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Turkey attack!!

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Add to the “Only in Saugatuck” archives this tom turkey who, just after sunrise this spring, has protected “his” hens by chasing off cars at the busy corner of Blue Star Highway and 64th Street. He wasn’t thrilled seeing this photographer either, but the motor vehicles either distracted him or seemed like a greater threat. […]

Saugatuck to mark 150 years at July 4 parade

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More than 150 supporters gathered and raised more than $40,000 to support engineering and construction of a 20-mile nonmotorized trail from Saugatuck to South Haven at a Toast to the Blue Star Trail gala June 11 on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan at the South Haven Conference Center. The event, whose tickets sold out several […]

Toast to Blue Star Trail raises more than $40K

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More than 150 supporters gathered and raised more than $40,000 to support engineering and construction of a 20-mile nonmotorized trail from Saugatuck to South Haven at a Toast to the Blue Star Trail gala June 11 on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan at the South Haven Conference Center. The event, whose tickets sold out several […]

Brewery breaks ground at historic Red Barn

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Work has begun to turn Saugatuck’s Red Barn Theatre into a brewery, event center and yurt-rental business. Guardian Brewing Co. broke ground at the 3657 63rd St. 3-acre site north of Blue Star Highway and east of the I-196 Exit 41 bridge, last week. The existing building includes the historic 12,672-square-foot Red Barn, built in […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Green Streets/Sex Who knew trees change sexes? Spell “sexes” backwards and you’ll see what I mean. Only when they bloom can you tell if they’re boy, girl or TBA, botanists say. Lots (trees, not botanists) are hermaphrodites — i.e. their flowers have male and female reproductive parts. The male are the […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I have long found lanes on the bridge over the Mighty Kalamazoo River to be confusing. For years it was two lanes, then for the last few years it’s been three. Asked to explain the rationale behind the change, I replied it was much like the reversible lanes on Chicago […]

Mind wanders to IHOB, snakes

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher Its 3 a.m. and my mind is wandering. Here’s where it went: To Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where photos of flooding devastation created anxiety. Here I was enjoying 90-degree plus temperatures without a hint of rain, but there torrential downpours caused the worst flooding I have ever seen. Houghton and surrounding communities […]

Fire District calls up 25 percent this year

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Township Fire District responded to back-to-back months of record calls this spring. This in advance of the busy summer season. The district in April answered 79 calls, up from its past high of 64 in 2016. There were 85 calls in May, up from the 76 high, again set […]

Town Crier, Art Coast runs raise funds for kids

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©Remembrance Photography 2018 By Scott Sullivan Editor Want to know who the 16th annual Town Crier 10K and 5K runs and second annual Michigan Art Coast Half Marathon benefits? Look no further than Saugatuck High School track and cross country runners, past and present. Individual winners of Saturday’s races, which started at SHS in Saugatuck […]

Club honors June gardens

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Saugatuck-Douglas Garden Club June winners were Lydia Fish, shown with her daughter-in-law Michelle Fish, for their residential garden at 6541 Bradley St.; John Migas for his rhododendron and azalea garden at 247 Grand St.; and Shaun Glynn for his new herb garden at the Belvedere Inn, 3656 63rd St.