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Neil Reichenbach

December 9, 2016


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NYGAARD - There's only one family in Bluffton with that last name. You'll find this plate on a silver-grey Honda Odyssey parked on Anna Circle. It belongs to Christian and Jamie Nygaard.

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You can view the entire Ream Holiday Folk Art disply from this video

For the first time, the Icon offers viewers a front row seat to view the entire Ream Holiday Folk Art display on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.

It's easy to take this winter display for granted, at least for Bluffton residents who pass by it nearly every day in December.

We encourage residents to take a moment in the evening. Stop, get out of your vehicle and walk around the display. You'll see familiar images and new ones.


Icon's village park pond poll grabs viewers

One of the most attention-grabbing polls on the Icon is the poll from last week (Dec. 1-5).

Our question concerned the village park pond. Sixty-eight viewers responded to the poll with 75 percent indicating an interest in keeping the pond. Fifteen person of those who responded said to fill it in. Two percent had no opinion.

Bluffton council, on recommendation of the village park board voted 5 to 1 on Dec. 5 to fill in the pond. Joe Sehlhorst voted against the measure to fill in the pond.


Newest Ream display cutouts?

At first glance you might think that two new silhouette figures joined the cutouts in this year's Ream holiday folk art display on the Presbyterian Church lawn.

But, after a closer look the Icon discovered that Fred Rodabaugh and Denny Morrison were at work on Tuesday morning. The high winds of Monday were too much for many of the cutouts. Many blew over.

Fred and Denny are unofficial caretakers of the display following acts of God.


Check out what the Icon spotted in the sky over ONU

U.F.O. in Ada?
Nope, just lens glare, according to Ken Collins, who took these Thanksgiving night photos in Ada.

Certainly sounds more fun seeing U.F.O.'s, however.


Opinion: Let's start by scraping the Electoral College

By John LaForge

For more details on how to abolish the Electoral College click here.

Sixteen years ago, as the 2000 presidential election recount in Florida transfixed the nation, the newly elected Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke directly to the likelihood that Al Gore would win the popular vote and still lose the election:


There once was an ugly duckling...

Each of us knows the story of the “ugly duckling” – that sad tale with a happy ending.

Bluffton kindergarteners watched the Han Christian Anderson story unfold last week on the Ohio State University at Lima’s stage.

More than 1,500 area elementary students, including those from Bluffton and Pandora-Gilboa watched the performance. Jamie Nygaard offers these photos of the experience.


100 years ago the presidential election in Bluffton was just as hot as in 2016

Read our account from an eye-witness - did Wilson win, or Hughes?

Milt Sprunger graduated from Bluffton College in 1920 and returned to Bluffton during his retirement. During his college years, he became very familiar with Main Street businesses and characters, and experienced the 1916 presidential election as a Blufftonite. Here is his election account, taken from "A Good Place to Miss: Bluffton Stories 1900-1975."


Bluffton food pantry shelves are low

Here's a list of items in short supply

Supplies are low at the moment at the Bluffton food pantry, housed is the St. John's United Church of Christ. Donations may be taken to the church.


A scary Halloween photo

Who needs a scary Halloween story when you can view a photo this scary. Imagine Pat and Richard Nixon in Bluffton during the 1979 (or 1980) Halloween parade. Accompanying the Nixons is Fred-in-Stein, who also frequents Bluffton at the end of each October.

Fred-in-Stein will be at the Bluffton Public Library tonight (Thursday, Oct. 27) taking photos of Halloweeners. Perhaps we'll see your photo later tonight on the Icon if you stop in at the library.


Never turn left when you see this sign - but, where is it?

Okay, you know everything about Bluffton.

Tell the Icon where one might find this sign? (Denny Morrison is not eligible to enter this because we think he know the answer.)

Here are some hints:

• You'll only find this sign turned on two times a day
• When it turns on it doesn't remain on very long
• It's on the east side of Main Street
• It's a very old sign
• It's message is very wise - it would be very risky to turn left this the sign is on

Answer is the in the photo below: