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

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

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@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.

Advertising Info

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

For Rent: 3 bedroom 1 bath house. 2 Car garage fenced in back yard. 217 N Lawn Bluffton Oh.  1100.00 a month. call 419-296-3786

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

Northstar portable generator with 13hp Honda engine; 8000 starting watts, 6600 continuous watts.  Two 120v duplex receptacles; one 15 amp and one 20 amp.  One 120/240v, 30 amp receptacle with twistlock.  6.5 gallon fuel tank.  Recoil start.  Wheels on front & locking swivel casters on rear as shown -unit is easily moved without lifting.  Engine exhausts horizontally to facilitate use in an enclosure.  Comes with 32'  10/4 heavy cord (not pictured) with twist locking ends for use with the 120/240 receptacle; grounding wire also included.  Nearly new condition.  Call Andy at 419-384-3503, leave message if necessary (please speak clearly - my hearing isn't the best).  I WILL call you back.

Selling office furniture! items available:
30"x18" 2 drawer lateral file w/lock
HP laserjet P2015dn printer
Desk unit - U-shaped with hutch (purchased from Friends in Findlay) - pictured
Desk - Solid wood w/ return. Desktop has glass protection
Qty. 2 - Gray fabric arm chairs (metal frame)
Qty. 4 - Black leather arm chairs (metal frame)
Desk chair
Computer desk w/ locked storage (45"x28")
Qty. 2 - desk chairs w/ arms
Qty. 2 - Table lamps (3-way switch)
Book case/utility table (23"x15")
Book shelf (3 shelf, cherry)
Metal work cabinet (3 shelves, on casters)
Metal office drop box (12"x15", door w/ lock)
If interested parties please call:
Bob - (419) 303-2762
Pam - (419) 303-0759

PUBLIC HEARING - Ada Council will hold a public hearing on changes to Chapters 1157 and 1159 of the codified ordinances of Ada on Tuesday,  Oct. 1, at 6:30 pm, in Council Chambers, 115 W Buckeye Ave. 

The old St. Mary's church pump organ needs a new home. Contact Betty Pakosz at 419-345-9482, or e-mail at bpakosz@yahoo.com. For a history of the organ, click here.

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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Boutique 415 - 415 N. Main St., Bluffton, now offering 20% off Ohio State tops, dusters and sports earrings. And, a shoe sale, $10 and up.
Polished Nail and Body Salon - tanning special: Buy 3 weeks for $29.95. Buy a single tanning lotion packet and get a free tan. 419-358-0001.

Have you seen The Dough Hook's weekly meat package? The package changes every week and is featured in the The Dough Hook's website and in the store at 117 N. Main St., Bluffton.  CLICK HERE for the website.

Allen County Board of DD is hosting a Community Garage Sale on Sept. 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Garage Sale will be on our campus at 2500 Ada Road, in the garage and parking lot area behind the Administration Building

                  ClearView Cleaning
               Residential & Commercial
           Window Cleaning * House Washing
          Gutter Cleaning * Concrete Cleaning
                     Vinyl Fence Cleaning
                     Solar Panel Cleaning
               Call for a free estimate today!
                    10% off senior discount 


Ada Area Chamber of Commerce's 34th annual Harvest and Herb Festival, Saturday, Sept. 21. Main Street Ada.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - craft booths open
10 a.m. - parade
11 a.m.-4 p.m. - kid's area with pony rides, face painting, inflatible obstacle course
Noon - Crowning of Festival queen
Findlay Corvette Club car display (weather permitting)
Many food booths

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.

Help wanted: Full-time Administrative Assistant needed for CPA firm. Detail- oriented person to answer phone, file, data entry, supply ordering, deposits, mail, and misc. Email resume to rscpa@cpabluffton.com

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

  • Full-time Sales Manager
  • Full-time Line Cook
  • Part-time Laundry/Housekeeping
  • Part-time Guest Service Agent
  • Part-time Temporary Maintenance

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

Pandora-Gilboa Local Schools is accepting proposals for snow removal
service for the 2019-2020 school year; future years possible as well.
Multiple size equipment desired to include the ability to clear sidewalks,
parking lots, and roadways. Ability to apply salt when necessary is preferred
but not required. Proposals should be expressed as an hourly rate and include
the types of equipment that will be utilized. The District requires priority
service and the ability to communicate with our maintenance department and/or
superintendent regarding timelines for determining the opening/closing of
school. Weekend service may also be needed due to extra-curricular events.
For additional information please call 419-384-3227. Proposals will be
accepted until October 4th, 2019. Please submit proposals to Ms. Shelly
Guthrie at: guthries@pgrockets.org

Quest Federal Credit Union - Seeking Full Time Member Service Representative for our Ada office.  Experience in member service is preferred.  Must have excellent communication skills. 

