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Miss Shoreline pageant returns to Muskegon; winner claims one of last spots in 2015 Miss Michigan event

The 2015 Miss Shoreline Scholarship Pageant is set to take place at Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31.

MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon will once again host one of the final feeder pageants for the 2015 Miss Michigan competition.

The 2015 Miss Shoreline Scholarship Pageant is set to take place at Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31.

Seventeen women ages 17-23 will compete for the title of Miss Shoreline and a spot in the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant scheduled to take place June 18-20 at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in Muskegon.

Five ladies ages 13-17 will also compete for the “teen” title.

Miss Shoreline began about seven years ago and was formerly known as the Miss Seaway Muskegon and Miss Muskegon-Ottawa pageants. The original pageants were initially open only to girls in the Greater Muskegon area.

The current incarnation is an “open pageant,” meaning contestants will be from around the state of Michigan; not just Muskegon County.

RELATED: Watch Miss Michigan contestant Jodi Beckman describe her path from Shelby to the pageant

According to Judy Bisson, executive director of the pageant, most of the contestants are not from the Muskegon area, something she finds a bit surprising since Muskegon hosts the Miss Michigan pageant each year.

Nonetheless, the pageant is sure to be a competitive one. Only the Miss Lighthouse Coast Pageant, a sweeps pageant which will take place in March, remains.

A sweeps pageant is open only to contestants that have placed as runners-up at previous Miss Michigan preliminary pageants.

“This is one of the last open pageants the girls can compete in,” Bisson said. “This is basically their last chance to get into Miss Michigan.”

The Miss Shoreline pageant works the same way as Miss Michigan. Participants are judged in four different disciplines: swimsuit, evening gown, talent and onstage interview. The winner will earn an automatic spot in the Miss Michigan pageant.

Last year’s winner, Shelby native Jodi Beckman, will serve as emcee for the event. She will also crown this year’s winner. Beckman was crowned Miss West Michigan in January and has already earned a spot in the 2015 Miss Michigan Pageant.

Tickets for the event are $20 and are available an hour before the pageant begins.

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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Muskegon lottery winner takes lump sum after turning in ticket worth $1.05 million

The Muskegon woman, who has chosen to keep her identity anonymous, chose a one-time payout of $666,243 when she claimed her prize just after 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 26.

MUSKEGON, MI – The Michigan Lottery winner who bought a ticket at a Muskegon County grocery store and gas station has collected her winnings.

The Muskegon woman, who has chosen to keep her identity anonymous, chose a one-time payout of $666,243 when she claimed her prize just after 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 26.

The winning ticket for the Jan. 24 drawing, whose numbers were 02-04-14-17-27-30, was purchased at E&A Grocery, 5586 E. Apple Ave., in Muskegon. The woman matched all six numbers drawn, which gave the ticket a value of $1.05 million.

01.26.15 Lotto 47 01.24.15 Draw $1,050,000 Anonymous Muskegon County.jpgThe winning ticket purchased at E&A Grocery, 5586 E. Apple Ave., in Muskegon. Courtesy Photo | Michigan Lottery 

RELATED: Michigan Lottery ticket purchased at Muskegon County store nets winner $1.05 million

According to Jeff Holyfield, spokesman for the Michigan Lottery, the excited winner arrived at the Michigan Lottery offices by 7:45 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 26.

“As you may expect, the winner was very eager to claim their prize,” Holyfield said.

The woman was accompanied by family members and intends to use the money to pay down debt, according to Holyfield.

Holyfield said that because Lotto 47 — the game in which the ticket was won — is a Michigan-only game, winners of more than $10,000 have the option to remain anonymous under state law.

This is different policy than in national games such as Powerball or Mega Millions, where big winners’ names are released regardless.

According to the Michigan Lottery website, the chances of correctly guessing all six numbers and claiming the top prize in the Lotto 47 game is one in 10,737,573.

Despite those odds, Jan. 24 was the second time in seven days that the Lotto 47 jackpot was won.

A lucky player won the $3.5 million Lotto 47 jackpot on Jan. 17 after matching the six winning numbers drawn: 04-06-16-26-33-36. That winning ticket was bought at the Pellston General Store, located at 45 North U.S. 31 in Pellston.

