Steve Roth of the Tri-State Beekeeper’s Association (tristatebeekeepers.com) will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling on Tuesday, July 16 at noon to discuss the basics of the honeybee. The TBA are a group of hobbyists in Ohio, Marshall, and Belmont counties who are dedicated to the protection and preservation of the honeybee and to promoting beekeeping. They put an emphasis on education of the public in the value of the honeybee as a pollinator and the perils that it now faces, education of the novice beekeeper in proper management of a colony, and education of the experienced beekeeper in new concepts and practices while providing a forum through which they can pass their knowledge and experience to the next generation. They meet monthly and host local and foster novice beekeepers through a mentor program. Steve will have with him a sealed observation bee hive so that attendees can safely see the inner workings of a typical hive up close. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.
“Groundbreaking Reads.” All OCPL Summer Reading Coffee House programs will feature free samples of gourmet coffee and pastries provided by Wheeling Coffee and Spice Company. The second program in the series, “Governance and Obligations to our Health, Welfare and Safety” featuring Doug Shields, will be offered on Thursday evening, July 18 at 6 PM. Doug Shields had a twenty-year career in Pittsburgh’s City Council; serving two terms as the President of Council. During his tenure, Shields was recognized for his expertise in municipal operations, budgeting, pension and planning, zoning and land use matters. He also consistently championed social-justice issues. He’s currently an Adjunct Instructor at Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Development. In August of 2010, he introduced the first in the nation ban of Shale gas extraction and secured its passage on November 16, 2010, by way of a unanimous 9-0 vote of the Pittsburgh City Council. Today, Doug has taken an active role on educating the public as to the impacts of this game changing industry. Local groups including Ohio Valley Peace, FaCT OV, Woodsdale United and Wheeling Water Warriors will have short presentations about their work in Wheeling. Co-sponsored with Ohio Valley PEACE.