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Going ape

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Saugatuck’s Erin Go Bark St. Patrick’s Day Parade for pets and their humans Saturday was a primate party to which the public was invited. Throngs took advantage of the fun, sunshine and Irish-style pub crawl afterwards.  (Photos by Scott Sullivan/Brenda Marcy)

City eyes ways not to ‘wall off Water’

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Music producer Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound has nothing on Saugatuck city concerns about “walling off” Water Street. The planning commission will hold a public hearing to discuss ways to maintain Kalamazoo Lake views in its Water Street South district Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in city hall. Options would […]

Communities wary about recreational marijuana laws

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas City Council acted Monday to postpone acting on Michigan’s new recreational marijuana law, mirroring wait-and-see approaches taken by many neighbors. Douglas, which opted in last year on medical marijuana and has licensed provisioning centers going in at 435 and 2918 Blue Star Highway, OK’d a six-month recreational pot moratorium pending […]

SHS Interact students share efforts, dreams

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Saugatuck High School Interact Club members will share information about their Feb. 9-14 mission trip to the Dominican Republic — and goals to raise $10,000 to build a new schoolroom in Batey 106 there — Monday, March 25, in the Saugatuck Center for the Arts from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Interact, a student community service […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Crash Men don’t name cars. At least that’s the way it was. “Sparky’s growling,” your wife would say. Needs a muffler, you’d answer. “How do you know her feelings aren’t hurt?” Now it’s different. As soon as you say, “Buffy’s rattling,” she has the hood open, making like Mrs. Goodwrench. Advise, […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel The other morning I realized I hadn’t heard anything about Saugatuck’s 2019 Tony Vettori Citizen of the Year Award. There’s a good reason. The award wasn’t given last year and nothing has been done this year … yet. We can fix that. There are many great people in our area who […]

Prepare to pay more at pump

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher When newly-elected Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed a 45-cent gas tax hike a couple weeks ago, many of her constituents were up in arms. Opposition came from all sides when Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey rolled out her plan to increase that state’s gas tax by 10 cents. There’s a big difference. […]

Douglas looks back on busy year

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By Scott Sullivan Editor It was a busy 2018 for Douglas, per the city’s annual planning and community development report. After years of attempted redevelopment of the former Haworth site at 200 Blue Star Hwy., the city Monday agreed to accept donation of the facility to foster razing the old plant and redeveloping it and […]

Grant would boost horseback park

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By Ryan Lewis Staff Writer A $300,000 state grant, if approved, could improve Silver Creek County Park near Hamilton. Allegan County Commissioners voted 5-2 March 14 to approve applying for a grant that would add barrier-free campsites, a new parking area, payment booth, electrical service and security light at the 49-year-old rustic camp mostly used […]

Girl’s soccer preview:

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By Jason Wesseldyk Sports Editor SAUGATUCK Saugatuck lost eight seniors to graduation from a team that went 6-11-2 last season. That was the bad news. The good news? The Indians still have 11 returning players, not to mention a group of newcomers who are eager to make their make on the program. “We have a […]