Friday Blogging

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Maryann, Zel, and David getting No Limits Eastern Shore T-Shirts ready for sale at the Chincoteague Farmers Market!

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Handmade cat toys, made by members of No Limits and volunteers from YouthWorks, that contain locally grown catnip (from our own garden) were sold at the Farmers Market too!

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Brandon visited C L and Maryann at the Chincoteague Farmers Market and got to see the No Limits table all set up.  It was a good day!

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Another angle of the No Limits table.  Nice silly face C L!

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Brandon bought a native Rose Mallow Hibiscus for the No Limits pollinator garden.  Thank you Brandon!

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We have officially added Jason and Samantha to the Health and Safety Team!  Great work inspecting the vans and keeping us safe.

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Steve having a good time getting to know new friends.

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Zel and Brandon putting together a new weed trimmer.  Steve says that “trimming weeds is an important and great skill to learn!”

Eastern Shore Master Naturalists Butterfly Count

Last week, long-time member, Brandon, and No Limits’ Case Coordinator, Kyle Fulk, volunteered their Eastern Shore Master Naturalist skills by assisting with a local butterfly count at Savage Neck Dunes Natural Area Preserve.  The results of these counts will provide important data to scientists and policy-makers at the Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory which assists with management and policy making decisions regarding the wildlife/environment of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  Outstanding work!

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Friday Blogging

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Our Walking Trail Assessment Team went out to assess the Cape Charles walking trail this week.

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Although the trail had a few accessibility concerns, it was overall a great walk and we enjoyed assessing it!  Our Walking Trails page will be updated to reflect this new assessment over the next week.

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Brandon was happy to see dunes and native plant life reestablished along the Cape Charles trail.  He says that having the dunes (and plants) back will help prevent flooding in town.  Awesome!

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A nice shot of the park in Cape Charles that can be found along the walking trail.  Brandon says he was “admiring the plant life”.

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Jason is all smiles and happy to be at No Limits!

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David hand feeding the No Limits’ hens some grass.  Don’t get pecked David!

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Brandon protecting native plants in the No Limits Pollinator Garden from being mowed by surrounding them with bricks.

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David and Jason having a nice morning chat before activities began.

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The No Limits Hot Dog Cart has a leaky water line.  It’s okay though, we are working on getting it fixed as soon as we can!  In this picture you see all hands on deck loading the cart up to take to the shop.  Good work!

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Prank of the week!  Brandon and Adrian say that this is Kyle’s new chauffeur.  Hahaha!

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Our Friday morning crew discussing current events happening on Virginia’s Eastern Shore!  Great to see you Steve and Samantha!

Annual Satisfaction Survey 2019

It is time for the Annual Satisfaction survey!  We encourage anyone and everyone to complete this brief online survey  – survivors of brain injury, members of No Limits Eastern Shore (NLES), family, friends, fellow service providers, community members, anybody who interacts with NLES.

Online NLES Satisfaction Survey 2019

Thank you!

If you would prefer to complete this survey on paper please click the following link to obtain a printable format of the survey – Printable NLES Satisfaction Survey 2019

You may also call (757) 789-3990 or e-mail nolimitseasternshore@gmail.com to request a paper form.

Completed paper surveys may be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to No Limits Eastern Shore.

Thank you!

Friday Blogging

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All hands on deck to keep the yard looking beautiful!  Great work.

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Brandon doing a great job to keep the yard looking tidy as well.

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Brandon was mixing already nutrient rich compost from our smaller composter into the new, yet-to-be-compost materials that are in our larger compost tumbler.

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Mixing the batter for Amy’s birthday cake.  We really like this picture of Zel and Maryann!

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Happy birthday Amy, and many, many more!

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During Amy’s birthday party, we also wished Amy and her long time companion, Sherry, “good luck” and shared a bittersweet “goodbye” with them.  They are ready to start some new adventures and we hope to see you all again real soon!

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Zel says “We will miss you Sherry!  Come back and see us soon.  Brandon wanted to add that “Sherry is looking very cool” in this picture. 🙂

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Although we found that we prefer classic jigsaw puzzles, these new vertical puzzles were pretty intriguing to try out!

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Brandon doing what he does best, helping to keep everything clean!  Good work Brandon!

 

This week we received our 4th, fantastic, and beautiful outdoor building from Backyard Escapes in Pocomoke Maryland.  As always, the building (a new storage shed) arrived in perfect condition, and the crew from Backyard Escapes ensured that the new building’s installation was an easy and efficient process.  They even helped us to move our “crab shack” (or gazebo building) to a new location in the yard in the same morning as installing the new shed!  THANK YOU Backyard Escapes for your great work and customer service.  Check out pictures of the gazebo being moved and our new shed being installed below! DSCF7735DSCF7737DSCF7739DSCF7741DSCF7743DSCF7744DSCF7745DSCF7746

YouthWorks Week 7 2019

We enjoyed our 7th, but unfortunately last, week with YouthWorks volunteers for the summer… but boy did we end on a great note!  This week’s YouthWorks volunteers assisted with a very important and much need project – breaking down the old plastic shed and helping to install and organize a brand new shed from the awesome folks at Backyard Escapes!  Check out photos of our time with YouthWorks volunteers from week 7 below!

