OPEN DEBRIS BURNING PROHIBITED IN THE UPPER PENINSULA.

WILDFIRE DANGER IS CURRENTLY VERY HIGH.

As warm, dry weather persists this week in Michigan, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment would like to remind property owners that open debris burning is prohibited at this time and no burn permits are being issued due to high danger fire conditions throughout the Upper Peninsula.

With a lack of snow on the ground in the Upper Peninsula, exposed dry, dead grasses and vegetation is easily ignited. More than half of wildfire occurrences this year, numbering over 50 so far in March, have been caused by property owners burning debris.

Officials suggest property owners try safer alternatives, such as composting yard waste or chipping brush into mulch, rather than burning it.   Citizens can check burning conditions in their area by going to www.michigan.gov/burnpermit. The interactive map on the site will list burning conditions by county down to the township level.

Citizens that are planning on burning yard waste in the Upper Peninsula are required to obtain a DNRE burn permit first.  The permits are free and available online at www.michigan.gov/burnpermit.  This year, the burn permit Web site has been streamlined and improved. It shows a map of Michigan, and by clicking on the county in which a person needs a burn permit, homeowners will be informed of local burning ordinances and restrictions.

On the DNRE burn permit Web site, residents are not required to give personal information about their location or what they are burning. They simply need to check the site for what burning conditions are in their area.

Persons without Internet access can call 866-922-2876 toll-free.

For more information on woodland fire prevention, check the DNRE’s Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr-fire.

APRIL IS LOOMING.

After a less than stellar Monday, today has gone somewhat better.  (Of course, it’s not over yet, so who knows what may still happen!)  Anyway, things are running smoother and there have been fewer bumps in the road so far today.  OK!  I’ll take it!  Hooray for Tuesday!! (Yeah, that’s sarcasm…what’re you going to do about it?)

THE PETER WHITE PUBLIC LIBRARY IS REACHING OUT.

CLAIRE AND LYNETTE FROM THE PETER WHITE PUBLIC LIBRARY.

Claire Rose and Lynette Suckow from the Peter White Public Library joined us this morning to talk about a series of “Library Days” that are being held around Marquette County to let residents know about the various services and programs that are available at the library for folks to use.  They discussed online services and books by mail and more.  To listen to the interview with Claire and Lynette, please click “HERE“.  You can log on to the Peter White Public Library website by clicking “HERE“.

THE RANGERS WIN THE PENNANT!  THE RANGERS WIN THE PENNANT!

DAVID SAINT ONGE WITH THE MARQUETTE RANGERS.

Well, OK, not quite, I guess, but the Marquette Rangers Hockey Team  is the top of the heap in their division and the playoffs begin this weekend in Marquette.  Team President and General Manager Dave Saint Onge came by this morning to chat about a special fan event happening tonight and the playoff ticket scenario.  To listen to the complete interview with Dave, please click “HERE”, and for more about the Rangers, log on to their website by clicking “HERE“.


BIG FUN EVERYBODY!

Thanks for blogging in today to check out the latest goings on here on the big ol’ blog!  We’ll catch up with you again real soon!


PEACE!


-Walt

GETTING OUT OF THE BOOTH AND INTO THE COMMUNITY.

CLEANED UP FOR THE NIGHT, IT'S YOURS TRULY!

Hello bloggers!  Hope you all had a great weekend around Marquette County.  As I mentioned on Friday, it was shaping up to be quite a weekend with Rangers’ Hockey, live music and more!

For me, Saturday night was quite the night.  I had the honor of emcee-ing the “Chefs Against Domestic Violence Evening of Elegance”.  This special fund raising dinner, featuring several of the area’s Top Chefs, was held at the historic Landmark Inn and all proceeds raised went to benefit the Women’s Center and Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter.  It was a fun night with delicious food that was all created free of charge by the chefs with donated supplies and foodstuffs as well as an elegant donated venue at the Landmark, thanks to Christine Pesola.  It was also a fun chance to dress up a bit and have a night out on the town.  The event also featured a silent and live auction, with the latter proving to be very lucrative for the Women’s Center!!


OH, THE FOOD!  WHAT A TIME TO BE ON A DIET!

THE EVENING'S DESSERT COURSE BY JOE HECK. TASTY!!

