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#166777 - 02/09/09 07:57 PM There's an Ice Storm Coming?
Nicodemus Offline
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I thought this was an interesting article on preparedness and being neighborly. It's not a how-to, just a nice story.

Kentucky Amish Help Non-Amish Weather Ice Storm

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#166778 - 02/09/09 08:19 PM Re: There's an Ice Storm Coming? [Re: Nicodemus]
Dagny Offline
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That is a great account of community and preparedness.

When the wind died down and the ice storm had passed, Joe Stutzman gathered his spare lanterns and stepped out of his Amish farmhouse to lend them to his modern-living neighbors.

"I feel sorry for my neighbors who were used to electricity and all of a sudden didn't have it," Stutzman said. "I know that must be hard for them."

The neighbors brought over hot coffee every morning during the week the power was out, ("Best coffee I ever drank," James Hutchins said), provided well water, cooked a meal for them, lent them a kerosene lantern and fixed the one lantern the Hutchinses had.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Kentucky have been without electricity for their lights, furnaces, ovens and refrigerators since the killer storm hit more than a week ago, and some spots might not get power back for weeks.

But Kentucky's Amish have been living that way all their lives. And when the disaster struck, they generously lent a hand to their non-Amish neighbors and showed them how it's done.


Edited by Dagny (02/09/09 08:22 PM)

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#166781 - 02/09/09 09:12 PM Re: There's an Ice Storm Coming? [Re: Nicodemus]
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We all know that there are many "good" folk out there. I have been on the receiving end of such kindness and am forever grateful for it. It's reassuring to know that when the going gets tough that there is often a helping hand to assist.
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#166782 - 02/09/09 09:26 PM Re: There's an Ice Storm Coming? [Re: toke49]
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I had the chance to help some of these folks when I was in the army in KY. There were some less than honorable folks pestering the Amish folks on the road in front of me. When I stopped to help, the "bad guys" split, but I think I inadvertently offended the Amish folks also. I and the fine folks in the car with me might have said some things that were not acceptable in polite society.

They kinda thanked us and then walked back to the buggy. I was always just a little confused on that outcome. Oh Well
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#166785 - 02/09/09 09:52 PM Re: There's an Ice Storm Coming? [Re: Nicodemus]
nurit Offline
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Very nice story indeed. Thanks, Nicodemus!

I happened to buy a couple of old Dietz lanterns on eBay last week. Didn't understand why I was doing this. Didn't need them, as I've acquired plenty of oil lamps, candles, battery lamps and so forth.

Puts a smile on my face to read about the Amish lending lanterns to their neighbors. Good to have extra on hand.

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#166791 - 02/09/09 10:55 PM Re: There's an Ice Storm Coming? [Re: Desperado]
Jakam
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Hey Desperado, since I'm non practicing (not shunned) Amish I'll try to answer, even though I wasn't there. It was probably one of 2 things:

1- Words or actions that placed them in an uncomfortable spot(aggressive/adversarial), more discomfort than shame or embarassment, they just want to be left alone and avoid aggression and confrontation.

2- English butting in, even against other English. Probably have too many gawkers and hecklers already, and suspect everyone's motives.


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#166792 - 02/09/09 11:02 PM Re: There's an Ice Storm Coming? [Re: ]
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May also have been the HMMWV and the 4 soldiers with full combat gear. We might have been somewhere we weren't supposed to be. We decided the cost of having snuck off for lunch was worth helping the less honorable see the error of their ways.

Really secluded area. No witnesses to heckle them. Beyond that, I was just worried for the folks.

After that I am pleading my rights against self incrimination. I helped to influence the miscreants decision with a lot of gusto.

This was years ago also.


Edited by Desperado (02/09/09 11:08 PM)
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#166862 - 02/11/09 03:18 AM Re: There's an Ice Storm Coming? [Re: ]
red Offline
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Originally Posted By: IzzyJG99
Their way of life many people laugh at,


Bet very few in Kentucky are laughing at them now! grin
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#166863 - 02/11/09 03:21 AM Re: There's an Ice Storm Coming? [Re: Nicodemus]
red Offline
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Thanks Nicodemus, that's a great story of charity. Hmmm, charity in the middle of a SHTF situation. Who'd a thunkit?
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#167021 - 02/13/09 03:18 AM Re: There's an Ice Storm Coming? [Re: Desperado]
Jakam
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Aaaah-
Little known fact-

I was told as a child Amish men don't wear mustaches because of the association with military men in the era when they fled their homelands.

So there you go- you may have inadvertently represented a group that the particular order you interacted with still have ambivalent feelings towards...........

It's all a guess on my part, I know plenty of Amish folks that have continued to change with the times, as much as their belief system will allow, and also know many that hang on doggedly to the status quo.

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