Annual “Catch the Christmas Spirit” Tree Lighting Ceremony Gallery

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For information on the 2018 tree lighting ceremony, click here.

Set Up For the “Catch the Vision” Tree Lighting Ceremony is Well Under Way

The tree will be set up at between Applebee's and Aspen Dental.

The tree will be set up at between Applebee’s and Aspen Dental.

Marquette, MI  –  November 8, 2018  –  We’re just over two weeks away from the annual Marquette Township “Catch the Christmas Spirit” Tree Lighting Ceremony which means it is time to pick a tree!

Provided by The Wiegand family, residents of Marquette Township, this years tree was 60 feet tall and 26 inches wide with 58 rings! Great Lakes Radio’s Luke, Joe, and Todd worked hard today cutting down the tree and trimming 22 feet off the base!

Then they put thousands of lights on the tree and a beautiful big start on the top to get it ready for the tree lighting ceremony. You can join the holiday season fun in the Appleebee’s parking lot and Westwood Mall on Tuesday, November 27th to witness Santa turn on the lights!

See the official Marquette Township "Catch the Christmas Spirit" Tree Lighting Ceremony Poster!

See the official Marquette Township “Catch the Christmas Spirit” Tree Lighting Ceremony Poster!

There will be Christmas music on the big stage from “the Gift 106.1fm” before Northern Lights A Cappella Group and Negaunee Male Chorus lead us in some traditional seasonal carols. Around 6:30pm Santa is set to arrive on a township firetruck to light up Christmas!

Following the tree lighting, you can bring the kids into the mall to get a picture with Santa until 8pm. There will also be free cookies and juice from Super One Foods, free coffee and hot chocolate from BIGGBY Coffee and free popcorn from Honor Credit Union. Super One Foods will also have hot dogs and brats available for purchase throughout the evening.

You’ll also want to stick around for the New Attitudes Dance Studio performance in the mall plus enjoy carolers from the musical, “Elf Jr.” and a solo performance from Mr. U.P., Robert Kemp.

The Sheriff’s department will be on stand by watching out for the Grinch and Sunny.FM 101.9 will be broadcasting live from the ceremony with continuous updates.

Merry Christmas and Let’s Catch the Christmas Spirit! See you there.

Special thanks to Barb and Dave Wiegand, Applebee’s, Westwood Mall, Super One Foods, BIGGBY Coffee, Honor Credit, the Marquette Township Fire Department, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department, the Gift 106.1fm and Sunny.FM 101.9!

Carpet Specialist Carpet One Nationally Certified Tile Installers

Carpet Specialists, Carpet One Nationally Certified Tile Installers

Carpet Specialists, Carpet One Nationally Certified Tile Installers

Shout out to Carpet Specialists Carpet One Floor & Home of Ishpeming and Marquette who has the only 6 Nationally certified tile installers in Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan! Let’s celebrate the excellent craftsmanship of these wonderful installers! Congrats to Mick Ollila, Kristor Gaston, Tim Teall, Jeff Belmore, Adam Martin, &Dave Cain.  Way to go gentlemen!

Post Office Drop Box Locations

Marquette Township Post Office Drop Box Locations

Marquette Township Post Office Drop Boxes

Marquette Township Post Office Drop Boxes

Curious where you might be able to find Post Office drop box locations? This map shows all 3 locations of drop boxes that you can find in Marquette Township. The drop box you see on the bottom left is located at Walmart. The middle drop box is located at the Cenex Gas Station. The final drop box you see on the right is located at the Westwood Mall.

Success at the Honor Credit Union Community Picnic

We played music at the Negaunee Branch to liven things up!

We played music at the Negaunee Branch to liven things up!

Marquette, MI  –  August 10, 2018  –  Honor Credit Union just wrapped up their 2018 Community Picnic. Each year, all three local branches, NegauneeMarquette, and Gwinn, turn on the grill and serve up hot dogs & brats for their communities! Whether you’re a member or not, there is always free food, chances to win prizes, and this year, Honor was raising money for the UPAWS Spay & Neuter Program.

