Reliving Death Of A Loved One Has Been Tough But Boer Family Feels Justice Will Prevail

Judge Sends Murder Case To Circuit Court For Trial Beginning June 30

By Bruce Rolfe
As a Forensics Pathologist and Crime Lab Sergeant reviewed details that were discovered in the hours and days after Greg Boer of Pavilion Township was found dead from a gun shot wound to the head February 14 at a preliminary examination May 31 and last Friday, it brought back terrible memories for family members and friends who attended the preliminary examination in Kalamazoo County’s 8th District Court.
After experiencing periods of shock, sadness and grieving in the days following what police say was a murder and allege that Greg’s wife, Janel Boer was the killer, their emotions have turned to a need for justice to prevail.
While the family faces a future without a brother, father, son and loved one, they felt some encouragement when Judge Vincent Westra determined last Friday there was enough probable cause to move the case forward with a trial in the Circuit Court.
“You can’t really put that into words. Everything has been terrible,” said Greg’s brother Troy, when asked how difficult the trial has been reliving the events surrounding his brother’s death. “But finally today, it’s a big step getting it bound over to the circuit court. That’s a huge step. Now we’re just waiting for that trial to come up and eventually the guilty sentence.”
A pre-trial will be held Friday, June 30 at 9 a.m. in the Circuit Court. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Williams said the case has been assigned to Hon. Paul Bridenstine in Courtroom B. He said similar to all felony cases, the case will proceed to a jury trial unless a plea agreement is reached or the defendant decides to waive her right to a jury trial and have the case heard by the judge. To read rest of story purchase the June 16, 2017 Climax Crescent available June 15 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the picture of the newspaper link on the right to subscribe to the Crescent

Mistakes, Comstock’s Bats Send G-A Softball Team To Early District Tournament Exit


By Bruce Rolfe

Errors, wildness on the mound, base running mistakes and Comstock’s timely hitting were too much for the Galesburg-Augusta varsity softball team to overcome in a 20-1 setback to the Colts in a three inning district tournament opening game Tuesday at G-A High School.

The Rams, who complete the season with a 6-17 record, had five errors, including three in the first inning when Comstock exploded for 12 runs. To read rest of story purchase the June 2, 2017 Climax Crescent available June 1 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the picture of the newspaper link on the right to subscribe to the Crescent


Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department Locates IED Near Lafevre Lake

   The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a suspicious object near LeFevre Lake in Climax Township May 19. In a news release distributed by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department May 25, the object was identified as a small improvised explosive device (IED).  The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Kalamazoo Public Safety Bomb Squad.  No one was injured during the discovery of the object.  The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public with identifying anyone involved with the creation of, or placement of the object.  Please contact KCSO at 383-8723 or silent observer at 343-2100 with information.
Climax Man Asked To Walk Woman Who Received His Daughter’s Liver Down The Aisle At Her Wedding

By Bruce Rolfe
Memorial Day is a time to remember those who fought and continue to fight for our freedom.
It’s also a time to remember loved ones who have passed away.
Climax resident Bret Blodgett is certainly no different than others, but a tragic incident less than 15 years ago leaves him facing the holiday with mixed emotions. To read rest of story purchase the May 26, 2017 Climax Crescent available May 25 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link on the right to subscribe to the Crescent
G-A’s Madelyne Standley Looks Forward To Playing Basketball 4 More Years At Albion College

By Bruce Rolfe
Galesburg-Augusta High School senior Madelyne Standley had other options to consider when it comes to continuing her basketball career at the collegiate level, but when considering the entire package of academics, the basketball program and campus life, Albion College stood out.
Standley signed a letter of intent to play at the MIAA Division III college Tuesday in front of family, friends, teachers and former coaches.To read rest of story purchase the May 26, 2017 Climax Crescent available May 25 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link on the right to subscribe to the Crescent

Rams Salvage Split With 2-Run 4th Inning Against Delton-Kellogg


Sweep Fennville, Fall Twice To Hackett


A two-run fourth inning proved to be the difference and helped the Galesburg-Augusta varsity baseball team to a 4-2 win in the second game of a doubleheader against Delton-Kellogg Tuesday for a split against the Rams’ SAC Valley Division rivals.

