December 21, 2014


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Letter: Some additional thoughts about Old Man Bluffton


Nice story on old man Bluffton.So start a list/a section. Things to work on to improve divided by sections. In any town there are a lot of small things that can be done to make things better.

• Easy/inexpensive things to change

• More difficult things to change to improve

• Grand plans/strategies:  Long term goals

• Let residents have their input and recommendations.

Keep track of what they recommend and what is accomplished.  Keep chipping
away on the list.


And the Santa letters keep coming in

The Santa letters continue to arrive at the special Icon-Santa postal box at the Bluffton Post  Office.

Recent letters are posted below.


Here's some letters to Santa...and remember he's at Citizens National Bank Saturday AM

Our first delivery of Santa letters arrived in the special Santa mail box at the Bluffton Post Office. Viewers may read those letters at the bottom of this story.

In the meantime, just a reminder that the Icon will post all letters received in the special post office mail box. If you are unable to drop off your letter you may email it to info@blufftonicon.com.

Since Santa reads the Icon, we will make certain that your letters are read by him.


Letter: Thanks to all those volunteers who helped set up the Ream display

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The Village Cultural Affairs Committee would like to thank the following volunteers who assisted in placing the Ream Holiday Folk Art cutouts on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.


Letter: American Legion hosts several Veterans Day services

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The Bluffton American Legion Post 382 will be holding services at Richland Manor, the Mennonite Home in Bluffton and  Maple Crest on Veterans Day.  

Larry Core, Tom and Cheryl Craig will be demonstrating to all 4th graders how the American Flag should be folded and Mrs. Craig will tell what each fold of the flag means.  


Fair Trade jewelry party Oct. 24 at public library

Dear Friends

Please support Fair Trade in Bluffton and encourage community members to attend planned programs to raise awareness.

This Friday, October 24th between 11:00am and 1:00pm the library will partner with Ten Thousand Villages to host a special Fair Trade Jewelery Party.

Esther Birkey
Youth Services Coordinator
Bluffton Public Library


Letter: About those pumpkins on Main Street

Note: The Icon accidentially sat on this letter by error. We received it on Oct. 14. Our apologies.

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You may soon notice that pumpkins aren’t just orange this year.  Before long, hand-painted pumpkins will be distributed throughout Bluffton, exhibiting a variety of colors not typically seen on this fixture of autumn.


Letter: Your invitation to help sponsor the Blaze of Lights

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On Saturday, Nov. 29, Bluffton hosts its 28th annual Blaze of Lights. It’s a great Bluffton tradition.

• Our popular ice sculptuter returns. He’ll carve some ice at 4 p.m. on Main Street. Joining the iceman is John Guagenti, who will carve a holiday figure from wood.

• Our parade should be our largest ever! We anticipate 100 parade units. That translates to a 60-minute parade.

• From 6 to 7 p.m., we have new entertainment groups to perform following the parade.


Letter: Thank you, American Legion, for the town hall flag pole

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Note: On Sept. 27 the Bluffton American Legion held a flag pole dedication ceremony at the townhall.

When I looked out the window of my Town Hall office and saw the flag, my eyes teared up.  I did not know at the time where it came from but was very grateful and appreciative to see it.