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Amish Guy Buggy Skiing, End-Of-Year Edition (Video)

Comment #663757 by Joe Zygala on 11.12.19, 10:40

I wonder if these Amish guys do cross country skiing on their own property, but only get noticed when being pulled on public roads. It would be a good way to get around their farm property in winter. I would find it hard to believe these guys go out and buy or make skis just to have them used in the manner shown in the videos.

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8 Snapshots From My Lancaster County Visit

Comment #663755 by Al in Ky on 11.12.19, 08:51

I have visited 39 Amish settlements in 11 states. I hope to visit every settlement in Kentucky, but have a long way to go. The Young Center reports that as of 2019 there are 44 Amish settlements in Kentucky and an average of one new settlement each year. Thus far I’ve only visited 9 of them.

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One Swartzentruber Community's (Unique?) Buggy Visibility Improvement

Comment #663754 by Mike Sparks on 11.12.19, 08:01

In Ohio, especially with the Swartzentruber communities of Ashland, Wayne and Holmes Counties, I am seeing similar use of reflective tape, as well as attaching short pieces of white PVC pipe to the spokes of the buggy wheels. As the wheels move the car lights pick up the movement of the PVC to alert drivers.

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8 Snapshots From My Lancaster County Visit

Comment #663746 by Erik/Amish America on 10.12.19, 21:03

Interesting Walter – I did a quick check – looks like you’re right on, that it’s a pretty rare occasion, this year right after Christmas from Dec 26-29: https://ephratacloister.org/events/lantern-tours/

From the description:

6:30—8:00 pm with tours departing every half hour
These special theatrical tours take you back in time to visit Ephrata Cloister as it may have appeared in the 1700s. Each year, we offer a new story with a cast of junior and senior high school students playing the roles that bring history to life.

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Mother & Daughter Communities - Comparing 3 Amish Settlements (39 Photos)

Comment #663745 by Erik/Amish America on 10.12.19, 20:55

It’s funny Howard but while I’ve been to a good number of Amish markets, I’ve never been to one really in the Lancaster County area, despite spending a good amount of time there on many visits (closest is probably in York County). I guess I just never think of going to the markets while I’m there, but perhaps I should next time. Of the three you mention, which did you like the best to visit?

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NY Judge: No Religious Vaccination Exemption For Amish

Comment #663744 by Tammy Bowman on 10.12.19, 20:54

Vaccines have destroyed herd immunity. Overuse of vaccines causes new strains of disease. Vaccines cause autoimmune disease, seizures, and death. Vaccines are unacceptable outdated unreliable unproven toxic poisons that offer little to no benefit and substantial health risks to the vast majority of people. There is no evidence that any vaccine has prevented any disease ever. Bring back vaccine manufacturer liability. Demand justice for vaccine injury victims.

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Mother & Daughter Communities - Comparing 3 Amish Settlements (39 Photos)

Comment #663743 by Erik/Amish America on 10.12.19, 20:51

That’s great Glenn, it sounds like they like having you around!

Which community in Kentucky are you referring to? I just met an Amish couple from Irvington, KY in Florida last month.

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A Visit To Pineview Bulk Food & Deli - Farmville, VA (30 Photos)

Comment #663742 by Erik/Amish America on 10.12.19, 20:46

Chris, that’s great to hear! Thanks for letting know. Sounds like some excellent beef that a lot of folks are enjoying now.

I wanted to stop in to say hello to Omer last week as I was passing through, but ran short of time. Just curious, did you already know about his place, or heard about it here? I’m always curious how people find out about Amish businesses; Pineview also has a Facebook page which I mentioned in the post above which has a good number of followers, so I’m sure that helps get the word out. https://www.facebook.com/PineviewBulkFoodsandDeli/

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Missouri Amish

Comment #663741 by Erik/Amish America on 10.12.19, 20:41

Great, glad it worked!

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Missouri Amish

Comment #663740 by Erik/Amish America on 10.12.19, 20:39

Marcie, thanks for the comment. It sounds like that is probably a new settlement which started up after the previous one dissolved. This happens sometimes.

The source I used for this article showed that there was an Amish settlement in Downing from 2000 to 2008. I checked and it looks like another community started up in the Downing area also in 2008, so it must have been not long after the previous one ceased to exist. This happens from time to time, when a different group of Amish goes in to settle an area where Amish previously lived.

One example is the community at Burke’s Garden, VA, which I just visited a couple of weeks ago. They had an Amish community there for most of the 1990’s before it failed. Then another one started up about eight years ago.

It’s an interesting phenomenon, it’s possible that the second group of Amish who goes to a place sees a previously-settled location as appealing for similar reasons to those which drew the initial group. They might have a sense of what caused the first settlement to fail, and believe that that factor or factors will not affect them in the same way.

In any case I’d be curious to hear, if you get a chance to ask the families you know, when they came to Downing and when they say the first families in the settlement arrived.

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Missouri Amish

Comment #663739 by Joe Tittiger on 10.12.19, 20:38

Thanks for the link to find this thread.
I thought I recognized the name as I know a Pete E Swartz that is a harness maker. I was excited when I thought that he was one of he original Amish in this area but looks like a different guy after all.

Brumback Rd is where Pete E Swartz lives next to his son Joe that dairy farms and more….

