WELCOME TO THE WEEKEND.  AND WHAT A WEEKEND IT WILL BE!

SOON TO BE FORBIDDEN INDOORS IN MICHIGAN!

If there ever was a time when “smoke ’em if ya got ’em” was an appropriate statement, tonight is it.  As of 6-am tomorrow, Saturday, May 1st, 2010, smoking in a public place in Michigan becomes history.  This latest law concerns smoking in bars and restaurants and all “public” enclosed areas such as hotel rooms.  I have never supported this law because it takes away the choice of the individual and I feel that Marquette has shown how both smoking and non-smoking establishments that allow the patron to choose can function together.  The point is, though, the law is now here and goes into effect this weekend.  So as I said earlier, “smoke ’em if you got ’em!”

MARQUETTE COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION UPDATE.

DR. CAROLE TOUCHINSKI WITH THE MCCF.

Dr. Carole Touchinski, from the Marquette County Community Foundation to talk about the youth element in the agency that makes up the YAC program.  YAC, which stands for Youth Advisory Council, features area youth who come together under the auspices of the MCCF to review and financially support youth-focused programs around the Marquette County area.  The groups are made up from youth panels from Marquette, Ishpeming and Negaunee to serve and fund programs in those communities.  To listen to Carole’s interview, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the Foundation’s website, click “HERE“.

SALTY SENATOR LEVIN CHECKS IN.

US SENATOR CARL LEVIN.

Michigan’s Senior U.S. Senator, Carl Levin checked in with us today for a chat on the Financial Regulatory Reform Bill currently under debate in Congress.  We also talked about his eyebrow-raising questioning in the recent subcommittee hearing in the Senate looking into improper investing by the Goldman Sachs firm.  The questioning took a surprising turn when Senator Levin read e-mails and memos verbatim that listed an investment as “sh*tty”  and continued with the use of the term in further questioning.  We made sure to let the Senator know we were going live and that his salty language would not fly on a wholesome program such as “Mark & Walt in the Morning”.  To listen to the Senator’s response to the questions we put forth, please click “HERE“.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Hey folks, get on out and enjoy a couple days off.  It doesn’t matter HOW you do it, just be sure to DO IT!  We’ll catch up with you all again next week!

CHEERS!


-Walt

THE WEEK CONTINUES AND SO DOES THE “NAME THE BREW” TOUR!

GOT YOUR ATTENTION, DIDN'T IT?


Be sure to join us tonight when we head over to JT’s Shaft in Marquette to continue with the Keweenaw Brewing Company “NAME THE NEW BREW” tour.  It’s your chance to sample som of the KBC’S SCOTTISH ALE.  They want to give it a new name and this could be YOUR chance to make local beer history!  Come on out, sample a pint and drop your name idea in the bucket.  The winning name could be yours!!  See you there!


KEWEENAW BREWING COMPANY NAME THE BREW TOUR 2010.  Coming Soon to a Bar Near You.

THE NEW STATE SMOKING BAN GOES INTO EFFECT THIS WEEKEND!  ARE YOU READY?

SARAH AND GEORGE FROM THE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

Sarah Derwin, Marquette County Health Department Educator and George Sedlacek, Community Health Division Director with the Marquette County Health Department came in to discuss the immediate changes on the landscape in Marquette County and the rest of Michigan concerning smoking in public places.  The new smoking ban goes into effect this weekend on Saturday morning at 6:00am.  To listen to the comments of Sarah and George, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the Marquette County Health Department’s website, please click “HERE“.

SINGIN’ THE BLUES TO RAISE CANCER-FIGHTING CASH.

CARL FULSHER FROM THE ACS.

Carl Fulsher with the American Cancer Society joined us to give us an update on the Relay For Life that is coming up soon in Ishpeming at the Al Quaal Recreation Area.  He also talked about one of the most popular “feeder” events or the Relay for Life, the 4th Annual Blues For Life show at the Lagniappe in downtown Marquette.  The show is featuring food from the Lagniappe, live blues with Fast Eddie’s Blues Band and the Flat Broke Blues Band.  The show is Saturday May 8th at the Lagniappe and begins at 5-pm.  To listen to Carl’s comments, please click “HERE“.

BREWS YOU CAN USE TONIGHT AT THE SHAFT!

Come on down and have a KBC!  They’re good for what “ales” ya!  HA!

See you later!

CHEERS (AND BEERS)!

-Walt

A NEW HOTEL IS COMING TO FOUNDER’S LANDING IN MARQUETTE.

ARTIST'S RENDERING OF THE NEW HOTEL SLATED FOR FOUNDER'S LANDING.

About 100 community and business leaders gathered this morning at Founder’s Landing along the Lake Superior shore in Marquette to hear a special announcement concerning the future development of the northern portion of the site.  At the special event, officials with TJ & RM LARSON, INC. announced the plans to construct a three-story, 80-room hotel and meeting facility.

The design of the hotel, as shown to the left, will follow the design cues already being utilized by other development along the parcel as well as the surrounding landmarks such as the ore dock.  Mark Evans had a chance to sit down with the company’s controller, Scott Kelsey, to find out more about the plans for the development and more.

