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1 -BLUFFTON TOWN HALL
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
Mayor
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

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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.
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
TOPS/KOPS
Sue Rysz, 419-358-4168
Town Hall Concert Series
Jeff Yoder, 419-979-9126
Transition Bluffton
Peter Badertscher

Churches

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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!

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BLUFFTON ANTHOLOGY
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 authiors. $24.95 plus tax. We can priority mail orders to you.
CLICK HERE FOR BOOK ORDER FORM

The Dough Hook Meat Market, 117 N. Main St., Bluffton, has holiday steak bundles at varioius prices. Click on the image to enlarge. 419-369-4264

From 415 Boutique, 415 N. Main St., Bluffton - Receive a free graphic T-shirt with any purchase of $75 regular-priced items. Hurry - only while supplies last.
419-358-0001

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce invited entries to this year's residential holiday lighting contest. To participate, Bluffton residents should email name, address, and phone number to blufftonchamber@gmail.com. Entries must be received by Friday, Dec. 4, and decorations should be installed by Saturday, Dec. 5.

Vizio sound "bar" to give away. Stackable. Bluetooth capable, but no
HDMI connection. Wired connections are optical cable, digital audio cable, or
RCA jacks. Also has Aux cable and USB connections. Contact Dan Berger,
bergerbluffton@gmail.com.

For rent - 183 Garmatter St. - Bluffton  
Three bedroom, one bath home. Includes stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer. Central Air, One car attached garage. Available Dec. 1st. Rent $900 month, plus $900 deposit. No Pets , No Smoking. Realtor Owned. Email blufftonsold@gmail.com or call/text 419-230-7158.

For rent - 1006 Northernview C- Ada
Two bedroom, one bath apartment. Includes stove, refrigerator, built in microwave, washer/dryer. Personal storage shed.  Available Jan.1, 2021. Rent $700 month. Plus $700 deposit. Private parking lot No Smoking, No Pets. Realtor Owned. Email blufftonsold@gmail.com or call/text419-230-7220.

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.

 

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

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Now hiring - Speedway in Beaverdam and Rich station in Ada. Appliy online at Speedway.com/careers

Family and Community engagement liaison - Hardin, Logan and Shelby counties. Position through Midwest Regional ESC. Must hold a bachelor's degree in education, social work, public administrator or a similar field. For complete details contact Shawn McElroy, Executive Director of Organizational Development at:
smcelroy@mresc.org

School psychologist, full-time for Ada Exempted Village Schools and Hardin Northern Local Schools. Submit application to Midwest Regional ESC, Attention Jana Barhorst, 129 E. Court St., Sidney, OH 45365, or email a application to jbarhorst@mresc.org

Bluffton University invites applications for the position of a full-time Custodial Associate. For application instructions please visit www.bluffton.edu/employment

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.  Starting pay for assembler is $13.50/hr with pay increases at 6 months, 12 months and annually thereafter. 
Great benefit package available DAY 1 of employment including:  medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, and life insurance. 401(k) benefit along with company match available after 90 days of service.
Please go to www.diamondmb.com/employment and apply on line.  Walk ins are welcome to fill out application on site.

SAW OPERATOR
Diamond Manufacturing of Bluffton, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is looking for individuals with the following qualifications:
• 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. Scribes reference lines on material as guide for sawing operations, according to blueprints, templates, sample parts, or specifications. Mounts work-piece in holding device, manually or using hoist/crane. 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 blueprints and job order for specifications, like material, type and size of stock and dimensions to be cut
• Be able to read a tape measure
• Obtain transfers stock to machine, manually or with hoist/crane
• Be able to pass a math test
Diamond Manufacturing works a four (4) day/10-hour work schedule Monday through Thursday.  If necessary, overtime work is scheduled on Friday. Starting pay for saw operator is $13.50/hr with pay increases at 6 months, 12 months and annually thereafter. 
Great benefit package available DAY 1 of employment including:  medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, and life insurance. 401(k) benefit along with company match available after 90 days 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 - 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
• Proficient in reading tape measure
• 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).
Diamond Manufacturing works a four (4) day/10-hour work schedule Monday through Thursday.  If necessary, overtime work is scheduled on Friday.  Starting pay for welder is between $15.00 and $16.00/hr based upon weld test results. Pay increases at 6 months, 12 months and annually thereafter. 
Great benefit package available DAY 1 of employment including:  medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, life insurance, and company paid weld jackets. 401(k) benefit along with company match available after 90 days of service.
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.  

MATERIAL HANDLER/FORKLIFT OPERATOR
Diamond Manufacturing of Bluffton, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is looking for individuals with the following qualifications:

This position is responsible for moving material within the weld and paint departments.  Material handler needs to have very good organizational skills and be able to prioritize work to ensure all work is completed in a timely manner; work flow must be maintained to support the weld shop.  Candidate will also be power washing racks when time allows and support paint department in material handling if needed.

To be considered for this opportunity, candidates must:
• Be willing to work as required to complete tasks, including overtime when necessary
• Experience in forklift; must be able to work at a pace that is safe yet efficient for manufacturing
• Must be dependable and be able to work in a team environment
• Good communication skills
Diamond Manufacturing works a four (4) day/10-hour work schedule Monday through Thursday, 6 am to 4:30 pm.  Starting pay for material handler is $13.50/hr with pay increases at 6 months, 12 months and annually thereafter. 
Great benefit package available DAY 1 of employment including:  medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, and life insurance. 401(k) benefit along with company match available after 90 days of service.
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.

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