A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE: BOW-WOW BONES SEEKS MORE STORES TO SELL ITS DOG TREATS

Their ribboned packages are becoming more and more recognizable in the Seacoast. From Barker’s Farm in Stratham to the Nubble Lighthouse Gift Shop in York, Bow-Wow Bones dog treats is gaining a strong and loyal fanbase among the pet set. But behind the scenes, the makers of Bow-Wow Bones have their own strong commitment to the work. Overcoming a common stigma in a world that sees their disabilities first, they have a shared belief in their ability to deliver a quality product.
It’s been seven years since two Portsmouth High School teachers tinkered with recipes and started baking dog treats in the school kitchen with a small class of students in the school’s Transition Program. Now formally and legally known as Bow Wow Bones, Inc., the operation is still going strong today. And though the bakers and baggers, and even the kitchen locations, have changed over the years, the core group that came together at the start remains at the core of the effort today to enable Seacoast adults with disabilities to contribute to the community and take part in a business of their own.

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ONE SKY CHALLENGERS CUP RETURNS TO PORTSMOUTH

After two years in dry dock, the One Sky Challengers Cup is returning to the Seacoast this summer as the One Sky Challengers Cup Benefit Regatta and Poker Run, to give individuals with disabilities a chance to get out on the water again and participate in boating activities.

The benefit returns on July 13 with fun, competitive events for boats while the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. and the Gundalow Co. welcome One Sky’s clientele aboard their vessels to view the competition and enjoy some quality sailing and cruising time. For more than 35 years, One Sky Community Services has provided services for people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders in 24 Rockingham County towns and cities. And for more than two decades, the people One Sky serves had the opportunity every summer to enjoy a day of boating on the Seacoast.

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A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE: PORTSMOUTH COMPANY PROVIDES JOBS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES

Only when someone calls her by name does Kiki look up from her work bench. When she does, the “INeverGUp” logo emblazoned on the front of her hoodie is as clear as her smile. Even among the heaps and heaps of electric cables and switches, it’s hard to miss the lime-green hoodies of I Never Give Up (INGU) employees.

There are 16 employees at I Never Give Up, and most, like Kiki, have a disability of some kind. Jim Kane and Mark Friedman started INGU as a way to use the skills and talents of a population often overlooked for employment by providing real work with pay above minimum wage and some benefits.

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Volunteer Opportunity – Drivers needed!

ONE SKY COMMUNITY SERVICES IS IN NEED OF VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

If you have time on your hands and want to help a good cause  – you can help One Sky drive some of its clients to and from work, to doctor appointments and help out in emergency situations

 If you are interested, please contact Cassie Travers at 603-436-6111  x.153

 Do you have a friend, relative, neighbor or work colleague who might be interested – send them to us!

We have the vehicle – will work with you on days and hours! 

 

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A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE: THE FROSTING ON THE CAKE

Before she punches in to begin her shift at Hannaford, Sarah Portrie walks the entire store, front to back, visiting each department and greeting every co-worker by name. She reminds each one that they are “amazing” or “beautiful” and thanks them for something they offer, whether it’s their hard work and helpful ways, or a nice smile.

Portrie demonstrates every day why “disability” means “different ability.” What she offers to both customers and fellow employees at the Hampton market extends beyond its walls and touches the larger Seacoast community

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A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE: THE ART OF ACCESS

Barbara Albert’s art students were gathered in a common room at Betty’s Dream, the accessible apartment complex in Portsmouth. There were artists using wheelchairs. And artists who didn’t talk. But all the faces were full of expectation and they were focused on Albert, intent on what they were about to do – work on their art with hopes to learn and improve what they could do. As to the work of these artists with disabilities, Albert quickly realized what many people with disabilities confront on a daily basis.

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COUSINS WORKS PART-TIME AT ONE SKY

For more than a year now, Samantha Cousins has been one of the staff at One Sky Community Services working quietly behind the scenes to support the agency’s work with people with disabilities. That the 26-year-old has what is considered a disability doesn’t figure in the responsibilities she has as Medical Records Assistant.

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KEEPING UP WITH CLAYBURGH

It’s hard to keep up with Michael Clayburgh. To accomplish half of what he does on a weekly basis would be enough for many people. In fact, his efforts could have far-reaching effects in the world of Alzheimer’s research.

In the meantime, Clayburgh holds down three jobs, volunteers every week with the Portsmouth Police, plays guitar and basketball, and had been skiing every year for almost 20 years until he broke his back last year. But it’s hard to stop Clayburgh completely – fully healed, he’s switched to snowshoes this winter.

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CHRIS CHIAMPA IS LIVING THE LIFE

Christopher Chiampa flashes an uncertain smile but he’s politely game to answer questions. He goes by Chris but says he’s fine with Christopher. At times the 21-year-old peppers the conversation with a quick, “I don’t know what else I can talk about.” But he is gracious and presses on, becoming more comfortable when he can talk about his two jobs.

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