Thumbs up to Lyman Woods for expanding its honeybee populations. A growing apiary managed by the Downers Grove Park District, five hives were built in 2013 and have since expanded to eight hives under the oversight of naturalist Marge Trocki. In a time in which honeybees populations throughout the world are in crisis, the hives are thriving in Downers Grove. Moreover, the park district is turning a profit on the 400 pounds of honey from the colonies, selling jars ranging from $6 to $9.
Thumbs up and happy anniversary to the Downers Grove Camera Club, which turned 80 this year. The Downers Grove Camera Club is one of the oldest in the Chicago area, founded in 1934, and also one of the most respected, regularly performing well at the Chicago Area Camera Club Association's monthly contests. Residents interested in joining the club are welcome to attend a prospective member meetings Sept. 16 and 30. The club will also have a table at the Downtown Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival on Sept. 6 and 7.