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419-358-2066 - Press 0 for operator
Accounts Payable
Press #
Bluffton Community Swimming Pool
Press 6
EMS chief, non-emergency
Jan Basinger, press 5
Fire Chief, non-emergency
Jon Kinn, press 5
Income Tax Administrator
Rhonda Hohenbrink, press 2
Richard Johnson, press 3
Police Chief, non-emergency
Ryan Burkholder, press 4
Police Sergeant, non-emergency
Matt Oglesbee, press 4
Street and Water Department
Press 7
Utilities clerk
Angie Essinger, press 1
Village Administrator
Jesse Blackburn, press 3
Village Fiscal Officer
Laura Ewing, press 2
Waste Water Treatment Plant
Press 8

Civic Organizations

Please contact The Icon at info@blufftonicon.com for any organization changes in your listing.

AA Open Discussion
7:30 p.m., Mondays, and 11:30 a.m., Saturdays at the English Lutheran Church, 111 Grove St
Al-Anon meetings
7:30 p.m., Mondays, and 11:30 a.m., Saturdays at the English Lutheran Church, 111 Grove St.
Bereavement Support Group
Meets second Thursday of the month at Restore Community Center in Ada
Bluffton American Legion Post 382
Dennis Morrison, 419-358-4950
Paula Scott, Town Hall, PO Box 142
Bluffton Athletic Boosters
Beth Ackerman, 419-204-9913
Bluffton Boy Scouts
Mike Metzger, 419-358-5598
Amber Bingley, 419-358-0268
Tom Augsburger, 419-384-3674
Bluffton Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization
Crystal Camper, 419-235-7572
Bluffton Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of Northwestern Ohio, 888-350-5090
Bluffton Hospital Auxiliary
Heather Schalk, 419-423-5342
Bluffton in Bloom
Jesse Blackburn, Village administrator
Colleen Lazar, 419-429-7605
Bluffton Scrap Artist Quilters
Ruth Grihalva, 419-358-0656
Bluffton Senior Citizens (Association) Center
132 N. Main St., Tonya Meyer, director, 419-358-8971
Bluffton Shuffleboard Club
Steve Slaughterbeck, 419-358-5528
Bluffton Swim Team
Nicole Mikesell, 419-358-0074
Bluffton Writers Group
Ruth Naylor, 419-358-6309
Campus Life
Jeremy Basinger, 419-296-9267
Cancer Support Group
Gloria Bucher, 419-429-2621
Care Giver Support Group
Tricia Herrman, 419-358-1015, ext. 221
Fair Trade Town Task Force
Esther Birkey, estherbirkey@gmail.com
Friends of the Library
Darrell Huber - 419-303-2817, or 419-358-7056
Gardeners of the Bluffton-Pandora Area
Pat Flinn, 419-358-6766
Gluten-Free Allergy Support Group
Victoria Zeits, 419-643-8980
Relay for Life/Relay for Hope
Lynda Best, 419-296-2790
S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club
Duane Bollenbacher - 419-358-7365
Swiss Community Historical Society
Gary Wetherill, 419-358-1049
Sue Rysz, 419-358-4168
Town Hall Concert Series
Jeff Yoder, 419-979-9126
Transition Bluffton
Peter Badertscher


Please contact The Icon at info@blufftonicon.com for any organization changes in your listing.

345 County Line Road - 419-358-0170 112 N. Main St. - 419-358-5806
8905 Columbus Grove Road - 419-358-8588 8375 Phillips Road - 419-358-1561
111 Grove St. - 419-358-2591 101 S. Jackson St. - 419-358-5766
First Missionary Church
247 N. Lawn Ave.-419-358-7751
116 Church St. - 419-358-8921
223 W. College Ave. - 419-358-5641 160 N. Spring St. - 419-358-8631
835 N. Main St. - 419-358-1382 2022 State Route 103 - 419-358-2001

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we even put you on our garage sale map!

The Icon loves garage sales. Here's what you need to know:
• Email your garage sale ad to: info@blufftonicon.com
• All garage sale posts are free
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• There is no deadline - garage sales are posted the day received (99% of the time)
• All garage sales are posted on both Bluffton and Ada Icons
• You will find garage sales on the Icons' Classified Ad Page under "Garage Sales" (to the right of this story)
• All garage sales posted are automatically listed on the Icon Garage Sale Map - it's printer-friendly. Click here to look at the map
• We post all garage sales the week they are scheduled - we will not post garages sales two weeks in advance
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The Bluffton Icon is where Bluffton gets its information. The Icon is the center of information and commerce for Bluffton, Ohio. We promote Bluffton through advertising, the printed word, photographs and other tools of technology.

