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Mark Delisle

June 25, 2017


Poetic License

052887 - The Icon first thought this was a a zip code, but upon further study, we believe the owner of this plate was born on May  28, 2987. We welcome clarification from any Icon view with more information. We spotted this plate on a blue Honda CR-V in Ada. (The monthly renewal sticker confirmed our birthday theory.)

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Pretty tree - but where is does it bloom in Bluffton?

Pretty tree. You think you know Bluffton? Where is the tree? One hint: west side of Main Street. The answer is in the photo below.

(Bill and Pauline Williams residence on the corner of Main and Grove)


Grove Alumni Association preserves 1936 community film

Wouldn't it be neat to have a 25-minute movie showing Bluffton in 1936?

The Columbus Grove High School Alumni Association has preserved two reel-to-reel films that depict the Columbus Grove community and school system as they were in 1936. 

The silent films were re-discovered by Laura Clevenger in the library a few years ago and, thanks to her, were saved and moved into the new building. 


Easter to me usually means thinking of my grandmother - and her Easter eggs

Growing up next door to grandparents can leave an interesting perspective on your life. I know. I grew up next door. My maternal grandparents were Fred and Bertha (Althaus) Hahn. They were in the December of their lives when I knew them - 85-plus to be exact. They lived at 216 W. Elm St., where Irene Hamman lives today.

Sometime in the late 1940s, my grandmother started an Easter tradition. She painted Easter eggs for her grandchildren. She had all the eggs she needed because she had a chicken coup in the backyard. Bantams - small eggs. 


We might say "welcome to the new and improved" Bluffton Icon

Icon viewers will notice several improvements to our home page today. But, please, pardon our mess – renovations are still underway.

Our continued enhancements to The Icon will make it easier for the nearly 1,000 viewers who check the Icon each weekday. (Some days its higher than 1,000). Ryan Lowry, our technical director, is putting these changes in place.

We’ve basically added an entire new page to the home page and the improvements aren’t entirely completed.


So, you think you know Bluffton, well, then where's this?

It resembles a sign from Roman antiquities. Yet, it's in Bluffton, and you've stepped over it lots of time. Maybe you never looked down. It's there. But where? 

For the answer, check the photos below this story.


John Hartzler, the Holy Grail of Bluffton High School sports, is gone and we didn't even get to say goodbye

The Holy Grail of Bluffton High School athletics is gone and we didn’t even get to say goodbye.

John Hartzler – not a Bluffton household name in 2013 – died at age 100 in January. Who was John Hartzler? Why does his death matter?

Here’s the answer

In the dawn of Bluffton High School athletics the school played an independent schedule in all sports. Its team colors were red and white, but those teams were not called the Pirates. They had no mascot.


840 feet above sea level - but where is it?

How do we know Bluffton is 840 feet above sea level? There's a "bench mark," with that information. Where does one find the bench mark? 

Click on the photo below for the answer. You've passed it countless times. 







The bench mark is located at the corner of Main and East Elm Street in the lower outside corner of the town hall.


Meet Millie

The Icon welcomes Rachel Stutzman as a new columnist and blogger. She writes a blog titled "Small Town, Big World."  Here's a link to her blog and here's her second contribution.

I know.  Sweet, right?  Oh, but you should see her when she gets ahold of my slippers. Eight months old and I am completely out-maneuvered.


Welcome new columnist and blogger: Rachel Stutzman

The Icon welcomes Rachel Stutzman as a new columnist and blogger. She writes a blog titled "Small Town, Big World." It will begin to appear regularly on The Icon. Here's a link to her blog and here's her first contribution.


So, you think you know Bluffton?

So, you think you know Bluffton pretty well? Okay, where would you find the item in the photograph? We'll give you one hint: Tom Benroth knows the answer and visits this location probably every day of the week.

For a real interesting story, ask him for the combination.

Want to know the location?


Check the photo below and say, "45817."