TASTY TREATS FOR THIS THANKSGIVING.

BOTTOMS UP!

Hey folks!  It’s that time of year.  The time to send out the recipe for one of the favorite treats of “Mark & Walt in the Morning”.  The nearly-world famous (or infamous) White Russian Brownies!!

These are a full-on, no holds barred, knock-down, drag out plateful of chocolaty goodness.  So without further ado and unnecessary holiday hyperbole, here is the recipe for your consideration and completion!

MARK & WALT’S WHITE RUSSIAN BROWNIES:

Original Recipe Yield 1 9×9 inch pan

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup coffee flavored liqueur
  • 1 pound cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup vodka

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×9 inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream 1 1/4 cups of sugar and 4 tablespoons of butter. Add 2 eggs and mix well. Stir in 1/2 cup of the coffee liqueur. Sift together 1 cup of flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Spread half of this mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan.
  3. In another bowl, stir together the 1/4 cup of flour and 1/4 cup of sugar. Add softened cream cheese and mix well. Stir in 1 egg, 2 tablespoons butter, and the vodka. Mix until smooth. Spread this evenly over the chocolate layer. Pour the remaining chocolate mixture over the top of this. You can make a pattern of stripes or swirl the chocolate with a toothpick.
  4. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven. When brownies are cool, brush with the remaining 1/4 cup of coffee liqueur.

WHILE YOU SHOP ON BLACK FRIDAY, YOU CAN HELP THE UNITED WAY.

The United Way of Marquette County has come up with a unique way for you to help out with their fund raising by simply shopping at some of your favorite stores and shops in Marquette.  It’s called “Business Day for the United Way” and is being held this Friday.  Here’s more about this effort from the United Way of Marquette County:

GIVE THANKS – BUSINESS DAY FOR UNITED WAY

takes place on Friday, November 26, 2010. A small group of downtown business owners decided to bring the Marquette businesses together to help improve our community through the support of the United Way. Each business will run some type of special fundraiser or donate a portion of sales for the day to the United Way of Marquette County. Some of the businesses are having special fundraisers from “Black Friday” through Christmas. Please check out the following businesses to see how you can help them help United Way:

  • Art UP Style – 130 W. Washington
  • Bountiful Balloons & Events – 121 W. Washington
  • Business Network International – Pioneer Chapter
  • Dead River Coffee – 119 W. Baraga
  • Donckers – 137 W. Washington
  • Downtown EyeCare – 131 W. Washington
  • Downwind Sports – 514 N. Third
  • Essential Kneads Massage Therapy – 220 W. Washington
  • Farmer Q’s Market – 219 W. Washington
  • Gamers Galaxy – 121 W. Washington
  • Garden Bouquet & Design 130 W. Baraga
  • HOTplate – 153 W. Washington
  • Huron Earth Deli – 425 S. Third
  • Marquette Food Co-op – 109 W. Baraga
  • Richardson Jewelers – 153 W. Washington, Suite B
  • Ringside Fitness – 101 S. Third
  • Salon Salon – 147 W. Washington
  • Silver Crow – 201 S. Front
  • Washington Shoe Store – 135 W. Washington
  • Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers – 118 W. Washington

Give Thanks Business Day for United Way will kick off the “Coffee Days for United Way,” which will take place at several Marquette County restaurants and cafes between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Northland Pub, Capers Restaurant, Beanarella’s Coffeehouse and the MidTown Bakery and Cafe will donate a portion of the proceeds from coffee sales on Saturdays.

The money raised from these fundraisers will be distributed to local nonprofit organizations that provide essential services for the people of Marquette County. The United Way sincerely thanks all of these businesses as well as Jenny Webb from Downtown EyeCare, Jen Ray of Donckers and Kim Smith Potts of Garden Bouquet & Design for their hard work organizing this event.

For more information, please call the United Way office at (906) 226-8171.

HEY MARQUETTE COUNTY!!!  LET’S PULL TOGETHER!

