Sam Dougherty is pictured in front of the praying hands he carved with his chain saw. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

East Leroy Man’s Wood Carving Brings ‘Hope’

Praying Hands Made By Sam Dougherty Is Memorial To Climax Man’s Late Wife, Source Of Inspiration To Others

By Bruce Rolfe

When East Leroy resident Sam Dougherty sees a large, dead piece of timber or tree stump by the side of the road, he sees potential of turning the item into a work of art.

Dougherty, who makes wood carvings with his chain saw, was commissioned by a Climax man recently to turn a large stump in front of the man’s house into a set of praying hands.  To read rest of story purchase the July 25, 2014 Climax Crescent available July 24 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings 


Bob Millward Steps Down As C-S Varsity Baseball Coach

By Bruce Rolfe

Longtime Climax-Scotts varsity baseball Coach Bob Millward played baseball at Portage Central High School, but as he raised a family in the Climax-Scotts School District and started coaching in the smaller school district here, he quickly developed an appreciation of the many benefits a Division 4 baseball program like C-S can offer.

The positive experiences Millward enjoyed from year to year recently left him telling his players he wished he could have played in a baseball program like C-S, growing up in high school. To read rest of story purchase the July 18, 2014 Climax Crescent available July 17 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings 

C-S Alumni Football Game Cancelled

Organizers Will Try Again Next Year

The Climax-Scotts Alumni football game that was scheduled for July 25 has been cancelled because of low participation numbers according to one of the organizers of the event.

Trent Piper said low participation and securing an opponent after Galesburg-Augusta informed him alumni would not be participating, led to cancelling the event.

Piper said attempts to find a replacement opponent was unsuccessful.

He said there will be an attempt to hold an alumni football game next year. 

Galesburg Rural Route Carriers Return To Local Post Office

By Bruce Rolfe

When new Galesburg Postmaster Ken Taylor learned about his most recent appointment in Galesburg, he recognized there were two important recommendations he wanted to see come to fruition to help meet his customer satisfaction ambitions.

The first change Taylor recommended is to bring the rural route carriers who have been working out of the Miller Road Post Office complex in what was labeled as a cost saving move at the time, back to Galesburg when he began his first day as Postmaster.  To read rest of story purchase the July 11, 2014 Climax Crescent available July 10 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings 

 

49088 SCOTTS COMMUNITY GARAGE SALES: July 18 & 19, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 50 Sales. Maps and food available. I-94 to Exit 85, turn south and follow signs.

Kalamazoo County Road Commission Will Move Up Plans For 44th Street Improvements To This Year

2 Projects Were Originally Scheduled To Be Included In 2017, 2018 Capital Improvement Plans

By Bruce Rolfe

A stretch of road in Climax Township identified by the Kalamazoo County Road Commission as one of the County’s primary roads in the worst shape but was not scheduled for improvement until 2017 and 2018, has been scheduled to be included in the 2014 budget year after the KCRC Board approved an additional $1.4 million in funding to be spent on primary roads.  To read rest of story purchase the July 11, 2014 Climax Crescent available July 10 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings 

 

Ethan Vosburg Is Named MVP Of SCAA West Division

Haynes, Simmons Also All-League, Campbell, Bowering, Chase Audette, Sam Eshuis Are Honorable Mention

Congratulations to Climax-Scotts High School junior Ethan Vosburg for being named Most Valuable Player of the SCAA West Division and to Logan Simmons, Cody Campbell, Kyle Bowering, Sam Eshuis and Chase Audette for also earning league post season honors.   To read rest of story purchase the July 11, 2014 Climax Crescent available July 10 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings 

 

Taylor Piper, Taylor Macomber, Tacey Piper Are All-Conference

Sydney Macomber, Lydia Swager Named Honorable Mention

The Climax-Scotts varsity softball team had three representatives voted to the SCAA West Division All-Conference team and two other players receive honorable mention recognition.   To read rest of story purchase the July 11, 2014 Climax Crescent available July 10 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings 

 

Southwest Michigan to benefit from road improvement grant

Resurfacing Project In Vicksburg, Work In Schoolcraft Part Of Grant

State Rep. Margaret O’Brien today announced special road funding projects in southwest Michigan that will allow road improvements to take place while a sustainable long-term solution is agreed upon. local-news-calendar-of-events.php 

LOST CAT: Our yellow and white cat is lost. Weights 15-20 pounds. Name is C.C. Missing since June 2 from the Mercury Drive/Watkins Road area. Neutered and declawed. If you find please call (269) 965-4780.

