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Two Tornados and a Whirlwind Trip ! - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Volume #2 Issue #6
July 01, 2010

Ohio Amish Country Experiences

A publication of

Volume 02
Issue 06

July 2010


Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,

Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties experienced the effects of an F-1 tornado as it ripped through Berlin, Walnut Creek and Sugarcreek, Ohio on Saturday, June 5th.

In the wake of 95 mph winds the path of destruction included uprooted trees, vehicles flattened and buildings ripped to pieces. Some homes had roofs ripped off while others had windows and doors blown out.

According to The Budget, as reported by Beverly Keller, the damage started at CR 201 and skipped to the Berlin area where it hit parts of Schrock's Amish Farm and Village. From there it went to Walnut Creek where it ripped through some buildings and barns.

Its last stop was in Sugarcreek where it hit the Skyline Corporation, uprooted trees near the Beldon Brick plant, hit Tubar, Zink's and the Sugarcreek Sewer Plant.

The tornado damaged Andreas Furniture Warehouse, a pallet shop, and several homes. From there, it crossed over SR 39, hit Eagle Machinery, demolished one barn and damaged another.

A boat was relocated over a mile and a passing vehicle on SR 39 was struck by flying debris. The good news in all of this - no one was seriously injured!

If you want more information or want to see photos you can go to _________________________________________________________________

We hadn't been to the Holmes County area Ohio Amish Country for a little while, so we took a "whirlwind trip" down there over the weekend of the 26th.

We packed in a lot of things over a three day period. So, we thought we would share some of our travels in order to give you an idea of the many things there are to do in Ohio Amish Country this summer.


In this issue we'll be featuring . . . some highlights from our trip:

1. Our stay at Mel & Mary's Cottages

2. Walnut Creek's Summer in the Village

3. Meadowbrook School Benefit Auction

4. Guggisberg Cheese 60th Birthday Celebration

5. The Second Tornado

As well as:

July Events - Find out what's happening - where and when in Ohio Amish Country.


Mel & Mary's Cottages


We stayed at Mel and Mary's Cottages in one of their suites. We really enjoyed the peace & quiet and serenity of the countryside surroundings.

An Amish family lives across the road and cows pasture in the field next door.

We were also able to chat with the Amish farmer neighboring to the north and got permission to take some appropriate pictures of him mowing hay with a team of horses.


Located just southeast of Charm, Ohio, nestled in the rolling hills of Holmes County you'll find their quaint mixture of four cottages, three suites, a ranch house, a 1/2 acre pond for fishing and paddle boating, a playground, fire pits, hiking trail and more.

Mel and Mary (now retired from the business) first started with four cottages in 1994. After 8 years of developing and pouring their hearts into the business, they passed their business on to their daughter Karen and her husband, Leon.


They are located at 2972 TR 190, Baltic, Ohio 43804.

You may contact them at:

PO Box 104, Charm, Ohio 44617-0104 or call 330-893-2695.

Check out their website for more information. _________________________________________________________________

Walnut Creek's Summer in the Village


On Friday and Saturday, June 25 & 26, the Village of Walnut Creek had a special time they dubbed "Summer in the Village."

They handed out Summer Savings coupon books with special discounts, savings and free item coupons from many of the local shops and businesses.

The event days included free ice cream at Coblentz Chocolate Company and Walnut Creek Cheese.


There was a bounce house, and even a small exotic animal petting zoo from the Farm at Walnut Creek.

Topping it all off were free wagon rides, popcorn, lemonade and cotton candy.

Our youngest especially enjoyed the bounce house & slide but I think we were all bouncing pretty good from the "sugar high" from all the free goodies! _________________________________________________________________

Meadowbrook School Benefit Auction


On Saturday the 26th, we stopped by the special benefit auction being held for the Meadowbrook Amish School.

You could smell the wonderful aroma of fresh bar-b-que chicken being grilled over a huge outdoor grill.

You could hear the unique chant of the auctioneer as he "sang" out the sales of hundreds of items ranging from beautiful hand-crafted Amish furniture to homemade quilts.


Horses and buggies lined the drive and stood in contrast to the modern automobiles intermingled throughout.

The air was alive as hundreds of Amish and "English" blended cultures to participate in the excitement of this wonderful community event!

