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December 10, 2016


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NYGAARD - There's only one family in Bluffton with that last name. You'll find this plate on a silver-grey Honda Odyssey parked on Anna Circle. It belongs to Christian and Jamie Nygaard.

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Photo shoot with a Painted Lady, Spinx moth, hummingbird, goldfinch and lots more

A Painted Lady Butterfly lives in The Icon's backyard this month. Along with several other Ohio butterflies and moths, the attraction to Grove Street is several butterfly bushes.
Here are some recent views of the August residents. The Spinx moth is the little guy that resembles a bumble bee. He usually shows up in August and was first noticed this year on Aug. 12.


Ohio State puzzle going to the highest bidder - proceeds to the Bluffton Senior Center

Wayne Schafer with puzzle

Calling all Ohio State Fans: the Bluffton Senior Center received a donation of an Ohio State Football puzzle in a custom-made walnut football shaped frame from Wayne Schafer.
According to Toyna Meyer, Center director, Schafer made the framed puzzle and donated it to the Senior Center to help with the Center's operating expenses.
"Wayne has made many items over the years for the Senior Center's gift shop, but the football puzzle is something special and a one of a kind item," Meyer told The Icon.
"I made one for my son, but it is in a rectangle frame," said Schafer.


The mother of all garage sales - Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Sale - in Bluffton's backyard this weekend

It's the mother of all garage sales. Lincoln Highway's Main Street America Buy-Way Yard Sale is underway Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9-10-11.
NOTE: A list of 50 Ada area garage sales is available at the bottom of this story.
Thanks to the Bluffton Icon's sister publication, The Ada Icon (www.adaicon.com), we can provide viewers with a list longer than you can possibly cover even in three days.


Richland Manor goes "Hawaiian" - Wild West coming soon!

The residents of Richland Manor recently enjoyed a Hawaiian feast on Aug. 3. This luau-themed dinner was planned specially for the campus residents and featured a menu, which contained cuisine similar to what you might expect to find at an authentic Hawaiian luau or pig roast.
The menu included: Kahlua pork or Hawaiian grilled chicken, pinepple fried rice, Hawaiian cole slaw. For dessert was coconut cream pie or pineapple pound cake.
Beverages were choice of aoda, druit juice, iced tea, or non-alcoholic pina colada.


Jan Shields, Mennonite Home, and a small world story

Jan Shields

"It's a small world!" That well-known sentiment was proven true, once again, as Maple Crest, Bluffton, residents gathered for an organ hymn sing with Janice Shields.

Shields had barely been introduced when she realized that one of the residents had been her neighbor and school mate when they were children in Columbus Grove.
She stated her maiden name, Bryan, and immediately Jack McCullough remembered her, and jumped into a lively conversation with her, teasing her with the comment "You got older!"


WBWH upgrading primary stream for better mobile and online listening experience

WBWH is currently in the process of upgrading its primary stream to better your mobile and online listening experience.
Temporarily, WBWH will now be heard on a new 96 kbps MP3 stream and a 80 kbps AAC stream which can be played on your computer, laptop and through many mobile devices through the TuneIn App.
For for info on the Application you'll need to download on your Smartphone, Tablet or other Mobile Device click HERE. When you have the TuneIn App installed on your device, simply type "WBWH" in the search box.
96k Direct Stream Link 1: WBWH TuneIn Page


The interesting story behind all those 1940s aerial photos of Bluffton

For several weeks The Icon has posted aerial photographs of Bluffton taken in the late 1940s. The story of how those photos came to be taken is very interesting. Carol (Koontz) Heath, of Rawson, knew immediately where the photos came from when she first saw them appearing on the Icon.

Here’s the story:


Check out the video as Nickel Plate 765 rides again!

Lima-built steam locomotive Nickel Plate 765 is on the move in Ohio and Indiana this summer. After a weekend excursion on the old Nickel Plate mainline several other opportunities exist to view this famous locomotive that once made frequent trips through Bluffton.


An Icon cell phone/e-mail directory now in the works

Here's an idea The Icon is pursuing and it's time is now.
In the past month three persons, separately from each other, approached The Icon with a very interesting idea.
It is: Could The Icon create an online listing (e.i. phone book) for persons who have cell phones? We've actually played around with this idea for the past year. The recent inquiries cause us to give this more serious consideration.
We think the idea is fantastic, and we're looking at some formats. Let's take it one step further. We'd also like to provide e-mail addresses.


One final visit to the former Beaverdam town hall

James Crawfis of Beaverdam took one last visit to the former Beaverdam town hall three days prior to it being razed.

Here's what he told The Icon about the visit:

"These are some of the pictures I took (and one old one from the 1920s sometime). The picture with the stairs is from the opening of the very front door.  My Dad (Gary) said the last time he was upstairs in the town hall was a good 40 years ago.