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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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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Kyle Valentini

    It is not every day you find a nearly 24-foot-tall cuckoo clock available for sale at auction, but on August 22, 2009, Mark Coblentz, owner of Walnut Creek Foods, did. He knew it was special and something that should be preserved for future generations to enjoy. Coblentz paid about $15,000 for the regional oddity but had no real idea what he was going to do with the timepiece, in need of repairs even after a $20,000 restoration in 2007. One thing he did know: the clock would remain in the region.
    Construction of the clock, according to a ...
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