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Top post today: Honey-dipped nudes—photographer Blake Little's “Preservation” http://boingboing.net/2015/02/25/honey-dipped-nudes-photograph.html (nudity, duh)
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Folks, if you need any more proof that you can't trust producers or the free market to police themselves/itself, here you go... "four out of five supplements sold at the above retailers didn’t contain the herbs on their labels".

Now... is this illegal? We'll see.

Related: Know your farmer. Know your food.
The study, conducted by officials in the New York State Attorney General's office, covered products sold at GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens.
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Like the fake honey found in big chain stores. Support a local beekeeper and you'll get the good stuff. 
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SW Virginia, A Honey Bee Symposium, March 7th. Looks like a high quality event! And not too far away...

http://www.highlandsbeekeepers.com/honeybee-symposium.html
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Alright NC folks...the Franklin County Beekeepers have designed a North Carolina specialty license plate in an effort to bring more awareness to the… - Franklin County Beekeepers Association - Google+
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WEBINAR TONIGHT!
Also, don't forget the upcoming Beekeeping Webinar on January 15th! Many thanks to the Chatham County Beekeepers for hosting virtually. The topic for the...
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Miel, Honnig, Tsísʼná bitłʼizh .. It's all Honey! :)
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Wow. Let's see where this goes. Innovation in the beekeeping world is very very slow... nice to see something like this.
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I'm quite intrigued!
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Gave our "Products of the Hive" presentation for the Durham County Beekeepers beginner bee class tonight. I think it went well, at least I hope it did :-)

Thanks for having me out, y'all!
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Some February berry. About the size of a pea. Not sure what it is. Any guesses? It's all wrapped up in some grape vines.
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Will try to confirm when it leafs out.
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Beekeepers. Keep a lookout for black widows on your hives.

You don't want to surprise one. But boy are they a beautiful spider. Here's a little story about our experiences with them:

Widows are attracted to beehives. One summer Todd walked up to a hive and reached under its cover like we normally do. He immediately felt an extremely strong spider web. In the back of his brain, though he never encountered a black widow before said... BLACK WIDOW!

Lo' and behold, there she was. Then Todd examined each of the beehives down the row (around 10 or so). Nearly every one of them had matching widows situated under the lip of each hive lid.

Todd ejected all those widows (sorry) and worked on all the hives. He came back a week later... 10 more black widows!

He ejected them all again, but saved one and put it in a large mason jar. Todd fed that widow all summer long so that he could show people what a black widow looked like... and to warn other beekeepers to stay alert. She was beautiful.

We have never seen another widow on our beehives. Not sure what was different that year. A bit shocking at first, but really interesting.
 
Black widow spiders have rapidly evolved super lethal venom, such that the spiders are now building stronger webs to handle ever-bigger prey.
Black widow spiders have rapidly evolved super lethal venom, such that the spiders are now building stronger webs to handle ever-bigger prey.
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Goodbye Dr. Ambrose. We'll tell the bees.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of a great friend to the bees and beekeepers everywhere, Dr. John Ambrose. He served as mentor to so many of us in the world of bees and also to so many students of North Carolina State University. John was truly a shining beacon of kindness and light. He was so very wise, funny, and engaged. He will be greatly missed.

Obituaries...
NC State Beekeepers Association:
http://www.ncbeekeepers.org/a-message-to-ncsba-membership-on-dr-ambrose/
NC State University Technician:
http://www.technicianonline.com/news/article_6daf9aba-9ae4-11e4-ab9d-cbf19262d488.html
News & Observer:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsobserver/obituary.aspx?pid=173829834

Goodbye, John. You left the world in a better state than you entered it. Thank you for all that you did for us. We will "Tell the Bees"

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Arrangements:

The family will receive visitors from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, January
15th, at:

Brown-Wynne Funeral Home
1701 E. Millbrook Road
Raleigh, NC 27609

Services and a celebratory wake will held:
3 pm on Friday, January 16th
Carol Johnson Clubhouse on NC State's Centennial Campus
1509 Main Campus Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in his memory to:
Alliance of Disability Advocates
( http://www.alliancecil.org/donations.htm )
P.O. Box 12988, Raleigh, NC 27605

...or made to to a veterans charity of choice; or the NCSU Apiculture Science Fund: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/apiculture/

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Telling the Bees
By John Greenleaf Whittier

Here is the place; right over the hill
   Runs the path I took;
You can see the gap in the old wall still,
   And the stepping-stones in the shallow brook.

There is the house, with the gate red-barred,
   And the poplars tall;
And the barn’s brown length, and the cattle-yard,
   And the white horns tossing above the wall.

There are the beehives ranged in the sun;
   And down by the brink
Of the brook are her poor flowers, weed-o’errun,
   Pansy and daffodil, rose and pink.

A year has gone, as the tortoise goes,
   Heavy and slow;
And the same rose blows, and the same sun glows,
   And the same brook sings of a year ago.

There ’s the same sweet clover-smell in the breeze;
   And the June sun warm
Tangles his wings of fire in the trees,
   Setting, as then, over Fernside farm.

I mind me how with a lover’s care
   From my Sunday coat
I brushed off the burrs, and smoothed my hair,
   And cooled at the brookside my brow and throat.

Since we parted, a month had passed,—
   To love, a year;
Down through the beeches I looked at last
   On the little red gate and the well-sweep near.

I can see it all now,—the slantwise rain
   Of light through the leaves,
The sundown’s blaze on her window-pane,
   The bloom of her roses under the eaves.

Just the same as a month before,—
   The house and the trees,
The barn’s brown gable, the vine by the door,—
   Nothing changed but the hives of bees.

Before them, under the garden wall,
   Forward and back,
Went drearily singing the chore-girl small,
   Draping each hive with a shred of black.

Trembling, I listened: the summer sun
   Had the chill of snow;
For I knew she was telling the bees of one
   Gone on the journey we all must go!

Then I said to myself, “My Mary weeps
   For the dead to-day:
Haply her blind old grandsire sleeps
   The fret and the pain of his age away.”

But her dog whined low; on the doorway sill,
   With his cane to his chin,
The old man sat; and the chore-girl still
   Sung to the bees stealing out and in.

And the song she was singing ever since
   In my ear sounds on:—
“Stay at home, pretty bees, fly not hence!
   Mistress Mary is dead and gone!”
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3630 Charlie Grissom Rd Kittrell, NC 27544, United States
3630 Charlie Grissom RoadUSNorth CarolinaKittrell27544
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I've purchased many products from The Carolina Bee Company and have never been disappointed! The soaps are especially nice for anyone with troubled skin because they are all natural. The lip balm is fabulous too!