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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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Posted: April 3rd, 2014

beerIt’s a great weekend for sap and tap lovers.

The Asbury Woods Maple festival is this weekend — read about it here. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, you can enjoy pancakes and real maple syrup at a Millcreek treasure — Asbury Woods. On Monday, it’s time to celebrate the anniversary of Prohibition’s end on April 7, 1933 — #NationalBeerDay.

The hoppy holiday makes the night before New Beer’s Eve — lots of fun on Twitter and Facebook.

Where did National Beer Day come from? Prohibition.  On April 7th, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act. It ended the 13 years of alcohol prohibition in the United States. Clever folks made beer the night before to celebrate. Even if you don’t like beer, you can celebrate with a shandy, or shandygaff – beer mixed with soda, lemonade, ginger ale or even cider. Wikipedia says a shandy with beer and cider is called a snakebite.

Cheers!

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: February 10th, 2014

heart[1]Thanks to everyone who e-mailed, called and messaged us after the last Her Times issue. What we learned:

A reader from Corry told us she never had any symptoms of heart disease but attended a free screening for cholesterol and blood pressure. The cholesterol test led to more tests, and months later she had a stent inserted in one of her arteries. “I’m one of those people you wrote about,” she said. “I might never have known anything was wrong if I hadn’t had that free screening. I encourage everyone to get a checkup. It could save your life.”

Decaf days In my efforts to decaffeinate my life — well reduce caffeine — I discovered this article on Kids and caffeine. I am still succeeding with one cup of mudlike (strong — very strong — Peet’s works for me) caffeinated coffee per day and additional mudlike decaf coffees. I rarely drink tea anymore — just water — tea didn’t help me at all.

To read about more local women who battled heart disease and won, click here.  We also had plenty of comments from women who loved hearing about spot reduction and blasting fat cells at Integrative MedSpa in Erie. Thanks for sharing!

Here are a couple of heart-healthy events coming up in the next few weeks:
“Exercise Your Heart Out”
Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m.
McGarvey Learning Center at Saint Vincent Hospital
Saint Vincent Wellness Coordinator Jennifer Territo will provide information on a variety of different exercises to incorporate into your daily routine to keep your heart healthy including Zumba, strength training and R.I.P.P.E.D.
Free
Reservations required: 452-5708.

“Your Legs Can Tell A Lot About Your Heart”
Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m.

McGarvey Learning Center at Saint Vincent Hospital
Saint Vincent Peripheral Vascular Surgeon Jay Kiessling, M.D., and Cardiologist Nishant Koradia, M.D., will talk about peripheral vascular disease symptoms, screening and treatment, as well as the connection between PVD and heart disease. Free varicose vein screenings available.
Free
Reservations required: 452-7273.

“Mr. and Mrs. Heart Disease”
Feb. 20, 6 p.m.

UPMC Hamot for Women Lecture Series with Audrey Swonger, C.R.N.P., cardiac nurse practitioner with Medicor Associates Inc. Swonger will discuss heart disease risk factors and symptoms unique to both men and women.
Lincoln Education Center at the UPMC Hamot Women’s Hospital
Free
Registration is required at least one week prior: https://classes.upmc.com/Consumer/Default.aspxFeb. 20, 6 p.m.
Lincoln Education Center at the UPMC Hamot Women’s Hospital
Free
Registration is required at least one week prior: https://classes.upmc.com/Consumer/Default.aspx

“Eat Your Heart Out!”
McGarvey Learning Center at Saint Vincent Hospital
Feb. 28, Noon
Saint Vincent Wellness Dietitian Leslie Lawton, R.D., will present a seminar on a variety of foods to keep your heart healthy. Also includes a cooking demonstration.
Free
Reservations required: 452-5708.

Here’s a link to an article on Kids and caffeine.

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 3rd, 2014

WearRed250.113155 (1)If you checked out Her Times yesterday, you know that February is the month women need to check out matters of the heart — and that means more than romance. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in Erie County. Here are some events to check out — just a few hours of your time:

Friday is the 8th Annual Wear Red Heart Awareness Expo
Put on your red dress and head down to the Sheraton Bayfront Hotel on Friday, Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The day’s activities include five, half-hour mini lectures, free health screenings, healthy food sampling, shopping, and a raffle.

View the Wear Red Day flier to learn more about the lectures, health screenings, and other details. You can get free screenings — blood pressure, body mass index, cardiovascular risk assessment, varicose vein, diabetes  and stroke risk – and $10 cholesterol and blood sugar testing. For more information, see the schedule of events here.

