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Comment #162253 by Cortney Pitcher on 27.03.17, 15:43

I had Reuben Stutzman’s crew put a roof on my house this spring I am VERY HAPPY with their work ethic and great prices. They were very polite and hard working. They cleaned up after themselves and did it in a short time. Over all could not be happier with Rueben and his crew.

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Comment #162251 by Samuel Sissler on 27.03.17, 13:23

I guess I’m just naturally not convinced of the value of such broad statements, like “the roads are better in Europe.” It’s a big continent, and I’m wondering how much of it you’ve seen. Because while many cities do have smaller roads, as befits an older civilization that was designed long before the modern automobile, they get a better atmosphere in those cities because of exactly that. So “better” may be a matter of your definition of the word. But there are many countries in Europe whose roads are by my personal observation very similar to ours, including Germany, whose autobahns were the model Eisenhower borrowed for our interstates, and are considered by many to be superior to ours. As for the cars being smaller, I think statement’s that’s also a bit too broad; where do you think the massive BMWs, and Mercedes, (to say nothing of Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Range Rovers and Jaguars, if you include the UK) come from? Finally, and this may be a matter we agree on, it’s pretty well established that the passenger rail systems in many European countries (Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, for example) are far advanced when compared to our own. Clearly, considered how large our country is, it should invest more in rail systems, as it did in the early years when there were fewer people and goods to be transported.

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Comment #162244 by Joan Hochstetler on 27.03.17, 10:48

John, thank you so much for your kind words about Northkill! I hope you’ll find The Return to be a good companion for it on your bookshelf. :-)

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Comment #162243 by Joan Hochstetler on 27.03.17, 10:46

Debbie, you’ll find both books on christianbook.com and Amazon. Gospel Book Store in Berlin, OH, carries it, and so do some Amish bookstores and other Christian bookstores.

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Comment #162242 by Joan Hochstetler on 27.03.17, 10:43

Michael, we’ve been friends forever on Facebook, and I didn’t know we’re related! Which of Jacob’s children are you descended from? The history of the Hostetlers in Ontario would be fascinating indeed to research. I’d love to find out how much is known about them and when/why they migrated there. I’ll bet there’s a very interesting story there!

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Comment #162240 by Joan Hochstetler on 27.03.17, 10:36

Annie, I agree with you about teachers using well-researched historical fiction to teach history, and I’ve advocated that for a long time. It’s the best way to draw readers, and particularly children, into a historical period and get them excited about it. I definitely encourage you to write your own family’s stories! That’s a wonderful legacy for the younger generations. I start by collecting the stories that have been passed down through the family, then research the period the stories happened in. What was going on then in the wider world that would have affected your ancestors? How did people live during the time, including details of their daily life, their occupations and how they carried them out, and so on. What important roles did they have in the period they lived in and how were those carried out? Then imagine their relationships with their family members and others they would have dealt with outside the family. Once you get started digging into it, you’ll be hooked!

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Comment #162238 by Joan Hochstetler on 27.03.17, 10:27

Jess, both books are available from Christianbook.com and Amazon. Some libraries do have Northkill, and we’re hoping to get both books of the series in more soon. If your library doesn’t have it, it’s helpful if you ask them to get it. They often will stock books at reader request.

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What do Amish think about photography?

Comment #162236 by Tolga on 27.03.17, 10:12

Hi Mark, thanks for the reply. Judging by your name and the fact you told me you local to Walnut Creek im guessing your from Holmes County, well the photo which had me concerned i believe is in Holmes County, or possibly just on the outskirts(im not really sure how the USA works with counties and such). I wont post a link to the actual photo itself due to the man’s privacy but i will say the road is quite long in a North-South direction and the start of the road is slightly south east of a place called Fredericksburg and heads north.

As for the pose you were asking about, i went back and took a real close look, and had a good think about the pose in the final set of pictures, he has his hands on his hips and it sort of seems like confusion possibly due to the car looking simmilar to this:

https://www.google.com/streetview/images/understand/device-car.jpg

Your correct when you say we are living in changing times. I guess none of us are really safe from being spied on with all these cameras around everywhere, every move we make being monitored on cctf, sattelite imagery, google etc. A funny thing is just looked up my work place, even my boss has been caught red handed on a cigarette break, where as if any of us tried to he’d throw the book at us.

