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September 29, 2016


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Gregg Luginbuhl - Bluffton's artist laureate

He played a pretty mean basketball and baseball game, too

By Fred Steiner

A Gregg Luginbuhl coffee mug sits at my keyboard as I write this. Perhaps you hold one as you read this.

Gregg was artist laureate of Bluffton. The title passed to him from his father, Darvin. Before Darvin, it belonged to John Klassen. Gregg also belongs in the same class with other former Bluffton artists Richard Minck and Paul Soldner.


Icon updating its "Civic Organization" list

Please review our list and provide us with updates

How many organizations exist in Bluffton?

Would you believe the answer is "over 30"?

The Icon post organizations names, their contact person and phone number and website (if it is available).

To help us keep updated, please check the civic organization list in the attachment. If you organization is listed, let us know if the information is correct. If changes are needed, please send the information.


Iconoclast View: State Route 103 corridor study is crucial to orderly growth in Bluffton

The safety study of the State Route 103 corridor area currently in process is encouraging.

CLICK HERE to read about the study.

CLICK HERE to open a comment sheet. We invite Icon viewers to take a moment and add own comments to this project. Comments must be delivered to the village office by Wednesday, Sept. 28.


Every town should have an Al Ingalls

We know, because we had a great one

At one time or another every town should have an Al Ingalls.

Bluffton had one. And we truly feel for the towns that didn’t.

Al and his wife, Millie, owned Ingalls Restaurant. It was the last real sit-down restaurant on Main Street.

What a place. Hours were, oh, 5:30 a.m. to, what, 10 p.m. at night?

Those hours were set for the community, not the owners. It operated in a sort of informal “community system.” Meetings took place there. Deals developed. Coffee was poured. More meetings took place. More deals developed. More coffee was poured.


Results of reccent Icon poll

Thirty percent of the persons who took the most recent Icon poll say they learn by using their body, hands and sense of touch.

The entire poll results are above.

The current Icon poll asks viewers to rank the frequency of buying lottery tickets. To record your opinion in this poll go to the bottom left side of the Icon's home page.


Spirit Week and all that homecoming stuff on the BHS calendar

Homecoming parade is Friday, Sept. 23

Bluffton High School is a busy place this month, especially with homecoming on the horizon. Here's some event and news updates from the school website:

Homecoming Spirit Week: 
Monday, Sept. 19 - "I wake up like this"
Tuesday, Sept. 20 -  "Peace & Love/Hippy Day"
Wednesday, Sept. 21 - "A Day at Disney"
• Freshman - Alice in Wonderland
• Sophomores -Toy Story
• Juniors - Lilo & Stitch
• Seniors - Peter Pan)
Thursday, Sept. 22 - "Rock & Roll"
Friday, Sept. 23 -  "Pirate Day"


A banker, coffee shop owner and retired chamber director walk into a bar

Seinfeld fans will understand this column attempt. It is truly about nothing.

A banker, a coffee shop owner and a retired chamber director walk into a bar.

Make that a bar and grill. No, make that “meet a bar and grill owner and coffee shop owner in the alley parking lot behind the coffee shop.”

It’s Friday morning. Each admits he doesn’t want to go to work – but in reality that is not true.

Minutes before, with cups in hands, the banker and retired chamber director purchase coffees-to-go.


Senior citizen book sale Friday and Saturday

The Bluffton Senior Center, 132 N. Main St., will have a book sale on Friday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 10th from 9 a.m. to noon.

Items include fiction with plenty of Amish books, nonfiction, paperbacks, magazines and movies. Books on Christmas, travel, crafts, sewing and nature to name just a few.


August 2016: Hotter and dryer than normal

August 2016 was hotter than normal with less rain than normal, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

During August the average daily temperature was 76.1 degrees. The normal August average daily temperature is 71.1 degrees.

This year, August had 2.18 inches of rainfall. The normal August average is 3.28 in inches.

The high reading of the moth was 92 on Aug. 3 and again on Aug. 4. The low reading was 54 on Aug. 22.

The attachment below reveals the entire month's weather.


Watch the sky on Saturday - it's a Venus and Jupiter show

The Ohio Northern University Observatory, Ada, will host the first public event of the season from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.

A highlight will be the opportunity to view a conjunction of Jupiter and Venus, in which they pass as close as 4/60th of a degree from one another. The event is free and open to the public.

The observatory is located on the western part of campus near Wander Field.