Even smaller acts of kindness to those outside the Ohio Amish community are based in the communal spirit. The story was told of an English person who left a Coleman lantern at a local shop for repair. He forgot the lantern, moved out of the community and was gone for almost 7 years. Then an article appeared in the local newspaper about something this man was doing. The shop owner who still had the lantern after all that time, wrote to the customer and encouraged him to pick up his lantern the next time he was in the area. Anyone ...

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We still smile when we recall the question from a lady who called to make reservations.  It was in early May and she was making plans to come sometime later that year.

 "Can you tell me what week you think will have the best weather between now and October?" she innocently asked.

The question caught me totally by surprise.  Finally I replied, "Well, in Ohio there is a saying; "if you don't like the weather, wait an hour as a change will likely be coming"."

While it may not be that unpredictable, there are seasons in ...

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Beth Newcomb

When installing a new kitchen, customization never goes out of style — and it can actually add increased value to a home.

Box store cabinets will never help people achieve the luxurious look and feel that custom cabinetry can. That’s because stock cabinets are made for the masses, instead of individual wants and needs. When people go custom, said Eli Wengerd, owner of the 27-year-old Alpine Cabinets of Holmes County, personalization is one of the most attractive advantages.

"Our cabinetry is designed to fit your lifestyle,” he said. “We can include whatever design features or extras you desire and ...

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