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1 -BLUFFTON TOWN HALL
419-358-2066 - Press 0 for operator
Assistant Village Administrator
Jesse Blackburn, press 3
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
Mayor
Richard Johnson, press 3
Police Chief, non-emergency
Ryan Burkholder, press 4
Police Sergeant, non-emergency
Matt Oglesbee, press 4
Sewer Plant
Press 8
Utilities clerk
Angie Essinger, press 1
Village Fiscal Officer
Laura Ewing, press 2

Civic Organizations

AA Open Discussion
7:30 p.m., Mondays, and Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. at the English Lutheran Church, 111 Grove St
Al-Anon meetings
Mondays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11:30 a.m. at 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, blufftonchamber@gmail.com
Bluffton Athletic Boosters
Beth Ackerman, 419-204-9913
Bluffton Boy Scouts
Mike Metzger 419-358-5598
Amber Bingley, 419-358-0268
Facebook: Bluffton Community Sportsmen's Club
Bluffton Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization
Crystal Camper, 419-235-7572
Bluffton Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of Northwestern Ohio - 419-225-4085
Bluffton Hospital Auxiliary
Heather Schalk, 419-423-5342
Colleen Lazar, 419-429-7605, clazar@bvhealthsystem.org
Bluffton Music Boosters
Facebook - Bluffton Music Boosters
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
CIVIC ORGANIZATION LIST
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CIVIC ORGANIZATION LIST
Please contact Icon at info@blufftonicon.com for any organization changes in your listing
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
TOPS/KOPS
Sue Rysz, 419-358-4168
Town Hall Concert Series
Jeff Yoder, 419-979-9126

Churches

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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• 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.

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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.

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3 – Norway
4 – United Kingdom
5 – India
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8 – Australia
9 – Singapore

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2 – Michigan
3 – Florida
4 – Indiana
5 – Illinois
6 – California
7 – Texas
8 – North Carolina
9 – Georgia
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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

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Childcare provider has openings .. full / part time
Low rates,  meals and snacks included.
567 250 0407
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Wilson Sporting Goods, Co., manufacturer of the WILSON NFL AND NCAA leather football, has an opening for the position of Purchasing Coordinator at our Ada, Ohio location. 

The Purchasing Coordinator will be responsible for purchasing all raw materials and machine and maintenance parts.  Additional responsibilities will include vendor price negotiating, SDS compliance, implementation of cycle count program and Lean/Kanban System and material organization on the plant floor.  Must be able to identify areas for cost reductions and savings, ensure proper inventory levels and conduct supplier visits as needed.

This position requires an Associate’s Degree in Business or related field and knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and SAP.

Our plant operates on an 8-hour shift, Monday through Friday, overtime as needed.   We offer a competitive wage and benefit package. 

Interested candidates can submit resume with work history via email at careers@wilson.com and reference Purchasing or mail to Human Resources, 217 N. Liberty St., Ada, Ohio 45810 by April 27, 2018.  No phone calls please!  EOE

SAW OPERATOR – THIRD SHIFT
Diamond Manufacturing of Bluffton, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has immediate openings in our saw department on second shift.

A Saw Operator sets up and operates horizontal, vertical, power chop-saw, saws to cut, slot, groove, miter, and trim metallic and nonmetallic work-pieces according to specifications: Selects and installs blade on machine, using hand-tools. Sets controls to adjust speed, feed rate, and blade tensions. Positions guides, stops, holding blocks, or other fixtures to secure and direct work-piece, using hand-tools and measuring devices. Operates saw to cut along scribed lines. Verifies dimensions of first piece and through-out run, using measuring devices.

To be considered for this opportunity, candidates must:

  • Have experience using saws to cut steel or other metals.
  • Set up and operate metal-sawing machines, band-saw to cut metal stock to dimensions
  • Be able to read a tape measure
  • Obtain transfers stock to machine manually
  • Be able to pass a math test

Hours of work are Monday through Thursday 8:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Reviews with pay increase opportunities based upon performance, attendance, and quality at 45 days, 90 days, 8 months, 12 months, and annually thereafter.  

Great benefit package available after 90 days including:  medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, company paid uniforms, and quarterly bonus program.  401(k) benefit along with company match available after one year of service.

