SO, THIS IS FRIDAY!

Sorry that the blog skipped out yesterday, but it was quite a bit busy run around the old radio ranch and it was one of the things that had to wait.  But we’re back today full of information and more! So without further ado (whatever that is), here is the blog for this Friday, May 29th, 2009!

FUN AND EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS FOR YOUR YOUNG ONES THIS SUMMER AT NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY!!

KIDS LEARNING SCIENCE AT THE SEABORG CENTER.

KIDS LEARNING SCIENCE AT THE SEABORG CENTER.

Thanks to Susan Nazarko, the Co-ordinator of Conferences and Pre-College Programs at the Glenn T. Seaborg Center for Teaching & Learning Science & Mathematics at Northern Michigan University.  She stopped in to tell us about the Summer College for Kids and all of the various programs that are available at NMU for young people in the area to keep them busy and actually teach them something during the summer!  To listen to the interview, click “HERE“.  For a link to the Seaborg Center, click “HERE“.

THE FLOWERS ARE GETTING PLANTED IN SOUTH MARQUETTE!!

PLANTING PETUNIAS IN SOUTH MARQUETTE.

PLANTING PETUNIAS IN SOUTH MARQUETTE.

Thanks to Barb Kelly with the Marquette Beautification Committee for calling in to tell us about the annual Petunia Pandemonium in South Marquette.  The traffic in the area has been affected today and tomorrow for the effort and Barb told us to remind everyone to drive with caution in that area.  To listen in on the interview with Barb, click “HERE“.  For more on the Marquette Beautification Committee, click “HERE“.

OH…AND ONE MORE THING…

GO WINGS!

GO WINGS!

GO WINGS!

GO WINGS!

GO WINGS!

GO WINGS!

GO WINGS!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

See you all back on the radio Monday morning!

-Walt

SO HERE IT IS…GOOD OL’ HUMP DAY!

HMMMMMPH!  I'M A CAMEL!

HUMMMMMPH! I'M A CAMEL!

Oh Yes!  Hump Day!  The sly vernacular name for a typical Wednesday.  Since the name usually carries a connotation of a tounge-in-cheek reference to something other than a Wednesday, I thought I’d class the joint up a little bit.  Yeah, I know that’s a bit of a reach for some of you to grasp, but I thought I’d give it a try.  The general idea is that if it’s Hump Day, why not show something with humps!  SO…here you go!  It’s a camel.  But not just any old camel.  Oh no! it’s a camel as portrayed by the artistic icon, Pablo Picasso!  How ’bout that!  A cultural Hump Day!  Who’da thunk it?

SURVEY SAYS:  MARQUETTE & ALGER COUNTY YOUTH ARE DOING BETTER!!

SMILIN' ANN GONYEA!

SMILIN' ANN GONYEA!

Thanks to Ann Gonyea with the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development for stopping in to let us know about the latest statistics that have been gathered as part of the Survey of Youth Development Assets in Marquette and Alger County.  They show a continued upward trend in youth attitudes about 40 key developmental assets in the two counties.  To listen to Ann’s interview, click “HERE“.   For more about the survey and the GLCYD, click “HERE“.

HAPPY HUMP DAY!

See you all tomorrow, then!

-Walt

HEY MARQUETTE COUNTY!!!  IT’S TIME TO GET BACK TO WORK!!

A post-Memorial Day Tuesday morning in Marquette County and we’re off like a herd of turtles.  Oh well, I’m sure that Mark and I weren’t the only ones running a little slow following a three-day weekend of outdoor activity and other hullabaloo.  At least the coffee was hot and fresh this morning and the humor was a sharp and witty as ever!  OK, that’s not  true…the coffee was stale and so were the jokes.  I guess that’s why it felt like a MONDAY and not a TUESDAY.  The obvious plus side of this whole deal is that since we’re getting started on a Tuesday, it will be a short work week!  YAHOO!

MICHIGAN IRON INDUSTRY MUSEUM UPDATE.

MR. BARRY JAMES.

MR. BARRY JAMES.

A very special thank you goes out to Barry James with the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee Township for coming by the Sunny Studios this morning to let us know about the multitude of things that are going on at the facility.  Including improved access road construction and the addition of a 20-space parking lot to regularly scheduled showcase events and daytime lectures, which are all open to the public.  To listen in to Barry’s complete interview, click “HERE“,  and for more about the Michigan Iron Industry Museum, click “HERE“.

