• Bluffton, Indiana, was nicknamed “The Parlor City” over a century ago because its paved streets (a new phenomenon at the time) made the city “as clean as your parlor." 

January 31, 2015

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Invasion of the ground cherries

Ripe ground cherries

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner

About a month ago, I was inspecting my herb garden and noticed some little green plants that looked vaguely familiar. My fingers itched to yank them out because they WERE NOT HERBS and therefore, DID NOT BELONG.

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Jerry Lewis McDonald's part of Lima's "The Big Day of Serving" Sept. 24 - and you can help

1 Day Service Day Returns To Lima,
More Than 500 Volunteers To Come To The Area

On Saturday, Sept. 24, several hundred volunteers from churches and communities throughout the region will come to Lima to revitalize a neighborhood in just eight hours.

The area being impacted is the neighborhood surrounding Liberty Arts Magnet School on Kibby Street. Volunteers will participate in up to 80 projects including painting, trimming, mulching, planting, cleaning city blocks and parking lots, doing home repairs and more.


Performathon generates $4,346.70 for Bluffton YFC

Who'd have thought it?

A musical performathon that raised $4,346.70 during one morning and one afternoon in Bluffton.

That's exactly the result of the performathon put on the by students of Krysti's Music Studio for Bluffton's Youth for Christ program.

Krysti wishes to thank everyone who donated to YFC. She told The Icon:"We appreciate your generosity and for helping to teach the kids the importance of giving back. Prize winners will be contacted directly. Thanks again!"


Middle-Aged Middle Schooler: a poem

Middle-Aged Middle Schooler
By Elizabeth Nisly

I'm a middle-aged middle schooler
I've been here so long
I've done this 40 times
But I still do it wrong
I can't seem to get
This pre-algebra junk
So when the tests come around,
I do nothing but flunk
The teachers are sick
Of having me in their class
I've been here since I
Was a wee 12-year-old lass
Now going on 50
And still in grade eight
I think it's high time
That I graduate


Busy time for Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs

Several positive things are happening through Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs this summer. The Center's current newsletter is attached to this story for further information.

Here's what's happening with BCE clients:

Superior Energy Solutions: Hired summer intern Steven Maag, an Electrical Engineering student from Ohio Northern University. SES is also taking applications for the new position of Energy Analyst.


Gary Crawfis offers this report on the world's longest garage sale

Concerning the world's longest garage sale that took place this past weekend. (Lincoln Highway garage sale). Here's an interesting note from Gary Crafis of Beaverdam, reporting on the event:

Thanks again for listing our garage sale on the icon this past weekend. The past two years we have put up a map and asked the garage- salers where they live, and highlighted their town.


The Iconic frog makes a statement

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner

A few weeks ago, Mr. Frog showed up in our backyard. He very quickly made himself at home in our goldfish pond. I wonder what the goldfish think of him.

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He sometimes hops out to sit at the edge of the pond, usually hiding among the leaves of the water plants. Of course, as soon as a human approaches, he plops back into the water.


All aboard! 40 area residents ride the train west

Bluffton area residents on Colorado rail trip


Tonya Meyer, director of the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center, provides us with a minute-by-minute trip to Colorado taken by 40 area residents.

By Tonya Meyer

Bright-eyed and ready for adventure, 40 friends of Bluffton Senior Center boarded a Buckeye Charter bus the morning of July 20 heading for Chicago and parts West.

It was a sizzling hot day as Chicago greeted us with temps topping 100 degrees.


My favorite Everett Collier story

My favorite Everett Collier story.

Some years ago when a certain college changed its name to a university, Mr. C apparently laid this one on two Ph. D. neighbors in the vicinity of Campus Drive-Campus View. He informed them that the former college-now-university had requested that the post office change the names of the two drives to something like "University Drive" and "University View."

After all, the university officially named the path leading to College Hall "University Drive." So, why not change Campus Drive and Campus View?


How would you handle the debt crisis?

Icon viewers:

Care to offer an opinion?

Let's have an Internet town meeting.

Tell us your view of the debt ceiling crisis. How would you solve the problem? How would you vote on the bills facing U.S. representatives? How do you feel about 4th district Congressman Jim Jordan's approach toward these issues? Then, there's the notice that the Republicans may redistrict the 4th district out of existence to polish Jordan for his flight with the party establishment. What are your thoughts on that?