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July 1, 2015


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It's supposed to be in the 50s this weekend

It's supposed to be in the 50s this weekend.

In the meantime, we are shoveling snow from our driveways and sidewalks. We are canceling events and wondering if winter will end.

Here's a photo essay of what we hope is winter's last blast in Bluffton. The photos offer a combination nasty winter photos plus an artistic look at winter. The photos were taken during the height of the March 12 snow.

Please give the photo collection a moment to open.


A university student's perspective on torn ACL: Persevering through pain

By Caitlin Nearhood, university intern

German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was right when he said: “that which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

However, when I tore a crucial ligament in my right knee playing tennis last July, that phrase was the last thing on my mind.


Paul Klassen remembers when the circus came to town

The Circus Tent

By Paul Klassen

Yes, I remember, it happened in  our town.
Almost everything I remember from those long years ago
happened in our town.  There was no other place to be.
No other place to go.  We were always there.  Stuck you might say.

And so the word got out.  The circus was coming to town,
And tomorrow would be the day.
But they were here already, setting up at the edge of town
In the empty field on Vance Street.


Beyonce surprise album 80,000 copies within three hours

Reviewed By: Delano Whidbee
Artist: Beyoncé
Album: Beyoncé
Genre: Pop,Music
Rating: 5/5

All hail Queen Bey! The Carter’s have their own rules when it comes to dropping their album. Following up in her superstar husband’s footsteps, Beyonce surprising dropped her new “visual” self-titled album “Beyonce’” on ITunes first. Giving every woman what they really wanted for Christmas.


Music review: Velly Beretta delivers another street favorite

Reviewed by Delano Whidbee
Genre: Hip Hop, Rap, Music
Rating: 4/5

MOVE OUT THE WAY!!!!!!! Velly Beretta delivers another street favorite hosted by Dj Substance. 


Four "new" advertisers on The Icon, each with very interesting telephone numbers

Bear with us - you'll soon discover the pun's meaning.  

The cold weather has affected the Icon . A time machine sent us back into the 1930s of downtown Bluffton.

Four "new" advertisers posted ads on The Icon today. They are:
• The Iron Lantern - restaurant, (operated by Richard Boehr's father, John)
• Patterson Barbershop (operated by Nancy Fruchey's father, Don)
• Thompson and Rupright  groceries
• Mumma Electric Co.


Here's a portion of the 2014 Bluffton new year's baby's family tree

Bluffton’s 2014 new year’s baby – Lincoln David Suter’s partial family tree

Thanks to several Bluffton-Pandora genealogical records, The Icon can provide the following paternal information on Lincoln.

There are obvious missing bits of information – and we apologize for that – but this offers an idea of his family tree. As you can see by last names, Lincoln has lots of relatives in the Icon viewership area.

Unfortunately, we do not have his mother’s family records.

Parents Mark and Andrea (Nichols) Suter


Here are my Christmas memories as a pre-teen; what are your's?

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.

Picture this: Somewhere on South Main, Lima, there was Porter's Music Store. You could actually select a 33 1/3 rpm album, enter a listening booth and listen to the album in privacy. That way you'd know if you wanted to buy it or pass.


Christmas memories: When Rudolf lived in Bluffton

Allow me to explain the photo.

It was taken in the days when Truman was in the White House. The scene is from our family yard at 201 N. Lawn Avenue, at the corner of Lawn and Elm.

My brother, Rudolf, was born in 1943 or was it '42?. He was named after his great-grandfather, Rudolf Althaus. Well, everything was going along fine until Gene Autry recorded Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. That was in 1949, the year I was born.


No, Virginia, there will be no comet for Christmas this year

Looks like it didn't make it. One million year old comet Ison apparently disintegrated on its trip around the sun on Nov. 28.

According to USA Today: Like Icarus, comet ISON appears to have flown too close to the sun and broken up in its corona.

Scientists had hoped that the comet from the farthest reaches of the solar system would be able to slingshot around the sun Thursday and emerge streaming a tail visible to the naked eye next month.