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President's Corner

August is Mites, Dearth and Yellow Jackets!

Please check your mite levels in your hives now. With large populations, it's a daunting task but you don't want to lose your hive to virus! Splits, caging queens, treatments.... there are many options to break that brood cycle.

For the smaller hives, check feed. With the dearth, small hives can struggle with little to eat. please be careful when you feed now as robbing can get started in a blink of an eye. Small entrances or just one entrance are best. It's your job as a beekeeper to protect the young hives. Robbing is an issue at this time... don't leave hives open for extended periods of time or extracted frames out to be cleaned. Put all frames back inside of a hive for clean-up.

YELLOW JACKETS ARE HERE IN FORCE! i have seen quite a few yellow jackets and the small wasps. please reduce your entrances now to prevent a take-over from these predators. Traps are available or you can make your own. I have an old time glass bottle that yellow jackets can enter and can't find their way out and then drown in the syrup left in the bottom of the jar. My neighbor, Sue, found it at a yard sale. (along with many other bee finds!)

The annual picnic is coming up soon, so please let Kathy Summers know if you are coming and how many???? I will need a head count for the burgers and brauts! Anyone for games? Please contact me if you have some ideas on games for our picnic... just remember that I'm getting old so I don't want to be running much!

The bee yard is doing well during this dearth... with the topbar having 3 more bars added to it. All the other hives are holding their own and will be checked for mites this month. We had done some heavy splitting this summer so I'm hoping the mite level will be low. How are members doing with small hive beetles this year? Maybe at the picnic we can take a poll on how many areas have been affected this year.

We received a very nice note from the Medina Library.... 'Thanks to you and all your wonderful volunteers! We had 1161 folks visiting during Bee Festival this year. That's almost 300 per hour! We couldn't do it without you. Please let me know if you have thought about what we should do next year, so I can get them down before we forget. I will check with Sue Demis in our Technology Department about the Bee Cam and get back to you...

Christine Gramm Manager, Medina Library

See you at the meeting or in a bee yard somewhere... (Please note the new email address below)

Peggy Garnes,

[email protected]

Committee Announcements

The Executive Board has given the Directors specific tasks (see below) and want the club members to call or email for volunteering opportunities. This is a great way to give back and get involved in the club. We have grown so much and now we want you the members to be more involved with the work load. This will be an exciting year for MCBA!


Adam Stearns  : Bee Yard

Ken Hazzard  : Mentoring/Membership

Michele Colopy : Meeting Room Set Up/Tear Down

Please contact your club directors and volunteer to assistance them. This is a great way to get involved with the club and give back where you can. Call or email today for details...


First-time users

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Swarm list

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Mentor list

MCBA has a strong mentoring tradition. In the past, we let everyone know who was willing to serve as a mentor only via our club roster. In order to help new beekeepers find us, we are experimenting with an online mentor list. If you are interested in serving as a member, just add yourself to the list.

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Become a member

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Picture of the month

"Queen on a Pedestal" Bees do the most amazing things when you violate bee space! (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: 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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