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Portage County Beekeeper Will Be Missed

Peg Kaminski’s spirit left this world on March 09, 2019 after a 4 year battle with cancer. Peg was born on May 20, 1950 in Akron, Ohio to John Sniderhan & Virginia (Lange) Sniderhan. She was the oldest of five siblings. She moved with her family to southern California at an early age because of her mother’s health. After the death of her mother in 1965, Peg helped raise her brothers and sisters. After graduating high school in 1968, she returned to Ohio to live with her maternal grandparents Lucille & Chester Lange. In 1969, she met Daniel Kaminski and they were married the following year on September 25, 1970. Peg was a loving mother and an excellent home maker, cook, baker, and seamstress. She canned or froze all the produce from their large garden. Peg was a member of the Brimfield Dandelions (female Lions at the time) where she held several offices. She sang with the Ravenna Choir. Peg was a lifetime member of the Ohio State Beekeeper Association, Eastern Apicultures Society, Tri-County Bee Association, and the Portage County Bee Association, where she held the positions of secretary and treasurer for 23 years. 

Those left behind with a hole in their hearts are: her husband of 49 years Daniel Kaminski; children Barbara King (Michael), Patti Wandover (George), and David Kaminski; grandchildren Steve Kaminski (Ariel), Joe Martin (Saira), Daniel Martin, Nathan Kaminski, and Peter Kaminski; great-granddaughter Aria Kaminski; Siblings Richard Sniderhan, Lucy Sims, and John Sniderhan (Lorray); sisters-in-law Nancy Duquette and Margaret Kaminski; nieces and nephews, and many beloved friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, sister (Linda Sniderhan), and grandson (Bradley Martin). 

Calling hours will be on March 14, 2019 from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm at Newcomer Funeral Home, 131 North Canton Rd, Akron, OH 44305. Mass of Christian Burial held at 10am on Friday, March 15 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 313 N. Depeyster St., Kent, OH 44240. Interment at Restland Cemetery, Brimfield, OH to follow. 

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HB 392, the Apiary Owners Immunity Bill-- Needs your help to "get out of committee!"

The Ohio Senate Agricultural Committee needs to hear the “buzz” of beekeepers.  Sign onto the OSBA Letter seeking a Vote of the Senate Agriculture Committee so HB 392 can move forward.  You can also call the members of the Senate Ag. Committee to encourage them to vote in favor of HB 392.  Tell your beekeeper friends, gardeners, farmers, and everyone who enjoys delicious, nutritious fruits, nuts, vegetables, and seeds to ask the Ohio House to hold a committee vote of HB 392 in this legislative session.

Select this link to sign onto the letter   http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51103/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=25649 

Select this link to get the Senate Agriculture Committee members' phone numbers. http://www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org/advocacy

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