City Press Release on Grocery Store Recruitment, 7.21.16

Update: the press release was changed during the day from its original wording, as indicated below.

Posted immediately below is the full and unaltered text of a City of Whitewater press release on recruitment of a grocery store. Needless to say, I don’t represent the city, but it’s fair to pass along the complete municipal press release —

Press Release
Grocery Store Recruitment Update
July 21, 2016

Daniels’ Sentry Foods closed its doors for the last time in December 2015. Since that time, the Whitewater Common Council and Community Development Authority (CDA) have been rigorously engaged in efforts to recruit another grocery store in Whitewater.

As part of the City’s efforts, the CDA commissioned Chuck Perkins, a respected marketing consultant in the grocery sector, to conduct a grocery market analysis in order to identify various locations for a new store, as well as clarify a store size the Whitewater community could support. Based upon his market analysis, Mr. Perkins indicated that a smaller store located at the site of the now vacant Daniels’ Sentry Foods building has the greatest opportunity for long-term success. Shortly after the completion and release of the market analysis report, the City of Whitewater was contacted by an independent grocer interested in potentially locating a store in the community.

Since the first contact with the interested grocer, city officials and staff have been working closely with the potential grocer to develop a plan which would allow for the establishment of a new grocery store in Whitewater. As of Tuesday, July 19, both parties have verbally agreed to a tentative framework that provides for a grocery operation to be located at the site of the former Daniels’ Sentry Foods.

Earlier this year, the UW-Whitewater Foundation, in an effort to address UW-Whitewater space needs on campus, submitted a formal offer to purchase the Daniels Sentry property. Their offer has been accepted and a lease agreement for use of the space awaits confirmation by the UW System Board of Regents.

Due to the University’s need for additional space to allow for campus growth and the public’s need for a grocery store to bolster the Whitewater economy, the City is actively seeking to create a mutually beneficial solution that would allow for a grocery store to locate in the former Daniels’ Sentry building while still addressing the long-term space needs of the University.

Residents interested in expressing their sentiment on this issue can contact the Common Council directly at commoncouncil@whitewater-wi.gov. or contact the UW-Whitewater Chancellor at kopperb@uww.edu Substituted text: Comments submitted will also be shared with UW-Whitewater Foundation and UW-Whitewater officials.

Questions or concerns regarding grocery recruitment efforts can be directed to Patrick Cannon, CDA Director, pcannon@whitewater-wi.gov, 262-473-0148 or to Cameron Clapper, City Manager, cclapper@whitewater-wi.gov, 262-473-0100.

Thursday, May 15th, 8-10 AM: Make Whitewater Even Nicer

Downtown Whitewater volunteers and supporters: help us give the downtown a little “spit and polish” ahead of UW-Whitewater graduation this weekend!

This will be a light cleanup, after the major cleanup April 26.

When: Thursday, May 15, from 8 to 10 am.

Where: Meet at Discover Whitewater (150 West Main Street).

* We’ll be sweeping the sidewalks along Main Street and picking up trash.
* Come for however long you can. We’ll have tools and gloves.
* Look for downtown photos on our Facebook page.

RSVP: Tami Brodnicki of DTWW, 473-2200 or director@downtownwhitewater.com.

27th Annual Wisconsin Troopers’ Association Art & Essay Contest

The 27th Annual Wisconsin Troopers’ Art & Essay Contest is accepting entries through February 15th.

I have included the contest rules and an entry form immediately below. The forms are available for downloading and printing.

Best of luck to all contestants.

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Small-Town Downtown Forum, Thursday, September 5th in Darien, WI

Please see a press release for a Thursday, September 5th development conference:

On September 5th, UW-Extension and the Village of Darien are hosting the first of three state-wide Small Town Downtown Forums that focus on the unique community and economic development issues and needs in small, often rural communities.

The program will be held at the Darien Senior Center, 47 Park Street, Darien WI, from 12:30 to 4:30 PM.

See http://walworth.uwex.edu/2013/08/06/2013-small-town-downtown-forum/ for complete information.

The keynote presentation will be provided by Stan Gruszynski, USDA Rural Development State Director on new USDA programs that focus on economic vitality in small communities. Village of Darien Administrator Diana Dykstra and UW-Extension Educator Joshua Clements will present a local case study on the Village of Sharon and its community placemaking efforts and successes stemming from cycling, including hosting a large cycling race in the village.

Facilitated roundtable sessions will focus on variety of economic and community development topics, including Downtown Real Estate, Engaging Youth Downtown, Low Cost Ways to Improve Your Community’s Entry and Downtown, and more.

This program is open to the public with small businesses, entrepreneurs, chambers of commerce, municipal leaders and interested citizens encouraged to attend. The registration fee is $10 advance or at the door (see program brochure).

