August 25, 1991 |
It's harvest time, and this Amish family in Paradise is hoping for a profitable crop from its 16 acres of tobacco. The family has 92 acres, and also grows wheat, corn and hay. The Amish auction their tobacco three times a year.
October 6, 2006
AS A National Rifle Association member and NRA certified firearms instructor, I am deeply offended by Signe's editorial cartoon that has NRA members serving up innocent schoolchildren on what appears to be a sacrificial altar. Do you really believe we sanction or tolerate the killing of innocent children? I am as appalled and disgusted by the Amish school slayings as, I'm sure, all other NRA members. How dare you use this tragedy to portray us as child-killers? Congratulations to you and to the editors who approved the printing of this drivel - you have managed to cheapen yourselves as well as all of the decent people at the Daily News.
December 4, 1988 |
"The Amish would rather have something new than old so we bought what they called their old junk," Daniel McCauley said. As he talked, McCauley took from between two pieces of acid-free paper a sampler decorated with letters of the alphabet, a row of crowns, hearts, tulips, trees and birds, all cross-stitched in black, brown and green thread. "It has the whole vocabulary of Amish stitchery, and the woman we bought it from was using it as a dust cloth," he said. "Tell how we got these socks," said McCauley's wife, Kathryn, holding up a pair of purple wool, hand-knitted, knee-high socks with bright red, white and blue scalloped tops.
March 9, 1994 |
Dear Anne and Nan: For more than a year I have been trying to find a company where I can purchase Amish dolls and cookbooks. - Cheryl Marble, Greenwell Springs, La. Dear Cheryl: There's a wonderful store in Kidron, Ohio, that caters to the Amish. It's Lehman Hardware and Appliances Inc., and if they don't carry an item, you probably don't need it. They have Amish dolls and loads of cookbooks. Send $2 for a catalog to Lehman's, 4779 Kidron Road, Box 41, Kidron, Ohio 44636. Dear Anne and Nan: What can I do about a picture window over a tub/shower combination short of replacing the glass?
January 21, 2004
FORGET the Amish reality show. In case you missed it, CBS head Leslie Moonves has announced plans to create an "Amish in the City" reality show for UPN to track Amish youths in their teenage freedom phase called rumspringa. Frankly, we'd rather see another Amish twist on a popular cultural trend. Voila: The Stoltzfus Beach Diet, a high-carb, all-dumpling diet guaranteed to transform your body and your life. It's simple. You don't need any special equipment or tools beyond one (1)
July 12, 1998 |
When two young Amish men and eight people associated with the Pagans motorcycle gang were indicted last month on drug charges, the clash of worlds seemed almost too extreme to believe: Old Order meets road warrior. Buggy meets Harley. Christian meets blasphemer. Abner and Abner meet Twisted and Trog (I'm not kidding about the names). But the Amish and the Pagans have a lot in common. The Amish tourist strip in Lancaster County is a commercialization of the anticommercial, an up-to-date marketing of the supposed innocence and simplicity of people who seem committed to living in the past.
November 29, 2010 |
Main Line roofers say they are taking it on the chin from Amish competitors, who are getting a significant amount of work in Philadelphia's wealthy western suburbs. Keith McLean, a Paoli roofing contractor, said he lost a job this month when his bid of $8,000 was $3,000 more than the winning Amish bid. The 38 percent difference in price, McLean said, rendered him unable to compete. "My wiggle room is hundreds of dollars. I don't have three grand" to play with, said McLean, who owns Hancock Building Associates Inc. McLean and other non-Amish contractors say the Amish, who come from Lancaster County and western Chester County, have an advantage because they do not have to pay Social Security taxes for themselves or their Amish employees and are eligible for a religious exemption from workers' compensation insurance, although not all take advantage of the latter.
June 8, 1991 |
SEPTA may call on a cavalry of crisp-collared counsel for costly and competent advice, but leave it to a Lancaster County Amishman to tell the big-city transit guys how to run a better railroad. From beneath the worn straw hat of Sam Stoltzfus, Amish farmer and gazebo- builder, comes an idea so simple, so logical and, on its face, so cost- efficient that supporters figure bureaucratic naysayers will need to double-clutch into high gear to pooh-pooh the plan. Stoltzfus wants SEPTA, which picks up passengers as far west as Parkesburg, Chester County, to put a station stop amid the bucolic villages of eastern Lancaster County.
April 5, 1997 |
At a time when the number of farms and farm acreage have been steadily declining for decades in Pennsylvania, the Amish have been expanding their hold on Lancaster County farmland, despite development pressures. In researching Lancaster County farm sales and Amish registries dated 1984 through 1995, sociologist Conrad L. Kanagy has found that: The Amish gained a net of 137 non-Amish farms. The Amish gained a net of 11,498 farm acres. Though some Amish were selling, they were not selling out: Of the Amish farms that were sold, 82 percent went to other Amish.
February 13, 1986
I thought the Feb. 2 Amish vacation article was interesting, especially the fact that the winter trips to Florida are not approved by the bishops of Lancaster County. There were pictures of the adventuresome folk riding bikes, playing shuffleboard, etc. Could The Inquirer be revealing something it shouldn't? Is a vacation in Florida really front-page news? Henry B. Coxe Philadelphia.