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The Big Sky Community Softball Fields have been a product of the community from the beginning. PHOTO COURTESY OF BSCO

Prepping the field

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.

Big Sky kids show their love of Harbor deWaard during the 2020 Harbor’s Hero Run, an event that has taken place for the last seven years. PHOTO COURTESY HARBOR’S HERO RUN

Honoring Harbor

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.

PTO Pie Auction goes virtual

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.

A grateful community

Thankfulness has long been proven to help create a sense of wellbeing. A burgeoning area of research, impacts of positive psychology continue to be studied, but according to an article from Harvard Medical School “expressing thanks may be one of the simplest ways to feel better.”

PHOTO COURTESY BEN JACOBSEN @benjacobsen

Hope beyond the flames

Local dentist Peter Schmieding was sitting in the airport preparing to fly to his ailing father’s bedside when flames began spreading toward his home. The devastating lightningsparked Bridger Foothills Fire had started. Life suddenly became chaos, and his wife and daughters were mobilized – tasked with gathering belongings and pets.

Hams as cure for hunger

Thanks to a partnership with Albertsons/Safeway and Hormel Foods the Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) Gallatin Valley Food Bank received a donation of 500 hams on March 10. The hams will be distributed to customers as part of the organization’s emergency food box service, according to a press release.

Tax time

Taxes are often regarded as one of the less desirable certainties of life. Some folks are eying paperwork with trepidation – and with tax day only around a month away.

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