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Photos by Nich Wolak 3 $1 TRIBUNE the GRAND HAVEN ★ SPRING LAKE ★ FERRYSBURG PAGE 6 THE BIG # Straight state titles for MCC. TOP 3 STORIES Robinson Township house fire 1 Bomb threat forces evacu- ation of Community Center 2 Changing the definition of family 3 at grandhaventribune.com CONNECT WITH US facebook.com/GHTribune twitter.com/GHTribune THANK YOU David B. Cross For being our FACEBOOK of the day! WEATHER Mostly sunny, cool BY JAYDEN AMMERAAL 42 25 HIGH LOW TOMORROW'S FERRYSBURG HOUSE FIRE QUICKLY EXTINGUISHED SEE STORY, PAGE 2 MCC CAPTURES STATE TITLE SEE SPORTS, PAGE 6 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2015 www.grandhaventribune.com 2014 NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR | | | WHAT WAS YOUR BEST BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING DEAL? CHRIS WYNS "These 64-gb flash drives. They make great Christmas gifts." DANA BOYES "I got a coffee pot that's normally $30 for $13, and pro- pane that's usually $6 for $3." PATTI FERGUSON "I came late but I got $150 worth of stuff for $60. I got big queen-size pillows for $4 and jammies for my grandkids for $4." ELIZABETH DYGAS "I shopped at Kohl's and got sleeping bags for my grandkids, a zebra spin-around and books. I saved $160 and got $30 back in Kohl's cash." YOU SAID IT: Q: WANT TO REGISTER? WHAT: Families can register their children to receive free books from birth to age 5 through Tri-Cities Area Imagination Library, which is an affiliate of the Dolly Parton Foundation Imagination Library. WHEN: 3-5 p.m. Dec. 5 WHERE: Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave. in Grand Haven Early childhood literacy program offers free books Holiday deals shower shoppers 3-peat Muskegon Catholic Central wins 3rd consecutive Div. 8 football championship 3-peat M uskegon Catholic Central High School won its third-straight Division 8 state football cham- pionship Friday, defeating Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 7-0 at Ford Field in Detroit. In a game that pitted a high-octane spread offense versus a powerful rushing attack, the state cham- pionship game turned out to be a battle of two defenses until the fourth quarter. MCC senior quarterback Christian Martinez scored off a quarterback sweep from eight yards out for the game's only score with 10:20 left in the game. Our Lady of the Lakes would march all the way down to the MCC 13-yard line on the ensuing drive, but Crusaders junior defensive back Walker Christoffersen dove in front of a pass in the end zone for his second inter- ception on the day. Read more about the game on Page 6. Grand Haven and Spring Lake children from birth to age 5 have a chance to receive free monthly books. A non-profit group called Tri- Cities Area Imagination Library (T.A.I.L.) will register families from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Loutit District Library in Grand Haven. The local program is an affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, an early childhood literacy initiative. There will also be activities and food for people as they register. Families can also register online by at imaginationlibrary. com — and search for the local affiliate. According to the program's main website, more than 918,000 children are registered throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. There are 33 affiliate programs in Michigan. Janet Hasselbring, board president for T.A.I.L., said that reading to young children "supports essential brain development, as well as strengthens literacy and language skills." She said about 90 percent of a person's brain growth is done in his or her first three years. BY KRYSTLE WAGNER email@example.com See BOOKS on PAGE 3 The deals were hot, but the shoppers were not as the holiday shopping season officially began. A brisk wind and driving rain slammed customers who waited outside in line for stores to open Thursday night. Whitney Pollock and Tyler Stavn stood near the back of the line outside of the Target store in Norton Shores, huddled under umbrellas. Their quest? Barbie accessories for Pollock's daughter, Aurora. Over at Toys R Us, customers battled the wind as it flipped several umbrellas inside-out. Friday morning, deal enthusiasts trudged through more rain to snag early- bird specials at area stores. Shawn Nuismer of Grand Haven picked up a 60-inch television at Wal- Mart after the rain subsided. Tracy McMartin of Spring Lake Township filled a Wal-Mart shopping cart up with the help of her mom, Linda Schultz of Cadillac. "I'm buying for my grandchildren," Schultz said as she loaded the goodies into her trunk. "I saved beaucoup bucks shopping today." Spring Lake Township resident Chris Wyns shopped Staples for "practical" items Friday morning. She ventured out late enough to avoid the pre-dawn rush and picked up a couple of 64-gb flash drives and printer paper. "These make great Christmas gifts," said Wyns, a photography buff. Wyns said she plans to take a lot of photos of her friends' and families' dogs and gift them the photos on a flash drive. See more photos on Page 3. BY MARIE HAVENGA firstname.lastname@example.org Tribune photo/Marie Havenga Shoppers battle rain and wind as they wait for the Target store in Norton Shores to open Thursday evening.