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  • Girls Basketball Preview:
    By Jason WesseldykSports EditorAs longtime Saugatuck coach Kevin Tringali looks at his roster for the upcoming season, he likes what he sees.“I’m very excited about the upcoming season,” said Tringali, who led the Trailblazers to a 12-9 showing a season ago. “This particular group of young ladies has really put the work in over the Read More…
  • Obituary: Elizabeth Thompson, 84
    Elizabeth Ann Thompson, 84, of Saugatuck and formerly Edwardsburg and Sand Creek, passed to her rest at her home on Nov. 17, 2022.She was born Nov. 17, 1938, in South Bend, Ind., the daughter of Edward James and Elma (Corl) Westfall and graduated from Edwardsburg Schools. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Read More…
  • Obituary: Charles Rickett, 92
    Charles C. “Chuck” Rickett, 92, of Evanston, Ill., and for 29 years Saugatuck, passed away on Nov. 18, 2022.An active and involved citizen of Saugatuck, Chuck in 1988 took over a two-year term on the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library Board of Trustees — and stayed for 25 years (20 as president).He guided the district through multiple Read More…
  • Blue Star
    By Scott SullivanEditorTimeChronology is a negligible dimension. It draws on Chronos, a mortal who per ancient Greeks turned the zodiac wheel. Over time he was conflated with the Titan Cronus (to Romans Saturn). Both timekeepers knew its ravages.Jealous of sky god Uranus who ruled the universe, Cronus took a stone sickle given by his Mother Read More…
  • Kick out the ‘jammies
    The local charity group Santa’s Elves got a boost Friday from Century 21 Affiliated Douglas real estate agents collecting children’s pajamas to donate to Douglas Christian Neighbors for distribution to needy children. Shown Friday at the Overisel Hardware in Douglas collection barrel are front (left to right): C-21’s Diana Decker,Gigi Virta, Erica Shirey, Tammy Kerr, Read More…
  • Both sides elated with Corps findings
    By Scott SullivanEditorThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a 57-page Section 106 memorandum on impacts of North Shore of Saugatuck’s planned north of the Kalamazoo River channel to Lake Michigan hailed by project backers as well as foes.David Swan, co-founder and president of the nonprofit Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance, which for 15 years has Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Think twice before you make your child walk
    I was going to write my usual Thanksgiving tribute to those that have made 2022 a bountiful year, when scanning the news, I came across this piece that got my blood boiling.The headline declared, “Woman arrested for forcing her son to walk home.”So the story goes, two brothers were arguing in the backseat of the Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
        Ever since moving to Saugatuck some thirty-plus years ago, we have always made a point of going to see A Christmas Carol, with Steve Williford as the director, producer, and the lead character.  He manages to transform himself from a truly nice fellow into the old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, and he is wonderful.  The short story is, in Read More…
  • Blue Star
    By Scott SullivanEditor Shooting FishGoblin is a betta brought home by my wife Halloween to occupy an Aquasphere. I awoke next morning to a top-lit 30” diameter water globe perched so it left little kitchen counter for chopping unexpired crisper veggiesNo fish inside I could see, rubbing eyes to make out how the clear fluid Read More…
  • Autocamp eyes 112-site Blue Star park
    By Scott SullivanEditorCalifornia-based Autocamp is proposing a 112-site campground with 6,000-square-foot clubhouse, small market store, pool, hot tubs, spa or sauna and group gathering spaces on 29.24 acres owned by Chad Van Hornnorthwest of Blue Star Highway where it veers further southwest at Holland Street.The Saugatuck Township Zoning Board of Appeals will hear firm representative Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
        Thanksgiving Day is this Thursday, the 24th, and it is a uniquely original American holiday.  The first one was held in 1619 when the Anglicans landed in Virginia.  According to their charter from the London Company, they were to have an annual day of thanksgiving for their safe arrival.  They did that for a few years, and then Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Election results prove country deeply divided
    Now that the Mid-Term election is over (at least in most states) it is time to reflect on the results. I’m happy to say voter turnout was better than expected in most states which indicate our Democracy is alive and well despite what naysayers may say.Three observations come to mind- the political landscape hasn’t changed Read More…
  • Obituary: Nancy Lucci, 74
    On Thursday, Oct. 12, Nancy Carole Lucci, beloved sister, aunt,and cousin, passed away. She was 74.Born to Nicholas and Eleanor (Solomon) Pestolis on Aug. 8,1948 in Sudbury, Ontario, she grew up in Traverse City and graduated from Traverse City High School in 1966.After working as an administrative assistant in several jobs, she became a hairdresser Read More…
  • Obituary: Alan Roerig
    Alan Roerig, Sr. of Fennville passed away peacefully on Nov. 2, 2022. At his side were his loving wife of 63 years, Elizabeth “Jill” (Shanahan) and son, Christopher Roerig. Alan was born in Berwyn, Ill. in 1938.He is survived by his sister, Caryl Levita; his children, Christopher (Monica Polancic) Roerig, Kathaleen (Sean) O’Brien, Timothy (Cynthia) Read More…
  • Obituary: Estelle Mathias, 86
    We are sad to announce the passing of Estelle Vita (Van Leeuwen) Mathias, age 86.Born Nov. 12, 1935, Estelle was raised in Saugatuck and lived there for 40 years before moving to Michigan City, Ind. She subsequently moved to Naples, Fla. before moving into an assisted living facility in Fennville.As a teenager, Estelle was an Read More…
  • Blue Star
    By Scott SullivanEditorBlood MoonAs the clown caravan reloads post-election, ask how so many circus performers load into and spring from Volkswagen Beetles.Contortionists can contract and pack in. Flat balloons stacked and blown up with helium could rise out of doors and sunroofs. A Bug parked above a manhole might admit endless climbers too.The Cole Brothers Read More…
  • Football star Cousins buys Clearbrook
    By Scott SullivanEditorIt’s official. NFL quarterback Kirk Cousins and his wife Julie have bought Clearbrook Golf Course.The third-year Saugatuck Dune Ridge residents announced, via CFM Capital president Ken Filipini, they’d acquired the 96-year-old, 18-hole golf course at 6494 Clearbrook Drive from longtime owners John and Candy Jeltema, but not The Grill Room restaurant or clubhouse Read More…
  • Saugatuck volleyball falls in district final
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor FENNVILLE—Of course Saugatuck volleyball coach Sherri Austin wanted her team to win its Division 3 district final against North Muskegon on Thursday, Nov. 4.But the fact that the Trailblazers fell 25-13, 25-21, 25-18 did nothing to diminish Austin’s opinion of her squad.“I have coached many teams with more talent, but none Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Daylight saving time makes no sense
    In the immortalized words of David Coverdale, lead singer of Whitesnake, “here I go again.” It’s another year and another rant as to why daylight saving time should go the way of video stores and Oldsmobile.As you can probably tell I’m not a proponent of daily saving time. In fact I think it’s downright archaic- Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
         Every autumn we buy a copy of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, and a bookmarker always gets place at the beginning of the weather prediction section. The writers claim a high measure of accuracy which may or may not be the whole truth.  Each of their regions covers a wide swath of real estate, so it is Read More…

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