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Douglas joins Saugatuck OK’ing harbor study

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas City Council Monday joined peers in Saugatuck agreeing to contribute $5,000 to help fund a $50,000 Kalamazoo Lake sediment contamination analysis. The project is part of a larger effort to, if study findings indicate, make dredging more affordable and “save the harbor.” Such is the mantra of Tower Marine owner […]

Round up Roundup safety info, township says

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck Township wants the Allegan County Road Commission to round up more information on its use of Roundup based on concerns about the herbicide’s possible cancer-causing effects. Resident James Brandess told the township board at its Sept. 4 meeting he had planted a garden near a road guardrail on his property, […]

Blue Star

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aBy Scott Sullivan Editor Bug Acre Yum, yum … maggots? A Washington Post story stops shy of saying maggo-roni and cheese will soon be a diet staple for humans. But it already is for pets. Grubs are beetle, not fly, larvae, but no doubt Grubhub sells them. Birds and lizards love chowing down on maggots, […]

In defense of the old, white male

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher “Oh man, it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.” This was said by one of the new heroes of the alt-left movement, New York Times writer Sarah Jeong, who has written several pieces and tweets often about her hate of old […]

Implying basin near approval was wrong, group says

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance has called statements made in the Sept. 5 Commercial Record story “Corps, courts weigh in on basin plan” inaccurate and misleading. The story’s writer — me — addressed them to some extent in response to a letter by SDCA member Cynthia McKean published last week, Sept. […]

SDHC honors Voss, Woods

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The Saugatuck-Douglas History Center has named Mary Voss its 2019 Charles J. Lorenz Award winner, as well as Bill and Nancy Woods Volunteers of the Year. Voss resides in Holland, the Woods in Douglas. The Lorenz Award was established in 1997 to honor the memory of Charles “Chuck” Lorenz, who gave of his time, talent, […]

Saugatuck boys take top spot at Holly Invitational

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By Jason Wesseldyk Sports Editor HOLLY—The Saugatuck duo of junior Nik Pettinga and sophomore Max Sharnas truly was dynamic at the Holly Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 14. Pettinga ran a 16:28.2 and Sharnas clocked in at 16:28.9 to finish first and second in leading the Indians to the team title in the Division IV race […]

Indians cross teams win league jamboree

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By Jason Wesseldyk Sports Editor COLOMA—The Saugatuck girls’ cross country team entered the 2019 season with a string of 13 straight conference championships to its credit. The prospects of extending that streak to 14 seemed uncertain at best. “Coming into the season, we were in an unfamiliar position of being underdogs,” said Saugatuck boys’ coach […]

Saugatuck eyes ways to alleviate street flooding

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Saugatuck City is studying remedies to help Water and Lucy streets residents and business owners dealing with Kalamazoo River flooding due to high Lake Michigan levels and heavy rains. “The problem isn’t going away,” said Mark Klungle at the Monday city council meeting. He and John Sharar of Retro Boat Rentals […]

Schools to survey residents about building needs

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck Public Schools — which have had two bond requests turned down by voters, the last one by just three votes —have commissioned EPIC/MRA to conduct a confidential online survey of district residents to gather opinions on questions, issues and proposals under discussion in the district. The Lansing-based independent survey analysis […]