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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: October 28th, 2013

we rIt’s good news for the Millcreek School District. And we need that.

All good news. All the time.

Speech, debate, communications, fund-raising, sports and activity news are all front and center. Click here to visit the “We are Millcreek” Facebook page.

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You’ll see that the McDowell Girls Cross Country team won the District 10 AAA title led by junior Kelsey Swantek — she won the AAA race.

More news? The McDowell Marching Band took 2nd in a huge competition and the girls soccer team won a District 10 championship while raising $4,500 for The Epilepsy Project.

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And that was just over the weekend. The site shares only good news from community, schools, families, teachers, students, parents and friends.

Who started it? School board member Judy Wheaton joined Genene Mattern and Brian Kramer, also a school board member, in creating and maintaining the site. “As you know I have tried to share good stories with people for years and thought this might be a better avenue,” Wheaton told me in an e-mail. “I believe this has proven to be the correct move.”

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Many others are involved in the site anonymously. The Facebook page has 585 likes this morning, but it’s only been around a short time. I expect that to increase in a hurry.

Want some good news? Want to share some good news in Millcreek? Check out the Facebook page — a shout out to all the good things adults and kids in the Millcreek School District do everyday.

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 16th, 2013

Jake and Neverland PiratesArr! I watched “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” on Disney Junior with granddaughter little Miss Mia Parker yesterday, and it reminded me that International Talk Like a Pirate Day is coming up on Thursday – Septembarr 19.

You can talk Pirate on Facebook right now if you change your language status in your account settings to English pirate ratharrr than plain old English.

Who knew this could be such fun? International Talk Like a Pirate Day got its start with a bunch of guys who played racquetball together in Albany, Ore., in 1995. John Bauer and Mark Summers wrote to syndicated columnist Dave Barry, and in 2002, Barry wrote this column. A holiday was born. Here are some of my Facebook pirate favorites, and thanks to Karen D. Fischer who told me about it:

Here are some of Facebook’s Pirate replacement terms for normal lingo:
’bout a shot o’ rum ago near Erie — beats “a few minutes ago.”
So does a few grains o’ sand ago
Arr! beats “like”

be eyein’ this with pleasure replaces “likes this.”
Befriend a matey replaces “add friend.”
What be troublin’ ye? That’s ye status!
Other favorites:
Blabber t’ yer mates
Update your Plunderin’
Hoist Portrait/Bewitched Portrait
Fire a Query
Things closer to Me heart
Bottle o messages
Grog fests
Shenanigans log
Spy it all
Wants to make this known by more souls (shared a link). Arr!

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. Arr! 

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Posted: April 15th, 2013

traveling EckertsThursday, April 25 marks the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day. In 1993, Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation for Women started the idea as Take Our Daughters to Work Day. It included boys in 2003, according to Wikipedia.  I included boys long before that. I never felt it was fair that I would get my daughter out of school for a day but not my boys.

I also took other people’s kids to work. At the time, I worked at an ad agency and taught classes at Mercyhurst College — now Mercyhurst University. My kids weren’t playing — they learned how to fill in information on Excel, help with research at the ad agency and then go out for a “Mad Men” lunch — well as “Mad Men” as you can get with kids under the age of 14.

At Mercyhurst, they got a peek at college life. They loved it, and so did my students.

Here’s a link to the official site. Here’s a 2012 article from Forbe’s with dos and don’ts for the day. Here’s a link to the foundation page.

Not everyone can do this, but if you can get your kids into your workplace even for a few hours, plan now. Give them something to do so they aren’t just watching you work. They can participate. Plus, you’ll share some memories — a nice thing when your kids are as old as my three in the picture, from left — my son, the doctor; my daughter, the CPA: and my baby, a college junior.

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: 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: January 31st, 2013

MP900341908[1]In the wake of the personal, paid leave for Michael Golde … and all the silence surrounding the Millcreek’s School District board’s handling of this entire McDowell mess — oh and the mysterious $5 million transfer from a capital fund to an operating budget — a no-no someone had to sign off on, I found an article about superintendents behaving badly.

Read the LehighValley Morning Call’s piece by staffer Paul Carpenter. This article, dating back to 2011, discusses the salaries and arrogance of Allentown, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh superintendents.