For the latest on Michigan Lottery, check out MLive.com’s lottery page for Daily 3, Daily 4, Poker Lotto, Keno, Mega Millions, Powerball winning numbers and more. The official Michigan Lottery site offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games.

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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Parties in the Park accepting applications from Muskegon non-profits interested in sponsoring 2015 events

Parties in the Park is accepting applications from Muskegon non-profit organizations interested in sponsoring an event this summer.

MUSKEGON, MI – Parties in the Park is accepting applications from Muskegon non-profit organizations interested in sponsoring an event this summer.

Parties in the Park have taken place in Muskegon for more than 30 years. The events take place at Hackley Park in downtown Muskegon each Friday night from June until August. Each event features food, fellowship and a performance from a local musician.

According to its website, the mission of Parties in the Park is to create a sense of community and appreciation for Muskegon’s downtown through facilitating a family-oriented social event. All events take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

RELATED: Hackley Park to get new permanent stage courtesy of Parties in the Park.

Each party is sponsored by a variety of Muskegon County 501C not-for-profit groups. In 2014, event sponsors included the Muskegon County Fair Association, Greater Muskegon Jaycees, Taste of Muskegon, Muskegon Inventors Network, Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, Muskegon Civic Theater, Greater Muskegon Optimist Club, Muskegon Rotary Club and Muskegon Community Radio.

Fraternal organizations, churches, schools (or their affiliates), labor or businesses groups, and out of county groups are not eligible for sponsorship.

Funds raised from an event must be used for human service programs that are open to all members of Muskegon County or for physical enhancements that benefit the community as a whole.

Proceeds may not be used for ongoing operational expenses such as salaries, fringe benefits, or equipment costs.

For an organization to be considered, applications must be postmarked no later than Saturday, Feb. 14. There is a non-refundable filing fee of $50 and checks may be made payable to Parties in the Park, Inc.

The non-profit sponsor application and additional information can be found at www.partiesinthepark.com/sponsor/

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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A flurry of fun: Snowfest returns to downtown Muskegon for 31st year

The downtown Muskegon area will be put on display this week when the 31st annual Snowfest returns on Jan. 29-31.

MUSKEGON, MI – The downtown Muskegon area will be put on display this week when the 31st annual Snowfest returns on Jan. 29-31.

The annual event, hosted by the Greater Muskegon Jaycees, returns to the area with a series of family-friendly events including the Battle of the Bowls soup and chili cookoff, KidsFest, snow volleyball and snow cornhole.

There’s also a series of events for the adult crowd including a Beverage Tent with live music Jan. 29-31 at Raquets Downtown Grill and the Downtown Pub Crawl on Jan. 31.

“The Jaycees have been in the area for a long time and we’re happy to have it come back and we’re glad the community supports it every year,” said the group’s president, Dani LeFleur. “We want to help the community and we’re glad to do it again.”

LeFleur said each of the events taking place this year has been conducted at past Snowfest celebrations. The Battle of the Bowls cookoff is expected to be among the most popular events, as it’s drawn as many as 3,000 people in the past, she said.

Here’s a full look at the event’s schedule:

Thursday, Jan. 29

• 7 p.m.:  Beverage Tent and Live Music at Racquets Downtown Grill, 446 W. Western Ave. Expect a full night of DJs and electronic dance music in a heated beverage tent. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the band starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $3.

Friday, Jan. 30

• 7 p.m.: Beverage Tent and Live Music at Racquets Downtown Grill, 446 W. Western Ave. Country band Keyser Soze plays a variety of music in the heated beverage tent. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the band starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $3.

Saturday, Jan. 31

• 9 a.m.: Snow Volleyball Tournament at Racquets Downtown Grill, 446. W. Western Ave. A battle of area co-ed volleyball teams starts at 9 a.m., with registration for the event beginning at 8 a.m. The entry cost is $40 and each team must include two women. The tournament will have at least eight teams, but if there are less than eight, it will be cancelled. Teams can register online at muskegonsnowfest.org/volleyball.html.

• 11 a.m.: Snow Cornhole Tournament at Racquets Downtown Grill, 446. W. Western Ave. The battle for the area’s top cornhole team starts at 11 a.m., with registration beginning at 10 a.m. The entry cost is $30 for a team of two people. Teams can register online at muskgeonsnowfest.org/cornhole.html.

