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Maine Amish

Comment #158489 by Christine on 23.01.17, 12:34

I thought it was strange to see a blog about the Amish. They don’t have computers! So who is running this blog? I am a 59 year old nurse thinking about joining an Amish community. I live in Massachusetts so Maine is the closest. I am a born again Christian so I am accustomed to their beliefs and baptism. I got baptized in 2010. Not sure about speaking German though. They live in America, they may be Amish but they are also Americans. Americans speak English. I’m not willing to do otherwise. It’s a patriotic thing I have. I believe in having ancestry, that’s important. But when you decide to live in America, you speak American. I was born here and I will die here and I will speak English. They don’t talk much about healthcare except that they take trips to the hospital. I am a nurse of 38 years. Can’t I work for them and take care of them as a nurse? I also cook and bake. I am wondering what restrictions they have on ingredients other than alcohol of course.

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The Amish of Salem, Arkansas

Comment #158452 by Marion Thornberry on 22.01.17, 23:42

I visit as many Amish settlements as I can and read a lot of Amish fiction and non-fiction.

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5 Things That Might Surprise You About Amish Buggies

Comment #158383 by Kiki on 22.01.17, 04:23

So Rene, if you’ve seen them “literally worked to death” did you make a police report? Do you have any direct evidence of this? As a police officer, I take those allegations very seriously so, if you can’t back up the comment with some hard evidence but are just assuming that working a horse is abuse, don’t make such allegations. Horses have been put to work for thousands of years. It makes no sense to spend the money to purchase, train, house, and feed the very resources that make you a living by “working them to death” as you suggest they do, does it? So, as I’ve stated, unless you have some real evidence and specific incidences that you can put to paper in a written statement for a police report, do NOT make allegations and accusations you cannot prove. If you do have that evidence, then my original question remains; have you filed any police reports?

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5 Things That Might Surprise You About Amish Buggies

Comment #158353 by Mark -- Holmes Co. on 21.01.17, 08:44

although each is similar I don’t think I have built two that were the same.I think I would compare them to a fine tailor making a suit for an individual. Fashioned to fit the community and tailored to suit it’s owner.

That is a perfect description, Ed!

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5 Things That Might Surprise You About Amish Buggies

Comment #158348 by M.H.G. on 21.01.17, 07:28

We enjoyed this story bout Amish made Buggies!
I found some clever ideas that I could use myself…
Thank you!

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Amish Roofers

Comment #158306 by BIllie on 20.01.17, 15:30

Elite crew of Old Order Amish Craftsman and “english”business owners. Several years experience. Conklin Roofing Systems Master Contractors. Commercial jobs of 100,000+ sq to residential jobs. Check out our webpage or find us on Fb at Elite Commercial Roofing & Construction or call us.. 740-245-2436.
We service the tri-state area of Ohio,Wv & Ky. Free on-site inspections and estimates.
We also do construction- garages, pole barns, cabins and outbuildings.
www.elitecroofing.com

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Amish Barns - Indiana

Comment #158304 by megan on 20.01.17, 15:16

Hello! Who would you recommend to build a playhouse for my kids (approx. 10×12 with a lofted bed and porch). I found them at Recreation Unlimited in Indy, but wondering if I can save any money to purchase direct? I would also need built onsite b/c no way to get a truck in the backyard. Thanks! Megan

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A Beautiful Morning in Lancaster County (16 Photos)

Comment #158257 by Nancy K. Paquin on 19.01.17, 19:07

When you have the time to visit in Lancaster, do enjoy the Historical Building. I’ve forgotten the name – perhaps the Amish and Mennonite Historic Society building. While not in a settlement, I enjoy a somewhat simple life amidst a too busy community.

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Amish Leather Goods - Shipshewana, Indiana

Comment #158254 by Lee Ellman on 19.01.17, 18:43

I am lookiing for a fold over key case with hooks for 6 + keys. I don;t see anything like that on this site. Can you tell me if you make such and the cost? Thanks.

