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Saugatuck-Douglas’ ship ‘Serenity’ comes in

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck-Douglas’ ship has come in. “Serenity” is up and sailing. The 65-foot authentic wood schooner docked, docked since June near Tower Marine’s mini-lighthouse at 129 Union St., Douglas, has been cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard to start offering public cruises, co-owner Tim Morris told The Commercial Record Saturday. The Morris […]

Perrigo boosts SCA with $50K program gift

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The Perrigo Co. Charitable Foundation has donated $50,000 to support an entire year of Saugatuck Center for the Arts education programming in three counties. A check and community celebration at the SCA Monday included children’s art hanging on the walls and a nod to Perrigo’s longtime partnership with the arts center. The gift will support […]

Lake levels expected to rise higher yet

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High Lake Michigan levels aren’t drying up any time soon, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District announced last week. Paired lakes Huron and Michigan were within 0.6 inches of their all-time June levels, the Corps, whose hydrologists have measured Great Lakes levels since 1918, announced last week. They are expected to rise 2 […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel This will be my last column for a while, at least until the latter part of the year. It isn’t as much by choice as it is of necessity. Very simply, I have filed for a seat on the Saugatuck City Council and it isn’t appropriate to be running for […]

Schools to seek operations, rec renewals Nov. 6

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Public Schools will seek operating and community recreation millage renewals during Nov. 5 elections. The school board Monday passed resolutions to place both requests on the general election ballot. The operating millage proposal would allow the district to continue to levy the statutory rate not to exceed 18 mills […]

Newspapers not important? Think again

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher I came across this column by Ambrosia Nelson, general manager at Leader Publications in Niles. I’d been thinking of writing a similar piece, but she expressed my opinion so well I simply decided to rerun what she already published. Here it is:   “We live in a generation that is more […]

Douglas nixes proposed ‘a la cart’ recycling

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas City Council Monday nixed its single waste-hauler’s proposal to go “a la cart” with recycling. Members’ chose to hold Republic Services to its current contract terms collecting yellow recycling bags every two weeks instead of the firm furnishing users 96-gallon carts for that service but picking up recyclables only monthly. […]

Local audiologist named to state board

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Saugatuck resident Dr. Stelios Dokianakis has been appointed to a statewide supervisory panel. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday she had named Dokianakis to the Michigan Board of Audiology for a 4-year term that runs through June 30, 2023. Dokianakis, is a Board Certified Audiologist, is owner of Holland Doctors of Audiology in Holland. His clinical […]

Harbor Duck won’t tour after 20 years

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By Scott Sullivan Editor What would have been the Harbor Duck’s 20th summer here offering narrated tours onboard an amphibious World War II vehicle/vessel won’t be. Owner Brent Birkholz made it official last week that the Duck will not run, swim or fly this summer. “We regret to share,” Birkholz posted Sunday on the business’ […]