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City wants time to study interim trail plan

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck Township’s plans to pursue a grant to link bike path sections are on hold while Saugatuck city considers interim trail proposals within its boundaries. The nonprofit Friends of the Blue Star Trail have worked since 2008 to build a 20-mile north-south non-motorized path between Saugatuck and South Haven. It would […]

Fire questions no-sprinkling requirement

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Township Fire District says it believes the township board not requiring community or storage buildings in the North- Shore of Saugatuck development to be sprinkled is a mistake. NorthShore, owned by Holland businessman Jeff Padnos, bought 308 acres north of the Kalamazoo River Channel to Lake Michigan in March […]

Saugatuck seeks grant to improve Mt. Baldhead Park

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Mount Baldhead Park in Saugatuck could see improvements, but first the city needs to secure funding for any upgrades. City council Monday agreed to pay Fleis & Vandenbrink engineers of Grand Rapids $3,100 to prepare a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Natural Resources Trust Fund grant application. The application deadline is […]

Allegan Street potholes may have underlying cause

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aBy Jim Hayden Correspondent Potholes on Allegan Street between Lake and Elizabeth streets should be repaired as soon as possible, though they could be a sign of deeper problems with the still-under-construction- street. Member Chris Peterson asked at Monday’s Saugatuck City Council meeting what was being done about the holes. City crews have been filling […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Napalm in the Morning My wife or The New York Times? Most guys would consider that a no brainer. The Times has bureaus everywhere. My wife won’t let me in hers because I’ll mess up its content’s chaos. The Times publishes “All the news that’s fit to print.” My wife leaves […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel A friend tells me it’s possible to make anything at least incrementally better. Even if it’s not possible to tweak and tinker with something that’s already very good, at least we have let the clutch out of our mind and engaged our brain. The one exception is with the visual […]

Have faith: better days ahead

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher Forgive me if I appear to be preaching, but I have to get something off my chest. My spouse, child and friends have heard me say 1,000 times, “Life is a series of ups and downs, and those who can roll with the punches will be happy and well-adjusted.” I’m living […]

Exit 36 crash cause still unknown

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor A crash Saturday on northbound I-196 near Exit 36 saw first responders answer a 1:33 p.m. report of a person hit by a car lying on the road. Michigan State and Douglas police, Allegan County Sheriff’s deputies, AMR ambulance and Saugatuck Township Fire District crews responded to find the driver […]

Saugatuck to celebrate new police cars Feb. 18

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent This might be the one time you want to see a Saugatuck police car up close and personal. The city will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, for its three new law enforcement vehicles purchased through a state grant. It will be at Saugatuck Township Fire District […]

Camera contractor calls comments out of line

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The recipient of a bid to install security cameras at Saugatuck Township hall objected Feb. 6 to public comments made by a former township trustee regarding the bidding process for that contract. The board Dec. 19 heard treasurer Jon Helmrich summarize three proposals he had solicited on video recording and security. […]