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Cindy Noble.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The City of Marquette is hosting a Community Open House this week.

City of Marquette Parks and Rec Co-ordinator Cindy Noble visited Mark & Walt in the Morning today to outline the event.

It is being held on Thursday, February 9, in the Citizens Forum Room at Lakeview Arena from 4:00-7:00 pm and is an opportunity for the community to get acquainted with various City Departments and Partners.

To listen to the interview with Cindy about the Open House, please click on the audio link below:

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For more about the City of Marquette, please click “HERE” to visit the city’s website.

Marquette School Bond Proposal
Allow the Marquette Public Schools borrow $29.2 million for new technology equipment and construct a middle school addition to the current high school complex at a rate of 1.5 mills for 20 years.
Yes: 1605   No: 3522

Powell Township School Operating Millage Proposal
Powell Township Schools levy 18 mills for school operations.
Yes: 116   No: 128

Republic-Michigamme School Bond Proposal
Allow the Republic-Michigamme School District borrow $4.24 million to equip and remodel the school building for energy conservation and improvements.
Yes: 321   No: 214

Marquette City Commission – 3 Open Seats
Don Ryan (I) 2153
Fred Stonehouse (I) 1905
Robert Niemi (I)  1753
Mike Plourde 1122
Marquette Board of Light & Power
Edward Angeli 2138
John Sonderegger 1883

City of Marquette City Charter Revision
Call for a general revision of the Marquette City Charter and the election of a Charter Commission?
Yes: 2073   No: 669

Marquette City Charter Commission – 9 Openings
1 Thomas Tourville 2007
2 Michael Coyne 1804
3 Thomas Baldini 1707
4 Cornelia Mazzuchi 1690
5 Robert Kulisheck 1638
6 Cameron Howes 1532
7 Sara Cambensy 1475
8 Robert Berube II 1442
9 Martha Conley 1438
10  Don Potvin 1011
11  Martha Haynes 891
12  Lynn Laakso 729
13  Taylor Klipp 499

City of Marquette Senior Millage Renewal
.35 mill renewal for 4 years to provide services for Marquette City residents 60 years and older.
Yes: 2206   No: 719

Republic Township Iron Ore Heritage Trail Millage
Increase .2 mills for 6 years to fund the construction and maintenance of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Republic Township.
Yes: 209   No: 173

Negaunee City Council
Keith LaCosse 140

Gwinn School Board
1  Ronald Lauren 271
2  Cynthia Filizetti 227
3 John Asplund  209
4 Walker Maki 188

Ishpeming School Board
Todd Kauppinen 116
James Smith 112

Marquette School Board
Jean Hetrick 3545
Matthew Williams 3307

Powell Township School Board
Bill Kinjorski 172
Benjamin Kent 168

Republic-Michigamme School Board
SuAnn Ambuehl 397
Marcella Rankinen 384

Champion Township EMS Millage Renewal
1 mill renewal for 5 years for emergency medical operations in Champion Township.
Yes: 28   No: 6

Michigamme Township General Operations Millage Renewal
2 mill renewal for 6 years for general operations in Michigamme Township.
Yes: 98   No: 31

Powell Township General Operations Millage Renewal
2.5 mill renewal for 5 years for general operations in Powell Township.
Yes: 148   No: 91

Powell Township Garbage Collection Millage Renewal
1 mill renewal for 4 years for garbage collection and disposal in Powell Township.
Yes: 166   No: 75

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Natasha Koss and Kerry Noble.

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – A new federally-funded program is working to allow Marquette city residents to have the energy efficiency of their homes evaluated for possible improvements and receive some funds to help offset the expenses of making those improvements.  The program is set up as a partnership between the Superior Watershed Partnership and the City of Marquette and is currently focusing on houses in South Marquette.

Natasha Koss with the Superior Watershed  Partnership and Kerry Noble with Home Evaluation Services visited the Sunny Studios this morning to discuss the BetterBuildings for Michigan program with Walt Lindala.  The pair outlined the various things that are looked at in evaluating the energy efficiency of a home and what steps you can do as a homeowner to make things better.

They also explained how homeowners in the City of Marquette can get involved and get on the list to have these evaluations performed.  The first ones will be coming later this summer or early this fall.

To listen to the complete interview with Natasha Koss and Kerry Noble, please click “HERE“.  For more on the program, please click “HERE

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Marquette City Firefighter Dean Mallos

MARQUETTE – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The annual “Fill the Boot” fund raiser to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association is coming this weekend.  The event is hosted by the City of Marquette Fire Department and features firefighters stationed in busy street intersections throughout Marquette filling a rubber fire boot with cash donations from motorists.

Marquette City Firefighter Dean Mallos joined Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to preview this popular activity.  He outlined the schedule and location of the collection points and added that all of the funds raised go local M-D-A efforts and programs.  The fund drive usually gathers over $10,000 each year.

To hear more about the “Fill the Boot” campaign and how you can take part this weekend, please click “HERE” to listen to the interview with Dean.  For more about the Muscular Dystrophy Association, please click “HERE“.

