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Mt. Baldhead Challenge daunts, delights for good cause

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A peerless course, good cause and near-perfect weather drew 382 registered runners and walkers to the 118th annual Mount Baldhead Challenge Saturday. The Saugatuck-Douglas Rotary Club-sponsored event, which billed itself as West Michigan’s The Ultimate Multi-Terrain 15K and 5K Races, saw a 50-entrant spike from last year’s all-volunteer operated Challenge, which raised $10,000 for local […]

Aikmans new owners of Water Street Gallery

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Jock and Barbara Aikman (shown at right) of Mecosta and Puerto Rico have bought Water Street Gallery from Maryjo Lemanski, who has retired after 12 years as owner to pursue her own artistic endeavors and spend more time with family. Longtime Michigan resident Jock Aikman has worked in employee benefits, publishing, educational programming and fundraising.  […]

City eyes giant holiday tree’s return

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent The decades-old Saugatuck tradition of a Christmas tree barge could return in a new form this winter thanks to a portable cell tower and local volunteers. “It’s go time now. We just need the rest of the details,” Sean Steele told Saugatuck City Council Monday. Steele, a Saugatuck Township resident, has […]

Church gives Wings lift

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Douglas United Congregational Church of Christ members Larry Furst (left) and Peter Mueller (right) presented a $2,500 donation from the church to Wings of Mercy president Terry Boer (center) at Holland’s West Michigan Regional Airport last week. Wings provides transportation to distant medical facilities for families who cannot afford to fly.

Historic Rose Cottage ‘up in the air’ – and not

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck’s historic Rose Cottage is physically “up in the air.” But its future isn’t. “Dietz House Movers is putting a new foundation under it,” says owner Aasa (pronounced O-sa) Munk of the cottage on the corner of Allegan Road and Elizabeth Street. “We are fixing it up, yet preserving it as […]

Library to host fall adult butterfly program, more

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The Saugatuck-Douglas District Library is offering fall adult learning programs. Local horticulturist Hannah Nendick-Mason will present a free session on Butterfly Gardening and Project Monarch Watch Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. She will discuss the best ways to attract butterflies to your garden. Participants will also learn about the University of Kansas […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Human Race Running races with your feet isn’t easy. Running, as in trying to oversee, races isn’t either. Those who try it learn these events run you. I write in advance of the 18th annual Mt. Baldhead Challenge because I won’t have time later. It’s my sixth year as a race […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Like many small churches across the country, All Saints’ is already giving thought to our upcoming holiday bazaar and bake sale. Planning begins here, as elsewhere, with a chorus of laments worthy of Greek dramas. It’s a lot of work, we’re not getting younger, the church youth should be doing […]

I’ve had it with hurricanes

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher Someone please kick me in the shin. For some reason, I yearn to live where the water is open, and the ocean breeze is mesmerizing. In the last 15 years I have spent more time following this dream than any other. Apparently Hurricane Irma had the same path in mind. Two […]

Locals not surprised NFL standout chose home here

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By Ryan Lewis Staff Writer Recent news features about NFL quarterback Kirk Cousins moving to Saugatuck came as no surprise to locals who have seen him around town. According to city records, Cousins—whose day job found him leading the Washington against Philadelphia this past weekend—bought a home in Dunegrass, the Preserve at the Lakeshore, the […]