More events this month include:

“Exercise Your Heart Out”
Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m.
McGarvey Learning Center at Saint Vincent Hospital
Saint Vincent Wellness Coordinator Jennifer Territo will provide information on a variety of different exercises to incorporate into your daily routine to keep your heart healthy including Zumba, strength training and R.I.P.P.E.D.
Free
Reservations required: 452-5708.

“Your Legs Can Tell A Lot About Your Heart”
Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m.
McGarvey Learning Center at Saint Vincent Hospital
Saint Vincent Peripheral Vascular Surgeon Jay Kiessling, M.D., and Cardiologist Nishant Koradia, M.D., will talk about peripheral vascular disease symptoms, screening and treatment, as well as the connection between PVD and heart disease. Free varicose vein screenings available.
Free
Reservations required: 452-7273.

“Mr. and Mrs. Heart Disease”
Feb. 20, 6 p.m.
UPMC Hamot for Women Lecture Series with Audrey Swonger, C.R.N.P., cardiac nurse practitioner with Medicor Associates Inc. Swonger will discuss heart disease risk factors and symptoms unique to both men and women.
Lincoln Education Center at the UPMC Hamot Women’s Hospital
Free
Registration is required at least one week prior: https://classes.upmc.com/Consumer/Default.aspx

“Eat Your Heart Out!”
McGarvey Learning Center at Saint Vincent Hospital
Feb. 28, Noon
Saint Vincent Wellness Dietitian Leslie Lawton, R.D., will present a seminar on a variety of foods to keep your heart healthy. Also includes a cooking demonstration.
Free
Reservations required: 452-5708.

Signs of a heart attack in women are often different than men, according to the American Heart Association. Sweating, pressure, nausea and jaw pain could be signs — in addition to pressure in the chest, pain or discomfort in one or both arms, shortness of breath and lightheadedness. Don’t ignore pain in the back, neck or stomach.

Signs of a stroke from American Heart Association include: numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, blurred vision in one or both eyes. dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, or sudden severe headache.

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 step-grandPam to one.

 

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Posted: June 14th, 2013

Nailing itJoin me as I push the clouds and rain out of the way this weekend.

With my hands and feet!

I plan to do my nails in wild colors that shine even if the sun doesn’t. I saw this article in the July issue of InStyle magazine — one of my favorites. The mani blends contrasting colors with say purple on all fingers — but the ring finger could be a coordinating shade of blue. Or do green nails with a purple ring finger. Or silver with pearly white on that ring finger. I am so doing this tonight when I redo these nails … and my toes.

Enjoy the weekend — no matter what the forecast is.

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 and stepmom to three.

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Posted: May 22nd, 2013

IMG_0762At left — that’s me with Mishol Randolph. We were at the Dress for Success Purse and Pearls luncheon yesterday, and Mishol, of Erie, spoke to a sellout crowd that hung on every word.

At 25. Mishol recounted addictions to drugs and alcohol that started before she was a teenager and progressed to heroin. She cleaned up when she became pregnant, but returned to drugs within weeks of giving birth. She landed in prison, but she credits that experience for realizing she would lose her daughter.

Today, Mishol is a sales executive for the Erie Bayhawks, and she is happily raising her daughter Baelyn, 7.

Hers is a story of help from an entire Erie community that supports women. Kudos to the Erie County Treatment Court, a treatment-oriented program associated with the Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania; Turning Point, a chemical dependency treatment facility in Franklin;

Mercy Center for Women, Dress for Success and the Erie Bayhawks.

To read more of her story, click here. Mishol also spoke at the 2013 Dress for Success “Something to Share” Gala in New York City in April.

Congratulations to Mishol and all the women who have turned their lives around with the help of Erie organizations.

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: May 16th, 2013

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Last year, my team and I tracked and interviewed countless murder suspects, got the dirt on wealthy families that shaped Erie history and had a rip-roaring good time at the Watson-Curtze Mansion.

I felt like I was at Downton Abbey. And you can too!

It’s a real life game of Clue where actors portray the suspects — and they are stationed in various rooms of the four-story mansion and neighboring Planetarium. Everyone has a story, but you can’t always believe it — because one of them is a murderer!

Is it the doctor? The gardener? The lawyer? The spurned ex-wife? The mistress? The nanny? The long lost son or the guy who pretended to be the long lost son? Clues, clues — you must find all the clues! 

Join us — dress in your best 1920s fashions, enjoy the cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. And find the murderer!

Saturday, June 15 at  6 p.m. The after party begins at 8 p.m.

Teams of six can register for $250 before May 24. After, teams are $300. The Erie County Historical Society will match individuals and couples with a group if you do not have a team.

