Saturday, March 14, 2009
Labels: Amish Craftsmanship
CANTON, Ohio It sounds like the beginning of a comedy routine. An Amish miracle heater? Really? "It's a joke because the Amish couldn't use the heater itself," said Donald Kraybill, an Amish expert at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. "It's kind of like Quakers selling Quaker guns. It's sort of an oxymoron." The questions -- Is the fireplace really made by the Amish? Are those real Amish people in the ads? -- are debated on blogs and consumer Web sites across the country. "I'm somewhat suspicious," Kraybill said. "I think it's an English [non-Amish] company exploiting the Amish name and image." The Canton Better Business Bureau has received 39 advertising complaints (and 238 complaints overall) about Heat Surge since the company was founded in June 2007. All have been resolved.
The company employs more than 300 people in Holmes County, said Commissioner Joe Miller, who grew up Amish. That includes English workers as well as Old Order and the more-liberal BEACHY AMISH sects, some of whom use electricity in their shops. "Are they being exploited by this? Absolutely not," said Miller, who knows the man standing front and center in the ads and says he's Amish. CLICK for more of the story in The Washington Post By Laura Johnston Religion News Service Saturday, March 14, 2009; B07 Picture credits, google images Amish Heaters.
Posted by Watchman at 5:55 PM
For 72 years there has been a Wienermobile. LARISSA BEACHY, an Oscar Meyer mascot, lowers the hatch on the doghouse, a Chevy with a 6-liter, V-8 engine. The Wienermobile will be in the Morristown St. Patrick's Day Parade tomorrow. Click for more (great pictures) about the Clash of the Titans: The Wienermoble VS. The Munchmobile in Morristown Saturday at the Patrick's Day Parade by Jamie Duffy Friday March 13, 2009, 6:00 AM, Morristown Green NJ.com-NJ, USA
Posted by Watchman at 11:35 AM