HEY MARQUETTE COUNTY…THE GOVERNOR’S NOT LEAVING!

GOVERNOR JENNIFER GRANHOLM ON A RECENT STOP IN MARQUETTE COUNTY.

GOVERNOR JENNIFER GRANHOLM ON A RECENT STOP IN MARQUETTE COUNTY.

National news this morning with the nomination of Sonya Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court.  President Barack Obama made the announcement of the selection today.  As you recall, the current Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, was on the so-called short list of six candidates being considered for the vacancy being created by the stepping down of the ailing Justice David Souter.

Political pundits (including myself) around the state were hemming and hawing about what would happen if the Governor were to get the nod and leave office before her term expires.  I felt all along that she was not going to get the selection because of two items.  One, she is Canadian-born.  That would create political heat in the nomination process that would not be a factor with the other candidates.  Number two, Governor Granholm has a strong track record in law, but none as a judge.  This issue, in my opinion, would have been a larger problem, considering that many others on the short list had extremely strong judicial histories.

So there you have it…Granholm until 2010.  What do you think?

OUT THE DOOR WE GO!

Back to work, Marquette County!  We’ll see you on the radio tomorrrow morning!

-Walt

MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCES GOING ON IN AND AROUND MARQUETTE COUNTY.
American Legion Post 44 of Marquette will conduct Memorial Day services on Monday, May 25 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery and at 10:15 a.m. at Park Cemetery in Marquette.

V.A. Romo Post, VFW Post 3165, will have its annual Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25 along Iron Street in Negaunee. Services will be held at 11 a.m. at the Negaunee Cemetery, with services at Northland Chapel Gardens immediately following.

American Legion Post 349 of Little Lake’s Honor Guard will conduct Memorial Day services at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25 at the Gwinn Cemetery. They also conduct services at 12:30 p.m. at the McFarland Cemetery and at 2:30 p.m. at the West Branch Township Cemetery.

A Memorial Day observance will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25 at Lakeview Cemetery in Michigamme. Local servicemen will serve as color guard. Speaker will be Gordon Schultz. Refreshments will be served at the Michigamme Community Building after the service. The Michigamme Historical Museum will open for the season. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. daily. In the event of inclement weather, the observance will take place in the community building.

Republic’s annual Memorial Day parade will take place at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 25. There will be a program at 10 a.m. at the veterans memorial at Republic Township Cemetery. Members of VFW Post 5014 and other veterans will participate. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Katherine Finegan of Bethany Lutheran Church. The Republic-Michigamme High School band will perform. Refreshments will be served after the program at Republic Township Hall. In the event of inclement weather, the memorial program will be held at Republic-Michigamme High School.

American Legion Post 559 of Rock and its auxiliary will conduct Memorial Day ceremonies at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25 at the Rock Cemetery. Speaker will be the Rev. Vernon Norman, assistant pastor of Living Faith Fellowship Church in Gwinn. In the event of inclement weather, the Rock and Perkins legions will hold a joint ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Perkins Lions Club.

MARQUETTE COUNTY IS A BUSY PLACE!

THE PC MEDIC AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTER, SCOTT MARTIN.

THE PC MEDIC AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTER, SCOTT MARTIN.

With all of the events of the past few days, I just want to say that the people that live here in Marquette County are of amazing stock and good ol’ SISU!  After the devastating Black River Falls wild fire destroyed several homes, camps and other structures this week, the outpouring of support to help those impacted by the fire has been an amazing reflection of the mettle of people from Marquette County and from beyond.  We had a chance to speak with Scott Martin, the owner of PC Medic in West Ishpeming this morning.  He was one the first folks in the area to step up and help out those who lost everything to the fire.  He told us about the community support that has come forth so far in this short time since the fire burned up over 800 acres in just about 36 hours.  To listen to Scott’s comments, click “HERE”.  Remember, if you can help out those impacted by the fire with anything from furniture to toiletries, the time is now to step forward.  You can call Scott directly at (906) 486-9911.  And be sure to give until it hurts.  Let’s show ’em what Marquette County can do for itself when the chips are down!

