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Marching Red Devils cross the finish line and take another Grand Championship

Marching Red Devils won Grand Champion at the Portsmouth West 2023 band competition in Ohio held on the campus of Portsmouth West High School on Saturday September 23rd.

Individual Awards given were:

Color guard: 3rd place

Percussion: 4th place

Class A band: 1st place

2023 Grand Champion!

The Buzz of September

By Morgan Hall

The Greenup Beacon

National Honey Month is a celebratory and promotional event held annually during the month of September in the United States. Its purpose is to promote American beekeeping, the beekeeping industry, and honey as a natural and beneficial sweetener.

According to the Miller manufacturing company, “Many beekeepers find that the best months to harvest honey would be anywhere from July to mid-September. If you are wanting to maximize the honey you are collecting, be patient until the last honey flow which typically occurs in September.”

Penn State Extension confirms summer is the best season for honey.

“During the summer, the colony collects and stores the honey that the bees will consume in the fall and winter months. If the colony swarmed or the beekeeper made a split, the newly emerged queens will have mated and begun laying eggs. This is the season that many beekeepers harvest honey.”

Chris Erwin, a local beekeeper, shared his history with bee keeping.

“I have been beekeeping for seven years, and over that time I have attended five bee schools. We have three beehives still in operation. We have also had as many as 15 bee hives, but because of my health, we sold most of our hives; I am 73 and a cancer survivor.”

Irwin shares his inspiration for becoming a beekeeper.

“Actually, I was a journalist for a local newspaper and I interviewed Mike Crawford. He was the president of one of the bee clubs. After talking to him, I attended my first bee school. When school was over, I ordered my first package of bees.”

Erwin talks about his magazine, The Beekeeper. As beauty is in the eye of the bee holder.

“The magazine was designed to help anyone just learning about beekeeping. It has a lot of videos and answers to newbie questions that I found helpful when I started keeping bees.”

Erwin shares his favorite honey.

“While the taste of raw honey changes from year to year. I personally like honey made for sourwood trees and wildflowers.”

Healthline comments on the importance of getting nutrients from honey, “When it comes to choosing the healthiest honey, you should look for one that is raw. Raw honeys are not pasteurized and bypass filtration, a process that may reduce its nutrients.”

The Asheville Bee charmer elaborates on the lifespan of honey.

“If you’re considering throwing it away, think again. You don’t have to toss that honey! Even if honey had been sitting on your shelf for 2,000 years, that honey would still be as good as the day you opened it. In a nutshell, well-stored honey never expires or spoils, even if it’s been previously opened.”

In conclusion, Erwin shares his take on National Honey month and why it’s so significant.

“National Honey Month was created because many beekeepers believe September is the month that beekeeping changes from harvest to preparing for winter; however, for most beekeepers, actual harvest begins in July, and beekeepers are faced with the summer dearth. The Dearth is a period where there is little to no significant amount of nectar produced by harvestable plants.While beekeepers may hope for a fall harvest, most honey produced after the Dearth, known as the fall flow, is often given to the bees to ensure they have enough food to survive the winter. While it may be the reality that fall has long been associated with the harvest, it seems fitting to celebrate beekeeping in September. The importance of bees is not always easy to see, but 80% of our food sources directly or indirectly depend on bees to pollinate the food we eat or the food our livestock eats. So, keeping these little critters alive is more important than meets the eye.”

Resources for beekeeping:

The Kentucky Beekeeping Association Greenup Beekeeping Association Northeastern Kentucky Beekeeping Association


Upcoming Flyover over bridge 5K

By Morgan Hall

The Greenup Beacon

Osuch Racing brings another 5K with a cause to Greenup County. Alan Osuch explains that this race was put together by a lovely couple participating in Dancing with Our Stars, to raise funds for Highlands Museum. Mayor Ron Simpson has given his full support for this fundraising event. The race will be October 8th, starting at 2 p.m.

Jodelle Yount and her wife Jocelyn Arroyo-Yount will be dancing in the upcoming Dancing with Our Stars. Yount shared her announcement via social media.

” All right, everybody, it is August 1st and we are officially allowed to announce that Jocelyn and I will be dancing in this year’s Dancing with Our Stars in Ashland, KY in support of the Highlands Museum. We are couple #8. We have absolutely loved attending this event for the last couple of years. There is good food, good company, good dancing, and just a whole lot of fun. If you are interested in seats or a table for your business; where you can advertise, we would love to help you. This event is an all around blast. Please reach out to either Jocelyn or myself, if you are interested and want more information. These tickets will be gone soon, so don’t wait and let us know. If you’ve never been, it’s a must-do! We are looking forward to busting our moves and celebrating a fun evening with all of you.”

According to the Highlands Museum website,

“History and heritage along with energy and excitement come together on the Country Music Highway at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center. From 6 months to 96 years old, visitors find activity and information that puts the past in perspective and moves the present into the future.”

The Highlands Museum and Discovery Centers Mission, “provides avenues of discovery to children and visitors of all ages. Interactive exhibits, educational experiences, innovation programs, both cultural and historical, celebrate our past, explore our present and enrich our future.”

The sandwiches provided after the race will be catered by Ghostly Gourmet. Dancing With Our Stars makes its 10th annual appearance on February 3rd, 2024 at the Boyd Convention & Arts Center. All race proceeds will benefit the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center. You will register at the Russell Senior Center, then take a bus ride to the starting line at Russell High School. You will run from the highschool, then up and over the Flyover Bridge. The finish line will be located at the Russell Senior Center. All shirts are guaranteed for each participant. If you’re interested in registering for the race, please go to:

The entry fees for the race include:

1pm On-Site Registration

$25.00, if pre-registered before October 7th.

$30 Day of Race

The age groups for the race will include ages:

9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29,   30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59,   60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.

The awards will consist of trophies to the first three overall male and female finishers. There will be awards to the first three finishers in each male and female age group. There will be no duplication of awards. Race shirts will be guaranteed to all registered.

Charity information for the event goes to a good cause Osuch explains,

“Dancing With Our Stars. The premier party in the Tri-State, with all race proceeds benefiting the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center.

Dancing With Our Stars makes its 10th annual appearance on February 3rd, 2024 at the Boyd Convention & Arts Center. Talented local celebrities and their dance partners compete for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy, as guests are treated to a magical night of fantastic entertainment, dinner, drinks and dancing. This beloved event just keeps getting better…all for the Museum!”