Area briefs

Trees to be collected

CONCORD TOWNSHIP — Again this year, Concord Township staff will pick up Christmas trees from the homes of township residents from Dec, 26 through Jan. 19, 2018.

Requests for this service can be left on the answering machine at the Township Building at 339-1492. All lights and decorations should be removed and plastic wrap is not needed.

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Beekeeping class set

TROY — Vickie Bowman of the Miami Valley Beekeepers Association is offering a Beginning Beekeeper class at Brukner Nature Center on Feb. 3 and 10.

This hands-on workshop will cover equipment needs, where to get your bees, where to put your bees, feeding needs, how to help your bees stay healthy, the birds and the bees, forage, how to manipulate your hives, recognizing and treating diseases, getting your bees through their first year and much more. Participants will build their first frame, so please bring a pair of pliers, box cutter and tack hammer to the first class.

Participants also will also receive a free one-year membership to the Miami Valley Beekeepers Association and a free one- year membership to the Ohio State Beekeepers Association. Membership in MVBA gives you access to mentors, program speakers and hands on teaching hives at the MVBA/Brukner apiary. The fee is $60 per person for both class sessions (you must be able to attend both classes.) There will be a one hour break for lunch and attendees may bring a sack lunch or grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant. Class registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 31 and payment is due at the time of registration (cash or check only). If mailing a check, please include “Bee School” in the memo area. If you have questions about the class, call Vickie at (937) 947-1568.