Below is our latest Climax-Scotts football Youtube video segment with Adam Audette and Todd Myers talking about the season opener Friday at Athens and some of the qualities the 2015 Panther football team has. 

C-S Football Team Brings Size, Strong Chemistry; Opens Season Friday At Athens

Offensive Line Has Combined Weight Of Over 1500 Pounds

By Bruce Rolfe

It’s how teams perform on the field that typically determine the number of wins a team will enjoy at the end of the season. But Climax-Scotts varsity football players and its head coach feel there’s a key attribute present this year, that when combined with talent this team possesses, will not only yield a good number of wins, but make the 2015 season a memorable one.

Right from the first day of practice a strong team chemistry has existed and seems to have picked up momentum heading into the season opener Friday at Athens at 7 p.m.  To read rest of story purchase the August 28, 2015 Climax Crescent available August 27, 2015 at Quik Stop in Climax, Pease Packing, Scotts, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

Library board president Ralph Weessies accepts a State Tribute to the Lawrence Memorial Library from Senator Margaret O’Brien. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

Volunteerism Recognized At Lawrence Memorial Public Library

Senator Margaret O’Brien Presents State Tribute To Climax Library

By Bruce Rolfe

One of the true qualities of a small town is how people come together with the same passion to help keep something important to them move forward like a generation before them did.

The volunteers at the Lawrence Memorial Public Library certainly fit that description. Similar to the volunteers before them, including some who have passed away, they have kept the doors open at the Climax library, which holds the prestigious title as being the only all volunteer public library in the State of Michigan.  To read rest of story purchase the August 28, 2015 Climax Crescent available August 27, 2015 at Quik Stop in Climax, Pease Packing, Scotts, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

 

C-S School Board Will Enter Into Agreement With Online Company To Oversee Alternative Education Program

Special Meeting Brings Plea From Former Students To Continue Adult Education Program

By Bruce Rolfe

The Climax-Scotts Board of Education faced one of those rare decisions that will impact personnel at a special meeting Monday, but crucial facts supporting a move to enter into an agreement with an online company to oversee its Alternative Education program over a traditional classroom setting with a teacher currently in place, ultimately motivated the board to carry a motion to make the transition by a 5-1 margin at a special meeting Monday.   To read rest of story purchase the August 28, 2015 Climax Crescent available August 27, 2015 at Quik Stop in Climax, Pease Packing, Scotts, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 


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C-S Music Boosters Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony At Renovated Concession Stand

More Floor Space Is Biggest Improvement

By Bruce Rolfe

The Climax-Scotts JV and varsity football teams are excited about the new football season about to start and so are the C-S Music Boosters, who operate the concession stand at home football games in a much more spacious facility, thanks to some volunteer work performed by Music Booster members.

The Music Boosters held an official ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon to unveil the new facility.   To read rest of story purchase the August 28, 2015 Climax Crescent available August 27, 2015 at Quik Stop in Climax, Pease Packing, Scotts, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

  Julie Gower sells the first item out of the newly renovated C-S concession stand to Tim Lotter at Tuesday's ribbon cutting ceremony. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

She Does It For The Kids

Joyce Allred Sews Name Plates On Jerseys, Repairs Uniform Tears For C-S Football Team

By Bruce Rolfe

Joyce Allred says with a laugh that when people ask her if she has any grandchildren, her response of about 200, always seems to bring amazed looks.

No, she doesn’t really have 200 grandchildren. But she’s like a grandmother to the students at Climax-Scotts Jr./Sr. High School, where she gives all the students at C-S the love of a grandmother.  To read rest of story purchase the August 21, 2015 Climax Crescent available August 20, 2015 at Quik Stop in Climax, Pease Packing, Scotts, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

Our Media Day and Blue and Gold Scrimmage video highlight segment along with our photograph slideshow are below...Enjoy!!!

Media Day, Blue And Gold Scrimmage Is A Real Dandy! 

Climax Township Board Receives Positive Audit Report

By Bruce Rolfe

After reviewing a positive audit report provided by Dan Melnik of Flegal & Melnik at its regular meeting Tuesday, the Climax Township Board unanimously approved the audit for the fiscal year 2014-2015 ending March 31, 2015.

Overall, the township continues to offer required services, fire and first medical responder services by a quality fire department, make capital outlay purchases and road improvements, while putting funds aside in a healthy fund balance. To read rest of story purchase the August 14, 2015 Climax Crescent available August 13, 2015 at Quik Stop in Climax, Pease Packing, Scotts, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 


Our First 2015 C-S Football Highlight Segment is below. 


Climax Will Be One Of 10 Locations In Kalamazoo County For CN Monopoles

Positive Train Control Communications Towers Are 50-Feet Tall

By Bruce Rolfe

Climax will be one of 10 locations in Kalamazoo County Canadian National plans to construct 50-foot Positive Train Control Communications Towers.

Patrick Waldron, an employee with Canadian National, said the location will be at mile marker 164.8, which is located between the North Main Street and West Maple Street railroad crossings. He said the towers will be constructed on railroad property near the railroad at all 10 locations in Kalamazoo County. To read rest of story purchase the July 31, 2015 Climax Crescent available July 30, 2015 at Quik Stop in Climax, Pease Packing, Scotts, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

Below are segments from the first phase of the tree removing process using a crane in the Prairie Home Cemetery. Video by the Climax Crescent.



