Four charged in overdose death Underage felonies strain county system Fayetteville looks forward to 2018 celebration Russellville council discusses underground tanks in village Marilyn A Wren Larry E Carter Virginia L McQuitty Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Hundreds of Narcan doses used in 2016 Heavy weekend rain causes flooding and damaged roads Child Focus hosts Chamber of Commerce meeting Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors

Master Gardner – Considering a new hob”bee”

With the coming of a new year we make resolutions. To lose weight; complete an unfinished project or possible pursue a new interest or hobby. How about beekeeping? These smallest of creatures that are so important to our ecosystem have been disappearing at an alarming rate. Since 1950 there has been a 50% decline in managed hives and a 70-90% loss of feral bee colonies.

There is no one cause for this decline, but rather a combination of several factors ranging from the lack of habitat to the wide use of pesticides and the lack of genetic diversity in today’s bees. The decline of the bee could impact our quality of life. One in every three bites of food and drink we consume is a result of pollination of the honey bee. Now more than ever they need the help of hobbyists and gardeners to survive in today’s environment.

In the coming weeks several opportunities will be available to learn about beekeeping and what you can do to help.

On Saturday January 9, 2016, from 2:00 to 3:15, the Bethel Branch Library of the Clermont County Library System, will offer a program in conjunction with the Brown County Beekeepers Association on ‘‘An Introduction to Beekeeping”. The basics of beekeeping will be covered as well as several different way that bees can kept. These different ways to maintain bees can be of interest to people with limited budgets and physical abilities. Pre-registration is required.

April 2, 2016, is the date of the Ohio State Extension Services Bee School at the Oasis Conference Center in Loveland, Ohio. This is one of the top bee programs in this region. The all day school has a variety of breakout programs geared to all different interest levels and experience. Registration begins January 15, 2016 and it is critical to register quickly. The allocated 350 openings are usually filled within the first 7 to 10 days of open registration. Registration information can be found at warren.osu.edu/program-areas/agriculture-and-natural-resources

The 7th Annual Northeastern Kentucky Beekeeping School will be held on February 27,2016, at the Maysville Community and Technical College in Maysville, Ketucky. This is another all day program running from 8:30 to 3:30 PM covering a wide range of topic of interest to both novice and experienced beekeepers. Registration is open now at www.lickingriverbeekeepers.com.

February 9, 2016 will be the first meeting of the year for the Brown County Beekeepers Association in the Community Room at Western Brown High School in Mt. Orab, Ohio. The meetings begin at 7:00 PM and anyone with an interest in beekeeping is welcome to attend and take part in our fellowship and educational programs that we have at every meeting.

If beekeeping is not on your list for this year, how about providing a variety of plants, shrubs and trees that would be beneficial to bees? There is a wealth of information on line about plants beneficial to pollinators. If the internet is not a resource for you, contact your county Ohio State University Extension Office and a Master Gardener Volunteer will be happy to assist you in providing information on gardening for pollinators.

By Gary Keuffer

Gary Keuffer is an OSUE Brown County Master Gardner volunteer.

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