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City, landowner OK Park Street work

Editorial StaffNov 29, 20233 min read

By Scott Sullivan Editor It takes bank to deal with eroding riverbanks. To that end, Saugatuck City Council agreed Monday to spend up to $40,000 installing storm sewer infrastructure on west side Kalamazoo River lots fronting Park Street. Owners of…

Holiday ornament stars Wicks Park gazebo

Editorial StaffNov 29, 20232 min read

The Saugatuck-Douglas History Center will roll out its new holiday ornament, commemorating the bicentennial gazebo in Saugatuck’s Wicks Park, during the Saugatuck Center for the Arts Holiday Market Saturday, Dec. 2. Priced at $50, this 4-inch-long hanging ornament is hand-crafted…

Full Circle

Editorial StaffNov 29, 20231 min read

Glenn’s annual Circle of Lights Friday feted the winter holidays’ start with visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn sleigh and stroll down a luminarty path towards warmer climes. At the Glenn School (photos above and at immediate…

City hopes $40K helps save banks

Editorial StaffNov 29, 20232 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorIt takes bank to deal with eroding riverbanks. To that end, Saugatuck City Council agreed Monday to spend up to $40,000 installing storm sewer infrastructure on west side Kalamazoo River lots fronting Park Street.Owners of homes at 850…

OPS to hold grand opening for aquatic center Dec. 10

Editorial StaffNov 29, 20233 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor In October 2021, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for Otsego Public Schools’ new aquatic center.And now the center is ready for its close-up.OPS will host the grand opening celebration for the Otsego Aquatic Center from 3…

Bloom Eatery opens doors in downtown Plainwell

Bloom Eatery opens doors in downtown Plainwell

Editorial StaffNov 29, 20233 min read

Mark Nieuwenhuis prepares to cut the ribbon during the grand-opening celebration for Bloom Eatery on Nov. 1. Bloom is open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering a variety of breakfast and lunch options. (Photo provided) By…

Otsego Indoor Market takes place Saturday, Dec. 2

Otsego Indoor Market takes place Saturday, Dec. 2

Editorial StaffNov 29, 20232 min read

Sprouting Leaf, which offers naturally made beauty products, will be among the vendors taking part in the Otsego Holiday Farmers Market. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports EditorAre you looking for some unique Christmas gifts for family and friends? Or maybe…

New Allegan downtown officially opens with ribbon cutting

New Allegan downtown officially opens with ribbon cutting

Editorial StaffNov 29, 20234 min read

Senator Aric Nesbitt reflected on the decision to undertake the Downtown Improvement Project, and congratulated all on what had transpired since just a year and a half ago. (Photo: G. Voss) Mayor Roger Bird cuts the ribbon signifying the opening…

Holiday festivities abound throughout Allegan County

Editorial StaffNov 29, 20234 min read

By Gari Voss Black Friday and Small Shop Saturday may have seemed like the best of the best for Holiday sales and festivities, but as November slides out on a thin blanket of slick snow and December takes its place,…

Businesses decorate for holiday season

Businesses decorate for holiday season

Editorial StaffNov 29, 20231 min read

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas downtown LaFayette Al. Take a look at the beautiful businesses decorations. By Pamela Holloway It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go in downtown LaFayette. Businesses are lit up…

Community comes to rescue when Animal Shelter loses power

Community comes to rescue when Animal Shelter loses power

Editorial StaffNov 29, 20232 min read

Burnt breaker box which caused the power outage at the shelter. Igloo dog houses and bales of straw which were donated to the shelter. By John BriceCorrespondent In a harrowing turn of events the Chattahoochee Humane Society shelter on Fairfax…

Christmas on the Square set for Dec. 16

Editorial StaffNov 29, 20231 min read

Get ready to bring Christmas Spirit to our little downtown! LaFayette is hosting its annual Hometown “Christmas on the Square.” Businesses are already getting decorated and the courthouse is looking festive!Make plans to come out on Saturday, December 16th, for…

Paw Paw Rotary Santa Run to be held Saturday, December 9

Paw Paw Rotary Santa Run to be held Saturday, December 9

Editorial StaffNov 29, 20232 min read

The Paw Paw Area Rotary Club will host its 12th Annual 5K Santa Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk, Saturday, Dec. 9, at Freshwater Community Church, 600 East Michigan Ave., Paw Paw. Proceeds from the run will be used to…

Mattawan remembers fallen firefighter

Mattawan remembers fallen firefighter

Editorial StaffNov 29, 20231 min read

On Wednesday night, Nov. 22, at the Van Buren County Courthouse, family, friends, and members of the Mattawan Fire District gathered on the north lawn of the courthouse to remember Mattawan Fire District fallen firefighter Nathan Fruin. Fruin passed away…

Lawrence, Lawton holiday events planned

Editorial StaffNov 29, 20233 min read

By Paul GarrodStaff Writer LAWRENCE The eighth annual Lawrence Hometown Christmas Celebration will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, with a full day of events, culminating with a Light Up Christmas Parade at 6 p.m.The day begins with a breakfast from…

Do you need help? Write Us!

Editorial StaffNov 29, 20233 min read

Do you need help? Write Us!It’s time again for this newspaper’s annual Christmas Wish program. In the next few weeks we are asking readers that find themselves or their family in a dire situation to write us and in detail,…

‘We don’t want to be the next Flint’More residents speak out about water quality, prices at city commission meeting

‘We don’t want to be the next Flint’More residents speak out about water quality, prices at city commission meeting

Editorial StaffNov 24, 20239 min read

COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSONThree Rivers resident Jonathan Love chuckles as he describes his water bills to Three Rivers city commissioners during public comment at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting. Love was one of around a dozen members of the public to…

Sturgis school board approves wageincrease for staff groups

Sturgis school board approves wageincrease for staff groups

Editorial StaffNov 24, 20234 min read

By Dennis Volkert Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved wage increases for hourly staff, organized in multiple job categories.In October, the district’s finance committee determined about $245,000 is available in the budget to use toward an…

‘Dashing Through Downtown’ features holiday-related attractions

‘Dashing Through Downtown’ features holiday-related attractions

Editorial StaffNov 24, 20232 min read

Collectively called “Dashing Through Downtown,” it is presented by Sturgis Downtown Development Authority. Nov. 30: “Kristkindlmarkt,” 4-8 p.m., Pleasant Avenue, features vendors, cider and cocoa. Dec. 1: “Kristkindlmarkt,” 4-9 p.m., Pleasant Avenue; Santa visit, 4-7 p.m., Free Church Park, plus reindeer, cocoa…

City commissioners take tour of public safety facility

City commissioners take tour of public safety facility

Editorial StaffNov 24, 20233 min read

During a tour of the public services facility, Marvin Smith, a 3rd Precinct commissioner, volunteered to demonstrate an automated patient-lift apparatus used by the ambulance service. The device reduces risk of lifting-related injury, a common personal-health hazard for EMT personnel,…