GOOD DAY BLOG-O-PHILES!   WELCOME TO WEDNESDAY.

IT'S THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK!

Here it is!  The middle of the week!  Wednesday.  We say “WENZ-dayh“, but we spell it “wed-nes-day“.  That seems odd.  So I started to wonder what the origin of the word was, and this is what I found out from Wikipedia:

Wednesday is a day of the week in the Gregorian calendar. According to international standard ISO 8601, it is the third day of the week. This day is between Tuesday and Thursday. The name is derived from Old English Wōdnesdæg and Middle English Wednesdei, “day of Wodanaz“, ultimately a calque of dies Mercurii “day of Mercury”

So that should explain it.  Right?  Oh well, on to our guests!

 

“Y” WEDNESDAY ONCE AGAIN!

THE YMCA'S LISA COOMBS-GEROU.

Lisa Coombs-Gerou stopped in to talk about things happening at the YMCA of Marquette County.  The big push that’s on right now has to do with the “Strong Kids” Campaign.  This fund raising effort generates money that will be used by the YMCA to give scholarships to needy youth in our community to cover their fees for using the various facilities at the Y.  This gives community youth the chance to use the Y to better themselves physically and mentally that may never have been able to do so.  This results in the aforementioned “Strong Kids”.

To hear more about the campaign, please click “HERE” to listen to the interview with Lisa.  To log on to the YMCA of Marquette County’s website, please click “HERE“.

 

CATCH THE VISION IN MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP THIS WEEKEND!

RANDY GIRARD, MARQUETEE TOWNSHIP MANAGER

Randy Girard, Marquette Township Manager, visited the studio today to preview this weekend’s “Catch The Vision” showcase at the Vandenboom School in Marquette Township.  He outlined the planned schedule for the evening as well as what matters will be discussed by Township officials in attendance.  Girard also listed the hours of the event and where tickets (which are going fast) are still available for the event.

To listen to the interview and find out more about this special evening, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the Marquette Township website, please click “HERE“.

 

THAT’S ANOTHER WRAP, MY FRIENDS!

 

There it is…now on to Thursday!

 

CHEERS!

-Walt

 

HOW MARQUETTE COUNTY RANKS IN TERMS OF HEALTH.

DR. KEVIN PIGGOTT.

Dr Kevin Piggott, medical director of the Marquette County Health Department joined Mark and Walt recently to discuss the findings of a recent study taking a look at the many factors that make up healthful living in Marquette County and the rest of the State of Michigan.

Dr. Piggott shared the criteria that was being looked at in the study as well as how it was applied to come to the results.  To listen to the interview with Dr, Piggott, please click “HERE“.  To see more of the results and to find out more about the survey, please click “HERE

A CONVERSATION WITH CONGRESSMAN DAN BENISHEK.

U.S. CONGRESSMAN DAN BENISHEK

U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek called in and chatted with Mark and Walt about his tour that he is currently making across the massive 1st Congressional District which encompasses the entire Upper Peninsula as well as a substantial portion of northern Lower Michigan.

He talked about what messages he’s bringing back from Washington, D.C. to his constituents concerning federal spending and budget issues and what he’s hearing from folks in the region.

He also expressed a bit of frustration with the political process in Washington and also talked about key areas of the budget and spending he is specifically studying for adjustment.

To listen to the interview, please click “HERE“.

 

A CHAT WITH ONE OF MICHIGAN’S LEADING ECONOMIC EXPERTS.

MSU PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, DR. CHARLES BALLARD.

Dr. Charles Ballard, Professor of Economics at Michigan State University, joined Mark and Walt this morning to discuss his views on the current economic situation in Michigan.  Ballard, who is visiting Marquette to speak this evening at the monthly meeting of the Economic Club of Marquette County, discussed his opinions about how the state’s economy got to where it is and what he feels it will take to get it back on track.

He also outlined some of his concepts on the importance of strong, well-funded K-12 schools and universities in the recovery of Michigan and how the budget plan put forth by the Snyder administration does not seem to follow those ideas.  He also discussed tax cuts, the tax structure in Michigan and how excessive tax cuts have gotten Michigan into the budget deficit situation it’s in now.

To listen to the interview with Dr. Ballard, please click “HERE“.  For more on Dr. Ballard and his background, please click “HERE“.

