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Plains People in the News - April and May 2023

Updated: 6 days ago

Place: Ohio.

Group: Amish

April 2024

 She was raised in the Amish community in Ohio and became an Israeli gun model.

Long before discussions about the need for Israeli citizens to carry guns, Lovie Malespin had already unlocked her weapon and aimed at the target; How did someone who grew up in a closed Christian community - whose members are against carrying weapons - become a shooting instructor and a successful gun model who promotes Israeli weapons abroad?

Wedding was scheduled for November, but you postponed it because of the war.

"Yes, all our friends were on reserve duty, including my husband, and we didn't know whether we would get married this year or delay it. Eventually, as soon as the ceasefire started, we held the wedding on a Friday morning. Everyone danced and rejoiced with us; they needed it, and there was a large pile of weapons to keep the wedding safe. By the way, my husband returned to the reserves four days later."

There are some, yes.

"Well, don't you find that too much? So, I happen to have two guns and I wish I had more. We all served in the army and know how to shoot weapons, some people know more and some less, but if, God forbid, something were to happen now and I brought you a gun, you would probably know how to use it. I want to be a role model for women, so they won't be afraid of weapons because that's how we can protect ourselves.".

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Place: Spartansburg, Pennsylvania.

Group: Old Order Amish- 1955 Beschluss.

DDC Clinic Center opens for children with special needs.

By Rebecca Hazen The Corry Journal.The DDC Clinic Center for Special Needs Children, a non-profit organization, celebrated their grand opening in Titusville at 150 W. Central Ave., Suite 1, with an open house event on Thursday, April 19.The DDC Clinic originally opened in Middlefield, Ohio to serve Amish families. Executive Director of DDC Clinic, Eli Miller, explained the history of the clinic.“In 1998 there were five Amish families with children who had genetic disorders in Middlefield, Geauga County, Ohio. They got together and decided that they need to find a doctor, someone who could give them answers,” Miller said.The DDC Clinic Center for Special Needs Children is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To make an appointment, call 814-376-1424. For more information, visit For more:


Place: Broadhead, Wisconsin.

Group: Old Order Amish- mainline; Nappannee, Indiana, churches.

Area Amish man faces child sex charges.

News Local.WCLO.A 40-year-old Brodhead man faces charges after the pastor at a local Amish church reports he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old.Daniel Yoder made his initial appearance in Rock County Court Tuesday morning on charges of child enticement and sexual intercourse with a child. He arrived in court wearing traditional Amish garb.Court Commissioner Jack Hoag set a signature bond of $1,000 and ordered Yoder have no contact with his victim and no unintentional contact with any other child.According to the criminal complaint, Yoder was staying with family in the town of Magnolia while going through a divorce when authorities say he sexually assaulted the teenager multiple times.He’s accused of having consensual sex with the girl’s 23-year-old sister.


Place: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Group: Old Order Amish- mainline; Lancaster churches.


Amos Ebersol Accused Of Raping Daughters On Ephrata Farm.

An Amish father has been charged with 15 felonies and 3 misdemeanors for raping and sexually assaulting four of his daughters over 18 years, as detailed by Ephrata Police Detective Beth Rivera in court documents obtained by Daily Voice on April 17.

Jillian Pikora. Daily Voice.

On March 20, 2024, Amos Ebersol, 59 of the 500 block of South Fairmont Road, Ephrata, was charged with the following, according to his court docket:

·         Felony Rape (three counts).

·         Felony Incest (three counts).

·         Felony Aggravated Indecent Assault with a person under 16 years of age (three counts).

·         Felony Contact or Communication with a Minor - Sexual Offenses (three counts).

·         Felony Aggravated Indecent Assault - Forcible Compulsion (three counts).

·         Misdemeanor Corruption of Minors (three counts).

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Place: Emblem/Greybull/Powell, Wyoming.

Group: Old Order Amish- mainline.

Amish plan April 18 haystack supper in Emblem.

By: Nathan Oster.

Several Amish families in the Emblem area are planning a haystack supper on Friday, April 19 to raise money for the construction of a new school.

They work in a variety of trades — Yutzy owns a construction company, one of the men sells lumber and mini barns, another is a blacksmith who shoes horses.Their goal is to build a schoolhouse, but instead of simply asking for donations, they want to provide something in return. Their plan is to hold monthly haystack dinners on the second Friday of every month


Editorial: Is Powell welcoming? Just ask the local Amish community.

By Zac Taylor.

Three years ago an Amish community started taking shape south of Powell. As it’s grown, Powell residents have had more chances to see horse drawn carriages going down the road — equipped with flood lights at night — people in the distinctive hats and dress at places around town, or while purchasing materials and items members of the community have made.

After listening to a few members of the community last week, it’s clear those interactions are overwhelmingly positive.And how cool to see that our community can be so accepting of another culture. And the members of this community are returning the favor, both in providing goods and services for the community and in being open about who they are. One man I talked to said he welcomes people who may want a ride in his horse drawn buggy if they see him riding past.It may seem simple, but there’s not much more important in life than to be a good neighbor.,124010

 Powell Amish community to build school.

The Powell Amish Church community received approval to build a two-room private school for up to 20-22 students and one to two teachers on land south of the Shoshone River on Lane 10H.

By Zac Taylor.The Powell Amish community has grown to 15 families and now has enough children to create a school.Last Tuesday the Park County commissioners approved the construction of a private school on land owned by the community near Lane 10 on Road 6 south of Powell.Heart Mountain School board member Allen Graber said the 15 students will attend school from ages 6-14 — eighth grade — at which point in their community he said "real life starts."At that point youths may work for a local farmer or rancher, or work in one of the cottage industries the community runs.The school will operate September-April according to the documents provided to the county. For more:,124217






Place: Spokane, Washington.

Group: Hutterite- Dariusleut.


 Taters for the taking: Droves flock to the mound of free potatoes ditched by the Hutterites.

By Alexandra Duggan.

 A mound of potatoes unloaded from 10 semitrucks by the Hutterite community just west of Airway Heights on Friday has sparked a free-food frenzy, with droves of people bringing trailers and buckets to get their free taters.

“We are happy we can help the people out,” Gross said. “It’s a good thing any time you can do that. It’s a blessing.”. For more:



Place: Carberry, other areas in greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, region.

Group: Hutterite- Schmiedeleut Group 1.

 Cancellation of robot games leads to schools organizing themselves.

By: Svjetlana Mlinarevic.

