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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
Kevin Nickel, press 2
Waste Water Treatment Plant
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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, [email protected]
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
Sue Rysz, 419-358-4168
Transition Bluffton
Peter Badertscher


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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!


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.




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 

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.



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.



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.

Bluffton’s 2019 building permits totaled $2.4 million.

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.

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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Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio offers the following volunteer opportunities at MHCO: Mennonite Memorial Home, Willow Ridge, Hilty Home and Maple Crest. FULL DESCRIPTION

Persons interested in volunteering may contact Chris Moser at [email protected] or 419-358-1015 extension 263.


NOTICE: A Public Hearing before the Village of Bluffton Planning Commission has been scheduled for Monday, September 27 at 5:30 pm on the third floor of the Town Hall. This hearing will involve the following matters:

Discussion and action on a standing motion to recommend to Village Council their approval of the request by Bob Fett to construct a planned unit development (PUD) as a residential development of less than ten acres.  

Continued review of the preliminary subdivision plans by Bob Fett (proposed to be named Chestnut Lane) to construct a residential development on parcel number 28-0212-01-013-000 that has road frontage on Sunset Drive.              

Jesse Blackburn

Village Administrator

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FOR SALE: 2010 Jayco Eagle Fifth Wheel Camper

Series M-321 RLTS. If interested and for further information, please contact at e-mail: [email protected]

FOR SALE 17’ aluminum flat bottom canoe. CALL 419-230-3984 (Bluffton).

FOUND: A piece of jewelry in our driveway on Grove St after a wedding
party took pictures in our yard on Aug. 28. If you can accurately describe
the jewelery, call 567-204-3122 to retrieve it.

124 HAYS A - ADA  (Available Nov 1)
3 Bedroom/2 Bath apartment/duplex
Rent: $1200/month
Deposit: $1200
Utilities: Not Included
Appliances: Washer/Dryer, stove, Refrigerator, Microwave, Dishwasher
Pets: No
Garage: 2 Car attached
Contact: Contact: Larry Smith 419-230-7158 realtor owned or email  [email protected] for an application

Independent Sr. Living
137 Vance St. Bluffton, OH 45817
Accepting applications for Efficiency and 1-bedroom apartments 
24-hour Emergency Maintenance
On-Site Managers
On-site Laundry 
Community rooms on every floor
Sunroom and more
Income Guidelines Apply
Call 419-358-7795 10-4, Monday through Friday

Melissa’s Housecleaning - By Melissa Pogan and Chris Basinger. We are very particular. Our prices are reasonable. Contact Melissa at 567-204-7243, or Chris at 419-303-7101, or ask at the Do It Best hardware in Bluffton, Ohio.

Get your copy today,
because a creek runs through it!

Bluffton Anthology - Essays on a small Ohio town
Collected by Fred Steiner

"For anyone who calls Bluffton home, these stories need no further introduction. For readers need to have Bluffton explained to them, this is a great starting point."
On sale at: • Roots by Strattons • The Black Lab • The Dough Hook
• Senior Citizens Center • Polished • Bluffton University bookstore
• Stoney's Barbershop • In Ada at The Inn at ONU
or email: [email protected]

Planning a garage sale?
• All garage sales we received automatically go on both Bluffton Icon and Ada Icon
• We post garage sales the week that they are held 
• There is no word limit on garage sales - just don't write a novel
• We can accept 1 photo featuring your garage sale if you send it with the ad.
• Our garage sale map is printer friendly, so you can take it with you when shopping
• Click here to view the map 
• There's no deadline in sending a garage sale ad. We'll generally post it the day we receive it
• Please do not send garage sales in all capital letters. We simply copy and paste your ad. We have to retype ads in all caps and that will delay posting your ad.
• Send your ad to: [email protected] or [email protected]. Either will work.

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce (Ohio) is taking applications for CEO, a part-time salaried position averaging 20 hours per week.

Primary roles are administration, membership management, communication and promotion, and event planning. Send resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Application deadline: September 24.


