Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Laura Beachy

Laura Beachy on left

Somerset native Laura Beachy (left) and her partner Cory Sage film the Flight 93 National Memorial site during construction in 2010 for their documentary 'We Were Quiet Once.'
Laura Beachy's sixth-grade teacher at Eagle View Elementary was supposed to turn off the television on Sept. 11, 2001, to keep the children from panicking after terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and just 15 miles from their school in Somerset.
Despite the district's orders, the teacher turned on the television, closed the door and drew the blinds so her students could watch as history unfolded before them.
“You didn't think it was real. You thought it was a movie or a joke at first,” said Beachy, 22. “But then you saw the adults. They are supposed to be the people who have all the answers and provide safety and comfort. That day, they didn't have the answers, and everybody needed comfort.”
Eleven years after watching the events of 9/11 unfold on a small screen in her classroom, Beachy is putting the finishing touches on a documentary she hopes to bring to the big screen at film festivals.
The documentary, “We Were Quiet Once,” looks at how the crash of United Flight 93 in Stonycreek Township affected people on the ground in Somerset County.
Beachy began the project in April 2010 while she was a student at Syracuse University majoring in television, radio and film, and anthropology.
But her interest in that day and the stories that could be told go back to her childhood in Somerset.
“I always wanted to be a reporter since I was really little,” Beachy said.
During the Quecreek mine rescue in July 2002, Beachy met a reporter from Fox News who let her hang out with his camera crew.
On the first anniversary of Sept. 11, she got to sit in the network's truck and even interview people.
“I just knew there was a story and would be for years to come,” Beachy said.
Last year, with the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaching, Beachy decided it was time to go home and tell that story.
After securing grants and equipment from Syracuse, Beachy and a fellow student, Cory Sage, began research and filming.
They looked at every story written about Flight 93 in the Somerset Daily American and tracked repeat mentions of people. Through interviews, they focused the film on three people who have memorialized the events.
The Rev. Al Mascherino, a Catholic priest, opened a non-denominational, memorial chapel dedicated to Flight 93.
Terry Butler was working in a junk yard next to the crash site that morning and saw the plane go down. Butler has tattooed his body as a memorial to the victims.
Rick Flick, a volunteer firefighter who responded to the call, now organizes an annual motorcycle ride to the three 9/11 sites.
“We realized the story is about the heart of the people in the town and their witness to the event,” Beachy said. “How do they live the rest of their lives under that veil?”
With help from another partner on the project, Ryan Balton, Beachy has been working on the final cut of the hour-long documentary.
She is in the process of raising $6,000 she needs by mid-October to pay for editing, finishing and distribution of the film. The fundraising is being done through Kickstarter, an online funding platform for creative projects.
So far, $1,300 has been raised.
The money will help pay for screenings in Somerset and in Syracuse and enter the film into festivals with hopes of finding a distributor.
“We're trying to make the best with as little money as possible,” Beachy said.
Beachy said she's gained a new appreciation for her hometown through the filming process.
“I really see how people tried to take on a new level of empathy for the victims' families,” she said. “They're like second family.”
Jennifer Reeger is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6155 or

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Larry Miller Macon MS. Andrew and Lydia (Beachy) Miller's Grandson.