Every year, kids from across Manitoba compete in the Manitoba Robot Games smashing and pushing their robots in the arena to see who will be the victor. This year due to a death on the organizing committee, the games were cancelled. But the cancellation didn’t stop some schools from putting on their own games.

“We haven’t really thought that far ahead. Our main goal was just to replace the robot games just for this year.” For more:


Amish Country Byway wins national honor.

MILLERSBURG – The National Scenic Byway Foundation congratulates the Amish Country Byway of Ohio as a winner of the 2024 Byway Award for Leveraging Resources. This is one of the Foundation’s eight national awards presented annually.

The Amish Country Byway Committee, along with the Holmes County Historical Society, initiated a successful partnership with the local museums and other nonprofits called the Heritage Partnership. The Heritage Partnership (HP) linked nonprofit organizations that tell the story of the byway and enhance the Visitor Experience. These volunteer nonprofit organizations joined together in a cooperative fund-raising effort. In our ninth year, we have seven nonprofit partners, now raising an average of $40,000 annually.For additional information visit  or

The National Scenic Byway Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving as The National Voice of Scenic Byways and Roads, dedicated to strengthening Byways through education, training and shared expertise. It is the vision of the National Scenic Byway Foundation that our nation’s designated Byways will be recognized and valued worldwide for their distinctive experiences, stories, and treasured places. For more information visit; or email:


Place: Piedmont/Londonderry, Guernsey County, Ohio.

Group: Old Order Amish- 1955 Beschluss; Geauga County type.

Horse killed in crash involving semi, buggy in Guernsey County.

WJER.LONDONDERRY – A horse was killed early Monday morning in a crash involving a semi and an Amish buggy.Initially reported in Harrison County, the crash happened in Guernsey County. Sgt. Tim Cunningham with the State Highway Patrol says the 28-year-old semi driver had just negotiated a curve when he came upon the buggy on state Route 800 in Londonderry township at 5:32 a.m.The semi began passing on the left in a passing zone when the buggy began to make a left turn, and they collided.The semi driver was not hurt. His company towed his vehicle from the scene.The 22-year-old driver of the Amish buggy had minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. Cunningham says the buggy was properly lit with flashers and a reflective triangle, which may have prevented a more serious crash.Alcohol is not a factor, and the crash is still under investigation.


Place: Montour County, Pennsylvania.

Group: Old Order Amish- Mainline; Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, churches.

Horse and Buggy Crash in Jerseytown.

WKOK Staff |

JERSEYTOWN —Press Enterprise is reporting… Police say no one was hurt when a pickup hit a horse and buggy with four Amish passengers in Jerseytown Thursday afternoon.Hemlock Police said Matthew Brouse of Danville, was driving his pickup truck on Route 254 between Millville and Jerseytown around 5 p.m. when an item fell off his seat. When Brouse went to grab the item, he said he looked down and did not see the horse and buggy ahead.Four people including a five year old child were shaking but not hurt when he struck the horse and buggy on its left side, pushing it to the shoulder of the road and heavily damaging it;Other Amish who came to the scene, loaded the horse and buggy into a trailer and took them away. The pickup was driven from the accident scene. No charges are pending, police said. Millville Fire, Geisinger EMS and Hemlock Police responded to the call. Crews cleared the scene at 6 p.m.


Place: Kinsman, Ohio / Jamestown, Pennsylvania.

Group: New Order Amish- Midwest fellowship.

Kinsman Amish Church chicken dinner is April 19.

A benefit dinner featuring baked or grilled chicken will be held by Kinsman Amish Church at Creekside, 209 Kinsman Road, Greenville, on April 19 from 3 to 7 p.m.Pay is by donations. Proceeds benefit Aaron Erb’s hospital bills.Carry-outs are available by calling (724) 718-4111 or (724) 718-3685, or on the day of the dinner at (724) 718-2304.


Place: Bainbridge, Geauga County, Ohio.

Group: Old Order Amish- Mainline; Geauga County, Ohio, churches.

Talk about Amish way of life given at Bainbridge Historical Society.


Chester Kurtz, a board member of the Geauga Amish Historical Library in Middlefield, gave a first-hand look into the unique Amish way of life at the March 13 meeting of the Bainbridge Historical Society at the Bainbridge Library.Mr. Kurtz, 41, and his wife, Mary, are parents to seven children, ages three to 19. He told the group that the Amish culture is Christian-based, and Amish are committed to preserving that culture and educating their children in it. It all comes down to its being a “family-first culture,” he said.


Place: Holmes-Wayne County area, Ohio.

Group: Old Order Amish.

Amish youth group picks up litter in southeastern Wayne County.WQKT.

An Amish youth group recently volunteered their time to pick up litter in the southeastern corner of Wayne County. According to the county engineer’s office, the group covered 50 miles of roadways, filling up hundreds of trash bags and two large dumpsters.  The group also removed 15 tires, which can now be recycled.  Any residents or groups interested in picking up roadside trash can contact the Wayne County Engineer’s Office, which will provide all the tools needed, including safety vests, bags and a dumpster.


Place: Holmes-Wayne County area, Ohio.

Group: Old Order Amish.

 Wayne County has a plan to put buggy lanes on 4 1/2 miles of Kidron Road.

Nate Powalie.Daily Record.About 4 1/2 miles of Kidron Road will have buggy lanes constructed on both sides with the majority of the funding coming from a Rebuilding American grant if the application is approved.The Wayne County commissioners approved applying for the funding at a recent meeting. The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant would fund nearly $25 million of the estimated $28.9 million cost.The lanes would be built between state Route 241 and Berger Road.For the remainder of the cost the Ohio Department of Transportation would cover about $3.5 million and the Amish Steering Committee will kick in $500,000. For more:


Place: Emblem/Greybull/Powell, Wyoming.

Group: Old Order Amish.

Amish plan April 18 haystack supper in Emblem.

By: Nathan Oster.

Several Amish families in the Emblem area are planning a haystack supper on Friday, April 19 to raise money for the construction of a new school.David Yutzy, who moved to the area last July from Ohio, said the event will double as an opportunity to share one of their traditional meals with the community.In the Amish community, haystack suppers are very common. They are often served buffet-style, which allows each person to customize their plate according to their preferences.For more:


Place: Holmes County, Ohio.

Group: “Amish”.


Mavin pushes away from the Amish ‘stereotype’ at Market as it seeks to differentiate from competitors.

Bobby Dalheim.Senior Editor of Case Goods and Global Sourcing.

