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Saugatuck Officials Revise Contract For Edgewater Resources’ Kalamazoo Harbor Plans Page 3 Death Of A Ganges Township Woman Being Investigated As A Homicide Page 3 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Saugatuck MI Permit No. 30 CURRENT RESIDENT THE LOCAL OBSERVER WE BRING YOU THE NEWS SERVING January 16, 2015 Vol. 13 No. 3 FREE SAUGATUCK * DOUGLAS * SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP * LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP * FENNVILLE * GLENN * GANGES TOWNSHIP * HAMILTON * HOLLAND * SOUTH HAVEN Pottawatomie Marsh Scheduled For Another “Prescribed Burn” This Spring Efrain Sandoval Correspondent The local fire department wants the public to be aware that the privately-owned wildlife refuge and waterfowl hunting marsh, called the Pottawatomie Marsh and located on the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck Township, is being planned for another "prescribed burn" this spring. The burning is meant to kill the invasive plants-especially the Phragmites, the common reed-and thereby, protect the native flora and fauna, Dougg Wright, conversation stewardship director for the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, told the Saugatuck Township Board at last week's meet-ing. The Outdoor Discovery Center does a lot of prescribed burn-ing, an activity regulated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), throughout the state of Michigan, including some along the Kalamazoo River. It proposed burning for the marsh, owned by the Pottawatomie Gun Club, has been postponed now for two years. Its previous burn in the spring of 2012 produced a lot of smoke and left ash residue on the roof of some area residents' homes. Allegan County Central Dispatch was inundated with calls and crashed the communication sys-tem, fire department officials have noted. Wright's presentation last Tuesday came at the request of the Saugatuck Township Fire District, whose ultimately goal relative to the proposed burning was articulated by Saugatuck Township Fire District Greg Janik: "We are going to make sure everybody is on board. We want to minimize the impact and inconven-ience for the residents." He added, "They have a small window to do it, and there is a lot of factors at work. Wind can just abort the whole plan." Wright told the township board: "It (Phragmites) has become a very significant problem that is why the DNR (Michigan Department of Natural Resources) has been strongly backing us up. He said the invasive plant can get up 15-feet in height. "Some people may not even know that they have it in their prop-erty," he said. "It (the area to be burned) is about a 15-acre area, but not all of that area has invasive species. "One of the most difficult issues with this burn is that it's taken place in an area that doesn't have a lot of public access (therefore, difficult for people to know what is going on)," noted Wright. The Pottawatomie Gun Club's marsh area is north of where I-196 bridge crosses the Kalamazoo River. The 120-year-old private waterfowl hunting club has some two miles of riverfront on its property. The burn is expected to take place sometime this spring, said Janik, adding that the public will be notified of when it will take place. Flames burst from an earlier planned burn held at the Pottawatomie Marsh located along the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck Township -MLIVE photo Come Enjoy The Great Music Of Christy G And Velvet At The Red Barn Theatre Saturday, Jan. 24th Warm up a cold winter night dancing to Christy G and Velvet. On Saturday, January 24, 63rd Street Productions presents Christy G and her band in the newly renovated Red Barn Cabaret. The band is comprised of Christy G, a lounge singer who has performed in Las Vegas, Marco Island, Nighthawk Lounge and Grand Rapid’s Spinnaker Lounge; Frank Eimer, guitarist; Michigan Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Fred Michaels on keyboards; and Sparky Harris on drums. This band, a well-known local favorite, swings with songs from the ‘60s thru the ‘90s and “sets your toes tapping and feet dancing” from the very first song they play. Even if you don’t dance you’ll love the music. This band real-ly “rocks.” Tickets for Christy G may be purchased on line at: www.brown-papertickets.com or by calling the Red Barn Box Office at (269) 857-8388. Ticket prices are $15 for individual seats and stage-side tables for four are $80. The show begins at 8 p.m. and the Cabaret doors open at 7:30 p.m. Beer, wine and cocktails are available at the Cabaret cash bar. Snacks and other conces-sions are also available. Join 63rd Street Productions and the Red Barn Theatre for fun evening of music and dance at the Red Barn located at 3657 63rd Street, Saugatuck. Come enjoy a great winter musical treat!