Kelsey outlined the service levels planned for the facility as well as how it will be designed to seamlessly integrate into the surrounding space along the lakeshore.  To listen to the interview with Kelsey, please click “HERE“.

MORE WITH THE ISHPEMING SCHOOLS ABOUT THEIR BONDING REQUEST.

BOARD PRESIDENT ROBERT NADEAU.

Robert Nadeau, President of the Ishpeming School District Board of Education, visited the studios this morning to discuss the $11-point-2 million bond issue before voters on May 4th.  The proposal will ask voters to decide the fate of a request to sell bonds to generate the funding for a major consolidation and reconstruction project for the School District.  Nadeau also commented on published reports saying the Ishpeming City Council is not in favor of approving the proposal.  To listen to Nadeau’s reply to that question and more, click “HERE” to listen to the interview.  For more information about the bond proposal and the Ishpeming School District’s plans, log on to their website by clicking “HERE“.

A BUSY WEEK IS UNDERWAY.

MARK WITH A BIG MORNING STACK.

Ahhhhh….starting the week off with a bang!  A full show, replete with educational awards and an official political announcement.  And don’t forget the Main Street Monday Classic Cartoon segment.  As you can see from the amount of entries in Mark’s hand in the photo to the left, many correct entries came in!  Congratulations to our latest winner, Gretchen A. of Marquette who walked away with two 14-inch 3-topping pizzas from Main Street Pizza.

What a fun way to start another great week in Marquette!  And here are the latest updates:


IT’S EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION WEEK IN MARQUETTE COUNTY.

THE GLCYD'S ANN GONYEA.

Ann Gonyea, with the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development joined us this morning to promote the 17th Annual Excellence in Education Week activities planned for this week in Marquette County.  The event features an awards and recognition banquet as well as a series of special events geared to reward students AND teachers for exceeding educational expectations.

To listen to Ann’s interview please click “HERE‘, and to log on to the CLCYD website, please click “HERE“.

STATE SENATOR JASON ALLEN KICKED OFF HIS CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN ON MARK & WALT IN THE MORNING.

JASON ALLEN LAUNCHES HIS CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN.

Thanks to State Senator Jason Allen for stopping in to formally announce his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District of the State of Michigan.  Allen is looking to replace outgoing Congressman Bart Stupak, who is retiring after 18 years in office.  Allen, a Republican, is running as one of a full slate of candidates , both Republican and Democrat, hoping to to be chosen to succeed the outgoing Menominee Democrat.

To listen to the complete interview with Senator Allen, please click “HERE‘, and for more on his candidacy, please click “HERE

THIS IS THE WEEKEND TO BE IN THE IRONTOWN!!

One of the premiere amateur basketball events in the Midwest culminates this weekend in Negaunee.  It’s the “Class A” weekend of the Negaunee Invitational Basketball Tournament.  The weekend features top class basketball talent and exciting events like a three point shoot-out and an always crowd-pleasing slam dunk competition.  The Irontown will be buzzing with excitement for the Class A weekend, and you should make it a part of your weekend as well!  We spoke with organizers of the NIT and a special related event today, and hopefully, these chats will convince you to go Negaunee, eh!


CLASS A WEEKEND AT THE NEGAUNEE INVITATIONAL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT.

A ROAD WEARY AND BLEARY LANCE PETERSON.

Lance Peterson joined us this morning to talk about the big weekend that is in Negaunee.  Class A weekend presents high-energy, high quality basketball competition and more.  There is also a scheduled three-point shootout competition as well as a highly-anticipated slam dunk exhibition and contest.  To listen to all of the details with Lance, please click “HERE“.  To find out more about the Negaunee Invitational Tournament, please log on to their website by clicking “HERE“.

CARBIN’ UP FOR THE FINAL DAY OF NIT ACTION!

RUSS AULT WITH THE NEGAUNEE LIONS.

Russ Ault with the Negaunee Lions’ Club stopped in to chat about the Annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday from 8am to 1pm at the Lakeview School in Negaunee.  It’s a great chance to feast on fresh, delicious pancakes, get ready for some great championship basketball and help out a great organization and all of the things they do for youth in the community.  Listen in to highlights from Russ’ interview by clicking “HERE“.

TODAY’S BLOG KEEPS YOU CONNECTED TO MARQUETTE COUNTY.

9:15 A.M. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21st, 2010. HAPPY SPRING!

In that ever-popular style that we love to keep doing things in, today’s blog is bringing you another community update for issues and events in Marquette County.  Please take a moment to read over the descriptions and have a listen to the interviews as they are posted.  We work to provide this information to you in a timely manner to keep you in touch with what’s happening right here in our own back yards.  Now, while the weather may be a bit questionable of late for this time of year (see photo on the left), the information presented really knows no season!  So come on!  Have read and a listen!  You won’t regret it a bit!

THE YMCA OF MARQUETTE COUNTY ROLLS ON!

YMCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LISA COOMBS-GEROU.

