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Mountain Bike Trails At Old Saugatuck Airport Property A No-Go, Says City Council Page 3 Saugatuck-Douglas CVB Proposes Raising Room Tax Assessments To Fund Local Marketing Efforts Page 3 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Saugatuck MI Permit No. 30 CURRENT RESIDENT THE LOCAL OBSERVER WE BRING YOU THE NEWS SERVING October 30, 2015 Vol. 13 No. 42 FREE SAUGATUCK * DOUGLAS * SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP * LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP * FENNVILLE * GLENN * GANGES TOWNSHIP * HAMILTON * HOLLAND * SOUTH HAVEN Get Ready To Cast Those Important Votes On Election Day Tuesday include: Don’t forget to get out and vote next Tuesday, Nov. 3 as election day has some important local races under way. Three, two-year seats are open on the Douglas City Council and six candidates are vying for those slots. Incumbents running include Martha Hoexter and Greg Harvath. Lisa Greenwood, a former council member, has once again thrown her hat into the ring as well. Rounding out the race are newcomers Jim Petzing, John Kelly and Kathryn Mooradian. Voters can also expect to see another candidate’s name on the bal-lot -Jonathan Kinyon -but he has withdrawn his name though not in time to have his name stricken from the ballot. There will be no surpises in in the election for Saugatuck City Council as incumbents Jeff Spangler, Bill Hess and Chris Peterson are run-ning unopposed for new two-year terms. In one of the state’s more interesting election developments, a special primary race was called for Republican candidates for state repre-sentative in the 80th District -which includes the Saugatuck area. Those GOP candidates * Mary Whiteford of Casco Township * Jim Storey, Allegan County Commissioner of Holland * Eric DeWitt of Holland * Bill Sage, former county commissioner, who resides in Allegan * James Siver of Fennville * Kevin Travis, a county cir-cuit court law clerk, who hails from Hopkins * Cindy Gamrat, of Plainwell. As many know, Gamrat was booted from the state legislature after an investigation revealed she had an affair with then-fellow Republican Legislator Todd Courser of Lapeer. Courser resigned his seat only a short time before his legislative colleagues were to vote on his expul-sion. Courser, like Gamrat, almost immediately decided to make another run for vacant state House seats. Courser is running again for the 82nd District. The only Democrat to seek the 80th District seat formerly held by Gamrat is David Gernant, a retired judge who resides in Plainwell. The winner of the Republican House seat election for the 80th District will face Gernant in In another area election of interest, voters in Laketown Township will determine whether a 5-year, 1-mill property tax increase will be imposed. If passed, the tax increase would go to help provide funds for fire department operations and new equipment. Voters on Tuesday have from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to cast their ballots when the polls open. Don’t Forget To Turn Those Clocks Back This Sunday! And Here’s Why Time: Jim Kinney Correspondent Daylight Saving Time 2015 ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, and that is when people should turn their clocks back one hour. Though most people say and write "Daylight Savings Time," there is no "s" at the end of “Saving.” NASA has a handy online chart detailing the dates for the twice-a-year time shifts located at: NASA.gov. NASA also gives a brief historical sketch of Daylight Saving “Benjamin Franklin is credited with the concept of Daylight Saving Time. The basic idea is to make the best use of day-light hours by shifting the clock forward in the Spring and back-ward in the Fall. “Daylight Saving Time has been in use throughout much of the United States, Canada and Europe since World War I. “In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed an act into law whereby Daylight Saving Time begins on the last Sunday of April and ends on the last Sunday of October each year. “However, any state can opt out of Daylight Saving Time by passing a State law.” Hawaii and Arizona do not observe Daylight Saving Time. However, the the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona does change its clocks, NASA said. Most of Indiana did not observe Daylight Saving Time for many years with the exception of 10 counties. But starting in 2006 all of Indiana now observes Daylight Saving Time – although the state is split into two time zones. Eighty of Indiana's coun-ties are in the Eastern Time Zone, but 12 are in the Central Time Zone. Local Observer Making It Easier To Advertise, Get Terrific Ad Rates For The Upcoming Fall & Winter Seasons In an ongoing effort to make it easier for advertisers to find out more about our low rates, special discount ad package deals and more from our various print, email & text advertising businesses, the parent company of The Local Observer -Perspective Media Corp. -will now provide a 24/7 telephone number so you can immediately reach one of our operators so we may serve you better and more quickly. All you have to do is call (269) 244-3744 -and our operators will quickly link you to the person who is best able to answer all your advertising questions. We can immediately email, text or fax you all our advertis-ing rate sheets, answer your ques-tions and give you the best advertis-ing deals in all of West Michigan. CALL: (269) 244-3744

