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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
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, [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


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• 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. 2 – General election, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Classified Ads

New Leaf Garden Center has Christmas Trees & all the Trimmings

Fresh Cut Pine & Spruce Trees, 5’ - 10’

Roping – Wreaths - Greenery

Browse thru our stores filled with….Buffalo Plaid & Galvanized items, Snowmen, Cardinals & Grapevine Trees…all to beautifully decorate your home!

Also..….Bulk Chocolate Peanut Clusters & other Candies, Artificial Wreaths, Centerpieces, Greenery & Trees, Decorating & Craft Supplies, Poinsettias & Cemetery items

Here’s a great local Christmas gift idea – but hurry, supply is very limited! Bluffton Anthology – Essays on a small Ohio town, collected by Fred Steiner. Contributing writers include Ruth Bundy Naylor, Carolyn Urich Rich, Joanne Niswander, Rick Emmert, Dave Essinger, Ron Geiser, Jeff Gundy, Charles Hilty, Robert Kreider, Brendon Matthews, Rich Ramseyer, David Rempel Smucker, Tobias Buckell and Rudi Steiner.

On sale at: Roots by Strattons • The Black Lab • The Dough Hook • Senior Citizen Center • University bookstore • Stoney’s Barbershop • In Ada at The Inn at ONU, or email the author at [email protected]. Additional book details at: www.blufftonforever.com.

WANTED to get acquainted with owners of Triumph Motorcycles in the Hancock / Putnam counties areas. Text or call Rick Beach - 419-348-9602

PUBLIC AUCTION  >  MONDAY * DECEMBER 13, 2021 - 7:00 P.M.  > 

Auction Location: The Centre Banquet Facility, 601 N. Main St. Bluffton, Ohio 45817




 Frontage on Road “R” & Road “3” ~     Pandora School District

App. 2 Miles East of Pandora on Rd R in Putnam County, OH


FRIDAY * DECEMBER 10th, 2021   ~   10:00 A.M. Sharp!

AUCTION LOCATION: On Site @ 0064 Twp. Rd. 30, Ada, OH  45810 ~ “WATCH FOR AUCTION SIGNS”

App. 3 Miles West of Ada on SR 81 to Hardin Allen Co. Line, North 1 Mile on Co. Line Rd., Then East to AUCTION




EQUIPMENT PREVIEW > Tuesday * December 7 * 12:00 - 3:00 P.M.





Section 19 of Portage Twp. in Hancock County, OH

Offered in 4 Parcels * GREAT LOCATION * FRONTAGE on SR 613  & Twp. Rd. 135   

AUCTION LOCATION:  American Legion Hall, McComb, OH

@ 300 S. Todd St., McComb, OH 45858  ~ “WATCH FOR AUCTION SIGNS”


Basinger Plumbing & Heating currently has 9 Healthy-You-Vending
machines for sale!

These would be a good addition to an existing vending
business, or a good start up business! These are nice vending machines that
have a card reader built in. If you are interested in purchasing, or if you have any questions please contact Jim at 419-303-7100


Notification for property owners along the Phase II portions of the Jefferson St. Improvements projects (from Co. Line Rd. east to the Railroad tracks).

The estimated assessment for each property is on file with the Fiscal Officer for inspection and examination at the Town Hall, 154 N. Main St., Bluffton, OH 45817.

Office hours are 9-12 and 1-4 Mon.-Fri.

Welcome to Blended Roots, the Icon's newest advertiser! Check out these upcoming events:

Fall Sale, Nov. 18th - Nov. 29th

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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.

Executive Director/Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, Bluffton, Ohio
An exciting career opportunity for an experienced licensed nursing home administrator to join a faith-based, not-for- profit retirement community committed to honoring the dignity of elders. Successful candidate will be able think outside the traditional model of care and lead the organization with a creative, person-centered philosophy.

Mennonite Memorial Home has 60 licensed nursing beds, 19 certified AL apartments and 18 independent living villas. 1 mile down the road, Willow Ridge has 20 licensed nursing beds in the Green House model of care. Qualified candidates must have excellent communication skills, strong interpersonal and team building skills and financial management experience. Submit resume to [email protected] or online at  www.mhcoliving.org  Deadline: December 15, 2021. EOE.

Plumbing Technician

Mid-sized company looking to acquire a plumbing technician willing to learn water treatment. The job would include quoting, servicing, and installing all aspects of water treatment equipment. Looking for someone with some plumbing experience, water treatment experience not needed. Company will provide training. Wages are negotiable, and job comes with a substantial benefits package. Please send resume/contact information to [email protected].

HELP WANTED: Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Chief Executive Officer

Summary:  The CEO has the overall responsibility for the complete operation of the Chamber as it involves program, planning and operations, working under policy guidelines of the Board of Directors and acting in accordance with the policies, procedures and bylaws of the Chamber.  This position is expected to maintain a high profile role within the Bluffton and area communities and to strengthen and expand the alliances with key businesses, elected officials, community and educational leaders and the chamber members. This person will work with the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors to provide leadership to engage the membership in the Chamber’s vision and priorities.

Applications are considered complete when the following items are received.    

Please send the following to: [email protected]: Resume, Cover Letter

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.
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Ohio Northern University -  Office of Human Resources, 525 S.. Main St., Ada, Ohio 45810, employment opportunities. Click here for current job postings.