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City wants time to study interim trail plan

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck Township’s plans to pursue a grant to link bike path sections are on hold while Saugatuck city considers interim trail proposals within its boundaries. The nonprofit Friends of the Blue Star Trail have worked since 2008 to build a 20-mile north-south non-motorized path between Saugatuck and South Haven. It would […]

Fire questions no-sprinkling requirement

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Township Fire District says it believes the township board not requiring community or storage buildings in the North- Shore of Saugatuck development to be sprinkled is a mistake. NorthShore, owned by Holland businessman Jeff Padnos, bought 308 acres north of the Kalamazoo River Channel to Lake Michigan in March […]

Saugatuck seeks grant to improve Mt. Baldhead Park

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Mount Baldhead Park in Saugatuck could see improvements, but first the city needs to secure funding for any upgrades. City council Monday agreed to pay Fleis & Vandenbrink engineers of Grand Rapids $3,100 to prepare a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Natural Resources Trust Fund grant application. The application deadline is […]

Allegan Street potholes may have underlying cause

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aBy Jim Hayden Correspondent Potholes on Allegan Street between Lake and Elizabeth streets should be repaired as soon as possible, though they could be a sign of deeper problems with the still-under-construction- street. Member Chris Peterson asked at Monday’s Saugatuck City Council meeting what was being done about the holes. City crews have been filling […]

Exit 36 crash cause still unknown

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor A crash Saturday on northbound I-196 near Exit 36 saw first responders answer a 1:33 p.m. report of a person hit by a car lying on the road. Michigan State and Douglas police, Allegan County Sheriff’s deputies, AMR ambulance and Saugatuck Township Fire District crews responded to find the driver […]

Saugatuck to celebrate new police cars Feb. 18

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent This might be the one time you want to see a Saugatuck police car up close and personal. The city will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, for its three new law enforcement vehicles purchased through a state grant. It will be at Saugatuck Township Fire District […]

Camera contractor calls comments out of line

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The recipient of a bid to install security cameras at Saugatuck Township hall objected Feb. 6 to public comments made by a former township trustee regarding the bidding process for that contract. The board Dec. 19 heard treasurer Jon Helmrich summarize three proposals he had solicited on video recording and security. […]

Propane explosion levels Casco home

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A suspected propane gas explosion and subsequent fire Sunday destroyed a Casco Township home at 6016 104th Ave. South Haven Emergency Services responded at 12:30 p.m. The lone female occupant of the residence was rushed by ambulance to the Bronson Burn and Wound Center in Kalamazoo, where she was listed in fair condition. Three dogs […]

Park Street getting new look this year

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Park Street will have a different look this year after Saugatuck City Council Monday approved changes to construction plans for the winding road along the Kalamazoo River. A sheet metal pile will be put along the road instead of an earthen slope to make sure it does not collapse. The bank […]

Saugatuck Brewing undertakes RADventure

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Enjoying Saugatuck Brewing Co.’s new RADventure IPA last week were (from left) packaging technician John Suman, brewing operations vice president Ron Conklin and head brewer Steven Scheerhorn. The brew derives its hop flavor and aroma from Galaxy, Simcoe, Amarillo and Michigan experimental hops grown at Great Lakes Hops in Zeeland, leading to a unique flavor […]