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The public schools of Garrett County are abuzz with activity once again, as classes commenced this week for all area students. It was time to dust off the backpack (or buy a new one) and load it with books, supplies, and maybe a snack or two. These youngsters were pictured as they headed home from their day at Broad Ford Elementary School. All motorists are reminded to be on the lookout for buses picking up students, and to come to a complete stop at the first sight of the flashing red lights. All drivers should remain stopped until the bus door is closed and the vehicle has moved on. Everyone operating a car is urged to remember the "precious cargo" being carried on those big yellow vehicles. Here's hoping all students, teachers, and staff have a great year, full of exploration, learning, and fun. Photo by Mary S. McEwen.
Today is Aug. 28, 2014.

Hard at work throughout Garrett County, in their quest to gather pollen for honey production, are millions of honeybees, as they are now foraging such later blooming plants as goldenrod and other yellow wildflowers such as this one, from which the honey is likewise a light yellow. Just to get one load of pollen to take back to the hive, this bee will have to visit an estimated 1,500 flowers, and she and her workmates (all worker bees are female) will have to tap approximately 2,000,000 flowers to produce just one pound of honey. Honeybees are also responsible for pollinating approximately one-third of the nation's food supply. This photo was taken by Derek DiMedio, a beekeeper (and professional photographer) who resides in Friendsville. To see today's entire issue, click on "Your Virtual Newspaper" above.