Please send resume and cover letter to; Quest Federal Credit Union Attn: T. Sherman, COO 12837 State Route 68 South - Kenton, OH. 43326 Or email to tsherman@questfcu.com. Quest Federal Credit Union is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Mercy Health St. Rita’s has exciting openings within our Pharmacy! We are currently searching for a Clinical Pharmacist (Ref. Job ID: R016000), a Full Time Pharmacy Tech (Ref. Job ID: R019722), and a Part Time Pharmacy Tech (Ref. Job ID: R013156).  Non-Certified Pharmacy Techs are welcome to apply! Insurance, Benefits, a 403B with match, paid time off and more are offered with both full and part time positions! Apply online atwww.mercy.com/careers or contact Jeremy Amstutz, Recruiter at 419-226-8755 for more information!



The Midwest Regional ESC seeks a qualified candidate to fill the position of speech language pathologist at Ada and Hardin Houston schools. For more information contact Craig Ludwig, director of special eduation at cludwig@mresc.org.

Part-time teller, Citizens National Bank. Visit www.cnbohio.com for details.

Help wanted - The Dough Hook has immediate openings for several open positions. Duties include baking, customer service, food prep, meat processing and more. Interested candidates send letter or resume, or stop in at The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., Bluffton Ask for Marlena, or email marlenaballinger@doughhook.com

Help wanted: Pandora-Gilboa School has a maintenance supervisor apprentice position available. This is a non-union supervisor position.The candidate selected
will apprentice with our existing maintenance supervisor. Salary per Board
adopted schedule, including benefits and State Retirement System.This is a
12-month position.  Knowledge of HVAC, plumbing and general maintenance
repair preferred.  A strong work ethic and ability to learn job skills also
considered.  Background & FBI check required. Send resume and references by September 27 to:
Shelly Guthrie
410 Rocket Ridge
Pandora, OH  45877

Wilson Sporting Goods Co., the world’s premier ball sports equipment manufacturing company, has a 1st shift opening for the position of In-Laid Stripe Applicator in our Assembly Department at our Wilson Football plant located in Ada, OH. The main duties of this position will be to operate the machine to place and secure the in-laid stripe on the football panel.  Must be able to handle simple tools as well as communicate and take direction from others well.  Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED and at least one (1) year of factory experience. If you meet our requirements and are interested in joining our legacy of achievement,
please visit the Wilson Careers page at www.wilson.com for more information and to apply. Wilson Sporting Goods Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/VD/V

Food Service Worker at Ohio Northern University Dining Services
Job Overview:
The Food Service Worker may work anywhere on property where food is prepared. This person will assist in setup and serving of food from counters and steamtables. Duties will include cleaning and sanitizing equipment and work stations. The general responsibilities of the position include those listed below, but Sodexo may identify other responsibilities of the position. These responsibilities may differ among accounts, depending on business necessities and client requirements.
General Responsibilities:
Reads recipes and/or product directions.
Estimates food requirements.
Operates a variety of kitchen utensils to weigh, measure, mix, wash, peel, cut, grind, stir, strain, season and knead foodstuffs for cooking, serving and storing.
Assists in the preparation of hot and/or cold foods, and properly stores food, utilizing knowledge of temperature requirements and spoilage.
Keeps records and requisition for supplies/equipment as needed.
Serves and replenishes food from counters and steam tables (sometimes using a conveyor food belt), and breaks down stations at the end of meal periods.
Brews coffee and tea.
Attends training programs (classroom and virtual) as designated.
May work on a trayline to distribute food.
May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Job Qualifications:
High School diploma, GED, or equivalent experience.
Ability to communicate with co-workers and other departments with professionalism and respect.
Maintains a professional relationship with all coworkers, vendor representatives, supervisors, managers, customers, and client representatives.
Ability to use a computer.
Ability to provide clear directions and respond to employees.
General Qualifications:
Ability to work a flexible schedule helpful.
Must comply with any dress code requirements.
Must be able to work nights, weekends and some holidays.
Attends work and shows up for a scheduled shift on time with satisfactory regularity.
An additional application must be completed before management will contact you for a possible interview. Search Ada, Ohio at: http://sodexo.balancetrak.com

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.