Expert moves hive from Oregon City steeple

Expert moves hive from Oregon City steeple

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by Erica Heartquist and KGW.com Staff

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Posted on June 5, 2013 at 6:14 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 5 at 7:48 AM

OREGON CITY. Ore. -- A bee expert suspended nearly 40 feet above the ground was working Tuesday to remove a massive beehive attached to the side of an Oregon City church.

Most of the bees had been relocated from the outside of Atkinson Memorial Church to the inside of the church tower late Tuesday afternoon.

A few weeks ago, people at the nearby park started noticing the growing beehive. The church called in four different experts, but none was quite sure how to get to the hive.

Brian Lacy, owner of Live Honey Bees, showed up with a rope, ladder and a harness. He attached a ladder and scaled his way up to the hive, slicing the comb in sheets to then put into a wooden box.

 

 

He said the bees had to be moved so they wouldn't be exposed the harsh weather.

"It's very exposed," he said. "So when it was raining last week, I was feeling heartsick about these bees."

Onlookers were amazed as they watched him move the hive.

"I wish my kids were here and not in school," said Kathleen Sanete. "I think it's amazing and I don't know why he doesn't have on long sleeves."

The church was hoping to use the event as an educational experience about bees, and maybe get some honey out of the deal.

 

 

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