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 Russell K Wolfer SHAC recognizes volleyball all-stars SHAC cross country all-stars take home awards Eastern girls finish runner-up in SHAC golf standings Week 10 football roundup Kathleen J Bright Sister Marjean Clement Veterans Service Office Moves RULH MS students hold first Science Club meeting Bald Eagles spotted 2017 Celebration of Lights being planned Carlos L Beck Georgetown XC teams qualify for regional championship meet Warriors advance to Div. II Regional Meet Lady Rockets reach end to successful volleyball season Week nine football roundup Lady Warriors regional bound Amy J Caudill Bertha Lindsey Bobby S Conley Ripley Council considers insurance changes, will be making repairs on Rankin Hill Road PRC Walk for Life raises $4,600 Mary E Hahn Gary R Cornette Week 8 football roundup Notable soccer season reaches end for G-Men Lady Broncos are SBAAC American Division XC champs SHAC XC title goes to Lady Warriors Arthur Smith Eugene M Jennings Jr Billy R Kilgore Sr Carol D Roberts Thelma L Gray Ripley FFA off to a busy start this year Ripley River Village Christmas adds new events Man found dead in ditch Rev Alvin B Woodruff Jackson L Russell Lady Broncos bring home 11th SBAAC American Division title in 12 years Lady Rockets wrap up regular season Warriors rally for win Broncos make it two in a row Helen L Whalen Veterans saluted at the Brown County Fair Prints available of Eagle Creek Bridge, by local artist Tommy J Stamper Sue Day Broncos move closer to SBAAC American Division title Lady G-Men working hard, showing improvement Sports complex soon to open in Mt. Orab Week 6 football roundup H Ray Warnock Ripley McDonalds robbed overnight Familiar pizzeria in Ripley has new owners Linda Taylor Rene Sizemore-Dahlheimer Eugene Snider Eric Workman Gregory Terry Edith M Moore Eileen Womacks Michael C Jennings Janice K Brunner Cheer squads compete at ‘Little State Fair’ Truck, tractor pulls draw a crowd at Brown County Fair Week 5 football roundup Lady Broncos rise to 11-6 with win over Batavia Broncos buck Clinton-Massie, Goshen James H Boyd Warren A Stanley Jane R Ernst Darrell F Anderson James W Ball Jr June R Paul Robert Kattine Tony W Ratliff Carroll G Boothby Ripley Council addresses roof replacement and paving projects Beasley Farm to remain agricultural forever Janet R Whitt Jacqualine Attinger L Mae Spencer

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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