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Village of Bluffton

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
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, English Lutheran Church, 111 Grove St
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
Please contact Icon at info@blufftonicon.com for any organization changes in your listing
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
Sue Rysz, 419-358-4168
Town Hall Concert Series
Jeff Yoder, 419-979-9126


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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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.

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• Properties for sale or for rent
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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.

Top 9 countries of Icon viewers, with 166 countries represented as viewers:
1 – U.S.
2 – Canada
3 – Norway
4 – United Kingdom
5 – India
6 – Philippines
7 – Germany
8 – Australia
9 – Singapore

Top 10 states of Icon viewers, with all 50 represented:
1 – Ohio
2 – Michigan
3 – Florida
4 – Indiana
5 – Illinois
6 – California
7 – Texas
8 – North Carolina
9 – Georgia
10 – New York

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

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

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1 – Time Warner
2 – Qwest
3 – Embarq
4 – Watch
5 – Fairpoint

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2 – Classifieds
3  - News
4 – Obituaries
5 – Photo gallery
6 – Ad index
7 – Calendar
8 – Restaurant menus

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.

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Offering Spanish lessons/tutoring with flexible rates.  I hold a B.A in Spanish, have studied abroad in Peru and Mexico, and spent time in Colombia and Honduras. I also have 3 three years experience working as a professional interpreter. Conctact Jeff Yoder at jeffreyjantzi@gmail.com or call/text 419-979-9126.

Childcare provider will be having summer openings - Reasonable/ affordable rates - 567 -226 -1188.

House for sale in Bluffton quiet residential neighborhood. Brand new renovation including:
3 bedroom
1 bathroom
new roof
new floors
all new doors
new kitchen
new bathroom
new Laundry room
New drive way and walks
new landscaping
Ingrown Automatic irrigation system
Too much to list a must see
Priced to sell
Please call Franz for appointment to see - 419-231-0741

The Inn at Ohio Northern University is seeking qualified applicants for the following positions:

Full-time Culinary Line & Banquet Cook
Full-time Dining & Banquet Server

Competitive wages offered, FT position offers benefits. Must have flexible scheduling availability. You may apply at the Inn or at: http://www.innatonu.com/careers   EOE

Help wanted: Full-time office staff, 30-34 hours a week. No weekends, no major holidays. Past office work helpful, but not required. Monday thru Thursdays 8:45 to 5:15. Send resume to Office Staff, P.O. Box 209, Pandora, Ohio 45877-0209. No phone calls please.


HILTY HOME, 304 Hilty Dr., Pandora, OH
STNA (Part-time, 2nd &3rd Shift)

STNA (Full-time, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Shift)

RN/LPN (Full-time and Part-time 3rd shift)

DIETARY (Part-time Cook 2nd shift with 1st shift fill in)

Child Care Aide (Part-time, must be available 5:45am-6pm)

HOME HEALTH, 410 W. Elm St. Bluffton, OH

Home Health Aide (Part-time, 1st shift)

MAPLE CREST, 700 Maple Crest Ct, Bluffton, OH

Housekeeping (Part-time, 1st shift)

Dietary Aide (Part-time, 2nd shift)

Elder Assistant (Full time 1st shift and Part time, 2nd shift)

Office Assistant (Part-time 1st shift- some 2nd shift for special events)

STNA (Full-time and Part-time,  2nd& 3rd Shift)

Dietary/Cook (Part-time, 1st shift)

RN/LPN (Part-time 2nd shift)

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

Shahbaz (Part time, 1st & 2nd Shift)

RN (Part-time Dayshift)
IF INTERESTED PLEASE APPLY IN PERSON OR ONLINE AT www.mhcoliving.org under the careers tab.


Lima Convalescent Home Foundation is seeking a full-time Activity Director.  This person will be responsible for planning, guiding, and participating in the residents’ activities. This person attends Care Conferences, completes a section of the MDS related to activities, and does Activity Assessments.  The Activity Director hires and leads a team of Activity Staff.  The person that takes this position needs to be compassionate, interested in older adults, and able to communicate well. Activity Director Certification and experience preferred.

Please send a resume or apply to: Lima Convalescent Home, 1650 Allentown Road, Lima, Ohio 4580. EOE

Bluffton University invites applications for the position of Admission Counselor.  Responsibilities include managing an assigned recruitment territory to meet or exceed established goals for students in the following areas, but not limited to:  campus visits, accepted and enrolled students and out of state students. Coordinate church and high school visits, and represent Bluffton University at various functions.  Visit www.bluffton.edu/employment for a full job description and further requirements for this position.

Administrative Assistant needed for a full-time front desk position in a busy Family/Complementary/Alternative Medicine practice. Ideal candidate must be detail oriented and reliable, have strong computer skills and excellent patient service skills, ability to multi-task, and medical office experience/knowledge preferred. Responsibilities include greeting patients, scheduling appointments, answering phone calls, and checking patients in/out, and willing to cross-train in back office responsibilities. Great work environment, benefits, no weekends. Email resume and three business references to kgundycohc@yahoo.com for Celebration of Health Association, Bluffton.

