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Rewa sets Saugatuck scoring record

Rewa sets Saugatuck scoring record

Editorial StaffMay 24, 20231 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports EditorA record-setting effort from a freshman helped ensure Senior Night was successful for the Saugatuck girls soccer team on Thursday, May 18.Neave Rewa scored three times against Schoolcraft to give her a new single-season school record of…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffMay 24, 20234 min read

By Scott SullivanEditor50th ReunionAs a diabetic, pokes and pricks-abetted, it’s imperative I have insulin. At the druggist’s I saw: Good healthIn a single stopSign up forShingles shots here The cute dark pharmacist on the cardboard sign next to the poem…

Obituary: Deric Foderingham

Obituary: Deric Foderingham

Editorial StaffMay 24, 20232 min read

Of all the things England has exported, unquestionably Deric Foderingham was the best. From The New Forest in Hampshire, to Brantford, Canada, then Clearwater, Fla. and Douglas, Mich. He travelled. It was here in Douglas on a spectacular May morning…

Community Pride Week fun June 1-4 welcomes all

Community Pride Week fun June 1-4 welcomes all

Editorial StaffMay 24, 20232 min read

The fifth annual Community Pride Week based in downtown Douglas June 1-4 will celebrate our diverse community with fun events. Top sponsors include Biggby Coffee and the Saugauck-Douglas Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Drag Bowling will kick off fun Thursday,…

Douglas ‘Pyramid’ debuts Memorial Day

Douglas ‘Pyramid’ debuts Memorial Day

Editorial StaffMay 24, 20232 min read

Rado Kirov’s brightly-reflective stainless steel “Pyramid” (pictured) will be dedicated in its new home in front of the Douglas Police Station, 47 W. Center St., Monday, May 29, at 10:30 a.m. after the city’s Memorial Day parade. The hand-forged, highly-…

Joyce Petter: 50-year door to art

Joyce Petter: 50-year door to art

Editorial StaffMay 24, 20235 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR “The gallery is her,” wrote Fred Blazer in The Commercial Record 25 years ago. “She” was Joyce Petter. “If she ever leaves to retire into a comfortable life surrounded by her art and memories, the world…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffMay 24, 20236 min read

     On Memorial Day, there is no place I would rather be than in a small Midwest town. More specifically, it means a small town in southwestern Michigan.  Like the rest of the country on that day, we will pause for a…

Mike’s Musings: AI could make our lives better or ruin us

Mike’s Musings: AI could make our lives better or ruin us

Editorial StaffMay 24, 20233 min read

Is anyone concerned about artificial intelligence as I am?You know the technology is growing at such a rapid rate that humans might be subservient to robots soon. Or so say a few prognosticators.Being somewhat a libertarian, I do not favor…

Freeway bridge closures, detours set

Freeway bridge closures, detours set

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20231 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Blue Star Highway bridge abridgments this summer at I-196 Exits 41 and 36 will not be simultaneous, the Michigan Department of Transportation told local officials May 11. Exit 41 reconstruction is up first June 6 through…

Obituary: Sallyann Decker, 85

Obituary: Sallyann Decker, 85

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20232 min read

Sallyann Ardella (Peck) Decker, 85, of Glenn peacefully passed away surrounded by her family Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at her home. A graveside service will be Friday, May 19, at 11 a.m.at Taylor Cemetery, Ganges Township. Memorial donations may be…

New Douglas logo shows water, bird

New Douglas logo shows water, bird

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20232 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Douglas has a new logo (see nearby) featuring a patient heron poised in wavy blue water in front of a burst of sunlight rays. The latest branding item depicts the abundance of variety of life on…

Saugatuck continues winning ways

Saugatuck continues winning ways

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20232 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports EditorThe winning ways continued for the Saugatuck girls soccer team.Hosting SAC rival Lawton on Monday, May 15, the Trailblazers scored seven first-half goals en route to the 8-0 victory.The game was stopped early due to the mercy…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20234 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorBeckett: The MusicalThe Saugatuck Center for the Arts will present musicals “Kinky Boots” and “Jersey Boys” this summer. Energetic, infectious, boffo on Broadway scores and scripts sung, acted and choreographed by pros? What is not to hate?I’ve always…

See master gardener, peak blooms here

See master gardener, peak blooms here

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20231 min read

\Prizewinning azalea and rhododendron grower John Migas (above right) will host a free escorted tour of his now-blooming Woodllands Nursery, 6541 Bradley Road, Saugatuck Township, Wednesday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m.Bradley splits off to the south side of the Blue…

Freeway bridge closures, detours planned

Freeway bridge closures, detours planned

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20231 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorBlue Star Highway bridge abridgments this summer at I-196 Exits 41 and 36 will not be simultaneous, the Michigan Department of Transportation told local officials May 11.Exit 41 reconstruction is up first June 6 through Aug. 22, The…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20233 min read

“Stop using the word ‘re-gret,’” and older woman ad-vised me. “Regret is auseless emotion. You would be bet-ter off dropping it from your vocabulary.”I have come to realize she was right, and charitable too. To regret something means it was…

Life lessons for new graduates

Life lessons for new graduates

Editorial StaffMay 17, 20233 min read

One of the great accomplishments one can achieve in their teen years is graduating from high school. Wilcox Newspapers has underscored this achievement by honoring grads in several of our local newspapers. It is a daunting task, but we believe…

Lakeshore access from Blue Star eyed

Lakeshore access from Blue Star eyed

Editorial StaffMay 10, 20232 min read

By Scott Sullivan Editor A Lakeshore Resort proposal to create a private road from Saugatuck Self Storage, at 2892 Blue Star Hwy. in Douglas, 3,750 feet south and west through undeveloped Saugatuck Township land to the back of its 2885…

Election results favorable to schools and municipalities

Election results favorable to schools and municipalities

Editorial StaffMay 10, 20233 min read

By Gari Voss The Tuesday, May 2, 2023 elections results are in the locked bags and cans, and the books have been examined by the Allegan County Board of Canvassers. Precincts are quite comfortable with the results.SCHOOLSThe closest watched proposals…

Trailblazers claim first SAC Lakeshore championship

Trailblazers claim first SAC Lakeshore championship

Editorial StaffMay 10, 20234 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports EditorAll wins are nice. But some are a little more meaningful than others.Case in point: The 3-0 win by the Saugatuck girls soccer team over Holland Black River on Thursday, May 3.Because not only did that win…