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Missing swimmer found safe on shore

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    By Scott Sullivan Editor No one wants to see anyone endangered. But when reports came in local resident Marde Clardy was missing Thursday in Lake Michigan, hearts were in onlookers’ throats more than usual. Clardy, 63, was training to swim an Iron Man triathlon leg for Team Nicole, named for her late daughter […]

Dunegrass grows south of Oval Beach

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck’s Dunegrass development, rising on 56 of 130 acres formerly occupied by the Presbyterian Camps, has sold 13 of its 21 available lots already. “It’s a beautiful location,” project manager David Barker told The Commercial Record during a tour of the site south of Oval Beach last Wednesday. “Who wouldn’t want […]

History Center cites volunteers Donovan, Bella

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Vic Bella has received the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center’s top honor, the Charles J. Lorenz Award of Achievement for 2017, and Ellen Donovan has been named the center’s Volunteer of the Year. Bella lives in Saugatuck, Donovan in Fennville. The Lorenz Award was established in 1997 to honor the memory of Charles Lorenz, who gave of […]

City appealing to fed to keep chain ferry afloat

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Saugatuck city officials hope federal lawmakers can soon crank out legislation that will keep afloat the tradition of crossing the Kalamazoo River by chain ferry. “If we don’t get current regulations eased … the 160-year-old chain ferry will not exist in the future,” said member Bill Hess at Monday’s city council […]

25-question Saugatuck police survey is in mail

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Saugatuck residents will soon receive a survey in the mail about police services. The five-page, 25-question survey is designed to determine public perception of the Saugatuck-Douglas Police Department and preferences for law enforcement coverage. “We’re not just focusing on numbers. It’s more than just calls for service,” member Barry Johnson said […]

Wear special glasses to view eclispe

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Editor’s note: This article is provided by NASA Space Place. WVisit spaceplace.nasa.gov to explore space and Earth science.   By Teagan Wall On Aug. 21, the sky will darken, the temperature will drop and all 50 United States will be able to see the Moon pass—at least partially—in front of the Sun. It’s a solar […]

Friends continue plans, work on Blue Star Trail

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Organizers of the planned 20-mile Blue Star Trail say they have three challenges to completing the non-motorized path in the next five years. Two of those issues run through the City of Saugatuck. “We’ve had some good back and forth,” said trail engineer Tim Stewart about talks with city leaders. “Honestly, […]

Sky’s the limit

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… when you are kiteboarding at Oval Beach on Lake Michigan. Former Holland Christian High School classmates Andy Alexander (shown in foreground here) and Jeff Zita (whose blue-green sail is in the background) went on to rival colleges Calvin and Hope, respectively, but remain high-flying friends regardless. With winds gusting Saturday upwards of 30 mph, […]

Blackhawks open fall season facing gauntlet

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By Jason Wesseldyk Sports Editor There will be no gentle easing into the season for Fennville. Rather, the Blackhawks open the season with a pair of perennial state powers, traveling to Schoolcraft in Week 1 and hosting Constantine in Week 2. Schoolcraft, which went 9-0 in the regular season last year and finished at 10-1 […]