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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 ‘Fairview’
Posted: April 19th, 2014

Part of what was in the Easter care package I sent my son in Virginia. Can you tell what he likes for Easter? Kind of looks like a house, doesn’t it?

Cadbury egg cookies

Cadbury mini-egg cookies

I know you’re thinking what do Cadbury eggs and houses have in common? Well at our house, they go together quite well, and apparently in Canada also. Here’s a link to a Huffington Post story that discusses Cadbury eggs are among the top 15 things we want to eat on Easter Sunday. If you don’t  want the candy — you can make cookies — with mini Cadbury Eggs – here’s the recipe. 

Last year,  I introduced a lot of folks to Cadbury eggs and the fact that my kids have loved these gooey morsels ever since they were tots. Click here for last year’s blog.

Happy Saturday, and Saturdays in this blogger’s world mean houses. I have been to countless open houses in past weeks, and I discovered a lot of condos for sale in one block of homes. Read my column in today’s House to Home. It’s Georgian Court condos abound.

Also in this week’s House to Home:

»  Easter cactus blooms – Easter cactus delivers vibrant color
» Control weeds naturally – How to use natural substances on your lawn
» Add edibles to your garden – fruit and veggies not that hard to grow
» Container gardens grow color - Popular container gardens are easy to grow anywhere
» Spring clean with easy-to-use websites – How to sell your junk with apps and websites
» Rock around the basement – a basement redo to love
» What homes will look like and include in the future.
It is Easter weekend, and we don’t have open houses, but we do have a lot of new listings and new prices. And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet while you’re cooking — I am boiling eggs right now. Or if you are eating Cadbury eggs.
Have a wonderful Easter!

Pam Parker has written about real estate and home decor in the tri-state region for more than 20 years. She 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 step-grandmom to one.  

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Posted: January 19th, 2013

Living roomLook what’s happening in House to Home this week! Add red to a room — it’s often inexpensive, fast and you’ll be red-y for Valentine’s Day with some classy accents. Read the story by Decorating Den’s Marie Feltz here.

Garden writer Sue Scholz shares all the blooms that popped open last week in that heat wave. She had white Christmas rose hellebore, English daisy and other flowers. She wasn’t the only one —  Read her story right here.

We have quite a few additional stories that will get you in the mood to decorate — get the lowdown on all the trends for home decorating for 2013 — great ideas are brimming in House to Home.

Next week, I have a story for you on open houses at two huge homes in Fairview — a builder and interior designer’s home in Manchester Farms and a completely restored (by a local builder) 1800s beauty with a lake view on Dutch Road.

Touchless technology
Make a DIY snow globe
Mixing color among hottest trends for 2013
Counteract dark days with sparkle
Shine On
Around-the-World Interiors

And catch up with open houses this week.

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 step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: December 11th, 2012

Miss Pennsylvania Jordyn Colao, daughter of Joe and Laurie Colao and a graduate of McDowell High School and Penn State University, is competing in the Miss America pageant on Jan. 12. Here’s a link to the Miss Pennsylvania site. Jordyn’s parents own Peppino’s Italian Chop House in Fairview.

The contest has an Internet component with videos for each contestant. The contestant with the most Internet votes for her video gets into the top 15 finalists. An online voting link was posted yesterday. Here’s the link. Start voting. It closes just before midnight on Jan. 10.

This is all local, folks. Jordyn’s boyfriend is Penn State and General McLane football star Drew Astorino.

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: June 9th, 2012

Toby Froehlich, of Coldwell Banker Select sent out good news this week with big increases in sales and average home prices for our region. In Erie County, 749 single units sold by May 31 of 2012 compared to 621 in 2011. The average sale price was $129,408 in 2011 and $139,931 in 2012. That’s an 8.13 percent increase.

The biggest jump was in Summit where 21 homes sold this year compared to 15 last year. The average sale price was $219,420 in 2012 compared to 2011′s $184,833 — a whopping 18.7 percent increase.

In Edinboro, 42 homes sold this year compared to 31 last year. The average sale price was $163,372 in 2012 compared to 2011′s $143,368 — a 13.9 percent increase.

In Harborcreek, 72 homes sold this year compared to 51 last year. The average sale price of $140,897 is an increase over 2011′s $127,894 — a 10.85 percent increase. The entire graph is embedded below.

Also, please check out video tours of homes in our region with me as the tour guide(!) right here.

Here’s the entire snapshot of the region:

Thanks to Toby Froehlich!

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 4th, 2012

Victor Fernandes wrote a great story on lacrosse’s surge in popularity in the nation and in our corner of Pennsylvania. If your kids have never played, go watch a practice — you’ll all be hooked. My son played when lacrosse was just a novice club sport at McDowell High School. The kids from McDowell High School even made their own sticks in woodworking class. Now that’s a team effort.

Henry Fish, the retired president of AMSCO from 1974 to 1988, was one of the people who brought lacrosse to Erie.

Today, McDowell High School, Cathedral Prep and Fairview have boys teams along with the independent Erie Spears. Girls teams exist at McDowell High School, Fairview and Villa Maria Academy. Lake Erie LifeStyle writer Marissa Rosenbaum is the girls coach at McDowell.

What’s to love? The sport combines skills learned in soccer, field hockey and hockey into one sport that really gets kids moving.  It’s outside on a football field and 10 kids are on each team, including a goalie — so a lot of kids play. It is one of the oldest team sports in America.

One of the best things you’ll hear kids say about this sport — it’s fun. That’s good enough for me.



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