Marquette Township Business Association’s 8th Annual “Catch the Vision” Car Show and Cruise

Spectators enjoyed the display of over 100 cars!

Spectators enjoyed the display of over 100 cars!

Marquette, MI  –  June 17, 2017  –  With all new events at this years “Catch the Vision” Car Show and Cruise, this year’s annual event was better than ever! We saw countless smiling faces and some pretty impressive burn outs.

Exhibitors joined us around 10am to line up their cars in the Westwood Mall parking lot while spectators filed in promptly around 11am. We had cars from every classic era as well as a modern flashy sports car or two. Despite all of the spectacular automobiles on site, my favorite vehicles were a little more boxy… The food trucks including Midnight Blues BBQ and Superior Mobile Koney, were set up around the edge of the exhibition to make sure the only thing growling today was those shiny engines!

The growling really got going at 11:30am with the start of “Rev It Up”. All of the exhibitors climbed into their vehicles to show of those engines and put the pedal to the metal! It was quite the display as hundreds of engines revved in the lot.

Following “Rev It Up” we immediately set up for the next big event of the day – The “Burn Out” sponsored by Pomp’s Tire. After taking all of the necessary safety precautions, we hooked up vehicle after vehicle to Crossroads Truck Repair’s wrecker starting with the Great Lakes Radio WRUP Van! GLR Staff Member Jerry, got to climb into the drives seat and show everyone in the audience it was done in the WRUP Van. Exactly as promised there was a lot of noise and a lot of smoke!

Congrats to the Lions Club 50/50 winner. He took home $184!

Congrats to the Lions Club 50/50 winner. He took home $184!

Todd and Jerry took over the event once the smoke cleared to start giving away all of our raffle prizes. With over 90 prizes to give away people throughout the crowd went home a happy winner! Ball caps from Fox Negaunee and Black Rocks Brewery where among the prizes Todd gave out. Pomp’s Tire also donated free oil changes as a gift and really neat screw driver flash light kits. The $184 50/50 raffle from the Lions Club went to an exhibitor and local resident in Skandia with our “Best in Show” prize going to Jason McCarthy and Marquette Detailing.

As the raffle wrapped up, car show vehicle owners started to pack up for the annual Classic Car Cruise! The cars filed out of the Westwood Mall parking lot to start their tour around Marquette Township to end a great day of fun.

Special thanks to Marquette Township Business Association, Pomp’s Tire, Crossroads Truck Repair, BiggyBy Coffee, and all of our amazing raffle prize sponsors.

Listen to the live audio from the event below!
Major Discount and Randy Girard invite you to “Catch the Vision”
Crossroads Truck Repair showed-up to help with the burnout
Major Discount checking-out all the awesome cars
So many cool cars to see at the Catch the Vision Car Show

Catch the Vision with Major Discount and Jerry
Meg from Bigby’s Coffee was there too
Bill tires to pick out his favorite car at the show
Bruce talking about the cars that he’s ready to check out
There was even a steam-powered thresher on display
Pete LaRoux having a blast
Live from the Westwood Mall parking lot with Joe
Ryan Ranguette joins Major Discount

Enjoy our highlight reel!


Marquette’s Newest Extended Stay Hotel, My Place Holds Grand Opening

Marquette, MI  –  May 3, 2017  –  My Place Economy Extended Stay Hotel kicked off their Grand Opening tonight and it was a great turn out! Marquette’s newest hotel hosted their event from 4:30p – 6:30p this evening, inviting the public to join.

Starting at 4:30 PM, the hotel Frank Stabile hotel owner and Marquette Township Business Association President took the front of the room for the their ribbon cutting ceremony. Joined by the Lake Superior Community Partnership, Frank snipped the ribbon, signifying the hotel’s “official” opening.

Following the ceremony, we witness the first dollar presentation from MTBA before customized tours of the hotel started. Visitors were given slips to get signed at each tour stop. Once each location was hit, guests returned their slips for a chance to win five great prizes! Visitors enjoyed a chance to see all of the hotel’s amenities including guest laundry and storage facilities and the My Store complete with a variety of foods, beverages, cookware, and utensils. My Place is very proud of their My Store being that it is the largest convenience store found in any hotel. The hotel also just acquired it’s liquor license and will soon start carrying beer and wine in the store.

The My Place My Store!

Another great amenity at My Place is the hotel’s Breakfast in Bed special. With this deal, hotel guests can order their breakfast from a set menu the night before. Staff bring the breakfasts to each rooms so guests have their breakfasts in their rooms, ready to eat any time!

Since there is no fitness center on site, My Place also partnered with Anytime Fitness Marquette for a special hotel work out deal. Hotel residents just need to bring their card to Anytime Fitness Marquette and they will be given free access to the entire facility for exercise and tanning!

