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President's Corner

Greetings fellow beekeepers

As the new president of the Medina Beekeepers, I want to introduce myself. Many of you know me, of course, you voted for me.

For those who don't know me, I produce and sell jelly, jam, and honey at the Medina Farmers market on the square in Medina on Saturday mornings as well as several other places around the county. I sell under the label of "Oak Ridge Farm" as that was the name of my Dad's dairy farm when I was growing up in the 1950's. Since none of my 6 siblings have a farm, I adopted the name for my 19 acre spread south of Medina. I figure there must be at least one oak tree on my property somewhere.

I started keeping honey bees in 2009, and now have 22 hives in 7 different apiaries in the county. I'm not a new bee keeper but I am always learning more every day about what I should already know. I encourage you to go to bee keeping seminars, read the current publications, read and re-read the books that we got as beginners. And above all, attend the club meetings every month not only for what the speakers have to say, but for the association with other bee keepers where you can ask, and get answered, questions that pertain to your immediate needs. Winter is a good time to spend reading and learning, but don't forget - this is the time of year when many bees starve. On a warm day (50 degrees or so) check out the hive to see if you have food stores for your bees or if you need to add some type of food. If the bees are on the top of the bars, you probably need to feed.

Feel free to call me anytime (reasonable times) if you have questions that you think I can help you with.

Jim Aylsworth, President


May Beginners Half Hour

This is just a reminder that the "Beginners Half Hour" is being held in the Bee Yard, weather permitting. A VEIL IS REQUIRED IN THE BEE YARD! If we are not able to meet in the bee yard due to weather we will meet across the street from our regular meeting room as usual.

Park in regular meeting room area. Please then walk to the bee yard. Please follow the ORANGE TAPE MARKERS to the bee yard. CURRENTLY THERE IS NOT ANY PARKING IN THE BEE YARD, THE GROUND IS PRETTY SOFT. THANK YOU!

The "Beginners Half Hour" will start promptly at 6:30 pm. We only have one colony, but we have some dead outs we can look at. It will run until 7:00 sharp. We will then walk back to the meeting room and the regular meeting will start at 7:15 with Gene McCune. Gene's talk is HONEY HOUSE FOR THE SERIOUS SIDELINER.

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Picture of the month

Ripe Q Cells (Bees removed wax from tip) (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: Jim Alysworth 6931 Ryan Road Medina, OH 44256
330-662-4040 [email protected]

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

Secretary: Kim Barkfelt 4717 Kingsbury Road Medina, OH 44256
330-225-7641 [email protected]

Treasurer: MaryJane Poling 6792 Lafeyette Road Medina, OH 44256
216-253-9534 [email protected]

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