By Kevin Williams
We have some interesting Amish in the News stories today so let's get right to it!
MILLIE'S BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP: I have a new appreciation for Millie and for the Amish of Arthur, Illinois in general. Millie is an Amish woman who writes a weekly column for the local paper there. Millie's in her 70s and struggles with the evolving lifestyle of the Amish in Arthur, but she loves her husband, and is very devoted to her church and community. Click here to read her latest the column and an amazing autumn recipe.
BIKERS FOR TRUMP AND THE AMISH: Odd story in the Washington Times about political outreach to the Amish. Political parties in Ohio and Pennsylvania have been actively courting the Amish and their vote. Amish voters tend to identify as Republicans so the Republicans are the ones doing most of the outreach, but it's tough to tell how much traction they are getting. A couple of Amish men did attend a Trump rally in Ohio this week. Click here to read more.
ELSIE KLINE'S NEW COOKBOOK AND FIVE RECIPES: I know Elsie Kline and she is an amazing Amish cook, writer, and teacher in rural Holmes County, Ohio. I'm excited she has a new cookbook out and I'll talk a lot more about it soon. Click here, though, to read a good article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about it along with 5 recipes from it! Click here for the recipes and story.
CANADIAN TV: A TV series about the the so-called "Mennonite Mafia" has been running on CBC in Canada the past year or so and the show has been renewed for another season. The show is called "Pure" and I think it is supposed to have a bit more artistic value than, say, the "Amish Mafia" show...but, I don't know, I have not watched it. Anyway, click here to read more.
For newbies here, the Hutterites occupy the same theological space as the Amish, but they live communally, primarily in Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Montana. Traditionally they have been farmers, but agriculture isn't what it once was so they've had to adapt and this is a superb story about one colony that has gingerly crept into manufacturing. Click here to read.
And, in the separate Hutterite news, read about a 900-pound grizzly bear that wandered onto a Hutterite colony.