If you read the News & Record, this is old news. However, the story is so fabulous, we want to share it with the world. People like Diane in Texas and Mark in Korea, just might appreciate a little hometown news!
Last week, part of this giant oak tree, located on Cypress Street, on the campus of Aycock Middle School, came crashing down. Inside was a colony of 50,000 honey bees. The local community worked together to save this thriving colony and relocate it to beekeeper George Sudderth's farm in southeastern Guilford county. Fellow beekeeper John Sabat was instrumental in getting the bees out of the tree by using a vacuum cleaner. Nobody was stung; not even once, and you can be sure those bees were HOT about the loss of their habitat! However, word has it that they are happy in their new home. Also good news... the remaining part of the tree is healthy and it shouldn't need to be removed.
We took the above photo on Monday, the day before the bee relocation. That dark spot at the top is where they were living. If you want to see more photos, you should be able to access them through the News & Record. They got some great ones in a series of photos they've dubbed, The Lost Colony. Click on the little icon of squares at the bottom of the black screen to access the pictures. It is worth seeing these photos! They are so thorough that teachers could use them to teach expository writing and sequencing! Thank goodness for newspapers like the News & Record and photojournalists like Nelson Kepley.