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Pizzeria Owner Repays Amish Who Helped After 2013 Fire

Comment #642796 by Janice Reamer on 20.08.19, 06:27

Abby: Are you saying that immigrants didn’t start coming here until 1760? Did the natives ever consider the “English legal system” to be legal in their homeland? This country was stolen from the natives by white Europeans. end of story! There was nothing LEGAL about anyone setting foot on this continent, as far as the natives were concerned. NO matter WHAT THE “ENGLISH LEGAL SYSTEM” STATES IN THE GERMANTOWN, PA RECORDS! It wasn’t legal when Andrew Jackson sent Lewis and Clark west, to the ocean, because he believed in “Manifest Destiny”. Perhaps you should go back and read what and how the English legal immigration system really was in those days? Better yet, why not speak to a Native American historian? Get his or her take on the English legal system, vis-a-vis legal immigration to THEIR ancestors’ homeland? This pizzeria owner is a kind man.

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Emma Gingerich On Leaving The Swartzentruber Amish (Video)

Comment #642795 by Jamie on 20.08.19, 06:14

So agree with you, Debbie, Halcomb. This story stinks to high heaven.
Lots of manufacturing going on in the MSM.

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Emma Gingerich On Leaving The Swartzentruber Amish (Video)

Comment #642794 by Jamie on 20.08.19, 06:10

My apologies John Keim! I did not mean to call you Jim. I am still in agreement with you, though!! 🙂

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Emma Gingerich On Leaving The Swartzentruber Amish (Video)

Comment #642793 by Jamie on 20.08.19, 06:07

Jim, I have to agree with your assessment of this article.

I have been friends with the Amish for a year now and can state that they seriously frown upon the Main Stream Medias depiction of them.
I find it odd that this Emma girl lived in a “Strict” community but somehow managed to have her photo snapped as a child. Who would have done such a thing without asking permission from these “Strict” parents? And what kind of nonsense for her to say, “This life isn’t for me” when it is the only life they are aware of? Speaking with my Amish friend on this matter we both agree that when one is born into a certain culture they know none other than that society so there is no wishing or hoping to be somewhere else they know nothing of. How ridiculous this propaganda is! Transitioning from the Amish Culture to the English one must be extremely difficult as almost everything would be akin to learning to ‘walk’ as a baby. One must be slowly acclimated to a certain environment before making a success of it, yet this woman succeeds with no prior knowledge of it. Incredulous!
Could it be that the MSM is deliberately manufacturing these scenarios to encourage a negative view of Amish Life in America? Probably so.
Megan Kelley is not a woman whom I believe to be a healthy role model for young girls so I find her opinion on this matter inconsequential. As a matter of fact, I find our English culture devoid of any redeeming value for anyone….much less for a young girl.
The producers made it plain that they wanted to illustrate Emma’s ‘freedom’ from strictness by showing some skin…that was not lost on me at all. In this vulgar and inane culture baring one’s body seems to be likened to ‘independence and ‘freedom’ yet has a deleterious affect on, not only the girl, but society as a whole.

If this story were true at all I would vehemently disagree with Emma’s choice to leave her culture as a “Courageous” venture, but, rather, a very misguided choice.

And on the matter of her being “brainwashed”, it works the same in our society. The only difference is that we learn to bond with the television rather than human beings doing the “brainwashing”.

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Pizzeria Owner Repays Amish Who Helped After 2013 Fire

Comment #642792 by Janice Reamer on 20.08.19, 06:05

Amen to that!

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Michigan County Deems Amish Homes "Unfit For Human Habitation"

Comment #642787 by Walter Boomsma on 20.08.19, 05:09

There are some rural “developments” (often groups of lakefront camps) here in Maine that have adopted association rules prohibiting pressurized water delivery systems. There are several reasons… one being that it increases water usage and encourages the installation of septic systems (which depend on lots of water). The unstated reason for the rule is to keep the area “seasonal” and not have year-round residents thus preserving the community as (hopefully) the community wishes to remain.