Help wanted: Citizens National Bank has a part-time opening for a Bank Teller in Bluffton. You will have the opportunity to provide quality customer service by accurately processing financial transactions such as receiving deposits, paying checks, providing information in response to customer inquiries, sharing knowledge about products and services, and balancing cash. Hours for this position will be approximately 24-28 per week and flexibility is required. Please visit www.cnbohio.com under “Resources”, “Careers” for more information and to apply. CNB is an Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Would you like to be part of a winning team and serve your community?  If so, The Union Bank Company has a full-time Deposit Operations Clerk position open in Columbus Grove.  The individual will assist Deposit Operations with a wide variety of functions with constant efficiency and confidentiality.  Candidates should have excel and word experience as well as good customer service skills.  One year of experience in a related position in a financial institution is preferred. *We encourage that all applicants attach a resume when applying. We are an equal opportunity employer. CLICK HERE to apply.

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Hiring RNs - We believe better care begins at home. Make an impact delivering compassionate, high-quality care to patients in their homes or places of residence. Skilled nursing, hospice and palliative care; deliver the appropriate care and emotional support to patients and families in Hardin County and surrounding area. Flexible full-time and part-time positions available. Apply at office or online: www.ComHealthPro.org
CHP Home Care & Hospice
1200 S Main St
Ada, OH 45810-9452

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.

Free: 2 AKC teacup Yorkshire Terrier puppies. One male, one female. For free: Contact brown.tracy42@gmail.com

Mothers of Preschools (MOPS) will hold a mom-to-mom  sale  from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 3, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church gymnasium, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton. Also at the sale is a bake sale by donation. Collection of non-perishable food for the Bluffton Food Pantry will also take place. Admission is free.

Bluffton Senior Citizens' Annual Garage Sale, 132 N. Main St., Thur. Mar. 1st and Fri. Mar. 2nd  9AM-6PM, Sat. Mar. 3rd, 9AM-1:00PM, Mon. Mar. 5th 9AM-2 PM, half-price sale.  Antiques, collectables, movies, music,  glassware, crafts, dishes, small appliances, tools, books, magazines, games, toys, puzzles galore, furniture and household items.

Country Farm Home for rent in Bluffton/Bluffton Schools
4 Bedroom 1 Bath Home in beautiful country setting:
8530 Columbus Grove Rd
New bathroom
Large dining room and living room with great view
Natural gas no AC
All new flooring, windows, paint and siding
$900 per month
No pets
Security deposit and 1st month rent required
Inquire at: snswesterninvestments@gmail.com

For rent: 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment at $450 per month available immediately. Located above Ada Main street office; Nice back deck.  No pets.  Call Darla Crownhart 567-674-0765 Century 21 Sunway Realty

Office space available - 950 square foot reception area, 2 offices, kitchen, off-street parking. $675. Contract negotiable. 419-234-6065.

Nice 2 bedroom downstairs apartment, off-street parking, no pets. $650 plus deposit. One year contract. 419-234-6065.

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.

Apartment for rent - 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, open concept living room, dining and kitchen, laundry area, handicapped accessible, plenty of parking. Recently renovated, big back yard. Call 419-231-0741 for details.

Spacious 2 bedroom,1 bath,c/a, laundry facility onsite, close to I-75
No Pets, No Smoking. Rents $610 &  $695 remodeled
heckrentals@hotmail.com or Call 419-306-0520


For rent: Ada ranch duplex available Feb. 1, 2018. 2 bedrooms/1 bath.
Appliances include: Stove, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Garbage Disposal, Washer
and Dryer. No smoking/no pets. Realtor owned. $550.00 per month. Call

For rent: 2-unit office complex in Bluffton
Newly remodeled commercial property divided into 2 units located at 142 Vance Street, Bluffton. Each unit has 3-4 offices. Building has new furnace and central air. Contact Lisa Wenger, RealLiving CCR Realtors, 419-231-1823.


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 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

Heritage Bluffton safe available. Must be moved. 111 Vine St., call 419-358-6886.

Notice of Meeting of the Members of Mennonite Memorial Fund, Inc.
Date: Feb. 19, 2018 • Time: 5:45 p.m.
Location: Mennonite Memorial Home Conference Room, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton, Ohio
Membership includes:
a) Trustees of Mennonite Memorial Home, Inc. 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton, Ohio  45817
b) Contributing members, being those persons, associations, corporations, or congregations who have made or make a cash contribution of not less than $100 to the funds of the corporation; and
c) Honorary members, being persons designated from time to time by the Board of Trustees for distinguished service in keeping with the purpose of the corporation.
The purpose of this meeting is to amend the By-laws of Mennonite Memorial Fund, Inc.

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The Centre at Bluffton presents "Revenge of Frankenstein," dinner theatre, Saturday, March 10. Hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m., dinner and live theatre at 7 p.m. Ticket deadline Thursday, March 1. Tickets prices: $45 each; $85 for 2; $310 for table of 8. Call 419-358-8533 for tickets.

Walkers Welcome at Bluffton Schools -The Bluffton Schools welcome any citizen interested in walking the hallways during the winter months. The Bluffton Elementary and Middle Schools may be used for walking from 6:15 – 7:15 a.m. and 6-7 p.m.,  Please enter at the main elementary door during these times.  The buildings are open each day when school is in session.

The Scoreboard, 111 N. Main St., Bluffton, has a buy one, get one (BOGO) special sale in February. Buy one item and get 30 percent off a second item of equal or lesser value. And, while you are in the store, sign up for the February contest "Who said it?" Three winners will get a fun new tee shirt.