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A festive Fourth

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Saugatuck and Douglas celebrated Independence Day last Wednesday, and throughout the high summer week, with traditional fireworks, a parade and a first-time Waterfront Festival.  (Photo by Kim Zahnow)

First History Center head Nietering to move on

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck-Douglas History Center’s first-ever executive director, Nathan Nietering, has resigned to become a department technician at the Michigan State Historic Preservation office. Nietering, who started in 2015 as the Center’s first paid full-time employee, has been involved in transforming the Douglas Old School House into a public exhibit venue, moving […]

Fennville may name Main ‘Birkholz Way’

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The Fennville City Commission July 2 voted to give Main Street (M-89) the honorary title Patty Birkholz Way, reports Commercial Record correspondent Jim Hayden in his Bicycle Base Fennville blog. The naming will honor the Saugatuck former state lawmaker and environmentalist who passed away May 3. Birkholz was a Fennville High School graduate. Because M-89 […]

No easy fix for Saugatuck’s Park Street

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Another portion of Park Street in Sauga-tuck is under scrutiny after a busy holiday week when police helped slow traffic on the winding road. “I’ve walked it, biked it, driven it,” Saugatuck resident Jane Underwood told the city council Monday. “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m scared of it.” Residents want the city […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Dead in the Water Our Physics Made Simple series has been on hold due to popular demand. Not that physics is so complex it’s incomprehensible, just my writing. Are physicists geniuses or the rest of us so dumb we think they are? Time for another chapter. Water can be dead, electrically […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel A nature photographer friend captured on occasion what I call “Midwest Americana” — families in small towns and rural areas enjoying and celebrating life together. He took shots of farms and fields, tractors and people delighting in each other’s company. Things that will always be right and good in this country, […]

Fake news still pervades Facebook

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher Despite Mark Zuckerberg’s attempts to limit fake news on Facebook, my timeline continues to offer “news” stories that are more false than true. Here’s an example of what I documented on my timeline in the last 24 hours: Thieves Try to Siphon Gas from an RV, But Instead Suck Out Sewage. […]

Saugatuck OKs sidewalk beer and wine

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Diners in Saugatuck can now have beer and wine outdoors at approved restaurant locations on city sidewalks. City council changed its ordinance Monday to allow serving alcohol at licensed outdoor seating areas in the city right-of-way without a fence or other enclosure. The state had previously required such boundaries, but recently […]

Hot fun at first Rotary July 4 Waterfront Fest

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By Joseph Cappelletti For many locals, the name Waterfront Festival brings back memories of the annual film festival that left Saugatuck five years ago. The Saugatuck-Douglas Rotary Club July 4 launched a new event by that name that can create fresh memories for locals and guests alike. The Club, which has also sponsored the Fourth […]

Saugatuck council opts for second look at pot

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Saugatuck City Council wants to take a closer look at the possibility of allowing medical marijuana facilities to operate in town. A resolution from the planning commission banning marijuana facilities from the city “got dropped on our lap,” said Councilman Jeff Spangler at Monday’s meeting. Planners asked the city to prohibit […]