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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
Kevin Nickel, 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.
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
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
Patty Navin
Bluffton Senior Citizens (Association) Center
132 N. Main St., Tonya Meyer, director, 419-358-8971
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
Fair Trade Town Task Force
Esther Birkey, estherbirkey@gmail.com
Friends of the Library
Deb Beer
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
Transition Bluffton
Peter Badertscher

Churches

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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

Bluffton Anthology coming soon! - Order now!

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BLUFFTON ANTHOLOGY
A creek runs through it
Essays on Bluffton

 $24.95 plus tax
A new book, “Bluffton Anthology – a creek runs through it,” with dozens of short essays about Bluffton, collected by Fred Steiner, will be released in the next few weeks.

“This collection brings together more than a dozen engaging writers whose own Bluffton experiences deserve retelling,” said Steiner.

“For anyone who calls Bluffton home, these stories need no further introduction,” said Steiner, about the book. “For people needing to have Bluffton explained to them, this is a great starting point.”

Contributing essays are from current and previous residents including:
• Rick Emmert                     
• Dave Essinger                  
• Ron Geiser                        
• Jeff Gundy                                                             
• Brendon Matthews
• Ruth Bundy Naylor
• Joanne Niswander
• Rick Ramseyer
• Carolyn Urich Rich
• David Rempel Smucker

In addition, the book includes an essay on Bluffton’s relationship with Riley Creek by the late Robert Kreider, several stories given to Steiner from his late, life-long friend, Charles Hilty, and an introduction by Bluffton science fiction author, Tobias Buckell.

The book includes a section on Bluffton in the 1950s written by Rudi Steiner, now of Homewood, Illinois. That section includes the account of a Bluffton legend: “Did Elvis stop in Bluffton between his Toledo and Troy performances on Saturday, Nov. 24, 1956?”

Several 15-minute interviews in this collection, originally posted on Bluffton Icon, include:

• Ben Luginbuhl once beat Ben Roethlisberger in a game of horse
• Ron Edinger participated in the overthrow of Manuel Noriega 
• Richard Minck may have created jewelry for Marlon Brandon
• John Triplehorn sat on the OSU bench with some frozen rabbits in the 1950 OSU-Michigan snow bowl

In a chapter “Bluffton Askew” the book offers additional 15-minute interviews, columns written by Steiner and brief accounts of shorter Bluffton incidents told to him by over 25 persons.

Highlights range from brief interviews and incidents recalled from Megan Weisenbarger Gustitis, Roger Triplett, Jim Kinn, John Moser, Gordon E. Alderfer, Lauren Canaday, Dave Bracy, Diana Hilty Marshall, Jamil Bazzy, Amanda Rhonemus, Scott Hey, Tim Neufeld, Jessica Edmiston, Joe Goodman, Alee Gratz-Collier, Courtney Goode, Micah Sommer, Ben Kruse, James Pannabecker, Sam Diller, Jeremy Szabo and Jaye Bumbaugh.

The book includes 190 pages and will be available in several Bluffton outlets and from Steiner. The book price is $24.95 plus tax.  

Former Bluffton resident, Andre Swartley of WorkPlay Publishing, is the book’s publisher. WorkPlay published Steiner’s earlier books, “A Good Place to Miss – Bluffton Stories 1900-1975,” and “The Bluffton We Never Knew – Photographs from our first half century.” Both titles are available from Amazon.com.

Jill Steinmetz, Bluffton High School graduate, designed the book’s cover.

HERE ARE SOME 
OF THE ICON'S
MAJOR STORIES
POSTED IN JANUARY

 

• BLUFFTON RECYCLING
OPTIONS EXPAND

Bluffton recycling bins are about to become tubbier, and it’s a good thing, according to Rumpke Waste and Recycling.

Rumpke, the contractor for Bluffton waste and recycling collection, announced this month an  expansion what it accepts as recycled items.

The addition includes polypropylene plastic tubs. These products are labeled #5. (Please note that not all #5 items may be recycled, however.)

Here’s Rumpke’s new polypropylene plastic tub recycled list:
• Plastic bottles, jugs and other containers 
• butter, sour cream and cottage cheese tubs
• yogurt and fruit cups

The addition of Rumpke now accepting polypropylene plastic tubs is made possible with a grant from The Recycling Partnership. The funding helps Rumpke add nearly $2 million in new sorting to better extract these containers for recycling.

 

• 2021 IS A 
MAJOR ELECTION
YEAR IN BLUFFTON

This is a major election year in Bluffton.

Four council seats, three school board seats and two township trustee seats will be on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Winners of those races will have 4-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2022.

