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Remembrance in snow

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Saugatuck’s annual Veterans Day remembrance on a snowy Sunday in the city’s children’s park this year also marked the centennial of Armistice Day, when World War I — called at the time “The War to End All Wars,’ which didn’t — ended. Local American Legion members (below) stood in recognition. At left, Saugatuck High School […]

New township board takes seats quickly

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck Township’s four new board members took over for recalled opponents quickly. The Nov. 6 vote showed Democratic challenger Bill Wester topping incumbent Republican Brad Rudich, 1,113 to 817. Ditto for Jon Helmrich beating Lori Babinski for treasurer, 1,061 to 875; and trustee hopefuls Stacey Aldrich (1,174 votes) and Abby Bigford […]

Heron Bay spray raises questions

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Fighting invasive species is not for the faint of heart. Add to the 2011 spraying that unexpectedly killed Mt. Baldhead hardwoods a Sept. 14 incident where a helicopter pilot mistakenly treated an island near Heron Bay for phragmites. Resident Dick Waskin witnessed and took pictures of the chopper spraying that day […]

Planting bulbs in snow

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The Saugatuck High School Interact Club partnered with the local Boy Scouts, Rotary Club and Saugatuck Township last snowy weekend to plant more than 1,200 daffodil bulbs at the Douglas and Riverside cemeteries. Shown (l-r) are, front: Olivia Ayers, Lily Francis, Sophie McQueary, Jetal Patel, Keera Lung and Gabe Smit; rear: Jillian Johnson, Ava Fink, […]

Saugatuck will remove dying downtown trees

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent A highly visible downtown maple will come down before the year is over after Saugatuck City Council Monday approved its annual tree service contract. Bartlett Tree Experts of Grand Rapids will cut down a 40-inch diameter sugar maple at Village Square Park at Butler and Main streets at a cost of […]

CVB hosts Swoboda’s ‘Pictures for Vets’

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The Saugatuck Douglas Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is partnering with and exhibiting photography by Ted Swoboda in its Welcome Center, 95 Blue Star Hwy., Douglas, through Dec. 3. Swoboda, a longtime Saugatuck resident whose photos often are featured in The Commercial Record, is founder of the 501c3 nonprofit Pictures for Vets, which works to […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Variations on Fear “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” said Franklin D. Roosevelt. Which is why I was happy to read last week’s Washington Post story saying 70 percent of Americans are stressed out about current news and our nation’s prospects. So I’m not only stressed by those things, […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Perhaps you’re familiar with the late Sam Campbell’s book “Nature’s Messages: A Book of Wilderness Wisdom” written 66 years ago. One chapter, “Moon of the Barren Boughs,” begins, “The carnival of autumn is over … The red imps have had their day,” reminding us that the brilliant color of the […]

Why aren’t you buying locally?

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher I don’t care what they might trumpet in Washington, D.C., or California; our economy here hasn’t gotten much better in the last few years. Here we work hard every day just to keep food on the table. It isn’t much different if you own your own business. As a newspaper we […]

Turkeys escape pre-Thanksgiving roast

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The Saugatuck Township Fire District lent its ladder truck and assistance to fight a workshop and storage space blaze at Smith’s Turkey Farm on 134th Avenue near Hamilton Nov. 7. Hamilton chief David Haverdink said the fire, which was reported at 8:30 p.m. and took close to four hours to control, was made more challenging […]