Vicksburg awarded $33,100 for blight demo  to make room for nature trailhead

Michigan Land Bank allocates nearly $305,000 in grants to combat blight in five communities

VICKSBURG, MICH. – Vicksburg residents are one step closer to enjoying a new nature trailhead in their neighborhood with help from a Blight Elimination Program grant awarded by the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority. local-news-calendar-of-events.php
PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY LIFTED FOR BATHING BEACH ON SUNSET LAKE IN VICKSBURG
 
Kalamazoo, MI. [July 27, 2016]… Kalamazoo, MI…..Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department has lifted the Public Health Advisory for the Bathing Beach on Sunset Lake at Sunset Lake Park, which was issued on Monday, July 18, 2016.  local-news-calendar-of-events.php
 
C-S Maintenance Department Keeps Busy During Summer Months Preparing Buildings For A New School Year

By Bruce Rolfe
The summer months are a time for relaxation for students, but for the Climax-Scotts Maintenance Department the activity picks up and it’s a race against time to get C-S buildings ready for the new school year.
When students begin the new year this September at both the elementary and Jr./Sr. High School buildings, they will not only be greeted by a friendly staff, but they will enjoy a clean and tidy building, thanks to some hard work put in by the C-S Maintenance Department, which consists of Maintenance Supervisor Scott Simmons, Paul Sleeman, Mike Post, Brenda Sowles, and Janet Sutherland, at the Jr./Sr. High School, and Dan Matrau, Jim Wade and Lori Post, at the elementary school. For rest of story and more local news pick up our July 22, 2016 Climax Crescent available July 21, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

Driver Accidently Drives Truck Through Front Of Scotts Country Store - Nobody Hurt

The driver of this truck accidently drove into the front of the Scotts Country Store Wednesday afternoon, but nobody was hurt in the incident. Log onto the Crescent Facebook page for more and pick up the July 29, 2016 Climax Crescent for a more detailed look at this accident.
2006 C-S Graduate Enjoys Smooth Career Take Off 

Jordan Torrance Is Pilot For SkyWest Airlines

By Bruce Rolfe
A 2006 Climax-Scotts High School graduate who had aspirations of becoming an elementary school teacher, has switched gears and is enjoying a pleasant take off to a new career.
Jordan Torrance, the son of Scott and Janet Torrance of Climax, is currently an air plane pilot for SkyWest Airlines. For rest of story and more local news pick up our July 15, 2016 Climax Crescent available July 14, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 
Pictured above are some files that were pulled from the business after firefighters put out the fire at the Galesburg Meat Company. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)
Galesburg Business Owners Overwhelmed With Support Following Fire

Galesburg Meat Company Building Is A Total Loss 

By Bruce Rolfe
Just hours after a devastating fire early Thursday morning left the building a Galesburg business operates out of a total loss, offers of support and help started arriving. 
While fire inspectors aren’t certain yet, a fire that destroyed the Galesburg Meat Company store on Mill Street sometime early June 23, may have been started by lightening.  For rest of story and more local news pick up our July 1, 2016 Climax Crescent available June 30, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

Climax Township Fire Chief Thankful Firefighters Were Available To Assist His Wife In Time Of Need

By Bruce Rolfe
A golf fundraiser last Saturday hosted by the Climax Township Fire & Rescue Association had a scary moment that ended with a positive outcome, leaving a local Fire Chief thankful firefighters were on the scene to assist his wife.
According to Climax Township Fire Chief Scott Smith, his wife, Tracy, was helping prepare food for the 15th annual Climax Fire & Rescue Association golf outing fundraiser at Cedar Creek Golf Course. For rest of story and more local news pick up our July 22, 2016 Climax Crescent available July 21, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

New Elementary School Teacher Hired, 1 High School Teaching Position Remains Open

By Bruce Rolfe
The Climax-Scotts Board of Education faced a light agenda at its regular meeting Monday, but did learn one teaching vacancy at the elementary school has been filled.For rest of story and more local news pick up our July 22, 2016 Climax Crescent available July 21, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

   Climax Township Firefighter Chris Audette (left) congratulates his brother, Russ, at a ceremony after Russ completed Fire Fighter 1 & 2 Academy. (Photograph courtesy of Christine Audette)
Climax Man Won’t Let Age Slow His Ambitions To Become A Firefighter