Major Discount and Bruce Whitehead got a chance to chat with Negaunee Branch Manager, Shari Koski, to hear about today’s events and what’s next for Honor Credit Union. Shari is a very familiar face in Negaunee with 16 years at the Credit Union.  To give the community the best chance of getting their questions answered, CEO Ron Lauren, Market Manager Jenn Beckman, and Mortgage & Loan Expert Adam Carpenter were also on site for the Community Picnic.

After inviting the community to come out to Honor, Shari took a moment to highlight Honor’s next event, Shred Day! Honor Credit Union’s Annual Shred Day is coming up Saturday, September 22nd in Negaunee. As usual, the branch will be recycling personal paper documents that you would usually shred at home, but this year they’ve introduced something new as well. Partnering with Goodwill and Comprenew this year, Honor will also be accepting electronics for recycling, so bring your old CD players, iPods, or gaming consoles too!

They did a great job grilling up these brats & hot dogs.

They did a great job grilling up these brats & hot dogs.

And from Gwinn, Major Discount had a talk with Jamie about the August 22nd Blood Drive. Drop by around lunch time, 11:30 – 1:30 at Honor Gwinn so you can donate at the Blood Mobile. The drive is looking all blood types. To set up your time, give Honor Credit Union a call, donate, and enter to win the raffle prizes! Help save lives by making your appointment to donate, call (906) 346-4633.In Marquette the Major talked more with Adele about the UPAWS Spay & Neuter Program Fundraiser. When you stop by the Marquette Branch, donate to the program and put a paw or bone up on the wall with your name on it! When you support the fundraiser, you’ll be entered to win a pet care gift basket with all sorts of goodies including a $100 gift certificate to Mare-z-Doats. Honor Credit Union will also be matching up to $1,000 in donations.

Don’t forget you can use Honor Credit Unions modern mobile app to transfer funds, remotely deposit checks, or even “text” money to friends of family! Click here to download.

From Negaunee:
Listen to Major Discount chat with Branch Manager Shari about the 2018 Community Picnic
Shari talks about Shred Day on September 22nd
Hear how you can get the Honor Credit Union App

Drop by and talk to Honor Credit Union in Negaunee, Marquette or Gwinn today.

Drop by and talk to Honor Credit Union in Negaunee, Marquette or Gwinn today.

From Marquette:
Shari talks about Shred Day on September 22nd
Hear how you can get the Honor Credit Union App

Adele from Honor Marquette talks about interest on checking accounts
Adele talks about Honor’s mobile banking option
Listen to Adele talk about the UPAWS Spay & Neuter Fundraiser

From Gwinn:
Jamie talks about starting a membership and working on a loan
Jamie talks about the August 22nd Blood Drive
The Major and Jamie chat about the Honor mobile app


Marquette Township Business Association Presents First Dollar to U.P. Kubota in Marquette

Frank Stabile presenting the First Dollar.

Frank Stabile presenting the First Dollar.

Marquette, MI  –  April 13, 2018  –  With the heavy snow we’re supposed to get this weekend, the U.P. Kubota Grand Opening couldn’t have been timed better! As the largest indoor showroom and Kubota tractor selection in the Upper Peninsula, the team at U.P. Kubota has exactly what you’ll need to make it through the tail ends of another U.P. winter and many to come!

Whether you’re looking to get a new blower just in time for the storm, or you’re dead set on thinking about spring and want a new zero turn mower, Marquette’s newest Kubota dealership is the place for you. The 2-Day Grand Opening event has special weekend-only deals like taking up to an additional 10% off any tractor package price.

To get things started this afternoon, the Kubota crew gathered for the ceremonial ribbon cutting. Owner Sarah Wolfenberg snipped the ribbon before accepting the First Dollar from Marquette Township Business Association’s Frank Stabile! The parking lot was packed for the mornings festivities with cars lined up all of the way down the lot.

Congratulations to U.P. Kubota on their new store.

Congratulations to U.P. Kubota on their new store.

