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Every winter, scores of Amish and Mennonites flock to a small Florida community that is built around their way of life, where buggies powered by the sun and three-wheeled bicycles are more common on the streets than cars.
Pinecraft Park in Sarasota has been called 'paradise for plain people' as the top vacation spot for people who like to live a simpler life without too many modern amenities.
'You just assume that everybody you see, especially in the wintertime, is Amish and Mennonite,' Katie Troyer, who blogs about the community, told NBC's today's show.
The number of Amish in the U.S. has doubled since the 1990's.
Though they're typically known for for their traditional, family-based Christian values and austere lifestyles, there's one thing most people probably wouldn't guess about them –– the Amish are a lot better at managing their money than the rest of us.
AUGUSTA, IL. — In a family that was Amish for generations, Mattie Mullet did the unthinkable.
She left the community with its rigid rules after the age of 50 -- and then wrote a book about her experiences.
WI — Vernon Hershberger’s religious beliefs do not provide any resolution to the legal consequences he must face for operating a food establishment without a license, operating as an unlicensed milk producer, operating a dairy plant without a license and violating a product hold order.
QUINCY, MI — It would seem a cell phone saved the life of an Amish farmer in Branch County’s Butler Township. Quincy Fire Chief Kurt Barve says Amos Schwartz was injured when he became trapped under an overturned disc in a field at his farm on Bidwell Road late Monday morning.
OH - An Amish couple, who adopted the biological daughter of a couple convicted of raping her at the Trumbull County Children Services offices on Reeves Road in 2011, has sued the agency and three workers.
The lawsuit, filed in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court by Atty. Michael D. Rossi, doesn’t name the parents, who live in West Farmington. They are listed as Jane Doe and John Doe.
MILLERSBURG, OH — Lena Schlabach of the Millersburg area had a dream to own her own company, and in July 2012, the dream became reality when she launched Lena’s Amish Granola.
“I was raised Amish, and my parents are Amish,” said Lena, who recently celebrated her 40th birthday. “I wanted a quality product to offer to the community and collaborated with an Amish family to make the granola for me, which I market it.”
As Dakota O'Leary reported last month, a number of members of an Ohio Amish community, convicted of hate crimes in hair and beard cutting attacks are entering federal prison.
The Associated Press reported this weekend that the prisoner's departure will leave nearly three dozen children without one or both parents.
MESA, Ariz. — Growing up Amish on a farm in rural Ohio, Elsie Keim was told from an early age that all she could expect to do in life was bear 10 or more children and live a simple, traditional lifestyle that rejects most modern conveniences.
A self-professed "adrenaline junkie," Keim knew she wouldn't be happy. So with only an eighth-grade education and little knowledge of the modern world, she went looking for the ultimate challenge and the best job to fit her personality.
Amish schoolchildren held their end-of-school celebration early yesterday so their parents could attend before they are jailed for beard-cutting.
Nine members of the Ohio Amish sect led by Samuel Mullet Sr are already in prison after being convicted of the hate crime against rival followers, and five more will join them this Friday.
Four women and one man will start jail terms of between one and seven years, leaving nearly three dozen children without one or both parents for the duration of their sentences.
PA — At least 200 calves were killed in a devastating barn fire that ravaged an Amish farm in Metal township, PA on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Chambersburg, Pa., Public Opinion, fire crews arrived on the scene too late to save the barn or animals. The building was mostly collapsed and there wasn’t much left.
Adam Lanza apparently was a student of Charlie Roberts.
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter had read about the Nickel Mines Amish school shooter. He identified with him. And he followed in his violent footsteps.
I was born a typical Amish boy. Growing up, my brothers and I did what normal Amish boys do. Since my dad did construction, and we only had a small farm, we got bored a lot. I have several brothers; one just older than me and one just younger than me. I’m sure we caused mom quite a few gray hairs, trying to keep up with us mischievous little guys. We had goats for milk, so often times we rode goats, led them around, hitched them to sleds in the winter time, chased cats, climbed trees, rode wagons.
