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The bees are back in a pack; Colony collapse rumor is greatly exaggerated.

Byline: Anna L. Griffin

Earlier this year, newspapers were filled with stories about Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD. This is a phenomenon in which worker bees in a beehive abruptly disappear.

"Where have all the bees gone?" one story after another asked.

I don't know where they went, but they have returned - at least a bunch of them - to my gardens.

The other day I was taking a stroll past one flower bed when I heard a humming noise. I thought it was the air conditioner, then realized we don't have one in that window.

Surveying the garden a bit closer, I was a bit surprised, but not shocked, to see bees buzzing around a large clump of plants named, appropriately, "bee balm."

There were so many bees that it was "buzzing room only" as groups of bees waited for each other to get off the blossoms so that they could alight.

I only wish I had a video camera to capture it all. A picture is worth a thousand bees, eh, words.

The sixth-grade class at Applewild School, Fitchburg, recently completed its Famous Chair project, which was exhibited at the Fitchburg Art Museum. The 37 pupils, under the direction of art instructor Cheri Amarna, chose an artist or a style to represent in the decoration of their chairs. Among their choices were Salvador Dali, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mark Rothko and Ancient Egyptian. They then learned the history of the artist or style and wrote two paragraphs describing their project. They then decorated the chair in class and at home using any materials they felt were appropriate.

The chairs were judged by Susan DeKant and Ann Descoteaux of the Fitchburg Art Museum, and ribbons were awarded for first, second, third and grand prize, along with honorable mention.

Riley Smith of Lancaster won the grand prize for her chair representing Ancient Egyptian Art. Riley incorporated many elements of this art style on the chair, including hieroglyphics and ankhs.

"The Friday Night Flicks," sponsored by the Friends of the Lunenburg Public Library, continue in July with the Russian film "The Island." The flicks provide an opportunity to view first-run, award-winning films that are not available at the local multiplexes. From the famed director of "Luna Park," "Taxi Blues" and "Tycoon: A New Russian" comes a subtle, personal tale on what is both a spiritual character study about self-forgiveness, as well as a parable for life today in post-Perestroika Russia.

Somewhere in Northern Russia, a very unusual man lives in a small Russian Orthodox monastery. His fellow monks are confused by his bizarre conduct, and those who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future. However, he considers himself unworthy because of a sin he committed in his youth. He has decided to spend the rest of his life in repentance, atoning for this past wrongdoing in order to rest in peace once he dies, but little does he know that he will find closure well before his death.

This film is subtitled. The only local performance will be at 8 p.m. Friday, July 27, in the Wallace Room at the Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg. More information is available at the library or at The Film Movement Web site,

Century 21 Realty Team of Leominster has announced that Bruce Gallant and the Seppa Team (Jude and Karl Seppa) are the top selling and listing entities of the company for June.

"Bruce works in the real investment `world'. He has listed and sold many larger commercial and residential investment properties over the years, including an incredible $2,000,000 in May and $1,675,000 in June. Many investors have been pleased with his style of doing business as well as his perseverance for staying on top of a transaction. He is known as an agent who will help any agent within the office. His well-respected work ethic has served many clients in a most satisfactory way. We are proud that he has been with the company for over 20 years," said Nick Storrs, co-owner of the company.

"The Seppas are a team. They work together, with each one sharing their knowledge and expertise with each other as well as with their clients. Some people have said that with a team the client gets `Two for the price of One.' This is truly an accurate statement with Jude and Karl. They work long hours and are extremely detail-oriented. They are truly role models for others when it comes to setting the standard for quality performance," said Mr. Storrs.

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CUTLINE: Riley Smith of Lancaster with her grand prize-winning chair, inspired by ancient Egyptian art, at the Fitchburg Art Museum.
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