CITY POLITICAL CANDIDATE COVERAGE CONTINUED.

We now present four more various candidates seeking election to their respective city’s political bodies.  The candidates presented here today are:  current Marquette Mayor John Kivela, who is running for re-election to the Marquette City Commission.  Also featured today are three candidates in the running for the Negaunee City Council.  Incumbents Steve Perucco and Jim Thomas as well as write-in candidate Michael W. Haines.

MARQUETTE CITY COMMISSION CANDIDATE.

MARQUETTE MAYOR JOHN KIVELA.

JOHN KIVELA.

JOHN KIVELA

John Kivela is currently on the Marquette City Commission and is the Mayor of the City of Marquette.  He is seeking re-election to the commission and says his current involvement with the commission has launched projects that need follow-through over the next several years and he hopes to be the person to continue on with those projects.  To find out more about Mayor Kivela and hear his interview, please click “HERE“.

NEGAUNEE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES.

MICHAEL W. HAINES

MICHAEL W. HAINES.

MICHAEL W. HAINES

Michael W. Haines has an extensive background in education and is very passionate specific issues currently facing the City of Negaunee.  He is one of the write-in candidates running in this election.  He feels that the city’s finances have been routed in the wrong direction, with the focus on parks and recreation over infrastructure maintenance and proper staffing.  To listen in to his ideas on how he would address these problems, and to find out more about him and his candidacy, please click “HERE“.

STEVE PERUCCO

STEVE PERUCCO

STEVE PERUCCO

Steve Perucco is one of the incumbent candidates who is seeking re-election to the Negaunee City Council.  He is interested in maintaining the relationships and programs already set in motion by the council and is hoping to continue various efforts in the city.  For more information about his candidacy as well as his stances on various issues that are on the docket in Negaunee, listen to his interview by clicking “HERE“.

JIM THOMAS

JIM THOMAS.

JIM THOMAS

Jim Thomas is the other incumbent candidate running for the Negaunee City Council.  He comes to the race with an extensive background in education as well as city politics and wants to maintain his presence on the city council during these difficult economic times.  He says his experience makes him the best candidate for the job of council member.  To listen to his thoughts and ideas from his interview, please click “HERE“.

THE CANDIDATE COVERAGE CONTINUES.

There will be one more candidate for the Negaunee City Council added to this list.  Joel Jarvi is also running as a write-in candidate for the council and his interview will be posted here soon.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30th, 2009:

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HANCOCK AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

FATHER MARQUETTE SCHOOL – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

MUNISING AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

MUNISING GOOD SHEPHERD EARLY CHILDHOOD CTR. – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

NORWAY – VULCAN SCHOOLS – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

HOLY SPIRIT SCHOOL (Norway, MI) – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

REPUBLIC-MICHIGAMME SCHOOLS – Closed through Tuesday 11/3/09.

SUPERIOR CENTRAL SCHOOLS – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

TAHQUAMENON AREA SCHOOLS – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

WEST IRON CO. SCHOOLS –  Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

HERE IS THE FLU-RELATED SCHOOL CLOSURE LIST FOR 10/29/09:

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HANCOCK AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

FATHER MARQUETTE SCHOOL – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

MUNISING AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

MUNISING GOOD SHEPHERD EARLY CHILDHOOD CTR. – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

NORWAY – VULCAN SCHOOLS – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

HOLY SPIRIT SCHOOL (Norway, MI) – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

REPUBLIC-MICHIGAMME SCHOOLS – Closed through Tuesday 11/3/09.

TAHQUAMENON AREA SCHOOLS – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

COVERAGE OF CITY COMMISSION/COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

As part of our mission here at Great Lakes Radio, we want to keep you informed as a voter  so when you vote in this Tuesday’s election, you make an educated decision.  We are covering the Marquette City Commission race as well as the Negaunee City Council race and are bringing you full-length interviews with all of the candidates involved.   To get things started, here are interviews with Tony Tollefson and David St. Onge who are in the Marquette race and with Michael VanStraten and Diana Menhennick from the Negaunee race.  We will bring you more interviews with the candidates as they are recorded and will post them here to the blog.  So as they say…”WATCH THIS SPACE!”

CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE MARQUETTE CITY COMMISSION.

TONY TOLLEFSON

TONY TOLLEFSON

TONY TOLLEFSON

Tony Tollefson, former member of the Marquette City Commission and former Mayor of the City of Marquette.  He discusses his political history with the city and how he would address the current major issues facing Marquette.  He also discusses his experience as a city commission member.  Click “HERE” to listen to the interview.

