Wind Chill Advisory issued January 27 at 2:55AM EST until January 27 at 9:00AM EST by NWS Wilmington (details ...)
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM EST THIS MORNING... * WHAT...Very cold wind chills continuing. Wind chills will be 5 to 15 degrees below zero. * WHERE...Portions of Central and West Central Ohio. * WHEN...Until 9 AM EST Thursday. * IMPACTS...The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.
Today 29° Today 29° slight chance slight chance 14° 14° patchy Tomorrow 17° Tomorrow 17° slight chance -1° -1°
Monday, November 19th, 2018

What's the buzz?

Stucke named state Beekeeper of Year

By Tom Stankard

Ron Stucke lifts up a small screen with bees eating fondant recently at his home. . .

MARIA STEIN - Beekeeper Ron Stucke said he started harvesting honey 30 years ago because the gooey nectar "is one of life's greatest rewards."
His dedication to keeping bees alive and desire to spread awareness about his favorite flying insect has earned him the title "Beekeeper of the Year" from the Ohio State Beekeeper's Association. Three people wrote letters of recommendation to net him a nomination. Each described Stucke as "passionate," his wife, Carolyn, said.
While his dedication is unwavering, his hives' production depends upon conditions beyond his control. The amount of honey he collects and sells to his friends every year depends upon the number of bees in his eight backyard hives.
"One year I collected 250 gallons. Last year, I had 94, and this year I had about 20," he said.
The loss of honey is due to the decline of the bee population from the loss of habitat, bee-killing pesticides and disease-carrying Vorroa mites, Stucke noted.
More people are becoming beekeepers to battle the population decline, Stucke said. He encourages people to grow pollinator habitats to lure bees to the area. Pollinators such as bees have two basic habitat needs: a diversity of native flowering plants and egg-laying or nesting sites, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Beekeeping in Ohio presents an additional challenge - keeping the insects alive through the winter, Stucke said.
"Hopefully, in the spring they're still alive. I lost just about all of them last year in the winter," he said. "A lot of beekeepers lose 40-60 percent of them. Some years are worse than others."
Stucke takes measures to help the hives survive the winter. He has installed an exterior layer of insulation that keeps the hives 8 degrees warmer. For sustenance, he feeds the bees fondant, a thick paste of sugar and water, and pollen patties for nutrition beyond the honey they normally consume.
Bees bred in colder climates have a better chance of survival, he said, noting lots of bees are brought up from the South and don't adapt well to the cold.
Inside the hive, bees have different responsibilities, Stucke pointed out. The sole queen is the only fertile female bee in the colony. Worker bees make up the largest portion of the population and are responsible for most work - gathering nectar, guarding the hive and honey, caring for the queen and larvae, keeping the hive clean and producing honey. Male bees called drones primarily mate with the queen, he said.
About 20,000 bees are inside each hive, he said. He orders them online or uses a vacuum to suck up bees when they are swarming. He said bees swarm when the hive is too crowded or if the queen is no longer fertile.
Harvesting the honey in late summer is sticky business, Stucke said. He puts a fume board with a chemical to drive down the bees onto the hive. Once the bees are down, he simply takes the honey off the top.
Stucke has started the Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association to educate the public about bees. The group began with 15 members and now has more than 100, he noted.
Members can attend informational meetings, network with beekeepers, give presentations at county fairs and mentor new beekeepers, he said.
Stucke has mentored several beekeepers, his wife said.
One, Fort Recovery High School senior Kayle Lennartz, recently won the 4-H Clock Trophy for her beekeeping project at the Ohio State Fair, Ron Stucke said. Lennartz demonstrated her proficiency and knowledge about beekeeping and honeybees in general to win the award, he said.
Stucke hopes mentoring future beekeepers will help the insects survive, and he encourages those interested to take his beginner's course.