From Darrin Black's Face Book, (Thanks Darrin for sharing this story)
For black history I'd like to acknowledge a odd ball legendary family who has and still makes history today in the Noxubee community and I'm sure many other places Larry Miller and his wife Maxine miller. Anyone who knows or have known these two knows that they could care less about your color ,if you needed anything they would find a way to get it to you. For as long as I can remember since I was very small this weird white man has been a second father figure to many many black children in the noxubee area and other areas. Even to my parents . Larry Miller is the only white mixed man for as long as I can remember who wasn't afraid to ride through the town of macon,ms and other places with a green caravan filled with loud black kids lol and didn't care at all. Let's not forget how dangerous it was back then. He would invite us in his home feed every single one of us and wouldn't ask us for anything in return and often refuse to let you give anything. He was the only father some of the black kids have ever known. He would pick kids up from everywhere who had no other way of getting around and out of the streets and take them to camps and on trips and out to eat and he paid for every bit out of his pocket to my knowledge . He would have camp fires and barbecues and invite everyone who wanted to come , and every child that came around him learned how to pray, and how to say thank you if you didn't already know. Larry Miller taught black kids about starting bank accounts and how to write checks.he showed us how to have fun outside , got us around many different races and taught us to get along. He taught them how to respect every race and he made it clear very often that our black skin didn't mean a thing to him, God said love everyone and that exactly what he was going to do. I cannot list all of this things this weirdo has done but if you haven't had the pleasure of knowing larry miller you should look him up ,find him and get to know him because he is a walking legend and has many many stories to tell. Thank you larry miller I hope many races and everyone who has come in contact with you has caught whatever desease you have and I hope it spreads all over the world. We should make sure he gets the recognition he deserves because he's one amazing old man .
Note, Larry and Maxine Miller still live Macon MS.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Brandon Beachy signs a one-year deal with the Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Brandon Beachy works against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, July 20, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reportsthat The Dodgers have struck a deal with righty Brandon Beachy for $1.5 million.
Beachy pitched in two games for the Dodgers last year after two years out of the big leagues thanks to two Tommy John surgeries. The games weren’t good — he went four innings in both games, allowing three and four runs, respectively — but that was more a matter of him completing his rehab and the Dodgers trying to see what they had in him. After those outings and a lackluster stint on a minor league rehab assignment, they likely still don’t know.
They do know, however, that Beachy posted a 3.23 ERA in 46 starts in the majors with 9.2 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 before the elbow ligament went south on him. That’s worth a gamble at least, and these days $1.5 million is a very small gamble for a starting pitcher.
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Monday, January 04, 2016

Lincoln Beachey Flying Under Honeymoon Bridge 1911

Lincoln Beachey's plane is a bit hard to make out, he seems to be right in the mist. He landed on the Canadian side of the river where he collected the $1,000.00 he earned for this stunt The bridge collapsed a few year later from ice that formed in Lake Erie upstream from Niagara Falls, when it broke up there was so much ice moving down stream it caused the bridge to collapse.  
1 photographic print. | Flying biplane under Niagara River bridge.
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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Kervin and Bonita Beachy, Salisbury Township Zoning PA

At its meeting Tuesday, April 23, Salisbury Township's Zoning Hearing Board denied a request from Kervin and Bonita Beachy, of 1022 Elwood Street, Narvon, to move their trucking business to a 10-acre wooded tract on Paes Road near Sandmine Road, in the open space/conservation district.
Beachy had asked for two variances and a special exception to park two logging trucks and a tractor-trailer, and to operate outside the hours stipulated by the ordinance.
Beachy said he would build a 40-by-80-foot shop to service the vehicles. "With trucks, the schedule varies. For some jobs, I might have to leave at 3 a.m.," he said.
Neighbor Jeff Martin expressed concern about the noise three diesel trucks would make at such hours. Beachy acknowledged, "on a cold day, they will idle more than five minutes."
The board did not deliberate long. "This goes way beyond what the open space district was set up for," said Chairman Larry Martin.
Click for complete article By John Friel Corresponent Lancaster Newspapers

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ramon Antonio Beachy, Lancaster PA

A Lancaster man is back behind bars.
Ramon Antonio Beachy, 28, who has listed addresses in Gap and Lancaster city, walked into the lobby of Lancaster County Prison at 9:30 p.m. Monday and turned himself in, state police Trooper David Boehm said.
Originally Published Apr 10, 2013 10:49
Staff Writer

Ellis Beachy Chamber President

Mayor Jim Staff, Chamber of Commerce Director Sheryl Vickery and chamber president Ellis Beachy attended Monday's ground-breaking at Brookley Field in Mobile Richard Maxwell, president of the Atmore Industrial Development Board, said Airbus, at least for now, will have parts produced overseas and shipped to the plant for assembly. He added that it will take a few years before suppliers move into the area. But Atmore officials have made sure they are known in the Airbus process. Mayor Jim Staff, Chamber of Commerce Director Sheryl Vickery and chamber president Ellis Beachy attended Monday’s ground-breaking at Brookley Field in Mobile.
Beachy, also owner of Escofab in Atmore, a metal fabrication and machining facility, said he does expect the plant to have an impact.
“If it doesn’t affect existing business, it will bring in new business,” he said. “There will be an opportunity for companies to supply through the building process and through the manufacturing as well.” Click here for article in the Atmore Advance, AL

