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Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center ................................ 26 Guggisberg Cheese Factory ........................................... 27 Olivesburg General Store .............................................. 26 J M Smucker Co. ......................................................... 09

Affordable Barn Co. ..................................................... 20 Amish Country Peddler .................................................. 15 Baker Publishing Group ............................. Inside Front Cover Berlin Leather & Pets ..................................................... 25 Bowman Sales ............................................................. 02 The Cabin Store .......................................................... 21 Erb's Stove Center .................................... Back Inside Cover Gospel Book Store ....................................................... 03 Holmes Sew & Vac ....................................................... 13 Holmes Power Equipment ............................................... 21 House of Lace & Primitive Curtains ................................... 11 J & F Discount Store ...................................................... 21 Mt. Hope Fabric .......................................................... 21 Mt. Hope Hardware ..................................................... 21 Mt. Hope Harness ........................................................ 20 Pleasant Valley Poultry ................................................... 06 Time & Optics Ltd......................................................... 21 Yoder Bargain Store ..................................................... 06

Crafts & Collectibles Parsley Pot .................................................................. 02 Sol’s in Berlin .............................................................. 08 World Crafts ............................................................... 24

Dining & Food Kauffman’s Country Bakery ............................................. 11 Miller’s Bakery ............................................................. 24 Troyer’s Home Pantry .................................................... 17

F u r n i t u r e & Wo o d w o r k i n g Country Hill Furnishings ................................................. 07 Eastwood Furniture ....................................................... 27 Homestead Furniture .......................................... Back Cover Jake’s Handcrafted Oak ................................................. 09

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n this new series by Wanda Brunstetter, “The Seekers” will satisfy your appetite for good Amish fiction! For those familiar with Emma Yoder (from Half-Stitched Quilting series), Emma’s niece, Heidi Troyer, has decided to offer her own cooking classes. Seeing how much of a blessing her aunt gets and receives from her students, Heidi decides to try her own classes! Heidi’s class entices more than just eager students. Her group of mismatched students bring not only a variety of personalities, but problems that food may not be able to fix! Charlene is a desperate recently engaged woman who needs to learn how to cook before she ties the knot. Kendra, a wayward teen is facing an unwanted pregnancy, Loretta, a recent widow with two young children wants to slow down and simplify her life. Ron, a war vet, not only takes Heidi’s cooking classes, but also parks his broken down RV on their property for the duration of the summer. And finally, Eli, an Amish widow, wants to learn how to cook to feed himself. This group is sure to be a recipe for disaster.

Brunstetter does a great job developing the vast group of students. You will fall in love with them as they stumble their way through Heidi’s kitchen and learn some important life lessons as well. She leaves you drooling for more! I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one scheduled to come out in August 2017!

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MARCH IS MAPLE SYRUP MONTH The Sweet, Sweet Taste of Spring

HALE FARM  MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST Learn about tree tapping and the maple sugar process with oxen demonstrations and more! 10 AM – 4 PM; March 11, 12, 18, 19, 2017 Call 330-666-3711 x1720 for information.

M A N Y OF T H E L O C A L SHOP S and roadside markets in Amish Country sell pure Maple Syrup, in many cases, locally made. In late February, March, and April, Ohio and Ohio's parks are sponsoring a variety of maple syrup related events across the state. You may even get inspired to make your very own maple syrup snow candy just like Laura from Little House on the Prairie. It just takes three simple steps: You'll need 100% pure maple syrup, popsicle sticks, a candy thermometer, a small pot for boiling and some clean, fresh snow. 1. Fill a baking sheet or pan with a packed down layer of fresh snow, then boil the pure maple syrup until it reaches the “soft ball” stage (235-240 degrees Fahrenheit). 2. Remove the syrup from the heat and pour it in lines in the snow, but be careful since it will be very hot! 3. Press the popsicle stick into the syrup as it cools, rolling it down the line you made in the snow and onto the stick. As you enjoy your snowy, sweet treat, take a look at the maple events happening this month in Northeast Ohio:

