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Step Back in Time: Sept. 24, 2013

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25 years ago

Sept. 24, 1988

A jar of honey sits on Warren Herklotz’s kitchen table, as traditional a condiment in his family as salt and pepper.

The Franklin resident has been making honey for 14 years, since he took a course on beekeeping at Cornell University. “It struck me as rather interesting,” said Herklotz, who now has about 130 hives.

He and other area beekeepers are among the few in agriculture who are buzzing about the summer’s dry, sunny weather. The area’s near-drought helped more beekeepers than it hurt, boosting production for some by 100 percent.

Bees, winged insects about half an inch long, have a way of frightening people because of their painful sting. But Herklotz said honeybees and their larger cousins, bumble bees, generally are not aggressive.

In fact, they fear rain.

Lynn Barton, bee inspector for the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, said rain also washes away nectar in plants. The dry weather left the nectar for the bees and prompted farmers to wait longer before cutting their hay fields because the plants grew more slowly. That let wildflowers survive longer than usual.

The beekeepers’ harvest begins in the late fall after bees have made their last combs for the year.

Commercial beekeeper John McCoy, with about 160 hives, said after the second honey harvest this year he’ll prepare for a stormy winter, leaving a little more honey than usual for the bees.

“I just have the feeling it’s going to be an early and hard winter,” he said.


50 years old

Sept. 24, 1963

DELHI — The time is now.

Persons desiring to witness the autumn foliage throughout the area might well be beginning to travel the highways. It appears that the leaves are changing their colors two weeks earlier than normal.

The height of the coloring usually reaches its peak at the end of the second week of October, and then, as a rule, heavy rains come and the leaves are gone.

At present, in Delaware County, thousands upon thousands of trees bordering practically every highway have turned, and the coloring is beyond description.

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