Snowy Conditions Scraps C-S Baseball Teams' Road Trip To Frankfort

A two day trip to Frankfort for the Climax-Scotts varsity baseball team that was expected to help form a stronger bond as well as play some tough competition has been scrapped because of snow in Frankfort.

C-S Coach Bob Millward said officials in Frankfort informed him an inch of snow fell recently and approximately three more inches was expected Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

The Panthers were scheduled to leave the morning of April 19 for Frankfort, practice and then watch Frankfort play a night game.

The Panthers were then going to participate in a four-team tournament the following day, joining Frankfort, Mancelona, and Elk Rapids.

  The athletic departments at both C-S and Pittsford may reschedule Monday’s postponed game with Pittsford for Saturday at Pittsford.

C-S will open the new season at Litchfield April 17 at 4 p.m. for a doubleheader. 

Whoops! Weather Gets In The Way Again

C-S Softball, Baseball Openers Postponed

The constant weather related postponements and cancellations that dotted the winter sports season has already left its mark on the spring athletic season at Climax-Scotts.

Rain has forced officials to postpone the Climax-Scotts varsity baseball and softball teams' scheduled season openers Monday at Pittsford.

There has been no make up dates established yet.

Both teams are scheduled to be in action again April 17 at Litchfield at 4 p.m. 

C-S Students Have Delinquent Lunch Debts Paid By Climax, Scotts United Methodist Church Congregations

By Bruce Rolfe

Students in the Climax-Scotts School District with delinquent lunch debts received a pleasant surprise when the Climax and Scotts United Methodist Church congregations held a special offering approximately three weeks ago to pay for students’ unpaid school lunches in the C-S Elementary and C-S Jr./Sr. High Schools. To read rest of story purchase the March 28, 2014 Climax Crescent available March 27 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings

No Significant Changes In Climax Village Council’s 2014-2015 Adopted Budget

DPW Receives 2% Raise; Council Will Look Into Mold Issues In Library Basement

By Bruce Rolfe

The adopted 2014-2015 fiscal year budget the Climax Village Council approved at Tuesday’s regular meeting, shows no significant additions or reductions over the current budget about to end.

The Council’s new fiscal year budget begins April 1.

The overall budget of $390,963 for the fiscal year 2014-2015 approved by the Council, is made up of the General Fund, Local and Major Streets, and Water Fund budgets.

The budget was built based on a general operating millage rate of 10 mills and 2 mills for water. The Council unanimously approved both millage rates for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Both millage rates are unchanged from last year.  To read rest of story purchase the March 21, 2014 Climax Crescent available March 20 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings

Malachi Satterlee Named Most Improved Player For Siena Heights University

Other 2013 C-S Graduates Finish First Collegiate Basketball Seasons 

By Bruce Rolfe

Climax-Scotts High School 2013 graduate Malachi Satterlee received the Most Improved Player Award at the Siena Heights University 2014 men’s basketball banquet Sunday night. To read rest of story purchase the March 21, 2014 Climax Crescent available March 20 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings

 

Brenna Tutt (left) is pictured running in the 200-meter dash for C-S during the season opening event Wednesday at C-S High School. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

 

C-S senior Eldon Ulsh is pictured running in the 3200-meter run during the season opening track meet Wednesday at C-S High School. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

 

C-S Graduate Turning Hobby Of Making Baseball Bats Into Business Venture

Travis Wade Selling Bats Regularly To Travel Baseball Teams, Individuals Across The Country

By Bruce Rolfe

A 1993 Climax-Scotts High School graduate is combining a love for baseball, graphic arts and working with wood into a small business venture that continues to grow.

Travis Wade, the son of Jim and Lou Wade, of Climax, started making baseball bats on a wood lathe at his parents’ home as a hobby during a minor league baseball career that spanned 12 seasons.

The hobby continued after his career ended in 2009 and has blossomed into a small business for the C-S graduate, who is selling his bats to travel league baseball teams, indoor hitting facilities across the country and individual players under his company’s name of Wade Made. To read rest of story purchase the March 28, 2014 Climax Crescent available March 27 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings


Prairie Baptist Student Is Essay Contest Winner

Ravennah Gray, an eighth grade student at Prairie Baptist School in Scotts, has been named a local winner in the 45th Annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. To read rest of story purchase the March 28, 2014 Climax Crescent available March 27 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings

Overall, KCRC Rates Climax Township Roads Good; Climax-Fulton Road Scheduled For Improvements in 2017, 2018

KCRC Representatives Discuss Funding Resources, Local Road Conditions, Future Projects In Climax Township