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Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce
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Classified ads:
This is our classified ad page and all classified ads are on the right column. We only charge for:
• Properties for sale or for rent
• Vehicles for sale

Our rates for those are only $10 for the first 10 days and $1 for each following day. We charge for those ads because we have realtors and auto dealers who are paying customers.

All other classified ads are free. We post garage sales the week that they are held. There is no deadline or maximum word count. We also provide a garage sale map. During garage sale season we post a link to the map on the top of the garage sale ads.

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Welcome to the Bluffton Icon. Here's what we are all about

Welcome to the Bluffton Icon. For first-viewers, here's helpful answers to your questions.

Q: What is the Icon?
A: Think of the Icon as a daily newspaper on the web.

Q: When did it first appear on the web?
A: Sept. 23, 2009.

How much do I pay to view the Icon?
A: Nothing. It's free to view. Unlike other newspaper websites, there is no limit to the number of stories you may read. And, you may access all of our archived material.

Q: How does the Icon make money?
A: Through very affordable local advertising. We have over 75 local advertisers.

Q: What might we expect to find in The Icon?
A: All sorts of things. Our primary coverage area is the Bluffton school district. According to Google Analytics, 90 percent of our viewers live winthin 25 miles of Bluffton. That takes in Lima and Findlay. We also have a loyal following of viewers who grew up here and moved away, or who lived here for a time, but no longer do.

Q: How many viewers do you have?
A: Bluffton Icon experiences about 15,000 viewers in a 30-day period.

Q: Where do you obtain stories for the Icon?
A: Viewers send us news items. We also post all Bluffton University, Blanchard Valley Health System (Bluffton hospital), Bluffton Family Recreation and Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio news stories. We post agendas and cover Bluffton council and Bluffton school board meetings.

We provide extensive sports coverage of Bluffton High School and Bluffton University. Our Bluffton High School sports coverage is provided by www.blufftonpirates.com. That's a website devoted entirely to Bluffton High School athletics. It offers immediate sports coverage of athletic events and excellent photographs. The Bluffton University sports information director posts all Beaver sports stories on the same day that the games are played.

We post all obituaries provided by area funeral homes. We post obituaries of former residents when their family members provide us with information.

Q: Are there other Icons? Do you have other products in addition to your website?
A: In March of 2012 we launched Ada Icon (www.adaicon.com). It is in a community the same size as Bluffton and the two school districts touch.There are many commonalities between the two communities, even though they are in different counties. For example, Ada is home of Ohio Northern University, as Bluffton is home of Bluffton University. Ada Icon covers the Ada school district and ONU in the same way that Bluffton Icon covers Bluffton.

The Icon also has a special focus on local history. We've published two books:
• "Bluffton: A Great Place To Miss," which includes stories about the community from 1900 to 1975. (It's currently out of print)
• "The Bluffton We Never Knew: Photographs from our first half century, 1861 -1911." It is available from us at $19.95.

Additional books focusing on the history of the community are in the planning stages.

This year the Icon is developing two series of Bluffton post cards. One series is a reprint of colorized historic Bluffton post cards. The second series is a set of postcards showing scenes of the community today. 

Here are some Bluffton Icon viewer statistics from Google Analytics covering 2017, compared with 2016 stats:

The Icon has:
3,166 Facebook followers
719 Twitter followers (our You Tube videos go on Twitter)
591 Instagram followers
215 YouTube followers

The top, all-time watched videos on the Icon follow:
86,000 views of VBS spin the bottle posted July 25, 2012
29,000 views of first graders in the Bluffton fire station posted Oct. 12, 2011
9,500 views of Mike Edmiston explaining the solar eclipse posted Aug. 21, 2017

Now to the Google Analytic stats, 2017 number is first, 2016 number is second:

• The Icon experienced an increase of 14 percent in total views.
474,143 vs. 415,439
• The Icon experienced an increase of 19 percent in total viewers.
157,037 vs. 131,301
• Over 1 million pages were viewed for the second consecutive year.
1,163,935 vs. 1,046,854
• The highest single-day viewers recorded was June 21 when 14,430 individuals viewed the Icon.

