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Sarah Derwin and Doctor Don talk about quitting.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– After smoking for about 35 years, our own Dr. Don has stepped up and said it’s time to quit.

He joined Mark Evans in the SUNNY 101.9 studio today along with Sarah Derwin from the Marquette County Health Department to talk about options to help him quit the habit.

Sarah explained how a desire to quit combined with a strong support network can work in conjunction with some medications to successfully end a smoking habit.

We’ll be following Doc’s progress on his journey to stop smoking.  He has picked his official “Quit Day” as Monday, November 14-th, so we’ll be watching!

To listen to Doc chat with Mark and Sarah from this morning’s show, please click on the link below:

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If you are trying to quit smoking and need some help, please click HERE for smoking cessation materials from the Marquette County Health Department.

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MGHS CEO Gary Muller

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Marquette General Hospital’s CEO Gary Muller joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morningtoday for an exclusive interview about the financial cutbacks announced by the hospital this week.

Measures taken included the cutting of 21 mostly-management positions, wage freezes, new hiring practices and more.  The steps taken address 4-point-5 million dollars in the budget and were implemented in an effort to keep the hospital competitive in the face of several economic pressures and changes in the health care industry.

In a candid and direct interview, Muller explained why the measures were taken and how the hospital hopes they will work in keeping MGH a viable economic force in Marquette County and the Upper Peninsula.

To listen to the complete interview with Gary Muller, please click the link below:

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United Way Campaign Co-chairs Tom Blake and Mark Canale.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The annual fund raising campaign of the United Way of Marquette County is moving ahead this fall.

Campaign co-chairs Tom Blake and Mark Canale joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark Evans this morning to give listeners an update of the effort so far.  They shared some of their favorite experiences as campaign co-chairs and also talked about how it has been fascinating to see how the United Way touches lives in Marquette County.

Tom and Mark also explained the process of getting them to come to your business or group to show how you can give a little and help a lot through the United Way.

To listen to the complete interview with campaign co-chairs Tom Blake and Mark Canale, please click the link below:

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Please click “HERE” to visit the United Way of Marquette County’s website.


TRICK OR TREAT information for Halloween 2011

Downtown Marquette and Third Street Village “Trick or Treat” on Saturday, October 29th from 2:00-5:00pm.  Orange “Trick-or-Treaters Welcome Here!” posters will be displayed in windows of participating businesses.

Negaunee Trick or Treat hours will be from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Monday, October 31st.

Ishpeming, Gwinn, K.I. Sawyer, Little Lake, Princeton, Austin and New Swanzy Trick or Treat hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31st.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS for Halloween 2011

The YMCA in Marquette will host a family friendly “Spooktacular” event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 29. Featured will be face painting, arts and crafts, games, hay rides and more. The first 75 children to arrive will receive a free T-shirt and goodie bag.

The Forsyth Township EMS will sponsor a haunted house from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 28-30 at the Gwinn Clubhouse. Admission is $2, or $1 with a donation of a canned good. There will be a costume contest at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Forsyth Township Senior Center will serve a hot dog meal.

Have some spooky holiday fun Saturday, Oct, 29, when the Peter White Public Library in Marquette hosts a family Halloween party from 2 to 4 p.m. All Strings Considered will provide live folk dance music. There will also be holiday games, haunting stories and refreshments. Guests are enouraged to come in costume.

The Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library will host its annual Halloween parade and party at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in costume.

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Sue LeGalley and Mary Dowling with the Beacon House.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– A Marquette facility that helps patients of Marquette General Health Systems and their families by addressing their treatment and care-related lodging needs is presenting a special fund raiser.

Beacon House is raffling four pairs of Skybox tickets at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin for the New Year’s Day Packers-Lions game to raise operational funds.

Four raffle winners and their guests will be treated to watching the last game of the regular season for the Packers and the Lions in the comfort and luxury of an indoor Skybox, with an amazing and up-close view of the game.

Mary Dowling, Director of Development at the Beacon House and Beacon House Board Member Sue LeGalley chatted with SUNNY 101.9’s Walt Lindala this morning about the raffle and more.