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L AKE METROPARKS FARM PARK  MAPLE SUGARING WEEKENDS Take a wagon rides, have the kids tap trees by hand, watch sap become syrup and sample syrup on dollar pancakes – plus pony rides, and more! 9 AM – 5 PM; March 4, 5, 11, 12, 2017 MAL ABAR FARM  MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL Experience sugar camp with live historical demonstrations, horse drawn wagon rides, food and maple products for sale. Noon – 4 PM; March 4, 5, 11, 12, 2017 NORTH CHAGRIN RESERVATION CLEVEL AND METRO PARKS  MAPLE SUGARING Experience every step of the process of making maple syrup, concluding with a snack of pancakes and toppings 6:30 – 8 PM; March 17, 2017 Call 440-734-6660 for information. RO CKY RIVER RESERVATION CLEVEL AND METRO PARKS  HISTORY OF MAPLE SUGARING Watch maple syrup being made on Saturdays and Sundays 11 AM – 4 PM; March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 2017 Call 440-734-6660 for information.


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HANDMADE HEAVEN AT SOL'S IN BERLIN Local Crafters Take The Spotlight

Story & photos by EMILY RUMES Amish Heartland Writer WHEN THE R AINY SPRING DAYS start to come, and you feel like taking a walk and being inspired, one of the best places to be is Sol's in Berlin. The store is expansive, yet somehow cozy at the same time, taking up an entire plaza with multiple floors. You will feel like you got a good day's walk in if you are up for exploring

every corner. By the time you head out the door with your treasures in hand, you will feel refreshed and rewarded with a basket full of beautiful, handmade items. Sol's In Berlin is a place brought to life through the local craftsmen and women. It is a well-known destination for shoppers looking for authentic Amish products, made by local Amish vendors. Their Amish goods include leather belts, handmade brooms and whisk brooms, wooden toy chests, potting benches, baskets, rugs, noodles, jams, jellies and much more. The store is a magnet, drawing in many repeat custom-

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Sol's Store Manager

Tammy Ridenbaugh and Erica Chupp assist shoppers and keep busy around the store. The staff at Sol's In Berlin are ready to help make your shopping experience fun and easy. You'll feel like family while you're there.

ers to the area. This time of year brings in gardening enthusiasts, browsing for outdoor wooden décor, statuary and vintage pieces to add character to their home landscape or front porch. 1950s music playing gets shoppers moving their heads and singing along. “We like that we can see people having fun while they're here,” said store manager, Jamie Swartzentruber. “We're a very fun, family oriented place. It's all about our crafters and the things they make.” The entire plaza at Sol's is made up of three stores: Sol's Palace, Sol's Exchange and Sol's Kit-N-Kaboodle. The name of the business comes from a man named Sol Hostetler, Jamie's great-grandfather, a very humble person who had been a carpenter in the area for many years and was well-known in the community. Their location is also a great meeting point for local tourists since it is within walking distance to many other craft stores, quilt shops, furniture stores, area lodging and restaurants located in Berlin. “Our family has enjoyed seeing the community grow over the years,” added Jamie. “Mom and dad (Junior and Susie Stutzman) still actively own and operate the business, and we are proud to have so many items that are made right here in Holmes County.” The Exchange store boasts the famous Boswell's Beanery products, which include pretzel dips, sauces, cheesecake mixes, dressings, BBQ rubs, and salsas, nearly all of which are sampled out daily. Also carried among the Amish Heartland

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An assortment of treats, sweets, and tasty snacks line the shelves for all to explore and purchase at Sol's. At Sol's you will find just what you want and things you did not know you wanted yet. There is no shortage of fun goods to peruse!

snack and food items are a large array of candy, nuts, fudge, and pure maple syrup. Food lovers will also enjoy locally made chocolates and honey for sale. The Kit-N-Kaboodle store features a large inspirational showroom of P. Graham Dunn products. There is everything from large laser engraved plaques of The Lord's Prayer and the Ten Commandments, to smaller plaques of favorite Bible verses and hymns. These items make great gifts for a wedding, housewarming, graduation or birthday. The gallery also features pictures, puzzles and journals. In the showroom, shoppers will find handmade educational wooden toys for young children from Melissa and Doug. Another unique feature to the Kit-N-Kaboodle section is a booth full of NASCAR memorabilia, sports cards, and beanie babies. Berlin Barnstorming days are just around the corner on April 29th and the store will have specials throughout the event. They will also be open on Good Friday and their summer hours will begin on June 1st when they will stay open a little later in the day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Another event to look forward to in June is the second annual Amish Craft Show which will be outside in the plaza at Sol's. The goal will be to highlight the Amish Crafted goods from the surrounding area. There will be crafters from all over Ohio and across the United States. To stay up to date on the craft show you can follow the event on the store's social media and use resources like

