By Kevin Williams
We have some interesting Amish in the News stories this week, so I want to jump right into it all.
AMISH AMTRAK: This is some decent journalism. The reporter obviously was at the train station in Alabama, saw the Amish couple, and did what a good reporter should do: ask questions. And he asked enough questions that he got an interesting feature. For me, the take away from this article was learning about an Amish community near Forest City, NC near the South Carolina state line. I was completely unaware of this settlement, so I'll have to dig into this more. Anyway, click here to read the whole article, which is packed with interesting tidbits.
DEVELOPMENT IN LANCASTER: This seems like a really bad idea. One of the most unique aspects of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania is its Amish community. If you chase them out simply so you can the same strip mall suburban sameness you can get anywhere else, it seems foolish. But that is what one local landowner is trying to do: transform a prime piece of Amish Country farmland into a hotel-condo-restaurant filled wasteland. Click here to read more about this ill-advised project.
AMISH "PARTY LINE": This is fascinating...I have to hand it to Atlas Obscura for doing some fine, fine journalism. Read an article about "The Line, which Atlas describes as "The Line is a conference room-via-phone" that Amish can gather in to discuss a variety of topics. Here is how the article describes "The Line":
The Line now operates 24 hours a day, 6.5 days a week (they’re closed Saturday night and Sunday morning, to encourage people to be properly rested for church on Sunday), and can connect more than 9,000 callers comfortably; more than 10,000 unique phone numbers have registered for “talk passwords”—unique PINs they key in to chat—and many more people have dialed in just to listen.
MILLIE OTTO'S BAKED POTATO WEDGES Check in with Mille Otto, she is an Amish writer in Illinois. a different community than Gloria....anyway, check in to see what she has to say and get a recipe for Baked Potato Wedges. Sounds delicious! Click here.
THE HISTORY OF AMISH FUNERAL PIE AND A RECIPE FOR LEMON RICE PIE: Raisin pies are a staple of Amish funerals, although, the tradition does seem to be dying, so maybe raisin pie needs raisin pie. A food historian talks about the history and shares another recipe, lemon rice pie? Interesting...click here.