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From the Desk of Javon Miller....
Mar 2, 2016 9:29 AM

From the Desk of Javon Miller....

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, … And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.

Javon Miller
Rumspringa
Mar 2, 2016 9:22 AM

Rumspringa

Rumspringa. Popular culture portrays this rite of passage as Amish youth leaving their homes and doing wild and crazy things. Despite what you may see on television, these youth are the exception. In reality, the term refers to a limbo period in every Amish life when they are entering adulthood.

Story By Kate Minnich Amish Heartland Writer / Designer
From the Desk of Javon Miller
Dec 1, 2015 4:40 PM

From the Desk of Javon Miller

With Thanksgiving behind us, and being thrown into the midst of the "holiday rush," my mind has to travel across the globe. As we gather as a family and celebrate Thanksgiving, do we pause and truly reflect on the meaning of being thankful?

By Kate Minnich • Writer & Designer
Nov 2, 2015 12:00 PM

The Amish Wedding

The months of November and December do not immediately evoke thoughts of weddings within the general populous, but within the Amish community early winter weddings are a deeply rooted tradition.

By Kate Minnich • Writer & Designer
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From the Desk of Javon Miller
Nov 2, 2015 12:00 PM

From the Desk of Javon Miller

It is early in the morning, Saturday to be exact. Both of our sons will soon be awakening to an exciting day. We are on a mission. Our faithful buggy horse of 13 years needs to be replaced. The second Saturday of every month, hundreds of horses and people converge upon the little hamlet of Mt.

By Kate Minnich • Writer & Designer
Amish Travel: From the Driver's Seat
Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM

Amish Travel: From the Driver's Seat

For the past two years, Bret Roebuck has been working as a driver for local Amish families.

By Emily Rumes • Amish Heartland Contributor
Back to School: Amish Schools 101
Sep 1, 2015 11:34 AM

Back to School: Amish Schools 101

As August comes to a close and September begins, our thoughts turn to the beginning of another schoo

By Kate Minnich, Amish Heartland Writer
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Jul 1, 2015 12:00 AM

The "Fruits" of their labor

"We have a very vibrant produce and fruit industry here in the county," said Rory Lewandowski, Ohio State University Extension Educator.

By Catie Noyes • Editor
Hand-crafted and Heart-Felt
Jun 1, 2015 12:00 PM

Hand-crafted and Heart-Felt

"We want visitors to know that in Amish Country they will have an authentic experience

By Catie Noyes • Editor
Morel Madness
May 1, 2015 12:10 AM

Morel Madness

The increase in temperatures and rolling thunderstorms have mushroom hunters on edge as they know these are the perfect conditions to produce a fine crop of mushrooms. A very popular mushroom, and preferred among those I have spoken with are the Morel mushrooms.

By Catie Noyes • Editor
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A guide to Photographing the Amish
Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM

A guide to Photographing the Amish

...it’s not against an Amish person’s religion to be photographed.

One people, many groups
Mar 2, 2015 1:00 AM

One people, many groups

When it comes to knowledge about the Amish culture and lifestyle, many visitors to this part of Ohio arrive with a firm grasp of the "basics." They already know the Amish who live in Wayne, Holmes and the surrounding counties share specific beliefs and values.

A Holiday Tradition
Dec 1, 2014 12:00 PM

A Holiday Tradition

One of the most anticipated events of the year for both the Amish children and their parents is the Christmas program. One former Amish teacher shared with me just how much preparation and detail goes into the Christmas event. (Traditions may vary from school to school and order to order.

By Catie Noyes • Editor
Nov 3, 2014 12:00 AM

Why do they come to Amish Country?

They come for the leaves, they come for the shopping and they come for the culture.

By Catie Noyes • Editor
Beard-Cutting Attacks
Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Beard-Cutting Attacks

In 1995, on 800 acres of mountainous land in eastern Ohio, near the village of Bergholz, a new Amish community was established by Samuel Mullet.

By Emily Roebuck • Amish Heartland Contributor
Reading, Writing, Arithmetic
Sep 1, 2014 12:00 PM

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic

The one-room country schoolhouse brings to mind stories of pioneer days

Is it safe to travel to Holmes County this summer?
Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Is it safe to travel to Holmes County this summer?

"If you are vaccinated against the measles...you are fine."

By Catie Noyes • Editor
Simple Harmonies
Jun 2, 2014 9:00 AM

Simple Harmonies

The Amish sing from a time- honored hymnal book called the Ausbund. The very first Ausbund was published in Europe in 1564. The original edition consisted of 53 hymns that were composed by 60 Anabaptist imprisoned for their faith in Passu, Germany from 1537-1542.

By Catie Noyes Editor
Amish Country moves at a much slower pace
May 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Amish Country moves at a much slower pace

Amish country moves at a much slower pace, so slow down and watch for slow moving vehicles.

An Amish Wash Day
Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM

An Amish Wash Day

*Editor's note: Names have been changed to protect privacy. This story first appeared in Amish Heartland in September of 2000. It is a lovely morning in early spring. The sun is just beginning to turn the sky pale blue, with a few high wispy clouds and a light breeze.