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Mates for life

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While Saugatuck Township considers state and federal requests for River Bluff Park access to the Kalamazoo River in an effort to remove about 50 non-native mute swans from Tyler Bayou, these two Laketown Township black swans — mates for more than 25 years and life, per private pond owners — ply the waters peacefully … […]

Saugatuck eyes police split from Douglas

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Saugatuck could decide by the end of the month if it will have a new police department, saving more than $200,000 in its first year. Some community members, though, want city council to take more time to consider the impact of dissolving the current Saugatuck-Douglas Police Department. A city-generated report to […]

Judge tosses group’s latest dunes complaint

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By Scott Sullivan Editor An Allegan County judge has confirmed what his predecessor ruled: that a land preservation group lacks legal standing to appeal Saugatuck Township granting a developer permits to build homes around a boat basin. Wesley Nykamp, visiting for recently-resigned Judge Kevin Cronin, ruled Feb. 6 that the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance failed […]

Library to seek ‘smaller’ building request Aug. 7

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck-Douglas District Library’s 1870s-built home is not getting any newer. The board, turned down in Aug. 5, 2014, requests to build a new $5.14-million library on land it had bought across the street from its current Douglas home, plans to ask voters Aug. 7 to approve a scaled-down facility on […]

Oosterbaan buys Oosting’s, changes planned

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The sale of Oosting Furniture and Appliances — a 233 Butler St., Saugatuck, institution for 73 years — to J.P. Oosterbaan didn’t change much for its ownership alphabetically. But it marks a new start for all. Bob Oosting was one year old — “in the playpen” he says — when his […]

It’s official: schools seek $50.7-million bond

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By Scott Sullivan Editor It’s official: Saugatuck Public Schools will ask district voters May 8 to approve two building requests totaling $50.7 million. The board Monday approved proceeding with proposals outlined at its May 1 workshop, detailed here last week. Proposal one, a new bond issue which, approved, would generate $50.7 for major building renovations, […]

County studies how to provide Saugatuck police

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By Ryan Lewis Staff Writer Allegan County has clarified the roles of sheriff’s deputies contracted by local municipalities. County commissioners discussed contract language changes at their planning meeting Feb. 8, the same day Saugatuck City Council members heard a recommendation from an advisory group to switch from its police partnership with Douglas for contracting for […]

Thanks for family support in a time of grief

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To the editor, We are grateful for the outpouring of support we received while grieving the loss of our son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, father and husband Jake Engel. To all the loving people who came to the hospital during those desperate hours, to those who brought food, sent texts, messages and called … we […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Mr. Sunshine “In the depth of winter, I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus   Good ol’ Al, Mr. Sunshine. Camus’ opening for “The Stranger”: “Mother died yesterday. Or perhaps today. I’m not sure,” better describes my disaffection this time of season. Day after day […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Perhaps the best news from the first days of February came when Elon Musk launched the Falcon Heavy reusable rocket. Rocket launches, or “space shots” as they are sometimes called, are nothing new and don’t generate the publicity and interest they did 50 years ago. If you were in school […]