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Governor taps local fire chief for state council

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Saugatuck Township Fire District Chief Greg Janik has been appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Fire Fighters Training Council for a term expiring Jan. 31, 2022. The body, created in 1966, serves the training and certification needs of Michigan’s 1,075 fire departments and 30,672 firefighters and officers. It prepares and publishes training standards, establishes […]

Fennville proposes water, sewer rate hikes

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The Fennville City Commission July 2 proposed raising water and sewer rates, Commercial Record correspondent Jim Hayden reports in this Bicycle Base Fennville blog. Hayden, who is also a city commissioner, says the path is a familiar one for the body, which also last year increased water rates. Proposed changes are needed to help secure […]

Church members ‘washed anew’ in Lake Michigan

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent The waves of Lake Michigan lapped around the legs of nine Community Church of Douglas members as Rev. Jeff Messner calmed their last-minute jitters. “You’re in my hands and the hands of Jesus — there’s nothing to fear,” he said in preparation for the full-immersion baptism ceremony in the Great Lake. […]

Clerk Jean Neve to join Douglas city veterans stepping down this year

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Fourteen-year Douglas City Clerk Jean Neve is retiring. City council Monday accepted Neve’s June 15 letter to city manager Bill LeFevere announcing her plans to step down at the end of this year and recommending deputy clerk Pam Alderink replace her. Neve’s departure will add to a city hall changing of […]

Heat on for firefighters during weekend

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The heat was on for the Saugatuck Township fire District, which between Friday at 10 p.m. and Monday at 1 a.m. responded to 17 calls for service: seven for emergency medical services, three for fire alarms, two car accidents, two boat incidents, two mutual aid calls and one wire down. The […]

Ex-pol takes flying leap

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As a former Saugatuck Township supervisor and Allegan County Commissioner, Terry Burns (lower figure shown) knows what it’s like to have people advise him, “Go take a flying leap.” He took them up on it Saturday to celebrate his 75th birthday, doing a tandem jump with this Skydive Allegan veteran at the Allegan Airport. Burns […]

New Coastal Tours offer tastes of the area

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A new business, Coastal Tours, is offering custom journeys to West Michigan lakeshore breweries and wineries in a 14-seat passenger bus retrofitted with tour amenities. “We are blessed to have some of the most delightful wineries and craft beer breweries,” said Coastal Tours owner Kim Zdybel, adding customized group tours with designated drivers is great […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Dummy Mummy When I was in second grade David Morkopf and I wrapped a pumpkin in a white cloth, drew a crude face on it and called it The Dummy Mummy. It was part of a class project meant to teach us I don’t know what. We couldn’t draw? We […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel One of the more memorable scenes in the British TV series “Downton Abbey” came when the Dowager Countess chided her son, “Why do you have to be so much nicer than everyone else? We all have friends we don’t like.” She was right: We all have friends we don’t like. Or, […]

Murders hit close to home

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher These supposedly-civilized times we live in are mighty unusual. I say that because two occurrences last week have my head spinning. I’m talking about the attack on the Maryland newspaper office in which five innocent journalists were killed, and the later attack at a 3-year-old’s birthday party in which nine were […]