October 25, 2014



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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.


Let's put ONU's Miss Ohio in the "top 15" in Miss America Competition - here's how

There is a popular vote going on right now as part of the Miss American pageant and it allows supporters of Elissa McCracken to help her become Miss America. Elissa is a neice of Jay McCracken of Bluffton, and is a student at Ohio Northern University.

The winner of the popular vote becomes the People's Choice candidate and is automatically in the top 15 of the Miss America pageant.


Carlin Carpenter knows that coaching football ain't easy - he wrote the book

Carlin Carpenter says that when he was growing up in Nelsonville, Ohio, he wanted to become the best squirrel hunter in Athens County.

Somewhere along the way he became a football coach and Bluffton is a much more interesting place to live because of his change in career choices.


Why not enter the Bluffton residential lighting contest? There's $350 in prizes!

Bluffton residents are invited to enter this year’s Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce residential Christmas lighting contest. You may win some neat cash prizes.

Here’s how it works:

The contest is open to any residence within the Village of Bluffton corporation limits.  The corporation expanded this year, so, for example,  residents on Dixie Highway south to and Southgate Lanes are now eligible to enter the contest.


Two views of Santa's visit

Santa visited the Bluffton Public Library on Saturday. Here's two photos of the event. One shows Santa from the kid's view point. The second shows the kids from Santa's view point. Click here for a video.

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The forest from the trees

The Icon photographer decided to play around with Photoshop. Here's the Christmas tree in the lobby of Maple Crest. Then, with a bit of camera magic, the tree is transformed in a color outline. 

You may chose which version appeals to you.There are times when the itch to experiment is so strong that, well, it just happens.


The Perfect Recipe: My all-time favorite dessert

Note: This column is written by Bradley Walther, a sophomore at Pandora-Gilboa High School. Paula McKibben, Bradley's teacher, sent it to The Icon.

The Perfect Recipe
One cup of softened butter, one cup of white sugar, one cup of packed brown sugar, two eggs, two teaspoons of vanilla extract, three cups of all-purpose flour, one teaspoon of baking soda, two teaspoons of hot water, half a teaspoon of salt, and two cups of semisweet chocolate chips.  Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 12 minutes. 


Amstutz 2012 Blaze of Lights card now on sale at Greg's

Bluffton artist, Beverly Amstutz, has created her 2012 Bluffton Blaze of Lights card and it is now available for sale downtown.

The card depicts a Victorian family of carolers. The card is based on this year's Blaze theme, which is "A Victorian Christmas." This is Amstutz's 12 annual Blaze card.

The cards are available at Greg's Pharmacy, 126 N. Main St., for 60 cents each.


Ropp Triplett: A man for all seasons for Bluffton

Once, during an early morning trip to the Bluffton Hospital ER, I heard Ropp Triplett’s voice in  the room next door. I was in Room 1. He was in Room 2.

“What are you doing here?” I asked.

His reply: I have a part in a play at the Bluffton sesquicentennial.  Someone told me to break a leg. So, I did.”


Here are three reasons to shop in Bluffton

Julie Stratton picks the three winners in the October Bluffton 3/50 drawing. Winners were Denise Fett, Judy Lester and Sabine Holzheu.

Denise's three businesses stamped on her entry form were from Greg's Pharmacy, Community Market and Et Cetera Shop. Judy's three businesses were Ten Thousand Villages, Communitiy Market and Et Cetera Shop. Sabine's three businesses were The Food Store, Community Markets and Greg's Pharmacy.

Here’s an updated list of prize donors.