Russ Audette Completes Fire Fighter 1 & 2 Training

By Bruce Rolfe
When the time comes for a veteran firefighter to step down, one common reason often heard is “it’s a young man’s game now.”
Despite his age of 48 years old, a physical condition he was born with and a torn meniscus that has bothered him for weeks he had surgically repaired last week, Climax resident Russ Audette is going against the trend, living out one of his childhood ambitions of becoming a firefighter. For rest of story and more local news pick up our July 15, 2016 Climax Crescent available July 14, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 
Pokemon Go Mania Has Reached Village Of Climax

Observing people with their faces glued to their phones as they walk down the sidewalk has become quite common, but some village of residents may be interested why some people are walking and looking at buildings as if they are looking for something.
The truth is, they are looking for something.
The Pokémon Go craze that has taken the world by storm has reached the Village of Climax and surrounding area. For rest of story and more local news pick up our July 15, 2016 Climax Crescent available July 14, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

Chance To Grow As A Baseball Player Motivated Brandon Haynes To Choose KCC

By Bruce Rolfe

Climax-Scotts High School senior Brandon Haynes may have been considering another local community college to play baseball at, but in the end, he was convinced Kellogg Community College was the place he felt could help him grow as a player.

After considering Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Haynes signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Kellogg Community College during a letter signing ceremony June 2 at KCC. For rest of story and more local news pick up our June 10, 2016 Climax Crescent available June 9, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

 

2011 G-A Graduate Begins Career Ambitions At Michigan State Police Training Academy

Greg Nichols Hopes To Specialize In Methamphetamine Enforcement

By Bruce Rolfe

As a member of the Galesburg-Charleston Township Fire Department the last five years, Greg Nichols has interacted and worked along side law enforcement officers on various calls to gain a pretty good understanding what their job entails.

Nichols, a 2011 graduate of Galesburg-Augusta High School, started a career ambition of becoming a Michigan State Police trooper Monday when he began a rigorous 22-week course at the 130th Michigan State Police Training Academy in Lansing. He joined 69 other prospective troopers at the Training Academy, which he said takes place Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.   For rest of story and more local news pick up our June 10, 2016 Climax Crescent available June 9, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

 

C-S graduate and former C-S elementary School teacher Linda Gillentine is pictured with the Western Michigan University Human Performance Health Education Alumni Honor Academy Award she received recently. 

1960 C-S Graduate Still Enjoying Career In Education After Four Plus Decades

Linda Gillentine Receives Prestigious WMU Human Performance Health Education Alumni Honor Academy Award

By Bruce Rolfe

When most people reach the age of 75, they’re typically settled into retirement.

But 1960 Climax-Scotts High School graduate and former C-S Elementary School teacher Linda (Rowe) Gillentine still has a drive to make an impact on children and adults in education.  For rest of story and more local news pick up our June 10, 2016 Climax Crescent available June 9, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

 

Barred Owl Struck By Car In Area Is Rehabilitated, Released Back Into Wild In Climax Township

By Bruce Rolfe

An act of kindness carried out by a Climax man and follow up rehabilitation services offered by a Vicksburg couple gave a barred owl a second chance at life last Saturday when the owl was released back into the wild in Climax Township.

The Climax man, who did not want to be identified, said he and his son found a female barred owl that appeared to have been struck by a car, along the side of the road on 36th Street near O Avenue. For rest of story and more local news pick up our Aoril 1, 2016 Climax Crescent available March 31, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

 

Scotty “Bud” Melvin has been one of Kalamazoo’s most popular radio personalities since 1988. (Photograph courtesy of WZUU)

Scotty “Bud” Melvin Still Enjoying Life Behind A Microphone

Popular Kalamazoo Radio Personality Now Program Director At WZUU

By Bruce Rolfe

Although Scotty “Bud” Melvin has been in radio for nearly 30 years and faced some challenges along the way, one of Kalamazoo’s most popular radio personalities is having just as much fun today as he did when his budding career started in 1987. local-news-calendar-of-events.php 

Megan Macomber slides safely into home plate just ahead of a throw during action against Colon Tuesday. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

C-S Coach Praises Team For Late Comeback In Setback To Colon, Quick Bounce Back Win In Nightcap 

Face Athens In Opener Of Panther Invite Saturday

While the end result was a loss, Climax-Scotts varsity softball coach Pam Macomber was upbeat about her teams’ seventh inning rally that fell short 15-14 in the first game of a doubleheader split against Colon Tuesday at C-S High School.

