October 2, 2014


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Letter: Thanks for diligent employees in village utility department

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I wanted to take a moment to once again thank the diligent employees we have in the Bluffton Utilities Dept. No matter what time of day they are there to help you with your emergency situation with calm and professionalism.
Thank you
Kyle Apkarian
Triplett Corp.


Dear Santa...I want a tablet instead

Drawing to Santa from Sam Derstine

dear santa:

I want a table instead.

From kyler


Dear Santa:

I want a:
1. Super Mario Galaxy
2. Kirby's Dreamland
3. Candy
4. Nunchucks
5. Baby doll for Charlie
6. Star Wars
7. DS game
Thank you, Terron Boblitt


From Trey Boblitt
Basketball shoe's
Gey blades
i phone


Letters - Dear Santa: I'd like some owl things

Note: a Santa mailbox is in the lobby of the Bluffton Post Office. The post office and The Icon sponsor the mailbox. All letters to Santa placed in the special box will be published in The Icon. Here are recent installments.

To: santa to the north pole

dear santa,

I want a psp touch screen
the newest one or a Ipod

From Kyler to Santa

Dear Santa:

I have been a good girl. These are some of the things that I would like:


Letter: Enjoyed the Andrew Bixel interview

Message to Andrew Bixel:

My wife and I enjoyed the Bixel interview. My wife, Joy, is also a Hope College graduate, and I am a Bluffton College graduate. Small world. We have been married 45 years. Kindly pass along to Andrew that the liberal arts of both colleges make for an ideal relationship.

Thanks NSB,


Letter: I enjoy your book "A Good Place to Miss"


I've been browsing in "AGood Place To Miss" and having a fine time remembering my younger years. It was a great idea to compile it.

Phil Yost


Letter: Small business Saturday is a good time to think about what Bluffton offers

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As we get closer to Christmas and all that gift giving, many Americans are becoming more concerned with "buying American." In Bluffton, buying American comes easy. There is an e-mail out in cyberspace that says gift certificates to small businesses are a good way to buy locally.

Everyone gets their hair done or needs their oil changed. Who doesn't like a night out to eat or see a movie? We could all use more time at the Gym (BFR) or if money is really tight, a certificate to the grocery store or gas station would be appreciated.


Letter: Social Work Club exceeds goal of collecting 500 canned goods

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Bluffton University's Social Work Club would like to extend a gracious thank you for all who were involved in our Trick-or-Canning event.

This was an extremely successful event and we were able to exceed our goal of 500 items for the West Ohio Food Bank. We even received more nonperishable goods after our deadline!


Letter: I really enjoy the Icon


REALLY enjoy the Icon. Read it before the local paper. THANK YOU, too, for writing your book. I just want to read more! I limited my self to reading a small section every night before bed. Now that it is finished I feel it was a book that anyone who has lived or still live would enjoy.


Thank you from Bluffton Fire Department

Chief Jon Kinn and the members of the Bluffton Fire Department would like to express our deepest appreciation for all of the Bluffton community for attending our recent open house held at the fire station.

We would like to thank everyone who came out to enjoy our chili lunch and demonstrations throughout the day to help make the day a success. At the completion of the open house, we raffled off a quilt that was won by Linda Rumer. The proceeds from both the chili lunch and quilt raffle will be used for training and equipment costs.


Letter: Choral opportunity in remembrance of Earl Lehman

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Anyone who sang with Earl Lehman in the past is welcome and encouraged to join the Chancel Choir at First Mennonite Church in order to sing at his memorial service, which will be held on Friday, October 7 at 2:30 p.m.

The rehearsal will be on Wednesday evening, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Mennonite Church.

The choir will be singing Mendelssohn's "He Watching Over Israel" and Rutter's "For the Beauty of the Earth."