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You'd think it was Valentine's Day

You'd think it is Valentine's season just by glancing at the window of Et Cetera Shop on South Main Street.


Snow photos from a long winter's night

We'll remember the winter of 2016-17 as extra mild - and we'll take that.

Concerning snow photos, until last night, this winter's become a dud. By mid-February in winter's past snow photos are a dime a dozen.

Not so this year.

With that in mind, we offer viewers a long winter's night of snow photos - finally.

Please enjoy these photos before the snow melts this weekend.


Win a dozen roses for Valentine's Day from the Icon

The Bluffton Icon has a Valentine's Day give-away and you might win.

We're giving away one dozen roses from Town and Country Flowers, 124 N. Main St. Bluffton.

It's really simple to enter:
• Send an email to: info@blufftonicon.com
• In the message line type: Contest Entry
   (Please add your name the e-mail message)
• Entry deadline 5:55 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.

We will draw the winner at 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12, in time for you to pick up your dozen roses for Valentine's Day.


PTO bakery Bingo Saturday evening

A fun mid-winter family event

The biggest Bluffton PTO event of the year, Bakery Bingo is Saturday in the Middle School Cafetorium. 

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and Bingo will begin at p.m.  

PTO members say, "Please bring your family for this fun night of entertainment.  Bingo cards are 12 for $1.  Refreshments include pizza, popcorn, pretzels, nachos and cheese, chips and water.  If you would like to help volunteer for this event please contact Crystal Camper."



Morris Groman and The Riley Creek Fish Incident

Or, how he saved the village $4,000 plus lots of headaches

CLICK HERE for Groman's obituary.

Most Icon viewers aren’t aware that former Bluffton council member Morris Groman once saved the Village of Bluffton $4,000 in federal fines, plus lots and lots of headaches and embarrassments.

Most people think of Morris Groman as a polite, quiet guy, which of course, he was.

He used this persona to get things accomplished and it worked. Here’s an example.


Icon add advertiser Facebook links to Advertiser Index

Links to over 70 area businesses - all Icon advertisers - are included

The Bluffton Icon recently added a new feature for advertisers and viewers.

The Icon Advertiser Index now includes links to advertiser Facebooks. When the Index was first created website links and phone numbers were included. With the popularity of Facebook pages, those are now added.

The Bluffton Icon has over 70 advertisers listed in its Index. The Index is one of the most viewed features on the website, simply because it is the only comprehensive listing of Bluffton area businesses with phone numbers, website links and now Facebook links.


Listen to the speech of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at ONU

He visited Ada on Jan. 11, 1968

On Jan. 11, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke at Ohio Northern University. At the time of his visit to Ada, Ohio and ONU, Dr. King was an international figure.

He was the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Prize and only the 12th American to ever do so. He was at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement and a key social figure of the turbulent 1960s.

The entire recording of his speech can be heard by clickin the link below - this link takes viewers to the Ohio Northern University Facebook site, where the speech is available.


We've shared Bluffton photos from 2016 - here's Ada's

You'll dicover there's lots in common between Bluffton and Ada

Earlier this week, the Bluffton Icon posted 12+ photos that represent Bluffton in 2016. The Ada Icon did the same.

We are sharing Bluffton Icon's photos with Ada Icon viewers and Ada Icon photos with Bluffton Icon viewers.

• To view the Bluffton 2016 photos click here.

• To view the Ada Icon 2016 photos open the attachment below.




Lee Cookson was probably the last guy to ever pump gas for customers

When we think of Lee Cookson, who died on Dec. 31, (click here for his obituary) the first story that comes to mind is pretty funny and can never be repeated – ever.

MORE ON THE PHOTO: Taken at one of the early Bluffton car shows Lee Cookson stands behind this classic Kaiser Darrin (1954 model?). Lee's dad, Richard cleans the windshield as Lloyd Hardwick stands in front of the car. Photo complliments of Dennis Morrison.)


Jim Kinn, Bluffton vehicle physician, diagnoses his last engine noise

Main Street business person since mid-1980s retires on Dec. 27

Icon viewers know that Jim Kinn is a pretty private guy. He didn’t announce his retirement publically. The Icon discovered his plans through anonymous sources. This column attempts to paint a picture of Bluffton’s retiring vehicle physician. His last day on the job was Dec. 27.

By Fred Steiner
If only auto service centers gave honorary doctor degrees. Jim Kinn’s wall would be covered with them.

Try blindfolding him. Then, drive your car through the Stratton Auto Group’s Bluffton Auto Repair Center lot.