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Does your residential lighting display have the "wow" factor? If so you could find yourself with $200, $100 or $50

Want to win an easy $200? Can you handle $100...how about $50?

It's simple. Enter the 2011 Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce residential lighting contest.

To help inspire some new decorating in town, the chamber decided to dangle these green carrots in front of residents.

Here's how it works:

Any resident within the Village of Bluffton corporation limits may enter the 2011 holiday residential lighting contest sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce.


Bluffton Community Preschools invites entries for a logo contest

Attention artists and graphic artists. The Bluffton Community Preschool wants your ideas. (Actually you don't have to be an artist to enter. All you need is an idea.)

The Icon received the following e-mail from Matt Jordan concerning a Bluffton Community Preschool logo contest. You may take it from here:

The Bluffton CommunityPreschool is in need of a logo and we want your help.


Dec. 1 library program enables you to go home with a piece of Bluffton history

Bluffton Public Library will host a local author signing event on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Fred Steiner of the Bluffton Icon, will be on hand to discuss his newly published book, "A Good Place to Miss - Bluffton Stories 1900-1975."


Icon travel editors file this story and photos from Bluffton, Alberta

The Icon's travel editors, Dan and Brenda Groman, filed this story and photos today on their visit to Bluffton Alberta.

We were traveling from Lloydminster to Calgary by way of Edmonton while in Alberta, Canada on business.

We set our Garmin for Bluffton, and headed two hours southwest of Edmonton and found Bluffton, right off of Route 20.

Arriving on the North side of town, we found the Bluffton School, home of the Bluffton "Stingers", where students from Kindergarten through 9th grade attend.


If the glove fits, wear it...my night at the BCE art auction

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner

Ask 10 individuals to define "art" and you'll get 10 different answers. In fact, Merriam-Webster.com lists six definitions of "art" as a noun.

Technically, it's impossible to define art because it really is very personal. One person's definition may produce a look of disgust from another.

For more columns by MPS click here.


Rolland Stratton told me this story about World War I

By Fred Steiner

Nov. 11 marks the conclusion of World War I, also known as The Great War. The late Rolland Stratton told the following short story to me. It is also published in my book "A Good Place To Miss: Bluffton Stories 1900-1975."

Here's the story in Rolland's own words:


Now showing on The Icon screen: The video you've all waited for; Ebert gives it two-buttered thumbs up!

Roger Ebert gives this video two thumbs up. Both thumbs have butter on them. Exactly how much popcorn can you eat in five minutes? We're talking Shannon Theatre popcorn.

Depending upon how curious you are, our video offers this year's Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn Co., third annual popcorn-eating contest. This is no doubt a first for YouTubers.

The event was during the Shirley's Nov. 5 customer appreciation day. So, sit back and enjoy the show. (It's better if you have some popcorn in your lap.)


And now a report from the Gromans in Bluffton, Alberta, Canada

Raise your hand if you've heard of, or visited Bluffton, South Carolina.

That was easy. Here's a tougher one. How about Bluffton, Alberta, Canada?

The following report is from "On the Road with Dan and Brenda Groman," Icon travel editors:

"We had a wonderful visit today at Bluffton, Alberta, Canada. Small town of about 100 people. Talked to the Postmistress (photo attached showing the Bluffton Postmark on the envelope).


Wait until you see what Wikipedia says about Bluffton, Ohio...and no, we didn't post it

Just for kicks, we checked Wikipedia to see what it said about the town where we live. Words cannot describe our shock at what we found.

The Icon has been accused of some pretty bizarre things over the past two years, but even we couldn't even dream up what you are about to read.

The following comes directly from Wikipedia, the internet's free encyclopedia. It's the third paragraph that's the laugher. We've placed it in italics for your enjoyment.


Bluffton celebrates Halloween, or where did all that candy go?

Either I'm getting older or the cast of characters is getting younger. I do know that the candy gets smaller and the price seems to follow the trend of oil by the barrel.

It really doesn't matter. After all, what other evening of the year does an owl call my name, a wizard stops by to add an interesting spell (maybe my hair will grow back), a lady bug actually prefers to stay in her stroller, and I get to eat candy without thinking of the consequences?

How did you spend Halloween?