The most common sight in an Amish community is the horse and buggy. It marks distinctively the separation of the Amish community from the rest of the world who uses the automobile for every day transportation.


The buggy varies with the group and reflects how conservative the community is. The more conservative the community the more austere the buggy is, the more stocky the horse is. For instance, the Swartzentruber Amish, the most conservative of groups, will use a wooden wheeled buggy with steel bands that touch the road. The side curtains will be manually rolled up and tied. The ...
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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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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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