Jim Quick, who will teach a beekeeping workshop in Griffin Sept. 20, has been dabbling in beekeeping for the past 32 years. The 43-year-old Pike County resident’s interest in bees started when he tagged along behind his beekeeping grandfather.A family tradition“He had bees, and he used to show me and my brother how to keep bees,” Quick said. “My grandfather helped me order my first bees from Sears and Roebuck. Back then, they came in 3 or 5 pound packages -– several bees per package and a queen came with every pack.”Beekeeping was easier “back then” because beekeepers didn’t have today’s pests and diseases to contend with, Quick said. “You just put the bees in a box and then come back and rob the honey once or twice a year,” he said. “There’s a lot more management involved now to keep the bees going strong.”Wiped out by pestsQuick speaks from first hand experience. In the early 1990s, he lost all his bees to varroa mites, a parasitic mite that attacks honeybees.“I got out of it for a little bit, but my grandfather came back and asked me to get one hive for his garden,” he said. “I ended up getting two, and now I have 60 to 70 hives.”Quick’s hives are spread out across Pike, Spalding, Lamar and Upson counties. He also rents a few bees to the Rock Ranch to pollinate their pick-your-own garden. “It’s still a hobby for me,” he said. “It’s a very time consuming hobby, but a hobby none-the-less. And it’s a sideline business, but I don’t make a killing by no means. If I tried to pay myself for my labor, I would definitely be losing money.”Can be a hobby or a businessQuick says the “money making part” of beekeeping comes from selling packages of bees and queens. “You have to have a lot larger scale than I have to do that, and your bees have to be inspected,” he said.He sells all of his Quick Bee Honey through word-of-mouth marketing. His wife Denise takes care of inventory, bookkeeping, “label making and jar washing.” His three boys tag along with their dad, but the eldest, 11-year-old J.T., seems to have the most interest for now.“The younger two get bored after about 15 minutes,” he said.Using his hobby at workA research technician in the entomology department at the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Quick fields a lot of beekeeping questions. He also gives about 10 educational talks per year to civic and school groups.If beekeeping piques your interest, Quick doesn’t recommend ordering bees and trying to set up hives without first taking a course or two. “I don’t recommend anyone just buying bees and trying to get started,” he said. “People who want to have bees need to have a little experience on keeping the bees, or let a beekeeper like me help you.”Quick will be sharing his beekeeping knowledge and fielding questions on Sept. 20 at the Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day. The event will take place on the UGA Griffin Campus Westbrook Farm off Ellis Road in Griffin, Ga. For more information on the field day, see the website www.caes.uga.edu/events/awfd/ or call (770) 229-3477.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are investigating a failed child abduction at Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream Thursday in which the suspect yelled “Give me the baby” to a mother inside a restroom while trying to grab the tot. Police said a mother was tending to her one-year-old child inside a Kohl’s restroom at 10:45 a.m. when a woman commented “That is a beautiful baby.” The suspect approached the woman and repeatedly said “Give me the baby” while grabbing the tot’s arm. The mother pushed the woman’s arm and was able to exit the restroom safely before notifying security. The suspect, described as Hispanic and five-feet, five-inches tall with long blonde hair wearing a blue jacket, yellow shirt and multi-colored skirt, was last seen leaving Kohl’s in a black livery cab. Police said the investigation is ongoing. Detectives ask anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls are anonymous.
