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August 24, 2013

BEES!

Once buzzing Thurber to host beekeeping program

By CLINT FOSTER

Who doesn't love honey? It goes great on virtually any carb and, depending on who you ask, plenty of other foods, too. But have you ever considered the next time you feel "rumbly in your tumbly for something sweet," to quote the wise Winnie the Pooh, you could be getting your very own fresh honey from your own backyard?

As part of its monthly special Sunday programs, the W.K. Gordon Center, a Tarleton-State-University-owned industrial history museum and research facility in the once-booming company town of Thurber, Texas, will host the Dino-Bee Beekeepers club for a free public program about beekeeping in the Lone Star State.

The program, called "Bee Hives and Honey: Beekeeping in Texas," will take place Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. and feature beekeepers Earl Hillock and Lavonda Becker of the Glen-Rose-based Dino-Bee club.

Museum Assistant Lauren Giffin said the Gordon Center often hosts such events on Sundays, dealing with either the industrial history of Texas or just something related to Texas in general. In the past, they have hosted presentations on lawn care during droughts, book signings, visits from the Dublin Bottling Works and other educational programs and group tours.

"[Hillock and Becker] are going to be sharing the history of bees and beekeeping in this area," Giffin said. "They're also going to provide some information on how to start your colony, some of the best equipment, the cost of getting started and anything else that people would be interested in."

Dino-Bee Secretary David Lyons said bees are very important to society, suggesting that as much as one out of three foods people eat have to be pollinated by bees.

"To me, they're just fascinating little creatures," he said. "It's kind of an odd little addiction to mess with bees; I would have never guessed it. It's just real rewarding knowing that the bees, which to some people are poison, are in one of your boxes producing honey for you. We need bees around, so anything we can do to help them, we're helping ourselves"

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