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Saturday, 05 March 2005

Another easy, hearty casserole.  But before you enjoy this delicious dish, read about the Amish and their relationship with daylight savings time: (CLICK LINK BELOW ARTICLE FOR CORN CASSEROLE)


Daylight-saving time poses challenge for Geauga Amish

Saturday, April 02, 2005

John Horton

Cleveland Plain Dealer Reporter

In Middlefield, Ohio -- A simple question -- "What time is it?" -- gets a bit complicated to answer around these parts as of tomorrow.

Daylight-saving time, which begins Sunday, literally puts Geauga County's Amish community on two different clocks. The Amish who spring ahead an hour, as most of us do, are said to be on "fast time." Those who don't live on what's called "slow time."

It's also a very confusing time that complicates everyday goings-on, such as arriving to work at the start of a shift, scheduling appointments and meeting up with friends and family.

About 10 of Geauga's 90 Amish church districts choose not to change, creating spot time zones street to street and house to house. They will remain an hour behind the region's recognized time until the last Sunday in October, when daylight-saving time officially ends.

Tradition guides the decision, which is made by church bishops. The Amish cling to a plain way of life and eschew many modern conveniences, such as electricity in the home or car ownership. New ideas are not embraced willy-nilly.

"We've always lived on this time, and there's no reason to change," says a bishop at one of the 10 slow-time districts outside of Middlefield, the hub of Geauga's Amish settlement. The man, following tenets of Amish culture, asked that his name not be used.

This cluster of churches -- as well as about 25 others in the Amish settlement spread across Holmes and Wayne counties -- represent some of the few holdouts in the nation.

Most of Indiana, as well as the states of Arizona and Hawaii, also opt not to participate in daylight-saving time.

Opposition remains to the 60-minute move, though resistance seems to be waning. Indiana, after years of contentious debate, even seems poised to mandate daylight-saving time across the state. Legislation is pending, and its prospects appear good, Prerau said.

"There's pressure for uniformity," Prerau said. "Unless you're isolated from the rest of the world, being on a different time causes problems."

Which brings us back to the Amish.

Within Geauga's slow-time church districts, numerous Amish families who work or have business dealings with the outside world have moved their clocks forward. One dairy farmer said he adjusted two years ago to synchronize with milk truck schedules.

"There's good and bad with it," the farmer says of the switch. "But it does make life easier in some ways. There's a lot less figuring."

Except for church, of course. That starts at 9 a.m. slow time on Sunday . . . or 10 a.m. on the farmer's watch. 




Baked Corn Casserole


1 can creamed corn (or use your own fresh)

1 can whole kernel corn  (or use your own fresh)

1 large onion, chopped

1 medium bell pepper, chopped

1 (2 oz) jar pimiento, chopped

salt and pepper, to taste

red pepper, to taste

2/3 cup milk

1 egg, beaten

1 cup cracker crumbs

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup butter -- melted


Combine all ingredients in order given; mix well. Pour into greased 2-quart ovenproof casserole.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour.





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