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Mates for life

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While Saugatuck Township considers state and federal requests for River Bluff Park access to the Kalamazoo River in an effort to remove about 50 non-native mute swans from Tyler Bayou, these two Laketown Township black swans — mates for more than 25 years and life, per private pond owners — ply the waters peacefully … […]

Saugatuck eyes police split from Douglas

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Saugatuck could decide by the end of the month if it will have a new police department, saving more than $200,000 in its first year. Some community members, though, want city council to take more time to consider the impact of dissolving the current Saugatuck-Douglas Police Department. A city-generated report to […]

Judge tosses group’s latest dunes complaint

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By Scott Sullivan Editor An Allegan County judge has confirmed what his predecessor ruled: that a land preservation group lacks legal standing to appeal Saugatuck Township granting a developer permits to build homes around a boat basin. Wesley Nykamp, visiting for recently-resigned Judge Kevin Cronin, ruled Feb. 6 that the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance failed […]

Library to seek ‘smaller’ building request Aug. 7

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck-Douglas District Library’s 1870s-built home is not getting any newer. The board, turned down in Aug. 5, 2014, requests to build a new $5.14-million library on land it had bought across the street from its current Douglas home, plans to ask voters Aug. 7 to approve a scaled-down facility on […]

Oosterbaan buys Oosting’s, changes planned

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The sale of Oosting Furniture and Appliances — a 233 Butler St., Saugatuck, institution for 73 years — to J.P. Oosterbaan didn’t change much for its ownership alphabetically. But it marks a new start for all. Bob Oosting was one year old — “in the playpen” he says — when his […]

It’s official: schools seek $50.7-million bond

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By Scott Sullivan Editor It’s official: Saugatuck Public Schools will ask district voters May 8 to approve two building requests totaling $50.7 million. The board Monday approved proceeding with proposals outlined at its May 1 workshop, detailed here last week. Proposal one, a new bond issue which, approved, would generate $50.7 for major building renovations, […]

County studies how to provide Saugatuck police

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By Ryan Lewis Staff Writer Allegan County has clarified the roles of sheriff’s deputies contracted by local municipalities. County commissioners discussed contract language changes at their planning meeting Feb. 8, the same day Saugatuck City Council members heard a recommendation from an advisory group to switch from its police partnership with Douglas for contracting for […]

Thanks for family support in a time of grief

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To the editor, We are grateful for the outpouring of support we received while grieving the loss of our son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, father and husband Jake Engel. To all the loving people who came to the hospital during those desperate hours, to those who brought food, sent texts, messages and called … we […]

Watermark adds Ravines to golf holdings

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Watermark Properties has acquired Ravines Golf Club east of Saugatuck, bringing to six its collection of West Michigan golf facilities. Sale terms were not disclosed. The Ravines, at 3520 Palmer Drive along Blue Star Highway, is an Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Club featuring 18 holes. It will remain a public course […]

Brandess shows new winter works

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James Brandess Studio and Galleries, 238 Butler St., Saugatuck, will hold a reception Saturday, Feb. 17, to exhibit new winter paintings — many along the frozen Kalamazoo River, as shown — from noon to 5 p.m. Bill Galligan will provide winter food and Chip Christie live music. All are welcome.