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COVID-19 crisis: community responds

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By Scott Sullivan Editor No story about things not happening due to coronavirus is complete without mention of how communities are responding. Websites sharing ways to protect ourselves abound. Stay tuned for updates as response keeps evolving. It is also fair to say that, with social distancing sane and standard, people of all types who […]

Local government offices limit contacts

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Local government offices last week implemented plans to reduce face-to-face public interactions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency declared by the state. In Douglas and Saugatuck cities, plus Saugatuck Township, will close their halls and public works department offices in favor of handling customer service calls via telephone and email during […]

Douglas taps Wikar as new ZA

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas City Council Monday named Nicholas Wikar, who has worked the last four months in city hall in planning and community development, new zoning and zoning administrator. He will replace Lisa Imus, who announced Feb. 17 she would the post she had held since September 2015, to become village manager […]

Douglas OK’s new police car, fines

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas police will be driving a new vehicle now a replacement budgeted for in July 2019 at last is ready. City council March 16 approved releasing up to $39,224.05 to acquire a dark blue 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility All-Wheel Drive, to be traded in for a similar 2013 vehicle with […]

Douglas moves from bag to cart recycling

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas is disposing of yellow recycling bags in favor of 96-gallon recycling carts, to be picked up monthly by Republic Services. The move, the city announced last week, is “part of our overall goal to be more conscious about recycling. “While the yellow bags were useful, they did create a few […]

Blue Star

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Come & Gone Nothing is as it seems. Take coronavirus. Who knew social distancing I don’t need to practice because I’m an expert, would be so prescient. Then there’s social media. What’s social about trolling others while you’re secluded with a screen and keyboard? Where safer from viruses than online? […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Introverts have never had it so good. People who used to think we were standoffish because we don’t like to hug or mingle in crowds now almost applaud us for adhering to social distancing.  They don’t realize we have always been more comfortable with at least six feet of personal […]

‘Feeding the Gap’ strives to meet local needs

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  BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR The greater life’s call, the greater life’s response. Among billions worldwide affected by coronavirus, those already most vulnerable — poor families, children … — are in the greatest peril. With Michigan schools closed until at least April 6, how are students from low-income households who receive free and reduced lunches […]

Should pot grow on Fennville’s Main Street?

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  Fennville Mayor Tom Pantelleria has reservations about now-legal recreational marijuana facilities opening on Main Street, he said on the local “Morning Grind” radio show March 14. The Mayor sounded caution in advance of March 23 city planning commission hearings on two related downtown rezonings, reports Commercial Record correspondent Jim Hayden on his Bicycle Base […]

Blue Star

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    By Scott Sullivan Editor Threats Everywhere Who knew rats eat cars? Even now I am curled in a fetal position from fear of coronavirus, the news hit like a ton of feathers: rodents nestle in cars during cold months, gnaw on wires, blow fuses, start fires … even total vehicles as they munch. […]