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10 Common Amish Women's Names (And 10 Rare Ones)

Comment #160117 by Mary on 20.02.17, 22:12

Me too, I’m thinking Frances Emma.

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Amish Builders - Indiana

Comment #160115 by Thomas Pope on 20.02.17, 20:17

I’m Vevay area looking for someone who goes good work and honest. I need the old subfloor removed and replaced. Will have the plywood sheets. Just looking for someone to remove and repl axe. To my knowledge no floor joiust repairs.

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What is Rumspringa?

Comment #160042 by Derek on 18.02.17, 21:57

Hello Melissa,
Since you are divorced single mom and I am a divorced single God fearing and following father of four, maybe we can sit, chat, and become friends through social media. What do you think?

~Derek~

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Ohio Amishman Has Survived 14 Buggy Accidents

Comment #160027 by Nicholas on 18.02.17, 13:51

Mark, I don’t blame you for doing what you can to avoid the tourist crowds! :) That’s a major reason I like going to Northern Indiana in the winter and have a preference for smaller communities like Allen County, Indiana and the folks near Richmond, IN. GB’s like to patronize Amish owned bulk food stores in those areas. 😉 When riding around Anderson, I’ve had to learn which routes are traffic lite and most bike friendly. Sometimes, I’ve had to go out of my way to be safer! I’ve thought I might like living in a decent sized Amish community for the sole reason folks are more used to bikes!

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Ohio Amishman Has Survived 14 Buggy Accidents

Comment #160024 by Mark -- Holmes Co. on 18.02.17, 11:20

Nicholas, I wouldn’t even try to ride on the sidewalk in the tourist stretch of Berlin. :) This is more to the west side close to the Dollar General & auto-detailer. I like to cut in through the alleys that lead into the back streets to avoid the tourism-crowds.

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How do Amish pump water?

Comment #160009 by Eli on 17.02.17, 23:10

Don’t forget that there are different orders of ahmish. Mennonites can even drive cars and such.

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Ohio Amishman Has Survived 14 Buggy Accidents

Comment #160003 by Nicholas on 17.02.17, 17:02

Mark, I am not sure if it is illegal to ride bicycles on sidewalks here. I checked a legal resource, and that was not mentioned. However, bicycles in Indiana are subject to the same laws as a vehicle, so I suspect it’s illegal. Where I live, though, there are not many sidewalks and few pedestrians. Most drivers around here seem aggressive toward cyclists and I use the sidewalk for my own safety. I doubt most police in our area would enforce the no bicycles on sidewalks rules unless there were complaints. I would attribute this to consideration for the safety of cyclists.

My one trip to Berlin, Ohio took place last March when I was there for the Anabaptist Identity Conference. My mother and father were hosting a friend from Berlin, Germany at the time! Berlin, Ohio was much more crowded than the city where we live (we’re on the outskirts where the farms are actually in city limits), even though the population here is 55,000! There were more pedestrians there than in downtown Anderson! I can see why one wouldn’t be able to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk there, legal or illegal.
I would check with a local legal professional like a police officer to find out if it’s illegal in your neck of Ohio, Mark. That or you might be able to find it online.

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Ohio Amishman Has Survived 14 Buggy Accidents

Comment #159995 by Mark -- Holmes Co. on 17.02.17, 14:47

Nicholas, I ride a bike to & from work and to run a lot of errands. I’m thankful that most of our roads are safe for bikes. The main roads have a buggy lane on the side and that works well for bikes, too. I rarely run in to rude drivers while biking. I do have a question, though… I always thought it was illegal to ride a bike on a sidewalk?

Biking through the busy village of Berlin, I have often been tempted to make a left turn on to the sidewalk if I see a gap in traffic. It would be easy to just do that then continue on the sidewalk until I get to one of the business driveways that connect with the back alleys, but always avoided it because I thought it was illegal. Am I mistaken?

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Ohio Amishman Has Survived 14 Buggy Accidents

Comment #159989 by Nicholas on 17.02.17, 11:56

While I can’t help but wonder if this poor soul is accident prone, I have to wonder if he is just unfortunate enough to live in an area where drivers are not aware as they should be or just inconsiderate of non-motorized traffic. While I don’t have a buggy, I ride bicycles a lot and can attest that automobile drivers don’t always observe safety precautions and often pass too close and too fast. I have even had people honk and make obscene gestures when I was riding on a sidewalk simply because they couldn’t turn because I was going through the intersection with perfect right of way. I do wish road safety were a bigger concern for more drivers!

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Comment #159988 by Mark -- Holmes Co. on 17.02.17, 10:17

Jamie, please keep in mind the group written about in the article does NOT reflect all Amish people!

Our buggies are very well lit, have reflective tape and regular reflectors, turn signals, lots of windows, rear-view mirrors, and a flashing strobe-light on the middle of the top. We feel we should be clearly visible on the road and able to monitor other traffic easily not just for our own safety, but out of courtesy and respect for those driving motorized vehicles. We don’t want to be hit, but we also don’t want to leave the car driver in a position of having to feel guilty or traumatized either. To be blunt, many in our group feel the Swartzentrubers should improve their safety standards, but we know it is the way they think/ believe and they are unlikely to change.

God is in control, but my belief is He expects us to be prudent. I don’t cross a busy road without looking for traffic, I don’t drink poison, I don’t taunt bulls, I don’t ignore dangerously high fevers… As individuals we can accept that God is in control but we have a part to play in it as well — using common sense. I sometimes hear my wife giving warnings to one of our children (who tends to act first, consider risks second) “Don’t tempt God.” (It sounds better in our PA German, “Du sollst da Hah naett versuche.”