Top 9 countries of Icon viewers, with 166 countries represented as viewers:
1 – U.S.
2 – Canada
3 – Norway
4 – United Kingdom
5 – India
6 – Philippines
7 – Germany
8 – Australia
9 – Singapore

Top 10 states of Icon viewers, with all 50 represented:
1 – Ohio
2 – Michigan
3 – Florida
4 – Indiana
5 – Illinois
6 – California
7 – Texas
8 – North Carolina
9 – Georgia
10 – New York

Top 10 villages and cities with Icon viewers, with 553 Ohio villages and cities represented.
1 – Bluffton
2 – Lima
3 – Findlay
4 – Pandora
5 – Ada
6 – Columbus Grove
7 – Ottawa
8 – Kenton
9 – Wapakoneta
10 - Rawson

Top 6 browsers used to view The Icon:
1 – Chrome
2 – Safari
3 – Safari (in-app)
4 – Internet Explorer
5 – Android Webview
6 – Firefox

Top 5 web providers used to view The Icon:
1 – Time Warner
2 – Qwest
3 – Embarq
4 – Watch
5 – Fairpoint

Most viewed pages
1 – Home page
2 – Classifieds
3  - News
4 – Obituaries
5 – Photo gallery
6 – Ad index
7 – Calendar
8 – Restaurant menus

Q: What are the most popular two hours of the week when viewers read Bluffton Icon?
A: Wednesday evenings between 9 and 11 p.m.

Classified Ads

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• Expertise to safely clean any surface. 
• Free estimates on-line at any time of day.
www.brosneckexteriorcleaning.com • or email at chbrosneck@aol.com

Full/part time childcare openings .. 5am to 530 PM. romickk@yahoo.com 567 250 0407

ALL SERVICE AERATION - Complete aeration and septic tank services. Pumping, rooting, jetting, portable toilets, 129 Lake St., Bluffton, Randy Matter, 419-358-6815.

Fruchey's 4 Seasons - We do landscaping, yard clean up, tree removal, small construction projects, asphalt repair, and in the winter, snow removal. Call 419-905-6774

House for sale: 9815 Dixie Highway, Bluffton. Price $289,000, 2388 sq. ft. ranch style house, poured foundation 2-3/4 acre lot. Large oversize attached garage also a large 2 car and wood shop detached garage, 3 bedroom , 2-1/2 baths, study room working wood burning fire place. All oak trim throughout the house. Oak kitchen cabinets and island with new quartz counter tops. Large built in china cabinet and large built in book shelves. Partial finished basement with cherry built in cabinets. Ph. 419-260-1996

New Vision Laboratory, part of Mercy Health—St. Rita’s is looking to fill open positions in Lima and Glandorf (Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center).  Positions include:  Medical Lab Scientists, Medical Lab Technicians, Phlebotomists and Lab Assistants.  Full and Part-Time openings available.   Interested applicants may apply online at www.mercy.com/careers or contact Jeremy Amstutz, Recruiter at 419-226-8755 or jramstutz@mercy.com.

Courier newspaper delivery in Bluffton. Early morning delivery. $520.00 per month possible. Send email to earlaugust@thecourier.com. Independent contractor status.

Manpower Staffing/Lima Office
Now Accepting applications and interviewing  for positions at GROB Systems.
Must have a stable work history, with experience in manufacturing, or warehouse preferred. Mechanically inclined is a plus! Have the ability to lift 50 lbs. All candidates must meet client’s requirements!
 Call today to schedule interview: 419-227-1970
Apply on-line: manpowerlima.com
Apply in the office: 2318 Harding Highway. Lima, OH

The Village of Bluffton seeks applicants for the position of Village Solicitor.
Bluffton is a Village of approximately 4,000 people, with a statutory form of government.

The person hired for this position will be responsible for preparing all contracts and agreements of the Village; drafting Ordinances and Resolutions; preparing and directing litigation involving the municipality; providing written legal opinions when appropriate; providing legal advice, counsel and support to the Village Administrator, elected officials and staff in the conduct of the operations of the Village.  The Village Solicitor must have a high level of practical legal knowledge and experience and must communicate well and represent the Village before the various courts and other legally constituted bodies. The candidate for this position must possess active registered status with the Supreme Court of Ohio. A minimum of five years of Municipal Law experience is required.  Salary is negotiable and will be commensurate with experience and education. Position begins on January 1, 2019.

