Big Sky

Soulful survivor: a year after cancer treatment, Karen Folaron soaks up the sun in her new sailing life.

Sail away

Former Big Sky local Karen Folaron, who previously went by the last name Sebastian, is “chasing this crazy dream to sail around the world.” She now spends her time on Tavernier Key on the Florida Keys, sailing every chance she gets, and living with her 17-year-old cat named Preshy in a converted van affectionately named Frannie Vannie.

BEST OF THE BLOTTER

January 15, 2019

At 7:20 a.m. a deputy assisted Montana Highway Patrol with an accident in which a vehicle struck a deer on Gallatin Road. Upon impact the hood latch released, slamming the hood into the windshield. The driver was uninjured.

Always smiling, Brad “Mister” Tidwell slings drinks and high fives for some visitors from Florida at the Corral.

Not So Average Joe

Anyone who has been in Big Sky for any amount of time has probably heard the voice of Brad “Mister” Tidwell. Part of that reason is because he shouts when he doesn’t wear his hearing aids – which is often.

“Our beautiful daughter Lhakpa Doma is a second-year dental student here in Kathmandu and of course Fura Diki (on right) is the birth mother of our three daughters in Montana,” Dr. Peter Schmieding wrote in a Facebook post.

Facilitating philanthropy

Big Sky local Kathy Bouchard burst into Dr. Pete Schmieding’s office with an $800 check and the declaration that she wanted to sponsor a premature baby in Nepal. Schmieding had just made a Facebook post about the abandoned five-day-old baby who weighed well under five pounds.

Home on the campus

David Magistrelli of Habitat for Humanity of Gallatin Valley attended the Big Sky School District Board of Directors meeting on January 14, distributing map printouts to board members conveying the preliminary location of two tri-plex homes, which would ultimately create six units of teacher housing on school property.

A few years ago, Betsy Rondeau saw perfectly good items no longer needed by Big Sky Resort, destined for the landfill. Rather than letting the items end up in the dump, she decided to do get them to people could put them to good use.

Behind the scenes support

I had heard tale of a mysterious group of do-gooders in Big Sky, initially thinking they were linked to another volunteer organization within the community. I was wrong. There’s no name for the group. No scheduled meetings. No 501c3 status. No minutes.

Piper Carrico

Miners of the Week

This week we would like to recognize four fifth grade students who, on their own, organized a drive to support families who were affected by the California fires. Dylan Manka, Maddy Wilcynski, Piper Carrico, and Poppy Towle showed empathy and compassion for those families who lost their homes in the devasting fires last fall.

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