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Ohio Amishman Has Survived 14 Buggy Accidents

Comment #159951 by Kelly Close on 16.02.17, 12:24

I live in western NY, and the Amish community in our area is growing. I always slow down, even on busy roads. I always get a wave, and a smile. There is no reason why we all can’t share the road, and have respect for each other. Stay safe Mr. Shetler…

Regards,
Mrs. Close

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Michigan Amish

Comment #159924 by John Date on 15.02.17, 17:30

I have visited one in Gladwin and another in Sanilac County.

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Ohio Amishman Has Survived 14 Buggy Accidents

Comment #159921 by Jamie on 15.02.17, 16:11

Judith…very well said and AMEN! I think the Amish believe that nothing happens unless it is God’s will…so if there is a tragedy or death they look upon it as God’s will. I don’t understand either why they wouldn’t want to take some simple measures needed to help protect the life that God gave them.

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Ohio Amishman Has Survived 14 Buggy Accidents

Comment #159915 by Don Curtis on 15.02.17, 14:17

Mark has told me that Belle Center has never had that many buggy – car related accidents. There was one in which an Amish couple on their way to church were hit from behind by a car. The man admitted that he had dozed off at the wheel. Belle Center has had two traffic related deaths. One a six year old boy and the other a thirty something lady. Both were on bikes, at night, and both were hit by drunk drivers.

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Ohio Amishman Has Survived 14 Buggy Accidents

Comment #159914 by Alice Mary on 15.02.17, 13:54

Maybe the reason for the 14th (and 1st fatality) accident was to post this very item in the blog to get our attention. Judging by the comments, IT DID!

My opinions align with yours, Judith. The example of a pregnant woman was a powerful analogy. Thanks for posting it.

Let’s keep our eyes out for non-motorized vehicles of ALL kinds.

Alice Mary

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Rainbows & Sunshine: Subscription Winner and Excerpts

Comment #159910 by Erik/Amish America on 15.02.17, 12:53

Hi Loretta, I didn’t ask Freida about the distribution plans yet, but I did see it already in Gordonville Bookstore when I was there in January.

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Rainbows & Sunshine: Subscription Winner and Excerpts

Comment #159906 by Loretta Shumpert on 15.02.17, 12:18

Congrats Janet!!

Erik, do you know if this publication will be available at the amish run bookstores in Lancaster County?

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Rainbows and Sunshine: A New Publication for Children (Win a 1-Year Subscription)

Comment #159903 by Penny Clark on 15.02.17, 11:14

Would love to share this with my first great-granddaughter. Would be a great learning tool.

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When do Amish get married?

Comment #159898 by Mark -- Holmes Co. on 15.02.17, 08:44

James, you made me laugh out loud. :)

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Rainbows and Sunshine: A New Publication for Children (Win a 1-Year Subscription)

Comment #159897 by Donna Vincent on 15.02.17, 08:38

With so much technology around it’s such a blessing you are doing this even to us non Amish

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Rainbows & Sunshine: Subscription Winner and Excerpts

Comment #159894 by Juanita Cook on 15.02.17, 08:06

Congratulations Janet Senatore.

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When do Amish get married?

Comment #159883 by James on 15.02.17, 04:20

Is your husband aware of that? Should he be worried? Is that an attempt to solicit assistance?

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Ohio Amishman Has Survived 14 Buggy Accidents

Comment #159880 by Judith on 15.02.17, 03:12

My religion, like the Amish, has the utmost respect for Life. From the womb to the grave – we honor and cherish Life. Whether it is abortion or euthanasia or the Death Penalty – we believe taking a human life, including one’s own – is a grave sin. There is not a single Christian religion that I know that doesn’t respect Life from at least cradle to grave.

So I cannot ignore the fact that the Schwartzentruber purposely put their lives and the lives of their children and loved ones in danger, by refusing to have anything except a small lantern lighting up their carriages.

If there was an expectant mother who had a community that said she had to purposefully not take care of herself while she was pregnant, even though it might result in the death of her unborn child – I think we would all say that religion was wacko. Maybe even evil – because Life, given to us by God, is sacred. Yet, somehow for the Schwartzentruber – they believe that their complete disregard for the gift of Life from God Almighty by not driving with a simple reflective triangle or lights, or even more lanterns – is a showing their Love for God.

It appears to me, in my humble opinion, to be so misguided as to be completely disrespectful and ungrateful even, to God for the Life He has bestowed upon them. How sad God must be to welcome a Schwartzentruber member at the gates – only to say “why did you disrespect my gift of Life to you so much, that you would refuse a simple triangle on the back of your carriage? Only to hear them stammer our it was out of respect for you that we forbade it – and I could only see God shake his head in exasperation at it all.

I can only hope and pray that one day the Schwartzertruber will one day accept that God would want them to cherish the gift of Life he gave them more than honoring him with the absence of a reflective triangle.

It’s so discouraging to hear of needless deaths. And I’m sure it saddens God.

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The Amish of Canton, Missouri (42 Photos)

Comment #159874 by Judith on 15.02.17, 01:54

I really agree with Al in Ky – I love when you have photo essays in Amish country. Coming from a completely different part of the Country – it intrigues me with the diversity of houses, buggies, farm equipment, and just the differences in curb appeal of Amish homes. I also love the seasons on display. I always click on these posts. Thank you for sharing them, Don Burke. As always they are appreciated!

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Rainbows and Sunshine: A New Publication for Children (Win a 1-Year Subscription)

Comment #159867 by Jane Unruh on 14.02.17, 21:58

I would love a chance to win a 1 yr subscription for our grandchildren.

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