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Going green

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You know it’s St. Patrick’s Day, precursor to the official first day of spring, when Erin Go Bark paraders and pets “green up” the streets of downtown Saugatuck with fun and festivities. (Photos by Scott Sullivan)

Saugatuck pitches alternative bridge trail plan

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By Scott Sullivan Editor There’s more than one way to create a non-motorized trail across Blue Star Bridge. Saugatuck city, which denied support March 13 for designs pitched by Douglas, has come back to its neighbor city with a proposed alternative means of crossing the span between them. Douglas City Council voiced interest Monday in […]

DeMond receives up to 10 years on charge

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By Daniel Pepper Staff Writer Douglas businessman Nick DeMond was sent to prison Monday after hearing his victim speak about how his sexual molestation—and the actions of others attacking her—had affected her. Allegan County Circuit Court Judge Margaret Zuzich Bakker sentenced DeMond, 45, president of the DeMond’s SuperValu grocery store, to 23 months to 10 […]

Coghlin Park now available for weddings

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Couples can rent Coghlin Park for large weddings after Saugatuck City Council approved a new policy allowing it March 13. The move followed a heated discussion last summer about parking at the nearby Sau-gatuck Center for the Arts for matrimonial events. “This is for a very specific need we’ve identified,” said […]

Teen runaway found safe

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A Saugatuck High School student who was the subject of a missing/endangered advisory Monday was found that night in Ames, Iowa. Joy Dene Martin, 16, was located on the campus of Iowa State University after leaving her home sometime Saturday. Michigan State Police said Martin was in good health and had left home voluntarily after […]

Interim city police chief plans public meetings

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Interim Saugatuck-Douglas Police Chief Steve Kent wants to hear what people in the community are thinking. To that end, Kent hopes to hold “coffee with the chief” events in Saugatuck and Douglas, he told Saugatuck City Council at its March 13 meeting. “The public can meet with me and voice their […]

Funder March 28 benefits live fire training

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saving homes and lives is the aim of five neighbor fire departments that hope to create a live training facility behind the Saugatuck Township station as soon as this summer … with help from friends. What Not Inn is among the latter. The 2405 Blue Star Hwy. restaurant will host a […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Call of the Wild Great news from Lansing, where the same state government that gave us the Flint water crisis has banned using chocolate as bait for bears. We can poison poor people but pack M&M’s in a picnic basket and Yogi purloins the thing, look out. We can still bait […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I woke up from a vivid dream about tombstones the other morning. The good news is that my name was not on one, which I took as a favorable omen. Many cemeteries these days require headstones to be placed flat to the ground to make mowing easier. That makes sense, […]

Eliminate insane pork barrel projects

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher President Donald Trump has vowed to cut government expenses. In his first 100 days he has suggested several departmental cuts that have unnerved a backlash among many liberal-leaning groups. I’m of the opinion if Trump and his gang were to eliminate most of the pork barrel projects that Congress has approved […]