John Kivela and Dave Ollila.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The City of Marquette’s Presque Isle Park is currently competing online to win the 2011 “This Place Matters Community Challenge.” The city is currently ranked in the top 30 of 100. Each person is only allowed to vote once throughout the Challenge, and voting ends on June 30.

Marquette Mayor John Kivela and Dave Ollila from Marquettte Backcountry Skiing joined Mark Evans in the Sunny Studios this morning to inform the listeners of this current competition and how they can have an impact on it’s outcome by voting.

To listen to the complete interview please click “HERE“.  To visit the City of Marquette’s website, please click “HERE“.

Deb Nance

(MARQUETTE, MI) – Although it’s colder out than it should be for this time of year, planning is in full swing for the annual 4th of July celebration in the City of Marquette.  The final touches are being put into place for another great parade, fireworks and all kinds of other fun activities.

Marquette Area 4th of July Committee spokesperson Deb Nance stopped in at the Sunny Studios today to discuss the schedule of events.  She also told us that the all-volunteer committee is still raising funds for all of the events and they are always happy to meet up with new volunteers.  She said that all events will be held on the 4th of July and if there is a rain out, the fireworks will be held on the night of the 5-th.

To listen to the conversation with Deb Nance and find out the latest about the 4-th in Marquette, please click “HERE“.  To visit the website for the committee, please click “HERE“.

Marquette Waterfront Safety Task Force Member Gary Gustafson

(MARQUETTE, MI) – The City of Marquette Waterfront Safety Task Force is beginning to implement several of their suggestions and ideas as the summer swimming season approaches.  Some of these changes include placement of buoys in key locations in the water near popular beaches in Marquette and having lifeguards stationed at others.

Gary Gustafson, task force member, joined Mark and Walt this morning to outline these plans and others that are going into effect on beaches in the city.  He mentioned that there had been some mis-information about some of the changes and new plans that had been reported in the Marquette community.  Gustafson explained the key plans as developed by the task force.

To listen to the interview with Gary Gustafson, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the City of Marquette’s website and find out more about the Waterfront Safety Task Force, please click “HERE“.

City workers remove graffiti from picnic rocks in Marquette, MI.

Graffiti encouraging domestic violence against women that had been painted on a prominent natural landmark in Marquette, MI was removed by a city crew yesterday afternoon.

The graffiti read “BEAT YOUR WIFE” and was painted at the Picnic Rocks city park on the Lake Superior shore on an area of the rocks usually painted by local high school students commemorating their graduation.

As a photo of the graffiti circulated in the community, a group of concerned indiviuals said they planned to take a boat out to the rocks and paint over the message.  However, the City of Marquette told the group they did not want private citizens to expose themselves to any risk by going out on the water to get to the defaced rocks and put together a crew to remove the graffiti yesterday around 1-pm.

All parties involved say removing the graffiti sent the message that the Marquette County community does not support domestic violence of any kind.

Graffitti on the Picnic Rocks in Marquette, MI.

Graffiti encouraging domestic violence against women painted on a prominent natural landmark in Marquette, MI has residents taking action.  Late yesterday afternoon, a call was received by Phyllis Loonsfoot at the Women’s Center domestic violence shelter in Marquette about a message painted at the Picnic Rocks city park on the Lake Superior shore.  The graffiti reads “BEAT YOUR WIFE” and is on an area of the rocks usually painted by local high school students commemorating their graduation year.

As a photo of the graffiti circulated on Facebook, concerned citizens said they planned to take a boat out to the rocks later today and paint over the message.

Now the City of Marquette has gotten involved.  According to organizers, city authorities do not want private citizens to expose themselves to any risk by going out on the water to paint over the rocks.  The city says they are organizing a crew to take care of the matter as soon as the weather permits them to.  All parties involved say quickly covering up the graffiti will send the message that the Marquette County community does not support domestic violence of any kind.

You can support local efforts to end domestic violence by calling the Women’s Center in Marquette at (906) 225-1346 ext.113.

You can visit the Women’s Center website HERE

Gary Gustafson And Sam Crowley.

Sam Crowley, Co-ordinator of Splash Week at the YMCA of Marquette County and Gary Gustafson, member of the City of Marquette’s Waterfront Safety Task Force, stopped by the studios this morning to preview Splash Week activities at the Y.

Crowley discussed several of the planned events connected to Splash Week, including water safety training and the various approaches the Y is taking to increase the awareness and skills of those who are going out on the water this summer.

Gustafson added findings of the Waterfront Safety Task Force and discussed how the YMCA is kicking off Splash Week with a presentation tonight at 7 o’clock at the Y in Marquette focusing on the task force and it’s findings.

You can listen to the complete interview with Sam and Gary by clicking “HERE“.  You can access the YMCA of Marquette County’s website by clicking “HERE“, and you can access the Waterfront Safety Task Force’s report at the City of Marquette’s website by clicking “HERE“.