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“.

HEY KIDS!  IT’S TIME FOR TRICK OR TREATING!!

In the interest of keeping the world’s candy and sweets industry moving ahead successfully, we here at the Mark and Walt show want to keep you informed as a consumer and parent.  Here’s some of the schedules around the area for trick or treating hours this Halloween weekend.

If you play it right, y0ur kids can hit 2 or 3 towns before it gets dark!  Hopefully you’ll have a fun and safe Halloween and you get more in your bag than a rock!

HERE’S SOME SCHEDULES FOR YOU!

CITY OF MARQUETTE

The Marquette Police Department has announced that Halloween
Trick-Or-Treating in Marquette will be held on Sunday, October 31 during the daylight hours.

Downtown and Third Street Village Businesses in Marquette will welcome
Trick-or-Treaters on Saturday, October 30th from 2PM – 5PM.
Participating business will display orange “welcome trick or treaters”
signs.

There will be a costume contest at the Marquette Commons during the
Farmers & Artists Market at 2PM. Prizes will be awarded for Adult
scariest, most humorous, best couple, and most creative. Children
prizes will be awarded for the scariest, most humorous, most creative,
and cutest. The Peter White Public Library is also sponsoring a family
Halloween Party from 2PM – 4PM. All are welcome.

CITY OF NEGAUNEE

Trick-or-treating hours for the City of Negaunee will be from 4pm to 8pm
on Halloween (10/31). Motorists, please be extra watchful for kids on
that day. And kids, be extra watchful for traffic, don’t eat your candy
until an adult has checked it and have fun!

CITY OF ISHPEMING

Halloween In Ishpeming – Sun, Oct 31, 2010 4:00 PM – Sun, Oct 31, 2010 7:00 PM

CITY OF GWINN

Trick or Treating in the Forsyth Township area Sun, Oct 31 from 5 – 7 pm

CITY OF HARVEY

The Chocolay Lions Club annual neighborhood Halloween Party will be held on Sunday, October 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Cherry Creek Elementary School on Cherry Creek Road in Harvey.

CITY OF MUNISING

Munising Halloween Hours
Trick-or-Treat Hours: Sunday, October 31st, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Motorists are reminded to be cautious and watch for little goblins and ghosts.

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

SOMETIMES IT SOUNDS LIKE WE ARE BLOWING OUR OWN HORN, BUT WE’RE NOT!

TA-DAA!! IT'S YOUR FAVORITE MORNING SHOW!

As the saying goes, “It ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up!”  As we have always attempted to do since we went on the air in 1998,  Sunny 101.9 and “Mark & Walt in the Morning” has worked to be your choice for the station and morning radio show to turn to to find out what’s happening here in our community.  It’s what we feel separates us from the rest of the pack on the dial in Marquette County.  Instead of hiding shortcomings behind more music or out-of-town based satellite programming or just giving an ancillary few moments to a handful of agencies and groups, we have always brought you long-form, in-depth interviews with leaders and organizers in our community.  Today’s blog is a prime example of that.  Read on and listen in to interviews about events, activities and municipal plans that affect the entire county.

CITY OF MARQUETTE DISCUSSES BEACH-FRONT SAFETY.

CITY MANAGER VAJDA

MAYOR KIVELA

Marquette Mayor John Kivela and City Manager William Vajda joined us recently to discuss the latest in the plans to increase the safety of the beaches in the city.  The action comes after the drownings that have happened this summer in the waters of Lake Superior right off of some of Marquette’s most popular beaches.  A public forum was held about the matter and according to both Vajda and Kivela, the input that was given by the public was very positive and offered several good ideas that are all currently under consideration by city officials.  To listen to the comments of City Manager Vajda and Mayor Kivela, please click “HERE” for their interview.  To log on to the City of Marquette’s official website, please click “HERE“.

COMMUNITY AGENCY UPDATE FROM THE “Y”.

THE "Y"'S LORI SMOLINSKI.

Lori Smolinski, Child Development Director at the Vandenboom YMCA offices joined us today for a “Y” Thursday (instead of  “Y” Wednesday)  to tell us about upcoming child and youth activities at the YMCA of Marquette County.  The “Y” is presenting a full slate of activities and classes for kids of all age groups that can keep your kids busy and occupied during this fall “back to school” time.  To listen to her explanation of options for this season for your family, please click “HERE” to hear Lori’s interview.  To head over to the YMCA of Marquette’s website, please click “HERE“.

WHAT’S UP AT THE GREAT LAKES CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT??

THE GLCYD'S PAUL OLSON.

Paul Olson with the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development joined us this morning to talk about the upcoming survey of “youth assets” that will take place in Marquette and Alger Counties.  These assets are tabulated in the two counties every two years and the results are used to shape and define projects and policies adopted by the GLCYD.  He also gave us a run-down of the upcoming U.P. non-profit agency conference that is going to be held this fall in Marquette.   To hear all of the detail from Paul’s interview, please click “HERE“.  Fore more information about the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, click “HERE” to visit their website.

