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Village of Bluffton

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

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.

Advertising Info

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
The Icon lists these groups on the Classified Page as a community service. The Icon asks these groups to inform us when an update needed is needed on your listing. Send information to: info@blufftonicon.com.

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: 2005 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback. Car runs well and in good condition. 159,000 miles, manual transmission. Leather seats, sunroof. AutoCheck Vehicle History Report available from owner. Asking $2,500.  Call 419-905-9942.

Have you seen The Dough Hook's weekly meat package? The package changes every week and is featured in the The Dough Hook's website and in the store at 117 N. Main St., Bluffton.  CLICK HERE for the website.

Boutique 415 - 415 N. Main St., Bluffton, now offering 20% off Ohio State tops, dusters and sports earrings. And, a shoe sale, $10 and up.
Polished Nail and Body Salon - tanning special: Buy 3 weeks for $29.95. Buy a single tanning lotion packet and get a free tan. 419-358-0001.

Family True Value Hardware, 109 N. Main St., Bluffton, announces its September Bargains of the Month. Store hours are Mondays through Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 419-358-2866. CLICK HERE for complete list.

The old St. Mary's church pump organ needs a new home. Contact Betty Pakosz at 419-345-9482, or e-mail at bpakosz@yahoo.com. For a history of the organ, click here.

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

                  ClearView Cleaning
               Residential & Commercial
           Window Cleaning * House Washing
          Gutter Cleaning * Concrete Cleaning
                     Vinyl Fence Cleaning
                     Solar Panel Cleaning
               Call for a free estimate today!
                    10% off senior discount 


Ariens Amp Rider all-electric mower. Includes charger and key. Ready for a new set of batteries and a new owner! Great for smaller lawns. Excellent condition. Original owner. Need room in my garage! $300. 419-308-0981 (text or phone message).

Marantz NR 1607 surround sound receiver with 7 channels of amplification. Box and accessories, including remote and calibration mic. Like new. Original owner. Asking $390. Text or phone 419-308-0981.

Ada Area Chamber of Commerce's 34th annual Harvest and Herb Festival, Saturday, Sept. 21. Main Street Ada.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - craft booths open
10 a.m. - parade
11 a.m.-4 p.m. - kid's area with pony rides, face painting, inflatible obstacle course
Noon - Crowning of Festival queen
Findlay Corvette Club car display (weather permitting)
Many food booths

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.


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

Help wanted - The Dough Hook has immediate openings for several open positions. Duties include baking, customer service, food prep, meat processing and more. Interested candidates send letter or resume, or stop in at The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., Bluffton Ask for Marlena, or email marlenaballinger@doughhook.com

Help wanted: Pandora-Gilboa School has a maintenance supervisor apprentice position available. This is a non-union supervisor position.The candidate selected
will apprentice with our existing maintenance supervisor. Salary per Board
adopted schedule, including benefits and State Retirement System.This is a
12-month position.  Knowledge of HVAC, plumbing and general maintenance
repair preferred.  A strong work ethic and ability to learn job skills also
considered.  Background & FBI check required. Send resume and references by September 27 to:
Shelly Guthrie
410 Rocket Ridge
Pandora, OH  45877

Wilson Sporting Goods Co., the world’s premier ball sports equipment manufacturing company, has a 1st shift opening for the position of In-Laid Stripe Applicator in our Assembly Department at our Wilson Football plant located in Ada, OH. The main duties of this position will be to operate the machine to place and secure the in-laid stripe on the football panel.  Must be able to handle simple tools as well as communicate and take direction from others well.  Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED and at least one (1) year of factory experience. If you meet our requirements and are interested in joining our legacy of achievement,
please visit the Wilson Careers page at www.wilson.com for more information and to apply. Wilson Sporting Goods Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/VD/V

Food Service Worker at Ohio Northern University Dining Services
Job Overview:
The Food Service Worker may work anywhere on property where food is prepared. This person will assist in setup and serving of food from counters and steamtables. Duties will include cleaning and sanitizing equipment and work stations. The general responsibilities of the position include those listed below, but Sodexo may identify other responsibilities of the position. These responsibilities may differ among accounts, depending on business necessities and client requirements.
General Responsibilities:
Reads recipes and/or product directions.
Estimates food requirements.
Operates a variety of kitchen utensils to weigh, measure, mix, wash, peel, cut, grind, stir, strain, season and knead foodstuffs for cooking, serving and storing.
Assists in the preparation of hot and/or cold foods, and properly stores food, utilizing knowledge of temperature requirements and spoilage.
Keeps records and requisition for supplies/equipment as needed.
Serves and replenishes food from counters and steam tables (sometimes using a conveyor food belt), and breaks down stations at the end of meal periods.
Brews coffee and tea.
Attends training programs (classroom and virtual) as designated.
May work on a trayline to distribute food.
May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Job Qualifications:
High School diploma, GED, or equivalent experience.
Ability to communicate with co-workers and other departments with professionalism and respect.
Maintains a professional relationship with all coworkers, vendor representatives, supervisors, managers, customers, and client representatives.
Ability to use a computer.
Ability to provide clear directions and respond to employees.
General Qualifications:
Ability to work a flexible schedule helpful.
Must comply with any dress code requirements.
Must be able to work nights, weekends and some holidays.
Attends work and shows up for a scheduled shift on time with satisfactory regularity.
An additional application must be completed before management will contact you for a possible interview. Search Ada, Ohio at: http://sodexo.balancetrak.com


