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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: September 19th, 2013
Wally and Gloria Knox

Wally and Gloria Knox hold an original print of what Perry Square looked in its early days. Gloria has been instrumental in its restoration.

The Perry Square Alliance, a nonprofit group formed in 2008, honored its former president and founder Gloria Knox during the Party off the Park event.

The event took place at the Erie Art Museum last night. Gloria and her husband, Atty. Wally Knox, were the former owners of the Boothby Inn on West Sixth Street. They sold the inn and took off on an adventure across 28 states in a motor home. That’s a story for another blog.

Gloria said she got the idea to restore the park when guests at Boothby Inn called Perry Square “a scary and dark park.” Gloria and company have revived it. Thanks, Gloria Knox and the Perry Square Alliance. The current president is Jennifer Snow, of the Erie Times-News.

Here’s a bit of history on Perry Square:

  • The fountain, originally built in 1929 to commemorates the anniversary of Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb, is one of the many items on the docket for restoration. Knox said there are only three or four in the country — all in small towns.

    Perry Square early days

    The original Perry Square looking north — the fountain has ties to Thomas Edison.

  • Laid out in 1795, and named for Oliver Hazard Perry, the park was designed at the center of Erie at the time and a gateway to the bayfront.
  • The city in 2006 commissioned a plan to restore the park with Mayor Joe Sinnott leading the way. Former Congressman Phil English had also established funds for the park’s renewal.
  • The alliance was established to assist the city with its plan for the park. The alliance obtained four sponsors for the four outside corners they include Stairways Behavioral Health board members, Gannon University, Kiwanis of Erie and PNC Bank. 
  • The city and the alliance received grants to restore Perry Square. In the past few years, new lighting illuminated the park with more than 40 decorative lamps. When the alliance got started, only three lights existed in the park.
  • The Erie Community Foundation helped install underground sprinklers while Erie Insurance Group plants and maintains all the gardens around the Perry statue at the east end of the park. The statue greets visitors at the East Sixth Street entrance.
  • The plan for the park includes an entire layout that will make the park more user friendly as part of architect Jeff Kidder’s design. Brick pillars now establish park entrances with lanterns.
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.
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Posted: August 21st, 2013

Fort LeBoeuf’s Larissa Cass serves against McDowell at the Fort LeBoeuf volleyball camp in Waterford on Aug. 8. ANDY COLWELL//ERIE TIMES-NEWS

Encouraging your kids to play sports is near and dear to my heart. Our kids played everything. Right now, volleyball role models are everywhere in our region — at the high school and collegiate levels. For girls, Gannon, Mercyhurst and Edinboro are among the top five of the PSAC West preseason women’s volleyball poll. The Gannon Lady Knights won the conference championship last season with a 29-6 record overall. Similarly, the Penn State Behrend women’s volleyball team has been picked first in the AMCC.

At  Fort LeBoeuf, the girls volleyball team became the first team ever to win a state volleyball title from this region. They went 21-0 on the year. The Erie Times-News’ Tom Reisenweber said the team will start the season without graduating seniors Julia Luke, Julie Pace, Emma Veshecco, Amanda Krolczyk, Allania Banta and Maria Peluso. A lot of those girls were also on the softball team that took second in the state. This year’s team is ready for competition. Read the inspiring article by Reisenweber here.

It’s not just what these girls do on the court that’s special. The Mercyhurst women’s volleyball team earned an American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 2012-2013 season. The team had a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average throughout the season.

High school and college volleyball season begins this month, and if you have a middle schooler or grade schooler, take them to see a few games. My kids learned to play at a volleyball court across the street from our house, but two of our kids went on to join some organized recreation leagues to really learn the game.

It’s a team sport that’s spiking interest, and we have some great teams to watch.  I played in high school, and my niece was on the US Olympic development team. Like all sports courts and fields, the volleyball court is a great training ground for more than athletics.

