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Trester to serve third term as mayor

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Saugatuck City Council Monday elected Ken Trester to a third term as mayor. Chris Peterson was voted mayor pro-tem. The mayor is chosen by council members. Due to the City Charter, the mayor this year was elected before new members from the Nov. 5 election were sworn in. Incumbent Peterson and […]

Schools discuss facilities upgrade plan Nov. 18

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck School Board will review a revised district facilities plan at its Monday, Nov. 18, meeting in the middle/high school media center starting at 6 p.m. The public is invited. District voters rejected a $39.95-million buildings improvement proposal, which would have added 1.67 mills to their property taxes, May 7 […]

Blue Star Trail ‘collaboration’: on whose terms?

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Collaboration is great on your terms. When others have different views, achieving it is more difficult. The Saugatuck Township Board set the stage when it tabled a Saugatuck city-pitched joint resolution “supporting” the Blue Star Trail — one opposed by trail advocates — Nov. 6, deferring collaboration to a committee comprised […]

Saugatuck, Douglas elect new council members

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By Scott Sullivan, Editor Women were winners in the first contested Saugatuck City Council election in recent memory Nov. 5. Results were not yet official early Wednesday. Claiming three open two-year seats were planning-commission-chair-but-council-newcomer Garnet Lewis with 274 votes, lone-incumbent-running Chris Peterson with 216 and Holly Leo with 185. Trailing were G. Corwin Stoppel with […]

Six seek three Saugatuck City Council seats

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Voters will find six candidates seeking three open two-year seats on the Saugatuck City Council when they go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 5. At least two of the 7-member council taking office afterward will be new to the body, with Christine Pe-terson being the only incumbent running. Also seeking office are, alphabetically: Stephen Boyd, […]

Douglas City Council votes will be by write-in

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Everyone running for three open two-year seats on Douglas City Council Nov. 5 will be a write-in candidate, due to a new state election law contributing to a clerical error in city hall. Incumbents Kathy Mooradian, Greg Harvath and Cathy North, plus challenger Jerry Donovan have announced for the openings. They and any others seeking […]

Blue Star

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Killers By Scott Sullivan, Editor  Mother Jones reports 50 of 53 indiscriminate mass shootings in the U.S. between January 2013 and August 2019 were committed by males. This is an outrage. I wrote last week about how the new Ms. Monopoly game addresses gender inequity by giving women players more money than men to start […]

Let’s turn focus on mental health

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I’m a firm believer that mental health needs a whole lot more attention, than we, as a society, are giving the subject. Mental Health Awareness month (October) has come and gone, and nary a word has been written. Greater than opioids, greater than mass shootings, I believe mental illness is the biggest problem affecting us. […]

Peterson leads Blackhawks past Indians in season finale

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By Leo Martonosi Sports Correspondent Fennville quarterback Ben Peterson is only a freshman. But you wouldn’t know that by watching him play. Just ask Saugatuck coach Bill Dunn. “He’s a good one and he’s only going to get better and better,” Dunn said after Ben Peterson led the Blackhawks to a 24-21 victory in the […]

Saugatuck boys win regional title, girls place runner-up

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CENTREVILLE—Entering this season, Saugatuck boys’ cross country coach Rick Bauer believed his team had what it took to contend for a Division 3 state championship after winning the Division 4 title last season. On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Indians took another step toward that goal. Competing in the Division 3 regional at Centreville High School, […]