Marquette Township Lit Up By Santa Claus & Community Cheer


Santa poses with the Honor Credit Union team on the big stage at the Marquette Township Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting

Marquette, MI  –  December 9, 2015  –  Santa Claus came to the township last night to light up the township Christmas tree in front of the Westwood Mall and the community came out in record numbers to take part in the fun.

The Grinch stole the airwaves at Great Lakes Radio and then slunk away to cause trouble at Biggby Coffee. He even showed up at the tree lighting ceremony while the Marquette Redmen Chorale was singing, but the Sheriff’s department was there to stop him and save Christmas for the township!

MTBA Chairman Frank Stabile welcomed the community to the event and spoke about the township and how the MTBA supports township businesses and community events like the Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting event. Several businesses helped to make this event a success.

Many thanks to Super One Foods for providing Christmas cookies for the kids, Biggby Coffee for bringing in their delicious coffee for the grownups, and Honor Credit Union who brought over 300 bags of popcorn for the crowd. Great Lakes Radio provided the big stage and Christmas music from the Gift 106.1 FM, their Christmas music station.

The continued support of organizations, businesses, and the community truly make Marquette Township a great place to live, work, and play.

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Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday Evening


Marquette Township, MI  –  December 7, 2015  –  Santa Claus is coming to Marquette Township tomorrow night to bring Christmas Cheer and help everyone Catch the Christmas Spirit thanks to all the local businesses who pitch in every year to make this event happen.

This year we’ve got another Marquette Township tree donated by resident Jim O’Dovero. This majestic tree stands 33 feet tall and will be very visible from the highway when lit. Special thanks to Rusty Bowers and his son for taking care of the appearances of Santa and the Grinch and also to the Marquette Township Fire Department and the firemen that “fly” Santa on the fire truck to the big stage.

Local businesses stepped forward to donate goodies for the event. Landon at Biggby Coffee provided hot coffee for township residents to warm up with, Super One Foods of Marquette donated cookies and apple juice, and Ross at Honor Credit Union popped a bunch of delicious popcorn for the Honor team to distribute at the event.

Ellen at the Westwood Mall did a great job once again – the mall is a beautiful place to take pictures of Santa and warm up after the tree lighting. Township business owner Todd Noordyk provided the stage and Christmas music from the Gift 106.1 FM. Luke Noordyk who works in the township and is a personality on Sunny.FM afternoons spearheaded the setup and lighting of the tree. Jan Brodersen is bringing the Marquette Chorale to sing Christmas Carols on the big Great Lakes Radio stage again.

Many thanks to Township Manager Randy Girard, the Marquette Township Board, and employees of the fastest growing township in Michigan for making it the best place to live, work, and play.

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Marquette Township Business Association’s First Official Meeting as a Non-Profit Corporation

Marquette Township Business AssociationMarquette Township, MI  –  September 15, 2015  –  The Marquette Township Business Association met during the lunch hour today at Perkins of Marquette. This is the organization’s first meeting since incorporating in June of this year as a non-profit corporation.

As a newly incorporated organization, the first order of business was the re-election of board members and executive board members. The MTBA adopted new bylaws and discussed a number of housekeeping issues related to the recent incorporation.

Township officials at the meeting shared their knowledge and insight with the board on many current issues relevant to township businesses and residents. The MTBA remains a conduit to township officials with both the Treasurer and Planning & Zoning Administrator presenting monthly at the meetings.

Township Board Treasurer Ernie Johnson’s report included tax information, budget planning sessions, the improvements at Lions Field, the plan for road improvement in the township, the old township hall, changes in board membership, and an update on the Dark Store situation.

Township Planning & Zoning Administrator Jason McCarthy talked about the stellar opening for Dairy Queen, the progression of the road project, new ordinances that passed, the overhaul of the township website, the 2019 US 41 corridor project, and new businesses that are considering a move to the township.

If you are interested in joining our progressive business association, you can find forms to join on our website. You can also contact Chairman Frank Stabile <> or Executive Secretary Nancy Longtine <> or call Nancy at 906-236-4250.  You can also call board member Todd Noordyk at 906-361-3325 or email him <>.

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Carpet Specialists Receives World Trade Center Steel from 9/11 FDNY Firefighter


Scott Patrick of Carpet Specialists Carpet One receives a piece of World Trade Center steel from retired NYFD Lt. Ray Thomas in Marquette.

Marquette, MI  –  August 11, 2015  –  On August 6th, retired New York City Fire Department firefighter Ray Thomas presented Carpet Specialists Carpet One with a piece of 9/11 World Trade Center Steel in Marquette and Ishpeming to personally thank owner Scott Patrick and his staff for their support of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s program Building for America’s Bravest (BFAB), a program that builds high tech Smart Homes for service members returning from war who have catastrophic injuries.


9/11 World Trade Center Steel presented to Scott Patrick of Carpet Specialists Carpet One

Scott Patrick said Carpet One Floor & Home, and its manufacturing partner Mohawk, committed to providing flooring materials and installation for 46 Smart Homes. His stores in Marquette and Ishpeming are raising funds to build those Smart Homes – homes that are custom designed to address the unique needs of each individual veteran, allowing them to live better, more independent lives.

Lt. Ray Thomas recently retired from the New York Fire Department after 24 years. On September 11, 2001, his ladder company 118 responded after the second plane hit the towers and tragically all members of the company perished. Lt. Thomas was off duty on that day, but responded on his own to the towers before the collapse of the north tower. He spent 6 weeks at the WTC site in rescue and recovery operations.

