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Obituary: Estelle Friedl

Obituary: Estelle Friedl

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20243 min read

Estelle Friedl, 94 Estelle Friedl (Estela Alicia López Barajas) of Saugatuck, age 94, passed away surrounded by love on May 7, 2024. She was born on Sept. 1, 1929 in San Francisco del Rincon, Guanajuato, Mexico to Felipe López Mireles…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorWorld Donkey DayJust when I needed a shot of self-esteem came World Donkey Day. Desert animal scientist Ark Raziq founded it to recognize how asses enhance human lives.“Without donkeys’ help,” says Raziq, “it is hard to imagine the…

Volunteers work so kids can play

Volunteers work so kids can play

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20241 min read

A planned community playground build, delayed three weeks by legal skirmishes, finally took place May 6-8 with enthused volunteers such as these installing new children’s gear at Village Square Park in downtown Saugatuck. The $336,000 equipment replaces old apparatus, deemed…

City flies with Old Airport plan

City flies with Old Airport plan

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20243 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorA mixed Saugatuck City Council Monday accepted a $130,000 donation to convert its Old Airport land into public recreation trails.The 169.1-acre parcel lies in Saugatuck Township east of I-196, near 63rd Street and 134th Avenue. The city bought…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20247 min read

    If you don’t mind me saying so, I think the world is getting a bit too spooky.  This war in Israel has been going on for months and tempers are getting short about the number of civilian casualties – and rightfully…

Mike’s Musings: Homeless woman found in sign, RFK’s brain eaten by worm

Mike’s Musings: Homeless woman found in sign, RFK’s brain eaten by worm

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20243 min read

I thought I’d take time out from writing about politics to offer a few weird, or absurd items that appeared in the news last week. It seems some news stories are getting weirder and weirder as weeks and months go…

Saugatuck track teams placethird at Shepherd Invitational

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports EditorSHEPHERD—Talk about symmetry.Competing at the Bluejay Invitational in Shepherd on Friday, May 3, both the girls and boys track teams from Saugatuck finished with 78 points. And both placed third in the eight-team Small Division with that…

Obituary: Andrew (Drew) McLean Carter

Obituary: Andrew (Drew) McLean Carter

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20242 min read

Andrew (Drew) McLean Carter, 56, of Fennville passed away Thursday, April 25, 2024 while in Hospice care during his final stage of Huntington’s disease.Drew was born Feb. 21, 1968 in Port Huron, son of the late Charles and Shirley Carter.…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorDerby DayWhat’s worse than a man without a home? In Douglas, a land without a zone. The planning commission May 9 will weigh saving 16.77 acres — bought in 2013 and annexed from Saugatuck Township two years later…

Derby Day

Derby Day

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20240 min read

Kilpatrick back to help Douglas plan

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20242 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorRyan Kilpatrick, Douglas community and economic development director from 2009 to 2014, will consult with city again about meeting affordable housing goals.City council Monday hired Kilpatrick’s Flywheel Community Development Services for $3,500 to conduct a housing workshop and…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20245 min read

Life some of you, during long hot summer days when we played or worked outside, if we were thirsty we’d open up the spigot of a garden hose, run it until the hot water was gone, and then start drinking…

Mike’s Musings: Taxes just keep piling up

Mike’s Musings: Taxes just keep piling up

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20243 min read

Like many of us I struggle with having to pay taxes each year. I often wonder why I put aside more and more each year to pay the government yet get lesser and lesser services.For instance, I’m drawing social security.…

Saugatuck soccer team claims three victories

Editorial StaffMay 1, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports EditorFirst-year Saugatuck girls soccer coach Jim Theis was impressed by the performance of South Haven’s goalie when his team squared off with the visiting Rams on Monday, April 29.“She had a lot of saves,” Theis said of…

Obituary: Anne L. Westenbroek

Obituary: Anne L. Westenbroek

Editorial StaffMay 1, 20241 min read

Anne L. Westenbroek, age 74, of Saugatuck passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2024. Anne was born in Pontiac on April 24, 1949, moved to Saugatuck in 1983 and has called it home ever since.Anne was a local bus driver for…

Obituary: Janet Boyce McCormick

Obituary: Janet Boyce McCormick

Editorial StaffMay 1, 20242 min read

Janet Boyce McCormick, age 92, of St. Louis, Mo. and a longtime Douglas summer resident, walked the Runway to her heavenly home on Friday Jan. 5, 2024.Jan was born in St Louis, where she attended Christ the King Elementary School,…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffMay 1, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorProtest ContestI was sorry to miss the Satanic Temple’s invocation before last week’s Ottawa County Board meeting. When I looked at both sides, clouds got in my way.Ordained Minister of Satan Luis Cypher called on the hosts to…

New med center slates open house May 8

New med center slates open house May 8

Editorial StaffMay 1, 20242 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorIt’s here! Holland Hospital will herald opening of its new 16,940-square-foot medical building at 6490 Blue Star Hwy., Saugatuck Township, with a community open house Wednesday, May 8, from 3 to 6 p.m.The facility, which officially opens May…

New med center slates open house May 8

New med center slates open house May 8

Editorial StaffMay 1, 20242 min read

Come see the new Holland Hospital medical center at 6490 Blue Star Hwy., Saugatuck, May 8. By Scott SullivanEditorIt’s here! Holland Hospital will herald opening of its new 16,940-square-foot medical building at 6490 Blue Star Hwy., Saugatuck Township, with a…

Neighbors object to Hutchins Lake marina plans

Neighbors object to Hutchins Lake marina plans

Editorial StaffMay 1, 20243 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorFifty-seven Hutchins Lake residents have sued to stop a developer from building what they call an illegally-permitted marina on the lake’s northeast side.David DeGroot, whose DeGroot Family Trust owns 79 acres, subdivided into 11 lots, with 500 feet…

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