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Firefighting in Wisconsin; Quilts in Indiana

Amish firefighters?  This seems to be a "community by community" custom.  I've been to some Amish settlements where the idea of fighting fires would scarcely cross the mind.  Yet in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, for instance, there are actually Amish men who serve on the local volunteer fire department.  In Wisconsin the arrangement is less formal, but the desire to help fight fires is not extinguished among the Amish men.  Apparently in the Amish communities near Cashton if a home, barn, or business is burning you won't just have firetrucks arriving, but plenty of bearded volunteers as well. Click here to read.

For our readers who might be near the Amish settlements of Daviess County, Indiana, the annual community quilt auction is taking place this weekend. Sounds like plenty of wonderful Amish and Mennonite craftsmanship will be for sale and on display. 


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Re: Firefighting in Wisconsin; Quilts in Indiana

That is a great story! As of late so many "English" in the news are just complaining about their AMish neighbors, it is good to hear a postivie word from the media.  I've always thought that having Amish neighbors would be a good thing, although I just don't think that there will be too many Amish families willing to move into my suburban neighborhood!

I find the article interesting on another note is that it does have the usual tone of surprise that these fellows just of their own will came out to help.  Something that we "English" I think fall short of these days. How many times did we borrow an egg or a cup of sugar from the neighbors, (and visa versa), we don't even know half of our neighbors, and we are in a cul de sac! 

And now with the end of summer coming, the indoor season is upon us, which means seeing even less of the neighbors.  It seems we all have created our own communities, not necessarily of neighbors living next to us. For us it is our church.  Our close friends, our childrens friends are those individuals that make up our church community.  We do worship and fellowship with one another, and are very close with one another, sometimes it seems even closer than family.  So those are our neighbors.

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:5

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