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On the hunt TOM GANSER Our Town

Children from around the area sought out the traditional springtime treasure, Easter eggs, during the annual Whitewater Optimist Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 18, just one of many annual events in Whitewater.


OUR TOWN 2018-19

An annual publication of the Whitewater Register and Southern Lakes Newspapers

has a little something for everyone Whitewater has a little bit of everything that people enjoy out of a small town. There is the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, which supplies the cherry on top of the community sundae, but residents and tourists get a little bit of everything between restaurants, live music, Broadway-esque productions and a local school system. Although situated mostly in Walworth County, it also sits partially in Jefferson County, giving the community close access to communities like Jefferson, Fort Atkinson, Janesville and Elkhorn. The City of Whitewater has a population of a little more than 14,000, giving it a small-town feel with some large city elements. The Young Auditorium, a venue on the campus of UW-Whitewater, features musical performances, plays and other entertainment. Also on the university campus, the Greenhill Center of the Arts hosts events for the entire family. However, the city has even more to offer. Destinations in Whitewater include

the Train Station Museum, which is in the old Whitewater Passenger Depot, part of the earliest railroad linking system in Wisconsin. Whitewater also showcases yearly events, such as W3llfest, a series of activities and seminars promoting health and wellness. In the city are Cravath and Tripp lakes, which have their own unique beauty and scenery. Nearby is the Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit, a 22,000-acre attraction in southeastern Wisconsin. It features Whitewater Lake, as well as multiple campgrounds. It also features 56 miles of trails. Whitewater Lake itself features weekly Saturday performances by the Minneiska Water Ski Team. Whether it’s entertainment or athletics at the university, or museums downtown or Earth’s natural beauty just a stone’s throw from the city, Whitewater indeed has a little something for everyone.

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Whitewater has many signature events throughout the year, including the Fourth of July ceremony and March’s W3llfest, which has a series of health-oriented activities and demonstrations. Top: The Whitewater Mile is another highlight of the Fourth of July celebration. In 2017, the top three runners were Brett Harms (second), Scott Wolter (third) and Dawson Miller (first). Middle: Whitewater EMTs Ben Kastern and Tanner Stark show and explain how their department’s automatic CPR system works at W3llfest in 2018. Bottom: The American Color Guard marches in the July 4th parade in the city. The machine does compression and EMTs still do all airway live-saving activities. With a machine like this, it allows one or two people to attend to a situation when it would otherwise require three or four people. It is one of two systems Whitewater EMS has.




Sisters Rebekah and Sarah Schumacher, of Whitewater, found success on the basketball court together in high school. The two were a part of a state title run in 2015 that included a perfect 28-0 record. The two are either individually, or both, in the top 10 of 11

statistical categories all-time at Whitewater High. After Sarah transferred from Quincy University and Rebekah went to her hometown university for her freshman year of college, the two are side by side again as Warhawks at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

on and off the court Sisters now playing for hometown university

Two years after BY Ryan Spoehr winning a WIAA state EDITOR & basketball championship together, sisters Daniel Schoettler Sarah and Rebekah CORRESPONDENT Schumacher are back sharing the court as members of the same team. This time, they are wearing the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater purple instead of Whitewater High School red. Sarah, the older of the two, spent the last two years at NCAA Division 2 Quincy University, where she averaged 2.4 points per game in 29 games.



She had no doubt that she was going to transfer and that it was going to be UWWhitewater. “I grew up kind of watching the Warhawks, so I am really excited to be on the court this year instead of watching them,” Sarah said. “I’ve been a fan of the UWWhitewater Warhawks my whole life being from here and coming to the games all the time.” The original plan was that Rebekah, who is a freshman at UW-W, would join her sister at Quincy. But when her sister decided to return home, she thought that being from Whitewater also provided a good opportunity

to play for her hometown team, Rebekah said. “It was the best opportunity at the time,” Rebekah said. “It just seemed like the right choice.” The older Schumacher said it has been fun to see how they have grown up over the years. “It is fun because we have good chemistry on the court,” Sarah said. “We had a lot of fun playing in high school, so it will be interesting to see how it will be in college.” “We’ve come a long way from the beginning of the season,” Sarah said. “We are kind of starting to get into the flow of things. It is always new getting used to a different program, but I think we have made some

good progress lately with getting to know the offensive plays and working with my teammates.” “It is an adjustment from high school, and the biggest one is the pace of the game,” Rebekah said. “It is a lot faster here, and everything is faster on the court.”

High school careers The Schumachers’ former high school basketball coach remembers the duo fondly and even puts them in a class by themselves. “I’ve coached many sisters over the years, but the Schumachers stick out because never do I remember them squabbling once with each other,” said Judy Harms, their coach with the Whippets. “That is rare and quite an impressive reflection of their parents, family and upbringing. It did help playing different positions, thus they never had to compete for playing time.” Harms said the two complemented each other in that Sarah was a strong vocal leader for the Whippets, and Rebekah always led by example through her play. “Sarah takes more of a grit approach, showing eagerness and a physical style, which goes with her inside presence,” Harms said. “Both did a phenomenal job finding each other on the court, yet (they were) never selfish or self-centered. They just wanted to win, period,” Harms said. “Their winning attitude was embraced by their teammates, bringing a strong drive to excel on the court, celebrating the successes of others, as well as collectively.” Harms remembered a time when Sarah went into a huddle with her teammates with a look of determination on her face, like one of a champion. “She said, ‘We are not losing.’ That was the year we went 28-0,” Harms said.

Transition to college ball The Schumachers reunited on a team that holds lofty expectations. Last year, UWWhitewater finished 22-6 and earned a berth

in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Conference Tournament, winning the event for the first time in school history to reach the NCAA Division III tourney for a ninth time in 10 years. The Schumachers said they are excited about joining such a successful program and the possibility of competing for a national championship together after winning a Division 3 state title in high school. “I’m looking forward to playing with her again after a few years off of that,” Rebekah said. “It is important to take it game by game, and our goals are high.” The older Schumacher, a junior, is studying biology in hopes of being a physical therapist, while the younger Schumacher is an education major. UW-Whitewater’s basketball program has had several Whitewater High School alumni, including Brooke Trewyn, who has been with the team the last three years. “It is exciting to have local talent in our program, and that has always been a cornerstone of what we have been about, and we’re really excited to have them and their families in our program,” UW-Whitewater head coach Keri Carollo said. The Schumachers and Trewyn were the only ex-Whippets on this past year’s roster. “We had a lot of fun playing in high school,” the older Schumacher said about the possibility of both playing with Trewyn again. “We’re definitely excited since it has been three years since we were all on the same team.” Carollo added that having the former Whippets on her roster says a lot about what Harms has done for that program and city. “She has really worked hard to start working with the kids that are really young with the youth program and building the program year after year,” Carollo said. Carollo said it is astonishing to see the talent that comes out of the high school year after year. “We’re just really blessed to be in the same town and fortunate that they want to come and play for us and be Warhawks.”

Places in record books The names of Rebekah and Sarah Schumacher are all over the history books at Whitewater High School. Now as athletes at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, they each can look back and see one of their names, both of their names or even their names twice on 11 all-time lists at Whitewater High School. Most career points Rebekah Schumacher – 1,197 (third) Sarah Schumacher – 1,056 (fifth) Most career assists Rebekah Schumacher – 377 (first) Sarah Schumacher – 149 (10th) Most career steals Rebekah Schumacher – 366 (second) Most career three-pointers Rebekah Schumacher – 136 (first) Most career rebounds Sarah Schumacher – 642 (fifth) Most career blocks Sarah Schumacher – 148 (third) Most points in a season Sarah Schumacher – 432 (third) Rebekah Schumacher – 374 (eighth) Rebekah Schumacher – 333 (15th) Most assists in a season Rebekah Schumacher – 118 (first) Rebekah Schumacher – 113 (second) Rebekah Schumacher – 106 (fourth) Most rebounds in a season Sarah Schumacher – 211 (10th) Most three-pointers in a season Rebekah Schumacher – 42 (second – tied with Shannon Zweifel) Rebekah Schumacher – 40 (fifth) Rebekah Schumacher – 37 (eighth) Most blocks in a season at WHS Sarah Schumacher – 53 (sixth) Source: (Athletics page on Whitewater Unified School District’s website)

Sarah and Rebekah Schumacher are not just any two teammates on the women’s basketball team at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. As sisters, their relationship transcends the basketball court, and it has been that way since the two were kids. PHOTO SUBMITTED Our Town



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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 5-29 Invitational Photography Show from

12 to 5 p.m. at Whitewater Arts Alliance, 402 W. Main St.

