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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.

After three days of speakers, parties, disagreements on the floor and calls for party unity, Donald J. Trump took the stage Thursday tonight to officially accept the GOP nomination for president on the last day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The convention that drew more than 50,000 people to Northeast Ohio began on Monday after the city spent the past two years transforming the “Mistake on the Lake” into a destination hot spot, capable of smoothly running large-scale events.

Cleveland was announced as the 2016 Host City in July of 2014, edging out Dallas, to welcome 2,472 delegates, 2,304 alternate delegates and a projected 15,000 media members.

It’s not typical that Cleveland’s East 4th Street downtown, home to Pickwick and Frolic, Greenhouse Tavern and Michael Symon’s Mabel’s BBQ, is packed with wall-to-wall people on a Monday morning. Or that the brick street is filled with people, sober people, in suits with long lanyards hanging around their necks, holding briefcases. It’s not typical that NBC/MSNBC erects a podium with a big screen TV on top airing President Barack Obama’s speech at the Vietnam Memorial.

But July 18 wasn’t a typical day in Cleveland.

That morning kicked off the four-day Republican National Convention held at Quicken Loans Arena, to formally elect Donald J. Trump as the Republican nominee for President of the United States and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.

The Ottawa County Democratic Party is hosting a Unity Picnic for county Democrats Wednesday, Aug. 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Carroll Township Hall, 11080 W. Toussaint East Rd., Oak Harbor.

Hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks will be provided. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Former Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland will speak. A number of candidates will be on hand.

For more info, email or call 419-635-6781. Those interested in how to support Democrats this year, visit or visit the Democratic Headquarters in Port Clinton Kroger shopping center.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has determined alcohol was a factor in a traffic crash last week involving a resident of the Village of Walbridge and village police officer.

The accident occurred about 11:24 p.m. on July 18 on E. Perry Street when a Dodge pickup truck operated by Bruce Biery, 36, struck a police cruiser stopped in the east-bound lane with its emergency lights on.

Officer Nicholas Colwell was transported by Lake Township Emergency Medical Service to St. Charles Hospital where he was treated and released with minor injuries.


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