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.
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.
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!
I dodged the bullet on allergies most of this year, but I am paying for it these past few days. Sneezing and itchy-red eyes are my enemy today. I just took a dose of Allegra, which doesn’t always work. So now I am scanning the list of meds at webmd.com One of the few things that works for me is Singulair, which I pretty much take year round. My prescription ran out, so as soon the Her Times 5K is over — it’s off to the pharmacy.
I know how hard this season is on kids, too. None of the kids had the same results. My son did well on Zyrtec for years, but knocked my daughter out. Same with Benadryl.
Although I do hate the feel and taste of nasal sprays, they work. That’s next in my arsenal today. If you can get kids to try it, they often find that it works so well, it is worth the temporary discomfort. I can guarantee it.
See all you ladies at the 5K — I’m the one with the red eyes!
I never ask people to vote for anything or anyone. Not on Facebook or anyplace else, but I implore everyone to vote for Liz Allen in the Live Fearlessly contest.
If you don’t know Liz, please read the essay submitted. I do know Liz, and she is an extraordinary woman who faced a lot of sadness in her life losing numerous family members in a short time. Yet, Liz never dwells on the sadness. She is an inspiration for all of us.
Liz is the public editor at the Erie Times-News, and I am proud to have known her for decades. Take just a minute to voter for her today — voting ends tonight.
The contest is a statewide honor, and no one deserves it more than Liz.
The Her Times race is Saturday at the Rotary Pavilion on Presque Isle, and the Her Times staff will be there to root on the more than 800 — that’s right 800 women who will be running for fun, for good health and for private reasons that often inspire me.
Congratulations and a huge thanks to Heather Cass. Without her, there would be no Her Times 5K. Make sure you give her a huge thank-you when you see her!
Last year, an acquaintance of mine told me she ran because her friend, who had passed away, ran it every year. It was a connection to her friend.
This year, we received a call from a woman whose Bible study group is running together. This is one of dozens of group efforts that are all part of the Her Times experience.
Whatever your reason for running, go for it. And walking is just fine, too in this 5K. The 3.2 miles (that’s what a 5K is) isn’t all that far when you do it with friends and enjoy it. It’s going to be a beautiful day — perfect for running. I hear a possibility of showers with temps in the 40s. I’m working the race, so we’ll see you there.
For more info, check out Heather’s blog
When kids make you laugh so hard, your sides hurt, it might be the middle school years. It’s a time when kids have a somewhat grown-up appearance, but they still have that impishness that makes me grin just thinking about it.
I still laugh when I think of football car pools. No one wanted the return trip home, but I did. The skinny boys of fall were muddy, sweaty and laughing. In our car pool, we had twins who excelled in rapid-fire delivery of Internet jokes that made me laugh so hard, I’d cry.
This hearty half dozen players had also mastered and memorized some “Jeopardy” skits from “Saturday Night Live” starring Will Farrell as the Alex Trebek and Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery.
It was like watching it live.
Now, we also did have practical jokes in school, but these kids did nothing like the tricks I recalled at St. George Elementary School. And many of those kids had grown up to be teachers, principals, lawyers, judges and doctors.
Middle schoolers will make you laugh, make mistakes, make you cry and give you memories. The best advice I ever received about dealing with any of the bad times was from a teacher. “Kids will have rules to follow the rest of their lives. If they break a few now, they’ll learn to stop. We all need to give them a break.
Here’s to middle school mayhem.
One of the most important things I learned as a mom was to be a mom when the kids were involved in sports. Kids have coaches — lots of them — to tell them how to improve and remind them when they make mistakes.
I found I had to remember that kids are just kids learning how to play a sport they love. They have school, social issues, tests and life to get in the way of athletic performance.
And they have bad days. Just like you and me. Really bad days when their timing is off, the hands work like feet, and the feet seem to be traveling in slow-mo. Those are the days that they really need Mom and Dad to encourage them.
My daughter was the Metro Runner of the year her freshman year, and I reminded her to enjoy it and be humble because runners, especially girls, experience body changes that may or may not work in their favor as they age. While she went on to become a state champ two years in a row, there were days that she was pretty down, and that’s when this mom had to be a cheerleader and congratulate her for all the good runs.
It’s especially tough to watch a kid go from stardom to anonymity. My youngest son, a standout athlete through eighth grade was plagued by injuries in high school that eventually ended his athletic career in just about every sport.
Throughout the seasons of broken bones and shoulder surgery, there were some dark times and some really bad grades. I dug deep to find motivation for him, and I’m glad I did because losing his athletic ability was like losing a part of himself.
It brought us closer and he found some new strengths he never knew he had. So did I. And I’m still cheering.
Darby Patton Scalise of Erie just picked up her $25 gift card, and you can too.
It’s payday for Lake Erie LifeStyle readers! Join us on Facebook at Friends of Lake Erie LifeStyle magazine, and tell us about your favorite local teams, restaurants, small towns, foods and more. Tell us what you like and why. It could win you a $25 gift card! (If you don’t want to use Facebook, see below for alternatives way to enter).
We’ll be publishing reader comments in our November issue where we turn the page on four years as the region’s lifestyle magazine, and we want to hear from you.
Today, the October issue of Lake Erie LifeStyle, delivered in newspapers, is all about great brews from the Erie region. Find out what your neighbors have been brewing.
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Today, I’m looking at a beautiful sunny fall day and loving the way the sun casts shadows on the green, green grass of home.
If you need a moment of inspiration, read the blogs of seven brave Erie women who have taken the challenge to lose some serious weight … with the help of Flab to Fab, a workout center in Erie.
Click on the links below to find out how each individual real woman is handling this. They are losing weight and inches in a team effort that will make you smile and inspire you to jumpstart your own weight loss efforts.
These ladies have shared some raw emotion over the past 10 weeks about the weight loss process in blogs that started at the beginning of the contest in July. Flab to Fab owner Lisa Desko did too. I’m inspired because I know how hard it is to lose weight when life doesn’t make it easy. These gals have proven that working together with professionals has been a big hit. You can see success on their faces and in their blogs.
Take a few minutes, and offer some encouragement. And vote for the woman who inspires you most. Although this contest ends soon, I have a feeling this group will be together long after this contest over.
Congrats ladies. You are an inspiration to all women.