Delton-Kellogg blanked G-A in the opener 10-0. To read rest of story purchase the May 19, 2017 Climax Crescent available May 18 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the newspaper link on the right to subscribe to the Crescent


Demolition Process At Harvester Brings Sadness, Memories

Owner Hopes To Begin Rebuilding Process Soon

By Bruce Rolfe
One of the Village of Climax’ oldest buildings that stood for over 100 years and was destroyed by fire March 4, was reduced to rubble in a matter of hours Monday, leaving behind a ton of memories.
Even though fate of the old building was determined months ago, a feeling of finality hadn’t really settled in until the crew from Markos Excavating started tearing the building down one section at a time Monday.   To read rest of story purchase the May 19, 2017 Climax Crescent available May 18 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link on the right to subscribe to the Crescent

Family, Co-Workers, Friends Shocked Over Sudden Death Of Mark Gay

Memorial Service Scheduled For May 20 At 1 P.M. At C-S American Legion For C-S Graduate

By Bruce Rolfe
Family, co-workers, friends and residents in the area are mourning the sudden death of Village of Climax Department of Public Works employee and Climax-Scotts High School graduate Mark Gay, who passed away Tuesday morning while at work.
The 40-year-old DPW employee was opening a water hydrant for a field engineer who was working with the DPW on a water reliability Study for the State of Michigan, north of the village in front of Betz Machinery when he collapsed to the ground.  To read rest of story purchase the May 12, 2017 Climax Crescent available May 11 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link on the right to subscribe to the Crescent
Climax, Scotts, Galesburg Post Offices Asks Community To Help Stamp Out Hunger

Patrons Can Have Non-Perishable Items Picked Up At Their Mail Box May 13; Items Can Also Be Dropped Off At Local Post Offices

On Saturday, May 13, the National Association of Letter Carriers, United States Postal Service and other partners are asking the communities of Climax, Scotts and Galesburg to Stamp Out Hunger. This is the 25th anniversary of the food drive, which has grown into a national effort that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to help put food on the table.
All three post office rural route carriers are asking patrongs to place nonperishable items near their mail box May 13 to pick up.  To read rest of story purchase the May 12, 2017 Climax Crescent available May 11 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link on the right to subscribe to the Crescent

Riley Boomershine Likes Madonna University Campus Environment

C-S Senior Signs Letter Of Intent To Play Basketball At University

By Bruce Rolfe
The basketball season that ended in March for Climax-Scotts may be a faint memory, but Climax-Scotts High School senior Riley Boomershine still has the sport on his mind and with good reason.
Boomershine signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Madonna University where he will be attending this fall on a scholarship.To read rest of story purchase the May 12, 2017 Climax Crescent available May 11 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link on the top, right side of our home page to subscribe to the Crescent

Riley Boomershine, in front, is pictured with from left, C-S varsity basketball coach Steve Critchlow, Riley’s parents Robert and Lori Boomershine and assistant varsity basketball coach Dr. William Bell, signing a letter of intent to play basketball at Madonna University. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)
G-A Graduate Advocates For Screening Following Bout With Liver Cancer

Ray Coville Determined To Beat Disease

By Bruce Rolfe
Ray Coville, a 1969 graduate of Galesburg-Augusta, always thought of himself as being a healthy man.
He enjoyed a successful wrestling career in high school that carried into college and he admits he has never had any type of surgery.
His athletic accomplishments in high school led to being inducted into the G-A Athletic Hall of Fame in January as part of the class of 2017 and a healthy looking presence remained in place when he accepted his Hall of Fame plaque.
Coville earned six varsity letters in three sports (1 in track, 1 in football and 4 in wrestling), but he’s best remembered for his accomplishments on the wrestling mat.  To read rest of story purchase the June 16, 2017 Climax Crescent available June 15 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the picture of the newspaper link below to subscribe to the Crescent


G-A Bats Silenced By Schoolcraft


Rams Struggle In Field In 17-1 District Tournament Loss


By Bruce Rolfe

It’s hard enough to overcome multiple fielding errors against good teams, but when bats are silenced and pitchers run into a streak of wildness, it becomes almost impossible to secure a win.

All three short comings found there way into the Galesburg-Augusta varsity baseball teams’ lineup in a 17-1 loss to Schoolcraft Tuesday in the district tournament opener at G-A High School. To read rest of story purchase the June 2, 2017 Climax Crescent available June 1 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the picture of the newspaper link below to subscribe to the Crescent


Bob Verduzco Hopes To Continue Winning Tradition In G-A Girls Basketball

Veteran High School Math Teacher Named New Varsity Coach

By Bruce Rolfe
As a veteran math teacher and coach at Galesburg-Augusta High School, Bob Verduzco appreciates the winning tradition that has surrounded the girls varsity basketball program for many years.
He proudly recalls 2008 when Tim Born guided the Lady Rams to the State Finals, followed by many strong seasons. He watched the program continue in a positive manner under former coach Mark Stephenson, who stepped down following last season’s district tournament exit.To read rest of story purchase the May 26, 2017 Climax Crescent available May 25 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the picture of the newspaper link below to subscribe to the Crescent
Galesburg Meat Company Owner Hopes To Move Into New Building In 2 Months

By Bruce Rolfe
Nearly one year ago the owner of a Galesburg business was devastated and faced an uncertain future after fire destroyed his family business that had been part of Galesburg since 1946.
But as Galesburg Meat Company owner Mark Christian and his family approach the one year anniversary of the fire that destroyed the local business June 23, an upbeat atmosphere radiates from the Mill Street business location because the family is close to moving into a new building that will hopefully be ready to open in two months.  To read rest of story purchase the May 26, 2017 Climax Crescent available May 25 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent

G-A Earns Split With Delton-Kellogg; Rally Falls Short In First Game


Lady Rams Split With Fennville, Hackett


After a seventh inning rally fell short in the first game, the Galesburg-Augusta varsity softball team responded in a big way in the second game to capture a 20-10 win for a split in a doubleheader with Delton-Kellogg Tuesday on the road.

