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November 24, 2015

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Our deep interest in small towns

By Eric Davis, Icon blogger
I have a deep interest in small towns. My parents grew up in a small town, I grew up in a small town and we currently live in a small town.

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RSS feed helps Icon viewers interested in first dibs on classified ad listings

Would you like to be notified immediately everytime a new garage sale is posted on The Icon? Or for that matter, notified on all Icon classified ads?

Due to its growing popularity, The Bluffton Icon now offers an RSS feed for all classified ads. The feed is available at www.blufftonicon.com/classifieds/rss.xml.


Tanked economy limits found currency

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner

2011 wasn't a good year for found money, at least in comparison to the last four years. Guess the tanked economy made people more careful about picking up coins when they dropped them on the street.

Ever since some friends admitted that they don't allow themselves to end their daily walk until they've found at least one penny, we've adhered to the same rule. Most of the time, it works out. Sometimes, we have to give up and come home empty-handed.


One-half millionth click coming in 2012!

Sometime in 2012 an Icon viewer will "click" on The Icon - and it will register as click number one-half million.

That's correct. In 2011 The Bluffton Icon continued to rack up an impressive growth of total views and individual viewers, according to its owners Fred and Mary P. Steiner. During 2012 the Icon's total views will reach one-half million.

As of Dec. 31, The Icon has had 443,197 total views since it was launched in September 2009.


Go ahead...outsource your resolutions...just don't expect me to

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner
A friend recently challenged everyone to admit what percentage of their 2011 resolutions they'd managed to meet. Problem was, I couldn't even remember what I might have resolved, so I had to backtrack through my blogs until I found my answer. I didn't make any. Well, technically, I didn't make any although there was a short list of resolutions I'd have made if I were a resolution maker. Oddly, I actually fulfilled a few of those non-resolutions.


History replays itself on a CD

Grandma and Grandpa Suter

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner

Nostalgia is flowing over me in waves right now. As I write, my Grandma Suter is playing her favorite hymns on the piano. True, Grandma died in 1993, but thanks to a bit of foresight on my husband's part and a lot of technical work on the part of my oldest daughter, history is replaying itself on the CD player. For Christmas, Lindsay transferred all of our cassette recordings onto CDs. I'm grateful for the hours she spent doing this.

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Skip the carving knife...just hand my some chopsticks

On the Christmas Eve episode of Splendid Table, British food writer Nigel Slater said that while many British cooks talk about trying something completely different for Christmas dinner, they usually resort to the traditional foods, mostly because they need something to carve.

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A bone-dry Christmas


This Christmas card from 1919 offers a political statement of the time. It reads: "I can't drink your health this Xmas with either bourbon or rye, for I'm living the life of a camel in a state that has gone bone-dry."

For more information about "states going dry" in 1919 click here.

This card and the card on the home page from the collection of Fred Steiner


A Bluffton Christmas carol

The scene in 1949 at Lawn and Elm

Allow me to explain the photo. It was taken in the days when Truman was in the White House. The scene is from our family yard at 201 N. Lawn Avenue, at the corner of Lawn and Elm.

My brother, Rudolf, was born in 1943 or was it '42?. He was named after his great-grandfather, Rudolf Althaus. Well, everything was going along fine until Gene Autry recorded Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. That was in 1949, the year I was born.


200 combined candles on these cakes

Helen Pyatt on left, Pauline Hirschler on right

Two residents of Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, reached the century mark recently, according to Rhonda Wolpert, MMH administrator.

The two are Helen Pyatt, who turned 100 on Oct. 21 and Pauline Hirschler, who turned 100 on Dec. 20.

Helen Pyatt
Helen was born in Bedford, Pa., and moved to Salem, Ohio, when she was 12 years old. In 1982 she moved to Ada. Helen has two daughters, Betty Lyons of Ada, and Marjorie Clingerman of Parker, Colo. She also has three grandsons.