Please reply with letter, resume and references by October 31, 2018.
Village of Bluffton
Mayor Johnson
154 North Main St.

Position available at Citizens National Bank
- FT operations specialist

Sodexo at Ohio Northern University - Dining Services  - ONU Dining Services is hiring for full and part-time positions, including open positions for catering. To apply, visit http://sodexo.balancetrak.com/ and search for "Ada." For further information, please contact ONU Dining Services at 419-772-2414.


The Village of Ada provides residents and visitors with public utilities and maintains streets, utilities and equipment necessary to keep the Village running. Our team of employees provides the hard work that keeps the streets in good order and water and sewer services readily available to over 1,700 residences, businesses and university customers.

As Public Works Superintendent, you must have the ability to:

* supervise and assist departmental employees with day-to-day operations and planning and achieving short term and long term goals

* oversee the operations of the Public Works Department including maintaining inventory and preparing requisitions with a fiscally responsible approach

* work cooperatively with team players from other departments to meet the needs of the Village
* exhibit a working knowledge of street maintenance, water, storm and sewer utilities * demonstrate a desire to quickly learn new skills while on the job

Benefits include:

•  Comprehensive Paid Leave – holiday, personal and sick – after a successful instructional period, vacation after 1 year

• Major Medical Insurance – the village pays 90% of the full time employee’s premium; available on day 1

• Retirement funded through Ohio Public Employees Retirement System – employees contribute 10%, the village contributes 14%

•  Flexibility for work/life balance

• Working in a Drug Free Work Place

• Salary: $41,612.38-$58,259.02 (based on proven skill and experience.)

This position is exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Visit  www.adaoh.org, and click on the “Work with Us” tab. There you will find an application that you can download, complete, and email, drop off or mail to us. You will also find complete job descriptions for all open village positions.

Part-time bank teller - Citizens National Bank, Bluffton.

Wendy's of Bluffton has openings. Competitive pay, advancement opportunities, employee meal discounts. You may apply now using your smart phone or go to www.Wendys.Quick-Apply.com

Blanchard Valley Health System - To view career openings in the Blanchard Valley Health System please click here.

OHIO MEANS JOBS is an agency of the State of Ohio.
• CLICK HERE to view jobs listed within 10 miles of BLUFFTON.
• CLICK HERE to view jobs listed within 10 miles of ADA.

Ohio Northern University -  Office of Human Resources, 525 S.. Main St., Ada, Ohio 45810, employment opportunities. Click here for current job postings.

Lost Dog. Female Light Brown Chihuahau with dark brown stripe downback. Last seen at Riley View Apartments, Bluffton. If found please contact 567.271.8606.

Large Multi-Family Estate sale.
167 & 168 Garmatter St., Bluffton - Thursday 3-7, Friday 8-7 and Saturday 8-?  Large CD. LP and cassette collection, couch, dresser, maple kitchen table and chairs. Turquoise jewelry and knick knacks, paintings and pictures. Book shelves, older stereo equipment, reel to reel machine and tapes. Wooden desks, kitchen items and much, much more. Everything is priced to go.

Huge Moving Sale...562 S Main Street Bluffton. Friday 10-5 & Saturday 10-4. Many antiques and collectibles. Cherry 2 pc. Cupboard,bookcase,primitives,wicker baby buggy,antique toys,books,pillows,Hallmark orn.,lots of Christmas things and lots of Halloween items. Halloween costumes. And much much more.

Indoor Rummage Sale on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at County Line
Church of the Brethren's multi-purpose building: antiques, primitives, home decor, books, furniture, small appliances, christmas decor, children's and adult's clothing on sale... too much to list. Food available. All proceeds go to the church's clothing pantry. 4227 N. Hardin Rd., Harrod. (On Hancock Co. Rd. 15 from Bluffton, about a mile past S.R. 30)

Notice concerning Maple Grove Cemetery – This notice is to inform the public that due to time constraints it is taking to maintain the cemetery we will be enforcing the rules and regulations set forth by the trustees of Maple Grove Cemetery and the Bluffton city council. This notice is to inform the public that all shepherd hooks must be removed. There will be no exceptions made for the shepherd hooks to remain on stones, gravesites or foundations. If you would like assistance in the removal of the hooks please contact Bernadine Ludwig, sexton, at 419-358-9501, or the village office at 419-358-2066. In addition to the shepard hooks, village staff will be removing any and all decorations that do not meet the standards of Maple Grove Cemetery’s rules and regulations book.

