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Recap: Top 5 Stories of 2013

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     In just two days, we will say goodbye to 2013.  A lot happened in Erie this year, and the stations of Lilly Broadcasting brought you all of it

      Here is a look back at some of the top stories we covered, in 2013.

      Our first story came to your television sets, straight from Rome.  We followed the Diocese of Erie's pilgrimage to Italy.

      Emily Welsh brought us daily reports from the eternal city as Erie travelers saw Pope Francis, in person, for the first time.   

     Our next story broke in April of 2013.

      News of General Electric job layoffs threatened hundreds of workers at the Lawrence Park plant.

      GE announced that they plan to move the work to a new plant in Fort Worth, Texas.

      As this story developed over the year, we saw numerous rallies as workers feared for their futures and the future of manufacturing, in Erie.

      This October, that transfer of work became official.  The first wave of layoffs affected 240 workers.

      Our next top local story of 2013 made National headlines.

      The "#AJO" movement went viral in September after a young woman died from an epileptic seizure.

      Alyssa Josephine O'Neill was a McDowell graduate.  She was studying to be a nurse at Penn State Behrend.

   In a video posted online, Alyssa's father said they were planning to go to Starbucks for Alyssa's first Pumpkin Spice Latte, the day she died.

   As a way to honor her, Alyssa's parents went to Starbucks anyway - and started  the "pay it forward" movement.

   They bought dozens of lattes in advance for unknowing customers, with the hashtag "AJO" on every cup.

      You can find "#AJO" coffee cups from as far away as Texas, California, and Mexico.

     Our next story took place down at Dobbins Landing when the "Tall Ships" made their way to Erie, this September.

      People from Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Grove City and farther came to town for the "Tall Ships Festival".

      The Festival featured 10 ships, including Erie's own "Flagship Niagara."

      The famed ships only come to Erie about once every three years.  This year, the tall ships attracted nearly 60,000 people, bringing in nearly $6.5 million dollars to the Erie economy.

      Last but not least, the former Tullio Arena got a makeover in 2013.  The new Erie Insurance Arena opened for business in late September.

      Renovations began back in 2012 when the Erie Insurance Group donated $3 million dollars to renovate the Arena.  The $47 million dollar makeover transformed the 30-year-old venue.

      You can expect plenty of concerts, sporting events, ice shows and even the Circus in 2014.

      We look forward to all that 2014 brings in the Erie Community.

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