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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 ‘Cleveland’
Posted: June 5th, 2014
Pittsburgh skyline

The Pittsburgh skyline from Mount Washington on my daughter’s deck.

WalletHub shared the Best & Worst Cities to Staycation in 2014 with a survey of the 100 largest cities in the U.S.

Key components to making the top 20 included public parks, golf courses, swimming pools, zoos, spas, museums, tennis courts and much more. It also included food, entertainment, rest, relaxation and weather. Erie didn’t make the list - -we’re not one of the largest 100 cities – but we know it’s great here — and situated between Pittsburgh and Buffalo — we rock on all levels.

2014’s Best Cities for Staycations:
1. Buffalo, New York
2. Minneapolis, Minnesota
3. Cincinnati, Ohio
4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
5. Portland, Oregon
6. Omaha, Nebraska
7. New Orleans, Louisiana
8. Tampa, Florida
9. Orlando, Florida
10. Seattle, Washington
11. St. Petersburg, Florida
12. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
13. St. Louis, Missouri
14. Cleveland, Ohio
15. Atlanta, Georgia
16. Boise City, Idaho
17. St. Paul, Minnesota
18. Winston-Salem, North Carolina
19. Honolulu, Hawaii
20. Raleigh, North Carolina

See the top 100 — here.

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, stepmom to three and GramPam to two step-granddaughters.

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Posted: July 22nd, 2013

Howie SampsonHowie Sampson wasn’t be on my pickleball court this weekend. He usually is, but he’s one of 11 Erie County athletes competing in the National Senior Games in Cleveland — specifically in track and field and pickleball.

According to an article in the Erie Times-News –click here for the full story — nearly 11,000 men and women ages 50 and up compete in 19 sports during the two-week event.

Team sports include basketball, volleyball, softball, cycling, golf, swimming and archery.

Familiar Erie County names will be in the competition: Francis Albaugh and Elizabeth Deak will compete in track and field. Cary MacIsaac and Joyce Quadri will compete in cycling. Janet Pedersen will compete in shuffleboard and horseshoes while Kathy Schreckengost is involved in a triathalon and swimming. Sam Steiner will compete in table tennis. Shelley Klinek, David Larson, Findley Boyd will also compete.

For more information on the competition, visit www.nsga.com

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: December 23rd, 2012

The annual tradition of 24 hours of “A Christmas Story” — the iconic 1982 movie about Ralphie and his Chicago family — begins Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. on WTBS. It has a spot in our family tradition because my oldest son Howie was nicknamed Ralphie by my wonderful neighbors — the Wood family.

Howie, born in 1986, loved the movie. He’s on the road today — coming home from Virginia, so he is on my mind. When he had to get glasses in 1989 as a tot, red was the only selection he would consider for eyewear “because they looked like Ralphie’s.” Howie had some severe eye-crossing that was later corrected by surgery, but he managed those glasses and sports glasses like a trooper. This picture of him with my daughter, Kelly, still hangs on our refrigerator. My youngest son, Ryan, is not in this picture because he wasn’t born yet.

CBS Sunday Morning had a great piece on “A Christmas Story” this morning.  Here’s the link. The tale written by Jean Shepherd, is a part of Americana. Terrific 41-year-old Peter Billingsley — who played Ralphie — has produced it as a Broadway musical. Here are some fun facts about the movie:

  1. It never hit the bigtime until it hit cable.
  2. It was added to the Library of Congress this year.
  3. The original home in Cleveland sold on eBay in 2004 for $150,000 to Brian Jones who restored it to as a museum complete with props from the film. Read more here. He even gets into the cupboard under the sink.
  4. Jean Shepherd voiced and wrote two sequels, says Mentalfloss.com:  a 1988 TV movie, “Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss” with a 14-year-old Ralphie, played by Jerry O’Connell and My Summer Story, or “It Runs in the Family,” a 1994 flick starring Kieran Culkin, brother of Macaulay, as Ralphie.
  5. More from Mentalfloss.com: Jack Nicholson was supposedly interested in playing Ralphie’s dad. The late Darren McGavin got the nod. I cannot imagine Nicholson in the role.
  6. You can buy the leg lamp in dozens of different sizes. Homeowners on West Gore Road and Clinton Street in Millcreek have one prominently displayed in their window.
  7. Jean Shepherd’s crazy stories first appeared in Playboy magazine.

The WTBS tradition of 24 hours of “A Christmas Story” dates back to 1997. I wrap presents to it every year. Here’s to all the Raphies out there.

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 step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: September 19th, 2012


James Conner, right. Photo from goerie.com

Even if your son or daughter isn’t an athlete, you need to read this terrific story by John Dudley. It explores the importance of postings via text message, Facebook and Twitter. Kids need constant reminders that what they post can be seen, forwarded, copied and pasted all over the Internet. James Conner, a McDowell senior, and one of the most recruited local athletes, learned the power of social media. If you Google his name, more than 10 pages of listings come up with multiple Youtube, ESPN, and Yahoo listings. Most schools don’t dictate social media policies, but Oil City does. Here’s a quote from Dudley’s article

Social media policy

Oil City’s policy on social media, as stated in the district’s athletic policy manual:

- “I understand that it is my responsibility to not use any form of social media (text messages, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, etc.) to be critical of teammates, coaches, game officials, school administrators, opponents, opposing schools, or any other personnel involved in the athletic program. Furthermore, I understand that a violation of this policy could be cause for suspension from or removal from the team.”

James Conner photo by Josh Barber, Erie Times-News

Conner rushed for 246 yards on only eight carries Saturday in a 49-20 victory over Lancaster Catholic. He scored three touchdowns and is committed to the University of Pittsburgh for 2013.

To follow all the regional football games live on Friday nights, check out the live Erie Times-News Varsity blog — just click here. To see Conner and the McDowell Trojans in action, check them out Friday, Sept. 21 at home against St. Ignatius (Cleveland, OH); Friday, Sept. 28 against St. Edward (Lakewood, OH); and Friday, Oct. 5 @ Cathedral Prep (Erie, PA).

You can also listen live to the McDowell games — click here for the school’s Internet broadcasts of the games.

Pam Parker is the daughter of the late famed football coach Walt Strosser, the wife of football coach Kim Parker, and the mom and stepmom of five former football players. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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