ONE ROCK-SOLID TEAM!

Congratulations to the Ishpeming Hematites on advancing to the MHSAA State Championships!  This is a fantastic achievement for the team as well for the Ishpeming area and surrounding communities.  But it’s also an endeavor that takes CASH MONEY!  It’s an expensive proposition to take a football team’s worth of guys to Detroit and back and that where you all can come in!

This following bit is directly from the district…pay attention and help out!

Ishpeming  – VS. – Hudson
Date:  Saturday, November 27, 2010
Time:  10 a.m.
Location:  Ford Field — Detroit

Tickets:  Finals tickets are $10 per day at Ford Field, allowing a fan to see all four games on a single admission. No in and out privileges are allowed.

Advance Ticket Sales will take place in the Superintendents Office on Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00p.m. and on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  All tickets are $10.

Individuals who would like to donate to assist with team travel and hotel expenses in Detroit may make contributions to the Ishpeming Schools.  All donations of support should be directed to Business Manager Anthony Bertucci.  For any additional information on contributions, please contact Dr. Stephen Piereson @ 485-5501.

HEY ALL YOU BLOG-O-PHILES!

THE NEW MARK & WALT HOLIDAY LOOK!

It’s that time of the year!  The time where we begin to fill with the anticipation and spirit of the holiday season.  I don’t mean getting mad at the crass commercialism that permeates the air at this time with all of the sales and specials that seem to come earlier and earlier every year, I mean the good stuff!  I mean the sincere action of helping out a fellow man or woman down on their luck, or giving of gifts to those in need , or just giving of your time.  That is truly the holiday spirit.

So, in that vein, here are some events, activities and groups you can check out this weekend as you are out and about planning your attack for Black Friday (which is only one week away) to get your shopping done as soon as possible!

FAMILY VOLUNTEER DAY AT THE Y.

THE GLCYD'S ANN GONYEA.

Ann Gonyea, with the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, joined us this week to talk about Family Volunteer Day going on at the Y in Marquette.  This program is being supported by the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development as a youth-strengthening and family-building exercise and activity.  The events are being held on Saturday, and you can find out more about what’s going on by clicking “HERE” to listen to highlights from Ann’s interview.  To find out more about the GLCYD, you can log on to their website by clicking “HERE“.

GET ON OUT AND HELP RING THE BELLS!

GO ON...RING THEIR BELL!

Liz Nevala with the Salvation Army of Ishpeming brought her high-energy self to the studios to talk about the fact that there is a current shortage of Salvation Army Red Kettle bell ringers in the Ishpeming Salvation Army service area.  She explained how easy and fun it is to be a bell ringer and how a couple of groups, offices or even RADIO SHOWS could turn it into an exciting and enjoyable activity by making it a challenge to see who can raise the most money for the Salvation Army!  If you are interested in doing this, or in helping out the Ishpeming Salvation Army in any way, please click “HERE” to listen to portions of Liz’s interview.

SHARE THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON WITH SHARE!

MAUREEN LAWENT

Maureen LaWent, who is becoming a seasonal fixture on “Mark & Walt in the Morning”, joined us recently to remind our listeners about the “SHARE” program and how it can help out on feeding you and your family a delicious holiday meal AND save you some hard-earned cash.  This program, which is NOT a charity hand-out, is a food buying group that can save you money by cutting out ancillary “middlemen” out of the process of buying groceries.  By becoming involved in SHARE, you can get together a delicious and nutritious holiday dinner with all of the trimmings that not only will fill your belly, but will keep your wallet fairly full as well.  To listen to Maureen’s interview, please click “HERE“.

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT!

A weekend full of choices you can consider at your leisure all intended to strengthen you and our kids and your community.  Take it as you wish, but be sure to do something at your disposal to make this a great holiday season!


CHEERS!

-Walt

HEY!  PUT THAT CIGARETTE OUT!

TODAY IS THE DAY.