AND NOW, ON TO THE REST OF A JAM-PACKED SHOW!

ANNE GEROUX, ISHPEMING 4th OF JULY COMMITTEE.

ANNE GEROUX, ISHPEMING 4th OF JULY COMMITTEE.

Thanks to Anne Geroux with the Ishpeming 4th of July Committee for coming in this morning to tell us about the planned events and activities for the Fouth of July Holiday in the city of Ishpeming.  She told us about the annual parade through the downtown, the community picnic as well as the Blue Notes performances and, of course, the fireworks.  To listen to Anne’s interview, please click “HERE“.  To connect with the City of Ishpeming’s website with all of the 4th of July events, click “HERE“.


FROM THE FOURTH OF JULY TO FOOTBALL!

FOOTBALL ADVOCATE, TODD GOLDBECK.

FOOTBALL ADVOCATE, TODD GOLDBECK.

Thanks to Todd Goldbeck for coming by the Sunny Studios to tell us about an upcoming event that will culminate in the Second Annual U.P. ALL-STAR Football Game at the Superior Dome in Marquette on June 20th, 2009.  He also told us how the players are being selected to play and what other events and activities are going oduring the week.  Click “HERE” for the complete interview and click “HERE” for the group’s website.


AND THEN, ON TO HOCKEY!!

KENNY AND DAVE WITH THE MARQUETTE RANGERS.

KENNY AND DAVE WITH THE MARQUETTE RANGERS.

To wrap up a multi-faceted show like today’s we closed things out with a chat with the Marquette Rangers Hockey team.  Team President Dave St. Onge and Coach Kenny Miller stopped in to talk about the latest new recruits to the squad as well as some changes in the upcoming season for fans of one of Marquette’s hottest hockey teams.  To listen to the interview with Larry and Dave, click “HERE“.  To log on to the team’s official website, click “HERE“.

AND THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS A WRAP!!

Whew! What a week!  Here’s hoping you have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.  We’ll be back on Monday morning to get your Memorial Day started.  Talk with you all then!

Be safe!

-Walt

HERE IS THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THE BLACK RIVER FALLS FIRE IN MARQUETTE FROM THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES:

Current Status:

– Location: 7 miles SW of the city of Ishpeming
– The area is rural with homes scattered through the area and in several small subdivisions
– There are no known injuries or deaths
– 33 structures lost, many more saved
– No official fire cause determination has yet been made.
– Size: 824 acres
– All road closure and evacuation orders have been lifted from all locations on the fire, however non-residents are encouraged to avoid the area to minimize congestion and allow residents the ability to move freely and check for property damage.
– The weather has cooperated to provide .11” of rain, cooler temperatures, slower winds, and higher humidities, making good fire progress possible.
– The fire is now estimated at 75% contained.

INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS AND FAMILIES:

– The Marquette County Humane Society advises that anyone finding or losing a pet or experiencing a need for sheltering an animal to please call the animal shelter at 475-6661 If you have an animal related emergency please call central dispatch at 475-9912.

– The American Red Cross will be conducting damage assessments on Friday, May 22, to determine additional assistance the may be possible through the Red Cross.  If your home sustained major damage or was destroyed in the fire, please call the Red Cross office as soon as possible between 9am and 5pm on Friday, May 22.  You may also leave a message during the evenings through the Memorial Day weekend at 906-249-9665, or 906-361-4090.

– Three other organizations are offering assistance to those impacted by the fire.  Name and  contact information are provided for all three:
– Salvation Army – 906-486-8121
– Pigs and Heat c/o Marquette Police Department – 906-228-0400
– St Vincent DePaul Society – 906-226-3840

– There have been requests for information about where donations may be sent to aid those whose homes have been impacted by the fire.  Contact information is provided for two organizations accepting donations to provide aid:
– Salvation Army, Ishpeming (Liz Nevela) – 906-486-8121
– PC-Medic – 906-486-9911

MARQUETTE COUNTY WILDFIRE HIT BY STRONG RAINSTORMS!

STORMIN' THROUGH THE U.P.!

STORMIN' THROUGH THE U.P.!