HIGH POINT – While many Amish companies have the word “Amish” front and center of their marketing and directly in their names (see Simply Amish and Daniel’s Amish), Mavin wants to distance itself from the term.“The Amish story is great, and people do connect it with high craftsmanship and American-made,” said David Wallace, sales manager. “But they also think of it as the furniture of yesteryear. We really want to highlight all we’ve done in going after looks and styles that aren’t typically Amish,” he continued, noting one of the company’s main goals this market is to show buyers the true depth of its styles.For more:


Place: Marysville, Indiana.

Group: Old Order Amish- Swiss.


61-year-old Indiana man arrested after hit-and-run involving horse and buggy.

Amish horse-drawn buggy hit, occupants injured.

Norman Seawright.WLKY.

HENRYVILLE, Ind. — The Clark County Sheriff's Office says it has arrested a southern Indiana man for leaving the scene of an accident involving a horse-drawn buggy.Heather Williams said she and her husband were driving on Highway 31 when they saw fire trucks and the remains of a horse-drawn buggy."Then I saw it was an Amish buggy and I told my husband," she said. "He immediately pulled over."The other vehicle was gone. The Sheriff's office said, "the vehicle fled the scene, leaving behind the buggy operators, who sustained injuries and required immediate medical attention."Williams said two boys and a girl were in the buggy, and the girl's injuries were the most serious.On Monday, police arrested 61-year-old Wade Roberts for leaving the scene of an accident causing injury."The buggy, it was demolished," she said. "Even with the tow truck, it took my husband and a couple other men to actually help guide it up on the truck. So it was just destroyed and the girl was lying on the ground somewhere about right in there, almost in a fetal position and pain."The Sheriff's office statement continued:"This unfortunate incident reminds us of the importance of vigilance and responsibility on our roads, particularly where horse-led buggies are prevalent. Sheriff Maples and the entire Clark County Sheriff's Office urge all community members to exercise caution and operate their vehicles with heightened awareness, especially when encountering horse-led vehicles. Every individual's safety is paramount, and we must all do our part to prevent such incidents." For more:


Place: New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.

Group: Old Order Amish- 1955 Beschluss; Byler.

Boy driver and passenger seriously hurt in Lawrence County Amish buggy crash.

By Madeline Bartos.CBS Pittsburgh

WILMINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) -- Two boys in an Amish buggy were seriously hurt after they were hit by a pick-up truck in Lawrence County on Sunday night, police said.

The crash happened between a buggy and a Chevrolet Silverado at an intersection in Wilmington Township shortly before 9 p.m. on Sunday, according to a report from Pennsylvania State Police.

When first responders were called to the scene on State Route 956 and the intersection of Parsonage Road, police said first responders found the buggy with heavy damage. The two boys were standing outside with suspected major injuries, troopers said. For more:


Place: New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.

Group: Old Order Amish- 1955 Beschluss; Byler.

 Buggy driver cited, two injured in Sunday crash.

By Debbie Wachter | New Castle News An Amish teen who was driving a horse and buggy has been cited for a stop sign violation following a traffic accident Sunday in Wilmington Township.State police reported two boys, a 14 and 12, were traveling in the buggy around 8:50 p.m. when the mishap occurred on Eastbrook-Volant Road at Parsonage Road. Both boys were taken by ambulance to Grove City Hospital with suspected serious injuries.Suspects are to be considered innocent until proven guilty or adjudicated by a court. For more:


Place: Loganville, Wisconsin.

Group: Ex-Old Order Amish- mainline.

Dale Jr Touched by How Country Music Laid the Path for Former Amish’s Foray Into NASCAR.

By Sumedha Mukherjee. Essentially Sports.

It was back in 2018 that the news broke about two cousins, Marlin Yoder and Reuben Kauffman, who grew up in Wisconsin in the Amish religion, had left their home to work in NASCAR. They secretly used to tune into NASCAR races using a transistor radio hidden in the woods. Passionate right? Captivated, they decided to leave their Amish roots in their teens and chase a new dream in NASCAR. Fast forward to 2024. Recently, Dale Earnhardt Jr. spotlighted their incredible journey by inviting one of them to share their story on his podcast. The story not only fascinated listeners but also scored big props for Dale Jr. fans who praised him for dropping the spotlight on the behind-the-scenes crew and bringing such an incredible story to the forefront of his show. The NASCAR community has produced inspiring stories of growth countless times. Drivers have worked their way through dire straits just to get behind the wheel of a Cup car and fire their engines to glory. Similarly, Dale Earnhardt Jr’s recent interaction with a Hendrick mechanic revealed a riveting story of sacrifice and rebirth. Marlin Yoder hails from the Amish community, which is known for isolation from mainstream society. However, Yoder broke those social chains to reach NASCAR’s race tracks. His first touch with racing gave him fuel to reach for the checkered flags. Now Marlin Yoder is an expert in racing. Despite his humble background as revealed in Dale Earnhardt’s podcast, Yoder is part of the winningest NASCAR Cup team. For more information:

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Place: Beaver, Jackson & Pike Counties, Ohio.

Group: Old Order Amish- Renno.


Man accused of robbing Amish teen at gunpoint in Jackson County, Ohio arrested.



A Pike County man has been charged in connection to the armed robbery of an Amish teen traveling with a horse and cart in southern Ohio. Jason Daniel Holloway, 30, of Beaver, has been charged with robbery, according to a social media post from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.


Place: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Group: Old Order Amish- Mainline; Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, churches.


Miller case inspires a constitutional amendment for food freedom for all.

By Dan Flynn on — ANALYSIS —

Whether it was in federal court or, as now, state court, Amos Miller has delivered like one of those old Sunday morning serial cartoons.Pennsylvania’s Attorney General thinks Miller, like everybody else, should comply with state raw milk license and permit requirements. Miller does not think so. The AG’s office calls all those statements “averments of facts on these matters.”While the case continues, Miller has reset his GiveSendGo fundraising goal to $800,000, up from $300,000 after collecting $271,356 from his many donors.Last year, Miller signed a Consent Decree with the federal government, agreeing to abide by USDA food regulations.  In January, his farm was searched by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture over food illness investigations involving New York and Michigan.Miller’s failure to maintain licenses and permits for raw milk production caused the AG to file a lawsuit against him.For more:


Judge refuses to throw out PA Ag Department's suit against Amos Miller.

DAN NEPHIN | Staff Writer Lancaster Online.

A Lancaster County judge won’t dismiss the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s lawsuit against Upper Leacock farmer Amos Miller over his raw milk sales.Lancaster County Judge Thomas Sponaugle’s two brief orders issued Tuesday also modified an earlier order that had prevented all sales so that it specifically applies to sales in Pennsylvania.

