As we like to do sometimes, a round-up of interesting items in the news and elsewhere around Amish America.
Donald Kraybill talks about Amish out-migration from Lancaster County in this video from WGAL.
Kraybill shares that over the last decade, 400 families have left the settlement. He notes that the Lancaster Amish are the largest affiliation of Amish on the planet.
According to The Amish, they are also much more spread out (found in 37 settlements in 8 states) than the next two largest affiliations, the Elkhart-Lagrange Amish (9 settlements, 3 states) and the Holmes County Old Order (2 settlements, 1 state).
If you’re wondering, an explanation of Amish affiliations.
The Camels of Lancaster County Revisited
In the video above Donald Kraybill mentions the Amish-run Lancaster camel farm we had a look at here last summer. Reader Ed recently made a follow-up visit to the farm, and shares that all seems to be in order.
In fact, their numbers appear to have grown. Ed says that “the Amish have either bought young ones or are breeding them.”
Ed suggests this single camel, in a field across the road from the barn, might be a bull.
This farm’s camels may be multiplying, but I’ll be curious to hear if the number of camel farms begins to multiply.
Amish Still Targets
In April, we asked why criminals seem to target the Amish. A pair of recent incidents show that Amish continue to be victimized. In places including Somerset County, PA, a thief apparently sought out elderly and Amish victims, stealing items after pretending to be looking for work.
In Gladwin County, Michigan, a local report suggests Amish have been targets of robberies, without giving a lot of detail into the cases.
Amish genetics may be helping point the way to new medicines to help prevent heart attacks. A small 2008 study among Amish suggested the existence of a gene which helps keep down the level of a blood fat implicated in heart attacks, called triglyceride.
Two new studies have identified the gene mutations which keep triglycerides low. A drug which mimics this effect could benefit anywhere from 2-3 percent and up to 20 percent of adults. Read more here.
A reader shares that “the Daviess County drawl has been described as Swiss Amish with a hillbilly accent.”
Those signs you see on the side of the road advertising Amish businesses? I’ve wondered how much it costs to rent a slice of someone’s land. In the case of one Indiana business, $100 a year was the rate paid, though “he plans to pay more if the sign brings in enough new business.”
Seen in a recent issue of Family Life: “One of the greatest challenges for the church is to let neither error live nor love die.”
And later in the same issue, the ever-quotable Mark Twain: “There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it, and when he can.”
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