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We’ve had a lot of rain lately, so for our newest Reader Challenge it's only fitting that we asked for photos of rain boots. Thank you to those who participated in the challenge. Now it’s readers’ turn to vote. This week there are two options from which to choose. We ask for your email address to avoid multiple submissions ... not that our readers would ever do that.…

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Name: Stephanie Robb, 61 Who she is: Jewelry designer and owner of Turnstyle Designs, a boutique specializing in women’s apparel (including American-made brands), accessories and aromatherapy products at 298 Ashland Ave. (at Lexington Avenue). Co-owner of the nearby  Wild Things, a shop featuring handmade artisan jewelry, ceramics, prints and more, 224 Lexington Ave. Th…

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Rain boots come in many colors and patterns and give a big boost to any rainy day wardrobe. Lately, we've been spotting a lot of cute ones. For our next Reader Challenge, we want to see photos of them. The boots can be your own, or they can belong to a family member, including children or grandchildren, or close friend. You can photograph them inside or outside, on f…

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Name: Tim Waziak, 45. Who he is: The guy behind Timothy Aaron Creative who designed a room called “Surface Details” at the 2019 Decorators’ Show House. He graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with an associate’s degree in fashion, buying and merchandising. His background includes working as a design assistant in New York in children’s wear and in a multitu…

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Name: Janet McNally, 38. Who she is: Associate professor of English at Canisius College; poet-in-residence at Buffalo Seminary; author of two young adult novels – "The Looking Glass" and "Girls in the Moon" (HarperCollins) – and a prizewinning book of poetry, "Some Girls" (White Pine Press);  volunteer home tutor at Journey's End Refugee Services. The Western New York n…

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Name: Jessie Fisher, 44. Who she is: Executive director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara (PBN), in the Market Arcade, 617 Main St. The former director of planning at Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper (now Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper) is a board member of the National Preservation Partners Network and Buffalo Niagara River Land Trust. She has a master’s degree in urban design a…

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Name: Mimi Harris Steadman, 53. Who she is: Vice president for academic affairs at D'Youville College since September 2017. Previously, she was associate vice president for institutional effectiveness at Daemen College. A native of Logan, W. Va., she earned a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of California, Berkeley, a master's degree from…

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In early spring, it’s always uplifting to see buds on trees or shrubs and flowers poking up in the garden. Once we see them, many of us can’t resist taking a few photos. Now we want to see some of those photos you have taken recently as you wait for your garden to be in full bloom. Email your photo to homeandstyle@buffnews.com. A phone number is helpful. We plan to h…

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Name: Kristen Smigielski, 25. Who she is: Vocalist who sings a diverse range of music and started her jazz band, Kristen Smigielski Combo, last June. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in music degree (voice performance) from SUNY Buffalo State, a master’s in music from University at Buffalo and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in education at SUNY Buffalo St…

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The handbag above received 50 percent of the votes in our latest Reader Challenge. This was the chance for purse-lovers to submit photos of their spring handbags – and have readers vote for their favorite. The purse belongs to Clarence resident Kathy Curatolo. "Whenever I carry this bag, people literally stop me no matter where I am and say, 'I love that bag,' " said…

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Name: Debra Horn Stachura Who she is: Co-owner with her husband, Bob, of Buffalo Advertising Management (BAM) on Delaware Avenue. A runner since college, she has completed seven marathons in Buffalo, Erie, Pa., Chicago and New York and continues to run 5K and 10K races. She graduated from SUNY Fredonia and earned a master's degree in education from SUNY Buffalo State. S…

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For our latest Reader Challenge, we asked for photos of spring handbags – any color, style or material. Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge. Now it’s readers’ turn to vote. This week there are three options from which to choose. We ask for your email address to avoid multiple submissions ... not that our readers would ever do that. :) The deadl…

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Name: Kristy Schmitt, 33. Who she is: Director of education at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. She oversees the Children’s Garden at Plantasia in Paradise, the garden and landscape show continuing through Sunday at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Artisan Hall in Hamburg. She is a board member of PLANT WNY, which presents the show. The Arcade native ea…

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The arrival of spring seems the perfect time to present our latest Reader Challenge: stylish handbags that sing spring. Have a handbag you love? Don't be shy. Please email a photo to homeandstyle@buffnews.com. It can be a shoulder bag, clutch, bucket bag, evening bag, something vintage – any bag you either have owned for years or recently purchased because you couldn…