We are a growing company looking for people that are excited to join our team!  If you are interested in having a direct impact on Diamond’s performance, quality, safety, and value, then this is the position for you.

Please visit our website at www.diamondMB.com/employment and apply on line or apply in person at 505 E. Jefferson Street, Bluffton, OH  45817.

MACHINE OPERATOR – THIRD SHIFT
Diamond Manufacturing of Bluffton, an equal opportunity employer, is looking for individuals with the following qualifications:

  • Ability to perform checks with appropriate measuring tools
  • Quality focused; must be able to pay very close attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities
  • Excellent time management skills; work without supervision
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Must be able to read a tape measure
  • Must possess excellent math and calculating skills
  • Must be able to occasionally lift to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to operate a forklift
  • Observe all plant and safety guidelines

Hours of work are Monday through Thursday 8:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.  Pay scale for this position is based upon experience. Reviews with pay increase opportunities based upon performance, attendance, and quality at 45 days, 90 days, 8 months, and annually.

Great benefit package available after 90 days including:  medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, company paid uniforms, and quarterly bonus program.  401(k) benefits along with company match available after one year of service.

We are a growing company looking for people that are excited to join our team!  If you are interested in having a direct impact on Diamond’s performance, quality, safety, and value, then this is the position for you.

Please apply on line at www.diamondmb.com/employment or in person at 505 E. Jefferson Street, Bluffton, OH  45817.

MIG WELDER – THIRD SHIFT
Diamond Manufacturing of Bluffton, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is looking for individuals with the following qualifications:

  • Entry level MIG welder must possess basic welding knowledge
  • Experienced MIG welder must possess an in depth knowledge of welding
  • Ability to use fixtures
  • Certifications a plus but not mandatory
  • Observe all plant and safety guidelines

Applicants must be able to pass welding test consisting of the following:

  • Ability to set up welder before and during the test
  • Vertical up/down welding
  • Horizontal welding
  • Weld wraps
  • Ability to close the gap and overall weld

Diamond Manufacturing has up to date equipment (MIG Welders; Tig Welders, Laser, Plasma Table, Press Brake, Machining Centers, and Fresh Air Control).

Hours of work are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Pay scale for a MIG welder is based upon previous experience. Reviews with pay increase opportunities based upon performance, attendance, and quality at 45 days, 90 days, 8 months, and annually.

Great benefit package available after 90 days including: medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, company paid uniforms, and quarterly bonus program. 401(k) benefit , along with company match available after one year of service. We are a growing company looking for people that are excited to join our team! If you are interested in having a direct impact on Diamond’s performance, quality, safety, and value, then this is the position for you.

Please visit our website at www.diamondMB.com/employment and apply on line or apply in person at 505 E. Jefferson Street, Bluffton, OH 45817.

MIG welder-second shift

Diamond Manufacturing of Bluffton, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is looking for individuals with the following qualifications:

  • Entry level MIG welder must possess basic welding knowledge
  • Experienced MIG welder must possess an in depth knowledge of welding
  • Ability to use fixtures
  • Certifications a plus but not mandatory
  • Observe all plant and safety guidelines

Applicants must be able to pass welding test consisting of the following:

  • Ability to set up welder before and during the test
  • Vertical up/down welding
  • Horizontal welding
  • Weld wraps
  • Ability to close the gap and overall weld

Diamond Manufacturing has up to date equipment (MIG Welders; Tig Welders, Laser, Plasma Table, Press Brake, Machining Centers, and Fresh Air Control).

Hours of work are Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Pay scale for a MIG welder is based upon previous experience.  Reviews with pay increase opportunities based upon performance, attendance, and quality at 45 days, 90 days, 8 months, and annually.

Great benefit package available after 90 days including:  medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, company paid uniforms, and quarterly bonus program.  401(k) benefit along with company match available after one year of service.

We are a growing company looking for people that are excited to join our team!  If you are interested in having a direct impact on Diamond’s performance, quality, safety, and value, then this is the position for you.

Please visit our website at www.diamondMB.com/employment and apply on line or apply in person at 505 E. Jefferson Street, Bluffton, OH  45817. 