Luke Noordyk and Ryan were live on air from the showroom to tell listeners about some other deals. When you stop by for day-two of the open house, you could leave with a brand new zero turn mower and not pay a cent! This Grand Opening special offers you 0 down and 0% financing for up to 72 months on zero turn mowers. If you’re looking at a new tractor, get up to 84 months of 0% financing.

Joined by U.P. Kubota Owner Sarah Wolfenberg, listeners also heard about the shop’s Parts and Service Center. Sarah pointed out that not only does the store stock and service every Kubota model, they are also the franchise dealer for the area so anyone with warranty work would come to them for free repairs! U.P. Kubota is a full line servicing dealer with factory certified technicians to do the repairs on your Kubota products.

Sarah also talked to Luke about the buy and trade deals. Not only is U.P. Kubota a tractor seller, the company also buys used Kubota models! If you’re looking get rid of your tractor or want to trade and upgrade, come in to the showroom and the team will get you a buy figure.

Can't miss U.P. Kubota off US-41 on the way to Negaunee.

Can’t miss U.P. Kubota off US-41 on the way to Negaunee.

If you didn’t make it out today, the Grand Opening continues tomorrow from 10a – 2pm. The U.P. Kubota representatives will be around all afternoon to talk with you about trade ins, parts and services, and of course, the big discounts and financing deals! There is a prize wheel, snacks, drinks, and toys for the kids, plus demo rides! Bring the whole family and test drive a RTV, Zero Turn Mower, or tractor.

Just got a quick question? Call Sarah at (906) 451-5700 or send them a message online!

You see more photos and listen to the live broadcasts, see the full post here!

Attend the DDA Expansion Plans Meeting to Learn About Changes Coming to the Township

The current and proposed boundaries for the DDA plans.

Marquette Township, MI – February 12, 2018 – The Marquette Downtown Development Authority hosted a Business After Hours to bring local businesses together to discuss future expansion in the Marquette area.

Marquette Township Business Association President, Frank Stabile, joined the meeting this afternoon and is in support of DDA’s expansion and growth plan.

The meeting offered attendees the chance to raise concerns and have questions answered about the upcoming construction plans for 2019 and 2021.

Thursday, February 15th will serve as a second chance to hear about the plans. Lunch will be served Thursday at noon and dinner at 6:30pm for any township residents and business professionals.  The meeting will cover ideas for better street lighting, new roundabouts, an under pass, and a bike and pedestrian safety lane. Changes will connect bikes and pedestrians from Pizza Hut in Marquette to the Marquette Township Business community by the Westwood Mall.

The funding for the expansion plans is coming along nicely. The DDA will cover the $250,000 of lighting at the roundabouts and has already raised all but $25,000 of the projects funding.

A special thanks to Jet’s Pizza for all the fresh served meals including healthy salads and tasty treats!

Township Community Catches the Christmas Spirit at Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Marquette

See more photos from the 2017 Tree Lighting on Sunny.FM

See more photos from the 2017 Tree Lighting on Sunny.FM

Marquette, MI  –  November 28, 2017  –  The Christmas Spirit was in the air tonight as we joined Marquette Township for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Gathering at the Westwood Mall Parking lot, community members chimed in to sing some Christmas carol favorites. The St. Christopher Carolers started off the night.  Thank you for singing carols to the township’s local singer/composer Dan Adamini from St. Christopher’s Church.

After hearing reports of the Grinch snooping around at BIGGBY Coffee, that sneaky green Christmas thief made his way down the hill and tried to stop us from lighting the tree. He snuck through the crowd and got pretty close to the tree before the Sheriff’s Department grabbed the Grinch and arrested him to save Christmas – just in time too, Santa was arriving!

Santa rode in on a township fire truck to make a grand entrance. Wandering through the parking lot, Mr. Claus said “Hello” to some little boys and girls before making his way to the Great Lakes Radio Stage. With the evil Grinch behind bars, Santa started the count down to flip the switch and light the tree. When the count down reached zero, the switch powered on and we lit the Marquette Charter Township’s biggest tree yet! The crowd watched the lights sparkle in the darkness on the 35 foot tree before turning to head inside the Westwood Mall, where the holiday cheer continued!

