Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
Char Bee buzzed into E.W. Luther Elementary School this week to show 1st and 2nd graders his novel design for beepods, which are more accessible and less expensive to maintain and harvest honey -- and, Char Bee says, make for happier bees -- than traditional human-made hives.
Char Bee (Charlie Koenen) shows Mrs. Horrigan's 1st and 2nd graders honeycomb slabs from a Beepod.
Char Bee explains differences between honey bees and wasps/yellow jackets and says most people who say they have been stung by bees more likely were stung by wasps or yellow jackets. (Hmmm. Char looks more like a yellow jacket than a bee.)
Time for the "Buzzy Dance." Char shows the kids how. Bee dancing is a major way to communicate important nectar-location and other bee-business information.