Here’s a sample: Former Allentown superintendent Gerald Zahorchak collected a $195,000 salary, and Carpenter in his article in the Morning Call quoted complaints that “Zahorchak ruled like an autocrat and warned subordinates that any public criticism of his policies would result in disciplinary action.” He resigned after less than a year and is now the director of strategic initiatives of the Allentown School District. Hmmm.

Paul Carpenter also calls attention to huge separation packages that superintendents walked off with in other cities.

Meanwhile back at the ranch here in Millcreek, Michael Golde is on paid personal leave. Follow The Erie Times-News’ Sean McCracken as he unravels the audit, the consolidation and the taxpayer frustrations.  And McCracken has news on the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit’s “hoarding” of $11.8 million from 17 school districts.

I guess we all have something to learn from these facts.

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 — all graduates of McDowell High School. She is a step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: January 5th, 2013
Zipcar

FILE – In this April 14, 2011 file photo provided by Zipcar.com, Zipcar Chairman and CEO Scott Griffith stands with a Zipcar Mini-Cooper before the opening bell at the NASDAQ Market Site in New York. Avis is buying Zipcar for $491.2 million, expanding its offerings from traditional car rentals to car sharing services. The boards of both companies unanimously approved the buyout. (AP Photo/Zipcar.com, Craig Ruttle, File)

In an Associated Press story, AVIS  (they try harder, remember that from old advertising jingles?) bought Zipcar — a car sharing business that went public in 2011 and hit profitability last year.  The 12-year-old Zipcar company made out big in the $491.2 million deal. Here’s the full story If you have a relative who lives in a big city, you know how valuable Zipcars are. It’s high tech rentals by the hour or day — cheap. It starts with an annual membership, and rates are around $7.50 an hour – including gas, insurance and 180 miles a day.

And they are nice cars — Audis, Minicoopers and more are in Pittsburgh. No waiting in line at an airport or elsewhere to get one. The cars are usually parked in the city, and the user holds a Zipcard membership card above the card reader on the door. The locks open and voila — you’re on the road.

AVIS has high-tech rentals — now that’s trying harder.  Zoom Zoom.

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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Posted: January 3rd, 2013

A recent article that circulated on the Internet detailed how kids in Ethiopia, who had never seen electronic devices, managed to pick up a tablet and learn. This is no surprise to anyone who has kids. Here’s the full article from Spiegel online international.

Give a kid a phone, and they will find a way to get to fun stuff, or make your current apps work for them — no matter how old they are. The article tells the fascinating tale of the town of of Wenchi, which has no electricity or running water. The nearest school is more than 7 miles away. Kids aged 8 to 10 were given portable tablets touchscreens that fire up with cool letters of the alphabet wearing baseball caps and singing.

Matt Keller, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, set out to prove that children can learn independently and without instruction, and it’s working in Wenchi and another town. The project called “One Laptop per Child” is seeing success. It raises possibilities for education all over the world.

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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Posted: December 29th, 2012

ABC News, the New York Times, Huffington Post, the Cincinnati Enquirer and a host of international media outlets are following a story out of Ohio about a parent/child relationship that has gone over the parental cliff.  See the footage here. It’s about Aubrey Ireland, a 21-year-old dean’s list college senior who has a restraining order against her parents.

There are two sides to every story, but this is just ugly from all sides. The successful theater major at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati is an only child. She alleges that her parents installed monitoring software on her computer and her phone, and they have embedded themselves in her life on campus — not in a good way.

Her parents claim she’s promiscuous, involved with drugs and has mental issues. The school and the courts have sided with Aubrey. The school  banned her parents from campus and gave her a scholarship to finish her degree, and the judge gave her a restraining order.

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: December 15th, 2012

A lump has been in my throat for 22 hours now. My kids are all in their 20s, but we’ve lived through many horrors including Virginia Tech and Columbine. Here’s some good advice from the Idaho Evening Journal. As moms and dads, we must listen and pay attention to what our kids need to discuss, and not all kids are the same. The Seattle Times also offered some terrific advice.

More links provided by PBS from Gary Meier, Superintendent, Ferndale Public Schools in Ferndale, Michigan:

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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Posted: December 9th, 2012

Tweens and teens pitched their business plans in 90-second videos to earn $250 in start-up help, and the winner was announced at Girls World Expo on Sunday, Dec. 2. Congratulations, Nya Meyer!

A panel of faculty members and alumni of Penn State Behrend’s Sam and Irene Black School of Business selected Nya Meyer’s idea for Crazy Color Craft as the winner of the Girls Mean Business 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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