By Kevin Williams
CREEPY ENCOUNTER: Imagine being an Amish person minding your own business and all of the sudden you see the flashing blue lights of a police cruiser behind you. Being a law-biding citizen just trying to mind your own business, you pull over...only to discover it wasn't a cop pulling you over...that's what happened to an Amish family in Pennsylvania over the weekend. While the story is sparse on details, it is kind of creepy, hope they catch the perpetrator! Click here.
AMISH MUD SALE: Tis the season for "mud sales." Really interesting because this is purely a Pennsylvania Amish phenomena, you don't see "mud sales" in Ohio or Indiana, you do see plenty of auctions and benefit suppers and the like, but the "mud sales" are purely Pennsylvania. Click here to sample scenes from the first mud sales. But, geez, again, I'd be going there just for the food. Amazing Amish food at the mud sales! Click here.
PLAIN CONGRESS: Funny, one of this year's Congressional match-ups in Lancaster County will feature a former Amish man and a Mennonite women. The incumbent in District 16 is Rep. Lloyd K. Smucker, a Republican, who was born into an Amish home before leaving. He has drawn a challenge from Jess King, a Mennonite activist in the area. Click here to read more.
MILLIE'S CHICKEN & RICE: Check out the latest from Illinois Amish columnist, Millie Otto, and her recipe this week which sounds amazingly heart and comfort foodish! Click here to check out this week's installment.
NIGHTLIFE IN HOLMES COUNTY, OHIO: This is interesting....for me, when I visit Ohio's Amish Country, I WANT to spend the evening quietly in my hotel or cottage or B&B. But some people do want to go out in the evening and the area has often been sparse on offerings. That is gradually changing with the opening and expanding of several theater venues in the area. Click here to check out the details.
PEACHEY'S BAKING CO: So, have any of our Sarasota area readers tried these doughnuts? Man, they sound amazing, I'd love to try one of these. There is an article about the originals of the Peachey doughnut phenomena. I wish the article would have delved into a bit more detail about this family, that moved from Western Kentucky to Statesville, NC. in the mid-80s. I am assuming that the Peachey's moved to Union Grove, NC (Near Statesville), which is when an Amish community began in the mid-80s. This settlement still exists and is known for being very progressive. Anyway, you can read about the roots of the Peachey's doughnut business here.