Are you Celebrating Erie this weekend?

Looking for something fun to do in Erie with what remains of the summer? Give this a shot!

"I love the mornings out here when you wake up and nobody’s on the park and you know you have the park to yourself and the wildlife’s coming out. … There’s a lot of myths of what goes on out here. … Everybody is protective of the pond."
— Mike Hirsch of Erie, PA who owns one of the 24 houseboats on Horseshoe Pond in Presque Isle (from Go Erie)

We’re proud to announce the launch of the official Best Of Erie: A collection of the best and brightest Erie has to offer – a list populated and voted on by you.

From Aug. 6 to Sept. 2, visit ErieReader.com and click the Best of Erie link to tell us who and what you think is worthy of being on the Best Of Erie Ballot for everyone to vote on. There, you’ll find four main categories ranging from Goods & Services to Culture & Nightlife to Food & Drink to People & Places.

To nominate a business, establishment, person, or place, click the category and enter some simple information. So if you have a favorite Erie tattoo parlor or local place to buy books or music, nominate that place under the Goods & Services tab. Think you know the best place to catch a flick or know the best place to enjoy happy hour? Head to Culture & Nightlife. Enjoy drinking a local craft beer that you think is better than the rest or find that there’s only one place to get Erie’s best stuffed pretzel? Nominate them under the Food & Drink category. Want tell everyone who you think they should follow on Twitter in Erie or who should be crowned as our region’s sustainability champ or where the best place in Erie to catch a sunset is? Head to the People & Places tab and nominate them.

These are just a few examples of the many things you’ll find for which we’re looking for your insight. To make things convenient, you can return to the nomination form at anytime before the nomination period ends without having to start over by simply entering the same email address you started with.

Once nominations close on Sept. 2, we’ll open the voting polls and leave them open until Oct. 10 so that you can then vote for who you think is the Best Of Erie of all the nominees. We’ll then feature the top three vote-getters in alphabetical order in our Best Of Erie Issue Oct. 15. As the voting process nears, we’ll provide you with more details – just like we’ll tell you about the party we’ll be hosting in October to celebrate the Best of Erie, as well as the Best Of Erie winners issue, which we’ll publish Oct. 29.

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Let’s start with a shout out to the many people taking part in The Gathering at Chaffee’s, Discover Presque Isle, and all the great weekend activities … Friday night the Erie Seawolves won in front of a crowd nearly 5,000 strong. …

8 Great Tuesdays, Thursday Block Parties, The Erie Zoo. Not into those? How about the ten-plus miles of free beach on Presque Isle or the community beaches along the county lakeshore, like Freeport Beach, where Elliot Spaeder landed after his 24 mile swim from Long Point, Ontario on Tuesday.

These are just a couple of the things that make me a H-A-P-P-Y happy member of the Erie community. If none of these things does it for you, try waking up each morning, greeting the day with a breath of fire, taking three steps and snapping your way through the happy dance. You’ll feel like a jackass, but you won’t be unhappy. Then once an hour reflect on the first moments of your day and smile.

You live in a community with more amenities than many more affluent communities many times larger than Erie.

Embrace it.

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— From Erie Reader’s article about Erie being labeled one of the unhappiest cities in the U.S.

A pretty stupid study is getting some local press, calling Erie the third unhappiest city in America.

This is the same study that has four Louisiana city’s as the happiest.

Right…

  • Beer on the Bay: Saturday, July 26 // Liberty Park // 454.7191 ext. 123, eriepa.com/beer-on-the-bay
  • Discover Presque Isle: July 25 to 27 // Various locations at PI // See the full schedule of events at www.discoverpi.com.
  • Dan Rice DaysJuly 31 – August 2 // 34 Main Street West, Girard
  • 22nd Annual Blues and Jazz Fest - August 2 - 3 // Frontier Park, Erie

I’ve been very disappointed in the Erie Times News’s coverage of PA teacher pension reform and it’s heavy bias in favor of it, much in support of Tom Corbett’s teacher-crushing agenda.

What a joke.

Support PA Education, folks, not the GOP agenda to weaken public education and tax breaks for corporations.