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Documentary series continues with ‘Vanishing of the Bees’

IRON RIVER—The Earth Matters documentary film series continues on Thursday, June 20, with the showing of “Vanishing of the Bees” from 6-7 p.m. at the West Iron District Library’s conference room.
    The documentary is part of the film series sponsored by Rise Up Indivisible Iron County, the Iron County Watershed Coalition and the West Iron District Library.
    The film deals with a recent phenomenon in the bee population called “Colony Collapse Disorder.” This syndrome has created a crisis in the farming communities responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and hundreds of other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables. Beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes struggle to keep their bees healthy and fulfill their pollination contracts across the U.S. The film follows these two friends as they plead their case on Capitol Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.
    Following the film, there will be a short discussion led by beekeeper-and-artist Melissa Hronkin. Hronkin owns and runs Algoma Acres in Mass City where she sells her home-produced honey and related products and hosts craft fairs and performances. Refreshments will be served.
    The public is welcome to attend both the film showing and the Rise Up Indivisible Iron County business meeting, which will run from 5-6 p.m.
    The last documentary film in this series, “Chasing the Scream,” will be shown Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. at the library.
    Based on the book by Johann Hari, the film reports on the most current research spotlighting modern-day addiction. Copies of the book will be available for check-out. Following the film, community members will lead the question-and-answer session.