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Festival of light, life here!

Festival of light, life here!

ByEditorial StaffJul 24, 20246 min read

To arms, legs and hearts: The Venetian Fest is coming! The community’s annual celebration of life on our waterways arrives this weekend starting with a dance party Friday, July 26 in Saugatuck’s Coghlin Park; continues Saturday with an afternoon dinghy…

Audit shows Laktown in solid shape

Audit shows Laktown in solid shape

ByEditorial StaffJul 24, 20243 min read

By Jim Hayden Correspondent Laketown Township is in solid financial shape, per its recently-completed audit. Siegfried Crandall principal accountant Joshua Gabrielse presented the 2023-24 fiscal year audit to the township board Wednesday, July 10. Highlights: • Laketown’s total net position…

‘Million Dollar Quartet heat up at SCA

‘Million Dollar Quartet heat up at SCA

ByEditorial StaffJul 24, 20243 min read

The Million Dollar Quartet — rock’n’roll legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins — met in Memphis Dec. 4, 1956 for an epochal 1-day gig you can see re-created starting Aug. 10 at the Saugatuck Center…

City taps Thompson as new planning/zoning head

City taps Thompson as new planning/zoning head

ByEditorial StaffJul 24, 20242 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVANEDITOR Saugatuck has appointed South Haven planning and zoning assistant Luke Thompson as its new cityhead of both. As planning and zoning director, Thompson fills a post city manager Ryan Cummins has doubled in since replacing former manager…

Blue Star

Blue Star

ByEditorial StaffJul 24, 20243 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorThe Big Wave“One in five Michiganders,” says the Vertical Cherry website, “turn to alcohol for making big financial decisions.” Well, that explains things.“Do I dare to eat a peach?” I’d say in the day, overlooking the produce aisle.…

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Sports

Lawton running back eager for college career

Lawton running back eager for college career

ByEditorial StaffJul 24, 20242 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent LAWTON –Kal Motter was a talented three-sport athlete in track, basketball and football at Lawton.Football was his best sport and Motter will be going to Hope College as a running back.His strengths as a running back, Motter…

Nieuwenhuis places runner-up at Nationals

Nieuwenhuis places runner-up at Nationals

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor FARGO, N.D.—Winning a championship is hard.Repeating as champion might be even harder.Yet that’s exactly what Plainwell High School wrestling standout Madison Nieuwenhuis had the opportunity to do at the Junior & 16U Nationals last weekend.One year…

Allegan’s Garvin garnering plenty of attention

Allegan’s Garvin garnering plenty of attention

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20245 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Standing 6-foot-6 and weighing in at 300 pounds, Allegan junior Sully Garvin makes quite the impression when he walks in a room.He’s also made quite an impression on college football evaluators and coaches.Listed as a three-star…

Paw Paw’s football summer has been busy

Paw Paw’s football summer has been busy

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20241 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent PAW PAW – Paw Paw football coach Dennis Strey and his Red Wolves have less than a month to go before the practice season officially kicks off on Aug. 12. But there’s still work to be done.“We’ve…

Local softball team 4-1 in Kentucky

Local softball team 4-1 in Kentucky

ByEditorial StaffJul 12, 20242 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – Michigan Expos 18U team from Marion triumphed over Midwest Pride 18U in Kentucky on Wednesday in the USSSA Great Lakes Nationals tournament.
Michigan Expos 18U, coached by Ryan Raymond of Marion, took the lead late in…

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Columns

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

ByEditorial StaffJul 24, 20247 min read

    On Saturday the thirteen of this month, Pat and I were out along the lakeshore for beautiful evening at Ox-Bow School of the Arts.  There is not cell phone service there, so we missed hearing the news of the…

Mike’s Musings: One would never imagine an assassination attempt, a president resigning in one week

Mike’s Musings: One would never imagine an assassination attempt, a president resigning in one week

ByEditorial StaffJul 24, 20243 min read

What a week for the history books. First a former president, now the leading candidate for president, survived an assassination attempt, then his opponent, the current president announced he would no longer be running for a second term.I’m still confused…

Blue Star

Blue Star

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20244 min read

NuclearLast week’s “STR cap may go nuclea’ anyway” story already has. Then came the shooting in Pennsylvania.I applaud Saugatuck City Council for trying to protect peace, quiet and safety in Community Residential neighborhoods. That’s what R-1 zoning is meant to…

Mike’s Musings: Tone down political Rhetric demand answers from ss

Mike’s Musings: Tone down political Rhetric demand answers from ss

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20243 min read

Like many of you I was in shock when I heard there was an assassination attempt on former president Trump’s life while he was speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania. It had been 43 years since the barbaric act of…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

ByEditorial StaffJul 17, 20244 min read

Another “Old” in the grocery checkout lane ahead of me asked the clerk, “Is this the airport?”“What do you mean?” she asked, baffled.“I’d expect to pay this much for a bottle of water there, but not here,” he said.She rolled…

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Obituaries

Obituary: Ronald Edward Dziekan

Obituary: Ronald Edward Dziekan

ByEditorial StaffJul 24, 20242 min read

Ronald Edward Dziekan passed on July 12, 2024, with his family by his side in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ronald was born to Casmir and Helen (Maciaszek) Dziekan on November 1, 1950, in Chicago, Illinois. Ron attended Catholic school in Allegan,…

Obituary: Donald Dean Lickley

Obituary: Donald Dean Lickley

ByEditorial StaffJul 24, 20243 min read

Donald Dean Lickley of Lawton, Michigan and Venice, Florida, our beloved husband, brother, brother-in-law, son, uncle, cousin and friend died unexpectedly in his home on Sunday, July 07, 2024. He was 68 years old. He was born on February 14,1956…

Obituary: Herman Warren DeLano

Obituary: Herman Warren DeLano

ByEditorial StaffJul 24, 20242 min read

Herman Warren DeLano, aged 91 years old passed away on July 11th, 2024. He was born on May 14th, 1933 to Herman and Betty DeLano in Allegan Michigan. He attended the Allegan Episcopal Church of Good Shepard. He graduated from…

Obituary: Kimberly KayAnn Milani

Obituary: Kimberly KayAnn Milani

ByEditorial StaffJul 24, 20243 min read

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Kimberly KayAnn Milani, 65, a resident of Plainwell, MI, passed away surrounded by loved ones at home on Friday, July 12, 2024. She leaves behind a legacy of dedication, love, and passion…

Obituary: Lois Marie Hays

Obituary: Lois Marie Hays

ByEditorial StaffJul 24, 20242 min read

Lois Marie Hays, 91, of Allegan, MI passed away Saturday, July 20, 2024 at Allegan County Medical Care Community.  Born August 16, 1932 in Allegan, MI, she was the daughter of the late Troy E. and Dorothy (Mattison) Clawson and…

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