To find out more about the raffle and the Beacon House, you can listen to the complete interview with Mary and Sue, by clicking on the link below:

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To visit the Beacon House website, please click “HERE“.

Clothing drive organizer Dick Derby.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) –  Dick Derby, organizer of the Project Keep Kids Warm, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning today for the latest update on the project.

According to Dick, there have been several thousands of items collected by the effort and the time has come for the distribution of them to the needy kids in the community.

The distribution has been set for this Saturday, October 24th from 9am to 3pm at the Ishpeming Armory.  To listen to more about this project and it’s amazing success, please click below to listen to this morning interview with Dick.

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Marquette Food Co-op's Natasha Lantz.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) –The Marquette Food Co-op has announced a recall of a specific brand of organic egg that has been sold at the store.

The recall of eggs from the Larry Schultz farm in Minnesota comes after Minnesota health officials issued the recall due to salmonella concerns.

Natasha Lantz with the Marquette Food Co-op joined Mark and Walt in the Morning today to tell listeners more about the recall.  You can listen to the interview by clicking this link:

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HERE IS THE MESSAGE FROM THE MARQUETTE FOOD CO-OP ABOUT THE EGG RECALL:

Certified Organic Eggs from Larry Schultz Farm, MN have been recalled due to salmonella contamination. The Marquette Food Co-op would like to encourage all of those who may have purchased eggs with this date stamp (286 EXP NOV 12 or 286 NOV 12) at our store to return them fora full refund. This information can be found on the side of the egg carton. If the carton has “sell by” or a plant number on the label, they are not part of the recall.

October 2, 2011 was the last time that we sold a carton of Larry Schultz eggs. The date of the reported contamination and illness is August 12 to September 24. We have no way of knowing if the Larry Schultz eggs we sold during this period of time are part of the recall. Regardless, bring back any Larry Schultz eggs to the Marquette Food Co-op for a full refund.

The frozen chicken we buy is not part of the recall, and we do not currently have Larry Schultz eggs in stock. All eggs on our shelves at this time are from local farms. For more information, please read the release from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture HERE.

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Matt Deal from the YMCA.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – As part of their regular “Y Wednesday” segment, the YMCA of Marquette County promoted an upcoming thank you event focusing on it’s members.

Matt Deal, Membership and Volunteer Leader with the YMCA joined Mark and Walt in the Morning today to preview the events and also discuss how folks can get involved.

To listen to the interview with Matt, please click the link below:

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For more about the YMCA of Marquette County, please click “HERE”.

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Bobby Glenn Brown in the studio.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – An annual tradition returns this week to the Irontown.  The annual community-based production of the Rocky Horror Show begins it’s run at the Vista Theater in Negaunee on Thursday, October 27th.

The production marks the 11-th year the stage show has been mounted at the the theater.  Bobby Glenn Brown, who is playing the resplendent Frank N. Furter character once again this year, joined SUNNY 101.9 WKQS-fm’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to discuss the show.

Bobby outlined the run of the show as well as the special events included such as a costume contest before every show and some special midnight performances.  He also reminded listeners to leave their lighters and water pistols at home.

You can listen to the complete interview with Bobby by clicking below:

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Check out more about the Vista Theater by clicking “HERE“.

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April Lindala, Director, NMU CNAS & Julie Cajune, Exec. Director, CAIPAR

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University is presenting an evening of Native American performing arts this week on campus.

“Remembering the Songs” is the title of a film that is being shown this Wednesday in Room 102 of Jamrich Hall on campus.  The free showing starts at 7:30pm.  The film will be followed by a series of Native musicians, poets and writers sharing their work.

The film and the presentations are part of the “Crossing Borders with HeartLines” project and features visiting performers with the Center for American Indian Policy and Applied Research at the Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana.

April Lindala, the Director of the Center for Native American Studies at NMU, and Julie Cajune, Executive Director of the CAIPAR, joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark Evans this morning to discuss the evening and what folks attending can expect.

To listen to the complete interview please click below:

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For more about the Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University, please click “HERE” to visit their website.