20 Jazz Ensemble II – 7:30 p.m. at Greenhill

Center of the Arts – Light Recital Hall, 132 N. Prince St., Whitewater, features a large jazz ensemble that emphasizes classic jazz repertoire, directed by Brad Townsend. Free and open to public.

21 Earth Day Celebration – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

at Gateway Technical College, 400 Hwy. H, Elkhorn, featuring a recycling center, live entertainment, door prizes, child-friendly activities, farmers market, workshops and demonstrations.

24 Memory Café – 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Matheson

Memorial Library, 101 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn, offers a place were people with Mild Cognitive Impairment, early stage Alzheimer’s and other related dementia, and their caregivers, can socialize, have fun and enjoy each other’s company. First-time members should call 800-272-3900.

24 Jazz Ensemble I – 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Greenhill Center of the Arts – Light Recital Hall, 132 N. Prince St., Whitewater. will premiere a new commissioned work by composer Dean Sorenson as part of the 150th anniversary celebration of University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Free and open to public.

25-28 Strong Poison – 7:30 p.m. at Greenhill Center of the Arts, 930 W. Main St., Whitewater. The performance is adapted from Dorothy L. Sayers’

“Strong Poison.” $12 general public, $10 seniors ages 65 and older, $7.50 people ages younger than 18 and $5.50 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students with ID. 262-472-2222 or edu.

26 UC Entertaiment Presents: Live Music: Haley Klinkhammer – 7:30-9 p.m., University Center, Down Under, 228 Wyman Mall. Free admission.

27 Dinners at the Lake – 4:30-7 p.m.,

Lutherdale Ministries, N7891 Highway 12, north of Elkhorn. Tickets $16 for adults, $8 for children 10 and younger. Reservations suggested for groups of eight or more. 262-742-2352.

The Whitewater Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. until sell out, normally around noon, May 5, through Oct. 27, rain or shine, in the parking lot at the Winchester True Value Hardware, 1415 W. Main St. The market features farm-fresh locally grown vegetables and fruit, homemade breads, pies and crafts and locally grown shrubs and trees for replanting. raffles while raising funds for homeless animals. 262-723-1000.

16 Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce’s


annual golf outing at Evergreen Golf Club, N6246 Highway 12, Elkhorn. Open to the public. 262-7235722,

2 Square dancing – Limber Timbers Square

16 Square dancing – Limber Timbers Square

Dance Club dances from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Elkhorn Area Middle School, 627 E. Court St., Elkhorn. www.

3 UC Entertainment Presents: Comedian JR DeGuzman from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at University Center, Down Under, 228 Wyman Mall. Free admission.

Dance Club dances from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Elkhorn Area Middle School, 627 E. Court St., Elkhorn. www.

19 Whitewater City Wide Rummage Sale 19 Cello Day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Greenhill

11-13, 18-20 Lakeland Players production of “Sugar” at the Walworth County Performing Arts Center, 15 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn. 262-728-5578

Center of the Arts, 132 N. Prince St., Whitewater, is a massive gathering of cellists from throughout the world for a day of cello-related talks and performances. Open to the public. Registration is required. For more information, contact Benjamin Whitcomb at

11 Second Chances Dinner, 6-10 p.m., The

20 Big Open Cup – Evergreen Golf Club, N6246

Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. Dinner will feature a night of fine food, drinks, auction and

Stacy Cooper helps her daughter Anya across the Railyard Fitness apparatus at the Fort HealthCare station at the annual W3llfest at Whitewater High School on March 19. The Railyard Fitness program utilizes the apparatus in balancing and walking exercises like this, but also with jumping and cardiovascular activities. Fort HealthCare takes the apparatus to local schools and it is utilized by physical education classes.


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Highway 12, Elkhorn – $45 per person includes: 18 holes golf with eight inch putting cup, three-person teams paired as six-somes, men first nine from back tees and second nine from forward tees, women play forward tees twice, tailgate lunch, team prizes, hole event prizes, optional team skins game. 262-7235722 or

20 Antique Flea Market, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.,

Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn, featuring vendors offering a variety of treasures. Admission is $5. 414-525-0820 or

22 Memory Café – 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Matheson

Memorial Library, 101 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn, offers a place were people with Mild Cognitive Impairment, early stage Alzheimer’s and other related dementia, and their caregivers, can socialize, have fun and enjoy each other’s company. First time members should call 800-272-3900.

25 Dinners at the Lake – 4:30-7 p.m.,

Lutherdale Ministries, N7891 Highway 12, north of Elkhorn. Tickets $16 for adults, $8 for children 10 and younger. Reservations suggested for groups of eight or more. 262-742-2352

28 Memorial Day Parade – downtown Elkhorn,

26 Memory Café – 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Matheson

Memorial Library, 101 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn, offers a place were people with Mild Cognitive Impairment, early stage Alzheimer’s and other related dementia, and their caregivers, can socialize, have fun and enjoy each other’s company. First-time members should call 800-272-3900.

29 Dinner at the Lake – 4:30-7 p.m., Lutherdale Ministries, N7891 Highway 12, north of Elkhorn. Tickets $16 for adults, $8 for children 10 and younger. Reservations suggested for groups of eight or more. 262-742-2352.

29 Star Spangled Celebration – 5-11 p.m. at Sunset Park, 200 Devendorf St., Elkhorn, featuring music from the Holton Band, food and snacks and a fireworks show at dusk. 262-723-5788 or

29-30 Whitewater 4th of July Celebration

– Cravath Lakefront, 341 S. Fremont St., Whitewater, features parade, fireworks, live music, food, vendors, car show and carnival.

10:30 a.m., followed by a special memorial service in Veterans Park. 262-203-2434.



1-4 Whitewater 4th of July Celebration –

8 Night Under the Lights – a free, community

event hosted by the Elkhorn Parks and Recreation Department, featuring baseball games under the lights, concessions and raffles, inflatable fun and a variety of child-friendly activities. 5 p.m. at Harris Park, Wright Street. 262-741-5114

8-9 Elkhorn City Wide Rummage – explore

and shop area rummage sales. Maps of rummages that place ads will be available at the Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce. Businesses may also be offering specials. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 262-723-5788 or

15 Elkhorn Area High School All Sports

Booster Club Golf Outing in partnership with the Elkhorn Rotary, 11:30 a.m. at Evergreen Country Club, N6246 Highway 12, Elkhorn. Day includes 18-holes of golf, special event holes, lunch and fish fry dinner. 262-723-3444

16 Elkhorn Community Days – a celebration

of all things Elkhorn featuring a water ski show by the Lauderdale Aqua Skiers, a movie in the park, a car show. 262-723-5788 or

16 Walworth County Farm Bureau Dairy

Breakfast, 6 to 10:30 a.m. at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. Event features full breakfast, crafters, live animals and a tour of a Walworth County farm. 262-723-3228

16 Pride and Joy Car Show, 11 a.m. at Babe Mann Park, 960 Proctor Drive. 262-723-5788 or

20 Pork Chop Cookout, Walworth County

Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn, 4 to 7 p.m. 262-723-3228.

24 Antique Flea Market, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.,


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Cravath Lakefront, 341 S. Fremont St., Whitewater, features parade, fireworks, live music, food, vendors, car show and carnival.

