Friday Blogging

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Welcome back Mr. William!  It was good to see ya and fun working on our gross motor skills with you!

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Spring has sprung!  Time to get back to gardening outside.

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We experimented with using a hard-boiled egg de-sheller called an “Egg-Stractor” this week…

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…We might stick to the old fashioned way and peel our eggs.  This contraption was fun but a bit messy!

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Brandon had better luck using it after Adrian reread the instructions.  Good job Brandon and Adrian!

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A messy success!

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The No Limits hens getting shade from the sun on the first truly warm day we’ve had all year!

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We enjoyed a nostalgic activity today in the spirit of the upcoming Easter holiday – dying Easter eggs!  We used the “rice in a bag” dying method which was fun and also mess free! (Instructions for the rice in a bag dying method can found here:  https://www.sunnyskyz.com/blog/768/Try-This-Fun-And-Unique-Way-To-Dye-Easter-Eggs-Using-Rice-They-Look-Amazing )

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Pink fingers = you forgot to put on gloves Kyle!

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Amy’s loving the pretty blue color of her egg.  It matches her outfit!

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We all had a really nice time shaking and dying our eggs.

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Woop woop – look at these great results.  We love the speckled look the rice creates!  Thank you to our Executive Director, Rachel Evans, for teaching us about this cool method of dying.  🙂

The 2018 Kate Awards

This week we awarded the 2018 Kathleen Walsh Richardson Citizenship Awards, a.k.a. The Kate Awards, to a fantastic group of high school students here on the Eastern Shore.  These young folks were awarded for their volunteerism, citizenship, and community involvement in the memory of Kate Richardson, a founding member of No Limits who was an extremely active volunteer herself.  Featured below are pictures from the 2018 Kate Awards Ceremony.

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Denise admiring her hard work on the 2018 Kate Award Board!

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Great job Denise.  The presentation table looks wonderful!

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Brandon awarding Honorable Mention Recipient of the 2018 Kate Awards, Emily Killmon, with her prize and trophy.

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Emily is a very active volunteer in the community.  She has volunteered for a number of community service projects through her school’s BETA club, assists in the summer months at the Rock Church’s Vacation Bible School, and volunteers actively at the hospital as she works towards her goal of becoming a nurse.  Great job Emily!

Courtney Floyd and Anna Wallace have also been announced as Honorable Mention Recipients of the 2018 Kate Award but were unfortunately unable to make this week’s awards ceremony.  We looking forward to meeting these young ladies and awarding them their prizes in the very near future!

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Zel awarding the First Place Winner of the 2018 Kate Awards – Karyssa Lang.

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Karyssa is an extremely dedicated community volunteer.  As the Vice President of Hoof Beats by the Beach 4H Club, Karyssa has worked on several community service projects including cultivating and donating vegetables to the hungry as well as collecting pet food and supplies for the local SPCA annually.  Karyssa also volunteers with the Chincoteague Fire Department and assists with their Community Carnival as well as the Pony Swim and Auction on Chincoteague each year.  Over the holiday season, Karyssa worked with her mother and local Hospice Coordinators to collect and wrap Christmas gifts to be given to local families in need.  Karyssa truly exemplifies what it means to be a great citizen.  We are honored to congratulate her as the 2018 Kate Award First Place Winner!

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A wonderful shot of Emily with her family!

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Another great photo of Karyssa with her family!

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Congratulations again Karyssa and Emily.  We hope that you both continue excel as outstanding citizens!

Please enjoy a recording of the 2018 Kate Awards Ceremony featured below!

 

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Chef David and Maryann chopping cabbage for the No Limits 2018 Anniversary Lunch!  Traditionally we have corned beef and cabbage due to our anniversary date being so near to St. Patrick’s Day.

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Delicious job David and Maryann.  Zel says “Next year we need to make more……just for me!”  It was good huh?  Haha!

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Rachel leading the group in an Irish dance to a Celtic song by the Wolfe Tones while celebrating No Limits’ Anniversary!  Kyle promises his silly face was not because everyone’s arms were raised.  🙂

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Rachel gave a very interesting and informative lesson on “Self Advocacy” this week.

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Brandon sharing his thoughts about the importance of using your voice to speak up for yourself if you feel that you are not being understood during the lesson.

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Zel spending some quality time with the No Limits hens.  It’s amazing to see how trusting the hens are of Zel.  They seem to know that he helps to take care of them and don’t mind if he picks them up (even when they are actively trying to escape)!  

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Zel posing with Lucy.  P.S. We sell eggs from our No Limits’ hens for $2/dozen.  Please call No Limits at (757) 789-3990 or feel free to stop on by if you are interested in buying eggs.

Hot Dogs for Hot Dogs – In Action!

On Thursday, March 15th we held a fundraising event at No Limits to help Dogs Deserve Better Eastern Shore get closer to the goal of funding central air conditioning for the Eastern Shore Regional Animal Control Facility (ESRACF).  With help from our wonderful community, we were able to raise a total of $1366 through the event!  WOW!  We would like to say “Thank You” to everyone who came out or donated online in support of this wonderful cause.  We truly could not have done this without you!

