By Kevin Williams
It's Tuesday which means it is time for Amish in the News. Pretty quiet this week. But let's unpack the stories that we have.
BUGGY-CRASH IN PENNSYLVANIA: These stories - sadly - are common. In this case it was a 17-year-old girl who plowed into the back of a buggy. I feel badly for her and the injured Amish. Thankfully, no one killed. What more caught my eye in the article is the last name of the Amish occupants of the buggy. Their last name is "Lee." Now, I've said before, I don't pretend to know every single Amish surname on the planet, but most Amish names are clustered in about 30 names. Lee is not one that I have heard, so it would be interesting to know more about the family's background. Click here to read about the accident.
TORNADO IN AMISH COUNTRY: Bum luck here. Out of all the places for a tornado to touch down in Middlefield, Ohio, it'd have to pick an important medical facility to Amish battling rare disorders. Still, the Amish are a stoic people and when it comes to rebuilding, they are experts, so I expect the facility to back to where it was soon...click here to read more.
BRANCH COUNTY ROAD WOES: This county in south-central Michigan has been home to Amish for generations but the population is growing and along with it stress on roadways. It's a pretty rural area about an hour for Battle Creek and Fort Wayne. Local legislators are proposing buggy licensing fees and other means to make the Amish pay for road damage. Of course, one could make the argument that the tourism taxes and dollars that the Amish bring into the county far offset a few damaged roads...but people - especially local government people - don't tend to think that way. Click here to read more.
AMISH CORNBREAD HAYSTACKS: Wow, am I enamored with this recipe from Illinois Amish columnist Millie Otto. Traditional Amish haystacks are awesome, but a cornbread twist to them? I think I am in heaven! Click here for the recipe and the latest from Millie.
APPLE DUMPLINGS: This isn't an Amish recipe per se, but it is a good one and mirrors many of the seasonal Amish apple dumpling recipes you see this time of year. Good stuff! Click here for the recipe.