5-29 Fran Achen Photography Competition and art exhibit – Whitewater Cultural Arts Center, 402 W. Main St. Competition and art exhibit named in honor of local photographer Fran Achen. Opening reception is July 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. with awards announced at about 2 p.m. For more information on entering the contest, go to

6-8 Partners for Progress Horse Show, Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. 262-723-3228. 12-15 – Elkhorn RibFest, 3 to 11 p.m. on

Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Walworth County Fairgrounds. Event will feature a competition, live entertainment, food vendors, a beer garden and camping. Admission is free 262-723-3228.

15 Elkhorn RibFest Neon 5K – 8 a.m.,

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18 Junior Beef Steak Cookout, 4 to 7 p.m., Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. 262-723-3228.

20 Relay for Life, 6 p.m. kickoff at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. For more information or to register a team call 262-7233228 or visit

21-22 SMILES Horse Show, Walworth

County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. 262-723-3228.

22 Big Open Cup – Evergreen Golf Club, N6246

Highway 12, Elkhorn – $45 per person includes: 18 holes golf with eight inch putting cup, three-person teams paired as six-somes, men first nine from back tees and second nine from forward tees, women play forward tees twice, tailgate lunch, team prizes, hole event prizes, optional team skins game. 262-7235722 or

26-29 Baroque Horse Show, Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. 262-723-3228. 27 Dinner at the Lake – 4:30-7 p.m., Lutherdale Ministries, N7891 Highway 12, north of Elkhorn. Tickets $16 for adults, $8 for children 10 and younger. 262-742-2352.


Making Magic with Mixed Media at the Whitewater Arts Alliance, 402 W. Main St., will feature an art exhibit consisting of a wide variety of entries from artists working in 2D or 3D. In this first of its kind show at the center, mixed media is broadly defined to include creation of pieces using two or more media, including acrylics, oil, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink, pencil and more to acrylic with collage, oil and cold wax, assemblage or more. To enter, go to Exhibit will be open noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Closing reception on Aug. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m.

3-4 Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce Corn and Brat Days in the downtown square in Elkhorn, featuring a variety of games for kids, crafters, performances and food.

4 Maxwell Street Days and Chamber Brat

Sale – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. downtown Whitewater, Main St., Whitewater, features sidewalk sales, street vendors, live music, dance performances, games, brat sale and more. 262-473-4005.

11 Lutherdale Fest and Quilt Auction –

handmade quilts and other items will be auctioned off to support summer camp. Lunch at 11 a.m. at Lutherdale, N7891 Highway 12. 262-742-2352

12 Antique Flea Market, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.,

Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. Admission is $5. 414-525-0820 or

11 Lakeland Animal Shelter golf scramble

at Hawk View Golf Club, Lake Geneva. 262-723-1000 or visit

17-18 Midwest Pro Rodeo, Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. 262-723-3228. 29-31 Walworth County Fair, featuring shows, animal barns and auctions, food, games, crafts, a variety of contests and a midway. 262-723-3228 or

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The Whitewater School Board took time out of its monthly board meeting on March 27, 2017, to recognize district teachers John Schimming and Rosalinda Martinez for being named as Teacher Fel-

lows by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. Shown left to right are School Board member Jim Stewart, Schimming, Martinez and Middle School Principal Tanya Wojciechowicz.

WUSD teachers Martinez, Schimming named Herb Kohl fellows STUDENT DALZIN NAMED KOHL SCHOLAR

Rosalinda Martinez has worked one of my students has great BY Ryan Spoehr for the Whitewater Unified School potential to succeed in and out of EDITOR District for several years building the classroom,” Martinez said. “I a family-like environment for am here to serve as a mentor to students and parents. Now she is being help guide them and discover that success recognized for her years of work as an through learning and meaningful teaching English-language learner instructor at experiences.” Whitewater Middle School. She was Martinez believes establishing positive one of two Whitewater Unified School working relationships between her and her District teachers to be named a Herb Kohl students and students’ parents is key to her Educational Foundation Teacher Fellow for job. 2017. “I care about them and I want them to “I am very grateful and humbled for care about their education,” Martinez said. this,” Martinez said, adding that she is still “My role is as a Hispanic liaison. My role is processing receiving the honor. “Kids have to be an advocate for students and families, been making me posters and bringing me and I take that seriously. flowers. I’m just in awe and taking it in.” “If it weren’t for my families and my Martinez teaches the English language to students, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I am her students and is a liaison for parents and very thankful for them.” students. She spends a lot of time working As a teacher, she teaches sixth-grade math outside of school, but she is based at the with another colleague and eighth-grade middle school, teaching students in grades Spanish for native speakers, among other six through eight. duties. “My philosophy in education is one The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation encompassed by my belief that every single issued a press release on March 15

announcing who is being recognized. According to the press release, fellowship recipients are educators who have shown a superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, an ability to motivate others and leadership and service in and out of the classroom. John Schimming, a social studies and math teacher in the district, also was named as a fellow, and student Mitchell Dalzin was named as a scholar. Middle School Principal Tanya Wojciechowicz reported to the School Board on March 27 and recognized Martinez and Schimming for being given this recognition “I don’t know if the board realizes the rarity it is to have even one scholar, but to be bestowed an honor of having two in your district and two in your building in one year is completely unheard of,” Wojciechowicz said. “If you knew these two, you know why. Their reputation precedes them, and this is what they deserve.” • CONTINUED ON PAGE 11



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and principals, and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future.” Letters notifying recipients of the award were mailed by the foundation on March 11. Kohl is scheduled to attend all the luncheons honoring award recipients, according to the press release.

John Schimming

When John Schimming received a letter from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation earlier this month, he was a bundle of nerves. “I saw where it was from. I was kind of nervous. Fortunately, my wife was driving at the time after we picked up the mail,” said Schimming, who is a seventh-grade math and social studies teacher at Whitewater Middle School. “I wanted to get the award, so there was a lot of anticipation and excitement.” When he opened the letter, it was the news he had been hoping for. He was being named a Herb Kohl Teacher Fellow. “I was real excited when I got the letter in the mail,” Schimming said. “I knew the the selection was going on, but I thought, ‘Oh, I didn’t get it.’ But sure enough, I did and I was excited.” Schimming has been in the Whitewater Unified School District for 11 years. He started as primarily a seventh-grade social studies teacher, but he later became both a social studies and math teacher. “Math is my true passion,” he said. Prior to his tenure of teaching in Whitewater, Schimming taught in Necedah,


Mitchell Dalzin (right) is introduced at a Whitewater School Board meeting by High School Principal Doug Parker. Dalzin was named a Herb Kohl Educational Excellence Scholar for 2017.

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Mitchell Dalzin

A senior at Whitewater High School has been named an Excellence Scholar by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. Mitchell Dalzin was announced as one of the recipients of the distinction in a press release issued by the foundation earlier this month. “It’s really satisfying,” Dalzin said. Whitewater High School Principal Doug Parker introduced Dalzin to the School Board at its March 26, 2017, meeting. “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Mitchell for the last 14 years,” Parker said. “I’ve seen him in many different settings. He is, without a doubt, one of the finest allaround students Whitewater High School has had, and he has had a great impact on our legacy.” Parker said Dalzin has shown initiative and the ability to be responsible throughout his tenure as a student in Whitewater with being involved in several activities, including cross country, swimming, tennis, drama, math team, computer science team, jazz band and marching band. Dalzin has been the Drama Club president and is a two-time all-state mathlete. “I just really enjoy all the things I do. I always push myself to go 100 (percent) at whatever I am doing,” Dalzin said. Dalzin said it takes a lot of work to go at everything 100 percent, and he doesn’t have a lot of free time as a result. “It takes a lot of motivation and selfcontrol to get everything done that I need to get done,” Dalzin said. Dalzin has been a national merit scholar student and Kiwanis Club Excellence Award winner. As a junior, Dalzin was an advanced placement distinguished scholar. He was an advanced placement scholar as a sophomore. “He has had an immeasurable compassion in participating service projects for our school and our community. One of them was singing and playing guitar for the community peace gatherings this past fall,” Parker said. “Mitchell is on the Band Leadership Council, elected by his peers, and is a member UJAY where he plays guitar.” UJAY is an audition jazz ensemble through the University of WisconsinMilwaukee. Dalzin plays on Friday nights in a jazz combo with players from throughout southeastern Wisconsin. “It’s really satisfying hearing Mr. Parker talk about all of my accomplishments and stuff because you get those things one at a time, but you never get an opportunity to look back at it as a whole,” Dalzin said.



