Bee enthusiasts gather in Chiefland

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

There’s a new gang in town. And while some of its members have made the ‘A’ list, they’re all on the ‘bee’ list.
The Levy County Beekeepers Association was formed last week in Chiefland. About a dozen local residents came to the club’s first meeting where officers were appointed and membership dues, $20 per member, were collected.
“We want to train you to become beekeepers, if you want,” said association co-founder and president Byron Teerlink. The association aims to educate people and provide a means for obtaining bees and beekeeper supplies.
Teerlink, who started beekeeping with three hives, got involved with the winged creatures a few years ago when he wanted to improve yields from his garden. Now, he’s got 40 hives, and he knows today’s beekeepers face a lot of challenges.
“The biggest problem with bees is the beekeeper. I’ve killed a few bees. To get involved, you really need a mentor,” said Teerlink, a Chiefland business owner.

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