Obituary: Thomas Robert Guequierre, 71

On Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, Thomas Robert Guequierre, loving husband and father of two passed away at the age of 71. Tom grew up in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, then lived for many years in Whitewater, Wisconsin, before moving to Florida.

Tom’s entire life was dedicated to two things: family, and serving the community. Tom met the love of his life, Sherry, when they were in junior high. They married at the ages of 20 and 18 respectively and had a long and happy marriage. Tom was a devoted father and grandfather, and found great joy in spending time with his family. Tom was a talented and dedicated police officer serving the Whitewater, Wisconsin Police Department from 1973 – 2001, with his final rank being Lieutenant (second in command of the department). Tom was a strong mentor to other officers. He nearly gave his life in the line of duty in 1978. Tom was recognized with many honors, including, the Officer of the Year Award, Whitewater City Council Outstanding Citizen Award, and the American Legion Meritorious Service Award. He served as the President of both the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and the Whitewater Professional Police Association, and graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Tom also served on the board of directors for both Fairhaven Senior Services and Habitat for Humanity of Walworth County. Tom continued his dedication to the community after retirement, serving on several boards in the community in which he lived, and financially supported several near and dear charities.

Tom is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sherry (Merrill) Guequierre, children Michelle (Jason) Platzer, and Paul Guequierre, grandson Aiden Platzer, and brothers John (Polly) and Jim (Brian). Tom is preceded in death by his granddaughter Grace Louise Platzer, his parents Louise, “Dewey” (Fenske) Guequierre Roll and Gerald Guequierre, his sister Laura Lee, and step-father Paul Roll.

Tom will be remembered at a private funeral service in December to be followed by a larger celebration of life to be planned in the coming months.

Memorials can be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Tom’s honor. Memories may be shared at this link.

#FlashbackFriday with the Historical Society: c.1900 Grocery Store Decked out for the Holidays

It’s time once again for #FlashbackFriday with the Whitewater Historical Society. The Christmas season is in full swing now, so enjoy this c.1900 photograph of a grocery store in Whitewater’s downtown decked out with Christmas goods for sale. Note the huge candy canes and Christmas trees and wreaths for sale! I wonder if the candy canes were really candy or some type of decoration.

Frank Hall was a partner in a grocery store in the late 19th century and in January of 1899, he started his own store on Center Street. He was in business alone until around 1910. This photo was taken during that time by Henry Scholl, from whom the historical society has over 400 glass plate negatives.

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

(3709P Whitewater Historical Society)

Wet, Heavy Snow Accumulating Early through Late Friday – “Shovel Smart”

The National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan Office has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our area on Friday. A band of wet, heavy snow is expected to occur beginning at approximately 3 a.m. and continuing until about midnight on Friday, particularly during the morning hours. Some fairly heavy snow could be falling for the Friday morning commute, which could cause some slick conditions. Total snowfall is projected to be between 1-4″.

The key messages are to leave plenty of time for travel in the morning and to “shovel smart,” as the heavy, wet snow can put a big strain on the heart. Only move small amounts of snow at a time.

Pair Recognized by Society of Women Engineers

Congratulations to Whitewater High School junior Kayla Mikos and senior Dayna Carlson who were recognized by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Michigan Technological University for their excellence in math and science.

SWE strives to give women a unique place and voice within the engineering industry and help them reach their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders. Both Kayla and Dayna have pursued advanced coursework in science, math, and/or computer science while in high school and both have worked with Ferradermis, Whitewater High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team.

Article and Photo Submitted by Laura Masbruch
Whitewater High School Computer Science Teacher and Banner Volunteer

Viewer’s Choice Winner for Whitewater Arts Alliance Members’ Show

“Women’s Rights Targeted” by Dawn Hunter

Editor’s note: The following announcement was provided by the Whitewater Arts Alliance.

The annual Whitewater Arts Alliance (WAA) Members Show (and sale) officially ended its voting poll for the Viewer’s Choice Award on Sunday, November 20. The Viewer’s Choice award winner receives 25 notecards of their winning art that they can sell at their leisure. The WAA also receives 25 notecards to sell at the Cultural Arts Center for $2 until they are gone. This year voting occurred through both in-gallery and online. Visitors would receive four stickers to put on place cards beside each art piece to vote for their favorites. Online visitors would select four pieces to submit and be added to the tally. In-gallery visitors were given one sticker set per visit while online visitors were asked to vote only once per day. Both systems were anonymous.

The winner this year was Dawn Hunter’s “Women’s Rights Targeted.”

Additionally, on Saturday, November 5, all the artists were entered into a blind drawing for a free 2023 WAA membership. The winner this year was John Koebler.

