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Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News

So, what’s the “buzz” in Francisco? No, literally, what’s the buzz? Have you checked out the bee tunnels on Horseshoe Road? It’s the coolest thing. It seems most people thought greenhouses were going up but a project called “Bee Health Studies” or “Pollinators Health Studies” is in full swing. I spoke with Jessica Lawrence Louque, senior study director, and she explained that this project will be used to test pesticides and the best way to use them to minimize any kind of threat to the honeybees themselves. Several acres (50-75) of buckwheat were planted and metal archways were constructed throughout the fields. Netting was placed over the arches to contain the bees. A total of 24 tunnels have been constructed and each tunnel has a hive of approximately 10,000 bees. The pesticides will be used at different intervals such as time of day, before or during blooming to see the best time to use them and not affect the bees. Honeybees are a necessity for our fruit and vegetable crops, so this study should prove to be vital for future agricultural purposes.

Our new ambulance made it home Monday. Several volunteers from the Francisco Fire and Rescue Department made the trip to Maryland Sunday to inspect and bring home our newest member to the Francisco Fleet. The trip, unfortunately, was not without misfortune, when Stephen and Texie Jessup’s vehicle was slammed in the rear by another vehicle while going up on I-81. Thank the Lord, no one was hurt. This could have been so much worse. Vehicles can be replaced, our Stephen and Texie cannot! God bless ‘em.

The Overby Family Reunion will be held Sunday, July 2, at the Collinstown-Stateline Community Building on Collinstown Rd. Lunch will be served at 1:00 pm. Bring your favorite covered dish and enjoy family, fun and fellowship.

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News