Stung By The Plight Of The Honeybee

When the silver tips of apple buds show in the orchards around Morton, N.Y., Jim Doan takes his wife Alayne out for Chinese food in nearby Rochester. For the second-generation beekeepers, it may be the last restaurant meal for a while. As upwards of 40,000 acres of the Lake Ontario Plain fruit belt come into bloom in early May, calls from farmers for bee colonies come nonstop. The alarm clock rings at 4 a.m., and the dinner hour hovers around 10 p.m. Down the road a bit, Jim's parents, Ed and Judy, are leading a similarly hectic life.

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