Two injured in Buggy Accident

Category: Plain Scenes
Published: Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Written by Andrew J Geesey

BuggyaLate last night two 17 year old Amish teenagers were driving a buggy in the wrong lane on Highway 89 in Sparta Township, located in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Due to this, a minivan traveling towards them could not avoid the buggy and resulted in a collision.

According to police the minivan sent the buggy over an embankment, and both teenagers were severely injured. The boys were taken by ambulance to the hospital.

The Meadville Tribune added an interesting comment from one of the reporting Police Officers, "It was unknown if the buggy driver and passenger were using safety restraints". (Meadville Tribune, January 2015). Since I have never seen safety restraints in use in an Amish buggy, I'm wondering if they exist, and if so what communities are using them?

The articles of this event were posted by, NewsLive 365, and The Meadville Tribune. They can be viewed using the links below:

NewsLive 365 at: Amish Boys Severely Injured In Wrong-Way Crash With Minivan
The Meadville Tribune at: Two unidentified teens injured in car versus horse and buggy crash

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Another Puppy Mill

Category: Plain Scenes
Published: Friday, 16 January 2015
Written by Amish Andy
Sally the Pekingese

 

My friend, Sally the Pekingese:

John was one of the Amish farmer's along my milk route and Sallie ran his farm or seemed to think that she did. Sally was a well-treated, very friendly and pleasant Pekingese. When the truck arrived at the farm, Sally was there to greet me, probably, hoping for a treat, which after assisting with my chores, she normally received.

 

Amish do not condone puppy mills:

The news article informs us about Barbara Dienner, from Lancaster County, PA. Barbara, seems to be an Amish woman operating an illegal puppy mill, the article is also about one woman, not a group. The Amish as a whole do not condone such practices. It's a shame that most of the mills that I have read about in recent years, have been run by Amish individuals. I personally know hundreds of Amish farmers in Lancaster County either from the milk route, or through the disaster relief service, and I've even met some as a result of driving the paving truck, but I've never met a single farmer or individual, that treats their animals in the manner that the article indicates about Barbara Dienner.

 

Lancaster Co. woman charged with 72 counts of animal cruelty:

A Lancaster County woman was charged with 72 counts of animal cruelty today following a PSPCA raid on December 16 that discovered dozens of dogs and puppies packed into her Lititz home. READ MORE…

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Little Known Facts About The Plain People

Category: Plain Scenes
Published: Thursday, 15 January 2015
Written by Andrew J Geesey

 

Think you know about The Amish, & other plain sects in America? Do you know the history of the people? Why do they dress like they do and other such questions are answered in this little booklet which was written by an Amish man in 1939. What better way to learn than from the source itself.

I first located the booklet while performing background research at the Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana., on the Richer family of an Allen county Amish community. The booklet is from Pennsylvania and has much to offer towards Amish history as seen through the eyes of one Amishman.

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Season of Thanksgiving

Category: Plain Scenes
Published: Monday, 17 November 2014
Written by Amish Andy

On-Friday, November 4, 1881, President Chester A. Arthur issued a Proclamation of a National Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer; In America's God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations he is quoted as saying "It has long been the pious custom of our people, with the closing of the year, to look back upon the blessings brought to them in the changing course of the seasons and to return solemn thanks to the All-Giving Source from whom they flow."

Like elsewhere in Lancaster County we often experience many changing whether scenes throughout the course of the day and while Autumn was beautiful, the temperatures are letting us know that Old Man Winter is upon us. Sometimes when facing seasonal changes it's hard to be thankful, but that can change when enjoying the many scenes throughout the region like the one in this picture.  Although it's been one hundred & thirty three years President Arthur's statement remains true and it's good advice during this Thanksgiving and changing season.

God Bless and enjoy a happy Thanksgiving.
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