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  • Township may seek .5 mill for parks
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR The Saugatuck Township Board was scheduled to vote Wednesday, Aug. 10 (too late for this week’s deadline) on asking voters Nov. 8 to approve a 10-year, 0.5-mill property tax assessment to operate, maintain and improve public parks and trails. The millage, which would generate an estimated $195,352 its first year, would Read More…
  • Mt. Baldhead Challenge comes home Sept. 10
    The 22nd annual Mt. Baldhead Challenge will “come home” to downtown Saugatuck’s Wicks Park Saturday, Sept. 10. The Saugatuck-Douglas Rotary Club’s Saugatuck Public Schools’ Boys and Girls Club fundraiser, aka “The Ultimate Multi-Terrain Race,” will offer 8.2-mile “Challenge” and 12.5-mile “Extreme” courses encompassing scenic wooded trails and 302 steps to spectacular views from the summit Read More…
  • Pickleball power kids pop!
    A Douglas-Saugatuck Pickleball Club hosted camp Aug. 1-2 at Schultz Park had 15 kids ages 9 to 15 jumping for joy with new tie-dyed t-shirts and paddles from Niles-based Paddletec Co. Club member Sarah Cullen and Saugatuck Community Recreation director Scott Kierzek helped organize sessions, which filled four courts with a teacher on each going Read More…
  • Blue Star
    By Scott SullivanEditorMonkeypoxI’ve wanted to be Monkeypox Czar since I heard of the job just now. President Biden tapped FEMA regional administrator Robert Fenton to the new role with Demetre Daskalakis deputy. Their mission: get new vaccines into arms of victims. Just shoot me now.The viral disease, whose symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes and Read More…
  • Abstract a part
    Abstract is not apart from the Art Coast of Michigan. Kevin Barrett’s steel “Kickstart” sculpture, shown here framed by Saugatuck Center for the Arts arches removed one more level from “reality” photographically is shown here. Look for more public sculpture coming to Saugatuck, Douglas and Fennville soon. (Photo by Scott Sullivan)
  • Water Street building hearing Thursday
    By Scott SullivanEditorShould Saugatuck’s former River Market/Gleason’s store and current Big Lake Outfitters buildings at 650 and 640 Water Street, sold together Oct. 15 for $1.75 million, be razed and replaced by a 20,327-square-foot, 3-story mixed-use building?A Saugatuck Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing Thursday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. in city hall will consider Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings-Why the difference in American, European foods?
    In America, many of us suffer from a variety of illnesses and medical conditions. Many more of us are overweight and feed on a diet that includes too much junk food and cola. It is a shame that many of us don’t take physical fitness seriously. It is more of a shame that American companies Read More…
  • Life as a Performance Art
    Mother may not have orig-inated the concept of Cancel Culture half a century ago, but when the occasion called for it she was aces. She did it quietly and judiciously.One time John Birch Socie-ty representative turned up at our door, demanding (not asking) she sign a petition to get chlorine out of our drink-ing water Read More…
  • Blue Star
    By Scott SullivanEditorDownloadI learn doing and undoing. Take the flash. After nine years of natural-light photography I bought a Speedlite for an indoor shoot. Time had come.It arrived the p.m. before the shoot and I quaked unpacking it. My Depression-raised Dad taught me get a return when you invest in yourself; it is not an Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Big Oil… Soaking our Savings
    Those of us who use more than a tank of gas on a weekly basis, have felt the doubling of gas prices in our pocketbook. What use to be a $40 fill-up is now $80 and if you own a diesel truck, it is much worse.Some of us have taken our angst out on local Read More…
  • Blue Star
    By Scott SullivanEditorDownloadI learn doing and undoing. Take the flash. After nine years of natural-light photography I bought a Speedlite for an indoor shoot. Time had come.It arrived the p.m. before the shoot and I quaked unpacking it. My Depression-raised Dad taught me get a return when you invest in yourself; it is not an Read More…
  • Supreme Court says rehear dunes standing
    By Scott SullivanEditorThe Michigan Supreme Court Friday struck down past local and state appeals court rulings that a dunes preservation group lacked standing to appeal 2017 go-aheads given a proposed NorthShore of Saugatuck development north of the Kalamazoo River channel to Lake Michigan.The high court by 5-2 decision remanded the issue back to Allegan County Read More…
  • No bowl of cherries for toppled truck
    First responders don’t get to cherry pick incidents they are called to but an exception came July 13 when a semi and 48-foot trailer hauling 48 crates of cherries overturned on northbound I-196 just north of Exit 34 at 3:41 a.m. “Since the wreck was positioned on the shoulder,” said Saugatuck Township Fire District IT Read More…
  • Blue Star Trail alive +, backers say
    By Scott SullivanEditorRumors of the Blue Star Trail’s death may be premature, witness backers’ response to a temporary state grant turndown and perhaps a July 21 Commercial Record front-page headline “$1.72+ million Trail request dead ends, for now.”Assuming one overlooks “for now.” Defeat and delay are different.Project engineer C2AE’s response to a July 8 letter Read More…
  • Life as a Performance Art
        The toll road around Chicago had ground into a slow-moving parking lot, and my favorite uncle and I were caught in the middle of it. I was bored and restless, much as any youngster would be. Going to the railroad museum was my idea of fun; sitting in a traffic jam was not.  To my surprise, Read More…
  • $40 billion without oversight? I think not
    There is a different side to the Ukraine story than we’ve been told. Corruption has run rampant through the Ukrainian government ever since it gained independence from the former Soviet Union. One watchdog name Ukraine the second most corrupt nation in the world. That ranking by Transparency International rated Ukraine the second most corrupt in Read More…
  • Blue Star
    By Scott SullivanEditorGimme Dat“I’m banging on doors of the universe,” I told Flannery.“It has doors?” my daughter asked.Should I run with or from this metaphor? “God isn’t in,” I told her. “The doorman told me.”“Kafka or the Emerald City? …”“Look!” I pointed skyward. “The Witch just sky-writ ‘Surrender Flannery.”“Your eyesight’s going.”“See my feet?”“Orange Sneakers aren’t Read More…
  • Drunken Boat
  • $1.72+ Trail request dead ends, for now
    By Scott SullivanEditor“Houston, we have a problem.” Expected by many Blue Star Trail go-aheads hit a snag when the Michigan Department of Transportation dinged a $1.725-million Transportation Alternatives Program grant request to link the most-local part of it.MDOT noted two major concerns:• A planned Saugatuck Township connector from Holland Street east on North Street to Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Airline travel woes, flying is frustrating
    Editor’s Note: My friend wrote the following commentary about his experience flying to Florida. We have all been warned that flying is becoming more and more dicey. Personally, I fly back in forth monthly from Florida to Michigan, and luckily, other than price hikes and a cut back in direct flights, I have not experienced Read More…

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