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Reindeer in rain

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No, reindeer didn’t really fly to Fennville District Library for a meet-and-eat-apples-fed-them-by children as part of that city’s DDA-sponsored Holiday Celebration. Other fun that day included annual parades there and nearby in Saugatuck — where bright spirits prevailed despite rain. (Photo by Scott Sullivan)

Chain ferry stays afloat on Fed waiver

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck’s 160-year-old chain ferry will keep cranking out river crossings after the U.S. House last week passed S. 140 of the 2018 Coast Guard Authorization Act including a provision exempting the ferry from having to be operated by a Coast Guard-licensed individual. U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) authored the waiver […]

Children First Lakeshore feeds kids year-round

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The holiday food drive season abounds with tales of generosity. Knowing hunger is year-round, leaders of the new 501c3 nonprofit Children First Lakeshore saw their coffers — which translates to weekly food backpacks for 168 local elementary children — filled last week with two new donations: • $6,200 from Women Who […]

Saugatuck holiday fun reigns in rain

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Neither the Grinch nor rain dampened spirits at the Saugatuck-Douglas Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s annual “Whootville” Christmas Parade Saturday through downtown Saugatuck. Other fun included a Saugatuck-Douglas Area Business Association-sponsored Santa’s Workshop at the Coral Gables Annex, Tree-Lighting with Santa in the Village Square Children’s Park and day-long Candy Cane Game promotion among participating […]

Pastor’s new murder yarn is about yarn

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel is celebrating the holidays with release of the fourth novel in his Great Saugatuck Murder Mystery Series: “The Murder of the Saugatuck Yarn Hoarder.” The Commercial Record columnist and 28-year All Saints’ Episcopal Church rector revisits the town in the 1920s — the era of the Big […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor St. Nick ‘Tis the season. Which is why I was not surprised to hear from Mr. Ali Amed Bassel of Syria. How near is that to Bethlehem? Alas, Ali has a problem. “I was a businessman in Aleppo,” his fax to me, addressed “Sir,” reads, “before the civil war. My business […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Someone asked if I ever suffer from writers’ block. Of course I do. I can’t imagine anyone who writes who never experiences it. Editor Scott Sullivan and I have talked about it a few times and it is part of life. Winston Churchill, who was such a prolific writer it […]

Weird headlines brighten week

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher It’s been a long week. My dog is sick, thus I’ve had very little sleep. My vehicle needs repairs thus I’ve had to set aside money I don’t have. And all my annual bills, including property tax, are due this week. That’s more money I have to pull from somewhere. So […]

Douglas hires marketing consultant for $29K

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas City Council Monday agreed to hire Laingsburg-based planning consultant LANDUseUSA for up to $29,000 to conduct a mixed-use market analysis of downtown, waterfront and urban neighborhoods development. “Acquiring this information,” said council’s resolution, “and developing a comprehensive strategy will: provide a foundation for informed decision making by identifying the potential […]

Hair of Dog New Year’s run to raise funds

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Spectators Sports Bar and Grill will host its seventh annual Hair of the Dog New Year’s Day 5K Fun Run Sunday, Jan. 1, starting at 1 p.m. Saugatuck Brewing Co. and Gazelle Sports are cosponsors with the restaurant. The charity run last year drew 157 participants in snowy, 13° conditions and raised close to $6,200 […]