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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: July 26th, 2014
lighthouse

Check out this great video and story by Erie Times-News staffers Dana Massing, Andy Colwell and Matt Mead.

If you have not read Loretta Brandon’s memories of growing up at the Presque Isle lighthouse, do it now. She is a delight. Here’s part 1 and here’s part 2.

When I visited the lighthouse yesterday and talked to her, she shared that her pets had been buried in some of the flower gardens, and  she told Jeff Kidder about the garage and former outhouse that had been on the property. I also climbed the 78 steps to to the top and got the view. You can visit it today during Discover Presque Isle.

Here’s my video interview with Jeff Kidder. He shares that a lot of work will take place at the lighthouse to return it to its original appearance.  The building is fascinating and a must-see, but only a few people at a time can be climbing those steps in that narrow stairwell.
Jeff Kidder

The reward is a view from the top. I got video up there.  lighhouse view

Back to school -- 4 schools are for sale

4 schools for sale in Erie area.

This week in House to Home, I shared the news that four local schools are for sale — kind of a rarity around here. Click on the photos below to read the stories.

Intersection garden a showstopper

Sue Scholz shares an award-winning garden.

Balm for bees

Find out how to keep the bees pollinating.

Decorating the dorm

It’s time to think about decorating the dorm room.

How to grow a terrarium

Learn how to grow a terrarium

Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

 

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Posted: July 25th, 2014

3D design backpack

It’s getting to be that time — back-to-school time.

Cute little shells and colorful ideas for the little ones take me back to when my kids had Ninja Turtle backbacks, so a shell might be fun. MadPax makes these and lunchboxes too, and these things are all over Pinterest. See these at MadPax’s bold 3D designs. Thanks to Lauren Weissman of EFG: Entertainment Fusion Group for the fun photos from FAB NY, the industry leader in licensed backpacks. Check out the FAB NY website for lots of different styles — and plenty of Hello Kitty! The prices range from the $30s on up.

Before you pack that backpack with stuff, Renee Hewitt of  Topical BioMedics reminds parents of safety tips:

girls backpack

From TeenVogue, these backpacks really have some style.

-A backpack should weigh no more than 10  - 20 percent of the child’s body weight.

-Parents should pick up that backpack to check the weight. I was shocked at what my kids were carrying a few times.

-Teach your child to only carry what is necessary to avoid any excess weight.

Click on the photo at left to see the 100 Best Backpacks for back-to-school from TeenVogue.

Enjoy shopping for back-to-school. We missed out on index cards and loose-leaf paper one year. I stocked up on so much of it that I had extras. For years. My 22-year-old college student won’t be using that. I donated all of it last year to one of the local schools. But I recently discovered poster board in one of the closets. It will make a nice art project for the grands.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: July 23rd, 2014

white flowering dogwoodI don’t know about you, but we are planning in planting some trees.

If you join the Arbor Day Foundation in August with a $10 donation, you will  receive 10 free white flowering trees — or other trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed, according to a news release from the foundation, and dogwood trees are popular choices. “Dogwood trees will add color and beauty to your yard throughout the year, with their showy spring flowers, scarlet autumn foliage and red berries that attract songbirds in the winter,” said Matt Harris chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

To receive the free white flowering dogwood trees, send a $10 membership contribution to: Ten Free Dogwoods, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by August 31, 2014, or join online at arborday.org/august.

Happy planting!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Boat regattaAhoy! Get ready for August 16. The Bayfront Maritime Center’s 2014 Small Boat Festival features the 5th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta.

I remember the first one, and this is entertaining whether you are in it or watching. Race begins at noon in the East Canal Basin behind the Bayfront Maritime Center. Families, kids, teams and more can construct a cardboard boat for the race.

The BMC also hosts the Presque Isle Bay Messabout – way different from teh cardboard boats. The BMC site says: “It features beautifully handcrafted traditional, contemporary, and antique boats to Erie. Vessels are on display, and many tour Presque Isle Bay on Saturday, rowing, sailing, and motoring.

The Messabout includes:  free camping for participants on BMC’s waterfront campus, Saturday evening buffet dinner with presentation and awards, and music.”

