Whitewater FFA Alumni Drive-through Cookout Today

(Whitewater FFA) The Whitewater FFA will be having their alumni cookout on Friday, April 16th, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Come stop by Whitewater High School to get an $8 Pork Chop Sandwich meal! This will be a drive-through event so no there is no need to leave your vehicle.

Recount Confirms Outcome of Race for District 5 Councilmember

By Al Stanek
Whitewater Banner volunteer staff

Per City Clerk Michele Smith, the recount which was conducted on April 15 confirmed the previously announced outcome of the April 6 election for Aldermanic District 5 Councilmember. Incumbent Gregory Majkrzak received 62 votes, and Neil Hicks, 60 votes. Majkrzak will be sworn in for his first full term on April 20, together with incumbents Brienne Brown and Carol McCormick, who ran unopposed. Lisa Dawsey Smith will also be installed for her first term.

Fort Atkinson Library features art by Kelly Hausknecht

(Fort Atkinson Public Library submission) The Dwight Foster Public Library is displaying works by local artist Kelly Hausknecht during the month of April. Stop by the Jones Gallery on the second floor to experience her series of whimsical paintings devoted to sweet marshmallow Peeps. Kelly’s interest in this subject was inspired by the Annual Peeps Exhibition at the Racine Art Museum.

Some of Hausknecht’s paintings include collage elements such as clotheslines and pins and actual candy Peeps. These creations are free spirited, silly and fun. She has also created an Artist’s Challenge scavenger hunt and a drawing to win one of the Peeps paintings. She encourages others to make a Peeps creation of their own and consider entering it for free at the Racine Art Museum next year.

Art by Kelly Hausknecht

Hausknecht was born in Milwaukee, graduated from UW Whitewater, and moved to Edgerton 35 years ago. She has had a career in art, alternating both teaching and interior design. She has been teaching art with UW-Rock Co and the Janesville School District. Her passion for art extends to all media including painting, collage, and photography. She encourages others to “Whatever you do, enjoy art, make art, and appreciate the beautiful world around you.”

Free Garage Sale Ads Offered Again on the Banner

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 agreed last year to begin a “consolidated” garage sale posting that will be published each Thursday morning for the upcoming weekend’s sales. We will continue that service this year. 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 8 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.

Police Department Seeking Assistance Identifying Location/Owner of Vehicle

(Whitewater Police Department Facebook post)  · We’re seeking our public’s assistance with identifying the location and/or owner/operator of this vehicle. It was involved in a Hit & Run vehicle crash on Friday, April 9, 2021, at approximately 1:00 p.m., in the 200 block of W. Center St. The vehicle is believed to be a silver 2006-2012 Ford Fusion with tinted windows and distinctive style wheels/rims. The vehicle may have its passenger side mirror cover missing. It may still have damage to the front passenger side quarter panel and to the rear passenger side door. Please call us at 262-473-0555, and mention our incident number of 21-003567. Thank you!

Seniors in the Park Presents “Wonder Woman 1984”

Wonder Woman 1984 – (Superhero action, Rated PG-13, 2 hours 31 minutes, 2020) Tuesday, April 20, 1:00 p.m.

Diana Prince (Gail Gadot) lives quietly among mortals in the vibrant, sleek 1980’s, but soon she will have to muster all of her strength, wisdom, and courage as she finds herself squaring off against Maxwell Lord and the Cheetah, a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility.

There is a capacity limit, and COVID-19 precautions, including facial mask, are required. Please register in advance online, by email (dweberpal@whitewater-wi.gov), or phone (473-0535).

National Honor Society Spring Silent Auction Online Through April 23

(WHS press release) The National Honor Society at Whitewater High School is holding a Spring Silent Auction April 8 – 23!  Funds raised will be used for local & area scholarships!  Projects offered include babysitting, yard work, housework, manual labor, interior car detailing, a full day of cleaning or organizing inside or out, online tutoring in math, social studies, or science, handmade greeting cards, and Art Basket with pencils, canvases & sketchbook, Beach Day Basket, Movie Night Basket with $25 gift certificate for the Whitewater Theater, Candy Basket, Charcuterie Board Basket, Brush Box for Horse Grooming, Dog Sitting, walking & bathing, Picnic Gift Basket, and a song commission and performance!  All food items will be prepackaged and safe for consumption.  

If interested in one or more of these projects, please go to the Whitewater High School National Honor Society website belowselect a service project, click “Add New Message” and place your bid in the “Subject Line.”  Please leave your name, email address, and phone number so we can contact you if you win the project.  Silent Auction Ends April 23, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. You may contact NHS Advisor, Pam Sonmor-Wintz at 472-8113 or psonmorwintz@wwusd.org if you have any questions! 

National Honor Society Silent Auction Website HERE:  https://www.whs.wwusd.org/page/3138

Whitewater Community Foundation Accepting Applications for Spring Community Action Grants

(WHITEWATER- April 1, 2021)  The Whitewater Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Spring Community Action Grant Cycle.  Grants will be awarded to local non-profit organizations actively working to support the Whitewater community.  

Interested organizations can find more information here and should fill out an application form.

In the Spring of 2020, with the onset of COVID-19 and the resulting loss of jobs, the Foundation awarded Community Action Grants totalling $21,175 to the following organizations to reimburse them for funds expended in response to the needs of community members struggling with meeting their basic needs:  The Whitewater Food Pantry, The Community Space, Bethel House, First United Methodist Church, St. Patrick Catholic Church, and the Whitewater Rescue Squad.

The deadline for submitting applications is April 30, 2021.

Please spread the word to groups trying to effect positive change in the Whitewater area. We look forward to working with leaders who are striving one goal at a time to make our community a greater place to live, work, and learn.

About WCF: The Whitewater Community Foundation’s mission is to “Enhance quality of life in the Whitewater area via educational, cultural, charitable or benevolent expenditures” through scholarships and community action grants. To donate and support the continuation of the Whitewater Banner, simply send a check made out to Whitewater Community Foundation to P.O. Box 428, Whitewater, WI, 53190, or donate online at whitewatercommunityfoundation.org by hitting the “Donate” button on top of the contact page. For tax purposes, the Whitewater Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Corporation.