The Amish are averse to any technology which they feel weakens the family structure. The conveniences that the rest of us take for granted such as electricity, television, automobiles, telephones and tractors are considered to be a temptation that could cause vanity, create inequality, or lead the Amish away from their close-knit community and, as such, are not encouraged or accepted in most orders. Most Amish cultivate their fields with horse-drawn machinery, live in houses without electricity, and get around in horse-drawn buggies.


It is common for Amish communities to allow the use of telephones, but they do not allow ...
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We still smile when we recall the question from a lady who called to make reservations.  It was in early May and she was making plans to come sometime later that year.

 "Can you tell me what week you think will have the best weather between now and October?" she innocently asked.

The question caught me totally by surprise.  Finally I replied, "Well, in Ohio there is a saying; "if you don't like the weather, wait an hour as a change will likely be coming"."

While it may not be that unpredictable, there are seasons in ...
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Bruce Stambaugh

The staff at Homestead Furniture, 8233 SR 241, Mt. Hope, has some excellent furniture care ideas to share.

Cleaning recommendations

We recommend using a soft cotton cloth to wipe the furniture. Dip the cloth in a simple solution of two to four ounces of white vinegar or a mild detergent like dishwasher soap diluted in a half gallon of water. Wipe any excess moisture with a dry, soft cotton rag,

The use of furniture polish is not necessary given the sealer coat on your hardwood pieces. However, if you do want to use furniture polish, we strongly recommend Guardsmen® products, which can be ...
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