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Fire and ice

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The weather outside was frightful and so were roads late last week, with the Saugatuck Township Fire District responding to seven motor vehicle accidents Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 4-6. Six were on I-196, including the one shown above of a 2011 Dodge that jumped the guard wire and came to rest in a deep snow […]

Fire appeals board may ease rift

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By Scott Sullivan Editor A frigid week that saw Saugatuck Township firefighters called to multiple freeway slide-offs may have seen a thaw in relations between the fire district and township boards. The latter at its Jan. 3 meeting welcomed Fire Chief Greg Janik’s proposal to update a board of appeals that would hear and decide […]

Schools seek leader with these traits

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Want to be the next superintendent of Saugatuck Public Schools? Here’s the school board’s candidate profile, released Jan. 3, of who members are looking for to replace nine-year district superintendent Rolfe Timmerman, who announced Oct. 15 he would retire effective Jan. 26: An educational and operational visionary who can co-create, develop […]

Township winemaker eyes spring building start

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Township board gave its blessing Jan. 3 to a new wine making and selling operation proposed by Joseph Krajkiewcz at 6781 124th Ave. Krajkiewcz and his wife Erica hope to start construction this spring on a 2,560-square-foot processing and tasting room in conjunction with a farm micro winery, vineyard […]

Douglas seeks treasurer/finance head

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas is seeking a treasurer/finance director to replace Bob Drexler, who left the position Dec. 1 after nine years to become financial director of Bullhead City, Ariz. The city is advertising for a highly-qualified person to oversee all aspects of governmental budgeting, accounting, tax collections/distributions and financial reporting for all operations. […]

Saugatuck council members give selves raise

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any matter before the body. The board shall adopt procedural rules for conducting its business, and shall render all decisions and findings in writing to the appel- lant with a duplicate copy to the fire code official. Applications for appeals must be based on claims that the code’s intent or rules legally adopted under it […]

Lake levels remain high, ice cover up

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Just five years ago, Lake Michigan water levels hit a record low for December, reports Commercial Record correspondent Jim Hayden on his Bicycle Base Fennville blog. For 2017, though, the lake is about a foot-and-a-half above the long-term average. December’s water level was 580 feet above sea level, 2.4 inches below November’s level, according to […]

Township building permit values up 32.6 percent

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Building is booming in Saugatuck Township, which in 2017 saw a 32.6-percent increase in value of permits issued. Building official Al Ellingsen’s year-end report showed 109 permits issued for a $15,711,872 valuation total, up from 83 permits worth $11,847,997 in 2016. Neither matches the 164 permits worth $18,47,556 in 2004, prior […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Emotional Intelligence Empathy can be bad for you, say experts. Whoever they are. Tuning into and sharing other people’s emotions from their perspective can bring us together in a healing process, says Robin Stern, associate director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. But this seemingly-positive emotion can have a downside, […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel When Bill Q announced he was running as a Democrat for the state legislature, my father, his friend, volunteered my services to help the campaign. At the appointed hour on the pre-selected day, I reported for duty at campaign headquarters. The fellow at the front desk handed me a dime […]