Today is the 35th annual Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.  It is an effort to encourage smokers to use the day to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.  Vicky Rakowski of the American Cancer Society joined the show this morning to talk about the smokeout.  She says quitting smoking is not easy, but it can be done. To have the best chance of quitting successfully, you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are, and where to go for help.

VICKY RAKOWSKI.

To listen to Vicky’s comments from this mornings “Mark & Walt in the Morning ” show, please click “HERE“.  For more information about the Great American Smokeout and for tips to help you quit, visit the American Cancer Society website by clicking “HERE“.

GOOD LUCK WITH TRYING TO QUIT!

-Walt

A FILM THAT CHALLENGES WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW OR BELIEVE.

KEVIN ANNETT, THE MAN BEHIND THE FILM.

Canadian filmmaker Kevin Annett joined us on the show today to discuss the showing of his film, “UNREPENTANT: Kevin Annett and Canada’s Genocide”.  The film documents the untold atrocities that happened at one Indian Residential school north of Vancouver.  Similar events occurred throughout North America including in the United States.  The impact these boarding schools had on Indigenous communities was devastating.

The film focuses on Dr. Annett’s tumultuous journey as he unearths the collective trauma of the Native population and the personal sacrifices he makes as a non-native person and member of the clergy.

The film is showing tonight at 7 o’clock in Jamrich 103 at NMU in Marquette.

To listen to Kevin’s comments on the “Mark & Walt in the Morning” show, please click “HERE“.  To find out more about the film and it’s stark and amazing stories, please click “HERE“.

LIVING WELL THROUGH MAXIMIZED LIVING.

THE MCLEANS.

Dr John McLean with McLean Chiropractic stopped in at the Sunny Studios recently to share information about maximized living. To listen to highlights from John’s interview, please click “HERE“.  To visit the McLeans’ official website, please click “HERE“.  He also shared with us a wealth of information about the following items:

IS THERE A CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC IN AFRICA? There is a Maximized Living Health Center in Harare, Zimbabwe that is being converted into the world’s first Maximized Living Hospital. This processes actually being facilitated by a pediatric surgeon.

THE CHIROPRACTIC TEAM FOR THE U.S. WORLD TEAMS – Maximized Living has been asked to be the Chiropractors for U.S. Wrestling’s Olympic body. U.S. Judo, and U.S. Weightlifting. Additionally Maximized Living is the official chiropractor for the Colorado Rapids professional soccer team.

THE BOARD OF BILLION SOUL INITIATIVE is comprised of more than five hundred key leaders from more than 80 denominations or organizations and from more than 50 nations. Maximized Living has partnered with them to bring wellness to churches worldwide.

WELLNESS EVENTS THAT ARE CERTIFIED TO DO THAT REACH MORE THEN 250,000 PEOPLE EACH YEAR THROUGHOUT THE U.S. AND CANADA

The Maximized Living Makeover, Extreme Makeover, Women on the Go, Time-sense and several other programs are designed to transform lives through the science of the 5 Essentials.

There are health care providers, scientists and doctors all over the world who continually research and gather research so that Dr. McLean can bring you the most cutting edge wellness principles available today and tomorrow.

Interesting stats:

65.4% of American adults are over weight, 30% considered obese.

In America we have a heart disease death every 34 seconds and 3400 Cancer diagnoses daily.

A 15 lb weight gain doubles risk of diabetes.

A 22lb weight gain increases risk of heart attack by 75%

THE HIGH HOLY DAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER…SO WHERE’S THE TRACKING SNOW??!!

MATT ZIKA FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

Matt Zika, from the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township, stopped by the studio this morning to give us a bit of a breakdown about the type of weather we’re going to have this winter.  More importantly, Matt gave us his best information about what the weather will be for this Monday morning, which is opening day of the firearm deer hunting season here in Michigan.  Things do not look too bad for next few months, but as Matt told us in the interview, the weather changes very quickly here in our area and it is going to be hard to predict how the winter is going to eventually go!

