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Fred-in-Stein invites your visit to 226 Grove St. tonight; Your photo my end up on The Icon

By Fred-in-Stein (I can only use this byline once a year)

The Icon invites all Halloweeners to stop by 226 Grove Street tonight. We'll take your photo and maybe your video, that is, if you dress appropriately. You may even say hello to Ike the Iconoclast mascot, if he isn't chasing a squirrel. Perhaps you'd better not dress as a squirrel.

Expect us to ask you to identify yourself behind the mask. That way when we post your photo on The Icon we can identify you to the rest of the Icon viewers.


Today's assignment: decorate a pumpkin

Here's your assignment:

Decorate a pumpkin but use only supplies from the place where you work. Can you do it?

Mennonite Memorial Home employees did it. You'll soon see proof. The Activities Department of MMH gave each department a pumpkin to dress up and decorate using only supplies from their department (such as spaghetti for hair from the dietary department, pill cups from the nursing department).


Are your parents or grandparents on this list? Check it carefully

For anyone wanting to know the importance of the Triplett Corporation in Bluffton, simply look over the following list.

The list is reprinted from an April 1945 Triplett company newsletter. This list is also published in the book "A Good Place To Miss, Bluffton Stories - 1900-1975."

The book is released by The Icon and is on sale for $13.95 at Greg's Pharmacy, Bluffton Senior Citizens Center, Common Grounds, Book Reviews and the Bluffton University bookstore.


We are back!

Let the whining begin.

We (The Icon) didn't cause this mess. It was our individual database server. In non-technical terms, it crash landed and we went with it.

So did about 210 other sites hosted by the same server. That can only mean that there are 210 other messages being composed, at this moment, like this one, to their viewers.

Now it's back, but here's the asterisk: The last back up completed by our server company was two weeks ago.


Do you know the story about testing Triplett meters by submerging them in the Buckeye?

Did you ever hear the story about Bert Swank and George Klay testing Triplett meters by submerging them in the Buckeye in the mid-1940s?

Here's an excerpt from the 1940-49 chapter of "A Good Place To Miss - Bluffton Stories 1900-1975."

Following are excerpts from The Tripletter, the Triplet Meter Company publication. The first is a front-page story from April 1945.


Want to hear a couple good Bluffton stories?

Pssst. Want to hear a couple good Bluffton stories? The Icon's book "A Good Place To Miss - Bluffton Stories 1900-1975," is filled with lots of stories too good to miss.

We invite you to attend The Icon's second anniversary party. It's from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, at Common Grounds.

You'll get a free cup of Icon coffee some other refreshments and a chance to meet The Icon team. And, if you'd like to go home with some interesting Bluffton reading material, you may buy a copy of "A Good Place To Miss."


My 15 minute brush with fame - Sly of the Family Stone

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner

My first major brush with fame occurred in the early 1970s when I was working as a waitress at Nickerson Farms, one of those themed family restaurants commonly found along the interstate.

For more columns by MPS click here.


A story from "Shedding for the Wedding"

Note: Icon viewers will soon learn more information about the Bluffton Lions Club Foundation Corvette drawing.

In the meantime, Joshua Morris, marketing manager of Allan Nott Honda Toyota Scion of Lima, recently shared this interesting story with The Icon. Here it is in Josh's own words:

"I'm not sure how often everyone keeps up on their reality TV, but, we actually had some contestants from around the Allen and Auglaize County Area compete on Shedding for the Wedding (featured on the CW Network).


The good and other side of Mother Nature - Icon viewers send us photos

Nature can become nasty. Just as Joel Groman.

He sent The Icon this praying mantis suppertime photo. Brenda, Joel's mother, took the photo. The locust was still buzzing when the photo was snapped. Yikes!

Now, to some friendly nature scenes.

Dawn King shared these three photos with The Icon, which she took recently. They show a butterfly that was actually tagged. We've read about them, but this is the first one we've ever seen. Also is a very close-up shot of a bee at work, plus some Buckeye butterflies.


It's more than just another Saturday this week in Bluffton

Let it not be said that The Icon didn't inform you about the great events ready to take place in Bluffton on Saturday. You see, we don't simply watch the seasons change in Bluffton. We sometimes make them change.

Fall is a perfect example. And, Bluffton celebrates the arrival of fall at its eighth annual Fall Festival, Saturday, Sept. 24.

The festival includes activities at seven different locations. Here's information about the day: