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Diana Craig Sparks

Diana Sparks

Diana Craig Sparks is an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers with a specialty in Antiques & Residential Contents.

Involved in fashion history for over 12 years, she is the owner of Belle à Coeur Treasure Trove Vintage.

Belle à Coeur Treasure Trove Vintage is home to such niceties as delicate antique dresses,

to early 1900s styles, to mid-century fashions,

as well as hats, purses and other accessories as well fabulous vintage jewelry.

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Lauren Fix: The Car Coach

Lauren Fix

About Lauren Fix: The Car Coach®

• Seen and heard coast to coast on major TV, print,web and radio.            
• Winning professional race car driver and alpha mom.
• Educational background in engineering and marketing.
• Award winning Automotive and Lifestyle Expert
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Paula D'Amico


Paula D’Amico is on a mission to bring hope and healing into people's lives.

She is a Wife, Mother, TV-Producer, Lightworker, Life Gardener,

and owner/creator of Blessings by Nature®.


Besides a rich background in Communications, Paula has a deep history in horticulture that dates back to her childhood when she worked side by side, deep in the dirt with her father, a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Horticulture.

In the past several years, Paula has studied under several local and international experts uncovering the power of plants and how the simple placement of plants and the use of Feng Shui in conjunction with her deep religious roots can transform one’s life.

Blessings by Nature® creations help heal hearts, lift spirits, re-ignite energy, and celebrate life simply by using the power of plants, herbs, and words.

Creations include a variety of sachets, glass vessels, and custom order baskets filled with a unique combination of gifts, organic herbs, and words helping to restore balance, bring clarity, and deliver positive energy into your life.

Blessings by Nature® also offers “Plant Power” workshops.

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Angie R. Lucarini

Angie is a wife, and mother of 5 children. She has written countless articles over the years that have been published in the Niagara Gazette. While I have a BS in Elementary Education, and an MS in Educational Foundations, I have always had a passion for writing.
After teaching for many years, I took time off to raise my children, yet I continued to write. In addition to writing articles, I also authored two books, and was keynote motivational speaker at several women's conferences. Later on, I went on to produce, edit, & co-host my own local television show for two years.

JAG In Her Basement


JAG In Her Basement


JAG is "Just A Girl in her basement" giving you advice on all sorts of issues related to women! JAG is interested in what interests you, so don't be afraid to let JAG know what's on your mind, because she doesn't have a problem letting you know what's on hers.

Paulette Krakowski, Artist

Paulette Krakowski


Paulette Krakowski is an Artist and the Art Gallery owner of  Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca.  The facility offers monthly art exhibits and openings for local artists, a gift shop and art classes. The gallery is working with many local artists, the two local high school art academies as well as raising funds for scholarships and local charities. The gallery has extended holiday hours for the one-of a kind gifts. logo

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The Ties That Bind

As a child, I recall fondly watching my mother as she combed her hair and put on her make up, wanting to be just like her.  I'd also sit with my Dad each day when he got home from work, tracing the lines of his face, asking about his day, loving every minute spent with him. I remember those days as if they were yesterday, even as I look into the eyes of my own daughter.     Now, it is my daughter looking back at me, only she is doing everything, anything, all the wrong things to seek my attention. Is it this generation? A new day and age? Are things really that different?

It used to be said,"there is no stronger bond than that between mother and daughter".  Growing up, among the many things which my Father and Mother instilled strongly in my 4 siblings and I was that, "FAMILY CAME FIRST".  We had to protect each other, at all costs.  God forbid, we should come home saying, we left a family member's side when they needed us. Or, sat by doing nothing, when someone was picking on a sibling, or speaking ill will of them.

Perhaps it's only me, but today's generation, simply doesn't seem to hold these same values as ones of importance. Brothers and sisters being at odds with each other, is commonplace. Family members go years without speaking to one another over one argument. A teenager sees his parent, while with friends, and doesn't even bother to say hello, or acknowledge them in any way! What is our world coming to?

I think they might stand to learn a thing or two, by simply spending a little time listening, conversing, and learning from their parents and grandparents; who may have a heads up in the experience Dept. of Life. It could end up sparing them a whole lot more loss in their futures. Therefore, paving the way for more peace, success, and happiness, which is something we all can use more of.Written byAngie R. Lucarini


l"Volunteers/Interns/Festival Director's Wanted"

"Volunteers / Interns / Festival Director's Wanted"



The Buffalo Niagara Film Festival is now seeking volunteers, interns and festival director's (someone who is self motivated, creative and well-organized) for April 2015 events which run from April 10-18th in the Buffalo / Niagara Falls Area.


Volunteer/Internship Responsibilities:


Students and volunteers will act as a liaison between the Film Festival and festival sponsors and organizers.

Coordinate and run events with local theaters.

Correspond with filmmakers, production companies and media outlets.

Shoot, edit, design and produce promotional materials, videos and web content.

Assist with the day to day running of the Film Festival.


Festival Director's Responsibilities

To oversee volunteers, interns and everyday festival activities. To ensure that the festival is successful and well attended. To assist us and put an interesting and appealing festival program together. Which may involve collaborating with a committee or other people connected with the festival. Scouting and recruiting good talent, themes and underlying ideas for the festival. The director needs to be able to bring creative and new ideas to the job. Originality and a go-getters attitude is a must! If you think you got what it takes - give us a call or email Bill at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - 716-693-0912


What’s My Mindset? Open to Change? Or Resistant?

We are creatures of habit. We get set in our ways. We really don’t welcome change.  Yet, a constant of this world is change. We like things to stay the same so we stay in control….nothing in flux, no ambiguities to deal with!  Yet that isn’t the way life is….we come into the world growing, developing, aging, and learning through it all…change is inevitable. The world turns (whether we want it to or not). So why do we resist change when change is at the heart of our life’s journey?

