PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For centuries, hundreds of Amish and Mennonite farmers in Manheim Township, one of Lancaster County's prime agricultural heartlands, have tilled the soil, tended to livestock,...
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — The Amish population in Pennsylvania's Lancaster County is continuing to grow each year, despite the encroachment of urban sprawl on their communities.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Few people here grasped the monumental implications of Pennsylvania's expanded gaming law until Penn National Gaming Inc. announced plans recently to build a so-called...
Maine could require reflectors for horse-drawn buggies
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The drivers of horse-drawn carriages in Maine may have to start using reflectors under legislation that lawmakers are considering.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would require horse-drawn buggies to have reflectors or lights at night.
The Portland Press Herald reports the push comes...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Some people truck chickens down the road or move milk from state to state. Others lug fresh-cut lumber around.
Plan to make roads wider, safer in Ohio county home to Amish
MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Work to widen roads and make other safety improvements is planned in an area of Ohio's Amish country plagued by crashes resulting in injuries, according to federal and state officials.
The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Ohio Department of Transportation said they are teaming up on the $14 million project in northeastern Ohio's Geauga County.
Amish farmer seeks pardon by Trump for mislabeling products
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An Amish farmer in Kentucky is asking President Donald Trump for a pardon after he was sentenced to six years in federal prison for mislabeling homemade herbal products.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Wednesday that 58-year-old Samuel Girod filed his petition with the U.S. Department of Justice pardon attorney. Girod is currently serving the time at a minimum security facility in Ashland.
Democrat, a Mennonite, turns heads in heavily GOP House seat
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Voters in the heart of Pennsylvania's rolling dairy farms and Amish countryside have rarely seen a Democrat mount a competitive campaign for Congress — until now.
From all appearances, first-time candidate Jess King is giving freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker a fight to the finish in Tuesday's midterm election in this heavily conservative district on Pennsylvania's southern border.
Amish couple sues 2 agencies over photos their faith forbids
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Amish couple with 13 children sued the federal government on Wednesday, accusing officials of violating their constitutional rights by insisting that they provide photographs of themselves before the Canadian wife's request to become a permanent U.S. resident can be approved.
Amish who left launch nonprofit to ‘reclaim our story’
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Torah Bontrager says she was about 13 when she read about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.
The story of the former slave turned abolitionist electrified her. The oldest child of a strict Amish family in the Midwest, Bontrager recalls being constantly scolded and beaten, leaving her feeling trapped and miserable.
She vowed to make a getaway herself, and someday to find a way to help other Amish left behind.
2 Adams County Amish woman get probation in midwifery case
DECATUR, Ind. (AP) — Two elderly northeastern Indiana Amish women have been sentenced to two years on probation and ordered not to practice midwifery or medicine after authorities learned they were acting as midwives without any certifications or formal training.
COLON, Mich. (AP) — Look out Lyft, move over Uber: A southern Michigan man has launched a horse-and-buggy ride-hailing service.
WWMT-TV reports Timothy Hochstedler dubs his service "Amish Uber," but he's not affiliated with the San Francisco-based company. A sign on the side of his buggy reads "Amish Horse & Buggy Rides $5," and he offers trips around the St. Joseph County community of Colon.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An appeals court has ruled that Pennsylvania's religious freedom law needs to be considered more fully in a case about a township's efforts to make an Amish woman stop using outhouses and hook into its sewer system.
Commonwealth Court threw out an order that Iva Byler pay $100 a month toward fines levied by Sugar Grove Township, a community of 1,700 about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Erie.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are working to expand newborn genetic screening for Amish and Old Order Mennonite communities in the state.
Researchers hope to pinpoint the unique genetic disorders affecting the Plain sect communities in Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. They then plan to create low-cost screening to improve current newborn genetic testing.
"A Gathering of Secrets" (Minotaur), by Linda Castillo
Linda Castillo's exquisitely plotted novels delve deep into Amish life and culture using the prism of a police procedural. Without deriding or sentimentalizing the Amish, Castillo illustrates their culture while showing that Amish adherence to traditions and silence on sensitive situations can allow evil to seep in unexpectedly.
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — It's graduation time for Lancaster County's Amish and Old Order Mennonite schools.
Hundreds of schools will send eighth-grade graduates into the world with no pomp and circumstance. Plain-sect children will leave their private parochial schools, which were established as a right fought for and won before the Supreme Court.
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The leader of a breakaway Amish group in Ohio convicted in hair- and beard-cutting attacks has lost an attempt to appeal his sentence in federal court.
An attorney for 72-year-old Samuel Mullet Sr. argues that Mullet's previous lawyer made mistakes.
U.S. District Judge Dan Polster disagreed Wednesday, concluding that those alleged errors weren't prejudicial and that Mullet wasn't denied a fair trial.
