Sarah Monte - Farmers Market Master

(MARQUETTE, MI) – Fresh from the farm produce, tasty baked treats just out of the oven, locally raised beef, live music, arts and crafts on a sunny day in the downtown.  That’s the farmers market experience, and it’s right in your town.

Sarah Monte, Farmers Market Master with the Marquette Downtown Development Authority and Education and Program Co-ordinator with the Marquette Food Co-op, joined Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning to talk about all of the farmers markets in our area.

She laid out the full list of farmers markets that are going on in several communities in Marquette and Alger Counties.  She also pointed out the schedule of all of the markets to show that they are all on different days so you can take them all in.

To listen to the interview with Sarah, please click “HERE“.  For more about the farmers markets in our area, please click “HERE“.

Cynthia Thompson and Sally Davis with the UPCRC

(MARQUETTE,MI) – There’s a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the beauty of the waters of the U.P..  The Upper Peninsula Community Rowing Club is taking part in National Learn To Row Day.  It’s coming up on Saturday, June 11th at Founder’s Landing in Marquette.

Cynthia Thompson and Sally Davis with the UPCRC joined Mark Evans this morning to talk about this event and what the club is all about.  They shared why they enjoy this activity and how interested parties can get involved.

To listen to the complete interview with Cynthia and Sally, please click “HERE“.  For more about the Upper Peninsula Community Rowing Club, please click “HERE“.

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Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba)

(MARQUETTE, MI) – Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson says the state budget should be on it’s way to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature ahead of schedule.  The Delta County Republican, appearing today on Sunny 101.9 WKQS-fm’s Mark and Walt in the Morning, said the Senate version of the budget is now in the hands of the House and they should have the omnibus budgets covering education and the rest of government operations set by tonight.

Governor Snyder had requested that the state legislature have the budget on his desk and ready for his signature by May 31st, which was virtually unheard of in Lansing.  In his interview this morning, Casperson said that the reason the budget process was  so rapid this time was because no one in the legislature wanted to get caught up in the typical vitriolic bickering and foot-dragging seen over the last several budget negotiations at the Capitol.

Casperson also went on to say that the current leadership in Lansing is more interested in long-term structural changes to the budgeting process and not one-time fixes that only temporarily balance the budget for the year.

To listen to the complete interview with State Senator Tom Casperson, please click “HERE“.

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Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry Service

(MARQUETTE, MI) – Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry has dismissed its lawsuit against the City of Mackinac Island and their complaint with the Michigan Public Service Commission.  Shepler’s launched a lawsuit against the city and a competing ferry company, which was formed when two other ferry companies joined together to form one large operation.  Shepler’s legal challenge accused them of trying to run them out of business.

According to company owner and operator, Chris Shepler, the lawsuits and formal complaints were dropped yesterday without prejudice, meaning that the litigation may be re-opened at any time.  Speaking in an exclusive interview with Great Lakes Radio News, Shepler says he is more interested in getting back to business for the season.

A franchise agreement with Mackinac Island was granted to Shepler’s last month.

To listen to the complete interview with Chris Shepler, please click “HERE“.

Don Marple and Bill Tibor in the WKQS studio

Don Marple and Bill Tibor, event organizers.

(MARQUETTE, MI) – Golfers looking for a fun and laid back golf outing for a good cause need to look no further.  The 10th annual Flanigan’s/Great Lakes Radio/Biolife Plasma Services golf outing is coming next weekend.  This event puts the “fun” in Fund raising and is being held at Gentz Homestead Golf Course in Chocolay Township.

Event co-ordinators Don Marple from Flanigan’s Bar in Marquette and our very own Bill Tibor joined Mark Evans in the Sunny 101.9 Studios today to discuss the event.  It gets going with a 9-am shotgun start on Saturday, June 4th and all proceeds raised will benefit the therapeutic riding program at Willow Farms in Harvey, MI.

Listen in to the interview with Don and Bill by clicking “HERE“. Log on to the website for Willow Farms, please click “HERE“.

