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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 ‘Pittsburgh’
Posted: June 5th, 2014
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The Pittsburgh skyline from Mount Washington on my daughter’s deck.

WalletHub shared the Best & Worst Cities to Staycation in 2014 with a survey of the 100 largest cities in the U.S.

Key components to making the top 20 included public parks, golf courses, swimming pools, zoos, spas, museums, tennis courts and much more. It also included food, entertainment, rest, relaxation and weather. Erie didn’t make the list - -we’re not one of the largest 100 cities – but we know it’s great here — and situated between Pittsburgh and Buffalo — we rock on all levels.

2014’s Best Cities for Staycations:
1. Buffalo, New York
2. Minneapolis, Minnesota
3. Cincinnati, Ohio
4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
5. Portland, Oregon
6. Omaha, Nebraska
7. New Orleans, Louisiana
8. Tampa, Florida
9. Orlando, Florida
10. Seattle, Washington
11. St. Petersburg, Florida
12. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
13. St. Louis, Missouri
14. Cleveland, Ohio
15. Atlanta, Georgia
16. Boise City, Idaho
17. St. Paul, Minnesota
18. Winston-Salem, North Carolina
19. Honolulu, Hawaii
20. Raleigh, North Carolina

See the top 100 — here.

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 step-granddaughters.

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Posted: April 27th, 2014
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Guy Fieri visits Kelly O’s in Pittsburgh.

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At Kelly O’s in Pittsburgh, owner Kelly O shares her recipe for haluski.

My husband, Kim, says we pack a lot into 24 hours, and we do. Friday we took off to meet my sister and brother-in-law for Kim’s birthday dinner at Iron Bridge Inn. If you are driving down Interstate 79 this time of year, beware. Construction abounds, and delays resulted from the highway crew tree trimming — even in a rain storm. It’s construction time. Expect delays.

Iron Bridge Inn is charming, but the actual iron bridge for which the place was named is gone. It is now a concrete bridge, but that’s progress. If you go, the prime rib is divine, but we all have our faves, and for us, it’s fish all around. This is a regular stop for us, and I’ve never had anything I didn’t like, so if you’re going — eat hearty. The sweet servers delivered a Happy Birthday tune for my husband along with a big cupcake that appeared to be ho-ho in disguise. A big ho-ho. Must make ho-ho cupcakes.
We spent the night at the farm ( my sis and BIL’s place) with the most peaceful view of green acres and the slow-moving waters of the creek below the property. Ahhh. It is the perfect place to unplug.
Saturday morning, it was off to Pittsburgh for a visit with  daughter Kelly and her boyfriend. Kelly also had birthday cupcakes — a selection of them. Mmm. We headed to the Strip District where it was 72 degrees. We walked around in warm sunshine for an hour. The sites and smells of the Strip District are just endearing. The Pittsburgh Steel Man greeted everyone from his motorcycle. He is a friendly fellow.

We were also on a mission. My husband watches “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” He saw an eppy where Guy Fieri went to Kelly O’s — Fieri visited the one in South Side. We hit the little diner in the Strip. The mission was to taste one dish: haluski. It’s a recipe of noodles, cabbage, bacon and onions. Lots of each one. Did I mention butter and garlic salt? My hubby got that. My daughter and I chose the Pittsburgher — a 1/3-pound burger with kielbasi and a pierogi on top. Oh and cheese. What is not to love about that? Her boyfriend had roast beef and mashed potatoes. This is a diner, and the food is amazing. We should have walked another hour to burn more of it off. We still have some haluski. The two video links above show you some of the comfort foods you can get at Kelly O’s and Kelly making her signature dish — haluski. We had planned to get some snacks from Pittsburgh Popcorn Company, but we must have been too full. Darn!

By 5 p.m. Saturday, we pulled back into the driveway of Chez Parker. Today promises another full slate of activities. There is a new Parker grandbaby to be cuddled. And our gardens need some attention. Son Ryan Eckert, soon to be our fourth graduate of Gannon University, will be landscaping. Well maybe we’ll just do some more birthday celebrating.

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 step-granddaughters.

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Posted: February 24th, 2014

Pittsburgh skylineWell, they won’t be hot today, but while I sat on my daughter’s deck in Pittsburgh over the weekend, cardinals were singing in the trees in her backyard, and people were wearing shorts. The sun was hot — it was in the mid 50s, and the breeze was cool but not Arctic.

At home, that sun was also hot – - the breeze was cool, but sun glinting off the ice on the bay is one awesome thing of beauty. Cardinals and robins were hanging out in our backyard.

I love Erie — no matter what the weather — it is our weather. It’s also nice to get away for a change of scene, and I got a change of scene in the ‘Burgh.

