Those Amish are too darn loud.

So say the neighbors.

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It seems the ‘peaceful people’ in one PA community are getting their share of noise complaints.

No public power means the Amish have to find other ways to juice their woodworking equipment.

The idyllic calm that many assume defines life in Amish America, is, in reality, often more like a deafening roar.

If you’ve ever been inside an Amish woodworker’s shop, or even around back while a housewife runs the diesel generator that powers her washing machine, you know the noise can be overwhelming.

One unhappy homeowner says the commotion starts around half past five in the morning.  Then, it’s “like having a lawn mower going around your home, continuously for the next 10 hours.”

Ouch.

No wonder it is expected to bring down local property values 20 to 30 percent.

And that’s not the only complaint about Amish businesses, as described in a local Newswatch 16 report (no longer online).

Will the Amish concede?   A meeting had been scheduled between the business owners, homeowners, and local authorities.

A compromise should be reached–perhaps by constructing some sort of muffling device?  Just don’t expect the Amish to switch over to public electric.

In any case, it’s just another obstacle to negotiate for the Amish, as yesterday’s farmers continue to be replaced by today’s entrepreneurs.

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