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  • Obituary-Russell Bulin, 77
    Russell Albert Bulin, aged 77, passed away at Spectrum Health Meijer Heart Center on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 from complications of a bleeding aortic abdominal aneurysm. Russ was born in Chicago and was raised in Chicago suburbs where he graduated from Hinsdale Central Township High School (Class of 1963) and from the University of Denver with Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
    By G.C. StoppelThis Memorial Day I will wear a small Sons of the American Revolution medal on my lapel.Unlike many who will attend this Monday’s local commemorations, I didn’t earn it the hard way. That was done by my seventh-generation grandfather Joseph Wells, who was a teen-ager when fought he alongside Gen. “Lighthorse” Harry Lee Read More…
  • Suspend gas tax for price relief
    By Mike WilcoxPublisherThe price for a gallon of gasoline has gotten out of hand. In the last two weeks it has risen by more than $1 for both gasoline and propane. Economists and others in the know claim the increases won’t stop. They expect gasoline to be over $5 a gallon by midsummer.The price of Read More…
  • Plainwell Farmers’ Market opens for new season
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The 2022 season is officially underway for the Plainwell Farmers’ Market.Located at the Sweetwater’s Donut Mill parking lot at 554 W. Allegan Street, the market held its opening day from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19.According to City of Plainwell community development manager Denise Siegel, the day couldn’t have gone Read More…
  • Blue Star
    By Scott SullivanEditorE.C., Call HomeNo prophet may be accepted less in his hometown than Johnny Cash, who got shot in the crotch last week.The Man in Black’s death 19 years ago didn’t stop Kingsland, Ark., from painting his image on a newly-erected water tower. A still-unknown gunner could not resist plugging it so Johnny’s crotch Read More…
  • Saugatuck boys prevail at regionals
    By Jason WesseldykSports EditorMONTAGUE— Saugatuck boys track coach Rick Bauer felt sick to his stomach during the Division 3 regional meet in Montague on Saturday, May 21.And it had nothing to do with his team’s performance.“For me personally, it was a miserable day,” Bauer said. “I had a stomach bug and if I wasn’t down Read More…
  • Crossing sticks for ‘heaven’s sake
    Turning thousands of painted sticks into seven outdoor art installations was not Jeremy Barnett (shown) and co-conspirator Jason Maracani’s spinoff of crossing the river Styx. Indeed, the works, meant to go up in time for the Saugatuck Center for the Arts’ 20th anniversary Jump Into Summer celebration June 17-18 are meant to induce viewers participants Read More…
  • 1,350+ new trees grow in Saugatuck
    Saugatuck-Douglas Rotary Club, Saugatuck High School Interact Club and Saugatuck Township Parks and Recreation Committee volunteers joined Allegan County Conservation District forester Ben Savoie (pictured left of just behind this young tree) planting 1,350 Rotary-bought bare-root saplings plus more young trees Saturday at the township’s River Bluff Park. The newly-formed volunteer RiverWood Council views the Read More…
  • Wicks owner contests city seating cap
    By Scott SullivanEditorThe owner of a downtown restaurant/bar unhappy with Saugatuck Planning Commission-imposed seating limits on her proposed back addition is seeking court redress for it — and then some.Wicks Park Bar & Grill owner Christine Murphy Pierce filed a May 3 appeal in Allegan County Circuit seeking to increase seating for her planned Cottages Read More…
  • Following rainbow
    Marc and Cathy Smith of Chicago, copy of The Commercial Record in hand, followed the newly-painted rainbow sidewalk across Butler Street towards Saugatuck City Hall May 12. (Photo by Scott Sullivan)
  • Classic cars, memorabilia debut Saturday
    Investment Classics is revving up to showcase and sell classic cars in Saugatuck Township one block west of Blue Star Highway on the corner of 135th Avenue. Owner Ron Levine plans an open house there at 3512 Commercial Blvd. featuring finely restored 1950s to 2000s automobile ranging from vintage Thunderbirds, Mercedes, Jaguars and Porches Saturday, Read More…
  • Douglas wins EPA Haworth cleanup grant
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Douglas took a giant leap forward in its efforts to repurpose the former Haworth plant site May 12 when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency apprised city leaders their cleanup grant application has been accepted. The city, turned down by the EPA in 2021, late last year razed the eight-years-vacant 150,300-square-foot former Read More…
  • Obituary: Stanley Showers, 83
    Stanley Effinger Showers, 83, of Texarkana, Texas, passed away on May 8, 2022.Stan was born in Colorado Springs, graduated from Saugatuck High School and attended Colorado College before beginning a family in Colorado.An early passion for sports cars led to his acquiring and trading several models; later he turned to fishing, golf, and garage sales Read More…
  • Blue Star
    By Scott SullivanEditorWild DogsIn the spirit of calling a spade a long-handled tool with sharp-edged, typically-rectangular metal blade used to cut earth, sand and turf, I give you President Biden’s new Disinformation Governance Board.Picture Republicans’ glee when he threw pollsters this fat pitch. Disinformation and governance already is redundant. “Free” speech assumes it’s like “free” Read More…
  • Art Club tableau vivant blows by
    By Scott SullivanEditorA tableau vivant is a silent, motionless person or persons arranged to represent a scene or incident. In another translation: What could be more French?Asked by Christa Wise last winter to pose as photographer for the Saugatuck-Douglas Art Club’s May 11 “You Ought to Be in Pictures” exercise, I said it sounds fun, Read More…
  • Douglas wins EPA Haworth grant
    By Scott SullivanEditorDouglas took a giant leap forward in its efforts to repurpose the former Haworth plant site May 12 when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency apprised city leaders their cleanup grant application has been accepted.The city, turned down by the EPA in 2021, late last year razed the eight-years-vacant 150,300-square-foot former factory on 7.18 Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
        We have four major national patriotic holidays in our country, and two of them always come near the end of May. Most of us already know about three of the major holidays – Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veteran’s Day.   There is another one that seems much like the over-looked and sometimes forgotten child.  This Saturday, the Read More…
  • Three people I consider heroes
    Elon Musk, Robert Kennedy Junior and Franklin Graham are three people I admire the most. Each is of a different political persuasion. Each has a different mission in life. But all three are doing the best they can to make a positive difference in our world.I was a big fan of Elon Musk, before it Read More…
  • Trails group: call of wild takes foot
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR The RiverWood Council, new name for the Tri-Community Trail Master Plan Committee, announced more updates in its just-released spring newsletter. Among them is keep working with Saugatuck Township to increase access and improve amenities at the township’s Tails ‘n’ Trails Dog Park north of 134th Avenue and east of 63rd St., Read More…
  • Community Pride Week to return June 1-5
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Community Pride Week will return to the lakeshore full force Wednesday through Sunday, June 1-5. Festivities fete not just the local LGBTQ population but all people. Community Pride Committee-sponsored fun will start Wednesday, June 1, with a free screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” Wednesday, June 1, in the Saugatuck Read More…

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