December 20, 2014


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Tiger, tiger, shining bright

Check out the tiger at BFR. Courtnee Morris is adding a jungle and ocean full of animals to fill out the walls fo the child care room at BFR Sports and Fitness. The room-size mural is nearly complete. Here's a close up of the tiger in the room.


And now a word from Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs

Because The Icon is a small business, we are a member of Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs. BCE has its own website and facebook. We encourage Icon viewers interested in becoming entrepreneurs or who own small businesses to check out the BCE sites.

One of the recent additionals to the site is a column from SCORE. It's called "Seven Ways to control chaos in your small business."

Here's a brief summary of SCORE:


Coaching football may not be easy, but entertaining a Bluffton chamber audience is a cinch for Carlin


Carlin Carpenter told Friday's (Jan. 11) Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast audience that this was the earliest he's been up since his kitchen was on fire several years ago.


Here's Gordon Diller's CaringBridge link

As many of our readers know, Gordon Diller has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma and is currently hospitalized at the James Cancer Center, Columbus. Gordon and Jodi are grateful for the many prayers, caring thoughts and gestures extended to them by the community.


Bradley Smith wins Icon's college football bowl contest

Bradley Smith won this year's Icon football college bowl contest. Smith correctly picked 19 winners. Six contestants were one win behind the winner. The Icon will hold a Super Bowl contest coming coon.

Other contestants:


Essay to a junior high school teacher who turns 90

In the Dark Ages when verbs were conjugated using white chalk on school blackboards and sentences still diagrammed, there lived a teacher named Evelyn Luginbuhl.

I recently read in the Bluffton Senior Citizens January newsletter that she is turning 90 and will receive a life membership to the Senior Citizens Association.

Allow me to proceed:


Make Some New Year's (Financial) Resolutions for 2013

By Mark Alliman
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
107 South Main Street
Bluffton, OH 45817
(419) 358-2622


Once again, it’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions. This year, in addition to promising yourself that you’ll hit the gym more often, learn a new language or take up a musical instrument — all worthy goals, of course — why not set some financial resolutions?


Tops in movies and television in 2012

The end of the year is a time ripe for looking back in all sorts of ways.  The favorites in movies and television are one of those ways.   I took a look at movies and television in 2012.  How do your opinions compare?


For sheer box office force, the top ten movies of 2012 leaned heavily towards comic book heroes, with adolescent fantasy novels and big-screen animation making up most all the rest.

According to Box Office Mojo the top grossing movies of 2012 were:


First graders write to Santa..."I'll bring milk and cookies"

Santa was really nice to the Icon and shared all the letters he received from Teri Steinmetz's first grade class. The kids wrote the following:

Dear Santa,
Hi! I was a good boy this year. Will you please bring me WWE rydak toy. and a WWE Miz toy.

Dear Santa,
Hello! I have been good. Will you please bring me a pair of boots? Will you please bring me a new ornament?
your friend,


The brother who taught me everything I know has 70 candles on his birthday cake

Sorry, can’t recall my first-ever meeting with Abraham Rudolf Steiner. Probably because of a focus on the larger question: “How did I get here?”

I do know it was Nov. 9, 1949. Thanks to my baby book, the roll of visitors on my first day in Bluffton includes the name “A.R.” Steiner.

He was 7; I had yet to experience my first-ever sundown.

A.R.  claims he can’t remember our first meeting either, so, I don’t feel that bad.