Beekeepers in Curry County were shown innovations in beehive construction when the Oregon South Coast Beekeepers Association met Thursday in Gold Beach.
Del Barber, association president, showed his innovations, which improve upon the single board used in top bar hives. He improved the sides and bottom to support the comb and he inserting a strip of comb at the top to get the bees started.
He showed the 20 people in attendance his latest version of a top bar hive constructed of cedar that included a corrugated plastic top plate, a telescoping lid with ventilation, an experimental “bee space”-sized slit for an entryway, and wood strips to serve as handles.
Jake Buffington’s ceramic sculpture titled “Assembly Line” received the Best in Show award at Coos Art Museum’s VISION 2013 competition.
Jake Buffington, a senior at Gold Beach High School, just won a free, two-year ride to college and $250 cash.
“My teacher tracked me down at work to tell me the news,” he said. “It was awesome.”
Buffington, under the tutelage of art instructor Jennifer Miller, took Best of Show for his ceramic sculpture titled “Assembly Line” in the VISION 2013 competition, underwritten by the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation.