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  • Saugatuck boys claim fourth straight victory
    By Jason WesseldykSports EditorHARTFORD—The winning ways continued for the Saugatuck boys basketball team when they traveled to Hartford for a non-conference clash on Tuesday, Jan. 24.The Trailblazers built a nine-point halftime lead and extended that in the second half en route to upending Hartford 46-30 for their fourth straight victory.Saugatuck improved to 8-3 overall.Sophomore Carter Read More…
  • Obituary: Thomas Richard Lyons, 89
    Thomas Richard Lyons, age 89, died on January 27, 2023, in St. Charles, Illinois.Thomas, or Dick as he was known to friends and family, was born on February 4, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, the only child of Thomas and Madelyn Lyon. On December 29, 1956, he married Mary Devine.Dick served in the U.S. Army Read More…
  • Blue Star
    By Scott SullivanEditorSeal of DisapprovalThis time I knew it was all over. Ron and Maggie Conklin had paused en route to the South Pole to take pictures of seal pups, which on Page A6 she notes can grow to more than 20 feet long, weigh 4.5 tons and devour anything that moves in water. This Read More…
  • Of short-term rentals & Groundhog’s Day
    By Scott SullivanEditorShort-term rentals are a long-term issue in many resort communities.Say a home or homes near yours are occupied by short-term guests who may or may not come here to celebrate Saugatuck being unruly. What effect might that have on your property value, quality of life and more?Or you own such a property. Is Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
         As you might have noticed I keep coming back to the theme of respect.  We give it and we earn it. It is a rapid exchange of an intangible element in our life, flowing back and forth faster that the weirdest possible form of crypto-currency.  It is exchanged even when we do not share the same meaning Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Time to get control of Big Pharma
    I’m not a fan of Big Pharma. If you read my columns regularly you know I have railed against the industry consistently. After all the sacrifices we made through the COVID pandemic, I think it is time to give them a piece of my mind again.Never mind that Big Pharma, if you believe what one Read More…
  • Doug names Freeman
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Douglas Jan. 17 named planning commission, Kalamazoo Lake and Douglas harbor authorities member Greg Freeman city council member over ex-council and PC member C. Daniel Urquhart. Freeman replaces Phil Topper, a Douglas Cove bartender appointed in January 2022, then elected to council Nov. 8, who resigned 27 days later with a Read More…
  • Rotary to take on Venetian Fest
    The Saugatuck-Douglas Rotary Club is new organizer of Saugatuck’s perennial Venetian Festival, at least for 2023. The chapter board voted unanimously Jan. 13 to assume “provisional” leadership of the event. Previous organizer Cow Hill Yacht Club relinquished control in a letter to Saugatuck City Council, citing increased costs and complexity. Cow Hill leadership voiced hope Read More…
  • Obituary: James Shashaguay, 73
    James H. Shashaguay, age 73, of Saugatuck, passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023. Jim was born in Holland, Mich., to John and Eloise Shashaguay May 11, 1949. He attended Holland Public Schools and graduated from Holland High School in 1967.After graduation he attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and obtained his pilot’s license. He flew float planes in Read More…
  • Obituary: Wallace Forrester, 88
    On Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, Wallace Carmen Forrester joined wife Betty, family and friends in a grander place.Wallace was born on Feb. 17, 1934, to Wallace Carmen and Evelyn Forrester, in Douglas. Wallace (Wally) and Betty met in 1951 and married Dec. 18, 1952.He is survived by his children Steve, Nancy, Susan, Douglas and Theresa; Read More…
  • Blue Star
    By Scott SullivanEditorPope PolI knew Rand Paul would show up on my imagined South Pole trip paralleling Ron and Maggie Conklin’s real one. (See Page A6)I was there, dropped off by The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine on Cape Horn, marked with a red “S” John said stood for Stupid. With that in front and Cape behind Read More…
  • Water Street issues: Where to turn?
    By Scott SullivanEditorWere Douglas’s Water Street Gallery on Water Street, it might have problems.Its 98 W. Center St. locale instead puts it downtown on an east-west commercial wide street with ample parking, quite different from narrow, hilly and winding north-south Water Street, which crosses Center four blocks east.Water Street’s residents do enjoy water views downhill Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
        The first of several garden seed catalogues arrived the other day, and I dropped everything for an hour or so to go through it.  Others will soon follow, and I will go through them as well. We will dog-ear pages and circle some of their wares that are appealing, and then make a final decision on Read More…
  • Classified document scandal needs to be put to rest
    After re-reading my opinion last week that the Trump/Biden classified documents scandal was much to do about nothing, I realized I left out a couple of major points.First, I minimalized the importance of classified documents, by writing many of them are rendered useless by age. We are going crazy over documents relating to policies and Read More…
  • Saugatuck girls come up short in comeback bid against Allegan
    By Jason WesseldykSports EditorThe Saugatuck girls basketball team nearly pulled off a big comeback against Allegan on Monday, Jan. 16.Down by 14 through three quarters, the Trailblazers cut the deficit to four with less than three minutes to play. And they appeared poised to draw even closer to the Tigers.But a layup attempt wouldn’t fall, Read More…
  • Blue Star
    By Scott SullivanEditorPsycho ImageMy imaginary polar trip, paired with Ron and Maggie Coghlin’s real one, was past desperate. They’d passed through a Buenos Aires flower cooler down wood steps to 100-foot basement bar for cocktails. Maggie’s absinthe was served with one perfect cube of ice.I’d been on a 10-foot raft lost between Tierra del Fuego Read More…
  • Radar Dome registers nationwide
    By Scott SullivanEditor“The iconic radar ball is a well-known community landmark visible for miles along the shore of Lake Michigan,” said Michigan deputy state historic preservation officer Martha MacFarlane-Faes.“The groundbreaking technology it once employed was an important piece of our national defense infrastructure during the height of the Cold War,” she continued.Located high atop the Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
     Harry and Megs recalled a conversation Mother had with me over half a century ago.  I don’t know what brought it on, although it was probably a long-winded telephone monologue from her friend Juanita. Juanita would call several times a week, usually when she was unhappy. Mother sat me down and said that in all relationships, Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Who cares who has classified documents? Not I
    Much ado about nothing, or so that’s what I would call the most recent hysteria about classified documents. As background for those not following the storyline, classified documents which President Biden was required to return to the federal government at the end of his vice-presidential term, were discovered in three locations- one being his personal Read More…
  • Saugatuck basketball teams return to action
    following Christmas break
    By Jason WesseldykSports EditorAfter a 15-day layoff during Christmas break, the boys and girls basketball teams from Saugatuck resumed the season by hosting Galesburg-Augusta on Wednesday, Jan. 4.And the Trailblazers came away with a split decision.The Saugatuck girls opened the night by posting a 51-47 win before the Saugatuck boys dropped a 67-35 decision to Read More…

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