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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This is our View

“Majestic” seems to be the most appropriate word to describe the Bald Eagle that sat high in a leafless tree near Fender’s Fish Hatchery. He was too far away for us to observe what he was looking at, but one could easily surmise that he was attentive to any movement of a fish near the surface of the pond directly below his perch.  Knowing that he had more time to wait than we did, we continued on our journey.


Depending on the season, in our own back yard we have noted Junco, Robins, Blue Bird, Cardinals, Blue ...

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Kyle Valentini

You do not have to be a resident of Tuscarawas County or be Swiss to enjoy the annual Ohio Swiss Festival held each fall in the village of Sugarcreek. Now in its 61st year, the festival continues to draw people from the region and far beyond, thanks in part to the strong Swiss heritage that lives on in the tightly-knit community today. The festival runs Sept. 25 through Sept. 28 with each day offering something different for patrons to enjoy.

“We had some changes in leadership and for a time there we weren’t sure if we were going to have the ...

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