HERE IS THE LATEST INFORMATION CONCERNING THE SIMILAC RECALL.

SIMILAC CODE NUMBER PLACEMENT

Abbott Laboratories is voluntarily recalling cans and plastic containers of Similac powdered infant formula because there’s a possibility of contamination by beetles or their larvae.

The company initiated the Similac formula recall Wednesday after FDA said ingesting the contaminated formula could cause internal discomfort and could lead infants to refuse to eat.

The company is asking consumers to return all suspect product to Abbott – not to the stores where they bought it. The only products affected are powdered formula (not liquid Similac) and come either in plastic containers or in specific size cans, including 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce, and 12.9-ounce cans.

To find out if your Similac powder formula is subject to the recall, look on the bottom of the container for a product code that includes eight numbers or letters.

Then go to this website – www.similac.com/recall – where you can type in the code to see if your Similac is on the list.

Consumers can also call Abbott’s 24-hour hotline at (800) 986-8850. Both the website and the hotline operators have instructions for how to return the recalled Similac to Abbott.  Consumers can return the product at no cost.

THE U.P. BEER FEST ROLLED OUT THE BARRELS!

THE KBC'S SCOTTISH ALE INFO

Mattson Lower Harbor Park in the city of Marquette was hopping (and yeasting and barleying ) on Saturday for the second annual U.P. Beer Fest sponsored by Michigan Brewer’s guild.  Dozens of micro brewers from around the state (including 6 or more from the U.P.) gathered to share their wares with thirsty patrons from around the region.  Tasty waves flowed and the fun was had…especially at the Keweenaw Brewing Company tent as a new brew was unveiled to the thirsty public!

THE OLDE ORE DOCK SCOTTISH ALE MADE IT’S APPEARANCE.

KBC'S PAUL POURS THE BREWS.

Paul Boissevain, co-owner and operator of the Keweenaw Brewing Company was in attendance and was kept busy pouring samples of all of their specialty beers for all who were in attendance and wished for a taste.  The newly-named Olde Ore Dock Scottish Ale was a BIG hit with thirsty patrons and was very well received.  It was good to see the process all the way through.  From the first attempts at coming up with a name last spring here in Marquette to seeing the logo art and graphic design of this  soon to be widely distributed brew.


THE OLDE ORE DOCK SCOTTISH ALE IS NOW ON IT’S OWN!

YOUR HEARTY KBC FOLKS HOLD THE NEW LOGO!

Formally launched this weekend in the shadow of the Marquette Ore Dock, the Olde Ore Dock Scottish Ale from the KBC is well on it’s way to becoming the next bit hit from those fine folks in the north.  And it’s cool to say that listeners of Mark & Walt in the Morning were influential factors in it’s identification process!  Thanks to all who took part in the events within the last few months.  I say, let’s grab a cold one and celebrate our new friend, the Keweenaw Brewing Company’s OLDE ORE DOCK SCOTTISH ALE!!  HooRay!


CHEERS!

-Walt

THE TIMES, THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’!

YOURS TRULY ALONG WITH GOVERNOR GRANHOLM, NICOLE WALTON AND BILL HART.

Yesterday was one of those days where I felt the passage of time and the winds of change blowing around me.  Governor Jennifer Granholm was in Marquette as part of a tour of locations around the Upper Peninsula that was concluding with a stop at the U.P. State Fair in Escanaba for Governor’s Day activities.  As part of the run through Marquette, she was on campus at Northern Michigan University to do a presentation on the economic future of the state.  She also agreed to do a “Media Meet” taping at the campus Public TV station while she was in town.  For all intents and purposes, this was most likely her last scheduled trip to the U.P. prior her stepping down after two terms as Governor.  I was asked to be on the news panel and was happy to take part in the show.

ON THE SET WITH THE GOVERNOR.

As we were preparing to record the episode, the issue of this being her last Media Meet came up and she mentioned that it was going to be kind of sad for her to not do the show anymore.  Then she said to me that she recalled doing the show several times over the years with me as a panelist and that we had done some of the first ones when she was still Attorney General.  It struck me that that would have been nearly ten years ago.

Then I looked to my right at the host of the show, Bill Hart and remembered when he was my boss when I started working at the campus Public Radio station in 1987.  Then to my left was Nicole Walton, who is currently the News Director at Public Radio 90,  and I remembered training her in when she started at PR 90 shortly after I did.  (Some of you may remember her when she worked at Sunny for a while as well.)

It was a funny feeling, to say the least, when the passage of over two decades of time seemed to culminate in that one moment sitting on the set of the show.  It can be a depressing thing sometimes when things like that happen, but I have to say that for me, it was a cool moment to stop and look around and see people like Bill who have been influential in my broadcasting career and be considered a colleague.  It’s also enjoyable to see someone that I helped out get started in their career in radio being a success as well.  And I have to admit, it’s nice to still be in the game myself!