So just in case the wildfires weren’t enough to keep the excitement level up this morning on the the big program, the National Weather Service office in Negaunee issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Marquette County just before 9-am and we covered that as well!  The thunderstorms were reported to be fairly severe and moving across the region at 55 miles per hour.  It was quite a blast of a storm and brought some much needed rain to the portions of Marquette County that were affected by the Black River Falls wildfire.  As you can see from this screen shot of the weather radar in the Sunny Studio, the thunderstorm hit a good portion of the Upper Peninsula.

AND, WE HAD COMPANY TODAY!!!  ACTUALLY QUITE A BIT OF COMPANY!

Mr. LARRY HOLLAR.

Mr. LARRY HOLLAR.

Thanks to all of the following folks who came by the Sunny Studios to let us know about a multitude of things going on in Marquette County this week.  First off, thanks to Larry Hollar.  He’s the North Central Senior Regional Organizer for Bread for the World, a Christian-based initiative to end world hunger.  He is in the Marquette area visiting with area groups to work on increaseing awareness about world hunger and getting them to apply legislative pressure to address the issue.  Click “HERE” to listen to the interview and click “HERE” for the agency’s website.


MARQUETTE GENERAL HOSPITAL UPDATE FEATURING NATIONAL EMS WEEK.

Mr. Dan Wolf

Mr. Dan Wolf

A little bit later we were joined by Dan Wolf, who is the director of EMS operations at Marquette General Hospital.  This week is National EMS Week, which is an opportunity recognize and thank all of the men and women who work and volunteer in the Emergency Medical Services field around the country.  Dan told us about various events and activities going on in Marquette County to mark the occasion.  He also told us about a shortage in people becoming EMS personnel and how you can get involved if you are interested.  To listen to Dan’s comments, click “HERE“, and to get to the MGH website, click “HERE“.


HANNAH MONGIAT CAME BACK!

SMILIN' HANNAH MONGIAT!

SMILIN' HANNAH MONGIAT!

And finally, thanks to Hannah Mongiat from the Women’s Center stopping to to talk about the “Big Give” and the special Evening Concert she has set up featuring the music of Michael Waite at the Masonic Building in downtown Marquette.  Click “HERE” to listen to Hannah’s interview and click “HERE” to go to the Women’s Center Web Site.

WHAT A BUSY DAY!

WHEW!, With that, I am OUTTA HERE!

-WALT

WILDFIRES REPORTED IN MARQUETTE AND BARAGA COUNTIES

UPDATE:  DNR officials with Incident Command in Ishpeming will meet with evacuees and their families and all other interested parties at noon today at the Westwood High School to update those affected by the Black River Falls Fire in Marquette County.  Officials will be available to answer questions and provide the latest information concerning the fire.

THE BURN AREA OF THE BLACK RIVER FALLS FIRE AS OF THIS MORNING.

THE BURN AREA OF THE BLACK RIVER FALLS FIRE AS OF THIS MORNING.

The public is being asked to stay out of the fire area while personnel are working on fighting wildfires in Marquette and Baraga Counties. The Black River Falls Fire in Marquette County is reported to be 65-percent contained this morning, according to Michigan DNR Firefighters. Reports say the Pinery Lake Fire in Baraga County is approximately 20 to 30-percent contained. The Black River Falls fire has consumed at least 777 acres and destroyed over 30 structures. The Pinery Lake fire has consumed about 400 acres and destroyed at least one building. No injuries or deaths have been reported in connection with either fire. The Black River Falls fire in Marquette County started shortly before 5pm on Monday in heavy jack pine and moved into lower, wetter types of foliage. The cause of either of the blazes is unknown.

The DNR reports the following concerning the Black River Falls fire in Marquette County:

• Location: 7 miles SW of Ishpeming
• Size: 777 acres
• The area is rural with homes scattered through the area and in several small subdivisions.
• There are no known injuries or deaths due to the fire
• All homes along County Road 581 between County Road CS and County Road PG have been evacuated.
• Homes and subdivisions along County Road 581 between Stoneville Road and County Road PG were later evacuated as well.
• All intersecting county roads between County Road CS and Stoneville Road are closed.
• The public is asked to continue to stay out of the area while personnel are working on the fire.
• The Red Cross is keeping a list of contact information for all evacuees at Westwood High School or by phone at 906-361-4090.

MARQUETTE COUNTY’S IN THE HEAT OF IT TODAY!!

