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Let's go Blue Devil fans. Today's the day to start voting! Week #5 of the 2022 Michigan High School Football season is h...

Let's go Blue Devil fans. Today's the day to start voting!
Week #5 of the 2022 Michigan High School Football season is here!
Just a reminder to make sure to spread the word and vote for your school for the Week #5-Detroit Lions Michigan High School Football Game of the Week! Visit
Beginning today at 12 noon, voting takes place for a 48-hour period and runs through Wednesday at 12 noon.
Each school from the selected game will receive a $275 grant to utilize for future Hudl subscriptions and upgrades.
Vote at
today-Wednesday! Good luck!




Congratulations to our Men's Blue Devil soccer team who defeated the Parchment Panthers last evening 3-2! 💙💛🔱⚽


While the old tractors and engines get the most attention during the Michigan Flywheelers Museum's Antique & Tractor Show, there is plenty of entertainment to see as well - all of it free with the price of daily admission.
The four day event which starts Thursday, September 8 and runs through Sunday, September 11, has a full schedule of performers on tap featuring everything from country music to karaoke.
Kicking off the musical entertainment will be acoustic guitarist Dan Geib performing during a special celebration of the museum's 100 year old renovated gas station at 11 a.m. Thursday.
In the Stephenson Barn nightly entertainment will start with Matthew Borr on Thursday, The Mike Struwin Band on Friday and The Bronk Bros. on Saturday. Also, Saturday at 7 will be John Dudley, Magician Extraordinaire, who is also the show's announcer.
For full information, times and prices, see

Football Fever Week 3: Vote for the Game of Week
Football Fever Week 3: Vote for the Game of Week

Football Fever Week 3: Vote for the Game of Week

Voting for week 3 Football Fever Game of the Week is underway!Voting runs until 10:30 a.m. Sept. 7Portage Central will play its third straight home game against


Go Blue score
Lawton 48
Decatur 12


Couldn't find any post that was shareable, but for those interested: Blue Devil JV Football won: Lawton JV 37 - Decatur 6


Congratulations to our ladies XC team who took first at the New Buffalo XC Invitational!

1 Kendra Koster 19:00.57
3 Sofia Oertel 21:03.39
10 Annika Steinke 23:35.08
25 Addisyn Price 25:00.20
28 Miley Torres 25:21.43

Way to go, ladies! 💙💛🔱

MCCAA.ORGLawson of Kalamazoo Valley selected as MCCAA Western Conference Volleyball Offensive Player of the WeekMadison ...

Lawson of Kalamazoo Valley selected as MCCAA Western Conference Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week
Madison Lawson (Lawton, MI/Lawton), a sophomore middle blocker, had been named MCCAA Western Conference Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week. Lawson had 39 kills in four matches last week as the Cougars went 1-3 at the Parkland Tournament.


In case you missed it (like I did!) Lawton won their football game on Thursday night against Benton Harbor 27-12. Player of the Game was Kal Motter. Congratulations to all!

SAVE THE DATE 90th Birthday Celebration forAnne CoombsOpen House – Saturday, August 27th2:00 - 5:00 p.m.St. Paul's Unite...

90th Birthday Celebration for
Anne Coombs
Open House – Saturday, August 27th
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
63855 M-40
Lawton, MI


Hours for use: 10am - 7pm Everyday


ATTENTION from the Village of Lawton about the Splash Pad: Unfortunately the splash pad will continue to be closed over the weekend due to extended maintenance on the water tower. We have an estimated reopen date of Wednesday, July 27th.
We apologize for the inconvenience.


Bronson is hosting career fairs in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek during the last week of July, seeking to fill clinical assistant job openings. Job seekers are invited to the fairs on Tuesday, July 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Gilmore Center for Health Education, located at 7 Healthcare Plaza on the North Campus of Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, as well as Thursday, July 28 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital Outpatient Center Conference Rooms, located at 300 North Ave.
Candidates interested in clinical assistant positions will meet hiring managers, learn about all open positions, discuss Bronson’s generous compensation package, and interview one-on-one with a recruiter. Candidates are encouraged to attend in person, though a virtual option is available on both days.
To see event details or apply before the job fair, visit


Notice from the Village:
ATTENTION: Splash Pad will be closed July 18-22.


