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Letter from Helen Madrigal

Hello Fred,

A friend in Bluffton just told me about your online news site. I very much enjoyed taking a look around Bluffton Icon and catching up on the goings on about town.

Helen Madrigal

Note: Check the recipe she submitted, Roast Beef in Beer Marinade.


Roast Beef in Beer Marinade

Roast Beef in Beer Marinade

Prepare 24 hours before serving.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

One 4 to 7 pound bottom round roast
10 ounces ketchup
1 can of beer
1 package dry onion soup mix


Santa: Please send me some John Deere toys

Dear Santa:

My name is Waylon. I am 9 years old. What I would like is...Outdoor Adventures for Playstation 2, Big Buck Hunger Pro TV plug 'n play game, collectable vehicles, Legends of the Fall Lamb, cap hand gun, Duck Hunter, Monte Carlo toy shotgun, Ford vs. Chevy Cyclone Canyon, Shelby racing team, Foam Strike Camo slingshot. How are you doing up there? How is Rudolph the red nose raindeer doing?

Love, Waylon Gordon Lathrop

Dear Santa:


View all the Ream holiday folk art display pieces on The Icon

One of the many Ream pieces

Perhaps the weather outside is frightful, or if you plan to be home for Christmas, but only in your dreams, If so, The Icon offers you an armchair view of the Harry and Dorothy Ream holiday folk art display.

Forty color photos of the display may be viewed in The Icon photo gallery.


Second graders offer their Christmas thoughts

Bev Stockman's second graders

The Icon asked Bev Stockman's second graders their thoughts about Christmas. Their replies follow:

It is Christmas time. I like the decorations on the tree. I like when Santa eats the cookies we make for him. I like to write Santa a letter. I like to eat ham on Christmas. I like to see my neighbors outside playing with snow. I like when Katie and I play with the snow and when we get nice, steaming hot cocoa at home. I like when I cuddle together with my family in the house and with the kitten Ash. I love Christmas.


Main Street business owners: Don't salt your sidewalks

Owners of Main Street buildings in the streetscape area were issued some friendly advice from the village concerning care of their sidewalks this winter.

"With the winter weather upon us, I want to remind everyone about using rock salt or ice melt products on the new streetscape concrete," said Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator.

"Please do not use it!" he said. "We searched everywhere for a product that is safe to use on new concrete that is less than one year old. We couldn't find anything."