• 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.: Battle of the Bowls at Third Street Grill at the Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor, 939 Third. St. Muskegon County restaurants compete for the title of best chili and best soup while attendees are encouraged to try each of the entries. Admission is free, but there’s a charge of 50 cents for a 4-ounce sample bowl. Awards will be handed out at 3 p.m.

• 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.: KidsFest at Third Street Grill at the Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor, 939 Third. St. In addition to Battle of the Bowls, there will be a Kids Craft station and the Jaycees will provide snow-themed events for all ages. The Muskegon Lumberjacks also are scheduled to stop in to greet kids during the event. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

• 7 p.m.: Beverage Tent and Live Music at Racquets Downtown Grill, 446 W. Western Ave. Whoopee KAT, a 1980s and classic rock band, takes the stage at 8 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the band starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $3.

7 p.m.: Downtown Pub Crawl in Muskegon, Expect a night of spirits and fun in downtown Muskegon with participating locations. The event is sponsored by Raquets Downtown Grill and Muskegon Downtown Now.

7:15 p.m.: Muskegon Lumberjacks vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints at L.C. Walker Arena, 470 W. Western Ave. The Lumberjacks take on the Fighting Saints on Fight Cancer Night. The Jaycees will put on a broomball match during intermission. Tickets are on sale ranging from $7-$14.

For more information on the 31st annual Snowfest, contact Dani LeFleur at snowfest@muskegonjaycees.org or see the full schedule online at muskegonsnowfest.org.

Dillon Davis is a staff writer at MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at ddavis11@mlive.com and follow him on Facebook and on Twitter

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Muskegon Winter Sports Complex celebrates 30 years of fun at annual Party in Your Parka event

It didn’t matter if they were skating, sliding, sledding or snurfing, the good times were rolling for the hundreds that made the trek to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex on Saturday, Jan. 24.

MUSKEGON, MI – It didn’t matter if they were skating, sliding, sledding or snurfing, the good times were rolling for the hundreds that made the trek to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex on Saturday, Jan. 24.

The cold-weather facility in the heart of Muskegon State Park was jumping throughout the day and night as the complex held its annual Party in Your Parka celebration. The event is held each year to showcase the complex and celebrate the winter season through music, art, food, drinks and winter activities.

This year’s event was a special one as the complex celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The event featured live music with Christopher Cordle, R.J. Nordlund and Jason Bryant in the Made in Michigan art tent and Luge Lounge with a dance party featuring DJ Jef Leppard.

Muskegon Snurfing Championships were also held throughout the day. Enthusiastic guests of all ages also took advantage of the complex’s traditional offerings of ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding.

Food and drinks were provided by Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack and Drip Drop Drink. A variety of Michigan beer and wine was also available throughout the day.

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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Top 5 things to do in Muskegon area this week: January Series, beach party and more

Looking for something to do in the Muskegon area this week? Here are some of the top things going on in the area for the week of Jan. 19-22.

1. January Series webcasts in Muskegon County

Calvin College’s January Series continues this week with webcasts of four speakers taking place at several locations in Muskegon County Jan. 19-22.

The series is held in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Calvin campus in Grand Rapids, but the Beardsley Theater in Muskegon, the White Lake Library in Whitehall and the Dogwood Theater in Fremont have all been hosting webcasts throughout the month.

Speakers this week include Alyce Claerbaut, “Billy Strayhorn: Beyond the Peaceful Side” on Jan 19, Dr. David Katz, “The Rational Un-fattening of America’s Families,” on Jan. 20, Elizabeth Dias, “Covering TIME,” on Jan. 21 and Adm. James Stavridis, “A Navy Admiral’s Thoughts on Global Security” on Jan. 22.

The simulcasts are free to attend and begin at 12:30 p.m.

2. Art Talk begins at Muskegon Museum of Art

The Muskegon Museum of Art is hosting a unique poetry competition which begins on Jan. 22 and continues until March 26.

All adult and college writers residing within the state of Michigan are invited to create original ekphrastic poems based on a work of art from a selection of works from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

An exphrastic poem is the graphic, often dramatic, description of a visual work of art. Cash prizes, museum memberships and gift certificates will be awarded to the winning entries.

A writing salon is being held to help kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22. The artwork selection will be revealed at the event. Light refreshments will also be served.