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OUR SCHOOLS WHITEWATER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD Casey Judd, president 262-472-9114 Steven Ryan, clerk 608-883-2136 Brian Brunner, treasurer 608-883-2469 Jim Stewart (262) 473-5630 Tom Ganser 262-473-6799 Kelly Davis 262-203-1999

Accounts Payable Mary Rogers 262-472-8701 Receptionist Jean Shaffer 262-472-8700 Pupil Services Assistant Bree Harris 262-472-8707 Administrative Assistant – Data Management Angel Van Daele 262-472-8715 WHITEWATER HIGH SCHOOL 534 S. Elizabeth St. (262) 472-8100 Principal Mike Lovenberg (262) 472-8103

Get informed WHITEWATER MIDDLE SCHOOL 401 S. Elizabeth St. (262) 472-8300 Principal Dr. Tanya Wojciechowicz 262-472-8302 LAKEVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL W8363 R&W Townline Road 262-472-8400 Principal David Brokopp

The Whitewater School Board regularly meets on the fourth Monday of each month at the Central Office, 419 S. Elizabeth St., with the following exceptions: third Monday in December and March; Tuesday following Memorial Day if fourth Monday falls on Memorial Day. For more information on the Whitewater Unified School District, visit www.

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CENTRAL OFFICE 419 S. Elizabeth St. Phone: 262-472-8700 Fax: 262-472-8710 District Administrator Mark Elworthy 262-472-8708 Administrative Assistant to the District Administrator Jodie TenPass 262-472-8702 Staff Development/Curriculum Coordinator Kelly Seichter 262-472-8713 Pupil Services Coordinator Lanora Heim 262-472-8712 Technology Coordinator Andrew Rowland 262-472-8716 IT Technician Justin Sdano 262-472-8716 School Nurse Diana Hoffman (262) 472-8590 Accountant Carol Hagen 262-472-8706

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Human Resources Judy Atkinson (262) 473-0150

CITY HALL 312 W. Whitewater St. Whitewater, WI 53190 Phone: (262) 473-0500 Fax: (262) 473-0509

Neighborhood Services Chris Munz-Pritchard Manager/Planner (262) 473-0143 CMunz-Pritchard@

COMMON COUNCIL* District 1 Carol McCormick 555 E. Clay St. (262) 473-5576

Greg Noll Building Inspector (920) 675-9062

District 2 Jimmy Schulgit 329 N. Tratt St. #19 (414) 630-9139 District 3 Christopher Grady 318 W. North St. (262) 473-8538 District 4 Lynn Binnie 1315 Satinwood Lane (262) 473-2997 District 5 Stephanie Goettl 1036 Hillview Dr. #C104 (920) 728-6039 Members-at-Large Patrick Singer Council President 263 Amber Lane (262) 374-0592 James Allen 215 E. Clay St. #42 (920) 728-0626 CITY STAFF City Manager Cameron Clapper (262) 473-0101 City Clerk Michele Smith (262) 473-0102

Scott Weberpal Geographic Information Systems Technician (262) 473-0142

Whitewater Aquatic and Fitness Center (262) 473-4900

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Public Works Department Brad Marquardt (262) 473-0139 Alison Stoll, Adm. Assistant (262) 473-0560 Chuck Nass, Streets/Parks Superintendent City Forester (262) 473-0560 Tim Reel, Wastewater Division Superintendent (262) 473-0560

Jane Wegner Administrative Assistant (262) 473-0144

Rick Lien, Water Division Superintendent (262) 473-0560

Neighborhood Services Officers (262) 473-0145 Liz Jackson

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Administrative Assistant Bonnie Miller (262) 473-0149

Finance Department Stephen Hatton (262) 473-1380 Karen Dieter, Finance Support Services Manager (262) 473-1382

Police Department Lisa Otterbacher Chief of Police (262) 473-1370

Jacob Hintz School Resource Officer (262) 473-1361

Kathy Meyer, Water/Sewer – Utility Billing (262) 473-1383

Kathy Boyd, Support Services Manager (262) 473-1373

Information Technology Tim Nobling Chief Information Officer (262) 473-1391

Sabrina Ojibway, Emergency Government (262) 473-0556 ext. 2129

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Michelle Dujardin Program Coordinator (262) 473-0121

Executive Assistant Jill Gerber (262) 473-0101

Deb Weberpal Senior Coordinator (262) 473-0535

Non-emergency dispatch (262) 473-0555 Fire Department and Rescue Squad Mike Higgins Fire Chief (262) 473-0116 Rescue Squad office (262) 473-0117 Fire Inspection Bureau (262) 473-0114

Municipal Court Beatriz Aranda Clerk of Courts (262) 473-1384 Irvin L. Young Memorial Library 431 W. Center St. Stacey Lunsford, Director Diane Jaroch, Asst. Director Deana Rolfsmeyer Youth Education Services Suzanne Haselow Homebound Coordinator Shirley Hapka, Volunteer Coordinator Whitewater Community Television Kristin Mickelson, PR and Communications Manager (262) 473-8564

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TOWN HALL W8590 Willis Ray Road, Whitewater, WI 53190 Phone: (262) 473-4639 Fax: (262) 473-5551 Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon; other times by appointment Chairperson Lowell Hagen (262) 903-1346 First Side Supervisor Bob Strand (262) 391-3421 Second Side Supervisor Norm Prusener (262) 473-2314 Clerk/Treasurer Carrie Hintz (262) 473-4639




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UW-W organization teams with Special Olympics for football camp miles, at times, were accompanied by BY Ryan Spoehr intensity on the field EDITOR recently at Perkins Stadium where it is generally quiet during the Warhawks’ offseason. The University of WisconsinWhitewater Special Olympics Organization teamed with Special Olympics Wisconsin to have 35 Special Olympics athletes participate in football drills with members of the Warhawks football team on the home turf of the six-time national champions. After doing the drills, the athletes practiced end zone celebratory dances, posed for photographs and ate a meal out in the pavilion adjacent to the stadium, all with players from the Warhawks football team. “It’s a tremendous experience for our athletes to participate in anything at a college level because so many of them are adults. A lot of people think it’s only children, but it is 8 and up, and our mean age is actually 31 years old,” said Don Wigington of Special Olympics Wisconsin. “A lot of them will go and see college games, but for them to be here and on the


Above: Josh Gretebeck of Stoughton participates in a tackling drill during a special football camp that was a team effort between the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Special Olympics Organization and Special Olympics Wisconsin. At left: Brandon Heine, of Johnson Creek and St. Coletta, does his favorite victory dance, a “Yes! Yes! Yes! chant” at the end of a football clinic at Perkins Stadium in Whitewater. The clinic was a joint effort by Special Olympics Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Special Olympics Organization for athletes to do drills with members of the Warhawks football team.

football field to participate with them, is just incredible.” This was a part of relatively-new Special Olympics initiative called “Unified Sports, which Wigington directs. “Unified Sports is for people with, or without disabilities to gather on a football field, on a basketball court, on a tennis court or in any type of sport. We have a competitive model,” Wigington said.



Brandon Heine of St. Coletta just outside of Jefferson was one of the athletes who went to Perkins Stadium on April 28, 2017, to take in the day with the football team. “I loved it,” Heine said. His favorite part was dancing in the end zone, he said. “They’re nice college people around here,” Heine said.

Unified Sports has competitive teams at UW-Madison and Marquette, and events like the football camp at Perkins Stadium are considered player development. “There’s more teaching and coaching, so there’s more learning,” Wigington said. “It’s just a different atmosphere and level of excitement from what we are used to,” Wigington added. “We have a lot of bowling tournaments and a lot of track and field tournaments, but the more they are able to get with the general population, especially the college kids, the excitement level is greater. They still love the competition level, but these Unified days like this give a different element to the experience.” The Special Olympics athletes a part of the day had a variety of different ability levels.