Bluffton council seats on the ballot are currently held by:
Jerry Cupples – Republican
Mitchell Kingsley – Democrat
David Steiner – Republican
Phillip Talavinia – No party designation
Council members not on the ballot:
Joseph Sehlhorst
Benjamin Stahl
The Bluffton mayor Richard Johnson is not on the ballot.

Council seats are partisan and Feb. 3 is the filing deadline. Candidates seeking council seats as independents have until May 3 to file.

A May 4 primary will only take place for council races if enough candidates from either party file, requiring a runoff.

Bluffton school board seats on the ballot are currently held by:
Bradley Dailey
Wesley Klinger
Kenneth Lugibihl
School board members not on the ballot:
Lawrence Hoffman
Jeremy Scoles

Richland Township trustees seats on the ballot are currently held by:
Rodney Goldsberry
Gary Lugibihl
Neither trustee, Donald Brauen, nor fiscal officer, Trisha Nieman, are on the ballot.

School board and township trustees are non-partisan races. The filing deadline to be on the Nov. 2 general election ballot is Aug. 4.

Beaverdam council seats on the ballot are currently held by:
Todd Long
Carl Murray
Jerry Neuenschwander
Thomas Nowlan
Beaverdam council members not on the ballot:
Franklin Gillette, Jr.
Anthony Myers
Beaverdam mayor, Pamela Lepine, is not on the ballot.

The following is an abridged calendar for the 2021 election.

Feb. 3 – Declarations of candidacy for partisan candidates, filing deadline, 4 p.m.
Feb. 16 – Board of elections certifies candidate petitions
April 5 – Deadline for voter registration in May 4 Ohio primary election
May 3 – Filing deadline for independent candidates for the fall generation election, 4 p.m.
May 4 – Ohio Primary election, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
July 15 – Board of elections certifies independent candidates petitions for general election
Aug. 4 – Non-partisan candidates general election filing deadline
Oct. 4 – Deadline for voter registration in Nov. 2 general election
Nov. 3 – General election, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

• ROGUE FITNESS
PROVIDES MAJOR
DONATION TO
BHS FITNESS CENTER

The Bluffton High School Ricky Matter Strength and Conditioning Center is now the envy of most high schools in Ohio, thanks to a very significant equipment donation from Rogue Fitness, Columbus.

While Rogue Fitness may not be a household name to Icon viewers, the owners of the company are. Caity Matter Henniger and her husband, Bill, own of the Columbus-based company.

Caity, a BHS grad and basketball standout player, is the older sister of the late Ricky Matter, for whom the center is named.

The Icon stopped by the center earlier this week as the new equipment was being unloaded from a semi and installed. Installation should be completed by today and athletes will start using it over the weekend.

The previous equipment is staying in Bluffton, as the school donated it to Bluffton Family Recreation.

Daniel Tinch of BFR says his staff in installing that equipment at the center. Watch for a story on the Icon about that step in this story.

“I’m really proud of the building and my brother, and proud of what Rogue is able to donate,” Caity told the Icon.

Jeff Richards, BHS football coach, describe the new equipment as “Awesome. This is an all-sports-use facility and our kids know they are fortunate to be able to use it.”

He added that words don’t do it justice. “We’ve always taken pride in our facilities. This is just incredible.”

He said that the center is used every month of the year by dozens of Pirate athletes in every sport.

Gregg Denecker, Bluffton superintendent, said, “We are very grateful for the generosity of this equipment. We really have a first-class weight room.”

The donation includes the most up-to-date exercise equipment, which includes five full power racks for squats to bench to pull-ups. These allow 10 athletes to work out at the same time.

To personalize the equipment the word “Bluffton” with the familiar Pirate is engraved in customized nameplates.

Rogue manufactures the equipment in Columbus. Caity said that the company’s growth has exploded since her husband, Bill started it from scratch in 2006.

“We added 750 employees in March,” she said, “and we now have 1,300 employed with us. We have our equipment all across the United State and in Australia and Europe.”

The all-metal equipment is manufactured in Columbus. Caity said that the company’s goal is to create the equipment in the U.S., making it a unique world-manufacturer.

While working with Rogue, Caity finds that the basketball court continues to call her. The former Ohio State women’s basketball player is now the color commentator for OSU women’s basketball for The Fan (1460 AM) in Columbus.

She will work with play-by-play announcer Matt Andrews covering OSU women’s games.

 

• 2020 BLUFFTON
BUILDING PERMITS
TOTAL $4.4 MILLION

Bluffton’s 2020 building permits totaled $4.4 million, according to information provided to the Icon by the Village of Bluffton.