Though attorneys for the agriculture department had contended earlier this year that Miller was responsible for the site, Miller’s attorney said Miller doesn’t have anything to do with it. Barnes said the woman who owns the website has been told for more than a year to stop marketing under Miller’s name. For more:


Judge lets Amos Miller sell raw milk in other states, says won't hold ambiguity in law against him.

DAN NEPHIN | Staff Writer

LNP.A Lancaster County judge on Friday declined to explicitly restrict Upper Leacock farmer Amos Miller from selling his raw milk to out-of-state customers, saying he wouldn’t hold ambiguity in state law against Miller.State Department of Agriculture lawyers wanted Lancaster County Judge Thomas Sponaugle to clarify his March 19 order that barred Miller from selling to customers in Pennsylvania but did not prohibit out-of-state sales.The department asked the judge for specific language to bar all sales, citing a Pennsylvania law that they contended meant no one without a state permit could sell any raw milk, no matter where they live, even though the law references sales “within the commonwealth.”Sponaugle wrote in his two-page order, “at the same time other applicable regulations do not indicate ‘within the commonwealth.’ This court shall not hold the above ambiguity against the defendants.”Miller has been the subject of federal and state efforts to compel him to follow food safety rules since at least 2016.In January, state agriculture inspectors raided Miller’s farm after two people, one in New York and one in Michigan, became ill after consuming raw eggnog purchased from Miller.The department then sued him Jan. 23 because he doesn’t have a permit to sell raw milk and hasn’t registered his business with the state, among other alleged violations of state laws pertaining to agriculture.


Organic farmer receives court victory, but case will likely escalate to higher courts.

By Natasha Sweatte.Washington Examiner.

A Pennsylvania Amish farmer earned a court victory in Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture v. Amos and Rebecca Miller. However, the win could be short-lived, and this case could escalate all the way to the Supreme Court.“Do we get to control our food and decide what goes into our body or does the government,” asked Robert Barnes, Miller’s attorney. “That question is a question that the Supreme Court, sooner or later, will likely need to answer.”The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has been at war with Miller’s farm for eight years. Earlier this year, it conducted a raid at his Bird-in-Hand-based farm. In addition to a lawsuit, an injunction was placed against Miller, so he was unauthorized to sell his raw dairy products to the public. According to Barnes, Miller wasn’t even allowed to give it to his own family.For more on this story:


Judge opens area outside of Pennsylvania to Amos Miller’s unpasteurized, raw milk.

By Dan Flynn

Food Safety News.

The Lancaster judge overseeing the Amos Miller civil trial case has decided not to explicitly restrict the Amish farmer’s out-of-state sales, saying he won’t hold the ambiguous nature of Pennsylvania law against Miller.

“The food laws govern access to Pennsylvania customers because that is what the legislature chose to do and what the Constitution allows them to do; the laws do not regulate producers, processors, or possessors of food intended for export to out-of-state markets,” it argues. “Consider the absurd havoc created by the PDA’s amendment of the law they ask this court to do — anyone traveling through Pennsylvania with food intended for sale outside the state is now subject to PDA jurisdiction and restrictions, such that someone traveling from West Virginia through Pennsylvania to another state with food intended for sale outside Pennsylvania can be stopped, searched, seized, fined, enjoined, penalized, and imprisoned. Food producing, processing, and transporting facilities for export outside Pennsylvania—of which thousands of people employed in Pennsylvania— would now be banned overnight and wake up criminals. This is not what the legislature authorized nor what the Constitution allows. Contrary to PDA’s claims, food intended for export is already regulated by Congress, as the Defendants’ half-decade of litigation reflects.” For more on this story:

Place: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Group: Ex-Beachy Amish-Mennonite.


Nissley is entering his first race for public office in a primary battle with incumbent Bryan Cutler.

Author: FOX43 Newsroom

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — Throwing his hat in the ring for the Republican nomination in Pennsylvania's 100th district is Gap native Dave Nissley.Running for public office for the first time, Nissley faces an uphill battle as he squares off against 17-year incumbent, Bryan Cutler.Born in Gap and raised in Paradise., Nissley has been a lifelong Lancaster County native.Nissley carries with him a strong Christian background stemming from a household whose parents passed down a foundation in their belief in God. Nissley's family belonged to an Amish Mennonite Church and sent Dave and his six siblings to a Christian school and high school.Nissley and his wife, Lillian have been married for over thirty years and have four adult children. They both have served in the Lancaster community in several ways including Vintage Landscaping, the business they founded in 1992, among other business throughout the county. They have also been active members at Chestnut Church in Gap since 2001, the pair would pastor for five years during that stretch.The 100th district covers much of southern Lancaster County, including Gap, Strasburg, Quarryville, Pequea, Drumore, Little Britain, Kirkwood, Smyrna and Cains. For more information:


Place: Spring Valley, Minnesota.

Group: Old Order Amish- 1955 Beschluss.

First court appearance Monday for one sister charged in deadly Fillmore County buggy crash.

Samantha Petersen to go before a judge six months after two Amish girls died.

By Brock Bergey.

Published: Mar. 24, 2024 at 5:55 PM UTC.

PRESTON, Minn. (KTTC) – Samantha Petersen is part of a duo that’s become well-known in southeast Minnesota. She and her identical twin sister, Sarah, are accused of trying to deceive law enforcement by pretending to be one another following a fatal crash near Spring Valley last fall. Both sisters, now residing in Kellogg according to court documents, have lengthy criminal records and have been convicted of providing false names to law enforcement in the past. Neither Samantha nor Sarah is currently in jail. KTTC has attempted to connect with the Petersen twins several times with no success. The sisters are being charged separately and have separate legal representation. Samantha’s attorney has said this is one of the “most interesting cases” he’s come across and that’s why he agreed to take it on. Sarah is set to make her first court appearance on Thursday, March 28, at 10:45 a.m. She’s facing 16 charges. For more:


Samantha Petersen arraigned six months after fatal Amish buggy crash.

By KTTC Staff and Brock Bergey.

PRESTON, Minn. (KTTC) – Samantha Petersen, the woman accused of being behind the wheel of the car that struck an Amish buggy and killed two children, was arraigned in a Fillmore County Court Monday. Petersen, 35, faces 21 charges, including eight counts of criminal vehicular homicide, eight counts of criminal vehicular operation, two counts of driving while intoxicated, failure to provide proof of insurance, careless driving and speeding. Sarah Petersen, Samantha’s identical twin sister, is facing 16 charges in this case and is set to be arraigned in Preston Thursday. For more:


Spring Valley woman charged for February Amish buggy crash.

