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Stanislawski switches Saugatucks

Stanislawski switches Saugatucks

ByEditorial StaffJun 12, 20242 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorPeter Stanislawski will exit Saugatuck City Hall June 21 and step into Saugatuck Township Hall 10 days later.After 17 years as city treasurer, Stanislawki has resigned to become township finance coordinator. He will continue his separate role as…

City of Otsego updates speed limits

City of Otsego updates speed limits

ByEditorial StaffJun 12, 20245 min read

The speed limit throughout Eley Acres in the City of Otsego has been returned to 25 miles per hour, much to the delight of residents who live in the area. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk) By Aaron MitchellOtsego City Manager Adhering…

Dix Street Elementary adds StoryWalk

Dix Street Elementary adds StoryWalk

ByEditorial StaffJun 12, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Near the end of last school year, Otsego Public Schools’ Alamo Elementary School received a StoryWalk on its playground.Now, Dix Street Elementary School in the district has followed suit.Students from the Allegan Area Tech Center recently…

Rain fails to dampen Bridgefest as crowdsenjoy rides, booths, music

Rain fails to dampen Bridgefest as crowdsenjoy rides, booths, music

ByEditorial StaffJun 12, 20243 min read

Three carnival rides were set up along Riverfront Plaza, including a ferris wheel, a cyclone swing, and the pirate themed “Phantom’s Revenge”. Photo from the Downtown Allegan Facebook page The rain didn’t stop Kitten and the Tonics as they persevered…

Council discusses 2nd St. Bridge- to repair or not

Council discusses 2nd St. Bridge- to repair or not

ByEditorial StaffJun 12, 20246 min read

Mayor Vines reads a Juneteenth proclamation alongside the celebration committee By John BriceCorrespondent The LaFayette City Council met on Monday, June 10th of 2024 at the Chambers County Farmers Federation Agricultural Center at the ALFA building in LaFayette. In attendance…

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Sports

Mendon softball on to Final Four with big win over Dansville

Mendon softball on to Final Four with big win over Dansville

ByRobert TomlinsonJun 12, 20244 min read

Mendon’s Cienna Nightingale slides safely into home during Tuesday’s quarterfinals victory over Dansville. (Photo courtesy Brandon Watson) By Steve Eldridge JACKSON — With Tuesday’s 12-0 state quarterfinals win over Dansville, the Mendon Hornets got the rematch they wanted. The Hornets will…

Saugatuck golfers place 10th in state

Saugatuck golfers place 10th in state

ByEditorial StaffJun 12, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports EditorThroughout the regular season, the Saugatuck boys golf team was ranked in the top 10 in Division 4. At the State Finals Friday and Saturday, June 7-8, the Trailblazers showed themselves worthy of that status.Saugatuck shot a…

Otsego golf teamcompetesat D2Finals

Otsego golf teamcompetesat D2Finals

ByEditorial StaffJun 12, 20244 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor EAST LANSING—As sophomores last year, Spencer Shearer and Landon Eastman represented Otsego in the Division 2 Boys Golf State Finals after qualifying as individuals.The duo returned to the Finals again this season. Only this time, they…

Bulldogs undefeated at Troy tourney

Bulldogs undefeated at Troy tourney

ByEditorial StaffJun 12, 20241 min read

Bulldogs travel to Troy University for play date. Jordan Johnson received Player of the Game Honors award After hosting a 10 team basketball summer playdate last week, the LaFayette High School Bulldogs basketball team traveled to Troy, Alabama to participate…

Lawton track athletes shine at state meet

Lawton track athletes shine at state meet

ByEditorial StaffJun 12, 20241 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent LAWTON – At the recent Division 3 state finals 12 of our Lawton’s athletes competed very well in several events. Here is a summary of their efforts:Mason Mayne 1st in discus with 166-9; 2nd in shot with…

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Columns

Blue Star

Blue Star

ByEditorial StaffJun 12, 202410 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorIncomingWith the longest, hottest summer ever on hand, you don’t need a weatherman to tell which way the Saugatuck City Council race is going.Three declared challengers for four open two-year seats in November cut loose on incumbents at…

Mike’s Musings: My Father, MY Hero

Mike’s Musings: My Father, MY Hero

ByEditorial StaffJun 12, 20243 min read

(I wrote this a year ago but wanted share it again. Heck I might share this column over and over for years to come. The man meant so much to me) This week I give pause to reflect on my…

Life as performance Art

Life as performance Art

ByEditorial StaffJun 12, 20246 min read

    About a week ago, on a hot and humid afternoon, I was doing some work on the lawn and gardens. I was close to the sidewalk when a couple of visitors to town paused and commented on the amount of…

Looking Out: The Mick

Looking Out: The Mick

ByEditorial StaffJun 7, 20243 min read

Two days ago I met a guy from Chicago.  He was trying to sell me a car and must have thought it was important to tell me that he used to be a major league baseball pitcher. I needed new…

Out and About: Remembrance, Water Festival, and gold

Out and About: Remembrance, Water Festival, and gold

ByEditorial StaffJun 7, 20243 min read

“America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine providence on behalf of the human race.” -Ralph Waldo EmersonThis month is filled with days of remembrance. Eighty years ago, June 6, 1944, allied…

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Obituaries

Obituary: Charles Gilman

Obituary: Charles Gilman

ByEditorial StaffJun 12, 20241 min read

Charles Gilman, 78, of Easton, Pa. passed away May 14, 2024.After graduating from Saugatuck High School, Chuck proudly served in the United States Navy, where he developed his expertise in computer programming and formed lifelong friendships.These connections led him to…

Obituary: Laureen Ann (Lark) Thomason

Obituary: Laureen Ann (Lark) Thomason

ByEditorial StaffJun 7, 20242 min read

Laureen Ann (Lark) Thomason was 69 when she passed peacefully surrounded by family at her side on May 5, 2024. Laureen was born July 28, 1954, in Albion Michigan. After graduating high school, she went right into the workforce in…

Obituary: Paul William Coffman

Obituary: Paul William Coffman

ByEditorial StaffJun 7, 20244 min read

Paul William Coffman, 50, of Three Rivers, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2024 in Jefferson Township.Paul was born April 4, 1974 in West Palm Beach, Florida, the son of Daniel Coffman and Cathrine Anne Baker. Paul grew up in Berryville,…

Obituary: Linda Marie Leensvaart

Obituary: Linda Marie Leensvaart

ByEditorial StaffJun 7, 20244 min read

Linda Marie Leensvaart passed into the arms of Jesus peacefully in her sleep on Friday, May 24, 2024 at her home in Three Rivers.Linda was born in Harvey, Illinois to Wray and Rhoda Davis on November 23, 1954 and married…

Obituary: Stephen Franklin Hall

Obituary: Stephen Franklin Hall

ByEditorial StaffJun 7, 20242 min read

Stephen Franklin Hall, lifelong resident of the Marion area passed away at home, with family by his side, on Sunday, May 19, 2024. He was 77.Steve was born on September 9, 1946, in Reed City, Michigan to Forrest Franklin and…

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