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Jim Kinn, Bluffton vehicle physician, diagnoses his last engine noise

Main Street business person since mid-1980s retires on Dec. 27

Icon viewers know that Jim Kinn is a pretty private guy. He didn’t announce his retirement publically. The Icon discovered his plans through anonymous sources. This column attempts to paint a picture of Bluffton’s retiring vehicle physician. His last day on the job was Dec. 27.

By Fred Steiner
If only auto service centers gave honorary doctor degrees. Jim Kinn’s wall would be covered with them.

Try blindfolding him. Then, drive your car through the Stratton Auto Group’s Bluffton Auto Repair Center lot.


Dreaming of Christmases, like the ones I used to know

A highlight of the season was a shopping trip to downtown Lima

No question about it.

My memories of the best Christmas ever come in a package wrapped from stores
located in the Lima public square.

I know. It’s sounds impossible to viewers born after Neil A. walked on the moon;
but it’s true.

There was nothing...nothing like going to Lima and shopping downtown for
Christmas in the 1950s.


If the first Christmas was in 2016

Using poetic license, here's the Icon's version of a familiar story

The Icon offers this Christmas story, repeated from last Christmas.

In the eighth year in the reign of Obama, legislation passed that all U.S. citizens be counted in the county where their ancestors had settled. This unusual census was when Kasich was governor of Ohio and Jordan was fourth district representative.


Town and Country's "Winter Wonderland" will put you in the spirit of the season

Christmas in Bluffton means many things.

There's the Ream folk art holiday outdoor display. And, the Gift of Giving light show. There are also countless Main Street shops with attractive holiday window displays and many residential lawn displays.

On the list is also Town and Country Flowers "winter wonderland." It's on the Icon's "must see" Christmas season list.

For a preview watch our brief video of the wonderland by clicking this link:



New movie starting J. Denny and Jenny Beaver

Bluffton University mascots J. Denny Beaver and Jenny Beaver star in a holiday video produced this month on campus.

It's titled "The Night Before Finals." We recommend you sit back check the link below and be ready for some entertainment.



2017 inspirational calendar carries many Bluffton scenes

Created by Jamie Nygaard, photographer

NOTE: Calendars are available for $20 each at Spectrum Salon, 442 N. Main St., and The Black Lab, 121 N. Main St., while supplies last. Out-of-town orders may be made to jbnygaard@gmail.com

There’s a 2017 Bluffton calendar ready to go on your wall this Christmas.

It has some fantastic Bluffton scenes (plus some great photos taken elsewhere) all taken by Bluffton photographer Jamie Nygaard.


You can view the entire Ream Holiday Folk Art disply from this video

For the first time, the Icon offers viewers a front row seat to view the entire Ream Holiday Folk Art display on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.

It's easy to take this winter display for granted, at least for Bluffton residents who pass by it nearly every day in December.

We encourage residents to take a moment in the evening. Stop, get out of your vehicle and walk around the display. You'll see familiar images and new ones.


Icon's village park pond poll grabs viewers

One of the most attention-grabbing polls on the Icon is the poll from last week (Dec. 1-5).

Our question concerned the village park pond. Sixty-eight viewers responded to the poll with 75 percent indicating an interest in keeping the pond. Fifteen person of those who responded said to fill it in. Two percent had no opinion.

Bluffton council, on recommendation of the village park board voted 5 to 1 on Dec. 5 to fill in the pond. Joe Sehlhorst voted against the measure to fill in the pond.


Newest Ream display cutouts?

At first glance you might think that two new silhouette figures joined the cutouts in this year's Ream holiday folk art display on the Presbyterian Church lawn.

But, after a closer look the Icon discovered that Fred Rodabaugh and Denny Morrison were at work on Tuesday morning. The high winds of Monday were too much for many of the cutouts. Many blew over.

Fred and Denny are unofficial caretakers of the display following acts of God.


Check out what the Icon spotted in the sky over ONU

U.F.O. in Ada?
Nope, just lens glare, according to Ken Collins, who took these Thanksgiving night photos in Ada.

Certainly sounds more fun seeing U.F.O.'s, however.