(VIDEO) On the surface, it appears that little has changed for Amish youth in the past decade: children learn to work hard early in life, they complete school by age fourteen or fifteen, and a year or two later they begin Rumspringa—that brief period during which they are free to date and explore the outside world before choosing whether to embrace a lifetime of Amish faith and culture. But the Internet and social media may be having a profound influence on significant numbers of the Youngie, according to Richard Stevick, who says that Amish teenagers are now exposed to a world that did not exist for them only a few years ago. Once hidden in physical mailboxes, announcements of weekend parties are now posted on Facebook. Today, thousands of Youngie in large Amish settlements are dedicated smartphone and Internet users, forcing them to navigate carefully between technology and religion. Updated photographs throughout this edition of Growing Up Amish include a screenshot from an Amish teenager’s Facebook page.
The museum features trolley cars from Pennsylvania’s past, famous cars such as the streetcar named Desire, as well as trolley cars from around the world. Come aboard with PCN as we travel the tracks to America’s trolley era.
Marty “The Blade” Nothstein is the Executive Director of the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in the Lehigh Valley. Nothstein began cycling in 1987, and made his international debut in 1989 at the UCI Track Cycling World Cycling Championships in Lyon, France. He achieved his lifelong goal, and broke a 16 year losing streak for the US, by winning a Gold Medal in the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics for Sprint Cycling. His goal now is to expose youth to the sport, and create successful stories for years to come.