June 1, 2008


I hope you all had a nice Memorial Day weekend.  We stayed here, but had some friends and relatives come to visit on Sunday.  We had a good time and the weather was nice for a change.  It just doesn't want to warm up though.....cool nights and days yet. 

By the time you read this, my husband and I will be in Niagara Falls, so this is being written a few days early.   I will be attending the national convention of ITV, a company out of Beverly, MA that I am now associated with.  I will be satisfying my interest in nutrition and health by working with this very successful company that sells products over the Internet and through the 1/2 hour infomercials you see on TV.  I still get to work at home selling life-changing nutritional products.  After Ralph's stroke last year, I knew I had to make a few changes in our situation here.

So where does that leave Amish Country Chit Chat and OhioAmishCountry.com?  After lots of tossing and turning in the night, I made the decision to sell to a new enterprise here in Millersburg.  It is a Co-Op of local non-profits that has opened a new visitor's center in downtown Millersburg. They have been working very hard remodeling a building in the historic district at 87 W. Jackson St..   At the same location is the Millersburg Glass Museum with a fabulous display from a local collector.  Once in full swing, this will be a great addition to downtown Millersburg. 

To the right  is a picture of Chris Sieverdes at the
Visitor Center.   He has been the driving force behind
this new Co-Op.  Sharp guy, with a never ending source
of energy and enthusiasm.  You'll love him! Chris will
be taking over the website and newsletter very soon
and will be telling you a lot more about it in the weeks
to come.

We have been working very hard to make it as smooth
a transition as possible. Please be as patient and kind
to him as you have to me the past 5 years!! ( I am
really going to miss this and you, my wonderful
subscribers, many of whom I have gotten to know
personally!)  You can contact Chris by email at:
visitorcenter@ohioamishcountry.com    The phone
number at the center will be 330-674-2497.

Just a note about last issue....if you remember I put the video in about the auction .....big mistake! (see, I am still learning!)  Every time someone down loaded it, it took up bandwidth on my website, which ended up crashing the website!  So when I finally figured out what had happened, I had to remove the video.
So if you tried to get the newsletter and couldn't, that might have been the problem.

Only 75 people have filled out the poll about gasoline prices on the webpoll page.  When I put that up, gas was about $3.50, now it is $3.93- $3.96 most places around here. Just curious. 

Hope you all like this issue and if you are planning a trip here, be sure to check the upcoming calendar.  The window below only shows a partial list of events, so you might want to go to the calendar page of the website to see what else is going on!

Carol Sechriest

Health Food Stores

With my long time interest in health & nutrition, there are
2 places I stop at pretty often. 

The first and largest of course, is Nature's Food Market in
Berlin.  They had a devastating fire a couple years ago and
rebuilt bigger and better.  They are in the same location, at
the corner of Main St. (US 62) and S. Market St. (right at the
traffic light).  Java Jo's is on the top level, Nature's on the
lower level. 

I really like to browse through their selection of books, flyers and
other information about natural alternatives.  If I want organic, I know
I can find it in  Nature's Food Market .  They carry a line of spelt bread that is made at a natural bakery near Berlin.

They have a great website, too, where you can find out all kinds of things about ingredients, deficiencies, drug interactions, the latest research, etc.  You can even print off some money saving coupons.  Questions? Call Zedric at (330) 893-2006

At the other end of the spectrum is the Mt. Hope Country Health Food Store.  I also love going in there.  This quaint little store is run by the Amish.  Not only do they have a nice line of nutritional products, they also carry a lot of bulk foods, books, and have a meat and cheese case usually at pretty reasonable prices. You can also find some dried herbs in bulk, since some of the Amish are very much into making up their own remedies.   On a hot summer day, you can stop in and pick up a frozen yogurt cone. 

They are located on CR 77 right in the "big town" of Mt. Hope. You can't miss it!

Bowman's Sales

A couple months ago I went to a breakfast where they served made to order omelets, served by a local organization.  They had about 10 or 12 folks lined up behind long tables. Each one had a little stove and all the fixin's...beaten eggs, cheese, ham, etc.  But what intrigued me the most was the stove they fixed them on.  I set out to find out where they got them and I found them at Bowman's Sales, 5150 TR 618, Millersburg. 

So last week when we were up that way, we stopped
and sure enough they had them. It runs on butane,
which you buy separately at 4 cans for $6.  The stove
itself is only $18.00 and comes in a nice carrying case.
I thought it would be a nice thing to have if your electric
goes off in the winter time, or to take along on a camping trip.

Bowman's is neat Amish owned store that carries new & used
gas appliances, new and used furniture, mattresses, tables,
and all kinds of other things.   If you want to call them,
they are at the phone, Mon- Fri from  6:30 to 7:00 a.m.


Amish Ingenuity


OR, Check the full calendar here by clicking on the link below.
Ohio Amish Country Calendar 

You can check any month you like, by clicking on the
arrows next to the name of the month or going to the box
that says "Go To Date"  .When you find an interesting item,
click on it to read the details.  (A window will pop up so
you can print it out to bring with you or you can have a
reminder message sent to you.)  You can sort by Category,
and select the view to  by the month, week, day or
get a listing of events.

Recipe from Amish Country

Apple Pan Dowdy

4 c. peeled and sliced apples1 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. flour1/2 t. salt1 T. vinegar3/4 c. water
1 T. butter1 t. vanilla

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread apples in bottom of 9 x 13 baking pan.  To make syrup, combine sugar, flour, salt, vinegar and water in saucepan.  Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla.  Pour over apples.

1 c. flour1/2 t. salt2 t. baking powder
2 1/2 T. shortening1/2 c. milk
Mix flour, salt, baking powder, and shortening with a pastry cutter.  Add milk and stir just until moistened.  Drop by spoonfuls over apple filling.  Bake for 35 minutes.  Serve with whole milk or cream.  Yields 6-8 servings.

Marie Zimmerman, Pembroke, KY

This recipe is on page 119 in Wanda Brunstetter's Amish Friends Cookbook. which can be ordered on the website at www.ohioamishcountry.com/cookbook.html   


Get your  Amish Highways and Byways Map

It's a good idea to get one before you come here, especially if it is your first visit.  All of the B&Bs, hotels, cabins, inns and campgrounds are listed, complete with addresses and contact information.  Having all this information in your hands before you come, makes it easy to plan your trip.  They are $3.95 plus shipping (and tax if you live in Ohio).  You can get it on my website at www.OhioAmishCountry.com/map.html using a credit card or online check through PayPal.  You don't need a PayPal account to use it.  Just follow the directions. 

RECYCLE YOUR USED INKJET CARTRIDGES - we recycle them and send the
money to King World Missions in Zambia to help support King World School.   Thanks to the folks who have done this!  Send them to me at the address below.  PS.  These need to be
newly manufactured, NOT re-manufactured or already recycled.  HP, Lexmark, Cannon,  Apple, Compaq, Dell, and Xerox from home computers only.  NO EPSONS.  Thanks!

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Till next time!

Dutchland Marketing
Carol Sechriest
238 E Jackson St.
Millersburg, OH 44654

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A Purple Martin bird house is a common sight here in Holmes County.
You know, the Amish like playing games, especially those that
challenge the mind and make you think. So I wasn't at all
surprised when my husband showed me  the item on the left.

The question is, how did they get the golf ball inside this solid
piece of wood that has been cut out on all 4 sides?   Can you
figure it out? 

An Amishman told my husband one time that when you are
driving a buggy at 5 MPH, a person has a lot of time to think!
Maybe we should slow down and take a lesson from that!