Fall Water Main and Hydrant Flushing Program Runs 9/18 through 9/27

Editor’s Note: The following was provided by the City of Whitewater.

The Water Utility will begin its semi-annual water main and hydrant flushing program on Monday, September 18, through Wednesday, September 27, 2023.

Flushing of water mains is necessary to test the hydrants to make sure adequate flow and pressure is available. It also confirms the fire hydrants and valves are operating correctly. In addition, it enhances water quality by removing sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution pipes.

Flushing of water mains and hydrants will cause some discoloration of water. If you experience this after hydrant flushing, turn on an outside spigot or a cold water tap, in the lowest level of your home, until the water clears. Therefore, caution should be exercised in washing of white clothing. Discoloration of water due to flushing WILL stain white clothing. Therefore, you should avoid washing clothes until the water clears.

If the Water Utility crew determines more flushing is needed, it may continue into the following week. Thank
you for your patience and understanding during the time of water main and hydrant flushing.

Chuck Mills is a Hometown Hero

Editor’s Note: The following was submitted by Whitewater Unites Lives.

Chuck Mills has been nominated by Christy Linse as a WUL Hometown Hero, for “Organizing the Kids Summer Mechanics Club out of his shop in Whitewater for the last two years.”

She adds, “I was able to send my son…and it sounds like a really positive experience for the kids. I heard they began construction on a dog house for a blind dog and then went underneath cars to change oil. I guarantee my son learned something! No pre-registration needed, no commitments, just a great get-together for kids grade 6-12 a couple times a week. Any skill level welcome! What a productive way to stay connected in the summer. Thank you Chuck!”

Christy Linse nominated Chuck Mills as a Hometown Hero.

WUL (Whitewater Unites Lives) is a locally-focused civil and human rights group that works to connect the people in our community and to create opportunities for all people to learn and support each other in our common humanity.   

 Anyone who would like to nominate a local hero of any age should send their nomination, with a short description, to whitewaterunites@gmail.com 

Jared Janovec is a Hometown Hero

Editor’s Note: The following was provided by Whitewater Unites Lives.

Jared Janovec has been nominated as a WUL Hometown Hero by John Chenoweth for, “Organizing year-round, indoor and outdoor soccer for high schoolers, young adults, and older adults, for the past several years. They play soccer twice a week throughout the year.  He sends out weekly reminders, works with the school district to get access to the facilities, encourages new members to join, and also provides equipment. Many people have benefited from his generous gift of time and efforts through the years. Thank you Jared!”

Jared Janovec (center) received the Hometown Hero award. John Chenoweth (to Jared’s right) nominated Jared, and he presented the award along with other soccer players.

WUL (Whitewater Unites Lives) is a locally-focused civil and human rights group that works to connect the people in our community and to create opportunities for all people to learn and support each other in our common humanity.   

Anyone who would like to nominate a local hero of any age should send their nomination, with a short description, to whitewaterunites@gmail.com 

This Week’s City & School District Meetings – Updated July 10

Following is the link to the amended agenda and supporting material for the Public Works Committee meeting on 7-11-2023.


WUSD Policy Review Committee – Monday @ 9:00 a.m.
Agenda (Click on “meetings” in upper right corner.
Whitewater Unified School District Central Office
419 South Elizabeth Street, Whitewater, Wisconsin

Whitewater Unified School District School Board – Monday @ 5:00 (Closed session)
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. School Board workshop
7:00 – Regular meeting
Agenda (Click on “meetings” in upper right corner)
Whitewater High School Library
534 South Elizabeth Street, Whitewater, Wisconsin
5:00 p.m. – Call to Order & Closed Session
5:30 p.m. – 7:00pm School Board Workshop
7:00 p.m. – Regular Meeting
5:00 p.m. via Zoom Online
– URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83298812250?pwd=QXVWbXdFc3JZNk5GR1JWQUxCbHozUT09
– Passcode: 312481
– Dial-in: 1-312-626-6799
– Webinar ID: 832 9881 2250
– Passcode: 312481
Closed Session
7:00 p.m. via Zoom Online
– URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86903197488?pwd=a2E5UGF6K2x3ZmcrcUUyR3lBSVdPZz09
– Passcode: 611865
– Dial-in: 1-312-626-6799
– Webinar ID: 869 0319 7488
– Passcode: 611865

City of Whitewater Plan and Architectural Review Commission Monday @ 6:00 p.m.
City of Whitewater Municipal Building
Community Room- First Floor
312 W. Whitewater St.
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
You can also dial in using your phone
United States: 1 (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 741-496-557
Agenda includes Public Hearing For Review And Possible Approval-Conditional Use Permit Application For A
Storage Building For The City Of Whitewater’s Water Utility. City Of Whitewater, Owner And Applicant, Public Hearing For Review And Possible Approval-Conditional Use Permit Application For Towing And Storage Of Semi-Trailers At 1002 S. Janesville St. Reid Breyer, Business Owner And Applicant, and Update-Traffic And Access At Starbucks, 1218 West Main Street.

