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Long-lost siblings reunite here after 68 years

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Kay Smalley and Larry Kimmel share a famous grandfather, father and 68 years of not knowing they were half-siblings. Last weekend they reunited with other family from faraway to visit, explore hike and more at Kay’s home on the Ox-Bow Lagoon in Saugatuck. “I’m 83, Larry’s 69 and we never knew […]

Township taps city ZA Osman for top slot

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Township Board June 5 chose Cindy Osman — the Saugatuck city planning and zoning administrator who co-led the Nov. 6 recall of four board members— as new supervisor. She will fill a post left open by Chris Roerig’s resignation. The board also June 5 appointed Mike McGuigan as Kalamazoo […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Low “How low can you go?” Chubby Checker sang. Don’t sell us short; we can always sink to new depths. Proof came April 28 when Victor Vescovo’s submarine hit the floor of the Mariana Trench 35,853 deep in the Pacific Ocean, the lowest any man has gone. There he found a […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Pat and I were in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, during the first part of June. It was a productive expedition and overall good experience. I walked over enough miles of cobblestone streets and narrow, slippery sidewalks to last for a few more years. What I didn’t see there were […]

My father, my hero…..

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher (I wrote this a year ago but wanted share it again. I might share this column over and over for years to come. The man meant so much to me.) This week I gave pause to reflect on my hero, my father. Although he was buried seven years ago, there isn’t […]

Saugatuck endorses unified K-zoo River plan

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Saugatuck City Council Monday endorsed a plan to address issues along the Kalamazoo River with a special eye on the community’s harbor. The Lower Kalamazoo River Greenway Plan was prepared by the Outdoor Discovery Center beginning in 2018 with input from more than 300 people and dozens of community meetings. The […]

Man the Arks….Great Lakes water levels at all-time high

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Lakes look high? You’re right. How about an all-time record? May showers helped water levels on all five Great Lakes, including Michigan, rise to record highs this month. This of course affects inland waters near them. Lakes Michigan and Huron, which are at the same level since they are connected at […]

Fennville backs off 8-percent water rate hike

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Fennville residents could see a lower increase in water rates after the city commission June 3 decided to wait for a change in state regulations and possible grants to pay to remove lead water pipes, reports Commercial Record correspondent Jim Hayden in his Bicycle Base Fennville blog. A public hearing on the 2019-2020 city budget […]

Ox-Bow: 109 years of old made new

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Ox-Bow keeps re-creating itself: fitting for the Saugatuck art school and artists’ residency founded in 1910 here. Students come and go, housing expands, art making techniques evolve and staff changes — but the preservation of Ox-Bow’s history, look, feel, lasting memories and mission remain. It’s a quiet space in the woods and dunes for learning, […]

Recall, planning leaders seek top township slot

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Cindy Osman — the Saugatuck city planning and zoning administrator who co-led a Nov. 6 recall of four Saugatuck Township board member — has joined township planning commission chair Andrew Prietz applying for the vacant township supervisor’s position. The board is expected to fill the post, left open by Chris Roerig’s […]