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Sol's Store Manager

Trip Advisor to plan your stay and get recommendations on what to do while visiting Berlin. Regular hours right now are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available online at SolsInBerlin.com. They are located at 4914 West Main Street in Berlin (Millersburg) Ohio. You can find special hours on their website or reach them by phone at 330893-3134. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. They staff is happy to help. If for some reason you aren't able make it in to the store, they will assist you over the phone and be your personal shopper. While they are not able to ship significantly larger items, they are able to send many products directly to your home. They hope to see you soon, whether it's for the first or the fiftieth time. There are always new, handmade items to

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The Ausbund, the black-bound collection of Amish hymns has no notes and the words are hundreds of years old, written in German.

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hile there are various groups, or layers, of Amish, each with a different application of the Amish lifestyle, there are also commonalities that exist across the spectrum of the Amish world. The worship service, and especially the singing is one of these commonalities. Any religious group is defined by how they meet and worship, and a basic understanding of the Amish services offers a window into the culture and history of these people. The Amish do not build church buildings, but rather meet in homes, sheds, shops, and barns for their service. The Amish meet in districts, which range in size from about 10-40 families. When a district has more than that it divides using geographical markers, i.e. creeks, roads, etc. to define each district. In that manner, the groups remain compact enough to fit into the meetings spaces. It also serves to keep people engaged, since you are neighbors too and often live within walking distance of your fellow parishioners. This keeps members engaged in the needs and lives of each other. There are typically at least four men chosen as leaders for each district; three ministers and one deacon. One of the ministers is then chosen to lead the team and

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is called the bishop. They are chosen from within the district and are bi-vocational and serve for life, or until their health fails. They are responsible for the spiritual oversight, preaching and leading of the district. The deacon takes care of physical and financial needs and assists the ministers in the services. Each worship service begins in the same manner with several songs sung by the congregants from a small, thick, black-covered book named the Ausbund. This collection of hymns has no notes and the words are hundreds of years old, written in German. The singing is followed by a short sermon, a Scripture reading, the main sermon, and a final song. This format is something that has developed over the years and the continuity often brings a sense of security and strength as one hears the same songs that our grandfathers sang, and their grandfathers sang. Amish singing is slower and the music is not written down, so the tunes are passed down in orally from one generation to another. Often an older man will teach a young man how the song is to be sung. Not only are the words hundreds of years old, some of the tunes are three to four hundred years old. In this way they are able to pass on a heritage


The Amish do not build church buildings, but rather meet in homes, sheds, shops, and barns for their service. Horses and buggies line the front lawn of a residential home, where a church service is held.

that reminds them of their past and allows deep connections to happen between the generations. Passing on a good heritage to their children and grandchildren has always been of great importance to the Anabaptist people. One of the ways the Amish are preserving their heritage is through the use of the Ausbund, the oldest continually used hymnbook in Christian circles today. Like many other items we use in our daily lives, this book has a bigger story behind it. Even its design tells a story. You will notice red ink droplets on the page edges. This red-speckled edge is not the result of a sloppy printer. Rather it is intentional. The red droplets are there to remind us of the blood of the martyrs who died for their faith and to encourage believers today to not give up in their faith. Many of the songs in the Ausbund were written by people who were chained in prisons, and some who were martyred for their faith. A collection of rare editions of the Ausbund is one of the prominent displays in our exhibit area and is of interest to both locals and visitors alike. You will find other local artifacts, Anabaptist books, and locally made crafts in our museum, bookstore, and gift shop. We love to share our story with those who visit the area and

strive to answer the most commonly asked questions about our faith, history, and way of life to help you engage with your visit to the area. If you wish to learn more about the Amish, or their place in history, plan a visit the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center. The Center offers guided tours of "Behalt" - a 10 ft. x 265 ft. cyclorama oil-on-canvas painting that illustrates the heritage of the Amish and Mennonite people from their Anabaptist beginnings in Zurich, Switzerland, to the present day. Behalt means “to keep” or “remember.” The Center is open Mon-Sat 9:00-5:00 and is located near Berlin, OH at 5798 County Road 77, Millersburg, OH 44654. Please call (330) 893-3192 for more information or to schedule a group tour.

