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Flight of the honeybee keeps Howard enthusiasts buzzing
Flight of the honeybee keeps Howard enthusiasts buzzing

When the call came in that tens of thousands of honeybees had swarmed the cab of a tractor-trailer at the I-95 rest area in North Laurel, Jason Ellis was there in a flash. Management had summoned emergency workers to help them get inside the parked vehicle to see if a helpless driver was lying injured or worse. But county fire and rescue personnel in turn contacted Ellis, a 13-year Howard County police officer and vice president of Howard County Beekeepers Association, to see if he could save the insects from a certain death-by-hosing — since they had no other options for removing them. The May 15 rescue, which Ellis calls "the hardest thing I've ever attempted,"...

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