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Ken Beachy Fairfield Montana

“Our bread sales more than doubled what we were doing before we began selling at Eagle IGA,” said Beachy. “For us here at the restaurant, the bread and baked goods were not a cashflow item… they were a draw to bring in customers for our restaurant.”

But Beachy has found that the move to retail has caused the Cozy Corner to increase the amount of other baked goods they produce. “Stuff that hardly moved here at the cafĂ©, we can hardly keep on the shelves at the IGA.”

At the Cozy Corner, the homemade cookies are the best seller, with wheat and white bread coming in second and third. Beachy is working to expand the bread offerings to include French bread, rye and hot dog buns. Plans are in the works to broaden the line of sweet offerings as well. The Cozy Corner is working on a line of frozen pies that will allow IGA shoppers to have the convenience of frozen pies with the taste… and that irresistible aroma… of a Cozy Corner pie.

Beachy says that the bakery operates every day the “Cozy”, as it’s known around Fairfield, is open. Asked to describe what makes the bread so special, he says “It’s a homestyle bread… no preservatives.” Even the flour used is an “heirloom” type; not genetically modified. Read the complete article by Darryl L. Flowers published Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Fairfield Sun Times

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Roger Beachy Global Institute for Food Security

Roger Beachy, the former president of theDonald Danforth Plant Science Center, will head up a new $50 million research institution in Saskatoon, Canada.
Beachy will lead the Global Institute for Food Security, a new institute created by the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, the University of Saskatchewan and Potash Corp., a producer of fertilizer and industrial and animal feed products. Funding of $35 million for the institute was provided by Potash Corp., and $15 by the province.
Beachy will serve as the executive director and CEO of the new institute and help it get off the ground, a role he played as the founding president of the Danforth Plant Science Center here. After its startup phase, Beachy will remain actively involved in the institute in a senior oversight capacity, according to a statement.
"I was drawn to the vision of the new Institute and the spirit of innovation and collaboration that led to its creation," Beachy said in a statement. "With Saskatchewan's unique strengths in bio-science and agriculture, I am committed to helping GIFS take its place among the most exceptional in the world."
Click for article by Amir Kutovic Reporter- St. Louis Business Journal

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Rob Beachy on Mass Shootings

Rob Beachy came up with an interesting premises.  "Could it possibly be that we have always had multiple killings over the years but they did not receive the publicity that they do now because of mass media? Rob did a study on Mass shootings and crime rates and even submitted a graph to illustrate his point: FBI statistics on the US Homicide Rate (per 100,000) 1950-2007. I made it into a chart for easier viewing. It shows some interesting data. 2009 was on par with the mid 60's. I did not expect to see the rise and fall like it shows. Is this the result of efforts to eliminate violent crime? Federal assault rifle ban was 1994-2004. I would say this pretty much shows what I was getting at. If I was to guess, based on news reports, I would expect the line to be headed up and up. Thanks Rob for your remarks and chart. 

Monday, December 03, 2012

Korie J. Peachey McVeytown PA.

Korie J. Peachey, 82, of 61 Pond Place, McVeytown, died at 3:18 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at his home.
Born Jan. 6, 1930, in Belleville, he was a son of the late Jonas J. and Annie B. (Yoder) Peachey.
His wife, Sadie A. (Zook) Peachey, whom he married on Dec. 7, 1950, survives at their home.
Korie was a dairy farmer until 1994, and then he served as the administrator at Penns Valley Christian Retreat Center for five years. After that, he served as principal at Valley View School for five years. Most recently, he was employed as a forester at Big Valley Hardwoods.
Korie was very committed to his family and church. He enjoyed spending time in the woods, was a member of Valley View Amish Mennonite Church and a member of the Spruce Pine Hunting Club.
A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the church, with Ministers Eli King, Leroy Yoder and Ray Stutzman officiating. Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Sun Home Health Hospice Division, 31 E. Market St., Lewistown, PA 17044.
Arrangements are under the care of Henderson Funeral Home, Inc., 3813 W. Main St., Belleville.
Click for more information Lewistpwn Sentinel December 3, 2012

Saturday, December 01, 2012

John Henry Beechy Saltillo Ohio

Benefit breakfast for John Henry Beechy.

