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Council forum shows harbor, trail support

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Six candidates for three open-two year seats on the Saugatuck City Council agreed at a candidate forum Monday that connecting the Blue Star Trail through town to neighbor communities should be a top priority entering the Nov. 5 election. All — incumbent Christine Peterson plus Garnet Lewis, G. Corwin Stoppel, Holly […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Mid-Life Crisis Probably you’ve been prepped on the 7 P’s: Piss-Poor Planning Promotes Piss-Poor Performance. Which is why I’m bound for the Fennville Goose Fest Saturday, whose 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. highlight will be Mid-Life Crisis. At age 64 I can’t plan enough, assuming I haven’t been through this crisis already. […]

Keep public notices in newspapers

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher I’d like to bring up an issue of great concern to the newspaper community: public notices and attempts by state legislators to end them in print. Their reasoning is that interested parties could view the notices on a website, maybe sponsored by the state, easier than they could find them in […]

Township OK’s Old Allegan sidewalk link

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Township Board Oct. 2 authorized building a sidewalk from Maple Street to the Blue Star Trail on the north side of Old Allegan Road west of Blue Star Highway. The project, budgeted last year for up to $20,000, will involve Tim Erlandson Construction of Douglas doing excavating and laying […]

Township joins neighbors on harbor, EMS

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The new Saugatuck Township Board is getting onboard with Douglas and Saugatuck cities supporting Kalamazoo Lake Harbor preservation efforts. Members Oct. 2 agreed to join the two neighbor governments contributing up to $5,000 to help fund a Kal Lake sediment contamination analysis, plus passed a resolution of intent to participate as […]

Indians come up short against Buchanan

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By Jason Wesseldyk Sports Editor   BUCHANAN—A fourth-quarter comeback effort fell short for the Saugatuck football team in its game with Buchanan on Friday, Oct. 4. After being held to three points through the first three quarters, the Indians scored a pair of touchdowns and a 2-point conversion in the final stanza. But that wasn’t […]

Saugatuck beats Black River in straight sets

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By Leo Martonosi Sports Correspondent   HOLLAND—The Saugatuck volleyball team needed to play a strong match to upend Holland Black River on Wednesday, Oct. 2. And that’s just what the Indians did. “They have really improved,” Saugatuck coach Sherri Austin said of the River Rats after her teamed picked up the 25-18, 25-10, 25-16 win. […]

Kalico Kitchen reopens as drive-in…briefly

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The former Douglas Kalico Kitchen was again repurposed early Sunday when a drunken motorist turned it into a drive-in. Police said a Redmond, Ore., man, 28, was northbound on Blue Star Highway in a 2019 Nissan Frontier when he collided with a sign and tree in front of Northern Lights condominiums, […]

Friends’, city manager’s trail accounts differ

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By Scott Sullivan Editor A Saugatuck city-organized Blue Star Trail regional stakeholders meeting Sept. 19 adjourned with participants agreeing that managers of the three jurisdictions — Saugatuck and Douglas cities, plus Saugatuck Township — involved in the project’s northern section would work on a possible resolution so it might be constructed. Beyond that, takes of […]

Work resumes on new local library

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Nearly five months after an April 29 groundbreaking ceremony for the new $4.35-million, 9,000-square-foot Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, passers- by can see major progress on the 137 Center St., Douglas, site. Throughout spring and early summer, contractors installed underground utilities, footings, foundation walls and the concrete slab. After this first flurry, construction […]