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The Gulf Tower

The photo above is of the Pittsburgh skyline from my daughter’s deck at night.  One thing the photo doesn’t show is the colorful Gulf Tower — it’s there  – I just couldn’t capture the colors. A light show every day of the year. The photo at right is the tower in living color. Here’s the significance: Constructed in 1932, the 44-story building served as a neon weather forecaster for decades, according to the www.colorkinetics.com

Red light predicted fair weather. Blue light predicted rain or snow. In the 1970s — during the energy crisis — the Gulf Oil Company shut down the neon tower lights.

In 2012, it was christened the KDKA-TV Weather Beacon. Read the entire article right here. Philips and the realty company installed a more energy efficient display that reveals present weather conditions. Lights on the tower’s top three stories signify the current temperature, ranging from bright red for hot  to dark blue for cold. The 39th through 41st floors indicate precipitation, humidity and wind speed in shades of purple, green and pink.

It also celebrates home runs, goals, and touchdowns for Pittsburgh’s home teams, and the colors cycle through to create a really neat light show.

Back home in Erie, we’ll be lucky to hit the high 20s for the next week, and we will get more snow. But signs of spring are out there.  And when the 40s return — looks like at least 10 days according to weather.com — keep an eye out for spring. The official day is 24 days away. Our days are getting longer, and green grass is under all that snow. The sun is warm — if we can just get a peek at it!

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: February 6th, 2014

Ferris Wheel Glowing at TwilightYes, I know — in February? Next Friday — Valentine’s Day — is Ferris Wheel Day — a tribute to George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., born on Feb. 14.

My first date with my husband was on a Ferris wheel — at the North East Cherry Festival 12 years ago. So, here’s to George Ferris!

The civil engineer made the first Ferris Wheel at the World’s Colombian Exhibition in Chicago more than 100 years ago in 1893.

According to The Man Who Invented the Wheel, and Paid the Price by Dennis Bell, Ferris was born in a Galesburg, Ill., and his family settled in Nevada where he became fascinated with  a water wheel as a kid.

He later worked in New York City and Pittsburgh, designing bridges, tunnels and trestles. He founded G.W.G. Ferris & Co., with offices in New York and Chicago. His 1893 Ferris wheel was built to rival the 1889 Eiffel Tower —  made famous by inventor Gustave Eiffel at the  1889 Paris International Exposition.

Ferris spent $25,000 of his own money on the Ferris wheel plan and constructed it in 22 weeks. It was about 26 stories tall, survived a hurricane and had nearly 1.5 million patrons in Chicago. Ferris later started smaller Ferris wheel productions but lost a lot of money and died three years later in Pittsburgh at age 37.

Another Illinois engineer, William Sullivan, took up Ferris’ inventive ideas and created portable Ferris wheels at the Eli Bridge Company in 1896 in  Jacksonville. Ill.– it is still manufacturing Ferris wheels.

And all because a kid loved water wheels — Happy B-day to Mr. Ferris.

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 one.

 

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Posted: November 2nd, 2013

HTH_110213parkerThere are front doors, and then there are front doors. When you walk through the front doors of the featured home at 412 Frontier Drive in this week’s House to Home, you’ll see a unique entry that welcomes visitors to something special — inside and out. Read the entire story here.

This three-story home that Nancy Placidi has listed offers a lot of neat features: multiple French doors, two fireplaces, a finished lower level, hardwood flooring throughout and an award-winning

More stories this week include:

And check out all the open houses with our open house locator map here. Happy house hunting!
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: October 16th, 2013
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Athena Young Professional Award winner Amber Penna of Mercyhurst University and Laurie Root, 2013 Athena Award winner and Vice President, Investor Relations, United Way of Erie County — Photo courtesy of Colleen Moore Mezler

Some were young. Some not so young. Some retired. Some were still in school. But the 200 women at the Erie Ambassador on Tuesday had one thing in common: They were on a mission to support one another in business and in life. Erie area women were honored and empowered — I’ll get to the honors, but first the empowerment.

Founded by retired Erie banker Linda Stevenson, the local Athena Powerlink group — in its 15th year –welcomed Erie area women and shared a powerful message from Christy Uffelman, a Pittsburgh businesswoman and Athena award winner. “Share your light,” she said. Uffelman shared her light and founded a number of peer mentoring groups for women that have been successful in Pittsburgh. Her message of top 5 things to do:

  1. You will say and do things you regret. Let it go.
  2. Get on a board and help other women join boards, and raise money. A national organization called the 2020 Women on Boards has a goal of increasing women on boards by 20 percent throughout the United States.
  3. It’s OK to not be liked.
  4. Saying no is a skill; practice it.
  5. Be strategic about building your network. Make contact with similar people, share problems, solutions. Those people will be there when you need them. But you must ask.

The awards

Congratulations, Laurie Root, ATHENA Leadership Award recipient. Root returned to Erie a few years ago with a mission of helping women. She is described as a quiet leader, and she has been very effective in her career and in helping local women and children. Root had been instrumental in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library’s success in Erie — the Imagination Ball is Saturday. Click here for details.

