The Big Sky Community Food Bank, or BSCFB, has already kicked off the summer season with their Big Sky Farmers’ Market booth. They offer take and bake meals for community members which are provided by the Fork & Spoon restaurant in Bozeman.
“People can be divided into three groups: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened. Showing up is 80% of life.” –WOODY ALLEN, US film actor, director, & writer, 1935-present
Many hands make light (and happy) work. Members of the American Legion, Sons of the Legion and Friends of the Red Cliff Gun Range held a group clean up and target restoration of the Red Cliff Gun Range on May 20. Approximately thirty people showed up to lend a hand.
Big Sky dentist Peter Schmieding is currently stuck in Nepal from when he traveled to work for the nonprofit he co-founded – Tsering’s Fund. There are currently no hospital systems, there is no oxygen anymore and people are dying in the streets.
Longtime local Brian Wheeler once described how the softball fields came to be in Big Sky: Boyne donated the land, which at the time was a rocky field with weeds and large holes. Mary Wheeler drove a tractor donated by Steve Barrett around the field and neighborhood kids threw rocks into the loader bucket.
Harbor deWaard was an adorable little boy known for his sweet grin, his love of superheroes and wearing capes. The Big Sky community mourned when Harbor took ill. Throughout history there have always been viruses in the world, taking loved ones away long before Covid-19 inflicted its damage. Harbor was lost to one such quick-moving virus.
A restoration project is underway for the Upper Deer Creek access site thanks to the Gallatin River Task Force (GRTF), Trout Unlimited, and the Custer-Gallatin National Forest. Construction finished at the end of summer and beginning of fall last year.
The Big Sky School District #72 PTO Pie Auction virtually kicks off May 1. The annual event is a beloved community tradition and helps raise thousands of dollars annually for hands-on learning opportunities partnered with outdoor education for kindergarten through 12th grade students.
The Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund has seen an influx in funding thanks to a $50,000 challenge grant from the Mericos Family Foundation as well as a $25,000 challenge grant from AMB West Philanthropies. These contributions have paved the way for a $225,000 goal and second round of appropriations.
History is sprinkled with individuals who single-handedly generate change; those who observe the status quo and say: “No. That is not good enough.”
The domino effect created by such people can alter entire communities and even the world.