September 30, 2014


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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.  


Want to hear a good Halloween story? Have you ever heard about Dead Man's Jog?

By Fred Steiner
Want to hear a good Halloween story? Here’s one. And it’s true.

Most of us have forgotten that the bend in the road on State Route 235 north of Ada was originally laid out as a 90-degree angle. If you head north, you can see a remnant of that angle - but look closely.


Want to know about Twitter in 140 characters or less? Read on

The Icon asked Alli Walbolt, our ONU intern on The Ada Icon, to explain Twitter to us and to viewers. Her explanation follows in a typical "Twitter" format. Except for her own name, the names here are imaginary.

If you have a social media question, sent it to info@adaicon.com. We'll forward it to Alli.

David Hartman @DHartman289
@Alli_Walbolt What is Twitter?


To Robin: "We'll miss you, Hon"

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner

Stepping inside Groves’ Quality Antiques and Collectibles in downtown Bluffton, there was the unmistakable smell of old furniture mixed with the distinct scent of whatever pet bunny or cat was living in the store’s animal shelter. And always — from somewhere in the store — came a cheery, “Hi Hon!” that had long been Robin Wilch’s signature greeting to her regular customers. Who knows? Maybe she called everyone that. No matter. It made each person feel special, and that was Robin’s intent.