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Additional information is available from

Walworth County UW – Extension

100 W. Walworth St.
PO Box 1001
Elkhorn, WI 53121-1001
Phone: 262-741-4951
Fax: 262-741-4955
Office Hours:
8:00am – 5:00pm
Monday – Friday

Become a Youth Triathelete on Saturday, July 27th in Fort Atkinson

I’ve never been in a triathlon (a goal yet ahead), but those far younger than I am will have that chance on Saturday, July 27th:

The sixth annual Fort Youth Triathlon will once again be swimming, riding, and running through Fort Atkinson’s Aquatic Center in Rock River Park on Saturday, July 27. Anyone ages 7-14 can participate in this event. Registration costs $35 per participant between now and July 26, and then $40 on July 27 the day of the event. Registration includes race packet, t-shirt, entry into door prizes and a finishers medal.

Best spots to view the event are on Montclair Street (see the biking portion), or at the finish line, near the Aquatic Center’s parking lot. First race starts at 8:00 and the medals ceremony will start around 11:00 am.

Anyone interested in volunteering, please contact the Parks & Rec department at (920) 563-7781.

Pick up registration forms at the Fort Aquatic Center, or Fort Atkinson Parks & Recreation Department or online at www.fortparksandrec.com (on page 7 of our summer brochure). Register your child at the Parks and Rec office at 30 N. Water St. W. Office hours are 8-Noon & 12:30-4:30.

Sunday, June 30th: Mock Funeral for the 4th Amendment

I’ve received the following message about a political rally at Madison’s Capitol Square in support of Fourth Amendment rights.

Those rights are succinctly and clearly expressed in the Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against un- reasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The press release for the rally appears in full, immediately below:

This event is a Mock Funeral for the 4th U.S. Constitutional Amendment. The 4th Amendment the part of our written Bill of Rights which deals with unreasonable search and seizure.

Since 9-11 we Americans have faced with a steady loss of our digital privacy, violations in the sanctuary of our homes, have been spied upon through our communication networks, and are continually harassed during travel.

Rouse yourself this Sunday, June 30th and join your companions in Madison at the Capitol Square where we can together perform a Mock Funeral of the 4th Amendment in order to formally and peacefully recognize our disapproval with our governments actions.

Here is the official Facebook event link:
https://www.facebook.com/events/352013718235028/

Stick around the event to learn about what you can do in order to directly resist these issues including:

Protecting your data with encryption.
Using proxies and anonymous internet browsers to communicate online.

Discovering alternative currencies which you can use to complete transactions privately.

Learn your legal rights when stopped by the police.

Identify how to act when being searched.

How to file a FOIA request to learn what information the government has collected about you.

We are very accepting of any speakers, performers, or booths at the event of any political persuasion, provided they are relevant to these fourth amendment issues.

Downtown Whitewater 2013/2014 Board of Directors Nomination Form

Please see a Downtown Whitewater 2013/2014 Board of Directors Nomination Form:

The Downtown Whitewater, Inc. Board of Directors is the legal entity responsible for overseeing Whitewater’s downtown revitalization program under the guidance of the Wisconsin Main Street Program, including the budget, staff, and program effectiveness.

We are currently seeking nominations to fill five seats of the eleven-seat board.

What you should know

The board is a decisive, action-oriented group of individuals that recognizes that each Whitewater community member is a stakeholder in the downtown revitalization process. Board members must be willing to:

  • Understand and promote the Downtown Whitewater mission and goals.
  • Contribute knowledge, effort, time, and/or labor to downtown revitalization.
  • Attend board meetings on a regular basis and commit to a two-year term.
  • Actively participate and be member in one of the standing committees: Promotions, Economic Restructuring, Design or Organization.
  • Promote unity within the group and seek to resolve internal conflict.
  • Support board decisions even when he or she disagrees with the majority.
  • Offer opinions honestly, constructively, and without reservation.
  • Help the board stay focused on the “Action Plan” and discourage it from being distracted by secondary issues or projects not included in the plan.
  • Actively seek additional participation of all forms; encourage new members and input in the downtown revitalization process; recruit new board members.

Nominations and election process

Nominations: Any Whitewater community member, business owner, or property owner may nominate a qualified individual (see details) by Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 5 PM.

Elections: Individuals nominated will be contacted and asked to submit a brief bio listing their interest in the downtown and possible resources and talents they have to contribute by Monday, February 25, 2013. This information will be sent via email to eligible voters and also available at the Downtown Whitewater office the week of March 4 – March 8, 2013. Ballots must be cast Thursday, March 14 between 6 PM & 9 PM during the Annual Member Meeting at Jessica’s Family Restaurant. Our new board members will be announced after all ballots are counted and verified and all new members notified. The first meeting for new board members will be on April 24, 2013.

Eligible voters include donors to Downtown Whitewater, active committee and board members, and those who sign an indication of interest form, available at Downtown Whitewater, Inc. or online at www.downtownwhitewater.com.

Nominations due Thursday, February 14, at 5 PM. Return this form to Downtown Whitewater, send it to PO Box 688, or email it to director@downtownwhitewater.com.

Nominations form

Please indicate your nominations for the following positions.

