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The Iceman Cometh

Just as it was promised, the Blaze Ice Man was "Ultimate Cool."

New to this year's Blaze, ice sculptor Chad Hartson of Ice Creations, from Napoleon, was the lead act to one of the highest attended Blaze of Lights in the 25-year history of the event.

Hartson is one of America's leading sculptors with national and international recognition. Working with a block of ice 40 by 20 by 10 inches kept the attention of the crowd for 45 minutes as he created a toy soldier from his large ice cube.

Here are some photos and a short video of the artist at work.


Sorry, no GPS available to find Bluffton residential lights; but our map will do

Until GPS can direct you to all the lights in Bluffton a map will have to do.

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce provides those intersested in viewing Bluffton's wide range of Christmas holiday lights with a map to navigate the streets of town.

The printer-friendly copy, which is an attachment to this story, is your starting point to a great evening of cruising Bluffton.


Can't make up your mind? there's still time to enter Bluffton's Blaze parade

The answer is: Yes.

The question is: Can I still be in the Blaze of Lights parade?

Of course, there is a deadline. That is 4 p.m., Saturday. Tha't when the line-up starts, this year along Snider Road (not The Centre parking lot). The parade starts at 5 p.m. Junior Weihrauch of Arlington, parade director and expert parade coordinator, says this could be the longest Blaze parade on record.


Does your residential lighting display have the "wow" factor? If so you could find yourself with $200, $100 or $50

Want to win an easy $200? Can you handle $100...how about $50?

It's simple. Enter the 2011 Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce residential lighting contest.

To help inspire some new decorating in town, the chamber decided to dangle these green carrots in front of residents.

Here's how it works:

Any resident within the Village of Bluffton corporation limits may enter the 2011 holiday residential lighting contest sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce.


Bluffton Community Preschools invites entries for a logo contest

Attention artists and graphic artists. The Bluffton Community Preschool wants your ideas. (Actually you don't have to be an artist to enter. All you need is an idea.)

The Icon received the following e-mail from Matt Jordan concerning a Bluffton Community Preschool logo contest. You may take it from here:

The Bluffton CommunityPreschool is in need of a logo and we want your help.


Dec. 1 library program enables you to go home with a piece of Bluffton history

Bluffton Public Library will host a local author signing event on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Fred Steiner of the Bluffton Icon, will be on hand to discuss his newly published book, "A Good Place to Miss - Bluffton Stories 1900-1975."


Icon travel editors file this story and photos from Bluffton, Alberta

The Icon's travel editors, Dan and Brenda Groman, filed this story and photos today on their visit to Bluffton Alberta.

We were traveling from Lloydminster to Calgary by way of Edmonton while in Alberta, Canada on business.

We set our Garmin for Bluffton, and headed two hours southwest of Edmonton and found Bluffton, right off of Route 20.

Arriving on the North side of town, we found the Bluffton School, home of the Bluffton "Stingers", where students from Kindergarten through 9th grade attend.


If the glove fits, wear it...my night at the BCE art auction

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner

Ask 10 individuals to define "art" and you'll get 10 different answers. In fact, Merriam-Webster.com lists six definitions of "art" as a noun.

Technically, it's impossible to define art because it really is very personal. One person's definition may produce a look of disgust from another.

For more columns by MPS click here.


Rolland Stratton told me this story about World War I

By Fred Steiner

Nov. 11 marks the conclusion of World War I, also known as The Great War. The late Rolland Stratton told the following short story to me. It is also published in my book "A Good Place To Miss: Bluffton Stories 1900-1975."

Here's the story in Rolland's own words:


Now showing on The Icon screen: The video you've all waited for; Ebert gives it two-buttered thumbs up!

Roger Ebert gives this video two thumbs up. Both thumbs have butter on them. Exactly how much popcorn can you eat in five minutes? We're talking Shannon Theatre popcorn.

Depending upon how curious you are, our video offers this year's Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn Co., third annual popcorn-eating contest. This is no doubt a first for YouTubers.

The event was during the Shirley's Nov. 5 customer appreciation day. So, sit back and enjoy the show. (It's better if you have some popcorn in your lap.)