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April 27, 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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Essay to a junior high school teacher who turns 90

In the Dark Ages when verbs were conjugated using white chalk on school blackboards and sentences still diagrammed, there lived a teacher named Evelyn Luginbuhl.

I recently read in the Bluffton Senior Citizens January newsletter that she is turning 90 and will receive a life membership to the Senior Citizens Association.

Allow me to proceed:


Make Some New Year's (Financial) Resolutions for 2013

By Mark Alliman
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
107 South Main Street
Bluffton, OH 45817
(419) 358-2622


Once again, it’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions. This year, in addition to promising yourself that you’ll hit the gym more often, learn a new language or take up a musical instrument — all worthy goals, of course — why not set some financial resolutions?


Tops in movies and television in 2012

The end of the year is a time ripe for looking back in all sorts of ways.  The favorites in movies and television are one of those ways.   I took a look at movies and television in 2012.  How do your opinions compare?


For sheer box office force, the top ten movies of 2012 leaned heavily towards comic book heroes, with adolescent fantasy novels and big-screen animation making up most all the rest.

According to Box Office Mojo the top grossing movies of 2012 were:


First graders write to Santa..."I'll bring milk and cookies"

Santa was really nice to the Icon and shared all the letters he received from Teri Steinmetz's first grade class. The kids wrote the following:

Dear Santa,
Hi! I was a good boy this year. Will you please bring me WWE rydak toy. and a WWE Miz toy.

Dear Santa,
Hello! I have been good. Will you please bring me a pair of boots? Will you please bring me a new ornament?
your friend,


The brother who taught me everything I know has 70 candles on his birthday cake

Sorry, can’t recall my first-ever meeting with Abraham Rudolf Steiner. Probably because of a focus on the larger question: “How did I get here?”

I do know it was Nov. 9, 1949. Thanks to my baby book, the roll of visitors on my first day in Bluffton includes the name “A.R.” Steiner.

He was 7; I had yet to experience my first-ever sundown.

A.R.  claims he can’t remember our first meeting either, so, I don’t feel that bad.


Let's put ONU's Miss Ohio in the "top 15" in Miss America Competition - here's how

There is a popular vote going on right now as part of the Miss American pageant and it allows supporters of Elissa McCracken to help her become Miss America. Elissa is a neice of Jay McCracken of Bluffton, and is a student at Ohio Northern University.

The winner of the popular vote becomes the People's Choice candidate and is automatically in the top 15 of the Miss America pageant.


Carlin Carpenter knows that coaching football ain't easy - he wrote the book

Carlin Carpenter says that when he was growing up in Nelsonville, Ohio, he wanted to become the best squirrel hunter in Athens County.

Somewhere along the way he became a football coach and Bluffton is a much more interesting place to live because of his change in career choices.


Why not enter the Bluffton residential lighting contest? There's $350 in prizes!

Bluffton residents are invited to enter this year’s Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce residential Christmas lighting contest. You may win some neat cash prizes.

Here’s how it works:

The contest is open to any residence within the Village of Bluffton corporation limits.  The corporation expanded this year, so, for example,  residents on Dixie Highway south to and Southgate Lanes are now eligible to enter the contest.


Two views of Santa's visit

Santa visited the Bluffton Public Library on Saturday. Here's two photos of the event. One shows Santa from the kid's view point. The second shows the kids from Santa's view point. Click here for a video.

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The forest from the trees

The Icon photographer decided to play around with Photoshop. Here's the Christmas tree in the lobby of Maple Crest. Then, with a bit of camera magic, the tree is transformed in a color outline. 

You may chose which version appeals to you.There are times when the itch to experiment is so strong that, well, it just happens.