The Sunday edition of The Intelligencer Journal featured a front-page article on how the Amish are starting to branch out with business ventures beyond the traditional farming and carpentry routes.
It begins by describing Elias Beiler's purchase of Zerbe's Chips*. It outlines the new business trends in the Plains communities and the reasons behind them, then details traditional Amish beliefs and how the business world ties into them.
The Plain community is not one stuck in time. It has just evolved slower than the rest of the world because of very conservative religious beliefs and practices. As the practicality of farming and carpentry dwindles, the Amish must turn to other avenues.
One aspect this article addresses is how much the Amish want to keep the business side of living on the side. Those quoted in the article expressed concerned because they believed an article in the local newspaper was a business move, which is forbidden on Sundays. They believe in using technology (namely, cars and cell phones) for business only (and on an interesting side note, their most notable gripe with cell phones is the access to a porn-riddled Internet). Their business aspirations sometimes put them at odds against the rest of the community, and sometimes their own families.
One of the most interesting points made is how one anonymous member of the Plain community believed a struggling economy has helped the Amish live in accordance to their values.
For a good (albeit, a little lengthy) read, a lesson on Amish culture and examples of how that culture is changing, click here.
*Stehman potato chips (owned by Zerbe's, according to this article) are a family favorite.
From Sheds to Subs [Sunday News]
- Current Music:"Shattered" ~ The Rolling Stones
Yesterday afternoon issued in the final edition of Lancaster's afternoon newspaper, the Lancaster New Era, as the paper merged into the morning's Intelligencer Journal to save money.
Lancaster now joins most cities with a single morning newspaper.
The news comes not as a shock to a journalist-in-the-making (especially one who lost a potential full-time summer job/internship as a news reporter thanks to the same line of budget hacking), but it's a somber reminder that the golden age of newsprint continues to shrink in the rear-view mirror.
Here's the story from yesterday's New Era
While this story affects my future more than anything, it also reminds me of someone from my past. An ex girlfriend of mine used to deliver the New Era to places within about a square mile of her house. I'm reminded of the times we shared on her paper route, her lugging around a tan sack filled with rolled-up papers and me towing around her big dog. We'd make our rounds with the leaves crunching at our feet in the fall or through puddles forming on gray spring afternoons. After delivering all the newspapers, we'd walk to the park or to Turkey Hill for a slushy and snacks.
She was always proud of having her paper route and always told me stories about encounters she had through her deliveries. The pay wasn't much (except for tips around Christmas), but she seemed satisfied having that little bit of money she earned and the job she did.
I miss those walks with her, and I'm sad to hear that no one else will be able to experience them any longer.
Today's Intelligencer Journal touched on this, too. Click away.
- Current Mood: nostalgic
- Current Music:"Float On" ~ Modest Mouse
Over the rolling hills and farming fields of southern Lancaster County rests a quaint township tucked between urban excitement and plain people. West Lampeter’s 15,000 residents can look to the north and see Lancaster’s development into a small town with a big city attitude. They can look to the east and see the Pennsylvania Dutch rooted in traditions and beliefs upheld from centuries ago.
In the polls, that progressivism clashed with endearing community values.
( And Progressivism won.Collapse )
Here's the story from the Lancaster papers:
(On a personal note, I didn't vote. I found out about it the day before, and I didn't want to go in without educating myself enough about all the races. But after doing some research and reading all the stories about this issue, I've developed an interest in and realized the importance of following local politics. That said, if we're going to change our minds about liquor sales, it might as well happen a few months before a certain resident turns 21, no?)
- Current Mood: uncomfortable
- Current Music:"The Times They Are A Changin'"~Bob Dylan