If you can’t make the game … join the Roaring 20s themed after party at the mansion. Tickets sold separately at only $20.

Hurry — this event sells out every year! Call 814-454-1813 x24

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 and stepmom of three.

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Posted: May 9th, 2013

Jeanne CooperSoap legend Katherine Chancellor of “The Young and the Restless” is a household name in soapdom. Jeanne Cooper played the role of the epic rich woman who battled alcoholism. She was a complicated character ever since 1973 — the first year of the soap. I watched in high school, college and later, but drifted away from it.

Cooper’s son, Corbin Bernsen (of LA Law), announced yesterday that his mother had died at age 84. She had been in and out of the hospital with an infection for the past month. She did participate in Y&R’s 40th anniversary celebration earlier this year.

Cooper was a pretty fascinating woman long before she hit soaps. She was in westerns, The Big Valley, Perry Mason, Bracken World, Ben Casey, and a host of other TV programs of the 1950s and 60s.

Here’s a 2009 interview with Cooper, courtesy of the Archive of American Television. She had a facelift on TV. Here’s a link to that interview. 

Her memoir is called “Not Young, Still Restless.” Read an excerpt herememoir

Here’s her bio on SoapCentral.com

Here’s a link to the CBS website

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: May 6th, 2013

BuffettIt was quite a week for the 82-year-old “Oracle of Omaha.”

He joined Twitter saying, “Warren is in the house.” He also raised the roof and told the world how valuable women are to every business in a magazine article he wrote for Fortune. Read it here. In essence, the Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO says we need women in every occupation. Women are “the key to American prosperity,” he said.

He encourages women to be confident, and so does “Lean In,” Sheryl Sandberg’s book that discusses how women often hold themselves back. Read what Erie women think right here in a great story by Lindsey Poisson.

Check out Hathaway’s interview with Rebecca Jarvis on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” here.

Here’s an article on how Gen-Y women will close the salary gap. Read it here.

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: April 7th, 2013

McD TrojansErica Erwin’s story in today’s Erie Times-News delves into the Millcreek Township School District’s $8.8 million deficit for the 2013-2014 school year.

Acting Superintendent William Hall announced the bad news last week. He mentioned he had a “wow” moment when he discovered the budget deficit in November. That was November, folks. In another report, a school director also said “wow” in comment to the budget woes last week. Here’s some media advice to the current board and administration:

Don’t say wow. If you want to regain trust among Millcreek residents, wow isn’t going to do it.

Go to the Jay Badams and Matthew Cummings School of breaking bad news. And hurry. Badams, leader of the Erie School District, presented plans to all the media in advance of laying it out to the public and school staffs. In Erie, before he suggested closing schools, Badams told everyone that the Erie district owned a lot of real estate and schools weren’t full. Is that the case in Millcreek? About 16 years ago, boundary changes sent my kids from Vernondale to the new Tracy school — we had heard that eventually Ridgefield and Vernondale would close. Now, we’re hearing it again. Bring out the stats.

Listen to Felix & Gloeckler. The accounting firm advised that trouble was ahead last year. Accountants know budgets. If someone had listened a little earlier — like November — maybe a plan would have been in place right now.

Give William Hall a chance. He lives in Millcreek and has a child in Millcreek schools, according to Marsha Marsh, who was critical of my cynicism on how Millcreek is going to handle this mess. Her vote of confidence is good enough for me — today, but this district needs results and fast. Hall has to get his administration, staff and board to lose the arrogant, know-it-all attitude it has sported throughout the last administration. Now is your chance to wow us, Mr. Hall. Go for it.

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: April 5th, 2013

yellow dressNo I am not a University of Michigan cheerleader — Michigan’s wolverines are in the NCAA Final Four and play Syracuse this weekend. But in terms of style, yellow and navy blue are in my final four for spring. The colors are paired up almost everywhere and offer a nice, finished crisp look.

I bought a yellow dress similar to this Ann Taylor frock, at left, at Grove City Outlets a few weeks ago. It was paired with a blue jacket — or lots of blue jackets — navy works. Bright blue works.

I’m going to need a tan to go with that yellow dress — and some warmer weather, but I’m hoping I will be wearing it before May.  I also bought two navy dresses and some navy pants. It seems years have gone by where I couldn’t find anything navy. Now, it’s taking over, and I’m glad. It’s a nice change from a little black dress or slacks.

If you’re adding to your spring wardrobe, the outlets were full of color when my daughter and I shopped.

And in the NCAA Final Four, I am rooting for the Louisville Cardinals. My son picked them to win, and who doesn’t love the school color – red.

Happy Friday!

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 step-grandmom to one

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