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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
Bluffton Bucs Midget football
Zac Kohli, 419-306-2818 or Mitch Geisgie, 419-204-7291
Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs
Paula Scott, executive director, 567-525-6667
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
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

About the Icon

All Icon garage sale ads are free -
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
• There is no word length limit (no novels, please)
• 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
• When we receive you garage sale, we will automatically reply with a "Thanks, got it." If you don't receive our reply, please resend it.

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Looking for information on advertising? Email us for a rate card at: info@blufftonicon.com. Or call us at: 419-889-3065.

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.

Bluffton Icon is a member of:
Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce
Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs
Better Business Bureau
Ohio News Media Association

Also: please check our sister publication: The Ada Icon

Interested in advertising? Contact us at: info@blufftonicon.com. We have very competitive rates.

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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Civic Organizations, Churches, More Community Contacts
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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 post cards showing scenes of the community today. 

Here are some Bluffton Icon viewer statistics from Google Analytics for 2018:

• In 2018, the highest number of viewers in a single day in 2018: March 28, 3,330 viewers

Most viewed pages
1 – Home page
2 – Obituaries
3  - News
4 – Classified ads
5 – Photo gallery
6 – News in Bluffton
7 – Calendar
8 – Ad index
9 – Restaurant menus
10 – Police log

The Icon has:
3,584 Facebook followers
740 Twitter followers (our You Tube videos go on Twitter)
740 Instagram followers
497 YouTube followers

The top, all-time watched videos on the Icon follow:

• 488,178 views of VBS spin the bottle posted July 25, 2012 click here to view it

• 33,802 views of first graders in the Bluffton fire station posted Oct. 12, 2011

   click here to view it

• 21,836 views of jumping rope 100 times at elementary field day May 11, 2016

   click here to view it

• 16,429 views of Bryan Lloyd painting a curb, Sept. 5, 2013 click here to view it

• 9,547 views of Mike Edmiston explaining the solar eclipse posted Aug. 21, 2017 click here to view it

Top 9 countries of Icon viewers, with viewers from 170 countries in 2018:
1 – U.S.
2 – Australia
3 – Norway
4 – Canada
5 – India
6 – Peru
7 – Philippines
8 – United Kingdom
9 – France

Top 10 states of Icon viewers, with all 50 represented in 2018:
1 – Ohio
2 – Kansas
3 – Massachusetts
4 – Illinois
5 – Michigan
7 – Florida
8 – California
9 – Texas
10 – Virginia

Top 10 villages and cities with Icon viewers, with 564 Ohio villages and cities represented in 2018:
1 – Bluffton
2 – Lima
3 – Findlay
4 – Ottawa
5 – Ada
6 – Kenton
7 – Columbus Grove
8 – Wapakoneta
9 – Kalida
10 – Rawson

Top 7 browsers used to view The Icon:
1 – Internet Explorer
2 – Chrome
3 – Safari
4 – Safari (in-app)
5 – Android Webview
6 – Edge
7 - Firefox

Top 5 web providers used to view The Icon:
1 – Microsoft
2 – Time Warner
3 – Verizon
4 – Quest
5 – Fairpoint

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

For Sale:
1985 Mercedes 300 SD Turbo Diesel. All original car with 140,080 miles. 2nd owner for the past 32 years. Excellent condition inside and out and garage kept. Has W126, 5 cylinder turbo diesel, automatic transmission and power brakes. It is fully loaded including a factory sunroof. It is midnight blue with tan leather interior. This is a one of a kind classic Mercedes. $12,500. For additional details call or text Greg at: 419-379-5310. 

   401-403 COUNTY LINE RD
• Spacious 2 bedroom,1 bath,c/a, laundry facility onsite,close to I-75
• No Pets, No Smoking. Rent $725 plus deposit
heckrentals@hotmail.com or Call 419-306-0520

For rent - Small two-bedroom, two-story home in Bluffton with yard. Appliances furnished. Deposit required. 419-358-7484.

Looking for an office or meeting room? Individual offices for rent, just off Main Street, at 111 Vine St. 1 offices available, with shared foyer, open plan area, plus kitchenette and bathroom. Perfect for remote workers. Call 419-419-1518.

