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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Occasionally we are asked questions from our guests about the “farming animals” of Ohio’s Amish Country. It’s always fun to share the things we’ve learned and today we would like to share a little about the Draft Horse.
 
There are 5 “official” breeds of Draft Horses; Belgian, Percheron, Clydesdale, Shire, Suffolk and Paint. Just like there are many different breeds of dogs in the “Working Class” of the dog world (like Sheep Dog, Police Dog, etc), the Draft Horse is the “Working Class” of the horse world.
 
Often called “Gentle Giants”, these behemoths were bred to assist the ...
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Kyle Valentini

The days are getting cooler and frost is in the air. Deciduous trees and shrubs have nearly completed their autumn show in all shades of red, yellow, purple and brown. The splendor of crisp fall days can be a favorite time for runners to hit the pavement.
The 2013 Berlin Amish Country Half Marathon and 5K, now in its second year, attracts runners from near and far who look forward to one of the most challenging races in the region. Last year, nearly 500 runners participated in the race that included cold temperatures, high winds and even snow.

“These are things ...
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