Pottawatomie Marsh Scheduled For Another “Prescribed Burn” This Spring

Efrain Sandoval Correspondent<br /> <br /> The local fire department wants the public to be aware that the privately-owned wildlife refuge and waterfowl hunting marsh, called the Pottawatomie Marsh and located on the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck Township, is being planned for another "prescribed burn" this spring.<br /> <br /> The burning is meant to kill the invasive plants- especially the Phragmites, the common reed- and thereby, protect the native flora and fauna, Dougg Wright, conversation stewardship director for the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, told the Saugatuck Township Board at last week's meeting.<br /> <br /> The Outdoor Discovery Center does a lot of prescribed burning, an activity regulated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), throughout the state of Michigan, including some along the Kalamazoo River.<br /> <br /> It proposed burning for the marsh, owned by the Pottawatomie Gun Club, has been postponed now for two years.<br /> <br /> Its previous burn in the spring of 2012 produced a lot of smoke and left ash residue on the roof of some area residents' homes.<br /> <br /> Allegan County Central Dispatch was inundated with calls and crashed the communication system, fire department officials have noted.<br /> <br /> Wright's presentation last Tuesday came at the request of the Saugatuck Township Fire District, whose ultimately goal relative to the proposed burning was articulated by Saugatuck Township Fire District Greg Janik: <br /> <br /> "We are going to make sure everybody is on board. We want to minimize the impact and inconvenience for the residents."<br /> <br /> He added, "They have a small window to do it, and there is a lot of factors at work. Wind can just abort the whole plan."<br /> <br /> Wright told the township board: "It (Phragmites) has become a very significant problem that is why the DNR (Michigan Department of Natural Resources) has been strongly backing us up.<br /> <br /> He said the invasive plant can get up 15-feet in height.<br /> <br /> "Some people may not even know that they have it in their property," he said. "It (the area to be burned) is about a 15-acre area, but not all of that area has invasive species.<br /> <br /> "One of the most difficult issues with this burn is that it's taken place in an area that doesn't have a lot of public access (therefore, difficult for people to know what is going on)," noted Wright.<br /> <br /> The Pottawatomie Gun Club's marsh area is north of where I- 196 bridge crosses the Kalamazoo River.<br /> <br /> The 120-year-old private waterfowl hunting club has some two miles of riverfront on its property.<br /> <br /> The burn is expected to take place sometime this spring, said Janik, adding that the public will be notified of when it will take place.

Come Enjoy The Great Music Of Christy G And Velvet At The Red Barn Theatre Saturday, Jan. 24th

Warm up a cold winter night dancing to Christy G and Velvet.<br /> <br /> On Saturday, January 24, 63rd Street Productions presents Christy G and her band in the newly renovated Red Barn Cabaret.<br /> <br /> The band is comprised of Christy G, a lounge singer who has performed in Las Vegas, Marco Island, Nighthawk Lounge and Grand Rapid’s Spinnaker Lounge; Frank Eimer, guitarist; Michigan Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Fred Michaels on keyboards; and Sparky Harris on drums.<br /> <br /> This band, a well-known local favorite, swings with songs from the ‘60s thru the ‘90s and “sets your toes tapping and feet dancing” from the very first song they play.<br /> <br /> Even if you don’t dance you’ll love the music. This band really “rocks.” <br /> <br /> Tickets for Christy G may be purchased on line at: www.brownpapertickets. com or by calling the Red Barn Box Office at (269) 857-8388. <br /> <br /> Ticket prices are $15 for individual seats and stage-side tables for four are $80. The show begins at 8 p.m. and the Cabaret doors open at 7:30 p.m. <br /> <br /> Beer, wine and cocktails are available at the Cabaret cash bar.<br /> <br /> Snacks and other concessions are also available.<br /> <br /> Join 63rd Street Productions and the Red Barn Theatre for fun evening of music and dance at the Red Barn located at 3657 63rd Street, Saugatuck. Come enjoy a great winter musical treat!

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