We have a good selection of "Amish in the News" pieces today, so let's jump right in!
BERGHOLZ UPDATE: The USA version of Al-Jazeera decided to visit Bergholz, Ohio and they report some startling items. Al-Jazeera caught up with one of Sam Mullet's grandsons who claims his grandfather is still in charge of the cult from prison. Click here for the latest.
MILLIE OTTO: An Amish columnist almost drives her buggy into a ditch. Millie Otto is Old Order Amish and lives in the Arthur, Illinois settlement. She writes a column for the local paper. She's one of a growing number of writers among the Amish who all offer different, unique perspectives.
IPADS COME TO THE COLONY: The Hutterites differ from the Amish in several key ways: communal living and embracing of technology. Good for them on integrating Ipads into their lives. My 72-year-old Dad uses his Ipad religiously and even my 83-year-old aunt loves hers. I've not been able to warm up to tablets, but I guess it's just a matter of what you are used to. Some Hutterite colonies are more conservative than others and wouldn't embrace the internet and Ipads, but most are pretty "cutting edge" when it comes to technology, especially farming advances. Click here to read more about the public school operating on the colony. Jeremy Waltner photo, The Freeman
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND TO THE AMISH: WELCOME! The largest newspaper on Prince Edward Island in Canada is urging residents to roll out the welcome mat to the Amish if they move to the island. I'll be following this story closely and updating. In some ways PEI seems like a perfect fit for the Amish, but logistics - like ferrying horses and buggies onto the island - would seem to pose some challenges. Click here to read more.