The 80 building permits totaled $4,477,874, including:
• $3,459,843 – residential
• $1,018,031– commercial/industrial
• $33,550– demolitions

All 2020 permits were in Allen County. The single largest construction project was a permit filed totaling $953,185 by Danop LTD, (Dunkin Donuts), and a $18,650 filing by this company to demolish the Burger King building.

2019
Bluffton’s 2019 building permits totaled $2.4 million.

2018
Thanks to a $10 million GROB Systems building project in 2018, the previous year’s permits total a whopping $13,612,185. Removing the GROB project from the 2018 list leaves that year’s 65 permits at $3,612,185, which is $1,182,472 greater than 2019.

2017
Coincidentally, 2019’s permits are very close to the 2017 construction total of $2,433,428. That year had 46 permits broken down as $1,773,128 for residential and $660,330 for commercial and industrial.

Building permits are required for the following:
• Construction or structural alternation of any building, including accessory building
• Change in use of an existing building or accessory building to a use of different classification
• Occupancy and use of vacant land
• Change in the use of land to a use of a different classification
• Any change in the use of a non-conforming use

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LEGAL NOTICE
Notice is hereby given of a public hearing before the Bluffton Board of Zoning and Building Appeals on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 7 p.m. The hearing will be held at the Bluffton Town Hall in the Third-floor community room, 154 N. Main St., Bluffton, Ohio. This is a rescheduled meeting from Feb. 15, 2021. The purpose of the meeting is to consider the following:

The Resident at 142 West Riley St. is requesting a variance from Article 153.047 Accessory buildings in residential districts section (D). As well as Article 153.224 Required lot area and lot width in the FP district. The request is for a dimensional variance from the required side yard and dwelling setback identified in Articles 153.224 and 153.083, for the addition of a garage.
Bryan Lloyd
Assistant Village Administrator
Advertise February 25, 2021

Bluffton Child Development Center, 325 County Line Road, is enrolling children for its preschool and pre-Kindergarten program. The center accepts children ages six weeks old until they are 12 years of age. It offers Infant room class, Toddler room class, Preschool 1 class, Preschool 2 class, Pre-K class, and School-Age/Latch-Key class. The center runs year-round Monday - Friday 6:15a.m. – 6 p.m. The center’s phone is 419-358-8222.

The Trustees of Liberty Township, Ada, Ohio, will accept bids for the mowing and trimming of the five outside cemeteries for 2021 (does not include Woodlawn). Specifications are available upon request by calling Tim Dearth at 419-233-2593. Bids should include month to month amount and must include proof of insurance declaration page. The trustees reserve the right to refuse any and all bids. Sealed bids can be mailed to: PO Box 327, Ada, OH45810 or dropped off out at Woodlawn Cemetery or emailed to libertytwphardin@hotmail.com by April 2, 2021.

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Gallery 323, located next to Et Cetera Shop, at 323 N. Main St., announces new hours:
Wednesdays - Noon to 4 p.m.
Fridays - Noon to 4 p.m.
Saturdays - 9 a.m. 1 p.m.
The shop offers items created by local artisans. For more information email gallery323bluffton@gmail.com

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

 Now hiring - part-time & full-time, Bluffton, Hidden Creek Golf Clubs. Join our team for our 2021 Golf Season. Start April 1, 3 shifts daily, will work around your school or other job schedule. Please send inquiries and resumes to drueyoug@gmail.com.

Need help bringing some things up from basement, nothing super big. 1-2 person job, will pay accordingly. 419-792-9365

Bluffton Padrones looking to hire a Part Time Manager for an average of 3 days per week from 3:30 p.m. to midnight. We are currently seeking a delivery driver as well to work 2-4 days a week. Hours are dependent upon the day. Must be dependable, reliable and trustworthy. Contact Tiffany at 937-441-8786 for more information or if you are interested.

MAINTENANCE POSITION FOR IMMEDIATE HIRE. The Village of Beaverdam is accepting applications for a maintenance personnel position.  The Village’s Maintenance Personnel are responsible for the operation and maintenance of all Village property (real estate, equipment, distribution systems).  Specific job duties include, but are not limited to: maintenance and operation of the: water distribution system, water treatment system, wastewater lagoon systems, wastewater collection system, and the storm sewer system; basic maintenance and repair of: streets, buildings, equipment, and vehicles. A valid driver’s license will be a minimum requirement for employment.  Wages will be determined based on prior experience. 

Resumes can be sent to: Village of Beaverdam, 101 West Main Street, Beaverdam OH 45808 or leannunverferth@beaverdamoh.com.   Applications are available at same address or on our website at: www.beaverdamoh.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.