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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Millcreek’
Posted: July 17th, 2013

The HammocksLuxury apartment living is coming to Millcreek, and soon.

The Hammocks broke ground today on Old Zuck Road in Millcreek at 10:30 a.m. with the Kearsarge Volunteer Fire Department on site to greet everyone who attended.

The Hammocks at Millcreek will include one-, two- and three- bedroom apartments in a four-story building — the first of nine apartment buildings. A clubhouse is also be part of the plan, and it includes a fitness center, business center, great room, theater room, pool and fire pit area.

The Riedman Development Corporation, headquartered in Rochester, NY., has built similar developments throughout New York State, and  has decades of experience in developing, building, and managing residential communities.

In discussions with Dayle Cotter, the resident manager, Christine Yamrick and I learned the clubhouse be open first — by December — and the first building will open and in spring of 2014.

Rents range from $815 per month for a one bedroom to $1,315 for a three-bedroom unit. Three people have already made deposits on units. Cotter will be meeting with customers regularly. She is a native of Orchard Park, N.Y., where she and her husband live in The Hammocks facility.

For more information on the units, click here to visit the website.

For more information, read John Guerriero’s article in the Erie Times-News on Thursday.

Pam Parker has written about homes, real estate, remodeling and home furnishings for more than 20 years. She 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 and stepmom to three.

 

 

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Posted: June 8th, 2013

HTH_061313parker99Estate is the proper term for some of the beautiful homes in the subdivision off of Asbury Road known as Asbury Woods Estates.

This weekend in House to Home at the Erie Times-News, read my story At home in Asbury Woods Estates

about the listing at 4846 Appaloosa Court. The photo at left is the stunning library the homeowners created in their lovely home.
You’ll get some great patio furnture tips from Marie Feltz of Decorating Den’s story Choose color, comfort for outdoor living and take a look at some other terrific articles that include:

»Increase counter space with cool tools

»Get great ideas on a bathroom renovation

Check out all the open houses this weekend! Homes are selling and there are plenty of great places to see this 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 and stepmom to three.

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Posted: May 25th, 2013
WilkinsIt’s a whole lot of house fun this Memorial Day weekend in House to Home at the Erie Times-News. Check out my story on a $1.1 million dollar home here. Walls of windows, incredible views and a sports court!
You’ll get much more with a Sassy Home article from Sabrina Fischer, terrific ideas on gardening from Sue Scholz and much more this weekend.  Click on the links below and enjoy your weekend.
Pam Parker has written about real estate, home improvement and remodeling for 25 years. She 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 and stepmom to three.
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Posted: May 18th, 2013

photo (7)In House to Home this week, you must read the story on the Atlanta Botanical Gardens — it’s only in print so no links today.

Also, Sue Scholz pays tribute to Donna Davis of the Presque Isle Garden Club. Read her story here.

Check out all our stories this week:

» Enter Historic Homes Contest
» Homeowners want automated security
» 10 tips to make fridge shine
» Homemade, natural remedies keep pests at bay
» How to take care of oak trees

Pam Parker has written about real estate, home improvement and remodeling for 25 years. She 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 and stepmom to three.

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Posted: May 11th, 2013

The ReservesI’ve been to The Reserves off Arbuckle Road before, but right now there are five houses for sale in that region, and all are impressive. Here’s a link to my story in this week’s House to Home. That hubba-hubba great room at left is inside 275 Edgewater Circle — open house tomorrow. The list of homes for sale is at the end of this article.

We have plenty more on the local front. Click on the articles below:

» High Point market puts accent on statement makers – Meadville’s Marie Feltz gives us the news 
» Orchids mimic animals at weekend show Sue Scholz is going to the orchid show this weekend at the ice rink — you’ll see more than flowers
» Chalk one up for paint flowing at flower shop I visited Le Jardin in Edinboro — some must see decorating ideas.

Here are details on houses for sale in The Reserves:
275 Edgewater Circle
• $649,900
• 1.18 acres
• 3,210 square feet
• Built in 2005
• Five bedrooms, four baths
• Karen Antonio, of Howard Hanna, is the listing agent. For a closer look, attend an open house Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., or call Antonio at 825-6097.

329 Forest Run
• $595,000
• 1.04 acre
• 2,860 square feet with additional 1,962 square feet on the lower level where a wine cellar, complete bar, 25-by-43-foot movie theater are part of the package.
• Built in 2007
• Four bedrooms, three and a half baths
• Tim Smith, of RE/Max Real Estate Group, is the listing agent. Call him at 882-2498.

260 Edgewater Circle
• $775,000
• 1.53 acres
• 5,108 square feet sits on a creek and includes natural cherry woodwork, crown molding and much more.
• Built in 2005.
• Five bedrooms, four and a half baths
• Marsha Marsh, of Marsha Marsh Real Estate, is the listing agent. Call her at 440-8181.

200 Edgewater Circle
• $829,000
• 1.47 acres
• 3,936 square feet overlook a lush landscape along with an impressive patio and much more.
• Built in 2005
• Four bedrooms, three full baths, two half baths
• Loretta Schaal and Nedra Lehrian, of RE/Max Real Estate, list this home. Call them at 833-9801.

Schaal and Lehrian also have an older ranch listed for sale in the same vicinity. Here are the details:

250 Arbuckle Road
• $339,900
• 2.61 acres
• 2,588 square feet sprawls out in an impressively updated home that includes expansive outdoor living, a spacious four-season room and an in-ground outdoor pool.
• Built in 1955
• Three bedrooms and two full baths
Pam Parker has written about real estate, home improvement and remodeling for 25 years. She 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 and stepmom to three.