The Panther coach was equally pleased her team responded from the frustrating loss with an 11-6 win in the second game.

The split sends C-S into tonight’s SCAA doubleheader at Camden-Frontier with a 5-3 overall record and 5-1 in the SCAA. Colon improves to 9-6 and 3-1. For rest of story and more local news pick up our Aoril 29, 2016 Climax Crescent available April 28, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

 

   T.J. Gibson makes a put out at first base during action Wednesday against Parchment. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)  

C-S Drops Heartbreaker To Parchment In 10 Innings

The Climax-Scotts varsity baseball team suffered a 12-7 loss to Parchment in 10 innings Wednesday in the season opener at C-S High School. climax-scotts-sports.php

C-S Softball Team Blanked In Opener

The Climax-Scotts girls varsity softball team dropped a 7-0 non-league decision to Olivet on the road Tuesday in the season opener.

C-S managed just three hits in the game – two by Mckenzie Hennessy and one by Taylor Macomber.

Taylor Macomber started and suffered the loss, allowing three runs over two innings pitched on one hit and three walks.

C-S will host Parchment Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in a single game. 

Todd Myers Is 1st Individual C-S Wrestler To Be Named To Academic All-State Team

C-S-M Earns Academic All-State Team Honors

By Bruce Rolfe

Climax-Scotts High School senior Todd Myers became the first individual wrestler in school history to be named to the Michigan Wrestling Association’s Academic All-State squad, but his Climax-Scotts-Martin teammates will also share similar honors as a team. For rest of story and more local news pick up our Aoril 1, 2016 Climax Crescent available March 31, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

 

Wayne Roelof Was A Man With Many Interests Who Touched The Lives Of Many

Former Roelof Dairy Owner Passes Away Unexpectedly

By Bruce Rolfe

A lifelong Galesburg resident whose grandfather started one of Galesburg’s most recognized businesses is being recalled as a hard working and fair business person, a good family man and a person who had many interests.

  Wayne Roelof, 67, died unexpectedly March 15 in Battle Creek. For rest of story and more local news pick up our March 25 Climax Crescent available March 24, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

Hall Of Fame At G-A Welcomes 2 Teams, 3 Individuals 

  The 2008 Ram softball team was KVA and Division 3 State Champions. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

   The 1970 G-A boys tennis team was KVA, Regional and Class C -D State Champions (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

   Tom Dieterman ranks 2nd in career rushing at G-A with 2190 yards. He was a starting halfback on the 1966 and 1967 G-A teams that went undefeated and won KVA and Class C state championships (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

  Steve Howes left his mark at G-A on the wrestling mat. His highlight was his junior year when he was KVA champion, regional champion and  state champion. He finished his career with a 137-26 record. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

 Galesburg-Augusta 2016 Hall Of Fame Night Reception & Introductions Video

A New Era In Climax Begins

Bowman’s BBQ & Meat Market Now Open

By Bruce Rolfe

The wait is finally over.

After delays and anticipation by local residents who often inquired when their new store would open, Frank and Sue Bowman opened Bowman’s BBQ & Meat Market Monday to a steady traffic of appreciative customers.

The old Sinclair’s Market grocery store had sat idle since August 24, 2013, when owners Mark and Ann Sinclair retired and closed the doors.

Owners Frank and Sue Bowman of Climax, purchased the building from the Sinclairs in January, 2015 and immediately started the lengthy process of renovating the store to tailor their vision of offering multiple services under one roof.   For rest of story and more local news pick up our December 18, 2015 Climax Crescent available December 17, 2015 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

You Can Now Purchase Climax Coffee Beans Online

More Coffee Bean Varieties Will Be Available To Purchase Online Soon; Paying For Your Crescent By Credit Card Online Is Also Available

   Many of you have enjoyed the option of purchasing the Climax Crescent by credit or debit card through our online store below, and now, a limited variety of Climax Coffee beans are now available to purchase through our Climax Coffee web site, www.climaxcoffee.yolasite.com. Either log onto the climax coffee web site or click the Climax Coffee logo below to be linked directly to our coffee sales. Just follow the purchasing instructions.

We will be expanding the varieties available for online purchases through our web site soon.

Meanwhile, the Climax Crescent can now accept credit and debit card payments for current and new subscribers on its web site - www.theclimaxcrescent.com, or at the Crescent office.

  A small additional charge of $1 for a one year subscription and $1.50 for a two-year subscription has been added to offset credit card charges the Crescent absorbs for each transaction. 

