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Controverisal Saugatuck Busker Criminal Case Ends With Plea For Disturbing The Peace Page 3 National Pickelball Craze & Creating Courts Getting A Close Look In Douglas Page 3 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Saugatuck MI Permit No. 30 CURRENT RESIDENT THE LOCAL OBSERVER WE BRING YOU THE NEWS SERVING July 25, 2014 Vol. 12 No. 30 FREE SAUGATUCK * DOUGLAS * SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP * LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP * FENNVILLE * GLENN * GANGES TOWNSHIP * HAMILTON * HOLLAND * SOUTH HAVEN S-D Area Business Association Hits Home Run With New Community Promo Billboard Newly Energized Group Raises More Than $7,500 For Project; More ABA Fundraisers & Events Coming Soon boaters. Special To The Observer Jim Petzing, president of the Saugatuck-Douglas Area Business Association (ABA), says he is ecstatic that the organization has raised more than $7,500 in the past six weeks to fund a 12' x 24' illuminated billboard on I-196N at mile marker 17 in South Haven. More than 21 local busi-nesses, organizations and individ-uals have generously donated to the ABA's "TOP 40" Billboard Fund which will now allow the local community to promote its environmental assets, activities and signature events all year long to tourists and locals alike. The billboard features a Ted Swoboda photograph of Oval Beach and Lake Michigan being enjoyed by both beachgoers and The billboard reads: "Visit Saugatuck-Douglas! Voted #1 Weekend Escape in the U.S., USA Today 2014", highlighting the com-munity's recent accolade and national designation as a top tourist spot. Chicago tourist Cynthia Jenrette said Wednesday she saw the billboard “and loved it! Made me want to stop here (Saugatuck) to check it out.” The billboard will feature different creative and messaging sea-sonally to announce upcoming events and draw more tourists to the area year-round, notes Petzing. "I'm really proud that in only six weeks the new ABA was able to raise the monies to sup-port this important initiative,” he adds. “A big ‘Thank You’ to all who have contributed to date. This is something long overdue for our area and we plan to raise even more money to purchase another billboard on I-196S or I-94N,” proclaimed Petzing. If anyone is interested in contributing to the ABA'S "TOP 40" Billboard Fund, please con-tact Elizabeth Burns at:(eliza-beth@saugatuckdouglas.com) or Jim Petzing at: (jim@saugatuckdouglas.com). Fun-Packed Venetian Festival In Saugatuck Getting Ready To Kick Off This Friday & Saturday Staff Report & MLIVE A lighted boat parade, fire-works show and '80s concert are on tap for this weekend’s family-friendly Saugatuck Venetian Festival on Friday and Saturday, July 25-26. Sponsored by the Cow Hill Yacht Club, the 2014 festival’s theme is a Pirate Invasion, as costumed pirates will look for “able bodied crew to join them in their quest to discov-er the pearls of Saugatuck” according to the event’s website. Friday’s events start at 5 p.m. at Coghlin Park with children’s games and face painting. Later in the evening, a concert from retro band Starfarm along with pirate and ‘80s costume contests for the adults is scheduled. Saturday’s itinerary includes an art fair and the popular Dinghy Poker Run during the day and lighted boat parade and fireworks show in the evening. There is a $20 registration fee for the poker run where boats make seven stops along a scheduled route to choose a playing card at each while costumed pirates armed with power water guns invade the harbor in a quest for booty. The fun event offers the top three ranked poker hands local gift certificates as prizes. Additional activities throughout the day on Saturday include goldsmithing demonstra-tions, a vintage baseball game, a fam-ily “farm fest,” brewery tours at Saugatuck Brewing Co., and more. For more information visit, saugatuckvenetianfest.org or phone the Saugatuck-Douglas Convention and Visitors Bureau at (269) 857-1701. * WARNING * Local residents and tourists are being warned not to make any donations in support of the Saugatuck Venetian Festival or fire-works to anyone posing as representa-tives of the festival unless they are approved and/or appointed by the Cow Hill Yacht Club, the orgnaiza-tion which has been properly approved by-and has received a per-mit from -the City of Saugatuck. A former fundraiser for the festival -Don Karaus of Ganges Township -is no longer affiliated with any legal entity associated with the Venetian Festival after several investi-gations found he could not properly account for past funds raised for the event. Both city officials and Cow Hill Yacht Club members say a website set up and run by Karaus -www.saugatuckvenetianfestival.com -is still improperly and possibly illegal-ly trying to collect donations. The approved -and legal -website to visit to make a donation is: www.saugatuckvenetianfest.org