Get Ready To Cast Those Important Votes On Election Day Tuesday

Don’t forget to get out and vote next Tuesday, Nov. 3 as election day has some important local races under way.<br /> <br /> Three, two-year seats are open on the Douglas City Council and six candidates are vying for those slots.<br /> <br /> Incumbents running include Martha Hoexter and Greg Harvath. Lisa Greenwood, a former council member, has once again thrown her hat into the ring as well.<br /> <br /> Rounding out the race are newcomers Jim Petzing, John Kelly and Kathryn Mooradian.<br /> <br /> Voters can also expect to see another candidate’s name on the ballot - Jonathan Kinyon - but he has withdrawn his name though not in time to have his name stricken from the ballot.<br /> <br /> There will be no surpises in in the election for Saugatuck City Council as incumbents Jeff Spangler, Bill Hess and Chris Peterson are running unopposed for new two-year terms.<br /> <br /> In one of the state’s more interesting election developments, a special primary race was called for Republican candidates for state representative in the 80th District - which includes the Saugatuck area.<br /> <br /> Those GOP candidates include:<br /> <br /> Mary Whiteford of Casco Township<br /> <br /> Jim Storey, Allegan County Commissioner of Holland<br /> <br /> Eric DeWitt of Holland<br /> <br /> Bill Sage, former county commissioner, who resides in Allegan<br /> <br /> James Siver of Fennville<br /> <br /> Kevin Travis, a county circuit court law clerk, who hails from Hopkins<br /> <br /> Cindy Gamrat, of Plainwell.<br /> <br /> As many know, Gamrat was booted from the state legislature after an investigation revealed she had an affair with then-fellow Republican Legislator Todd Courser of Lapeer.<br /> <br /> Courser resigned his seat only a short time before his legislative colleagues were to vote on his expulsion.<br /> <br /> Courser, like Gamrat, almost immediately decided to make another run for vacant state House seats. Courser is running again for the 82nd District.<br /> <br /> The only Democrat to seek the 80th District seat formerly held by Gamrat is David Gernant, a retired judge who resides in Plainwell.<br /> <br /> The winner of the Republican House seat election for the 80th District will face Gernant in <br /> <br /> In another area election of interest, voters in Laketown Township will determine whether a 5-year, 1-mill property tax increase will be imposed.<br /> <br /> If passed, the tax increase would go to help provide funds for fire department operations and new equipment.<br /> <br /> Voters on Tuesday have from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to cast their ballots when the polls open.<br />

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Don’t Forget To Turn Those Clocks Back This Sunday! And Here’s Why

Jim Kinney Correspondent<br /> <br /> Daylight Saving Time 2015 ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, and that is when people should turn their clocks back one hour.<br /> <br /> Though most people say and write &quot;Daylight Savings Time,&quot; there is no &quot;s&quot; at the end of “Saving.” <br /> <br /> NASA has a handy online chart detailing the dates for the twice-a-year time shifts located at: NASA.gov. <br /> <br /> NASA also gives a brief historical sketch of Daylight Saving Time: <br /> <br /> “Benjamin Franklin is credited with the concept of Daylight Saving Time. The basic idea is to make the best use of daylight hours by shifting the clock forward in the Spring and backward in the Fall.<br /> <br /> “Daylight Saving Time has been in use throughout much of the United States, Canada and Europe since World War I. <br /> <br /> “In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed an act into law whereby Daylight Saving Time begins on the last Sunday of April and ends on the last Sunday of October each year.<br /> <br /> “However, any state can opt out of Daylight Saving Time by passing a State law.” <br /> <br /> Hawaii and Arizona do not observe Daylight Saving Time. However, the the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona does change its clocks, NASA said.<br /> <br /> Most of Indiana did not observe Daylight Saving Time for many years with the exception of 10 counties.<br /> <br /> But starting in 2006 all of Indiana now observes Daylight Saving Time – although the state is split into two time zones.<br /> <br /> Eighty of Indiana's counties are in the Eastern Time Zone, but 12 are in the Central Time Zone.<br />

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Local Observer Making It Easier To Advertise, Get Terrific Ad Rates For The Upcoming Fall & Winter Seasons

In an ongoing effort to make it easier for advertisers to find out more about our low rates, special discount ad package deals and more from our various print, email &amp; text advertising businesses, the parent company of The Local Observer - Perspective Media Corp.- will now provide a 24/7 telephone number so you can immediately reach one of our operators so we may serve you better and more quickly.<br /> <br /> All you have to do is call (269) 244-3744 - and our operators will quickly link you to the person who is best able to answer all your advertising questions.<br /> <br /> We can immediately email, text or fax you all our advertising rate sheets, answer your questions and give you the best advertising deals in all of West Michigan.<br /> <br /> CALL: (269) 244-3744<br />

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