By Marissa Montalvo. FILMORE COUNTY, Minn. (KTTC) – Brittany Edgar, 32, faces six charges in connection to a hit-and-run Amish buggy crash in February. The charges were filed on March 26, a day after Samantha Petersen had her first court appearance for a fatal buggy crash in September. According to court documents, on Feb. 15, around 10 p.m., a deputy with the Filmore County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) responded to an Amish buggy crash involving a vehicle, later identified as Edgar’s Grand Prix. There were nine total passengers in the buggy at the time of the crash, two adults and seven children. The two adults and three children, ages 11, nine, and seven survived with minor injuries. The two adults and the other four children were transported to Mayo Clinic Saint Marys Hospital. Among the children, a 12-year-old was treated for a concussion, a four-year-old had a bruise on his elbow, a three-year-old had a fractured left arm, and a one-year-old had a skull fracture and swollen left eye. For more:


Second twin charged in deadly buggy crash to make first court appearance.

By Brock Bergey.

PRESTON, Minn. (KTTC) – Fillmore County is gearing up for another high-profile court case.

Three days after her identical twin went before a judge, Sarah Petersen will make her first court appearance in Preston.Sarah told law enforcement she was driving the striking vehicle. However, the criminal complaint states the investigation found it was Samantha actually behind-the-wheel. The complaint says Samantha was high on methamphetamine and traveling at high rate of speed. Sarah is accused of trying to deceive law enforcement by pretending to be Samantha. Both sisters have lengthy records and have been convicted of providing false names to law enforcement in the past. Sarah is charged with 16-counts. Thursday’s hearing is for the judge to set her bond. She will go before the same judge who assigned no dollar amount to Samantha’s conditional bond earlier this week. For more:


Sarah Petersen, twin sister who tried to take fall in fatal Amish buggy crash arraigned.

By Addie McCabe.

PRESTON, Minn. (KTTC) – Sarah Petersen, the twin sister of Samantha, who allegedly tried to take the fall for the fatal Amish buggy crash in September of 2023 was arraigned in Fillmore County Court Thursday. Petersen was arraigned on 16 charges: four counts of criminal vehicular homicide, eight counts of aiding an offender and four counts of criminal vehicular operation. Sarah’s arraignment comes days after her sister Sarah was arraigned on 21 charges in the case. Both prosecutors and Sarah’s defense attorneys declined comment at today’s hearing. Sarah told KTTC “no comment” when asked if she had anything to say after today’s hearing. For more information:








Place: Spartansburg, Pennsylvania.

Group: Old Order Amish- 1955 Beschluss.

Corry Man Charged with Killing Pregnant Amish Woman Held for Trial

Erie News Now. The Corry man charged with killing a pregnant Amish mother has been ordered to stand trial. The ruling was handed down following Friday's preliminary hearing of 53-year-old Shawn Cranston. Cranston will now face trial, in connection to the deaths of 23-year-old Rebekah Byler and her unborn child. The trooper said they are still in the process of trying to locate that evidence, so Kern asked for the charges to be dismissed. However, Titusville District Judge Amy Nicols bound all charges against Cranston over for trial. For more:


Husband of slain pregnant Amish woman testifies his young children told him of the killing.


AP News.

MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The husband of a pregnant Amish woman killed inside her rural Pennsylvania home late last month testified Friday that his two young children told him about the crime when he got back from looking at potential roofing jobs. “I didn’t really believe it,” Andy Byler said at a preliminary hearing for Shawn C. Cranston, charged with two counts of homicide in the Feb. 26 killing of Rebekah Byler and her unborn child. “I walked in and saw her cap laying inside the door.” Cranston has been in the county jail without bond since being arrested March 2. For more on this story:


Guns and sneakers were seized from a man accused of killing a pregnant Amish woman, police say.


Associated Press.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police investigating the killing a pregnant Amish woman in rural Pennsylvania seized six guns, a variety of ammunition and a pair of sneakers that may match tread marks left at the crime scene during searches of the suspect’s home and vehicle, documents show. Search warrant documents released over the weekend said 23-year-old Rebekah Byler suffered “multiple sharp force wounds” to her neck and was shot in the head during the Feb. 26 attack at her home. Two counts of homicide and other charges against truck driver Shawn Christopher Cranston were forwarded to county court for trial after a preliminary hearing on March 15.

In a newly released search warrant affidavit, a state trooper said Rebekah Byler’s 2-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son were present during the killing and the boy told investigators a man wearing sneakers had killed his mother. Rebekah Byler’s husband, Andy Byler, and a woman who had been driving him and another man to look at roofing jobs returned to the Byler home around lunchtime to discover her body in the living room. The children were unharmed. For more on this story:


Place: Spring Valley, Fillmore County, MN.

Group: Old Order Amish- 1955 Beschluss.

Charges: Driver in deadly Amish buggy crash was on meth, had her twin sister take the fall.

Josh Skluzacek KSTP

Law enforcement on the scene of a crash involving a vehicle and Amish buggy in Sumner Township in Fillmore County on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. (Courtesy: KAAL) A southeastern Minnesota woman is facing nearly two dozen criminal charges in connection to a crash involving an Amish buggy last fall that killed two children. Petersen isn’t in custody and is scheduled to make her first court appearance on March 25. She faces up to 10 years on each criminal vehicular homicide charge plus several years for the other counts. For more information:


After a fatal Amish buggy crash identical twin sisters traded places – and blame for the crime, sheriff says.

BY WCCO STAFF. FILLMORE COUNTY, Minnesota (WCCO) — A 35-year-old southeastern Minnesota woman faces over a dozen charges for allegedly trying to take the blame for her twin sister in a fatal Amish buggy crash. For more on this story:


Twin Sisters Charged in Fatal Amish Buggy Accident.

Fillmore County Journal.

Samantha Jo Petersen, 35, is facing 21 criminal charges relating to a fatal accident on the morning of September 25, 2023, that claimed the lives of two Amish children. Her twin sister, Sarah Beth Petersen, is facing 16 criminal charges relating to the same fatal accident. For more information:


Place: Burke’s Garden, Virginia / Wisconsin.

Group: Old Order Amish- Mainline.


Is this one of the deadliest crashes in Wisconsin history? Friday's crash that killed nine people had more fatalities than Clark County has had in a single year since at least 2019, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.  Nine deaths makes this crash tied for the second-deadliest crash in Wisconsin history. Nine people also died in a crash in 1937 in Manitowoc County, according to Wisconsin Watch. The deadliest crash in Wisconsin history occurred in 2002 on Interstate 43 in Sheboygan County, according to previous media reports. Ten people died in a 45-vehicle pileup on a foggy day.

