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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: November 15th, 2013

Wedding Ring or Engagement Ring on whiteI never thought about the gunk I get on my rings. Or bracelets. Or necklaces. Until I opened an e-mail that told me all about my jewelry germs. Ick!

In a press release, David Bellman, inventor of the Aquasonic Wave jewelry cleaning system, and Dr. Holly Neefe, a pediatrician with 17 years of experience, warned that bacteria gets on our jewelry, and it makes us  carriers for some nasty germs.

Bellman invented the AquaSonic Wave, an at-home professional-quality jewelry cleaning system, but this isn’t a commercial for that. However, it is notable that Bellman’s co-inventor is Dean Kamen,  inventor of the portable kidney dialysis machine, and the Segway — those cool transport systems we ride in big cities, at the peninsula and at Peek ‘n Peak. For more information visit www.aquasonicwave.com.

Here’s an article from Woman’s Day on DIY — how to clean your jewelry at home. It includes quick tips on how to clean pearls, diamonds, sterling silver, gold and turquoise. Here’s an ehow link on how to clean opals.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

Posted: October 24th, 2013

When I see all the cute Halloween costumes, I remember some of the cute stuff my kids wore. And here they are:

Kelly and Ry

Kelly and Ryan — the pumpkins invade!

Howie the lion

Howie roars as a tot. That young woman next to him is making me feel awfully old. This picture is about 25 years old.

Howie and Kelly

I made that Christmas tree costume that Howie is wearing. We all wore it at least once. Kelly was a dinosaur. We turned her sideways so we could see the dino part.


Kelly Potter

In a year of Harry Potter, Kelly made her own costume.Great job, Kell! That old house we lived in had some Hogwarts’ characteristics. I magically raised three kids there.

As the kids got older, they were very clever. Kelly has been a slice of pizza, Mario Brothers’ characters, Woody from “Toy Story” and much more. The boys were football players. And they went through a lot of scream masks. For years. Too many years because I have a box of scream masks.

In recent years, when both my boys lived with us, they were cowboys. I’m not going to embarrass them with that photo, but I do have it. And my oldest went to a party with a last minute costume of a party in his pants. Balloons and other party paraphernalia wrapped around his waist.

Oh the days of partying kids.

Back in the old days on Oakmont Avenue, trick or treating was a trick that I remember. My oldest was 7, and he was recovering after a bout of chicken pox. He became totally “sausted” after we had only hit a few houses. My daughter and youngest son were raring to go, so I carried my oldest one home and took the other two back out. The next day, it was two more kids with chicken pox. That’s a disease that now has a vaccine.

Good thing because it was nasty. My daughter never got very many chicken pox, and she seemed unscathed by the whole thing. My youngest was covered in them, however. Nothing slowed him down, but he was covered. And he itched. My oldest was sick as a dog — fever and miserable. It’s funny how three kids with the same genetic makeup can suffer so differently. At the time, I remember calling it Pam held hostage — I think we hit 21 days before we could send everyone back to school and the babysitter.

This year, no Eckerts are home to celebrate Halloween, but little Mia Parker will visit. She is a pirate, and shiver me timbers, I am looking forward to that.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

Posted: October 20th, 2013

Lovell Place includes a network of 10 interconnected buildings between 13th and 14th streets.

In one of those mixed-use building stories that worked out really well, Lovell Place is home to history and much more.

The owners, Rick Griffith’s company Moxie Ate LP, bought the place in 2011. I toured it last week for an article in House to Home, but I saw it long before it became a success. I had the privilege of touring the old washing machine factory with Steve McGarvey, and I will never forget it.

He had a birthday party there, and over the years, that place became everything he said it would. McGarvey died in 2005 at age 36, but his vision is alive.

Right now, the northwest building opened up 37 more apartments. The city block of buildings is a thriving expanse of apartments and commercial space. It’s gorgeous. You can see the buildings and the apartments during an open house Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They were going fast when I was there. People were signing leases while I was touring.

For more information, call Karen McLellan of Altair Property Management at (814) 217-9250. Read my complete article hereHouse to Home includes a lot of great fall ideas — here are the articles:

» Dahlias add divine color to gardens – Sue Scholz meets a gardener who has lots of colorful dahlias.

» Fall into living color – Mum’s the word.

» Shelves increase storage, add more visual interest – Shelves can display more than just books.