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DAVID ST. ONGE

DAVID ST. ONGE

DAVID ST. ONGE

David St. Onge, Marquette businessman, discusses his reasons for getting involved in the political process in Marquette and what he hopes to bring to the table if elected.  He also discusses his ideas for redevelopment and use of currently contaminated properties in the city.  To listen to the interview, please click “HERE“.

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CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE NEGAUNEE CITY COUNCIL.


MICHAEL VANSTRATEN

MICHAEL VANSTRATEN

MICHAEL VANSTRATEN

Michael VanStraten is a former police officer who is running as a write-in candidate in Negaunee.  He explains his reasons for becoming a candidate and what he hopes to accomplish if elected.  He also talks about the major issues facing the city and how he would address them.  To listen to the interview, click “HERE“.

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DIANA MENHENNICK

DIANA MENHENNICK

DIANA MENHENNICK

Diana Menhennick is a long-time observer of the political process in the City of Negaunee and is also running as a write-in candidate in this election.  She explains why she is running and what are the major issues in the city at this time.  To listen to her interview, please click “HERE“.

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MORE INTERVIEWS TO COME.

Please keep checking here on the blog as we get closer to Election Day.  We’ll have more interviews posted in our continuing effort to make you an educated voter.

-Walt

ILLNESS RELATED SCHOOL CLOSINGS FOR 10/28/09:

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HANCOCK AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

FATHER MARQUETTE SCHOOL – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

MUNISING AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

MUNISING GOOD SHEPHERD EARLY CHILDHOOD CTR. – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

NORWAY – VULCAN SCHOOLS – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

HOLY SPIRIT SCHOOL (Norway, MI) – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

ONTONAGON AREA SCHOOLS – Closed Today.

SUPERIOR CENTRAL SCHOOLS – Closed Today.

TAHQUAMENON AREA SCHOOLS – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

THE FLU SAGA CONTINUES.

Father Marquette Elementary and Middle School – Closed through Monday 11/2/09.

Munising Public Schools – Closed through Friday 10/30/09.

Munising Good Shepherd Early Childhood Center – Closed through 10/30/09.

Menominee Public Schools – Closed today.

Ontonagon Area Public Schools – Closed today and tomorrow.

Superior Central Schools – Closed today and tomorrow.

HOO HAH!  NOW THAT WAS A FINE WAY TO START THE WEEK!

BRETT IS RE-INTRODUCED TO THE DIRT.

BRETT IS RE-INTRODUCED TO THE DIRT.

Packers win.

Vikings lose.

Bears lose.

Lions rested.

Did I mention-

The Vikings lost?

Oh yeah, baby!  That’s the stuff!

‘Nuff Said.

BUSY MAIN STREET MONDAY

PRE-TOSS MSM BIG STACK!

PRE-TOSS MSM BIG STACK!

As you can see here, it was a full boat of excitement on “Mark & Walt’s Main Street Monday Classic Cartoon Trivia” today.  Congratulations to Marie from Marquette who knew the answer was “Conjunction Junction” from the ABC “Schoolhouse Rock” series.  Her correct answer won her two 14″ three-topping pizzas from Main Street Pizza.  Allow me to say…YUM!

BUSY DAY TOMORROW!

Tune in tomorrow morning for a fully-packed show.  We’ll be getting political in the effort to make you a better informed voter going into next week’s elections!

See ya then!

-Walt

HALLOWEEN IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!!

HEADS UP!! TED'S IN TOWN!

HEADS UP!! TED'S IN TOWN!

Oh, is it ever that time of year!  Rocky Horror is onstage again at the Vista Theater in Negaunee, the NMU First Nighters Club is hosting a “Haunted Theater” fundraiser, and Mark found a picture of the “Greatest Halloween Costume Ever Worn”, which I have posted over ther on the left.  What is it, you ask?  Well…get ready for this!  It’s the corpse of the cryogenically-frozen baseball legend Ted Williams, walking around and carrying his severed head!  That’s wilder than dressing up like the Crocodile Hunter with a stingray stuck in his chest!!  Hope you enjoy this creepy, spooky and all together ooky pre-Halloween edition of the blog!

THE THEATER IS GETTIN’ SOOOO SPOOKY!

ELLA BARTLETT AND MARTY MARTELLO IN THE STUDIO.