Seven victims of Clark County crash were from Amish community in Burke's Garden, Virginia. Seven of the nine people killed in the second-deadliest crash in state history Friday are members of an Amish community from Burke's Garden in Tazewell County, Virginia, who were traveling to Wisconsin. The Clark County Sheriff's Office released most of the victims' names Monday afternoon. An information line set up by the Amish community had additional details about the names and ages of the eight victims from Virginia:

·         James McCoy, 46. He was the driver of the van from Pounding Mill, Virginia.

·         Linda Byler, 44.

·         Lydia Byler, 24, Linda's daughter.

·         Ellen Schrock, 23, also a daughter of Linda.

·         Orla Schrock, 24, Ellen's husband.

·         Judy Rose Schrock, 6 months old, Ellen's and Orla's daughter.

·         Delilah Schrock, 21, Orla's sister.

·         Suzanna Hertzler, 18.

Micah Schrock, their son who is almost 2 years old, was the only survivor. Allen Gross, a family friend who drove the boy's grandparents to Wisconsin to be with him, has organized a Go Fund Me for the families impacted by the crash. There are at least two or three really bad accidents on this section of the highway every year, she said. Trucks are going fast, and coming over the top of the hill, they can’t stop. “There are no words you can say or even think to describe how sad this is,” she said. “I know it’s tearing this community apart.” For more:


Tazewell County locals offer donations to grieving Amish community.

The Burkes Garden community came together to help their grieving neighbors.

Family and friends in the Amish community recently lost members when a vehicle crashed in Wisconsin and killed most of the members in that crash. Now, community.

By Austin Harmon. WVVA.

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - Burkes Garden community members came together Tuesday to donate, and offer help to those grieving over a tragic weekend car crash in-which eight people from Tazewell County perished. In the days following the tragedy, members of the Burkes Garden Community Association have donated supplies and resources to the local Amish community, which those who lost their lives were a part of. The donations came largely in preparation for the upcoming funeral service to honor those lost. Donations so far include everything from paper plates and towels, to monetary donations and even housing accommodations. One member of the Burkes Garden Community Association, Monte Hansford, said Tuesday that he’s grateful to be a part of such a loving community which looks out for its own. “People have been very understanding and caring and pulled together as a community,” Hansford said. “I know that everything that everybody has contributed so far is greatly appreciated by not only the Burkes Garden community, but especially the Amish community as well.” If you’re interested in donating to the cause as well, you can reach out to Tazewell’s Labor of Love mission. The local Amish community has also asked for privacy to grieve through this recent tragedy as they hope to mourn in peace.


Burke’s Garden residents continue to rally behind Amish community.

Residents of Burke’s Garden are continuing to rally behind the Amish community.

By Robert Castillo.


BURKE’S GARDEN, Va. (WVVA) - Residents of Burke’s Garden are continuing to rally behind the Amish community following a horrific car crash in Wisconsin more than a week ago that left eight members dead. The Amish community in Burke’s Garden held visitation on Monday afternoon and will hold multiple funerals Tuesday morning to grieve the loss. About 1,000 people are expected to be in the area for the visitation and funerals, a massive effort has been made by residents of the area to accommodate, feed and support the visitors.

Hansford said the outpouring of support has been “awesome.” For more:


Place: Spring Valley, Fillmore County, MN.

Group: Old Order Amish- 1955 Beschluss.

Charges: Driver in deadly Amish buggy crash was on meth, had her twin sister take the fall.

Josh Skluzacek KSTP

Law enforcement on the scene of a crash involving a vehicle and Amish buggy in Sumner Township in Fillmore County on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. (Courtesy: KAAL) Records show that Samantha has multiple prior DWIs. Petersen isn’t in custody and is scheduled to make her first court appearance on March 25. She faces up to 10 years on each criminal vehicular homicide charge plus several years for the other counts. Additional information:


 After a fatal Amish buggy crash identical twin sisters traded places – and blame for the crime, sheriff says.

BY WCCO STAFF. FILLMORE COUNTY, Minnesota (WCCO) — A 35-year-old southeastern Minnesota woman faces over a dozen charges for allegedly trying to take the blame for her twin sister in a fatal Amish buggy crash. Sarah Peterson was charged Wednesday with 16 felonies, including criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular operation and aiding an offender, according to court documents. All 16 charges indicate that Sarah Peterson tried to conceal or take responsibility for her identical twin sister’s criminal acts. The sisters have yet to be taken into custody. DeGeorge says the charges did not meet the threshold for an arrest warrant to be ordered by the court. They are charged by summons. For more information:


Twin Sisters Charged in Fatal Amish Buggy Accident.

Fillmore County Journal.

Samantha Jo Petersen, 35, is facing 21 criminal charges relating to a fatal accident on the morning of September 25, 2023, that claimed the lives of two Amish children. Her twin sister, Sarah Beth Petersen, is facing 16 criminal charges relating to the same fatal accident. While both sisters resided in Spring Valley, Minn., at the time of the accident, court documents now indicate they live together at an address in Kellogg, Minn. The first court appearance for Samantha Jo Petersen is scheduled for March 24, 2024. Sara Beth Petersen is scheduled for her first court appearance on April 1, 2024. For more information:


 Woman accused in Fillmore Co. Amish buggy crash obtains Minneapolis-based attorney.

By Ryan Juntti.

FILLMORE COUNTY, Minn. -- One of the sisters accused in a deadly Amish buggy crash in Fillmore County back in September now has an attorney. According to court records, Samantha Petersen is now being represented by Minneapolis-based attorney Carson Heefner. A criminal complaint alleges Petersen told a co-worker she was high on meth when she was driving the vehicle on County Road 1 that hit the Amish buggy, killing the two children inside. Samantha's identical twin sister, Sarah Petersen has also been charged in the crash. Fillmore County Sheriff John DeGeorge said the sisters tried to deceive law enforcement into believing Sarah was actually driving the vehicle at the time of the crash. Neither sister has been arrested.  


Place: Alliance / Salem / Columbiana County, Ohio.

Group: Unaffiliated Conservative Mennonite (Hebron).


Horst sentenced to three years for fatal accident.


Morning Journal News.

LISBON — A Canfield man described as a hardworking gentle giant who was faithful to his family and church was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday after a jury found him guilty in a fatal crash. “I did not mean to cause any harm to anybody,” Lowell Horst said, asking the judge to grant him mercy. After sentencing, McGee requested a stay of the sentence pending appeal, but the request was denied. Horst was taken to the county jail to await his transfer to prison. He had been out on bail while the case was pending. Previous on this story:


Earlier coverage:

Driver in fatal crash in West Township pleads not guilty.

