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Blue Star

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Blow-Up Betelgeuse may be blowing up as you read this. Or have already gone kablooie. Astronomers fret eagerly that the giant red star is the dimmest it’s been in a century, based on 600-year-old light they are just now seeing. Look at the constellation Orion, whose right shoulder has faded […]

Life as performance art

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  By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I’ve been known for a few culinary disasters, starting with my sardine, onion, garlic and limburger cheese paté. Or my crumbled Spam, pinto bean, crème of mushroom soup, and noodle hot dish. Then there were pumpkin-flavored cupcakes with dill pickle icing. I like them, but not everyone has acquired that […]

Douglas eyes reworking 2-year-old path

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By Scott Sullivan Editor A tour in December by Douglas city, police, public works, Interurban and fire department officials identified concerns about the non-motorized trail west of Blue Star Highway the city installed two years ago. Per Dec. 16 city council committee of the whole minutes, the group’s assessment of the median-separated stretch between Center […]

Schools offer pre-bond building tours

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Residents seeking more information about the Saugatuck Public Schools’ $35.6-million bond request for facilities improvement during the March 10 primary vote are invited to a series of building tours. Guided sessions at Douglas Elementary and Saugatuck Middle/High School, both beginning in their main offices, will highlight proposed renovation areas as well […]

Wicks band shell part of Saugatuck’s larger parks plan

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Jim Hayden, Correspondent A new band shell along the Kalamazoo River is the first step in making improvements at Wicks Park. Saugatuck City Council accepted a $100,000 donation Dec. 23 from the David Balas Jim Sellman Living Trust for the new structure. “This shows the generosity of the people and their feelings toward Saugatuck,” said […]

Saugatuck City first to sign onto new joint trail plan

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Jim Hayden, Correspondent Planning for the Blue Star Trail through Saugatuck and Douglas cities and Saugatuck Township moved forward Dec. 23 when Saugatuck City unanimously approved a Joint Study Committee for the nonmotorized path project. Douglas and the township still need to sign on to the committee that will set the scope of construction, maintenance […]

New Zing owners plan Isabel’s in place

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By Scott Sullivan Editor New owners of the former Zing Eat/Drink martini bar told Douglas City Council Dec. 16 their new venture there — a specialty market, grill and new four-season events building —would be named Isabel’s Market, after a pioneer Douglas resident. “All we know about Isabel,” said Elizabeth Estes — who with Mary […]

Douglas park project is in drive

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Better Douglas playgrounds in Schultz Park and Beery Field? Yes, please. Residents Anna Gregg and Kristen Schipper have won city council approval and $15,000 from the Cousins Foundation — yes, that’s local resident and NFL quarterback Kirk Cousins, who knows something about the value of playing — to get things started […]

Township planners give high sign to pot

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Township Planning Commission has recommended that the elected board allow recreational marijuana shops within township limits. Planners passed the proposed measure 6-1 Dec. 16. The board, which will next meet Wednesday, Jan. 8, will have final say on whether the use is allowed or not. Only commission chair Andrew […]

New Zing owners plan Isabel’s in place

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By Scott Sullivan Editor New owners of the former Zing Eat/Drink martini bar told Douglas City Council Dec. 16 their new venture there — a specialty market, grill and new four-season events building —would be named Isabel’s Market, after a pioneer Douglas resident. “All we know about Isabel,” said Elizabeth Estes — who with Mary […]