S-D Area Business Association Hits Home Run With New Community Promo Billboard

Newly Energized Group Raises More Than $7,500 For Project; More ABA Fundraisers & Events Coming Soon<br /> <br /> Special To The Observer<br /> <br /> Jim Petzing, president of the Saugatuck-Douglas Area Business Association (ABA), says he is ecstatic that the organization has raised more than $7,500 in the past six weeks to fund a 12' x 24' illuminated billboard on I-196N at mile marker 17 in South Haven.<br /> <br /> More than 21 local businesses, organizations and individuals have generously donated to the ABA's "TOP 40" Billboard Fund which will now allow the local community to promote its environmental assets, activities and signature events all year long to tourists and locals alike.<br /> <br /> The billboard features a Ted Swoboda photograph of Oval Beach and Lake Michigan being enjoyed by both beachgoers and boaters.<br /> <br /> The billboard reads: "Visit Saugatuck-Douglas! Voted #1 Weekend Escape in the U.S., USA Today 2014", highlighting the community's recent accolade and national designation as a top tourist spot.<br /> <br /> Chicago tourist Cynthia Jenrette said Wednesday she saw the billboard “and loved it! Made me want to stop here (Saugatuck) to check it out.” <br /> <br /> The billboard will feature different creative and messaging seasonally to announce upcoming events and draw more tourists to the area year-round, notes Petzing.<br /> <br /> "I'm really proud that in only six weeks the new ABA was able to raise the monies to support this important initiative,” he adds.<br /> <br /> “A big ‘Thank You’ to all who have contributed to date. This is something long overdue for our area and we plan to raise even more money to purchase another billboard on I-196S or I- 94N,” proclaimed Petzing.<br /> <br /> If anyone is interested in contributing to the ABA'S "TOP 40" Billboard Fund, please contact Elizabeth Burns at:(elizabeth@ saugatuckdouglas.com) or Jim Petzing at: (jim@saugatuckdouglas.com).

Fun-Packed Venetian Festival In Saugatuck Getting Ready To Kick Off This Friday & Saturday

Staff Report & MLIVE<br /> <br /> A lighted boat parade, fireworks show and '80s concert are on tap for this weekend’s family-friendly Saugatuck Venetian Festival on Friday and Saturday, July 25-26.<br /> <br /> Sponsored by the Cow Hill Yacht Club, the 2014 festival’s theme is a Pirate Invasion, as costumed pirates will look for “able bodied crew to join them in their quest to discover the pearls of Saugatuck” according to the event’s website.<br /> <br /> Friday’s events start at 5 p. m. at Coghlin Park with children’s games and face painting. Later in the evening, a concert from retro band Starfarm along with pirate and ‘80s costume contests for the adults is scheduled.<br /> <br /> Saturday’s itinerary includes an art fair and the popular Dinghy Poker Run during the day and lighted boat parade and fireworks show in the evening.<br /> <br /> There is a $20 registration fee for the poker run where boats make seven stops along a scheduled route to choose a playing card at each while costumed pirates armed with power water guns invade the harbor in a quest for booty. The fun event offers the top three ranked poker hands local gift certificates as prizes.<br /> <br /> Additional activities throughout the day on Saturday include goldsmithing demonstrations, a vintage baseball game, a family “farm fest,” brewery tours at Saugatuck Brewing Co., and more.<br /> <br /> For more information visit, saugatuckvenetianfest.org or phone the Saugatuck-Douglas Convention and Visitors Bureau at (269) 857-1701. <br /> <br /> * WARNING * <br /> <br /> Local residents and tourists are being warned not to make any donations in support of the Saugatuck Venetian Festival or fireworks to anyone posing as representatives of the festival unless they are approved and/or appointed by the Cow Hill Yacht Club, the orgnaization which has been properly approved by- and has received a permit from - the City of Saugatuck.<br /> <br /> A former fundraiser for the festival - Don Karaus of Ganges Township - is no longer affiliated with any legal entity associated with the Venetian Festival after several investigations found he could not properly account for past funds raised for the event.<br /> <br /> Both city officials and Cow Hill Yacht Club members say a website set up and run by Karaus - www.saugatuckvenetianfestival.com - is still improperly and possibly illegally trying to collect donations.<br /> <br /> The approved - and legal - website to visit to make a donation is: www.saugatuckvenetianfest.org

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