Walk-in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Ages 12+ at Middle School Tuesday, June 1 / Clínica de vacunación COVID-19 sin cita previa para estudiantes de 12 años en adelante – Martes 1 de junio

The Whitewater Unified School District is partnering with the Walworth County Health Department to offer a walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic for students ages 12 and older. The clinic will be held at Whitewater Middle School on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. The clinic is free, with no appointment or insurance needed, and no identification is required. These clinics will administer the Pfizer two dose vaccine to those age 12 and over. (A parent or guardian MUST accompany any minor 12-17 years old.) And the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to those age 18 and over. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Walworth County at 262-741-3200 or co.walworth.wi.us.

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Whitewater se está asociando con el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Walworth para ofrecer una clínica de vacunación COVID-19 sin cita previa para estudiantes de 12 años en adelante. La clínica se llevará a cabo en Whitewater Middle School el martes 1 de junio del 2021 de 4:00 pm a 6:00 pm. La clínica es gratuita, no se necesita cita ni seguro médico, y no se requiere identificación.Estas clínicas administrarán la vacuna Pfizer de dos dosis a los mayores de 12 años. (Un padre o tutor DEBE acompañar a cualquier menor de edades 12 a 17 años). Y la vacuna Johnson & Johnson de una dosis para los mayores de 18 años.Si tiene alguna pregunta o necesita más información, comuníquese con el condado de Walworth al 262-741-3200 o co.walworth.wi.us.

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Business Update: Baymont Inn; Center Street Cafe; Walmart Curbside Pickup Service Begins Friday (Walmart promo info updated)

By Lynn Binnie
Whitewater Banner volunteer staff

The Baymont Inn, 1355 W. Main Street, was closed for several months, reportedly due to decreased business due to COVID-19. As of May 1 the hotel has reopened.

Center Street Cafe, 106 W. Center Street, opened in recent months after a long pandemic-related delay. Their beverage menu includes coffee, latte, cappuccino, mocha, turkish coffee, espresso, hot chocolate, and special cold drinks such as the seasonal Strawberry Pineapple Fizz. All day breakfast includes bagel sandwiches, and lunch sandwiches include ham, BLT, hoagie, turkey fresca, grilled cheese, and veggie bagel. Finally, they feature homemade pastries including baklava. Open Monday thru Saturday, 9-5.

Walmart will offer curbside pickup for in-store merchandise beginning on Friday, May 14. The Banner was told that orders, which are placed online or through the app, may include anything that is in the store. The first step is to select an available pickup time, which may be any day of the week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The minimum order is $35; there is no pickup fee, and pricing is apparently the shelf price. Customers may go inside to pick up the order at the Customer Service Desk, but most will probably prefer to park in one of the 12 designated pickup parking spaces near the store entrance, check in with the app or by phone, and await delivery of their goods to the car. There is an introductory offer for $10 off the first order with a $50 minimum. Use code WOWFRESH. “Restrictions apply,” but it is unknown what those restrictions may be. UPDATE: It appears that the introductory offer will not work if you’ve previously used pickup at another Walmart.

As most readers are probably aware, Walmart is undergoing a major renovation. Entrance gates have been installed but are not yet activated. Bold new signage is appearing throughout the store. All of the checkout stations are now self-service; however, the Banner was told that any shopper who wishes for store personnel to scan their items should ask one of the employees, who wear very visible vests, and they will be happy to assist. Apparently this service is not routinely provided at all Walmarts that have transitioned to the self-service model.

Fort Hospital Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

(Fort Memorial Hospital press release) Fort Memorial Hospital received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Fort Memorial Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.

Mike Wallace, President and CEO, states, “Fort HealthCare continues to be progressive at all levels when it comes to patient care. Our employees continuously work hard to control the quality and safety at Fort Memorial Hospital. We are honored to continue to receive “A” ratings from The Leapfrog Group.”

“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Fort Memorial Hospital shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Fort Memorial Hospital was awarded an “A” grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2021. To see Fort Memorial Hospital’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety initiative assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

#FlashbackFriday with the Whitewater Historical Society: Old Main

It’s time again for #FlashbackFriday with the Whitewater Historical Society! This week’s photo features another wintery Whitewater scene from the past. Affectionately dubbed “Old Main,” this building stood as the flagship building for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus since the college’s founding in 1868, undergoing many expansions and renovations over the years.

As the result of a fire in February 1970, only the East Wing of Old Main still stands today and is now known as Hyer Hall. This image was probably taken in the 1950s or 1960s. Join us next week for more from the Whitewater Historical Society collections!

(3679P, Whitewater Historical Society)

The Whitewater Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets the history of Whitewater and the surrounding area. Be sure to join us next week for more from the Society’s collections. Please “like” us on Facebook, and check out our website at whitewaterhistoricalsociety.org!​

Have You Received Your Second Economic Impact (“Stimulus”) Payment Yet? Believe it or not, it might be coming by prepaid debit card! (Or it might not be coming at all)

(Provided by the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Jefferson County via Deb Weberpal)

Have you received your stimulus check yet? Most people received their stimulus check by direct deposit in their bank or by check in the mail, but did you know that millions of individuals are going to receive their stimulus check by prepaid debit card? DON’T THROW THEM AWAY!! The IRS states that the debit cards are arriving in a white envelope that displays the U.S. Department of Treasury seal on them. The debit card is called an Economic Impact Payment Card.

Per the IRS website, the cards can be used to make purchases online or in stores where Visa Debit Cards are accepted. You may also transfer your funds into your personal bank account; please check with your bank on how to complete this action.

Please check the website below for more information or to have your specific stimulus questions answered.

IRS Electronic Impact Payment Card website: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/millions-of-taxpayers-will-receive-their-second-economic-impact-payments-by-debit-card

Banner note: Not all citizens are receiving $600; in fact, due to an income limit, some will not receive a payment at all. This article from Kiplinger answers sixteen FAQ’s about the “stimulus” payment.

First Installment of Property Tax is Due by Monday, February 1

Per Steve Hatton, City of Whitewater Finance Director, since the first installment of 2020 property taxes is due on Sunday, January 31, payments will be considered timely if received by next Monday, February 1. Checks should be made payable to City of Whitewater. They may be mailed to P. O. Box 690, Whitewater, 53190, paid in person at the Municipal Building Finance counter (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), or left in the 24-hour drop box at the Whitewater Street entrance to the building.

The second payment is due to the county on July 31, though property owners may choose to pay the entire tax through the city at this time.

Local UW-Stevens Point undergraduates honored for scholastic achievement

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (January 13, 2021) – The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point honored more than 2,600 undergraduate students for attaining high grade point averages during the fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year.

Full-time undergraduates who earned grade points of 3.90 to 4.0 (4.0 equals straight A) are given the highest honors designation.  High honor citations go to those with grade point averages from 3.75 to 3.89 and honor recognition is accorded to those with grade point averages from 3.50 to 3.74.

Personalized certificates of scholastic achievement are being sent to those who earned highest honors distinction.

Students who received honors include:

Whitewater, WI

 Sage Babcock, Senior, High Honors
 Allison Ceranske, First-year, Highest Honors
 Kathryn Schramm, Post-Bacc, Honors