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UPSDA President Pat Torreano.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Uncharacteristic weather conditions so far this winter have resulted in some changes to the running of the UP 200 and Midnight Run sled dog races.

Pat Torreano, President of the UP Sled Dog Association, stopped in at the Sunny 101.9 studios this morning to outline the changes.  The main change to announce was that the start of the UP 200 will NOT be held in downtown Marquette this year.  The race will start in Chatham on Friday, February 17th at 8:00 pm .

There will, however, be a ceremonial start of the Midnight Run in Downtown Marquette at 7:10 pm.  30 mushers with 8-dog teams will depart in the usual manner as seen for the start of the UP 2oo.

Torreano emphasized that for spectators, the starting ceremonies in Marquette will not seem different at all.  But for mushers and their teams, these changes are very important.

To listen to the interview with Pat Torreano, please click on the audio link below:

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To visit the UPSDA website, please click “HERE”.

 

YOUR GREAT LAKES CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

GLCYD'S ANN GONYEA.

Ann Gonyea, with the Great Lakes Center For Youth Development joined us in the studios to talk about “sparks”.  No, not those kinds of sparks!  What she meant was those inklings and early drives people feel as children to follow certain interests.  For example, athletics, music, art or even wanting to do radio!  Many time as we mature, we put those sparks out or on the back shelf and go on with our lives.  Ann told us about a program that focuses on those sparks in area youth to develop them and use them to develop the youth into productive and effective community leaders.  To listen to the interview with Ann, please click “HERE“, and to go to the website for the GLCYD agency, please click “HERE“.

SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN MICHIGAN, THE SUMMERTIME VERSION!!

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE'S MATT ZIKA.

Matt Zika, with the National Weather Service Office in Negaunee Township, joined us again to talk about Severe Weather Awareness Week, this time looking at the summertime version with strong thunderstorms, tornadoes and more.  Matt told us about the importance of having a working weather radio and being aware of changing weather conditions to be ready for any summertime severe weather that may move across our area.  He also talked about the latest round of storm spotter training going on over the next few weeks in all counties here in Upper Michigan and how anyone who is interested in learning more about being a storm spotter this summer season.  To listen in to Matt’s interview, please click “HERE” and to head on over to the National Weather Service, please click “HERE“.

A LOCAL BUSINESS DOES WELL.

COUNTRY INN & SUITES GM GAIL ANTHONY.

Gail Anthony, General Manager of the Country Inn & Suites in Marquette joined us to talk about a great recognition recently awarded to the hotel as the Carlson Hotels’ 2009 Hotel of the Year.  This is the first time that a Country Inn & Suites has won this international award and according to Anthony, it was an unexpected and surprising honor.  So a popular lodging establishment in little ol’ Marquette has gained some international exposure.  To listen to Gail’s comments, please click “HERE“.