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October 24, 2016


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Meet CHRS MSN. The Icon spotted this plate on a red Chrysler 300 S in the Mennonite Memorial Home parking lot in Bluffton. It has a Hancock County sticker. If Chris is viewing this, please tell us the meaning of this plate.

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Music Boosters offer interesting Facebook feature

Here's a neat Facebook feature from the Bluffton Music Boosters. From time to time, the booster feature a different musican on its page.

This week it's Tayton Kleman, seventh grade band member. To view the booster's Facebook, click here.


Talk in a Box creators can get you talking...even if you want to keep quiet

Stanley Scott and Nancy Banman had a "game signing" event Saturday at Book ReViews.

The Bluffton couple has developed a game they call "Talk in a Box." It can be played by from two to eight players.

According to the game creators, Talk in a Box makes good coffee shop talk, picnic talk, pillow talk, road trip talk, inter-generational talk, table talk, retreat talk, and talk just about anywhere people come together.

CLICK HERE for a short video about the game.


What's coming up in your yard?

Spring is certainly just around the corner.

Many Icon viewers report green buds appearing in their yards and gardens. Here's an example of the early risers. Dennis Morrison took this photo on Feb. 3 from his rural homestead.



Walking on water

The Canada Geese at the Buckeye have special powers, and here's proof. Mary Pannabecker Steiner, using her cell phone, photographed this goose walking on the waters of the Buckeye.


I'll look this way and you check that way

A woodpecker and a nuthatch take turns cleaning out the feeder in the Icon's backyard. 

We couldn't decide which photo to post, so we posted three. The Icon made some homemade suet, which the clinging birds of winter love.

Don't worry, we have lots of bird photos. This is simply the tip of the birdfeeder.


You can't have a Super Bowl without an Ada-made football

FROM ADA ICON - Dan Reigle, Ada's Wilson football factory plant manager, holds a 2016 Super Bowl football. All footballs used in the NFL and in the Super Bowl  are made in Ada.

Reigle said that 54 balls were sent to Carolina and 54 to Denver in prreparation for this year's Super Bowl game.

Balls were created starting Sunday as soon as it was apparent which teams were headed to the Super Bowl. The 108 balls were finished and sent from Ada on Monday.


ICON OPINION PIECE: The importance of a hospital in our small town

I was born in Bluffton Hospital. So was my brother, sister, wife and her brothers. Our two daughters were also born there. Many persons reading this can say the same thing about their siblings and family members.

We can't, however, be certain our next Bluffton generation can proclaim this, considering the era of which we live. It's one where small town, rural American hospitals risk closing.

That's why two major January announcements from Bluffton Hospital are cause for great cheer in our small town. We urge you to read these.


Here's some spring gardening advice from Gardeners of Bluffton and Pandora

Here's some great advice from the Gardners of Bluffton and Pandora:

 If you have not yet made your order for seed from the catalogues that you have received in the past few weeks or months you should expedite this as soon as you can.

The later you make your order the later (exponentially speaking) you will receive it.

Those who wait to make there order, say the middle of March may not receive the seeds till late May or early June. If you make your order now you should get them sometime in the next few weeks.


Meet the Woodys

Woody showed up on Jan. 11 at the Icon bird feeder. She and Mr. Woody are regulars at the suet feeder.

Fortunately sparrows can't cling to this feeder and squirrels can't reach it. It's one of a kind.

Do you have a winter bird feeder photo? Send it to us at info@blufftonicon.com.


Bluffton Icon was "clicked" and visited 445,600 times in 2015

 Q: How many individuals viewed the Bluffton Icon in 2015?
A: Would you believe 138,203? That’s the answer, according to Google Analytics. 
The analytic program tracks more statistics that we know what to do with. Needless to say, it reveals lots of significant information.
We’d like to share some of our 2015 facts and figures with viewers. For starters, those 138,203 viewers clicked on the Icon almost one-half million times, or an average of 1,220 total visits per day!
2015 viewer summary