By Bruce Rolfe

   Representatives from the Kalamazoo County Road Commission offered a detailed presentation how the local Road Commission operates, is funded, and reviewed local road condition ratings along with future road improvement projects in Climax Township before the March 11 regular Climax Township Board meeting. The KCRC, which employs 40 people including 27 in field operations, oversees 1,266.68 miles of road in Kalamazoo County, including 449.28 miles of primary roads and 817.40 miles of local roads. There are also 60 bridges and 102.77 miles of local gravel roads in Kalamazoo County. KCRC Operations Director Travis Bartholomew reviewed the Road Surface Evaluation Criteria that allows the KCRC to rate the overall surface conditions of roads.  To read rest of story purchase the March 21, 2014 Climax Crescent available March 20 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings

Climax, Galesburg, Other Area Municipalities Will Receive Additional Funding For Roads

 The Village of Climax and City Of Galesburg are among 17 communities in Calhoun and Kalamazoo Counties that will benefit from more than $2.3 million in additional state funding for roads allocated directly for the area thanks to action by the State Legislature March 12, according to a release offered by Speaker of the House Jase Bolger. Under the legislature, the Village of Climax will receive $3,610 and the City of Galesburg, $7,818.To read rest of story purchase the March 21, 2014 Climax Crescent available March 20 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts, the Galesburg Hardings

 

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

    Keith and Carolyn Martin stock the shelves at the Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes Galesburg Food Pantry. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

Kalamazoo Loaves And Fishes Galesburg Food Pantry Continues To Meet Needs Of Others 

Local Churches, Businesses, Organizations, Volunteers Have Helped Keep Local Food Pantry Shelves Full

By Bruce Rolfe

The number of families and individuals using the Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry housed in the lower level of the Galesburg United Methodist Church Education Building, continues to increase, but local volunteers, groups, and businesses consistently play a major role in making sure the shelves remain well stocked to meet the growing demand for assistance at the food pantry.  To read rest of story purchase the January 17, 2014 Climax Crescent available January 16 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings 

Former C-S Coach Likes What She Sees In Lady Panthers

Dana Perrin Gets First Look At Team Monday

By Bruce Rolfe

After stepping away from the sidelines following last year’s remarkable run to the Class D State Semifinal game at the Breslin Center, former Climax-Scotts girls’ varsity basketball coach Dana Perrin got her first look at some of the players she coached in Monday’s 48-33 win over Jackson Christian.

Perrin, who coached the varsity three years and was a varsity assistant one year, resigned after last season because of increased job related responsibilities and to spend more time with her family.

The former C-S coach said Monday night was her first opportunity because of her schedule.

Current Lady Panther Coach Josh Vick felt Monday’s game was his teams’ best outing and Perrin could see why.

“That was the first game that I had seen, but I thought that they played really well. For the lack of height that they have, they make up for in speed and heart. They are feisty. They know their plays very well. They run that press very well. I think Josh is going a great job with them and the talents they have he’s accentuated them and their strengths,” observed Perrin. “I was really proud of all of them.” To read rest of story purchase the January 17, 2014 Climax Crescent available January 16 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings 

  Former Climax-Scotts women's varsity basketball Coach Dana Perrin visits with some of her former players before the C-S-Jackson Christian game Monday at C-S High School. (photograph by Bruce Rolfe - property of the Climax Crescent) 

Stacey Hamlin 

Following Footsteps Of Father, Grandfather Into CEO Role At CTS Telecom Very Gratifying For Stacey Hamlin

By Bruce Rolfe

The concept CTS Telecom majority owner Gilbert Collver recalls his father John Collver emphasized when he purchased all the stock of what was known as the Climax Citizens Telephone Company in 1949, was simple, but important.

Gil said his father felt providing a product the customer wanted, along with good customer service would often lead to success. Besides having the foresight to keep up with technology to meet customer demands, Gil found himself always trying to follow those two key components his father felt was important. 

Now, Gil and Lila Collver’s daughter, Stacey Hamlin, is anxious to embrace those same key elements her father and grandfather stressed in her new role as CEO at CTS Telecom.    To read rest of story purchase the January 10, 2014 Climax Crescent available January 9 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings 

 

Road In Climax Township Identified As One Of The Worst In Kalamazoo County, Scheduled For Repairs

2 Stretches Of Road From Q Ave. To Climax Village Limits Part Of KCRC 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan 

By Bruce Rolfe

Drivers using the Climax-Fulton Road who have had to consistently avoid large, irritating pot holes that seem to grow by the month, will get some relief.

But there will be a little wait.

Joanna Johnson, Managing Director of the Kalamazoo County Road Commission, said two stretches of road along the route have been identified for major repairs in KCRC’s current $31,761,210, Primary Road five-year Capital Improvement Plan.  To read rest of story purchase the January 10, 2014 Climax Crescent available January 9 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings 

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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