WHS Class of 1951: 70th Reunion!

The WHS Class of 1951 held its 70th Reunion at 841 Brewhouse on October 2, 2021. Photos courtesy of Tom Ganser.

This Week’s City Meetings


Irvin L. Young Memorial Library Board of Trustees – Monday @ 6:30 p.m.
Community Room
431 W. Center Street
This meeting will be both in-person and virtual.
Agenda includes Report from the Library Expansion Committee meeting of October 12, 2021.
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City of Whitewater Common Council – Tuesday @ 6:30 p.m.
In-person as well as virtual meeting.
Agenda includes amending Chapter 5.20 to increase quota for Class A Beer & Liquor Licenses from four to six (to allow Kwik Trip to obtain licenses); Ordinance allowing operation of All-Terrain and Utility Terrain Vehicles on certain streets located in Jefferson County; Amending Chapter 9.18, Feeding of Wild Animals; Amending Section 5.56.010 Storage of Vehicles – Permit Required; Possible action on Settlement Agreement for Excessive Assessment Claim filed by WalMart; Possible action on agreements with Anderson Commercial relating to city-owned lots on Bluff Road; Possible action on sale of city-owned property located at Howard Road & Greenway Drive.
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Community Involvement & Cable TV Commission – Thursday @ 5:30 p.m.
Agenda
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You can also dial in using your phone. 1 (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 399-263-541

Whitewater Fire Department, Inc Thursday @ 6:30 p.m.
Location: WFD, Inc Training Room
Agenda: Closed session regarding a personnel matter, followed by open session.

SSM Health Documentary Behind the Mask a Powerful Glimpse of Caregivers, Patients

Editor’s note: The following information was provided by SSM Health, the parent of St. Mary’s Hospitals in Janesville and Madison, as well as the Dean Medical Group.

Throughout the pandemic, SSM Health has experienced numerous challenges and witnessed the strength found within community. We recently had a unique opportunity to share, with our broader community, the story of SSM Health and our incredible team members. A 60-minute version of our Behind the Mask documentary aired Oct. 14 in primetime on area NBC-TV affiliate stations . The film is also featured on our YouTube channel. Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Costas narrates the film.

Behind the Mask honors SSM Health’s heroic team members who are following in the footsteps of our five founding sisters who arrived in St. Louis nearly 150 years ago, initially serving amid a devastating smallpox epidemic. The SSM Health team has carried their perseverance, dedication and compassion forward to present day by caring for more than 80,000 people with COVID-19, while simultaneously bringing hope and healing to countless others.

The documentary features some extraordinary stories of courage, resilience and sacrifice that have occurred across our healing ministry throughout the past 18 months. It calls us to remember those we’ve lost and those who are still suffering. Most importantly, these stories remind us to join our hearts in gratitude for one another, and all those who walk with us in this journey.

Resurfacing of CTH “U” from CTH “N” to CTH “D” Begins this Week

NOTIFICATION OF PROPOSED ROADWAY CONSTRUCTION
CTH “U” FROM CTH “N” TO CTH “D”
The Jefferson County Highway Department will be resurfacing CTH “U” from CTH “N” in the
Town of Coldspring to CTH “D” in the City of Whitewater. The work is scheduled to take place
beginning the week of October 18, 2021. The existing deteriorated asphalt pavement will be
milled prior to paving the roadway.
During construction the roadway will be closed to through traffic, but access will be maintained
to local residences and businesses, as well as emergency vehicles. The road will remain closed
until approximately the end of October/early November, depending on the weather.
Please use caution within the construction areas and please keep children away from the
operations. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the Highway Department
at (920) 674-7265.


The Jefferson County Highway Department will be resurfacing CTH “U” from CTH “N” in the
Town of Coldspring to CTH “D” in the City of Whitewater. The work is scheduled to take place
beginning the week of October 18, 2021. The existing deteriorated asphalt pavement will be
milled prior to paving the roadway.

During construction the roadway will be closed to through traffic, but access will be maintained
to local residences and businesses, as well as emergency vehicles. The road will remain closed
until approximately the end of October/early November, depending on the weather.
Please use caution within the construction areas and please keep children away from the
operations. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the Highway Department
at (920) 674-7265.