“So, what something like this does is it’s an avenue for success for any ability. We’ve got a couple of these guys who can flat out play. One of these guys can throw a spiral probably 60 yards. There’s others who have more difficulties or their disability is greater, but they can still come out here and feel successful. That’s what’s neat about these things,” Wigington said. Alyssa Bohm, the UW-Whitewater Special Olympics Organization president and a special education major, helped organize the event. Bohm, a Racine native who is a special education major at the university, said the event took months of thinking and communicating to pull off. She worked with several Special Olympics officials and marketing partners in preparing for the event.

“It’s an indescribable feeling. I have been volunteering for Special Olympics since I was in high school and when I was a junior in college, myself and two other students wanted to be able to create an inclusive organization that provided opportunities for people with special needs,” Bohm said. “Seeing the athletes doing their touchdown dances in the end zone and blocking the football players in drills while simultaneously having a smile on their face shows that this organization is changing people’s lives. Hearing from coaches and parents that their athlete who has not smiled in months is having the time of his life makes me feel like I have accomplished what I wanted to do.” This was the second time the two entities collaborated to make this event a reality.


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Raising awareness for homelessness Snow and rain held off for Kids from Whitewater, Fort BY Ryan Spoehr students and adult leaders who Atkinson and the surrounding EDITOR participated in the 2018 30-Hour areas in grades eight through 12 Famine, a local initiative to raise participated in the event. awareness about homelessness and a drive On Feb. 23, the kids stopped eating and for the Whitewater Food Pantry. continued to not eat until the evening of Feb. The local kids who participated crammed 24. themselves into cardboard boxes outside “They ate at 11:59 and that was the last Walmart and various times held cardboard piece of food,” Otterbacher said. signs and greeted people entering the store. After helping organize this for several When they did this, they were about more years, Otterbacher said she is never surprised than a day into fasting, which is a staple of at the outpouring of support and the desire to the yearly event. improve awareness. “It’s amazing,” said Lisa Otterbacher, “I think Whitewater is a pretty amazing organizer for the event. “It fills me up every community. I think of the Bethel House. year. We do a lot of mini missions with our I think of our food pantry. I think of so youth group, but this is the hardest and it is many kids – Stuff the Bus,” Otterbacher my favorite. I think that’s because you see the said. “I think Whitewater is a very engaged kids recognizing the impact. community. What tugs at my heart that I see “I marvel everyday that we have this a lot is the ones who can’t afford it are the group of kids. They have jobs. They go to most giving. That’s life, but it’s just really school full time. They are involved in sports. refreshing to see, for our kids to see. They are very busy. Yet they are taking 30 “The youth – they are sponges. They’re hours to not eat, sleep on a floor, be cold and soaking it all up and they are excited to be be uncomfortable.” a part of something bigger than them, and I After being at Walmart, the kids went to a think everybody in the world wants to be a service site in Milwaukee to volunteer. part of something bigger than them. Hunger “It just fills my heart, and it just reaffirms is bigger than them, and they want to be a we have so much hope, and a whole lot part of doing something (about it).” of that hope comes from our youth,” Otterbacher said the kids got a glimpse of Otterbacher said. what it’s like to starve, but it wasn’t the full

picture. “I think the important thing to take away is being hungry for 30 hours isn’t comfortable, but it’s not a reality,” Otterbacher said. Matt Lucht, of Whitewater, participated in the 30- Hour Famine for the third year in a row. “It’s very eye-opening,” Lucht said. “I’ve gone on a few mission trips and I’ve seen people on the streets living like this. It gives me a chance to have an experience like that. I can relate to those people more, and it is a great help to the community at the same time. “It’s tough, especially this morning when I woke up. That’s when it really hits you. You feel hungry,” Lucht said. He went cold turkey when he stopped eating. “I had a big lunch before we stopped eating and that’s about it,” Lucht said. Luis Ramirez participated in the famine for the first time this year. “It’s an experience you’ll never forget,” Ramirez said. “I’m getting pretty hungry and I guess that is what it’s like to be homeless,” Ramirez added. “I’m glad I could share this experience with everyone here.” The students finished the day by eating a fresh meal at St. Patrick’s Church in Whitewater.

Area youths and adults participated in the annual 30-hour Famine to raise awareness of homelessness and hunger in the community on Saturday. They first set up shop outside the Whitewater Walmart to raise awareness, holding cardboard signs and spending time in cardboard boxes. There was also a collection for items for the Whitewater Food Pantry. The participants later spent time volunteering at a shelter in Milwaukee. The day was capped with a dinner at St. Patrick’s Church. RYAN SPOEHR Our Town



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OUR LAKES & PARKS Whether you’re looking for a little exercise, a little solitude, or even an opportunity to learn about Whitewater’s Native American culture, the Whitewater area offers parks and lakes that fit everyone’s needs.

AREA LAKES CRAVATH LAKE Covering just 70 square acres, Cravath Lake is the smallest and shallowest of the area’s three lakes. Classified as a drainage lake, Cravath averages only three feet in depth, and reaches a maximum depth of just 10 feet. The lake is accessible by boat ramp, and for those who like to fish, it is stocked with panfish, largemouth bass and northern pike. TRIPPE LAKE Similar to Cravath Lake, Trippe Lake is classified as a drainage lake, but is larger in overall size. Trippe Lake covers 121 acres and reaches a maximum depth of eight feet. The lake is also accessible by way of a boat ramp and is stocked with panfish, largemouth bass and northern pike. WHITEWATER LAKE Covering 625 acres, Whitewater Lake is clearly the largest of the area’s lakes and is located in the Town of Whitewater. The lake is 20 feet deep at maximum depth and is fully stocked with panfish, largemouth bass, northern pike and walleye. This lake can be accessed through two ramps.

COMMUNITY PARKS STARIN PARK Starin Park dates back to 1888. It is one of the oldest recognized parks in the state and boasts the second oldest operating municipal water tower. The park, 504 W. Starin Road, provided housing for veterans during and after World War II, and has hosted many celebrations and recreation events ever since. A Veterans War Memorial was erected to honor area servicemen. The Community Building, built in 1934, was rebuilt after a fire in 1998, and provides a community meeting place and hosts the Seniors in the Park program. Located in the north-central portion of the city, Starin Park is adjacent to the UWWhitewater campus and offers a variety of recreational activities including: basketball, baseball, horseshoes, sledding and hiking. There is also a playground, picnic area, two open shelters and restrooms. TRIPPE LAKE PARK Trippe Lake Park was dedicated as a City Park in 1958. The lake was named in honor of Dr. James and Rosepha Trippe, credited as being the founders of the city. Trippe Lake was formed as a result of a dam that was constructed to operate or power the old sawmill. Trippe Lake serves as the local “swimming hole.” Recent renovations to the park, located on

the city’s southeast side at 407 S. Wisconsin St., include playground equipment, a shelter, restrooms and environmental and landscape upgrades. The park’s large hill is a popular sledding destination in the winter months. An open shelter, picnic area and restrooms make this a year-round park. CRAVATH LAKEFRONT In the 1990s, faced with environmental issues, the city opted to create an open space to encourage visits to the downtown area. A history that included being a dumpsite, oil tank storage, candle factory and other industrial uses is now redefined as the lakefront that hosts numerous celebrations, concerts and Park and Recreation events. It is on the north side of Cravath Lake at 341 S. Fremont St., which now claims host to several community events, including the annual Fourth of July celebration, Freeze Fest, Pig in the Park, Concerts in the Park and Family Fun nights. The Cravath Lakefront Center building was designed to resemble Whitewater’s historic depot. It offers restrooms, picnic areas and an adjacent parking lot. MORAINE VIEW PARK Moraine View Park, established in 2000, is located adjacent to the Whitewater Technology Park in the northeast section of Whitewater at 1201 E. Innovation Drive. The park itself is home to soccer fields, the Community Garden and Whitewater Bark Park. BARK PARK Located at the east end of Commercial Drive, as its name suggests, this portion of the park is the only area in the city dedicated solely to dogs. It opened in 2006. A dedicated group of dog enthusiasts raised more than $25,000 for the project, and convinced many local businesses and organizations to donate their time and resources to the creation of the park. Licensing and membership fees help offset the maintenance costs. WHITEWATER CREEK NATURE AREA Nestled between Fremont Street and Whitewater Creek, this nearly 60-acre nature area offers a picnic area, hiking and crosscountry ski trails, fishing and a wildflower planting area.

NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS BREWERY HILL This park, 116 W. North St., received its name from a George Streng’s brewery that had stood on the top of the hill, beginning in 1859. The 7.3-acre indoor and outdoor recreation area, located along Whitewater Creek, contains Rotary Skate Park and a portion of the Whitewater Creek Path. It is also adjacent to the Downtown Armory that offers a gym, dance studio and workshop area. MEADOWSWEET PARK Meadowsweet Park, developed in 2002, is located in the northwest corner of

Whitewater along Tratt Street. Working with the neighborhood and developer, the four acres feature native grasses and plantings that provide seasonal color and habitat for a variety of birds and other creatures. SKYWAY PARK This 4.1-acre park on the city’s far northwest side sits in the Parkcrest Subdivision. Its close proximity to Gutzmer’s airport off Tratt Street gave it the moniker Skyway Park. It offers playground equipment, open space and an environmental corridor. The park is located at 1302 W. Tower Hill Pass.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK WHITEWATER EFFIGY MOUNDS PRESERVE This collection of effigy mounds – numbering between 12 and 15 – is on the city’s far southwest side. The mounds were built between 800 A.D. and 1200 A.D., with the oldest ones being geometric shapes, ranging from 60 to 300 feet. Studies suggest these mounds were a gathering place for several Midwestern tribes. Sammual Prince was the first settler of Whitewater to build a log cabin in this area. Today, the 21.5-acre park, located at 288 S. Indian Mound Parkway, is a nature study area for schoolchildren learning about Whitewater’s Native American heritage. It also features a hiking trail. In 2006, the park was expanded by five acres and, according to the city’s 2008-13 Park and Open Space Plan, further expansion is possible to both the west and north.

MINI PARKS CLAY STREET NATURE PARK In 2010, an additional .79 acres was purchased by the City of Whitewater to expand this park that consists of a turtle nesting mound, fishing pier and small boat launch at 511 E. Clay St. MAIN STREET SHOPPES COURTYARD The site is a picnic area downtown, adjacent to a municipal parking lot at 112 N. First St. FLAT IRON PARK This triangular park, 402 W. Main St., is home to the Birge Fountain, a War Memorial and park benches and serves as an appropriate entrance to the Whitewater Cultural Arts Center. Its point is at the intersection of North and Main streets. The Birge Fountain, which was designed by J.W. Fiske, was donated to the city by Julius “Jule” Birge and dedicated in 1903. The fountain is 17 feet high and nine feet in diameter. Birge required the fountain be placed on the Little Brick School site, where he learned to read and write. The war memorial, located near the park, was erected in 1922 to recognize soldiers of all wars through 1919. In the spring of 2007, the White Memorial Building, once the city’s library, became home • CONTINUED ON PAGE 24



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OUR CHURCHES WHITEWATER CONGREGATIONAL UCC 133 S. Franklin St. 262-473-4101 Sunday service: 10 a.m.


511 W. High St. 262-473-3893 Sunday school: 9:30 a.m. Sunday services: 10:30 a.m.


Saturday Mass: 5 p.m., English Sunday Mass: 9 a.m., English; 11:30 a.m., Spanish, 7 p.m., English (when UW-Whitewater is in session) Weekday Mass: Tuesday at 6 p.m., Wednesday at 8 a.m., Thursday at 8 a.m., first Friday of the month at Fairhaven at 9:30 a.m., Friday at 8 a.m.

FIRST ENGLISH LUTHERAN CHURCH 401 W. Main St. 262-473-5076 Sunday service: 8, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m.

116 S. Church St. 262-473-4130 Sunday service: 9 a.m. Sunday school: 10:15 a.m. Service at Fairhaven: Tuesday at 10 a.m. UW-W Campus Ministry: Tuesday at 7 p.m., Hyland Hall room 2300 Midweek Bible Class: Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.




445 N. Warner Road 262-473-7777 Sunday service: 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.

OTHER CHURCHES CAMPUS MINISTRY CENTER 344 N. Prairie St., Whitewater 262-473-5555

145 S. Prairie St. 262-473-2131 Sunday services: 8 and 10 a.m.

545 S. Putnam St. Whitewater 920-248-6343



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505 S. Wisconsin St. Whitewater 262-473-2224

LAGRANGE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH N8548 County Road H Whitewater 262-495-8692


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In Starin Park Community Center 504 W. Starin Road Whitewater 262-581-6479 Sunday services: 9:30 a.m.

RICHMOND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH N6197 Church Road, Delavan 262-473-2131


1540 W. Walworth Ave. Whitewater 262-473-2755

Vying for the record TOM GANSER Our Town

Whitewater community members went to Cravath Park on May 7 last year for a potluck, but this wasn’t just any potluck. This was the city’s attempt at creating the new Guiness World Record for potluck attendance.



OUR PLACES TO PLAY BASKETBALL COURTS Starin Park, Big Brick Park, Whitewater High School, Washington Elementary School, North Street Armory and Williams Center at UW-Whitewater BICYCLING Southern Kettle Moraine Trail, Ice Age Trail, Wisconsin Bicycling Touring Inc., Multi-use Trail System BOWLING ALLEY/GAMES Hawk Bowl, located at 1398 W. Main St., 262-473-9980 GOLFING Whitewater Country Club, Highway 89, 262-473-3305; Spring Creek Golf Center, 4787 Yandry Road, 920-5634499; Prairie Woods, 12601 E. County Trunk A, Avalon, 608-883-6500. HIKING Ice Age Hiking Trail, John Muir Hiking Trail, Rice Lake Nature Trail by Lake Ranger Station on Highway P and UWWhitewater Nature Preserve Prairie ICE SKATING Big Brick Park PICNIC AREAS Clover Valley Road-Artesian Well, Starin Park, Trippe Lake Park,


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Whitewater Lake Recreational Areas, Cravath Lakefront Park, Big Brick Park, Brewery Hill Park, Turtle Mound Park, East Gate Park and Skyway Park. PLAYGROUNDS Starin Park, Trippe Lake Park, Washington Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Big Brick Park, Turtle Mound Park, East Gate Park and Skyway Park. STATE FOREST Kettle Moraine State Forest features parallel, steep sided ridges, conical hills, kettle-like depressions and flat out-wash plains. It attracts thousands of visitors to bike, swim, camp, study nature, hike, horseback ride, ski, hunt, fish and enjoy outdoor recreation. For more information, visit name/kms/. SWIMMING Indoor: Whitewater Aquatic and Fitness Center, 580 S. Elizabeth St., features a three-story, 120-foot-long waterslide, leisure pool, lap pool, lazy river, play structure, whirlpool and group fitness classes. For more information, call 262-473-4900. Outdoor: Whitewater Lake.

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BIG BRICK PARK Big Brick Park, 611 W. Center St., was acquired by the City of Whitewater in 2001 from the Whitewater Unified School District. The park inherited its name from “Big Brick” school, which was located on this site. Also known as Union School, it served the community as a grade school from 1883 until 1928, when it burned to the ground. The basement had a very short ceiling and in stoking the furnace too high, the timbers caught fire and burned down Whitewater’s first high school. Today, it offers ice-skating, hockey, a basketball court, a playground and picnic areas. MILL RACE PARK A chance meeting between Asaph Pratt and Dr. J. Trippe led to the raising of a mill on Whitewater Creek in 1839. It provided the settlers with their biggest needs: flour and grain products. Men from LaGrange, Milton and Fort Atkinson provided labor. The Village of Whitewater grew around this mill. William Birge purchased the mill in 1853 and added on in 1856. This .6-acre park is located downtown on the north side of Main Street along Whitewater Creek, and offers an observation area for Cravath Lake. TURTLE MOUND PARK Located on the southwest side, this one-acre park is situated in the Mound Park Acres Subdivision and contains a playfield, play equipment and a picnic area. In 2008, through the help and support of the Whitewater Optimists, a shelter was added to the park, located at 1602 W. Turtle Mound Circle. WALTON OAKS PARK This 2.6-acre park was dedicated in 2008 and is a natural wooded oak-lot located in the Park Crest Subdivision.