ELLA BARTLETT AND MARTY MARTELLO IN THE STUDIO.

Thanks to Ella Bartlett and Marty Martello for stopping by this morning to tell us about the First Nighter’s Club Haunted Theater fundraiser at the Forest Roberts Theater on the campus of Northern Michigan University.   The theater will be transformed into a haunted theater that will scare the bejeebers out of everybody.  To listen to details about this scary endeavor, listen to Ella and Marty’s interview by clicking “HERE“.  To go to the website for the Forest Roberts Theater and the rest of the University, please click “HERE“.

OOOHHH,  VERY SCARY!

OK, so maybe it’s not so scary after all, but that’s not so bad.  We have a week to go before Halloween really hits, and that could be scary.  A week of lead-up and then DEVIL’S NIGHT on a Friday and Halloween on Saturday.  PLUS! There’s a time change on Saturday night into Sunday morning that could, theoretically, give bars the chance to stay open one extra hour!  EEEEK! You know, that kind of makes me think that the scariest day of next weekend may actually end up being the Sunday!  Think about it…

Until next time,

See Ya Later!

-Walt

UPPER MICHIGAN SCHOOLS CLOSED DUE TO THE FLU  (10/23/09):

In Marquette County:

NICE Community Schools – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

Ishpeming Public Schools – Closed through Monday 10/26/09.

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Elsewhere around the U.P.:

Big Bay De Noc Schools – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

Delta/Schoolcraft ISD – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

Dollar Bay / Tamarack Schools – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

Escanaba Public Schools – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

Holy Name School in Escanaba – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

Pelkie Elementary School – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

St. Francis de Sale School in Manistique – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

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MARQUETTE CO. HEALTH DEPARTMENT H1N1 HOTLINE INFORMATION:

An H1N1 Hotline has been established by the Marquette County Emergency
Services Department with support of the Marquette County Health Department. The Hotline number is 475-1176 or 475-1175. A free 800 # is also available at 888-363-9708.  It will be staffed from 8AM to 5PM today through Tuesday, October 27th.

Residents can call this number to find out when clinics will be scheduled as well as information on how to avoid the flu and when to seek medical care.

UPPER MICHIGAN SCHOOLS CLOSED DUE TO THE FLU  (10/22/09):

NICE Community Schools – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

Ishpeming Public Schools – Closed through Monday 10/26/09.

Dollar Bay / Tamarack Schools – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

Escanaba Public Schools – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

Holy Name School in Escanaba – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

St. Francis de Sale School in Manistique – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

Pelkie Elementary School – Closed through Friday 10/23/09.

MARQUETTE CO. HEALTH DEPARTMENT H1N1 HOTLINE INFORMATION:

An H1N1 Hotline has been established by the Marquette County Emergency
Services Department with support of the Marquette County Health Department. The Hotline number is 475-1176 or 475-1175. A free 800 # is also available at 888-363-9708.  It will be staffed from 8AM to 5PM today through Tuesday, October 27th.

Residents can call this number to find out when clinics will be scheduled as well as information on how to avoid the flu and when to seek medical care.

The Marquette County Health Department clinic for priority populations scheduled for next Tuesday, October 27th is filled.  The Department will be announcing early next week future clinic dates as vaccine becomes available.

MARQUETTE GENERAL HEALTH SYSTEMS NOTICE:

Marquette General Health System has implemented the following visitor restrictions:

  • Children under the age of 14 are not permitted to enter Hospital or Health System buildings unless for a medical appointment or an ED visit.
  • In the Family Birthing Center, visitors are limited to labor coaches and grandparents; and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, visitors are limited to parents.
  • If ill with fever, chills, body aching, fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny nose, vomiting, and/or diarrhea, individuals are asked to stay home, and to not visit patients.
  • Only two visitors are permitted per patient.
  • Visiting hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Furthermore, MGHS is also canceling the following events as a precautionary measure to prevent the potential spread of flu with a large gathering of people:

  • Journey through Breast Cancer Series: October 29
  • Free Halloween Candy Screening: October 31

The visitor restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCEMENT:

Residence Hall Trick-or-treating Canceled

The Halloween trick-or-treating event held annually in the Northern Michigan University residence halls has been canceled as a precautionary measure to prevent the possible spread of seasonal or H1N1 flu virus.  The event had been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31.  The event will return next Halloween. For questions, contact the NMU Housing and Residence Life office at 906-227-2620.