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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

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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
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
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
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

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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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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

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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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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

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

  • Full-time Culinary Chef
  • Full-time Bartender
  • Part-time Housekeeping Guest Room Attendant
  • Part-time Laundry Associate

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

St. Rita’s has a variety of openings available for EMTs, Paramedics, and Dispatchers! Benefits include medical/dental/vision insurance, paid time off, 403b retirement plans, and more!  Interested candidates may apply online atwww.mercy.com/careers or reach out to Jeremy Amstutz, HR Recruiter at 419-226-8755 for more information.

Help wanted - CSR/Teller, Citizens National Bank.

Help wanted - Customer care center representative.

Operations Specialist - Citizens National Bank. Performs a variety of duties.

Ada Exempted Village School has an opening for a Braillist, part-time, 5-days a week, from 8 a.m. to noon. The start date is Aug. 6. The applicant must hold a valid ODE educational aide permit. Midwest Regional ESC will provide free training to a qualified candidate. For questions about the position contact Craig Ludwig, special education director at cludwig@mresc.org. Click here for an application. Submit application to: Midwest Regional ESC, Attn. Jana Barhorst at jbarhorst@mresc.org.

GROB SYSTEM INC Human Resources Assistant (Bluffton)
This position is responsible for supporting the Human Resources team in order to effectively execute all areas of responsibilities including payroll, benefits administration, recruiting, immigration, contract labor management, travel and other tasks as deemed necessary

Roles & Responsibilities:
Coordinating interviews
Monitoring pre-employment contingencies
Conducting new hire orientation classes
Processing foreign letters of invitation and support letters
Prepare work visa applications for employees traveling to foreign countries
Partner with department managers to manage contract labor agreements and workforce needs
Serve as back-up for payroll processing
Processing expense and service reports
Coordinate and book business travel (flights, hotels, rental cars)

Education & Experience Requirements:
Minimum of Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s degree preferred in Human Resources; other Business majors accepted
Knowledge of SAP software is a plus
Familiarity with immigration policies and procedures is a plus
Experience booking and arranging business travel preferred but not required

General Requirements:
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to work with confidential and sensitive information in a discrete and professional manner
Ability to effectively work with employees at all levels of the organization
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
Willing to work overtime

GROB offers a competitive wage as well as an excellent benefit package including vacation, medical, dental, vision, prescription drug, STD, Life insurance, and 401K with company match         

If interested in applying please e-mail a resume to: employment@grobsystems.com

Check us out: www.grobgroup.com/en

Full-time Landscape Installation Crew position now open.  Need to be physically fit and have a valid driver's license with a good driving record. Apply in person at: 0395 State Route 235, Ada, New Leaf Garden Center.

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

Wilson Sporting Goods Co., the world’s premier ball sports equipment manufacturing company, has 1st and 2nd shift openings for Utility Operators in our Assembly and Sewing Departments for our Wilson Football plant located in Ada, OH. These positions will perform work in any position in the factory in the assembly and/or sewing departments. 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

New Leaf (ADA STORE ONLY) has an employment opportunity for immediate hiring: Part-time retail position, weekly day-time hours and must be able to work Saturdays and Sundays. Apply in person at: 0395 State Route 235, Ada, OH.

Help wanted: Nursing Home Administrator for Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, Pandora, Ohio. An exciting career opportunity for a licensed nursing home administrator to join a faith-based, not-for-profit retirement community committed to honoring the dignity of elders.  Must be willing to think outside the traditional model of care and lead the organization with a creative, person-centered philosophy. Hilty Home has 61 licensed nursing beds and 29 certified AL beds. Qualified candidates must have excellent communication skills, strong interpersonal and team building skills and financial management experience. Submit resume to Laura Voth via email at lvoth@mhcoliving.org, or on-line at www.mhcoliving.org.  Deadline:  May 1, 2019.  EOE.