(Busted you Brucie)https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-33.8392341,150.9306078,3a,15y,324.56h,86.2t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sEoJ551nu0CdxceCZKn5dLA!2e0!5s20160501T000000!7i13312!8i6656

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Comment #162230 by Benuel S Riehl on 27.03.17, 09:48

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What do Amish think about photography?

Comment #162222 by Mark -- Holmes Co. on 27.03.17, 06:37

Tolga, that is very kind of you to be concerned, especially since so many people just take their photos and don’t seem to care if the person photographed minds it or not. (Sometimes it makes me think of zoo animals.)

A few thoughts — it’s hard to tell (without me seeing it) what kind of Amish group the man belongs to and some groups allow photographs, some under certain circumstances, some merely discourage it, some forbid it, and there is always varying individual opinions, too. Was he posing or standing there in annoyance, amusement, or curiosity? In any case, it’s difficult to imagine any group punishing him under such a circumstance, even for the strictest groups. Most groups recognize the ridiculousness of trying to escape the camera in today’s world. “Posing” is more apt to be the idea of getting a formal portrait taken, in some cases even passport photos, or deliberately posing a photo opportunity.

Another though is how many moderate to liberal Amish DO you Google earth at a library or business. If you were to visit our local library in Walnut Creek, there are almost always at least a few Amish there either looking things up or making on-line purchases. Though I haven’t used it myself, I’ve seen what others have found and got a kick out of seeing our home neighborhood through the eyes of Google.

We live in changing times, even the Amish. Anymore we just assume our taxi driver will have GPS. We are used to looking at the screen when our driver backs up to double-check he’s not backing over anyone (or a pet), and we use Google for bus-schedules and advance ticket purchases or to check to see the hours etc. of a place we want to visit on a trip. Of course not all groups or individuals in our community do this, but it’s safe to say many do.

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Amish Taxi Drivers: Profiling Targets?

Comment #162218 by Mark -- Holmes Co. on 27.03.17, 06:26

Thanks, Eve, for the warning! I wonder how many of the people in that community were alarmed? I know I would be… There is such a thing as giving the benefit of a doubt to someone who served his time, but on the other hand, there are plenty of cases that teach us this can be something that repeats. As a parent, I’d be very concerned. Aren’t their laws about the contact such a person may have with children?

Seat belts and “can we get one more in?” I know of people that try that just like I know of drivers who allow it. Some of our people fail to see that while you can “cram one more” in a buggy, it’s neither safe nor legal in a car or other vehicle. Most drivers in our area are good about insisting on the seat-belts and safe numbers of passengers. Our favorite drivers (two of them) wait to start until everyone is belted in. I can think of times the one made an exception — such as discovering someone had been left stranded at an auction, but he made it clear he was not impressed and told everyone this is an exception. (And he took all back roads home, too.)

It occurs to me now, too, that the offender might be able to convince the Amish he was “framed” or it was a “misunderstanding.” That happened in the Berlin area about two years ago and since most Amish will take someone at their word, that guy was driving for a few months before non-Amish people shared stories from the news and the warning was then heeded.

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Comment #162197 by Jess on 26.03.17, 23:09

This sounds like an interesting read. Is the first one in libraries? Or where can I purchase it? I’d love to win a copy! I’m always trying to build my book collection! Thanks for this opportunity.

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What do Amish think about photography?

Comment #162173 by Tolga on 26.03.17, 15:16

Hi i was curious what would the Amish thaughts be on the photos taken by the Google Street View car? I’ve been “Touring” around places like Lancaster County and Holmes County with Google Street View and i have found multiple times where photos were taken of the Amish during their every day life. This was untill i came across one set of photo’s however.

The set i am worried about begins like as the car is approaching an Amish man is mowing his lawn, the next few photos as it gets closer, he appears to be looking directly at the camera, as the car drives past he has stoped mowing and now completely looking at the car, and the last few frames as the car has driven past, he’s completely turned his body around watching the car drive off. My thaughts however were the last few photo’s as he seems to be posing for the camera.

Now i doubt very much that these pictures will be seen by anybody in his community but if they were, what would happen to this man such as would it be considered he has broken the rules or would he be punished all because of Google’s incompetance. This modern era with camera’s everywhere (Dashcams, Google, Sattelite Imagery) worry’s me alot.

