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  • Mike’s Musings: Get a Chuckle Out of These Laws
    From time to time, I like to delve into the ancient annals of our history books to hu-mor myself with laws our representatives have enacted. Here’s a few silly laws I found. Michigan LawsThe City of Detroit passed an ordinance that made it illegal for a pig or pigs to run free in the city, Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
    “Vax or Tax” is an idea be-ing seriously considered in the Quebec Provincial Legis-lature and picking up trac-tion elsewhere.The basic premise is people who refuse to receive the full dose of the Covid-19 vac-cination are far more likely to become ill and need hos-pitalization than those who do. Even if they do not end up Read More…
  • Township historic district has pros, cons
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Should Saugatuck Township establish a Local Historic District at the mouth of the Kalamazoo River, which a new report traces to the outcome of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 106 Review of North Shore of Saugatuck’s proposed boat basin? Advantages, says the 28-page document prepared by the planning commission’s Read More…
  • Saugatuck keeps, changes pop-up patios
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Pop-up patios will return to downtown Saugatuck this season, but with changes. City council Monday approved continuing to allow restaurants to use sidewalk and parking space rights-of-way in front of their establishments for outdoor serving, but: • Adding a $200 per parking space used monthly charge. • Changing maximum allowable patio Read More…
  • CUT Saug all-staters-
    Saugatuck honors individual state champs Saugatuck High School honored individual state champions and/or their family representatives able to attend between boys and girls varsity basketball games against Fennville Friday. Pictured are, from left, Mike and Ruth Johnson (parents of Jillian Johnson), Bradley Dunn, Benny Diaz, Sue and Luke Gorgas (mother and brother of Cory Gorgas), Read More…
  • Bistro 44 closes Douglas doors
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Add Bistro 44 to the list of eateries that didn’t last long at 8 Center St. in Douglas. The eatery, owned by local residents Heather Reyes and husband Tino, announced its closure downtown Jan. 20. “We want to thank everyone for allowing us to serve you these past couple years,” the Read More…
  • Douglas Has Multiple ARP Demands
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR The good news is Douglas has half its federal $140,779 American Rescue Plan dollars allotted through the state’s Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, with balance due in September 2022. The less-good news? “We have many competing projects and needs,” city manager Rich LaBombard told council Monday. The ARPA, passed March 11 Read More…
  • Alliance Boast New Members Funds
    The Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance, a 15-year local nonprofit land preservation group has realigned and added new board members. New is board chair Bobbie Gaunt, perhaps best known locally for her work with the Saugatuck Center for the Arts; attorney Rick Kirk; retired healthcare executive Tim Smith, and Nick Wallace. They join returning president David Read More…
  • Obituary: Florence Guild
    Florence Guild, 100 Florence “Dolly” Dunlap Guild died peacefully on Jan. 7, 2022 at 100 years, 10 months old. She was born on March 20, 1921 in Edmonton, Alberta, to Ralph Archibald Dunlap and Isabel McCully MacDonald Dunlap. Dolly enjoyed a childhood of ice-skating, ballet, and family fun with her brothers Henry and Archie. Edmonton Read More…
  • Douglas Tables Competitive Kayak Bids
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Douglas City Council Monday tabled voting on a 3-year Wade’s Bayou recreational services contract for kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals between 17-year site vendor Running Rivers and St. Joseph-based Third Coast Surf Shop. It was the first competitive bidding for the site in years. • Running Rivers owner Mike Philippe, who Read More…
  • Township, Manager Part Ways
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Saugatuck Township is once again seeking a new manager after the board and Joe Frey agreed mutually to part ways. The move was announced by the board as “personnel matter” on its Jan. 12 meeting agenda, almost a year to the day after Frey, 27, began working at hall. Hired on Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Why hasn’t toilet technology advanced?
    One of the great mysteries of modern technology, at least for me, is the modern toilet, or should I say the lack of improving flush technology since 1902. That year, the flush handle was added to the porcelain bowl, and Sears and Roebuck and others began selling toilet paper.Here we are 119 years later when Read More…
  • On ice
    Yes, climate change students have shown average Great Lakes water temperatures rising continously. Along the Lake Michigan shore, including at Saugatuck’s Oval Beach, picturesque (if dangerous to walk on or near) offshore icebergs began forming soon after the new year. This Brighton family crossed the state to enjoy and adventure there nonetheless. (Photo by Scott Read More…
  • Township, first-year manager part ways
    By Scott SullivanEditorSaugatuck Township is once again seeking a new manager after the board and Joe Frey agreed mutually to part ways.The move was announced by the board as “personnel matter” on its Jan. 12 meeting agenda, almost a year to the day after Frey, 27, began working at hall.Hired on an interim basis Jan. Read More…
  • Former plant demo ‘blocked’
    Demolition of the former Haworth plant at 200 Blue Star Hwy. continues, as shown, but the pace has slowed reports city manager Rich LaBombard, while Douglas awaits U.S. Enivronmental Protection Agency approval for a plan to manage cement block material that contains PCBs. (Photo by Scott Sullivan)
  • Blue Star event center eyes June opening
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Owners of Holland’s Port 393 plan this June to open a new Ivy House event center on the 7-acre former Bloomin’ on Blue Star garden center at 3291 Blue Star Hwy. “Ivy House,” said Candice Grant, who with her husband Brian Grant in 2020 opened the $2-million, 6,500-square-foot Port 393, “will Read More…
  • White named Saugatuck project manager
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Deputy Clerk Kate White has a new job in Saugatuck City Hall: Project Manager. White, who started there as a graduate student and summer intern June 14, 2021, never left, advancing to deputy clerk responsible for, among other things, conducting surveys, studies and reporting results to city council and the public. Read More…
  • Longtime Butler Owner Had Vivid Life
    BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Patti Beery is blessed and cursed with the legacy of her father Verse White, who died Dec. 10 at age 90 after owning The Butler restaurant … well, forever. Blessed because his story is rich, cursed because who has time and a venue free of appropriateness gestapo in which to tell Read More…
  • Obituary: Phyllis Cassady
    Phyllis Cassady, 94 Phyllis Evelyn Cassady (Haraburda) of Douglas passed away Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 in Holland Hospital. She was born Feb, 14, 1927 (Valentine’s Day) in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Stanley and Marie (Anuskiewicz) Haraburda. Mom graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic School in 1945. She worked at Brooks Trucking Co. at night doing clerical Read More…
  • Crash Corner
    Are Blue Star lights warranted? BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR A traffic analysis conducted by Allegan County Road Commission consultants shows traffic volumes may warrant signal lights at corners of Blue Star Highway and Old Allegan Road, aka “Crash Corner,” and further south at Lake Street — but crash volumes don’t. This may surprise some given Read More…

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