Beef and Noodle Dinner Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
St. John's United Church of Christ, 223 West College Avenue, Bluffton,  419-358-5641. Dine in or Carry Out. Menu:  Homemade noodles, beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, apple sauce, roll, assorted pies, beverage. Adults: $8; 6th grade-college: $5; Elementary: $4; Pre-K: Free

Bluffton Hospital – ER Welcome Desk Volunteers Needed
Volunteers at the Welcome Desk are the smiling face of the Bluffton Hospital. They greet patients and visitors Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This role also involves assisting the public by directing and escorting visitors to various locations within the hospital. Additionally, volunteers provide patient room numbers, deliver flowers and other duties as needed. Individuals in this role must be able to walk long distances and push wheelchairs. Volunteers are needed on Mondays and Thursdays from 12 to 4 p.m., and commitment is flexible. To volunteer, contact Heather Schalk, volunteer services manager, at 419.423.5342 or hschalk@bvhealthsystem.org.

Tickets are on sale for a Designer Purse Bingo event at Cory-Rawson High School. It takes place at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20,. Tickets are available at C-R schools or via Paypay to dlkussmaul@yahoo.com.

Join the Blaze of Lights parade on November 24, 2018. Send you parade application to Junior Weihrauch and be part of the fun!
PARADE APPLICATION https://bit.ly/2QsbyvB

Suter's Corn Maze, 8250 Road R, Pandora, open through Sunday, Nov. 4. Click here for Suter's website and details on cider press, hayrides and corn maze.

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Antique Albany Cutter Sleigh. Great for Business or Yard Decoration. Asking $900. Can contact me at 419-722-8907.

Simplicity ZT 2000 Professional Series Mower. 52” Deck / 26HP motor. Asking $2,100. Can contact me at 419-722-8907.


For sale: Newly renovated 4300 sq. ft. building on North Main Street, Bluffton. Call 419-260-1996 for details.



Land for sale - Building lots, divide, whole. Call for details. .3 miles north of Ada. West side of State Route 235. 419-236-0067.

Furnished studio apartment available at the Montrose Square Apartments on County Line Road, Bluffton.  Total electric.  $325 a month. Please call our office at 419-225-2919.

House for rent - 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, new renovated house in Bluffton. On quiet road, private backyard, storage shed. 419-231-0741.

Office space  for lease - 3 available in new construction, available for lease. Each consists of 1,750 square feet with easy access parking. Located on Jefferson Street, State Route 103, Bluffton. Call 419-306-3228.

Eastside Apartments
3591 County Road 44
Ada, OH 45810
Call 419-303-8869 for availability

Realtor owned

760 East 4th Street
Lima, OH 45804
Now Accepting Applications!

1 & 2 BR Apartments
Appliances, carpet & A/C included.
Utilities, water, sewer & trash removal included.
Please Call 419.227.5325 to schedule and appointment.
Rent is based on income. Income Restrictions may apply.
Voice/TTY: 800-553-0300
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

For rent - Senior housing 62 and older or disabled of any age. Bluffton Riley View, 115 E. College Ave., Bluffton. Office open Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 419-358-4616, fax 419-358-0275. TDD 1-800-750-0750.


Business place or office space for rent – 111 Vine Street, Bluffton, former real estate office, one-half block from Main Street, two private offices with separate entrances, conference room, utility room, one-half bath, 800 square feet. Call 419-358-6886.


137 Vance St.
Bluffton, Ohio 45817
Immediate availability for income based efficiency and 1 bedroom apartments for 55 years old and up. Income guidelines are:
1 person $20,450
2 persons $23,400
Call: 419-358-7795
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays

Wanted, 2-3 Bedroom home or apartment to rent in the Bluffton School District, for a Single father of 2 girls whom attend Bluffton schools. Just trying to get a new start. Contact the Custodial Aunt as ckelley2016@yahoo.com or 419-303-8820.

Needed: Transportation to and from Findlay and Pandora.
Findlay may require twice a month. Pandora once a month. I will pay gas for each trip. The trips to Findlay will last less than one hour. The trip to Pandora is just to pick up an ordered item. Time and days are negotiable. If interested please call 567-226-1200 NO texts, please.