By Kevin Williams
Kind of quiet this week in Amish in the News, which is, in some ways, the way we want it. But that doesn't mean there aren't still some interesting articles to read.
MAINE BUGGY LAW: Maine Governor Janet Mills just signed a package of legislation that aims to make buggies more visible on the state's roads. So from now on buggies in Maine will have to be outfitted with reflectors and lights. The most conservative Amish can opt to use kerosene lanterns instead of the more popular battery-powered LED lights. Click here to read the latest.
THE AMISH IN PINECRAFT: Every time I think we've covered this Florida Amish enclave about as much as we can cover it, I see something new...The Guardian, a British newspaper, ran a series of photos chronicling Amish life in Pinecraft and the photos are just stunning in their color and cultural insight. Just gorgeous photography and so insightful as to life in Pinecraft. Click here to enjoy this wonderful photo series.
BIG OLAF COMES TO INDIANA: Speaking of Pinecraft, one of the most popular "hang out" spots there is Big Olaf's Creamery, an ice cream store started by an Amish man years ago. Today, it is run by Mennonites and they have apparently branched out with a couple of stores opening in Indiana. And here is what absolutely blows my mind: the ice cream is made in Florida at Big Olaf's creamery. Just seems like making the ice cream down there and trucking it all the way to Indiana would make it very costly. Anyway, click here to read more.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA AMISH: The Amish community near New Wilmington is becoming a more and more popular tourist draw. This article has some information in it about the New Wilmington, Pennsylvania Amish settlement.
MILLIE'S NUTTY FRUIT-FILLED MUFFINS: Check in with Illinois Amish columnist Millie Otto and a recipe she has for fruit-filled muffins, they sound good! Click here.
DILL PICKLE SOUP: This doesn't sound great to me and the only Amish connection is that the cook bought dill from an Amish farmstand, but I know there are dill lovers out there. My wife loves fried pickles and pickle pizza, etc, so for those dill lovers out there, this soup is for you!