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Ox-Bow redefines ‘news you can use’

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By Scott Sullivan Editor What’s black, white, read and worn all over? This newspaper. We should have known when we told friends at Ox-Bow, “Sure, take some leftover bundles of The Commercial Record. Otherwise we recycle them.” Off they went and we now have evidence of what art students turned them into: outfits for a […]

Schools to seek $39.94-million bond May 7

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck Public Schools will ask voters May 7 to approve a $39.94-million bond to remodel and improve district facilities. The board, having seen $50.7 million request turned down May 8 last year, Monday OK’d a roughly 21-percent fiscally scaled-down version. Last year’s request, deemed too ambitious by most opponents, fell 1,005 […]

Township eyes new manager, clerk, more

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Township board may effect major changes at a special meeting Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. in the township hall. To be discussed: Employing Natalie Dean as new township manager/zoning administrator. Deam, a municipal planner for private Kalamazoo-based Wightman after 13 years’ experience as a City of Marshall planner, […]

Douglas seeks street performers grant

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas is applying to the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs for a $4,000 mini-grant to bring street performers downtown. Council Jan. 7 approved applying for the stipend, which the city would match with $4,000 of its own to pay planner and Downtown Development Authority director Lisa Imus to manage […]

Douglas OK’s new library site plan

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Douglas Planning Commission Jan. 9 approved a site plan, with conditions, for a new $4.35-million, 9,000-square-foot Sauga-tuck-Douglas District Library at 174 Center St. SDDL officials plan to break ground across the street from the library’s current home in an 1870-s built former church, and move in — “if all goes […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Ytterbium “Physics Made Easy” is back despite popular demand. How long has it been? A new optical lattice clock based on ytterbium atom oscillations can tell to within one second spread over 14 billion years. You know ytterbium. Scarcely a day goes by I don’t pick up a pack at the […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I just learned to my delight that longtime friend and devoted Saugatuck supporter Henry Gleason has joined the ranks of starving authors. His book “The First 80 Years” has been published. I haven’t read it yet and am not certain where to buy it, but that will soon change. Henry, […]

Sears, the Amazon of the 50’s, struggling to survive

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher I was surprised an article listing retailers “in trouble” included J.C. Penney, Pet Smart and Guitar Center. I wasn’t surprised to see Sears. My mind wandered back with chagrin to the “good ole days” when Sears and Roebuck were king of the retail world. I remember checking the mailbox each day […]

Saugatuck picks lottery for Wicks Park slips

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Feeling lucky? Now’s the time to get your name in the pool for the drawing on Wicks Park boat slips for the 2019 season. Saugatuck City Council Monday approved a new lottery system to lease out the 10 slips on the Kalamazoo River next to the downtown park known for its […]