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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Twitter’
Posted: July 16th, 2014

new flavorYou’ve got to hand it Tootsie Roll and Tootsie Pop.

The iconic candy we baby boomers grew up with has taken Twitter by storm. Mr. Owl — you remember him — announced you can test the new flavor free by downloading a play and win game – you can do it here.

I follow Mr. Owl on Twitter. I am a real sucker for owls and candy — get it?

Th owl debuted in the “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?”  commercial. Watch all the commercials here.

Where did Tootsie rolls and Tootsie Pops come from?  In New York City in 1896, Austrian immigrant Leo Hirshfield came up with the idea of the taffy-like Tootsie Roll as an alternative to chocolate that melted. He named it for his daughter whose nickname was Tootsie. She was 5 at the time.

The Tootsie Pop popped onto the scene in 1931 with its original chocolate flavor followed by cherry, orange, grape, raspberry and blueberry — introduced in 2012.

The company now also has strawberry, watermelon, blue raspberry, candy cane, caramel, banana and green apple. The Tropical Stormz variety swirls flavors together with orange/pineapple, lemon/lime, strawberry/banana, apple/blueberry, citrus/punch and berry/berry punch.

Today’s Tootsie Roll Industries now includes Tootsie Roll, Tootsie Pop, Charms Blow Pop, Mason Dots, Andes, Sugar Daddy, Charleston Chew, Dubble Bubble, Razzles, Caramel Apple Pop, Junior Mints, Cella’s Chocolate-Covered Cherries, and Nik-L-Nip.

All Tootsie Roll candies are completely peanut, tree nut and nut product free and  gluten free.

Today, the  Chicago-based company makes  64 million Tootsie Rolls per day.

The website is pretty entertaining, and many folks have undertaken studies to determine  how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Visit the How Many Licks? page. Pretty fun stuff — and it all started with some taffy named for a little girl.

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, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother

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Posted: June 24th, 2014

iphoneYou know you’ve wanted to dare your kids (or other loved ones) to take a break from the digital world — go an hour, a day, a week — without checking those infernal text messages, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine feeds. Well, one dad went one better, according to an NPR report.

Software company exec Paul Baier pretty much bet his daughter — a high-school freshman at the time — that she couldn’t stay off Facebook. She vowed to take the dare. If he paid her $200.  She did it.  For six months. He paid up, and he’s not the only one.  Read the NPR story here. And if you dare to do it yourself, All Things Considered wants to hear your story on Twitter or Facebook, or fill out this form.

Digital detox can be a good thing. Not sure I could do 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, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.


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Posted: May 29th, 2014

Julia collinsJulia Collins — her Twitter handle is @JeopardyJulia — is the winningest woman in #Jeopardy history. And she will tie the record for second most wins if she wins tonight.

She has a long way to go to catch Ken Jennings – he has 74 consecutive wins.

The Illinois native and MIT grad has earned $391,600 so far. She is also looking for a job. According to Associated Press reports, she wrote in her eighth-grade yearbook that she would one day be a Jeopardy champion. Perhaps she can have a career as a fortune teller — and she certainly has the fortune!

Go Julia! Follow the fun on Twitter and Facebook. She posts live tweets during the shows — which were taped months ago. Humorous insight and 20/20 vision on her answers.

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: May 1st, 2014

Julia collins

Move over Arthur Chu and Ken Jennings. Women have arrived in the champion’s circle at the iconic game show #Jeopardy.

Julia Collins — her Twitter handle is @JeopardyJulia — won her eighth straight game on “Jeopardy” last night. The Illinois native has earned more than $170,000 so far. She is in good company, according to The Wire. A few weeks ago,  Sandie Baker had a six-game streak. And Stephanie Jass, an Adrian College Ph.D., won seven games in a row in 2012.

