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Amish Builders

Comment #175832 by sd on 21.11.17, 20:06

Nice website! I like it.

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Amish Gene Mutation May Extend Lifespan By 10 Years

Comment #175812 by Dan Gadd on 20.11.17, 16:21

ABSOLUTELY! GENETICS ARE MOST&VERY! 😉

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Amish Gene Mutation May Extend Lifespan By 10 Years

Comment #175772 by Robert phillips on 19.11.17, 13:59

What is Gene Mutation, and how does it work.

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Hot horses and Amish animal cruelty

Comment #175751 by Margo on 18.11.17, 22:33

….touche’….

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What Happens At An Amish Wedding

Comment #175750 by David Stear on 18.11.17, 20:44

From what I have read I have gotten the impression that among many of the more conservative Amish a wedding probably costs even less than $3000. If I am not mistaken, the Beachy Amish are among the more liberal of the various Amish groups and might therefore spend more. Among the more conservative groups I have read that much of the food is made at home by various friends and relatives and brought as a kind of potluck. Among the foods are roast chicken with gravy and mashed potatoes as well as creamed celery, the celery being symbolic among the Amish for a wedding. Various home baked desserts are also served. Much of the food is raised on their farms further reducing cost. Women make their own wedding dresses which can then serve as their Sunday church clothing. I’m not sure what the men wear to be married, but I’m sure it is just as wisely frugal. There is no “maid/matron of honor” or “best man” as all are held to be of equal importance which one could say is Christian practice at its best. There are no rings or flowers so no cost there either. It all stands in stark contrast to the obscene, foolish extravagance of modern mainstream American weddings.

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The Only Amish Community In Texas (21 Photos)

Comment #175679 by OldKat on 17.11.17, 08:18

Stumbled across this post just now, missed it at the time it was current. My wife and I actually lived in Plainview, Texas when we first got married. I was with a farm publication and we really enjoyed that part of the state.

I will say, in the days before massive pumps could bring water up from the underground Ogallala Reservoir (which allowed for massive irrigated farming operations), I could see how it would have been a pretty tough place for a farmer to eke out a living.

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Amish Gene Mutation May Extend Lifespan By 10 Years

Comment #175677 by OldKat on 17.11.17, 07:57

Many people are aware of genetic disorders in the Amish and other semi-closed populations due to starting with a very narrow genetic base. As closely, or at least closer, related (closer than in the mainstream population)individuals produce offspring with certain traits that tend to be concentrated and magnified, the genetic disorders become more frequently manifested than in the general population.

The negative aspects of this have been identified for centuries, BUT people tend to under recognize that if there are POSITIVE genetic traits in such a population; they too will be concentrated and magnified.

When my children were of the 4-H and FFA age, they showed Californian meat pen rabbits at our county fair and other livestock shows in our general area; Houston, San Antonio, Austin, etc. In the earlier years they could produce bunnies that were middle of the road on the show table, but nothing special. We sold all of our breeding stock, purchased new breeders (after Dad knew what to look for) and started a line breeding program.

Look at the results of just our county fair and see if you can figure out when we made the change: 1st year – 9th place, 2nd year – 9th place, 3rd year – 10th place, 4th year – daughter’s pen 9th place, son’s pen 11th place. 5th year – son’s pen Grand Champion, daughter’s pen Reserve Grand Champion, 6th year – son’s pen Grand Champion, daughter’s pen Reserve Grand Champion, 7th year – son’s pen Grand Champion, daughter’s pen 3rd place, 8th year – daughter’s pen 3rd place, son did not participate.

So, it is not really a surprise to me to find out that there can be positive (as well as negative) traits in any given closely related population, that stand out from what is seen in the mainstream population.

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Amish Gene Mutation May Extend Lifespan By 10 Years

Comment #175673 by Erik/Amish America on 17.11.17, 07:09

I hope so Alice Mary. When I read there is a positive effect regarding diabetes, I thought it would be about a lower incidence, so I was surprised when in the video Dr. Vaughan basically said it was nonexistent in the group with the mutation.

Sounds pretty exciting overall and looking forward to hearing about any good benefits this research might bring, especially since a drug is already being tested. Overall it’s great that there is this cooperation between Amish communities and researchers, albeit it is often in trying to solve some of the rare genetic issues Amish and related communities suffer from.

I’ll share other interesting studies that come up, this one was one of the most potentially consequential I have ever seen involving the Amish.

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Inside an Amish Home: Musical Clock

Comment #175662 by Kathryn on 17.11.17, 01:41

It’s made out of silver instead of wood, and the songs last quite a long time, long enough to sing along. The songs are beautiful old Austrian/German waltzes and classical German music.

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Amish Gene Mutation May Extend Lifespan By 10 Years

Comment #175647 by Dan on 16.11.17, 17:30

“… relatives in Adams County, Indiana since the early 1800’s …”

How is that possible since the first white settlers in Adams County arrived in 1835?

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Canada Amish

Comment #175645 by AJ on 16.11.17, 16:03

Caron,
Try contacting director@amheritagecenter.com

Hope this helps.

