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Honey bees highlighted at Senior Center meeting

TYLER, May 6, 2013--Honey bees and the important role pollinators play in the environment is the focus of the next meeting of the Green Thumbs Garden Club that meets monthly at the Tyler Senior Center.

Beekeepers Hayden Wolf and Martha Jeske, both 17, representing the East Texas Beekeeper’s Association (ETBA), are expected to share their experiences with the species and special recipes that feature honey. The meeting is set for Monday, May 6, at 1 p.m., at the Tyler Senior Center, 1915 Garden Valley Road.

“The honey bee is the largest pollinator that makes it possible for man to survive and live a healthy life style,” said Violet Bourns with the Beekeeper’s Association. “Every third bite we eat, the honey bee is responsible for because they pollinate most agriculture products.”

Honey also has medicinal purposes and the wax they produce from their bodies is used in cosmetics, crayons and many other things, Bourns said.

“Young people are our future, therefore if we don't spark an interest in and a love for the honey bee our world would cease to exist as we know it,” she said, citing the group’s efforts to use young people as community educators.

Wolf is the daughter of Gus & Joanne Wolf of Big Sandy and a homeschooled high school junior who serves as the reigning ETBA Honey Queen. She became a beekeeper in 2009 after receiving an ETBA scholarship.

Jeske lives in Tyler with her parents, Les and Wendy. She is a homeschooled high school junior who maintains six hives with her father.  She is an ETBA scholarship recipient, who researches bees for the group.

For more information about the meeting, call the Senior Center at 903- 597-0781.

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