HAPPY 2011 TO ALL OF YOU!

Hey everybody!! Happy New Year to you and yours from Mark & Walt in the Morning.  We hope you have a safe, enjoyable and fun new year and it fulfills all of your wildest dreams!

We’ll see you  in 2011!

-Mark & Walt


BTW – Guess who’s who in the picture!!

KEEPING MARQUETTE COUNTY KIDS SAFE THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE.

We spoke recently with Bobbi Ayotte with the “CHAMP” (Communities Hosting Alternatives to Minors Partying) program and she filled us in about a special event coming up this New Year’s Eve intended to keep our area youth safe by presenting them an alternative to underage illegal partying.  The group is also looking for volunteers to help out with it’s various events and activities.  To find out more about the events and to log on to their facebook site, please click “HERE

To listen to Bobbi’s interview on “Mark &Walt in the Morning”, please click below.

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WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS!

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM BALLOON SANTA!

Well folks, here it is…another Christmas season and another chance to look back and reflect on another year of morning bliss.  It’s actually been a great year and Mark and I have had a lot of fun bringing this ever-lovin’ show to you every weekday morning!  It’s always fun to chat with all of you who have joined us on the show over the year.  We hope you have enjoyed listening as well!

We hope that you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and it leads into a safe and prosperous New Year!  We are looking forward to 2011 and really can’t wait to get started!

But first we need to get through Christmas and all of it’s fun and frivolity AND presents!

A SPECIAL GIFT FROM US TO YOU!

BARRY MACGREGOR

Speaking of gifts, here is a special one for you.  We have played this bit over the years every Christmas and it really sums up the mood of the season.

It’s a a recording of Barry MacGregor, a Shakespearean actor from the Stratford Festival in Ontario reading the Holiday classic, “Twas The Night Before Christmas”.  Turn up your speakers and give it a play.

If this doesn’t get you in the Christmas spirit, NOTHING will! Enjoy!

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YOUR GIFTS WERE DELIVERED TO THE VETERANS TODAY.

GATHERING AT THE JACOBETTI HOME WITH ALL OF THE PRESENTS!

Thank you.  That simple phrase echoed through the halls of the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette this morning as we delivered all of your gifts to the veterans who live at the home.  Occasionally it was replaced by the Finnish word “Kiitos” which is how us Finlanders say thank you!  We said it to the veterans and they said it to us.  It was a mutual expression of gratitude brought forth by our annual “Remember Our Veterans At Christmas” effort.

VETERANS GATHER AROUND THE GIFTS!

Thanks to the support of Biolife Plasma Services of Marquette, we were able to get the message out to all of you about the need for simple, yet important, items needed at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans.  And you all stepped up and responded in true Yooper fashion…well beyond our expectations!  Delivering the several carts full of items and your financial contributions to the home was truly a joy this morning!  It always does one good during the Holiday season to help out those in need, but it’s also important to remember that the need knows no season.  The Jacobetti Home for Veterans is constantly facing an uphill battle for funding for items, programs and more.  Take the time to find out more about the home and how you can help!  Remember, if you can’t help financially, then give of your time.  Volunteers are always needed at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans.  To find out more about the home, please click “HERE“.

THANK YOU ALL AGAIN, AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!

-Walt

LOTS OF STUFF GOING ON AROUND THESE PARTS!!

Hey blog fans!  Here’s a few updates on events and activities going on around Marquette County.  From a new interpretation of a Holiday classic story to the latest going on at the “Y”, there’s plenty to keep one interested and engaged over this wintry stretch.  As always, take a moment and listen to these interviews and get involved with the folks who are working hard to bring these community activities to you.  It’s all part of what makes Marquette County a great place to experience!!


SCROOGE RIDES AGAIN!

HUMBUG!

What would the Christmas season be without the telling of the classic “A Christmas Carol”?  This year, the First Nighter’s Club, a support group for the Forest Roberts Theater at Northern Michigan University, is doing a staged reading of the Dickens’ story of Holiday redemption.  Rusty Bowers, a member of the First Nighter’s Club and a cast member of the reading joined Mark & Walt in the Morning to discuss what’s new, exciting and different about this approach to the story.  The reading will run tonight (Dec.15) through Saturday (Dec. 18) at 7:30pm with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm.  The performances will be held at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theater at NMU.  To listen to Rusty’s interview, please click “HERE“.

PRESERVING MARQUETTE COUNTY’S AERONAUTIC HERITAGE.

