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Scott, Teen Contributor

Hello to all who are reading this, as that means that you have at least a slight interest in beekeeping. For that, I give you my deepest constabularies (if you do not know where I got that, shame on you for not watching Blackadder, so go and watch it all the way through. If you don't like British humor, stop being such an Ood and get in an argument with a Dalek). Anyway, about beekeeping. In this section of the blog, I will do a weekly entry about something bee related along with a Q&A section at the end. This will sort of be a companion to my beekeeping series of videos on YouTube. If you have any questions, please fill out this form on my website, and they will be answered in the Q&A section of my next blog post (maybe I'll even make a vlog occasionally and post it to YouTube to answer the questions). This week though, I'll do some FAQ's at the end. In this blog, you can expect to find some interviews with pros, my personal experiences in beekeeping, and a few interesting bits and bobs in the bee news. 



Q: Why do you not wear gloves while inspecting the hive? Are you insane?!!

A: I don't need to. Bees are really quite docile creatures (except for the AHB, but that's next week's blog post) unless they are being robbed (also another article). Yes, while I do get stung during my inspections, it doesn't hurt much if you scrape it off. As for my sanity, I started questioning it a while back.


Q: A bee stung me more than once. How is it possible?

As you can see in the picture,the stinger is barbed, making it impossible for them to remove a stinger once inserted. You probably were stung by a yellow jacket as they look extremely similar to the common honey bee.

Thank you for reading!



Enlarged image  Credit: Land Care Research.

Cover image Credit: Meg Riordan on Flickr


Rhys, Teen Contributor

Do you ever find yourself reading a cereal box at breakfast? Maybe you want to learn about the total nutrition facts or maybe you have nothing else to read. I often times find myself reading the cereal or waffle box and I recently started thinking about other silly things I read when I do not have a book in front of me.


Do you ever look on a friend's bookshelf to see what they're reading, trying to find a new series for yourself?


I have also caught myself reading people’s shirts. They can make you laugh, they can make your day go better or they could even change your perspective on something.


I also read any words on paintings or pictures because they tell you where the picture was taken or what it's supposed to be.


Magazines can be read if if you're not reading a book and it might teach you something or improve your day. I read weird magazines when I am in a waiting room. But sometimes I find a good article that I would have never seen otherwise. They can teach you a new recipe or teach you something else new.


Street signs or trail signs can give you important information about where you are or where to go . You can also learn a lot about your environment by reading trail signs.


Billboards can inform you about cool activities or important products that you may need.


Have you ever read the description of food on a menu to know exactly what it is supposed to be and if you're going like it or not? This can also give you some ideas of new things and combinations to try at home.


Words surround us in our lives and just because you do not have a book handy does not mean you have to turn to video games or texting. Try to find something new to read each day. I bet you will be surprised at what you find.


Image Credit: Pierre Metivier on Flickr

Will, Teen Contributor

Revenge bot is a dangerous android programmed to do one thing... KILL. The creator of the Revenge bot collects money from villains who need a bounty hunter. Although the Revenge bot is a gruesome killer it has one flaw. The programmer allowed hacking into the robot fairly easily. The robot has been hacked and considers its mission a failure if it killed anyone but its target.

This version of the Revenge bot has been upgraded by the Virus to cause havoc and chaos. It also is dehacked.

Rhys, Teen Contributor

I've always loved Harry Potter so when my mom and dad said that I could go to the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I was super excited! When we got there I got to do a Sorting Hat activity where you could pick one of the house names out of a hat and then get a pin or a magnet for that house. As expected, I got Hufflepuff. I participated in a bunch of activities like Harry Potter themed quizzes and mazes. I got to take my mugshot like I was a prisoner of Azkaban. Prisoner number XY390. Ten seconds to midnight we all started doing a big countdown. The anticipation was amazing! Everyone started cheering and we started going to buy the book. All in all, it was a great party.  I am glad I went even though I was awake way later than usual. My mom is torturing me saying I can't read the book before Monday because that's when we're going on a road trip. Come  Monday,  the minute we pull out of the driveway I will crack the spine! Expected a report on how it was by Tuesday! 

