I know this is a dead thread, but I figured I'd try to update it a bit. I am an admin at Pennsylvania's comparable website - PAFOA. While I just joined recently, I have lurked quite a bit.
In or around 2011 the Pennsylvania State Police changed and updated the licensing system. All counties were to use the same equipment and format, and all of those machines would interface directly with the PSP's database. This also required that your state issued ID be "read" by the machine to properly identify you, and for a digital picture be taken - so this eliminated the ability to do your application/renewal completely via mail. You must appear in person now. However some counties will only require you to appear at the application, others after you have been approved and you wish to pick up your new LTCF.
The fee is set in law at $20, and the application is a single sheet of paper. One side has the area where you fill it out, the other side has a list of disqualifiers. Any county that goes beyond the $20 or number of pages is in violation of PA law and is guilty of a 1st Degree Misdemeanor punishable by 5 years in prison. Sheriffs still have only 45 days to issue or deny, but many issue right over the counter after you passed the instant background check.
I know a number of folks from OH has hit up PAFOA's "Contact" form about OH/PA reciprocity.. ..Yes, PA did grant statutory reciprocity to OH because of OH's law recognizing all other state licenses(including PA). It is not a formal agreement, it is a statement from the PA Attorney General that PA WILL honor OH. PAFOA's reciprocity page is out of date, and only one person can change it. Unfortunately he is working abroad and it will not be feasible for quite some time. PAFOA suggests that you use the PA Attorney General website or handgunlaw.us for reciprocity concerns.
With reciprocity in place, the need for OH residents to have a PA LTCF is much lower, but it still has its advantages. One being exemption from the Federal GFSZA.
PAFOA's list of counties that include info on which are friendly to issuing to non-residents is under the same issues as our reciprocity page. It is pretty much the golden rule that Centre County will issue(well as long as Sheriff Nau is still in office). My home county, Jefferson, is also friendly. You all have covered many of the others that are known. But, sheriff's are elected positions, so thing can change every 4 years.