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Amish Builders - Pennsylvania

Comment #175640 by Mike on 16.11.17, 14:00

Hi, My name is Mike. I had a local (Northern VA) shed company come out today to give me a price quote. The guy is way overpriced, but he said it’s because he builds on site, instead of bringing a finished product like other companies do. (I don’t see what difference it makes provided the same people are building it here or there). He also said he uses an Amish crew that he brings down from PA. (Guys name is Ted and his company is Outdoor Home Center of Manassas)

Anyway, it got me to thinking, if there are builders willing to come down here to build for him, both the builders and I can probably do better without the middle man. Now, I realize that there is a chance that I’m emailing a business owner in PA who does not want his/her builders coming down here to build sheds. If that is the case, my apologies for this email. But just in case it is not frowned upon, please let me know if you have willing builders to build me a 10×10 A frame shed with a ramp, windows, gables for my back yard in Fairfax.

I can send you pictures of the site but wanted to reach out first to see if there is any interest.

Thank you!
Mike
540-219-1896 (texting ok)

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Amish Communities in Oklahoma

Comment #175636 by Gwenetta on 16.11.17, 11:55

I can offer Transportation on the weekends to anyone that needs it for a reasonable fee. Please contact me at (405) 620-1930 for more information.

Thank you

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Amish Gene Mutation May Extend Lifespan By 10 Years

Comment #175635 by Alice Mary on 16.11.17, 11:49

I heard about this on the radio this morning, and was excited to see it featured here, too!

As a diabetic (also with HBP), this could be very important, if not for me in 2017, maybe for my grandkids and their progeny someday. Research is so important, looking for a cure to this progressive disease that affects me, and affected others in my family over the years—my father, sister, uncles, aunts. I wish I could take part in any research that evolves from this finding. And to think it happened at Northwestern (a cousin is an alumnus there)–in my own “backyard.”

I am interested in any other health-related studies involving various Amish communities and hope you could post links to them here, Erik, if possible.

I sincerely thank all the Amish who help by participating in these types of studies. I hope you (and anyone else with Amish friends & acquaintances) can pass that along.

Alice Mary

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New York Amish: 55 Settlements & Counting

Comment #175634 by Alice Aber on 16.11.17, 11:48

Yes, I agree. And that is such a beautiful area of NY state. I have not given up on my dream. I just need the money, LOL. “just”, LOL

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New York Amish: 55 Settlements & Counting

Comment #175633 by Alice Aber on 16.11.17, 11:46

The taxes in NY state can kill you indeed, but there are a lot of tax breaks and incentives that can be had as well. Careful planning and researching ahead and I think you will find in the long run, NY is the better bargain. NY has lost a lot of citizens who do not farm and who want the most amenities. Those amenities come with a high price. The more rural it is the cheaper the cost of living, except food. But if you grow most of your own, if not all, then you can make out pretty good.

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New York Amish: 55 Settlements & Counting

Comment #175632 by Alice Aber on 16.11.17, 11:41

Unfortunately, the only thing that stands in my way is the funding to do it. But I keep chipping away at that. Even as old as I am, I am still wanting that change of life, LOL.

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New York Amish: 55 Settlements & Counting

Comment #175631 by Alice Aber on 16.11.17, 11:38

I am hoping within the next couple of years I might have enough money for a down payment or possibly more. I can tell you, farm land here is at a premium. It is often 2 or 3 times higher than areas of upstate NY. And pretty much only available now when someone dies and their heirs do not want it. Sad, really.

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An Amish-ish Wedding (Part 1 - 17 Photos)

Comment #175628 by Hans Mesman on 16.11.17, 11:03

Hans mesman from the Netherlands
Good Luke

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Amish Gene Mutation May Extend Lifespan By 10 Years

Comment #175623 by Carolyn on 16.11.17, 09:40

I had relatives in Adams County, Indiana since the early 1800’s and wouldn’t mind participating in gene research/studies.

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New York Amish: 55 Settlements & Counting

Comment #175622 by Nick Campiglia on 16.11.17, 09:37

Follow your dream
Prices are great in upstate NY
And with rolling feilds of green pasture and old farm houses
Opportunity form Amish and English to enjoy is plenty
Live along the Mohawk River near Canajoharie &Fortplain
With many wonderful Amish communities

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What's a good gift for an Amish person?

Comment #175529 by Beth Bishop on 14.11.17, 05:12

Your ideas are right on. My children are grown, and I now have a granddaughter. One of the most played with gifts I ever gave my son and daughter was a kitchen set with a grocery cart and food and a tool bench with moveable parts. They played with these sets for years.

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FAQ

Comment #175518 by Donna Soper on 13.11.17, 17:40

I’m “English” and moved into a lovely Amish community in Hart County Kentucky last year. In fact, I bought an Amish property and have updated it with the usual English amenities.

My Amish neighbors, a young couple with four children, brother to the fellow I purchased my property from, have some family in the Salem, Arkansas Amish community and are trying to relocate there. I am trying to help them find a property to relocate to, preferably an Amish property. I’m finding that there is a small number of Amish settled in Arkansas which makes the search more difficult I’m guessing.

My question is, does anyone know of any internet source for locating Amish properties for sale? Any Arkansas realtors that specialize in Amish sales?

I appreciate any input.

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Do you know these 10 Amish terms?

Comment #175514 by J.Knapp on 13.11.17, 15:34

ver-rupt – The German is verrückt … meaning all mixed up/confusing. I know this because of a the Ravensburger game: Das verrückte Labyrinth.

Also that is a very interesting comment about the ver- prefix!

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New York Amish: 55 Settlements & Counting

Comment #175497 by OldKat on 13.11.17, 00:50

You should pursue your dream Alice Aber. We are pursuing the same; though not in NY state. Yes, go for it while you still can.

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