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.
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.
Posted by Fred Steiner on February 20, 2013 - 9:56pm
The Holy Grail of Bluffton High School athletics is gone and we didn’t even get to say goodbye.
John Hartzler – not a Bluffton household name in 2013 – died at age 100 in January. Who was John Hartzler? Why does his death matter?
Here’s the answer
In the dawn of Bluffton High School athletics the school played an independent schedule in all sports. Its team colors were red and white, but those teams were not called the Pirates. They had no mascot.
Posted by Fred Steiner on February 6, 2013 - 9:02pm
The Icon welcomes Rachel Stutzman as a new columnist and blogger. She writes a blog titled "Small Town, Big World." It will begin to appear regularly on The Icon. Here's a link to her blog and here's her first contribution.
Posted by Fred Steiner on January 30, 2013 - 4:39pm
So, you think you know Bluffton pretty well? Okay, where would you find the item in the photograph? We'll give you one hint: Tom Benroth knows the answer and visits this location probably every day of the week.
For a real interesting story, ask him for the combination.