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Time for term limits; Congress too old

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher I have often been an advocate of term limits in Congress. Having worked on the Hill and seen firsthand how our legislative branch works, I believe our leaders get far too comfortable in their positions, which leads to a lot of verbosity and very little actual work getting done. Thus I […]

Women’s march to return here Jan. 21

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The Saugatuck-Douglas community will host its second annual version of the Women’s March on Washington Saturday, Jan. 21, starting at downtown Douglas’ Beery Field at 1 p.m. Last year’s peaceful demonstration—meant to show support for the rights of women, immigrants, the LGBT communities and people of all races and religions — drew more than 1,000 […]

Help firefighters help you by clearing snow

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The Saugatuck Township Fire District asks the community to help it help them by clearing snow-buried hydrants. District firefighters, Kalamazoo Lake Sewer and Water Authority and city workers clear close to 600 hydrants every snowfall. “In an emergency, each minute is a matter of life and death,” said Fire Chief Greg Janik. “Precious time can […]

Cashore Marionettes return to Hope Jan. 19-20

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The Hope College Great Performance Series will feature the Cashore Marionettes Friday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre, 86 E. 8th St., downtown Holland. Joseph Cashore’s presentations have sold out their past four performances at Hope, most recently in 2012. This year’s shows will be […]

Blackhawks upend Clippers

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By Leo Martonosi Sports Correspondent FENNVILLE—Fennville boys’ basketball coach Joe Rodriguez admits there are times when he can be hard to please. That wasn’t the case when his team hosted SAC rival Martin on Friday, Jan. 5. “For 32 minutes, this was our most complete game of the season,” Rodriguez said after his Blackhawks defeated […]

Fennville girls fall to Martin on hardwood

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By Leo Martonosi Sports Correspondent FENNVILLE—Basket by Fennville’s Coryne Howard. Basket by Martin’s Faith Guritz. Those two sentences were heard over and over like a broken record during the Fennville-versus-Martin girls’ basketball game on Friday, Jan. 5. Howard won the individual scoring battle, scoring a game-high 23 points to put her two points ahead of […]

Fennville schools eye summer bond construction

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By Ryan Lewis Staff Writer Initial plans show Fennville Public Schools starting the first of three construction phases this summer, thanks to voters passing a $23-milllion bond proposal Nov. 7. “Design for Phase 1 will begin immediately,” said superintendent Jim Greydanus in a recent update, “and is anticipated to include technology upgrades with a new […]

Chemical to reopen in Fennville? Don’t bank on it

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By Ryan Lewis Staff Writer Fennville Mayor Tom Pantellaria continues to hope a financial institution will find a home — and office hours — in the city of 1,400. In late December, city officials learned there would be no federal action to stop Chemical Bank from closing its location in the city. Pantellaria petitioned the […]

Voting starts Jan. 15 to ‘make’ local history

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Postcard voting starts Jan. 15 to help “make” history by winning a grant to digitally scan and post online issues of The Commercial Record from 1959 to 1969. The Saugatuck-Douglas History Center and District Library are seeking a 2018 DigMichNews Grant allowing Central Michigan University’s Clarke Library to scan and post online as many as […]

6-kid pileup

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It started out looking OK. But you know sledding on the Schultz Park hill goes. These intrepid adventurers didn’t seem to mind the big chill that hit the area during holiday break. One might say they reveled in it, in fact. (Photos by Scott Sullivan)