Two Downtown Business Owners

Nominees must own a business in the downtown district (see website for map).

name: _________________________ contact info: ______________________

name: _________________________ contact info: ______________________

Two Members-at-Large

Nominee must provide a point of view or experience not necessarily represented by other stakeholders.
name: _________________________ contact info: ______________________

name: _________________________ contact info: ______________________

One Downtown Property Owner

Nominee must be a local property owner
name:_________________________ contact info:______________________

2012 Downtown Whitewater, Inc. Board of Directors

Downtown Business Owner
Dennis Salverson (Coyote Grill)
Open (term expires: 03/2013)

Downtown Business Owner
Open (term expires: 03/2013)

Downtown Property Owner
Geoff Hale (Home Lumber)
Open (term expires: 03/2013)

Member-at-Large
Roni Telfer
Open (term expires: 3/2013)

Member-at-Large
Tyler Sailsbery (The Black Sheep)
Open (term expires: 03/2013)

Downtown Business Owner
Dave Saalsaa (Quiet Hut Sports)
(term expires: 03/2014)

Member-at-Large
Pete Hill
(term expires: 03/2014)

Member-at-Large
Glen Gebauer (Associated Bank)
(term expires: 03/2014)

Financial Representative
Nate Parrish (First Citizens State Bank)
(term expires: 03/2014)

UW-W Representative
Rob Boostrom (Asst. Professor)
(term expires: 03/2014)

Ex-Officio Cameron Clapper (Whitewater City Manager) 

Please see a printable or downloadable (in full size) version of the Nomination Form:

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Press Release Tips for the WEDC

Let’s assume you’re a troubled, controversial public-private hybrid agency in Wisconsin, like the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. While spending vast sums of public money, you decide to issue a press release announcing taxpayers’ your largesse.

You must know – and hope residents of a small city don’t know — that you’re politically toxic, across the whole political spectrum. For goodness’ sake, a conservative online newspaper from the nationwide Franklin Center is mocking your so-called ‘corporation,’ with lyrics from rap songs:

“Come get money with me, if you curious to see
how it feels to be with a P-I-M-P
Roll in the Benz with me, you could watch TV
From the backseat of my V, I’m a P-I-M-P …
If ever you needed someone, I’m the one you should call
I’ll be there to pick you up, if ever you should fall
If you got problems, I can solve’em, they big or they small”

That’s a damned big PR problem.

So if you’re the WEDC, what should you – in your news release – do or say?

1. Don’t publish the release on the Web, while using the past tense, before the actual ceremony even takes place.

During the Governor’s visit to the Whitewater Innovation Center, the CDA presented Date Check Pro and Got Apps, two area entrepreneurs, the first grants from the fund. The CDA provide both with a $10,000 grant to assist the companies in their business development. Click here to read their stories.

Why shouldn’t you do that? Because a blogger might notice on 2.6.13 that you’d released these words ahead of schedule, might prepare a post in reply that same day, and then follow up on 2.7.13 to ridicule your cheesy, canned press release.

2. When the local university chancellor thanks your organization in that cheesy, canned press release, make sure he gets your name right.

So when he thanks “the Wisconsin Economic Development Council,” you might want to remind him that you’re the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Remember? You’re suposed to have this sounding like a private deal, and use words like corporation and CEO whenever possible. Yeah, it’s really public money, but can’t you at least try to fool people with a consistent use of deceptive terms?

Someone who holds you so close should at least know your name.

3. Ask those you’re quoting to speak matter-of-factly about their own neighbors.

So, if the city manager you’re quoting says that “[w]e are fortunate in Whitewater to have such a proactive, visionary CDA,’ you might want to remind him that ‘visionary,’ sounds absurd from one local person to another.

Visionary? That’s Jonas Salk, or Dr. King, or maybe even a famous science-fiction writer, like Jules Verne. It’s over-the-top and overdone when used to describe one agency to another in the same small city, in the same state.

It sounds silly, and you just never know if someone might point that out, perhaps even on the Web. One way or another, regardless, you can be sure that any normal people reading that flowery description will be thinking it’s silly.

Whitewater, or Wisconsin, or any American city will always deserve better than these clumsy and awkward attempts to hawk crony capitalism.

Next time, you might want to do better.

Woodland Owners’ Conference: Saturday, 2.23.13

Please see a press release from the Dane County UW-Extension for an upcoming conference:

On Saturday, February 23, 2013 the Madison Area Woodland Owners’ Conference will feature presentations focusing on drought and forest management, impacts of invasive earthworms on forests, integrated invasive plant management, managing deer, marketing timber in the current economy, safety practices for woodland work and Wisconsin Managed Forest Law updates.

The February 23rd conference runs from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and includes continental breakfast, lunch and handout materials. The registration fee is $35 if you register before February 7th and $40 for a late or onsite registration. Couples can register for $65 prior to February 7th or $75 after that date.

The conference will be held at the American Family Insurance Headquarters Training Center, which is located between Madison and Sun Prairie, off of Highway 151 on the American Parkway. Commercial and educational exhibits will also be included as part of the conference.