The menu featured seven courses plus an amuse bouche that ran the gamut from a delicate soup to an intricate fish course to the main course featuring roast beef.  All of the chefs were kind enough to introduce themselves to the crowd and explain their inspirations for their respective courses.  All courses were inspired in some way by milestones in the history of the Women’s Center and the Harbor House.  Delicious!

THE EVENING HAD A MESSAGE.

FOLKS ALL DRESSED UP FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT!

As I wrapped up the evening from the podium, I took a moment to remind everyone in attendance that they did a wonderful thing by attending the dinner, but the issue of domestic violence was not over when the last plate was gathered from the tables.  I told them to take the time get involved with the women’s center, to help them out more than financially.  And at the very least, when they heard something or suspected domestic violence, DON’T TURN THE OTHER CHEEK.  Get involved…it may just save a life.

If you’d like to find out more about the Marquette Women’s Center and the Harbor House, click “HERE” to log on to their website.


CHEERS!


-Walt

HERE WE GO AGAIN!

Another busy weekend this weekend in Marquette County.  Just for instance, you can check out the Marquette Rangers Hockey Team in action at Lakeview Arena in Marquette or catch the start of the Negaunee Invitational Basketball Tournament in Negaunee, or watch the NMU Hockey Wildcats on television in the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 1999.

If sporting events are not your bag, catch the Marquette Symphony or take in the Chefs Against Domestic Violence benefit dinner.  Or why not just head out for a walk along the lake?  The snow is gone, and it’s not going to be that cold!

Looks like it’s going to be a great weekend!

NEGAUNEE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT IS ON!

LANCE AND THE COACH SHOW OFF THE 2010 NIT SHIRT.

Lance Peterson, media spokesperson for the Negaunee Invitational Basketball Tournament joined us today, along with Coach (and daughter) Amanda to kick off the tournament. Action gets underway tonight at the Lakeview Gymnasium in Negaunee. The tournament features a multitude of levels of player skill and last for the next several weeks with action regularly scheduled over the weekends.  Click “HERE” to listent to Lance’s interview and find out more about the “REAL” N-I-T.

A CONVERSATION WITH ANDY DILLON.

HOUSE SPEAKER AND DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE ANDY DILLON.

Current Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives and Democratic candidate for Governor, Andy Dillon, called in today to talk about his campaign swing through Upper Michigan this weekend. Dillon spoke about his plans to increase jobs and decrease partisan political bickering in Michigan if elected governor. He also weighed in on the current flap between Michigan Attorney General, and Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Mike Cox and Governor Jennifer Granholm over Cox’s joining of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the recently passed health care reform package.  To listen to the interview with Speaker Dillon please click “HERE“.  For more on his campaign and his U.P. travel schedule, please click “HERE“.

GET ON OUT AND ENJOY!

Have a great weekend, everybody!  Get out and enjoy it, but do it with some common sense an don’t be a news story for me on Monday!

THANKS!


-Walt

A CRACKIN’ STACK OF COMMUNITY FACTS!

Hey Bloganistas!  It’s been a little busy here at the radio ranch and the blog has sat vacant.  Apologies on my behalf, but it is good to be busy and scattered and running around instead of bored and inactive!  So in order to get caught back up and back in line, here’s a bunch of stuff for your community-minded perusal!

DIABETES ALERT DAY WITH PAULA FROM UPDON.

PAULA ACKERMAN WITH UPDON.

Tuesday, March 23 was Diabetes Alert Day and Paula Ackerman from the Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network stopped in to tell us all about diabetes including it’s detection, symptoms and prevention and management techniques.  Although the date may have passed on the calendar, the information is timeless.  Please take a moment and click “HERE” for the highlights of the conversation with Paula.  To check out the Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network’ information-packed website, please click “HERE“.

AN EVENING OF ELEGANCE TO COMBAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

MITT ARBELIUS WITH THE MARQUETTE WOMEN'S CENTER.

Mitt Arbelius from the Women’s Center and Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter in Marquette stopped in to encourage folks to go to the Landmark Inn in Marquette and purchase some of the remaining handful of tickets for the upcoming ‘Evening of Elegance’ Chefs Against Domestic Violence dinner in Marquette.  The dinner is this Saturday and is M-Ceed by yours truly.  The gourmet dinner gets underway with a social hour at 5:30pm at the Landmark Inn.  To listen in to Mitt’s early-morning interview, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the Women’s Center website please click “HERE“.

