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Life may be just a bowl of blackberries

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner
One of my brothers lives in the mountains of Virginia where he regularly picks a variety of wild berries on his runs up the mountainside and into the woods. This never really impressed me because I don't like blackberries and raspberries so why bother picking them?


Swim meet brings hundreds to Bluffton Friday and Saturday

By Jake Dowling, Icon intern
Ready, get set, swim! That command starts Friday at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.
This year, Bluffton hosts the Western Ohio Aquatic League meet championships. The event, will bring hundreds of fans and swimmers to Bluffton for the next two days.
"Warms-up is at 7 a.m. followed by festivities at 9 a.m. and swimming beginning around 10 a.m." said Liz Diller, one of the two Bluffton swim team coaches. "Normally we have a couple thousand fans here, so it adds up pretty quickly."


Bluffton author's book signing party July 12 at Common Grounds

Steve Yoder

A book signing party at Common Grounds will launch a children's book titled "Look For Something Good," written by Bluffton resident Steve Yoder. The event is from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 12.

Yoder says the book is a story with a lesson, adding, "It's a parable, which deals with a tough set of circumstances involving a young boy."

Yoder, who is lead pastor of First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, says that the book is written for youth, particularly at the fourth grade level.


Let me tell you what I think about social networking sites

By Jake Dowling, Icon intern
There are hundreds of social networking websites. MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram are just a few. That is great and all but do we really need all of these sites that share something in common?

For example, MySpace and Facebook, what is really the difference between the two? Yes, there are major differences, but here is a question older generations have always asked... why would you post something, sometimes private, and let other people see it? Who cares why do it?


Okay, here's my idea for a college football national playoff

By Jake Dowling, Icon intern
If anyone watches college football, many would agree that the sport is fun to watch, with all of the upsets and great matchups. But, one would also know that it can be frustrating at times as well, especially if your team was not selected by a hand full of computers to play in the National Title Game.


O Canada!

Each year Maple Crest residents participate in an international party. On July 2, 2012, they celebrated the legal holiday of "Canada Day," since the July 1 anniversary date of the 1867 enactment of the British North America Act fell on Sunday.

That Act united three British colonies into a single country (within the British Empire) - Canada.

Maple Crest resident Gladys Simmons was raised in Canada and found herself drawn to the Royal Family, partly because Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, was born the same year as Gladys.


Bus Safety Bill passes as part of Transportation Bill

Joy and Jon Betts

Icon viewers:

A great big thank you to the people of Bluffton for your support of the Motor Coach Safety bill, which was passed by Congress this past week as part of the Transportation bill.

Thank you for signing the petition to members of Congress and for writing to them. It has been five years since the Bluffton University bus crash and the beginning of the petition drive, and finally now the US will have buses with seat belts, safer glass, stronger bus bodies, better training for drivers and other safety features.


Hey, that's Don Staley...and isn't that a '49 Cushman Pacemaker scooter?

Richland Manor held its fifth annual car cruise eariler this month. According to Barry Schneck, over 50 vehicles entered.

Richland Manor also raised $182 and had 261 pounds of food donated at the event. The donations go to the Manor's Independent from Hunger Food Drive.

In addition, Richland Manor partnered with the Alzheimer's Association for its Walk to End Alzheimer's. The event raised $192 for that organzation.

This year's cruise-in winners follow:
Don Staley, Bluffton- 1949 Cushman Pacemaker Stepthru Scooter.


We're thinking of a new and improved Icon football contest, but need your help

If you've ever entered The Bluffton Icon high school, college or NFL football contests, you realize that it's three yards and a cloud of dust, week after week.

Although it is hardly July, The Icon is working on this fall's contest - call it the dream stage.

We'd like to hear from contestants on ways we could make the contests more interesting. One thing for certain is that our tie-breakers need repair. But, beside that, if you could create a weekly football contest, how would you do it?


Bluffton Relay for Life generates approximately $22,000 so far

Bluffton's 2012 Relay for Life raised approximately $22,000 according to Adam Blevins of the American Cancer Society.

"We can continue building on this until Aug. 31 for any donation to still count toward helping us meeting our 2012 $30,000 goal," he said.

A wrap-up meeting will take place on Thursday, Aug. 2.