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Ada Academic Boosters
Tracie Amburgey, 419-235-8162
Deb Curlis,director, 419-788-9459
Ada Athletic Boosters
Lisa Conley, 419-235-6562; Meets second Monday at 7 p.m. in high school cafeteria
Ada Boy Scouts - Pack 124
Meets at 7 p.m. on first Tuesday of each month at school cafeteria
Ada Chamber of Commerce
Ada Kiwanis Club
Amy Spar, 419-722-5231, Meets on fourth Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Media Center at Ada High School
Bereavement Support Group
Meets second Thursday of the month at Restore Community Center in Ada
Friends of the Library
Liberty Conservation Club
1552 St. Rt. 235, 419-234-5795


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

316 S. Main St. - 419-634-2407 111 Central Ave - 419-235-7307
201 S. Main St. - 419-634-5661 301 N. Main St. - 419-634-4626
1047 St. Rt. 235 - 419-634-6132 7050 St. Rt. 235, Alger - 419-757-4501
101 Montville St, Alger - 419-757-3771 4014 Co. Rd. 304, - 419-326-8552
4227 N. Hardin Rd. - 419-649-5364 350 W. North Ave - 419-634-8041
321 N. Gilbert St. - 419-634-2554 22 E. Highland Ave. - 419-634-2626
125 S. Johnson St. - 419-634-8956 4945 St. Rt. 81 - 419-634-6303

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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@adaicon.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@adaicon.com. Or call us at: 419-889-3065. We have very competitive rates.

The Ada Icon is where Ada gets its news. The Icon is the center of information and commerce for Ada, Ohio. We promote Ada through advertising, the printed word, photographs and other tools of technology.

Ada Icon is a member of:
• Ada Area Chamber of Commerce
• Ada Community Improvement Corp. (CIC)
• Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance
• Better Business Bureau
• Ohio News Media Association

Also, please check our sister publication: The Bluffton Icon

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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Here's what the Ada Icon is all about

Welcome to the Ada 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: March 15, 2012.

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 50 local advertisers.

Q: What might we expect to find in The Icon?
A: All sorts of things. Our primary coverage area is the Ada school district. According to Google Analytics, 90 percent of our viewers live winthin 25 miles of Ada. That takes in Lima, Findlay and Kenton. 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: Ada Icon experiences over 5,000 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 Ohio Northern University news, and cover all aspects of the Ada community.

We provide extensive sports coverage of Ada High School and Ohio Northern University.

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 September 2009 we launched Bluffton Icon (www.blufftonicon.com). It is in a community the same size as Ada 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.

Here are some Ada Icon viewer statistics from Google Analytics covering 2018:

323,438 pages were viewed on Ada Icon in 2018?

What were the top viewed stories in 2018?
1. April 9 – New water park, 3,119 views
2. Feb. 25 – Walk outs not sanctioned by Ada school, 2,082 views
3. Jan. 29 – Susan Putt, retired ONU professor wins
   $24,168 on Wheel of Fortune, 1,408 views
4. Dec. 23 – 3 Brothers Pizza has new owners, 1,349 views
5. May 3 – Requiem for Clark Hall, 1,234 views
6. Feb. 21 – Seth Conley will play football at ONU, 1, 044 views

Viewers in the U.S. represent the greatest number of viewers. These countries round out the top 10 in viewers: 

1. United States
2. Norway
3. Peru
4. Australia
5. India
6. France
7. Philippines
8. Canada
9. United Kingdom
10. South Korea

Nearly every month, the Ada Icon has viewers from all 50 states. The majority are from Ohio. Here are the top 10 states with viewers in 2018:
1. Ohio
2. Michigan
3. Massachusetts
4. Florida
5. Oregon 
6. Texas
7. Illinois
8. New York
9. Pennsylvania
10. Indiana

People from 536 Ohio villages and cities (that’s nearly all Ohio towns) viewed the Icon. Most viewers live in:
1. Ada
2. Kenton
3. Lima
4. Findlay
5. Bluffton
6. Wapakoneta
7. Bellefontaine
8. Alger
9. Forest
10. Dunkirk

The most viewed pages on the Icon: 
1 – News in Ada
2 – Obituaries
3 – Classified ads
4 – Photo gallery
5 – Classified ads
6  - Sports

Top 6 browsers used to view the Icon:
1 – Chrome
2 – Safari (in-app)
3 – Android Webview
4 – Safari
5 – Internet Explorer
6 – Firefox
7 – Edge

Top 4 web providers used to view The Icon:
1 – Time Warner
2 – Verizon
3 – Quest
4 – Ohio Northern University

Facebook is the primary social media used in attracting viewers to the Icon. As of Dec. 31, 2018, the Icon has the following number of friends:
2,422 Facebook followers
158 Instagram followers (launched in October)
60 Twitter followers (launched in October)

Classified Ads

Tickets are now on sale for Ebenezer Drama Ensemble production of "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas," at Crossroads Ministry Center, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton. Dinner at 6 p.m., and the show at 7 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9, 10 and 11. Tickets $10 and include dinner. For reservations call Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 419-358-8588, info@ebenezermennonite.org. Proceeds donated to Bluffton Community Assistance Program's food pantry. Click here for more details.