Pam Parker is the mom of three and stepmom of three. 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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Posted: November 5th, 2012

There’s no reason to lament an empty nest. Get outta there and have some fun.

And you don’t have to go far. My hubby decided we needed a ride up to Chautauqua. It’s closed for the season, but it’s impressive any time of year.

The communities all around the region also impress.  We stopped at Dick’s Harbor House in Mayville, N.Y., for a lumberjack brunch cheaper than I could have made it at home. We sat in a booth by the window with a full view of the lake.

We toured the antique stores in Westfield. Saraf’s gives you a glimpse into old elegance with incredible furniture that looks like it came out of castles. We marveled at the old homes and made a final stop at Meeder’s Restaurant in Ripley, N.Y. The sign says it has world-famous pies, and we agree it was some of the best pie we’ve ever eaten. I was tempted by the lemon meringue but had coconut cream. My husband had warm blackberry pie with ice cream.

Quaint little towns, family diners and a calm, quiet Sunday with my hubby. Yeah baby, that’s what empty nesting’s all about. And then my son came home from Gannon University to watch the football game last night, so the empty nesting never lasts too long. But that’s what makes it sweeter.

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: November 2nd, 2012

Members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team—which earned a record number of golds for women—from left: Missy Franklin, swimming; Gabby Douglas, gymnastics; Kayla Harrison, judo; Allyson Felix, track and field; Carli Lloyd, soccer.

These awesome women made gold more than an accessory at the Olympics.

Glamour magazine’s 2012 Women of the Year issue, photographed entirely by 114 women, hits newsstands and homes Nov. 6.

It’s a celebration of women — in sports and everywhere else.

Speaking of great and golden women, Gannon University and the Erie Insurance Arena will host the NCAA Division II Elite 8 women’s basketball championship tournament in March 2014.

WOOHOO and congrats to my tennis bud, Gannon University President Keith Taylor on one great achievement for Gannon University and Erie.  Read all about it here. The Gannon women’s basketball team went to the Elite 8, a few years ago.

Read more about the current Gannon women’s team here.

If you remember — some other local women brought big crowds to Erie in 2011, when Mercyhurst and Erie hosted the NCAA Division I Women’s Hockey Championship tournament.

Golden girls are all around us! Go girls!

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: August 7th, 2012

You should be able to hear the giant sigh come right off this page. My oldest son, the doctor of physical therapy from Gannon University, passed his licensing exam. He took it a week ago, and we have been waiting nervously ever since for the news of what’s next.

Last night at midnight, we got the news. I am so proud. He passed the grueling 6-hour test that challenges men and women to spill their guts on what they have learned in three years of grad school. It is one final exam that gives them the license to practice. Congrats to him and all the kids who took that exam.

From the time our kids are little, they are tested on everything from times tables to reading comprehension and math abilities. And that can test a parent’s patience.

When they get older, college SATs become the important number. After that — admissions tests for graduate degrees followed by exams that prove they know what they paid a gazillion dollars to learn are the norm for teachers, nurses, lawyers, doctors and, well anyone, who needs a license to do anything.

In a few weeks, kids will go back to school. If your child finds timed tests challenging, find some help because it is only the beginning.

Here’s a link to help your kids build confidence in timed math and reading tests.

Here’s an article from Mark Pullen, a teacher blogger who makes timed math tests fun.

Here’s a link to an article (published today) about math skills and how to help your child develop an appreciation for math, not just learning it because they have to. It’s a paid article at $2.95.

My son turns 26 tomorrow and what a birthday present.

Pam Parker is the time-tested mom of a doctor of physical therapy, a CPA and a college student and the stepmom of two teachers and an EMT. 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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Posted: August 2nd, 2012

In honor of my youngest moving to his first apartment at Gannon University, here are a few stories on a new trend of tiny apartments and homes from 90 square feet up. The one woman didn’t have a kitchen. Or a kitchen sink. She did dishes in the tub. The apartments are often called micro-sized, and it’s gaining some favor among homeowners too — little houses the size of sheds becoming home-sweet-home.

