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Bike Enthusiasts Propose Trails At Saugatuck City Owned Airport Property Page 3 Environmental Survey Finds Invasive Plants On Mt. Baldhead Need To Be Eradicated Page 3 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Saugatuck MI Permit No. 30 CURRENT RESIDENT THE LOCAL OBSERVER WE BRING YOU THE NEWS SERVING August 14, 2015 Vol. 13 No. 32 FREE SAUGATUCK * DOUGLAS * SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP * LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP * FENNVILLE * GLENN * GANGES TOWNSHIP * HAMILTON * HOLLAND * SOUTH HAVEN Iconic Stanley Cup Will Be Onboard The Star Of Saugatuck Sept. 5th Special To The Observer The National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup will make a brief appearance onboard the Star of Saugatuck during day-long festivities on Saturday, Sept. 5, giving those lucky enough to secure cruise tickets the opportunity to get your photo taken with the treasured sport’s icon. Book seats now by calling Star of Saugatuck Boat Cruises (269) 857-4261. Take Friends & Family! Donation is $100 upper level and $50 lower level which "now includes" a brief group passenger photograph with "The Stanley Cup". Don't be late or you will miss the photo and The Stanley Cup! The 2015 Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks’ red & black attire is appreciated but not necessary! The Star of Saugatuck will then lead the five-vessel Stanley Cup Boat Parade on an approximate one-and-a-half-hour cruise from Saugatuck Harbor to Lake Michigan and back. There will be a cash bar and refreshments for sale on board and passengers will be invited to partici-pate in a "Live Blackhawks Memorabilia Action" en route. Please note The Stanley Cup will not travel with passengers on this boat. It will only be present briefly for a group photo opportunity. If you would would like your name entered into a drawing to win a free seat on the Star of Saugatuck for this cruise, please use your cell phone to: Text: cupcruise To: 95577 or forward your email address and contact info to: staff@saugatuck.com Deadline is midnight September 2nd and winners will be announced on September 3rd. Tell your family and friends who are unable to be present on September 5th to log onto www.saugatuck.com and watch the boat parade and celebration via live-stream. Promise you will wave to them on camera as you cruise by Coral Gables where radio host Mike Johnson will be covering the activities live. The cup is being brought to Saugatuck by three-time Stanley Cup Champion Paul Goodman, the Blackhawks’ Head Strength and Conditioning Coach who considers Saugatuck his part-time home town. He is promoting fundrais-ing efforts to help the community purchase a large holiday tree. Former Saugatuck Venetian Festival Fundaiser/Official Don Karaus Jr. Involved In Holland Club Scandal & State Investigation Staff Report Don Karaus Jr., the former fundraiser from Ganges Township who formerly ran Saugatuck’s Venetian Festival and who came under a cloud of suspicion for allegedly skim-ming and pocketing cash from the event and lying about having IRS approval to run a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, is at the center of another scandal, this time at the Pioneer Club in Holland, accord-ing to state officials. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission raided the Pioneer Club in down-town Holland on July 29 and removed apparent-ly illegal gaming machines, liquor, club records and more as part of an ongoing investigation. According to Pioneer Club members, Karaus joined the club about two years ago and immediately began holding what some members say were illegal gambling games that generated cash that they say, in many cases, has disap-peared. Reportedly, Karaus was admitted to the club as a member and then persuaded other Pioneer Club members to name him treasurer and he and fellow friends and members -includ-ing Chris King, who also came under suspicion for alleged missing cash and few or non-existent financial records to verify where cash from the Saugatuck Venetian Festival event ended up -started running the questionable, and possibly illegal events. Several Pioneer Club members, includ-ing Murray Nichols, have told the Observer that they have witnessed “Karaus and his cronies”: 1. bringing in “illegal” liquor from other states with lower liquor taxes and then reselling it to club members at regular prices to pocket the additional funds. 2. holding various gambling/gaming card or machine games and events 3. removing coins from a pool table and other machines in the club and the money “has disap-peared” and not been accounted for, and other possibly illegal and/or inappropriate actions. Karaus and King could not be reached for comment. One Pioneer member said, “I’ve seen it. “I’ve seen the poker machines. I’ve seen the rolling of the dice. I’ve seen a queen of hearts — they had a queen of hearts not too long ago where you have to bet on a card and they draw it out of a thing.” State officials, who have requested anonymity citing the ongoing investigaton, have told The Local Observer that Karaus and other Pioneer officials -and their actions -are at the center of the ongoing state investigation that is continuing.

