Church buzzes with activity after retirement

by on June 1, 2013 in Home Page, Nelson People, Promote

[from the Keene Sentinel, June 1, 2013   – by Susan Reing Sentinel Staff]

Richard P. Church regularly entertains royalty at his quiet home at the end of a dirt dead-end road.

Although it might be more accurate to say it’s the royalty that entertains him.

Church, 69, was expecting a phone call from the post office on a recent afternoon, waiting to hear whether another royal visitor had arrived. Specifically, a queen. A queen bee.

Church is a longtime beekeeper, and currently has seven hives with approximately 350,000 bees at his Nelson home that he tends to on a regular basis. And bees need queens. They can easily anoint one of their own, but Church likes to have new blood. So he continues to seek out queen bees that are fertile, weather- and disease-resistant, that will add to the genetic diversity of the microcosmic communities that are hives.

He got interested in bees in the ‘70s when a fellow worker at Markem Corp. introduced him to the hobby. He joked that he spent the first five years trying to convince his wife that she wouldn’t be stung to death. [read the rest of this article on the Keene Sentinel web site]

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