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Michigan County Deems Amish Homes "Unfit For Human Habitation"

Comment #642785 by Walter Boomsma on 20.08.19, 04:59

And, Eric… as a writer I certainly recognized that. But I took advantage of it because I fear that is the question a lot of people are asking.

My number one theory… power, and purpose. Regulators regulate. It gives them a purpose. It’s really not about the common good for most regulators. The rules (regulations) become their god. It’s also a mild form of bullying, although in this case, it’s hardly mild. Bullies are often insecure and gain self-worth by having power over others.

I admire the Amish because they seem to “get” the common good. It really isn’t about regulating for them, it’s about preserving “the common good.” And they actually think.

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5 Interesting Facts About Lehman's (Kidron, Ohio)

Comment #642775 by Al in Ky on 19.08.19, 23:25

I have visited Lehman’s in Kidron several times the past fifteen years. The first time I visited I was surprised that I didn’t see any Amish customers and much of the merchandise seemed to be not as practical for everyday life than I expected. I was again surprised on a visit about three or four years ago. When I pulled into Lehman’s parking lot, a Harley Davidson motorcycle club had pulled in just before me, parked their cycles (about 30 cycles) and the riders went into the store. Lehman’s draws a wide diversity of customers! At that time, Lehman’s also had a “discount store” in a small building in back of the main hardware. In that part of Lehman’s, it seemed like the merchandise was overstocks, closeouts, slightly damaged items, etc. I enjoyed looking around that part of Lehman’s.

One time I visited, I went over to the store that John Keim mentioned and had lunch. I asked a non-Amish person there if many Amish people shopped at Lehman’s in Kidron. She said she wasn’t sure, but she knew that many Amish shopped at Lehman’s Mt. Hope Hardware. I then went over to that store and most of the merchandise seemed more practical, items that would be used in everyday Amish life.

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5 Interesting Facts About Lehman's (Kidron, Ohio)

Comment #642773 by John J. Keim on 19.08.19, 22:56

Sure Erik, we were part of the Ashland Swartzentruber Amish. I did have an uncle that moved to the Lodi Swartzentruber Amish, back then. When my family moved there, there were only seven families altogether. My grandfathe, also John Keim owned Keim lumber co. in Mt. Hope, back in the 30’s, all through the 50’s. I believe. We actually lived in Richland county.

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5 Interesting Facts About Lehman's (Kidron, Ohio)

Comment #642772 by Lisa Moore on 19.08.19, 22:09

I purchased doll clothes and a wooden stroller and rocking chair from Lehman’s that were Amish made and a marble wooden toy and wooden tool set all were Amish made and high quality I also purchase my canning items at Lehman’s

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5 Interesting Facts About Lehman's (Kidron, Ohio)

Comment #642771 by Don Burke on 19.08.19, 21:07

My wife and I have made a stop by there on at least a couple of our passed through the area. And we ate at the small cafe there. I recall them having an particularly large soda-pop section with all kinds of different brands and flavors — many that looked to be nostalgic-themed. I’ve passed by the other store (Mt. Hope), but don’t recall knowing that it was connected to the main store. I don’t recall ever stopping and going in.

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5 Interesting Facts About Lehman's (Kidron, Ohio)

Comment #642767 by Erik/Amish America on 19.08.19, 18:56

That’s a fun comment:) I imagine that is probably the case as there must be some overhead to running an operation like Lehman’s, but I’d also think for visitors especially the experience is part of the value. It’s a neat place to wander around in from what I recall.

But I’d imagine that the Amish contingent would know how to locate the best deal. Of course for some, depending where you live, convenience might beat having to travel farther for an item.

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5 Interesting Facts About Lehman's (Kidron, Ohio)

Comment #642766 by Erik/Amish America on 19.08.19, 18:52

Glad you liked it, Fred, I thought they did a nice job in the original article. I met Galen Lehman once at the store some years ago. Nice that this business has remained a family operation.