Competition guidelines and required entry forms are available at the museum gift store or may be downloaded from the MMA’s website at www.muskegonartmuseum.org

3. Beach Party at Mason County District Library

The Mason County District Library will host a beach party for children at its Ludington location, 217 E. Ludington Ave., at 4 p.m. on Jan. 20.

The party will be held in the library’s Bank Room and is free and open to the public. Food and games will be featured.

For more information, call 231-843-8465.

4. “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” at Frauenthal Center

A Muskegon Civic Theater production of “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” will take place at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts Jan. 22-24.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The two-person play written by American Richard Alfieri tells the story of a retired woman, Lily Harrison, who hires an acerbic dance instructor, Michael Minetti, to give her private dance lessons — one per week for six weeks. Longtime Muskegon dancers Judy Johnson and Bryan Engler will play Lily and Michael, respectively.

Tickets for the performance are $20 and are available at www.startickets.com.

5. Women’s rights presentation at Spring Lake District Library

Emily Fijol, executive director of the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame, will be at the Spring Lake District Library from 6-7 p.m. on Jan. 20 for a look back at Michigan women who fought for the cause of civil rights.

Women include well-known leaders such as Rosa Parks, but others have been overlooked by many history books. The presentation will center on how the courageous actions of these women impacted the ongoing struggle for civil rights.

The event is free and open to the public.

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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‘Bippity Boppity Boo’: Cinderella to host ball for Muskegon’s princesses at Hackley Public Library

“Cinderella’s Ball” is scheduled to take place at the Hackley Public Library in Muskegon from 2-3:30 p.m. on Jan. 24.

MUSKEGON, MI – Cinderella is coming to town and all the princesses of Muskegon are invited.

“Cinderella’s Ball” is scheduled to take place at the Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave., in Muskegon from 2-3:30 p.m. on Jan. 24.

Fruitport resident Julia Steudle, 20, will portray the beloved character at the event, which will feature games, crafts and dancing. The event is free and geared toward girls ages 2 to 12.

“I love it. It’s so much fun,” Steudle said of the role. “It’s kind of like kids meeting Santa Claus. I try very hard to keep the magic going; sometimes the kids don’t want to believe in you.”

Cassandra Hamilton, youth services librarian at Hackley Public Library, said the idea to bring Steudle in was done for multiple reasons, but mostly because it seemed like something children in the area would enjoy.

She added that seeing their favorite characters come to life helps to get children’s creativity going and encourages them to learn.

“We want to get children reading,” she said. “We want to get them to think about what they would like and what they want to be; we want to get their imagination working.”

Steudle also portrays Elsa (the Snow Queen), Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) and Snow White, but this is the first time she will be doing a party featuring Cinderella.

In fact, it’s the first time she will portray any of the princesses besides Elsa.

She said it will be easy compared to Elsa, who has the ability to manipulate snow and ice in the 2013 Disney film “Frozen.”

“You have to take a slightly different approach with each character,” she said. “With Elsa, you have to worry a little more because she does magic and the kids will ask about it. With Cinderella, I taught myself how to ballroom dance. I’m going to teach the kids how to do a simple waltz.”

Steudle has been involved with theater since the eighth grade and has been doing princess parties since August. She said her friends and family “think it’s awesome.”

Portraying beloved princesses help hone her acting craft, but her favorite part of the job is seeing the smiles on children’s faces, especially when they stare in amazement for the first 10 or 15 minutes she’s in the room.

“The point is just to have fun,” Hamilton said. “It’s something to do on a cold, winter day. It’s always fun to get out of the house and do something with other people. The library is a place where you come to dream.”

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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Restaurant review: Top-notch breakfast, atmosphere make for a ‘Good morning’ at Herbie’s Cafe in Muskegon

There are no crazy concoctions at Herbie’s; there is however, above-average execution of many breakfast staples. More importantly, there are friendly people there; I mean who doesn’t enjoy a “good morning?” I highly recommend Herbie’s Café. It’s a great place to start your day.

Where I dined: Herbie’s Café, 2007 E. Laketon Ave., Muskegon

When I dined: Monday, Jan. 12, at around 10:30 a.m.

What they serve: Herbie’s Café is a breakfast and lunch restaurant on the east side of Muskegon. The menu is divided into two main sections — a breakfast menu and a lunch menu. The breakfast menu consists of all the early-morning favorites, including omelets, pancakes, French toast and breakfast wraps.

