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The Amish are averse to any technology which they feel weakens the family structure. The conveniences that the rest of us take for granted such as electricity, television, automobiles, telephones and tractors are considered to be a temptation that could cause vanity, create inequality, or lead the Amish away from their close-knit community and, as such, are not encouraged or accepted in most orders. Most Amish cultivate their fields with horse-drawn machinery, live in houses without electricity, and get around in horse-drawn buggies.


It is common for Amish communities to allow the use of telephones, but they do not allow ...
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"How do the Amish live?"

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THIS IS OUR VIEW - Sights, Sounds, Seasons
By: Nancy Lembke

“Harvest Moon” is what they call the full moon of September - a moon bright enough that one could see well enough after the sun has set to continue harvesting the appropriate crops.   The challenge to get children up and ready for school becomes harder since the sun doesn’t want to ‘get up’ early either.  Cool nights make for better sleeping than the “dog days of summer” and wearing a sweater in the morning hours that can be removed as the day warms up is a matter of ...
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Beth Newcomb

    “We’ve just put in 1,000 more vines,” said Julia Guggisberg of the Guggisberg Swiss Inn. “People love what we have to offer here and they love our wines, so we keep increasing our harvest to meet the demand. Most people don’t think of Amish Country as a place to find exceptional wines, but we’re changing that.”
    She’s speaking, of course, about the Guggisberg’s Doughty Glen Winery, named for the lush valley in which it lives. Guggisberg’s Winery blends include Pinot Noir, white and pink Catawba, blush, Concord and Gewurztraminer, all crafted right on premises.
    The winery, ...
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