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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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

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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