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Township eyes phased-in campground plan

Editorial StaffJun 19, 20243 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR California-based Autocamp has scaled back plans from 112 total to 76 phase-one campsites on 29.24 acres 34.61 Blue Star Hwy. because “stuff” happens — specifically, need to dispose of sewage. The Saugatuck Township Board June 12…

Township hires Viridis for park design

Editorial StaffJun 19, 20242 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR The Saugatuck Township Board June 12 hired Viridis Design Group for $10,500 to prepare a final landscape design for now-undeveloped 7.5-acre Amalanchier Park next to Riverside Cemetery at 3461 Clearbrook Drive. It will be incorporated into…

SHS junior is swift photo Study

Editorial StaffJun 19, 20242 min read

Saugatuck High School junior Leilani Schoonmaker’s journey through a lens crescendoed — so far, at least — with National Scholastic Art Awards Gold Medal recognition. Her black-and-white photo of the 2023 Portage Cross Country Invitational start made Schoonmaker  SHS art…

Douglas hires Tien as Treasurer

Editorial StaffJun 19, 20242 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Douglas has hired former Allegan County elections coordinator and Plainwell city payroll administrator Jennifer Tien new city treasurer for $74,000 a year plus benefits. City council approved the move at its Monday meeting. Tien will start…

Brandess marks 30 years Saturday

Editorial StaffJun 19, 20241 min read

Artist James Brandess will celebrate 30 years in his James Brandess Studios & Gallery, 238 Butler St., downtown Saugatuck, this Saturday, June 22, from noon until 5 p.m. On view in his shop — a historic, tin-ceilinged former post office…

Rock named Saugatuck varsity boys basketball coach

Editorial StaffJun 19, 20244 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports EditorDuring his tenure as head coach of the Fennville varsity boys basketball team, Ty Rock had a front-row seat for the rivalry between the Blackhawks and Saugatuck.Now, he’ll experience that rivalry from the other side.Rock is the…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffJun 19, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorKrokodil RockI remember when rock was young. Me and Susie had no clue a Krokodil rock would find us.“Krokodil” I learned too late, is street name for Desomorphine, a synthetic opioid said to turn skin green and scaly…

Space for ‘stuff’ squeezes campground plan

Editorial StaffJun 19, 20243 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorCalifornia-based Autocamp has scaled back plans from 112 total to 76 phase-one campsites on 29.24 acres 34.61 Blue Star Hwy. because “stuff” happens — specifically, need to dispose of sewage.The Saugatuck Township Board June 12 weighed a proposed…

SHS shooter makes swift study

Editorial StaffJun 19, 20242 min read

Saugatuck High School junior Leilani Schoonmaker’s journey through a lens crescendoed — so far — with a National Scholastic Art Awards Gold Medal.Her black-and-white photo of the 2023 Portage Cross Country Invitational start (below) made Schoonmaker SHS art teacher Daniel…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffJun 19, 20246 min read

“Maybe it’s in the closet,” Molly would say. “I’ll check.”We all knew what was coming: Fibber would shout to her, “Don’t touch that closet!” too late, and the sound effects man would pour his props into a metal container, much to the…

Mike’s Musings: Make peace with Russia, align against China

Mike’s Musings: Make peace with Russia, align against China

Editorial StaffJun 19, 20243 min read

Don’t condemn me before I lay out my logic. Don’t call me a Putin lover or a Russian agent, I’m neither, but do have an opinion that differs from many in power these days.I’m not concerned with Russia. I don’t…

Saugatuck golfers place 10th in state

Editorial 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…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial 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…

Obituary: Charles Gilman

Editorial 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…

Stanislawski switches Saugatucks

Editorial 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…

Mike’s Musings: My Father, MY Hero

Mike’s Musings: My Father, MY Hero

Editorial 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

Editorial 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…

Of Community Pride & a cardboard reign

Of Community Pride & a cardboard reign

Editorial StaffJun 5, 20241 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Community Pride goeth —or wenteth — before a rainfall Saturday. The sun shone on earlier events — drag bowling Thursday, speaker sessions at the Kirby Hotel and Saugatuck-Douglas District Library and Friday’s Jazz for Justice concert…

City has less parking for safety’s sake

City has less parking for safety’s sake

Editorial StaffJun 5, 20244 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR In a city where parking is an issue, Saugatuck now has less. Council May 29 voted 5-2 to ban parking on one side of eight narrow stretches of street and both sides of Pleasant Street. The…

Life ambulance now provider here

Editorial StaffJun 5, 20243 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR’’’ Life EMS has replaced AMR as main ambulance provider for northern Saugatuck Township plus Saugatuck and Douglas cities. The Grand Rapids-based firm, owned and founded by Meijer Inc. heir Mark Meijer, provides first-response EMT services from…

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