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Saugatuck’s Veterans Day commemoration Saturday brought soldiers, citizens and the Saugatuck High School band to the downtown Veterans Park for speeches, a wreath-laying, cannon firings and performances of the National Anthem and “Taps,” all amid falling leaves. (Photo by Scott Sullivan)

Recalls sought for 4 of 5 on township board

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Two residents are calling for four of five Saugatuck Township board members to be recalled in the wake of fire code amendments passed in August. Cindy Osman, who is also Saugatuck city zoning administrator, and Kathy Sturm petitioned Allegan County Clerk Bob Genetski Nov. 9 to call an election to recall […]

Joining the elect

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Saugatuck City Council Monday elected Ken Trester (right) mayor and Jeff Spangler (left) mayor pro-tem through November 2018. Council traditionally re-elects those posts to a second one-year term for continuity’s sake. (Photo by Jim Hayden)

Old bones yield new learning a DES

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By Olivia Lowery Saugatuck High School junior While doing construction on a new shed Oct. 21, Jacob and Susan Smith discovered mastodon bones in their Byron Center back yard. Jacob’s sister, Marcia Nemith, brought in two leg bones to share with students at Douglas Elementary School, where her son, Evan, is a fourth-grader. Each class […]

‘Knowledge is Power’ offers portals from old to new

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Knowledge is power. That’s not new. But attendees of a “Together is Power” cybersecurity workshop at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts Friday knew knowledge is not a fixed thing. The 35 or so information executives understood we are only as smart as we’re able to keep learning amid ever-evolving data […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Much Ado About Nothing The Physics Made Easy series I started in August drew rave reviews. “What are you raving about?” asked D.Z. of Douglas. I also ended it that month. Some said that wasn’t soon enough. But who better to explain physics to lay readers than someone else who speaks […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel When I was growing up, one of my father’s customers owned a ma and pa grocery store called The Pantry. The building was so narrow they couldn’t add the word “grocery” to the sign. Not that it mattered because it was a neighborhood place, not a destination. Most of their […]

Why aren’t you shopping locally?

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher I don’t care what they might trumpet in Washington, D.C., or California; our economy here hasn’t gotten much better in the last few years. Here we work hard every day just to keep food on the table. It isn’t much different if you own your own business. As a newspaper we […]

Lakeshore Community Chorus tunes up for holidays

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Lakeshore Community Chorus (shown) warmed up for its eighth annual “Holiday Reflections” concerts performing an “East Meets West” show in Grand Blanc with the New Century Chorale. The latter ensemble was co-founded by Douglas residents Gene Coburn and Robert Ruddy when they lived on the east side of the state. Coburn and Nancy Plantinga direct […]

Millage renewals pass, incumbents to return

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By Scott Sullivan Editor There have been more eventful local elections than the ones held Tuesday, Nov. 7. All incumbents were re-elected unopposed and millage renewals passed handily. The Saugatuck Public Schools’ three-year request to levy no more than the 18-mill statutory limit against non-homestead properties, plus 2 mills to guard against losing money due […]