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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 ‘Girard’
Posted: May 17th, 2014

Houzz porchNo — this is not my front porch, but we have that exact pot — two of them, in fact, by the front door. I bought them years ago.

And we do have pillars. Our porch is also covered. My husband and I decided to replace the front-porch furniture this year, and that prompted an all-out search for what we could do to dress it up.

I enjoy sitting out here and looking at all the greenery Mother Nature has furnished. And, what to plant, what to sit on and what looks good sent us to all the home and garden stores and www.Houzz.com for ideas.

I’m still not sure what I want, but we are making progress. Coleus is the plant that grows really well in those pots by the door. So I am in search of it. And I am a fan of geraniums because they have never let me down, and they keep the bees away.

One thing I love to read while on the porch is of course our very own House to Home.

This week, my article takes you to the Yellow House in Girard. You can spend a week or a month at the house on the second floor. Jack and Kathy Watts restored this historic mansion’s second and third floors. Guests will discover views of green acres — farmland galore — to love from all the windows and the cupola. The peaceful surroundings are just the ticket for unplugging. Read my story. and watch the video by Jack Hanrahan at Historic Girard home opens for rentals.

Sue Scholz tells us about all the cutest Lego gardens right here in Erie. Read about it at Learn about Lego gardens at the Erie Zoo, and Meadville decorator Marie Feltz won a national contest. She tells us about it in The story behind a first-place office design.

Other stories in House to Home include:

Check out our Open House locator right here.

And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

I’m going to do some planting on my front porch, and I am thinking of wild color — maybe just the pots. Maybe the flowers. Maybe more. I’ll share it next week. Have a happy home and garden weekend!

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. She has written about real estate, home design and home interiors for more than 20 years.

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Posted: December 8th, 2012

We have some of the best decorating ideas I have seen in a while in House to Home this week, and check out the fabulous video that Rob Frank of GoErie.com and Christine Yamrick pulled together on a lovely $400,000 Sun Lake home listed for sale at 10611 Locust Knoll in Girard.

For the holidays, our decorating duo of writers from Sassy Peacock serve up several ideas that even I could do, and I will. Read their article here.

I wrote about Adelmo and Eleda Duchini’s home for sale. Read it here. The Duchini name is synonymous with block and brick in our region, and this home shows off that Italian heritage inside and out. 

We have some more ideas on holiday decorating with lanterns — something so simple and so elegant. Read the story here.

And check out the article by Sue Scholz about a wonderful team of local folks who have gained national recognition from the Smithsonian Institution for the World War II Memorial at West 26th and State streets.

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: July 7th, 2012

Gardens at Hoof Beat Acres

It’s a wonderful weekend to tour local gardens, and six gardens are open tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per garden; children 12 & under free. Readers can get more info at opendaysprogram.org.

The six gardens are:

- Hoof Beat Acres by Sherry Post, 8423 Luther Road, Girard. To read Sue Scholz interview with Sherry Post, click here.

- Fall Run by Donna Douglass and David Bennett, 9395 Falls Road, Girard.

- A Friends Garden by Gay and John Claridge, 502 Wilkins Road, Erie.

- Collective Voices by Mary Moody and Cheryl Bates, 318 Beverly Drive, Erie.

- Raku Place by Susan and Steven Kemenyffy, 4570 Old State Road, McKean.

- The Garden on “The Hill” by Craige and Michael Victor, 4851 Wolf Road, Erie.

Find in-depth descriptions of the gardens here.

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

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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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