The Gala Benefit Concert Returns to Young Auditorium

Editor’s Note: The following information was provided by the UW-W College of Arts and Communication, Department of Music.

The College of Arts and Communication at UW-Whitewater announces that the Gala Benefit Concert by the Department of Music will return to a live audience in Young Auditorium. The largest fundraiser of the year for the department, all proceeds benefit the Music Scholarship Fund. The Gala will take place on Saturday, December 4 @ 7:30 pm in Young Auditorium with socially distanced seating.  Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at tickets.uww.edu or by calling (262) 472-2222. In addition to tickets, the Department is raising scholarship funds for students through the Berres Brothers Coffee Fundraiser on behalf of the Delta Omicron student organization. Orders are due by November 12th through the online order form located here: https://uwwhitewater.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_02IZEJoYiZAvYkC.

Masks are required for anyone entering a campus building. Do not come to campus if you are ill. For the most up to date campus safety information, visit the Warhawks are Back webpage at the link below. uww.edu/warhawks-are-back.

Now more than ever, both students and faculty are profoundly grateful for music and performing live for audiences. An annual tradition, the Gala Benefit Concert features works from nearly every student ensemble in the department, from the Whitewater Symphony Orchestra to the Clarinet Ensemble. This year’s program will include selections from “The Nutcracker” arranged by Duke Ellington, “Polar Night” by Nebojsa Macura, “Festiva Fanfare” by Brian Balmages and more.

Performers are happy to return to the stage with the safety measures put in place by UW-Whitewater and the events team. Seating for the Gala Benefit Concert will be sold in seats of two with one seat left open in between. Attendees in larger groups will be able to move closer to each other during the performance to form their own “pod” section. In a typical year the Gala Benefit Concert produces over $20,000 in scholarship funds for the department. Last year, donors were to be thanked for the funds raised. “The financial impact of the pandemic has not been lost on us,” says department chair Mike Dugan. “For last year’s event we were still able to raise funds through the recorded event and the immense generosity of our supporters. I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank each and every single person who made a donation for scholarships last year – our students are grateful and we couldn’t have done it without you.”

This year, in lieu of a silent auction at the event, the Department is holding a pre-order coffee fundraiser on behalf of the student organization Delta Omicron. Organization President Dayna Hubbarrtt states “It’s important to our organization that we support the efforts of the department in raising funds for our own scholarships. As students, these funds are critical to ensure that we are able to remain focused on our educational experiences. We are proud to be part of this year’s Gala fundraising efforts.”

The Gala coffee fundraiser offers 10 oz bags of Berres Brothers coffee, 2 lb bags of cappuccino flavors, hot chocolate and more. “It’s a great opportunity for family and friends of the department and beyond to get their holiday gift shopping done early,” says Dugan. “In considering the safety measures during the pandemic, this was a great alternative to our usual silent auction. With a caffeine habit of my own, I think it has a big appeal to a pretty wide audience. For those non-caffeinated folks, decaf and hot chocolate are available; orders are due by November 12, 2021.”

#FlashbackFriday from the Historical Society: Whitewater Oil Company

It’s time again for #FlashbackFriday from the Whitewater Historical Society!

The weather is getting colder and in the mid-20th century, when many more people had oil furnaces, it was time for a call to the local fuel oil company to top off the tank. One of those companies was the Whitewater Oil Company, located on Whitewater Street near the railroad depot (demolished).

Bill Thayer founded the Whitewater Oil Company in 1946 and for many years, the company was located in this mid-19th century building constructed for Newton Littlejohn’s lumber company. Later it was a wagon repair shop. The Whitewater Oil Company remained here until 1986, when it moved to Wisconsin Street.

Join us next week for more from the Whitewater Historical Society collections!

(3704P, Whitewater Historical Society)

Leaf & Yard Waste Collection Dates Announced

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

The City of Whitewater – Department of Public Works will collect leaf and yard waste during the established dates in October and November.

Residents may place their bagged yard waste on the curb no earlier than Saturday, October 23, for collection
during the week of:
• October 25 – October 29, 2021


Residents may place their bagged yard waste on the curb no earlier than Saturday, November 6, for collection
during the week of:
• November 8 – November 12, 2021
• November 15 – November 19, 2021
However, all bags must be brought to the curb for final collection on November 17.

