Trooper Injured Saving Amish Child In Runaway Buggy Hailed As Hero

Trooper Injured Saving Amish Child In Runaway Buggy Hailed As Hero

A New York State Police K-9 Handler is being hailed as a hero after he saved a four-year-old Amish girl in a runaway buggy. This actually happened back in May, but there was little-to-no coverage of it – at least none that came across my radar. Now, the trooper is in the news after being praised for his selfless actions. From the Sun Community News:…

The 10 Biggest Amish Communities (2024)

The 10 Biggest Amish Communities (2024)

Half of them are in Indiana. Two apiece in Pennsylvania and Ohio. And one in Illinois. The list of the top 10 largest Amish settlements doesn’t change much from year-to-year. These places generally have similar steady growth. And relatively few people leaving. Still, I like to do a fresh post from time to time on the largest communities. This year I’m taking a slightly different…

Do Amish Celebrate Independence Day (July 4th)?

Do Amish Celebrate Independence Day (July 4th)?

Fireworks and cookouts are the name of the game today. And some Amish will no doubt be participating in one, the other, or both. But as you’d expect, secular holidays take a backseat to church-sanctioned ones in Amish America. Generally speaking, Amish that are more in tune with the American mainstream (say, by virtue of their occupation, or church affiliation) would be more likely to…

“Extinct” Amish Communities: 7 Interesting Facts

“Extinct” Amish Communities: 7 Interesting Facts

By the end of 2024, the number of Amish communities, known as settlements, will likely exceed 700. As recently as 1999, that number was slightly less than 300. The phenomenal growth of Amish settlements is nearly as rapid as the growth of its population. Although settlement growth is remarkable, there is the other side of Amish history – the settlements that did not make it….

Jury Selection Scheduled For Man Accused In Rebekah Byler Murder

Jury Selection Scheduled For Man Accused In Rebekah Byler Murder

As noted in the latest update, the trial of Shawn C. Cranston will take place this coming November. The Corry, PA resident is accused of killing Amish woman Rebekah Byler, 23, and her unborn baby. A bit more news has come out after Cranston appeared at a pre-trial proceeding Monday. Jury selection has been scheduled for November 12. Other details from the report at yourerie.com:…

Nine-Year-Old Amish Girl Loses Life In “Horse Training Accident”

Nine-Year-Old Amish Girl Loses Life In “Horse Training Accident”

Report of a tragic loss in Lancaster County. Warning, this one is hard to read about. From Fox 56: LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (WHP) — A 9-year-old Amish girl has died after an accident that led to multiple serious injuries on Tuesday. The unnamed child, who lived in Kinzers, was caught in the reins of of her horse that was then “suddenly spooked during training,” according…

Marlene Shares 6 Homemade Crafts (Including “Seed Bombs”)

Marlene Shares 6 Homemade Crafts (Including “Seed Bombs”)

In our latest video, Marlene Lehman of Plain & Simple shares a collection of homemade crafts. And, she explains how two of them are made. The first one, “seed bombs”, I had never heard of before. But what a neat, simple idea. I like the idea of sending these organic gifts in letters. I also ask Marlene to explain how long it takes to make…

Ben: Why Don’t Amish Fly (Or Use Bikes)? Plus: Amish in Florida

Ben: Why Don’t Amish Fly (Or Use Bikes)? Plus: Amish in Florida

In this video Ben answers two viewer/reader questions – on why Amish don’t fly in planes, and on Amish in Florida. We also touch on why Amish in his community (Lancaster County) mostly use only scooters – but not bicycles. This puzzles people especially since Amish in Lancaster County generally are among the most progressive when it comes to technology. While Amish in other major…

Are These “True” Amish? Posing For A Group Photo…

Are These “True” Amish? Posing For A Group Photo…

Stories of Amish and Mennonite people doing outreach projects pop up often in the news. This one caught my eye for a couple of reasons. One is the place where they did the work. But the main reason has to do with how they commemorated the experience. Fixing up a “Deaf Camp” The Amish and Mennonites in this story helped repair what’s called in the…

Six Amish (& Horse) Rescued After Buggy Swallowed By Flood

Six Amish (& Horse) Rescued After Buggy Swallowed By Flood

That’s a scary-looking photo above. Luckily, all made it out okay – including the horse. The Conway, Missouri Volunteer Fire Department rescued a buggy full of Amish Sunday when their vehicle was engulfed by a flood. The Conway area is home to a small Amish settlement. Here is the report via ky3.com: According to the Conway Volunteer Fire Department, they had two water rescues this…

Pennsylvania Amish Stores Targeted In Burglary Spree

Pennsylvania Amish Stores Targeted In Burglary Spree

The past several weeks have seen a rash of burglaries targeting Amish stores, as well as non-Amish churches in western Pennsylvania. This is one in Mercer County, one of the “Amish supercounties“, having a half-dozen separate settlements. The community is apparently the one at Jackson Center, a settlement of about 800 Amish people. The Sharon Herald reports on what has been going on: From mid-May…

Amish-Style “Barn-Raising” Brings Destroyed Lancaster County Hotel Back

Amish-Style “Barn-Raising” Brings Destroyed Lancaster County Hotel Back

A landmark Lancaster County hotel destroyed in a gas explosion in December is making a comeback. Lancaster Online reports that the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn has “raised the roof” on its new building: Bird-in-Hand Family Inn began a “barn raising” Tuesday to rebuild hotel rooms and an office damaged in a Dec. 18 explosion. Weather permitting, workers from Upper Leacock Township-based Beechdale Builders will finish framing…