Small St. Lawrence community to hold vigil for abducted Amish girls

Sketch of Fannie Miller

A small St. Lawrence County community has been shaken by the abduction of the two young Amish girls from a roadside farm stand last night.

The pastor of Cornerstone Wesleyan Church in Heuvelton says that this terrible act has stripped the community of the security they once had.

"Most people are saying we've lost our community. Our community was a small safe place. You see the Amish children at these fruit stands all the time. That all changed in one day. People really feel the difference in the town. There are no kids on their bikes today or on the playgrounds. It's like we rolled up the sidewalks,â?? Pastor Rusty Bissell says.

Since the abduction, the community has been reaching out, including bringing in food to help the family in their hour of desperation.

"The community is like going back in time. It's like the old Mayberry type of town. Everybody knows everybody. The Amish are a common sight. Everybody waves to everybody. It's like going back into the 1960's. No red lights. It's a close knit community,â?? Pastor Bissell says.

Now, neighbors are coming together to show their support for the girls and take a chance to care for some of their own.

A vigil is planned at the Cornerstone Wesleyan Church at 7:30 tonight, the same time 12-year-old Fannie and 6-year-old Delila Miller were abducted.

Pastor Bissell says there will be some music with a candle-lighting at the end.

A time where people can reflect, and remember that the community stands together.

The vigil will be at the Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, 18 York Street, Heuvelton, NY 13654.