Delton-Kellogg won the first game 19-18.  To read rest of story purchase the May 19, 2017 Climax Crescent available May 18 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent


Bill Haley’s Comets Band Member Still Enjoys Touring With Band

Tommy Vale Teaming Up With Sound Stage One Owner Making A New Album At Local Studio

By Bruce Rolfe
A Veteran musician who has been playing with Bill Haley’s Comets since 1986, is teaming up with another talented musician and Climax business owner, making a new album right here in Climax.  
Tommy Vale, who has not only played for Bill Haley’s Comets for a number of years but many other famous popular musicians, was in the Village of Climax Monday working on a new album Sound Stage One owner Jim Cummings, and his Jim Cummings Band (JCB) is putting together, the JCB’s seventh album. To read rest of story purchase the May 19, 2017 Climax Crescent available May 18 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent
New Climax Township Assessor Enjoys Following Career Path His Father Took

Site Reviews Scheduled To Continue This Summer

By Bruce Rolfe
Although it may not necessarily have been his original intentions, new Climax Township Assessor Ben Brousseau is following the same career path his father enjoyed many years ago and quite frankly, he is enjoying it.
Brousseau was hired by the Climax Township Board by a unanimous vote at the April 11 regular Climax Township Board meeting with an official start date on his contract of May 1. To read rest of story purchase the May 12, 2017 Climax Crescent available May 11 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link above to subscribe to the Crescent

Climax Village-Wide Yard Sale Scheduled For June 24

The Climax Village Council will once again sponsor a Climax Village-Wide Yard Sale Event, scheduled For June 24.

Village Curbside Trash Pick Up Set For May 20; Recycling Pickup Is Every Other Thursday

There has been some confusion whether recycling pickup in the Village of Climax for Best Way customers takes place every other Thursday or the first and third Thursday.
Best Way Disposal has told the Crescent recycling pick up in the Village is every other Thursday.
The Village Curbside Trash Pick Up dates for Best Way customers only has been set for May 20 and September 30.
     We have placed the recycling schedule below for 2017. Recycling week pickup is highlighted with the yellow marker.
Climax Landmark Goes Up In Flames

By Bruce Rolfe
   One of the Village of Climax’ oldest structures was destroyed by fire Saturday.
   A fire broke out in a living residence adjacent to the Harvester Restaurent in the mid-morning Saturday and quickly spread throughout the structure.
   Fire departments from Climax Township, Galesburg-Charleston, Pavilion, Leroy Township, the VA Fire Department and Bedford fire department were all called to the scene.
   Climax Assistant Fire Chief Sean Perrin said the structure will likely be a complete loss.
   Power to a large portion of the Village of Climax was shut off but was slowly being restored at approximately 2 p.m., however the part of town near the main four corners was still out after 5 p.m.
   A resident that lived upstairs and the owners of the building, Kyle and Athena Smith along with their three children and pet dog all made it out safely.
   Athena Smith said the Climax couple believes a space heater caused the fire.

   Please refer back to The Climax Crescent Facebook and website for updates and more video footage and photographs.

Homicide Charge Requested Against Former Climax Post Office Clerk

Janel Boer Arrested For Allleged Death Of Husband, Gregory Boer

By Bruce Rolfe
After over two weeks of investigation, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office requested a charge to the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office requesting a charge of homicide against Janel Boer March 1 for the death of her husband Greg Boer, 35, of Scotts and the charge has been authorized according to a release from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff Department.
Janel Marice Boer, 43, of Scotts, was arrested March 1 at approximately 12:30 p.m. without incident and is being held in the Kalamazoo County Jail.
On February 14 at approximately 1 p.m., the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s office responded to a report of a male subject with a gun shot wound in the 9400 block of South 36th Street. He was identified as Gregory Boer and was pronounced deceased at that time. A manner and cause of death could not be determined at the time.
The Sheriff’s Department had to categorize the incident as a death investigation and would not release any further information until an autopsy was completed.
The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s investigation evolved and Janel Boer, the victim’s wife, was developed in Mr. Boer’s death as a suspect.
Boer was a clerk at the Climax Post Office for approximately two years and prior to that she served as a clerk at the Scotts Post Office. It is not known how long she served as a clerk at the Scotts Postt Office or how long she has been a Post Office employee.
 
 
 

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



 

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


 

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