Yoder Lumber Co. will be hosting a pancake and sausage breakfast benefit from 7 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 29 at the Yoder Lumber Co.'s Berlin branch location, 4515 Township Road 367, Millersburg.
The benefit is being held to help pay for the medical expenses of John Henry Beechy of Saltillo, who worked at Yoder Lumber's Co.'s Berlin location roughly a year ago. He has been unable to work since that time and has spent considerable time in the hospital and is still recovering.
For more information about the benefit or how to help support Beechy, contact Linda at 330-983-3121. Click for article By Chris Knope For The Times-Reporter Posted Nov. 29, 2012 @ 02:41 PM
Picture credit, Yoder Lumber Berlin Location
Yoder Lumber's Berlin location features kiln drying, grading facilities, and a dimension plant.

Jacob Beachy Ohio

For Amish, life is changing, for Jacob Beachy life moves along much as it always has. Every day, there are the 35 cows that need tending, as well as 90 acres of farmland. His is the life of an Amish farmer, in which family, work, and faith intertwine on one plot of Ohio land. 
Yet across the street, on 60 acres that were once a farm, stands a sprawling new mansion, complete with a multidoor garage. A few years back, that land sold for $1.4 million.
“When we moved here in 1968, we thought we were in the sticks,” Mr. Beachy says, rocking in his living-room recliner. “All of this was working farms. It’s changed a lot.”
Indeed, for America’s Amish, much is changing. The Amish are, by one measure, the fastest-growing faith community in the US. Yet as their numbers grow, the land available to support the agrarian lifestyle that underpins their faith is shrinking, gobbled up by the encroachment of exurban mansions and their multidoor garages. 
According to the study, there are 456 settlements in the US and Canada – a number forecast to reach 1,000 by 2050. Likewise, the US Amish population – now at 251,000 –is estimated to grow to more than a million by 2050, the researchers add.
In the Amish heartland, these demographics are clashing with geography, as Beachy can attest. “Amish will have to spread out,” Beachy says. “That’s why you see settlements all over – they are looking for farmland. You can’t buy a farm anymore to farm.” Click for article By Staff writer / November 30, 2012 Christian Science Monitor

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Erika Lyn (Selner) Beachy Nappanee Ind.

Erika Lyn (Selner) Beachy, 27, of Nappanee, Ind., died unexpectedly of natural causes at 7:05 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Cardiac Care Unit, Indianapolis.
She was born June 1, 1985, in Elkhart to Sonya Stanage and Timothy Selner. She married Ervin D. Beachy on June 30, 2012, in Niles, Mich. Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Wakarusa, and for one hour prior to the funeral service which will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 29, at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. Rev. Wes Bontreger will officiate and burial will be in Violet Cemetery in Goshen. Memorial contributions may be given to the Erika Lyn Beachy Fund at any KeyBank to help with medical expenses. To help Mckynzie and Ethan remember their mom, there is a link to to tell a memory you have with Erika. These will be bound as a book for the children to remember her by. Click for article By Stacey Page Online (blog) November 26, 2012 11:40 AM