Slingshot invites applications for the Full-time position as Bluffton University Book Store Manager.



IMMEDIATE HIRE: General Maintenance and Repair Position Beaverdam

The Village of Beaverdam is accepting applications for a maintenance
personnel position.

The position is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all Village property (real estate, equipment, distribution systems, etc.).

Specific job duties include, but are not limited to:

- Maintenance and operation of the following water/sewer systems.
o Water distribution & treatment systems
o Wastewater collection & lagoon systems
o Storm sewer system

- Basic maintenance and repair to Village property
o Streets & Alleys
o Buildings
o Park
o Equipment
o Vehicles

A valid drivers license will be a minimum requirement for employment. Wages
will be determined based on prior experience.

HIRING: part-time baking assistant Bluffton

The Dough Hook Meat Market has an immediate opening for a part-time baking assistant. Job duties include baking, customer service, food prep, and more! We are a family-oriented company comprised of those with a family first attitude. Hours could be from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.. Employees can expect to work between 20-30 hours per week depending on your availability. If you are looking for a job, we are HIRING!

Those interested should be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds, be able to work fast and efficiently all while having fun!

The benefits of working at THE DOUGH HOOK include: Free food while working, a family first atmosphere, flexible scheduling and a relaxed, fun work environment!

Interested candidate can send a letter of interest, or a resume to [email protected] or stop in to 117 N. Main Street, Bluffton to apply.

HIRING: Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic in Bluffton, OH 

Ken Lugibihl Truck Sales is an established 30-year-old family owned and operated company seeking a mechanic who has experience working with heavy duty diesel trucks. This position performs a full range of maintenance, repair and service activities on vehicles and equipment.

Our hours are Monday-Friday 7am-5pm. Applicants must have their own tools (specialty and larger items supplied by the company). Valid Driver's License is required. Must be able to work independently and without direct supervision.

If interested, please email your resume to [email protected] OR call 419-358-0745 for further details.


Local CPA firm is seeking a staff accountant responsible for performing necessary accounting related duties for clients including bookkeeping, payroll, preparing taxes for individuals and businesses, along with other accounting tasks. A successful candidate will be able to handle multiple responsibilities in an efficient manner, with attention to detail and deadlines.  Retirement plan is available. Health insurance is not currently offered. Submit resume to [email protected].

HILTY HOME, 304 Hilty Dr., Pandora, OH

STNA (Full & Part-time, All shifts)

Medication Aide (10pm-6am)

RN/LPN (Full-time, 10pm-6:30am, 6pm-6:30am, 2pm-10:30 pm, Part-time all shifts)

Laundry/Housekeeping (Full & Part-time)

Dietary Cook/Aide (Part-time)

Child Care (Part-time, infant room)


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

Elder Assistant (Full and Part-time,3pm-11pm)

Dietary Assistant (Full-time, 9a-3p, Part-time, evenings)

Dietary Cook (Full time- rotating shifts primarily days, Part-time, 2nd shift)




Director of Dining Services

STNA (Full and Part-time, All shifts)

LPN- Assisted Living (Part-time 6pm-9pm)

RN/LPN (Full-time 6am-6:30pm & 6pm-6:30am)

Elder Assistant-Assisted Living (Full-time, 10p-6am, Part-time, all shifts)

Cook (Part-time days and evenings)

Dietary Aide (Part-time day shift)

Medical Records/Transportation (Full-time)


PRN Nurse

RN/LPN (Part-time, 2p-10pm)

STNA/Shahbaz (Full and Part-time, 6am-2pm, 2pm-10pm) 



Assisted Living Coordinator (RN preferred)

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

GROB SYSTEMS, INC., is a world-class European manufacturer of high quality production systems and universal machining centers. Looking for a career change with a local company? Grob is hiring.
Learn morning about GROB systems and our open positions
at www.grobgroup.com/en and submit a resume to:
[email protected]

has openings!

Weekly pay,
advancement opportunities,
employee meal discounts.

Apply now!

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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.