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March 30, 2015

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Pieman strikes again...this time, "Sinking Dog Pie"

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner

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Pieman was back at it again yesterday....he was in the kitchen at least half of the day - first making a pie, then meatloaf, bread and rolls. Lest you think we wish to pack on the pounds, think again. This is all HIS stuff and it has to last him a week.

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The story of a 52-year-old Bluffton slaw cutter

Paul King shared this interesting story with The Icon today. It's a story about a Bluffton slaw cutter that lasted 52 years.

Here's a portion of a letter sent this week to the slaw cutter company from a customer in Florida:

"Greetings. I put my cole slaw cutter in my suitcase flying out of Orlando, Florida, to my cabin in Illinois. Here is the problem. Cole slaw cutter was missing from my luggage when unpacking in Illinois.

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51 years later - an unusual Rudolph Foods story

Here's a story a little outside our viewership area, but it's an interesting one sent to us by our friends at Adman, Lima.

Rudolph Foods has announced the retirement of 51-year veteran Mike Reynolds. Hired in 1960, Reynolds has held a variety of positions with the Westminster-based food company, starting as a corn popper.

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Our new feature - to make you hungry and save you money

The Icon's newest feature should make you hungry, and save you money.

Today we introduce our combined menu-coupon page. The new feature enables viewers to read and/or print menus from restaurants who are Icon advertisers.

Go to "Coupons and menus" on the black horizontal bar underneath the Icon masthead. Click on it. You will see menus for:

1 - China Wok
2 - Common Grounds
3 - Jeanne's Kitchen

We hope to add additional menus soon.

These menus may be viewed on your computer screen or printed.

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Superintendent report: Third consecutive year in the black

By Greg Denecker, Bluffton schools superintendent

For the sixth consecutive year, our district scored a perfect 100% on the state report card, meeting each of the indicators set by the Ohio Department of Education.

With these scores, our district again received an "Excellent with Distinction" rating, which is the highest ranking for Ohio school districts.

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Strut your mutt in October for a good cause

Care to "strut your mutt" for a good cause?

The Humane Society of Allen County is holding a 5k Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. with a Mutt Walk at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 15 as a fundraiser -and you can bring your dog along.

The registration is $10 before Sept. 30, $15 afterwards. The necessary forms for the event are in printer-friendly attachements at the bottom of this story.

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Icon's new feature makes it easier to post a comment

If you've suddenly noticed more comments on The Icon it's because we've added a new commenting feature.

The new commenting system makes it easy for any user to comment on a story, or for other users to reply, like, or subscribe to comments via email. The new commenting system is a step forward in providing an easier and more enjoyable experience for our viewers.

Like the old system, viewers are able to post comments as a guest, in order to remain anonymous, but must enter an email address in order to prevent spam.

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Here's my Bigfoot video, well, sort of

Every photographer in the world has one pseudo-Bigfoot video. Or hopes to. You will soon view mine. I'm talking about the classic Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film.

No matter how prepared you are to photograph on film a UFO, Bigfoot, or a big cat roaming freely across a wheat field when it actually belongs in the Rocky Mountains, you'll never photograph it perfectly.

Your film will be blurry, shaky, out of focus and way too short.

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5.8 means very little to us Buckeyes

When the earth shook

5.8. It means very little to us Buckeyes.

Where were you at 1:54 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23? Did you feel the east coast earthquake? If so, share your experience with Icon viewers.

Here's a photo from former Bluffton resident Von Hardesty, now of the Washington, D.C. area. This photo shows the quakes devastating affect on his back yard furniture.

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Bluffton's flightly little feathered friends

For a time, The Icon considered the ruby-throated hummingbird as its mascot. These are fiesty little creatures and fun to watch.

It's taken several years to attract backyard hummingbirds at 226 Grove St. But the wait was worth it.

The birds are very territorial. That means when two males get together there are lots of aerial bombardments and chases through the yard. Although small, they make lots of chattering noise. Even Ike, the Icon dog, listens and watches the show.

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