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It’s that time…

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… when winter weather (finally) departs, the City of Saugatuck rolls in Oval Beach snowfence and clears drifted sand from the parking lot, the first stroller and sunbather sprout like spring blooms at the park. More fun coming … (Photo by Scott Sullivan)

Voters nix $50.7-million SPS bond request

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck Public Schools voters flunked a $50.7-million bond issue that would fund major renovations, but passed a sinking fund request Tuesday. The district’s proposal to raise property owners’ tax rates approximately 1.17 mills for 25 years failed by a 1,005-719 vote. A request to extend the .5-mill sinking fund for five […]

Environmental champion Patty Birkholz dies

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By Virginia Ransbottom Staff Writer Saugatuck Township icon Patty Birkholz — a former state senator, representative and lifelong environmental champion — has left us. Birkholz, 74, died Thursday, May 3, after a sudden and aggressive return of cancer. “Patty,” said Gov. Rick Snyder in a statement, “was a tireless and highly-regarded advocate for Michigan and […]

Township tables fire budget vote

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Township Board May 2 tabled voting on the Saugatuck Township Fire District’s proposed 2017-18 budget, claiming it wanted more salary information. Trustee Roy McIlwaine asked why the fire board proposed a 4.7-percent raise for Chief Greg Janik (from $65,090.84 in 2016-17 to $70,000) while other district employees would receive […]

Dredging overdue here despite lake’s rise

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Great Lakes water levels continue rising, but West Michigan harbors still need dredging, Commercial Record correspondent Jim Hayden reports in his Bicycle Base Fennville blog. Work in Holland is scheduled to begin this week, but Saugatuck and South Haven have not received federal funding for any dredging. Lakes Michigan-Huron averaged at 580 feet above sea […]

Township changing times

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Township Board passed its version of Daylight Savings May 2, voting 3-2 to “summer forward.” For summer, at least, the board — which for years has met the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. — will convene those Wednesdays at 7 p.m. instead. Most, though not all, […]

Gill nets prize

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Jennifer Gill (in green) joined (from left) Interurban driver Becky Carten-Crandell, director Phyllis Yff and officer manager Leora Bennett Monday celebrating Gill being the 39-year-old transit authority’s 1.75 millionth rider Thursday, May 3. The Daytona Beach, Fla., resident, who visits her sister here each May, plans to give her certificate to Douglas resident Tom Otto, […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Going Pro It’s great sitting down to the Sunday news. Last week’s headlines: Poverty’s grip chokes rural communities. Man shot by police had wife at gunpoint. Indictment says CEO submitted $1.4M in fraudulent invoices. The ritual renews itself. Pick up the paper, brew a pot of coffee and read about the […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I hadn’t thought of Old Mary, as everyone called her, for a couple of decades until the other night when Pat and I were at a buffet dinner. Back in my Canadian days, Old Mary lived a few miles out of town. I don’t think she had an easy life. Periodically she’d […]

For Mother’s Day: no more Alzheimer’s

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher A few years ago my mother died from complications caused by Alzheimer’s. It was a long and arduous haul as my siblings and I watched our beloved mother decline to where she knew no one or nowhere. I vowed to do what I could as a writer and editor to occasionally […]