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March 28, 2015


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Letter: Can we drop this bit of phoniness?


In the Lima News lately Fred Steiner mentioned the "phony storefronts, trying to be a village" in towns other than Bluffton. I want to second the challenge to phoniness, by asking our friends right here for real honesty.

I went to our Community Market, whose manager and employees are both helpful and kind, to buy their advertised crab cakes, and hoped for information on a label about ingredients. Would crab be a minor part?


Letter - Thanks to Curling Iron staff - from Bluffton University baseball team


The 2012 Bluffton University Baseball team and coaching staff want to share appreciation to the stylists of the Curling Iron in Bluffton.

On Wednesday, Feb. 29, they shut their shop down during the lunch hour to come to campus and help us with our BaseBALD event for St. Baldrick's Foundation.

St. Baldrick's invests in childhood cancer research. Our team raised more than $8,000 for St. Baldrick's and on Feb. 29, we concluded our fundraising and awareness campaign by shaving our heads in support of children who have or have had cancer.


Letter: Viewer urges Bluffton voters to vote "Yes" for 1/4 percent tax on March 6

Dear Icon:

I urge Bluffton residents to join me in voting YES for the 1/4-percent income tax for water and sewer projects. If this passes it will be effective starting January 1, 2013, just one day after the existing 1/4 percent income tax for remodeling Town Hall will be terminated.

Your Bluffton income tax will not increase beyond what it is now because the proposed tax is the same percentage and based on the same sources of income as the tax that is ending.


Letter: I'm on the Icon almost daily

These pics are incredible.....my original mentors....explains a lot I guess!
I'm on the ICON almost daily.

Thanks Bob Steiner


Letter: So glad Icon exists


I just found this and am so glad it exists. I miss Bluffton and this will be a way to keep up with what is happening. Thank you for doing this site.

Ruth Whitt


Letter: Parent proud of BHS wrestling program


Have you ever stumbled upon something quite by accident, than over a period of time realized you found something worthwhile, something life-changing.

I am a Bluffton High School parent who has found that something! My son came to us his Sophomore year expressing an interest in joining the Bluffton High School wrestling team.


Letter: Thank you Bluffton businesses for your support

I would like to personally thank those businesses in the Bluffton Village who helped further my dreams of playing professional football at the next level by sponsoring me for the Hansen All-Star Senior Bowl in Virginia Beach, Virginia on January 16th.


Letter: Thank you for working with so many on the book


Thank you for working with so many to put the book about Bluffton together...

I used to sit with my Grandmother (Ruth Shilling Culp) for hours - listening to stories about Pandora and what life was like when she was growing up.

I never met my Grandfather Milliard Herr, (though I did find his name in the graduating class! in your book) nor did I know my Grandma Herr (although I did meet her and did spend a few holidays) I never had the opportunity of sitting and talking about when she grew up as I did with my Grandmother Shilling.)


The Icon's llama friends send a letter to Santa

Milk Toast

The Icon received a letter to Santa from one of the llamas at the Hard Rock Llama farm, rural Bluffton. Anyone who attends the Bluffton Arts and Crafts show each May has had a chance to say hello to some of the llamas. The farm is operated by Mike, Wendy and Mandy Gerken.

The letter came from a baby llama, who is yet to have a name, however, it signed the letter "Milk Toast."

We invited viewers to read the letter and to get an update on the life of llamas in rural Bluffton.


Letter: Thanks for diligent employees in village utility department

Icon viewers:

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.