MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A local business is volunteering time and staff to help folks in the Marquette area get home safely if the overindulge on New Year’s Eve.

JLM Snow Removal is offering free rides to anyone in Marquette, Marquette Township or Chocolay Township in an effort to keep our roads safe from drunk drivers.

The number to call to get a ride is 226-0596.

Jim Meyers, owner and operator of JLM Snow Removal, joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark & Walt in the Morning today to promote the service.  Jim says this is the fourth year in a row that they are providing the rides and hopes those who need them will use them.

To listen to the interview with Jim, please click on the audio link provided below:

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Jacobetti Administrator Brad Slagle.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Brad Slagle, administrator at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, joined Mark & Walt in the Morningtoday to chat about the items the home needs for the veterans who reside there.

The entire list of the items that are requested and more are listed below.  Please take a moment and print off this list to take it with you as you do your last minute holiday shopping and pick up some of the items.

You can drop them off at our offices at the Superior Lanes building in Marquette Township or at the Biolife Facility on Hawley Street in Marquette.

To listen to the interview with Brad Slagle, please click on the link below:

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DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans Holiday Wish List

Priority Items

Sponsorship of Special Bingo events. These are very popular with our Members!

Donations to purchase magazine subscriptions (hunting, fishing, “large print” publications, Time, Newsweek, Reminisce, Ladies Home Journal, Military Stories, farming, gardening, computer world, hobbies, etc.)

Donations for the Members Activities Program. This covers a wide and diversified range of in-Home and community sponsored activities and recreation. Examples: movies, concerts, plays, bowling, variety of sports, YMCA swimming, musicians, comedians, parties, singers, travelogues, karaoke, scenic and historic site tours, CD’s, wood shop, ceramics, shop, greenhouse, and cooking class.

Monetary donations towards JEEP (Jake’s Environmental Enhancement Program) to assist with purchasing food, maintenance of fish tanks, aviaries, veterinarian costs, purchase of plants for member rooms, and painted murals.

Donations to support the “Member Assistance Fund” which assist veterans to cover expenses in such critical areas as vision, dental and hearing care.

Monetary donations towards telephones for Member rooms.

Monetary donations for After Hours Dining Experience ($13.00 each member).

Monetary donations for oxygen tank holders for backs of wheelchairs. $26ea

Monetary donations for Roho low profile wheelchair cushions. $200 and up

Monetary donations for arm/leg/heal protectors.

Monetary donation for shadow boxes – $240.00 each

Monetary donation towards replacement straps for Broda Chairs – approx. $8 each

Universal Remotes for TVs

Neck pillows

AA and AAA Rechargeable Batteries

47” Flat Panel TV (for 2nd Floor Dayroom. (Wii Game/Alternate viewing) $1488 appx.

Writing Materials

New postage stamps for our Members correspondence to family and friends (given to “non-incomer’s”)

Clothing Items – Sizes L, XL, XXL especially: Clothing should be NEW.

Shoes: Sizes 10, 10-1/2, 11, 11-1/2, Wide (D or DD) with Velcro Straps

Flannel pajamas

Sweat suits (tops & bottom’s) a much requested item. XXXL Shirts, Large sweatpants 48-50 in. waist

Wide Suspenders

Gloves (for wheelchair members)

(1) XXXXL winter coat

(1) XXXXL spring/fall coat

New tennis shoes/jogger type shoes (Velcro bindings/lacing when possible)

Ankle socks and over the calf socks

Regular hankies

Please Note: We do not accept items in need of cleaning, repairs or dry cleanable items.

All donated items are distributed as needed to all Members.

Comfort Items

Monetary donations for comfort items are appreciated.

Denture adhesive & cleaner


Shaving supplies

Soft bristle tooth brushes


Beauty Shop/Barber Shop

Monetary donations for Members’ hair care (in-house beauty salon/haircuts)

Greenhouse Items


Live plants

Hanging pots

Starter trays with no holes

Wood Shop Program

Our wood shop is accessible and “user friendly” for all of our Members. Monetary donations for needed supplies are always greatly appreciated.


Christian books

Monetary donations for crafts & ceramics

Large wheelchair bags

Variety of shoelaces

Word Search puzzle books

Radios for member rooms

Walkman style radios/cassette players for wheelchair members



Mark, Grinch, Walt.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The extremely unpopular Grinch showed up this morning in the studios of Sunny 101.9, WKQS and crashed Mark and Walt in the Morning.

The ubiquitous Grinch popped in on Mark Evans as he was innocently delivering the day’s weather forecast shortly after 8 o’clock this morning.  The Grinch used the opportunity to announce to the listeners of his plans to steal the Christmas Tree scheduled to be lit tonight in Marquette Township.

According to the Grinch, stealing the tree will crush the Christmas spirit of Marquette Township as they attempt to start this new tradition.  Mark reminded the Grinch that there will be law enforcement officials out on the lookout for him tonight and that Marquette County Sheriff Mike Lovelace has promised to keep the tree and the spirit safe.