Another female who set a record on “Jeopardy” is Larissa Kelly, according to Wikipedia. She won more than $222,000 during six games in 2008. She won the most money as a female contestant and placed fifth among all winners for most money won.
Kelly broke Ken Jennings‘ record for most money won in a contestant’s first five days when she hit $179,797. She also boasts a single game day winning of $45,200 which Maria Wenglinsky topped at $46,600 on November 1, 2005.

Go Julia! Follow the fun on Twitter and Facebook.

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: March 6th, 2014

womens_day_2013-1055007-hpThis is the Google doodle from 2013 that celebrated International Women’s Day. We celebrate this year on Saturday, March 8. It has been a national holiday since 1918 in some countries. Here’s a link to the official site.

Moira Forbes wrote a great piece in Forbes magazine about how women are making progress in business. For example, women now lead some huge, high-profile companies including HPYahooLockheed Martin, General DynamicsBAE and General Motors. Read her article on 10 reasons to be excited about women’s progress here.

Forbes also pointed out that Janet Yellen is the first woman Federal Reserve Chairman and a lot of women are hitting the Forbes billionaire’s list which includes Christy Walton, of Wal-Mart; Lillian Bettencourt, of L’Oreal; and Alice Walton, of Wal-Mart — all in the top 20.

Want to learn more about International Women’s Day? Follow #womensday and @womensday on Twitter or follow on Facebook at  facebook/internationalwomensday.  And discussions abound on LinkedIn/internationalwomensday.

Happy International Women’s Day!

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: October 9th, 2013

Movie PopcornWell I am certainly late to this party, but what a party it is: wine flavored popcorn.

A New York City popcorn company — Populence (the web site is under maintenance, so if it doesn’t work, don’t pop your cork) – teamed with Kim Crawford, a winery out of  New Zealand to develop two popcorn flavors: Pinot Noir Chocolate Drizzle and Sauvignon Blanc Kettle.

And what should you pair with the popcorn? Wine! Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011 and Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012.

While fruit of the vine flavors popcorn, the vegan, gluten-free popcorn has no alcohol content.

And who came up with this idea? A woman, of course! Maggie Paulus, originally from Florida, founded Populence in NYC in 2011. It’s all over Facebook and Twitter @PopulenceJimmy Kimmel weighed in @LateNightJimmy, and I learned about it from my October issue of InStyle magazine.

Paulus was educated at the Fashion Institute of Technology, but turned to dressing up popcorn with seasonal favorites that include caramel, raspberry, chocolate, cheddar and other flavors. The store is a hit, and so are the wine flavors. You can get a gallon of popcorn for $35 on the website and for $28 at the NYC retail store.

And just in case you prefer other packaged foods, Foodbeast suggests steak-flavored Ruffles or Pepperidge Farm’s goldfish-flavored Mac and cheese. Or you can read about 200 other articles about foods that taste like other foods. Reminds me of the old “tastes like chicken” (Wikipedia dedicated a page to the phrase) — what some folks say about frogs’ legs. Hmm.

ABC News food blogger Lauren Effron noted that this isn’t the first snack to have some adult beverage flavor. Pub-Corn, out of Kansas City,  manufactures non-alcoholic beer and cocktail-flavored popcorn. Cary Silverman, of the University of Missouri, invented Pub-Corn in 2008. Current flavors include pina colada, beer and Irish creme.  It is $3.49 per bag.

I think I need some popcorn!

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 GramPam to 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: January 23rd, 2013

Sloane StephensSloane Stephens, 19, earned a half million bucks last night, topped 35,000 Twitter followers and will likely break the top 10 in the Women’s Tennis Association. Her parents are Sybil Smith, a hall of fame swimmer at Boston University, and the late John Stephens, a former New England Patriots running back, who died in 2009.

Last night, Sloane Stephens made history at the Australian Open. She became the youngest American player to ever beat Serena Williams 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in a quarterfinal match that ended at midnight, and I watched every minute.

She’s famous now, and this kid has some personality. The Wall Street Journal reported on her Twitter followers that include NBA star Shaquille O’Neal who told her, “When you defeat a legend, you become a legend. Keep it going.” The kid is in The Wall Street Journal.

