By REBECCA HAZEN
Bella Donna, candidate for Dade County’s District 4 Commissioner seat, introduced herself during the Dade County weekly county update on Thursday, Oct. 7.
Donna is a wholistic healthcare facilitator, beekeeper, aromatherapist, apitherapist, herbalist, life and health coach, and reiki practitioner and teacher. She moved to Dade County four years ago.
“I have been a holistic healthcare practitioner for nearly 20 years now, and part of that work has been using bees and bee products … I prefer to work with people who want to keep their lifestyles healthy, versus treating or addressing issues,” Donna said.
Donna originally moved to Dade County because she thought it seemed like the perfect place to raise bees, as well as grow herbs.
“I found out quickly that my bees didn’t do well here because of all the pesticides and insecticides, so I try to take any opportunities I can to bring that awareness to people … from what I hear, there were bees all over Lookout Mountain. Three and four generations would raise bees, and then the bees started dying off,” Donna said.
Donna continued, “If anyone has any questions on beekeeping, apitherapy and natural health care, I am always willing and able to talk.”
More information about Donna’s work can be found on her website at beehealthy.biz.
In related news, Dade County Executive Ted Rumley noted that on the Thursday weekly county update before the election, the candidates, both county and city commissioners, will be invited to introduce themselves, so that voters can get a chance to know who they will vote for.
Rumley told the community that if anyone sees planes flying low overhead, not be alarmed, because it is related to rabies treatment.
According to Rumley, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Natural Resources have teamed together to have planes fly over northwest Georgia and drop bait. The bait looks like little green squares. The raccoons will eat them, and in turn be vaccinated against rabies.
The bait will not harm cats and dogs. If anyone comes across one on their property, they should move it further into the woods, if possible. After handling the squares, please wash your hands with soap and water.
There are multiple upcoming events happening this month in the county. The Dade County High School homecoming parade will be Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., followed by a bonfire at the High School. Trick or Treat on the Square will be Saturday, Oct. 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Dade Elementary School Fall Festival will also be Oct. 23 from 2-5 p.m. The Optimist Bowling fundraiser will be Sunday, Oct. 24. The Historical Society’s program, Route to the Battle of Chickamauga, will also Oct. 24.
Dade County Library’s Youth Education Coordinator Jessica Bowman spoke about upcoming events and news at the Library.
Ready to Read is every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for children ages five and under. Each week has a different theme.
The library also wants to hire an Outreach Coordinator, which is a 10–month temporary position as a mobile librarian. Apply at chrl.org/employment-opportunities.
In COVID-19 news, Rumley noted that there have been many calls about the Senior Center being closed, and that it will be open again this week.
“Overall, the people that are coming down with COVID-19, they are not the age group that’s seniors,” Rumley said.
Dade County has seen 48 cases in the past two weeks, for a total of 1,755 COVID-19 cases. The number of cases can be found at https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report.
The weekly county update is broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube on Thursdays at 3 p.m. If anyone has questions, they can email email@example.com.