Beachy’s Country Chalet celebrates 25 years

It has been 25 years since Beachy’s Country Chalet Restaurant opened for business on a cloudy, overcast Labor Day of 1988.
In the 25 years since that “test run,” the restaurant has served more than 2,500,000 patrons.
Dave and Linda Beachy grew up in the Sugarcreek area. Dave was the 10th of 12 children and number six of seven boys in a row. That landed him in the kitchen helping his mother with the baking, cooking and household chores, including the cleaning.
“It was a perfect fit,” Beachy said. “Choosing the name Beachy’s Country Chalet Restaurant was based on our heritage. We used our last name, Beachy, to give it a certain amount of Amish flavor to resemble my upbringing and the Country Chalet to represent the Swiss flavor of Sugarcreek.”
Beachy said he believed his employees and the homestyle Amish and Swiss menu sets Beachy’s apart from larger restaurants in the area.
As part of the restaurant’s anniversary celebration, vendors who have supplied the restaurant the past 25 years have been honored each week of the month.
Drawings will be held Saturday for prizes being given away in recognition of 25 years of business.
“It’s been a pleasure, and without our local friends,” said Beachy, “our little restaurant would not have been able to celebrate 25 years.” Click for a great success story/article in the New Philadelphia Times Reporter. ataff report Posted Nov 26, 2012 @ 10:35 PM

Friday, November 23, 2012

Warren Peachey

Warren Peachey, president of the New Holland Farmers Fair board of directors, received the Outstanding Fair Ambassador Award  during a ceremony held Nov. 14.
The award, issued by Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture, George Greig, recognizes Peachey for his leadership, volunteerism and dedication to a fair that showcases agriculture — Pennsylvania's leading industry.
Barron "Boots" Hetherington, PA Fair Administrator from the Department of Agriculture, presented the award to the New Holland resident at the annual New Holland Farmers Fair volunteer appreciation banquet held at Yoder's Restaurant, New Holland.
Hetherington praised Peachey's 40-year volunteer service with the fair that celebrated its 81st year this past October.
Peachey's first duties involved the set-up and tear-down of the fair.  In 1992 he joined the board of directors where he's served as president since 1994 Picture credit and information, Barron "Boots" Hetherington, PA Fair Administrator from the Department of Agriculture, (left)presents award to Warren Peachey (photo courtesy of New Holland Farmers Fair) Click for the article By Carole Deck Correspondent. My Elanco News A Partner with Lancaster Online. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Jaelin Beachy Broke School Record

WARROAD — Jaelin Beachy is headed back to state.
The Staples-Motley Cardinals junior won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 breaststroke in record setting fashion Saturday at the Section 8-1A meet. Beachy won the 50 in 24.71 to set a school record. Her 1:06.58 breaststroke broke the school, Warroad’s pool and the section record.
“She put on a show,” said S-M head coach Bruce Onischuk.
The Cardinals team finished eighth. Janessa Iverson, Beachy, Kylie Bendson and Kali Klimek placed fifth in the 200 free relay. Click for article in Brainerd Daily Dispatch MN Novemeber 11, 2012 9:`15

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Nathan Beachy La Joya AZ

 He is a softball loving English teacher.
          His name is Nathan Beachy. He teaches freshman and junior English.
Beachy was born in Everett, Washington, on Oct. 23, 1981. He graduated from Arlington High School in 2000 and then went to Eastern Oregon University and graduated in 2005.
          Beachy has been teaching for six years, but he is just in his second year at La Joya. Before he worked at La Joya, he worked at Estrella Vista and Underdown Junior High School.
          “I love it here at La Joya,” he said.
          Beachy has wife and two young children. His wife’s name is Laura and they have been married for six years. He has three-year-old daughter named Maddison and a seven-month-old son named Nolan.
          As a child, Beachy was very hyper. He loved playing baseball and his Nintendo. He played baseball throughout high school and college. He now coaches the girls’ softball team.
          “I think softball is moving in the right direction,” he said.
          Throughout his life Beachy did not like to read, but he now teaches English. The one person who changed Beachy’s mind about English was his sophomore English teacher. Beachy said the way he taught the class made it seems like an interesting and fun job to have.
          One of Beachy’s co-workers, biology teacher Stephen Nowbath, said Beachy is outgoing and funny. Beachy and Nowbath met while teaching at Estrella Vista and now whenever the New York Jets play most likely those two teachers will be together.
          One of Beachy’s softball player, sophomore Kiarra DeVan, said Beachy is a motivational softball coach and a really funny teacher.
“He is an awesome teacher and really funny,” she said
Click for article By Zakeriya Baselt November 8, 2012 

Jonas Beachy Laurelville Ohio

 Jonas Beachy has been charged with 23 counts of animal cruelty. He is set to appear in court on November 27. 52 dogs were seized over a month before he was charged on Friday. Read article By / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday November 11, 2012, 10:32 am Also see article 10/11/12

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sarah Peachey Donegal High School president of the performing arts group.

