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President's Corner



MONDAY May 15TH 2017

Weather Permitting

This month the meeting will start in the BEE YARD @ 6:30 PM.

Field day, with Jim Tew, Kim Flottum and Jim Aylsworth

Jim Tew, Kim Flottum, and Jim Aylsworth will be demonstrating the various methods used to count Varroa mites in our colonies, sugar shake and alcohol washes. They will also take a look at the splits that were made at last months meeting in April. There will be discussion about what to be doing now and over the course of the next few weeks.

Also at this meeting will be our annual Plant Exchange. Bring one, take one. Please label your plant with its variety and how tall it gets or spreads so we know where to plant it in our flower beds. Bring a plant that the pollinators love!

MCBA Meetings are open to the public. If you are not a member of the club, please consider making a donation at the door to help cover the cost of the speaker.

Parking is allowed in the Bee Yard for this presentation. Veils are required in the Bee Yard.

For directions to the bee yard, click here,

Free Class from Ohio State Beekeepers Association

Ohio State Beekeepers Association - Join the Medina County Beekeepers Association at a free presentation on how to use OSBA’s Apiary Diagnostic Kit.

DATE: June 12 --- LOCATION: The Medina County District Library --- TIME: 7pm --- PRESENTER: Christine Cain

New beekeepers often wonder exactly what they are looking for when they inspect their hives. The OSBA Apiary Diagnostic Kit committee developed a portable kit complete with tools and a full-color, waterproof laminated field guide to help monitor and diagnose pests and pathogens, in addition to providing a tracking form for each hive visit.

The goal is to increase beekeeper knowledge and confidence in hive management by providing tools to help identify problematic changes in the hive before the bees reach a critical stage and die.

Join Christine as she demonstrates how to use the tools in the kit. FREE kits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To qualify you MUST have 1) completed a new beekeeping class through a local association in 2016 or 2017, 2) registered your hives with the Ohio Department of Agriculture ($5), and 3) present a receipt showing the purchase of woodenware or bees.

Kits are available for purchase: $49.99 plus shipping.

The laminated spiral bound manuals are also available for purchase: $24.99 (shipping is included). MCBA is placing a bulk order for the manuals and the price break means that club members only pay $12.50.

To sign up for this FREE class go to the link.

Beginners Half-Hour RE-NAMED

The “Beginners Half Hour” has been re-named. The new name is Beekeepers Q & A. Starting in February we will be meeting in our Regular meeting room at 6:30. So bring your questions, observations and notebooks so you can ask, and get answered those questions that too often don’t get asked during the regular meeting.

First-time users

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Swarm list

It's nearly swarm season. If you want to add your name to the club's swarm list and maybe get some free bees, log in and add your name to the list.

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Mentor list

MCBA has a strong mentoring tradition. If you are interested in learning more in a one-on-one setting, go to our online mentor list and give a call to one of our volunteers. Be sure to read the expectations of a mentee so you can get the most out of the experience.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please also go the the mentor list and add yourself to the page. Thanks for volunteering.

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Become a member

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USDA-ARS Will be temporarily down

From: Evans, Jay [1] 4/20/2017

Due to a staffing crisis, the USDA-ARS Bee Disease Diagnostic Service in Beltsville, MD will be on hiatus, effective immediately. The University of Maryland Bee Lab has graciously supported Mr. Samuel Abban as he leads this 100-year old program, but Samuel is now needed fulltime for a critical University project. Every effort is being made to finalize the hiring of Samuel as a USDA employee so that he can continue this program. Please do not submit new samples until further notice. Samples in hand will be held in cold storage pending our ability to staff this program. In the meantime, the Bee Informed Partnership offers a paid service for analyzing colony loss samples, We are extremely sorry for this disruption and look forward to continuing this program as part of USDA-ARS efforts to help beekeepers. Please contact us regarding urgent needs. Jay Evans, Research Leader, USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory, Beltsville, MD 20705 [email protected] 301-504-5143.


Picture of the month

Check your hives! Lots of Queen Cells and some swarms already in April. 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: Ann Cicarella
18820 Shelburne Road Shaker Heights, OH 44118

Vice President: Kim Flottum
7011 Spieth Rd Medina, OH 44256

Secretary: Kim Barkfelt
4717 Kingsbury Road Medina, OH 44256

Treasurer: Ron Zickefoose
10294 Cleveland Road
Creston, Ohio 44258

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