Rita Tarvin Rocket win streak reaches five G-Men ascend to 4-0 in SBAAC National Division with win at Williamsburg Jays soar to 3-1 with win at North Adams Young Lady Jays improving as season progresses Mary J Yockey Callie J Maynard Windle Blanton Daisy D Nevels RULH HS students visit Jungle Jims Aberdeen Council has busy end of the year River Village Christmas celebration begins SR 41 now open Gast’s three-point shower drowns the Tigers Lady Rockets capture wins over Ripley, Batavia Keplinger signs with Shawnee State Warriors down the Devils, fall to the Greyhounds Broncos edge out Williamsburg, 53-50 Carol S Newman John E Short RULH Elementary names ‘Go Green’ Students RE/MAX Local Experts opens in Williamsburg RULH wraps up ‘No Shave November’ fundraiser Eleven indicted by Brown County Grand Jury Donald C Vance John C Morris Rebecca E Simpson Hot start sets pace for Broncos’ 85-40 win over CNE G-Men get off to 1-1 start Lady Rockets start off season with tough string of road games Basketball Special: 2017-18 Katherine J Wolfe Virginia J Germann Rev Commadora Manning Mona K Kirker Ohio Rural Heritage Association donates to Food Pantry RULH FCCLA attends meeting in D.C. RULH MS students try ‘Tabletop Twitter’ Ripley Village Christmas update Bonita Planck Carol J Wagner Christopher O Richey Sr Five new members to enter WBHS Athletic Hall of Fame Blue Jays ready to soar under Woodward Fischer named to OPSWA All-Ohio First Team of football all-stars High school girls’ hoop action kicks off in Brown County Formation of new joint Fire & EMS District discussed RULH students learn about ‘Global Food’ Personal financial management class at RULH High School Dale G Ferriel John E Slack Nicholas A Arthur Bonnie J Roush Charles E Faul Phyllis A Mills Carl L Watson Marc W Bolce Robert R Moore Robert K King June R Williams William T Ishmael Sr Deborah J Napier High school hoop action begins Fayetteville SAY Girls Wing Soccer Team finishes season among state’s Final Four Devils visit Georgetown for OHSAA Foundation Games Grandfather charged in boy’s death ‘Real Money’ at RULH Middle School Ripley High School celebrates Veterans Day Reward increases for information leading to conviction in Stykes’ murder Ripley Village Christmas update Kenneth M McKinley Vilvens signs with Mount St. Joseph SBAAC awards girls tennis all-stars Layman inducted into Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame SBAAC hands out awards to First Team girls’ soccer all-stars John D Marks Aberdeen Police Department receives ‘Shop With a Cop’ donation Benefit to take place Nov. 17 for Grace Copple St. Michael students take part in Community Soup Supper Voters return Worley to the bench Ruby A Ratliff Donna J Moore Stella M Glasscock Ellen L Gelter Alverda T Guillermin Justin N Beach EHS dedicates ‘Kiser Court’ SBAAC awards First Team football all-stars, winning teams Sizer earns SBAAC American Division Volleyball Player of Year honors for 3rd straight year Broncos to host Blue Jays for OHSAA ‘Jimmy Young’ Foundation Game, Nov. 17 Vern W Kidd Jr Brown County Election Results – 2017 Michael D Hines Raymond W Napier Leslie E Boyle Gary L Barber RULH NHS welcomes new inductees K-9 Units and handlers visit RULH High School EMS members honored for service Road work on Ripley streets to begin

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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