Archive for November, 2010

The First Sunday of Advent

November 28, 2010

Today is the first Sunday of Advent, so it is time to put the Ambrose Advent candles into service.

I checked on hives at the Harvard Yard, the Downtown Library and the Big Garden today.   The hives are covered in snow and temperatures have rarely exceeded freezing in the last 10 days.   Several nights saw temperatures at or below zero-dgrees F.  I inserted entrance reducers in the front of each hive and stuffed some hard foam into the rear gaps under the screened bottom boards to inhibit drafts.   In addition I stapled some thin foam across a few of the box-joints where drafts could otherwise enter the hives.  Not much else to do until spring time.

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City Beekeeper Victorious on Election Day

November 3, 2010

City Beekeeper Frank Whitby enjoyed unprecedented popularity at the polls yesterday, vaulting him to a second term as City Beekeeper.  Running unopposed, Whitby took the city by storm and won in a landslide despite strong anti-incumbent sentiments in the mid-term elections.  Voter turn out was high and while election officials are still tallying votes, exit polls put Whitby squarely in the lead, although exact poll numbers have not been released.  At first glance it appeared as though Whitby was just piggybacking on the campaign efforts of would-be governor Peter Corroon, but in fact Whitby was hoping that his own popularity would boost the challenger’s chances against sitting governor Herbert.  Herbert, like Whitby, was facing his first election, having been appointed to his position without having to appease the voters prior to this year.  Although high-level government payoffs and insider dealing are purported to be status-quo in top Utah government circles, Whitby ran on a platform of roof-top hivery and above-board community comb-building that got the public buzzing.  Whitby, while overjoyed at his own success, is reported to be saddened by Corroon’s failure to sway Utah voters and hopes that he will consider running again next election.  For now, all those campaign signs are going to the dump.  Farewell to election 2010.