(Also printed in The 'Reader)

Saturday, July 9th
**Main Street will be closed from 6 a.m. – Midnight. Please follow the detour signs and allow for extra time**
8:00 A.M.
5k Race Kick-off at the Middle/High School Lighted Sign
9:00 A.M.
*Car Show on Main Street (9-3)
*Co****le Tournament – lot next to Wagoner’s (9-2)
$20 Buy In/Ages 15 and up
*Face Painting/Henna Tattoos in front of FireHall (9-5)
*Food Trucks in FireHall Parking Lot with seating
(9 A.M. until they are sold out)
9:30 A.M.
Horseshoe Tournament Registration
Kid’s Dream
Tournament starts at 10 A.M. – Until Finish
$20 for 2 man team - Double elimination
Bring your own Shoes

10:00 A.M.
*CRAFT SHOW – Down 3rd Street and The Alley (10-5)

11:00 A.M.
*Dunk Tank – Between Gas Station and Library (11-4)
*Kid’s Activities, Games, Rock Painting and more in the FireHall (11-3)
*Cardio Drumming – In Front of FireHall (11-1)

1 P.M.
Stomp Rockets – In Front of Firehall (1-4)

4-9 P.M.
Bounce Houses – Lot next to Wagoner’s
Parade Line-up – Elementary School
(No need to sign up, just come and we will find a place for you)

5 P.M.
Grand Marshals: Nancy & Al Lueder

7 P.M. – Dusk
**Bronk Brothers**
Live on Stage
Bring Your Lawn Chairs and Your Dancing Shoes

Lawton’s Amazing Fireworks!!

**All of the local restaurants will be open during the day also. There will be a DJ on the corner by Big T from 11-4.
**ALL activities will be paused at 6:30 P.M. for the National Anthem, sung by Summerfest Alumni Dan Brooks
**Most of the activities are free of charge – brought to you by our AMAZING Sponsors for this year. This is a family friendly event to be enjoyed by everyone in the community and beyond.


Welchs is hiring for three shifts.
If anyone is interested. Try the website for the application.
Great pay.

Don't forget the BBQ!!

Don't forget the BBQ!!


Memorial Day Festivities:
Monday May 30, 2022 -
Parade lineup (4th St. by the fire station) at 9am
Parade begins at 10am
Memorial Service following the parade at the Oak Grove Cemetary
BBQ following Memorial Day service at the Lawton Fire Station.

The family of Bill Cronenwett Sr.  would like you to join them for a Lawton Fire Department tribute at 2 pm followed by ...

The family of Bill Cronenwett Sr. would like you to join them for a Lawton Fire Department tribute at 2 pm followed by a celebration of life party on Sunday June 12 at Cronenwett Farms 70121 28th Street, Lawton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawton Fire Department Association.


The Lawton American Legion is working to become more active in the community! The Post has been open during the day and Everyone is Welcome to stop in for a cup of coffee, good music, and a chat with Sarge!
You don’t have to be a Veteran to support those who fought for our Country!
An American Legion Auxiliary can make a difference in a Veteran’s life!
Let’s ALL be Proud Americans and support the Lawton American Legion, Post 220!
PLEASE attend the meeting - TODAY AT 6:00 p.m. to see what we have planned for the future of Post 220!


Attention: Lawsons.............scrapbook of Charles Lawson found


DONATIONS FOR MEM. DAY GARAGE SALE TO HELP FUND SUMMERFEST: We are collecting your gently used items for the Summerfest garage sale May 7th. Trailer is on M-40 across from Ericson's. The back door of the trailer is open. You can place your items in there every Saturday this month from 9-4. If you need help unloading, please let Casey Hackenberg or myself know and we can make arrangements to have someone meet you down there. We will be popping in periodically throughout the day, but there won’t be someone there all the time. Let’s pack the trailer Lawton 🤩


Are you spring cleaning? Do you have unwanted items just laying around?
Donate your unwanted items to the Lawton Summerfest garage sale fundraiser.
Donations can be dropped off each of the remaining Saturdays this month from 9am - 4pm at the semi trailer on M40 across from Motycka’s garage and Erickson’s garage.
Garage sale will be held at the Lawton Fire Department on May 7th from 9am - 4pm.
*Volunteers needed*

Timeline photos

Timeline photos

Our next Passenger Tire, Semi Tire, and Electronics Collection event is coming up soon! On Saturday, April 30th, we will be at the Village of Decatur Transfer Station.
The VBCD will accept passenger and semi tires and electronics for recycling from any Van Buren County resident or landowner. Farm and other business tires will not be accepted, per our grant stipulations. Contact us if you have farm or other business tires that you need help recycling.
Be sure to reserve space for your tires (not needed for electronics) by first filling out this form:
Once you fill out this form, you will receive an email or a phone call where you need to complete part 2 of your RSVP by April 28th.