Downtown Retail Space Available in historic corner 125 N. Main Street. 1,140 sq. ft. Refurbishment costs negotiable. Call 419-419-1518.

Apartments for Rent:
365 W. Elm St. Bluffton, OH 

2-bedrooms & 1-bathroom - $700/month
• Great location overlooking
 beautiful Bluffton University campus
• Short walk to downtown shopping district & restaurants
• Secure, clean & well-maintained non-smoking apartments
• Large outdoor green space
• Spacious living area and bedroom(s)
• Full kitchen and appliances
• Access to a secure storage area
• Water, sewer & trash included in monthly rent 
• Onsite parking for one vehicle
Tenant is responsible for electric & cable/internet utilities   
Landlord contact information: 
Bill Gable •  419-230-1166 •  bill@gulfcoast.tax

New office space for lease. Choose from 1,750 sq. ft. up to 5,250 sq. ft. Highly visible location on Jefferson Street, State Route 103, Bluffton, with easy access parking. 419-306-3228.

Four bedroom, two bathroom, apartment for rent and quiet street. Ready to move-in. New paint clean carpets and hardwood floors. Students welcome, call 419-231-0741 for details.

Eastside Apartments
606 E. Lincoln Ave.
Ada, OH 45810
Call 419-303-8869 for availability

Realtor owned

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.



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

Midwifery vs. traditional birth, Thursday, Feb. 20, noon to 1 p.m. in Bluffton town hall, 154 N. Main St., and again from 7 to 8 p.m., in Ottawa Miedical and Diagnostic Center, 1740 N. Perry St., Ottawa.Live and Learn Series presented by Blanchard Valley Health System.

Next at The Freed Center, ONU, Ada
 - Uproarious slapstick meets dubious morals as two young friends stash the proceeds of a bank robbery in an occupied coffin in an attempt to hide their spoils from the attentions of a psychopathic policeman, a gold-digging nurse and a grieving widower. TICKET PRICING: $20 – Adults • $10 – Seniors • $5 – Students/Children. For tickets go to: www.onu.edu/freed/events.

Daddy-Daughter Dance - At Bluffton Family Recreation, Saturday, Feb. 22, an evening of "Frozen" including music, dancing and fun. Girls may invite their fathers or a special role model. Tickets are $20 per couple for members, $40 per couple for program partcipants and $5 for each additional child. Call BFR to register at 419-358-4150.

Jim Basinger shares February's Bargains of the Month from Family True Value Hardware, 109 N. Main St., Bluffton.
Hours are:
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays 
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays 

Brake and rotor special from Leiber's Garage in Bluffton and Tommy Tire in Ada. $50 off per axle, offer ends Feb. 29.

Standard brake service includes:
• Free brake inspection
• Installation of new brake pads with limited lifetime parts warranty and new rotors
In Bluffton - Leiber's Garage 419-358-7006
In Ada - Tommy Tire 419-634-8401

Enjoy a temporary stay through the winter months at Mennonite Memorial Home or Hilty Home's Assisted Living. To enroll or for more information call Jason at 419-358-1015, extension 265 or email jcox@mhcoliving.org.

Mennonite Home Communities
of Ohio – Volunteer Opportunities
at Bluffton and Pandora

• MHCO invites families with children, students, couples, singles, and retirees for an array of meaningful activities. These include assisting with games, helping with appointments, worship and Bible studies, delivering snacks/water and more.  
• Contact Jessica Strahm, Volunteer Coordinator, if you would like to have a rewarding opportunity to make new friends, and a difference in the lives of others.
• Jessica Strahm, Volunteer Coordinator, Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio
JStrahm@mhcoliving.org • 419-358-1015 ext. 248

Do you contract to remove snow from driveways, sidewalks and parking spots?

If so, check out the Icon's $45 special snow removal classified ad offer. For $45 the Icon will post your snow removal classified ad now through the end of March, 2020.

It run continually in our "Snow Removal" section. Send us your name or company name, phone number or e-mail address and we'll post your ad immediately.

We'll send you a one-time invoice once your ad is posted. Send ad to: info@blufftonicon.com (or info@adaicon.com). Your listing will be posted on Bluffton Icon and Ada Icon.

