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March 30, 2015


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Two older, experienced Buckeye fans

Where were you on Jan. 24?

A couple "older experienced Buckeye fans" Marcia Gallant and Brenda Byers attended the OSU National Championship celebration at OSU stadium Saturday Jan. 24.

They left Bluffton at 6 a.m. with a bag full of winter clothing and enjoyed the band, the team and thousands of other Buckeye crazies as the National Championship trophy and other awards were shared with the crowd.


Peanut peanut butter and jelly is the winner

And the winner is...PEANUT PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY!

Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn Co., invited customers to participated in an employee popcorn cook-off held Saturday.

According to Shirley's website the team of Amber and Sean created the winning flavor.

Shirley's is still working on the details, but expect to see Peanut Peanut Butter & Jelly available in the store as a flavor of month soon.


Oh, what a beautiful morning! Did you take photos?

How many photos of the frost did you take this morning? The event was technically a "hoar frost." Here's one explanation: 

"Under clear frosty nights in winter soft ice crystals might form on vegetation or any object that has been chilled below freezing point by radiation cooling. This deposit of ice crystals is known as hoar frost and may sometimes be so thick that it might look like snow."

As you probably found out, the beauty doesn't last long, especially when the sun comes out.


The customer comes first

Remember, this is Bluffton Pediatrics. And, Beth Bish, CNP, pediatric nurse pracitioner, has thought of everything.

Therefore, you'd expect a kid-sized toilet for clientel. You'll find one in the men's and women's rooms at Bluffton Pediatrics.

Bluffton Pediatrics opened Jan. 5, at 505 E. Jefferson St., Suite A. The child's size toilet is just one of the many items designed for youthful patients.




For me, Christmas meant my doll "Ruthie" received a new head

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner

When Fred sent me this photo, I just groaned. I knew it wasn't a good idea to leave him alone with my dad's slides and photos....sure enough, one has resurfaced. Dad labeled all of his slides and photos but this one had been digitized without a date identification. My best guess was that I was 8 because my brother, John (far right) is 8 years older and looks about 16 in the photo.


Iconic view: A modern Christmas story

In the sixth year in the reign of Obama, legislation passed that all U.S. citizens be counted in the county where their ancestors had settled. This unusual census was when Kasich was governor of Ohio and Jordan was fourth district representative.

Jose from Lebanon, Ohio, with his young housekeeper, Maria, who was nine-month’s pregnant with someone else’s child, and who Jose had intended to marry, drove to Bluffton in Jose’s 1996 Mercury Cougar. This was because Jose was a great-great-great-grandson of Swiss immigrant, Jesse Zurflugh, in Richland Township.


When Old Man Bluffton talks, I listen

Old Man Bluffton stopped in for a visit last Saturday. Since he retired to some place south of the Mason-Dixon Line – he won’t tell me where – I never know when to expect him. He looked good, though.

(I think he lives in Bluffton, South Carolina.)

Usually he makes a December trip here to pick up the usual Bluffton-made products for Christmas gifts.

You know, peanut brittle, Bluffton Icon coffee and the latest Bluffton Pirate and Bluffton Beaver sports ware.


Lisa Wenger had two good reasons to attend this year's Bluffton middle school spelling bee

Lisa Wenger had two reasons to attend this year's Bluffton Middle School spelling bee, held earlier this week.


Among the 15 competitors were her grandson, Jonah Blackburn, son of Kelli (Lisa' daughter) and Jake Blackburn. 


Here's a Santa Claus story that will make you chuckle

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce member, Richard Gainey of Ada, (aka Santa Claus), has officially been recognized by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).

The BMV recently picked Gainey’s license plate “ST NIK” as its fifth “What’s on Your Plate?” winner.


Gainey will soon be featured on the BMV’s Web site, Facebook and Twitter pages. He will also receive a decorative license plate with the personalization of his choice.


Rick Ramseyer needs help cleaning his driveway - any volunteers?

This could turn out to be one of our favorite photos of 2014, for several reasons.

First, it's not taken in Bluffton.

Instead, we undertand its expatriate Rick Ramseyer at his home in the state of Maine. The story we understand is that 10 inches of snow plus lots of wind took place earlier this month - in Rick's backyard.

So, here he is attempting to fight a major Nor'Easter. There's lots more to this story, but you must ask Dick or Elfrieda for details.

Merry Christmas, Rick, from all  of us at The Icon!