THE students and teachers of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School, located on Woolford Avenue in the City, was, on Tuesday last, presented with a Commercial Copier, accessories and printing paper to the value of 1.1 million GYD by 21 students who graduated from the school in 1988.The timely gesture, which would boost the efficiency of the school with regards to providing a convenient service for its students and the school, which would enhance their ability to learn, was lauded by Deputy Head Mistress, Miss Khan.Three of the students from the Class of 88: Hemant Narine, Yasmin Bowman and John Tularam were on hand to present the items (Canon 2630 Image Runner, 5 boxes each of letter and legal size paper extra toner and replaceable drum unit) to Miss Khan in the presence of some teachers and two female students, Beauty Razack and Nicole Gomes.Bowman presented a commemorative plaque to Ms. Khan to celebrate and remember the moment while Narine gave a brief overview of how the initiative came into being.Deputy HM of Richard Ishmael Secondary School, Ms. Khan (right), receives the plaque from Class of 88 student, Ms. Yasmin Bowman.He informed that back in 2018, a group of students from the Class of 88 met in New York and started discussions to host a reunion, which came off later that year in the summer and was attended by 51 persons.It was at this reunion that students discussed what they can do for the school; the suggestion of a photocopier was then floated.“Subsequently, Ms. Pam Walker contacted the HM, Ms. Melanie Jones, who said they needed a heavy duty copier. In 2019 when the school was celebrating its 75th anniversary, one student from the Class of 88 went by and he commenced discussions with HM Jones.”The importance of the donation was underscored and the students commenced a robust fundraising drive towards purchasing the copier, which was achieved.Deputy HM Khan, who started duties at the school last September, showered the Class of 88 with praise for their wonderful gesture even in the midst of the pandemic.“We are truly blessed this afternoon, thankful and happy to be the recipients of this generous donation which would boost the schools ability to deliver a quality service to our students. We look forward to your continued support in whatever way which would be appreciated. It’s always nice when old students can give back; so thank you very much, it’s a pleasure.The names of the 21 students are Gavin Thorne, Marc Joseph, Sunil Lakeraj, Parsaram Rajaram, Virgil Granger, Kumar Boddhoo, Rajesh Pritipaul, John Tularam, Jagivan Heeralall, Hemant Narine, Bibi S. Khan, Pam Walker, Dienne Baird, Lizette Stephens, Lakshmi Ramsahoi, Nanette Edwards, Nicole Lowe, Rajshri Beharry, Rhetta Jack, Yasmin Bowman and Shondelle Rodney.
Awal Suleman’s sprint across the Cape Coast Stadium’s pitch appears to have paid off after all as the Black Stars fan finally got a photo with his ‘hero’, Thomas Partey.A photo of the Atletico Madrid star holding a Black Stars shirt with Awal is making the rounds on social media.He was apparently given a signed jersey by the midfielder.Awal shot to fame, or perhaps infamy, depending on which side of the divide you belong on, when he made his way onto the pitch at the tail end of Ghana’s 2-0 win over South Africa and led security officials on a hilarious chase inside the Cape Coast Stadium.That incident, however, landed the 25-year-old in police trouble and left him facing a public disturbance charge.Various reports following the incident had indicated that Awal had been fulfilling a dare, as he had promised to complete the crazy celebration should Ghana win the match against South Africa by two goals to nil.Others indicated that Awal was an avid admirer of Thomas Partey and just wanted a photo with him.‘Apam SHS Usain Bolt’Jumping from the stands, Awal, a former 400 metres champion at Apam SHS, sprinted onto the pitch and evaded a number of the security officers who were chasing him.With one officer in hot pursuit, he showed a clean pair of heels, and left the officer literally on the floor.It was later revealed that Mr. Suleman was a 400m runner at Apam Senior High School.Luck eventually ran out for Awal who was wearing a Chelsea jersey as he ran out of steam, stumbled and was tackled to the ground.While the players stood around bemused, the fans in the stadium had cheered as the pitch invader made his way around the pitch.He was hauled off the pitch by the police and spent the night at the University of Cape Coast police station.His predicament led to many people including Black Stars captain, Andre Ayew pleading for his release, with the hashtag #FreeAwal trending as a result.Awal was eventually let out of jail on bail with the aid of the Ghana Football Association and was cheered as he made his way through the streets of Cape Coast.Partey also stated that he would have taken a photo with Awal.Now it appears that this eager fan has finally had his wish.Watch Awal’s sprint below: