MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Here’s the latest from the Michigan State Police concerning the wildfire smoke in the air over Marquette County.  We’ve included a recent statement from thew Michigan State Police as well.

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Officials with the Department of Natural Resources are letting people know that the strong smell and presence of smoke currently in our area is not due to any forest fires in Marquette County.  The smoke is coming from forest fires in Canada.  Officials say the smoky air is due to a so-called “smoke inversion” that is caused by the current air patterns over the U.P. and is bringing the smoke across Lake Superior.  The fires are being reported near Lake Winnipeg in Ontario, Canada.  The D-N-R does have planes up in our our area looking for fires, but so far none have been found. The smoky air should clear as weather conditions change over the next 24 to 48 hours.

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MICHIGAN STATE POLICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

7-19-2011


Canadian Forest Fires Causing Smoke over U.P.

 

A heavy layer of smoke covering the Central and Western Upper Peninsula is the result of forest fires burning in Ontario, Canada. Citizens across the affected area have been calling public safety officials with concerns about the smoke.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources spotter planes have been up this morning checking the area for the source of the smoke. Pilots report that the smoke is coming from Canada and is blowing across Lake Superior and over the Central and Western Upper Peninsula.

There are no reports of any fires in the Upper Peninsula.

For more on the path of the smoke, please click “HERE” for a map outlining areas in it’s path.

Your Commentator, Walt Lindala

Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio, Inc.) – Sometimes things happen in this world that don’t always make sense.  They leave you confused and lost.  You step back and wonder, “What just happened?  Why did it happen to me?”  Then something else happens and it all becomes clear as Lake Superior.

That happened to me this week right here at the radio station.

I’m not going to get into the details, but suffice it to say I was challenged to my very core to maintain my composure and resist the strong temptation to lash out in retaliatory attack.  I swallowed hard and kept my cool and moved on.  My colleagues commented to me later that they were very impressed with my ability to keep my cool and not make a rash move.

As time continued on, though,  it started to bother me privately that I had not fought back.  It really sat in my craw and ate away at me.   I WANTED to fight.  I WANTED to lash out.  The anger was beginning to really overtake everything else on my mind.  I was getting pretty ornery inside.

But then, something else happened.

I went on facebook earlier today and got a posting from one of my friends that read as follows:

Proverbs 29:11 declares, “A fool gives FULL VENT TO HIS ANGER, but a WISE MAN keeps HIMSELF UNDER CONTROL.”

Author Unknown, “Anger is one letter short of danger.”

Another Unknown, “The best times to keep your mouth shut are when you’re swimming and when you’re angry.”

Another, “An angry man is full of poison.”

BL…Whatever or whoever angers you, conquers you!

Love is Patient and kind! — Chris D’Amico

It was totally unsolicited and was simply a posting from a friend who knew nothing about my situation, but I needed it.  As I read those words, I felt the anger rush out of me and a feeling of peace and strength replaced it.

I listened, learned and grew.  That was truly a happy accident.

I now know that by maintaining my composure and not losing my cool, I became the better man, the winner and the one who succeeded.  I focused my energy on positive actions and moved ahead.

Short, quick and thoughtless words hurt me and angered me in the first place, but other unexpected and important, eloquent words healed me.

If you feel beat down by anger or resentment, let it go.  If negative energy is running your life, stop and drop it.  Don’t give it the power.  Don’t give in.  Clear your head, find your center and focus on positivity.

If you can’t find it where you are at, then take the steps to make the changes you need to find your peace.  It may not be easy at first, but I know it’s worth it.

-Walt Lindala

Linda Hoath, Executive Director, Sault Area Convention and Vistor's Bureau.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A Michigan landmark will open its doors to the public, when the Soo Locks hosts its annual open house, known as Soo Locks Engineer’s Day, tomorrow in Sault St. Marie, MI.  The day celebrates the engineers who built the locks, the men and women who have worked on the locks and the men and women who still do.

Linda Hoath, Executive Director of the Sault Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau joined Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to invite everyone to make the trip to explore the Soo Locks complex and enjoy the rare opportunity to walk across the Lock walls.

She explained how the locks make it possible for freighters to traverse the 21-foot drop between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. To obtain a real understanding of how this engineering marvel works, only a visit will do.

To listen to the interview, please click “HERE“.  For more about the activities and events going on in the Soo, please click “HERE” for the Sault St. Marie CVB website.

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

OK!  ENOUGH ALREADY!  I’VE HAD ENOUGH!

THE VIEW ACROSS THE PARKING LOT AT 6:25 AM.

I know, I know.  We live in a northern climate.

Marquette County is always known for two seasons…Winter and Construction.  But come on!!

It’s Spring by the calendar!  No more snow!  C’mon…say it with me!  No more snow!

I mean take a look at the parking lot outside of the studio this morning, all dusted up with fresh snow!  FEH!!

 

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP PRESENTS IT’S VISION.

 

DENNIS LIIMATTA AND RANDY GIRARD.

Randy Girard, Marquette Township Manager and Dennis Liimatta, Marquette Township Supervisor stopped in at the Sunny Studios this morning to preview a special event coming up on April 16th at the Vandenboom School.  They shared the purpose of the event and how folks can take part.