Thousands of  children are signed up for the program that gives free books to children who cannot afford them. Click here for more information. That’s just one of Root’s many accomplishments. Get to know Laurie Root, who along with Colleen Moore Mezler and Linda Stevenson, will take Athena to the next level locally.

The 2013 Athena Young Professional Award went to Amber Penna of Mercyhurst University. Amber is a sports medicine major, and she serves as president of Mercyhurst Student Government.

You’ll be seeing much more about women empowering one another right here in this blog. Plus, Athena will launch its first local boot camp in May 2014.

I have had the privilege of serving on several  Athena advisory panels that help women business owners take their businesses to the next level. I’ve seen the Athena influence in action, and it’s not just women. My former grade school teacher, CPA Dick Wachter, received the Athena Award in 2005 for empowering women in business.

If you want to share your light with Athena, contact Linda Stevenson at L.StevensonATHENA@hotmail.com or visit www.athenaerie.com.

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: September 3rd, 2013
Tommy Robredo, of Spain, greets Roger Federer, of Switzerland, after winning their fourth round match in straight sets at the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Tommy Robredo, of Spain, greets Roger Federer, of Switzerland, after winning their fourth round match in straight sets at the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Spain’s Tommy Robredo’s three-set upset of  Roger Federer, owner of five U.S. Open titles, was hard to watch. The scores were 7-6, 6-3, 6-4. This closes out a year in which Federer has not made it into a single final of a major tournament for the first time since 2002.
Rafael Nadal got a scare from Philipp Kohlschreiberwhen when he lost the first set, but he rallied to a 6-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 win.
Serena also had a relatively easy win over U.S. up-and-coming star Sloane Stephens. Stephens has some game. And so do a half dozen other young U.S. players. Alison Riske — from Pittsburgh had some great success, but not against Daniela Hantuchova, age 30. This appears to be one of Huntchova’s best runs at the U.S. Open. This is her first time in the quarter finals since 2002.

And many of the 30-plus players are making their  mark at the U.S. Open. It continues throughout this week — finals are 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, stepmom of three and GramPam to one.

 

 

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Posted: May 13th, 2013

p1lel_012711_ae_segwayeditoIt’s great news that Segways are coming to Presque Isle. I’ve ridden on Segways for fun during an interview with the former college president at Edinboro University (that’s me at left flitting around inside the student union building) and for even more fun when my daughter took me on a tour of Pittsburgh a few years ago at Paradise Tours.

In Erie, The Yellow Bike Rental Company added guided Segway tours to its popular rentals of bikes, trikes, surreys, tandems, and roller blades. The four tours a day start on May 25 at $50 per person. I am guessing they will be very popular.

Sign me up!

Here is Dana Massing’s story in today’s Erie Times-News.

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 of three and step grandmom of one.

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Posted: November 14th, 2012

The man in sneakers and a cardigan often came into our house. I was probably more impressed with Mister Rogers than my kids, and PBS invites everyone to add a comment to “Mister Rogers Inspiration: Share yours, then pass it on!

You can share your Mister Rogers memory, here on Facebook or Twitter. Visit  pbs.org/misterrogers or use the hashtag #thanksmisterrogers. Fred Rogers hosted the program from 1968–2001.

Born in LatrobePennsylvania, he was instrumental in changing TV broadcasting for children, and he did it from WQED-TV in Pittsburgh. Weekly themes were fairly common. Each show featured the trolley, a trip to the Neighborhood of Make Believe where memorable  puppets  – with Mr. Rogers voicing many of them — taught us many lessons.

If your family grew up with Mr. Rogers, a visit to the PBS site of Mr. Rogers’ house will bring back memories of the man who created a worldwide neighborhood with simple messages in a home setting.

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 30th, 2012

 

Her name is synonymous with winning — Quad games, triathalons, duathlons and more. In Pittsburgh, Erie’s Pamela McCormick finished second among women and 28th overall in the International Distance Triathlon Sunday. It included a600-meter swim in the Allegheny River, a 20K bike race through Pittsburgh and a 5K run along the Allegheny River.

McCormick, 39, continues her dominance of sporting events. The mom of seven finished the International Distance Triathlon in 2 hours, 13 minutes, 44 seconds. McCormick has qualified to represent Pennsylvania in the Best of the U.S. 2012 Championship.

She was also the fastest female finisher at the A Tri in the Buff triathlon with a time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 6 seconds on July 7 in Buffalo. It was the first time she had competed in the event.

For all us moms, she’s an inspiration. And Pamela is the daughter of Denise Illig Robison and the late Robbie Robison. Denise is an athlete in her own right. I have played tennis with her for years.

Pam Parker, an avid tennis player with bad knees, ran for years, but never raced — except with her kids. Pam’s daughter is a former McDowell High School track star with numerous state championship medals and the title of cross country runner of the year. Pam is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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