Battle Creek Police Chief Offers Climax Rotary Club Insight Of New Challenges For Law Enforcement 

By Bruce Rolfe

Climax Rotarians had the opportunity to gain some insight into trends and new challenges the City of Battle Creek Police Department faces at its meeting July 8.

Jim Blocker, the 18th Chief of Police for the Battle Creek Police Department, reviewed the culture of law enforcement and where the local police department is heading. To read rest of story purchase the July 17, 2015 Climax Crescent available July 16, 2015 at Quik Stop in Climax, Pease Packing, Scotts, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

 

Large Burr Oak Tree Removed From Climax Cemetery Estimated To Be Older than Village

Memory Will Live On With Wood Sculpture In 10-Foot Trunk Of Tree

By Bruce Rolfe

If longevity estimates are correct, the old Burr Oak tree that was removed out of Prairie Home Cemetery in Climax recently is older than the cemetery itself and even the Village of Climax.  To read rest of story purchase the August 14, 2015 Climax Crescent available August 13, 2015 at Quik Stop in Climax, Pease Packing, Scotts, 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. 

Local Youth Shooting Group Are National Team Champions For 2nd Straight Year

By Bruce Rolfe

The Fud Dusters Youth Shooting Group, hosted and partially sponsored by Climax-Scotts American Legion Post #465, won the National Team Championship in trap shooting as an intermediate entry (grades 6-8) at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL. last weekend.

There were five members from the group that participated on the trap shooting team and four other members from the team who attended the tournament competing in the Sporting Clays and Skeet shooting event. 

Members of the trap shooting team that won the national team championship trophy were Jackson Schroder of Athens, Tristan Schroder of Athens, Seith Miller, of Albion, Bryson Falk of Athens and Andrew VanMiddlesworth, of Climax.

Members participating in the sporting clays and skeet shooting competition included Alex VanMiddlesworth of Climax, Caleb Welch of Vicksburg, Jake Horsman of Pennfield, and Braydon Bolton of Climax.

  The Fud Dusters were also SCTP Rookie National Champions for trap shooting last year. To read rest of story purchase the July 24, 2015 Climax Crescent available July 23, 2015 at Quik Stop in Climax, Pease Packing, Scotts, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 


Is Gas, Oil Exploration Process In Climax Township Ramping Up Again?

Company Says Sub-Surface Monitoring Is To Provide Mapping For Gas & Oil Exploration

By Bruce Rolfe

While signs point to oil and gas exploration as the reason Bay Geophysical, Inc. had a crew in Climax Township over the weekend performing sub-surface monitoring, officials with the company did not offer a definitive answer.

One employee on site did note an EnviroVibe 2 machine slowly moving up and down Q Avenue from 42nd Street to 38th Street and was seen in other areas nearby, was performing sub-surface monitoring to provide mapping for gas and oil exploration. To read rest of story purchase the July 24, 2015 Climax Crescent available July 23, 2015 at Quik Stop in Climax, Pease Packing, Scotts, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

 

Owners Of Bowman’s BBQ & Meat Market Hoping For September Opening At Old Sinclair’s Store

By Bruce Rolfe

Some minor challenges combined with large equipment additions and time consuming renovation projects has pushed the anticipated opening of Bowman’s BBQ And Meat Market at the old Sinclair’s Market building in Climax, to September. To read rest of story purchase the July 17, 2015 Climax Crescent available July 16, 2015 at Quik Stop in Climax, Pease Packing, Scotts, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 


Scotts Man Relishes Opportunity To Be Special Olympics King, Participate In Summer Games

Eddie Sturm Enjoys Improved Health After Big Scare

By Bruce Rolfe

A couple of months ago, it was hard to get a smile on Eddie Sturm’s face.

But the Scotts man, who was born with Down’s Syndrome, was all smiles last Thursday at the Special Olympics Summer Games opening ceremonies in Mt. Pleasant after he had the official crown recognizing him as the Kalamazoo County Area 16 Special Olympics king, placed on his head.  To read rest of story purchase the June 5, 2015 Climax Crescent available June 4, 2015 at Quik Stop in Climax, Pease Packing, Scotts, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 

 
 

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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

 

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.

 

BE AWARE OF CARBON MONOXIDE DANGERS

LANSING, Mich. – As temperatures continue to hover around 0 degrees with wind chills at 25 below or colder, citizens are encouraged to be aware of the dangers associated with carbon monoxide poisoning when using alternative heating sources to warm their homes. 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 

Ruckus At Climax Township Board Meeting

Supervisor Asks Police To Have Citizen Removed, Calls For Backup

By Bruce Rolfe

Tuesday’s regular Climax Township Board meeting started routinely, but shortly before the meeting ended it became quite lively when a Climax Township citizen was asked to leave the room by a Kalamazoo County Sheriff officer and the Climax Township Supervisor called for police backup on his cell phone.To read rest of story purchase the August 16, 2013 Climax Crescent available August 15 at Sinclairs Market and 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 

Climax Man Receives Arrest Warrant Following Incident at Township Board Meeting

By Bruce Rolfe

A Climax Township man who was asked to leave the August 13 Climax Township Board meeting by a Kalamazoo County Sheriff Lieutenant, received a warrant for his arrest for disturbing the peace according to the Sheriff’s DepartmentTo read rest of story purchase the October 11, 2013 Climax Crescent available October 10 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or at the Crescent 

     Climax Township Supervisor Don Schultz calls the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department for backup after an unruly citizen disrupted Tuesday's Township Board meeting. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

 

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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