HILTY HOME, 304 Hilty Dr., Pandora, OH

  • RN/LPN (Full and Part-time, 2p-10p, 10p-6a & 6p-6am)
  • STNA (Full and Part-time, all shifts)
  • Child Care (Full time, Toddler room, 1pm-close)

MAPLE CREST, 700 Maple Crest Ct., Bluffton, OH

  • Dietary Cook (Part-time)
  • Dietary Assistant (Part-time)


  • Director of Building and Grounds
  • STNA (Full and Part-time 2nd and 3rd shifts/ Part-time, dayshift)
  • RN/LPN (Full and Part-time, 2pm-10pm)
  • Personal Care Assistant (Part-time 6am- 10pm)
  • Dietary Aide (Part-time, 2nd shift)

WILLOW RIDGE, 410 W. Elm St. Bluffton, Oh

  • STNA/Shahbaz (Full-time, 2-10pm)


  • STNA (Part-time, primarily dayshift hours)

If interested please apply in person or online at www.mhcoliving.org under the careers link.

$1,000 sign on bonus for full- and part-time state-tested nursing assistants!

Help wanted: Bluffton University is in search of a Director of the Center for Career and Vocation.  The center provides career and vocational advising to students and is a centralized contact for outside organizations interested in working with our students.  Please visit www.bluffton.edu/employment for a detailed job description and contact information.

Help wanted: Bluffton University invites applications for the position of Vice President of Fiscal Affairs.  For a full description, requirement and application instructions, please visit www.bluffton.edu./employment.

Store help needed - Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn: We’re adding to our team of part-time on-going associates in both Bluffton & Lima!  If you love customer service, wish to work in a fast-paced, fun environment, Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Co might be right for you!  Interested individuals can send a resume to pete@shirleyspopcorn.com or can stop into our Bluffton or Lima stores to complete an application.

Seasonal help needed - Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn: We’re looking for folks who are interested in picking up some additional hours during the holiday season!  Applicants must be prepared to work 3 or 4 hours at a time, with availability in the mid-late afternoon, evenings, or at night.  Specific timing of the work can be flexible!  The position requires standing for the duration of the work, which is popping popcorn, caramelizing popcorn, coating popcorn, and packaging popcorn.  Most hours will be available from Nov 1 - Dec 23.  If interested, please email jen@shirleyspopcorn.com and/or attend our information meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 11 at 900 N Main Street (the former drive-through & carryout).


Wilson Sporting Goods Co., the world’s premier ball sports equipment manufacturing company, seeks a Graphics Technician for our Wilson Football Plant located in Ada, OH. The Graphics Technician is responsible for the design and production of projects from initial layouts through completion.  This position requires a degree in Graphic Arts or related field and knowledge of Corel Draw, Illustrator, and Microsoft Office. If you meet our requirements and are interested in joining our legacy of achievement, please visit the Wilson Careers page at www.wilson.com for more information and to apply.

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/VD/V

Assembly Operator: 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.

Custodial Positions - Sodexo Facilities @ ONU has custodial positions open on multiple shifts. Starting at $10.00 per hour with a $.25 shift premium for 2nd and 3rd shift. Must have valid driver’s license. Must be able to lift 40 lbs.
Apply @ http://sodexo.balancetrak.com and search 2019-18606. Questions?
Call 419-772-2460 (M-F, 8a-5p)

Current openings – Good Samaritan, Arlington
RN/LPN: Full time – various shifts available, includes every other weekend, and holidays.
STNA: Part time and full time - various shifts available, includes every other weekend, and holidays.
COOK: Part time - various shifts available, includes every other weekend, and holidays.
DIETARY ASSISTANT: Part time day shift - includes every other weekend, and holidays.
Offer call in pay in all departments!
Shift differential!
Apply at good-sam.com
Questions can call 419-365-5115

Wendy's of Bluffton has openings. Competitive pay, advancement opportunities, employee meal discounts.
You may apply now at:
EZ Apply
Txt 419-962-3029
Code: 10522

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.