Former Erieites seem on HGTV’s “Dwelling Once more with the Fords”

Erie natives Kevin Kerr and Jenna Monocello Kerr, who now lives and works in Pittsburgh, will appear on an hour-long episode of HGTV’s new home renovation series, “Home Again with the Fords.”

The Kerrs bought a three-story 19th-century Victorian house in Aspinwall, a small neighborhood near Pittsburgh, and had the HGTV sibling duo design and completely renovate the first floor Leanne Ford and Steve Ford. The new show started in early February, and the episode of Kerrs is slated to air March 2nd at 9 p.m.

The theme of the series and episode is to create a home built for family gathering, and it is expected that there will be plenty of clues regarding their two families in Erie and throughout western Pennsylvania.

Kevin and Jenna Kerr's three-story 19th-century Victorian home in Aspinwall, a small neighborhood near Pittsburgh, will feature on HGTVs

While the show did design and renovations throughout the first floor, the Kerrs recently completed a full renovation of the second and third floors of the five bedroom, three bathroom home that wasn’t filmed as part of the show.

Kevin Kerr is the son of Colleen Kerr and Rick Kerr and the stepson of Elena Salvia. Jenna Kerr is the daughter of Betsy Monocello and the late one Joe Monocello.

Women celebrate

This year the Mercy Center will have a new and virtual format for women who make history. It’s hard to believe that this is the 28th year outstanding women from the Erie region are honored during the Month of Women’s History. It’s a way to continue this incredible event.

The new format was introduced due to the desire of COVID-19 and Mercy Center to protect all attendees.

More:Mercy Center announces women are making history in 2020

Instead of holding a face-to-face event to recognize new winners this year, the Mercy Center will highlight a previous recipient each day in March. A “Where are you now?” An update is being provided for these deserving women who have affected the Erie community.

This will be done on the Mercy Center for Women social media platforms. Further information and links can be found on the website

This is a way to spread the positive energy and accomplishments of these commendable women by sharing posts on social media throughout the month, according to the organizers.

Jennie HagertyThe Executive Director of the Mercy Center for Women’s said, “A committee has met to determine who will be recognized based on their continued belief and support for the Mercy Mission. This wonderful event will look different in 2021. However, it continues to provide an opportunity to recognize and appreciate notable women across Erie County. “

Hagerty said the pandemic has impacted how the Mercy Center celebrates the accomplishments “of those who are beneficial to this community”.

On March 10, viewers will be briefed on the religious community that founded the mission. All deceased award winners will be noted on March 24th.

The center also has a video showing highlights from the Month of Women’s History in the Past. Rob Gibson, of Erie Video Productions, has compiled previous videos for March 31st.

The 2020 Mercy Center winners who make history are shown: first row from left, Angela Euell McNair, Christine Hetz Phillips, Phyllis Schleicher, Zimmermann von Niken Astari, Mercy Center Executive Director, Jennie Hagerty, Lee Penman, Christine Lomiguen and Shirley Hamil Schell;  and back row from left: Carmen Schattner, Lisa Heidelberg, Melanie Hetzel-Riggin, Melissa Gibson, Rachel Lusky and Gary Welker, who stand for the late Dixie Rose Welker.  For 2021, the center will highlight previous recipients in March, the month of women's history.

Among those who will be honored and remembered by the Mercy Center for Women in March are Nancy Dusckas, Corrine Halperin Egan, Erie Benedictine Mary Miller, Brenda Meredith McWilliams, Susan Criswell, Fredye key, Rita Goebel, Kathy Iorio, Peggy Maier, Edith Coccarelli, Debbie DeAngelo, Candace Battles, Tammy Roche, Gwendolyn White and We have others.

Likewise, Jeanne Bender, Constance Manus, Kathy Dahlkemper, Marianne Levstek, Ann Scott, Michele Wheaton, Daria Devlin, Ellen DiPlacido, Mandy Fauble, Bobbie Pollock, Jenny Weigold Geertson, Nancy Marchini and Niken Astari carpenter.

Women’s History Month, a celebration in March, was first named by the US Congress in 1987 in recognition of the many accomplishments of women throughout history. A variety of agencies, schools, and organizations are watching the month by focusing on the consistently overlooked and undervalued role of American women in history. Learn more at

Household sales

Once again in March, the Woman’s Club of Erie members are sponsoring a household donation sale at their clubhouse mansion, 259 W. Sixth St., listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is a way for the club to generate income for running the building, including utilities, taxes, insurance, and other expenses.

More:Woman’s Club in the Journal of Erie Studies

Members as well as the general public have contributed to the sale as well as new items. There will be a variety of books, music, and games, as well as many trinkets and household items.

Chestnut Place Hallmark Gift Shop, owned by the Woman’s Club of Erie member for more than 30 years Colleen Loesleinof Fairview is one of the main culprits. Others included members Carol Mingarelle, Michelle Zimmerman, Marty Braeger, Joann Kaufer, Marianne Heck, Carol Tomczak, Janet Williams and Kris Petulla.

Framed art was donated by Marge Indian songwho has been a member of the Woman’s Club since 1984, and her husband, Donald Indian song. Other contributors to gently used items include the club president Judy Husted and her sisters Doreen Kirkpatrick and Cathy Corvino.

The sale takes place on March 19 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on March 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at half price. All guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are followed. Masks are mandatory.

Call for more information and help with donations Patty Raydo at 814-823-9005.

POSTSCRIPT: We all leave footprints on our journey through life – make sure yours are well worth following. – Robert Lewis Teague (1929-2013), African American television presenter, reporter, news journalist, and author.

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