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This is a Christmas parade?

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In Saugatuck, you expect the (mostly) women Peppermint Stick Brigade to attack the equally-zany male Snow Shovel Drill team with Silly String in front of Butler Street crowds near the end of their annual procession. Saturday’s annual holiday fun also included a Santa appearance, a tree-lighting ceremony and more. (Photo by Scott Sullivan)

Split decision on township recall votes

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Two residents seeking to recall four of five Saugatuck Township board members won a split decision at an Allegan County Election Commission language sufficiency hearing Monday. The tribunal voted 2-1 that petition verbiage filed by Cindy Osman and Kathy Sturm seeking an election to oust township trustee Roy McIlwaine for voting […]

DEQ wants more info before ruling on basin plan

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By Scott Sullivan Editor A developer who hopes to build 23 homes around a 7-acre boat basin north of the Kalamazoo River channel to Lake Michigan needs to address 11 issues before the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality weighs giving the plan a go-ahead. DEQ Kalamazoo District engineer John Bayha wrote applicant Jeff Padnos he […]

Ex-CVB head files arbitration claim

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Former Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau executive director Felicia Fairchild has filed an arbitration demand with her ex-employer, the CVB board apprised members last week. Fairchild, who resigned Dec. 7, 2016, after 27 years as the bureau’s founding executive, has made claims of copyright infringement, merit pay, unreimbursed expenses, office furniture, […]

Auction raises funds for library

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Friends of the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library are holding a silent auction as a fundraiser in lieu of having to tear down their used bookstore due to flooding issues. Bids for items — including original art, clothing, toys, bath products, car-detailing packages, meals at The Southerner and Farmhouse deli, season passes to Mason Street Warehouse productions […]

Fire chief outlines objections to code change

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck Township Fire District Chief Janik last week submitted his written objections to three provisions made by the township board when it amended International Fire Code standards. The board voted 3-2 Aug. 2 to change fire cost-recovery policies over objections by fire district partners Douglas and Saugatuck cities plus department leaders. […]

SPS opens superintendent search

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Public Schools Board of Education will confer with consultant Gary Rider to complete plans towards hiring a new district superintendent at its regular meeting Monday, Dec. 18, in the Saugatuck High School media center, 401 Elizabeth St., Saugatuck, at 6:30 p.m. Nine-year superintendent Rolfe Timmerman announced at the board’s […]

SHS Senior Seminars teach problem-solving skills

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By Georgia Richardson-Smaller SHS Junior Starting last year, Saugatuck High School 12th graders have had the option to take Senior Seminars. These project-based learning classes teach collaboration with peers and professionals. Teacher John Green says the seminars allow students to give back to the community while learning “21st century skills” such as teamwork, critical thinking, […]

Girls’ basketball results

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By Jason Wesseldyk Sports Editor Saugatuck 40 Delton 59 Saugatuck had a tough time dealing with Delton’s size advantage when the teams squared off on Friday, Dec. 1. Delton had a 16-2 scoring edge when it came to second-chance points, helping carry the Panthers to the 59-40 win over the Indians. “They are a big, […]