Donegal High School's new auditorium seats 1,200 and, unlike the old one, is air-conditioned. Picture credit(Dan Marschka)
Sarah Peachey is undaunted by the prospect of performing in front of hundreds more people than she did last year.
"Once you have 700 people watching you, what's an extra 400?" the Donegal High School senior said, standing behind some half-painted scenery during a break in a recent play rehearsal.In fact, as many as 1,200 audience members could attend each performance next weekend to watch Peachey and her fellow cast members perform the vintage comedy "You Can't Take It With You," the first show presented on the stage of the high school's brand-new auditorium.

The performance space, which opened in August along with most of the rest of Donegal's new $38 million high school building in Mount Joy (the gym is still getting its finishing touches) still has that new-auditorium smell.
Its 1,200 seats, upholstered in a muted shade of green that manages to give off a golden glow under the house lights, take up plenty of real estate. They do so beneath a grid of light-brown acoustic panels suspended in space near the ceiling.
The new auditorium will be home not only to the fall play and spring musical, but to choir and band concerts and various programs and assemblies that can now accommodate the whole student body.
"The first time I walked in here, it took my breath away," said Moriah Newman, an English teacher and production manager for the school's Donegal Performing Arts organization. "And it's hard to say that about a high school auditorium."
Only now, there will be a lot more seats from which to watch.
"You Can't Take It With You" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, and are available at the door one hour before showtime. A free dress-rehearsal performance for senior citizens begins at 2 p.m. Thursday. Click to read the article By Mary Ellen Wright Correspomdent Lancaster newspapers.
Sunday News Nov 11, 2012 00:06 Mount Joy

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Hannah Beachy Colorado Springs CO
When Hannah Beachy decided to pursue a master's degree in Oriental medicine and career in Acupuncture  she just knew she would love it. It wasn't until she was about to graduate from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder with close to $100,000 in debt that she realized she would have to come up with a good business plan if she was going to make her dream work. "Most people coming out of school and starting practices are geared toward the higher end," she said, "But I thought, how am I going to market a service I don't even think I could afford myself?" That's how Beachy came to establish the fast-growing Springs Community Acupuncture on the Westside. It's a volume business that focuses on making treatment affordable by offering acupuncture in a group setting. Click for the complete article by Amanda Miller November 2, 2012 Colorado Springs Business Journal.

Ken and Shawn Beachy Buffalo NY

Ken Beachy and Shawn Beachy each scored twice as the Beachy Cabinet Maker Wild snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 triumph over the Alabama Hotel Ducks in the Batavia Men's Hockey League last week. Click for article posted Saturday November 3, 2012 12:28 am thedailynewsonline 
Beachy Cabinet Makers Buffalo New York. Showroom located in Williwamsville, NY

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Beachy Amish

MACON COUNTY, Ga. — In 1953, when military bases were expanding and land prices rising near Norfolk, Va., members of a growing population of Beachy Amish there began to shop around. “Carloads of men would go out and look,” said Crist Yoder, who was 1 year old at the time but heard the story from his father, Crist Yoder Sr.   They traveled the South, stopping in South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee. But the price was right in Montezuma, Ga.                                               So in 1954, 11 families uprooted. They were mostly Yoders. Crist Yoder Sr. and his four older brothers and their families, along with Weavers, Kauffmans and Swartzentrubers, started a dairy farming community just outside Montezuma. “If you weren’t a Yoder, you married into the Yoders,” Yoder said. “Everyone was related.”                                                            

Amish groups — both the Old Order and the progressives, like the Beachy Amish and Amish Mennonites — have been moving to new states and communities throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. But today it is likely to be for a reason other than land prices. “It is possible that there’s more of that happening simply because the [Amish] population is larger,” said Donald Kraybill, who researches Amish life at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. “It’s doubling every 20 years"  Today the Amish Mennonite community near Montezuma includes around 350 members, 150 or so families.

