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Flood Seriously Impacts Anthony’s Bee Farm – MBA Requests Your Help
[size=14]Flood Seriously Impacts Anthony’s Bee Farm – MBA Requests Your Help

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Don Schram
Secretary, Michigan Beekeepers’ Association
Hello Beekeepers,

Watching the news, I’m sure you’re aware of the disastrous flooding that has occurred in the mid-Michigan area near Flint in the past couple days. We’re receiving reports that high flood waters claimed the operation of our former MBA president and one of our most active club members, David Anthony and Anthony’s Bee Farm.

Currently, David and his family are concentrating their efforts on their home and salvaging possessions lost when the flood waters rose after the intense storms that rolled through the area on Thursday evening. The search for his hives has not yet begun, but where the hives were located, the water is standing 3 feet deep. He speculates that over 250 hives are lost, either underwater or swept somewhere downstream, and that this disaster spells the end of his operation.

The Michigan Beekeepers’ Association feels differently.

In brief conversations with the MBA board, some of the local clubs that help make up the MBA, along with some of the membership, it is consensus that we will not let such a key member of Michigan beekeeping go quietly. We are asking for your support in helping to rebuild David Anthony.

If you can help, in any way, please stand ready! We are waiting to hear from David and his wife, Sandy, as to what their needs are. We are anticipating the dire need for bees. If you can donate a hive, raise a few extra queens, contribute a caught swarm, or even lend a frame of brood to make a split from, we need your help! Donations need not be monetary! Your time, and any equipment and bees you can spare, in addition to your good thoughts, are what is needed at this time of emergency.

The Michigan Beekeepers’ Association is dedicated to helping our own. Please, help us help each other.

Donations and offers of assistance should be directed to your local bee club or to Terry Toland, MBA president.
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