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5 Interesting Facts About Lehman's (Kidron, Ohio)

Comment #642765 by Erik/Amish America on 19.08.19, 18:48

Great memory, John! Thanks for sharing it.

Just curious, would you have lived in Ashland County as part of the Lodi-area Swartzentruber community, or would it have been the other community near the town of Ashland? I know they were both already around by the 1950s.

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5 Interesting Facts About Lehman's (Kidron, Ohio)

Comment #642764 by Erik/Amish America on 19.08.19, 18:43

It’s a really nice store. Apparently they have a cafe in there now, I must have missed it or it wasn’t around when I was last there.

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The Ugly Reality Behind Amish "Reality" TV

Comment #642763 by Erik/Amish America on 19.08.19, 18:40

Simple and underrated advice for physical health and a clear(er) head in the digital world we live in. I even tried it myself today, it works 😉

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The Ugly Reality Behind Amish "Reality" TV

Comment #642762 by Erik/Amish America on 19.08.19, 18:34

Sandy, thanks very much – for your comment on the show and about the site in general. I’m glad you found us.

As a side topic, just wondering how learning PA Dutch has been going? How difficult/easy has it been learning it while living in Amish Country?

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Michigan County Deems Amish Homes "Unfit For Human Habitation"

Comment #642761 by Erik/Amish America on 19.08.19, 18:27

It might be about money, but this is still a rather small number of households we are talking about – there’s just one church district in Lewanee County. So maybe 30-40 households, max (and possibly a lot fewer).

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Michigan County Deems Amish Homes "Unfit For Human Habitation"

Comment #642760 by Erik/Amish America on 19.08.19, 18:24

For the record, I wasn’t asking that question as a means of criticism (I realize it might have been taken that way), but rather to set up the next paragraph, which explains Amish concerns about the “slippery slope” of small changes. I certainly respect that concern and approach.

What would be your #1 theory as to why they are attempting to enforce this?

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Michigan County Deems Amish Homes "Unfit For Human Habitation"

Comment #642759 by Erik/Amish America on 19.08.19, 18:20

If you’re asking if it would be satisfactory from the perspective of the Amish, I do not know in this case. Some Amish object to septic systems. That is one objection of the Amish in the MN gray water case I linked above.

These Amish are likely not as plain as that group, though they seem definitely on the more conservative side. I am not sure what their view on a septic system would be (assuming that solves the issue from the County side of things).

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Michigan County Deems Amish Homes "Unfit For Human Habitation"

Comment #642758 by Sharon M. Mills on 19.08.19, 17:49

Very apt comparison!

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New York Vaccination Law Could Keep Amish Schoolchildren Off Buses

Comment #642757 by Walter Boomsma on 19.08.19, 17:30

I have personally driven a taxpayer funded school van to transport as few as two kids to and from school, kids considered that had “behavioral issues” and were kept separate from others. Maybe we could teach these Amish kids how to misbehave?

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5 Interesting Facts About Lehman's (Kidron, Ohio)

Comment #642754 by Lee Zook on 19.08.19, 16:50

I’ve purchased from Lehman’s both in store and online. Good products. In talking to a dear friend of mine, an Amishman who migrated to Southern Minnesota in the mid 70’s and who is since deceased, he acknowledged that Lehman’s had most anything anybody would need but added slyly that it could be purchesed with less money elsewhere!

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Union Grove and Yanceyville, NC Amish settlements

Comment #642753 by Harold Hansen on 19.08.19, 16:41

I own a old Amish Carriage circa 1850
Looking for new wheels

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Michigan County Deems Amish Homes "Unfit For Human Habitation"

Comment #642752 by Deborah Halcomb on 19.08.19, 16:00

Several years ago I worked with at risk children. The houses their parents rented from slum lords was a disgrace as was the price to live in unsafe houses and apartments. Yet no one bothered to tell the landlords to fix the hazardous conditions or go to jail and pay fines.

I say leave them alone.

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