I highly recommend Lake County for applying for your CCW. I made an appointment a few days ago through their website, arrived for my appointment yesterday, and a few hours later walked out with my CCW. Nice people and great service.
The party has ended in Lake County, they have been so overwhelmed with people coming from Cuyahoga County that they now work by appointment. I hear they are still processing 60 applications a day.
I'm not sure what you mean by the party is over. I made my appointment on Monday (3-4) via their website for Wednesday (3-6). It took roughly two hours to go through the application process and wait for my permit to be ready.