Lisa Coombs-Gerou, executive director of the Marquette County “Y”, stopped in to update us on the latest goings-on at the center and how folks can get involved.  She also mentioned that the YMCA is starting a new season of activities and events that are planned for both members of the YMCA and for the general public.  One of the main public events is an upcoming YMCA Fun Run & Walk.  To listen to Lisa’s interview from the morning show, please click “HERE“.  To visit the YMCA of Marquette County’s website to find out more about the events and activities, please click “HERE“.

MORE ON THE ISHPEMING PUBLIC SCHOOL’S BOND PROPOSAL.

ISHPEMING SCHOOL BOARD V.P. DAVE LEVERTON.

Ishpeming Public School District Board of Education Vice-President Dave Leverton joined us recently to update us on the $11.2-million dollar bond issue being put on the ballot before voters in the district on May4th.  Leverton outlined plans for funds, if they are approved by voters, and how the money would benefit the school district.  He also outlined efforts by the board to educate residents in the district by holding public informational meetings and spreading the word about the issue in the local media.  To listen to the interview, please click “HERE“, and to log on to the website for the Ishpeming Schools, please click “HERE“.

THE KEWEENAW BREWING COMPANY TAKES OVER THE MORNING SHOW!!

A COPPER COUNTRY BUSINESS DONE WELL!

TODAY IS THE DAY WE KICK OFF THE “NAME THE BREW” PROMOTION!!

Thanks to Paul Bossevain and Dick Grey for coming by from the Keweenaw Brewing

THE BOYS FROM THE KBC.

Company to kick off the “NAME THE BREW” promotion.  The promotion will head to about a dozen local establishments in the Marquette Area over the next few weeks for happy hour celebrations featuring KBC brews, including the Scottish Ale.  Sample the Scottish Ale and then submit your idea for a name for the brew.  All suggestions will be forwarded to the powers that be at the KBC and a winning name will be selected.  They are looking for a name that has a tie to the Marquette area, so grab a pint and get your thinking caps on!  To listen to the interview with Paul and Dick from the Keweenaw Brewing Company please click “HERE“, and to log on to the KBC website, click “HERE“.

GOOD THINGS ARE GOING ON OUT THERE!

Today on the big program we had a chance to hear about two positive items that were very enjoyable to discuss.  The reason being that many mornings we can get swallowed up in all of the negative items going on in the world and overlook the good things that are happening right here in our own back yard.   So, check out some of these good things that are going on here in Marquette County.  They’re pretty cool!

GOOD OLD FASHIONED LEARNING IN THE NICE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS.

PRINCIPAL DAVID BOASE.

We had a chance to chat with David Boase, Principal at the Westwood High School, about a new agreement between the school and Finlandia University.  Currently, the district has agreements with both NMU and Bay de Noc Community College giving students a chance to earn credits in Career and Technical Education courses at Westwood High School which can apply to select degree programs.  A new agreement between the district and Finlandia University will provide Westwood students earning an ‘A’ in the school’s Algebra III/Trigonometry with 4 credits for MAT 145 College Algebra.  The agreement with Finlandia to provide college credit for a core class taught in a high school is one of the first in its kind in Michigan.  NICE officials say it is rewarding to have a college recognize the level of instruction they provide in their core classes and this is the beginning of more to come.  To listen to the interview with Principal Boase, please click “HERE“.


ISHPEMING DELIVERS THE FOOD AND MORE!

FOOD DRIVE ORGANIZER, DICK DERBY.

Dick Derby, organizer of the Project Ishpeming Food Pantry food drive joined us to update us about the project.  The effort featured the distribution of four thousand bags in the City of Ishpeming to be filled with non-perishable food items, paper products and various hygiene product.  The plan was to then place the bags on the curb on Saturday morning to be picked up by volunteers.  The effort was a smashing success with over 8-thousand pounds of food and other items collected from the community in one morning!  The items have been distributed to the Ishpeming Salvation Army and St. Vincent dePaul food pantries.  To listen to the follow-up interview with Dick, please click “HERE“.

SEE, IT’S NOT ALWAYS BAD NEWS!

Good things are going on all around us here in Marquette County!  Keep listening to Mark & Walt in the Morning to keep in touch with all of the things going on right here at home!


CHEERS!

-Walt

ISHPEMING SCHOOL DISTRICT SEEK MULTIMILLION DOLLAR SCHOOL BOND.

ISHPEMING SCHOOL'S BUSINESS MANAGER ANTHONY BERTUCCI.

The Ishpeming School District is moving forward with a 11.2 million dollar bond proposal, and we sat down with District Business Manager Anthony Bertucci to find out more.  According to Bertucci, the Board of Education is asking for approval to sell bonds in the amount of $11,240,000 for construction at the Birchview School.  The construction includes 7 classrooms, a library, a dedicated computer lab, remodeling the existing gym into a cafeteria/full service kitchen, fire suppression system,  remodeling the existing areas of the school, a music room, restrooms, gymnasium, and making the current cafeteria into an art room.  When completed, the Birchview School will be a new school.  The Michigan Department of Treasury has reviewed and approved the project and has authorized the Board to place the proposal on the ballot.  The State of Michigan will guarantee the bonds for investors.

To listen to the interview with Anthony Bertucci, please click “HERE“.  For more information about the Bond Proposal and the Ishpeming School District, please click “HERE“.