The sponsors for the conference include, Dane County UW-Extension, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Wisconsin Woodland Owners’ Association. If you would like to receive a registration brochure or are interested in having an exhibit at the conference, contact Mindy Habecker at the Dane County UW-Extension office (608) 224-3718. The conference brochure is also available at: http://dane.uwex.edu/. New this year is the option to register online and pay via credit card by going to: www.woc2013.eventbrite.com. A small convenience fee will be added to the registration price for this service.

City Announcements

Let’s assume, as with Whitewater’s 12.4.12 Common Council meeting, the city adopts sensible guidelines for filling vacancies by appointment. The vacancy process adopted at the meeting was the work of Councilmember Binnie and City Attorney McDonell, and one can find the draft of their work online in the 12.4.12 council packet.

As with a school board discussion from months ago, determining how to communicate a change can be as important as making the change. (Some announcements don’t have to be published in the city’s paper of record – as the city attorney correctly noted – but getting the word out needn’t be a recurring question.)

Here are a few suggestions:

Promote City Announcements on the City Website. Whitewater does this now, of course, but occasionally I feel as though the City of Whitewater’s website seems like an afterthought to some in local government. Discussions quickly shift from ‘lets put it on the website’ to talk of other media that will carry an announcement.

That’s too bad, because the City of Whitewater has a sharp-looking website that officials should promote at every opportunity. There’s more than aesthetics at work in using the city website, of course: official announcements should include publication at the city’s own site.

The first thing any member of council or government should say about an announcement (after explaining the content generally) is, ‘check our website,’ or ‘did you see it on our website?’

Create an Email or Text Address List of Every Place that Will Publish an Announcement. When you’ve a list ready in advance, someone just has to send one message to that list.

Most organizations, municipalities, and public agencies send press releases this way. One need not ponder these issues anew at each occasion; it’s much easier to have a distribution list at hand.

A simple reminder, still useful, I’d guess: thousands of smart and informed residents of the city, using their own email accounts, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and text messages are communicating well beyond the limits of an insider’s preferred newspaper, etc. For more along these lines, see New Whitewater’s Inevitability.

(I’ll also venture confidently that by maintaining an independent approach a website inexorably gains and retains more readers than through an alternative course.)

Reaching as many residents, in as many ways as possible, can be accomplished in less time than a repeated discussion of how to reach them.

Whitewater’s Annual Holly Days Events

Tonight’s Whitewater’s annual Christmas parade, at 6 PM, beginning at Main & Whiton, traveling down Main, and turning on Whitewater Street toward the Cravath lakefront. Downtown Whitewater is the parade’s sponsor.

There’s a parade, of course, yet even more awaiting: live storytelling, hot chocolate for sale, gingerbread house decorating, roasted chestnuts, the Whitewater Chamber’s open house and raffle, a gingerbread house decorating workshop, and a collection for charity through 12.7. Clicking the list of activities below produces a full-size flyer.

City of Whitewater Selects Cameron Clapper as Next City Manager

Please see a press release from the City of Whitewater about the selection of a new city manager, following a selection process concluding with interviews of finalists earlier today:

 PRESS RELEASE

Saturday, September 22, 2012

After interviewing five finalists, the City of Whitewater Common Council has unanimously selected  Cameron L. Clapper to serve as Whitewater’s City Manager.  Clapper has served as interim City Manager in Whitewater since former City Manager Kevin Brunner resigned in June.  Clapper began his employment with the City of Whitewater in April of 2010, serving as Assistant City Manager.  Clapper previously served as Assistant to the Administrator in the Village of Waunakee, Wisconsin.

Clapper stated that “It is a thrill and an honor to have been selected by the Common Council to serve as the City Manager.  I look forward to serving the community for years to come.”

Common Council President Patrick Singer stated “The Common Council is very pleased to have Cameron Clapper as its next City Manger. Cameron has proved himself to be a hard-working and dedicated individual who will lead Whitewater in the right direction.”

Clapper received his Master of Public Administration degree  from  Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and his  Bachelor of Arts – International Studies from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.  Clapper and his wife,  Michelle reside in Whitewater, and have three children, Jared, Afton, and Caleb.

The Council will be working on an employment agreement with Mr. Clapper and hope to have a final vote on the appointment at its October 2nd meeting.

Seniors in the Park and The Ruby Project team up to offer regular Gay and Gray group

Please see the following press release about a support and social program for Whitewater’s LGBT seniors, from Seniors in the Park and The Ruby Project. Here is the text of the release, accompanied by the original version as an embedded document that may be printed or downloaded —

SUPPORT AND SOCIAL PROGRAM FOR SENIOR LGBT COMMUNITY

Seniors in the Park and The Ruby Project team up to offer regular “Gay and Gray” group

The senior population identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender is often grossly overlooked and ignored. Whitewater is widely known as a college town, but Seniors in the Park and The Ruby Project will combine the senior and college population with a new “Gay and Gray” monthly group. This social and supportive group will offer seniors social activities, such as game and movie nights, as well as supportive services, such as workshops and guest speakers. Area college students will be afforded the unique opportunity to learn from seniors identifying as LGBT by volunteering during these events at the Starin Park Community Building in the heart of Whitewater.

