12-08-2016 Samantha Scott crowned 2017 Miss Teen Coloma; Keeler Township passes ordinance to control

2017 MISS TEEN COLOMA… is Samantha Scott (left) and 1st Runner-up is Maurissa LaGrow (right). They were chosen during the pageant held on December 3 at the Coloma High School. Both are students at Coloma Jr. High.

2017 MISS TEEN COLOMA… is Samantha Scott (left) and 1st Runner-up is Maurissa LaGrow (right). They were chosen during the pageant held on December 3 at the Coloma High School. Both are students at Coloma Jr. High.


Samantha Scott crowned 2017 Miss Teen Coloma

 The new Miss Teen Coloma is 15-year-old Samantha Scott. Samantha is the daughter of Rhonda and Billy Scott. She attends Coloma High School.

Samantha was crowned, Saturday, December 3. She is involved in track, basketball, marching band, concert band, color guard and 4H. When asked who inspired her the most, she said Chaunte Lowe because she showed her that hard work really does pay off and dreams really do come true. Her favorite past time was when the entire high school band rode all the way to Disney World and marched in front of the Castle.

Maurissa LaGrow was crowned Miss Teen Coloma 1st Runner-up. She is the daughter of Cindy and Dave LaGrow. The 14-year-old attends Coloma Jr. High School where she is involved in basketball, band, volleyball and softball. She is a member of the Honor Club and she is a National Representative for the Arthritis Foundation. When asked who inspired her the most, she said her dad because he never gives up and always provides for her family. Her favorite past time is shopping and traveling the world.

The pageant’s theme was “Miss Teen Coloma takes a Road Trip to Hollywood”. During the introductions, each contestant stated where their pit stop would be on their way to Hollywood. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Rochelle Ulleg. Judges were Amy Graham, Cory Knuth and Nikki Deckard. Allana Thomas performed the National Anthem to kick off the contest. The 2017 Miss Coloma contestants and 2016 Miss Coloma Court of Honor also performed during the contest.

Contestants were awarded several gifts for most souvenir buttons, happy ads and tickets sold as well as a new category that was added, most photogenic, which each judge chose. 2017 Teen Sweetie, which was voted by the 16 contestants, went to 13-year-old Jazmin Finch.

Keeler Township passes ordinance to control blight

By Annette Christie

Following the taking of their oath to serve another term as the Keeler Township Board, the board got down to the business of continuing to make their township a better place.  The board reviewed the final version of the Noxious Weed and Uncontrolled Plant Grown Ordinance.  Public Act 359 of 1941 and Public Act 246 of 1945 allows townships to pass the ordinance which is intended to secure the health, safety, and welfare of the people that reside there and protect the agriculture crops and prevent blight.

The ordinance determines that land owners and occupants must keep weeds (determined to be noxious weeds) from reaching 15” or the seed bearing stage.  In addition, uncontrolled plant growth must not exceed a height of 15”.  The ordinance states that the township will publish a notice each spring, and that those in violation of the ordinance will be notified and offered an amount of time to remedy the situation.  If the land owner or occupant does not, the ordinance gives the township the authority to then remedy the situation and to apply the costs associated on the tax bill for the property.  In addition to being billed for property clean up, the property owner could be assessed a fine as well.

There was some discussion amongst the board members with regard to the height that would be allowed.  Ultimately it was the 15” that was selected; however, it is open for review by the board after the first year.

Van Buren County Road Commissioner Rick Boze announced to the township board that he will be representing this area for the next six years as he was recently re-appointed.  Boze represents Keeler, Hamilton, Hartford, and Lawrence townships.  He attends the monthly meetings of all the municipalities he represents.  Keeler Township Supervisor Bill Kays commented, “You come to every one of our meetings and we appreciate that.” Boze replied, “If I’m not here it’s hard to know what’s going on.”

Boze told those in attendance that the Road Commission is