And, why is it, when we choose to make a change (for our own betterment) that we find all kinds of reasons to resist or to not


Think back to your New Year’s resolutions….the weight you were going to lose, the new habit you were going to adopt, the better person you were going to become, the positive attitude you were going to adopt…Are you there yet?  Or did some form of resistance throw you off track?

Psychologists have long noted that it takes some persistence to change habits and adopt new ways of doing things or to embrace new ideas.  Yet we all can change….if we want to!  That “if we really want to” is at the core of things.  It is a mindset….needing to change the brain’s wiring…from default (resistant/critical) mode….to an eager/curious/Yes mode.  If we don’t lock in the new ready-to-go/accepting mindset first, then resistance, fear and doubt tend to throw us off our mark.

We have the gift of choice in personal development and transformation…we get to choose and determine what we will change, when, how, and why.  We can hold ourselves accountable to moving forward in good ways, to make the changes we choose to make, to become that which we are choosing to be.  We fully declare our choice….the what, why, when and how.  We move forward with consistency—fully awaThis key remains:  The mindset needs to move forward first…and then the Shift can happen!

So let’s look at those New Year’s resolutions again. This time, however under the light of awareness…making sure one’s mindset is clearly in “go” gear (first)!

Claire Knowles is a 2-time Amazon best-selling author, in-demand Speaker and Business Leadership Consultant, helping Leaders (especially women leaders) and their Teams become the most effective they can be at accomplishing their goals (together).



You piled the snow up in large hills as you weathered the storm, and now the ice castles are coming down

I ask myself the question; “What is getting in my way,” every once in a while, especially when I think that things are becoming difficult, or I feel a struggle coming along. I usually have something in my life that I have to work on every day to keep myself in check. You know the drill; mustering up some positive thoughts so that you can smile, or at least put on a happy grin for others you may see. Smiling is a good way to start the day. There is much theory on the many benefits of smiling and how it automatically helps you to feel better.

If you live in a cold climate, winter is difficult if not impossible at times to stay on the positive side of life with the lack of light and the sun hidden from view. But remember that the sun is still there, hidden behind a cloud but there for you. Find some ways today to make your own sunshine if it is dull outdoors; putting some color into your life. Wearing bright yellows, purples and orange hues can help you to create a sunshiny and healing way for your day.


Physical Blocks
Today was different, it was not an emotional discord that was keeping me from my daily routine, and it was a physical one. I looked at the end of my driveway and the large icy boulders had fallen into my path making it impossible for me to leave. I literally had to remove each icy boulder in order to move on today.

Castles that fall

I looked around to see if there was a snow plow that had just gone by that had knocked down my castle at the end of the driveway. No plow was in sight, but there was some sunshine. Could it be that the sun had caused a mild thaw of my castle; causing the large ice boulders to move, dropping their icy ways into my path?

I was the only one that this icy explosion had happened to; I looked carefully down the street to see if anyone else was shoveling the icy boulders, and their driveways were clear. Yes, it was just me; a sign for just me to see. Maybe it is time for me to slow down. I thought carefully about this and decided that I was delayed because I was supposed to be. You know, “Life unfolds every day as it should.”

Nature has a way of telling us things, and I believe that something in life today needed to be slowed down to allow me to be where I was supposed to be, and a little delayed. I looked at the situation; knowing that I had time to shovel the boulders but also realized that they were big and I had to chop the icy blocks before I could lift them. It was a difficult task that I usually had my husband to help me with. But I am strong and knew I could do this job.

It took me almost an hour of constant shoveling, chopping with heavy breath to move the obstructions from my driveway, but I did it. Sometimes you have to physically move things from your life in order to make things better. And this experience allowed me to look at things from a different perspective; thinking about the other things that may be getting in my way down my path.

What do you have in your life that needs tending today?


2015 Poster/T-Shirt Contest

2015 Poster/T-Shirt Contest

A volunteer not-for-profit organization

$2,000 First Prize - $500 Second Prize - $250 Third Prize

Four Items Must Appear In Your Design
1. 58th Annual Allentown Art Festival (predominant, preferably near top)
2. Saturday, June 13th (large) - 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (smaller)
Sunday, June 14th, 2015 (large) - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (smaller)
3. Produced and Presented by the Allentown Village Society, Inc. (Cultural not-for-profit organization) - (smallest)
4. Buffalo, NY
Poster Size: Vertical 14” x 22”
Color/Printing: 1 - 6 Spot Colors or Process Color.
Other Instructions: Designs must be entirely original. You may submit up
to (2) designs. Your name, address and two (2) telephone numbers must be
predominantly mounted in a sealed envelope on the back of your entries.

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Claire Knowles

Claire Knowles

Claire Knowles is a retired human resources and labor relations manager,

certified in coaching and mediation. She is a partner in Richard N. Knowles & Associates, Inc.

Her coaching/consulting focus can be viewed at Lights On! is created especially for women:

Presentations, Consulting, Coaching, Retreats, and Facilitations.

Doris Richardson-Edsell


Doris Richardson-Edsell is a retired registered nurse who worked as a counselor and group therapist at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center for over 25 years. She has an MS in Professional Leadership from St. Bonaventure University.

Since her retirement, Doris now works on her passions; teaching  yoga at Southtowns Fitness in Hamburg, NY, and volunteering time and paid work for her former employer teaching yoga and meditation.
"I love to write and post a daily health tip on my website called Body-Mind Health-" Recently, with the help of Amazon, Doris turned her blog posts into books. Her focus is on providing others with healthy mind, body and soulful tips.

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