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?
By Jake Dowling, Icon intern
Hi everyone! I am Jake Dowling, the University of Findlay intern working for the Bluffton Icon for the summer. I have written a few articles on the Icon including a story on Issac Schumacher, the upcoming Mennofolk event, a story on Scott Weissling, an tutor looking for work and a story on Bridge Hospice holding classes for volunteers.
I am writing to give you all a look at who I am and in hopes that I can get to know you all so much better.
On Tuesday skywatchers witnessed a rare planetary spectacle, as the planet Venus appeared to cross the face of the sun. If you missed it, you're out of luck. This once-in-a-lifetime event won't happen again until 2117.
Friday afternoon, around 3 p.m., my cell phone rang. It was Bluffton Police Officer Rhodes. He told me that he spotted two American Bald Eagles in the field across the Maple Crest and wondered if I was interested.
Before his statement was finished I had grabbed my camera and was heading out the door. On my way the cell phone rang again. It was Lynda Best. Her husband saw the eagles and called her. She call me, too.
I have a 300 mm zoom lens for bird watching, so I figured where ever these birds were I could locate them.