There will be a Summerfest meeting tomorrow night at 6pm. We need volunteers for a variety of things. If you are interested, please come and sign up for something. We have a lot of opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Shannon Hackenberg. The meeting will be at the Depot again. Hope to see you all there


COMMUNITY INPUT REQUESTED!! Join us at the Red Brick Hall on April 14th from 6 to 8 pm


Attention Seniors....Lawton Lions Club Scholarships....

$20 Special Starts tonight and for the 100th entry there will be a special prize.  Sign up and get your friends and fami...
Lawton Summerfest 5K

$20 Special Starts tonight and for the 100th entry there will be a special prize. Sign up and get your friends and family to join you. This event kicks off a GREAT day in the town of Lawton! Don't miss it!

The Lawton Summerfest 5K is on Saturday July 9, 2022.

Congratulations to our REGIONAL CHAMPION competitive cheer team! We're so proud of you ladies! 💙💛🔱📣🏆

Congratulations to our REGIONAL CHAMPION competitive cheer team! We're so proud of you ladies! 💙💛🔱📣🏆

From Pat Mayne:        Sorry for the late notice:  It would be nice to greet these girls back into town around 3:00 toda...

From Pat Mayne: Sorry for the late notice: It would be nice to greet these girls back into town around 3:00 today as they return with a regional championship!

Photos from Lawton Free Reader's post

Photos from Lawton Free Reader's post


These hardworking Lady Devils are the best in the region this year and are going for a Regional mitten Saturday February 26th at Jenison High School 11am.

Energy and support is what they want and to accomplish that, they need as many fans in the stands cheering for the Lawton Blue Devils as possible. Please do what you can to be there, be loud and to be Blue Devil proud! 💙💛🔱📣🏆


Tonight's home JV boys basketball game has been canceled.


Tonight's MIDDLE SCHOOL wrestling meet in Martin has been postponed until Thursday February 24th.


Don't miss this fundraiser for the Lawton Firefighters Assocation.
It's an Ice Fishing Tournament and Fish Fry in Lawton on FREE FISHING WEEKEND (no license required!) with registration between 7am and 8am at the Lawton Fire Hall, 125 S. Main St., Lawton, MI.
Prizes for individuals in categories • $5 optional BIG FISH side bet • Total weight panfish 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes for both adults and 14/under • Weigh-in and Fish Fry is 2pm at Legion Hall, 404 N. Main St., Lawton, MI • For information call Todd at 251-0165 or Kevin at 568-1105.


Congratulations, ladies! 💙💛🔱💪🏋‍♀️

Photos from Lawton Athletic Boosters's post

Photos from Lawton Athletic Boosters's post



Tonight's Girls JV and Varsity games vs Holland Black River is canceled.

The Varsity girls will be playing at Lawrence tomorrow night at 6pm.

Any questions can be directed to Mr. Richter. Thanks!



Congratulations to Lilly Grear and Cooper Geib, our 2022 Snowcoming Queen and King! 💙💛🔱👑👸🤴





Congratulations to Coach Wade Waldrup and Coach Aj High for being recognized by the MHSFCA yesterday as Regional Coach of the Year and Assistant Coach of the Year! 💙💛🔱🏈

Photos from Lawton Athletic Boosters's post

Photos from Lawton Athletic Boosters's post


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We are getting excited for the crafters and artists who are participating in this year's Lawton Summerfest Evening Block Party! July 10, 2021. Check us out! We have some new to us crafters and some proven regulars in this years mini show. Thirty-three booths this year, it includes:

