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Lewis Carroll and Robert Frost were no-shows for Thanksgiving dinner; even so, the oyster stew was perfect

Our Thanksgiving dinner invitation list included favorite poets Lewis Carroll and Robert Frost. Neither accepted, but places were set.

Set, just in case of late arrivals.

Hoping for Mister Carroll’s presence, for days prior to Thanksgiving lines from “Oh, oysters come and walk with us… along the briny beach”…  chanted frequently around our cheery home.

It didn’t work.

It didn’t work, even though we ordered a fresh pint of the delicacy from The Dough Hook and informed our poet friend of the menu: Oyster Stew.

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Meet the patron saint and protector of Bluffton's outdoor Christmas trees

If you need a Christmas tree decorated, call Larry Kinn. The Icon found Larry stringing lights on this tree in Common Grounds on Monday, at  the request of Phil Zimmerly.

Although quite modest, Larry admits to some interesting tree decorating projects in his long career. We don't know truth from falsehood here, but bear with us for a moment.

Once upon a time there stood a Christmas tree atop Salzman Stadium. It was Larry's pet project. Knowing, however, the temptation of college boys when the tree was erected, well, it soon disappeared. 

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Check out that Bluffton Icon cap! You can wear one too

Check out dashing Derek Dukes - and is that a Bluffton Icon cap on his head? 

Yes it is. It sports Bluffton High School's red and white with a nice accent of Bluffton University's purple.

Want a Icon cap? All you need to do is ask: info@blufftonicon.com.

We deliver.

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Thoughts on blowing out 65 candles

By Fred Steiner
Bear with me as I gobble – care for piece? – a fork full of my birthday cake.

For me, Nov. 9 is the sweetest day on the Roman calendar. And, unlike previous birthdays, this one comes with a nice ring to it.

My Uncle Sam sent me my own Medicare card.

In a birthday wish to appreciate how previous paternal ancestors celebrated their 65th birthdays, please consider the following stories:

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A story about my grandmother who voted in Bluffton 99 years ago

By Fred Steiner

Somewhere in a collection of family photos is a 1920 snapshot of my Hahn grandparents, Bertha and Fred, standing in front of their home at 216 W. Elm St., Bluffton.

I know it was 1920 because taped to the window behind them was a Harding for president poster. I never felt the significance of the snapshot until election day 2014. It was then when I recalled a brief notation in my grandmother’s diary. It read: “I went to vote and Margaret and Florence went with me. Margaret is one year old, Nov. 2, 1915.”

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Vie geits! Dust off your Swiss language skills on Nov. 4

"Vie geits! Dasz ish zum eina anderes Fogel singen."

Naturally, you all know that I just now said: "How goes it! There once was yet another bird." (This means that either things are changing or bad weather is approaching.)

Whatever its meaning all Icon viewers - of Swiss descent or otherwise are invited to come speak the Swiss dialect at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Family Room at Maple Crest, Bluffton.

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Bring on the new bread machine

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner

Well. We’ve managed to destroy yet another bread machine. Here’s the thing. Some people eat cold cereal for breakfast. Some eat eggs. Some eat nothing. I eat cinnamon raisin bread — NOT the store-bought spongy, flaccid stuff — only homemade.

For more columns by Mary Pannabecker Steiner, click here.

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Meet the "Keep Bluffton Beautiful" clean-up crew

CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE FACES ONLY A MOTHER COULD LOVE.

You won't find this photo in the next Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce Explore Bluffton visitors' guide, but you will find this photo unusual.

Ever wonder why Bluffton is absent of road kill? These four feathered friends are part of a the local Keep Bluffton Beautiful clean-up crew.

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Icon wants to know your favorite horror flick

By Torie Wright, Icon intern
My favorite time of year is now. Fall’s weather is perfect and we also celebrate my favorite holiday: Halloween. We’re about a month away from seeing costumed kiddos roaming the streets, but it’s just the right time for getting into spooky movies.

I challenge you this: starting now, watch one horror movie per week. On October 31, report back to us at the Icon with your list of movies watched and tell us which one was your absolute favorite!

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It's mis-match day at school

Hannah Davis, Bluffton fourth grader models her mis-match day outfit. The day was one of several special dress-up days for Bluffton school students thanks to Homecoming Week.

The Icon found Hannah after school and she agreed to talk with us about her special outfit for the day.

According to Hannah, her shoes don't match, she has several different hair styles, and check out her socks.

Then, there's severall mis-matched jewelry items including Halloween, Christmas, winter, and Fourth of July.

To top it off, she has a fancy scarf mis-matched with casual clothes.

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