As the pioneers in the gay rights movement age, there are few local resources to support them. “There are people in the community who could use these services,” says Deb Weberpal, Director of Seniors in the Park. “The members will determine where the group goes and what services and supports are needed.” The first fall 2012 meeting will be held on September 10th, 2012 at the Starin Park Community Building.

The program will welcome input about social activities, workshops and guest speakers, and more. Meetings are generally the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00pm.

Seniors in the Park is no stranger to providing much needed supports and services to area seniors. Their comprehensive calendar offers everything from Tai Chi and Gliding, to Chess and Euchre, to lectures series and day trips around the state. The “Gay and Gray” group will offer even more options to its members and community. Volunteers are an integral part of their success, and they welcome volunteers from UW-Whitewater and surrounding areas.

The Ruby Project (Janesville) currently offers a variety of supports and services for Janesville and surrounding area residents. “Our mission is to empower and educate our LGBTQA community of all ages,” says Kelley Blair Ostermann, Director of The Ruby Project. “We are excited to be able to facilitate such a unique program for area residents. Other cities interested in also forming “Gay and Gray” groups are watching this whole project closely to gain ideas and supports to run a similar successful program in their own communities.”

Seniors in the Park is conveniently located in the Starin Park Community Building in beautiful Starin Park. For more information on programs and activities call 262-473-0535 or pick up the Park Bench newsletter at the Starin Park Community Building, Irvin L Young Memorial Library, Whitewater Aquatic Center, and the Whitewater Municipal Building.

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If you’d like more information about this program, or to schedule an interview with Deb Weberpal, please call Deb directly at (262) 473-0535 or email her at dweberpal@whitewater-wi.gov.

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September @ Cravath Lakefront: Pig in the Park BBQ Competition

This September 21st and 22nd:

Downtown Whitewater. Inc. Announces New BBQ Pig in the Park State Championship Cook-off Sanctioned by Kansas City Barbecue Society

 

Downtown Whitewater, Inc. will host the area’s first BBQ Pig in the Park Cook-off, which was sanctioned by Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) 2 weeks ago, and this week became a State Championship event. The event will be held September 21-22, 2012 in Downtown Whitewater, on the beautiful award-winning Cravath Lakefront.

“This is a wonderful endorsement for Downtown Whitewater, Inc., to receive the sanctioning status from KCBS and the state championship status from the Governor’s office. A sanctioned contest brings fair scoring, integrity, experience, a built in base of cookers and judges and a support system of other organizers and members,” said Tami Brodnicki, Executive Director of Downtown Whitewater, Inc.

“Downtown Whitewater, Inc. is beginning the Annual Pig in the Park BBQ Cook-Off Competition for two reasons,” Brodnicki explained. “First we want to promote our lakefront, the downtown and the merchants.” “Second the BBQ Cook-Off will be a fund-raising event for our organization, we want to continue providing programs for the community, merchants and property owners.”

The Kansas City Barbeque Society, a nonprofit organization, sanctions over 400 barbeque contest coast- to-coast throughout America. From volunteering to actual event production, their members also offer assistance to civic and charitable organizations who organize events.

For more information about the KCBS you can visit www.kcbs.us and for more information about entering our Pig in the Park BBQ Cook-Off Contest please visit www.piginthepark.net or contact Tami at (262) 473-2200 or director@downtownwhitewater.com.

Downtown Whitewater was formed in 2006 and is a non-profit, community-based organization devoted to preserving, improving and promoting Whitewater’s quality of life, by strengthening our historic downtown as the heartbeat of our community.

 

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Summer Movie Matinee at Seniors in the Park

Here’s a treat for today @ 12:30:

Get out of the heat on Tuesday, with the Summer Movie Matinee at Seniors in the Park! We’re going back to the Good Ol’ Days, with a movie short, a cartoon, and a Feature Film! There will even be free popcorn and Movie theatre candy!

First up is a Little Rascals short, “The Bear Shooters,” (1930); followed by a 1942 Superman cartoon, “Terror on the Midway,” and then, “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” the 1951 landmark science fiction classic!

Get out of the heat at Seniors in the Park, this Tuesday, July 17, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Seniors in the Park will be Movie Theatre cool!!!!

Whitewater Lions Club Announces 4th of July Parade Grand Marshals

The Lion’s Club has announced the Grand Marshals for this year’s July 4th Parade —

THE WHITEWATER LIONS CLUB 2012 GRAND MARSHALS

The Whitewater Lions Club for the first time in recent memory has named a two generation family that has provided service to our country as the 4th of July Parade Grand Marshals. The O’Connor family, Jim and his two sons, Mike and Pat, are the 2012 Parade Grand Marshals. The O’Connor family has a history of serving our country in uniform that dates back to the Civil War.

Jim entered the service in 1952 and served 16 ½ years. He was commissioned in 1953 and served in Korea with the 25th Division. In 1956 he became a helicopter pilot and in 1962 he was flying support missions for the infantry in Vietnam. Jim retired in 1969 and returned to Whitewater and has been active in business and community affairs.

Mike the oldest son of Jim and Peg O’Connor graduated from Whitewater High School in 1970 and then enlisted in the Army. He had training at Fort Campbell KY, Fort Polk LA and was assigned to Germany briefly before going to Vietnam in 1971 there he was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Bien Hoa. After serving his time in Vietnam he returned to the states and completed his enlistment at Fort Riley KS as a squad leader. Mike graduated from UW-Stout. He is employed at UW-Whitewater as the University Center Building and Grounds Superintendent, the institution he always wanted to work for.

Pat the youngest O’Connor son came to Whitewater when he was less than a month old when his Dad was assigned to Korea. Pat graduated from Whitewater High School in 1971 and attended the United States Military Academy. Upon graduation he started on a 20 year career in the Army that took him to Fort Carson, CO, Camp Casey, Korea, and a couple of tours at Fort Campbell, KY with the 101st Airborne. He served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm as Executive Officer for the 1st Battalion 187th Infantry Regiment with service along the Euphrates River. Following his retirement in 1996 he worked in emergency management and in 2010 he was selected to serve as Director, Bureau of Response and Recovery at Wisconsin Emergency Management, which responds to all disasters and works with FEMA. He has worked on eight Presidentially Declared Disasters. Pat has also coached the very successful UW-Whitewater Rugby team for 20 years.

The Whitewater Lions Club would like to thank the O’Connor family for their outstanding service to our country and community.

Pork in the Park: September 21-22, Cravath Lakefront

Something delicious for the beginning of fall, from Downtown Whitewater —

Downtown Whitewater. Inc. Announces New BBQ Pig in the Park State Championship Cook-off Sanctioned by Kansas City Barbecue Society

Downtown Whitewater, Inc. will host the area’s first BBQ Pig in the Park Cook-off, which was sanctioned by Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) 2 weeks ago, and this week became a State Championship event. The event will be held September 21-22, 2012 in Downtown Whitewater, on the beautiful award-winning Cravath Lakefront.

“This is a wonderful endorsement for Downtown Whitewater, Inc., to receive the sanctioning status from KCBS and the state championship status from the Governor’s office. A sanctioned contest brings fair scoring, integrity, experience, a built in base of cookers and judges and a support system of other organizers and members,” said Tami Brodnicki, Executive Director of Downtown Whitewater, Inc.

“Downtown Whitewater, Inc. is beginning the Annual Pig in the Park BBQ Cook-Off Competition for two reasons,” Brodnicki explained. “First we want to promote our lakefront, the downtown and the merchants.” “Second the BBQ Cook-Off will be a fund-raising event for our organization, we want to continue providing programs for the community, merchants and property owners.”

The Kansas City Barbeque Society, a nonprofit organization, sanctions over 400 barbeque contest coast- to-coast throughout America. From volunteering to actual event production, their members also offer assistance to civic and charitable organizations who organize events.

For more information about KCBS you can visit www.kcbs.us and for more information about our Pig in the Park BBQ Cook-Off or if you would like to volunteer for the event please visit www.piginthepark.net.

Downtown Whitewater was formed in 2006 and is a non-profit, community-based organization devoted to preserving, improving and promoting Whitewater’s quality of life, by strengthening our historic downtown as the heartbeat of our community.

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Young Auditorium receives grant to host 4th Community Big Read

Young Auditorium receives grant to host 4th Community Big Read

 For the fourth year in a row, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a local partnership to bring the national Big Read initiative to Rock, Walworth, Jefferson and adjacent counties.  Mark Twain in the Rock River Basin will be the focus of this year’s Big Read in southeastern Wisconsin.  Led by the Irvin L. Young Library in Whitewater, the Arrowhead Library System in Rock County, and UW-Whitewater’s Young Auditorium, the Big Read will provide a host of activities and in-school outreach.  Twenty-three area library partners, from Beloit, to Watertown and beyond will be hosting events in April.

For 2012 the theme of Twain in the Rock River Basin will link our community’s physical location, as part of the greater Mississippi River Basin and our connection as a nearby hub on the Underground Railroad.  Investigating Twain’s seminal novel will take place in our community’s Big Read through the written word, the spoken word, visual images and cultural engagement bringing together diverse groups for fellowship.

Big Read 2012 Highlights:

Big Read Mural: Noted children’s book illustrator Joel Tanis will discuss the 2011 Big Read Mural and his own artistic methods.  In 2011, Joel worked with students from four area schools to create a culminating artistic response to Edgar Allan Poe’s writing.  The students created four large 4’x6’ panels that depict scenes from the works of Poe.  Joel will once again be working with four area schools for the 2012 Big Read.  Students will delve into specific works by Twain to create visual art that captures the mood and emotions of the author’s work.  2012 participating schools include:  St. Joseph’s School in Fort Atkinson; Eastview Elementary in Lake Geneva;  Jefferson Elementary in Janesville;  and East Troy High School in East Troy.  The 2012 mural will be unveiled at the Big Read Kick Off at the historic Horticultural Hall in Lake Geneva, Thursday, March 29th at 6:00 pm.