 

Machine operator-second shift

Diamond Manufacturing of Bluffton, an equal opportunity employer, is looking for individuals with the following qualifications:

  • Ability to perform checks with appropriate measuring tools
  • Quality focused; must be able to pay very close attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities
  • Excellent time management skills; work without supervision
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Must be able to read a tape measure
  • Must possess excellent math and calculating skills
  • Must be able to occasionally lift to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to operate a forklift
  • Observe all plant and safety guidelines

Hours of work are Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.  Pay scale for this position is based upon experience.  Reviews with pay increase opportunities based upon performance, attendance, and quality at 45 days, 90 days, 8 months, and annually.

Great benefit package available after 90 days including:  medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, company paid uniforms, and quarterly bonus program.  401(k) benefits along with company match available after one year of service.

We are a growing company looking for people that are excited to join our team!  If you are interested in having a direct impact on Diamond’s performance, quality, safety, and value, then this is the position for you.

Please apply on line at www.diamondmb.com/employment or in person at 505 E. Jefferson Street, Bluffton, OH  45817. 

 

The Bluffton Police Department is currently looking to fill a Full -Time Police Officer position. Applications can be picked up at the Bluffton Police Department - Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8am - 6pm. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2018 at 4pm at the Village of Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St, Bluffton OH 45817.

Currently hiring all positions: Landscapers, Mowers, Concrete Finisher and Sales Representative. Please send resume to mimi.office@drewslandscaping.com.

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

Manpower Staffing/Lima Office
Now interviewing for GROB Systems openings at their Bluffton facility….
Must have Manufacturing/Warehouse experience with a stable work history!

Openings in Staging, ..Deburr..Sub Assembly Data Entry/CAD  
Ability to lift 50lbs                   
All candidates must meet Clients requirements

Call Today for more information & to schedule an interview, or email resume to: lima.oh@manpower.com
2318 Harding Highway, Lima OH. 419-227-1970

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.
 

Precious Moments figurines, plate, picture frame - early markings, have original boxes for most.  Bride & Groom, graduate, plus many other rare pieces.  Will sell individually or as whole collection.  Call or text 817-403-3572 for more information.  Pick up in Bluffton.

THE BLUFFTON WE NEVER KNEW - photo history book published by the Icon. $19.95 plus tax. On sale at:
• Book ReViews, 123 S. Main, Bluffton
• Twisted Whisk Cafe, 101 S. Main, Bluffton
• Senior Citizens Center, 132 N. Main, Bluffton
• Bluffton University bookstore, Marbeck Center
• The Food Store, 103 S. Main, Bluffton
•  Or, click for an order blank

Garage/Moving Sale
551 South Main St, Bluffton OH
Antiques, collectibles,refrigerator and MUCH more!!! Friday, 9 to 6, Saturday, 9 to 1

Garage Sale - Sat April 21th - 10 am to 2:00 pm - 7090 Red Hawk Dr.  Findlay.
Horse drawn carriages - Park Phaeton, pony 4 wh back to back carriage, farm
sleigh/sled, road wagon, carriage lamps, sleigh bells, carriage shafts,
carriage blankets - tack box - child's sled - Comet downhill sled - Deco
Floor fan - Hollywood stage light - leaded glass window - sm beveled glass
window - clamp office light - Underwood typewriter - copper bucket - wire
baskets - treadle sewing machine - 1950s TV stand - Deco mantel light - wire
baskets - vintage mixer - 1930s work ticket board - military wench - marine
compass - Mahogany frame - mirror 23" x 33" - sterling & cobalt glass goblet
- sterling dish - .999 Silver 10 oz bars - Wedgewood serving dishes -
OvenServe platter) - Photos (standing frames) - early Auto Jacks - early auto
lamps (interior) - SK sockets and boxes - Gear block (chain fall)

 

Two 2-bedroom apartments for rent in a quiet office building in downtown Ada. Call 419-634-5791 for details.

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.

NEWLY RENOVATED
VANCE STREET APARTMENTS

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

The Lima Area Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee is accepting applications until April 30 for the next interview cycle of their Electrical Apprenticeship Program. Students earn while they learn and master the skills needed for a high paying career as a union electrician. Students may apply by contacting Marc Pescosolido at 419-229-2775. Mor einformation can be found at limajatc.com by clicking on the Apprentice tab.

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