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The issue arose in relation to the proposed Blue Star Highway Trail, as one of the options that The Friends of the Blue Star Trail have presented to Saugatuck city leaders in terms of a route along North Street. One current stumbling block, however, is Saugatuck officials favor moving that proposed route fur-ther north to Clearbrook Drive. Both design options— North Street or Clearbrook Drive -run west from Blue Star Highway and both connect to Holland Street where the trail pathway exists going north. Saugatuck Township offi-cials say North Street is under the jurisdiction of the City of Saugatuck and that it ought take responsibility for any trail construction -including its future maintenance -that takes place there. This issue comes at the same time that Saugatuck’s engineer (Paul Galdes) previously advised city officials that the north half of North Street is under the control of the Allegan County Road Commission. That is a claim unequivo-cally repudiated by Allegan County Road Commission Managing (Cont. Page 3) From Fireworks To Parades To Terrific Bands To Great Eating, The Fennville Goose Festival Has Something For Everyone Oct. 7-9 Colleen Rae Correspondent In the words of the direc-tor of the upcoming Fennville Goose Festival, Jodi Welscott, “I’m pretty excited this year to be able to get approval from the city for the fireworks that will be displayed on Saturday night, October 8. It has been added to our schedule of events along with all the other activ-ities.” The committee for the success of the Goose Festival is as follows: Greg Crippin is responsible for the Tractor and Car Show; Laura Nichols for the Arts and Crafts Show; Amy Cook for the Beer Tent; Mark Schrock for the music and stage entertainment; the 5K run had co-chairs, Albert Lombard and Sonya Ouendag; the Fennville Fire Department and Fire Chief Sarah Zawila for the parade; Gosling Run, Lori Scut; History Exhibit, Claude Rummer; and Dan Rastall for the Elliot’s Amusements Carnival. “Tom Pantelleria, our mayor, will be our Grand Marshal this year,” says Jodi. “Margaret Sessions is coordinator of the Information Booth and Clean-up Committee.” Some of the food vendors that will take part in the festival are: Shawn Machan and his Mac Attack BBQ; San Felipe Church and their great tamales; Beachwood Inn with their Hillbilly Fry Wagon; and, of course, the usual carnival food. “Fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. on Saturday. Bring chairs,” says Jodi. The schedule is: Friday night from 6-10 p.m. the Beer Tent will be open, 5 -9 p.m. for food ven-dors, and at 6 p.m. the Los Bandits will play on the Main Stage. On Saturday: at 8:45 am there will be a VFW presentation on the Main Stage; 5K Run at 9 a.m.; the Car Show and Arts and Crafts Show begin at 9 am. At 10 a.m. there will be the History Exhibit, Student Art Show Book Sale (at the library), food vendors, and the carnival begins. The Gosling Run starts at 11 a.m.; Beer Tent at noon; Gosling Run Awards at 12:15; 1-2 p.m. the outdoor Discovery Center Birds; car awards at 2:30 p.m. At 3 pm. the parade begins; at 4 p.m. the Fennville Public School Choir per-forms; at 6 p.m. Hired Hands Bluegrass Band; and at 9 p.m. the fireworks show starts. On Sunday: Most activi-ties open at 11 a.m.; the Beer Tent opens at noon; Steel City Rovers Irish Band at 1 -3 p.m.; at 2:30 p.m. will be the Tractor Parade; and trac-tor show awards at 3 p.m. The festival sponsors are: Platinum – Chemical Bank, Golden Orchards Assisted Living, Kids Work Chicago, and the Kingsley House. Gold Sponsors – Fennville Chamber of Commerce and Pinnacle Foods. Many more businesses and organizations too numerous to list gave to the Goose Festival this year. “We have a great group of volunteers this year as in past years,” notes Jodi. “The volunteers make this festival a success. This year we raised a record amount of money from the sponsors. Thanks to all of you.” The 2016 Goose Festival will occur on October 7, 8, and 9. Come and get your fiesta on! First Annual “ROCK THE WALK” At DES SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 5:30-7 PM SAUGATUCK HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STADIUM The First Annual “ROCK THE WALK” Walk-a-thon is a fundraiser organized by Team Wellness, part of the Douglas Elementary School (DES) Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Made up of a group of par-ents and teachers, Team Wellness develops and implements wellness-based initiatives for the students of DES. The funds raised through this event will help to continue pro-grams such as the Healthy Snack Program, the Open Door Classroom (a partnership between DES and The Outdoor Discovery Center), the Pedometer Program, Real Food Events, the School Garden and more. The “Rock The Walk” is more than just an important fundrais-er. It’s a fantastic way to bring people together in support of our excellent educational community! * Nate Holley will be per-forming live music on the 50 yard line * Our local fire and police departments will be there with vehi-cles * There will be face painting * Saugatuck “S” temporary tattoos will be available * The Outdoor Discovery Center will be present with a live owl Concessions will be open serving hot dogs, pizza, nachos, etc. We welcome all families, friends and community members to join the students of DES as they
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