KENTON, Ohio - The Kenton-Hardin Health Department said Tuesday night the way two Amish families are living jeopardizes the health of their neighbors.
"There's a potential there for a lot of people to get sick and our job is to prevent things from happening." said Shane Lotts, the Environmental Director for the Kenton Hardin Health Department.
The health department voted to uphold a decision by the board that said two families need to vacate their homes because their sewage systems were not up to code.
New York — As the number of Amish families continues to rise in St. Lawrence County, law enforcement agencies are looking for ways to reduce accidents between buggies and motor vehicles on North Country roads.
It’s a task officials are finding difficult, even though people on both sides understand the severity of the problem.
KENTON, Ohio — Amish from northwest Ohio are promising to turn out in force this week for a meeting of a county health board seeking to evict two families from new homes that lack the required modern wells and septic systems.
Last summer, the Kenton-Hardin County Health Board said it would start enforcing rules that any new home must have a proper well and septic system - something the simple-living, outhouse-using Amish have never had to do. Health inspectors have not forced existing Amish homes to change
BELLEVUE, MI — Ten people were hurt, two possibly critically, when a northbound van slid off I-69 two miles north of N Drive North.
Calhoun County Sheriff Department deputies reported the accident at 9:08 a.m.
They said the van went out of control on icy pavement.
Sixth-graders from the Ohio Amish community at Wise Elementary School in Holmes County are better equipped to save family and friends from choking deaths.
Twenty-eight Amish children learned the correct way to perform the Heimlich maneuver recently as part of a Heimlich Heroes curriculum demonstration taught at their school.
WARREN, Ohio - The attorney for the Trumbull County Amish man accused of raping young girls has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity on his client's behalf.
Daniel Miller is charged with 17 counts of rape, gross sexual imposition and sexual battery.
The Amish in the US have a genetic mutation that causes mental retardation, researchers have found.
Scientists at the Bellvitge Institute for Biomedical Research (Idibell) and the University of Barcelona have said that inbreeding has led the strict religious community to develop a gene that holds back mental development.
Lydia Zook, bundled in a plain, black coat over a lavender linen dress, steps out of her family’s renovated barn. A few strands of dark brown hair streaked with gray peek out from beneath a teal kerchief headdress. “I stay inside a lot during the winter,” the native Pennsylvanian says with a laugh.
CLEVELAND, OH — The eight men convicted of an Amish hate crime in Ohio have been assigned to prisons scattered across the United States, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said.
Bishop Samuel Mullet, 67, leader of the Bergholz, Ohio, group who was prosecuted with 15 of his followers for a series of beard- and hair shearing attacks on perceived enemies of the breakaway sect, was notified last weekend he had been "re-designated" to a prison in Texarkana, Texas.
Pinecraft resident Katie Troyer teeters between the English world, the media and the Amish.
It's a delicate balance, but she manages it between taking photos for the Pinecraft Pauper, blogging and following her own relationship with God without attending church.
LOYSVILLE, PA — A 5-year-old Loysville girl was flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center after a car crashed into a horse and buggy in Perry County, according to state police in Newport.
Police said the girl was one of four people in the buggy when it was struck Monday afternoon on Route 850 near Fisher Hill Road in Northeast Madison Township.
Last week, I had a story on an Amish trade show. It was mostly about power tools, but there was another other thing that we didn't mention in the online version: The booth selling computers to the Amish.
I can still see his face. Lean. Determined. Framed by his lengthy beard. I can see him running up the hill toward our house. He was carrying his bag of doctor implements.
Mom was having chest spasms, and any real doctor was miles away—across four hours of the broken, rutted, dusty Honduran road we took only as a last resort.
The running man was my Uncle Joe. The smart one of the family. The older brother. The intellectual genius. When Uncle Joe walked by, we stopped talking and listened intently when he spoke. On this day, he rushed by, not paying any attention to us children.
Lancaster, PA — Lebanon Levi's sidekick is in legal trouble after a state constable nabbed him for a stack of criminal warrants, according to officials.
However, John Schmucker's attorney said the fugitive arrest won't keep the "Amish Mafia" star off the small screen.