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

  • Ability to assemble parts at high level of quality
  • Capable of reading a tape measure accurately
  • Ability to operate power tools (drills, impacts, ratchets, saws, etc)
  • Ability to work in team environment
  • Quality focused; must be able to pay very close attention to detail to meet customer demands
  • Willing to cross train in other areas of production
  • Blue Print reading is a plus but not mandatory
  • Must have good math and calculating skills
  • Must receive forklift certification in order to move assembled parts
  • Observe all plant and safety guidelines
  • Assist or fill in for other employees as directed
  • Maintain a neat and orderly workplace

Diamond Manufacturing works a four (4) day/10-hour work schedule Tuesday through Friday.  If necessary, overtime work is scheduled on Monday.  Reviews with pay increase opportunities based upon performance, attendance, and quality at 90 days, 6 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 go to www.diamondmb.com/employment and apply on line.  Walk ins are welcome to fill out application on site.

Full-time commercial loan assistant. Contact www.cnbohio.com under "resources", "careers."

GROB SYSTEMS, INC. is a world class European manufacturer of high quality production systems and universal machining centers. Looking for a career change with a local company? GROB is hiring:
·Final Assembly Technician
·Electrical Final Assembly Technician
·Sub Assembly Technician
·Fluids Technician
·IT Help Desk

Learn more about GROB’s open position and apply online at www.joingrob.com.

Stratton Auto Sales has the position available for a detail team member. This is a full-time position that will work 40 hours a week. The main responsibilities include cleaning interior and exterior of each unit we sell. Qualifications include:

  • Experience with orbital buffer is preferred
  • Ability to drive a manual transmission is a plus
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to get lower to the ground and back up
  • Ability to pay attention to detail, while at the same time remain efficient
  • Be a quick learner
  • Attention to detail is a must! Experience is preferred, but willing to train

Please stop by to fill out an application, or send a resume to Stratton Auto Sales, Attn. Jesse Owsley. 220 N Main St, Bluffton, OH 45817 or email to Owsley.j@strattonauto-group.com, no later than February 17, 2020.

OEPA Certified Class II Water Supply Operator

The world of Water Treatment has quickly become one of the most important jobs in our society today. Everyone needs safe drinking water. That level of work takes the skills and knowledge of licensed operators, which are in short supply.

If you are an OEPA certified Class II or higher Water Supply professional operator, the Village of Ada is ready to talk to you about joining our team!

The Village of Ada currently operates and maintains a Class 2 water treatment facility, which treats and makes groundwater readily available to over 1,700 residences, businesses and university customers of the village.

We’re looking for employees who are able to work independently with standard working hours, while being a great team member across several departments. Using lab equipment, routine tasks include collecting and

analyzing samples, monitoring pumps, generators and a variety of plant equipment for plant maintenance. Troubleshooting mechanical issues on demand give the work day a break away from routine. Skilled and experienced operators are encouraged to apply!

Full time Benefits include:
- Comprehensive paid leave, including: holiday from day 1; personal and sick leave available after a successful instructional period; and vacation available after 1 year
- Major medical insurance – the village pays 85% of the full time employee’s premium; available on day 1
- Retirement funded through Ohio Public Employees Retirement System – employees contribute 10% of their gross salary, the village contributes 14%
- Flexibility for work/life balance
- working in a Drug Free Work Place
- Wages are based on skill and experience; the wage associated with this job posting is $24.00 per hour.

Are you ready to continue your work in a job that keeps you to one of the most demanded careers of our time? A job where routine meshes with non-routine tasks to keep fresh, great tasting drinking water available to thousands of people at the turn of a faucet. If you are ready for this job, then we’re ready to talk!

Visit our website at www.adaoh.org, and click on the “Work For 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. We’ll let you know we have your application and we will get in contact with you to talk about our positions!

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so don’t wait for a deadline!

We have a custodial opening at Bluffton Exempted Village Schools anyone who is interested in the position should contact Julie Steiner for an application at 419-358-5901. The starting pay $15.84 per hour. The deadline for applying is Tuesday, February 18, 2020. 

Wendy's of Bluffton has openings. Competitive pay, advancement opportunities, employee meal discounts.
You may apply now at:
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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.