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Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffJan 26, 20225 min read

“Vax or Tax” is an idea be-ing seriously considered in the Quebec Provincial Legis-lature and picking up trac-tion elsewhere.The basic premise is people who refuse to receive the full dose of the Covid-19 vac-cination are far more likely to become…

Township historic district has pros, cons

Editorial StaffJan 26, 20224 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Should Saugatuck Township establish a Local Historic District at the mouth of the Kalamazoo River, which a new report traces to the outcome of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 106 Review of North Shore…

Saugatuck keeps, changes pop-up patios

Editorial StaffJan 26, 20223 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Pop-up patios will return to downtown Saugatuck this season, but with changes. City council Monday approved continuing to allow restaurants to use sidewalk and parking space rights-of-way in front of their establishments for outdoor serving, but:…

CUT Saug all-staters-

CUT Saug all-staters-

Editorial StaffJan 26, 20221 min read

Saugatuck honors individual state champs Saugatuck High School honored individual state champions and/or their family representatives able to attend between boys and girls varsity basketball games against Fennville Friday. Pictured are, from left, Mike and Ruth Johnson (parents of Jillian…

Bistro 44 closes Douglas doors

Bistro 44 closes Douglas doors

Editorial StaffJan 26, 20222 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Add Bistro 44 to the list of eateries that didn’t last long at 8 Center St. in Douglas. The eatery, owned by local residents Heather Reyes and husband Tino, announced its closure downtown Jan. 20. “We…

Douglas Has Multiple ARP Demands

Editorial StaffJan 19, 20224 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR The good news is Douglas has half its federal $140,779 American Rescue Plan dollars allotted through the state’s Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, with balance due in September 2022. The less-good news? “We have many competing…

Alliance Boast New Members Funds

Alliance Boast New Members Funds

Editorial StaffJan 19, 20224 min read

The Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance, a 15-year local nonprofit land preservation group has realigned and added new board members. New is board chair Bobbie Gaunt, perhaps best known locally for her work with the Saugatuck Center for the Arts; attorney…

Obituary: Florence Guild

Obituary: Florence Guild

Editorial StaffJan 19, 20222 min read

Florence Guild, 100 Florence “Dolly” Dunlap Guild died peacefully on Jan. 7, 2022 at 100 years, 10 months old. She was born on March 20, 1921 in Edmonton, Alberta, to Ralph Archibald Dunlap and Isabel McCully MacDonald Dunlap. Dolly enjoyed…

Douglas Tables Competitive Kayak Bids

Douglas Tables Competitive Kayak Bids

Editorial StaffJan 19, 20224 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Douglas City Council Monday tabled voting on a 3-year Wade’s Bayou recreational services contract for kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals between 17-year site vendor Running Rivers and St. Joseph-based Third Coast Surf Shop. It was the…

Township, Manager Part Ways

Township, Manager Part Ways

Editorial StaffJan 19, 20222 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Saugatuck Township is once again seeking a new manager after the board and Joe Frey agreed mutually to part ways. The move was announced by the board as “personnel matter” on its Jan. 12 meeting agenda,…

Mike’s Musings: Why hasn’t toilet technology advanced?

Mike’s Musings: Why hasn’t toilet technology advanced?

Editorial StaffJan 19, 20223 min read

One of the great mysteries of modern technology, at least for me, is the modern toilet, or should I say the lack of improving flush technology since 1902. That year, the flush handle was added to the porcelain bowl, and…

On ice

On ice

Editorial StaffJan 19, 20221 min read

Yes, climate change students have shown average Great Lakes water temperatures rising continously. Along the Lake Michigan shore, including at Saugatuck’s Oval Beach, picturesque (if dangerous to walk on or near) offshore icebergs began forming soon after the new year.…

Township, first-year manager part ways

Editorial StaffJan 19, 20222 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorSaugatuck Township is once again seeking a new manager after the board and Joe Frey agreed mutually to part ways.The move was announced by the board as “personnel matter” on its Jan. 12 meeting agenda, almost a year…

Former plant demo ‘blocked’

Former plant demo ‘blocked’

Editorial StaffJan 19, 20221 min read

Demolition of the former Haworth plant at 200 Blue Star Hwy. continues, as shown, but the pace has slowed reports city manager Rich LaBombard, while Douglas awaits U.S. Enivronmental Protection Agency approval for a plan to manage cement block material…

Blue Star event center eyes June opening

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20222 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Owners of Holland’s Port 393 plan this June to open a new Ivy House event center on the 7-acre former Bloomin’ on Blue Star garden center at 3291 Blue Star Hwy. “Ivy House,” said Candice Grant,…

White named Saugatuck project manager

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20223 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Deputy Clerk Kate White has a new job in Saugatuck City Hall: Project Manager. White, who started there as a graduate student and summer intern June 14, 2021, never left, advancing to deputy clerk responsible for,…

Longtime Butler Owner Had Vivid Life

Longtime Butler Owner Had Vivid Life

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20227 min read

BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Patti Beery is blessed and cursed with the legacy of her father Verse White, who died Dec. 10 at age 90 after owning The Butler restaurant … well, forever. Blessed because his story is rich, cursed…

Obituary: Phyllis Cassady

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20222 min read

Phyllis Cassady, 94 Phyllis Evelyn Cassady (Haraburda) of Douglas passed away Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 in Holland Hospital. She was born Feb, 14, 1927 (Valentine’s Day) in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Stanley and Marie (Anuskiewicz) Haraburda. Mom graduated from Sacred…

Crash Corner

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20225 min read

Are Blue Star lights warranted? BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR A traffic analysis conducted by Allegan County Road Commission consultants shows traffic volumes may warrant signal lights at corners of Blue Star Highway and Old Allegan Road, aka “Crash Corner,” and…

Year in review: 2021 one last time

Editorial StaffJan 5, 202211 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorJust because we’re a week into 2022 doesn’t mean our need to fill space as result of the news-starved holiday season is quite over.Last week’s “2021 Rear in Your View” extended into mid-July, i.e. wait, there’s more. Let’s…

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