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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

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

AA Open Discussion
7:30 p.m., Mondays, and Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. at the English Lutheran Church, 111 Grove St
Al-Anon meetings
Mondays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11:30 a.m. at 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
Facebook: Bluffton Community Sportsmen's Club
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
Tom Schmidt, 310-486-8024, Tomwschmidt@gmail.com
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
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, TransitionBluffton@gmail.com


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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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:
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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 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

Top 5 web providers used to view The Icon:
1 – Time Warner
2 – Qwest
3 – Embarq
4 – Watch
5 – Fairpoint

Most viewed pages
1 – Home page
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.

Classified Ads

Childcare provider has openings .. Full/part time. 567-226-1188

ALL SERVICE AERATION - Complete aeration and septic tank services. Pumping, rooting, jetting, portable toilets, 129 Lake St., Bluffton, Randy Matter, 419-358-6815.

Fruchey's 4 Seasons - We do landscaping, yard clean up, tree removal, small construction projects, asphalt repair, and in the winter, snow removal. Call 419-905-6774

2007 Saturn Ion.  Very clean, garage kept.  72,000 miles.  Good tires.  Everything work; radio, air conditioner, power windows, locks, etc.  (419) 358-8006.

2927 County Road 60, Ada
Beautifully maintained ranch house with natural gas.  3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms.  Living room with wood burning fireplace.  Spacious kitchen with new stainless steel appliances.  Beautiful sun room. Laundry room with washer/dryer and deep sink.  Hardwood and ceramic tile.  2.5 car garage and large brick patio.  Nicely landscaped.  Many extras.
For Sale by Owner, Call 419-302-4521

Land for sale - Building lots, divide, whole. Call for details. .3 miles north of Ada. West side of State Route 235. 419-236-0067.

1994 Wilderness 26' camper. Clean. AC, frig. Good condition. 419-358-0371 or 419-902-1745. Bluffton address.

1984 17' boat, 75 hp motor, and trailer for sale. Motor needs tune-up. $650.00.  419-358-0371 or 419-902-1745.  Bluffton address.

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
• The Food Store, 103 S. Main, Bluffton
•  Or, click for an order blank

Painting Supervisor Needed:
Established, safety- conscious, local Painting Company seeking the right individual to supervise small crew.

Qualified applicant selected will receive fair hourly wage and will be paid overtime over 40 hours. Workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance carried by employer.

Quarterly medical expense stipends and bi-annual profit sharing checks paid after satisfactory 90 day probation period.  Periodic performance evaluations will be completed. Regular drug testing.

Individual selected will be a safe driver, drug and alcohol addiction free, and physically capable of willingly performing hard physical labor alongside other employees, including climbing tall ladders and power washing. Adequate construction experience with an eye for neatness and details is required. Individuals with a heart of a teacher and possessing mechanical aptitude will be strongly considered.

Adequate transportation and availability for occasional overnight travel are required.

Two strong character references are required.

Please call 419-384-3983 and leave a message for Paul.

Position Open: SRK Ohio Accounts Receivable Assistant

SRK is in need of a qualified person to work as an Accounts Receivable Assistant in the Accounting Department.

SumiRiko Ohio, Inc. is a world-class manufacturer of anti-vibration automotive components. Based, in Bluffton, Ohio, we offer a competitive wage and excellent benefit package to all Associates. Recognizing our Associates are our most valuable resource, SumiRiko Ohio offers a clean and safe working environment where Associates can develop and grow. Associates are offered medical with ability to achieve no weekly premium, dental, vision, 401(k) with company match, on-site medical clinic, uniforms and many other benefits.

Summary:  Responsibilities include proper recording of cash payments to the company.  The A/R Assistant invoices the shipments of product to customers from SRK America companies, collects payment for these products and applies the cash to the open accounts receivable.  Must understand and operate the required software applications used for processing the receivables transactions.

Job Duties include, but are not limited to:

Process Accounts Receivable invoices - includes printing and mailing, or electronically sending invoices to customers

Maintain appropriate files/spreadsheets

Prepare manual invoices as needed

Record checks received and deposit into bank

Apply payments to open accounts receivable invoices

Performs additional responsibilities as requested

Job Requirements:

Fluent in Microsoft Excel and Word applications

Able to be professional and courteous to customers

Committed to team success through reliable attendance, accuracy and speed

Able to maintain confidential information

Able to work cooperatively within the team as well as with members of other teams to meet goals

Previous accounting or accounts receivable experience desirable

Interested applicants may complete an application for employment by visiting www.us.sumiriko.com or send resumes to blucareers@us.sumiriko.com or apply in person to SumiRiko Ohio by picking up and completing an application on-site at 320 Snider Road, Bluffton, Ohio 45187.

SumiRiko Ohio, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer

Bluffton Public Library - ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Library Assistant: Part-time position
Applications are available online at www.blufftonpubliclibrary.org or at the library and will be accepted until 8/24/18.
· Part-time hours range from 16 to 20 hours per week, based on library needs; one evening a week, a rotational Saturday, $9.18/hour; high school degree or equivalent required, associate degree preferred.
· Duties include: routine circulation activities, assistance with collection development, library projects, programming, and other duties as assigned.
· Required skills include: ability to learn quickly and recall procedures; customer service and basic computer skills; good vision to sort, shelve and retrieve materials; Ability to handle physical aspects of position, including: sitting/standing for extended periods of time, maneuvering fully-loaded book carts and lifting up to 40 lbs.; good attendance and punctuality.


Full Time Experienced Machinist Needed in Bluffton Area
5 to 10 years of CNC Lathe and CNC milling experience with knowledge of SolidWorks and CAMWorks preferable.
Competitive pay, great benefits and relaxed atmosphere.
Send resume to PO Box 41, Bluffton, Ohio 45817


HILTY HOME, 304 Hilty Dr., Pandora, OH
STNA (Part-time, all shifts)
Dietary (Part-time, combo of 1st and 2nd shifts)
Housekeeping/Laundry (PRN)

MAPLE CREST, 700 Maple Crest Ct, Bluffton, OH
Elder Assistant (Part-time, 2nd & 3rd shift)
Dietary Assistant (Part-time, 2nd shift)

STNA (Full and Part-time, all shifts)
RN/LPN (Part-time, 2nd shift)
Hospitality Aide (Part-time, 1st shift)
Restorative Aide (Part-time, 1st shift)
Dietary (Part-time, 2nd shift)

SENIOR SERVICES, 410 W. Elm St. Bluffton, OH

STNA (Part-time)
RN  (Part-time)
WILLOW RIDGE, 410 W. Elm St. Bluffton, OH
STNA/Shahbaz (Part time, 2nd Shift)
RN (Part-time 1st shift)
IF INTERESTED PLEASE APPLY IN PERSON OR ONLINE AT www.mhcoliving.org under the careers link.


Sodexo at Ohio Northern University - Dining Services
ONU Dining Services is hiring for full and part-time positions, including open positions for catering. To apply, visit http://sodexo.balancetrak.com/ and search for "Ada." For further information, please contact ONU Dining Services at 419-772-2414.

MAINTENANCE PERSON WANTED - Must have tools and knowledge on Apartment repairs. Call 419-634-6322. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer

Detailer Position Available
 Job Duties Include:
 - Cleaning Interior and Exterior of Vehicles
- Buffing/Polishing When Needed
- Maintaining Clean Rental Fleet
Must Be Able To:
 - Lift up to 40 pounds occasionally
- Be able to work full time (Mon-Fri 8a-5p)
- Be driven to work Independently
- Have a Valid Driver's License
** Experience is a plus, pay can vary depending on experience **

Mechanic Position Available
 Daily tasks may include:
Oil changes, wheels & tires, ignition, exhaust, suspension, steering, engine, troubleshooting/diagnostics, heating & cooling, air conditioning, and more! We are looking to add another member to our team of technicians to help meet the demands! The main technician responsibilities including perform routine service, diagnostics, and repair on customer vehicles, clean shop, etc.)
 -Minimum 2 years automotive/mechanical experience
-Must be able to work full time (8am-5pm Mon-Fri)
-Must have own tools
**Starting pay $12-$16/hr based on experience**

Contact: Jesse Owsley, Stratton Auto Group
P: 419-358-1900         
C: 567-712-5018
F: 419-358-0088       

Healthcare Benefits Consultant - A rare career opportunity is available at a well-established health insurance firm.  Responsibilities include assisting group and individual potential clients in finding best health insurance, provide customer service and consulting services to existing clients as well as being active in the community and professional organizations.  Owner will train and pay for licensing.  Salary plus unlimited commission potential, full benefits and an opportunity for eventual ownership.  Education in marketing, business or human resources a plus. EOE  Send letter of interest and resume to benefitscareeropportunity@gmail.com.

Padrone's Pizza, Bluffton - Now hiring drivers. Flexible hours, great tips. Our drivers average $15+ an hour. Stop in for an application after 3:30 p.m. daily, at 147 N. Main St., Bluffton.

Wendy's of Bluffton has openings. Competitive pay, advancement opportunities, employee meal discounts. You may apply now using your smart phone or go to www.Wendys.Quick-Apply.com

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.

Public auction - Thursday, Aug. 23, 3 p.m., 4580 Township Road 29, Bluffton. Marilyn and Ronald Heldman, owners. Includes antiques, primitives, old items and collectibles, household goods and miscellanous items, plus Allis Chalmers tractor, Case skid steer, John Deere riding tractor. Trent W. Farthing, auctioneer. Entire auction list here.

2-3 Family Garage Sale. 360 South Jackson St., Bluffton (Althaus). HENN, Thirty-one, Christmas decor, home decor, toys, vintage items and so much more. Friday, Aug. 17th from 8-5 and Saturday 8 -noon.


9968 N. Dixie Hwy, Bluffton, Friday August 17-Saturday August 18 8:00am-4:00pm both days Items: kitchen, electronics, baby gear, hobbies, lights, toys, coats

151 Kibler Street, Bluffton, Ohio
Thursday and Friday, August 16 & 17--9 -5
Saturday, August 18, 9-noon
Baby clothes, newborn to toddler
Breast pump
Jogging stroller
Antique windows
Men's clothing, size large
Women's clothing, sizes 10-12
Coffee table
End table
Screen door
Garage door opener, no remote
Stove fan
Tree ladder
Bride doll
Toys from 1970s and 1980s
Light green recliner
Lots and lots of miscellaneous

CLICK HERE FOR THE ICON'S PRINTER-FRIENDLY GARAGE SALE MAP - All garage sales posted on the Icons are also on the Icons' Garage Sale Map. Send your garage sale to: info@blufftonicon.com
We will post it the same day we receive it.
• No cost
• No word length limit
• No deadline
Just email it!
And, we'll post your address on our printer-friendly garage sale map.

YORKTOWN VILLAGE APARTMENTS, Ada - Accepting Applications for immediate Occupancy. We offer spacious 2 & 3 bedrooms with balcony/patio  starting at $499.00. Must income qualify. 419-634-6322. This institution is an  equal opportunity provider, and employer


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

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