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Breakfast Brackets Finals: Steak 'N' Egger vs Mr B's Pancake House

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The WZZM 13 Weekend Morning News breakfast bracket competition continues.

The final round is between Mr B's Pancake House and Steak N' Egger, both in Muskegon.

You can cast your pick by emailing amnews@wzzm13.com


Week One Winner was Steak 'n Egger in Muskegon

Week Two Winner was Real Foods Cafe in Grand Rapids.

Week Three Winner was At The Diner.

Week Four Winner was Mr B's Pancake House in Muskegon.

Semi-Final Round One: Steak 'N' Egger

Semi-Final Round Two: Mr B's Pancake House in Muskegon.


What's Happening: Earth Week, Vietnam Memorial, Shop for a Cure

GRAND RAPIDS, (WZZM) --  We're half-way through April and people are really starting to get out and enjoy springtime.  Here's what's happening this week.

The Grand Rapids Public Library is holding Earth Week activities.  Starting today with the "Looks Better on You Clothing Swap" where people are encouraged to bring their gently used clothes to swap with others.

Kristen Corrado, the Library's Marketing and Communications Director said, "It's a great way to come to the library, take a class, learn something new that might improve the way you live, might improve your environment or just give you some new ideas for saving money."

In keeping with the Earth Week theme, the events will focus on being eco-friendly.  As always, everything at the library will be free and open to the public.

Muskegon cottage owners compete to give away sand

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Signs that read 'free sand', 'freshest free sand' and 'really free sand' are sticking out of sand piles across from the Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon. 

Anyone who wants some can help themselves.

"We all need you to come and get your sand here," says cottage owner Fred Stohr.

During winter, wind blows the sand off the beach and onto the sidewalks and driveways of lakeside cottages. The owners say it's a nuisance.

"One year I had three feet of sand on the driveway," recalls Stohr.

The cottage owners along Beach Street offer the sand free to anyone who will take it.

"Yeah, they just told us to pull up. The driveway was filled with sand. We pulled up and loaded our truck,"  says contractor Jeff Haynes.

To attract more attention to their sand piles, some cottage owners are using signs to make their free sand seem like an even bigger bargain.

Pure Michigan Job Fair held Friday

MUSKEGON, Mich (WZZM)- Lakeshore and state economic leaders hope an event held Friday in Muskegon keeps new college graduates in Michigan.

Muskegon Area First and the Michigan Workforce Development Agency introduced more than 200 graduates to more than 30 Muskegon area employers. The job fair was intended to remind those graduates that their job search doesn't need to focus on out of state opportunities.

Growth in medical and high-tech careers in Michigan, along with the state's natural resources, are key selling points.

Joe Quick with the Michigan Workforce Development Agency says, "And so what we are doing is promoting the great live, work, and play elements of this area to those folks." 

Job-seekers from outside of Muskegon were offered a bus tour of the region's assets like parks, retail areas and the beach.

Salvation Army Food Pantry running short

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The Muskegon Salvation Army Food Pantry Coordinator says that shelves are almost bare after higher than usual demands in April.

Captain Dan Sawka says that in the first 10 days of April, 86 families came in for food assistance.  That is five more families than what came in in all of April 2010.

Heather Kasmauski, Family Service Director says in a press release that they have seen 1,182 clients so far this fiscal year and last year, "we only had 1,651 families for the entire year."

Anyone interested in donating should drop off food between 10:00am - 4:00pm Monday through Friday at 1221 Shonat, in Muskegon.


Medication Disposal Program holds first 2012 event in Muskegon

Medication Disposal Program holds first 2012 event in Muskegon

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, the Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program (MAMDP) will host the area’s first unused medication collection event for 2012 at the Muskegon Fire Department on Terrace Street.

Since the events first began in 2010, the program collected over 3,000 pounds of medications, reducing the amount of unused and expired medications in residents' homes. This free program is a safe and effective way to dispose of unused drugs in homes. MAMDP accepts both over-the-counter and ‘controlled’ or narcotic medications.

MACTC students recognized as Young Entrepreneurs

MACTC students recognized as Young Entrepreneurs

Muskegon Area Career Tech Center(MACTC) students from three area high schools will be recognized on Wednesday, April 18, as “Young Entrepreneurs” during the annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award luncheon at Watermark 920 in Muskegon. The students will be honored for the business plans they each created and presented to members of The Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur Advisory Council. They will also share the spotlight with real-life nominees for the Chamber’s annual “Entrepreneur of the Year Award.”