It was a routine day at the Toledo Pamida Store on Thursday, May 3, with many shoppers checking out the plants, shrubs and trees in the outdoor display area.
But arrival of a swarm of honey bees who followed their queen and landed on one of the small trees changed things for awhile.
Store manager?Cliff Havens first contacted Dick Kohler, Tama, whom he knew was familiar with bee keeping.
Bernard and Margaret Hala tip over a potted tree laden with bees into a waiting hive at the Pamida Store in Toledo on Thursday afternoon, May 3. Pamida Store manager Cliff Havens said the bees were quick to appear and equally quick to be noticed. Chronicle/John Speer
In turn, Bernard and Margaret Hala, operators of Hala's Honey at rural Green Mountain were summoned to capture the swarm.
In a matter of a few minutes after their arrival, they set up a hive with pheromone scent on the ground and Bernard tipped the tree over on it. What the Halas estimated at three pounds of bees were soon in the hive and the outdoor garden area at Pamida returned to normal operation.
The bees were then taken by local Toledo bee keeper Dean Upah.
Margaret Hala said bees divide when a hive becomes "overcrowded" and one-half the bees will follow a queen to establish a new hive. She said this is within two miles of the former hive.
She said the bee population seems to be rebounding ater concenrs have been expressed over the past few years.
The Halas are usually called on only a couple of times of year to deal with such curcumstances.
They have been beekeepers since the late 1970s.
Bernard Hala is a 1960 graduate of Toledo High School.