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5 Things That Might Surprise You About Amish Buggies

Comment #158240 by Kiki on 19.01.17, 15:09

Hi Erik,

Do you know of any Amish communities in Oregon? We’ll be moving to southern Oregon and wanted to start a mule-drawn carriage/wagon/hearse business there but don’t know of any Amish communities where I can purchase equipment from. I know of non-Amish makers of equine equipment, not necessarily in Oregon but close by, but not any Amish. We could sure take some lessons from them ’cause we’ll be living off the grid. Let me know if there are any communities I could contact. Thanks so much! Kiki

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5 Things That Might Surprise You About Amish Buggies

Comment #158194 by Erik/Amish America on 18.01.17, 19:21

Why thank you, Ed. Welcome to the site. I liked what you had to share in your comment. I would imagine that with that kind of job and experience you’d have a lot of insight. Are you aware of Amish businesses like Pioneer Equipment? They make an array of horse-drawn implements, and have a good chunk of business among non-Amish. They’re based in the Holmes/Wayne Co, Ohio community. If not, it might be of interest given your enthusiasm for horse-drawn.

Thanks again and welcome back to share anytime.

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Do Amish women have rights?

Comment #158188 by Mark willhite on 18.01.17, 16:18

The bible tells us that long hair is a shame to a man. Sampson had long hair? Understanding the bible requires one to resolve the conflict. Proverbs 1:23 is quite necessary.

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5 Things That Might Surprise You About Amish Buggies

Comment #158186 by Ed Holland on 18.01.17, 15:11

Erik, I am new to the site, and have been reading and watching the conversations. I have had the pleasure to live along side a couple of Amish communities. As well as maintain a business buying selling and trading with several communities that span several states . Your post regarding buggies was informative but as you may know they are as unique and individual as the people who use them. One of my main passions is anything horse drawn. I make build to order buggies, and wagons for the Amish and although each is similar I don’t think I have built two that were the same.I think I would compare them to a fine tailor making a suit for an individual. Fashioned to fit the community and tailored to suit it’s owner. I will close for now , but will say, after 30 plus years of living the “Amish experience” I find that your site to be one of the most true to fact. Looking forward to future discussion.
Ed.Holland

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Amish Buggy Skiing (Video)

Comment #158169 by Mark -- Holmes Co. on 18.01.17, 09:36

I definitely will check those suggestions out, Kiki. I had read a few articles on the pressures of maintaining their traditions and values while trying to survive in today’s world. I think there are many groups/ families struggling with those issues in the world today.

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Amish Furniture - Ohio

Comment #158138 by Eric Radcliff on 17.01.17, 21:52

I’m located in Marion Ohio 43302

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2017 Lancaster County Mud Sale Schedule

Comment #158135 by James (Jakob) Kramer on 17.01.17, 19:49

Erik, many thanks for this! You are a wonder, really! A true ambassador for greater understanding of this fascinating culture! May you continue to find joy and pleasure in all that you do!

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What language do the Amish speak?

Comment #158134 by James (Jakob) Kramer on 17.01.17, 19:42

I agree that PA Deitsch (some say Dutch, which is a misnomer) is practically an art form! You should have heard the way my friend Rhoda once spoke to a Mennonite woman in Somerset County, PA: it absolutely flowed, and sounded so nice to my ears. I speak High German and a mix of Schwaebisch-Badisch (the way it’s spoken not far from Pforzheim they tell me). It was almost like hearing my dear Tante Rosi (she passed away in 1990) again! People make fun of Deitsch sometimes, and unfairly so. Of course, the same can be said of many people’s attitude toward Yiddish, which is about 80% Middle German from the Rhein region (not far again from the area my people were from), with lots of Hebrew expressions and even some Slavic words thrown into the mix. Yes, on TV, Seinfeld and other shows used a sort of “Amer-Yiddish” with a kind of New York accent, and that does the language a great disservice! You should have heard my friend Abe and his wife speak it: it was positively elegant! Also my friend Ike (Yitzchak) and his wife, Miriam. They made it sound so nice that I was sort of sad that I never learned it. (Long story from my strange life: in 1993 I had converted to Judaism, and thanks to German had no problem understanding most Yiddish! I returned to Jesus in 2003, and still have a soft spot for my Jewish friends, of course!). At any rate, when one language is retained in a country where another is dominant, it is not uncommon for the two to be mixed occasionally and even often, as in the case with Yiddish and PA Deitsch. You should have heard what I did on Pittsburgh’s famous Monongahela Incline just the other day: a young lady was speaking to an older lady in Spanish. It was beautiful. The older lady answered partly in good Spanish (which I only partly understood, and didn’t hear any Anglicisms), some in “Spanglish”, and then in absolutely elegant English–she didn’t miss a beat or an idiom in her English, and I wanted to applaud!! The Amish are actually trilingual, at least my friends were (Henry passed away last year): he could read perfect High German, he spoke Deitsch, and English without any trace of accent. He even read some of my dialect poetry books, which are out of print, from the region of Pforzheim (“Mei Pforze”, by Fritz Hoehn). I love languages as you can tell, and to make fun of any is really quite sad. In closing this long answer: I love what the late Elias Canetti (Nobel Prize winner, he grew up speaking Ladino, which is largely the Spanish from the time of Cervantes, and learned German later and became a prolific writer of his life and experiences in German)had to say: the death of a language is as if an entire universe ceased to exist. Learn languages, use them, enjoy them, and learn of them! :)