Mary Ann Greier.

Morning Journal News.

LISBON — A Canfield man accused of causing a fatal crash that killed a woman and injured her husband near Zepernick Lake last fall entered a not guilty plea Thursday. Lowell Horst, 28, Lisbon Road, appeared for arraignment in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court before Judge Scott Washam for charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, a third-degree felony, and vehicular assault, a fourth-degree felony. Leslie Coss passed away on Jan. 5 this year at the age of 83, according to an obituary posted online. For more on this story:


Judge to review statement regarding fatal accident.

Mary Ann Greier.

Salem News.

A judge said she’ll review a video of Lowell Horst’s statement and issue a written decision on whether to suppress what he said regarding a Sept. 23, 2022 fatal accident. Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge Megan Bickerton heard testimony Friday during a suppression hearing in the case against Horst, 29, Lisbon Road, Canfield. Horst was indicted in April on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, a third-degree felony, and vehicular assault, a fourth-degree felony, for allegedly causing the death of 81-year-old Mary A. Coss while operating a 2009 Chevy Silverado recklessly and causing serious physical harm to her husband, Leslie R. Coss, 83, who was the driver. The accident occurred on state Route 172 near Zepernick Lake. The victim who was injured, Leslie Coss, passed away on Jan. 5 this year at the age of 83, according to an obituary posted online. For more on this story:


Place: Cattarugus County, New York

Group: Old Order Amish- Swartzentruber, Andy Weaver; Old Order Amish- Stutzman-Troyer.


Measles making US comeback, but not yet in Cattaraugus County.

By RICK MILLER, Olean Times Herald.

OLEAN — Measles is making a comeback in the United States, and New York is one of 17 states with current measles outbreaks. And while Cattaraugus County’s public health director, Dr. Kevin D. Watkins, said Wednesday that there are no known cases of measles in the county, its low vaccination rate is a concern for health officials. The county’s large Amish population is partly responsible for the county’s 77% measles vaccination rate. The Amish generally avoid vaccinations because of their religious beliefs, as do some other religious groups. This contributes to a lower vaccination rate despite state laws on vaccination of children attending school. “The higher the vaccination rate, the lower the risk,” Watkins said. For more on this story:


Place: Winona/ Utica, Minnesota.

Group: Old Order

It's Amish vs. animal lovers as Winona County cracks down on dog breeding.

County officials seek to ban future dog breeding kennels and enact stricter regulations on mostly Amish breeders.

By Trey Mewes, Star Tribune.

UTICA, MINN. - Trouble is brewing in the rolling fields and wooded thickets of the Amish farms here.Farmers in the area breed and sell dogs to local residents and nationwide pet outlets alike. Their business has drawn the attention of animal lovers who say the Amish are running puppy mills — fast-paced breeding operations that produce sickly or psychologically disturbed canines.

Amish farmers say their operations are misunderstood and the dogs are treated better than people.The Winona County Board is weighing in on more than a decade's worth of debate with a proposed ban on future dog breeders and more stringent requirements for existing breeders. The board has voted several times over the past year and a half to pursue more regulations, but those efforts stalled as county staff was shorthanded and didn't address potential solutions until the start of 2024.Then last month thefive-member board voted 3-0 with two abstaining to pursue a ban on future dog breeding permits, with the abstaining members concerned they hadn't received prior notice about the proposed ban. The board later voted 3-2 to order county staff to create new licensing rules and inspection processes for dog breeders, which is expected to come back before the board later this month."The treatment of the dogs is bad," Winona County Commissioner Greg Olson said. "Although they're physically taken care of, they're emotionally and mentally abused."Not so, according to the farmers: Dogs are let out at least twice a day, get plenty of exercise and socialization with children, and are well taken care of. Amish breeders say they follow all guidelines and regulations set before them.A number of farmers applied for local permits in 2015 after they were told it was required to operate breeding kennels. "It comes down to, they're not going anywhere," she said. "So we kind of all have to work together."

Trey Mewes is a reporter based in Rochester for the Star Tribune. For More on this Story:


 Is light requirement proof Ohio Amish are being targeted for religious reasons? | Opinion.

Cory Anderson | Guest columnist. May 1, 2023.

Columbus Dispatch / Times Gazette (Ashland) / Daily Record (Wooster).

Members of several strict Amish denominations throughout Ohio religiously object to battery-powered flashing lights. That fact did not stop Ohio House Bill 30, legislation requiring that they be mounted on buggies, which was signed into law June 1, 2022. Among other objections, electric lights make their buggies appear just a bit more like tractors, trucks, and cars. These Amish do practice safety-oriented buggy markings within what is religiously acceptable, namely, reflective tape along the perimeter, reflective materials on wheels, and side-mounted lanterns. Still, police have routinely cited Amish adolescents, adults, and elderly for not mounting a battery-powered flashing light. At first glance, these lights may seem to only help motorists better “see” buggies and avoid rear-end crashes. But are they superior to current markings? And exactly how many rear-end crashes result from attentive motorists rear-ending a buggy they simply did not “see”?

We currently know that motorists may not see a buggy due to the sun’s glare, personal intoxication, operation of a cellphone, or a hill or curve blocking view of the buggy. In all of these common crash scenarios, battery-powered flashing lights are unproven, if not totally ineffective.

At the same time, these lights increase the risk of crash once motorists see the buggy. For example, when motorists attempt to pass, they may cut too closely because they miscalculate buggy width. Alternatively, current strict Amish buggy markings accent the perimeter, providing motorists with information about approaching time and the passing space. On automobiles, perimeter markings such as head- and tail-lights are nearly universal, suggesting their effectiveness. A single battery-powered flashing light emphasizes a point on the buggy, drawing attention away from the width.

Battery-powered flashing lights also increase passing-related crashes due to the “moth effect,” the tendency of 1 in 21 motorists to become mesmerized and steer toward flashing objects, such as emergency vehicles, LED billboards, and battery-powered flashing lights.

If a motorist is passing a buggy, battery-powered flashing lights may trigger a moth effect, pulling the motorist in. Many agencies regulating emergency vehicle lighting and LED billboards are moving away from flashing brightness for safety’s sake, not toward it.

Motorists may also strike buggies due to careless, aggressive passing. Motorists pacing a battery-powered flashing light-equipped buggy, waiting for a safe chance to pass while a bright yellow light is flashing in their eyes, will only become more impatient, increasing risk of an unsafe pass.