FORMER GATE AT K.I. SAWYER

Bob Vick and Lani Duquette, with the K.I. Sawyer Heritage Air Museum, visited the Sunny 101.9 studios this morning to chat with Mark Evans about their efforts to gather volunteers, community support and money to keep the museum going.  If the museum closes, the static display aircraft that currently are kept on the former base will be dismantled and removed from the grounds, thus ending a rich piece of history in Marquette County.  A decision by the museum’s board of directors is expected by this spring.  To listen to the comments of Lani and Bob, please click “HERE“.

THE LATEST AT THE “Y”.

Jenna Zdunek, Health and Fitness manager at the “Y” stopped in this morning to tell us about the various events and activities that are coming up at the facility in the first few weeks of the new year.  The wide-ranging programs will feature healthy lifestyles, dietary changes, exercise regimens and more.  Click “HERE” to listen to Jenna’s comments.

AN UPDATE ON REMEMBERING OUR VETERANS.

JACOBETTI HOME FOR VETERANS ADMINISTRATOR BRAD SLAGLE.

Brad Slagle, administrator at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, joined Mark & Walt this morning to chat about the items the home needs for the veterans who reside there.  The entire list of the items that are requested and more are listed below.  Please take a moment and print off this list to take it with you as you do your holiday shopping and pick up some of the items.  You can drop them off at our offices at the Superior Lanes building in Marquette Township or at the Biolife Facility on Hawley Street in Marquette.

Also, take a moment to listen to Brad’s comments by clicking “HERE“.  He explains very clearly what is needed, and more specifically WHY it’s needed.  If you would like to know more about the Jacobetti Home, you can click “HERE” for more information.

Now, as promised, here’s the list:

DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans Holiday Wish List

Priority Items

Sponsorship of Special Bingo events. These are very popular with our Members!

Donations to purchase magazine subscriptions (hunting, fishing, “large print” publications, Time, Newsweek, Reminisce, Ladies Home Journal, Military Stories, farming, gardening, computer world, hobbies, etc.)

Donations for the Members Activities Program. This covers a wide and diversified range of in-Home and community sponsored activities and recreation. Examples: movies, concerts, plays, bowling, variety of sports, YMCA swimming, musicians, comedians, parties, singers, travelogues, karaoke, scenic and historic site tours, CD’s, wood shop, ceramics, shop, greenhouse, and cooking class.

Monetary donations towards JEEP (Jake’s Environmental Enhancement Program) to assist with purchasing food, maintenance of fish tanks, aviaries, veterinarian costs, purchase of plants for member rooms, and painted murals.

Donations to support the “Member Assistance Fund” which assist veterans to cover expenses in such critical areas as vision, dental and hearing care.

Monetary donations towards telephones for Member rooms.

Monetary donations for After Hours Dining Experience ($13.00 each member).

Monetary donations for oxygen tank holders for backs of wheelchairs. $26ea

Monetary donations for Roho low profile wheelchair cushions. $200 and up

Monetary donations for arm/leg/heal protectors.

Monetary donation for shadow boxes – $240.00 each

Monetary donation towards replacement straps for Broda Chairs – approx. $8 each

Universal Remotes for TVs

Neck pillows

AA and AAA Rechargeable Batteries

47” Flat Panel TV (for 2nd Floor Dayroom. (Wii Game/Alternate viewing) $1488 appx.

Writing Materials

New postage stamps for our Members correspondence to family and friends (given to “non-incomer’s”)

Clothing Items – Sizes L, XL, XXL especially: Clothing should be NEW.

Shoes: Sizes 10, 10-1/2, 11, 11-1/2, Wide (D or DD) with Velcro Straps

Flannel pajamas

Sweat suits (tops & bottom’s) a much requested item. XXXL Shirts, Large sweatpants 48-50 in. waist

Wide Suspenders

Gloves (for wheelchair members)

(1) XXXXL winter coat

(1) XXXXL spring/fall coat

New tennis shoes/jogger type shoes (Velcro bindings/lacing when possible)

Ankle socks and over the calf socks

Regular hankies

Please Note: We do not accept items in need of cleaning, repairs or dry cleanable items.

All donated items are distributed as needed to all Members.

Comfort Items

Monetary donations for comfort items are appreciated.

Denture adhesive & cleaner

Efferdent

Shaving supplies

Soft bristle tooth brushes

Toothpaste

Beauty Shop/Barber Shop

Monetary donations for Members’ hair care (in-house beauty salon/haircuts)

Greenhouse Items

Composter

Live plants

Hanging pots

Starter trays with no holes

Wood Shop Program

Our wood shop is accessible and “user friendly” for all of our Members. Monetary donations for needed supplies are always greatly appreciated.

Miscellaneous

Christian books

Monetary donations for crafts & ceramics

Large wheelchair bags

Variety of shoelaces

Word Search puzzle books

Radios for member rooms

Walkman style radios/cassette players for wheelchair members

NOTE: UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE WE HAVE AN AMPLE SUPPLY OF LAP ROBES AND BOOKS. WE WOULD REQUEST THAT MAGAZINES PLEASE BE CURRENT.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS FOR 12/13/10.