» Free, easy ways to improve your soil – Make your soil work for you.
» Furnace maintenance heats up 4th quarter – What to do right now.
» Readers suggest causes of metered power surges – Power up reasons for surges.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

Posted in: Blogs, Uncategorized
Posted: October 17th, 2013
Kelli Postema and Julie Fedders.

Kelli Postema and Julie Fedders were among the 60 women who dressed as witches for an annual Welcome Club Event — a Witch Party.

Oct. 11 marked a wicked-good day in the Erie area when more than 60 women dressed as witches for an annual costume event of The Welcome Club of Erie.

Kelli Postema, new to the Erie area, swept the women into her home for the party after Kate Zahorchak hosted the event for eight magical years.
This isn’t just a party. It’s an event where women search the country for cloaks, cauldrons and costumes. “Some of the women look all year for the perfect outfit,” Kelli said.
Fine costumes included Dorothy and her ruby slippers, Glenda the Good Witch, a biker witch and others.

The gathering brewed up tasty treats that included deviled eyeballs, witch hat cookies, broomstick pretzel sticks and “devilish green punch that may turn a good witch into a bad witch,” Kelli said. witches2From left: Linda Whalen, Deb Mack,Caroline Jenks and Sharon Stoik.

From left: Deb Mack, Caroline Jenks and Kelli Postema. Middle: Kate Zahorchak. Right: Linda Whalen, Deb Mack, Sharon Stoik and Caroline Jenks.

Fashion show coming!
The group doesn’t just get together to look stylish in witch garb. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the club will host a fashion show.
Where: Lake Shore Country Club, 5950 Lake Shore Drive
When: Brunch will begin at 11:15 and fashion show to follow with Fashions from Coldwater Creek.
Cost: $20 includes brunch, fashion show, with a cash bar available
Hostesses: Minnie Lawrie, Toni Bliley and Marianne Levstek
Info: Minnie at 814-528-6763

Seating is limited to 200. E- mail Kathy Goodiel (k8goodie@yahoo.com) or call Ann Miller (814-833-4176) to reserve a ticket by Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

Posted: October 15th, 2013

poopourriNo, it’s not a joke.

Poo-Pourri founder Suzy Batiz, of Dallas, set up a business in 2007 that takes the stink out of the bathroom — before it happens. Watch the funny video at left if you don’t know what I am talking about.

Poo~Pourri Toilet Deodorizers are the spray-before-you-go scents that prevent the odor of number 2 making a stink in the loo. The website indicates that the spray forms a barrier on the toilet water surface and keeps bathroom odors from ever forming. The sprays retail for $10 to $14.

Batiz had a few failed careers and then landed this one sparked by her husband and sons — need we say more?

The video, starring a BYU student, went viral, and Poo-Pourri has sold more than 4 million bottles. This is a company with a sense of humor. The commercial and the names of the scents are all fresh. And the company has products for diapers, pooches and cats. Click on the names below for some entertaining descriptions:


It’s environmentally friendly.  Watch the real commercial on the link above. Watch how the company got started on the middle link, and then see a blooper reel here.

I see Christmas gifts in the offing for the men in the family.

To buy it, try these local stores listed on the Poo-Pourri website:

A La Carte

2624 W 8th St.
(814) 838-6749
Traditions Unlimited
1609 W. 8th St.
(814) 456-5516
Serendipity Emporium
126 High Street,Waterford
(814) 796-0094


Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

Posted: October 12th, 2013

St. Mary

I was on St. Mary Drive less than a year ago to visit the home that Adelmo and Eleda Duchini built in the 1970s. It sold quickly

This week’s home for sale — which their daughter built — is right next door at 1208 St. Mary Drive. The most recent owners added a lot of living space including a 1,000 square-foot pool house that covers a hot tub and has one of the most incredible designs I’ve ever seen … for a pool house. Read the article here. Mary Magorien of Howard Hanna lists the house at $589,900. Here are a few photos of that pool house:

poolhousepoolhouseinte Our garden columnist, Sue Scholz, visits a tremendous community garden. Read about it in Celebrate the harvest with gardeners.

We also have lots of stories brewing for Halloween, home and garden. Check out:

And don’t forget the open houses! Check them out here.
Pam Parker has written about homes, home improvement, real estate and remodeling for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.
Posted: October 10th, 2013

Steve and GretchenWhile twerking Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke costumes are among the top sellers, according to Halloween Spirit, I think clever beats twerking every time.