Big Read Kick Off at the historic Horticultural Hall in Lake Geneva, Thursday, March 29th at 6:00 pm. The community is invited to join the Kick Off of our region’s fourth Big Read.  Please join us for free refreshments and prizes.  Big Read Mural Unveiling with Joel Schoon Tanis.  Free.  Noted children’s book illustrator Joel Tanis will unveil the 2012 Big Read Mural.  Joel worked with students from four area schools to create a culminating artistic response to Mark Twain’s writing.  Participating schools include:  St. Joseph’s School in Fort Atkinson: Eastview Elementary in Lake Geneva, Jefferson Elementary in Janesville, East Troy High School, East Troy.  Posters of the mural will be available for signing by Joel and the student artists.

Hal Holbrook presents Mark Twain Tonight!  On April 21, 2012, 7:30.  Legendary actor Hal Holbrook presents his historic portrayal of Mark Twain.  Hal Holbrook has been awarded an Emmy and Tony Award for his indelible personification of Mark Twain, a role that he has been performing since 1954.

And Glory Shone by The Rose Ensemble.  April 10, 2012, 7:30. This award winning ensemble from St. Paul, MN, will perform a special selection of early American hymns, ballads and spiritual songs that will evoke Tom Sawyer’s America.

No Foolin’ A Free Book.  4/1/12 or 4/2/12. All public library partners will kick-off the Big Read by offering give-away of books, student designed t-shirts and tickets to the performance of The Rose Ensemble.

Mark Twain’s Racial Relevance.  Free lecture and discussion by Dr. Alan Gribben on Monday April 9, 2012, 7:00 PM.  Part of the College of Letters and Sciences Contemporary Lecture Series. Dr. Allan Gribben is a nationally recognized Mark Twain scholar who sparked considerable controversy when he published versions of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in 2011 that removed a racial pejorative as an attempt to reverse the trend of school districts removing both books from their reading lists.

Moments with Mark Twain. Geneva Lake Art Association 2012 Spring Exhibit. February 3-29, 2012. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Opening reception February 3, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  GLAA Gallery.  This show highlights GLAA Member works recall images of the 19th Century time period, Twain’s stories, the grandeur of the Mississippi, or other images that are inspired by this literary icon.  The Geneva Lake Art Association gallery and art school are located inside the North Shore Pavilion Mall at 647 E. Main Street, Lake Geneva.

Big Read Finale and Big Read MuralFriday, May 4th 5:00—7:00 PM. Milton House Museum, 18 South Janesville, St., Milton, WI.  www.miltonhouse.org. Free.  Join us for refreshments and an exhibit of the Big Read.  Learn about the success of the program and plans for 2013.

Through the Eyes of Jim.  A new production by Uprooted Theatre. Milwaukee’s Uprooted Theatre Company, whose mission is to engage the community through the performing arts for the exploration and expression of African-American voices and cultural experiences, will present a performance as part of the Young Auditorium’s Horizon Matinee Series.  The performance will give a unique point of view of Twain’s work as interpreted through the slave Jim’s perspective.  A community performance will take place at the Milton House Museum, as part of the Big Read finale, Friday, May 4th at 7:00 pm. Tickets available by calling the Milton House at 608-868-7772.  The Milton House Museum is Wisconsin’s only authenticated stop on the Underground Railroad.

Check your local library for their participation and event calendar.  Updates will be available at the Big Read Blog:  http://youngauditorium.wordpress.com/

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has selected 76 not-for-profit organizations have been recommended for grants totaling $1,000,050 to host a Big Read project between September 2011 and June 2012. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in cooperation with Arts Midwest.

The Big Read provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 31 selections from U.S. and world literature.. Among the organizations receiving a Big Read grant are libraries, humanities councils, museums, theater companies, literary centers and presses, public broadcasting stations, universities, YMCAs, and boys & girls clubs. The selected organizations will receive Big Read grants ranging from $2,500 to $17,000 to promote and carry out community-based programs.

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, “Since 2006, nearly three million Americans have attended a Big Read event, more than 39,000 volunteers have participated locally, and nearly 27,000 community partner organizations have been involved. The Big Read’s success depends on these commitments of time, energy, and enthusiasm and I look forward to seeing these 76 communities come together in celebration of a great work of literature.”

Participating communities also receive high-quality, free-of-charge educational materials to supplement each title, which also are available for download on neabigread.org. Reader’s Guides include author biographies, historical context for the book, and discussion questions. Teacher’s Guides are developed with the National Council of Teachers of English and State Language Arts standards in mind and include lesson plans, essay topics, and classroom handouts. The Big Read Audio Guides feature readings from the novel along with commentary from renowned artists, educators, and public figures.

