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Erie /ˈɪəri/ is a city in northwestern Pennsylvania, United States. Named for the lake and the Native American tribe that resided along its southern shore, Erie is the state's fourth-largest city (after Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Allentown), with a population of 101,786 at the 2010 census. It was the third-largest city in the state until 1999. It is the second largest city in Western Pennsylvania (after Pittsburgh) and the largest city in northwestern Pennsylvania. Erie's metropolitan area, equivalent to all of Erie County, consists of approximately 280,000 residents. The city is the seat of government for Erie County and the principal city of the Erie, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Erie is between Buffalo, New York, Cleveland, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Once teeming with heavy industry, Erie's manufacturing sector remains prominent in the local economy, though service industries, health care, higher education, and tourism are emerging as greater economic drivers. Hundreds of thousands visit Erie for recreation at Presque Isle State Park, as well as attractions like the casino and horse racetrack named for the state park.

Erie is known as the "Flagship City" because of its status as the home port of Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship Niagara. The city has also been called the "Gem City" because of the sparkling lake. Erie won the All-America City Award in 1972.

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Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.

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A Bayliner Trolley operated by the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority at the Intermodal Center in downtown Erie.

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Temple Anshe Hesed

Temple Anshe Hesed is a Reform synagogue located at the corner of West 10th Street and Liberty Street in Erie, Pennsylvania. The congregation is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism.

Built in 1882, the first synagogue was "a brick structure trimmed in stone and an ornament to the city." The land was purchased and the synagogue was built for a total cost of $13,000. It was located on the north side of West Eighth Street, between Myrtle Street and Sassafras Street. The 10th Street location was dedicated on 27 June 1930.

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George J. "Mike" Kelly, Jr. (born May 10, 1948) is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. Kelly was born on May 10, 1948 in Pittsburgh. He was raised in Butler County. In High School, he played varsity football as a fullback, while his team reached two WPIAL Championship games. He graduated from Butler High School in 1966. He received a scholarship to play football at University of Notre Dame, but his career was quickly ended because of an injury. After college, he worked for his father's car Chevrolet/Cadillac car dealership. In 1995, he purchased his father's business, and then added Hyundai and KIA to his dealership lineup. Kelly ran against Kathy Dahlkemper in 2010 and won the election by 10.2 percent.

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UPMC Park, formerly known as Jerry Uht Park, is a baseball park located in Erie, Pennsylvania. It is the home of the Erie SeaWolves, the city's Minor League Baseball (MiLB) franchise. It hosted its first regular season game on June 20, 1995, with the SeaWolves defeating the Jamestown Jammers following José Guillén's decisive home-run. The park replaced Ainsworth Field, which was built in 1947, and features natural grass and dirt playing field. The concessions include regional specialties such as pepperoni balls, ox roast sandwiches, cheesesteaks, and Yuengling beer. It is part of the Louis J. Tullio Plaza, which also includes Erie Insurance Arena and the Warner Theatre, all governed by the Erie County Convention Center Authority. The stadium's capacity is 6,000 seats. After the 2016 season, the SeaWolves partnered with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in a naming rights agreement to rebrand the stadium UPMC Park.

In a 2008, the ESPN sports broadcast company ranked the ballpark number five out of ten Minor League ballpark seating arrangements. They especially noted its unique mezzanine level that overlooks the infield along the first-base side. In July 2015, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) also ranked the stadium number five among the most vegetarian-friendly Minor League ballparks.


The Erie BayHawks are a professional basketball team based in Erie, Pennsylvania. They are part of the NBA Development League (D-League), which is the National Basketball Association's official minor league. The team was established in 2008 as an expansion team, originally affiliated with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2014 they entered a 3-year affiliation agreement with the Orlando Magic.

The "BayHawks" name alludes to the Presque Isle Bay, on which Erie lies. The hawk represents the city's wildlife and naval history, especially because hawks were used by naval expeditions to send important messages. The team's colors of black, red, and gold pay homage to the Erie-based Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and to the United States Navy uniforms worn during the War of 1812.

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You are invited to participate in WikiProject Erie, a WikiProject dedicated to developing and improving articles about the City of Erie and the Erie metropolitan area. Please see the Erie WikiProject page for more information

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