You Can Now Pay For Your Crescent Subscription Online, Or At Crescent By Credit Or Debit Card

   In our pursuit to offer a more customer friendly option to pay for the Climax Crescent, 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, tt 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. 

  Employees from Infinity Construction hook up a microwave dish that was pulled to the top of the Village of Climax water tower last Wednesday afternoon for Nextel. (Photo by Bruce Rolfe - Property of Crescent Publishing, Inc.) For more photos, see local-news-calendar-of-events.php

Local Corn Growers Have 2 Concerns

Cooler Temperatures, Wind Damage Could Impact Yield

By Bruce Rolfe

As the calendar moves past the middle part of July when a lack of rain can be one of the main concerns for a corn grower, two not so common problems have surfaced, adding two potential variables that could lead to a later harvest or reduced crop yield.

Temperatures below normal levels during the day for this time of the year have likely slowed down the corn growing process. The week started off with cooler than normal temperatures, likely slowing corn progression rates even further. To read rest of story purchase the July 18, 2014 Climax Crescent available July 17 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings 

City of Galesburg Approves MDOT Recommendation To Close Grant Street Railroad Crossing Following Tragedy

Funding To Place Fencing Along Railroad Tracks, Close Grant Street Crossing Will Be Provided By MDOT

By Bruce Rolfe

A week after a 16-year-old Galesburg teenager was killed after he was struck by an Amtrak train at the Burgess Street and M-96 railroad crossing in the City of Galesburg, the Galesburg City Council approved a number of recommendations by MDOT, aimed to make the crossings and segment of railroad that passes through the City, safer.  To read rest of story purchase the July 11, 2014 Climax Crescent available July 10 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings 

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

MISSING: Female Black Cat. 

Call 580-1141 REWARD! 

Village Of Climax Whacked By Powerful Thunderstorm 

Local Residents Faced Power Outages, Uprooted Trees

By Bruce Rolfe 

Powerful storms ripped through the Village of Climax early Tuesday morning, leaving a good portion of the village without power, trees uprooted and many large tree limbs on structures or the ground.

North Main Street was closed to traffic going north and south for about 3 hours until the Climax Township Fire Department was able to pull a large section of a tree that fell across the road, allowing drivers to use one lane.

The Climax Department of Public Works cleared the tree out of the road later in the morning, allowing traffic to use both lanes. We will be adding to our photo gallery soon.

For complete coverage  purchase the July 4, 2014 Climax Crescent available July 3 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings 

Our Youtube video highlight segment from Tuesday's storm is below. 

 

Enjoy Our Greater Galesburg Days photo slideshow by Calli Ragotzy 

Student Achievement Will Be Priority For New G-A Superintendent

Dania Bazzi Happy To Land First Superintendent Position in G-A

By Bruce Rolfe

Dania Bazzi will be stepping into her first role as a superintendent July 1 at Galesburg-Augusta, but the new superintendent is already talking like a veteran of the profession when it comes to her vision and areas she feels the local school district will need to focus on in a competitive environment that surrounds public schools. To read rest of story purchase the June 20, 2014 Climax Crescent available June 19 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings 


Former Owner Of Climax Lumber Yard Building Recalls Thriving Business

Vern Taylor Helped Build Structure In The 1930s

By Bruce Rolfe

The old Climax Lumber yard building that has stood vacant for years, is in a state of dilapidation and deterioration, owned now by the Kalamazoo County Treasurer’s office for unpaid back taxes. But the old lumber yard was once a thriving business according to the man who helped his father build the structure in the 1930s.

  Former Climax resident Vern Taylor said he helped his father, Earl, build the lumber yard building at 240 North Main Street in the early 1930s during the depression when he was in high school in Climax. To read rest of story purchase the June 27, 2014 Climax Crescent available June 26 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings 



 

 

Headstone Restoration Project In Climax Pays Respect To Local Civil War Soldier

Richard H. Eldred Served In 2nd Michigan Infantry Company

By Bruce Rolfe

With little or no connection to soldiers that fought in wars over 100 years ago, it can become easy for these heros and local soldiers buried in our cemeteries to become forgotten.

