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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Look closely at the picture—there’s more than just some pretty river bottom stones to see. Barely visible to any passerby, the Killdeer nest in the center of the photo contains four precious eggs.

Killdeer chicks are one of the few fowl that literally leave the egg within minutes and are off and running. Looking like little cotton balls on tiny sticks, hey scurry after their ever-vigilant parents, following them to safety.  Should a predator, including some curious human, get too close to the nest or the chicks, at least one of the adult birds will call loudly and ...
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By Laurie Sidle

They’ll harness nothing but horse power for the 21st annual Horse Progress Days July 4-5 at the Mount Hope Auction Barns. The event, being held for the fifth time in Mount Hope, showcases the latest innovations in equipment and hitching techniques in the draft horse industry.

Expecting to draw both Amish and English populations as well as foreign visitors, Horse Progress Days will feature 250 horses for field work and breed presentations, according to Mose Hershberger, a local planner of Horse Progress Days. He and fellow organizer Willis Miller recently discussed the event with the Wayne County Agricultural Leaders, ...
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