April 23, 2014

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Can you name the community that fits this description? (it may surprise you)

You know your town pretty well, right?

Allow the Icon to pose this question: “Can you name the community that fits the following description?”

Spoiler warning: There’s an Icon in Bluffton and Ada. This column posted on both Icons today. The answer is at the bottom.


Want to hear a good Halloween story - it happened south of Bluffton

By Fred Steiner
Want to hear a good Halloween story? Here’s one. And it’s true.

Most of us have forgotten that the bend in the road on State Route 235 north of Ada was originally laid out as a 90-degree angle. If you head north, you can see a remnant of that angle - but look closely.


Welcome to Bluffton...Missouri

Don't blink or you'll miss it. If you've not figured out the purpose of this photo, look closely at the sign circled in red. It's Bluffton and the state is Missouri.

Phil Pannabecker biked through Bluffton, Missouri, recently and sent this view including two others, which are posted below.



Here's a story with an interesting ring to it

Here’s a rainy day story with a happy ending.

Following the Bluffton-Allen East football game on Oct. 4 – played mostly in a downpour – Allen East lost more than just the game.

Jordan Reffitt, one of the Mustang’s assistant coaches, lost his wedding ring during the game.

Fortunately, he is related to Donna Morrison, whose husband, Denny, just happens to have a master’s degree in metal detecting.

Denny spend much of Saturday with the detector, as he combed the visitor’s sidelines where he said that he found several coins, but no ring.


Born Free - Ride Free - who is he?

Who is the gentleman in the "Born Free - Ride Free" jacket standing on the sidelines of Harmon Field?

A couple hints before you look below...he works in Bluffton and probably assisted you at one time or another while you visited the Bluffton Hospital.

The answer is in the photo below (click on the right photo to read his name):


Follow us on Facebook is serious business for Bluffton Icon

Icon viewers interested in knowing the power of social media will appreciate following statistics.

The Icon's Facebook page has 1,034 followers and this list continues to grow weekly.

During the week of Sept. 24-30 the Icon Facebook page:

• Reached 1,144 persons
• Had 35 persons talking about it
• Added 3 new likes

Each evening The Icon posts one item on its Facebook page to attract viewers to the Icon website. Here is a sample of posts from Sept. 24-30 listed with the number of Facebook fans each story reached:


Video of the day: You never saw me

You never saw me.

Check out this raccon-eating-cat-food video.

But, you never saw me do it.

Click for video.


Jim Baumgartner and Bob Badertscher: Well, let's just say, they like to bowl - a lot

A new bowling season recently started at Southgate Lanes, Bluffton, and there's two very familiar bowlers among the many men and women who study the pins each week.

Jim Baumgartner, 83, starting bowling at Southgate Lanes, Bluffton, in 1960. The year it opened. He's still bowling there.

Bob Badertscher, who says he's a couple months younger than Jim, started bowling at Southgate Lanes the next season, in 1961. And he's still bowling there.


Video of the day: Darth Vader's theme vs. Beethoven

As The Icon searches the internet to bring viewers the best of videos, here's our first offering of "Video of the day."

We invite viewers to submit their own favorites. Send links to: info@blufftonicon.com


Iconic bakery: Easy homemade ice cream

Earlier this month residents of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio made homemade ice cream. They sent the Icon the recipe. They even provided some photos. Here goes:

Try it yourself with this fun and simple recipe:

• In a pint or quart-size zip-lock bag, mix ½ cup of milk or half and half, 1 Tbsp. sugar, and ¼ tsp. vanilla.  Tightly zip the bag.

• In a gallon-size zip-lock bag, mix 6 Tbsp. rock salt (or ice cream salt) with ice cubes that fill up half of the bag.

• Place the small bag in the large bag and zip it closed.