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A live hive

When the wind blew down an oak midday on Nov. 3 in Kendra and Conor Kelly’s front yard, hive and honeycomb inside were saved through the kind of teamwork that bees could truly admire.

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    The tree's inhabitants.

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    The hive-reassembly sequence: John and Jim Schlemmer “put the puzzle back together,” at the scene...

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    ... Moments later, John gets stung and, hat flying, gets away from the swarm (later neighbor Brian Hukari used a front-loader to put it on Jim’s trailer ...

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    ... On the Eby Road property Nov. 8, Michael Becker helps the Schlemmers and Bobcat operator Joe Turkiewicz prepare to tip the oak log upright ...

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    ... Bees swarming at the top opening.

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    Schlemmer’s daughter, Audry, climbs the oak to put a temporary plywood cap atop the log, to keep out rainwater. “There’s a lot of honey in there. They’re going to survive in there,” Jim said. “Plenty of room for their winter storage. And it’s a big colony.” Schlemmer carved out part of the log interior to protect the comb from damage, and plans a door or hatch at chest level for bee viewing.

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