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Muskegon fireworks light up the sky for Independence Day celebration

A twenty-five minute pyrotechnics display lit up downtown and the communities surrounding Muskegon Lake to cap off the Fourth of July weekend.

MUSKEGON, MI – A twenty-five minute…

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Top 5 things to do in Muskegon area this weekend: Seaway Run and more

Looking for something to do in the Muskegon area this weekend? Here are some of the top things going on for the weekend of June 26-28

1. Seaway Run in downtown Muskegon
The 34th …

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Top 5 things to do in Muskegon area this week: Downtown Dancing and more

Looking for something to do in the Muskegon area this weekend? Here are some of the top things going on for the week of June 22-25.

1. Downtown Dancing at Muskegon Farmers Marke…

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55 years after Miss America crown, Muskegon County native still taking risks

A native of Montague, Mich., Fleming was just 18 years old when she won the 1960 Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant. She had just graduated from high school and within a matter of months, she was crowned Miss …

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Top 5 things to do in Muskegon area this weekend: Miss Michigan, Father’s Day Arts and Crafts

Looking for something to do in the Muskegon area this weekend? Here are some of the top things going on for the weekend of June 19-21

1. Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant at Frau…

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Passing the crown: KT Maviglia reflects on year as Miss Michigan

Since being crowned inside the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts last June, KT Maviglia has created a non-profit foundation, become a member of the Lions Club and introduced legislation on the floor o…

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St. Clair Shores native Vanessa Chambe crowned during final night of Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen pageant

Vanessa Chambe bent down in awe as she was crowned Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen at the Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts in downtown Muskegon Wednesday night.

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MUSKEGON, MI – Vanessa Chambe bent down in awe as she was crowned Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen at the Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts in Muskegon Wednesday night.

Chambe, also Miss Downriver’s Outstanding Teen, was among 10 top finalists that reappeared on stage at the historic venue to compete for the statewide title designed for girls ages 13-17.

In the end, the 17-year-old won not only the crown, but a $1,000 scholarship and the entry fee for the national Miss America Outstanding Teen competition.

Backstage, after being flanked by her peers, the St. Clair Shores native and rising senior at Lakeshore High School, said she was “overwhelmed” by the honor.

“This is my fourth time competing at Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen. Every year, I’ve learned something new about myself and gained a new confidence. I just feel ecstatic right now to represent Michigan,” Chambe said.

For the next year, she will promote her platform, “Girl Scouts: Building Confidence and Character Through Service” and prepare to obtain a degree in interior design.

Chambe said her career goal is inspired by annual visits to the color and trim room at General Motors, her father’s employer. “I just love looking at the colors, trims, textures and patterns,” she said.

During the night’s talent segment, Chambe flaunted the dance skills she’s been honing since the of age of 3 by tapping away to “Mr. Pinstripe Suit” by the swing revival band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Later, during the evening gown segment, in which the immediate past Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen Alisha Gatchel posed various questions to contestants, Chambe explained why teachers and students should not be friends on social media.

Other contestants answered questions about abolishing homework, drug testing pageants participants and dark themes in teen literature, among other topics.

Before revealing Chambe’s victory, Mistress of Ceremonies and Miss Michigan 2001 Stacy Shepherd announced the four girls who were also among the Top Five and recipients of academic scholarships.

The fourth runner-up was Miss Monroe Country’s Outstanding Teen, Kyleigh Alex-Rose Smith; third runner-up, Miss Jackson Crossroad’s Outstanding Teen Alaina Cook; second runner-up, Miss Shoreline’s Outstanding Teen, Taylor Scheffer and first runner-up, Miss Oakland County’s Outstanding Teen Kristin Penrose.

Cook and Penrose were among the four girls that received special recognition for their talent during the preliminary event held Tuesday night. The others were 14-year-old Saline resident and Miss Heartland’s Outstanding Teen, Amanda Coy and 17-year-old Ann Arbor native and Miss Stateline’s Outstanding Teen, Amanda Fischer. Twenty-five girls competed altogether.

To become Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen, contestants had to first win a local competition or enter as an At-Large contestant. Organizers say teens need commitment, perseverance, talent and ambition to successfully compete.

Gatchel treated the audience to her musical talent several times throughout the night, including a vocal performance of “Orange Colored Sky,” the jazzy tune popularized by Nat King Cole.

Joined by Miss Michigan KT Maviglia, Gatchel also shared that she will travel to Nashville in July to meet with the producers of NBC show, The Voice to be considered for a blind audition in Los Angeles. Gatchel said she will return to Tennessee’s capital in the fall to attend Belmont University, where she will study songwriting and the music business. 