 

 

THE LATEST ON SEVERAL MATTERS AT NMU.

NMU PRESIDENT DR. LES WONG.

Northern Michigan University President, Dr. Les Wong, joined Mark and Walt today to discuss the latest updates in the world of NMU.  Dr. Wong recently returned from Lansing where he and his fellow public university presidents testified in the state legislature about the proposed 15-plus percent cuts in higher education funding put forth by Michigan’s new Governor, Rick  Snyder.  He talked about the impacts this level of cuts would have on the University from both the  staffing and programming level.

Dr. Wong also chatted about some upcoming construction projects on campus as well as the recent visit by President Barack Obama.  Also discussed was the latest on the recent threat of shootings at the university.

To listen to the interview with Dr. Wong, please click “HERE“.  For more about Northern Michigan University, please click “HERE” to log on their website.

 

 

 

 

 

THE REPORT ON WATERFRONT SAFETY HAS BEEN PRESENTED.

TAKS FORCE CHAIR GARY GUSTAFSON.

Gary Gustafson, chair of the City of Marquette Waterfront Safety Task Force, joined Mark and Walt to discuss the preliminary report that was presented recently to the Marquette City Commission.

He outlined what the findings of the Task Force were and what suggestions were put forth to improve the safety of all who choose to swim along any of the open waterfront beaches in the city of Marquette.

The entire report has been posted at the City of Marquette’s website at www.mqtcty.org.  To listen to the interview with Gary, please click “HERE“.

LET’S BE HONEST.  TODAY’S NOT BEEN A GOOD DAY.

YOUR INTREPID BLOGGER CALLING IT A DAY.

Without getting in to the grand details, due to the various illnesses that are running amuck around here, it’s my turn to get under the weather.  Let’s just call it a wash.

I’m going home to rest and we can call this blog what it really is…a “BLAH-g“.

Yuk.


SEE YA ALL SOON!

-Walt

BUSY DAY IN THE QUEEN CITY!

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

To say it’s a bit frazzled around here this morning, would be an understatement!  Running back and forth from the studios to the NMU campus, getting gear together, writing copy, WHEW!  Busy!  All of this in preparation for the visit to Marquette and Northern Michigan University by President Barack Obama.  It’s a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun.  It’s what we do and we love it.

We will be covering the President’s remarks at NMU today and will be broadcasting live from the Vandament Arena on campus.  We are also planning to broadcast the remarks and we will post the entire speech here on the blog later today.

Our broadcasts will start around Noon eastern today and the President will be speaking around 1:20pm.

Stay tuned, kids!  It’s gonna be a heckuva day!

-Walt

THE LATEST ON THE SITUATION AT NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY.

NMU PRESIDENT LES WONG AND NMU PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR MIKE BATH ADDRESS THE MEDIA.

Northern Michigan University is open today for classes and business as usual.  This after an uneasy day due to a somewhat enigmatic online message threatening the University community with a shooting spree that would rival the shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech in 2007.  NMU President Les Wong said the FBI and other agencies indicated that there is no longer a clear and ongoing threat and that conditions were suitable to reopening the university.

The investigation revealed no evidence that the anonymous blog post originated on campus.  It was discovered that similarly worded messages had been directed at several other U.S. universities, recently and in a previous year.

At a press briefing held on campus this morning, President Wong and NMU Public Safety Director Mike Bath reassured parents of students, the campus community and the public that the decision to re-open was not made lightly and that the investigation is now being led by the FBI and is continuing.

TO LISTEN TO THE COMMENTS OF PRESIDENT WONG, PLEASE CLICKHERE“.

THE LATEST UPDATE ON THE NMU THREAT


Northern Michigan University in Marquette was closed down today due to an online threat. According to NMU officials, a tip was received concerning an online message that threatened students, faculty, staff and administrators but it was unclear as to where any incident may occur.  As a result, University officials chose to close down for the day just after 8-30 this morning as a precautionary measure.

Reports say the threat was made in a blog posting that indicated there would be shootings on campus starting at 10-am and the results would be worse than the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007. In response to the threat, adjacent facilities such as Marquette High School and the YMCA closed for the day as well.

The NorthStar Academy and Polaris Middle School in Marquette also closed early for today.  Marquette General Hospital is also currently open as usual but they are monitoring all entrances until further notice.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK “HERE“.