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President's Corner

November started with the OSBA Fall Conference having a record number of attendees! Over 400 beekeepers came to hear key speakers, Sue Cobey and Michael Palmer. Vendors galore, new and the regulars, had specials and free shipping on some orders. The conference was well organized and everyone got to visit with beekeepers from all over the state.

Our November meeting will have the honey report (get your stats to Paul today!), elections (please consider giving back to the club this year), a bee yard summary and a panel discussion from some of the seasoned beekeepers. I will keep the announcements brief so we can listen to our members discuss how they keep bees and ready them for winter.

Speaking of winter, now is a good time to set-up those wind breaks and do one last weight check for honey stores for the winter. I was thinking of having a winter feed workshop ... making sugar bricks, candy boards and fondant and grease patties. Do you think you are interested? Give me a call or send an email and if we get enough interest, we will make it an event.

What are your goals for next year as a beekeeper? Where would you like to see the club in the next year, 3 years and 5 years? I will have a short survey printed out and available on the table for the next meeting to keep us on track. Please take the time to let the board know what you would like to see and hear at the monthly meetings - and for that matter - what you don't want to see and hear. This is your club!

The next upcoming meeting of interest is the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association on November 14-15 in Lewisburg, PA. This year's PSBA Conference will focus on queens, their function in the hive and their importance for the well being of the hive.

The 2015 Beginner's Class times are posted on the webpage and calendar. Please send in your registration to Paul Kosmos, our treasurer. This year we will have "The Next Class" for beekeepers getting this first year behind them and wanting to be ready for the first spring flowers! Please check the webpage for times and costs for this new class! You asked and the board responded with this!

It's a nice afternoon, but too cold to be in a hive, so I am off to a bee barn somewhere....

See you at the meeting!

Peggy Garnes,

Committee Announcements

Executive Board Meeting - December 30, 2014 6pm at Root Lunch Room


Honey Harvest Results

As requested, the 2014 Annual Honey Harvest Analysis results have been posted to the harvest logs page.

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Mentor list

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Picture of the month

Winter is coming - We need a home!
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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
330-723-6265 [email protected]

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

Secretary: Molly White 1737 Halls Carriage Path Westlake, OH 44145
440-899-8624 [email protected]

Treasurer: Paul Kosmos 6386 State Road Sharon Township OH, 44281
330-239-1379 [email protected]

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