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New Meeting Location for MCBA !!!

Effective with the October meeting MCBA will meet at 7:00 pm in Williams on the Lake at 787 Lafayette Rd in Medina. Williams on the Lake is just West of the fairgrounds on Lafayette Road. It is the Octagon Building in the back. [1]

2018 MCBA Beginners Class !!!

Dates and times for the 2018 Beginners Class are now posted on the Calendar. Course outlines and registration details will be posted shortly. Please check back for updates. For questions please contact Paul Kosmos at or 330.239.1379.

2018 MCBA Special Event - Conversations with Randy Oliver!!!

MCBA has scheduled a special event for Sunday, March 4. Join us for an exciting afternoon with Randy Oliver as he discusses the latest information and research for keeping healthy Honey bees. For more details see the Calendar. For questions please contact Paul Kosmos at or 330.239.1379.

2018 MCBA Intermediate Class !!!

MCBA has scheduled an intermediate class for March 17. Calendar. The class will cover "Bringing your Bees out of Winter", "Varroa Management", and an afternoon session by featured speaker Roy Hendrickson on "Spring Management and the Formula". For questions please contact Paul Kosmos at or 330.239.1379.

First-time users

Welcome to the Medina County Beekeepers Association's website. We hope you enjoy your time here and can find what you want about bees and beekeeping.
If you just want to read the site, please surf around and see what you can find. If you want to help build the site or add comments... read more

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.

(If you do not yet have an account to edit this site, please email our webmaster.)

Become a member

Interested in joining the club? Come to a meeting and see what we're about. If you like what you see, we will help you get signed up. read more

USDA Honey bee Disease Diagnostic Services

USDA Honey Bee Disease Diagnostic Services, Beltsville MD is back up and running.

The USDA-ARS is extremely pleased to welcome Samuel Abban to the Bee Diagnostic Service.

Mr. Abban has ten years experience with honey bee disease diagnostics and research and he will ably run this program. Sam will board July 10, 2017 and with assistance from Bee Research laboratory staff will begin analyzing past and future samples submitted to the service. We will focus on brood samples as a means of addressing concerns over foulbrood disease and antibiotic prescriptions.

Please be patient as we dig through a substantial backlog of samples, but our aim is to strengthen the USDA Disease Diagnostic Service for another 100 years.

Finally, words can’t describe our thanks to the Bee Informed partnership for their support of Sam and bee diagnostics while we waited for an opportunity to bring Sam onboard with USDA.

How to Submit Samples


Picture of the month

Happiness is 59 degrees on Jan 22! 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

Vice President: Paul Kosmos

Secretary: Kim Barkfelt


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