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Nick Recker

May 1, 2017


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BACH 3 - Does this mean that somewhere in Ohio is a BACH 1 and a BACH 2? The Icon spotted this plate in Ada.

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What became of the Romans 12:12 signs in two Mennonite churches?

An Icon viewer poses a question concerning a church scripture verse sign. Viewers with further thoughts may respond at info@blufftonicon.com.

The viewer writes:

For almost 75 years, the original Swiss Mennonite church and the Ebenezer Mennonite and the St. John Mennonite churches had a large sign with the following verse written in German in their sanctuaries: Romans 12:12.

Be joyful in hope; patient in affliction; faithful in prayer.


What was Mr. Long's first name and what car did he drive?

Icon's panel of experts can handle any obscure Bluffton question

The Icon is a well-respected source for most any bit of information about Bluffton history.

Viewers are assured that we offer a panel of local experts to answer all Bluffton questions sent to us.

An example of this expertise follows: (names are changed for confidentiality).

Let’s say that two brother (we’ll call them Dan Groman and Darrell Groman) posed this Bluffton question to the Icon:


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The Bluffton Icon, in cooperation with the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Kansas, invites Icon viewers to participate in a viewer survey.

The survey, designed by the School of Journalism, will assist the Icon in improving its website. It also assists the School of Journalism in its own study of web-based news sources.


Bluffton businesses invited to donate items to "cinch sacks"

For riders in the July 8 Ride to Remember

Bluffton businesses have an opportunity to introduce themselves to participants in this summer’s Ride to Remember bicycle ride, planned here on Saturday, July 8.

Ride planners invite businesses to provide gift items to fill 200 “cinch packs” for registered riders.

Suggested examples include:
• Coupons for use in your business
• Useful items for bike riders
• Treats
• Make certain your business name is on the donated items


Nils Riess, former Bluffton resident, honored by Estonia

Recipient of Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana

A former Bluffton resident, Nils Riess, was recently recognized by the Republic of Estonia. (His wife, Susan, was an Bluffton elementary school teacher.)

The Ohio Northern University Professor of Communication Arts Emeritus was awarded the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana from the Republic of Estonia.


Scenes we like to see - seed packets at Family True Value

It's almost March - and here's one of our favorite late-winter scenes: seed packets at Family True Value Hardware, 109 N. Main St., Bluffton.

Store hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. Phone: 419-358-2866.


Will someone please turn down the thermostat?

February 2017 weather on a record-setting warm course

February 2017 is headed toward the weather record books.

There’s eight days remaining in the month, and according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer, three new record high temperatures are already set.

The new records follow:
Feb. 17 - now 63 was 59 degrees in 2011
Feb. 18 - now 69 was 60 degrees in 1981
Feb. 19 - now 65 was 64 degrees in 1994

Several additional weather-related facts for the first 20 days of February include only a trace of rain was recorded (Feb. 1 and Feb. 15).


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.