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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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Posts tagged ‘baseball’
Posted: June 13th, 2013

From left: Wyatt Bootes, 3, Carson Cowser, 4, and Tyler Webb, 4, play with Legos building blocks at Barb’s Care-A-Lot early childhood preschool in Harborcreek Township. JARID A. BARRINGER/

Kids have only been out of school for a few days, but if you worry that your youngsters need constant entertainment, remember — they have to learn to entertain themselves. My kids loved Legos — at every age. We had that exact same red board in the picture at left — it helped keep the Legos grounded. If you haven’t introduced your kids to Legos yet, don’t wait. There’s a package for nearly every age from under 2 to 12 and over. Even Sponge Bob is a Lego! And, yes — there are princesses and castles. The Erie Times-News featured a great article today on how to give your kids some quiet time that doesn’t include the TV.  Read it here. It includes:Books — create your own library. We had books for every age group from picture books to those spooky Goosebumps novels.Arts-and-crafts corner. My Hoosier was grand central station for construction paper, glitter, markers, crayons, glue and more.

Puzzles. Kids and adults love puzzles. We often got them from the library, and we had a United States puzzle that we all enjoyed. As your kids get older, you can put those thousand-piece puzzles together.

Do anything and everything outside. We played hoops, soccer, hockey, rollerbladed and jumped in the kiddie pool. We lived across the street from a park with playground equipment was plentiful and a baseball field and volleyball court were always in use.

Take advantage of the outdoors — in between the raindrops!

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 and stepmom to three.


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Posted: July 11th, 2012

If you have a stash of trading cards, make sure to hang onto them, or sell them. A recent story in the Erie Times-News discussed a collection worth millions. Read about it here. The rare series of baseball cards was dated around 1910.

It’s not just baseball cards that have value. At our house, we have football, baseball, basketball, hockey and, yes, Pokemon cards. Most of the valuable cards were cashed in for college educations around here, but we never hit the jackpot. And there are jackpots to hit.

Anyone who remembers Pokemon — and has the cards, popular in the 1990s — will want to read this article.  It describes the 10 most valuable trading cards. A Pokemon Pikachu Illustrator is worth about $20,000. It is rare, but other cards are worth anywhere from $500 to $2,000.

I remember we spent a lot of time collecting cards when my boys were young. Over the years, they bought and sold them. Even local ENT Dr. Jack Anon got into trading cards with the kids. He bought them and gave them away — making a lot of friends. Before you toss a box of cards — check out the value. Who would have guessed that Pokemon would have big value decades later?

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: July 3rd, 2012

If your kids ever picked up a bat, you’ll love Jennie Geisler’s column in today’s Erie Times-News. Read it here.

It brought back great memories for me. My daughter always shook her butt as she dug in at home plate. The determined look on her face is something we have seen for years — in sports and in life.

My oldest son pitched, played catcher and scared me to death for years. The day he said he didn’t need his glasses and went to practice … I still feel that fear, but he was fine. And he was a lefty — a good thing in pitching and catching.

Enjoy Jennie’s column.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: May 21st, 2012

Bat one out of the park for Father’s Day, June 17, with a baseball wrapped in a photo of Dad’s favorite team stadium — collectibles too! Visit www.unforgettaballs.com where gift baseballs celebrating ballparks and stadiums cost about $17.50 plus shipping. Each ball includes a Lucite container. Add a wood base for $12.50; or hoist the ball on a trio of miniature baseball bats for another $6.75.

For avid fans, buy Dad 20 of them and line them up in a $65.95 beautiful display case. More great gift ideas are available from Restoration Hardware — really cool stuff!

Pam Parker is an award-winning writer and editor for Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: April 11th, 2012

If you need a reason to smile today, check out the Varsity faces of winter.

It’s been a few years since our kids were on varsity football, basketball, track, cross-country, wrestling, lacrosse and baseball teams, but seeing the smiling faces of kids supporting each other and celebrating brings back memories — good memories of teamwork.


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Posted: February 23rd, 2012

An article in our March issue of Lake Erie LifeStyle about 98-year-old baseball fan Betty Peebles prompted a local fan to recall that our regiona had its own women’s baseball league much like the movie A League of Their Own. That memorable 1992 movie discussed the real All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which is documented at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Hundreds of women played baseball while men were away at war. The league included 92 teams from 1943 to 1954, according to Wikipedia.

The movie starred Geena DavisTom HanksMadonna and Rosie O’DonnellPenny Marshall directed. So far, we are researching the idea, but striking out. If you have any information, please e-mail me at pam.parker@timesnews.com.


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