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CTA Cross Country Teams Charging Ahead 

The Charger Girls’ Cross Country team works together at the Independent Conference Meet.

The Charger Girls’ Cross Country team works together at the Independent Conference Meet.

The 2015 Creative Technologies Academy Cross Country Team has already participated in their first two races: Kent City Long Lake Invitational and their first  Independent Conference Meet. Running for this year’s varsity girls’ team is senior Kaleigh Keech and freshman Brianne Calkins. This year’s boys’ varsity team consists of junior, Ethan Lehman; sophomores Les Miner, James Hofstra, Dawson Armstrong, and Jonathan LeTourneau; freshman, Dawson Ingersoll. The current school team has strong and seasoned runners who are serving as mentors to the newer and younger middle school runners. There are eight runners in grades 6-8 participating in cross country this season. And while the current high school team is going strong, CTA is also excited for the future with a strong and growing middle school team. With eleven meets left in the season, both the high school and the middle school teams are continuing to work hard and press on for a great 2015 cross country season!

Junior Ethan Lehman uses the knowledge of his years of racing as he mentors the Middle School CTA Cross Country Team.

Junior Ethan Lehman uses the knowledge of his years of racing as he mentors the Middle School CTA Cross Country Team.

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Kids enjoy Sand Lake fun


Berkley, age 3, and Sullivan Armstrong, 8 months, are shown enjoying the festivities at the Sand Lake VFW Friday night, December 13. They reportedly loved the bounce house, hot wheels track and decorating star cupcakes with their grandma and grandpa Ruth and Donald Armstrong.


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The Post goes to Boston

Don and Ruth Ann Armstrong reading The POST in Boston.

Don and Ruth Ann Armstrong reading The POST in Boston.


Don and Ruth Ann Armstrong, longtime Tiger fans, visited their son Dr. Dustin D. Armstrong (a 1996 graduate of Tri County High School) and his fiance’, Vicki Wong, in Boston. While there, they attended the Red Sox Championship parade, and this is how they watched it—with their noses buried in the Cedar Springs Post!

Dr. Dustin D. Armstrong and his fiancé, Vicki Wong.

Dr. Dustin D. Armstrong and his fiancé, Vicki Wong.

Thanks so much for taking us with you!

If readers are going on vacation, take a copy of the Post with you, snap a photo, and send it to us with some brief information to news@cedarspringspost.com.


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Rought & Armstrong

Rick & Sherry Rought of Gowen announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather, to Sam Armstrong. Sam is the son of Glen and Wanda Armstrong of Cedar Springs, Michigan. The bride is a graduate of Davenport University and is employed at Farmers Insurance. The Groom is attending Davenport University and is employed at GE Aviation. A summer wedding is planned in Holland, Michigan.

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Concert fundraiser for Alpha Family Center

Missy Armstrong and Jeff Rose, of the nationally recognized bluegrass band, Detour Bluegrass, will be performing at Kent City Baptist Church on November 18 at 8pm. The concert will benefit the Alpha Family Center in Cedar Springs. A love offering will be taken and used to help those in our community. Please join us! You can contact the Alpha Family Center at 696-2616 for more information.

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The Chores

The Armstrong family home was located on Algoma Avenue, just north of 14 Mile Road. Cedar Creek flows through the farm. Photo courtesy of the Algoma Township Historical Society.

By Eloise Armstrong Covey
Courtesy of the Algoma Historical Society

Eloise Armstrong Covey died in June at the age of 90. She was a longtime resident of Algoma Township and often shared her memories and stories of her childhood with The Post. We are reprinting a story here that ran in the Algoma Township Historical Society newsletter.

When I was a little girl we lived on a 120-acre farm that my parents, Milton and Minnie Armstrong, owned on what is now Algoma Avenue and 14 Mile Road. Helping with the chores was a required thing with all farm kids, and after we came home from school, we changed from our school clothes to our work clothes, as there was plenty of work to be done. We usually had about eight or ten head of milking cows plus calves, horses, pigs and chickens.

The cows were pastured in the woods, about an eighth mile from the barn and where Cedar Creek ran through it. We would have to go down the stump fence-lined lane, find the cows and drive them up the lane to the barn. Sometimes they were ornery and ran across the creek and we would have to wade across and drive them back. I learned to milk cows when I was very young. The calves nursed from their mothers for a while and then they had to be taught to drink from a pail. We would put some warm milk in the pail and dip our fingers in the milk and then put our fingers in the calves’ mouth and then we slowly lowered our hand into the pail until they learned to drink from the pail.

In the winter, the fence lane would fill with snowdrifts between the stumps but we still had to drive the cows to the creek for water until the lane filled completely with snow and the creek froze. Then we had to pump water by the hand pump and carry it to the barn for the animals to drink after the path to the barn was shoveled. Chickens and pigs also had to be cared for and wood chopped and carried in for the kitchen stove and the living room stove.

In the evening, we studied by kerosene lamps and went to bed by 9:00 p.m. Chores had to be done in the morning before we changed to school clothes for another day at school.

We did not have electricity for many years. My parents got electricity when I was about 18 years old.

How well I remember the cold, snowy, shoveled path to the “out house” and the Sears & Roebuck Catalog for toilet paper.

Food had to be carried to the basement in summer to keep it as cool as possible. Vegetables and fruits were kept there for winter use.

I’m glad I experienced those years. We were happy and pretty healthy. God bless us. I’m glad for the “good old days” but more for the conveniences of today!

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