For more information, visit the Greater Grand Lake Beekeeper's Association's Facebook page.
Subscriber and paid stories on this date
COLUMBUS - A Celina High School graduate has been named one of Forbes' 2019 30 Under 30 in the manufacturing and industry category.
About this time
DARKE COUNTY - Emergency responders were dispatched on Saturday afternoon to the Darke County Airport at 9724 State Route 121 on reports of an airplane crash.
BELLEFONTAINE - As potent as the St. Marys offense has been this season, it was the Roughrider defense that came up with the plays that led to a victory Saturday night.
WOHSBC Roundup
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The West Ohio High School Bowling Conference season got underway Saturday at Plaza Lanes in Celina and Community Lanes in Minster.
CELINA - Former Celina swimming standout Paige (Mertz) Bader takes over her alma mater's swim team this season with great enthusiasm.
"I've told p
COLDWATER - The Coldwater swim and dive team is growing again.
Coach Matt May enters his second year as Coldwater coach. He will be assisted by veteran coach Dan Otten.
FORT RECOVERY - After a historic 2017-18 season with the program producing its first state qualifiers, Fort Recovery's swim team is primed to go further this season.
MARIA STEIN - Marion Local swimming coach Scott Smith enters every season with one big goal in mind.
"My goal is to get somebody to districts this year - that's always my goal," the coach said.
Minster returns several swimmers from last year
MINSTER - It's Dawn Schwieterman's first year as Minster's head swimming coach, but she has been around several of the athletes before and is excited for a new opportunity.
NEW BREMEN - Cresta Ritter enters her 16th season as head coach of the New Bremen swimming team.
GIRLS
Ritter's excitement for this season is as high as ever, particularly on the girls' side.
ST. MARYS - Katie Szymczak has an experienced boys' team with lofty expectations and a young girls' team that brings back a few district qualifiers.
All in all, Szymczak said the outlook is positive as the Roughriders get ready to dive into the water.
CELINA - The motto on the back of the shirts of Celina's wrestling team reads "Finish what you started."
The Bulldogs started out 7-0 in Western B
COLDWATER - Veteran Coldwater wrestling coach Rob Schmidt has more than half his wrestlers in camp already and is waiting for the rest to finish their football commitments before taking on the next season.
ROCKFORD - The Parkway wrestling team continues to make strides in the program. The Panthers finished fifth at the LCC sectional last season with four wrestlers qualifying for district.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys wrestling team had one of its strongest regular seasons in winning the WBL dual match title at 8-1. In the league tourname
CELINA - Changes abound for the Celina bowling program as the team will compete exclusively in the Western Buckeye League after the league voted not to allow teams to compete in other conferences such as the West Ohio Bowling Conference.
COLDWATER - Coach Rick Hartings' Coldwater girls' bowling team has experience back from last season's Division II state runner-up season.
The Cavalier boys, which missed the state tournament, will look to retool with just one letter winner returning this season.
MARIA STEIN - Bowling is a club sport at Marion Local.
But with growing numbers in the program, bowling co-coaches Karen Bruggeman and Sue Bruns are hoping bowling will soon be a recognized school sport.
MINSTER - Returning starters for the boys team include Alex Heuker (152.0 average), a district qualifier last season, and Luke Jacobs (159 average). Luke Lazier and Austin Moeller will also be key bowlers for the team, coach Brian Schmiesing said.
NEW BREMEN - Coach Brian Alig returns for his fifth season as coach of New Bremen.
The Cardinals have a combined eight returning bowlers (five boys, three girls).
ROCKFORD - The rollers from Rockford are looking to have a strong season.
And husband-and-wife coaching tandem Dan and Brandy Cairns believe the Parkway Panthers have the pieces to do it.
ST. HENRY - St. Henry had a third-place finish at the Division II state bowling tournament last year.
Six lettermen return to the lanes for the Redskins this season in hopes of having another strong campaign.
ST. MARYS - Both the St. Marys boys' and girls' bowling teams shared Western Buckeye League championships and qualified for state last season.
The