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

In the fall they seem to slip out of their summer colors of bright yellow and distinctive black and put on dull, humble shades of brown and tan feathers. Throughout the winter months they quietly blend in with the brown Sparrows and gray Juncos.  In Ohio, the Gold Finch seems content to melt into the dreary background of the darkness of winter.

But now that spring has arrived, these tiny resident birds suddenly burst upon the scene in their brightest apparel, seemingly challenging even the earliest yellow dandelions in the yard.

The huge ...
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Dave Mast

Americans will be celebrating Independence Day all over the nation around the July Fourth holiday, but locals won’t have to travel far for the spectacle of gigantic fireworks displays and plenty of fun activities for the whole family.


Thunder Over Holmes County will provide patriotic flair on the courthouse lawn in Historic Downtown Millersburg when it rolls into town July 5. This old-fashioned, family-friendly celebration has a real flair for yesteryear in the sense that it is very community oriented. It will include games, contests and live entertainment, and no Independence Day celebration would be complete without food and fireworks.
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