Beth's Affordable Gifts - Beth Green
Purple Moon Bakery - Brittany Rathbun
Jewelry by Char - Char Short
Barefoot Barnwood - Cindy Yankovich
Heather's Craft Corner - Heather Klimp
Jackie Hack-McDowell - Featured Artist of the Year
Rey and Ry Creations - Jessie Rought
Kathy's Kreations - Kathy Dahms
TaLL Trinkets - Kelly Linder
Larry Gardner
At Linda's Leisure - Linda Tyler
Uniquely Kool Stuff - Lisa Gregg Miniat, Kim Nuyen
Lou Ann McClain
Julie Parsons
Marianne's Mixes - Marianne McArthur
Mari's Design & Leona Grace Creations - Marie McNett
Mary Teadt
Developed Decor - Nichelle Flynn
Oliver St.Onge
Patricia Austin
Rob's Sports - Rob Konwinski
Silver Palace Soaps & Sundries - Shauna Lula
Susan Haynes-Stender
In a Bind - Tara Behrman
MsTree Jewelry Designs - Teresa Featherstone

The Lawton Summerfest Committee is hosting this year's summer festival because we know everyone has been through the wringer this past year and a half. By "hosting" I mean it is FREE to everyone.

Crafters and Artists get their booths FREE this year! We did not solicit for donations this year from local businesses as they are all hurting too. This is the Summerfest committee's gift to our community.

The Craft Show is on 3rd St. from 3:00 pm until 9:00 pm. There will be a parade at 5:00 pm and afterwards a street dance with a live performance by The Bronk. Bros.!! When was the last time you saw live music!?!

July 10 is coming up quickly!
Can anyone help I have a giant family. Throughout van Buren and am a paw paw resident please see below:
I'm doing a school project in my forensic psychology class about who may have influenced my personality and my career choice. I'm looking for any articles, post news clippings of my grandmother- virgina may eggert (Cramer) my grandfather Christian eggert- we was supervisor for dept of public works. Was a sworn officer of Lawton police and tinys the police chief assistant and also on lawton fire dept. My great grandmother and grandfather winifred- winnie Cramer (brown) and Charles-bill Cramer they ran and owned the laundry mat next to the then airport now the golf course in the 700 block of north main st. I know people have posted about my grandfather and the news clipping about him painting the squiggly lines on the cross walks to mess with the intoxicated people leaving the bars and tavern. Any help would be greatly appreciated.!!!
General labor and hourly jobs around Van Buren County
We are still looking for more big equipment or trucks. We will have a hotdog lunch and candy bags for the kids. How to see you there!
We lost our sweet baby on Saturday in Lawton and haven't been able to find her. She is a long hair gray tortie. My poor daughter cannot sleep and has been having panic attacks because she misses her cat so much.. She has never been outdoors and we cannot figure out who let her out or how she got out. Please please help us find our kitty.
Family, Friends and community...
Lawton High School has set their 2020 Graduation Ceremony date for Friday, June 19 @ 6:00 p.m. with a parade immediately following the ceremony. Due to current social distancing guidelines, it will (most likely) only allow for very limited spectators. The rain date is scheduled for Saturday, June 20 @ 12:00 noon. EVERYONE is encouraged to line the parade route to congratulate and recognize the LHS Class of 2020 (see proposed route below).
Please mark your calendars for Friday, June 19....find a spot on the parade route, bring the noise & excitement and help celebrate the LHS Class of 2020 as they roll through the streets of Lawton in the post-graduation ceremony parade! 👨‍🎓💙💛🎉
Really liked your article in the Free Reader for May (The Year The World Stood Still Part II).
The Paw Paw Cinderella Project will NOT be cancelled.

We will accept a small number of attendees in the salon at a time. All others will be given a number, wait outside and receive a text when it is their turn to enter the salon and choose a gown.

There will be a time restriction to ensure that everyone in attendance will have a chance to view and try on gowns.

Hand sanitizer will be available and all in attendance will be asked to use it and /or wash hands before viewing the gowns and formal wear.

Use discretion and please stay home if you are not well.

We hope to see you Sunday!
Miss Paw Paw Scholarship Program along with the Harvey House Salon are hosting the 2nd Annual Paw Paw Cinderella Project this Sunday, March 15th 10am-2pm at Harvey House Salon.
The Harvey House is collecting gowns, formal dresses, gown shoes and accessories until Saturday March 14th.
All area High School girls are welcome to attend with one guest. Our goal is that all girls leave with the perfect prom gown or formal dress for FREE.

Please do not confuse this event with the Cinderella Project of Kalamazoo,

You are welcome to share this as much as possible until Saturday. Thank you friends!
3rd Saturday of the month December thru February 10 am - 3pm
When is the Christmas parade in Lawton?
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