From the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township:

The maximum temperature so far today at the National Weather Service (NWS) in Negaunee Township was 89 degrees, which breaks the record high of 86 set back in 1992. This is also 45 degrees warmer than the high temperature of 44 degrees that was recorded yesterday, May 19th! This is the largest swing from one high temperature to the next high temperature on record. The previous record was April 30th to May 1st 1992, which had a 36 degree high temperature swing. The high temperature on April 30th, 1992 was 44 degrees and the high on May 1st, 1992 was 80 degrees.

Today is the first day this year that the mercury has risen above 80 degrees at the NWS office in Negaunee Township. If we hit 90 degrees today, it will be the first time we have hit 90 this early in the season since May 21, 1994, a day over 15 years ago. The low temperature this morning was 37 degrees. The temperature swing for the day so far is 52 degrees! The temperature swing for the today is greater than the high temperature recorded at the office yesterday!

MARQUETTE COUNTY HEAT!

GET OUTSIDE AND ENJOY TODAY’S WEATHER!!  Don’t sit here on the computer…get outside!  Don’t take it for granted, just take it in!

-Walt

PRE-HEAT VISITS FROM THIS MORNING.

KAREN AND NICOLE IN THE STUDIOS.

KAREN AND NICOLE IN THE STUDIOS.

Thanks to Karen Kasprzak with the Lake Superior Village Youth and Family Center and Nicole Dominish with the YMCA of Marquette County for stopping in to talk about the YMCA Day Camp and how you can get involved and to tell us about the scheduling of a Birthday Party for your child at the YMCA of Marquette County facility.  Click “HERE” to listen to their interview and click “HERE” for the YMCA’ s website.  Also, a special KUDOS for Nicole who made it through the interview with flying colors although she was EXTREMELY under the weather!

MARQUETTE AREA JAYCEES STAY ACTIVE!!

MARQUETTE AREA JAYCEE, LISA ST. CHARLES.

MARQUETTE AREA JAYCEE, LISA ST. CHARLES.

Lisa St. Charles stopped in to give us a quick update on the events and activities being hosted and coordinated by the Marquette Area Jaycees.  They are holding their regular monthly meeting tomorrow night and she let us know how interested folks can find out more.  To listen to her comments, click “HERE” and click “HERE” for the Jaycees website.

HOT DAY!  HOT DIGGITY DOG!

Time’s a wastin’!  I’m headin out the door to take in the sun!

-Walt

MONDAY…THE DAWNING OF A NEW WEEK IN MARQUETTE COUNTY!!

So here we are again after an all too brief and much too cold weekend across the part of the world we refer to as “God’s Country”.  If it really is “God’s Country”, wouldn’t He prefer it to be a little bit warmer?  I’m just asking, y’know…nothing personal.  This fluctuation in temperature patterns we are in is driving me absolutely bat-crazy!  The forecast over the next couple of days reads as follows:

Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 45.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 85.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59.

That’s pretty messed up, isn’t it?  Is it going to be hot?  Cold?  In between?  I love it!  Actually, I really don’t!  I’m ready for a steady and consistent holding pattern of temperatures in the mid to upper 70’s.  Is that too much to ask for?

MAIN STREET MONDAY PACKS THE STACK!

MARK TAKES AIM WITH THE MAIN STREET MONDAY STACK!

MARK TAKES AIM WITH THE MAIN STREET MONDAY STACK!

Today was another banner day for the Main Street Monday Classic Cartoon Trivia.  Dozens of listeners called in with the correct answer to our question, which was, “What was the first name of the lead Keebler elf?”  Congratulations to Michael O. of Marquette who knew the answer was “Ernie”.  Thanks to

AND THE MSM VICTORY TOSS IS LAUNCHED!

AND THE MSM VICTORY TOSS IS LAUNCHED!

everyone who called in and good luck next week, when we do it again!  As you can see here, the “correct entry” stack was full and Mark was ready to take aim to throw the stack for the winner.  After sizing the stack up, he gave it good throw, and the rest, is as they say, history!


MONDAY UNDERWAY AND WE’RE OFF!

Hope all is well with everyone.  Have a good Monday and tune in tomorrow morning for more Mark & Walt in the Morning on the radio and on the blog!

See Ya!

-Walt