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Fifth annual Harmony Hustle sustains “A Brush with Kindness” projects


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Children participate in the 1K Kid’s Challenge, a part of the Harmony Hustle event. Photo submitted

“We’ve raised more than $18,000 in support of Habitat,” said Harmony Hustle co-organizer Ralph Beastrom who helps organize the Harmony Hustle, a 10K run, 5K run/walk, and a 1K Kid’s Challenge all part of Harmony’s Fourth of July celebration weekend.

The “A Brush with Kindness” program helps low income homeowners by offering exterior home improvements including painting, landscaping, and minor exterior repairs. Minimal expense for the projects are deferred to the homeowner and work is done by volunteers.

Harmony has completed two “A Brush with Kindness” projects and a third is in the works. The first two projects included building an entrance ramp and exterior painting. The current project included building a ramp last year and completing landscaping and exterior painting this year. To Beastrom’s knowledge, another application for Harmony has been submitted.

So how does the Harmony Hustle tie in? Five years ago, Beastrom and his daughter Sharyl Bergen of Peterson organized the first Harmony Hustle as a fun event for Harmony. “We felt we needed a cause to help attract participants and since the Habitat for Humanity steering committee was considering building a Habitat home in Harmony, we decided that proceeds would go to Habitat, said Beastrom. “Since then, Megan [Grebe], Sharyl, and I have been organizing the event.”

Five years ago when the event first started, the Hustle saw its largest count of participants, almost 200. Since then numbers have declined, but Beastrom figures it is due to how the 4th of July falls during the week. “Last year was our lowest number with 110 participants, but we felt that was influenced by where the 4th fell during the week. With the 4th on a Friday this year, we expect more families to be around for the weekend.”

The Harmony Hustle coordinators and volunteers are looking for a group of anywhere from 125-150 participants.

“I think the fun run/walk events are certainly enjoyed by a lot of people,” said Beastrom, “In our case, the community gets together for some fun while supporting our neighbors who need a little help. The “A Brush with Kindness” project has been very rewarding for me by helping me get to know my neighbors better and providing a needed service.”

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Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

This past week, June 16-22, the Fillmore Central Band and Choir traveled to Orlando, Fla., to perform at the Walt Disney World Resort. The marching band performed at the Magic Kindgom during the afternoon of Wednesday, June 18, for an enormous crow ..... 
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The Affordable Care Act is Needed for All

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

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Deephaven author hoping to inspire young people by sharing the stories of ordinary people who have done extraordinary things

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

By Rachel M. Anderson What is the one thing most successful people have in common? Doctors, lawyers, teachers, entrepreneurs and others who are doing well for themselves are all in the business of helping others. Kevin Wilt, who made a name for h ..... 
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Harmony receives ACT on Alzheimer’s Grant to advance dementia-friendly work

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

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“Officer Joe”, Harmony native, named South Dakota School Resource Officer of the Year

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

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Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

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Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

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Harmony plans for new well

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

Harmony’s City Engineer Brett Grabau attended the city council meeting on June 10 with an update on a couple of projects. The council approved moving forward with design plans for the new well. Grabau reminded the council the city has received ..... 
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