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We've all seen him at Ohio State football and basketball games. That congenial face painted with scarlet and gray that features the Block O on the right side and a leaf on the left.

We know him as 'Big Nut.'

But some may not know that 54-year-old Jon Peters traces his roots back to Ottawa County, specifically Graytown, where he grew up for part of his childhood while attending school in Oak Harbor. The former Rocket lived in Green Springs before moving to Graytown, graduating from high school in 1979 and Ohio State University soon after.

The Civilian Marksmanship on July 2 hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the installation of its new electronic rifle and pistol targets on Petrarca Range at Camp Perry.

The equipment is marketed by CMP Targets, with technology provided by Kongsberg Target Systems (KTS). The ceremony commemorated the CMP’s 20th anniversary and the on-going partnership between the CMP and the Ohio National Guard.

Petrarca Range will be open throughout the National Matches (happening now through August 9) to allow competitors and visitors to take their own shots on the KTS targets for free. During this time, guests are encouraged to bring their own rifle, pistol and ammo to use at the range as no rentals will be available other than the day of the Ribbon Cutting.

Oregon City Council last week amended its municipal code to prohibit smoking in the Oregon Recreational Facility, also known as The William P. Coontz Athletic Complex.

“It is in the best interests of public health and smoking that tobacco products be prohibited …on property owned or under the control of the city,” states the ordinance. “There is now a uniform statewide minimum standard to protect people from the hazards associated with exposure to second hand smoke from tobacco,” states the ordinance. “Therefore, it is the intent of this ordinance to make air safer to breathe in the Oregon Recreational Facility.”

Oregon City Council recently approved the purchase of a drone for the police and fire departments.

Oregon applied for a state grant to fund the drone, which would assist the police and fire departments in rescue situations.

The city agreed to pay $35,499 to Toledo Aerial Media, of Ottawa Lake, Michigan, to purchase the unmanned aircraft system.

In May, Oregon council wanted to do more research before approving an earlier proposal for a more expensive drone that would have cost $75,000. At the time, Councilman Tim Zale, chairman of the Safety Committee, thought the higher cost was “an expensive purchase,” though he agreed it would benefit the city.

The Federal Regulatory Energy Commission has scheduled public meetings to accept comments on a proposed natural gas pipeline system in Ohio and Michigan by NEXUS Gas Transmission, LLC.

If approved, the pipeline would begin near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border and proceed west, winding locally through several area counties, including Sandusky, Wood, Lucas and Fulton.

The commission staff last week issued a draft environmental impact statement for the 256-mile project.

Among the six meetings scheduled for August, two will be held in Northwest Ohio: Aug. 15 at Quality Inn, Fremont, 3422 Port Clinton Rd., Fremont, and Aug. 10 at Swanton High School, 604 N. Main Street, Swanton.

Summer Olympics

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