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President's Corner

July has arrived sunny and no RAIN!!!!

YELLOW JACKETS ARE HERE IN FORCE! i have seen quite a few yellow jackets and the small wasps. please reduce your entrances now to prevent a take-over from these predators. Robbing is also an issue at this time... don't leave hives open for extended periods of time or extracted frames out to be cleaned. Put all frames back inside of a hive for clean-up.

Nosema spores are building right now in your hives - do you know how to sample? How will you treat? The new nosema is a silent killer... take action now in July to have live bees next spring.

I am still receiving swarm calls and calls for bees in buildings. I think with all the rain, the hives have been more apt to swarm on these few nice days. Check your hives and make sure that they have plenty of room for nectar storage. It's disheartening to hear your best queen just left to a tree 30 feet up! Not to mention that with all the rain, many hives have not or could not re-queen and those that did manage to re-queen didn't mate properly and now are drone layers...

The Bee Yard is moving along. We currently have 7 hives and the top bar has been restarted. I didn't get back to the top bar quick enough and the bees built comb all over the feed jar. Goofy bees!

The fawn twins are getting big and have lost their spots. We did have a ground hog move in under the shed... so I guess Sam will be coming down to do a sweep.

EAS is also fast approaching...a passport or passport card is required. Get one now so you don't miss out on this conference. Some of the Speakers for the EAS Conference are Mark Winston, Robert E. Page Jr., Phil Craft, Robert Currie, Ernesto Guzman, Pierre Giovenazzo,Tammy Horn, Zachary Huang, Greg Hunt, Doug McRory, Heather Mattila, Medhat Nasr, Gard Otis, Steve Pernal, Nigel Raine, and many, many more. Registration is open. check their website for more information... at

July is the month to start preparing your bees for winter.... check for varroa and do something now! Nucs for overwintering should be started by mid July and allowed to grow into at least 2 deeps or 3 medium nuc boxes. I would like to have a field day at the bee yard to demo this - so if you are interested in overwintering nucs, let me know.

See you at the meeting or in a bee yard somewhere...

Peggy Garnes,

Committee Announcements

The Executive Board has given the Directors specific tasks (see below) and want the club members to call or email for volunteering opportunities. This is a great way to give back and get involved in the club. We have grown so much and now we want you the members to be more involved with the work load. This will be an exciting year for MCBA!


Adam Stearns  : Bee Yard

Ken Hazzard  : Mentoring/Membership

Michele Colopy : Meeting Room Set Up/Tear Down

Please contact your club directors and volunteer to assistance them. This is a great way to get involved with the club and give back where you can. Call or email today for details...


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Mentor list

MCBA has a strong mentoring tradition. In the past, we let everyone know who was willing to serve as a mentor only via our club roster. In order to help new beekeepers find us, we are experimenting with an online mentor list. If you are interested in serving as a member, just add yourself to the list.

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Picture of the month

One member (Vermont) has bigger problems (but cuter) than Yellow Jackets! (Click to Enlarge)

Topics of Interest

  • MCBA - the Club - Club contacts, officers, become a member, talk about meetings, upcoming events and other things specific to the club
  • Bee diseases & parasites - for discussion of varroa, tracheal mites, Foulbrood and all the other things that can kill your bees.
  • Classifieds - Buy, sell, trade or talk about beekeeping equipment - what works, what doesn't and why.
  • Getting started with bees - questions for and by new beekeepers. Where should I put my hives? What do I really need? How hard is it?
  • Urban beekeeping - articles and experiences with beekeeping near people
  • Blessings of the Bees - some prayers, poems and other evidence of the spiritual connection between bees and mankind.
  • Bee Still Encounters - Bee Encounters of the Closest Kind by Medina Beekeepers
  • Resources and links - hundreds more links of questionable value
  • Photo albums - Look here for photos of Medina Beekeepers
  • Bait Hives Why not try to attract a swarm in your good, clean, unused equipment?
  • Growing Degree Days Want to know what's in bloom or about to? Looking to make varietal honey? One way to tell is by Growing Degree Days.

MCBA Contacts

President: Peggy Garnes 6045 Lance Rd Medina, OH 44256
330-723-6265 [email protected]

Vice President: Kim Flottum 7011 Spieth Rd Medina OH, 44256
330-722-2021 [email protected]

Secretary: Molly White 1737 Halls Carriage Path Westlake, OH 44145
440-899-8624 [email protected]

Treasurer: Paul Kosmos 6386 State Road Sharon Township OH, 44281
330-239-1379 [email protected]

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