Because these soldiers fought in conflicts many years ago, most grave sites contained no flowers to pay respect on Memorial Day. The only item recognizing their effort are the small markers placed by the GAR or other Veterans groups, noting which conflict the person was involved in.

But the General Benjamin Pritchard, Camp 20, Department of Michigan Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War continues to pay their respect to Civil War veterans by participating in cemetery and other ceremonies commemorating the effort of the Union Civil War Veterans and with headstone and monument restoration projects like the group performed in Prairie Home Cemetery in Climax recently.    To read rest of story purchase the June 6, 2014 Climax Crescent available June 5 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings 


 We have started a Memorial Day Photo Gallery that will continue to have photographs added at this link....picture-gallery.php

Watch C-S graduate James Rustenholtz fire up his 1969 Dodge Charger in the Muffler Rap game at the Car Show, view a small video segment from the Memorial Day parade and watch a video segment during the ceremony in the Village Park by logging on to the Climax Crescent Facebook page http://facebook.com

Some highlights from the 2014 Climax Memorial Day parade, old car show, and alumni baseball game are below. 

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.

G-A Hall Of Fame Welcomes Class Of 2014

   Legendary Coach Bill Maskill visits with one of his former players, Greg Austin, a member of the 1990 G-A High School football team that was inducted into the G-A Sports Hall of Fame Saturday. (Photogray by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent). Our You Tube video segment from this event will be uploaded soon.  For more photos go to galesburg-augusta-sports.php

Click the YouTube link below and the G-A Sports link above to view video highlight segments from the 2014 G-A Athletic Hall of Fame.  galesburg-augusta-sports.php 

    Coach George McGinnis (right) visits with Bob Adkins at the 2014 G-A High School Sports Hall of Fame ceremony Saturday.  (Photogray by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent). Our You Tube video segment from this event will be uploaded soon.   For more photos go to galesburg-augusta-sports.php

   The 1990 G-A High School Football team was one of three teams and five individuals welcomed into the G-A Athletic Hall Of Fame during a ceremony Saturday at G-A High School (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - property of Crescent Publishing Co.). For more photos go to galesburg-augusta-sports.php

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)

Dave’s Bargains In Climax Is  Open

By Bruce Rolfe

Local residents will have a new business to shop for new and inexpensive household and other items at bargain prices next week if plans move forward as planned.

Dave Perry, owner of Dave’s Bargains, 151 South Main Street, Climax (the old school house, township hall and Masonic Lodge), plans to open the new business August 28 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Perry, who also owns a Dave’s Bargains in Gregory, and plans to open a third store in Homer in October or November, will be open in Climax on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. To read rest of story purchase the August 23, 2013 Climax Crescent available August 22 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 


CTS Telecom Launches Opportunity To Sign Up For New Triple Play Package

High Speed Internet, Voice, Video All Part Of Local Telephone Company’s Multi-Million Dollar Project

By Bruce Rolfe

The highly anticipated multi-million dollar Fiber To The Premise project CTS Telecom began over a year ago is expected to become active for a limited number of customers soon.

The nearly completed project allows the local telephone company to enter a new era using cutting edge technology that offers the latest telecommunication services to its customers at competitive pricing. 

The project features a triple play package with the combination of voice, video and 12 meg by 2 meg internet access for $99 a month, plus taxes. The 12 meg by 2 meg internet speed is the lowest speed that will be available with higher speeds expected to become available in the future. The telephone company’s current highest download speed is 6 megs.To read the rest of this story as well as view more photographs, purchase our Oct. 21 issue. 

Local Climax Area Business Directory Created by Library Friends

‘Shop local’ and ‘Support your local economy’ not only are popular concepts but also make good business sense and support your neighbors. There are many products and services available in the greater Climax and Scotts area but finding them is not easily done at store fronts or even in the phone book.  The Friends of the Lawrence Memorial Library group in an effort to establish a more direct contact between our local businesses and potential customers has developed a Business Directory. local-news-calendar-of-events.php

 

 

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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