October 31, 2014



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A lesson in branding from Suter's Produce

Suter Produce license plate

There's a difference between "fresh" corn and corn picked the same morning. You can measure it by time zones.

I know. Jerry Suter told me. I watched his crew pick corn this morning. By now that corn, picked a couple hours ago, is being sold in those familiar red trailers in Bluffton, Pandora, Lima, Findlay, Kenton, Wapakoneta, and some other towns that I can't remember.

"Fresh picked" is a grocery term as Jerry sees its. It really means one, two, three or more days old. Not Suter corn. The corn you buy today is picked today.


Think of this like the Los Angeles interstate closed over the weekend

Sorry about that. We didn't mean to mess up your day. You know, no Icon on the internet Tuesday morning.

Fact is we are making some changes - for the better - and like that interstate in Los Angeles, felt it was easier to take the Icon off line while improvements were made.

We took The Icon off line on Monday evening, hoping to be live first thing Tuesday morning. You know how that works. It was more like noon on Tuesday and you probably still see some glitches.

Never fear. These will go away and we will soon share with you several new pieces in the works.


Double feature: Penguins and bridesmaids

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner
Seems like a very long time since we've been to a movie theater, despite the fact that we have such a great one here in town. This is not my husband's choice. In fact, he is usually game to join me at whatever movie I mention wanting to see, including the improperly dubbed "chick flicks".

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He claims that it's simply a matter of an excuse to sit close to me; I suspect it's more likely the promise of heavily buttered popcorn.


The color red

Christine Habegger Purves offers this interesting story about proper clothing. The story is reprinted from the Spring newsletter of the Swiss Community Historical Society.

By Christine Habegger Purves

There was a good bit of argument among the early settlers from Mennonite backgrounds as to proper clothing.

My grandmother, Caroline Riesen, married to Christian Baumgartner, liked a bit of lace at the wrists of her plain clothing. She may have added some colored braid to her daughters' aprons.


"Dodging" another bullet

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner
I've never really understood the fascination that some people have for cars. I'll blame this one on my parents. Unlike other families, we didn't get a new car very often, nor did we have multiple cars....despite the fact that we had five kids.

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Two fish stories from the same Bluffton girl; if you don't believe us, ask Gary Kirtland

Two catches of the day


Here's a couple fishing stories worth repeating. First, can you figure out what each of these photos has in common?

Answer: Kathy Kirtland Lanning is in both. She's Gary Kirtland's sister, BHS 1968 grad, now living in Colorado.


My notable death - it could happen twice

I hope this happens to you some day. It happened to Mark Twain, I think. You know the story about Twain apparently seeing his obituary in the newspaper and then following up with his famous: "the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."

In Sunday's Lima News Fred Steiner's name was listed under notable deaths. First, I pinched myself, then with keen interest, read Fred Steiner's notable obit.


Internet follows former Bluffton resident's Syrian lesbian hoax

The story of a former Bluffton resident, Tom MacMasters, who allegedly posed as a fake Syrian lesbian, is being following across the Internet.

Here's the lastest from gawker.com.

Here's the latest from The New York Times.


What I really learned on my summer vacation: goat-milking and cheese-making

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner

Okay, I'll admit the first 2/3 of my vacation wasn't intended to be educational although I did learn a few things while relaxing on Tybee.

Helpful things...or at least helpful for the next time I'm near a beach.

I now know that that the sting of a jellyfish does not always cause an adverse reaction on humans, and, by watching a few very young experts, I learned how to pick them up and fling them to the beach.


Keep this one quiet, but there's a significant retirement party Friday afternoon at Family Dollar

Imagine this: As the Bluffton sesquicentennial launches, one Main Street retirement signals the end of that family's 125-year involvement on Main Street. Okay, in this case it's Cherry Street, but who's looking.

Is it three or four generations? We'll report back to you soon.

We aren't naming any names, but an open house from 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, June 24, at Family Dollar will reveal all you need to know.