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Northshore completes road to lakeshore homes

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By Scott Sullivan Editor NorthShore of Saugatuck LLC last week completed building and paving a 2-mile private entrance road leading through gates north of 135th Avenue and west to homes on Lake Michigan. The development, on 308 acres north of the Kalamazoo River channel bought by Holland businessman Jeff Padnos from the Aubrey McClendon estate […]

CVB head Albrecht to step down

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Josh Albrecht, who in 18 months as Saugatuck-Douglas Area Convention & Visitors Bureau executive director led a successful drive to raise room assessments, adding $500,000-plus yearly to its marketing budget, is resigning. Albrecht gave two weeks notice to the bureau board at its meeting May 17, saying he had taken a […]

Saugatuck Township fills ZA, assessor posts

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck Township filled two office vacancies within two days last week. Lynee Wells started as a zoning administrator and planning consultant May 13. Kyle Harris began as assessor the next day. Wells, who with Williams & Works of Grand Rapids worked as municipal planner for the City of Douglas among other […]

Douglas fills BRA plate with Haworth plan

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas City Council took next steps Monday towards razing and cleaning up the former Haworth plant property, conveying 7.11 acres the city acquired at 200 Blue Star Hwy. this spring from the furniture manufacturer to its new Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The city plans to demolish the 156,900-square-foot factory on it, […]

Ice cream for DES fire safety pioneers

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Grade school students are already making history. This called for ice cream Friday as safety leaders celebrated Douglas Elementary being the first such school in Michigan to complete the PressTo Test Challenge using social media to test home smoke alarms. State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer, Rep. Mary Whiteford, Saugatuck Township Fire […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Drug Parrot Brazilian police took a parrot into custody last month for yelling Mamãe, polícia! (Mama, police!) when cops came to bust its crack-dealing owners. The bird’s warning, The Washington Post reports, didn’t work. Raid footage showed cops cataloguing small bags of crack while the parrot sat on a countertop near […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I saw veterans Saturday selling commemorative poppies: a reminder Memorial Day is coming. It will be Monday, May 27, this year. As for decades, there will be parades and ceremonies in both in Saugatuck and Douglas an hour later. Afterward an honor guard will move on to local cemeteries to […]

My son: from toddler to graduate

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher I tip my ball cap to my son Jordan, who will graduate cum laude from Livonia Stevenson High School this week. Jordan grew up in the newspaper business, having tagged along with me on many an assignment. He’s an expert photographer, but more importantly he keeps our newspapers in working order […]

SPS recount set June 3

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By Scott Sullivan Editor It’s on! The Allegan County Board of Canvassers will conduct a recount of votes in the May 7 Saugatuck Public Schools $39.94-million bond proposal, which fell shy by three votes, Monday, June 3, in the Carnegie Room of the Allegan District Library at 10 a.m. The request for funding to remodel […]

Ice cream funder in June to boost Burd scholarships

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Grant Rogers Burd might have loved playing and learning in Saugatuck Community Recreation programs had he lived past six months. Since he died in July 2016 from Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex Deficiency, a rare mitochondreial condition that does not allow bodies to process energy in normal, Grant’s parents Dana and Kara Burd […]

Northshore completes road to lakeshore homes