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter was also on site for the Grand Opening collecting donations from their UPAWS Wishlist. People donated money as well for a chance to take a spin the prize wheel. Gifts included free night stays, t-shirts, travel mugs, coozies, sunglasses, key chains, and wine bottle openers.

Catching up with owner, Frank Stabile, he stated that the hotel was doing very well. “Everything had gone according to plan” and they were very pleased with today’s turn out as well. Around 6:15 the final prize drawings stated including 2 overnight stays at My Place Marquette, a $100 gift card to Midway Rentals and Sales, a gift basket from Guy’s Place, and a 18×24 framed print of Marquette’s Black Rocks.

Overall, the event was a success. During the two hour period, the general manager estimated they’d seen over one hundred new faces!

Check out pictures from today’s event:

The 2016 Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting Ceremony with the Marquette Township Business Association

These to MTBA members were giving out free cookies and juice

These two Marquette Township Special Events Committee members were giving out free cookies and juice

Marquette, MI  –  December 7, 2016  –  Despite the brutal wind, it was a great evening at Westwood Mall as we enjoyed the Marquette Township Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting Ceremony of 2016, brought to you in part by the Marquette Township Business Association.

The mall parking lot was packed with families as Todd and Naomi Noordyk welcomed everyone to the event. The duo and their accompanist lead the crowd in classic Christmas hits.

We were happy to see a strong turn out this evening as everyone came out to see the tree and of course, Santa. Before Santa arrived we had a nasty visitor though! The Grinch showed his face in the crowd tonight and even made his way onto the stage to try and steal Christmas! Thankfully the Marquette County Sheriffs Department was around to catch that Grinch before he got on with his awful plan! They tied the Grinch up and took him away, just in time for Santa to arrive.

There was no Rudolph this time, but Marquette Fire Department was kind enough to bring Santa right into the Westwood Mall parking lot for us! Making his way through the crowd, Santa wished everyone a “Merry Christmas” and asked kids what they hoped to get for Christmas this year. Santa then made his way to the Great Lakes Radio stage to give us the big tree lighting count down. With 20 seconds on the clock, everyone in the crowd joined in for the count down… “20, 19, 18 …”

Without a moment’s hesitation the lights flickered on and the colors looked amazing! They sure picked a nice tree for this year’s Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting Ceremony.

After the tree was lit, Santa invited everyone into the Westwood Mall for refreshments from Honor Credit Union, BIGGBY COFFEE, and the MTBA. Everyone rushed in for popcorn, cookies and something warm to drink before lining up to their a picture with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick.

All and all, it was another successful Catch the Vision Township Event brought to you by the MTBA and many other sponsors! Thanks to all of the parties that made this evening possible, Great Lakes Radio, Honor Credit Union, BIGGBY COFFEE, Westwood Mall, Super One Foods, and of course, everyone from the Marquette Township Business Association.

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Marquette Township Enjoys Perfect Weather for 5th Annual Community Day

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The weather was perfect for a community gathering with live music, great food from the Lions, and sporting events!

Marquette, MI  –  We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather for Marquette Township’s 5th Annual Community Day on Saturday, August 1st.

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The street hockey tournament on the new rink was a lot of fun. We event had NHL left wing for the Boston Bruins, Justin Florek playing!

The day kicked off with two sports tournaments: street hockey on the new ice rink and softball in the diamond. Sports enthusiasts enjoyed playing and watching the tournaments throughout the day. Baseball fans were thrilled when the Old Timers took the field in the afternoon for an exhibition game between Marquette and Negaunee.

Live music started at noon with the Country Showdown on Great Lakes Radio’s big stage. The Country Showdown is in its 34th year and is the largest country music talent search in the U.S. For more information about the Country Showdown and to see more pictures of the contestants, click here.

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Country Showdown contestants ready to perform!

Congratulations and good luck to the winner of the showdown: Joey Enright! He now joins the Beats Workin’ Band (winners of 103 FXD’s July 3rd competition) at the State Finals.

The Flat Broke Blues Band entertained everyone with their mix of blues and R&B classics and their own original songs as well. Always a local favorite, Flat Broke was well received by the crowd at Lions Field Recreation Area. Live music continued with the Dead River Band until evening.

The MTBA supports Marquette Township’s Catch the Vision events, a series of community-focused events that showcase Marquette Township as a great place to live, work, and play. The next Catch the Vision event will be the township tree lighting in December.

 

Catch the Vision Community Day at Lions Field on August 1st!

2015 Catch The Vision Community Day

Bring your Family to the Catch the Vision Community Day on August 1st

Marquette Township, MI  –  The Marquette Township Catch the Vision series of events are all community-focused events that showcase Marquette Township as a great place to live, work, and play. One more event is scheduled for this summer: the Catch the Vision Community Day at Lions Field is set for Saturday, August 1st.

With the skating rink finished this year, in addition to the annual softball tournament and Old Timers exhibition game between Marquette and Negaunee, another street hockey tournament is scheduled! You’ll find something to entertain everyone in your family.