Marcus Yoder was born to an Amish family in the heart of Amish Country. His family later moved to the Mennonite Church where Marcus takes an active role in preaching, teaching and writing. He is the Executive Director of the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center. In his thirties he decided to return to school and has a BA in History from The Ohio State University and a MA from Yale. He enjoys reading and writing and spending time with his wife, Norita.

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When: Friday and Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Come learn the ins and outs of beekeeping from a panel of beekeepers. 

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D OR M A N T P RU N I NG WOR K SHOP

When: 8 a.m. to Noon Where: Jack & Deb Miller Pavilion, Secrest Arboretum, 2122 Williams Rd., Wooster This introductory workshop covers basic pruning techniques. Topics include when to prune, required tools, tool care and making the proper cuts. Participants will have the opportunity to practice pruning skills. Fruit tree pruning will not be covered. Registration required. The fee is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. _ZZZVHFUHVWRVXHGX

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When: 7 p.m. Where: Amish Country Theater, 3149 OH 39, Walnut Creek Enjoy a fun filled evening with good ol' finger pickin', bass slappin', washboard scrappin' bluegrass music. Featuring acclaimed bluegrass artists â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sugar Creek Bluegrassâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honeytown.â&#x20AC;? _ZZZ$PLVK&RXQWU\7KHDWHUFRP 12

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FLEA MARKET

When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: 4550 SR 39, Berlin Winning the Green - $50 Flea Buck Shopping Spree winners will be called every hour and must be present to win. _ZZZKROPHVIOHDPDUNHWFRP


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AMISH COUNTRY SPRING HOME & GARDEN SHOW

When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Mt. Hope Event Center, 8076 St. Rt. 241, Millersburg Get ready to upgrade the look of your home. Great landscaping services and indoor and outdoor furniture. _ZZZKRPHVKRZVUXVFRP

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When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Shreve Elementary School, 598 N. Market St. (State Route 226), Shreve Full day of events centering around the annual start of birding in the Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area. _ZZZ6KUHYH0LJUDWLRQRUJ

When: Fri., 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. & Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Greenbriar Conference and Party Centre, 50 Riffel Rd., Wooster Floral designs, dolls, jewelry, wooden items, fabric items, stained glass, handwoven baskets and rugs, seasonal holiday dĂŠcor, bunnies, glass block and wine bottle lights will be among the featured merchandise. _ZZZ*UHHQ%ULDU:RRVWHUFRP

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When: Saturday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Lehman's Hardware, 4779 Kidron Rd, Dalton Sample the finest of root beers to find the perfect fit for all your meals! Small snacks will be offered to clean your palette as you taste some of our many (over 70) types of root beer. Please RSVP at bit.ly/LehmansEvents. _ZZZ/HKPDQVFRPHYHQWV

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AMISH SNOW DAYS

YOU M AY HAV E SE E N the recent video that's making the rounds online of an Amish man skiing behind a buggy on a snow day, which made me wonder, do the Amish have snow days? The answer is yes! Since the Amish don't have radios or TVs, someone from the school normally calls the nearest phone to leave a message. In many cases, someone has to go down and check the voicemail on the phone, which is located away from the house, out by the road or it may be a phone that is shared by several families on a single property. Telephones are permitted more and more among the Amish for businesses and for emergencies. Often they are kept in an out building, but there are some Amish settlements that still prohibit phones from being used. When the roads are icy, slick and slippery with blowing snow, we all stay home together, Amish and English alike. Children are able to sleep in a little longer than usual and spend the day playing outside, making snowmen and digging snow tunnels as the white stuff piles up around the yard. Other fun snow day activities we have in common include ice skating and sledding. If you're lucky you may even know a family that has a sleigh and can take you out for a wintery ride. Amish Country Riding Stables in Millersburg also offers sleigh rides. You can call them at 330-893-3600 to be put on a list and then 14

