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STR freeze talk may draw heat

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20248 min read

By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck short-term rental discussions may come to a head Thursday, Feb. 29, when city council weighs placing a 6-month moratorium on new rental licenses in the R-1 Residential district. Council’s workshop last Wednesday brought a spirited…

Manager, missing 3 weeks, resigns

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20242 min read

By Scott Sullivan Editor Saugatuck City Manager Ryan Heise has resigned for “personal reasons and opportunities for professional development” on heels of an unexplained three-week absence. “It became widely known six months ago,” said Mayor Lauren Stanton, “that Ryan had…

Maggie’s Pantry

Maggie’s Pantry

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20242 min read

By Maggie ConklinMonte CristoMonte Cristo is the name for a grown-up grilled ham and cheese sandwich on steroids. It is an Americanized term for what started in France (of course) as the Croque monsieur, loosely translated as “crunchy gentleman.”The classic…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditor When I need advice, I know where to look: the newspaper. No, not this one. Sure, we have columnists who tell us what to do, where to go and so on. I mean papers that carry syndicated…

Obituary: James (Jim) Wilson Hensley

Obituary: James (Jim) Wilson Hensley

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20242 min read

James (Jim) Wilson Hensley, age 85, passed away on Feb/ 22 after a brief battle with cancer. The main goal in his life was to retire and live the rest of his days in his beloved Michigan.Jim, who was born…

Saugatuck City Manager Heise resigns

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20242 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorSaugatuck City Manager Ryan Heise has resigned for “personal reasons and opportunities for professional development” on heels of an unexplained three-week absence.“It became widely known six months ago,” said Mayor Lauren Stanton, “that Ryan had intentions to relocate…

STR freeze plan may draw heat

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20248 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorSaugatuck short-term rental discussions may come to a head Thursday, Feb. 29, when city council weighs placing a 6-month moratorium on new rental licenses in the R-1 Residential district.Council’s workshop last Wednesday brought a spirited crowd to debate…

Saugatuck clinches division crown

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor SAUGATUCK—One of the goals the Saugatuck girls basketball team set for itself this season was to win the SAC Central championship.The Trailblazers can cross that item off their to-do list.Controlling the tempo of the game from…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20244 min read

If you are a Republican, the Democrat next door is not your enemy, nor vice versa. If you are pro-life and your neighbor down the street supports Planned Parenthood, he or she is not your enemy.  If you believe in enforcing gun laws,…

Mike’s Musings: Sport allows me to leave my troubles behind

Mike’s Musings: Sport allows me to leave my troubles behind

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20243 min read

Today’s a great day. I have a cold now running on 8 days, my bank account is in the negative, and my ex-wife has called for the umpteenth time- and it hasn’t even reached noon on my wall clock.But hey…

City manager’s absence still unexplained

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20241 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Where did Saugatuck City Manager Ryan Heise go? Council and staff have been mum on his whereabouts since naming planning and zoning head Ryan Cummins interim manager Feb. 6 at a special meeting. “Ryan Heise,” said…

Douglas FY planning Fixing roads, water won’t come cheap

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Douglas City Council planned to explore engineering firm Prein & Newhof’s assessments of road and water infrastructure needs. City manager Lisa Nocerini said doing so would help budget planning for fiscal year 2024-25. Because Monday was…

Obituary: Pete Hepp

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20241 min read

Pete Hepp, 64 Pete Hepp, 64 of Alabama passed away Feb. 3, 2024. He was a 1977 graduate of Saugatuck High School. Shortly after graduation he moved to Alabama. In 1986 Pete married the love of his life, Patti. He…

Obituary: Nancy J. (Lechler) Mendonca

Obituary: Nancy J. (Lechler) Mendonca

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20242 min read

Nancy J. (Lechler) Mendonca passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 16, 2023, at age 75. Nancy’s kindness, generosity, love and patience touched many people throughout her life and is irreplaceable to all. She had a special ability to be in the moment…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorTransitionsThe Black Death is back, and about time too. Guess who caused an Oregon man last week to be diagnosed with bubonic plague?Illegal immigrantsThe cancel cultureBiden, Trump, Fauci or some other popular scapegoat currentlyHis catCat owners can’t be…

City manager’s absence still unexplained

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20241 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorWhere did Saugatuck City Manager Ryan Heise (left photo) go? Council and staff have been mum on his whereabouts since naming planning and zoning head Ryan Cummins (at right) interim manager Feb. 6 at a special meeting.“Ryan Heise,”…

Ganges body ID’d as Chicago man

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20241 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorPolice have identified a body that washed up on a private Ganges Township beach Feb. 14 as belonging to Elijah Ramone Cooper, 21, of Chicago.Cooper, identified by dental records, had last been seen Nov. 15, 2023.The Allegan County…

Saugatuck starts fast and cruises past Fennville

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor FENNVILLE—On Saturday, Feb. 17, Fennville hosted its 13th Annual Never Forgotten Games to honor the memory of Wes Leonard and raise money for the Wes Leonard Heart Team.As always, Saugatuck was the opponent.And for that, Saugatuck…

Mike’s Musings: Recognizing Washington and Lincoln- two of the best

Mike’s Musings: Recognizing Washington and Lincoln- two of the best

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

Presidents’ Day has come and gone but I can’t help but reflect on two of my favorites, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.Washington was our first president. He led an army of rag tag colonists of victory over the well-trained, formidable…

EGLE sinks boat basin request

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20243 min read

By Scott Sullivan Editor The Michigan Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) department has turned down Northshore of Saugatuck’s request to create a boat basin north of the Kalamazoo River channel to Lake Michigan. The developer’s first application to build…