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September 19, 2021

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Final thoughts on...

Journalism in a small town and all the encounters you can't predict

By Fred Steiner
(Photo accompanying this column shows Fred Steiner and Ryan Lowry cutting the Icon’s first anniversary cake in 2010.)

Thoughts on:
• how the Icons came to be,
• journalism in a small town,
• and a memo to Steve Stratton on retirement.

Here’s the thing:

You can earn a living working in your profession in a small, rural community. But, along the way, you can’t predict the encounters that hit like insects on a car window at 70 mph.


And, the winning caption entries...

Andy Chappell-Dick and Jane Inniger are winners in this "write a caption for this photo" contest. 

Andy's caption wins a 1-item, 14-inch Padrone's Pizza:
   "Fun first day, but I forgot my lunch box."

Jane's caption wins a $10 Shirley's Popcorn gift certificate:
   "I can't seem to find my ski poles to help me get around, so I'm glad the Allen Co RTA  is available now!"

Watch for the next Icon contest posted when you least expect it.


Write a caption - maybe win a pizza

Here's the latest chance for one Icon viewer to win a Padrone's pizza and a second viewer to win a Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn gift card.

Write a caption for this photo. It's Bluffton's mayor, Richard Johnson disembarking from the first test ride of the Allen County Regional Transit Authority's bus runs from Lima to Bluffton.

Email you entry to:
Caption contest, [email protected].

You may submit as many entries in the same email as you want.


Bluffton Anthology: Robert Kreider's thoughts on Riley Creek

"With feeling of endearment, we called it the crick"

This is a portion of an essay by Robert Kreider on his thoughts on Riley Creek, as he grew up in Bluffton in the 1930s. His entire essay is published in Bluffton Anthology. For more information about the book click here.

1 – When we moved to Bluffton our lot on Spring Street ran down to Little Riley Creek; three Sundays straight my younger brother Gerald slide into the creek; careful, older brother me was enviously amused.


And the winning captions are...

Over 40 entries were in the Icon's most recent "write a caption for this photo" contest.

The Icon took this photo of Marvin Diller, Chuck Amstutz and Dick Boehr at the May senior citizens breakfast at the middle school. We asked viewers to write a caption for the photo. Here are the winners:

Winner of a 14-inch, 1-item Padrone's Pizza:
"Stop me if you've heard one."
- Submitted by Gary and Lois Wetherill


Ever hear of CKLW AM?

We couldn’t wait for a new song to be played on the radio for the first time and then waited patiently for it to show up on a jukebox three weeks later at the Pine Restaurant or Luginbuhl’s.

This is a portion of an essay by Rudi Steiner published in Bluffton Anthology. For more information about the book click here.

By the late 1950s CKLW-AM 800 (Detroit/Windsor) began developing the Top 40’s programming format that it became famous for in the 1960s. CKLW AM, a Mutual Broadcasting System affiliate, was loud and slick.