Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hold on chust a minute: “Amish Mafia” fans won’t get to see Lebanon Levi’s “office” or his crew of enforcers’ stomping grounds after all.
Producers of the hit “reality” show have threatened legal action against Bird-in-Hand-based The Amish Experience, which had plans for an extensive tour of the show’s local sites, beginning this month.
Many scenes for the Discovery Channel series — which just wrapped a second season of filming — were shot in Lancaster County. The tour, its organizer said, would have included a behind-the-scenes glimpse of filming locations while debunking the show’s portrayal of a group of violent Amish protectors.
With less than three weeks to go before the center’s $64 million in construction debt was due to be restructured — pushing interest rates higher — officials on Friday extended the financing for three more months.
The move buys time for negotiation with lender Wells Fargo to come to terms the center can live with.
A consultant sounded the alarm a year ago that the nearly 4-year-old center could be forced to close if revenues were not significantly increased or financing fees cut.
CLEVELAND — The leader of a breakaway Amish community in which 16 people were convicted in hair- and beard-cutting attacks was sentenced today to 15 years in prison.
“Sadly, I consider you a danger to the community because of the control that you possess over others,” U.S. District Judge Dan Polster told Samuel Mullet Sr., 67.
Mullet was convicted under a federal hate crimes law. He spoke in court today for the first time since he was charged.
“My goal in life has always been to help the underdog,” he said. “That’s been my goal all my life and now I get pushed up to where I’m at. If somebody needs to be punished for this and I’m a cult leader, then I want to take the punishment for everybody.”
The Pennsylvania Game Commission charged Paul A. Zook, 28, of the 100 block of Geist Road with two misdemeanors of the state Game and Wildlife Code.
One count is for killing an endangered or threatened species and one count is for unlawful taking and possession of protected birds.
Zook, an Amish farmer, could face up to two years in jail and fines up to $5,000 if found guilty and depending on the feelings of the judge. In addition, a judge could require Zook to pay up to $5,000 to “replace” the eagle.
A fifteen year old Amish boy and his father were in a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and then slide back together again.
The boy asked, ‘What is this Father?’
The father (never having seen an elevator) responded, ‘Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don’t know what it is.’
While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, a calorically challenged senior female in a wheel chair moved up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened, and the woman rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the small numbers above the walls light up sequentially.
They continued to watch until it reached the last number… and then the numbers began to light in the reverse order.
Finally the walls opened up again and a gorgeous 24-year-old blond stepped out.
The father, not taking his eyes off the young woman, said quietly to his son…..
This is quite funny – even if you live in or around Lancaster. A little common sense guide for visitors to Central PA attractions. Having lived in Lancaster and experienced “tourists” first-hand I would say they nailed it!
The number of Amish is growing! A recent study estimates the Amish population has increased 10% in the last two years. It is believed there are 249,000 Amish in North America. In 1992 there were 124,000. Land in Lancaster County is hard to find and very expensive. This has forced many Amish to look elsewhere for farmland.
The Midwest is attracting more and more Amish. Farmland in Lancaster County can cost $15,000 an acre compared to $2,000 – $3,000 an acre in other parts of the county. That being said, two-thirds of the Amish live in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. Pennsylvania has the largest population.
Amish families tend to have 5 or more children which accounts for their swelling ranks. Half of the Amish population is under 18 years old and 85% of young adults remain in the church.
South Dakota is the latest state to get an Amish settlement.