After the taping was over, Governor Granholm gave me a few minutes to before she was whisked off to another event across campus to answer a few questions about some of the economic challenges we are facing in the state and how businesses in the U.P. are responding to those challenges.  We also talked about what she is the most proud of in terms of her accomplishments as Michigan’s first female governor and what she is going to miss the most after she leaves office.

I have posted our chat “HERE” if you’d like to listen to her full comments.  The full Media Meet episode air this weekend on WNMU-TV Public TV 13.  You can click “HERE” to check for the schedule.

CHEERS!

-Walt

MARVEL IN THE WONDER OF THE LATEST GASTRONOMICAL ASSAULT.

THE GRILLED CHEESE BURGER MELT.

Look at it.  No…really, LOOK AT IT.  Marvel in it’s excessive wonderfulness, it’s majestic homage to All-American over consumption.  Drink in it’s flowing lines of ridiculous over-the-top-ness.

This is the future of fast-food.  This is the future of America!  God bless the hamburger.  God bless the grilled cheese.  God bless America!

READ MORE ABOUT ITHERE“.

Who’s hungry??  I know I am!

-Walt

GET TO WORK!!  BUT IN A DIFFERENT WAY!

MAKE A PIT STOP AT THE MARQUETTE MALL DURING BIKE TO WORK DAY!

Hey blog-o-philes!  There’s a fun and unique way for you to get to work coming up on Monday, June 7th.  You are encouraged to take your bike with you to the Marquette Mall an park your car and ride your bike to work.  It is an initiative launched by the Marquette County Health Department and several other groups to encourage physical activity and using an alternate transportation source.

Mark Evans had a chance to sit down with organizer Bobbi Ayotte from the Marquette County Health Department and event sponsor Dan Torres from the Border Grill to find out more details about the scheduled event including how to take part and get registered. To listen to segments from the interview, please click “HERE“.

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW COMES FOR A VISIT.

U-S SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW.

Michigan’s Junior US Senator, Debbie Stabenow, joined us this morning for a discussion about initiatives and economic development missions involving Michigan and more specifically, the Upper Peninsula.  She also commented on the current environmental disaster in the Gulf and how such events could affect us here in the U.P. with fluctuating gas prices and whether such a disaster could happen here on the Great Lakes.  To listen to the full interview with Senator Stabenow, please click “HERE“.

THE LATEST ON HEALTH CARE WITH CONGRESSMAN BART STUPAK.

U.S. CONGRESSMAN BART STUPAK (D-Menominee)

Following yesterday’s historic vote on Health Care Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Bart Stupak joined Mark & Walt in the Morning once again for a conversation about his issues concerning the legislation.  Following negotiations with the White House and President Obama that resulted in an Executive Order being pledged by the President to formally exclude any federal funding being used for abortions, Congressman Stupak and an eight-member coalition of pro-life Democrats announced their votes for the measure.  It ultimately passed 219 to 212.  In this exclusive interview, the Congressman explains his vote and more.  To listen to the complete interview, please click “HERE“.

THE LATEST WITH CONGRESSMAN BART STUPAK.

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE BART STUPAK (D-MENOMINEE)

U.S. Representative Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) joined MARK & WALT in the MORNING today to discuss the latest developments from his perspective as the the health care debate lurches forward in Washington, D.C..  The Congressman shared his thoughts on the latest maneuvers by the House  leadership in the effort to pass the measure even if all of the votes are not there in the House.  He also explained why, although it is legal and in bounds of legislative procedure, the “deem and pass” technique is muddying the waters and serving to confuse the general public.  He also said that although his amendment-supporting coalition of House members is strong, he alone cannot stop health care reform from passing.  To listen to the complete interview with Congressman Stupak, please click “HERE“.

COMMENTS FROM MICHIGAN’S SENIOR U.S. SENATOR.

U.S. SENATOR CARL LEVIN (D-DETROIT)

Here are some excerpts from a conversation with United States Senator Carl Levin concerning HIRE legislation currently making it’s way through Congress.  The legislation is in at least two parts with one section moving through the U.S. Senate and the other being considered in the House of Representatives.  The legislation is a combination of incentives and funding programs to get unemployed workers back on the job.  Please click “HERE” to listen to the comments of U.S. Senator Carl Levin.

MAPS BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES TO RELOCATE 5-TH GRADE CLASSES.

MAPS SUPERINTENDENT JON HARTWIG.

The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education has voted to move 5-th grade classes in the district to a new location.  Following a 4-hour meeting and workshop last night, the board decided on a 5-to-2 vote to move 5th graders from the Graveraet school to the Bothwell school starting next year. Bothwell school will now house 5th through 8th graders.

Superintendent Jon Hartwig, during an exclusive interview with Great Lakes Radio News, said educational uses will be developed for Graveraet including the possibility of used it as an expanded alternative high school.  Hartwig added that over time, the Board of Education will look at other possible grade alignment options.  To listen to comments from Superintendent Hartwig, please click “HERE“.