WALKING IN OLD TOWN AND EATING CHICKEN TO HELP OUT THE NEGAUNEE MINERS.

GO MINERS!

We talked with Dan Thompson with the Knights of Columbus of Negaunee who told us about two special fund raising events being held this Saturday in Negaunee that will benefit the High School athletic program in the Irontown.  The K of C are hosting a Poker Walk in the Old Town starting at 2:00pm and a barbecue chicken dinner at the K of C hall starting at 3:00pm.  To get all of the details of what’s going on in the Irontown this Saturday, please click “HERE” to listen to Dan’s Interview.  Get on out and help out the Negaunee Miners by walking and chompin’ on some delicious bird!

WELL, THERE YA GO!

There’s the latest for you to consider.  Quite a bit, I realize, but that’s the idea behind being Marquette County’s most connected radio station.   Fun, ain’t it?

CHEERS!

-Walt

IT’S GOING TO BE A BANG-UP WEEKEND…AND IT’LL TAKE SOME GUTS!!

GUTS FRISBEE SUPPORTER BUCK BUCHANAN

Thanks to Buck Buchanan, organizer of the 2010 U.S. GUTS Nationals frisbee tournament in Marquette, for joining us this morning to give us the lowdown on this weekend’s competition.  The tourney runs this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to dusk at Marquette’s legendary Hurley Field.  The tournament has 16 teams that are signed up now from all over the midwest, but there is still room to get your team involved.

To listen to Buck’s comments from his interview, please click “HERE“.   For more information about GUTS Frisbee, please log on to the groups website by clicking “HERE“.  And if you really want to get in the tournament with your team, please call Dan Gannon at 226-8142 or Mike Houle at 360-6510.  Take the time and get involved in one of the country’s true ORIGINAL extreme sports and celebrate it’s rich history here in Upper Michigan by taking in this great event!

A SERIOUS SESSION TONIGHT IN MARQUETTE.

THE MARQUETTE CITY COMMISSION

Marquette Mayor John Kivela called in this morning as  a reminder for our listeners about the public forum coming up tonight at Marquette City Hall in Commission Chambers.  The forum will be discussing beach front safety on the Lake Superior shorelines under the jurisdiction of the City of Marquette.  The meeting comes in the aftermath of a difficult summer season that has seen three drownings in Lake Superior along the Marquette coast so far and two other drownings in Grand Marais.  Tonight’s session is open to any and all concerned citizens and recreational users of Lake Superior.  The meeting gets underway at 6:30 pm.  To listen to the mayor’s comments about the public forum and it’s goals, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the city’ s website, please click “HERE“.

GETTIN’ OUT WHILE THE GETTIN’S GOOD!

A busy fun-filled weekend is ahead of us and you should take the time to get out and enjoy it!  Be safe and don’t be a news story for us on Monday!  Get on out and have fun!

FOURTH OF JULY JUST AROUND THE CORNER

DEB AND TOM IN THE STUDIO.

Deb Nance and Tom Tourville  of the Marquette Fourth of July Committee joined us recently for a full run-down of events and activities planned for the City of Marquette for the upcoming Fourth of July Holiday.  They included the schedule for the parade, food fest, fireworks, family events, kids activities and more.  To listen to the interview with Deb and Tom, please click “HERE” and for more information about Fourth of July events in Marquette, please click “HERE“.

PEACE, OUT!


That’s that, kids!  Have yourself a great weekend and we’ll pick this all up next week!


-Walt

GETTING READY FOR ANOTHER PACKED WEEKEND.

Yeah, it’s Thursday, but we spent a good amount of time today discussing events here in Marquette County that are going on this Friday, and beyond.  Why not?  Fridays are a great subject because they put everybody into a good mood and get you ready for the weekend.  So on that uplifting note, let’s get on with some Friday Marquette County talk!

THE MUSIC IS COMING TO THE PARK.

MUSICIAN WRANGLER, MIKE BEAUCHAMP.

Thanks to Mike Beauchamp for stopping in this morning to promote the third annual “Music in the Park” Bandshell Local Talent Performance Series at the Presque Isle Bandshell on Presque Isle in the city of Marquette.  The series features several local performers and is a free concert series that premieres this Friday night and will be held on most Friday nights throughout the summer.  For more information about the series and how to get involved, please click “HERE“.  For an excerpt of the interview with Mike Beauchamp, please click “HERE“.


RELAY FOR LIFE COMES TO MARQUETTE COUNTY.

SMILIN' CARL FULSHER

Show regular and cancer fighter Carl Fulsher joined us to give us an update of the Relay for Life going on this weekend at Al Quaal Recreation area in Ishpeming.  The event, which literally is a 24-hour long relay-based party in the park that serves as a celebration of those who are surviving cancer and a rememberance of those who have lost their battle with the deadly disease.  To listen to a portion of our interview with Carl Fulsher, take a moment and click “HERE“.


