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March 29, 2015


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Video of the day: Darth Vader's theme vs. Beethoven

As The Icon searches the internet to bring viewers the best of videos, here's our first offering of "Video of the day."

We invite viewers to submit their own favorites. Send links to: info@blufftonicon.com


Iconic bakery: Easy homemade ice cream

Earlier this month residents of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio made homemade ice cream. They sent the Icon the recipe. They even provided some photos. Here goes:

Try it yourself with this fun and simple recipe:

• In a pint or quart-size zip-lock bag, mix ½ cup of milk or half and half, 1 Tbsp. sugar, and ¼ tsp. vanilla.  Tightly zip the bag.

• In a gallon-size zip-lock bag, mix 6 Tbsp. rock salt (or ice cream salt) with ice cubes that fill up half of the bag.

• Place the small bag in the large bag and zip it closed.


Pew: Internet now leading news source for Americans under 50

It's not exactly a surprise, but now we have data. According to the Pew Research Center's biennial media attitudes survey, the internet is now the leading source of national and international news for Americans under age 50.


The Icons now members of Local Independent Online News Publishers

The Bluffton Icon and Ada Icon were accepted into membership this week of LION Publishers (Local Independent Online News Publishers).

This is the second online association that the Icons are members. The Icons also belong to the Online News Association (ONA).



Darvin Luginbuhl: Four irrefutable facts

Note: The following was given by Gregg Luginbuhl at the memorial service on Friday for his father, Darvin Luginbuhl. The Icon wants to share it with its viewers.

By Gregg Luginbuhl


Pretty tree - but where is does it bloom in Bluffton?

Pretty tree. You think you know Bluffton? Where is the tree? One hint: west side of Main Street. The answer is in the photo below.

(Bill and Pauline Williams residence on the corner of Main and Grove)


Grove Alumni Association preserves 1936 community film

Wouldn't it be neat to have a 25-minute movie showing Bluffton in 1936?

The Columbus Grove High School Alumni Association has preserved two reel-to-reel films that depict the Columbus Grove community and school system as they were in 1936. 

The silent films were re-discovered by Laura Clevenger in the library a few years ago and, thanks to her, were saved and moved into the new building. 


Easter to me usually means thinking of my grandmother - and her Easter eggs

Growing up next door to grandparents can leave an interesting perspective on your life. I know. I grew up next door. My maternal grandparents were Fred and Bertha (Althaus) Hahn. They were in the December of their lives when I knew them - 85-plus to be exact. They lived at 216 W. Elm St., where Irene Hamman lives today.

Sometime in the late 1940s, my grandmother started an Easter tradition. She painted Easter eggs for her grandchildren. She had all the eggs she needed because she had a chicken coup in the backyard. Bantams - small eggs. 


We might say "welcome to the new and improved" Bluffton Icon

Icon viewers will notice several improvements to our home page today. But, please, pardon our mess – renovations are still underway.

Our continued enhancements to The Icon will make it easier for the nearly 1,000 viewers who check the Icon each weekday. (Some days its higher than 1,000). Ryan Lowry, our technical director, is putting these changes in place.

We’ve basically added an entire new page to the home page and the improvements aren’t entirely completed.


So, you think you know Bluffton, well, then where's this?

It resembles a sign from Roman antiquities. Yet, it's in Bluffton, and you've stepped over it lots of time. Maybe you never looked down. It's there. But where? 

For the answer, check the photos below this story.