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Arson suspected in grass fire spree

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck Township and neighboring firefighters were pressed into extra duty by a rash of possibly arson-related grassfires Wednesday, June 14, along a four-mile stretch of I-196. Police are looking for two young women driving a beige car seen throwing lighted pieces of newspaper late that morning by the southbound freeway between […]

CO2 leak heralds busy responder day

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A busy Wednesday, June 14, that saw the Saugatuck Township Fire District assist Graafschap peers with traffic control at a morning semi crash that briefly closed northbound I-196, then return to the freeway later that morning and evening to a rash of possibly-related arson grass fires (see related story this week) started with an 8:25 […]

Old Douglas Root Beer Barrel work rolls on

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Work continues, as volunteers find time and funds, on The Old Root Beer Barrel, restored and installed last summer on Douglas-owned land at the southwest corner of Ferry and West Center streets.   Brothers Vic and Ray Bella (pictured) worked last week installing window covers on the 17-foot tall, barrel-shaped structure, […]

Saugatuck budget makes beach road, parks priority

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Saugatuck City’s proposed $2.5 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year sets $1.3 million in priority expenditures including the reconstruction of Perryman Street to Oval Beach and park improvements. A public hearing on the proposed 2017-2018 budget will be Monday, June 26, at 7 p.m. in city hall, 102 Butler St. […]

Rotary July 4 parade, fireworks honor rescuers

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Saugatuck and Douglas will host their annual Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Tuesday, July 4, honoring local fire, rescue and police departments at the head of the parade. “We all owe so much to our first responders,” said John Rotonda, incoming President of the Rotary Club of Saugatuck-Douglas, sponsor of the holiday festivities. “Rotary’s motto […]

Lakeshore Lodging $2K gift to assist PTSD vets

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Saugatuck’s Lakeshore Lodging celebrated military families last week presenting a $2,000 check to Blue Star Mothers South Kent Chapter 191. The vacation-rental business, donated $10 for each of the 188 nights it booked during May, then rounded off that total to meet its initial $2,000 goal. LL vacation planner Natalie Mika, whose son Noah serves […]

Laffing Glass makes Saugatuck debut

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Saugatuck Mayor Chris Peterson (right) joined The Laffing Glass owners Tara Chandler (left) and Leslie Fitzell for a ribbon cutting Friday at the new 108 Hoffman St. gift shop and working. The business also specializes in custom flowers and commissions, animal portraits, ornaments and more. For more information, call (269) 254-7251 or visit laffingglass.com.

Douglas OKs completing B2B trail

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas City Council Monday accepted the $297,147.05 low bid from Lite Load Services of Hamilton to complete its east-west Beach to Bayou Trail. The project, intended to link downtown’s Wade’s Bayou Park via 2-mile-long non-motorized path to Douglas Beach on the north side of Center Street, saw completion delayed last summer […]

PALM, Fire House bike tours to crisscross here

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By Scott Sullivan Editor More than 700 bicyclists plus staff will arrive in Saugatuck this weekend to start the 35th annual Pedal Across Lower Michigan west-east tour, while 30-some Fire House Bike Trip cyclists from South Bend, Ind., pass through after phase one of their six-stage, 433-mile ride north to Mackinaw City. Motorists are asked […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor How Now A new poll of 1,000 adults from each of the 50 states shows 7 percent believe chocolate milk comes from brown cows. You mean it doesn’t? Forty-eight percent have no idea where it comes from. It — the data — comes from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, which […]