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Life as performance art

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  By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Spanish director Luis Bunuel made a film about people who meet for dinner, then, after the meal, discover they cannot escape the room. Before long, instead of working together to find a solution, they turn on each othe I’m glad I can’t remember the movie’s name because I might […]

COVID-19 outbreak scrambles local plans

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Jerry Seinfeld said his TV series was “about nothing.” When it comes to coronavirus cancellations, all this nothing is really something. Elsewhere this week, you will read where University of Michigan economist Gabriel Ehrlich foresees the virus having sharp but short-lived effects. Ehrlich bases is projections on modeling from past disease […]

Lake Michigan hits another record high

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Lake Michigan set another record high in February, topping the 1986 previous high-water level by 5.28 inches. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District hydrologists, who have monitored Great Lakes levels since 1918, reported last week Lakes Michigan and Huron — considered one as they are linked by the Straits of […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor When I’m 65 Whoa, mercy mercy me. Oh, things ain’t what they used to be …   Marvin Gaye sang that 49 years ago, but could have today. Or anytime. I was 16 when “Mercy Mercy Me” was Gaye’s follow-up hit to “What’s Going On.” Nothing is what it used to […]

Schools hope third request charmed March 10

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck Public Schools will be ask district voters for the third time in 22 months Tuesday, March 10, to approve a bond request for facilities improvements. The request is smaller and spread over fewer years than past asks. The school board is seeking 35.6 million for what it calls needed building […]

Township eyes ski pond/sand mine ask

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck Township resident and realtor Chad Van Horn’s plans to expand his ski lake west of 66th Street and south of 135th Avenue drew questions from neighbors and the township planning commission Feb. 24. After a two-hour public hearing, the body tabled action on granting Van Horn a special approval […]

Blue Star

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Good Taste By popular request I am seeking a new career. It will be hard parting with the pay and prestige, but an editor’s life’s not easy. Humanity happens 24/7. People think you should know things you rather wouldn’t. Why go back to school when I’ve trained for years, without […]

Saugatuck OKs fire dock, neighbor protests

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BY JIM HAYDEN CORRESPONDENT The Saugatuck Township Fire District boat dock along the Kalamazoo River could be reconfigured into an “L” shape, but a neighboring business owner is giving the plan an “F” because, she said, it could hurt the company’s bottom line. Saugatuck City Council Monday unanimously approved the new fire boat dock lease […]

Police investigate Laketown death

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Michigan State Police are investigating the reported Tuesday night death of Mandy Heidenreich in a Laketown Township home she shared with her husband, Douglas State Farm Insurance agent Andrew Heidenreich. Authorities say the death occurred around 10:30 p.m. in the 6600 block of Forest Beach Drive. She was an employee of L Salon in Douglas. […]

Re-envisioned carwash is new marijuana home

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BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Two summers ago we met Dave Setzke as he camped on the first of 10 squares painted on the Douglas City Hall lawn, waiting to apply for the first of two newlyavailable medical marijuana licenses. Last week we visited what he and business partner Ethan Del Stone have created with their […]