The Greenville High School native spent the last year promoting her platform, “Support for Pediatric Cancer Patients and Families” and reached the Top 10 during the Miss America Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando. 

The 65th annual Miss Michigan pageant will begin Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at the Frauenthal. The preliminary competition will also take place beginning at 7 p.m. June 19. The finals will be held at 7 p.m. June 20.

Top Ten Contestants

  1. Alaina Cook, Miss Jackson Crossroad’s Outstanding Teen
  2. Kyleigh Alex-Rose Smith, Miss Monroe Country’s Outstanding Teen
  3. Jenna Stahl, Miss SouthCentral’s Outstanding Teen
  4. Amanda Coy, Miss Heartland’s Outstanding Teen
  5. Amanda Fischer, Miss Stateline’s Outstanding Teen
  6. Kristin Penrose, Miss Oakland County’s Outstanding Teen
  7. Colleen Issel, Miss Auburn/Midland’s Outstanding Teen
  8. Vanessa Chambe, Miss Downriver’s Outstanding Teen
  9. Sydney Papenhagen, Miss Saginaw County’s Outstanding Teen
  10. Taylor Scheffer, Miss Shoreline’s Outstanding Teen

Michelle D. Anderson covers health, roads and government for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email her at manders6@mlive.com and follow her on Twitter.

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Taste of Muskegon to feature new layout, same great food

Due to construction in downtown Muskegon, food vendors and activities will be located on Fourth Street instead of Clay Avenue and Third Street. It’s a slight change for the popular event which will celebrate its ninth anniversary this year.

MUSKEGON, MI – The popular Taste of Muskegon will have a slightly different look it when it returns to Hackley Park June 19-20.

Due to construction in downtown Muskegon, food vendors and activities will be located on Fourth Street instead of Clay Avenue and Third Street. It’s a slight change for the popular event that will celebrate its ninth anniversary this year.

The “Taste under Construction” will feature 20 local food vendors, live music, car show, family bike ride and a plethora of children’s activities.

“Everything people have come to love about the Taste will be there; it just may be in a different place,” said Ellen Berends, event organizer. “The park’s not very big, so they should be able to find everything easy.”

RELATED: 5 tastes from from the 8th annual Taste of Muskegon

The Taste of Muskegon begins in conjunction with Parties in the Park from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 19. It continues from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 20; the same day the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant concludes at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts.

“We do get a residual effect from having Miss Michigan down here,” Berends said. “People here for the event stop at the Taste for an hour before the ceremony.”

Rain kept numbers at the Taste down last year, but based on food ticket sales, Berends estimated that about 14,000 people attended the 2013 event over the course of two days.

The event is free to enter, with tickets selling for $1 each. Tastes at vendors range from one to four tickets. Beer, wine, soda and water will be on site and are sold on a ticket basis as well.

New this year is the Folks and Spokes family bike ride, which leaves from the USS LST 393 at 10 a.m. on June 20. The family-oriented ride features interesting facts about Muskegon and ends at the Taste of Muskegon.

The Taste of Muskegon Car Show is set to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Culinary Institute of Michigan parking lot at the corner of Second Street and Clay Avenue.

Live animals from the Critter Barn, Pound Buddies, an Eat Healthy program from MLive and bounce houses benefiting Kid’s Food Basket are just some of the activities expected to be available. Proceeds from the event benefit Downtown Muskegon Now’s efforts to beautify and promote Muskegon.

Music will be provided by Stolen Horses and Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys on June 19 and Ruxy Muzik, Fargyn’ Bastages, student performers, Deni Hunter and Group Therapy and Grammy-nominee Will Roc Experience on June 20.

“This is a celebration of our community,” Berends said. “The Taste of Muskegon is meant to be not just about food, but a taste of everything our community has to offer. You’ll find upcoming events, sports teams, interesting facts about Muskegon and great music.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.tasteofmuskegon.org.

Here is a look at some of the restaurants and vendors expected to be at the 9th annual Taste of Muskegon (Programs will be available at the event.):

Always Sonny Cupcakes

Bone Ends

Carlson’s Almonds

Curry Kitchen

Drip Drip Drink

Fatty Lumpkins

Fricano Sweet Shoppe

Hennessy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Ice Box Brand

JCheezy  Dog

Just Klassics

The Lake House

Rebel Pies

Rosita’s Tacos

Ruth Anne’s Ice Cream

Sam’s Bistro

Smash Wine Bar & Bistro

Uncle Bill’s Taco Truck

Brandon Champion covers arts and entertainment, business, sports and weather for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at bchampio@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter @BrandonThaChamp.

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