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February 22, 2020

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'Let's Talk About Honey' presentation Jan. 9 in Eagle River

The public is invited to a presentation entitled "Let's Talk About Honey" to be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Vilas Business Incubator, 555 Enterprise Way, Eagle River.

The event is sponsored by the Vilas County Master Gardener Volunteers and will be led by Dottie Reader.

A Master Gardener meeting will follow the presentation.

"Dottie will teach us about the history of honey as well as the many benefits of this delicious food," organizers said in a press release. "Honey, golden and sweet, has always been held in high regard. In ancient times, honey was considered the food of the gods and the symbol of wealth and happiness. It was used as a form of sustenance and offered in sacrifice. In the Middle Ages, honey was the basis for the production of mead, an alcoholic beverage. Because of its antiseptic qualities, physicians found it a perfect covering for wounds before the advent of bandages. Even Napoleon was enchanted by it, choosing the honeybee for his personal crest."

Reeder lives in Eagle River where she and her husband operate Sonny Bees honey farm, the release states.

The Reeders manage a number of beehives, harvest honey and share ideas and information on the benefits of beekeeping, the release states. In addition, Reeder teaches cooking classes for a variety of groups, but primarily for Nicolet College Community Education. She is certified to teach food safety and management, and over the years has taught food preparation and nutrition to many groups.

The Master Gardener program is a volunteer organization sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who aid University of Wisconsin-Extension staff by helping people in the community better understand horticulture and their environment. One of the ways the Vilas County Master Gardener Organization does this is by sponsoring educational events such as this one. For more information, contact Mary Ann Lambrecht at

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