Tom Baldini.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – On Monday evening, January 16th at the Ramada in Marquette from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the Marquette County Economic Club will be featuring Spigarelli from Getz’s Inc. and Terry Dehring, from QuickTrophy. These two Marquette based business men will discuss their internet sales growth and other successes.

Tom Baldini, long time friend of Mark & Walt in the Morning, joined the show this week to promote the dinner and meeting and explained more about the evening’s program and how you can become a member of the club.

The evening will begin with a social hour from 6-7 p.m. and dinner and program begins at 7 p.m. Please make reservations by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 13th by visiting www.marquetteeconomicclub.org or calling 315-2155 to leave a message.

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

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To visit the club’s website, please click “HERE“.

A peek out at the Great Lakes Radio parking lot at 6:40 am today.

Wind chill temperatures are below zero this morning and the 35 mph gusts of Lake Superior are causing a serious issue with blowing and drifting of snow on all highways and side streets.

If you are commuting this morning, DRIVE SLOW and give yourself some extra time to arrive at your destination safely.

The poor conditions have resulted in several school closings today in Marquette County and the surrounding communities.  Here’s the list.

 

School Closings due to Inclement Weather  for Friday 1/13/12:

Marquette Area Public Schools

Father Marquette School

Northstar Academy and Polaris Middle School

Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency

Redeemer Lutheran Preschool

Crossroads Christian Academy

AuTrain-Onota Public Schools

Gwinn Community Schools

Negaunee Public Schools

Ishpeming Public Schools

NICE Community Schools

Powell Township Schools

Republic-Michigamme Schools

Superior Central School

 

Steve "MOOCH" Mariucci and the Morning Show Gopher.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Beacon House in Marquette is presenting a special fund raiser to benefit their efforts to upgrade some of the handicapped suites at the facility.

Beacon House supporter and National Football League commentator Steve Mariucci set the Beacon House up with a pair of tickets to auction off to the highest bidder to the Green Bay-New York playoff game this Sunday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Sue LeGalley, with Beacon House joined Mark & Walt in the Morning to talk about this auction and more about the Beacon House in general.

To findout how you can bid on these tickets, and to hear the entire interview with Sue, please click on the audio link below:

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To log on to the Beacon House website, please click “HERE“.

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Gwinn Superintendent Kim VanDrese.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Gwinn Community School District has introduced a new automated telephone messaging system to be used by the administration to disseminate emergency and other information to students, parents and community members.

Kim VanDrese, Superintendent of the Gwinn Community Schools, joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark & Walt in the Morning to discuss this new system and how it will serve to benefit the community.

She explained how the new system can be used to announce school closings and more and can also be used to get important information home to parents with one phone call.

To find out how you can sign up for this service and receive messages from the district, please listen to the interview by clicking on the audio link below:

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To log on to the Gwinn Community Schools home page, please click “HERE“.

 

SCHOOL CLOSINGS:

Marquette Area Public Schools

Father Marquette School

Northstar Academy

Polaris Middle School

Crossroads Christian Academy

Redeemer Lutheran Preschool

 

THE LATEST ON THE WINTER STORM WARNING FOR MARQUETTE COUNTY:

 

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST FRIDAY…

HAZARDOUS WEATHER…

* EXPECT LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW TO BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES TONIGHT
INTO FRIDAY MORNING…ESPECIALLY OVER THE HURON MOUNTAINS.

* STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL IN EXCESS OF 12 INCHES IS EXPECTED OVER THE
HIGHER TERRAIN WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE OVER THE HURON
MOUNTAINS. EXPECT LESSER AMOUNTS OVER SOUTHERN MARQUETTE COUNTY
NEAR WITCH LAKE AND ARNOLD…WHERE 3 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW ARE
EXPECTED.

* WIND GUSTS TO 30 MPH NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR WILL CAUSE BLOWING
SNOW AND LEAD TO REDUCED VISIBILITIES.

IMPACTS…

* TRAVEL WILL BECOME DIFFICULT AT TIMES DUE TO HEAVY SNOW AND
BLOWING SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

* A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS
SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.
SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW…ALONG WITH WIDESPREAD BLOWING
SNOW…ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS.

* PREPARE…PLAN…AND STAY INFORMED.

 

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Dave Hall.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– Recently, the production office here on the big show received a phone call from an old friend with some good news.  After taking the call, we decided it would make a good story…so, here it is!

Dave Hall, Chair of the Tri-Township Fire Board, let us know that the volunteer department had received a FEMA grant to purchase a new Fire Tanker/Tender Truck.

Considering the fact that the current truck the department was using was a 1978 model, this was, indeed, good news for one of the most rural fire departments in our area.

Dave stopped by recently to share with Mark and Walt in the Morning the story of how the truck and some other key improvements and upgrades came the way of the department.

He also talked about an open house coming up this Saturday at the Turin Community Center in McFarland from 1pm to 4pm to show off the new truck and more.

To listen to the interview with Dave please click on the audio link below:

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Lisa Coombs- Gerou.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Lisa Coombs-Gerou, Executive Director of the Y of Marquette County joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark & Walt in the Morning today for the first “Y Wednesday” of the year.

She outlined the latest about the “Livestrong” program and a lot more about wellness programs being offered for all ages at the “Y”.  She also touched on the newly redesigned website for the “Y” and more.

To listen to the interview with Lisa Coombs-Gerou, please click on the audio link below:

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

Here are the latest school closing and delays for Tuesday, January 3, 2012:

Superior Central Schools – Closed

Manistique Head Start Classes – Cancelled

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Manistique Area Schools – 2 HR Delay

St. Francis School in Manistique – 2 HR Delay

Big Bay de Noc School – 2 HR Delay

Tahquamenon Area Schools – 2 HR Delay

 

A peek at the Great Lakes Radio parking lot earlier this morning.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Winter made it’s return to Marquette County and surrounding communities with a vengeance overnight.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect along the coastline until 7 o’clock tonight.

On top of that bit of fun, a Blizzard Warning has been posted for Alger County until 10 o’clock tonight!  Lake effect snow showers and winds out of the north/northwest at 40 to 50 mph!  Wahooo!

Definitely a wintry blast to get us all back on track with the season.  If you are traveling today, please do it with caution if you are driving along the Lake Superior shoreline.

Better safe than  sorry!

Here’s the latest for Marquette County from the National Weather Service:

BARAGA-MARQUETTE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...L`ANSE...GWINN...MARQUETTE
MON JAN 2 2012

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS
EVENING...

HAZARDOUS WEATHER...

 * EXPECT MODERATE TO HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS ALONG AND NORTH
   OF M-41.

 * NORTHWEST WIND GUSTS OF 35 TO 45 MPH WILL CAUSE WIDESPREAD BLOWING
   AND DRIFTING OF SNOW TODAY. LOCALIZED WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ARE
   POSSIBLY THIS MORNING...ESPECIALLY NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR.

 * ADDITIONAL SNOW AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED TODAY ALONG
   AND NORTH OF M-41...WITH 1 TO 3 INCHES FARTHER INLAND FROM LAKE
   SUPERIOR.

IMPACTS...

 * TRAVEL WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT AT TIMES TODAY DUE TO THE HEAVY
   SNOW...AND BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

 * POWER OUTAGES ARE ALSO POSSIBLE DUE TO THE HIGH WINDS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 * A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS
   SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.
   SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...ALONG WITH WIDESPREAD BLOWING
   SNOW...ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS.