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

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 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
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

About the Icon

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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Looking for information on advertising? Email us for a rate card at: info@blufftonicon.com. Or call us at: 419-889-3065.

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

Also: please check our sister publication: The Ada Icon

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

Country listing - Bluffton schools, brick ranch on 5 acres, open floor plan, spacious living room, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, full basement for entertaining, pole barn 75 by 45 with concrete floor. Call Julie Huelskamp, Azzarello's Realty, 419-236-8325.

Auction - 10 a.m., Saturday, June 22, 216 E. Jefferson St., Bluffton. Deborah Diller estate. Household items, vehicles. Auction by Auctions on 309. CLICK HERE for auction display ad.

Garage sale: 187 Garmatter St., Bluffton, Thursday-Friday 9-4, Saturday 9-2.

Garage sale Saturday June 15th, 9 am-4pm.  1210 Township Rd 28, Just East of Anderson Tractor Supply. Clothing- baby, child through age 12- girl, adult women's and men's; cast iron; books, toys, crafts, shoes, piano music; keyboard with stand; leather motorcycle jackets; DVDs , CDs, costume jewelry, misc.

Two family garage sale  at 218 S. Jackson St.,Bluffton on Friday June 14 8 AM to 5 PM and Saturday 8 AM to noon. Household items, electric garden tiller, edger, pedestal sink, pottery hose pot with hose, beach chair, bed tray, coal skuttle, antique sewing rocker, miscellaneous treasures. 

Yard Sale: Bluffton Scrap Artists Quilters will have a yard sale to
raise money to buy material to make quilts for Ohio veterans. It will be in the
alley by the Bluffton Presbyterian Church on Friday, June 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m.- noon. Lots of miscellaneous items. 

Jenera Community Garage Sales, June 14th and 15th, 9-5 p.m. Furniture, toys, tools, clothes, Barbies, household items and lots of misc. Maps will be available all the sales!

Multi-family Garage Sale: 7250 Twp Rd 34 Jenera. Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday 8:00am to 2:00pm. Womens' and Junior girls sizes 2-8 clothes, all name brands. Lots of American Eagle and Gap. Summer dresses, church dresses, jeans, shorts and shirts. Junior size Prom and Homecoming dresses in sizes 5 through 12 and purses. Teen boy size Medium misc. clothes, baseball pants size small, Soccer referee shirts, adult Small, and boys HS homecoming attire. Cory-Rawson clothes in all sizes men and women and kids. Video Games, DS, Xbox, Wii.  A DSi, Beats headphones, miscellaneous household items, Princess House Crystal, house decor, DVDs, books, toys/games, skateboards, cake pans, coke bottles, speaker/sound bar, down draft propane cooktop, fabric steamer and much, much more!

Garage Sale: 511 Greding Street, Bluffton - Thursday, June 13 (8:30-4:00) and Friday, June 14 (8:30-6:00) Kids' clothes (boys size 7 to adult small and girls size 3 months to 8). Larger items include solid wood desk and chair, kids bikes, kids rocking chairs. Lots of toys, games, puzzles, childrens' books, shoes, picture frames, misc household items, and much more!

Wanted: Working topload washing machine, reasonably priced. I don't have a truck so I will need it delivered. 419-516-2339

Lifelong Bluffton resident Joan Dailey celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, June 13. Friends may send cards to her at 9220 N. Dixie Highway, Bluffton, OH 45817.

Sign up now for a fairy garden workshop offered by New Leaf Garden Center. Saturday, June 22, in Kenton, and Saturday, June 29, in Ada. Two workshops on both days. Your choice, 10 a.m or 1 p.m. Call 419-634-0351 for reserve your spot as space is limited.

Daughter of the King women's event - at County Line Church of the Brethren, 4227 N. Hardin Road, Harrod.  RSVP required by June 20. Call 419-649-5364. CLICK HERE for complete details.

Suter's Produce red barn market - State Route 103, Bluffton, open 10 a.m., Mondays to Saturdays. Strawberries, Tennessee tomatoes, honey, pectin. Call Suter's Strawberry Hotline for picking updates, 419-384-3331. Strawberries at the red barns: 4-quart bucket $16.95; 1 quart $4.50.

THE DOUGH HOOK, 117 N. Main St., Bluffton, has a $259 summer grilling special. Click here for more details. 419-369-4264.

It's June. Here are the June bargains of the month at Family True Value Hardware, 109 N. Main St., Bluffton. 419-358-2866.

Bluffton Child Development Center, 325 County Line Road, is enrolling Toddlers. Call 419-358-8222.

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Ada Apartments For Rent
110 & 116 Franklin St. - Ada

Two bedroom 1 bath apartments available June 1st.  One year lease, No pets, No smoking, Rent for 110 Franklin is $450 and for 116 Franklin(upstairs unit) $475. Includes trash pickup. First month's rent and deposit are required.  For more information email blufftonsold@gmail.com or call 419-230-7220. Realtor Owned.  

Prime Main Street location, generous window display.  Historic Bluffton News building at 101 N. Main Street, Suite A, Bluffton, OH.  Up to 1000 square feet, new ADA bathroom, new furnace and A/C, fully updated 2018.  As-is or ready for build out.  Ready June 1.  Lease negotiable.  Contact Orrie at 419-615-5145 or orrieaugsburger@gmail.com  


210 County Line Road, Bluffton, building for lease. 60 x 30-foot building with concrete floor separated in the middle with a garage door. Additional 512 square foot building for additional space or storage. Excellent opportunity for your small business or if you just want a place to work on or store your toys. Prime for automotive detailing, repair, bodywork etc... Full bathroom with standing shower and hot water. Please call or text with inquiries. 419 204-5183.

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
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.


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

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



HILTY HOME, 304 Hilty Dr., Pandora, OH

RN/LPN (Full and Part-time, 2p-10p, 10p-6a and 6p-6a)

STNA (Part-time, 1st and 2nd and 3rd shifts, Full time 2nd and 3rd shifts)


MAPLE CREST, 700 Maple Crest Ct., Bluffton, OH

Companion (Part-time)

Elder Assistant (Full time 1st shift)


Director of Nursing

STNA (Full and Part-time 2nd and 3rd shifts)

Personal Care Assistant (Part time 6am-11am)

RN/LPN (Part-time, 3rd shift)

Accountant/Finance- (Full time)

 IF INTERESTED PLEASE APPLY IN PERSON OR ONLINE AT www.mhcoliving.org under the careers link.



Cook – Tavern 101, Ada, is looking for DEPENDABLE, RELIABLE AND SELF MOTIVATED cook to work approximately 25-35 hours per week.  Duties include:  Cooking, food prep, dishwashing and cleaning.   Interested individuals can text 419-235-3311 for more information or set up an interview.


Help wanted: Stratton Auto Sales Inventory Clerk. Stratton Auto Sales has the position that has come available for an inventory clerk.  This is a full time position that will work 40 hours a week. Responsibilities include:

  • Adding all purchases to inventory
  • Completing weekly inventory along with reports
  • Verification of vehicle specifications
  • Assisting in the sale of vehicles off inventory
  • Filing of paperwork
  • Assisting lot manager with organization of vehicles
  • Making/sending contracts to customers

Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Attention to detail is a must! High school diploma or equivalent is necessary, associate degree is preferred.

Please send resume and cover letter to Stratton Auto Sales, Attn. Jesse Owsley. 220 N Main St, Bluffton, OH 45817.  Or email to Owsley.j@strattonauto-group.com, no later than June 17, 2019.

Career opportunity with Village of Ada.
We are immediately accepting application for the following salaried position:
Fiscal officer
Annual salary range is $55,000 to $65,000
(Based on proven skill and experience)
Full full job posting and application visit www.adaoh.org/employment
Applications for this open position will be considered as they are received.
The Village of Ada is an equal opportunity and drug free workplace employer.

Wilson Sporting Goods Co., the world’s premier ball sports equipment manufacturing company, seeks a Plant/Operations Engineer for our Wilson Football Plant located in Ada, OH. 

This core responsibility of this position will be to provide planning, designing, implementation, and optimization of current and new manufacturing equipment at the Ada facility. This person will lead all facility improvement projects while working directly in the manufacturing environment. Will also be responsible to develop, and modify new and existing processes, technologies and platforms for improved performance and/or cost reduction.

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

Help Wanted: Full-time assistant manager for Shirley's Gourmet
Popcorn of Bluffton & Lima, part-time cleaners, projectionists, and ticket
cashiers for the Shannon Theatre.  Applicants for all positions must be 18 or
older.  Send resume and letter of interest to pete@shirleyspopcorn.com.

Help needed at Kibbees Carryout, Bluffton, during day shift. Part time Mon. -
Sat. Come up the hill and fill out an application.

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.