Amish Life

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…

18-Month-Old Amish Girl Drowns In Ohio Pond

18-Month-Old Amish Girl Drowns In Ohio Pond

This sad news arrived several days ago. Via cleveland19.com: ROME TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WOIO) – An 18-month-old Amish girl drowned in a pond on her family’s Rome Township property, the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. The girl’s mother found her in the Dodgeville Road pond after she went missing for about 15 minutes, ACSO said. ACSO stated lifesaving measures were performed after she was taken out…

Biker Club Raises Money For Amish Following Tragic Crash

Biker Club Raises Money For Amish Following Tragic Crash

A motorcycle club has done a charity ride to help the family of Amish from Burke’s Garden, Virginia killed in an accident in March. Nine people were killed in the crash in Wisconsin, including seven members of the Burke’s Garden Amish community, their van driver, and the driver of a semi truck. One boy survived the crash thanks to the efforts of a former active duty…

Rebekah Byler Murder Case Update: Trial Postponed To Late 2024

Rebekah Byler Murder Case Update: Trial Postponed To Late 2024

This is not earth-shattering new information in the Rebekah Byler murder case. But, this is the first news we’ve seen since the court document release in March, so I wanted to bring you this update.  Shawn C. Cranston of Corry, PA was originally slated to be tried next month (June) for the killing of Byler and her unborn child. That trial has now been…

Lancaster Amish Country In Spring (23 Photos)

Lancaster Amish Country In Spring (23 Photos)

I just spent a week in Lancaster County, and enjoyed some wonderful spring weather. It’s been a little while since I visited at this time of year. With the flowering trees at peak-level, or near it, it’s truly beautiful right now. I wanted to share a grab bag of photos from my visit with you today. First off, mamma and foal. I came a little…

Suspect In Drive-By Robbery Of Amish Teen Captured

Suspect In Drive-By Robbery Of Amish Teen Captured

Following yesterday’s report of a drive-by robbery of an Amish teen in Jackson County, Ohio, a suspect is behind bars. Good work by law enforcement and an unnamed local citizen: Authorities have successfully captured the suspect believed to be involved in the armed robbery of an Amish teen in Jackson County. The arrest came following intensive efforts by law enforcement, culminating in the apprehension of…

Ohio Amish Teen Robbed At Gunpoint; Search Is On For Dark Truck (UPDATE: Suspect Caught)

Ohio Amish Teen Robbed At Gunpoint; Search Is On For Dark Truck (UPDATE: Suspect Caught)

An Ohio Amish teenager was robbed at gunpoint yesterday evening, and deputies are now seeking the suspect. This happened in Jackson County in the area of Beaver. From the Scioto Post: Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies are actively investigating an armed robbery incident that occurred on Thursday evening, involving an Amish teenager traveling on Cove Road. Dispatchers received a report just after 5:30 p.m. indicating that…

Rebekah Byler Case Update (5 New Details) – Suspect Wanted To Go To Amish Church; Behaved Strangely & Burned Items

Rebekah Byler Case Update (5 New Details) – Suspect Wanted To Go To Amish Church; Behaved Strangely & Burned Items

In the past week, court documents were unsealed that revealed new details in the Rebekah Byler murder case. Much of it concerns the behavior of the man charged with the crimes, Shawn C. Cranston, as well as relevant evidence (and what he may have done with it). There are also new details on Cranston’s prior contact with the Amish – both with other members of…

“He looks like a Bishop!” Ben Reacts to Amish Memes

“He looks like a Bishop!” Ben Reacts to Amish Memes

This may have been my favorite video to put together. In it, I show Ben several Amish-themed memes and get his reaction. And by reaction, I mean not only whether he finds them funny. But we also hear from Ben how plausible or true-to-life each one is. I’m not going to put a lot of screen shots in this post so as not to spoil…

Marlene Lehman on Amish Tourists and Plain & Simple (Video)

Marlene Lehman on Amish Tourists and Plain & Simple (Video)

Last month we heard from Marlene Lehman, who belongs to an Amish church in Shipshewana, Indiana. In that post, she shared what her typical day looks like in a video excerpt from our longer conversation. Here in Part 2 with Marlene, we start by discussing the importance of the Amish tourist industry in her area. Then she shares a fun anecdote about tourists (Marlene used…