City of Whitewater Public Works Committee – Tuesday @ 6:00 p.m.
Cravath Conference Room
Municipal Building – 2 Floor
312 W. Whitewater St
Agenda includes Discussion And Possible Action Regarding Sidewalk Replacement Program, Discussion And Possible Action Regarding The Installation Of A Four Way Stop At Walworth Ave And Prince Street, Discussion And Possible Action Regarding Special Assessments For The Northside Water Main Extension, Discussion And Possible Action Regarding Installing Speed Bumps On Ann Street, Discussion And Possible Action Regarding Forty-Eight Hour On-Street Parking Limit And The Motor Home/Trailer Parking Ordinances. Discussion And Possible Action Regarding Municipal Code, Chapter 14.05 – BuildingMaintenance And Repair Standards, and Discussion And Possible Action Regarding Repaving Fremont Street From Lauderdale Drive North To The City Limits.

Whitewater Aquatic & Fitness Center Negotiations Joint Meeting – City & School District – Thursday @ 6:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.
Agenda: Public comments, WAFC Proposal – City of Whitewater,  WAFC Proposal – Whitewater Unified School District
City of Whitewater Municipal Building
Community Room
312 W. Whitewater Street

City of Whitewater Municipal Building
Community Room- First Floor
312 W. Whitewater St.
Whitewater, WI 53190

Hale O Malo Brings Hands-On Hawaiian Culture to the Library

Community members of all ages are invited to “Hale O Malo” at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library on Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m. Malia Chow hosts “Hands on Hawaii,” a cultural entertainment demonstration & hands-on show and tell. This interactive program uses authentic cultural artifacts such as lava rocks, sea turtle shells, and traditional Hawaiian dance implements as a catalyst for education, fun, and culture.  Participants will observe ancient, traditional, and contemporary Hawaiian dance, and be given a dance lesson too!  They’ll hear the blowing of the conch, the sounds of ancient drums, and the strumming of the ukulele. Environmental awareness is interwoven throughout this interactive and engaging program.

This is a free, family-friendly event and no registration is required. The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library is located at 431 W. Center Street in Whitewater. Contact Sarah French with questions at sfrench@whitewater-wi.gov or 262-458-2782. For a full listing of the library’s summer events and information about the Summer Reading Program, visit whitewaterlibrary.org.

Greater Whitewater Committee Hosting Dr. Zepp & Dr. Collet-Klingenberg on the Science of Reading

The Greater Whitewater Committee (GWC) is set to host Dr. Lauren Zepp and Dr. Lana Collet-Klingenberg as guest speakers at its upcoming monthly meeting in July. 

The GWC’s meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 a.m. at 841 Brewhouse: 841 E Milwaukee St, Whitewater, WI 53190. Dr. Zepp is on the faculty of Special Education at UW-Whitewater who is an expert in the area of literacy. Dr. Collet-Klingenberg is the Interim Dean for the College of Education and Professional Studies at UW-Whitewater. Both faculty members will educate and advocate for the Science of Reading at the GWC’S July meeting. 

The GWC is opening the meeting to the public to advocate for literacy importance. An RSVP is required to attend. To reserve your spot, contact Jeffery Knight at: jpk@knightpublicaffairs.com or 920.728.0662 by Wednesday,  July 12th. 

“We are thrilled to learn more about the science of reading,” said GWC Chairman, Crystal Singer, “GWC has been an advocate for literacy among children for many years. We are excited to hear from trailblazers in the industry.” 

Dr. Lauren Zepp is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She is a two-time graduate of UW-Madison and was a special educator and reading specialist for 12 years before pursuing her doctoral degree. Her research focuses on two areas: (1) preparing teachers to provide high-quality reading instruction to students with disabilities, and (2) disability representation in children’s and young adult literature. 

Lana Collet-Klingenberg is a Professor of Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Since July 1, 2018, Lana has been in leadership in the College of Education and Professional Studies as Interim Associate Dean, and currently as Interim Dean. Lana is currently serving the profession as President of the Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Dr. Collet-Klingenberg earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, and her doctoral degree in special education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Research and scholarly interests include teacher education and professional development, secondary special education, school reform, transition from school to adult life, evidence-based practice, autism spectrum disorders, and more recently trauma informed education. 

 About the GWC The GWC is an action-oriented group committed to working with citizens, elected officials, and policy makers to identify, craft, and implement a pro-business agenda. Its goals are to advance the economic, educational, and social policies required to energize and secure the Whitewater area’s economic future, as well as protect Whitewater’s quality of life.

Seniors in the Park Presents Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret”

Tuesday, July 11, 1 p.m.