It’s a community based event that features live music, refreshments and a chance for Marquette Township residents to find out more about the future planning vision for the Township.

You can find out more by listening to the interview by clicking “HERE“.  For more information about the event and Marquette Township, please click “HERE“.

 

ANOTHER SPECIAL EVENT IS IN THE WORKS.

 

EVENT ORGANIZER AND MUSICIAN ROGER RHODES.

Roger Rhodes, Organizer of the Care Clinic Benefit Concert, joined Mark & Walt today to outline the event.  It is being held this Saturday at the Lake Superior Christian Church near the Crossroads on M-553.

The event features several musical acts and gets underway at 6-pm.

You can get more information about the event by listening to Roger’s interview.  To listen in, please click “HERE“.

For more about the beneficiary of the benefit, The Care Clinic, please click “HERE” for their website.

 

THAT’S ANOTHER WRAP!

 

That puts the wraps on another day, and it may be a bit snowy, but in the end I guess it’s OK.  It’s better than a firestorm!

 

CHEERS!

-Walt

HELPING TO TRAIN THE FUTURE.

A REFLECTIVE LOOK AT THE GROUP IN THE SUNNY 101.9 STUDIOS THIS MORNING.

Thanks to all of the folks with the Lake Superior Community Partnership Leadership Academy for stopping in this morning to tour our new facilities.  They are part of an ongoing series developed by the LSCP to give future and current business and community leaders insight into the business community here in Marquette County.  Today was “media day”, which is an opportunity for those in the program to visit and tour local media outlets such as us, TV6 and the Mining Journal.

AN ATTENTIVE GROUP ASSEMBLES IN THE SUNNY STUDIO.

They are also visiting other businesses in our community to find out more about how they operate and how they “tick” so to speak.

You can log on to the Lake Superior Community Partnership website by clicking “HERE” to find out more about the program and the rest of the things going on at the LSCP.

WEATHER RELATED SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR TODAY IN OUR LISTENING AREA:

CLOSURES:

AuTrain-Onota Schools

Munising Public Schools

Munising Headstart

Munising Baptist School

Munising Public Library

2-HOUR DELAYS:

Chassell Township Schools

Dollar Bay/Tamarack Area Schools

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FOR ALGER COUNTY:

…LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS AND BITTERLY COLD THROUGH FRIDAY…

.A BITTERLY COLD AIR MASS MOVING ACROSS LAKE SUPERIOR WILL
CONTINUE TO PRODUCE LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS TODAY IN NORTHWEST LAKE EFFECT SNOW BELTS. THE LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS WILL BE HEAVIEST EAST OF MARQUETTE. THERE WILL ALSO BE SOME BLOWING SNOW THIS MORNING…ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR AS NORTHWEST WINDS GUST TO 35 MPH.
THE NORTHWEST WINDS WILL DROP WIND CHILLS OVER INTERIOR WESTERN UPPER MICHIGAN TOWARD 25 BELOW ZERO THIS MORNING.

MICHIGAN WINTER TRAVEL INFORMATION:

During this wintry stretch, we know that travel can be somewhat hazardous and quite a challenge.  So, in an effort to help out those of you who may be hitting the road and need to know the latest road conditions around the state, here is some important information for your use.

FOR THE LATEST ROAD CONDITION REPORTS FROM THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE, PLEASE CLICK “HERE“.

FOR THE LATEST INFO BY PHONE CALL: 1-800-381-8477.

A MILESTONE IN GREAT LAKES MARITIME HISTORY MARKS AN ANNIVERSARY.

THE EDMUND FITZGERALD.

Today is the 35-th anniversary of the loss of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in a Lake Superior storm off Whitefish Point in 1975. Memorial services are planned today around the state for the captain and crew that were lost in the tragedy, immortalized in song by Canadian folk-singer Gordon Lightfoot and still recalled when November storms roll across the Great Lakes. None of the 29 on board has ever been recovered and the bodies are believed to be entombed within the wreck. At 7 o’clock this evening, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point will hold its 15th annual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Service. In honor of the 29 lost crew members, the bell, from the ship, is rung 29 times, with a 30th ring for all mariners lost on the Great Lakes.


A CLOSER LOOK AT THE LEGEND OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD.

FRED STONEHOUSE.

Maritime Historian Fred Stonehouse of Marquette joined us on the “Mark & Walt in the Morning” show to discuss the significance of the Fitzgerald in Great Lakes history and to analyze why this particular shipwreck has evolved into legend.  He raises some very interesting points in the conversation and also brings an historical perspective to the table.  It’s definitely worth giving it a listen.

To listen to the complete interview from the show, please click “HERE“.  To log on to Fred Stonehouse’s website for more about his writings and research about shipwrecks and many other aspects about Great Lakes maritime history, click “HERE“.

REMEMBER THOSE WHO WE HAVE LOST TO THE LAKES.

On this day of commemorating the men lost on the Edmund Fitzgerald, the ship’s bell ringing ceremony serves two important purposes.  One is to honor the 29 men lost on the Fitz, and the second is to remember and honor ALL men and women who have lost their lives on the Great Lakes.  Their memory is symbolized in the ringing of the bell for the 30-th time.  Remember them all today with respect, honor and dignity.  And above all, honor and respect the Great Lakes for their power and majesty.

RESPECTFULLY,

-Walt