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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

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

Churches

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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• 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)
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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:
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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

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• 21,836 views of jumping rope 100 times at elementary field day May 11, 2016

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• 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

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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

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3 – Verizon
4 – Quest
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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 Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., Bluffton, taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys now through Thursday, Nov. 19. The Dough Hook's turkeys are Bowman Landes, Ohio raised. 419-369-4264 • Tuesdays-Fridays 8 to 5 • Saturdays 8-noon.

 

Parkes Power Equipment, 9801 State Route 103, Jenera, has Echo chain saws and leaf blowers. parkespower@frontier.com • 419-365-0002

Garage sale: Saturday, October 24 from 8 a.m. to noon, 314 N High St/SR 12 Columbus Grove. Tools, grill, fire pit, snowblower; nice rocking chair, as well as gently used living room and bedroom furniture; computer desk and shelves; glassware, cookware (Emeril and Paula Deen), dinnerware, antique side tables, lamps and collectibles; quite a selection of home decor items and more. All priced to sell!

Brand new Samebike electric assist bikes for sale. Front fork suspension, disc brakes front and rear, kickstand, lightweight and they fold for easy travel. Asking $900 for one, or $1750 for both. Cash or Certified check only. Please call 937-658-0751 for more information.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Spectrum Salon, 422 N. Main St., Bluffton, will hold a “pink” pumpkin decorating contest. Mandy Kinn said, “Decorate a pumpkin pink for breast cancer and message it to our Facebook page. We will then hold a contest with all entries. Prizes will be awarded.” Entries must. Be received by Tuesday, Oct. 20. Voting starts on Oct. 21 and continues through Friday, Oct. 30.

The Inn at ONU is taking reservations for its “Around the world Halloween wine sampling.” It is from 7:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, at The Inn, 401 W. College Ave., Ada. Call 419-772-4112 for reservations.

Suter's Produce corn maze, cider press, pumpkin and sunflower patches are open weekends now through Nov. 1. Located at 4678 Road R, Pandora, check the website for all details: www.suterproduce.com

 

 

Urologist Craig A. Nicholson, MD, FACS, is now accepting patients at his Wapakoneta office, 1258 Bellefontaine St., Wapakoneta, OH 45895. He is the Kettering Medical Center, Troy, Ohio, network medical director of Urology and Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery. For an appointment call 419-739-1980. Click here for his bio and his new patient appointment request link.

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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

Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road, has an opening for a weekend and evening front desk person. Stop in and fill out an application.

Steiner & Granger LLC in Bluffton is looking for an Insurance Agent
Hours / Schedule:  20-25 hours a week in a family – friendly work environment; opportunity for more hours plus commission pay
Qualifications:
• State of Ohio P/C Insurance license or the willingness to obtain the license
• State of Ohio Life and Health Insurance license or the willingness to obtain the license
Special Skills:  Must have high ethical standards, attention to detail and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  Must be highly motivated with strong organization skills, technology skills and the ability to multitask.  Candidate must be friendly and willing to step in wherever needed.
Computer Skills: Must have a general understanding of Microsoft office products and the willingness to learn web based applications.
Email resume with references to jgranger@sagepointadvisor.com

PARTS HELP
Help w/shipping non freight parts, taking pictures of parts & research of heavy duty truck parts. Some experience w/computers. Training available. Flexible hours, open to full time.
jmullins@trucklinerparts.com 
www.trucklinerparts.com
(614)607-1251

 

PARTS HELP
Help needed w/research, organization & inventory for heavy duty truck parts. Some experience w/computers. Training available. Flexible hours available 6:30-6, open to full time. 

jmullins@trucklinerparts.com 
www.trucklinerparts.com
(614) 607-1251

 

SRK is a world-class manufacturer of anti-vibration automotive components in need of Part-Time Associates. Starting wage $14.70 to $15.10 (Depending on hours selected). Choose your schedule based on 4-hour shifts or 8-hour shifts.

If you are interested in working in a safe, team environment at a company that believes the associates are their most important resource, please apply to:  www.us.sumiriko.com or complete an application on-site at SumiRiko, 320 Snider Road, Bluffton, Ohio. SumiRiko Ohio is an equal opportunity employer.

Full-time career opportunity - Citizens National Bank. Click on ad for details.

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.

FABRICATOR/PROTOTYPE BUILDER
Diamond Manufacturing of Bluffton, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is looking for individuals with the following qualifications:
• 3 – 5 years’ fabrication experience
• Ability to read and interpret blueprints, sketches, and product specifications
• Experience using measuring tools
• Must be self-motivated and can work with minimal supervision
• Good communication skills
Job duties include but are not limited to:
• Fabricate and assemble structural metal products
• Design and build templates and fixtures
• Inspection of assemblies for conformance to customer specifications

Diamond Manufacturing has up to date equipment (MIG Welders; Tig Welders, Laser, Plasma Table, Press Brake, Machining Centers, and Fresh Air Control).

Hours of work are Monday through Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

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.

Visit our website at www.diamondMB.com/employment to apply on line and upload a resume.

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.

Visit 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.

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.  

GROB Systems, Inc. is hiring! Whether you’re seeking a skilled technician position or a career in engineering, look no further! GROB offers competitive wages, an excellent benefits package, 401K and more. To view our available positions and apply online, please visit https://joingrob.com

Local CPA firm is seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant with strong customer service and organizational skills, and experience with Microsoft Office.   Duties include but are not limited to answering phones and greeting clients, scheduling appointments and managing calendars, maintaining electronic and physical filing systems, and supporting our team by performing other tasks related to operations. Retirement plan is available. Insurance is not currently offered. Please send resumes to rscpa@cpabluffton.com.

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.