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‘Christmas Carol’ opens for 33rd year here

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  Will miserly Ebenezer Scrooge be redeemed Friday the 13th (and after) in time for Christmas? Find out when the Saugatuck Village Players open their 33rd annual production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in the Saugatuck Woman’s Club, 303 Butler St., Saugatuck, opening Friday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. Subsequent performances there will be […]

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    By Scott Sullivan Editor Upstairs/Downstairs You don’t expect to hear Nietzsche in the woods while shooting runners heading for a graveyard. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” a woman’s voice warbled through a boom box to fire up turkey trotters. “Great choice,” I told the volunteer standing next to my videocorder. “Nietzsche.” […]

Life as performance art

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    By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel   I’m a Boomer and proud of it. Not that I have much choice, since I was born in the demographics associated with that moniker. According to Urban Dictionary, Boomer is not a term of endearment. It is most often used by people born after the mid-1960s, often with […]

Contractor problems delay work on new Saugatuck-Douglas library

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Construction of the new Saugatuck-Douglas District Library building has been delayed due to ongoing problems with general contractor A&G Construction, the library board announced Friday. SDDL director Ingrid Boyer and the board are working with Skillman Corp. construction managers to resolve the problems. Work is expected to resume as soon as weather permits early next […]

Schools eye $35.6-million March bond ask

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Public Schools facilities committee has recommended the district return to voters in March 2020 seeking a $35.6-million bond for facilities improvements. The proposal — unveiled to the public at Monday night’s school board meeting and available for review online at saugatuckpublicschools.com — would increase property taxes 1.6 mills. The […]

Fleis bails on trail; Friends of the Blue Star Trail ask why

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 By Scott Sullivan Editor Fleis & VandenBrink will no longer serve two masters. Saugatuck city’s longtime engineering firm has apprised Friend of the Blue Star Trail, who hired it at council’s behest to design a non-motorized route through city boundaries, has told the group it is terminating their contract. The 501c3 nonprofit Friends have been […]

Douglas tables Saugatuck city trail draft

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas City Council Monday joined the Saugatuck Township Board tabling a Saugatuck City-proposed Blue Star Trail joint resolution. Council, like the township board, chose instead to appoint two members to work on what they described as a truly collaborative plan to complete the non-motorized path’s north section. Saugatuck City Council (see […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Tampon Tax Germany has cut its tampon tax in time for Thanksgiving. Until now the fatherland, viewing menstrual products as luxury, tacked on 19 percent to each purchase. In contrast, lawmakers tacked on 7 percent for everyday needs like pet goldfish. Elsewhere in modern Europe, Hungary has a 27-percent tampon tax; […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Unless you have been hiding under a very substantial rock, you already know the Saturday after Thanksgiving is “Shop Small Saturday.”  This year it comes on Nov. 30. The idea originated a few years ago as a response to the Black Friday sales held by big box stores and online companies.   […]