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Missouri Amish

Comment #663738 by Erik/Amish America on 10.12.19, 20:28

Sorry for that Joe, thanks for letting know. The links should work now. Or you should be able to go directly to that comment here: https://amishamerica.com/missouri-amish/comment-page-3/#comment-663688

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One Swartzentruber Community's (Unique?) Buggy Visibility Improvement

Comment #663737 by Erik/Amish America on 10.12.19, 20:14

Martha, a photo or two would be great, I would like to see what those buggies look like lately. Now that you mention it, I do remember a woman I spoke with at the NC auction commenting on I believe the Ethridge buggies having the PVC pipe attached to a wheel. She thought it looked funny but if it does the job… The Lodi Amish are doing something similar which you can see here: https://amishamerica.com/swartzentruber-amish-testing-unusual-buggy-visibility-solution/

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One Swartzentruber Community's (Unique?) Buggy Visibility Improvement

Comment #663736 by Erik/Amish America on 10.12.19, 20:11

Hmm, interesting idea. On closer look it appears that there are two “L” shaped patterns on either side as the base layout, but the left has a rectangular block laid on top of its “L”. Perhaps this is meant to draw drivers’ attention more to the left side when passing as you suggest.

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Mother & Daughter Communities - Comparing 3 Amish Settlements (39 Photos)

Comment #663735 by Carol on 10.12.19, 20:05

If you do go contact me I can give you contact for my friend who drives Amish. Since this is your article, you should be able to find my email that is not published.

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Missouri Amish

Comment #663729 by Marcie on 10.12.19, 15:28

May I suggest an edit to this article? The Downing Community is alive and well. I am friends with at least a dozen families from here.

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One Swartzentruber Community's (Unique?) Buggy Visibility Improvement

Comment #663726 by Lee Zook on 10.12.19, 15:04

I’d thought of the same thing, that the larger white markings may be an indication of the left side of the buggy.

One further note, the Amish around Harmony MN and elsewhere have used reflective tape on their buggies since late 1990’s if not earlier.

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One Swartzentruber Community's (Unique?) Buggy Visibility Improvement

Comment #663725 by Martha on 10.12.19, 15:02

Here in Ethridge,TN I’ve seen some interesting ideas for improving the visibility of the Amish buggies. It’s usually in traffic that I see them though and never a safe (nor a respectful) way to get a pic of them. Since recently here in Lawrence County the buggies have a reflective type of cylinder attached to their wheels. Honestly it looks like it might be a short piece of pvc. It actually does help. There is only one on each side of the buggy. They do use the reflective tape on the outline of the back of the buggy which actually shows up better to me than the lanterns do. The most unusual type of visibility help I have seen was a box sitting in the rear opening painted a bright red. It did the job of the triangle caution sign without that buggy using one.
I will surely try to catch a pic of a buggy in the buggy parking area at Wal-Mart or Save-A-Lot and send it to you.

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One Swartzentruber Community's (Unique?) Buggy Visibility Improvement

Comment #663724 by City Slicker on 10.12.19, 14:54

Might the difference in areas of reflective tape on these buggies be intended to differentiate between the left side (larger area) and right side (thinner strip) of the buggies as approached from the rear, so as to help drivers in passing?
Then again, maybe not …

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Washington Post: Horses "Lead The Way" To Less Peace In Amish Country

Comment #663719 by Erik/Amish America on 10.12.19, 11:20

I came across a reprint of this WaPo article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette newspaper- but they went with an even more pointed headline: “Horses only part of Amish divisiveness”.

https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2019/nov/23/horses-only-part-of-amish-divisiveness-/

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NY Judge: No Religious Vaccination Exemption For Amish

Comment #663716 by Audrey J Gregis on 10.12.19, 10:25

You might want to flip through this information that was NEVER disclosed. Robert F. Kennedy found it and filed to have it released.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DD9uH_LkbqJssArd9vsDiatjs0PsVhY7/view?fbclid=IwAR2Yv8uJO7JzS5aAUVJ1lgoEIwAbjx9lmiHkrrTMD7GJ-jttZgWPKLwE9RU

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Mother & Daughter Communities - Comparing 3 Amish Settlements (39 Photos)

Comment #663714 by Walter Boomsma on 10.12.19, 08:29

Thanks for a great article and photos… truly fascinating! My limited experience with talking to Amish folks is quite similar… often caution and perhaps shyness–but occasionally somewhat the opposite. I remember one Amish man saying that if he waved to everyone who waved while driving by he’d never get anything done, so I think it’s important to remember we are often an interruption. Some of my best conversations have been the result of a mutual interest. For example, one time at an auction, an Amishman saw the Maine license plates on my vehicle and wanted to talk about living in Maine. At that same auction, I happened to sit behind an Amish mom with a young child (toddler) who found me quite fascinating… we had a “non-verbal” conversation that included a number of hand gestures, smiles, and occasional giggles. I think it’s important to remember they are people–humans tat may dress differently but really we have more in common that not.

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Missouri Amish

Comment #663701 by Joe Tittiger on 09.12.19, 18:51

I just received the following email:
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I was going to respond but none of the links work and I can not find the post to put the reply in the correct place.
Regards
Joe Tittiger – Seymour MO

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Mother & Daughter Communities - Comparing 3 Amish Settlements (39 Photos)

Comment #663698 by Don Burke on 09.12.19, 16:57

No Carol, I’m afraid that I have not been to those communities. But with time maybe I can get to some of them.

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Mother & Daughter Communities - Comparing 3 Amish Settlements (39 Photos)

Comment #663697 by Don Burke on 09.12.19, 16:54

Thanks Jim. I enjoy sharing what others enjoy reading about.

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