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Lisa Coombs-Gerou.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Marquette County “Y” is finishing up 2011 with some good news and success and looking ahead to the new year.

“Y” Executive Director Lisa Coombs-Gerou joined Mark & Walt in the Morning today to share the news about a successful fund raising effort at the “Y” that exceeded it’s goal recently by gathering over $120,000 in support for the Strong Kids campaign.

To listen in and hear Lisa share the good news, click on the audio link below:

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To visit the newly-revamped “Y” website, please click “HERE“.

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Jacobetti Administrator Brad Slagle.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Brad Slagle, administrator at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, joined Mark & Walt in the Morningtoday 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 last minute 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.

To listen to the interview with Brad Slagle, please click on the link below:

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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


Shaving supplies

Soft bristle tooth brushes


Beauty Shop/Barber Shop

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

Greenhouse Items


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.


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


George Sedlacek.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A recently completed survey of health-related attitudes in Marquette County is being tabulated and early results are being released to the public.

George Sedlacek, Director of Community Health with the Marquette County Health Department, and Dr. Kevin Piggott, Medical Director of the Medical Care Access Coalition, joined Mark & Walt in the Morning to discuss the survey and it’s findings.

The survey asked county residents to rate their attitudes about health matters and give feedback about both

Dr. Kevin Piggott.

the successes and failures of the health care system locally.  Findings were fairly consistent with expected outcomes and these statistics will serve as the base point for an ongoing effort to correct any shortcomings of the current health care model for the county.

To listen to the interview from the program, please click on the link below:

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For results from the survey and more about the Marquette County Health Department, please click “HERE“.

A dishful of brownie goodness.

OK show fans and blog-o-philes!  Here it is!  The annual Christmas tradition on Mark and Walt in the Morning.

The Kahlua White Russian Brownies!!

As you can see here, this pass at this recipe, which was prepared by our very own Dee Dee, features a frosting that is not included in this recipe, but if you want, we can get that recipe from her as well.

Walt worships the wonderfulness!

We have to warn you…this is a VERY RICH and heavy brownie recipe that contains a strong bit of alcohol and it is NOT for the kids!!

But if you’re OK with that, here is the recipe for your consideration:



Mark and Walt’s Kahlua White Russian Brownies-



Dawn and Mark enjoy the Holiday riches!


2   (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3   eggs
1 1/2   cups sugar
1 1/4   cups flour
6    tablespoons butter
1/2   cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4   teaspoon baking powder
1/4   teaspoon salt
3/4  cup Kahlua
1/4   cup vodka

1.  Cream together cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/4 cup sugar, Vodka, 2 tbsp flour and 2 tbsp soft butter, set aside.

2.  In a separate bowl sift remaining flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, and baking powder.

3.  Stir in remaining butter and 1/2 cup Kahlua, add 1 egg at a time and mix well.  Pour half cocoa mixture in a buttered and lightly floured 9″ baking pan.

4.  Add cream cheese mixture and cut lightly with a knife, then add remaining cocoa mixture.

5.  Bake at 325°F for about 30 minutes.

6.  When cool brush with 1/4 cup of remaining Kahlua.

Click HERE for a link for the full recipe website.





Tiina Harris models the St. Lucia crown of lights.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Marquette Regional History Center is presenting a special Swedish-themed Christmas event this week in Marquette.

The Center is hosting the St. Lucia Festival of Lights tomorrow night at 7 with a presentation open to the public.  Folks are invited to bring a canned food item and join in the celebration.

Tiina Harris, Educator with the Center joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to promote the event and chat about all of the Christmas events that have been going on at the Center.

To listen to the interview, please click on the link below:

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To visit the website of the Marquette Regional History Center, please click “HERE“.


Mark and Walt with Senator Debbie Stabenow.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow called in today to SUNNY 101.9 WKQS-fm’s Mark and Walt in the Morning to talk about the investigation into billions of dollars that are missing following a major corporate bankruptcy.

Senator Stabenow outlined her approach to a series of hearings that are looking into the bankruptcy of MF Global Holdings and the role of former C-E-O John Corzine, who is claiming ignorance as to the whereabouts of the money.

To listen to the complete interview with Senator Stabenow, please click the link below:

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Bill Schrandt and Gary Penhale.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– Bill Schrandt and Gary Penhale, members of the Negaunee Male Chorus, stopped by the studios today to preview a special concert they have coming up tomorrow night.

The Chorus is presenting their annual Christmas Concert at 7:00pm at the Negaunee High School Auditorium.

You can listen to the full interview with Bill and Gary by clicking the link below:

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Lorrie Hayes of the Flat Broke Blues Band with the new CD.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Upper Michigan’s very own Flat Broke Blues Band is having a CD release party this week in Marquette,  MI.

The band is performing this Friday evening at 6pm at the UpFront & Company nightclub to celebrate the release of “FB 3” the band’s third studio album.

Flat Broke’s lead singer Lorrie Hayes joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to promote the event.

Lorrie was joined by show co-host and fellow band member Walt Lindala to chat about the evening’s schedule and more about the CD.  They talked about writing and producing the music on the CD and about the process of writing and recording.

To listen to the interview, please click on the link below:

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For more about the new CD and how to order a copy, click “HERE“.


NMU Theater student Taylor Kulju.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– Some fun and interesting theater productions and events are underway this week in the Marquette area.

On campus at Northern Michigan University, the 10-minute Play Festival is underway at the James Panowski Black Box Theater in the McClintock building.

Taylor Kulju, a theater student at NMU joined Mark and Walt in the Morning recently to discuss the festival and what it is all about.  She discussed where the idea came from and also how she feels taking part in the event has made her a better theater performer and director.

To listen to Taylor’s interview, please click on the link below:

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Dave Hansen and Jeff Spencer with Vertigo.

Also on stage in the Marquette area is a unique production of the Holiday Classic, “A Christmas Carol”.  This production is being mounted by the Vertigo Theater Company at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette and tells the familiar story of Scrooge, but in a slightly unorthodox way.

Jeff Spencer and Dave Hansen, cast members, joined Walt Lindala this week to explain how the show is different from some adaptations and is a sparse production with only a handful of actors.

To listen to the interview with Jeff and Dave, please click on the link below:

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Singer/songwriter Adam Whittington.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– A special evening of entertainment is planned for this Friday night to benefit area youth theater.

Lake Superior Youth Theatre is bringing Hollywood to Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette complete with a red carpet event, concert featuring Adam Whittington and Brooklyn Haley, along with local acts, and an after party.

“Marquette Goes Hollywood” begins with a red carpet at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. and after party ending at 10:30 p.m.

Event organizer Nikke Nason and Adam Whittington joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark Evans to discuss the event and how folks and get involved.

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

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For more about the event, please click “HERE“.