 Beachy Amish roots go back to the 1920s. Today they have about 7,500 members and 97 congregations in 20 states.                 “They tend to be more independent in the sense that they aren’t connected to a larger group,” Kraybill said. Amish Mennonites have regional conferences; Beachy Amish don’t. Click to read the article By Kelli Yoder, Mennonite World Review October 29, 2012.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Aden Beachy Writes Book

Book title "The wild One" The life and Thoughts of Aden Beachy.
 "In this beautiful memoir, Aden recounts his memories of his life on the family farm in Holmes County, Ohio, his new life in Christ when he dedicated himself to God, and the wisdom he's learned along the way."  Quoted from the back cover.
I bought my copy from It is an easy read, published in paper back. Thanks to Aden for sharing his story. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Laura Beachy Somerset Co. Flight 93

A local filmmaker’s documentary about the impact of the crash of Flight 93 was successfully funded this weekend.
Dingman Township native, 23-year-old Ryan Balton, is co-producing the film “We Were Quiet Once.” The feature-length documentary shows how the crash of Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001 affected the people of Somerset County who witnessed it from the ground.
Laura Beachy, the film’s executive producer, grew up in Somerset and was in sixth grade several miles from the field where the plane went down in 2001.
The film’s fundraising campaign on raised $6,682 from 121 backers. Kickstarter is a crowd-sourced funding platform for creative projects, with an all or nothing approach. The goal was to raise $6,000 in 45 days, a goal which was exceeded by 11 percent on Saturday night.
“We’re so thankful to have such a supportive community behind us,” Balton said. “The contributions from my friends and neighbors in and around Pike County will allow us to take this film and share it on a much bigger stage.”
During the Kickstarter campaign, the project also received donations totaling over $2,085 in the mail. Many of the donors have been from northeast Pennsylvania, and involving the local community is something important to Balton. Donors will be thanked in the credits of the film, and will receive advance copies once the film is complete.
The money will pay for editing, finishing and distribution. This includes entering the film in festivals and holding screening events in northeast Pennsylvania, such as the recently passed Black Bear Film Festival, which has featured Balton and Beachy’s work before. Click for the article in The Abington Journal.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Bonnie Beachy Cypress Texas

The older you get, the more meaningful the little things in life tend to become.
For Bonnie Beachy, both Struthers High’s and Kent State University’s all-time scoring leader, visiting her respective alma maters this weekend and spending time reconnecting with old teammates, friends and teachers has taken on added importance.
Diagnosed with late stage cervical cancer six years ago and in remission until six months ago, she is battling the disease for a second time with an intensity and fight that translated into 1,448 career points in high school and another 2,071 collegiately.
“When I was first diagnosed six years ago, I became a very private person and just didn’t want anyone to know what I was going through,” Beachy said. “Back then, the survival rate was five years and I beat the odds. My doctors were even surprised.
“I am currently going through chemotherapy and while the cancer is not in remission yet, doctors expect that to happen by December.”
Beachy’s cancer is rare — it is diagnosed in approximately 20,000 people in the United States each year.
“My cancer was due to a gene defect that I never knew I had. I have five brothers and sisters and it can be passed down, so early detection is the key,” Beachy added.
“This particular gene defect causes ovarian cancer in about 45 percent of the people and breast cancer in nearly 70 percent. When I was first diagnosed and saw those numbers, I had a double mastectomy as well,” she said.
Beachy, who lives in Cypress, Texas, where she is an assistant principal, remains optimistic and said there was an upside to the diagnosis. Click for the article By Greg Gulas Friday, October 19. 2012 Youngstown Vindicator

