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BANGOR – Move over Little Free Libraries – there’s a new streetside trend that’s setting the Queen City abuzz.

Inspired by the quaint delights elicited by the tiny lending libraries that have appeared in various Bangor neighborhoods in recent years, a handful of apiary enthusiasts are looking to spread their very specific hobby to the masses.

Published in Livin'
Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:18

The State of Maine insect? - Part One

Last weekend we were treated to a real taste of summer with The Bangor Garden Show. The exhibits were just breathtaking. I not only went once this year, I went twice. I spent at least four hours just browsing, learning about different plants and garden shapes. The Master Gardner Program booth through the Cooperative Extension Service provided so much useful information. I must have talked for an hour just there.

I had been contacted by Wendy Warren months ago asking if I would be willing to do a presentation about honey bees. I gladly accepted the invitation to talk about my lifelong hobby, beekeeping. This was not my first time presenting at the Bangor Garden Show, but it was my first time on opening day.

Thirty people in the audience were waiting to hear about the honey bee. I was so thrilled to see so many people in the crowd. The discussion began and the questions started. First question: How many bees in a hive? There might be 50,000 to 60,000 in a good, strong hive, or more. Or less. It is nature at its finest. Do the male bees do the work in the hive? No; male bees - or drones - move from hive to hive and mate with a virgin queen.

Published in Adventure

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