“See that one right there (by the blue dot) — that’s the queen bee — she’s got her tail down in the hole, and she’s laying an egg. In a big, working hive, she’ll lay 2,000 eggs a day. This is a small hive, this is her hive. She’s putting on a real good show, she must like to show off! (laughs)

I live in Economy Borough and have 30 hives. I’ve been a beekeeper, seriously, for about 25-30 years now. I sell honey at my door, self-serve; it’s all local honey. It works wonderful, I’ve had no problems.

Take the honey, and leave the money — that’s my motto!”

(Jim Hoffman teaches fair-goers all about honey production and the life of bees in the hive at the Big Knob fair. You can buy Jim’s honey from his self-serve shop, at home, at 424 Golden Grove Road in Baden)

Erin Ninehouser loves photography for its ability to reveal truths and insights that are often too difficult to capture with words. She believes, as Garrison Keillor says through his troubled yet triumphant character Barbara in Pontoon, that “the only sermon that counts is the one formed by our actions.” A native of New Castle, Erin has made her home in Ambridge where she lives happily with her wonderful husband Dave, their three adorable and hilarious cats, and their “old gentleman” dog, Max. Erin is excited to help tell the stories of the people of Beaver County. You can see more of her work on Facebook and connect on Instagram or Twitter.