The little ones will enjoy the kiddie park, bounce houses, and games. Softball and hockey tournaments start at 9 am, fire trucks and rescue vehicle will be on display, enjoy concessions by the Lions, a Country Showdown competition, and even LIVE music from the Flat Broke Blues Band and the Dead River Band.

Bring your entire family to the Lions Field Recreational Area in Marquette Township on Saturday, August 1st and enjoy a day of fun for the whole community!

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Marquette Township Special Events Committee Members Pete LaRue, Brian Claus, and Todd Noordyk pose with the Ref and Teams

Marquette Township, MI –  June was a busy month for the Marquette Township Special Events Committee, the driving force behind the Catch the Vision events in the township, with the Catch the Vision Street Hockey on June 20 and the Catch the Vision Annual Car Show & Cruise on June 27.

Catch the Vision 3 on 3 Hockey Tournament

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No shortage of fast paced action or great sportsmanship here!

Several teams registered to play in this fast-paced event and, although the weather threatened the tournament, enough teams turned out to make the event a success. The teams enjoyed the cool breeze as they ran back and forth across the full length of the rink.

Originally scheduled for March, the Special Events Committee rescheduled the event due to the unseasonable thaw that melted the ice and left us with a flooded rink. The original hockey tournament on ice was a great idea, but the street hockey event generated more interest in the hockey rink than anyone could have guessed and the teams are looking forward to the next tournament at the Catch the Vision Community Day on Saturday, August 1.

Catch the Vision Annual Car Show & Cruise

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The weather was perfect, the cars were beautiful, and everyone had a good time!

The Applebee’s parking lot was packed with classic muscle cars, rare antique vehicles, and custom mods. The weather was perfect and the hundreds of people showed up to take advantage of the beautiful weather and even more beautiful cars.

Many local businesses donated prizes to the car show and after all the prizes were distributed to the participants, all the cars lined up for a scenic cruise through the township. What a great day for a beautiful drive through the township and around Presque Isle.

The Marquette Township Special Events Committee thanked the businesses and organizations who supported the show, including Applebee’s of Marquette, Marquette Township, the Marquette Township Business Association, Advance Auto, Aubree’s Pizza, Auto Armor, Driven Sound & Security, Embroidery Wear House, Frei Chevrolet, Good Looks Auto Detailing, Great Lakes Radio, Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, Honor Credit Union, Hoover’s Auto Body, Napa Auto Parts, Pomp’s Tire Service, Quality Car Care Center, Riverside, Super One Foods, Tadych’s Econo Foods, and Willey’s Tire Shop.

 

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Catch the Christmas Spirit in Marquette Township Tomorrow Night

The tree, donated by Ken Ceckiewicz, was adorned with lights just this morning.

The tree, donated by Ken Ceckiewicz, was adorned with lights just this morning.

Marquette Township, Michigan – December 1, 2014 – Catch the annual Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting Ceremony tomorrow night. Santa’s coming to Marquette Township to throw the big switch and light the Township Christmas Tree.

This year, the Marquette Township Christmas Tree is extra special. The 30-foot Blue Spruce was planted more than 20 years ago by Vietnam Veteran Ken Ceckiewicz. It is the first tree ever donated to the township by a township resident.

Santa will light the official Marquette Township Christmas Tree tomorrow night at the tree lighting ceremony that kicks off at 6pm. The Blue Spruce is on display now in front of the Westwood Mall near the mall sign and this morning, tree was adorned with lights and a brand new star made by Luke Noordyk.
Township Supervisor Dennis Liimatta said the Grinch has been sighted around Marquette Township again, but we don’t need to worry because the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department will have deputies on hand tomorrow night to keep the township tree lighting ceremony safe.

Township Supervisor Dennis Liimatta came down to the tree decorating ceremony to lend a hand and keep an eye on the Grinch

Township Supervisor Dennis Liimatta came down to the tree decorating ceremony to lend a hand and keep an eye on the Grinch

Come on down to Marquette Township tomorrow and enjoy Christmas Carols sung by the Marquette Redmen Chorale, tractor-drawn hayrides, cookies and juice, and even pictures with Santa Claus himself inside the Westwood Mall. The festivities start at 6 pm in the mall parking lot by Applebee’s.
 
 
 
 

More Work on Township Welcome Signs

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Bill with Superior Oasis planting perennials to improve the eastbound US 41 welcome sign.

Marquette Township, Michigan  –  October 17, 2014  –  Additional beautification work and preparation of the was done on the eastbound Township Welcome Sign. Frank Stabile and Bill with Superior Oasis planted some perennials and did the final prep work for the planting area for winter.

The beautification of the welcome signs has been an ongoing joint effort between the MTBA and the Township Board. Beautification will continue in the spring with plans to spruce up the remaining welcome signs in the township.