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President's Corner

September is clicking past at a hurried pace. Goldenrod is flowing and the bees are super busy storing! the scent of goldenrod honey can be detected from quite some distance and to the novice beekeeper - "smells like something died!" Please check your hives for storage space so the bees have plenty of room to fill without crowding the queen.

The board and members have received numerous swarm calls this month and more are coming in daily. Hives that swarmed in June are off again... up in the trees! maybe swarm management should be a topic for next year??? These bees seem to have an agenda that includes leaving on a regular basis.

This month's speaker, Vaughn Bryant, will talk pollen! Come early for the beginner's session - I know there are lots of questions for Kim, Buzz and Tracy!

With September winding down, mite counts have risen... 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...

The WAS Conference is September 17th thru 20th...lots of great speakers but a bit of travel is involved.

It's a nice afternoon so I am off to a bee yard somewhere....

See you at the meeting!

Peggy Garnes,

Committee Announcements

Executive Board Meeting - July 9, 2014 6pm at Root Lunch Room


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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

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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