Friday, October 19, 2012

Carol Beachy West Jefferson

While the leaves on the trees have just started to change colors and fall, plans are underway for the 2012 West Jefferson Christmas in the Park celebration.
This year, local business person Carol Beachy has stepped up to fill the void left by West Jefferson Community Association president Jeff Pfeil, who retired from the leadership position for the holiday festival. Pfeil had been a one-man crew testing and hanging the 300,000 holiday lights that decorate Garrette Park for the last 15 years.
Beachy said that things are moving along smoothly and added there are some new things being added to this year’s event.
“I have a lot of people coming out to hang lights and decorate,” Beachy said. “We are at Garrette Park every Saturday morning starting at 10 a.m. testing lights. If people want to help, they can just show up and we will put them to work. We can also use volunteers to help with the food during the event.”
While Pfeil is no longer heading up the holiday festival, he is still advising Beachy and her crew.
“Jeff had this down to a science,” Beachy said.
“He is doing a lot of advising and training. He may have retired, but he did not walk away.”
This year, Christmas in the Park will be held Friday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 9, with opening ceremonies on Dec. 7 with the West Jefferson American Legion raising the American flag and Santa Claus arriving to throw the switch to light the park.
For more information about West Jefferson Christmas in the Park or to financially donate to assist the festival, you can contact Carol Beachy at West Jefferson Hardware at (614) 879-9036.
Click for the article By Kevin Dye Staff Writer. London Madison Press

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Jon Beachy Fontana Mayor

The possibility of the elementary school closing in Fontana is creating friction and causing emotions to run high between the USD 362 Board of Education and area residents.
A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Fontana elementary to determine whether the elementary school should remain open or whether it should close permanently. 
“Unfortunately,” Fontana Mayor Jon Beachy said, “what we have is a school board that is bound and determined – even though the public had an overwhelming vote of ‘no’ about closing the Fontana school – to choose to go against the public opinion and close the school here in Fontana. 
“It’s kind of put us all in a bind to the point where we’re kind of at our wit’s end as to what to do,” he said, adding that he believes Fontana is not being represented in the school board.
“Addressing the closing of Fontana isn’t only about Fontana,” Superintendent Chris Kleidosty said. “It’s also about the rest of the school district.” Click for article By Charity Keitel Posted Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Jonas Beachey Pickaway County, Ohio

TARLTON, Ohio -- A Pickaway County Amish man is getting some help from his friends while trying to get his dogs back. The Ohio SPCA said Jonas Beachy was running a puppy mill and confiscated 52 dogs from his farm on October 1.  
The animal rights group went to the farm with Pickaway County Sheriff's Deputies, and were armed with a warrant.
Beachey told ABC 6/FOX 28 he never was shown the warrant, and he was overwhelmed when the army of deputies, dog wardens, and volunteers showed up to his 52 acre farm.

Ray Spence said he has known Beachey for 10 years, and has never seen him mistreat his animals.  Spence and Beachey talked with County Commissioners this week about trying to have the dogs and puppies returned to the farm. Beachy said he is especially upset because the volunteers took his companion dog, Speckles.  "He is a wonderful dog.  He goes with us in the buggy to visit the neighbors.  Speckles would be happiest here on the farm.  He is special to us." Click here to read the complete article. Fox News, 
Reporter: Lu Ann Stoia Web Producer: Ken Hines, Thursday October 11, 2012

Mickey and Logan Beechy Newton Falls

NEWTON FALLS - Mickey Beechy knew he was in trouble after he saw the final scorecard.
His son, Logan, then 11 years old, was 16 strokes better than his father during a nine-hole round.
Logan, a Newton Falls High School senior, started playing golf only a year or two earlier.
"I've been playing my entire life and he started beating me with ease when he was 11," Mickey said. "I thought I had a few more years. I thought we would be playing and I would be kind of close together score-wise for year or two, but that wasn't the case.

Mickey, who has owned Duck Creek for 11 years, saw his son play many rounds over the years, but none as important as this weekend. Logan tees off Friday morning in the Division II state tournament at Ohio State University's Scarlet Course in Columbus.
Mickey can see a lot of his father, Myron, in Logan with every swing of a club. Logan has Myron's luck as well. Logan has three holes-in-one during his young career. Click for a great article By John Vargo, Tribune Chonicle.