CLICK HERE for Cardboard Regatta Registration

CLICK HERE for Messabout Details 

CLICK HERE for Messabout Registration

This is great fun for families. Make plans for Aug. 16, and enjoy!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

 

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Posted: July 21st, 2014
sibs

From left: my sister, Patti George: my cousin Jim Greenfield; my hubby, Kim Parker; my SIL, Kate Strosser; my brother, Walt Strosser; and my cousin Jim’s wife, Connie Greenfield.

My cousins live in Greenville, Pa., where my parents grew up. We used to get together every year for a pig roast, but schedules got in the way. Then we found ourselves getting together for funerals. And that sucks.

So on Saturday, we had an impromptu “let’s meet and eat” at Timber Creek Tap and Table in Meadville. If you have never been there, go — it is great fun, and the food is terrific — even deep fried pickles!

Beef kabobs were my choice — fabulous.  So are the martinis — oh and so is the beer, but I really wanted a martini.

Howie and AMber

Howie and Amber

We’ve had a lot of visitors this month. For the Fourth of July, we had a Howie Eckert sighting. He came to town for the first time in two years (other than a 24-hour stint for a funeral). It was nice to see my firstborn with his girlfriend, Amber.

Kelly

Kelly and Nick

Kelly Eckert returns home frequently with her boyfriend, Nick. I think they have attended (and she has been) in more weddings than I can count in the past year.

Andrew Parker and his wife, Devin, will be moving home.  So he has been here for interviews, and they will be moving home soon.

We still have Matthew and Mo Parker and their girls, Mia and Macie, in town.  And Christopher Parker lives in Erie. And Ryan Eckert, who will be our fourth Gannon graduate in December, lives in Erie. Both Mo and Devin are also Gannon grads. So that makes six!

If you’re an empty nester, be prepared for the Bed and Breakfast owner role. It’s great to get them home — even if we can’t get them all here at the same time.   Summer is going to slip away, but I am planning some trips for September and October to catch up with our out-of-towners.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: July 20th, 2014

videoHappy National Ice Cream Day, announced by Ronald Reagan in 1984. I know what we are having today. I just don’t know where. And now onto houses!

If you want a peek at a clever home design, visit 5402 Pebble Creek Court today from 1 to 3 p.m. Here’s my video  — or just click on the picture at left. I am getting better at these, but I’m still learning.

Pebble Creek is a private subdivision off Heidler Road, which branches west off Sterrettania — right at Walnut Creek School. Frank’s Farm Market is on the corner, and I stopped there after I visited this home.

You need to know that Pebble Creek allows no For Sale signs. If you like the area, ask your Realtor what’s for sale up there because some of the ranches are also for sale, but a computer search is required to find them.

Privacy is part of the design in this home. On the first floor, an office and living room offer spaces away from the main living space — but not too far away. And outside, you’ll be amazed that the deck has a view of woods, but it still provides plenty of lawn, and it’s all in the middle of a neighborhood that’s close to everything.

If you missed House to Home yesterday, click here to read all the articles:
Welcome back monarch butterfliesWelcomeback monarch butterflies On the morning of July 11, I walked outside to get the paper, and I saw a monarch butterfly on my weeping cherry tree. I was positively amazed and I froze, so as not to frighten the butterfly away. As I stood there, it started to fly and then it fluttered around my milkweed plants. I got choked up, because it had been a really long time since a monarch butterfly has been in my yard. Emotion welled up in me as I thought, “Welcome back, welcome back, old friend.” It’s not every day you see a creature whose migratory pattern is endangered visit your garden.

'Star Wars' droid builders bring galaxy to Earth‘Star Wars’ droid builders bring galaxy to Earth Most people just have cars, bikes and lawn mowers in their garage. George Westwater has a droid.
Church garden cultivates communityChurch garden cultivates community Patrick Powers held up three or four carrots he’d just pulled out of the soil. Before he started gardening, numerous people or things might have touched those carrots before they reached his mouth: farmers, farmworkers, pesticides, food handlers, grocers – all part of a system of efficient food-processing that he had some familiarity with working in the restaurant industry for 35 years.For Your Home: Look to Morocco for decor that is luxurious, powerful

For Your Home: Look to Morocco for decor that is luxurious, powerful Morocco — simply saying the name inspires images of an exotic and exciting location. I don’t know of a single other place in the world that has that same effect for me. And I am not alone. Walking through the airport this week, I saw posters promoting the allure of Morocco. Casablanca, Marrakech — can you get any more romantic? Many of us will never have the opportunity to travel to this intoxicating land, but we can bring Morocco to us.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.
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Posted: July 18th, 2014

Erie ApparelI’ve got a few great T-shirts to give away, thanks to some great Erie kids who make them. They’re not really kids — they’re men, but they are the same age as my kids.