THE PLOW'S EYE VIEW FROM THE DEAD RIVER BASIN.

As high winds continue to cause problems across the Central U.P. this morning, the big dig out is underway.

The high winds and subsequent wind chills have made it necessary for many area school districts in Marquette and surrounding counties to shut down today.

Several schools are closed here on this Monday, December 13th due to inclement weather.

School closings are brought to you by:

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Here is the latest list:

Marquette Area Public Schools

Father Marquette School

NorthStar Academy/Polaris Middle School

Crossroads Christian Academy – Harvey

Redeemer Lutheran Preschool – MQT

Marquette-Alger RESA

Negaunee Public Schools

NICE Community Schools

Ishpeming Public Schools

Christ The King Preschool – ISH

Gwinn Area Schools

Powell Township Schools

AuTrain-Onota Schools

Munising Public Schools

Munising Headstart

Munising Public Library

Munising Baptist School

Superior-Central Schools

Mid-Pen Schools

Rapid River Schools & Headstart

Gladstone Schools & Headstart

Escanaba Schools & Headstart

HELP OUT THE SALVATION ARMY THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON.

RINGING THE BELL TO HELP THIS HOLIDAY!

Hey everybody!  Now is the time to step up and help out the community.  The Ishpeming Salvation Army is looking for bell ringers to help raise funds this Christmas season.  There are several shifts over the next few weeks that they are looking to fill and you can find out more by contacting the Ishpeming Salvation Army.  You can reach them by calling 486-8121 or you can stop in at their facility in person at 222 East Division in Ishpeming.

It’s a quick and easy thing to do an you’ll help out the Salvation Army as they work to help out the less fortunate in our community.  Hey, even Mark and I have agreed to do a bell ringing shift.  It will be in the next week or two and we’ll have more details on when and where.

So call the Ishpeming Salvation Army at 486-8121 and say you want to help out.  They’ll love to hear from you!


MERRY CHRISTMAS!

– Walt

ONE MORE SNOWY MORNING ACROSS THE WOODED PLAIN.

Some more snow as well as blowing  winds are making travel a little difficult this morning in some areas of the central U.P., and as a result, there is one weather-related school cancellation for you:

SUPERIOR CENTRAL SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED FOR TODAY 12/8/10.

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WEATHER CLOSE TO HOME.

Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service Office in Negaunee Township for the rest of this morning and early afternoon in Marquette County:
MARQUETTE – INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…GWINN…MARQUETTE

430 AM EST WED DEC 8 2010

…LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON…

IMPACTS…

* TRAVEL WILL BE HAZARDOUS INTO THIS AFTERNOON…WITH SNOW COVERED
AND SLIPPERY ROADS.

* VISIBILITIES WILL ALSO BE REDUCED TO AROUND A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES
UNDER THE HEAVIER SNOW BANDS…AND IN LOCATIONS WITH BLOWING AND
DRIFTING SNOW DUE TO GUSTY WINDS.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER…

* MODERATE SNOW WILL FALL THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON OVER EASTERN MARQUETTE
COUNTY…MAINLY EAST OF HARVEY AND SKANDIA.

* ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS AS MUCH AS 3 INCHES ARE EXPECTED TODAY
IN THIS AREA THIS MORNING BEFORE THE SNOW SHOWERS DIMINISH THIS
AFTERNOON. ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL TONIGHT AND THIS MORNING WEST OF
NEGAUNEE WILL BE NO MORE THAN AROUND AN INCH.

* NORTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH…WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH
NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR…WILL PRODUCE SOME BLOWING SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

* A LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY MEANS LAKE EFFECT SNOW IS
FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT IN SOME AREAS. LAKE
EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS TYPICALLY ALIGN THEMSELVES IN BANDS AND
WILL LIKELY BE INTENSE ENOUGH TO DROP SEVERAL INCHES IN
LOCALIZED AREAS. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING.

* FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR TO SUBMIT SNOWFALL REPORTS TO
THE NWS MARQUETTE…VISIT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/MQT

MICHIGAN WINTER TRAVEL INFORMATION:

During this wintry stretch, we know that travel can be somewhat hazardous and quite a challenge.  So, in an effort to help out those of you who may be hitting the road and need to know the latest road conditions around the state, here is some important information for your use.

FOR THE LATEST ROAD CONDITION REPORTS FROM THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE, PLEASE CLICK “HERE“.

FOR THE LATEST INFO BY PHONE CALL: 1-800-381-8477.