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The Police and BY Ryan Spoehr Fire Commission has EDITOR selected Police Chief Lisa Otterbacher’s successor, opting to go with Aaron Raap, a 26-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department. “I think public law enforcement is where my heart is. It’s definitely where my experience is,” Raap said. Raap has continued to work in law enforcement, but in the private sector. He has spent the past couple years working for Ascension health care in Milwaukee. At Ascension, is the second in charge of security for several hospitals in the Milwaukee area. “I’ve stayed in touch with law enforcement officials, even though I’ve been going between hospitals,” Raap said. “I very much look forward to starting in Whitewater.” Raap said there are two main goals he has as he steps into the police chief role, including getting to know people. “That includes not just the people in the Whitewater Police Department and in city government, but citizens and residents in the community, neighborhood groups and/ or key stakeholders in neighborhoods and people in the university. That’s not just meeting people in the university, but it is establishing relationships with key people at the university,” Raap said. “I also look

which is almost all of the special forward to making relationships units within the city combined with businesses and religious into one department, holding that groups in the community.” position for about 18 months. Raap said he is also focused “Aaron has worked and on building relationships within led in a wide variety of ethnic the department. He said he populations, businesses and wants to work with the current neighborhood settings, including officers and the members of the having universities in his community to develop goals for district,” Hayes said. the future. On March 1, he was “I think the key is we need interviewed throughout the day to listen to each other, not just and took part in a meet and greet within the department but with Aaron Raap event along with fellow finalist organizations and community members, not just early but throughout my Michael Scott of McHenry, Ill. Raap, while a member of the tenure here and after,” Raap said. Milwaukee Police Department, worked In his time at the Milwaukee Police with four college campuses. Department, Raap worked in almost Raap said at the meet and greet that he every part of the department, including is interested in being a part of a small-city investigations and patrol. He was a atmosphere. detective and captain during his time. “I’ve actually traveled here in the last Before leaving the department, he ran four to five weeks on my own self-guided the downtown district and the homicide tours, once with my wife actually,” Raap division. said at the meet and greet. “I drove up and “We are thrilled that Aaron Raap will down Main Street, Whitewater Avenue, the be the next chief of police for the City of Whitewater,” Police and Fire Commission campus area, the old residential areas, the newer residential areas and the outlying President Glenn Hayes said. “Throughout areas all the way out to Whitewater Lake.” the entire process and pool of candidates Also involved on the hiring process from across the country, Aaron stood out. were City Manager Cameron Clapper, He has a remarkable depth of experience in law enforcement, outstanding leadership representatives from the Police Department, personnel from the University skills and a truly genuine demeanor.” of Wisconsin-Whitewater, representatives He ran the neighborhood task force, from the Whitewater Unified School District, Jefferson County Sheriff Paul Milbrath, Walworth County Sheriff Kurt Picknell and Whitewater communications director Kristin Mickelson. Otterbacher will retire on June 1.


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Aaron Raap, then a candidate for Whitewater police chief, meets with community members during a meet and greet at the Cravath Lake Building on March 1. He was later named the police chief.

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Family tradition starting at toy show Local brothers show displays together for first time

As the FFA Alumni However, there is a lot BY Ryan Spoehr Toy Show was in planning that goes into EDITOR its 26th year, a rural each model he does. Whitewater family He draws out each was well represented with their model first and gets pieces ready custom-made displays. by painting them and gluing The Reed family lives between everything to his display board. Whitewater and Milton near Devon said it takes him about the Rock County line. Brothers a month to complete one model. Devon, Ayden and Grady Models usually depict scenes displayed their wares at the event. on a farm. His display at the toy “It’s a good pastime for them. show was a beef farm similar to It’s a lot better than a lot of the what his family has. He’s also other things they could be getting had scenes of a pig farm. into,” their mom, Kasey, said. Sketching is the procedure “It’s fun, but it takes a lot to used by all three brothers, first build them,” Devon said. on paper and then on the display Devon, 13, has been building board itself. models since he was about 10. “Then they get an idea of He regularly shows models at the where they want to map it out,” Rock County 4-H Fair. Kasey said. “It’s a side thing,” Devon said. Kasey said the family went on


Devon Reed, of rural Whitewater, shows his beef farm display at the Whitewater FFA Alumni Toy Show. He was joined by his brothers, Grady and Ayden, who also showed displays.

Pinterest to brainstorm ideas. “There are dioramas on there where you can go and get some ideas. We’ve been going to different toy shows, too. Plus, we’ve been seeing what the other kids are doing at the fair,” Kasey said. This was Devon’s second time showing at the FFA Alumni show, which was on Feb. 25. He has shown his displays at the 4-H Fair the past couple of years, but he has been showing animals there since he was in kindergarten. Last year, he refinished a tractor and RYAN SPOEHR Our Town Ayden Reed followed in the footsteps of his brother, Devon, and made it all the way to the State showed a farm display project at this year’s Whitewater FFA Alumni Toy Fair. There are two more Reeds Show. He plans on showing more farm displays like this in the future. coming up showing their craftsmanship. This was Grady’s first time displaying in a setting like the toy show. It was actually the first time he ever built a display. “It’s kind of cool,” Grady said. Broker Consultant “It’s cool once you put all the pieces together. They’re kind of Servicing Elkhorn/Lauderdale like a puzzle.” Lakes since 1989 Grady, 10, did a scene of a drag strip with model cars. View my propterties at: “He kind of wanted to do something different than his Email: brothers. He likes the old cars, so Cell: (262) 949-3618 that’s what he went with,” Kasey said. 204 Commerce Court • Elkhorn, WI 53121 311305 Grady likes working on cars

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and reading car magazines. He is a fan of the “Fast and Furious” movie series and would like to own a Dodge Charger someday. He said he would like to continue building models. Grady, who also has shown animals at the 4-H Fair, would like to show models like the one he had at the toy show at the fair. He’d also like to show displays again at the toy show. The Whitewater event was Ayden’s first time showing a display or even making one as well. “He has been planning it for a while though. It’s all we’ve heard about, all he talks about,” Kasey said. Ayden, who is 7 1/2, displayed a farm scene like Devon’s. It took about two weeks to complete. He is still a Cloverbud, but he does have aspirations of showing at the fair at some point. Kasey said it would have been nice to see the boys work on a project together, but it was still nice to see them work on projects in a setting like this. “We thought they could do one more together, but they couldn’t agree on what they would do, so that’s why they all did the separate boards,” Kasey said.


Dale’s Bootery owner Bob Herold and employees Amanda Herold, Meaghan Relitz and Manager Lindsay Bierdis play with some of their favorite shoes.

Taking a step back in time Dale’s Bootery a footwear tradition in Whitewater


Dale’s Bootery owner Bob Herold holding a Branneck, a device used to measure feet for accurately fitting shoes. Dale’s is a “sit and fit” store where both the sales person and customer sit while the customer’s feet are measured to ascertain the correct size.

