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February 9, 2016

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Remember, this is Bluffton Pediatrics. And, Beth Bish, CNP, pediatric nurse pracitioner, has thought of everything.

Therefore, you'd expect a kid-sized toilet for clientel. You'll find one in the men's and women's rooms at Bluffton Pediatrics.

Bluffton Pediatrics opened Jan. 5, at 505 E. Jefferson St., Suite A. The child's size toilet is just one of the many items designed for youthful patients.




For me, Christmas meant my doll "Ruthie" received a new head

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner

When Fred sent me this photo, I just groaned. I knew it wasn't a good idea to leave him alone with my dad's slides and photos....sure enough, one has resurfaced. Dad labeled all of his slides and photos but this one had been digitized without a date identification. My best guess was that I was 8 because my brother, John (far right) is 8 years older and looks about 16 in the photo.


Iconic view: A modern Christmas story

In the sixth year in the reign of Obama, legislation passed that all U.S. citizens be counted in the county where their ancestors had settled. This unusual census was when Kasich was governor of Ohio and Jordan was fourth district representative.

Jose from Lebanon, Ohio, with his young housekeeper, Maria, who was nine-month’s pregnant with someone else’s child, and who Jose had intended to marry, drove to Bluffton in Jose’s 1996 Mercury Cougar. This was because Jose was a great-great-great-grandson of Swiss immigrant, Jesse Zurflugh, in Richland Township.


When Old Man Bluffton talks, I listen

Old Man Bluffton stopped in for a visit last Saturday. Since he retired to some place south of the Mason-Dixon Line – he won’t tell me where – I never know when to expect him. He looked good, though.

(I think he lives in Bluffton, South Carolina.)

Usually he makes a December trip here to pick up the usual Bluffton-made products for Christmas gifts.

You know, peanut brittle, Bluffton Icon coffee and the latest Bluffton Pirate and Bluffton Beaver sports ware.


Lisa Wenger had two good reasons to attend this year's Bluffton middle school spelling bee

Lisa Wenger had two reasons to attend this year's Bluffton Middle School spelling bee, held earlier this week.


Among the 15 competitors were her grandson, Jonah Blackburn, son of Kelli (Lisa' daughter) and Jake Blackburn. 


Here's a Santa Claus story that will make you chuckle

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce member, Richard Gainey of Ada, (aka Santa Claus), has officially been recognized by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).

The BMV recently picked Gainey’s license plate “ST NIK” as its fifth “What’s on Your Plate?” winner.


Gainey will soon be featured on the BMV’s Web site, Facebook and Twitter pages. He will also receive a decorative license plate with the personalization of his choice.


Rick Ramseyer needs help cleaning his driveway - any volunteers?

This could turn out to be one of our favorite photos of 2014, for several reasons.

First, it's not taken in Bluffton.

Instead, we undertand its expatriate Rick Ramseyer at his home in the state of Maine. The story we understand is that 10 inches of snow plus lots of wind took place earlier this month - in Rick's backyard.

So, here he is attempting to fight a major Nor'Easter. There's lots more to this story, but you must ask Dick or Elfrieda for details.

Merry Christmas, Rick, from all  of us at The Icon!



Meet the patron saint and protector of Bluffton's outdoor Christmas trees

If you need a Christmas tree decorated, call Larry Kinn. The Icon found Larry stringing lights on this tree in Common Grounds on Monday, at  the request of Phil Zimmerly.

Although quite modest, Larry admits to some interesting tree decorating projects in his long career. We don't know truth from falsehood here, but bear with us for a moment.

Once upon a time there stood a Christmas tree atop Salzman Stadium. It was Larry's pet project. Knowing, however, the temptation of college boys when the tree was erected, well, it soon disappeared. 


Check out that Bluffton Icon cap! You can wear one too

Check out dashing Derek Dukes - and is that a Bluffton Icon cap on his head? 

Yes it is. It sports Bluffton High School's red and white with a nice accent of Bluffton University's purple.

Want a Icon cap? All you need to do is ask: info@blufftonicon.com.

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Thoughts on blowing out 65 candles

By Fred Steiner
Bear with me as I gobble – care for piece? – a fork full of my birthday cake.

For me, Nov. 9 is the sweetest day on the Roman calendar. And, unlike previous birthdays, this one comes with a nice ring to it.

My Uncle Sam sent me my own Medicare card.

In a birthday wish to appreciate how previous paternal ancestors celebrated their 65th birthdays, please consider the following stories: