August has been a whirl wind! With the Medina County Fair and the Ohio State Fair, entries and brochures have been swirling in my head!!!
The Beginner's Field Day on August 16th went well with over 25 newbees present. Buzz Riopelle was "The Inspector" for the day and demonstrated to the group what to expect when the inspector comes knocking. We went thru the club's hives from beginning to end and found many interesting situations. The group did inspections, a sugar shake for mites, a alcohol wash for mites and got to see first hand varroa mites and small hive beetles. We had a queenless hive that was a drone layer and it provided a host of learning opportunities. I would like to get in the hives one more time before winter to make sure that the remainder of the hives make it thru winter.
With August winding down, mite counts are rising... please check your hives now for accurate mite counts and treat the problem accordingly so that the hive will survive the winter. I hear we are in for another tough one. Combining weak hives, starting winter nucs and requeening package bee hives are chores to consider now...
It's a nice afternoon so I am off to a bee yard somewhere....
Executive Board Meeting - July 9, 2014 6pm at Root Lunch Room
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President: Peggy Garnes 6045 Lance Rd Medina, OH 44256
Vice President: Kim Flottum 7011 Spieth Rd Medina OH, 44256
Secretary: Molly White 1737 Halls Carriage Path Westlake, OH 44145
Treasurer: Paul Kosmos 6386 State Road Sharon Township OH, 44281
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