Walking into Dale’s Bootery is a step back in time to when purchasing new shoes meant a special event. BY Sandra Families visited the shoe store, where their feet Landen Machaj were measured and fitted with the idea they would be CORRESPONDENT worn for a long time. And when the shoes wore out, they were taken to a shoemaker, who may or may not have been associated with the shoe store, to be repaired. Dale’s Bootery brings back memories of a time when quality, not quantity, was desired and providing the best footwear for families was important. The business, located at 155 W. Main St. in Whitewater, specializes in highquality, name-brand shoes. The store carries over 40 brands in a variety of styles and colors, so plan to take some time to make your way through the store. In 1969, Dale Maas, who had worked in various shoe stores, bought Dale’s Bootery. He operated it until 2005, when longtime employee Bob Herold and his wife, Carol, purchased it. “I had worked at a variety of jobs but found I enjoyed the shoe business,” Bob Herold said. “When the opportunity to purchase this store became available, I knew it was time. “We are a traditional sit- an-fit shoe store,” Herold added. “Every customer sits down and a trained member of the staff measures the customer’s foot using a device known as a Branneck, which allows the fitter to determine the correct size and width of the foot so that appropriate shoes can be chosen. Different shoe companies vary in the width of their shoes.” This service is much different from the way many people buy shoes today. Often, they go to the big box stores and purchase lower quality shoes off the rack without proper fitting, thus leaving many of them with a closet full of • CONTINUED ON PAGE 29



OUR ACTIVE COMMUNITY A listing of community organizations and contacts. Bethel House 130 S. Church St. 262-473-2715 Boy Scouts of America Breakfast Kiwanis Club Irene Potocki 262-473-0826 Daughters of the American Revolution Vicki Schicker 920-541-3332 Downtown Whitewater 262-473-2200 Federation of Women’s Clubs 262-473-3312 Girl Scouts of Wisconsin

Whitewater Arts Alliance Linda Long 262-473-5538

Historical Society Carol Cartwright 262-473-6820 League of Women Voters Mary Beth Byrne 262-203-6529

The Community Closet Whitewater Congregational United Church of Christ Kay Robers

Lions Club Eydie Strand 262-472-9495

Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce

Masons Derek Henze 262-473-9585

Marie Koch 262-473-4005 Whitewater Food Pantry City Armory 146 W. North St. 262-473-5792 Whitewater Tourism Council 262-473-4005

UW-Whitewater/ Community Optimist Club Janay Alston 262-472-1644 Rotary Club Whitewater 4th of July PO Box 178 Whitewater, WI 53190

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Dan Sable shows his woodcarving collection to Mark Dorn during the annual Whitewater Collects. The Whitewater Historical Society hosted the event at the Cravath Lakefront Community Center on March 10. Other displays included fishing lures, sock monkeys, Star Wars memorabilia and more.

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shoes too painful to wear. Many people with sore feet can blame it on poorly constructed or poorly fitted shoes. For others, something such as having flat feet may contribute to their discomfort when wearing shoes without support. Dale’s Bootery can find the perfect fit, whether one is considering work boots, sandals or everyday shoes. But because of so many available offerings, the difficult part is choosing the shoes that fit well and you find attractive. Most of the employees are experienced and well trained. Many of them have worked at least part time for Dale’s throughout their college years and some have found it find it difficult to leave. Lindsey was one such employee. Upon completion of her degree in communications and while pondering where to go with her career, she realized she already was doing what she loved. So, she remained at the store, going from part- time employee to full-time store manager. Dale’s also repairs shoes. Have that special pair that you and your feet love? The store will re-heel shoes, replace soles or undergo a complete restoration if needed. Repairs require one to four weeks depending on what needs to be done. The store sells shoes for men, women and children. Keen, Red Wing, SAS (San Antonio Shoes), Naot and Clarks are a few of the quality brands available. Keen and Red Wing have been well known for producing quality work boots. Keen offers a variety of casual outdoor shoes but continues to be known for its men’s work shoes. “A new shoe that is appreciated by those who can’t bend to tie their shoes and those who prefer not to have to tie

them, is the Zerotie shoe,” Herold said. “These shoes actually tie themselves.” New technology includes a wheel in the back of the shoe that is used to loosen or tighten the unbreakable laces as needed. “These shoes are especially good after hip replacement.” Seeing the difficulty that many people have with their feet, Bob became a certified pedorthist in 2004 and opened a separate office adjacent to the bootery. Bob describes a pedorthist as a foot pharmacist. “We don’t diagnose foot problems, we just fit shoes.” They also see patients with foot problems that have been diagnosed by their medical care provider. “These people need specialty shoes or orthotics,” Herold said. “A mold is made of their feet by using Gen X technology, where the person steps into a bed of micro granules on a pressure pad and the mold of their foot is formed in the pad. These are used to create the right orthotic.” People with medical problems, especially those with diabetes, often can see a pedorthist. “With a medical diagnosis a prescription from the physician is needed.” Diabetics need to have proper fitting shoes to help prevent some of the complications of their disease. Wearing improper shoes enhances neuropathy, which results in loss of feeling or pain in the feet. A doctor may prescribe therapeutic shoes or custom orthotics, which will be fitted by the pedorthist. A pedorthist can customize foot beds and make other shoe

modifications for those with foot or leg problems. “In some cases, shoes need to be custom made,” Herold said. “Although with the many ways to modify shoes today, this is more rare. Custom made shoes also are very expensive.” He said the mistake that many people make is discontinuing to use their orthotics because they believe their problem is gone. Those with flat feet or plantar fasciitis usually will see a recurrence of their pain if they stop wearing their orthotics. His pedorthist office is open by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 262-473-3299 for appointments. Dale’s also sell socks. “The socks are made of Merino wool, which has a longer fiber and is not as irritating to the skin as regular wool,” Herold said. “No itching from this type of wool. They also wick moisture from the skin outward better than cotton.” They are comfortable year-round, need no special maintenance and tend to be durable. Many women who come into the store for shoes also leave with a Hedgren purse. The purses are made of a lightweight material similar to that of a parachute, making them perfect for traveling. Many of these purses are protected to prevent credit card data from being stolen. Dale’s Bootery is at 155 W. Main St., Whitewater. Call 262-473-4093 or visit or find them on Facebook. Dale’s is open Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Whitewater High School receives U.S. News ranking hitewater High School recently BY Ryan Spoehr received a silver medal and was EDITOR ranked 70th out of all Wisconsin high schools by U.S. News and World Report. In the rankings, schools are ranked based on performances on state-required tests and preparation for college. “While I’m not a fan of test scores and pitting schools against each other, I do think it’s an honor,” said High School Principal Doug Parker. “I think it’s a combination of work, a response to renovation, closing the gaps so everyone can learn up to their potential.” District Administrator Mark Elworthy congratulated Parker and students and staff at the high school for the ranking at the May 22 School Board meeting. “That’s fantastic,” Elworthy said. ACT scores determine proficiencies in certain areas, according to the report. According to the report, the high school had a 64.9 in the State Test Performance Index, which measures student mastery of state exit exams based on the proportions of students who achieved each proficiency level. The gap between the actual and what was expected for the Performance Index for the school was 4.8. In math, according to the U.S. News rankings, Whitewater had 30 percent of students achieve proficiency with 29 percent having a basic achievement and 11 percent having advanced proficiency. In English, according to the rankings, 35 percent of students achieved proficiency with 34 percent achieving a basic level and 11 percent achieving advanced proficiency. “I thought it was outstanding for our staff and our students,” Parker said. The report also examined performance by disadvantaged students, which the report said encompassed typically underperforming subgroups. According to the report, these calculations were the second step in identifying which schools deserved medals. According to the report, 25.3 percent of disadvantaged students showed proficiencies, and 49 percent of nondisadvantaged students showed proficiencies, which showed a gap of -23.7 percent. According to the report, the gap between the school and state among disadvantaged students is 3.3 percent. Another factor was college-ready student performance, which included looking at students taking advanced placement


exams to earn college credit and demonstrate success while working on a college-level course. U.S. News created an index on the topic, which Whitewater scored a 21.6. The report also looked at AP student performance, which the high school had a participation rate of 25 percent, according to the results. The participant passing rate, which was a percentage of students who passed at least one AP exam, was 80 percent. Exam pass rate, which measured how many exams were passed, was 70 percent. “Our AP teachers have done an outstanding job in preparing our kids,” Parker said. Nearby schools Big Foot and McFarland were also ranked on the list. “I thought it was interesting that three schools from the Rock Valley were ranked,” Parker said. “I think it says a lot for our conference and the importance of academics in our conference.”

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