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When the roads are icy, slick and slippery with blowing snow, we all stay home together, Amish and English alike. they will call or email you when the conditions are right for an authentic horse-drawn sleigh ride. You may also be able to book sleigh rides through the Gugissberg Swiss Inn during the winter season. In cases of extreme weather or high winds, there may be power outages in the area, but this isn't so much of a concern on an Amish snow day. They're used to living every day without power, so their routine goes on fairly close to the norm. The children enjoy a day spent home from school, but they still do all their normal chores and help with different tasks around the home. As spring draws closer, we may be nearing the end of our snow day season here in Amish Country, but that doesn't mean we can't all keep our hopes up for one more day! One of my favorite quotes about snow days says that they are a day when God says “teachers, I love you and when parents realize just how underpaid teachers really are.” Here's to hoping the joy of one more snow day might still be in store for us all.


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 AT T R A C T I O N S  3 Behalt/Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center 5798 CR 77, Millersburg (Berlin)

33 Guggisberg Cheese 5060 SR 557, Millersburg (Charm) (40.5246103º -81.8043815º)

(40.5671534º -81.7815958º)

22 J.M. Smucker Company Store & Cafe 333 Wadsworth Rd., Orrville (40.802762° -81.763000°)

DINING & FOOD 12 Charm Family Restaurant 4450 SR 557, Charm

31 Miller’s Bakery 4280 TR 356, Millersburg (Berlin)

57 Kauffman’s Country Bakery 6013 CR 77, Millersburg (Berlin)

60 Troyer’s Home Pantry 668 W. Main St., Apple Creek

(40.506683° -81.785093°)

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(40.5308237º -81.8118837º)

(40.7554854º -81.8442625º)

LODGING & CAMPING 55 Donna’s Premier Lodging 5523 East Street, Berlin

40 Scenic Hills RV Park 4483 TR 367 NE, Millersburg (Berlin)

56 Holmes with a View 3672 TR 154, Millersburg (Berlin)

59 Whitetail Ridge Lodge 3058 TR 223, Big Prairie

(40.560806º -81.795587º)

(40.508033º -81.801507º)

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5 Charm Harness & Boot 4432 CR 70, Charm (40.506574º -81.784203º)

9 Country Hill Furnishings 4329 CR 160, Millersburg (40.61956º -81.77198º)

14 Country View Wicker 2701 SR 557, Baltic (40.841048º -81.764447º)

15 Eastwood Furniture 4722 Kidron Rd., Kidron (40.7421225 -81.7443897)

16 Eiler's Candy 225 W. Third St., Dover (40.520984º -81.4789364º)

17 Erb's Stove Center 4100 SR 39, Millersburg (40.54607º -81.77139º)

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26 Holmes Sew & Vac 4897 W. Main St., Berlin

39 P. Graham Dunn 630 Henry St., Dalton

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(40.793873° -81.700984°)

27 Homestead Furniture 8233 SR 241, Mt. Hope

40 Pleasant Valley Poultry 3160 Pleasant Valley Rd. SW, Baltic

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(40.440058º -81.6778544º)

28 House of Lace & Primitive Curtains 4550 SR 39, Millersburg (40.5545293º -81.788738099º)

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32 Kikoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greenhouse 15579 Lincoln Way W., Dalton (40.798652º -81.646136º)

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46 Swiss Country Lawn & Crafts 2131 SR 39, Sugarcreek (40.5172712º -81.6999655º)

34 Lehman's 4779 Kidron Rd., Dalton

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36 Mt. Hope Harness 8129 SR 241, Mt. Hope

51 Yoder Bargain Store 7802 Salt Creek Rd., Fredericksburg

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(40.7071309º -81.679855º)

20 Green Acres Furniture 7412 Massillon Rd., Navarre

38 Parsley Pot 697 CR 1302, Ashland

(40.6750668º -81.834396799º)

37 Olivesburg General Store 4778 SR 545, Ashland

52 Yoderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oak & Cherry 5911 S. Kansas Rd., Apple Creek

(40.855888º -82.318932º)

