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Saugatuck city says ‘no’ to marijuana

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent   Saugatuck City Council decided Monday not to allow recreational marijuana facilities, though one member thinks such businesses will eventually operate in the city. Members voted 4-2 to support the city planning commission’s recommendation to “opt out” of marijuana facilities, a stance the city has maintained since Dec. 26, 2018. “No […]

Local high-water strategies discussed

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By Scott Sullivan Editor “Let’s not let perfect get in the way of progress,” Saugatuck Township Manager Griffin Graham advised at a Lakeshore Drive update and planning discussion Jan. 23 in the township hall. As rain fell and added to already near-record-high lake levels, about 40 citizens — more than half of them Lakeshore Drive […]

Schools add pre-bond building tours

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Residents seeking more information about the Saugatuck Public Schools’ $35.6-million bond request for facilities improvement during the March 10 primary vote are invited to additional building tours: Thursday, Jan. 30, at 9 a.m.; Saturday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m.; and Tuesday, Feb. 4, of Saugatuck Middle/High School; and Wednesday, Feb. […]

Fennville may finalize recreational pot Feb. 3

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  The Fennville City Commission took another step Jan. 21 toward allowing recreational marijuana shops in the city, Commercial Record correspondent Jim Hayden reported on his Bicycle Base Fennville blog, introducing a new ordinance to govern a limited number of the sites. A final vote on rules to allow such facilities will be at Monday, […]

Douglas Police had full, busy year

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas Police, in their second year separate from Saugatuck city as a standalone, 24-7 department, responded to 2,001 complaints in 2019, Interim Chief Steve Kent reported to city council last week. The department, which through year’s end had expended $306,779.15 of its $611,345 fiscal year 2019-2020 budget (fiscal years run July […]

Fennville tops Indians in Never Forgotten Game

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By Jason Wesseldyk Sports Editor FENNVILLE—Throughout most of the SAC Lakeshore boys’ basketball contest between host Fennville and archrival Saugatuck on Friday, Jan. 24, the student sections from each school went back and forth at each other with various chants. Chants such as “You can’t do that!” after a foul was called on the opposing […]

Saugatuck girls take Never Forgotten Game over Blackhawks

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  By Jason Wesseldyk Sports Editor FENNVILLE—On a day that was all about remembering the legacy of one of the best boys’ basketball players ever to play for Fennville, senior Coryne Howard further cemented her case as one of the best girls’ basketball players in Fennville history. Howard reached the 1,000-point mark in career scoring […]

Close to the edge

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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. […]