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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 ‘North East’
Posted: December 27th, 2013

Sparkling winesThanks to Lisa Gensheimer for sharing Lake Erie Wine Country’s offering of sparkling bubblies! Here they are:

Presque Isle Wine Cellars, North East, Falling Waters 2012  Sparkling White- a semi-sweet sparkling wine that has won numerous medals and awards. It is priced at $14.15 through the end of the year for a 750 ml bottle.

Penn Shore Vineyards, North East, Bubbling Niagara – $11.95 — sweet and carbonated white with a fruity character. Champagne – $19.95 (Extra dry, fermented in the bottle.)

South Shore Wine Company, North East, Sparkling Pinot Noir – fermented in the bottle – the traditional method.

Mazza Vineyards, North East, Sparkling Riesling – fermented in the bottle – the traditional method.

Arrowhead Wine Cellars, North East, Dazzling Niagara and Dazzling Concord.

Heritage Wine Cellars, North East, Bursting Blueberry, Very Beary Blackberry, Cold Goose, Bubbling Niagara, Bubbling Catawaba, Private Reserve, Peach Fuzz, Strawberry Fizz, Plum Crazy.

Johnson Estate Winery, Westfield, N.Y., Sparkling Traminette, Sparkling Rose Ice Wine -Both are made in the methode champagnoise. The sparkling ice wine was the first one in the U.S.

Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits Westfield, N.Y., Sparkling Chardonnay – fermented in the bottle – the traditional method.

21 Brix Winery Portland, N.Y., Sparkling Muscato But it won’t be released until New Year’s Eve – maybe. Call ahead.

Liberty Vineyards, Sheridan, N.Y., Sparkling Riesling.

Merritt Winery, Forestville, N.Y.,Estrolita – Spumante; Seyval Blanc Sec – Brut – Coming Soon – Sparkling XTC.

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Posted: April 13th, 2013

grape-arbor-prizeIt’s a great weekend to celebrate Erie history! The Erie Times-News celebrated 125 years of delivering the news yesterday, and we are celebrating all year. We want to hear your stories of home restoration. Click here for all the details on our Historic Homes contest. The grand prize winner gets a weekend stay in one of the oldest brick buildings in North East — The Grape Arbor Bed & Breakfast.

We have plenty to celebrate in House to Home this week. Countryside has a grand opening of its Phase II section in Summit Township. The Maleno development is a neighborhood of patio homes. It is something to see, and the design center, housed inside a patio home with a walkout basement, gives house hunters a look at all the latest and greatest ideas for building a new home. It is a must see — visit Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Natalie Washburn gave me a tour, and there is always something new at Countryside.

More great House to Home stories include:

Sue Scholz celebrates award-winning zinnias this week.

Daffodils can make artistic displays, and they are finally in bloom!

Hotel spa-style baths and bedroom decor ideas are easy to incorporate into your home. Read the story here.

Raised gardens appeal to all gardeners even the host of GardenSmart — read it here.

Kitchen faucets have gone high tech.

Tulips are coming! The tulips are coming — read about the fiery orange variety here.

You can add a vacation home feel to your home. Here are tips from designers..

Plastic has become a novel furniture design tool. Look at what folks are doing with it.

Don’t forget all the open houses this weekend. I’ll be out there looking, too. Here’s a link to the open house map.

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

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Posted: November 15th, 2012
The Grape Country Marketplace,  17 W. Main Street, sells wine and more starting Nov. 16!
Directly across from Gibson Park, it will host an artist reception Friday night along with the grand opening of its wine shop.
You can wine and dine at the adjoining Rizzo’s on the Park restaurant too.
With 32 varieties of wine, Welch’s products, a Welch’s museum and art by regional artists, it’s a great place to visit. Winter hours are:   Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays from 1 pm  – 6 pm. Closed Wednesdays.
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 22nd, 2012

The view from 6790 Macoun Way, North East, Pa.

We share it all in today’s House to Home. First, the view from a North East home ought to sell it in a minute. Vineyards, farms and distant Lake Erie are part of the beauty that even clouds and rain can’t damage. Built by Jerry Cass, the 3,172 square-foot brick home  features maple woodwork, recessed lighting and incredible tile work throughout the space — on walls, floors and in bathrooms.
Get the whole story here.
See the home for yourself Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., or call  Phyllis Turner and Sanda Jarecki of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services who list the home at $410,000. Call Jarecki at 450-1886 or Turner at 434-7290 for more information.
Elephants in the flowerbed?
Yes there are — at Sue Scholz’s home, elephant head amaranth grow and they are very colorful. The flowers look like elephant heads with a trunk. They are even edible! Read all about it here.
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: 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: May 12th, 2012

This is one of those weeks that House to Home offers great decorating tips, and we see them in action throughout the magazine. In my homefile on a home for sale in North East, homeowners Joe and Ann Lizotte blend colors and decor in expert style. The cover of House to Home shows off their apple green kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters.

The first time I saw apple green in a kitchen, the venerable Betty Crandell, who died a few months ago, used it in a dynamite lakefront home. It pops in a dramatic and welcoming fashion.

Color is in style, so don’t be afraid to use it. Expert Mary Carol Garrity’s column in House to Home focuses on the hottest decorating trends. She suggests orange, turquoise and apple green make a statement in everything from small appliances to pillows and fabrics. Coffeemakers and mixers are big on color lately.  A little goes a long way, so all you need is one accent. Go for it. Add color, sparkle and more. Check out House to Home for ideas.

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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