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around outside the local church. The blue skies and green slopes all around, come together in a beautiful pastoral symphony with the sounds of the animals at auction up on the hill. March 6th will be the Mid Ohio Pony Sale, with the following day featuring the opposite side of the equine spectrum in the Mid Ohio Draft Horse Sale on the 7th, 9th and 10th. Also related to these two auctions will be the Mid Ohio Carriage & Tack Sale on the 8th and the Horse Sale on March 11th. The rest of the auctions in Mt. Hope this month include; the Livestock Sale – March 15th, 22nd and 29th, the Dairy Sale – March 17th, and the Mid Ohio Alternative Animal Bird Sale March 23rd through the 25th. For more auction details go to MtHopeAuction. com. The new Mt. Hope Event Center brings visitors to the Amish Country Spring Home and Garden Show March 2nd-4th, and the Mid Ohio Draft Horse Expo on March

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recipes. ingredients 8 strips bacon, cut up 1 c. chopped onion 3 c. cubed potatoes 1 c. water 1/2 tsp. salt Pepper, to taste 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 c. sour cream 2 1/2 c. milk 2 T. chopped parsley Velveeta cheese Sesoned dalt, to taste

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FROM THE DESK OF JAVON MILLER Our Relationships, A Bridge or a Weight? “...Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” M AT T H E W 1 2 : 2 5

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was brought before Pharaoh and through the wisdom of God gave a wise counsel. Pharaoh made Joseph second in command under himself. Joseph was basically director of agriculture and taxed the people in crops. These were put into store for the lean years. The 7 year drought came and reached around for hundreds of miles. Joseph's family heard that Egypt had food and came to buy some. Imagine Jospeh's surprise to see his long lost brothers. However, he looked like an Egyptian ruler so they did not recognize him. It was not until the 2nd trip that Joseph revealed his identity. Pharaoh was so happy with what Joseph did for him that he invited the whole family to resettle closer to life sustaining food, which was in Egypt. He gave them a territory to claim as their own. These nomads were prosperous and in a few hundred years grew rich. By this time, as so often happened, a different ruler was in control. He knew nothing of this past happening that saved the native people. All that he saw was the large families that these Hebrew tribes had. He was being constantly troubled by the surrounding nations, particularly the Ethiopian military. He said, “If the Hebrews were to side with an enemy we would not have a chance against them. We must do something about this. We will reduce these people to slavery. Futhermore, to curb their exponential growth, I decree that all midwives must kill all the boy babies. This will stop this overpopulation.” This was fulfilled except for one case. The parents saw that their child was a beautiful little boy and decided to try and save him. He grew to an age where he could no longer be hid. His mother lovingly wove a reed basket and waterproofed it with pitch. She then set him afloat • Moccasins • Hats • Log Furniture • Western Home Decor SPECIALIZING IN LEATHER WAIST BELTS

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through. It is not so much the differences that break down a “house”, but more importantly how they are dealt with. In this study, I went way back in history. I looked up a happening in the Egyptian Pharaoh's family. We can use this story as a powerful moral. If all men would take this as a lesson, much trouble could be avoided. Years ago a widespread famine covered the Mediterranean lands. There was a slave named Joseph in prison in Egypt. He was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. Why did these brothers do it? The subject of our article, favoritism and a house divided. In these days polygamy was practiced. This nomadic tribe was fathered by one father with multiple wives. Jacob, the father, had a favorite wife, Rachel. To Rachel were born 2 sons after years of infertility, so obviously he loved these more than the rest. His first wife, Leah was joined to him in trickery. It is written that she was a plain woman and nobody wanted her. Jacob desired to marry Rachel, who was beautiful and graceful. Her father agreed on a dowry which Jacob paid. At the wedding ceremony, the custom was to veil the bride until the next morning, when Jacob awoke the next morning, and saw his new bride he was wroth! He discovered the trick played on him. Jacob approached his father-in-law, Laban, about this. It was too late! The vows were spoken. But, Laban said, pay me another dowry and at the end of this week long feast, I will give you Rachel as wife also. Jacob agreed to this and got his hearts' desire. Over the years there was much strife in this home. At the birth of Rachel's second son, she dies in childbirth. Jacob favored these 2 sons because it was all that he had left of his heart's love. How do we think Leah felt? She was given by her father in deception, openly acknowledged as an unwanted wife, and clearly shown that her sons were less loved than her sister's sons? Because of this, these young men hated their brother. One day in the field with their sheep, they spotted a trading caravan coming down the road. “Let's sell Joseph to these traders and get him out of our way,” They said. They sold him, took his coat and doused it with blood from a lamb to appear that Joseph was the casualty of a wild animal killing. This they took to their father, while Joseph sorrowfully went to Egypt and faced the bleak life of a slave. In Egypt, fate was against Joseph and he wound up in prison. Pharaoh had a dream warning him of a terrible famine to come and nobody could help with the interpretation. Finally word was received that a young man in prison had words of wisdom. Joseph

