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Outreach From The Amish; Outreach to the Amish....

Now this is a great story of gratitude.  The Amish settlement around the small New York Mohawk Valley burg of Glen have repaid their appreciation to a local fire department.  The local volunteer fire department saved an Amish house from flames last year. So when the department needed a training shed, area Amish carpenters were have to return the kindness. Click here to read.

Webster County, Missouri is an Amish "satellite settlement" of Berne, Indiana.  Like the Amish in Berne, these Amish hew to the Swiss traditions of yodeling, open buggies, and a slightly different dialect.  A Springfield, Missouri hospital has a unique program of medical outreach and education to this Amish settlement.  In Berne, I've found that physicians generally don't have a very positive attitude about the Amish.  So this is a refreshing story about how new medicine can help old.  I'm always suspiscious of people with "white knight syndrome" around the Amish, i.e., we're going to charge in here and civilize the natives.  But this seems to be more about just increasing basic medical awareness and not changing the culture. So kudos!

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