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Obituary: Wayne Nestander, 82

Obituary: Wayne Nestander, 82

Editorial StaffJan 6, 20235 min read

Wayne William Nestander, the elder son of Lutheran minister Palmer Sigurd Nestander and his wife Florence Hildur, was born June 9, 1930, in Alta, Iowa. He completed much of his…

Obituary: Donald VanderLeek, 82

Obituary: Donald VanderLeek, 82

Editorial StaffJan 6, 20231 min read

Donald Vander Leek, age 82, passed away on Dec. 27, 2022 in Holland. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at Lakeshore Memorial…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffJan 6, 202312 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorImaginary NumbersGet negative and zero times real (whole or natural, no fractions) numbers? Now multiply the latter (aka rational numbers or integers) by imaginary constant i.I’d guess -178…

Last year through glass, onto now

Last year through glass, onto now

Editorial StaffJan 6, 202315 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorAs 2023 dawns despite our protests, we return to Rear In Your View lessons 2022 didn’t teach us. AprilCommunity Church of Douglas, having sold the west 50 of…

3-story, mixed-use Douglas building eyed

3-story, mixed-use Douglas building eyed

Editorial StaffJan 6, 20232 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorA 3-story, mixed-use building at 200 Center St. is being proposed by Douglas Flats, LLC. It would be part of an existing planned unit development sharing a real…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffJan 6, 20237 min read

    Years ago, I discovered there is a sweet spot-on Christmas Eve afternoon.  I like to go for a short solitary walk, but not this year.  I go out about the time that…

Mike’s Musings: Free Assange in 2023

Mike’s Musings: Free Assange in 2023

Editorial StaffJan 6, 20233 min read

It’s a new year, and I’m counting on President Biden to do the right thing in 2023, when it comes to imprisoned journalist, Julian Assange.Assange, founder of Wikileaks, began publishing…

Obituary: David Von Ins, 80

Obituary: David Von Ins, 80

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20222 min read

David Lee Von Ins (DVI to everyone who knew him) died peacefully, surrounded by his family on the morning of Dec. 22, 2022 at age 80.He is survived by the…

Obituary: Edmundo Sanchez, 82

Obituary: Edmundo Sanchez, 82

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20222 min read

Dr. Edmundo Utanes Sanchez, MD, age 82, met with our Heavenly Father on Saturday, Dec/ 17, 2022.He was born in Manila, Philippines to Walterio Vicente Sanchez and Eustachia Utanes Sanchez…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffDec 28, 202213 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorHomeboundAll I wanted for Christmas is a bomb cyclone, colonoscopy, mad dog, survival.Not necessarily in that sequence.First, scheduling. I’d dragged my feet for 2 years past my quinquennial…

Roofer/Town Crier Tolsma on top again

Roofer/Town Crier Tolsma on top again

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20223 min read

By Jim HaydenCorrespondentSaugatuck Town Crier Art Tolsma has been climbing ladders and fixing roofs for more than 30 years, so he’s right at home in high places. But 552 feet…

Trailblazers hold off late surge by Zion Christian

Trailblazers hold off late surge by Zion Christian

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20222 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports EditorSAUGATUCK—Make it three wins in a row for the Saugatuck boys basketball team.Hosting Zion Christian on Tuesday, Dec. 20, the Trailblazers posted the 54-48 victory to improve…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20229 min read

   No doubt you have seen a televised insurance company commercial where an older fellow is trying to help a group of young people avoid turning into their parents.  It is such…

Mike’s Musings: Taxpayer money wasted on silly projects

Mike’s Musings: Taxpayer money wasted on silly projects

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20224 min read

I agree with Sen. Rand Paul on some initiatives and disagree on others, but one item we are lock step with is federal spending. I believe our money (the taxpayers…

Obituary: Jerry Leigh Hill

Obituary: Jerry Leigh Hill

Editorial StaffDec 21, 20221 min read

Jerry Leigh Hill, 88, died peacefully in his sleep Dec. 8, 2022, in his Stuart, Fla. home.There will be no public service but a memorial service will be held in…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffDec 21, 20225 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorFormsAsked ethnicity, skin color, cultural/sexual identity … just check boxes the form provides. Conclude each one excludes others.Am I:• Irish, English, French, German … (God knows what my…

Are state Trail gifts imminent?

Are state Trail gifts imminent?

Editorial StaffDec 21, 20225 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorBlue Star Trail backers entered the holidays buoyed by an official state letter confirming their application for their $1.72-million federal Transportation Alternatives Program grant had been acknowledged with…

Saugatuck girls fall to Lawton

Saugatuck girls fall to Lawton

Editorial StaffDec 21, 20222 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor LAWTON—A third-quarter scoring run by Lawton proved to be the undoing for the Saugatuck girls basketball team on Tuesday, Dec. 13.After the teams fought to a…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffDec 21, 20227 min read

     For all true geeks and geekettes, December 12th was a milestone day on the calendar,  a seventy-fifth anniversary of considerable importance.     That was also the day I walked into a friend’s shop…

Mike’s Musing: The true meaning of Christmas more than presents

Mike’s Musing: The true meaning of Christmas more than presents

Editorial StaffDec 21, 20223 min read

I always felt guilty as a child on Christmas morning, when I opened a treasure trove of presents. I say guilty because I knew next door or down the road,…