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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
Kevin Nickel, press 2
Waste Water Treatment Plant
Press 8

Civic Organizations

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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.
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 Senior Citizens (Association) Center
132 N. Main St., Tonya Meyer, director, 419-358-8971
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
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
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

Bluffton Anthology coming soon! - Order now!


A creek runs through it
Essays on Bluffton

 $24.95 plus tax
A new book, “Bluffton Anthology – a creek runs through it,” with dozens of short essays about Bluffton, collected by Fred Steiner, will be released in the next few weeks.

“This collection brings together more than a dozen engaging writers whose own Bluffton experiences deserve retelling,” said Steiner.

“For anyone who calls Bluffton home, these stories need no further introduction,” said Steiner, about the book. “For people needing to have Bluffton explained to them, this is a great starting point.”

Contributing essays are from current and previous residents including:
• Rick Emmert                     
• Dave Essinger                  
• Ron Geiser                        
• Jeff Gundy                                                             
• Brendon Matthews
• Ruth Bundy Naylor
• Joanne Niswander
• Rick Ramseyer
• Carolyn Urich Rich
• David Rempel Smucker

In addition, the book includes an essay on Bluffton’s relationship with Riley Creek by the late Robert Kreider, several stories given to Steiner from his late, life-long friend, Charles Hilty, and an introduction by Bluffton science fiction author, Tobias Buckell.

The book includes a section on Bluffton in the 1950s written by Rudi Steiner, now of Homewood, Illinois. That section includes the account of a Bluffton legend: “Did Elvis stop in Bluffton between his Toledo and Troy performances on Saturday, Nov. 24, 1956?”

Several 15-minute interviews in this collection, originally posted on Bluffton Icon, include:

• Ben Luginbuhl once beat Ben Roethlisberger in a game of horse
• Ron Edinger participated in the overthrow of Manuel Noriega 
• Richard Minck may have created jewelry for Marlon Brandon
• John Triplehorn sat on the OSU bench with some frozen rabbits in the 1950 OSU-Michigan snow bowl

In a chapter “Bluffton Askew” the book offers additional 15-minute interviews, columns written by Steiner and brief accounts of shorter Bluffton incidents told to him by over 25 persons.

Highlights range from brief interviews and incidents recalled from Megan Weisenbarger Gustitis, Roger Triplett, Jim Kinn, John Moser, Gordon E. Alderfer, Lauren Canaday, Dave Bracy, Diana Hilty Marshall, Jamil Bazzy, Amanda Rhonemus, Scott Hey, Tim Neufeld, Jessica Edmiston, Joe Goodman, Alee Gratz-Collier, Courtney Goode, Micah Sommer, Ben Kruse, James Pannabecker, Sam Diller, Jeremy Szabo and Jaye Bumbaugh.

The book includes 190 pages and will be available in several Bluffton outlets and from Steiner. The book price is $24.95 plus tax.  

Former Bluffton resident, Andre Swartley of WorkPlay Publishing, is the book’s publisher. WorkPlay published Steiner’s earlier books, “A Good Place to Miss – Bluffton Stories 1900-1975,” and “The Bluffton We Never Knew – Photographs from our first half century.” Both titles are available from Amazon.com.

Jill Steinmetz, Bluffton High School graduate, designed the book’s cover.



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"Bluffton Anthology - A creeks runs through it" essays on a small Ohio town collected by Fred Steiner. Dozens of Bluffton stories by local authors. $24.95 plus tax.
Now available at:
• Roots by Strattons
• The Food Store
• Bluffton Senior Citizens Center
• The Black Lab
Or if you are outside Bluffton, click below for a Priority Mail book delivery:
Click for Priority Mail book delivery

Citizens Bancshares, Inc., Annual Shareholders Meeting to be held virtually on
Jan. 26, 2021, at 7 p.m. online  at www.CNBOhio.com. Shareholders are receiving log-in information via U.S. mail.

Afraid you've missed a story on the Icon? Sign up to receive a daily e-mail that lists every story posted on Bluffton Icon on the previous day. It arrives first thing every morning. The e-mail includes the headline, photo, the opening paragraph of each story posted plus a link to the story if you wish to read the entire story. The service is free. Send a note to: info@blufftonicon.com. In the subject line type: E-mail news request. If you ever want to remove yourself the the mailing service, there's an option to click "remove me."

Ada Rental:  602 E. Lincoln St..Updated Two Bedroom ranch.
Appliances include: Stove, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Micro- Wave, Washer and
Dryer.  Single car attached garage.  No Pets - No smoking.  $600.00 per month
with $600.00 deposit.  Realtor Owned.  Call with voice message:  419-358-5450

168 E. Elm St. – Bluffton
Spacious two bedroom, one bath home. Available Jan. 1, 2021. Tenant pays all utilities. Rent $795 month plus deposit $795.  No Pets, No Smoking. Realtor Owned. Call or text 419-230-7158. Or email blufftonsold@gmail.com for an application.