First Baptist Church, Ada, will hold a back-to-school bash from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 4. Free backpacks and school supplies will be provided for children who are in need in Kindergarten through fourth grade. Parents and caregivers must show proof of Ada residency. The evening includes food, games, crafts, face-painting, an inflatable slide, free backpacks and free school supplies.

Neighbor to Neighbor Community Center presents a Gospel Sing Fund Raiser for Backpack Blessing at Upper Scioto Valley schools. The event is Saturday, July 27, from 4 to 8 p.m.  at 305 N. Main St., Alger. Event sponsors say to bring your own lawn chair to enjoy an evening of local talent. Ice cream social and box lunches will be available.

Century 21 Sunway Realty invites viewers to hot dog Thursdays now through Aug. 1. Free hot dogs and lemonade will be served at the Ada office, 208 N. Main St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Thursday through Aug 1.

Auction, 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, 711 S. Simon St. Ada. Large moving sale of antiques, vintage and collectibles. Farthing Real Estate and Auctioneers. Click here for list of auction items.



Public auction - 4703 CR 313, Rawson, 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3. Personal property to follow. Open house Monday, July 22, and Monday, July 29, 5 p.m. Walter Brothers, Auctioneers, Findlay, 419-424-0944. CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS.

YORKTOWN VILLAGE APARTMENTS - 401 West Lima Ave. Ada Ohio 45810, 419-634-6322/TDD Number also
For persons 62 years of age or older, handicap/disabled regardless of age. Currently accepting applications for 1 bedroom. Immediate Occupancy if approved. Community room and laundry on site. Pet friendly. Enjoy the country atmosphere, friendly surroundings, and quiet neighborhood. Rent starts at 437.00. Rental assistance may be available.  This institution is an equal opportunity                        

House for rent: 3 bedroom, 1 bath, all appliances including washer and dryer. Single unattached garage and storage shed. 198 Jefferson/state route  103 Bluffton, Ohio. $800.00 a month plus utilities. Call 419-303-5116.

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: 3 Bedroom/ 2 Bath Apartment (Ada) - New floor coverings, paint and includes washer and dryer.  Available June 20th.  Rent $775.00 plus one month's deposit.  No Pets.  Call:  (419) 303-8869.  Realtor owned.

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

5 family garage sale including Avila, Osborn, Prater, Weyer at 517 Greding on Wed 9 - 3 (weather permitting, if storming, will adjust hours as needed), Thurs 9 - 5 and Fri 9-12. Boys clothing sizes 5, 6, 7, and some large and XL, Girls clothing sizes 5-6, also large and XL, Junior Girls sizes xs and sm and Ladies sizes med, large and XL, Mens size 34 and 36 waist and XL items, Housewares including holiday items and some wreaths and baskets, Shoes, Books, DVDs, Toys, and one family clearing out baby items including: Graco high chair, baby swing, rainforest jumperoo


Garage Sale/Red Tag Sale
Discontinued, Overstock and Damaged Items
Christmas Decorations, Lawn Decorations, Lawn & Garden Products
Clearance Plants, Swimming Pool and Garden Pond Items
Check out our $1 – $5 – $10 plant area.
New Leaf Garden Center
0395 SR 235 Ada, Ohio
927 E. Columbus Street, Kenton

Local fresh blueberries outside of Pandora. Lugibihl’s Blue Moon Blueberries, Pandora. Located at 14848 Road 3 just north of State Route 12. U-pick hours this week will be Tuesday evening, July 16, from 6-9. Wednesday, July 17,  7 a.m. till 9 p.m. (all day). Thursday and Friday evenings 6-9. U-pick price is $2.50 per pound. Orders can be taken for picked berries and these are $5.00 per pound. Call 419-231-0832 for updated information or orders.

Check out The Dough Hook's current summer special. For every $100 spent on a meat package you will receive a gallon of ice cream and a fruit pie for free.
The Dough Hook - 117 N. Main St. - Bluffton - 419-369-4264 - marlenaballinger@doughhook.com

1966  FORD Mustang 2 door convertible
Partially restored.
If interested, call 419-204-4433  for details.

16 ft Equipment Trailer - 2"x7" white oak planks, Pinnacle Hitch, 419-230-8883, $2,500

Assortment of toys for sale including:
• Metal wagon, $25
• Groovy Barbie camper, old missing a panel, $10
• Step 2 firetruck toddler bed, does not include mattress, $35
• Speedster chain-driven Kiddie Car, steer with feet, works, $120 pickup only
• Large oak rocking horse from Granary, $100
Call Cathy at 419-516-2339

