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Ex-golf course homestead may be demolished

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The 14 Ferry St. homestead of the former West Shore Golf Course-owning Wicks family has fallen into disrepair and may be demolished after prospective buyer/renovators withdrew their offer last week. “The house has a lot of history,” Kathy Sarkisian, who in 2012 bought hillside land west of the Ferry/Center street dwelling, […]

Foundation cited for excellence

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Allegan County Community Foundation representatives (from left), front: Jodi White, David Balas and Cindy Baker; and, rear: Peg Sanford, Kaylani Rubley, Theresa Bray and Lee Wittkop received Exemplary Foundation of the Year honors from The Association of Fundraising Professionals of West Michigan during the National Philanthropy Day celebration Nov. 15 at the Amway Grand Hotel […]

Surviving self -help books

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© By Myron J. Kukla I was complaining the other day about how things never seem to go the way I want them to when one of my friends popped in with some advice. “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” he said. I’m an iced tea drinker myself, but knew what he meant. Make […]

Giles to retire, Kent to take over as police chief

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck-Douglas Police Chief Ken Giles is retiring and Sgt. Steve Kent, a 30-year veteran of the department that serves both cities, will take over as acting chief. Giles, 66, made official what had long been rumored Dec. 7, writing Douglas city manager Bill LeFevere his last day would be Dec. 31. […]

Veteran’s Day memories: Seven Plummers servedd

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By Chris Yoder Joyce Eddy Plummer passed away last March at age 89. Her husband, Sandy, was one of seven Plummer brothers from Ganges, each of whom served in the military. Several years ago, Joyce wrote down the story of the five older brothers’ involvement in World War II and shared the group photo, which […]

Old Root Beer Barrel work rolls out again

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By Scott Sullivan Editor It’s ba-a-a-ack! The Old Root Beer Barrel, the scheduled rebuilding of which ceased July 16 due to safety concerns, began again “taking flesh” on Monday. A Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society “friends” group has tried for years to restore and rebuild the structure — a 17-foot tall, barrel-shaped concession stand from which root […]