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.

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

Position Title: Communications Coordinator / Staff Position: PAID
Ministry Purpose:

The Communications Coordinator helps share Bluffton Presbyterian’s mission of Growing in Faith, Sharing God’s Love through our various communication channels. The individual should have a good understanding of the congregation, contributing their communication skillsets, expertise, and creativity while being collaborative and team oriented. This position is for one year with the possibility of re-hire for future years.
Primary Areas of Responsibility:
• Manage designs for electronic sign (to be installed February 2021) and associated request/ approval/ publishing process (approved sign policy is in place). • Create graphics and layout for the weekly congregation email. • Provide communications/graphics support and development to the congregation with guidance from the direct supervisor, Pastor and/or other church leaders.
Relationships and Indirect Position Responsibilities:
• Works with direct supervisor or Pastor for direct guidance and coordination of priorities and messaging intent. • Works with the Administrative Assistant who is responsible for managing the calendar and verifying the accuracy of information related to the church activities. • Works on any ad hoc materials upon request with a team of volunteers and staff responsible for bulletin boards, displays within the church, public website, social media, online videos/livestream, and monthly newsletter.
Pay Rate and Hours:
• Flexibility is afforded in the development of the weekly work schedule. Compensation is commensurate with education and experience with a range of $10-$20 an hour. Hours are variable based on need. However, initially forecasting 4-6 hours with the potential of up to 10 hours per week.
Job Description:
• Execute areas of responsibility. • Be polite, friendly and courteous. • Attend periodic worship services at Bluffton Presbyterian Church, as agreed. • Participate in periodic check-ins, as agreed with the direct supervisor or Pastor • Report to the direct supervisor or Pastor and Personnel Chairs, who will conduct employee performance reviews. • Communicate in advance, by phone to the direct supervisor or Pastor any absences. • In the case of last-minute illness or emergency, contact the direct supervisor or Pastor as soon as possible prior to the start of any event so other arrangements can be made.
Key Skillsets:
Ability to develop appealing, relevant, and concise messages that conveys the mission and activities of Bluffton Presbyterian Church. • Accountability • Time Management • Verbal and written communication skills • Organization • Process Oriented • Coordination and collaboration with others • Able to tailor messages to intended audiences
• Degree in communications, graphics design, marketing, or related field; or equivalent experience.• Must have access to any required graphics software.
• Willing to submit to background and drug screenings. • Criminal background checks and fingerprinting prior to employment and in some cases an FBI records check due to prior residences.
Church Support Provided to Communications Coordinator:
To create a cooperative working environment, we will: Provide periodic check-ins with the direct supervisor or Pastor. Immediately seek to rectify any problems that may arise.  Allow grievances to be taken to the direct supervisor or Pastor and Personnel committee.Compensate fairly. Welcome suggestions for how to improve our program. Provide further mutually agreed upon opportunities for growth and leadership. A periodic performance review shall be conducted by the direct supervisor or Pastor and Personnel committee. To apply for this position, please submit a resume with a cover letter and the names of 2-3 references to Rev. Karol Schilling (pastor@blufftonpc.org).

Food Service, Working at ONU Dining Services
It's a new semester and we are adding to the team! Employees look forward to engaging with students and pride themselves on great customer service in an entertaining atmosphere.  We are looking for someone who has an excellent work ethic with qualities including good communication skills, is organized, and manages time well.  A love for food is a plus! 

Apply at Sodexo.Jobs and search hourly jobs, and enter the Job ID you would like to submit your application to:

Student Worker: 652211
Food Service Worker: 652216
Cook/Grill: 652218

GROB Systems, Bluffton, has openings for several positions. Apply at www.joingrob.com

Bluffton Aeration Service, Inc. is a local Environmental Service Co. is accepting applications for a full time/part time Route Driver with Class B or Class A CDL Handyman capabilities, team player, motivated, self-starter and  Hard worker are traits we are looking for.
We will train.
Competitive Wages/ Paid Holidays/ 401K
Insurance Benefits available
If interested call the Office at 419-358-1936
OR send Resumes to: basi_mm@yahoo.com

Bluffton University invites applications for the position of part time Assistant to Registrar. For application instructions please visit www.bluffton.edu/employment.

Wendy's of Bluffton
has openings!

352 State Route 103 -
Competitive pay,
advancement opportunities,
employee meal discounts.

You may apply now at:
EZ Apply
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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.