These costumed partiers at left are friends of mine, and I hope they won an award for their costumes last year. Steve and Gretchen Bahm are dead ringers for Uncle Fester and Wednesday from The Addams Family. That’s Christina Ricci and Christopher Lloyd from the movie below. 

Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci

Here’s what Steve and Gretchen really look like: Gretchen and Steve
Other popular costumes for 2013 include Duck Dynasty, Hunger Games and Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy. Costumes from Batman, Day of the Dead and Walking Dead are ranking right at the top as well. Oh and the party finger.

Sheesh. I think Uncle Festus and Wednesday are far more entertaining.

I hear my friends at the Welcome Club of Erie are having a party where everyone will be dressed as a witch. Last year they had dozens of witches in one room. You know you’ll be seeing those pictures here as soon as I can get them. Dressing up isn’t just for kids.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

Posted: October 7th, 2011

I am so proud to congratulate Colleen Moore Mezler as the winner of the Athena Powerlink 2011 Award. The ATHENA award recognizes a person for international women’s leadership, excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession. Colleen is the CEO of Moore Research, a family-owned market research company that her mother, Peggy Moore, started in 1969.
In an emotional announcement, Linda Stevenson introduced Colleen who tearfully accepted the award, thanked her family and encouraged the 250 attendees in at the luncheon to mentor one another. Colleen was a 2009 Athena Powerlink recipient. Other past recipients include:
Susan K. Breon, Center For eBusiness & Advanced IT
Tina Donikowski, GE Transportation
Tom Kennedy, Professional Development Associates Inc.
Kathleen A. Scheppner, American Tinning and Galvanizing Company
Linda Stevenson, PNC Bank
Richard Wachter, CPA, DeMarco Wachter & Co.
Susan Wellman, Ophelia Project
The Young Professional Award went to Catherine Franks, a student from Penn State the Behrend College.
For more information on the awards and the luncheon, check out goerie.com.

Posted in: Blogs
Posted: October 6th, 2011

Weddings have arrived for our family, and being a stepfamily opens a new chapter with another wedding on the horizon. Fortunately, it’s not uncharted territory for us. My hubby’s oldest son got married a few years ago. As a stepmom, here’s what I learned:
1. It’s all about the bride and groom and their bio-parents — we steps have nothing to do, but offer support — to our spouses. Silence is golden, and if someone asks your opinion, stay vanilla. No matter what you say, you’ll wish you hadn’t opened your mouth. Now, I’m not saying that’s what I did the first time around. I’m just telling you what I learned.
2. Give the kids a specific sum of money and tell them to enjoy making their plans. It’s easier. That way, the decisions are up to the bride and groom. When all the parents get involved if there’s any disagreement, someone gets hurt. It gets ugly. Just write a check and be supportive. Once again, I’m not saying that’s what we did the first time around. I’m just telling you what I learned.
3. Get approval on your dress or suit or whatever you’re wearing. I DID do this. I wore navy blue. I know wearing beige is what some etiquette guru might suggest, but be careful. Beige isn’t always a good choice for a lot of reasons. Ask the bride and make her happy.
Enjoy it all, and smile. It’s over in a flash. The happiness you see on the kids in their wedding pictures will give you happy memories forever. And once you read all the advice and Q&As on The Knot, you’ll discover that other people had some terrible problems. Be thankful you didn’t have those wedding bell blues.

Posted: October 2nd, 2011

After a banner outing with all the women involved in the Her Times 5K yesterday (click here for results), we followed up with our October issue of Her Times in today’s newspaper. It’s full of terrific articles and thanks to everyone for your emails and support!
Make sure to give Debbie DeAngelo’s story a read on how we really can work to avoid the chemicals that invade our lives. It hit home for me when I was out of town at a wedding last night.
I realized that we didn’t see much in the way of plastics last night or this morning. Even in our hotel room at The Wyndham, we had glasses — not plastic cups in the bathroom. Our little Cuisinart pumped coffee into two paper cups (not plastic), but I stirred whitener or (whatever that fake creamer is) into the coffee with plastic stirrers. Still, it’s a step up from plastic cups! We can make a difference. Thanks for making me think, Debbie!