By Kevin Williams
FORCED ELECTRIC: Hmmmm, I don't know, this Pennsylvania court ruling troubles me a bit. Basically, a divided Commonwealth Court decided that a Pennsylvania Amish family had to hook up to the grid. An article excerpt:
For years, the Yoders have been fighting the sewer connection order because it requires them to install an electric grinder pump to shunt waste from their home into the Sugar Grove Area Sewer Authority's system in Warren County.
For me, it is the court's reasoning which is the most troubling. Basically the judges say that because this Amish family has used electricity before, then this sewage issue shouldn't be an issue. But - and I sure hope the defense had expert testimony to this effect - the issue with the Amish is never that electricity itself is bad, it is the "grid" that is the "enemy" in their eyes. The Amish "cherry pick" technology that suits their lifestyle and beliefs and while I'm all for safe sewage I'm not sure if forcing them onto the grid is the way....Click here to read the full story.
MILLIE'S CHICKEN BISCUIT STEW - Check out the latest from Illinois Amish columnist, Millie Otto. Click here for her recipe.
A PRINTING PRESS WITHOUT ELECTRIC? Read about how Amish publishing house Pathway Publishing prints their books and magazines, a very interesting read! Click here.
AMISH AND ORANGE COUNTY, INDIANA: The Amish in this rural area of Indiana have reached an agreement with local officials to use a more "road friendly" horse shoe. Click here to read more.
PENNSYLVANIA'S PRIZE-WINNING APPLE PIE: Okay, this isn't an Amish recipe per se, but anything from Pennsylvania has a whiff of Amish to it, right? Check out the this first-place prize winning apple pie from the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Wow does it look good! Click here for the recipe.