*Dates may be subject to change in the event we experience accumulating snow during this time.

For residents who miss the deadline of November 19, a dumpster will be available at the City garage (150 E. Starin Rd.) between November 22 – December 3, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please note our facility will be closed on Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26. Spring collection will be dependent on weather conditions.

Yard waste is defined as leaves, weeds, grass clippings, and yard and garden debris. Yard waste must be bagged in 30 gallon or smaller biodegradable, clear or transparent bags only. Yard waste will not be collected if not property bagged or placed in non-transparent or black bags. The City offers Bio-Bags, in the fall only, at the Finance Department.

Residents may also use the compost site to dispose of leaf and yard waste. The compost site is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. until a closing date is determined.
Residents requesting brush collection should call 473-0560 to make an appointment for pick up on Tuesdays.

For additional questions or concerns, contact the Streets Department at (262) 473-0560. For other requests, visit
https://www.whitewater-wi.gov/RequestTracker.aspx.

New Whitewater Storytelling Festival Today – All Events are Free

Banner note: The following information was provided by the Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce. UPDATE: The Chamber indicates that they have decided to make all events free, with the opportunity to make a voluntary contribution at the information booth for those who would like to support the growth of this festival for years to come. Please disregard any references to “ticketed sessions.”

More details are available at https://www.whitewaterchamber.com/whitewater-storytelling-festival/

Whitewater Democrats’ Second Annual Food Drive for Warhawk Pantry

Editor’s note: The following information was provided by Whitewater Democrats.

The Whitewater Democrats second annual food drive donated $403 and various food items to the Warhawk Food Pantry recently. Brook, Pantry Coordinator, accepted the donations.

Banner note: The following information is found on the pantry’s website.

The UW-Whitewater Warhawk Pantry was established in 2018 to provide a respectful, safe, and inclusive environment for students and others to obtain food, toiletries, school supplies, and information about other resources available to them. 

The pantry is staffed by a pantry coordinator, student assistant, and volunteers. A steering team of faculty, staff, and students researched and planned for the pantry and are responsible for its oversight, including representatives from Student Affairs, the University Center, Sustainability Office, the Department of Social Work, and other areas concerned with student success.

The Warhawk Pantry is located in Drumlin Dining Hall, room 143 or entrance 2 next to the loading dock. 1010 W Starin Rd, Whitewater, WI 53190

We accept donations of non perishable food, toiletries, and other items, such as school supplies. Donation bins are located in the University Center at the Information Services Desk on the first floor and the HawkCard Office on the second floor. To arrange a drop off of a larger donation, please contact foodpantry@uww.edu

For suggestions on what to donate, check out our Facebook page–facebook.com/UWWWarhawkPantry — where we post an updated list weekly. 

Popular items include:

  • Tuna in cans or packets
  • Pasta sauce
  • Nut mixes
  • Peanut butter
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Soup

Flags to Half-Staff on Friday in Honor of Navy Seaman 2nd Class Arthur R. Thinnes Who Lost His Life During the Attack on Pearl Harbor  

Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the office of the governor.
 
Oct. 15 – Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #137 ordering the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff on Fri., Oct. 15, 2021, in honor of Navy Seaman 2nd Class Arthur R. Thinnes, who lost his life during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  

“Our state is proud of our servicemembers and their tremendous sacrifices, and we pay our deepest respects to the life and memory of Mr. Thinnes,” said Gov Evers. “I am glad to know that after nearly 80 years he is finally being laid to rest in the place he once called home.” 

Navy Seaman Thinnes, assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, lost his life on Dec. 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The ship, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, was attacked by Japanese aircraft and sustained multiple torpedo hits that capsized the boat, claiming the life of Navy Seaman Thinnes and 429 of his fellow crewmen. Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew between 1941 and 1944 and interred unidentified remains, including those of Navy Seaman Thinnes, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu shortly after World War II. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed USS Oklahoma Unknowns in 2015 for scientific analysis and identified Navy Seaman Thinnes, who was accounted for on March 24, 2021.   

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Arthur R. Thinnes will be laid to rest with full military honors at Wood National Cemetery in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Fri., Oct. 15, 2021. 

Executive Order #137 will be in effect from sunrise to sunset on Fri., Oct. 15, 2021, and is available here.