press release) – The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG) will be
making an assessment and examine all aspects of the Whitewater Police Department’s policy and procedures,
management, operation, and support service. The assessment will take place Tuesday, June 15, 2021 through
Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Verification by the WILEAG team is necessary for the Whitewater Police Department to meet the Board’s state-of-the-art standards as part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation.

“This is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Chief Aaron Raap said.

The public can provide comments to the assessment team by calling (262) 473-0109 on Wednesday, June 16th
between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address
the agency’s ability to comply with WILEAG’s standards. The current WILEAG accreditation standards can be
found at the WILEAG website located at http://www.wileag.info/full-accreditation.html.
Individuals can offer written comments about the Whitewater Police Department’s ability to meet the standards
for accreditation and send them to Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, WILEAG at WILEAG at
P.O. Box 528, Hartland, WI 53029.

“The Whitewater Police Department must comply with 233 standards in order to gain accredited status,” said
Raap. “The achievement and subsequent maintaining of accredited status are truly landmark accomplishments
for our department. It vividly represents our commitment to providing the highest quality law enforcement
services possible and is one important aspect of our commitment to organizational excellence.”

“The assessment team is composed of three law enforcement practitioners from other agencies within the
state,” said Deputy Chief Dan Meyer, Accreditation Manager for the Whitewater Police Department. “The
assessors will review department documents, interview employees, and view offices and the places where
compliance can be witnessed.”

Assessors for Whitewater will be Lieutenant Matthew Wagner (Team Leader), Assistant Chief Rob Abraham,
and Sergeant Brad Kurkiewicz.

“After completion of the assessment team’s review of the agency, the assessment team leader reports back to
the WILEAG Board so a determination can be made as to whether the agency will be granted accredited
status,” Meyer stated. Accreditation status is granted for three years during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, citizens can email
executive.director@wileag.info or write to:

P.O. Box 528
Hartland, WI 53029

A copy of the standards is available at the Whitewater Police Department. Citizens can contact Deputy Chief
Dan Meyer at (262) 473-1371 for further information.
Whitewater Police Department
312 W. Whitewater St.
Whitewater, WI 53190

UW-W Announces Local Residents on Dean’s List for Spring Semester

WHITEWATER, WI (06/01/2021) 

The following students were named to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Dean’s List for the 2021 spring semester.

– Whitewater, WI: Alex Abplanalp

– Whitewater, WI: Ashley Afah

– Whitewater, WI: Asobo Afah

– Whitewater, WI: Hannah Keziah Agustin

– Whitewater, WI: Claire Allen

– Whitewater, WI: Kaylie Ault

– Whitewater, WI: Kade Bartelt

– Whitewater, WI: Benjamin Bernasek

– Whitewater, WI: Emily Bonnes

– Whitewater, WI: Alondra Buboltz

– Whitewater, WI: Teaghan Carter

– Whitewater, WI: Chandra Clark

– Whitewater, WI: Nick Cornwell

– Whitewater, WI: Ivan Cortez

– Whitewater, WI: Jessica Dean

– Whitewater, WI: Jessica Dittner

– Whitewater, WI: Nick Doolittle

– Whitewater, WI: Ian Drays

– Whitewater, WI: Adeline Edwards

– Whitewater, WI: Belen Esquivel

– Whitewater, WI: Tyler Evans

– Whitewater, WI: Ryan Ewald

– Whitewater, WI: Sophia Fenger

– Whitewater, WI: Cailey Finger

– Whitewater, WI: Devin Fitzer

– Whitewater, WI: Brandon Forbes

– Whitewater, WI: Shannon Garity

– Whitewater, WI: Cody Garthwaite

– Whitewater, WI: Jacob Gasser

– Whitewater, WI: Cami Gregoire

– Whitewater, WI: Josie Hammes

– Whitewater, WI: Emma Hartwig

– Whitewater, WI: Margaret Helbig

– Whitewater, WI: Taylor Herman

– Whitewater, WI: Abigail Hosack

– Whitewater, WI: Karrigan Hunt

– Whitewater, WI: Gaby Islas

– Whitewater, WI: Cally Julson

– Whitewater, WI: Caleb Kahila

– Whitewater, WI: Samantha Keegan

– Whitewater, WI: Sarah Keller

– Whitewater, WI: Jessica Kienbaum

– Whitewater, WI: Ben Kloskey

– Whitewater, WI: Felicity Knabenbauer

– Whitewater, WI: Jacob Krueger

– Whitewater, WI: Natalie LaBreche

– Whitewater, WI: Andie Laube

– Whitewater, WI: Cassidy Laue

– Whitewater, WI: Will Lawton

– Whitewater, WI: Lynnette Lee

– Whitewater, WI: Max Lehner

– Whitewater, WI: Braydn Lentz

– Whitewater, WI: Devin Lewis

– Whitewater, WI: Jackie Lin

– Whitewater, WI: Ibhar Loera

– Whitewater, WI: Todora Lux

– Whitewater, WI: Joey Maffiola

– Whitewater, WI: Sarah Maloney

– Whitewater, WI: Susanne Maroske

– Whitewater, WI: Christian Marx

– Whitewater, WI: Matthew Mattingly

– Whitewater, WI: Michael Mattingly

– Whitewater, WI: Brendan McCluskey

– Whitewater, WI: Noah Mershon

– Whitewater, WI: Hope Montey

– Whitewater, WI: Miriam Navejas

– Whitewater, WI: Hunter Nobles

– Whitewater, WI: Meaghan O’Hara

– Whitewater, WI: Grace Oldenburg

– Whitewater, WI: Zachary Paneitz

– Whitewater, WI: Billie Jo Parker

– Whitewater, WI: Kaitlyn Partoll

– Whitewater, WI: Beverly Perry

– Whitewater, WI: Brodie Peyer

– Whitewater, WI: Melanie Reyes

– Whitewater, WI: Alyssa Riley

– Whitewater, WI: Julia Russ

– Whitewater, WI: Jonathan Ryan

– Whitewater, WI: Hailee Ryder

– Whitewater, WI: Emmanuel Sama

– Whitewater, WI: Quinn Savignac

– Whitewater, WI: Lukas Schreiber

– Whitewater, WI: Justin Silbaugh

– Whitewater, WI: Casey Skindingsrude

– Whitewater, WI: Graham Soetenga

– Whitewater, WI: Emily Stahoviak

– Whitewater, WI: Callan Stangler

– Whitewater, WI: Lindsi Starrett

– Whitewater, WI: Shelby Starrett

– Whitewater, WI: Hunter Stevenson

– Whitewater, WI: Caleb Sullivan

– Whitewater, WI: Alex Tenhagen

– Whitewater, WI: Cole Trapp

– Whitewater, WI: Zach Tuveson

– Whitewater, WI: Salmai Valadez

– Whitewater, WI: Bashkim Veliu

– Whitewater, WI: Nicholas Walczak

– Whitewater, WI: Kaitlin Weaver

– Whitewater, WI: Turner Wedge

– Whitewater, WI: Mackenzie Wesoloski

– Whitewater, WI: Taylor White

– Whitewater, WI: LuAnnabelle Wieseman

– Whitewater, WI: Oliver Wink

– Whitewater, WI: April Wright

– Whitewater, WI: Anna Yeazel

– Whitewater, WI: Ian Zaeske

– Whitewater, WI: Daniel Zeimet

– Whitewater, WI: Jon Zheng

– Whitewater, WI: Mark Zimmermann