Mike Smith and Rich Rossway of Teaching Family Homes

Mike Smith and Rich Rossway of Teaching Family Homes of Upper Michigan

(MARQUETTE, MI) – Get on your bikes and Tour Da U.P.!!  Enjoy the beautiful Upper Peninsula on your bike this summer and help out Yooper kids and families at the same time.  Teaching Family Homes of Upper Michigan is presenting the annual “Tour Da U.P.” this August.

Mike Smith and Rich Rossway with Teaching Family Homes stopped by the Sunny 101.9 studios this morning to chat with Mark Evans about event that will run from August 7th to the 11th.  They explained how the event is set up for riders of all ages and all skill levels and will start in Harvey, head to Munising, then to Grand Marais and finally back to Harvey.

The event works as a fund raiser for Teaching Family Homes by having the riders pay a fee to take part and they also solicit pledges for financial donations to the agency.  The agency then uses all proceeds to fund their various programs and activities.

To listen to the entire interview with Mike and Rich, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the Teaching Family Homes website and find out more about the event and the agency, please click “HERE“.


Ann Gonyea

(Marquette, MI) – Ann Gonyea with the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development joined Mark and Walt in the Morning for an update on activities going on at the agency.  She outlined how you can nominate volunteers of all types for the U.P. Service Awards.  The awards recognize volunteers from several categories and the deadline for nominations is Wednesday, June 1st.

She also outlined a pair of events next week in Munising and Marquette that will feature the findings of a survey of youth assets in Marquette and Alger Counties.  The “2010 Profiles of Student Life:  Attitudes and Behaviors Survey” data will be publicly distributed at the sessions.

To listen to the interview with Ann Gonyea, please click “HERE“.  To find out more about events and activities at the GLCYD, visit their website by clicking “HERE“.

U.S Senator Carl Levin (D-MI)

(MARQUETTE, MI) – Upper Michigan heard from U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) on WKQS-FM’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today.  Michigan’s senior U.S. Senator called in from Washington, D.C. to weigh in with his perspectives on the failure of the Senate bill calling on the revoking of tax breaks for the five largest oil companies.

The bill failed on a procedural vote with a tally of 52 yes to 48 no.  While the simple vote was in favor, a majority of 60 votes is necessary to make it filibuster-proof and move the bill forward.  Two Republican senators voted with Democrats to support the measure, while  three Democrats sided with Republicans in voting against it.

Senator Levin addressed the vote and why he feels the tax breaks used by the five oil companies are extremely unnecessary due to the massive profits reported by the companies.

To listen to the complete interview with U.S. Senator Carl Levin, please click “HERE“.

Lori Smolinski, Child Development Director, YMCA of Marquette County.

Lori Smolinski, Child Development Director at the YMCA of Marquette County, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to discuss summer programs at the “Y”.  She talked about programs such as Day Camp and child and family programs for multiple age groups.

She also discussed how families who are interested in having kinds enrolled in programs at the YMCA of Marquette County but can’t afford it can still get involved through the Y’s “Strong Kids” Campaign.  That’s a program designed to financially assist children to take part in activities at the “Y”.

To listen to the interview with Lori Smolinski, please click “HERE“.  For more about the YMCA and how you can get involved, please click “HERE“.

Peter Brady? NO! Christopher Knight!

Actor and TV Star Christopher Knight, the former Peter Brady from the iconic ’70’s TV show, “The Brady Bunch” chatted with Mark and Walt in the Morning today to promote his latest project, hosting the Michigan Lottery TV show, “Make Me Rich”.

The next show will air on May 19 at 7:30 PM on WJMN-TV 3 in Marquette (plus seven other markets across the state).   A total of $2.5 million plus a Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle will be given away.  Show contestants will compete in three separate contests for a chance to win one $500,000 prize, the motorcycle, or a grand prize of $2 million. Viewers at home can also text-in for a chance to win one of five $1,000 prizes.

To listen to the interview with Christopher Knight, please click “HERE“.  Anyone interested in being a future contestant can get more information by visiting the Michigan Lottery website “HERE“.