The “Go Fund Me” Page dedicated to this cause will remain open until the goal has been met and can be found at this link:  https://www.gofundme.com/esracfac

Please enjoy pictures from the day of the Hot Dogs for Hot Dogs event featured below:

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Here you can see the amazing assortment of baked good that were made and donated by the wonderful members of the Market Street United Methodist Church’s Women’s Circles.  Thank you ALL again so much for your time and hard work! We also had cookies & cakes made by No Limits & by Adrian’s wife Kathy – you all are fantastic!! 

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House plants and air plant terrariums sold at the event that were grown and made by members of No Limits Eastern Shore.

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Our hens’ old home was sold to become a new home for some very lucky guinea pigs!  We hope they will enjoy their new “guinea pig palace” and think its pretty cool that this coop will be re-purposed to help a different species!

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CL setting up the No Limits Hot Dog Cart before the event!

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Relaxing after setting up for the day and before the crowds arrived.

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Dogs Deserve Better Eastern Shore (DDBESVA) is a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a better life for abused, neglected and abandoned canines; especially those which are chained or penned without human companionship.  It is Dogs Deserve Better who is leading the effort to bring it to the communities’ attention that the animals at the ESRACF are in need of A/C.  Without their dedication to dogs, and hard work to research and plan what was needed to purchase and install the A/C unit, we would not have been able to help.

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We were so pleased that the wonderful employees from the Eastern Shore Regional Animal Control Facility were able to stop by for the event.  You all do amazing work and we want to say “thank you” for everything that you do to help the animals of the Eastern Shore.

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Kyle, David, and Brandon making dog biscuits that were sold at our Hot Dogs for Hot Dogs fundraising event this past Thursday.

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Brandon says “Hey Kyle…don’t eat these biscuits, they’re for the dogs!  There will be human treats for sale too.”  Hahaha!

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Maryann and Amy dressin’ up the house plants to sell at the Hot Dogs for Hot Dogs Event.  Too cute!  (The plants and the ladies)

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All hands on deck to label handmade cat treats, dog biscuits, and catnip samples!

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Looks like everybody was having fun labeling.  Smile on friends!

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Corina hard at work making signs for our fundraising event.  Good job Corina!

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CL noticed the chickens trying to reach a patch of fresh greenery that was just outside their fenced in yard….

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So he picked it all and gave it to them!  Look at our happy hens 🙂

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CL getting the hot dog cart ready the morning of our Hot Dogs for Hot Dogs event, which was a huge success!  Please stay tuned to our blog and our Facebook page for our “Hot Dogs for Hot Dogs” post which will feature pictures of this fundraising event in action.  P.S. CL and Maryann – Y’ALL ARE THE BOMB!  The No Limits hot dogs were a huge hit thanks to you both!

We would like to say a huge “Thank You” again to all of the wonderful folks from Market Street United Methodist Church who donated baked goods and household items to be sold for this event.  Your help is so greatly appreciated.  We really cannot thank you all enough!

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We were welcomed back from the windstorm last Friday to find one of our outdoor sheds blown into pieces! Yikes! A big thank you to our Health & Safety Coordinator, Adrian, who came out to help us clean up on his day off.

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One of the beautiful finished products of our building projects last week.  It looks great! This is a sewing cart, complete with a new and easy to use sewing machine.  This cabinet will allow us to store and better organize materials for ongoing sewing projects such as our cat toy production and Comfort Doll making!

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Finished project #2, woo woo, nice work team!  This is a closet to store materials donated to us by our late Board Member and dear friend, Jean Kranich!  Thank you again to the Eastern Shore Offices of Coldwell Banker Harbour Realty who donated money to No Limits over the holidays which allowed us to purchase these items.

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Working on some Comfort Dolls.  Work on Amy, work on!

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We hope these dolls find good homes with children in need throughout our community.  Thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Accomack for allowing us the opportunity to continue this collaborative project.

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Brandon helping to propagate one of our Crown of Thorns plants.  Don’t let the thorns get you Brandon!  You might just find a young Crown of Thorns house plant for sale at our fundraising event next Thursday!  🙂

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Brandon happy to help out with some afternoon cleaning.  Vacuum on Brandon!

Save the date!  As mentioned above, next Thursday, March 15th, No Limits will be holding a fundraiser at our office in Tasley, 24546 Coastal Blvd, from 11am – 2pm to raise money for the Eastern Shore Regional Animal Control Facility.  The money raised will be used to help the facility get closer to a goal of funding an air conditioning unit.

We will be selling house plants, baked goods, dog and cat treats, white elephant items and No Limits’ Hot Dogs.  Check out some sneak peaks of items that will be sold next week below:

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Boxes of new and unused scrap booking materials!

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Air plant terrariums hand-made by members of No Limits!

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Hand-made/preservative free dog and cat treat samples and hand-made catnip cat treats!

We will also be selling No Limits’ hot dogs and several other miscellaneous household items!  Stop on by next Thursday 3/15 from 11 am – 2 pm to show your support for our furry friends in need of AC!

If you can’t make it in person, you can still contribute by going to the Hot Dogs for Hot Dogs Go Fund Me page at www.gofundme.com/esracfac or by going through Dogs Deserve Better directly at www.dogsdeservebetteresva.org.