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The old shed needed to be emptied and broken down into pieces and YouthWorks Week 7 knocked all of that work out in one morning – nice!

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Everything from the old shed needed to be moved to the brand new (and VERY NICE) new shed pictured here beyond the No Limits’ yard sign!

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Our “crab shack” or covered gazebo needed to be reorganized as well for better use in its new spot.  Week 7 volunteers also helped us with this!

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Organizing the new shed!  It is so nice!

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Taking a break from hard work in the shade!

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Taking down the old shed.

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The old shed needed washing too before it could be stored.

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Week 7 y’all rock!  Thanks again for your help and making memories with us!

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Friday Blogging

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Making good use of our portable washing machine.  We are really getting the hang of the assembly of it.  Thanks for your help Zel!

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The No Limits Hens enjoying some shade in their mobile chicken run.

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Brandon making sure the hens have enough food and water while they are on they “vacation” from the big coop.

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Brandon has done a great job keeping the building clean.  Good work!

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A pretty morning glory stayed blooming after the sun came out.  Amy says she’s a “big fan of pretty flowers”!

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Brandon’s thumb is as green as his hat!

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One of the many DELICIOUS cantaloupes that was harvested from the No Limits Community Garden.  They are soooooo tasty!

The No Limits Pollinator Garden is really taking off this year!  Check out some pictures of some of our newest flowering plants below!

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A blooming gladiola in front of our prickly pear cactus, and snow on the mountain plant!

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Snow on the mountain next to miscellaneous Virginia wildflowers!

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We love pollinators!

YouthWorks Week 6 2019

It was our 6th week working with awesome volunteers from YouthWorks.  These volunteers came all the way from Minnesota and Pennsylvania to help us out here at No Limits.  Thank you all so much for your help and hard work!  It was truly a pleasure working with y’all!

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Week 6 volunteers helped us make loads of dog treats for pups at local shelters in our community.

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They also helped us with a number of yard work projects!

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They helped to install a downspout diverter for our rain barrel!

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They helped us to finish mulching the berry patch!

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Week 6 also helped out kitties in our community by helping to make cat toys with fresh catnip grown/dehydrated here at No Limits!

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Organizing plant pots!

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Power washing!

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Helping to fold brand new No Limits T-Shirts!

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More organizing!

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Digging a hole for the purple martin house!

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Storing frozen chicken treats!

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Finished diverter, yay!

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Week 6 even helped out with Kiwanis Comfort Dolls too!

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Week 6 – y’all ROCK!  Thanks for helping us to complete so many projects and all of your hard work!

The 29th Anniversary of the ADA

July 26, 2019 is the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  According to the ADA National Network, this law, which was passed in 1990, is a civil rights law “that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.  The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.”

Here at No Limits we are thankful and proud to celebrate the 29th Anniversary of the ADA, which has made the world a more accessible and inclusive place for all people with disabilities.  #ThanksToTheADA

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Rachel discussing the history of the ADA with members from No Limits.

Friday Blogging

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We enjoyed the free showing of the “Misty the Pony” Movie at the Island Theatre this week.  Afterward we enjoyed lunch and got to see some ponies in real life!  It was nice!

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Italian ice for the chickens!  (It’s not really Italian ice, we make the No Limits’ hens frozen corn treats for the hot summer days!)

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Happy birthday Corina, and many, many more!

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David says “Look at the fruits of our harvest!”  Zel says “That looks exquisite and scrumptious!”  Amy says “The cantaloupe was THE BOMB!”  All of this produce was grown in the No Limits Community Garden. 🙂

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Jason relaxing before the Elton Trower Memorial Cookout begins!

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The safety crew keeping us safe working on van inspections.  Thanks for the help y’all!

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Work on Amy with your bad self, sew those cat toys!  And by bad we mean AWESOME!

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We always enjoy our United Way Exercise group with Betsy!  Exercise on everybody!

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David grilling up some burgers for the Elton Trower Memorial Cook Out.  Our dear friend, Grandmaster Elton Trower, unfortunately passed away in July of 2015 and it has become a tradition to celebrate his life each July with a classic cook out.

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We were so pleased that Elton’s family was able to make it to the memorial cook out as well!  Thank you so much for joining us!

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Long-time member of No Limits, Matt, hand made these posters in 2016 when we held our first Elton Trower Memorial Cook Out.  Elton and Matt were great friends, and to honor Elton’s life, as well as their friendship, Matt made these posters in his memory.