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Saugatuck city weighs public bike trail vote

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Saugatuck residents might get to decide the fate of an 0.4-mile bike path through the city. City Councilman Barry Johnson Monday proposed putting the issue on the November ballot for voters to accept or reject the project. “It will give a chance for the voters to speak,” he said at that […]

Saugatuck city pot survey yields mixed results

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Results of a Saugatuck city retail marijuana survey show full-time residents support allowing retail medical and recreational uses more than their part-time peers. But a preponderance still have questions and concerns about allowing recently-legalized Michigan marijuana uses within city boundaries. Among findings the planning commission will weigh at its Thursday, July […]

Sheridan-Unwin family marks 110 years here

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By Steve Sheridan In June 1905 George Sheridan married Sarah Unwin in Chicago when George was serving as first assistant keeper at the Michigan City Lighthouse. Sons Joseph and James were born there. In 1909 the U.S. Lighthouse Service sent George to man Saugatuck’s Kalamazoo River Light Station. Another son, George, was born there in […]

Fennville’s Howard attends Reaching Higher hoops showcase

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By Jason Wesseldyk Sports Editor HIGHLAND—For one day, Milford High School became the epicenter of high school basketball in Michigan. On that day—Saturday, June 23—some of the top prep hoops players from throughout the state gathered for the 10th annual Reaching Higher showcase. Fennville’s Coryne Howard was among the nearly 100 participants in the girls’ […]

Nature’s looking glass

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Shakespeare’s Hamlet spoke of theater holding a mirror up to nature. Juggler Kyle Johnson did so in a similar way with a glass ball before Saturday’s Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Co. performance of The Bard’s “Romeo and Juliet” outdoors in Coghlin Park. For more about the Saugatuck-Douglas Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s “Art of Shakespeare” and […]

New township manager in, veteran P.C. chair out

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Township Board is scheduled Wednesday, July 3, to weigh hiring Griffin Graham, 24, of South Haven new township manager and an environmental activist’s request not to reappoint chair Maggie Baker Conklin to the planning commission. Conklin, a 10-year commission member, withdrew her name from consideration for reappointment Monday.   […]

Judge denies ex-judge’s defamation case

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By Scott Sullivan Editor A local journalist whose newspaper went out of business won consolation June 19 when a judge dismissed a retired judge’s defamation suit against him. Ottawa County Circuit Court Judge Jon Hulsing granted former Local Observer editor/Perspective Media president Michael Gallagher’s motion for a summary disposition of Stephen and Tanya Sheridan’s complaint […]

Grieving firefighters still had job to do

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Just because the Saugatuck Township Fire District last week mourned the death of Capt. Mike Betts’ daughter, Avery, 7, (see related stories elsewhere), didn’t mean members didn’t have rescue work to do. The department was called June 26 at 2:45 p.m. to a rollover in the median on I-196 at the 35-mile marker just south […]

Lakeshore arsonist admits jumping bond

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By Daniel Pepper Staff Writer An Illinois man sentenced in March for a 2016 Saugatuck Township arson has admitted to not showing up for a court hearing. Rolf Dieter Schmidt, 69, pleaded guilty Monday in Allegan County Circuit Court to attempted absconding/forfeiting bond. “I didn’t appear because I was restricted by my doctor,” Schmidt said. […]

Team of Fennville women rolls its way to top of tournament

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By Virginia Ransbottom Staff Writer A Fennville bowling team that practices at Alley’s Diner in Douglas won a 740-team Midwest 6 Women’s Bowling tournament in Battle Creek, May 23 through June 28. Three thousand women from six states vied to bowl the highest three-game score. “That day we killed it,” said team member Vickey Lapior. […]