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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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It’s time for morel mushrooms! Spring rains and hot, humid days bring out the annual fungi that are so delicious simply sautéed in butter.

These springtime delicacies are worth their weight in gold. Well, maybe not gold, but definitely silver. Elusive and a challenge to find, morel mushrooms are a springtime delight that brings out the most determined hunters.

At the weekly Farmerstown auction, bidders were vying against one another to the tune of $70 per pound. While that seems like a high price to pay, consider what it takes to hunt for these tiny morsels. Often climbing over uneven, muddy terrain, traversing around or over ...
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By Laurie Sidle

They’ll harness nothing but horse power for the 21st annual Horse Progress Days July 4-5 at the Mount Hope Auction Barns. The event, being held for the fifth time in Mount Hope, showcases the latest innovations in equipment and hitching techniques in the draft horse industry.

Expecting to draw both Amish and English populations as well as foreign visitors, Horse Progress Days will feature 250 horses for field work and breed presentations, according to Mose Hershberger, a local planner of Horse Progress Days. He and fellow organizer Willis Miller recently discussed the event with the Wayne County Agricultural Leaders, ...
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