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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 01-09-2020

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6 ENTERTAINMENT JANUARY 9-15, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION Mencucci, who began teaching in the early 1990s, said she's seen inter- est in the courses gradually increase and shift from being more of an "old man's hobby" to an activity shared by a diverse demographic of people. The recent discourse about the plight of honeybees has especially helped to raise awareness about bees and their value to agriculture and soci- ety in general, she said. As the number of deaths of bee colonies continues to grow, increased use of pesticides and viruses carried by mites are two major reasons for the crisis over the past decade. In the course, "we do quite a bit on diseases," Mencucci said. "It's harder to keep bees now than it ever has been" thanks to the introduction of mites and associated viruses. "There's a lot to learn there. That's where peo- ple have the most failures." "A lot of people are more interested in nature and heard about the plight of the bee and want to help," she added as one of the reasons people take the course. Other people sign up because they're interested in learning some- thing new, making their own honey, or hope to get better pollination for their orchards and gardens if they have their own bees, she said. Starting at the end of January and beginning of February, the four cours- es will be offered at RIC and URI. Each course is five weeks long. Course dates and times are as follows: • Thursdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27, with a snow day on March 5, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at URI in Kingston. • Fridays, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28, with a snow day of March 6, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at RIC in Providence. • Saturdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, with a snow day of March 7, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at RIC. • Saturdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, with a snow day of March 7, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at URI. Those enrolled in the course also receive membership to RIBA, which is an additional source of help and advice. RIBA hosts special meetings an hour before its regular monthly meetings that offer an informal oppor- tunity for beginners to ask questions. Becoming a beekeeper is not without a cost, Mencucci said, not- ing that someone can easily spend $500 between purchasing the bees and equipment. When first obtaining bees, people can purchase one or two 3-pound packages that can build up to 50,000 bees in the course of a sum- mer, she said. As for the responsibilities, people need to go out once a week and inspect the hive. Checking every day will upset the bees but "you can't just get a hive and think you won't look at it," she said. The busiest seasons, with more tasks to complete, are the spring and fall. In the winter the bees stay inside as long as the temperature is under 50 degrees and come back out when it's warm in the spring, according to Mencucci. Her favorite part about beekeeping is observing the activity in the hive, she said. "There's always something a little bit new (that you) didn't see before." Advance registration is required. The cost of the course is $75 per person, which includes all course materials, a textbook and membership dues in the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association through Dec. 31. Register by Friday, Jan. 24, to avoid a $10 late fee. The URI courses are smaller and fill up more quickly. Mencucci said she encourages fami- lies to take the class as a fun activity to do together. As space becomes avail- able, additional family members at the same address may attend and share course materials for $10 each. To register, visit http://ribeekeeper. org/bee-school . Print the registration form, fill it out and send with check or money order to: Bee School, RI Beekeepers Association, PO Box 685, Glendale, RI 02826. Contact Mencucci at bmencucci@ or 401-568-8449. BETTY MENCUCCI, director of the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association's Bee School, pictured here inspecting a hive, will be teaching courses for beginner bee- keepers, starting later this month. BEEKEEPING From Page One Little Rhody Bottle Club will hold annual sale Sunday TAUNTON, Mass. – The Little Rhody Bottle Club's annual antique bottle show and sale will be held on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Holiday Inn, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Route 495, exit 9. Admission is $3. For more infor- mation, visit littlerhodybottleclub. org or contact Bill Rose, show chairman, at 508-880-4929 or sier- Linsey Woolsey Quilt Guild meets Monday ATTLEBORO, Mass. – The January meeting of the Linsey Woolsey Quilt Guild will be held Monday, Jan. 13, at the First Baptist Church, 118 South Main St. Registration will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by a meeting at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Anthony Ferranti from Sewing Machine Services of Lincoln. 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