The Amish believe strongly in education, but only provide formal education through the eighth grade. They are exempt from state compulsory attendance beyond the eighth grade based on religious principles. Schooling concentrates on the basic reading, writing and math skills, along with vocational training and socialization in Amish history and values.

Many Amish communities provide parochial schools for their children. A local farmer or other landowner will donate land for a school house and the community will assist in building it. Most of the schools are governed by a local school board made up of parents of the children in ...

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By: Nancy Lembke

The day had barely begun when we noticed some unusual activity happening in front of our property.  A semi & a pickup truck had stopped on the road, not a typical occurrence on this State Route that runs from Sugarcreek to Coshocton.  As we strained to see what caused the flow of traffic to stop, we noticed three ‘strange’ horses being herded into the fenced pasture next door by our neighbor kids.

While it doesn’t happen often, there is the occasional “critter escapee” here in Amish Country.  These particular three ‘visitors’ had escaped their ...

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Nina Polien Light

Lone Star Quilt Shop’s handmade Amish merchandise has attracted locals and tourists alike for the past 36 years — and now there is even more to love about the family-owned store.
“Before expanding our store in February, 2017, we had only half the building. Now, we’ve doubled our space,” said Amy Miller, daughter of shop owners Ada and Lee Miller and a part-time employee. “And this past September, we bought a purse company, so people can watch purses being made at the store. We have 10-12 different styles and a couple of different colors.”
The shop ...

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