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With honeybee numbers threated, the swarms are valuable. Beekeepers are anxious to collect them and give them a new home in one of their empty hives. Swarms left uncollected are unlikely to survive, which means lost honey production. More importantly, fewer of the bees are available to pollinate crops.
The public can help by contacting a beekeeper through the St. Croix Valley Beekeepers Association’s website at http://stcroixbeekeepers.org, then click on “Services” and go to “Swarm Removal” and scroll down to members listed.
Habitat for Humanity hosts Build-a-Thon
More than 90 Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps alumni each will spend a week in St. Croix Falls, Wis., participating in Habitat for Humanity International’s annual AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon.
The Build-a-Thon, held late April though early June, highlights the need for affordable housing while celebrating AmeriCorps members’ service with Habitat. Nationally, the Build-a-Thon will be held at five locations and engage more than 400 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps alumni from 37 states.
“We are so grateful to these terrific AmeriCorps members,” said Eric Kube, executive director of Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity. “They are going to make it possible to serve so many of our local families who need help with their housing. We will be able to work on eight homes during the one week they are here.”
Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity was one of only five affiliates chosen to host this year’s annual event. Build-a-Thon locations will work on neighborhood revitalization efforts and will include new house construction, rehabilitation of existing homes and minor home repairs, as well as community service projects in partnership with local organizations.
NAMI representative to give presentation
The Washington County Local Mental Health Advisory Council has invited Albert Garcia, who represents the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), to make a presentation from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Washington County Government Center.
The Government Center is at 14949 62nd St. N. in Stillwater. The meeting, which is open to the public, is in Lower Level, Room 13. For more information, contact Cindy Rupp at 651-430-6562.
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