BACK AT IT TOMORROW!

Tomorrow is Friday.  We shall talk more about it then!

See Ya!


-Walt

A CHAT WITH SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW.

US SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW

Thanks to Michigan’s Junior United States Senator, Debbie Stabenow for joining us this morning to talk about a piece of legislation that has been approved by the US Senate that that clears the way for the transfer of approximately 5.5 acres of land from the U.S Coast Guard to the City of Marquette.  The Marquette City Commission voted 5-2 vote in September 2007 to approve the sale of a 1.5-acre parcel of waterfront property.  The City of Marquette began to take the necessary steps to obtain approximately 5.5 acres of land north of the museum on lighthouse point.  The land fell under the control of the Bureau of Land Management where it was decided that the land would become public trust or be eligible for protection under the National Lighthouse Preservation Act.  Legislative action was required to accelerate the land transfer.  In an effort to speed up the process of the land transfer, US-Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced and passed legislation under the Coast Guard Authorization bill that allows for a direct transfer of land between the City of Marquette and the Coast Guard.  Click “HERE” to listen to the interview.

M-DOT MEETS WITH THE PUBLIC TONIGHT ABOUT THE ROUNDABOUT.

M-DOT ENGINEER ANDY SIKKEMA

Andy Sikkema, Transportation Engineer with the Michigan Department of Transportation gave us the latest update on the planned modern roundabout construction at the US-41/Front Street intersection that will begin later this month and run through August.  Sikkema told us about a public meeting being held tonight in Marquette at the Citizen’s Forum at Lakeview Arena.  The meeting is being presented by M-DOT and the City of Marquette to answer the public’s questions about how to drive through the new roundabout and what the construction schedule will be for the project.  To listen to the interview please click “HERE“, and to be connected to the Department of Transportation website, click “HERE“.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS ISSUES FOR WOMEN IN MARQUETTE COUNTY.

MGH'S CINDY AMPE.

Cindy Ampe, Director of the Women’s and Children’s Center at Marquette General Health Systems stopped in with a run-down of an upcoming conference at the hospital that takes a closer look at health and wellness issues for women across Marquette County of all ages.  The free conference features two tracks of programming, one for younger women and the other for older women, is being held at the hospital in Marquette and on-line registration can be done at  Marquette General’s website.  To listen to Cindy’s morning show interview, please click “HERE“, and to log on to the Marquette General Health Systems website, please click “HERE“.

A UNIQUE WEST-END OF MARQUETTE COUNTY FOOD DRIVE.

FOOD DRIVE ORGANIZER DICK DERBY.

Dick Derby, organizer of the Project Ishpeming Food Pantry food drive joined us yesterday to tell us about the project.  The effort includes the distribution of four thousand bags in the City of Ishpeming that are to be filled with non-perishable food items, paper products and various hygiene product.  The plan is to then place the bags on the curb on Saturday morning to be picked up by volunteers.  The items will then be distributed to the Ishpeming Salvation Army and St. Vincent dePaul stores.  Dick also told us about how this project came to be and why folks need to fill the bags that show up at their homes.
To listen to the complete interview, please click “HERE“.

IT’S A NEW MONTH AND THE BLOG ROLLS ON!

Here it is…the month of April!  There is certainly a lot going on, and this blog is ready to reflect it!

So…here we go!

THE MARQUETTE CITY COMMISSION MAKES A DECISION.

MARQUETTE MAYOR JOHN KIVELA.

Following a unanimous vote by the Marquette City Commission to extend an offer to William Vajda, Marquette Mayor John Kivela joined us to discuss the details of how the decision was reached.  To listen to the comments of Mayor Kivela and what the next steps will be, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the City of Marquette’s official website, please click “HERE“.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES ON THE RADIO!

PASTOR TIM BERNARD.

Pastor Tim Bernard from Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette joined us to let us know the schedule for a special ecumenical Good Friday service going on at Messiah.  He also talked about why the service is set up like it is and how you can take part.  Listen to Pastor Tim’s comments by clicking “HERE“.

A SPECIAL EARTH ISSUES EVENT.

AIMEE CREE DUNN FROM NMU.

Aimee Cree Dunn with the Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University joined us to talk about the upcoming Indigenous Earth Issues Summit.  The event, planned for this upcoming Monday is running from 9-am to 9-pm and features a series of workshops and seminars looking at a wide variety of earth issues discussed from a Native American perspective.  There will also be a keynote address with educator Ward Churchill.  To listen to Aimee’s interview, please click “HERE“, and for more information from the Center’s website, please click “HERE“.

THE MONTH BEGINS!

So far, good weather and a lot of information.  What more could you ask for from Marquette County’s most community-connected morning radio show and super-duper blog!

Have a great Easter weekend!


CHEERS!


-Walt