In sum, battery-powered flashing lights do not address documented causes of rear-end collisions. Simultaneously, they increase crash risk as motorists attempt passes.

House Bill 30’s legal development was particularly knotty.

First, the billl’s supplementary materials misrepresented the “Amish community” as bill supporters. Four unsigned letters of support from self-identified Amish are followed by 350 “Amish community” signatures… people who are all non-Amish!

Second, co-sponsor Rep. Darrell Kick, R-Loudonville, said that “This bill does not require any excessive regulation or undue burden upon […] Amish,” but an attorney’s bill analysis detailed Constitutional cases over related objectionable markings.

Third, co-sponsor Rep. Scott Wiggim, R-Wooster, overstates the battery-powered flashing light's effectiveness, saying the lights will help motorists turning corners see the buggies. Battery-powered flashing lights are ineffective when objects along a corner block view of the buggy.

Who are the masterminds behind House Bill 30?

They include some ex-Amish, non-Amish neighbors, and both strict and progressive Amish.

They are generally aware that many strict Amish object to battery-powered flashing lights. I’ve heard enough casual conversations about battery-powered flashing lights, with critical comments toward stricter Amish, to wonder what really underlies this law.

More than “just” safety, it may well be a law approved for a religiously targeted project.

Cory Anderson completed a master’s thesis on motor vehicle-buggy crash scenarios and is currently a post-doctoral fellow of population health at Pennsylvania State University. He resides in northeast Ohio.

Place: Holmes County, Ohio.

Group: Old Order Amish- Mainline; Isaac churches; others.

 Today's Amish Are Plain, Not Simple.

Comments by Stephen Colbert overlook the complexity of Amish culture in the 21st century.

By Lauren Pond|April 4, 2024

Sightings. University of Chicago Divinity School.

Recently, Donald Trump Jr. took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to champion expanded Republican voter registration efforts in some unconventional locations: “In 2024, we need an all-of-the-above voter strategy,” he tweeted. “That means voter registration at gun shows, concerts, UFC fights – and even in Amish country.”

For more on this story:


Place: Roberts, Montana, working near Park City, Montana.

Group: Old Order Amish- Townville/Guys Mills, Pennsylvania-type.

 Amish community leading effort to move garage on flood-damaged Park City property.

Volunteers will manually move garage in Park City.

By: David Jay.

Posted at 10:21 PM, Apr 03, 2024.

and last updated 2:55 PM, Apr 04, 2024.

PARK CITY - Volunteers will help a man move his garage on property in Park City that was damaged during the Yellowstone River flooding in the spring of 2022.

The community will come together to help move a 1,200-square-foot building that weighs about 9,000 pounds.

The man who owns the property lost his home on the Yellowstone River during the flooding, and the effort has been a big boost to help keep his property.

For more on this story:


Miraculous move: Amish community comes together to assist Park City resident with flood-damaged property.

Amish and non-Amish volunteers moved garage by hand.

By: Kelsey Boggs.

Posted at 5:30 PM, Apr 06, 2024.

PARK CITY — MTN News introduced you to Mike Kinsey in 2022 after a video he shot of his Park City home, being ripped away by roaring waters, went viral worldwide.

Nelson Troyer, an Amish man, didn’t hesitate to help out. He planned a move with Kinsey, recruited volunteers, and made everything happen.

"It's hard to express. I can’t. And especially considering the (weather) conditions," Kinsey said. "It’s hard to express. Just gratitude. Overwhelming gratitude. I couldn’t be more thankful." For more on this story:

Place: N/A.

Group: Amish.

 Uh-Oh, Are Amish Bonnet-Rippers Red-Pilling Me?

By Molly Longman.


Published: Apr 1, 2024.

Tess McCallum was on a romantic weekend getaway with her girlfriend in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, when she came across a book she had to have: The Cowboy’s Amish Haven. The couple had stumbled into a thrift store and, amid the trinkets and wool sweaters, McCallum, 24, found a shelf of books with covers depicting young women wearing bonnets. They were all Amish love stories, and the Western twist of Amish Haven especially stood out to her. “I’m an avid romance novel reader, and I thought, This is perfect—because I’m also very into learning about subcultures and religion,” she says. “I finished the book in record speed.”

For more on this story:

Place: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Group: Amish & Mennonite.

 Clinic for Special Children says goodbye to Strasburg Township, completes move to Leacock Township.

Still needs to close $2 million funding gap.

JOHN WALK | Features Writer Apr 3, 2024.

Lancaster Online.

On a weekday in mid-February, all five exam rooms were occupied inside the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg Township, but Dr. Laura Poskitt had patients in need of immediate care. So she examined them in the waiting room. For more on this story:

Place: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Group: Amish & Mennonite.

 Clinic for Special Children says goodbye to Strasburg Township, completes move to Leacock Township.

Still needs to close $2 million funding gap.

JOHN WALK | Features Writer Apr 3, 2024.

Lancaster Online.

On a weekday in mid-February, all five exam rooms were occupied inside the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg Township, but Dr. Laura Poskitt had patients in need of immediate care. So she examined them in the waiting room.

For more on this story:

Place: Darvell, United Kingdom (first article) / Hudson Valley, New York (second article).

Group: Bruderhof.

Inside the secret Home Counties commune that preaches celibacy and hard labour to Gen Z. Monday 01 April 2024 12:36 BST.

Hatty Willmoth. The Independent (UK).

Dinner time at the Bruderhof commune at Darvell, East Sussex (Danny Burrows Photography)

As every Gen Z-er knows, adulthood sucks. The moment we enter the workforce, we discover our jobs are underpaid and exhausting. We’re tired, broke and lonely. Some of us dream of moving to the countryside with our favourite people to grow vegetables, bake bread, keep animals and escape the shackles of capitalism. For more on this story:


 Heritage Marketplace Event Center Draws Amish Youth.

January 24, 2024 by Ann Wishart.

Geauga Maple Leaf.

When Paul Wengerd was first offered 18 acres and several buildings on Nauvoo Road in Middlefield Township in 2016, he didn’t take the proposal seriously.

“The owners wanted me to buy it. I said it was impossible. I almost took it as a joke,” he said.

Within the year, the Amish owner of Pine Craft Storage on state Route 528 was reconsidering.

“I needed a place to move my business to,” he said.

“We want to be a service to the community. We didn’t begin it to make a big profit. This needs to support itself so we can support the community,” he said. “We’re headed in the right direction. We’re not where we want to be, but we keep making improvements and making it better.”



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