New Attitudes Dance Studio was already in the mall ready to perform their dance routines with cookies and juice laid out from Super One Foods and coffee from BIGGBY. The mall was also filled on a number of other attractions like the UPAWS Apparel Store, a display from the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, and face painting.

What a beautiful family taking their photo with Santa.

What a beautiful family taking their photo with Santa.

We give thanks to Great Lakes Radio, Honor Credit Union, BIGGBY COFFEE, Westwood Mall, Super One Foods, New Attitudes, UPAWS, Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, the Marquette Township Business Association and of course, everyone from Marquette Charter Township for another great Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting Ceremony.  We also need to credit Dave & Barbara Wiegand for donating the beautiful the township tree.

The Township events committee members Pete LaRue, Randy Girard, Barb Wiegand, Kate Houtz and Todd Noordyk wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Listen to audio from morning, afternoon, and evening just before the Christmas Tree Lighting:

See 50+ photos from the 2017 Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunny.FM!

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The Guy’s Place Received a First Dollar Donation from the Marquette Township Business Association

Jess and Kurt Peterson with Frank Stabile

Marquette, MI  –  July 11, 2017  –   The Guys’ Place – A Hair Salon For Men in Marquette is a new locally owned franchise that caters to the hair and beards of all males regardless of age or lifestyle. Kurt and Jess Peterson of Negaunee recognized a huge gap in the UP in terms of providing a high quality, low cost, male-centric place to get a haircut. Nationwide barbershops are closing, almost to the point of extinction, and have only been replaced with a growing number of beauty salons for women. What’s left for the other half of the population?

The Guys’ Place closes this gap, catering to all boys and men – and even women. At The Guys’ Place, all customers are treated to a comfortable and relaxing waiting area complete with large leather club chairs, a big-screen TV, free coffee, tea, water and shelled peanuts, and over 20 different “guy” magazines ranging from hunting to fishing to sports to cars/trucks/ATV’s, and more! They even have coloring books and magazines just for kids!

The Guys’ Place is more than just a place to get a quality haircut, it’s an entire experience. Gone are the offensive beauty salon smells. No more people watching you get your hair cut, beard trimmed, grey hair blended out, or brows, ears, or nose waxed. No more listening to beauticians talking to each other about their personal lives instead of focusing on you! Instead, each customer will be greeted by an experienced and enthusiastic stylist and walked to his private station where he can watch anything he wants on his own flat screen HD TV and charge his phone with the built-in USB outlets and provided chargers.

The experience continues with personal and friendly attention to you the customer and a custom cut by a professional stylist specializing in men’s cuts, styles and fashions. Included with every haircut is an in-station hair wash, conditioning and scalp massage, a hot towel face wrap, hair product and styling, and a neck and shoulder massage. After your service is completed to your satisfaction, the stylists can recommend just the right product to take home, all of which are geared towards men’s hair care and styling needs. And between haircut visits, you can come in anytime without the need for an appointment for a free neck trim! You get all of these great experiences and services, for just $14 cash.

Relax in their comfortable waiting area complete with big screen TVs.

The Guys’ Place franchise started just 11 years ago in DePere, Wisconsin, and has grown to more than 40 stores in 9 states, mostly in the Midwest. The Marquette store is the first franchise in the state of Michigan, with more stores planning on opening this year. In just the first 4 months of being open, The Guys’ Place has donated thousands of dollars to organizations and charities in the area and are active members of multiple organizations and philanthropies.

They are open 7 days a week; Monday through Thursday from 9am to 8pm, Friday 9am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 2pm.

They are located at 3117 US Highway 41 West in Marquette, between the Papa Murphy’s and Starbucks, just East of Walmart.

Walk-ins are always welcome or you can call for an appointment at 906-226-6367!

Visit them on their website or on Facebook as we are always updating our friends and customers.