(Family/Comedy/Drama) Rated PG-13; 1 hour, 46 minutes (2023)

Judy Blume’s classic novel finally comes to the screen. When her family moves from the city to the suburbs, 11 year old Margaret encounters new friends, new experiences, and growing up. 

Starring Abby Ryder Fortson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates.

Seniors in the Park is held at Starin Park, 504 W. Starin Road.

#FlashbackFriday with the Historical Society: Whitewater Lake

It’s time once again for #FlashbackFriday with the Whitewater Historical Society. This week’s view is a great aerial photograph of Whitewater Lake. Whitewater Lake provides recreational opportunities for many and is in the Kettle Moraine State Park. It was created after World War II by flooding the area and combining smaller lakes.

Join us next week for more from the Whitewater Historical Society.

(3749PC, Whitewater Historical Society)

Medicaid/BadgerCare Plus Members Reminded to Submit Renewals on Time

Members with June renewals should submit by Friday, June 16 to avoid gaps in coverage

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reminds residents who are BadgerCare Plus or Wisconsin Medicaid members that renewals are underway, and there is a “just right” time to renew to avoid delays or gaps in coverage. For example, on May 15, DHS sent renewal packets to approximately 53,000 Wisconsin households scheduled to renew in June. DHS encourages these members to submit their renewals by June 16 to avoid any gaps in coverage. Packets are in the mail to members with a July renewal date and they should send in updated information by July 18 to avoid coverage gaps. The new DHS renewal status webpage shows the “just right” renewal period for each month. Members are encouraged to renew online at ACCESS.wi.gov or by mail.

“If a member is still eligible, we want them to keep their state coverage. If they’re not, we want to help connect them to resources to help them find other options. Either way, the process starts with submitting their renewal,” said State Medicaid Director Jamie Kuhn. “It’s been more than three years since any of our members have done one and for many, it’s the first time. That’s why we’re working hard to get the word out and why we’re sharing information with more than 100 partner organizations from all over the state to help raise awareness and provide assistance.”

View the entire news release.

Emergency Blood Need – Versiti Drive Next Thursday

To make an appointment, please click here.

Wisconsin Blood Supply Critically Low, Versiti Issues Emergency Appeal for Blood Donations

Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin has issued an emergency appeal for blood donations, pleading with community members to make an appointment to donate blood in the coming days. Heading into the summer months, Versiti has seen a drastic drop in scheduled appointments.

“25 percent of our blood collections come from our high school and college partners, meaning that when it’s summer vacation, those community blood drives are not happening,” said Dr. Alcinda Flowers, associate medical director at Versiti. “And while we anticipate this dip every year, we are also seeing fewer first-time donors walking through our doors, which is adding to an already dangerous situation.”

Versiti estimates that around 20 percent of its donors are first-time donors; unfortunately, more than 50
percent of those donors only donate once. With an aging donor base and increased need, first-time blood
donors are desperately needed.

“Our loyal donors continue to hear our pleas and roll up their sleeves, for which we are extremely grateful,” added Dr. Flowers. “However, if every eligible donor could pledge to donate at least twice by the end of the year and encourage a friend or family member to give blood donation a try as well, the impact on the local blood supply would be significant.”

While Versiti strives for a three-day supply of available blood for local hospitals, as of June 6 the organization had less than a one-day supply on the shelves. Not only does this potentially put people’s lives at risk, but it limits the ability to respond to the need for blood should the unexpected occur.

What to know about blood donation
▪ Every two seconds, someone needs lifesaving blood to survive. One donation can save up to three lives.
▪ The donation process, including registration and testing, takes about an hour. Because your body constantly replaces blood and fluids, blood donation doesn’t take a major toll on the human body.
▪ There is no substitute for blood donation — blood cannot be manufactured. It can only come from volunteer donors.
▪ Roughly 40 percent of Americans can donate blood, but only about 3 percent do so.
▪ Blood donation can help patients of all ages who are victims of traumatic accidents, patients of organ transplants, or fighting through diseases like cancer.

All blood types are needed, with types O-positive and O-negative most in demand. O-positive is the most
common blood type, while O-negative blood is the universal type that can be received safely by all patients in emergencies when the blood type is unknown.

Donating blood takes about an hour. Anyone age 17 or older in good health who meets eligibility
requirements is encouraged to give. Parental consent is required for donors age 16 to donate blood. Donors
should bring a photo ID that includes their birth date.

About Versiti
Versiti is a world-class blood health organization with locations across the Midwest. Headquartered in
Milwaukee, Versiti was formed with a mission of service to improve patient outcomes, advance the field of personalized medicine and strengthen the health of communities everywhere. We are deeply rooted in the communities we serve, providing innovative, value-added solutions in the fields of transfusion medicine, transplantation, and blood-related diseases. From research and diagnostic testing to the sharing of lifesaving gifts through blood, organ and tissue donation, the collective efforts across Versiti result in improved patient outcomes and expanded access to care, advancing the field of personalized medicine. For more information, visit Versiti.org