Weekend beekeeping school keeps hobbyists buzzing

HUNTINGTON (AP) — Some West Virginians who want to start their own hives and make some honey got a taste of the craft at a weekend beekeeping school.

The Cabell-Wayne Beekeepers Association held the introductory class at Heritage Farm Museum and Village. The class covered basic equipment, protective clothing, observing bees in action and putting together a woodenware hive.

Organizer Gabe Blatt told The Herald-Dispatch that Saturday’s attendance of more than three-dozen was encouraging, because the honeybee population needs to be replenished. Bees help pollinate all plants, including fruit trees and vegetables that provide food.

Among longtime beekeepers is former Cabell Circuit Judge Dan O’Hanlon. The 25-year beekeeping veteran says participation has risen over the years in the beginning classes.

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