Omelets offered include Southern (sausage, cheese, potatoes, onion, sausage gravy), Farmers (ham, cheese, potatoes, onion, green peppers, mushrooms), Western (ham, cheese, green peppers, onions, mushrooms), veggie (cheese, potatoes, green peppers, onions, mushrooms) and Irish (corned beef hash, Swiss cheese).

The breakfast wraps include ham and cheese, Western, Tex-Mex and Sausage. All the traditional breakfast sides are also offered. Everything on the breakfast menu can be had for under $10 and there are specials until 11 a.m. each day that are offered for under $4.

The lunch and dinner menu is also pretty traditional — all the classics, including burgers, wraps, sandwiches, fish, steak, soup and salad are offered. Prices are extremely reasonable with the most expensive item being a 6-ounce sizzler steak for $9.75. Most items are priced under $7.

The atmosphere: Herbie’s Café is housed in a small, square building which features several tables with chairs scattered throughout the space. There is also a small bar at which to eat, which is perfect for parties of one. Herbie’s Café is owned by Jay and Janis Moore and has an airplane theme. The logo of the restaurant features a friendly, human-like airplane caricature and there are small model airplanes hanging in the diner. A large diagram of a B-52 Bomber also caught my eye.

Herbie’s Café was very busy when I arrived around 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12. I grabbed what appeared to be the only available seat at a table in the corner, which worked out because it gave me a good view of the restaurant. Most of the people in the diner were middle-aged to older couples, but there were sprinklings of other groups like families and younger couples.

Wait to be seated: None.

What I ordered: Since it was 10:30 in the morning, I decided that breakfast was the most logical choice. I could also tell from what people in the diner were eating and from reading reviews online that I wouldn’t go wrong ordering breakfast at Herbie’s.

Herbie's Cafe.jpgThe Western omelet at Herbie’s Cafe in Muskegon is made with three eggs, ham, cheese, green peppers, onions, mushrooms,Brandon Champion | BCHAMPIO@mlive.com 

I landed on the Western omelet and was not disappointed with my choice. I can honestly say it was one of the best omelets I’ve ever had. As listed above, the Western omelet is made with three eggs and served with ham, cheese, green peppers, onions and mushrooms. I ordered mine without mushrooms. (I’m not a fan.) I think the thing that made the omelet so good was the cheese. It was perfectly melted, which meant the other ingredients — all cut into small, diced portions — basically became infused with the cheese.

The omelet was served with two pieces of toast each cut in half. I also ordered a half-order of biscuits and gravy, a personal favorite of mine that I always try at breakfast joints. They were equally tasty. There was a hearty portion of gravy poured over two biscuits. It wasn’t too runny and had a good sausage composition. I had coffee and water to drink.

Time for food to come out: 10-15 minutes.

My thoughts: Herbie’s Café is an excellent breakfast and lunch option in the Muskegon area. I only tried the breakfast food, but it was simply delicious, so I can only imagine that its lunch offerings are equally as tasty. I am someone who would say that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so I often search out restaurants that offer breakfast. This place is near the top of my list.

I wouldn’t say it does anything very unique with its breakfast offerings, but the execution is top notch. In other words, there is a reason certain foods have become breakfast staples, so why mess with it?

The atmosphere is also a plus. Herbie’s Café really has the feel of a local diner. It’s a small, intimate atmosphere with locally-themed décor. It also features the “old-school” style placemats covered in advertisements from local businesses, as well as trivia cards in the center of the table.

The service was very good and the staff very friendly right from the start. I also witnessed people from several different tables interacting and saying “good morning,” so this is clearly a place where people living on the east side of Muskegon frequently eat.

There are no crazy concoctions at Herbie’s; there is, however, above-average execution of many breakfast staples. More importantly, there are friendly people there. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a “good morning?” I highly recommend Herbie’s Café. It’s a great place to start your day.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Credit Cards: Yes.

Alcohol: No.

Dress Code: Casual.

Reservations: No.

Wheelchair accessible: Yes.

Contact them: Call Herbie’s Café at 231-773-7600 or visit its website at http://www.herbiescafe.com/

Know a great place to dine out? Email me.

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

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