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Amish Business Directory

Comment #158121 by Thomas Winkelman on 17.01.17, 15:42

Mahnomen County Amish sawmill , My neighbor, I’m English, call me at 507 456 0252. Northwest Minnesota for details

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Amish Barns

Comment #158119 by Billie on 17.01.17, 15:20

Elite crew of Old Order Amish Craftsman and “english” business owners. Several years experience. Conklin Roofing Systems Master Contractors. Commercial jobs of 100,000+ sq to residential jobs. Check out our webpage or find us on Fb at Elite Commercial Roofing & Construction or call us.. 740-245-2436. fax 740-682-9450
We service the tri-state area of Ohio/Wv & Ky. Free on-site inspections and estimates.
We also do construction- garages, pole barns, cabins and outbuildings.
www.elitecroofing.com

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Amish Builders

Comment #158118 by Billie on 17.01.17, 15:16

Elite crew of Old Order Amish Craftsman and “english”business owners. Several years experience. Conklin Roofing Systems Master Contractors. Commercial jobs of 100,000+ sq to residential jobs. Check out our webpage or find us on Fb at Elite Commercial Roofing & Construction or call us.. 740-245-2436.
We service the tri-state area of Ohio,Wv & Ky. Free on-site inspections and estimates.
We also do construction- garages, pole barns, cabins and outbuildings.
www.elitecroofing.com

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Amish Roofers - Ohio

Comment #158116 by Billie on 17.01.17, 15:03

Elite Commercial Roofing webpage- www.elitecroofing.com (currently under construction)

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Amish Roofers - Ohio

Comment #158115 by Billie on 17.01.17, 14:54

Elite crew of Old Order Amish Craftsman and “english” business owners. Several years experience. Conklin Roofing Systems Master Contractors. Commercial jobs of 100,000+ sq to residential jobs. Check out our webpage or find us on Fb at Elite Commercial Roofing & Construction or call us.. 740-245-2436.
We service the tri-state area of Ohio/Wv & Ky. Free on-site inspections and estimates.
We also do construction- garages, pole barns, cabins and outbuildings.

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Amish Buggy Skiing (Video)

Comment #158113 by Kiki on 17.01.17, 14:08

Hi Mark,

Lots of videos on their reindeer and how difficult it is to continue the tradition in a world where jobs are concentrated in the cities. Young Sami are finding it more and more difficult to stay and herd the reindeer and most need to get additional work outside the family’s farm. The desire to hold on to cultural traditions is being pushed out of the way by a need to make a living in mainstream Finnish society. I imagine that the Amish have these kinds of concerns among the younger generation as well. There’s a YouTube channel called Barry Hook Horse Drawn Promotions. He trains horses of all kinds to carriage drive. He only uses rubber bits/snaffles too. During Christmastime, he also drives in a sleigh (with wheels though) using a couple of reindeer! This is in England somewhere. That’s why I looked for reindeer training videos and came upon the National Geographic and other videos about the Sami. I’m guessing the reindeer races are a relatively recent practice (not sure) but it sure looks wild! Check it out.

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5 Amish Population Facts That Might Surprise You

Comment #158109 by Peter M. Johnson,The Amish-Mennonite Center for Su… on 17.01.17, 12:47

Amish Community started in Northern Vermont !!!

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Ohio Amish

Comment #158107 by Nicole on 17.01.17, 11:31

We are a millwork company located in a suburb on the East side of Cleveland. We are looking to hire several craftsman full-time with experience in cabinetry and millwork. From experience the amish are very good skilled craftsman and wanted to see the best way to try and reach talent and identify individuals who may be looking for a full-time job. If living in the Middlefield, OH area transportation would not be an issue.

If you could let me know the best way to find individuals who may be looking for a full-time position.

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