The show will continue to be available for in-person viewing until Sunday, December 18. After that, the show will be viewable online for the rest of the month. For more information about the Members’ Show, or to see the art, visit

UW-W Chancellor Candidate Public Forums Announced, Including at Community Engagement Ctr

Update: In addition to the public forums on campus shown with each candidate’s information, there also is an opportunity for the remaining four candidates to meet with members of the community at the Community Engagement Center, 1260 W. Main Street. Those dates and times are shown below.

Lynn D. Akey – December 6, 2023 – 5 to 6 pm – Community Engagement Center

John D. Chenoweth – December 7, 2023 – 5 to 6 pm – Community Engagement Center

Corey A. King – December 8, 2023– 5 to 6 pm – Community Engagement Center
Anyone participating in a forum for this candidate is encouraged to complete this survey, which will expire on 12/9 at 5 p.m.

Mrinal Mugdh Varma – December 13, 2023– 5 to 6 pm – Community Engagement Center
Anyone participating in a forum for this candidate is encouraged to complete this survey, which will expire on 12/14 at 5 p.m.

Paul D. Plotkowski – December 14, 2023– 5 to 6 pm – Community Engagement Center
Anyone participating in a forum for this candidate is encouraged to complete this survey, which will expire on 12/15 at 5 p.m.

Further information regarding the forums is available here.

The candidates will also participate in separate campus public forums, offering opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to interact directly with them. The schedule for each forum is shown below.

The finalists, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Lynn D. Akey
Vice President for Student Success, Analytics and Integrated Planning, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN
Curriculum vitae
In person: 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, Timmerman Auditorium, Hyland Hall
Live stream:

John D. Chenoweth
Interim Chancellor, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater
Whitewater, WI
Curriculum vitae
In person: 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, Timmerman Auditorium, Hyland Hall
Live stream: See link here

Corey A. King
Vice Chancellor for University Inclusivity and Student Affairs, UW-Green Bay
Green Bay, WI
Curriculum vitae
In person: 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, Timmerman Auditorium, Hyland Hall
Live stream: See link here.

Paul D. Plotkowski
Dean and Professor, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, MI
Curriculum vitae
In person: 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, Timmerman Auditorium, Hyland Hall
Live stream: See link here.

Mrinal Mugdh Varma
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor, Auburn University at Montgomery
Montgomery, AL
Curriculum vitae
In person: 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, Timmerman Auditorium, Hyland Hall
Live stream: See link here.

After reviewing campus feedback, Rothman and the Special Regent Committee, comprised of Regents Bogost, Ashok Rai, Jill Underly, and Kyle Weatherly and chaired by Regent Vice President Bogost, will interview the finalists and recommend a single successful candidate to the Board of Regents, which must approve the appointment.

The person selected through this process will be UW-Whitewater’s 18th chancellor.

For more information about the five candidates, the public conversations, and the search process, see the UW-Whitewater chancellor search page: For more information about UW-Whitewater, go to its homepage:

UW-W American Marketing Assoc. Hosted 15th Annual Regional Conference

Madison Niezgoda

This year’s UW-Whitewater American Marketing Association (AMA) chapter continued its long legacy of success by turning heads at this year’s Regional Conference.

On October 6th and 7th, the UW-Whitewater AMA chapter hosted its 15th Annual AMA Regional Conference. Students from around the world attended both live and virtually to watch keynote presentations, compete in competitions, and connect with companies at a career fair.

The event was a tremendous success. UW-Whitewater AMA senior advisor, Jimmy Peltier, commented on the massive turnout compared to past years, “It was our largest live event ever, with over 550 total attendees; about 20% were virtual. We had almost 30 universities involved, from as far away as Florida, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Germany, and the Netherlands.”

Of the 343 individual competitors, UW-Whitewater students won the most 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places of any chapter – by far.

UW-Whitewater Student Winners:
1st place winners: Trace Morrisey (Victor Envelope Perfect Pitch Competition), Madison Niezgoda (Henry Schein Mock Interview Competition), Noah Bulgrin (Gartner Sales Competition), Allie Sheline and Brielle Bird (AcuRite Digital Strategy).
2nd place winners: Emily Vorphal (Victor Envelope Perfect Pitch Competition), Colin Zander (Henry Schein Mock Interview Competition), Ethan Zgorzelski (Henry Schein Mock Interview Competition), Emily Vorphal (Gartner Sales Competition), Trace Morrisey (Gartner Sales Competition), Avery Goehring and Abby Daniels (AcuRite Digital Strategy), Almira Ajdini and Carmen De Cabo (AcuRite Digital Strategy).
3rd place winners: Claire Labecki (Victor Envelope Perfect Pitch), Joe Banish (Victor Envelope Perfect Pitch), Nick Walczak (Enterprise Virtual Perfect Pitch), Claire Labecki (Gartner Sales Competition), Abby Hodnik and Jacob Weston (AcuRite Digital Strategy), Ashlee Platta, Jillian Hansen, and Julia Wiggin (Sherwin-Williams Design), Avery Goehring, Lauren Arndt, Abby Daniels (Sherwin-Williams Design), Jacob Weston, Brielle Bird, and Alexis Johnson (Sherwin-Williams Design).

