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December must be Denny Edinger and Dick Boehr's favorite month

By Fred Steiner
Two guys we know pretty well must think that December 2009 is their favorite month of the year. We are thinking of Denny Edinger and Dick Boehr.

First, Denny: As officer in charge of the Bluffton Post Office, next week, for example, has the busiest mailing day of the year. Therefore, Denny's favorite day of the year is certainly Monday, Dec. 14. On that day the Postal Service expects to deliver 839 million cards and letters. That's only double the average daily volume.


Our scientific snow survey and more

Our extremely scientific poll of early November asked viewers when we would experience the first snowfall of the season.

Figuring that Dec. 7 was that significant event, we referred to our poll (see previous polls). Here's what viewers predicted:

21 percent said it would snow by Nov. 14

44 percent said it would snow between Nov. 15 and Nov. 30

36 percent said it would not snow until December.

And more...


Masthead, other new features added to The Icon

Viewers will begin to notice several changes in The Bluffton Icon starting today.

First, we are excited to unveil our official masthead, which is in the top left corner of this page. It was designed by Fred Steiner using InDesign. It will begin to appear on various Icon promotional pieces.

"We wanted a modern look that is a bit on the edge," said Steiner. This one one of about 12 designs we've played around with since The Icon was launched. The masthead will change colors from month to month, as it is a fluid piece.



This morning, as little Ben Hartzler walked carefully down the aisle with his mom, Laura, carrying an unlit candle in his hand, my mind was suddenly jolted back to a long-ago Advent season. Ben ~Ac^a'not^aEURoe his hand steadied by his mother~Ac^a'not^a"cs ~Ac^a'not^aEURoe carefully lit his own candle from the flame of last week~Ac^a'not^a"cs candle, then used it to light the next pillar. Whew ~Ac^a'not^aEURoe the wick caught the flame. I suddenly realized I was holding my breath, remembering the year that the candle wouldn~Ac^a'not^a"ct light.


The sun never sets on Icon readers

By Fred Steiner

Obviously no one has tipped off Rick and Pat Shaner of The Icon's existence. Just out of curiosity, I check Google Analytics today. While probably 95 percent of the Icon viewers live in Allen, Hancock and Putnam counties we've become discovered across the U.S. and the globe.

We've had viewers in 43 states. Those states not on our radar screen include: North Dakota, Wyoming, Nevada, Arkansas, Mississippik, Delaware and...Alaska. Thus, the comment about the Shaners.


A little inside Icon information

A letter to Icon fans:

Since we launched our Icon website in late September we've been very encouraged by the positive comments from viewers.

The interesting part is that the Icon is a very part-time job for us. We are grateful to the many viewers who send us material and story ideas. Without you we couldn't continue.

We are also encouraged as we find new viewers who recently discover us and pass our link on to others.

Some of you may be wondering what you can do to help us out. Here's a suggestion: