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Wade’s on in

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The new Douglas Wade’s Bayou dinghy dock extension has been a hit for explorers by boat, foot and — oh yes — wings. The city two weeks ago added a 50-foot gangplank (with the steel rails to the fixed dock installed this spring, plus the floating dock seen behind these visitors two weeks ago to […]

‘Yes’ vote means spring start for new library

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck-Douglas District Library board members voiced excitement — all the while knowing their work was cut out — after voters Aug. 7 approved a 25-year, .4271-mill tax increase to build a new $4.35-million library. It will be across the street from the facility’s current home in an 1870s-built former church at […]

T-bone crash part of busy day

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The Saugatuck Township Fire District responded to 11 calls within 12 hours Saturday, the most demanding around 2:15 p.m. when a southbound Volkswagen Beetle on 60th Street ran the stop sign at Old Allegan Road at high speed and got T-boned by this westbound Honda sedan. After an unknown number of rolls, the Beetle came […]

‘Built to Last”: All Saints’ celebrates 150 years

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By Scott Sullivan Editor A contractor doing structural work at All Saints’ Episcopal Church some 20 ago looked at building’s original beams and studs, whistled and said, “This place was built to last.” As the church archives committee worked on a 150th anniversary commemorative book, they remembered his comments. When they roll out “Built to […]

Trail partners

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Officials from three neighbor governments signed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday regarding the nonmotorized Blue Star Trail between them. Flanking Douglas Mayor Linda Anderson are Laketown Township Supervisor Terry Hofmeyer and Saugatuck Township Supervisor Chris Roerig. In rear is Friends of the Blue Star Trail leader Jeanne VanZoeren. Each municipality agreed to be responsible for […]

SBC wins August garden award

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Saugatuck Brewing Co. won the Saugatuck-Douglas Garden Club August award for best commercial garden largely thanks to Bill Beery (shown). “Bill works really hard on our flowers and landscaping said SBC marketing vice president Megan Scheerhorn. “We certainly would not have this beautiful of a location without him.”

Saugatuck says ‘no’ to medical marijuana

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Saugatuck City Council’s second look at marijuana businesses didn’t change any minds. Members decided Monday not to allow any medical marijuana facilities to operate in the city. “We just don’t have any place to put them,” said Councilman Barry Johnson. Some residents did not want any of the facilities in the […]

All win after Cow Hill’s Venetian Boat Parade

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Cow Hill Yacht Club’s Venetian Festival July 27-28 amplified its “The ’60s” theme Saturday after dusk with a lighted boat parade enjoyed by thousands of viewers along the Kalamazoo Lake shoreline. “We had 12 entries that were all unique and extremely well-done,” parade event captain Jeff Slayer said. “We had small and large craft that […]

Saugatuck celebrates National Night Out

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Saugatuck celebrated National Night Out Aug. 7 at Coghlin Park to introduce police and firefighters to the community. The event featured the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department canine unit, a burn house demonstration, displays by community groups and, oh yes, yummy watermelon on a warm summer night. (Photo by Jim Hayden)

Mt. Baldhead Challenge goes ‘extreme’ Sept. 8

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By Scott Sullivan Editor There are runs, realistically, no one can. That’s why the Mt. Baldhead Challenge long has been called a “Challenge.” The 19th annual charity celebration Saturday, Sept. 8, will be even more of one, boasting new courses rewarding intrepid souls who dare them views and a test they will not forget. West […]