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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
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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

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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

Holiday craft show
Saturday, Dec. 14

10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Vancrest of Ada
Santa will be there
600 W. North Ave., Ada

Santa Day and free communty meal
5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11

Riley Creek Pharmacy, Pandora, welcome you to Santa Day and a free community meal from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E. Washington St., (State Route 12).


Santa arrives at 6 p.m., Bring the entire family for dinner, Santa pictures and gifts. First National Bank will have crafts for children.

Senior community meal at Columbus Grove Christian Church, 105 S. Broadway St., Columbus Grove, 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10. 

Free luncheon with Bingo and prizes following. Donations are accepted. Sponsored by Hilty Home of Mennonite Communities of Ohio. Call Dee Steffen at 419-384-3218 for more information.

Brauen's Gourds
Christmas open house
Saturday, Dec. 7
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

7140 Tom Fett Road, Blufftyon

Riley Creek Old Time Christmas Tour is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. Participates include:
• Bridenbaugh one-room school
  14022 Road 6, Pandora (corner Road 6 and M6)
• McCullough Log Cabin
  14503 Road 6, Pandora
•Red Fox Cabin
  1/8th mile north of 14321 Road 7-L, Pandora
• Riley Creek United Methodist Church
  7102 Road M, Ottawa, (intersection Roads M and 7-L)

20% off Minnetonka Moccasins
and Western boots

Springfield Fireworks Gift Shop
490 State Route 103, Bluffton
Open daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Also carrying antiques and 
lots of new gift items at
regular prices

Get your holiday goodies at:
The Dough Hook
117 N. Main St.
Bluffton - 419-369-4264
Meat packages make great gifts!
Tuesdays - Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays  8 a.m. to noon

Christmas trees and a lot more 
New Leaf Landscape Garden Center
0395 State Route 235
Ada - 419-634-0351
Mondays-Fridays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays Noon to 4 p.m.

December Bargains of the Month
Family True Value Hardware
109 N. Main St., Bluffton
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sealed bids - The village of Bluffton will receive sealed bids until 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, for a three-year farm cash lease for two of its properities. 

Click on the graphic on the right to enlarge and read the bid instructions.

Always Right Driving School with classes at Bath and Columbus Grove - Icon's newest advertiser. Website: https://alwaysrightdrivingschool.com/. Phone 419-303-8142.

ESTATE OF CLARENCE EUGENE BIGELOW                                                   
The Property’s are located in The Village of Bluffton, Allen County, Ohio. Each parcel sold separately.
182 E Jefferson St., Bluffton
  Tax Parcel Number 28-1205-01-010.000 (.24500 acres +or-) 
186 E Jefferson St., Bluffton
   Tax Parcel Number 28-1205-01-009.000 (.24500 acres +or-)
0 Railroad St., Bluffton
   Tax Parcel Number 28-1205-04-001.001 (.99800 acres +or-)
SEALED BIDS: Bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope labeled “Bid for The Estate of Clarence Eugene Bigelow” with the bidder name & telephone number printed on the outside of the envelope & must be delivered to or received at:
Samuel W. Diller Co., LPA
138 N. Main St.
Bluffton, OH 45817

On or before 5 p.m. Dec. 12, 2019.
Only those persons who have submitted a bid prior to 5 P.M. on Dec. 12, 2019, are permitted to participate at the bid opening. Bids will be opened at Samuel W. Diller Co., LPA, 138 N. Main St., Bluffton, on Dec. 12, 2019 (the Bid Opening). Seller reserves the right to permit any bidder who has delivered a sealed bid to raise his bid at Bid Opening.
PAYMENT: Your bidding is not conditional upon financing, so be certain that you have arranged financing, if needed, or are capable of paying cash at closing. Closing shall unconditionally take place on or before 30 days after the Bid Opening. Time is of the essence. All real and personal property is being sold “AS IS”.
ACCEPTANCE OF BIDS: Each successful bidder will be required to enter into a Purchase Agreement at the conclusion of the Bid Opening on Dec. 12, 2019. All bids are subject to approval by Seller, and Seller reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids. 
DEED: Seller will provide marketable title by Fiduciary Deed at Closing. 

Mennonite Home Communities
of Ohio – Volunteer Opportunities
at Bluffton and Pandora

• MHCO invites families with children, students, couples, singles, and retirees for an array of meaningful activities. These include assisting with games, helping with appointments, worship and Bible studies, delivering snacks/water and more.  
• Contact Jessica Strahm, Volunteer Coordinator, if you would like to have a rewarding opportunity to make new friends, and a difference in the lives of others.
• Jessica Strahm, Volunteer Coordinator, Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio
JStrahm@mhcoliving.org • 419-358-1015 ext. 248

For rent: Two bedroom one bath apartment. Upstairs unit with enclosed stairway. Kitchen appliances and water included. 216 N Lawn in Bluffton.  575.00 a month.  Call 419-296-3786


3-bedroom house, 1-bathroom, single car garage, 3-season room, central air, storage shed. In a quiet neighborhood in Bluffton.  No smoking no pets! Rent$850.00 a month. Call 419-303-5116.