Kayla, Teen Contributor

We are the Ants is the first book I've read by Shaun David Hutchinson and it did not disappoint. Henry has a lot going on in his life: his mom is struggling, his grandmother is sick, his brother got his girlfriend pregnant, his boyfriend committed suicide and he was abducted by aliens. Could it get much worse for Henry? Short answer, yes. Long answer, no. He has been informed by the aliens that the world is coming to an end, but he has the option to stop it from happening. Henry is seriously debating whether or not to prevent the end of all mankind or to just to let it all end. You'll have to read the book yourself to find out what decision Henry made. You can expect a dark read with moments of humor and over the top situations. But somehow it all was down to earth. I rate the book 5/5. Read it. 

Emily, Teen Contributor

This photo was taken by Emily in Glacier National Park

"Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible." -Viginia Woolf

Rhys, Teen Contributor

When I was little my parents told me if I learned to read well, I could learn anything from a book. As I have grown older I have seen how true that is! 

My first big chapter book I read was the Harry Potter series. My mom and dad started reading it to me but I got annoyed at them because they were going so slow. I snatched the book from their hands and started reading it immediately. I was off on my reading journey!

I enjoy reading non-fiction books. They have taught me all sorts of things from the names of minerals to things about World War 2. For example, I read a Neil Armstrong biography, I would not know as much about the space program, being an astronaut and space if I hadn't chosen to read that book. 

I have also realized that fiction books can be a good place to learn. If I had not read the Percy Jackson series, I would not know it's nearly as much as I do about the Greek and Roman gods. Reading this series sparked an interest and I began reading many other books about these subjects and now have a really good understanding of the ancient gods. 

When I went to Petra, I had a good idea of what to expect and some of the history. I read about it for months before I went so I knew more about it when I did go. All of a sudden, the words that we just printed on a page in the book actually came to life right before my eyes. 

I will continue to read into the future because now I know that if you read you can learn anything you want to.

Destinee, Teen Contributor

Every day, you capture something beautiful. It may be a picture of the sun sitting on the horizon. It could be a sketch of a girl sitting in a corner. It could be a sculpture of a butterfly. Whatever you create, we want it. 

The Belmar Teen Advisory Board is looking for your art. If you send your art in, it will have a chance to be displayed in the August art exhibit. To enter, you must be between the ages of 12 and 18. To submit, you may email Librarian Lisa, or drop off your work at library before July 15. If your work is chosen, you will be notified by July 22. The exhibit will open with an artist’s reception on August 2.

Here’s what you need to know:


1.       With your art, you must include the dimensions, artists name, age, grade, school, title, medium, and year of creation

2.       You can unfortunately, only submit five pieces of art

3.       You will be notified by July 22 if your art is included

4.       Your art must be dropped off at the library before July 30

We are excepting most forms of art, including paintings, sketches, photos, sculptures, structures, and ceramics.  If you have any questions, please email Librarian Lisa

[email protected] 

Emily, Teen Contributor

I took a walk in the park 

today. Begun with heavy 

footsteps, each thud tinged with

hurt and frustration. Solace

found in the quiet. Footfalls 

softened. It spoke to me through

whispers and swishes rushing

'round. It lifted my chin and 

placed a soft smile on my 

face. Gently pulled me off the

ground and into the sky. I 

became a kite soaring high 

above my griefs with the world.

Swirled and twisted, the leash 

of the dog I was walking 

the only thing keeping me grounded.


Image Credit: Patrick Down on Flickr. 

William, Teen Contributor

This crazy maniac is Mindwipe. Before he got his cybernetic parts he was a normal man. One day when he was driving in his car a large piece of metal fell from another superhero battle and most of his body was damaged. Later, other organizations of villains use new technology to bring him back to life. But he came out crazed. Now he runs about in the street wondering what he will do next.


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