It's the 50 kinds of Amish-made cheese that draw many people to the Mission General Store for the first time.
Where else in the Mission Valley - or anywhere in Montana - can one find a Carolina Reaper cheddar or Scorpion cheddar, both unusual varieties flavored with the some of the hottest of hot peppers?
"The smoked horseradish cheddar is a favorite with customers," store co-owner Ruth Bontrager pointed out.
CHESTERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Organizers of a planned Amish-themed attraction in east-central Illinois are hoping the project can boost the region's tourism.
7 things you’ll see at an Amish mud sale
GORDONVILLE, Pa. (AP) — While most tourists are planning their trips to smorgasbords and souvenir shops, the heart of Lancaster County gathers every year in the mud.
It's mud sale season: The time of year where Amish and non-Amish (or "English") gather to bid on goods while eating hot dogs and drinking milkshakes.
Farm equipment, hand-made quilts, horses, furniture, wagon wheels, a circular saw that "runs good" — it all can be yours at a mud sale, if you're quick enough with your bid.
Correction: Amish Attacks-Appeal story
CLEVELAND (AP) — In a story Jan. 13 about an appeal filed by the leader of an Amish group, The Associated Press reported erroneously on what Samuel Mullet Sr. is seeking in his appeal. He wants his sentence overturned, not his conviction.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Amish leader convicted in beard-cutting attacks files appeal
The leader of a breakaway Amish group in Ohio convicted in hair- and beard-cutting attacks is asking a federal judge to overturn his sentence
CLEVELAND (AP) — The leader of a breakaway Amish group in Ohio convicted in hair- and beard-cutting attacks is pushing to get his sentence overturned using arguments already considered and rejected in court.
An attorney for 72-year-old Samuel Mullet Sr. argues that his previous lawyer made mistakes during trial and in prior appeals, and the previous lawyer has said that in court filings.
Lovina’s diary offers glimpse of an ordinary day in the life of an Amish woman
3:00 a.m. Alarm rings—time to get up and pack husband Joe’s lunch, fill his water jug with ice and water, make a pot of coffee, etc.
3:45 a.m. Joe’s ride is here to go work in the factory. In January, it was 13 years ago he started working there. On March 20, it will be 14 years since we made the move to Michigan from Indiana.
4:00 a.m. Son Benjamin, 18, is up and getting ready for his job at the RV factory. He usually packs his own lunch. He does well to always hear his alarm.
Prosecutor: Attorney for Amish bishop Sam Mullet did a good job at trial, judge shouldn’t overturn Mullet’s sentence
Prosecutor: Attorney for Amish bishop Sam Mullet did a good job at trial, judge shouldn't overturn Mullet's sentence
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Federal prosecutors wrote Monday that the attorney who represented imprisoned Amish bishop Sam Mullet at trial should stop being so hard on himself because his client is doing more than a decade in prison.
In fact, he did a good job, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
A small stream flows out of the mountains in Lancaster County, with water as clear as a freshly cleaned window pane. It winds through woods and over stones, shaded by trees and embraced by undeveloped land. Downstream the stream flows through an enclave of Amish farms, first through Benuel Zook’s pasture and then through Raymond King’s. As recently as 2012, the stream ran brown once it hit pasture. It was often lined by 200 or more cows, about 40 from each farm. Their manure, combined with soil,...
Two youngsters from different cultures connected in 2010, forming an unlikely friendship that has endured, thanks to the random flight path of a balloon.
A deflated and tattered orange helium balloon landed in the Leechburg backyard of the Young family on April 20 of that same year.
Some guy in McKenzie, Tennessee posted video of an Amish horse and buggy rolling down the road while pulling a skier.
There's a thriving Amish community in western Tennessee . . . and it seems they enjoy winter sports.
Horse buggy-car crashes a concern on NY roads
PENN YAN, N.Y. (AP) — Rising populations of Amish and Mennonite communities in more rural parts of New York state over the past decade have meant an increase in horse-drawn buggies on the roads, and increasing concerns from law enforcement over collisions between the buggies and motorized vehicles.
Sam Mullet, Amish bishop who orchestrated beard-cutting attacks, asks judge to overturn his convictions
Sam Mullet, Amish bishop who orchestrated beard-cutting attacks, asks judge to overturn his convictions
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Amish bishop Sam Mullet is asking the Cleveland federal judge who sent him to prison to overturn his convictions for orchestrating a series of beard and hair-cutting attacks on his enemies.
Keeping the Pennsylvania Dutch language alive and thriving
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — On any Amish homestead, after labor's last push and a check for 10 fingers and 10 toes, family members have heard one of two things for centuries.
Amish working with town to improve safety for buggies
WHITEFIELD, Maine (AP) — Members of a newly arrived Amish community in Maine say they're working with their new neighbors to improve roadway safety after two minor crashes involving horse-drawn buggies.