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in the river in hopes that he would be saved somehow. Imagine the agony of this mother's heart, setting her son afloat on the river and not knowing what will become of him. It so happened that at this time the king's daughter was out with her entourage of maids and wading or swimming in the river. She happened to notice this funny little boat floating around and ordered someone to bring it in. They opened it and found, to their surprised eyes, an exceedingly handsome little Hebrew boy. Her mother heart started beating! She herself was childless, so here was the answer to her desires. History says that this child was so handsome and attractive that when they walked the street, people stopped and gazed in awe at his beauty. The kings lineage had limited options for the future heir to the throne. There were no male children to continue it. Themuthius, the king's daughter brought the child before the king and declared that here is an heir. But, trouble was brewing. This boy was named Moses. Somehow he sensed his heritage. The king was cuddling the young child in his lap, probably with pleasure as only a grandfather can. In play he took his crown and put it on Moses' head. Horror of horrors, Moses threw the crown on the ground and proceeded to

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jump on it. A priest immediately took it as a bad omen and tried to kill the child. He said, “ This child will strip you of all you have. He must be eradicated!” Ever after this the house was divided. Moses grew up in the protection of his mother's love but his Grandfather could not stand to see him. As Moses grew older he became a powerful man. It so happened that the Ethiopian army wreaked havoc of the Egyptian military. The Egyptians were afraid. The same priest that years before declared Moses a problem, was a fortune teller. He said, “We have one chance against the enemy. Moses will be able to do what we cannot. Make him general of the army and we will succeed.” He then said in undertones, “Probably Moses will also be killed in battle and we are to be rid of him.” Moses led a brillant victory. He attacked from the rear coming through a wilderness laden with poisonous snakes that no one dared venture into. It was said that these vipers were so crafty that they actually jumped into the air and flew to inject the venom of death into the victims neck. Moses overcame this with a stroke of brilliance. The military carried woven baskets with a bird called an Ibis in it. The Ibis chased and killed these snakes. As they approached this dangerous wilderness the Ibis were released and purged the area of these snakes. The military won a brilliant victory. When they returned the king's jealousy knew no bounds. Moses had to go! He was a hero. The king found occasion to try and kill Moses. Moses fled from his hands and hid in a neighboring country as a lowly shepherd. No one recognized him as the powerful Egyptian heir ro the throne. With time Moses returned and through a series of

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Lets take this challenge upon us. What can we do to make a difference? There was a school principal who had a son. He had a major relationship issue with his son. A lower grade teacher had her pupils compliment a person and ask them to pass it on to someone else. A student braved the stern principal's reputation and praised him. He passed this on to his son. The son broke down and cried. He shared that he thought his Dad did not like him. He had just procured a handgun with plans to take his life the next day. It was only by the innocence of a lower grader showing unbiased love to his stern principal that this casualty was avoided. Can my family life improve by me taking the first step? What about the nation or the world? Think about it. Respectfully submitted,

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“My favorite part of Amish Heartland is the spotlight on the Amish businesses to shop at.” – DEBBIE STEELY, BROOKLYN HTS, OH

“I love the recipes. Also, all the different articles. The magazine is awesome!” – DEBBIE FOUTS, KENT, OH

“Each and every article has it's special appeal! Amish furniture is far superior to all other furniture venues! (We just got a bedroom suite from Homestead!)”

“Looking through the Amish Heartland is a reminder of all of my pleasant trips to Amish Country.” – LAURINE YOUNG, DOYLESTOWN, OH

“First thing I look at is the picture on front page. Next is to look for the buggy wheel. Then look at the beautiful pictures of the ads. Last but not least, enjoy reading reviews and stories. It lasts and lasts and lasts. Then pass it on to a friend.” – ANITA MILLER, PARKERSBURG, VW

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