To listen to the Grinch’s overtaking of Mark’s forecast, please click the link below:

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Marquette Township Manager Randy Girard.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– The inaugural Christmas Tree lighting ceremony is fast approaching in Marquette Township and the planning is continuing for all of the festivities.

Randy Girard, Marquette Township Manager, joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning this week to discuss the latest developments in the event.

Randy explained the schedule and a lot more, and to listen to his interview, please click the link below:

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LeAnne Kachmarsky from Marquette Township.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Marquette Township is presenting it’s inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 6pm.

LeAnne Kachmarsky, with Marquette Township, joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning to invite the public to “Catch the Christmas Spirit with Marquette Township” at the Westwood Mall parking lot near the main mall entrance.

The evening with will feature a variety of family-friendly activities including music, sleigh rides, a visit from Santa Claus as well as the tree lighting ceremony.  Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive on a Marquette Township Firetruck at 6pm to light the tree, and the Marquette Redman Chorale will be performing selected holiday songs and after the lighting ceremony.

Due to reports that a “Grinch” may be on the loose in the Township, disrupting the Christmas Spirit and looking to prevent the tree lighting ceremony, Marquette County Sheriff Mike Lovelace will be patrolling the area.  Lovelace says he is committed to making sure the Grinch doesn’t run away with the Marquette Township Christmas Spirit!

To hear more about the events, please click the link below to listen to the interview:

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Marquette Township Manager Randy Girard

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – Marquette Township is coordinating an emergency services exercise at Lost Creek tomorrow.  Area fire departments, EMS, law enforcement, dispatch, emergency management, Citizen Emergency Response Team, Salvation Army and Red Cross will test their abilities to communicate and coordinate evacuation and shelter in place strategies after a mock explosion.

Township Manager Randy Girard joined Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning to discuss the exercise which offers an opportunity to evaluate the Marquette County and Marquette Township Emergency Operations Plans.

Girard says they are asking Marquette Township residents and visitors to avoid the area of Lost Creek from the hours of 8am to 12:30pm, if possible.  There will be many emergency vehicles staging at the Marquette Township Hall in the morning with an increased volume of traffic in the area.

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Marquette Township Fireman and Trustee Dan Pompo.

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – A popular event designed to get neighbors and community members acquainted with their law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel is coming up this Saturday in Marquette.  The Marquette Township Fire Department is hosting a “National Day Out” gathering as part of events going on at Lions Field.

Marquette Township Fire Department Captain and Township Board of Trustees Member Dan Pompo joined Sunny 101.9’s Mark & Walt in the Morning today to preview what’s going on this weekend.  He outlined what departments will be taking part in the event and also what food items are being cooked up by the firemen for purchase by the general public.

To find out more about what’s happening at Lions Field in Marquette Township this Saturday, please click “HERE” to listen to this morning’s interview with Dan.

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Marquette Township Manager Randy Girard.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Marquette Township is hosting a full 0ut community day on Saturday, August 6th.  The event will be held at Lions Field in the Township and will run from 11-am to at least 4-pm.  Word is, though, that the event will continue past that posted time.

Township Manager Randy Girard stopped in at the Sunny 101.9 Studios this morning to chat with Mark and Walt in the Morning about the day’s events.  He gave a complete run-down of the schedule and a good amount of background about how the overall restoration of Lions Field came to be.

To listen to the interview with Manager Girard, please click “HERE“.  For more about Marquette Township. please click “HERE

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Marquette Township Manager Randy Girard

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Marquette Township Board of Trustees is currently looking for input from Township residents concerning a series of proposals for relocation or renovation of the Township’s administrative and service facilities.

Marquette Township Manager Randy Girard recently spoke with Great Lakes Radio News and outlined the efforts of the Board to gather input about four separate proposals.  The proposals are currently under review by the Board and public comment is being taken at a forum being held during the public comment section of their regular meetings.

To hear about the four options currently being considered and how you can provide input to the Board, please click “HERE” to listen to the comments of Manager Girard.  For more about Marquette Township, please visit their website by clicking “HERE“.

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LeAnne Kachmarsky, Chair, Community Events Committee, Marquette Township.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Marquette Township officials are planning a special day focusing on recent upgrades at one of the township’s most popular ballfields  as well as other activities.

LeAnne Kachmarsky, chair of the Marquette Township Community Events Committee, joined Mark Evans and Walt Lindala this morning to discuss activites planned for Saturday, August 6th.  The main focus of the event will be on the formal unveiling of renovations to Lions Field, but there will also be a National Noon and Night Out, community picnic, Texaco Country Showdown and more going on.

To listen to the interview with LeAnne, please click “HERE“.  For more about Marquette Township events and activities, please click “HERE“.