Apartments for Rent:
365 W. Elm St. Bluffton, OH 

2-bedrooms & 1-bathroom - $700/month
1-bedroom & 1-bathroom - $550/month
Studio/Efficiency & 1 bathroom - $400/month
• Great location overlooking
 beautiful Bluffton University campus
• Short walk to downtown shopping district & restaurants
• Secure, clean & well-maintained non-smoking apartments
• Large outdoor green space
• Spacious living area and bedroom(s)
• Full kitchen and appliances
• Access to a secure storage area
• Water, sewer & trash included in monthly rent 
• Onsite parking for one vehicle
Tenant is responsible for electric & cable/internet utilities   
Landlord contact information: 
Bill Gable •  419-230-1166 •  bill@gulfcoast.tax

For Rent: Single family 2 story home on Cherry Street in Bluffton
Updated 4-bedroom 2 bath with 2 ½ car detached garage.
Large lot with big yard and private drive.
$875.00 a month plus $875.00 security deposit. 
Pet friendly for an additional $50.00 month
Must sign minimum 1 year rental agreement
Credit check and references required and will be available soon
Call 419-231-3306 


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.

For rent, Jefferson St Villas. Spacious 3 bed 2 bath Villa with large kitchen. Kitchen appliances included. All units also include washer and dryer. 995.00 plus utilities. Call 419-296-3786

Four bedroom, two bathroom, apartment for rent and quiet street. Ready to move-in. New paint clean carpets and hardwood floors. Students welcome, call 419-231-0741 for details.

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.



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

Do you contract to remove snow from driveways, sidewalks and parking spots?

If so, check out the Icon's $99 special snow removal classified ad offer. For $99 the Icon will post your snow removal classified ad now through the end of March, 2020.

It run continually in our "Snow Removal" section. Send us your name or company name, phone number or e-mail address and we'll post your ad immediately.

We'll send you a one-time invoice once your ad is posted. Send ad to: info@blufftonicon.com (or info@adaicon.com). Your listing will be posted on Bluffton Icon and Ada Icon.

David Lugibihl ag-business
personal retirement auction
10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 •
6705 Tom Fett Road, Bluffton
Inspection date: 9 a.m. to noon
Monday, Dec. 2

Clean line of equipment, antique tractors and trucks, primitives/antiques, farm toys and a lot of shop tools and parts. Will have 2 rings. Bring a trailer, as a loader will be available to help load on sale day.
SchraderAution.com • 800-451-2709


GROB SYSTEMS, INC.  North American headquarters in Bluffton, Ohio specializes in the design and production of machines and automation for the automotive, aerospace, medical, and die/mold industries.

GROB’s product line includes machining centers, flexible manufacturing systems, transfer machines, ancillary assembly machines, leak test machines, gantries and automation, and complete assembly lines for engine and transmission assembly.

Facilities Maintenance Supervisor
The Maintenance Supervisor is responsible for performing highly diversified duties to troubleshoot, repair and maintain facility equipment according to safety and productive maintenance systems and processes. This position will be responsible for the management, coordination, and delegation of maintenance work for the department. The ideal applicant is able to effectively organize and prioritize tasks whether they are preventative/scheduled or emergency in nature and build rapport and trust with employees and management.

Roles & Responsibilities:
HVAC equipment upkeep and repairs including chillers, boilers and building automation  

Air compressor and industrial air dryer upkeep and maintenance

Overhead crane maintenance and troubleshooting   

Basic electrical repairs

Perform a variety of light carpentry functions 

Properly complete service documentation

Other general facilities maintenance tasks including snow removal, plumbing, office furniture repairs, basic office remodeling, etc.  

Ability to work a flexible schedule (as needed) that will require on-call nights, weekends, and during severe weather

Education & Experience Requirements:
High school diploma/GED minimum, Associate’s Degree or Certificate in Industrial or Building Maintenance preferred

5+ years of maintenance supervision experience in a manufacturing environment

Knowledge of general maintenance, plumbing, electric and HVAC

Knowledge of local and state building and fire codes, laws, and regulations 

General Requirements:
Excellent housekeeping skills

Excellent organizational and analytical skills

Self-motivated and team player

Willing to work overtime as needed

Strong communication and customer service skills

GROB offers a competitive wage as well as an excellent benefit package including vacation, health, prescription, dental, vision, STD, life, 401K, and shift premiums.      

If interested in applying please  e-mail: employment@grobsystems.com
Check us out: www.grobgroup.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.