She started a hide-and-seek game off the court — hiding a tennis ball with her name on it and tweeting clues on the grounds at the Australian Open.

ESPNW quoted her in a story:”This morning when I got up, I was like, ‘Look, dude, like, you can do this. Like, go out and play and do your best,’” Stevens said.

Williams, 31, has battled back from innumerable injuries during her stellar career. They include a blood clot, foot surgeries, countless sprains and back problems. Yet, every time she takes the court, she is impressive. Don’t ever count her out.

But Sloane Stephens is the new wave of tennis and a youngster to watch — especially since we’re all getting sick of hearing about lip syncing, Lance Armstrong and virtual girlfriends.

The games continue in Melbourne, and Sloane Stephens plays again later today — visit the official site for details.

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, grandmom to one and an avid tennis player for nearly 40 years. 

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Posted: January 16th, 2013

bethenny-frankel-forbesI’m late to the party on this one, but what a party it is. Bethenny Frankel, one of the housewives from The Real Housewives of New York City and founder of SkinnyGirl, hit the cover of Forbes Magazine in 2011. She’s a millionaire and has a million Twitter followers. And a great idea is what boosted her to the cover of Forbes. I learned more about her on CBS News on Sunday.

Frankel came up with low-calorie liquor for ladies years ago. She took her idea for SkinnyGirl Cocktails to major liquor companies, and they turned her down flat. In 2010, Frankel and a business partner launched her 100-calorie cocktails — some with only 5 carbs. The successful SkinnyGirl Cocktails brand hit it big with female buyers and Beam Inc. purchased it for more than $100 million in 2011.

Frankel is now a mom and making news divorcing her husband Jason Hoppy. In the meantime, her millions continue to grow. Frankel had fame all over her resume long before she hit Forbes. According to Wikipedia, her credits include:  The Apprentice: Martha StewartThe Real Housewives of New York City, books, exercise DVDs, nutrition bars, food items, and more TV with Bravo’s reality show Bethenny Getting MarriedBethenny Ever After and Skating with the Stars.

SkinnyGirl – a world-famous brand — now includes cleanses, a nutrition line and much more than cocktails.

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: September 19th, 2012


James Conner, right. Photo from goerie.com

Even if your son or daughter isn’t an athlete, you need to read this terrific story by John Dudley. It explores the importance of postings via text message, Facebook and Twitter. Kids need constant reminders that what they post can be seen, forwarded, copied and pasted all over the Internet. James Conner, a McDowell senior, and one of the most recruited local athletes, learned the power of social media. If you Google his name, more than 10 pages of listings come up with multiple Youtube, ESPN, and Yahoo listings. Most schools don’t dictate social media policies, but Oil City does. Here’s a quote from Dudley’s article

Social media policy

Oil City’s policy on social media, as stated in the district’s athletic policy manual:

- “I understand that it is my responsibility to not use any form of social media (text messages, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, etc.) to be critical of teammates, coaches, game officials, school administrators, opponents, opposing schools, or any other personnel involved in the athletic program. Furthermore, I understand that a violation of this policy could be cause for suspension from or removal from the team.”

James Conner photo by Josh Barber, Erie Times-News

Conner rushed for 246 yards on only eight carries Saturday in a 49-20 victory over Lancaster Catholic. He scored three touchdowns and is committed to the University of Pittsburgh for 2013.

To follow all the regional football games live on Friday nights, check out the live Erie Times-News Varsity blog — just click here. To see Conner and the McDowell Trojans in action, check them out Friday, Sept. 21 at home against St. Ignatius (Cleveland, OH); Friday, Sept. 28 against St. Edward (Lakewood, OH); and Friday, Oct. 5 @ Cathedral Prep (Erie, PA).

You can also listen live to the McDowell games — click here for the school’s Internet broadcasts of the games.

Pam Parker is the daughter of the late famed football coach Walt Strosser, the wife of football coach Kim Parker, and the mom and stepmom of five former football players. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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