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President's Corner

October is here and the cooler nights are being felt. I think that the warm days are finished and everyone must now focus on preparing their hives for a long, cold winter! The yellow jackets are finally slowing down robbing the larva and the wooly bear caterpillar is mostly black and that means a cold, cold winter!!!!

Did you leave at least 100 lbs of capped honey and lots of pollen? Now would be a good time to add a pollen patty to fatten the girls up! Waist lines don't count in a bee hive. Fat bodies this time of the year will make life a little easier on the nurse bees feeding the young. Fat reserves may be used when the bees can't move to food readily...better to be safe. Even a half of a patty will be consumed quickly if placed right under the inner cover above the cluster this time of year. Hopefully you are mite free and without virus load and the smell of goldenrod honey is still faintly detected from the hives.

The bee yard will be the venue for one last field day...winterizing the hives. We will be checking for stores of honey, mouse guards, wrapping with different applications and determining if any of the smaller hives should be combined. NOD Apiary Supplier sent a case of Bee Cozies for our girls. Their company is located in Canada - so they know winters!!! the date is October 18th from 12 to 2pm. Bring bee suits, veils and notebooks! This will be the last field day for the beginner class of 2014. Any paid club member is also welcome to attend.

Bee Culture Magazine is hosting the Russians are Coming! in October, too. The dates are 24, 25 and 26th. Please check the magazine's website,, for more information. There are 12 Russian bee hives at the club's yard that will be used for this event. There is still time to sign up and learn from the leaders of the Russian Bee Society all about the Russian bee, it's development and how to succeed with it. It has been an interesting journey with those bees...We have three different Russian lines in the yard; they are very gentle and have settled in for the winter already with lots of capped honey stored. They were all started on plastic foundation, drew it out nicely and have filled two deeps, and at least one honey super per hive! I can't wait to hear from the breeders!

I will need a nomination chair person for the next meeting as elections are drawing near. All positions on the executive board and one director will need to be voted on. Please email me or call me if you would like to be the chair person or would like t run for one of the offices. This is a great way to give back to the club.

November 1st is the OSBA Fall Conference featuring speakers Sue Cobey and Mike Palmer! There will be lots of vendors (Free Shipping-my favorite)so stock up on equipment! If you call ahead, they can probably bring it to the conference. Please check the OSBA webpage for more information.

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



In October, we need nominations for the Club's officers. All officers (President, VP, Secretary, and Treasurer) and one of the three Directors are up for grabs. See the bylaws for a description of the duties of the respective officers. If you'd like to give back to the club, this is a great opportunity. To nominate someone, or yourself, please contact Tracy Alarcon at or 330-396-1352.

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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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