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  • Douglas cuts $21K severance with ex-ZA
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Douglas City Council Monday approved a $21,127.02 separation agreement with Aug. 15-fired zoning and planning administrator Nick Wikar. Members braced, perhaps not coincidentally, for a 272-page planning commission agenda involving four public hearings two nights later. Wikar was terminated after three years with the city amid developer complaints he was overly-stringent Read More…
  • Stop-marina update set Sept. 27
    The Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance will host a town hall meeting Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts at 6:30 p.m. to update residents on its efforts to stop developer NorthShore of Saugatuck from creating a private boat basin north of the Kalamazoo River channel to Lake Michigan. Members object to NorthShore Read More…
  • Saugatuck, Douglas council races set
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR City council elections Nov. 8 stand to be lively with seven candidates in Saugatuck and five in Douglas seeking four open 2-year seats in each. In Saugatuck Township, a parks millage request will be on the ballot. After years of near-uncontested Saugatuck council elections/re-elections the city has seen seats contested the Read More…
  • Douglas police have busy August
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Douglas Police Chief Steve Kent updates city council monthly on department calls answered. During August 180 were in city limits, three not. Noteworthy incidents, the Chief listed: • At 9:55 Friday, Aug. 12, I (Kent) was dispatched to the 200 block of West Center Street in reference to a subject drinking Read More…
  • Obituary: James Tamblyn, 69
    Jim Tamblyn surrendered life peacefully on Sept. 15 at age 69, due to complications of pancreatic cancer, in his home in Douglas.He was born in 1953 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and raised in Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wisc. From a very early age, Jim developed an intense passion for Rolls-Royce and Bentley autos, studying their Read More…
  • Blue Star
    By Scott SullivanEditorNew WaysI was a child of the ‘burbs. Backyard patios, bug zappers, crabgrass … Who knew one of my Penasee Globe roles would be agriculture editor?Paul, who’d proceeded me at that Wayland newspaper, could write. The son of Moline’s librarian knew sports, then and soon to be my main gigs, politics, local farming Read More…
  • Smiles bright at Harvest Ride
    By Scott SullivanEditorSaturday’s 11th annual Lakeshore Harvest Ride drew some 600 riders to raise $40,000 for the planned 20-mile Blue Star Trail from Saugatuck to South Haven.From Douglas’s Schultz Park bikers took Riverside southeast to 62nd Street west, a 126th Avenue jog west to 63rd Street south to 122nd Avenue west, 66th Street north back Read More…
  • Douglas Hall in scrape
    Maintaining historic structures isn’t cheap. Douglas’s century-plus-old former Dutcher’s Lodge/now City Hall last week received sanding and power washing on its south (facing Center Street) and east (facing Union) walls in preparation for a council-OK’d fresh paint coat, which given good weather should go on this week. City manager Rich LaBombard advised council budgeting smaller Read More…
  • Saugatuck boys cross places fourth at Holly Invite
    By Jason WesseldykSports EditorHOLLY—Four members of the Saugatuck boys cross country team earned medals at the Holly Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 17, by placing in the top 35.Those solid individual efforts helped the Trailblazers place fourth in the 19-team field Division 4 race with 128 points.Leslie took home top honors with 93 points, followed by Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
          Not too long ago some wise guy or girl came up with the nutty idea that there ought to be age limits on politicians.  Just as here in Michigan and a few other states elected officials can be “termed out,” after a certain number of years, the proponents of this idea think that at some arbitrarily Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: If only dreams of space flight were true
    Watching a rocket launch into space never gets old for me. Last week I had the opportunity to view three nighttime launches, thanks to Space X’s aggressive launch schedule to send Starlink satellites in to space. Living on the Space Coast of Florida parttime for the last several years has afforded me the opportunity to Read More…
  • Blue Star
    By Scott Sullivan Editor New Home Muskegon. Last pancake house on Apple Avenue aka M-46. East-west cars streaming, tears, too much packing, 13 years here. The paper pulpit I’d helped start died largely of my doing. I’d picked up part-time work, then a fulltime writing/photography job in Wayland, a 100-mile round trip including through Grand Read More…
  • Pet lovers seek to save Wishbone House
    By Scott SullivanEditorWishbone House isn’t the fanciest place in Douglas. It fills an ex-video store at 165 Blue Star Hwy. selling thrift donations and, oh yes, 27 discarded cats seeking homes and love.Success for three staff who draw minimal pay and volunteers equals caring for and placing abandoned, furry friends with human companions who love Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
    We were in Canada when the news came that Queen Elizabeth II had died. A friend and fellow Anglophile texted so I would know about it.A few hours later when Madame Dewey and I got back to our room and turned on the television, that was the entirety of the news. Once the official announcement was made, there Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings-Signs that keep us guessing
    My son can attest to one of my biggest pet peaves- road signs that don’t make any sense. We drive a lot of miles together, and occasionally we find useless signs placed along roadways at taxpayers’ expense. I would be angry if they weren’t so comical. Here’s several I would like to share with you. Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
        King Charles I of England detested coffee, and especially coffee houses.  If he had had his way, coffee would be forbidden in his realm, and coffee houses would slither into the recesses of history.    It had nothing to do with the smell or taste of coffee, nor the money people spent on buying it. Rather, it was Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Is this really you?
    Believe it or not, one of the most requested additions readers seek in our newspapers is horoscopes. Unfortunately we just don’t have the space to publish a regular Horoscope column. However I came across this rather humorous (some would say cruel) Horoscope piece in Reddit recently and thought I would share. See how you stack Read More…
  • Two Ryans at Saugatuck City Hall
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Saugatuck residents now have two Ryans in city hall. New planning, zoning and project management director Ryan Cummins has joined city manager Ryan Heise there. The job was listed paying $87,500 yearly. The city has also hired Sara Williams of South Haven as deputy clerk and public works administrative assistant, advertised Read More…
  • Arm legs for Blue Star Bridge Walk
    Arm your legs for the 24th annual Labor Day Blue Star Bridge Walk Monday, Sept. 5, gathering in Douglas at 9 a.m. and ambling north to Saugatuck at 9:30. The not-so-grueling 0.19-kilometer (623-foot) stroll offers finisher’s certificates you can cherish for a lifetime on completion, friendship, a late summer group celebration and exercise. Fun will Read More…
  • Obituary: Helen Corlett Higgins, 97
    Helen Corlett Higgins died peacefully on Aug. 22, 2022, at age 97.She and her husband Charles Wheaton Higgins (deceased 2015) raised four children, Charlie (Abby Huntoon), Beth (Rick Ramsson), Tom (Lucy) and Cathy (Tom Kamm). She was Nana to Sarah, Robert, Gretchen, Eric, Thomas, Meredith, Caitlyn, Jordan and Jenny, and to her great grandchildren Natalie, Read More…

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