MARQUETTE COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION UPDATE.

DR. CAROLE TOUCHINSKI WITH THE MCCF.

Dr. Carole Touchinski stopped in this morning to discuss the latest happenings at the Marquette County Community Foundation.  They are currently in a grant-accepting cycle that will run through the end of the month.  The agency is taking applications from groups and agencies looking for funding through the end of the month.  Carole explained what kinds of projects are the kinds that will get funded by the Foundation, and what factors are being looked at.  To listen to the entire interview and get insight on the whole grant writing process, please click “HERE“.

THERE IT IS, A CAUGHT UP BLOG!

AHHHH….caught up again!  It feels good!  Hope it’s to your liking!  We’ll see you soon here on the blog with more community information, commentary and fun!  See you all then!


CHEERS!

-Walt

THE LATEST ON HEALTH CARE WITH CONGRESSMAN BART STUPAK.

U.S. CONGRESSMAN BART STUPAK (D-Menominee)

Following yesterday’s historic vote on Health Care Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Bart Stupak joined Mark & Walt in the Morning once again for a conversation about his issues concerning the legislation.  Following negotiations with the White House and President Obama that resulted in an Executive Order being pledged by the President to formally exclude any federal funding being used for abortions, Congressman Stupak and an eight-member coalition of pro-life Democrats announced their votes for the measure.  It ultimately passed 219 to 212.  In this exclusive interview, the Congressman explains his vote and more.  To listen to the complete interview, please click “HERE“.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR OWN PLUNGER, MARK EVANS!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH MARK TAKE THE PLUNGE

POLAR PLUNGERS AT MARQUETTE MOUNTAIN. copyright Andy Nelson-Zalesky

A man true to his word, Mark Evans took the Polar Plunge on Saturday at Marquette Mountain.  The event was held to benefit the Special Olympics of Michigan, and you can still contribute by logging on to the website www.somi.org.

Event organizers say the event was a “SPLASH” and was marked by a huge increase in pledges as well as the number of plungers.  Over 14-thousand dollars was raised by about 75 to 80 plungers, and the statewide numbers so far have surpassed the goal of $350,000 by about $80,000.  As you can see in the photo, there were all kinds of folks out for a good cause on a chilly day!  From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the California Raisins to some guy who squeezed himself into his old high school football jersey, a great crowd came out to help out the kids in the Specials Olympics!  Thanks to all who stopped by and contributed to the cause!

A MARQUETTE COUNTY WEEKEND, MAN!

DON'T SLEEP THROUGH IT ALL!! WAKE UP AND GET ON OUT!

Hey bloggers!  I hope you will take the time to get out and take in all of the events and activities going on this weekend around Marquette County.  What’s that?  You don’t think there’s anything going on?  Oh, my dear cyberspace compatriots, you are ever so wrong!  What do I mean?  Well…just take a moment and scroll down through this blog and you’ll get a direct line to a multitude of events that are going on.  From concerts and dinners to the Fair Market and the Polar Plunge, the weekend is packed.  There’s even more going on than we could list here!  Like I always say…”Don’t take it for granted, just take it in!”  Get out there and enjoy what our community has to offer!

A FREE-FORM CHAT ABOUT A FAIR MARKET.

OPULENT & OUTGOING BETSY AND PLACID & POISED MARK.

Betsy Jessup and Mark Paulsen came by for a return visit today to chat about the Fair Trade Market going on at St. Mark’s Church in Marquette.  The market, which is held every six weeks or so, features a wide variety of items from handmade bags and jewelry to coffees and food items from co-ops around the world.  All moneys generated from the sales go back to the co-op groups who provide the items for the market.  To listen to the interview with Betsy and Mark, please click “HERE“.


GET ON OUT…IT’S THE WEEKEND!

1…2…you know what to do!  (Quote by legendary blues harmonica man Junior Wells)  It’s also your cue to get out and enjoy this great weekend!

DO IT AND HAVE FUN!

CHEERS!

-Walt

THIS IS WHAT COMMUNITY-BASED RADIO IS ALL ABOUT!

LOVE THAT STATION!