  If credit cards are used on the Crescent web site, it is very important that current and new subscribers provide an address so we can credit accounts correctly. It is also important to provide an e-mail address that will remain private in case we need to verify account information.

  The Crescent can also accept credit cards at the Crescent office, however a higher surcharge the the Crescent is charged, will be passed on to the customer for credit card transactions that are keyboarded in by telephone and not swiped through a reader in person.

The Credit card and debit card options is being handled through PayPal. 

 Bret Stephenson earned 8 varsity letters with 4 in basketball and 4 in baseball. Bret's career stats in basketball placed him 23rd in the state in free throws made with 337, 19th in the state with 869 rebounds, and 19th in the state with 200 blocked shots. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

 Dale Martin was emcee of the Hall of Fame program and has been a big contributor towards the success of the Hall of Fame ceremony. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent) 

 HUGE BLOW OUT SALE ON FLORESCENT SIGNS

50¢ EACH OR 10 FOR $4. MIX AND MATCH (See slideshow below for choices)

AVAILABLE AT THE CLIMAX CRESCENT - 150 NORTH MAIN STREET CLIMAX.

CALL 269-746-4331 FOR INFORMATION

 
 

Galesburg Recycle Center Open 1st And 3rd Saturday

The Galesburg Recycle Center, located at the Department of Public Works garage (130 Division) will be open on the first and third Saturdays of each month through September.

The recyling center will be open from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The gate will be locked at all other times. 

This service is for City of Galesburg residents only and will be monitored by volunteers. Identification is needed.  

Volunteers are needed and can call Carl Newton at 269-217-3909 for more information about volunteering.

Growing Up Magic

By Crystal Rolfe

    Growing up in the small lake village of Colon, I recall the first time I ever saw a real magic trick. It was during the annual Magic Week in August and I was probably around 3 or 4 years old. My folks, my younger sister, baby brother and I lived in a trailer just across the field from the High School. My dad walked with me up town that day with me struggling to keep up with his wide gate.   local-news-calendar-of-events.php

Ray Smith Was Pillar Of Climax 

Former Publisher Of The Climax Crescent Was Dedicated To His Church, Community, Country

By Bruce Rolfe

If there ever was a person you could label as being the ideal citizen, most in Climax and the surrounding area would put Ray Smith in that category.

Ray passed away Tuesday at the age of 94 at the Sterling House Assisted Living Home in Battle Creek where he had been a resident for a brief period of time.

Smith was a pillar of Climax, having grown up in the village he called home for most of his 94 years on this earth.

Visitation for Ray will take place at the Langeland Family Funeral Home, Climax Chapel Monday, November 18 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, November 19 at 11 a.m. at the Climax United Methodist Church with Rev. Glenn Litchfield officiating. Interment will take place Friday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Climax United Methodist Church or Climax Rotary Club. Memorial Envelopes will be available at the Langeland Family Funeral Home, Climax Chapel.  To read rest of story purchase the November 15, 2013 Climax Crescent available November 14 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings 

 

An Incredible 2-Part Story About A Local Man's Courage And The Challenges His Family Has Faced After He Became Paralyzed From An Automobile Accident



 

When Life Throws A Hardball - Part 1

by Crystal Rolfe

   It’s funny how the older one gets, the more significant and sentimental your childhood years become. Growing up in a small town, under the safety net of family and neighborhood friends who looked out for you and whose lives became intertwined with yours may sound “pollyanna like”, but that feeling of security is what helped us move on when the unfortunate situations of life happened.  And as in most everyone’s life, just when you think you have life under control, life throws you a hardball, and bad, sad, tragic things can happen. local-news-calendar-of-events.php

When Life Throws A Hardball - Part II

 

By Crystal Rolfe

   While composing the second part of this article I am struck by how much easier it was to write the first.  Even though part one was about difficult physical and emotional realities of life, this second half is more about what can happen afterwards which can often be as traumatic. How do I tell you about what has happened without giving all of the details? That is the technical part which has had me frustrated.  But then again, frustration is where Mark & Deb have been living for the last year and a halflocal-news-calendar-of-events.php



 

. We've produced a picture gallary from Greater Galesburg Days. see http://www.theclimaxcrescent.com/picture-gallery.php

 Climax is the site of the First Rural Free Delivery. Pictured below is L. Clark and Willis Lawrence delivering mail.


 

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