About The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation


Lt. Ray Thomas hugs Marquette Township Fire Chief Ron DeMarse and thanks him for his support

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named in honor of FDNY 9/11 fallen Firefighter Stephen Siller  who responded on his own to 9/11, but was unable to get to the towers because the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel had already been closed. Siller strapped on 60 pounds of firefighting gear and ran on foot through the gridlocked traffic from the Tunnel to the Towers, where he gave his life to save others.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is best known for it’s annual Tunnel to Towers Run at Ground Zero in New York City. Runners and walkers trace Stephen Sillers’ steps on his way through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Towers. The non-profit foundation is committed to building specially adapted Smart Homes for the most seriously wounded U.S. veterans through its Building For America’s Bravest program. For more information about the Stephen Seller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, go to

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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.


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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 Catch the Vision Events 2015

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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


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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3 on 3 Hockey Tournament and Upcoming “Catch the Vision” Events

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Join us at the 3 on 3 Hockey Tournament at Lions Field on July 20th!

Marquette Township –  The Marquette Township Business Association supports the Catch the Vision Township events each year, and this year the Events Committee added a new event: a 3 on 3 Hockey Tournament. The tournament was originally scheduled during the winter to celebrate the completion of the new ice rink at Lions Field, but the U.P. weather had other plans and the rink melted before the tournament could take place.

Click the left side of the box below to hear Township Manager Randy Girard and Township Supervisor Dennis Liimatta talk about the event.

The 3 on 3 Hockey Tournament is the first Catch the Vision event of the summer and takes place this Saturday, July 20th, starting at 8:45 am. Up to 16 teams will play on the new rink at Lions Field in this Street Style tournament. Registration for the event is free, thanks to Honor Credit Union and Eagle Mine who paid the registration fees for all teams.

If you’re interested in registering for this event, you can sign up at Synergy Fitness on the corner of Third and Bluff Streets, or register by phone at 228-7600. All ages are welcome and will be paired with similar ages. Bring your family to Lions Field on Saturday and celebrate the completion of the warming shack at the new rink.

Other Catch the Vision Events for Summer 2015:

  • Catch the Vision Car Show at Applebee’s – Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Catch the Vision Community Day at Lions Field – Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 9 am to dusk
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Beautification Project on Township Welcome Signs Continues

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Peggy Loy (center) poses in front of the eastbound US-41 welcome sign with her children Penne and Jamie. Thank you for all the work you do on the township signs.

Marquette Township, MI –  The ongoing project to beautify the Marquette Township welcome signs is underway again. On Saturday, June 6th, members of the Marquette Township Business Association donated their personal time to plant the annuals in the flower beds of the East

The sign beautification is a joint effort between the Marquette Township Business Association and the Marquette Township Board. Many thanks to Peggy Loy (Century 21) for coordinating the beautification, her daughter Penne (Century 21), and her son Jamie, along with Nancy Longtine (Great Lakes Radio) and Frank Stabile (Superior Oasis) for helping with the effort.

More work sessions on the beautification project will take place over the summer. If you’re interested in helping, please contact Peggy Loy at 228-5230 for more information.

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Great Lakes Radio Receives Station of the Year Award

Michigan MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards Sunny FM station of the year

Representatives from Station of the Year winners at the MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards held March 11 in Lansing. Pictured (L-R): Michelle Srbinovich, WDET-FM (Detroit); Michael Walenta, WGVU-FM (Grand Rapids); Gary Reid, WKAR-TV (East Lansing); Todd Noordyk, WKQS-FM (Marquette); Scott Zerbel, WLUC-TV (Marquette); Julie Galazka, WLEN-FM (Adrian); Kevin Dunaway, WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac/Traverse City); Jeremy Lawrence, WKZO-AM/FM (Kalamazoo); Dan Boers, WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids); Rob Davidek, WWJ-AM (Detroit); and Marla Drutz, WDIV-TV (Detroit). Photo Courtesy of

Marquette, Michigan  – March 16, 2016  –  Congratulations to Todd Noordyk and Great Lakes Radio for being awarded Station of the Year for their Adult Contemporary station, Sunny.FM.

Sunny.FM received nine awards from the MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards, and then received a tenth honor: the Market 4 Station of the Year award!

Each year broadcasters throughout Michigan submit their work to the MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards program. Broadcasters compete against a standard of excellence established by MAB that showcases “the best of the best” in Michigan broadcasting.

The prestigious Station of the Year award is based on the total cumulative points for ALL awards won by a station, with additional points added for weighted category wins.

Sunny.FM took Best Of in these six categories:

  • Breaking News Story
  • Feature Programming
  • Feature/Use of Medium*
  • Investigative Story
  • Morning Show Broadcast Personality or Team*
  • Newscast*

and was awarded Merit in the following categories:

  • Community Involvement*
  • Play-by-Play Sports
  • Weekend Broadcast Personality

*Denotes weighted categories that the Station of the Year was based upon.

Owner and General Manager of Great Lakes Radio, Inc., Todd Noordyk accepted the award in Lansing and said the award showcased the talents and teamwork of staff in many departments throughout the close-knit, family-owned and operated station.

“I am very happy to win Station of the Year,” Noordyk said, “but I am also truly pleased we were recognized in so many different categories.”

Noordyk also noted that the award he is most proud of is the one for Community Involvement. Great Lakes Radio is a locally owned and operated group of stations with staff that lives right here in Marquette County.

Congratulations again to the Noordyk family and all the staff at Great Lakes Radio, Inc., not only on their 25 years of broadcasting service, but also for winning Station of the Year!


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