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Indians avenge loss to Hopkins

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By Leo Martonosi Sports Correspondent HOLLAND—Saugatuck volleyball coach Sherri Austin would have been a tremendous cheerleader had she gone in that direction in high school or college. “Everyone always marvels by Sherri’s enthusiasm,” said Liz Wilson, longtime athletic secretary at Saugatuck. “She’s just a ball of fire.” That enthusiasm wasn’t quite enough to get the […]

Short-handed Saugatuck suffers loss to Watervliet

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By Jason Wesseldyk Sports Editor Saugatuck started its game against Watervliet on Friday, Sept. 6, with 13 healthy positional players. It ended the game with 12, as running back Nick Stanberry suffered a leg injury during the third quarter. Despite that, the Indians remained in the game throughout as the teams were locked in a […]

Saugatuck soccer plays four games in five days

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It seemed only fitting that, during the week of Labor Day, the Saugatuck boys’ soccer team—including Winston Marcy (pictured)—labored by playing four games in a five-day span from Tuesday, Sept. 3, to Saturday, Sept. 7. Following an 8-0 home loss to Allegan on Tuesday, Sept. 3, the Indians traveled to Bangor on Thursday, Sept. 5, […]

U.S. Army Corps, court weigh in on basin plan

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Scott Sullivan, Editor The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Friday issued a draft memorandum of agreement to be included as part of approving a developer’s proposed boat basin north of the Kalamazoo River channel to Lake Michigan. Granted, said permit would be the last step, shy of court injunctions, needed by NorthShore of Saugatuck to […]

City wants trail stakeholders’ meeting

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent Saugatuck city is putting together a meeting of government agencies involved in the 20-mile long Blue Star Trail despite a protest from the trail’s supporter. “This is premature,” Friends of the Blue Star Trail president John Adams told city council at the latter’s Monday meeting. The focus, he said, needs to […]

Fennville lot may see storage facility

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A vacant lot at 353 E. First St. may soon host a 177-unit storage facility if variances approved by the Fennville City Commission Aug. 19 result in planning commission design approval, reports Commercial Record correspondent Jim Hayden on his Bicycle Base Fennville blog. James Boerkel wants to turn the 1.36-acre parcel into a mini-storage facility, […]

Boy’s and Girl’s cross country preview:

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By Jason Wesseldyk Sports Editor SAUGATUCK The 2018 season ended with Saugatuck hoisting the Division 4 state championship trophy after beating runner-up Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart by 50 points. And while the Indians lost individual state champ Corey Gorgas to graduation, they are expected to be in the hunt for the top prize in the […]

Non-agenda trail safety dominates fire board talk

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By Scott Sullivan Editor A Saugatuck Township Fire District board meeting Monday expected by many attending to address Friends of the Blue Star Trail-proposed Blue Star Bridge lane reconfigurations didn’t. Formally, at least. The 501c3 nonprofit Friends have been working for nine years to build a 20-mile non-motorized trail, largely on the west side of […]

Ridl solves Douglas laureate debate

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The name of Douglas’ first poet laureate should be no surprise: It’s Jack Ridl. City council Monday cited the retired Hope College English professor and multi-decorated scrivener, to the unpaid post for likely a lifelong term. He was nominated for the position at the Aug. 5 council meeting by Respite Cappuccino […]