Even smaller acts of kindness to those outside the Ohio Amish community are based in the communal spirit. The story was told of an English person who left a Coleman lantern at a local shop for repair. He forgot the lantern, moved out of the community and was gone for almost 7 years. Then an article appeared in the local newspaper about something this man was doing. The shop owner who still had the lantern after all that time, wrote to the customer and encouraged him to pick up his lantern the next time he was in the area. Anyone ...
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By Nancy Lembke

A heavy haze blocks the morning sun and blankets the valleys. Only a few high hilltops peek through the low-hanging cloud, creating the visual effect of tiny islands surrounded by oblique white water.  The damp, heavy air creates a unique stillness while also enhancing sounds coming from nearby Amish farm livestock.

Maple trees begin to display their colors of gold, yellow, red and rust-colored leaves as the haze slowly surrenders to the heat of the sun.  Many trees have released their glorious splendor to a recent wind and rain, but others still show off their God-given beauty.

The dance of ...
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Dave Mast

It is always amazing to see how much fun people can have at a festival despite the lack of all of the glitz and glamour many festivals put forth.

However, every year the Winesburg Fall Gathering rolls around, people flock to Winesburg because it is a totally relaxing, enjoyable day of activities, food and connecting with people you see every day or once a year.

This year’s fall gathering will take place Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. until around 6 p.m., and in that span there will be fun for everyone, including a larger auction, fantastic music, ham and bean soup, ...
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