UW-Whitewater AMA Co-President, Madison Niezgoda, was among the top finishers overall taking 1st in the Henry Schein Mock Interview Competition and 2nd in the Gartner Sales Competition. “I thoroughly enjoyed competing against some of the best sales and marketing students from across the world. The opportunity to compete in and run one of the largest AMA Regional Conferences was one I will never forget!” added Niezgoda.

There were several highlights of the conference for Niezgoda, but she believed the most successful part was “creating an environment for students all across the world to network for the first time in person since 2019!”

A sizable event like this comes with a considerable number of hurdles. Planning efforts began several months in advance to set the chapter up for success. One of the largest challenges was the number of logistics that needed to be managed. “We had seven different competitions, all of which needed sponsors, judges, and students. The sheer number of competitions, students, food, room reservations, etc., created a logistical challenge – which our students handled with ease.” Peltier explained.

Several people were vital to the success of this conference beginning with the AMA Presidents Madison Niezgoda and Avery Goehring. Peltier was especially grateful for their dedication as he shared, “hats off to our two AMA Presidents. These young professionals drove everything, and while the stress was immense, they came through with flying colors.”

Niezgoda saw how the contributions of many came together to create a successful event. “I am extremely proud of the work the AMA Conference Team, advisors, and board put into making this event happen. We have been working on it since April and it was amazing to see all the details come together better than we ever expected!”

The experienced group of AMA advisors was a critical part of this conference’s success. Peltier noted how important their contributions were by adding he has “deep gratitude for AMA advisors Andy Dahl, Dan Herlache, Pavan Chennamaneni, and John DeGraff for their leadership and Stephanie Church for her assistance.”

UW-Whitewater’s AMA chapter has won International Chapter of the Year, an extremely prestigious accomplishment, for the past 11 straight years. This year’s chapter is preparing to make another run for the top finish at the 2023 AMA International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans, LA this spring.

Mental Health in the Workplace Workshop

Whether you are here for yourself or to better support your team, this interactive four-hour workshop provides an essential understanding of the five major components of mental health, and immediately usable practices to help maintain well-being and balance in the workplace. In this course, learn how to support yourself and colleagues in the development of planning, decision-making and managing negative outlooks leading to successful habits and overall health in and out of the workplace.

This event is available to registrants aged 18 and up. Event Fee  $175; CEU (optional) – $25

Limited to the first 30 registrants each session.

UW-W Rock County Campus. Friday, January 6, 2023 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

For further information and to register, click here.

Flags to Half-staff on Wed. for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today ordered the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff on Wed., Dec. 7, 2022, in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

“Each year, as a state and nation, we recognize Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day to honor the 2,403 lives lost, including 54 servicemembers from Wisconsin, in the attack on Pearl Harbor and to reflect on the service of the more than 330,000 Wisconsinites who served in World War II,” said Gov. Evers. “Today, we remember the heroism, sacrifice, and valor exhibited that day and every day since by generations of veterans and servicemembers.” 

The governor also proclaimed Dec. 7, 2022, as “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day” across the state. A copy of the governor’s Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day proclamation is available here.

Executive Order #179 will be in effect from sunrise to sunset on Wed., Dec. 7, 2022, and is available here.

Candidates Lining Up for Common Council and Municipal Judge Positions (Update)

According to City Clerk Michele Smith, as of 4:00 p.m. on December 5, the following individuals had taken out nominating papers for the spring election which will be held on April 4. If a primary is necessary it will take place on February 21. Anyone who may be interested in running for Common Council or Municipal Judge should contact Ms. Smith at (262) 473-0102, at, or at the Municipal Building, 312 W. Whitewater Street.

Common Council

Aldermanic District 1
(Incumbent Carol McCormick is not running.)
Registered as candidates:
Brian Schanen, 1199 E. Bluff Rd., #203
David Stone, 303 W. Ann Street

Aldermanic District 3
Incumbent Brienne Brown, 156 N. Fremont St., has registered as a candidate.

Aldermanic District 5
(Incumbent Greg Majkrzak is not running.)
Registered as a candidate:
Neil Hicks, 1254 Tower Hill Pass

Councilmember at Large
Incumbent Lisa Dawsey Smith, 273 N. Fremont St., has registered as a candidate.

Municipal Judge
Incumbent Patrick Taylor, 129 N. Esterly Ave., has registered as a candidate.

Editor’s note: The photo on the homepage is by Lynn Binnie.

Update: On 12/6 at 9:30 a.m., “incumbent” was added to Municipal Judge Patrick Taylor’s name. Addresses have also been added for the incumbent individuals.