Iconic Stanley Cup Will Be Onboard The Star Of Saugatuck Sept. 5th

Special To The Observer<br /> <br /> The National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup will make a brief appearance on board the Star of Saugatuck during day-long festivities on Saturday, Sept. 5, giving those lucky enough to secure cruise tickets the opportunity to get your photo taken with the treasured sport’s icon.<br /> <br /> Book seats now by calling Star of Saugatuck Boat Cruises (269) 857-4261. Take Friends &amp; Family! Donation is $100 upper level and $50 lower level which &quot;now includes&quot; a brief group passenger photograph with &quot;The Stanley Cup&quot;.<br /> <br /> Don't be late or you will miss the photo and The Stanley Cup! The 2015 Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks’ red &amp; black attire is appreciated but not necessary!<br /> <br /> The Star of Saugatuck will then lead the five-vessel Stanley Cup Boat Parade on an approximate one-and- a-half-hour cruise from Saugatuck Harbor to Lake Michigan and back.<br /> <br /> There will be a cash bar and refreshments for sale on board and passengers will be invited to participate in a &quot;Live Blackhawks Memorabilia Action&quot; en route.<br /> <br /> Please note The Stanley Cup will not travel with passengers on this boat. It will only be present briefly for a group photo opportunity.<br /> <br /> If you would would like your name entered into a drawing to win a free seat on the Star of Saugatuck for this cruise, please use your cell phone to: <br /> <br /> Text: cupcruise<br /> To: 95577 <br /> <br /> or forward your email address and contact info to: staff@saugatuck.com <br /> <br /> Deadline is midnight September 2nd and winners will be announced on September 3rd.<br /> <br /> Tell your family and friends who are unable to be present on September 5th to log onto www.saugatuck.com and watch the boat parade and celebration via livest ream.<br /> <br /> Promise you will wave to them on camera as you cruise by Coral Gables where radio host Mike Johnson will be covering the activities live.<br /> <br /> The cup is being brought to Saugatuck by three-time Stanley Cup Champion Paul Goodman, the Blackhawks’ Head Strength and Conditioning Coach who considers Saugatuck his part-time home town.<br /> <br /> He is promoting fundraising efforts to help the community purchase a large holiday tree.<br />

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Former Saugatuck Venetian Festival Fundaiser/Official Don Karaus Jr. Involved In Holland Club Scandal & State Investigation

Staff Report<br /> <br /> Don Karaus Jr., the former fundraiser from Ganges Township who formerly ran Saugatuck’s Venetian Festival and who came under a cloud of suspicion for allegedly skimming and pocketing cash from the event and lying about having IRS approval to run a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, is at the center of another scandal, this time at the Pioneer Club in Holland, according to state officials.<br /> <br /> The Michigan Liquor Control Commission raided the Pioneer Club in downtown Holland on July 29 and removed apparently illegal gaming machines, liquor, club records and more as part of an ongoing investigation.<br /> <br /> According to Pioneer Club members, Karaus joined the club about two years ago and immediately began holding what some members say were illegal gambling games that generated cash that they say, in many cases, has disappeared.<br /> <br /> Reportedly, Karaus was admitted to the club as a member and then persuaded other Pioneer Club members to name him treasurer and he and fellow friends and members - including Chris King, who also came under suspicion for alleged missing cash and few or non-existent financial records to verify where cash from the Saugatuck Venetian Festival event ended up - started running the questionable, and possibly illegal events.<br /> <br /> Several Pioneer Club members, including Murray Nichols, have told the Observer that they have witnessed “Karaus and his cronies”:<br /> <br /> 1.Bringing in “illegal” liquor from other states with lower liquor taxes and then reselling it to club members at regular prices to pocket the additional funds.<br /> <br /> 2.Holding various gambling/gaming card or machine games and events<br /> <br /> 3.Removing coins from a pool table and other machines in the club and the money “has disappeared” and not been accounted for, and other possibly illegal and/or inappropriate actions.<br /> <br /> Karaus and King could not be reached for comment.<br /> <br /> One Pioneer member said, “I’ve seen it. “I’ve seen the poker machines. I’ve seen the rolling of the dice. I’ve seen a queen of hearts — they had a queen of hearts not too long ago where you have to bet on a card and they draw it out of a thing.” <br /> <br /> State officials, who have requested anonymity citing the ongoing investigaton, have told The Local Observer that Karaus and other Pioneer officials - and their actions - are at the center of the ongoing state investigation that is continuing.<br />

Read the full article at http://digital.zoompubs.com/article/Former+Saugatuck+Venetian+Festival+FundaiserOfficial+Don+Karaus+Jr.+Involved+In+Holland+Club+Scandal+%26amp%3B+State+Investigation/2243534/269132/article.html.

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