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Looking Out: Oops

Editorial StaffJun 21, 20243 min read

Yard work must be done, so I’m out pruning and clipping when my old pal Tikins calls. As we talk, I stroll up into the shade next to the garage door. Tikins begins telling me a funny story which  is…

Out and About: S.S. Badger, pickleball, and gardening

Out and About: S.S. Badger, pickleball, and gardening

Editorial StaffJun 21, 20243 min read

The Mighty Mac opened for traffic in 1957. This meant you could drive directly from the lower peninsula of Michigan to the upper peninsula. You no longer had to wait hours to get on the ferry that transported everyone between…

Outdoor Experiences: Three ways to summer panfish

Outdoor Experiences: Three ways to summer panfish

Editorial StaffJun 21, 20243 min read

8 year old caleb with double of bluegill I got one yelled eight year old Caleb. Indeed he did, another double of bluegill ended up in the livewell. For the second week in roll young Caleb was putting a hurt…

Postcard from the Pines: The Old Swimmin’ Hole

Postcard from the Pines: The Old Swimmin’ Hole

Editorial StaffJun 21, 20245 min read

Summer has settled right in and no one can dispute that it is just plain hot. The temperature has topped 90 for three days now and leaves hang in want of water. It is oddly quiet and there is next…

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Summer’s officially here this week…and HOT

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Summer’s officially here this week…and HOT

Editorial StaffJun 21, 20244 min read

Officially, or unofficially, hot summer weather has arrived and our air conditioner – and the generator—are getting a real workout today (Tuesday). I’m looking at the calendar and the June, or Summer Solstice arrives Thursday. That is “officially” the end…

May I Walk with You? FATHER’S DAY THOUGHTS

May I Walk with You? FATHER’S DAY THOUGHTS

Editorial StaffJun 21, 20243 min read

When I think of Father’s Day, I think about a number of things. My first thoughts are about my spouse, without whom I would not be a father, and the fantastic mother she is and always has been. I must…

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…

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…

Historical Notebook: ALBION HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1924

Historical Notebook: ALBION HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1924

Editorial StaffJun 14, 20243 min read

Each year at this time we feature the Albion High School Class of 100 years ago. The Class of 1924 had 94 members; 39 were boys, and 55 were girls. Most of them had been born around 1906. It was…

Looking Out: The Mick

Editorial StaffJun 14, 20243 min read

Two days ago I met a guy from Chicago.  He was trying to sell me a car and must have thought it was important to tell me that he used to be a major league baseball pitcher. I needed new…

Out and About: Sheriff’s forum, Water Festival, and important things

Out and About: Sheriff’s forum, Water Festival, and important things

Editorial StaffJun 14, 20243 min read

Next Monday, June 17, the Riviera Theatre, in historic downtown Three Rivers, will host a forum featuring the five candidates for St. Joseph County Sheriff. This FREE event begins at 6:30 p.m., and is sponsored by the St. Joseph County…

May I Walk with You? Catholic

May I Walk with You? Catholic

Editorial StaffJun 14, 20242 min read

What does it mean when we say that the Church is “catholic”? Automatically, we think of the Roman Catholic Church as one of several denominations of Christians, but what is meant by that descriptor. The United States Catholic Catechism for…

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Don’t Bring those babies home!

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Don’t Bring those babies home!

Editorial StaffJun 14, 20244 min read

Watching the wildlife has always been one of my favorite things about living in Michigan, and it is a hobby that can be pursued just about anywhere, even in town, where, one spring, a deer trotted past the windows of…

Postcard from the Pines: Huckleberry Days

Postcard from the Pines: Huckleberry Days

Editorial StaffJun 14, 20245 min read

There will be a bumper wild huckleberry crop this year, weather and Mom Nature permitting. This is an unexpected treat and long overdue. For several seasons, Mom Nature has not been overly generous with these little back woods sweet treats.…

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…

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…

Looking Out: The Mick

Editorial StaffJun 7, 20243 min read

Two days ago I met a guy from Chicago.  He was trying to sell me a car and must have thought it was important to tell me that he used to be a major league baseball pitcher. I needed new…

Out and About: Remembrance, Water Festival, and gold

Out and About: Remembrance, Water Festival, and gold

Editorial StaffJun 7, 20243 min read

“America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine providence on behalf of the human race.” -Ralph Waldo EmersonThis month is filled with days of remembrance. Eighty years ago, June 6, 1944, allied…

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