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‘Lion King’ actor Brown inspires kids here

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Mason Street Warehouse alumnus Russell Brown, an actor in the North American tour of the musical “The Lion King,” returned here Monday to share his story with Saugatuck Middle School sixth-grade students. Brown, an actor-dancer-singer who played the role of Horse in MSW’s 2009 production of “The Full Monty,” went straight to Broadway where he […]

Douglas raises roof

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Even Douglas’ 1867-built city hall needs roof reconstruction every 20 years or so. Mikalan Roofing of Zeeland took advantage of the mild winter weather early last week to tackle the task, estimated at costing Douglas $15,020. (Photo by Scott Sullivan)

Saugatuck tests water of marina purchase

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Saugatuck is testing the waters of possibly purchasing Tower Marine in Douglas, deciding Monday to meet with the private marina owner. “The fate of Tower Marine is one of the most strategic issues facing Saugatuck, Douglas and the entire area,” said councilman Ken Trester. “It’s incumbent on us to do whatever […]

CVB hopes to have new leader by spring

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By Scott Sullivan Editor “You have a world-class destination,” new Saugatuck-Douglas Convention and Visitors Bureau consultant Jerry Preston told the CVB board Monday. “Now you need a world-class leader.” Members are looking to replace 27-year executive director Felicia Fairchild, who announced Dec. 7 she would not renew her full-time consulting contract with the bureau. The […]

Town Crier runs add half-marathon, festival June 17-18

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck’s Town Crier Runs are expanding to include a half-marathon, Douglas finish, dog walk and craft beer festival June 17 and 18. The 15th annual 10K and 5K (6.2 and 3.1 miles respectively) road runs — held as benefits for Saugatuck High School track and cross-country programs — will join local […]

Herbert named new DPW head

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent The City of Saugatuck introduced new department of public works head Scott Herbert at Monday’s meeting. Herbert started Feb. 4, taking over for longtime leader Bruce Simonson who retired in November. Simonson worked for the city for 51 years. “He’s done everything from the ground up,” city manager Kirk Harrier said […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Education It’s no coincidence Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education the same day a Cheeto shaped like Harambe sold on eBay for $99,900. Harambe, the gorilla killed by Cincinnati Zoo handlers last May after dragging a boy who had entered his enclosure, gave his life to become a meme […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel My old hometown Roch­est­er, Minn., newspaper is reporting on a new movement which seems like a good idea, especially in our art communities. When we mix red and blue, we get purple. Since the two major political parties use those primary colors, the idea is by creating a climate in […]

Do I belong in an insane asylum?

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher Some days, one of those being yesterday, I feel like I belong in an insane asylum. It seemed like I couldn’t do anything right. When I get that way I get angry. Sometimes I bang my head against the wall. Other times I simply yell at my dog. I wouldn’t have […]

Library hosts puzzle exchange, more winter fun

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The Saugatuck-Douglas District Library is launching new winter opportunities to exercise mind and body. A jigsaw puzzle exchange allows community members to informally share their puzzles. Because such puzzles are not officially part of the library inventory, there are no checkouts or return dates and the service is available to everyone, whether they have a […]