By Kevin Williams
We have some interesting stories in Amish in the News today!
EXPLODING AMISH BARN: First stop, an Amish settlement in Charles County, Maryland. I have not been to this Amish community before. It is located on the "eastern shore" of Maryland as is a settlement founded by Amish from nearby Lancaster County. There was a barn fire there recently that ended in a spectacular fireball caught on video. Diesel tanks inside the barn apparently ignited after the original fire began. Thankfully, and miraculously, no one was hurt. Click here to watch the dramatic video.
SINGING MENNONITES: Residents of Russell, Massachusetts are treated once a month to a serenade in song by some conservative Mennonites that live in the area. Read about this rich tradition here. New England has a very small Plain presence, so interesting to learn a little about this previously unknown to me Mennonite community.
AMISH APPLE BUTTER PIE: Wow, this recipe featured on WBIR TV in Knoxville, Tennessee this past week sounds mouth-wateringly amazing. And it looks awesome also. We are heading into apple season, so click here to get this awesome sounding recipe!
NURSE TO THE HUTTERITES: Read about a 33-year-old nurse in South Dakota who has made it her mission over the past few years to provide medical services, with an emphasis on vaccines, to Hutterites. Hutterites are an insular group similar to the Amish,but they live communally. People have strong opinions - pro and con - regarding vaccines, too bad some studies couldn't have been done on Hutterite children before this nurse came along and after, it seems like the outcome could help determine either way the debate about vaccines. Click here to read more.
MILLIE OTTO'S CITRUS GRILLED PORK TENDERLION: Let's check in with quirky Arthur, Illinois Amish columnist Millie Otto. Click here to read her column.