Borough all abuzz over boy's hobby

June 17, 2008 6:53:01 AM PDT
A western Pennsylvania borough is abuzz over a boy's honeybee hobby.

Twelve-year-old Brennan Nale, of Hollidaysburg, has been interested in honeybees for several years. He and his father are dividing his hive to earn a Boy Scout merit badge.

But some residents of the Blair County borough say the bees are a nuisance. A recent complaint prompted the borough to order their removal, claiming they violate its property maintenance ordinance.

Brennan's father, Regis Nale, says he'll fight the case. He faces a potential $1,000 fine and court costs.

He says the ordinance covers disease-carrying insects, vermin and rodents - not honeybees.

Council says staff will look into the situation.