Every now and then we get into a bit of a swing here on the big show that makes me very proud to be a part of the things we do.  Today is one of those days.  So was yesterday.  As a matter of fact, the last couple of weeks have been fantastic!  What I’m talking about is the privilege and opportunity that we have embraced here at Sunny 101.9 to go out of our way to serve the community by keeping up with many of the events and activities that are going on here.  Since day one of this radio station’s existence, we have understood the unique relationship that exists between a station and it’s audience.  We have developed this relationship to the point that we have so many community events to chat about on any given morning, that there is not enough time to talk to everybody who wants to get on!

A case in point is this morning’s show!  We had in-studio guests representing Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marquette County, a benefit concert to assist in funding a special scholarship managed by the Ishpeming High School Alumni Association, and a fantastic Italian Dinner Benefit to help out a well-known member of the Marquette county community.  PLUS, we recapped last night’s extremely successful “Pigs N’ Heat” Charity Hockey game at Lakeview Arena, of which we were a media sponsor and over 3,000 fans attended to support our area firefighters and law enforcement.  AND, we also talked about this weekend’s Special Olympics “POLAR PLUNGE” at Marquette Mountain in which our own Mark Evans will be plunging in on this Saturday afternoon!  WOW!  You have to admit, all of that makes for good community-based radio!

BOWL FOR KID’S SAKE CONTINUES ACROSS THE COUNTY.

JAYNE LETTS WITH BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS.

Jayne Letts, executive director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marquette County, joined us this morning to encourage everyone to take part in the annual Bowl For Kid’s Sake fundraisers that are going on around the county.  She pointed out that there is still time to get a team together and get out for a fun evening or afternoon of bowling with your friends, all to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marquette County.  Jayne also discussed how to get involved with the group if you are interested and also outlined some of the group’s 40-year history in the area.  To find out more about Bowl For Kid’s Sake or the organization itself, please log on to their website by clicking “HERE“.  To listen to the complete interview with Jayne, please click “HERE“.

USING THE POWER OF MUSIC TO FURTHER EDUCATION.

THE GRONVALL BOYS, KURT & ROBIN.

Thanks to the Gronvall boys, Kurt and Robin, for stopping in this morning to fill us in about a special concert coming up this Saturday evening the the W.C. Peterson Auditorium in Ishpeming that will benefit the Ishpeming Alumni Scholarship fund.  The concert will feature a series of groups and performers, ranging from acoustic acts to vocalists and the legendary Wednesday Night Music Club.  The event is open to the public, and all proceeds raised will benefit the IHS Alumni Scholarship fund.  To listen to the interview with Kurt and Robin Gronvall, please click “HERE“.

ENJOYING AN ITALIAN DINNER AND HELPING OUT A FRIEND.

JIM "THE HAT" MANTY.

Community Jester and all-around funny guy Jim Manty joined us today and got serious for a moment to tell us about an Italian Dinner Benefit this Saturday in Ishpeming.  The proceeds will benefit Jim’s brother, Don Manty, who is recovering from esophageal surgery to treat throat cancer.  The dinner will feature a full traditional spaghetti dinner and desserts.  The event runs from 3-to-7 pm and tickets are only $7.00.  For more on the dinner, and how you can enjoy this feast on a busy Marquette County Saturday, listen to the complete interview with Jim by clicking “HERE“.


LIKE I SAID EARLIER, THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!

THAT, my friends and fellow bloggers, is community-based radio for the masses.  We do not want to hear from any of you that there isn’t anything going on this weekend.  Get out and enjoy it!


CHEERS!

-Walt

THE LATEST WITH CONGRESSMAN BART STUPAK.

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE BART STUPAK (D-MENOMINEE)

U.S. Representative Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) joined MARK & WALT in the MORNING today to discuss the latest developments from his perspective as the the health care debate lurches forward in Washington, D.C..  The Congressman shared his thoughts on the latest maneuvers by the House  leadership in the effort to pass the measure even if all of the votes are not there in the House.  He also explained why, although it is legal and in bounds of legislative procedure, the “deem and pass” technique is muddying the waters and serving to confuse the general public.  He also said that although his amendment-supporting coalition of House members is strong, he alone cannot stop health care reform from passing.  To listen to the complete interview with Congressman Stupak, please click “HERE“.