NOTICE TO BID - The Village of Ada will receive bids for a New 25 cu. yd. self-contained trailer mount leaf vacuum system designed for standard curb side leaf pick-up. Following are minimum specifications: Tier 4 diesel engine rated for 84 hp, full control panel with high temperature and low oil pressure shut down, 40 gal capacity fuel tank, 28” diameter suction impeller, 16” diameter x 120” long intake hose and nozzle assembly, trailer and body to include: hydraulic power parking jack, electric brakes with break-away actuator, top hinged rear dump door, down draft or redirected exhaust for dust control, led lighting and strobes with led amber directional strobe light bar, Multi Axis boom control system to include: Wireless or corded operation, operator seat with seat belt, autex control box with joy stick or similar, water proof control panel. Bid is to include: minimum 1 year warranty and 2 year engine warranty, delivery, set-up, and on site operation training. Delivery of equipment to be no later than October 11th, 2019. Bids must be received by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. at the Village of Ada Municipal Building, 115 West Buckeye Ave, PO Box 292, Ada Ohio 45810. The Village reserves the right to waive any irregularities and accept the lowest or best bid.

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

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Welcome to The Ada Icon FREE* classifieds. Viewers may post ads at NO COST including garage sales, card of thanks, lost and found, free kittens, bake sales, and so forth. For cars, trucks, real estate or business services viewers may provide up to 50 words for $10 per ad. E-mail ads to: ads@adaicon.com. We'll run your ad for 10 days. (No phone calls.) Payment must be received before running paid ads. Send payments to: The Ada Icon, 226 Grove St., Bluffton, OH 45817.

Would you like to work for a company that treats its employees with respect? Do you like to stay busy? Can you multi-task? Most importantly, do you have a positive outlook that greats everyone with a smile?

If you answered YES to these questions, then we’d love to have a conversation with you! THE DOUGH HOOK in Bluffton, Ohio is hiring! We are looking for someone who is willing to work 25-30 hours per week. Our staff is comprised of hard workers, people who can work independently and those who are willing to work in the most efficient manner possible. While waiting on the customer is our number one priority, our employees must be able to stop the project they are working on, wait on the customer and go right back to the task at hand. Applicants must be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds and able to stand on their feet for long periods of time.

Duties of this position could include baking, meal prep, customer service, dish washing, meat processing, inventory stocking and more! The beauty of this position is that it is always something different and done in a FACED PACED ENVIRONMENT!

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!

If you’re interested we encourage you to either stop in and fill out an application or email a resume to marlenaballinger@gmail.com and we’ll be in touch!!


Help wanted: Interested in working with animals? The Bluffton Vet Hospital is currently looking for a part-time kennel attendant! Duties include (but are not limited to): the care-taking of dogs and cats and general cleaning of the facility. This person must be reliable and available for morning, as well as some afternoon and evening shifts throughout the week/weekend. Please feel free to either stop in and pick up an application or e-mail your resume and a letter of interest to us at:  info@blufftonvet.net

Mercy Health – St. Rita’s has exciting opportunities within our Pharmacy!  We currently have openings for Pharmacy Technicians.  If you have experience working within a Pharmacy or a strong desire to, please feel free to apply! Part-Time and Full-Time positions are benefit eligible.  Visit www.mercy.com/careers to apply or contact Jeremy Amstutz at 419-226-8755.


Help wanted: Full-time office position at Putnam Farm Service Agency.  Position performs office functions pertaining to technical and program delivery of FSA programs.  Background security investigation required.  Full vacancy
announcement is at www.usajobs.gov/   Applicants must submit a mandatory KSA
statement (detailed on the website) Application and KSA deadline 7/23/19.
The Federal Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Inn at Ohio Northern University is seeking qualified applicants for the following position:

  • Full-time Line Cook
  • Full-time Bartender

Competitive wages offered, FT position offers benefits. Must have flexible scheduling availability. You may apply at the Inn or at: http://www.innatonu.com/careers EOE

Help wanted: Current open positions at MHCO

HILTY HOME, 304 Hilty Dr., Pandora, OH

  • RN/LPN (Full and Part-time, 2p-10p& 10p-6a)
  • STNA (Part-time, all shifts and Full time 2nd shift)

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

  • Companion (Part-time)
  • Elder Assistant (Full time 1st shift)
  • Dietary Cook (Part-time)


  • Director of Nursing
  • Assistant Director of Nursing
  • STNA (Full and Part-time all 3 shifts)
  • RN/LPN (Part-time, 2nd shift)
  • RN MDS Nurse

If interested, please apply in person or online at www.mhcoliving.org under the careers link.

$1,000 sign-on bonus for full- and part-time state-tested nursing assistants.

Help wanted: Front Office Desk Receptionist, Monday thru Thursday 9:00-5:00. No Fridays or major holidays. Must be able to prioritize, multi-task & be a fast independent learner. No health insurance offered. No computer work. Email resume to: deginsurance@fairpoint.net

Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center is looking to hire a full time experienced Electrician.  Candidates are required to have high voltage experience and well versed in electrical code.   Interested applicants are invited to apply online at www.mercy.com/careers and search “R011231” to pull up the full job description or contact Jeremy Amstutz, Recruiter at jramstutz@mercy.com or by calling 419-226-8755.  Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance is available along with paid time off. 

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.

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.