Ada Public Library Job Description: Library Assistant/Clerk
Reports to director, position is hourly/part-time, NO benefits, non-exempt, $11/hour

  • High school diploma/GED
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Internet functions
  • Interact with patrons in a positive manner
  • Possesses good health, high moral character, good attendance record, great work ethic
  • Must be able to work in a “teamwork” environment

General Description: Assist patrons in finding information in the library and the online consortium; use online search engines/databases.  Manage the circulation desk, user and technical services.  May be called to act as the “Person in Charge,” of the library.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Circulation Desk and General Assistance:
  • Interact with and maintain a positive relationship with the public
  • Handle circulation desk roles: registering patrons for library cards, checking materials in and out, placing orders via our consortia system, handling Inter-library loan materials, processing cargo shipments, shelving materials, collecting fees and fines
  • Provide telephone, reference, copier, fax, and online assistance
  • Record Circulation statistics, OPLIN statistics, and other daily counts as informed
  • Handle monies in fines drawer; balance drawer daily
  • Straighten shelves and shelf read


  • Assist the Director and Youth Services Coordinator with special library programs as needed (Summer Reading Club, various after school programing, storytime)
  • Arrange displays and decorate the building for holidays and special occasions
  • Substitute for other clerks
  • Perform miscellaneous tasks as assigned
  • Additional Working conditions:
  • Exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and tissue
  • Operation of a vehicle under inclement weather

    Those interested, should send a resume and letter of interest to:

    Rhett Grant, Director, Ada Public Library, 320 N. Main St. Ada, OH 45810. adalibrarydirector@gmail.com. Closing date April 26;  tentative starting date of May 7.

Immediate job openings - Ohio Regional Distribution Center for Lowe's. Call 419-429-5700.
Click here for more details.
• AND to apply immediately send your application to: ApplyNow@job.lowes.com

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:
• Electrical Panel Assemblers
• Electrical Final Assembly Technicians
• Sub Assembly Technicians
• Final Assembly Technicians – Geometry
• Fluid Power Technicians

Learn more about GROB Systems and our open positions at www.grobgroup.com/en and submit a resume to employment@grobsystems.com.

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.

Garage sale - 3636 N. Pevee Road, Bluffton, Thursday 9-5; Friday, 9-5; Saturday 9-3 - refinshed Antique furniture  Antique dress/mirror, cained bottom chairs  chairs in the ruff, cained back sofa, wooden side chair, drop leaf table/2 leaves, 4 poster baby craddle (no rungs) 50’s metal doll house /furniture, Steele Case desk(great for a work shop), oil lamps, old glass, green depression, zolan collector plates, tufted wing back chair, old Kirby sweeper, lg oval blue braided rug, newer radio flyer 2 seated wagon ,old metal red wagon, womens xlg-4x lots of 26 black pants, mens 40x30 pants, infant girls-4/5  mostly 25/50 cents, infants boys-12mo.m baby bouncer, xmas, misc.


Child care provider has openings! Full/parttime , reasonable rates ,meals /snacks included, flexibility and dependable romickk@yahoo.com 567-250-0407 

Make your yard look new this year - Lugibihl Spray service had grass seed, soil tests, fertilizer, lime and gypsum, spray for weeds and more. Click for complete details. Lugibihl Spray Service, 6705 Tom Fett Road, Bluffton, 419-358-6372.

Affordable Lawncare - Accepting customers in Ada and Bluffton. Call or text Justin Rigsby at 937-738-LAWN (5296).

For rent  - Jefferson Street Villas, Bluffton. Spacious 3 bedroom 2 bath units.  Washer, dryer and kitchen appliances included. Pet friendly!  $995 a month plus utilities. Call 419-296-3786.

House for rent: Recently renovated 3 bedroom ,1 bathroom, laundry room, attached garage, good sized back yard, on quiet road in Bluffton. Please call for information

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
3591 County Road 44
Ada, OH 45810
Call 419-303-8869 for availability

Realtor owned

760 East 4th Street
Lima, OH 45804
Now Accepting Applications!

1 & 2 BR Apartments
Appliances, carpet & A/C included.
Utilities, water, sewer & trash removal included.
Please Call 419.227.5325 to schedule and appointment.
Rent is based on income. Income Restrictions may apply.
Voice/TTY: 800-553-0300
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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

Bluffton Arts & Crafts Festival: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 11. Street fair with 60 non-commercial arts & crafts vendors, 6 musical acts in Music Tent, FREE pony rides, FREE mini golf, JAMPD activities van, Hard Rock Llama display, food trucks and more! Sponsored by Wessler Engineering, Superior Energy Solutions, M&R Plumbing and Heating, and Bluffton Hospital. MORE at www.explorebluffton.com/arts-crafts-festival

Black hard wood mulch - will deliver. Call Rich Johnson at 419-234-4202 or 419-358-4666.


Family True Value Hardware, 109 N. Main St., Bluffton, 419-358-2866, lists its April bargains of the month. To view, click here.

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