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Montessori, the Otters and an MTSD deficit

   March 26, 2014 10:08 am    0

Millcreek Township School District needs to find $4.4 million dollars to balance its budget, and it looks like Superintendent William Hall wants to eliminate the Montessori classrooms at Grandview and Belle Valley and continue free tuition for the Otters. The full story is here — thanks to Erica Erwin. But hold on a minute. Jennifer DeLude Lachapelle, a…


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Wrap up Halloween with a dress made of wrappers

   October 31, 2013 7:32 am    0

What should you do with all those leftover candy wrappers? Make a chain … or a dress. In 2012, we interviewed Adria Roberts, then a student at Strong Vincent High School. She and her boyfriend,  Steven Comi, — and countless others — collected Starburst Fruit Chews wrappers so that Adria could make her prom dress. The…


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It’s National Popcorn Day today — Jan. 19!

   January 19, 2013 2:21 pm    0

It’s kernel capers today! Here are a few sites with recipes for yummy caramel popcorn and more. One has maple and bacon in it. YUMM! Here’s one from Yummly. Here’s one for Dixie Doodle popcorn from It has cashews, almonds, peanuts, dried fruit, pumpkin/sunflower seeds, cheddar cheese, dried cranberries or cherries and spices. One of my fave places…


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House lady — my favorite stories of 2012

   December 15, 2012 8:21 am    0

What a year of terrific houses and real estate stories in House to Home! If you want to hear about my favorites, click right here. One of my faves discussed a horse farm for sale and Phyllis Turner and Sandra Jarecki gave us a galloping tour. Here are links to all of our stories in this…


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Watch Prep state championship game live tonight

   December 14, 2012 3:26 pm    0

Watch the Cathedral Prep Ramblers roll tonight at 7 p.m. on channel 22 in Millcreek on the PCN cable network. The Ramblers take on Archbishop Wood at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey in the AAA state final. The Erie Times-News and’s Tom Reisenweber, Andy Colwell and John Dudley are at the game — they will blog,…


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Locally authored books we must have for Christmas

   December 12, 2012 7:56 am    0

If you are stuck for a gift idea for anyone with ties to Erie, here are some of my faves: “Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America’s Most Shocking Bank Robbery” Ed Palattella and Jerry Clark co-authored the book about their investigations into the collar-bomb death of Brian Wells. You can watch a replay of their…


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House lady — easy holiday decorating and more

   December 8, 2012 7:11 am    0

We have some of the best decorating ideas I have seen in a while in House to Home this week, and check out the fabulous video that Rob Frank of and Christine Yamrick pulled together on a lovely $400,000 Sun Lake home listed for sale at 10611 Locust Knoll in Girard. For the holidays,…


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Thank you, Tom Doyle

   September 12, 2011 4:43 am    2

Every once in a while, folks pass in and out of your life and make an impact so profound that it surprises you. Tom Doyle is one of those people. I knew Tom many years ago and lost touch, but he called me in the spring and told me that he had followed my writing…


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