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Posted: April 12th, 2013

froggie bootsThis week I found must-have rain boots and sandals — for the April showers and May flowers.

I really liked these boots at left, but then I discovered they were for kids. So I searched for them for women, and I found them. They are on sale at Bootshop for $49.95 on Amazon. There’s also a ladybug version — see below. They are a little childish looking, but I would wear them to shovel snow and garden, and they make me laugh just looking at them.

The kids’ versions are at Kohls for $32.99 — if I can get my feet into them I am buying them. And I have a granddaughter who must have these, but she might prefer the Minnie Mouse rain boots ($24.99) at Toys R Us.

ladybugminnieI am now being stalked by frogs, ladybugs and mice on every website I visit. In spite of that, I discovered some blingy sandals for $16.99 at Zulily – the sale ends in two days, and my size is gone. Never fear — Zulily has a lot more sandals in stock. Anyway, they all appear to have plenty of lily padding — haha! Happy Fashion Friday!

ZulilyPam 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: April 10th, 2013

wantedThe Millcreek Township School District is shopping for a new superintendent and assistant superintendent based on two ads that appeared in the Erie Times-News on Sunday, April 7.

It raises questions about who will do the hiring. Big questions. This is a district that has had five superintendents and five business managers in eight years.

Tonight, the Millcreek Township School District administration and board will layout plans for how to balance the $8.8 million deficit amid rumors that schools could close and extracurricular programs could be cut — along with staff and teachers. Erica Erwin’s story in the April 9 edition of the Erie Times-News says Ridgefield Elementary School, which has 271 students, and/or Vernondale Elementary School, with 245 students, could be on the chopping block.

Tonight’s special finance committee meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Grandview Elementary School, 4301 Lancaster Road.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times andHouse to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three — all graduates of McDowell High School. 

 

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Posted: February 20th, 2013

270370_109734372453178_3216495_nLast night, the Millcreek School Board met with auditors to discover that on-leave superintendent Michael Golde allegedly ordered the business manager to bump $5 million from the capital fund to the operating budget in July and return it in October, according to Terry Scutella. Assistant superintendent William Hall didn’t believe Golde knew he did anything wrong. Hmm.

This is still clear as mud.

What is clear: Felix & Gloeckler — professional accountants — revealed a lot of ugly truths — the district was short on income and long on expenses — by millions. And the board didn’t know any of that or about the $5 million transfer. Sean McCracken of the Erie Times-News reported from the meeting last night that district officials hadn’t filed some financial reports since May of 2012. How does a board make financial decisions without financial reports?

News from the meeting direct from Sean McCracken’s Twitter feed Tuesday night:
“Auditors say the board needs to be aware that the district could potentially have a budget shortfall for the end of the current school year.
Board member Michael Palermo asked business manager Linnea Lincoln what will be different in the next budget after this audit report. Her response: What you’ll see is true honest numbers with me using my own advice and guidance that was previously not accepted.
Accountant Jim Gloekler said he disagreed with district administrators about their budget projections.”
Read McCracken’s full story here.
My money’s on the professional accountants at Felix & Gloeckler. The administration’s record, dating back to 2003, has a lot of bookkeeping blunders with taxpayer money.

Here are a few examples:

Last year, the Erie Times News, in an editorial, cited Pennsylvania Auditor Gen. Jack Wagner’s report that Maryann Anderson “grossly abused her position” by spending $91,873 in special education funds on gift cards for employee incentives. The report also criticized sloppy record-keeping for $341,140 in special education spending between 2003 and 2006.

Wagner’s report went to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the state Attorney General’s Office, the Pennsylvania departments of education and welfare, the state Office of the Budget and the U.S. departments of education and health and human services.

That’s not good.

In 2007, Thomas J. Maciulewicz Jr., a former McDowell Intermediate High School principal, sold school property on eBay — a lot of property — about 47 items. He padded his principal’s income with an additional $18,430. He also used gift cards.

Sean McCracken of the Erie Times-News also reported early this week that the Millcreek School board realized it needs a “community-minded” administrator. We need more than that — it’s time we find leaders who know how to watch the cookie jar and treat taxpayers with respect.  My vote goes to Felix & Gloeckler.

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 — all graduates of McDowell High School.  

 

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Posted: October 1st, 2012

Stephanie Williams, Photo by Christopher Millette, Erie Times-News

She’s my neighbor and mom of one of my daughter’s high school pals. Stephanie Williams is more than a principal. She is principal of the year — a statewide recognition. Read Sean McCracken’s story here.

“I think a principal needs to be both a curriculum leader and a building manager,” Williams said to McCracken. “And it can be easy to just focus on the building manager part of that.”

Williams is the mom of three girls, and she knows firsthand the issues teenagers face. She never got caught up in the administration rather than working with students.

She was instrumental in helping my son get back into schoolwork after he broke his ankle and missed a lot of school his freshman year.

It was a difficult time, and we appreciated all her effort. Congratulations to Williams on a well-deserved award.

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: September 4th, 2012

Freezerie, 4393 West Ridge Road  – at the corner of Patio Drive and West 26th Street in Millcreek Township — has homemade ice cream. It’s delicious and the cute little building with beautiful landscaping with flowers and picnic tables is a welcome change to a corner where the vacant Clark gas station sat dormant for many years.

Inside, the ice cream parlor has about 10 homemade flavors and a half dozen others. I loved the homemade chocolate, but with names like cotton candy and purple haze — I have to try them. Purple Haze, the owner says, tastes like blueberry pop tarts. Mmm.

Located across the street from Art’s Grocery, Freezerie also has some combos with Art’s sweet rolls and ice cream and Art’s brownies and ice cream. Freezerie is brand new and will be open into October, but it may not stay open through the winter.

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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