Erie natives Peter Demichele and Greg Straub own Erie Apparel. Here’s the phone number: 814-602-3930, and the website is http://www.Erie-Apparel.com

From left — that’s an Erie sunset T-shirt — see the Bicentennial tower in the I? Clever!

The T-shirt in front features four nautical flags, spelling E-R-I-E in large print.

The third one has snowflake dot over the I.

All shirts retail for $20 each on the Erie Apparel website, and it has a lot more other Erie clothing. And Pittsburgh. And Ohio.

You can win one of these shirts. Send me an email pam.parker@timesnews.com with which one of these three you want — by end of day today — Fashion Friday. And visit the Erie Apparel website to see the clever T-shirt they have that welcomes LeBron James back to Cleveland.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and a GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: July 16th, 2014

new flavorYou’ve got to hand it Tootsie Roll and Tootsie Pop.

The iconic candy we baby boomers grew up with has taken Twitter by storm. Mr. Owl — you remember him — announced you can test the new flavor free by downloading a play and win game – you can do it here.

I follow Mr. Owl on Twitter. I am a real sucker for owls and candy — get it?

Th owl debuted in the “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?”  commercial. Watch all the commercials here.

Where did Tootsie rolls and Tootsie Pops come from?  In New York City in 1896, Austrian immigrant Leo Hirshfield came up with the idea of the taffy-like Tootsie Roll as an alternative to chocolate that melted. He named it for his daughter whose nickname was Tootsie. She was 5 at the time.

The Tootsie Pop popped onto the scene in 1931 with its original chocolate flavor followed by cherry, orange, grape, raspberry and blueberry — introduced in 2012.

The company now also has strawberry, watermelon, blue raspberry, candy cane, caramel, banana and green apple. The Tropical Stormz variety swirls flavors together with orange/pineapple, lemon/lime, strawberry/banana, apple/blueberry, citrus/punch and berry/berry punch.

Today’s Tootsie Roll Industries now includes Tootsie Roll, Tootsie Pop, Charms Blow Pop, Mason Dots, Andes, Sugar Daddy, Charleston Chew, Dubble Bubble, Razzles, Caramel Apple Pop, Junior Mints, Cella’s Chocolate-Covered Cherries, and Nik-L-Nip.

All Tootsie Roll candies are completely peanut, tree nut and nut product free and  gluten free.

Today, the  Chicago-based company makes  64 million Tootsie Rolls per day.

The website is pretty entertaining, and many folks have undertaken studies to determine  how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Visit the How Many Licks? page. Pretty fun stuff — and it all started with some taffy named for a little girl.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother

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Posted: July 15th, 2014

frozen drinkNational Daiquiri Day is Saturday — thanks to www.punchbowl.com for reminding me.

In case you’re wondering, Today is national gummi worm day — that reminds me of that dirt cake recipe. I love that!
July
Cal_15 National Gummi Worm Day
Cal_16 National Corn Fritters Day
Cal_17 Yellow Pig Day
Cal_18 National Caviar Day
Cal_19 National Daiquiri Day
Cal_20 National Ice Cream Day
Cal_21 National Junk Food Day
Cal_22 Hammock Day
Cal_23 National Hot Dog Day
Cal_24 Cousins Day

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.

 

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Posted: July 14th, 2014

256px-Marchmontpenny2VW SUVHerbie — the 1963 Volkswagen Beetle was so cute, it got its own name in a Disney movie in 1968 with The Love Bug.  The Beetle dates back to 1938, according to Wikipedia, and my friend, Jean Monahan Ross, had plenty of them. Not the 1938 models — we are not that old. 

About an hour ago, Volkswagen announced the Winterkorn, a mid-sized SUV made in in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Passat will also be made in Tennessee in 2016, according to a news releases from VW.  Read the full release here

The company promises 2,000 more jobs in Tennessee and much more. VW is now associated with Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini.  The company has approximately 6,000 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a network of approximately 1,000 dealers.

The announcement this morning made me think of Jean — and her Beetle and that movie with Herbie, of course. Cheers to Volkswagen. I see a little Beetle in that new Winterkorn. Maybe it’s  ancestry, genetics or wishful thinking on my part.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.

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