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The Curtis family, who have lived or summered at Pier Cove for generations, face not just the fiscal and physical challenge, but emotional one, of salvaging what they can from matriarch Mary Ann’s Lake Michigan-fronting home. Near record-high Great Lakes levels, combined with winter wind and waves pounding from the west, have caused erosion that […]

Douglas pot hearing on tap Jan. 31

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas residents can weigh in on allowing recreational marijuana shops at a planning commission public hearing Friday, Jan. 31, in city hall, 86 W. Center St., starting at 4 p.m. Planners will consider amending the city’s current ordinance permitting medical marijuana shops (two are already on Blue Star Highway) to add […]

Blue Star

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Help I need help more than most. That’s why Blanche Dubois is my hero. Just as she always depended on strangers’ kindness, I seek important advice from people I’ve never met. After Ann Landers and Dear Abby died, I was advised that newspapers would go too. I resorted to Drs. […]

Life as performance art

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  By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I have met three Presidents in my life. Mr. Truman kissed me on the forehead when I was a baby; I shook President Nixon’s hand when he made a campaign stop in my hometown; and I met G.W. Bush just after he won the Iowa caucus. I met Hubert Humphrey […]

Expect even higher lake levels, Corps says

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Owning waterfront property has become too much of good thing here with predicted record-high Great Lakes levels threatening to cause even more erosion, swallowing homes, roads and infrastructure, plus inland flooding. Saugatuck Township continues among local governments seeking state assistance, with its board Jan. 8 signing onto letters from area legislators […]

Township sets aside dune group’s plan

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Township Board Jan. 8 wasted little time scuttling a resolution supporting an alternate plan to North Shore of Saugatuck LLC’s proposed private boat basin after North Shore’s attorney weighed in opposing it. “I have concerns,” said Carl Gabrielse during public comments, “about your procedure. Placing a resolution on your […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Fatal Attraction Why are kids attracted to eating magnets? Sure they’re there, often now as desk toys. But so are lots of things children don’t eat, like fruits and vegetables. The problem is rare-earth magnets, not your garden variety kind. These puppies, made of neodymium and samarium-cobalt, are so strong that […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel During World War II my father was assigned by the Army Air Corps to give new recruits vision screenings. You know the eye charts: big letter on top, smaller letters on each line down, with the printer’s trademark in fine print on the bottom. One future sharpshooter got to the bottom […]

Growing hole only part of it

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A southwest Saugatuck Township section of Lakeshore Drive narrowed and moved inland two months ago due to high-water Lake Michigan erosion is becoming still more threatened recently by development of this sinkhole. Here, Saugatuck Township Fire District Greg Janik inspects what by Jan. 30 had grown to a 10-foot diameter, 8-foot deep pit in front […]

Dunes advocates seek township backing

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Four residents are asking the Saugatuck Township Board to pass a resolution supporting an alternate plan to North Shore of Saugatuck LLC’s proposed private boat basin. The board was scheduled Wednesday, Jan. 8, to consider a request by Dave and Liz Engel, Dayle Harrison and Kathi Bily Wallace to support stronger […]