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More record lake level highs foreseen

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Wet enough for you? Flooding and shoreline erosion that have plagued the area stand to get worse, say U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District hydrologists, who have tracked Great Lakes levels since 1918. Lake Michigan last month set a new all-time January high, up 3.12 inches from the old record […]

Blue Star

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Dopamine Fast I’m displeased feeling pleasure, sad when I’m happy and dissatisfied feeling satisfied. “You need dopamine fast,” my wife said. A dopamine fast? “The opposite.” Dopamine, as many of us pretend to know but don’t really, is the brain hormone/neurotransmitter that gives pleasure. There’s more involved, such as how […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I heard on the news the body of a soldier killed 70 years ago in Korea was finally being returned home for burial. He was one of 42 servicemen whose remains were repatriated a while back, but it took several years of DNA testing to find his family. The good […]

Douglas treasurer Carpenter moves on

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas Treasurer David Carpenter has resigned to take a similar job near his home in Sparta. “I’ve been commuting 45 miles from Comstock Park each way for two years,” Carpenter, 55, told The Commercial Record Monday. “I’ve working in Douglas. People here are the best,” he said. Feb. 21 will […]

Douglas Chief loses ‘interim’ tag

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BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Steve Kent, Douglas Interium Police Chief so long some thought that status might be permanent, was named full-time chief by city council Monday. Kent, a 33-year full-time department member, is hardly a fly-by-night type. He had long served as captain prior to succeeding Chief Ken Giles when Giles retired. “Steve served […]

Waterfront Wade’s Garage to be razed

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The world may little note nor long remember the Wade’s Bayou storage building. But, as decrepit a waterfront eyesore as it may be, it’s served Douglas well housing public works gear crews use to clear, patch and stripe city streets, suck up and haul away leaves and brush, mow grass, mark […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Zooplankton Learning is lifelong. Just when I thought I knew all my deficiencies, a fellow writer taught me I had wasted my education on abstruse knowledge when civics and home economics were all I needed. His point — that schools should not neglect teaching kids everyday-living basics, like how to balance […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel When the late Dorothy Parker heard her telephone ring, she would mutter, “I wonder what fresh hell this is.” I may not know exactly what she meant by this, but think we’ve all got a good idea. It isn’t a phone call anymore. It’s the news. I have the same sense of […]

STFD calls, except ones for fires, hit record highs

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Township Fire District responded to a record 977 calls last year despite fire calls being at a record low. The good news is the department, which has tallied calls since 2004, responded in 2019 to only 21 fires, down from the 67 high in 2005 and 30 such calls […]

Douglas Mayor Anderson resigns

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BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Douglas Mayor Linda Anderson has resigned, citing family illness as reason for her departure. She will be succeeded by Mayor Pro Tem Pat Lion. “It is with true sadness,” said Anderson, who became mayor in 2017 after the resignation of Jim Wiley, “that I submit my resignation as a city councilor […]