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This is a Christmas parade?

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In Saugatuck, you expect the (mostly) women Peppermint Stick Brigade to attack the equally-zany male Snow Shovel Drill team with Silly String in front of Butler Street crowds near the end of their annual procession. Saturday’s annual holiday fun also included a Santa appearance, a tree-lighting ceremony and more. (Photo by Scott Sullivan)

Split decision on township recall votes

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Two residents seeking to recall four of five Saugatuck Township board members won a split decision at an Allegan County Election Commission language sufficiency hearing Monday. The tribunal voted 2-1 that petition verbiage filed by Cindy Osman and Kathy Sturm seeking an election to oust township trustee Roy McIlwaine for voting […]

DEQ wants more info before ruling on basin plan

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By Scott Sullivan Editor A developer who hopes to build 23 homes around a 7-acre boat basin north of the Kalamazoo River channel to Lake Michigan needs to address 11 issues before the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality weighs giving the plan a go-ahead. DEQ Kalamazoo District engineer John Bayha wrote applicant Jeff Padnos he […]

Ex-CVB head files arbitration claim

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Former Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau executive director Felicia Fairchild has filed an arbitration demand with her ex-employer, the CVB board apprised members last week. Fairchild, who resigned Dec. 7, 2016, after 27 years as the bureau’s founding executive, has made claims of copyright infringement, merit pay, unreimbursed expenses, office furniture, […]

Auction raises funds for library

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Friends of the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library are holding a silent auction as a fundraiser in lieu of having to tear down their used bookstore due to flooding issues. Bids for items — including original art, clothing, toys, bath products, car-detailing packages, meals at The Southerner and Farmhouse deli, season passes to Mason Street Warehouse productions […]

Fire chief outlines objections to code change

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck Township Fire District Chief Janik last week submitted his written objections to three provisions made by the township board when it amended International Fire Code standards. The board voted 3-2 Aug. 2 to change fire cost-recovery policies over objections by fire district partners Douglas and Saugatuck cities plus department leaders. […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Down By Law Some things are cyclical: creepy clowns, locusts and movements to change our state legislature from full to part time. I used to oppose the latter. preferring no time. Then I read the House last week passed bills to let hunters kill frogs year round and spear said caecilians […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel A few years ago Pat and I visited a small farming village as part of an art and writing tour of southern France. It was centuries old and hadn’t changed all that much. It was a picturesque setting with the exception of fresh-smelling barnyard fertilizer piles sitting on the street […]

All she wants for Christmas is to be cancer-free

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher During this holiday season many of us will look for that large and expensive gift under the Christmas tree. We might be hoping for the new XBox, shiny jewelry or even a new Buick in the driveway. Gifts are nice and make us happy for the moment, but at my age […]

SPS opens superintendent search

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Public Schools Board of Education will confer with consultant Gary Rider to complete plans towards hiring a new district superintendent at its regular meeting Monday, Dec. 18, in the Saugatuck High School media center, 401 Elizabeth St., Saugatuck, at 6:30 p.m. Nine-year superintendent Rolfe Timmerman announced at the board’s […]