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Comment #162171 by Annie Meyers on 26.03.17, 13:34

In the past 3 years or so I have become very interested in historical fiction as a way to start learning about history. I think if teachers in school would have children read some of the historical novels about the periods they want to teach, their students would find their subjects more interesting.

My family has a very interesting background and I never thought to write about it. It’s a good way to learn about my ancestors and the hardships and pleasures they had growing up and becoming adults in their many varied businesses. My ancestors expand many miles and had some very important roles in history. Because of that, I would like to know how you started your stories.

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Comment #162161 by Sandra Levy on 26.03.17, 05:07

Is there a business that builds cabinets that I’d paint and have installed in my kitchen?

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Comment #162160 by Mary Catherine Russell on 26.03.17, 04:14

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Comment #162143 by Harold Cheetham on 25.03.17, 17:48

I have read many books on the Amish, but this is one I don’t have but would love to have to add to my growing library. Live near the Amish and Mennonites in my area and enjoy talking with and seeing all their buggies and the way they live. They are truly a people of nonresistance and believers in God. may God bless them.

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Comment #162142 by Heather on 25.03.17, 17:26

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Comment #162138 by Michael McClure on 25.03.17, 16:44

So excited about this new release. I can’t remember ever looking forward to reading anything like this before. It’s likely due to this being a story that I grew up hearing about from my grandmother Grace Hostetler. I also developed a keen interest in those Hostetlers who migrated to Canada in the early 1800s and settled in New Hamburg Ontario. The beautiful fieldstone homestead still stands as a historic site and the influence of the Hostetlers is still evident in the town to this day. It’s a family heritage I value deeply and a story that has fascinated me since childhood. Very much looking forward to reading this next chapter.

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Comment #162130 by Debbie Prevette on 25.03.17, 10:41

I have never read “Northkill” but have heard of the story. Any particular book store or website carry this book? Really looking forward to this historical read.

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Comment #162117 by Cindy J. on 25.03.17, 01:03

I have been interested and intrigued in both the Amish and Mennonites since I can remember. Their simple, plain ways, their faith, their love of God, their all around simplicity. I enjoy reading and continually learning about their culture. I am so hooked on all the books that are out there that are truly amazing and make you feel like you step into their lives while reading them. Absolutely fascinating & addictive. I get started on a book & I can’t put it down. I attend various Amish Events around my community in support of them & their communities. I just feel like I learn more & more each time I read a book, visit an auction, or community event. I enjoy their lifestyle & their strong beliefs!!!

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Amish Taxi Drivers: Profiling Targets?

Comment #162103 by eve on 24.03.17, 17:41

BEWARE

There is a Tier Three convicted sex offender, Albert Baker, driving for an Amish community in the Hillsboro, Greenfield Ohio area.

Albert Baker charges, “only .50 a mile.” what an allure. I don’t know it this a targeting tactic or trying to give someone “a break.”

All the information regarding Albert Baker can be found on the Attorney General’s Office of Ohio. “White girl, under the age of 13.”….

The community has been given printed information regarding Albert Baker, how they choose to use this information I don’t know. They have been notified that if any inappropriate action/actions take place and they do not notify the authorities they can/will be held liable in a court of law.

Children’s Social Services will be notified and the heartbreaks, heartaches will begin for the rest of their lives.

This man, Albert Baker, paid his debt of nearly five years in prison, that is also an important fact to mention. For the remainder of his life he is supposed to register when/if he should move. Buyer Beware.

In regards to drivers being “targeted”, lets get real. I have driven for the Amish in years past and can’t count how many times it was asked “can we get two more people in the car?” Seat belts for all people, regardless of age is not always a priority in the case of transporting the Amish.

Old Order Amish, New Order Amish, Beechy Amish, the State Police could care less what “Order” they are. Just follow the orders, a seat belt for, and/or child restraint for EVERY person riding in the vehicle is the law. Follow it, and getting pulled over is only an inconvenience.

Keep up the good work of reporting these issues.

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Amish Taxi Drivers: Profiling Targets?

Comment #162095 by Debbie H on 24.03.17, 15:18

To the person asking Why. Could it be that in some areas people are just as prejudiced about Amish as they are about blacks, Hispanics, Muslim, etc. I suspect this has a lot to do with profiling them as well. Some people are prejudiced against anyone who is different, even in the police forces.

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