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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | June 27, 2003
CECILTON -- Longtime residents -- "English," as the Amish call anyone who is not of their faith -- have grown fond of the clip-clop sound of horse and buggy as the plain folk make their way on errands around this town of 500. County road crews have installed yellow caution signs painted with the silhouettes of Amish carriages, and merchants grouse a little about horse droppings, but most have nothing but good things to say about their new neighbors....
By Marion Winik and Marion Winik,Special to the Sun | October 12, 2003
If you'd like to spend an afternoon absorbing the rustic, historic and uncommonly lovely phenomenon that is a covered bridge in autumn, you do not have far to go. Pennsylvania, with more than 200 covered bridges, has the most remaining of any state in the union; Lancaster County, with 29, has the largest concentration in Pennsylvania. What, did you think you had to go to Iowa? Madison County, Iowa, became famous for its covered bridges when Robert James Waller set his 1992 novel, The Bridges of Madison County, there, and the 1995 Clint Eastwood / Meryl Streep movie was filmed on location.
Just before dawn on Oct. 4, 2006, Enos Miller, an Amish man with a long gray beard, walked past the school where two of his granddaughters had been fatally shot two days before. A television reporter approached and asked him if he had forgiven the gunman. "In my heart, yes," said Miller, his voice wavering. "How is that possible?" she asked. His answer: "Through God's help." Miller's words - emblematic of the community's response to the tragedy - quickly became international news. How could the Amish so quickly forgive the man who killed five of their daughters and wounded five others?
By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | September 14, 1997
MANHEIM, Pa. -- The two men from New York City were wearing neat suits and ties. They showed up in a white, city-owned car, powered with clean, natural gas. They were all ready to talk about improving the environment.And then they stepped into a cesspool of ill will.Next summer, 162 tons of New York City sewage sludge will begin arriving every day at the A&M Composting plant near this northern Lancaster County town - a total of 60,000 tons a year for the next 15 years. The two men had come to say how happy the city was to find a good use for its waste.
By MIKE KLINGAMAN | October 31, 1993
There are rabbits in my roses, and snails in my spinach. Now a skunk has arrived to sniff my chrysanthemums.Chase them? I embrace them!But for their trade name, you'd never suspect the true source of these cute critters. Called "Poopets," they are lawn statues fashioned from fertilizer -- cow droppings, a.k.a. farmer's clay. Placed in the garden, the figures enhance the landscape as they sweeten the soil.The non-toxic Poopets are rapidly gaining in popularity. Garden centers and gift shops in 49 states now carry the biodegradable wildlife, which were introduced last October and which retail for $3 to $12.In rural terms, Poopets are as hot as the middle of a compost pile.
April 25, 2007
John Parrish, Orioles reliever What's considered a fun night in Lancaster County, Pa.? "I don't go out in Lancaster. I don't really do anything up there anymore. I just hang out and barbecue somewhere."
By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Staff writer | March 31, 1991
Investigators have identified a body found last Sunday in the Susquehanna River as a Pennsylvania man involved in a boating accident thathappened four months ago and nearly 50 miles upriver, the county Sheriff's Department said.The man was identified as Leroy R. Funk, 48, of Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, the department said. Funk's body was at the Conowingo Dam.The body of his 33-year-old wife, apparently also killed in the boating accident, has never been found.Funk and his wife, PatriciaA.
By Frank Lynch and Frank Lynch,Staff Writer | February 14, 1993
Shoppers who now must drive an hour to get to Amish markets and crafts soon will find them much closer when an Amish businessman opens a Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market in Aberdeen.The market, scheduled to open early next month in a former grocery store at Jamesway Plaza on West Bel Air Avenue near Beards Hill Road, will boast 60 to 70 stands on Fridays and Saturdays.Craftsmen, farmers and food servers will pay $75 for each 8-by-8 1/2 -foot stand to sell handmade furniture, crafts, baked goods, cheese, smoked meats, canned foods, hot food and produce.
By Knight Ridder/Tribune | January 30, 2003
Dr. D. Holmes Morton was new to Lancaster County, Pa., when he was asked to come see a baby born to an Amish family. The child had a very small head, but looked surprisingly normal in every other way. "I could tell by examining the baby it was not the kind of problem that would get better," Morton said. Since that visit in 1989, Morton has seen about 20 Amish babies with microcephaly, with brains so underdeveloped that there is no chance for survival beyond the first few months. The babies' heads are 10 to 11 inches in circumference instead of the usual 13 to 14 inches for newborns.
By Tom Infield and Tom Infield,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | October 30, 2003
PARADISE, Pa. -- Amish farmers here in eastern Lancaster County, Pa., are facing a crisis this harvest season, and their horses just won't cut it. So this one time, their bishops are permitting Amish farmers to use heavy machinery to bring in their corn crops. "They have been told, `You need to harvest your corn for your cows to survive, so whatever you need to do -- do it,'" said David Hoover, who was helping to direct an effort at helping the Amish that has been dubbed Harvest Aid. The big wind that cut through Lancaster County in the wake of Hurricane Isabel Sept.
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