It is a typical October day. Leaves are gradually changing color, evidence that autumn is here and making such beautiful scenery. Also, the sunsets have been absolutely breathtaking lately.
Laundry will be on the list to do today. I should be helping sister Emma today with her painting, but I am trying to heal a sore toe and painting would not have helped. I know being a cook at the wedding tomorrow already will make it hurt more.
Town aims to prevent Amish buggy crashes
WHITEFIELD, Maine (AP) — Officials in a Maine town say they hope to work with a growing Amish community to prevent accidents involving horse-drawn buggies after two recent crashes.
Police and transportation officials say more signs and warnings can be added in Whitefield to warn people about the presence of buggies on roadways. But some officials say no matter how many signs are put up, it's up to motorists to be aware of their Amish neighbors.
Under pressure, Amish farmers begin to exit dairy business
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Elmer Petersheim of Manheim is a typical small Amish dairy farmer in Lancaster County.
He has invested heavily in cows and related machinery over the last 17 years. Now, with depressed milk prices seven out of the last eight years, Petersheim is in debt and wonders how much longer he can hang on.
He has seen other milk men around the county sell their cows or turn to growing produce or tobacco to pay the bills.
But he doesn't want to give up his way of life as a dairy farmer.
If you're looking for an authentic Amish experience and a slice of ultra-Americana, you'll find it in Northern Indiana's Amish Country. The area offers down home, affordable family fun things to do and see. Think pumpkin patches, pick-your-own apple orchards, fresh apple cider, hay rides and corn mazes.
The Heritage Trail winds its way through seven communities and two counties (Elkhart & LaGrange).
What started out as strictly business for Danny Bishop – making runs to Amish country in Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky for produce to sell at his shop in Fort Oglethorpe – has turned into much more.
Bishop recently returned from Indiana, his tractor trailer loaded with Amish pumpkins, gourds and other products.
Amish family loses home to Montana wildfire
REXFORD, Mont. (AP) — Andy Yoder believes there are lessons to be learned from the ashes that were once his home.
Someday soon — before anyone has a chance to begin cleaning up the charred trees, molten metal and other burned debris — the 34-year-old Amish man will take his family back to its 20-acre parcel that was ravaged on Sept. 2 when the Caribou fire tore through a portion of the state's oldest Amish community in West Kootenai just west of Eureka.
Updated: Eureka-area fire burns 40 buildings in Amish community; other fires grow
EUREKA — The Caribou fire overran some 40 buildings in Northwest Montana over the weekend, including at least 10 homes, in an Amish community.
The 17,000-acre fire is burning to the west of Lake Koocanusa in Lincoln County, right on the U.S.-Canadian border.
It made several multi-mile runs over the weekend, according to Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe, and burned the 10 houses and 30 outbuildings in a quick burst Saturday.
COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) — A health official says cases of whooping cough are spreading among Amish residents in southwestern Michigan.
Val Newton, prevention services director for the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, told the agency's board Thursday that whooping cough, or pertussis, has struck up to 30 members of St. Joseph County's Amish community.
When law and religion come into conflict, the results can get as murky as "graywater."
Take, for example, the case of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency versus members of the Swartzentruber Amish community in Fillmore County. Fifteen members of that community face possible contempt of court charges for ignoring repeated orders to bring their homes into compliance with state and county ordinances regarding so-called "graywater" sewage disposal.
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — From the road, you'd never guess what's inside Habecker Mennonite Church in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on a Sunday morning.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Dozens of Amish people traveled to Kentucky's Capitol to seek help for a member of their community who is facing federal prison time after being charged with selling improperly labeled health products.
WASHINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Gravel roads in a rural southwestern Indiana county recently paved with asphalt to boost economic development are being damaged by horse teams used by the region's large Amish population, according to frustrated county officials.
CHESTERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Peeking out from behind a hedgerow lining Illinois Route 133 west of Chesterville, two historic Amish homes steadfastly signify the first steps taken for the creation the new Illinois Amish Heritage Center.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Members of an Amish community in Kentucky may take their cases to court after being cited for violating an ordinance requiring horses to wear bags to catch their droppings.
“I recognize most of the words, but don’t understand what you’re saying.”
This is a common reaction from German speakers when they hear Pennsylvania Dutch, a language related to German, but only distantly.
For their part, Pennsylvania Dutch speakers have pretty much the same reaction when they hear European German. The two languages are almost as dissimilar as, say, Norwegian and English.
CONGRESS, Ohio (AP) — Members of an especially conservative Amish group in northeast Ohio are adding more reflective features to their black, horse-drawn buggies to increase visibility after some serious crashes.
The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/2pmCocY ) reports 300 Swartzentruber Amish families live in Ashland, Medina (meh-DY'-nuh) and Wayne counties. Buggy crashes in that region killed three people and hurt 17 between January and March.