Linda Harper presented the program when Cardington Senior Citizens met for their monthly luncheon on April 25 at the Senior Center, Mount Gilead.
Harper’s program focused on the honey bee. She said the Honey Bee Conservancy began on 50 acres on County Road 24. They are raising bees and planning to recul-tivate land with wild flowers. Their goal is to raise the honey bees for the good of the bees and not to sell honey.
There are 4,000 types of bees in the U S and they pollinate 130 types of fruits and vegetables. Harper presented slides showing the different bees in hives and the job and activities of each.
The treatment for bee bites is to immediately put a penny over the bite and leave it there for 24 hours.
Bees are endangered now by toxins. If there is a need to use a pesticide on plants, put it on in the evening when bees are not out. Also, do not use on plants that are flowering.
She said that if a swarm of bees is seen, call the Bee Conservancy. They will remove it for free and take the bees to the conservancy. Harper encouraged young groups to get honey directly from bee keepers as honey in the stores is not as pure, being diluted with rice syrup. Conducting this meeting was Shirley Robinson, president.
Speaking to the group was Carol Holsinger, who described the renewal levy on the ballot for Extension Services. She said this includes 4-H and many educational opportunities for students and adults. Forty percent of children in the county re- ceive benefits from Extension Services.
Rev. Gary Lamb-Hart gave devotions based on spring cleaning. In addition to spring cleaning the house, we should also do a spiritual spring cleaning as well, he advised.
Birthday wishes were sung to Amy Carroll.
The lunch for this meeting was turkey and dressing and it was catered by the Morrow County Hospital.
Linda Ruehrmund described the coming events at the Senior on Center to honor seniors. On May 13 there will an event held at the Renaissance Theater in Mansfield. On Thursday, May 15, there will be special program at the Senior Center in Mount Gilead when the son of Elvis will be entertaining. Each event requires a reservation.
The next meeting will be held on May 23. The menu will be pulled pork sandwiches and the cost will be $5. Reservations should be called to the center by Monday, May 19 but are accepted until Thursday noon on May 22. Cancellations should be made by that date or they must be honored. The Senior Center phone number is 419-946-4191.