The photo at left is of a pantry. That may be all the kitchen most college students need … and a microwave. And a crock pot. Oh, and a coffee pot.

For the rest of us, here are some tiny apartments folks call home with a story from New York City and another from Curbed.

Less is more. Here are some adorable little homes that move with ease. A lot of 99-square-foot homes and a whopper at 874 square feet. Take a look — you won’t knock it after you see it.

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 23rd, 2012

Just when you tell your kids to not to gamble or play Internet poker, along comes 2004 McDowell grad Darren Elias.

He won nearly $3 million at the World Poker Tour Jacksonville BestBet Open in May. Read the full story here. His dad is Bill Elias, Gannon’s former athletic director and football coach and current project manager of finance and administration.

My oldest son got pretty good at online games and he and my youngest were really good at Madden NFL tournaments (online and video football games), but they never won millions — that we know of.

Congrats to Darren Elias.

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 17th, 2012

If you need a reason to teach your kids to play golf, check out the teens who are making their marks on the links. 

Karlie Zabrosky won her second straight EDWGA Stroke Play Tournament Saturday at Lake Shore Country Club. Read the full story from the Erie Times-News sport department here. Zabrosky, a three-time District 10 champion at McDowell, will head off to college golf at Seton Hall. Kelly Moylan was second, Tanica Bell was third, and Ari Capotis was fourth.

In golf for young men, Chris Kupniewski, 17, a senior at Northwestern Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy who plays golf for Strong Vincent, will try to become the first junior golfer to win three consecutive EDGA junior events. He won the Stroke Play at Downing Golf Course in 2011, and the Match Play at Erie Golf Club in June. He has a four-stroke lead in the tournament which ends today.  For more on the story, check right here

Other news in golf for ladies from the Erie Times-News: Gannon University has named Abby Sorensen its women’s golf coach. The Villa Maria Academy and Allegheny College graduate helped lead the Gators to their fifth consecutive top-10 finish at the NCAA Division III championships this past season.

A two-sport athlete at Villa Maria Academy in golf and softball, Sorensen helped lead the Victors golf team to a state runner-up finish in 2007.

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 6th, 2012

There’s a look of contentment you see in your children from the time they develop their unique personalities. It makes you smile with love and gives you peace. This is that look for my son Howie. I took this photo yesterday after he received his diploma and was announced as Doctor Howard Eckert at the Gannon University commencement.

Thanks to the Physical Therapy Department at Gannon University. A small team of dedicated teachers spent three years (post-college graduation) turning 38 young men and women into doctors of physical therapy. It was a road that covered a lot of geography for clinical assignments. Howie lived in more places in the last few years than I lived in my life, and he never complained because he loves what he does. Socializing with all the people he spent these years with at a dinner was heartwarming, and I’m so thankful to them.

There is nothing easy about choosing a career. Kids face a lot of challenges, but when they find what they love, and a team to guide them, it’s a joyful route. To all the moms and dads out there worried about what your kids will do — here’s a picture to look forward to. I have tons of posed shots, but this one speaks to me.

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 1st, 2012

Tapping — not on trees and not on the table — it’s tapping basically on your own head and body with your fingertips.

Before you think this is just a lot of hooey, keep in mind that tapping or the Emotional Freedom Technique is in use at the Mayo Clinic and many other holistic clinics. It’s coming to Erie May 11 at the 5th Annual W.I.L.D. Conference, presented by Gannon University‘s Small Business Development Center.
Kimberly Morrow will present Emotional Freedom Technique - How to Manage Stress through Tapping in a breakout session at 11 a.m. Click here to register!

Endorsed by Livestrong.com, here are two web sites that show you how to perform tapping: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gmz-b2sV0Q and http://eft.mercola.com/

Claims are many that it helps with anxiety, weight loss and other problems. Tap on!

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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