I saw a man taking pictures along the roadside above the event. So, I decided to take a chance and introduce myself - and found it was none other than the photographer of Amish Country notoriety, Doyle Yoder himself.


Guggisberg Cheese 60th Birthday Celebration


Guggisberg Cheese, home of the Original Baby Swiss, celebrated its 60th Anniversary on June 26, 2010. The celebration was on the grounds of its Doughty Valley facilities between Charm and Berlin on State Route 557.

We stopped by to join in on the celebration and sample their great tasting cheeses. The event was from 11 am to 5 pm, and featured live musical entertainment, inflatable kids games, plenty of cheese, including a cheese eating competition, food, refreshments, cake and much more.


Guggisberg Cheese started in 1950, when Master Cheesemaker Alfred Guggisberg, who had learned the art of cheese making in his native country of Switzerland, came to Holmes County to make cheese from the local Amish farmers’ milk.

They have also recently purchased Deutsch Kase Haus, one of the country’s premier manufacturers of Colby, Marble, Yogurt, and other stirred-curd cheeses. The plant is located in Indiana in the Indiana Amish community of Middlebury.

Check out their website for more information. _________________________________________________________________

And so, we once again reluctantly left Ohio Amish Country with our hearts full of wonderful memories & "experiences" and our stomachs full of many free samples. : )


The Second Tornado

The day after we got back home, on Sunday the 27th, we had a tornado in our own city (Conneaut, Ohio) that came in off Lake Erie and hit a couple of different areas.

This tornado initially touched down at 6:54 pm with winds between 90 - 95 mph near Lake Road and Point Drive. It moved east along Lake Road and lifted near the intersection of Broad and Russell Streets at 6:59 pm.

The tornado had a maximum width of 100 yards and was on the ground for 2.3 miles.

There were huge trees uprooted, a small garage demolished and lots of limbs and power lines down. But once again - no one was seriously injured!

For more information and pictures you can go to this news link. _________________________________________________________________

Be sure to check out the following events for July - if you're interested there is another school benefit auction in July we've listed and there are some in August as well.


Calendar of Events

July Events:

July 1 - September 30

How to Recognize Millersburg Glass
Millersburg Glass Museum, 87 West Jackson Street, Millersburg, Ohio 44654. Call 330-674-2497 for more information.

July 2

Moonlight Madness Sales
Downtown Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681. Call 888 609-7592 for more information.

The Lonesome Hollow Stables Cowboy Race
At the Holmes County Fairground, starts at 7 p.m., for more information call Wayne Yoder at 740-545-6693.

July 3

Newcomerstown Fire Department Annual Car Show & Chicken BBQ
David Barber Civic Center, Newcomerstown, Ohio 43832. Registration: 10 am.-Noon, Chicken BBQ Noon-6 pm., Best of Show awarded at 2 pm. Car Registration: $10, Chicken BBQ: $7 (includes 1/2 chicken, choice of two sides, and a roll.

July 9 - 11

26th Annual Great Mohican Pow-Wow
Mohican Reservation Camp & Canoe, 23270 Wally Road, Loudonville, Ohio 44842. Call 800-766-2267 for more information.

July 11

Ice Cream Social
JE Reeves Victorian Home, Dover, Ohio 44622 from Noon-4 pm. Admission is free. Call 330-343-7040 for more information.

July 12

Hidden Acres School Benefit Auction
At the Mervin Miller property, 7039 TR 673, Millersburg, Ohio. Call 330-893-3460 for more information.

July 17

Dusk in the Village
Historic Schoenbrunn Village, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 from 7-9 pm. Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Children $4. Call 330 339-3636 for more information.

July 24

Tomb of the Unknown American Patriot Wreath Ceremony
Fort Laurens, Bolivar, Ohio 44612 from 11 am. Admission is free.

July 30

Swiss Village Bulk Foods 30th Anniversary Celebration
Swiss Village Corridor, Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681.

July 30, 31

Strasburg Corn Fest
Franklin Park, Strasburg, Ohio 44680. Admission is free. Call 330-878-7115 for additional information.


Well, guess that's all for now - hope you find this news helpful and as exciting as we do.

Trust also that you'll have a great Ohio Amish Country Experience - real soon!

Best Regards,

Stuart & Norma Watson

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