Each community’s Big Read includes a kick-off event to launch the program; activities devoted specifically to its Big Read book or poet (e.g., panel discussions, lectures, public readings); events using the selection as a point of departure (e.g., film screenings, theatrical readings, exhibits); and book discussions in diverse locations aimed at a wide range of audiences.

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Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit www.artsmidwest.org.

For more information please contact Young Auditorium at 262-472-4444 or check us out on the web at www.uww.edu/youngauditorium.

The Living Mississippi: From Twain to Today at the Roberta Avonn Art Gallery 3/9/12 to 4/4/12

Opening reception on March 12, 2012 from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Historic photographs of the Mississippi River by Henry P. Bosse are juxtaposed with modern photos of river restoration projects completed by the non-profit group, Living Lands & Waters. Quotes from Mark Twain’s prose link the river’s past with the present.

The exhibit is a partnership with UW-Whitewater’s Earth Day Committee and our community’s 4th Big Read. The 2011 Big Read Mural will also be on display. The exhibit was compiled by UW-Whitewater student Karly Modesti, in partnership with our Community’s 4th Big Read.

The community is invited to attend a special opening reception on March 12, 2012 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the Roberta Avonn Fiskum Gallery, James R. Connor University Center on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Artist and Big Read muralist Joel Schoon Tanis will speak in UC Summers Auditorium, at 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Henry P. Bosse was a draughtsman and cartographer with the Army Corps of Engineers at Rock Island, Illinois. Between 1882 and 1892 he photographed the upper Mississippi River and documented the untamed and wild river that Mark Twain encountered as a young river pilot. The exhibit includes a selection of his reprinted artwork, reproduced with permission from the Rock Island and St. Paul district’s collections of Henry P. Bosse’s works. Bosse’s works were mainly forgotten.

For 100 years, the artist remained unknown. Then, in the spring of 1990, a Washington, D.C., antique dealer discovered an album of Bosse’s images in the study house that belonged to Major General Alexander Mackenzie. General Mackenzie had been the Corps’ Chief of Engineers, or top ranking officer, from 1904 to 1908. Within a year, this album would be worth over a million dollars and Bosse praised as one of the late nineteenth century’s finest photographers.

Living Lands & Waters, is an active non-profit group dedicated to cleaning up and preserving our nation’s rivers. Photos from their community river clean ups provide a potent comparison to Bosse’s early images of the mighty Mississippi.

Living Lands & Waters has 10 full-time employees and a fleet of four barges, a towboat, six workboats, two skid steers, five work trucks, and a large box truck.

With this equipment, the crew is able to travel and work in an average of nine states a year along the Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, and Potomac Rivers, as well as many of their tributaries. Since the project’s inception, Chad Pregracke, his crew, and over 60,000 volunteers have collected over six million pounds of debris from our nation’s greatest rivers. Most recently, Chad expanded the mission of the organization to include Big River Educational Outreach, The Million Trees Project, and the Adopt-a-River Mile programs.

Noted children’s book illustrator Joel Tanis will discuss the 2011 Big Read Mural and his own artistic methods. In 2011, Joel worked with students from four area schools to create a culminating artistic response to Edgar Allan Poe’s writing. The students created four large 4’x6’ panels that depict scenes from the works of Poe. Joel will once again be working with four area schools for the 2012 Big Read. Students will delve into specific works by Twain to create visual art that captures the mood and emotions of the author’s work.

2012 participating schools include: St. Joseph’s School in Fort Atkinson; Eastview Elementary in Lake Geneva; Jefferson Elementary in Janesville; and East Troy High School in East Troy. The 2012 mural will be unveiled at the Big Read Kick Off at the historic Horticultural Hall in Lake Geneva, Thursday, March 29th at 6:00 pm.

For the fourth year in a row, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a local partnership to bring the national Big Read initiative to Rock, Walworth, and Jefferson County. Mark Twain in the Rock River Basin will be the focus of this year’s Big Read in southeastern Wisconsin. Led by the Irvin L. Young Library in Whitewater, the Arrowhead Library System in Rock County, and UW-Whitewater’s Young Auditorium, the Big Read will provide a host of activities and in-school outreach.

This National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Grant gives young adults the opportunity to learn more about reading, writing, different cultures, and encourages them to explore their interest in these areas. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Local sponsorship supported is provided by Fort HealthCare, American Family Insurance, The Janesville Gazette and the The Daily Jefferson County Union.

The Young Auditorium is a 1,300 seat performing arts center located in Whitewater that serves southeastern Wisconsin. Each season the auditorium presents the best in touring professional productions from Broadway, Rock & Roll, Shakespeare, Family Friendly Favorites and Ballet. Over 500,000 K-12 students have experienced educational performances through the Horizons Matinee Series. The facility boasts two all-purpose rooms for up to 120 guests for special receptions, dinners, or business meetings. A non-profit organization, the Young Auditorium has special benefits for Members; and discounts for groups. Special email offers and giveaways area available via free email updates from ArtsENews.

http://www.uww.edu/youngauditorium

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