To listen to Matt’s comments from his interview, please click “HERE“.  For more information about this year’s winter weather patterns and the weather in general, you can click “HERE” to log onto the National Weather Service website.


ENJOY!

-Walt

TODAY IS A SPECIAL DAY.

Today is Veterans Day.   It gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. However, most Americans confuse this holiday with Memorial Day, reports the Department of Veterans Affairs.  What’s more, some Americans don’t know why we commemorate our Veterans on November 11-th. It’s imperative that all Americans know the history of Veterans Day so that we can honor our former service members properly. To learn more about the history of this very special day, please click “HERE” to log on to the information posted at military.com.

FACTS ABOUT VETERANS DAY.

+ There are over 23.3 million military veterans in the United States alone.
+ The civilian workforce in the Defense Department is made up of 43% Veterans.
+ There is no apostrophe at the end of Veterans because the day is meant to celebrate all Veterans, it does    not belong to them.
+ Although some people associate red poppies with Veterans Day, those flowers are actually worn on Memorial Day to honor service people who have died.

A SPECIAL EVENT HAPPENING LOCALLY.

The D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette will host a tribute to military veterans from 11 a.m. to noon today in the chapel.  This year’s Veteran’s Day program is presented by the Marine Corps League. Refreshments will be served in the recreation hall following the ceremony. For more information, call 226-3576, ext. 396.

AND ONE MORE THING…

Thanks to Mike Koppinger, with the Forgotten Eagles for stopping in this morning for an unexpected visit.  He was on his way to the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette to make a check presentation on behalf of the group.  He joined us to discuss who the Forgotten Eagles are, what they do and how they help veterans in need and their families.  His visit put a great exclamation point on the day, and to listen to the interview, please click “HERE“.


HAVE A GOOD VETERANS DAY, AND THANK A VETERAN FOR ALL THEY HAVE DONE FOR OUR COUNTRY AND OUR FREEDOMS.

-Walt

A MILESTONE IN GREAT LAKES MARITIME HISTORY MARKS AN ANNIVERSARY.

THE EDMUND FITZGERALD.

Today is the 35-th anniversary of the loss of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in a Lake Superior storm off Whitefish Point in 1975. Memorial services are planned today around the state for the captain and crew that were lost in the tragedy, immortalized in song by Canadian folk-singer Gordon Lightfoot and still recalled when November storms roll across the Great Lakes. None of the 29 on board has ever been recovered and the bodies are believed to be entombed within the wreck. At 7 o’clock this evening, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point will hold its 15th annual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Service. In honor of the 29 lost crew members, the bell, from the ship, is rung 29 times, with a 30th ring for all mariners lost on the Great Lakes.


A CLOSER LOOK AT THE LEGEND OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD.

FRED STONEHOUSE.

Maritime Historian Fred Stonehouse of Marquette joined us on the “Mark & Walt in the Morning” show to discuss the significance of the Fitzgerald in Great Lakes history and to analyze why this particular shipwreck has evolved into legend.  He raises some very interesting points in the conversation and also brings an historical perspective to the table.  It’s definitely worth giving it a listen.

To listen to the complete interview from the show, please click “HERE“.  To log on to Fred Stonehouse’s website for more about his writings and research about shipwrecks and many other aspects about Great Lakes maritime history, click “HERE“.

REMEMBER THOSE WHO WE HAVE LOST TO THE LAKES.

On this day of commemorating the men lost on the Edmund Fitzgerald, the ship’s bell ringing ceremony serves two important purposes.  One is to honor the 29 men lost on the Fitz, and the second is to remember and honor ALL men and women who have lost their lives on the Great Lakes.  Their memory is symbolized in the ringing of the bell for the 30-th time.  Remember them all today with respect, honor and dignity.  And above all, honor and respect the Great Lakes for their power and majesty.

RESPECTFULLY,

-Walt