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Chorus to ‘Shake, Rattle, Roll’ May 18-19

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Lakeshore Community Chorus plans to “Shake, Rattle and Roll” during its ninth annual spring concerts Saturday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. in First Congregational Church, 296 Hoffman St., Saugatuck. The ensemble, directed by Nancy Plantinga, will present ‘50s and ‘60s “Oldies But Goodies” songs. Pianist Vivian Boot will […]

Serial murder novelist strikes again

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There’s no stopping Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel from writing Saugatuck Murder Mysteries. The local cleric and Commercial Record columnist will celebrate publishing his fifth in the series, “Murder on the Saugatuck Chain Ferry,” with a book signing Wednesday, May 22, at Pumpernickels restaurant, 202 Butler St., Saugatuck, from 5 to 7 p.m. Paperback copies will […]

With minds on their teammate, Blackhawks beat Indians

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By Leo Martonosi Sports Correspondent FENNVILLE—Winning is far from the most important thing on the minds of Fennville girls’ soccer coach Kyle Nevenzel and his players these days. “Like everyone else, we like to come out on top when the game ends,” Nevenzel said. But what’s currently taking place at Fennville isn’t about sports. “It’s […]

Track teams win divisional titles

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By Jason Wesseldyk Sports Editor WATERVLIET—Make it six and counting for the Saugatuck track teams. Both the girls’ and boys’ track teams won the divisional championship for the sixth straight season by taking top honors at the SAC Lakeshore Divisional Meet on Monday, May 13. The boys finished with 180 points to top runner-up Coloma […]

French student’s winning ornament depicts town hall

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Saugatuck High School art student Albane Marine Michelle Jeanne Belloeil, or Ali B, was presented $100 in SDABA (Saugatuck-Douglas Area Business Association) Bucks last week for creating the winning design, showing Saugatuck’s historic city/village hall of this year’s “Sparkle” Holiday Ornament. Ornament sale proceeds will help raise for downtown holiday lighting and activities. Belloeil, an […]

Scout project helps to reforest Mt. Baldy trees

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Saugatuck area Boy Scout Troop 29 completed an Eagle Scout project led by Clay Ihle Saturday planting 500 trees on Mt. Baldhead. Working with white and red oaks, walnuts, arborvitaes and poplars provided by Saugatuck Department of Public Works director Scott Hebert, 16 Scouts and six adult volunteers helped provide erosion control and reforest the […]

For the bird

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Local samaritans rescued this wounded American white pelican from the Kalamazoo River near Saugatuck Township’s Riverfront Park last week.  (Photo by Ryan Alexander)

Recount? Voters nix school bond by 3 votes

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By Scott Sullivan Editor How close is close? Try voters nixing Saugatuck Public Schools’ $39.94-million bond request Tuesday 1,044 “no” votes to 1,041 “yes.” Totals were uncertified as of press time Tuesday night. A recount is possible, even likely. Preliminary totals showed Saugatuck township and city approving the measure, meant to remodel and improve facilities, 467-405 […]

Resigned supervisor, treasuer volley claims

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By Scott Sullivan Editor An April 30 letter from outgoing Saugatuck Township supervisor Chris Roerig to clerk Abby Bigford identifies issues, in particular treasurer Jon Helmrich’s handling of that office, he believes need addressing going forward. Among claims Roerig documents, many of which the treasurer disputes, are Helmrich misplaced $30,000 in revenue checks, bought wine […]