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President's Corner

August has been a whirl wind! With the Medina County Fair and the Ohio State Fair, entries and brochures have been swirling in my head!!!

The Beginner's Field Day on August 16th went well with over 25 newbees present. Buzz Riopelle was "The Inspector" for the day and demonstrated to the group what to expect when the inspector comes knocking. We went thru the club's hives from beginning to end and found many interesting situations. The group did inspections, a sugar shake for mites, a alcohol wash for mites and got to see first hand varroa mites and small hive beetles. We had a queenless hive that was a drone layer and it provided a host of learning opportunities. I would like to get in the hives one more time before winter to make sure that the remainder of the hives make it thru winter.

The State Apiarist, Barb Bloetscher, came to inspect our club hives and took samples to submit for the survey she is conducting. All the hives looked good but we had some issue with the queenless hive. But all in all we received a good report. I will share the results when they come in with the club.

The Annual Bee Picnic was held on August 18th and a huge crowd showed up! My husband, Chuck, assisted in cooking 90 burgers and all 50 brauts! Our group brought fantastic salads, sides and scrumptious deserts! We are not only good beekeepers but great cooks as well.

With August winding down, mite counts are rising... please check your hives now for accurate mite counts and treat the problem accordingly so that the hive will survive the winter. I hear we are in for another tough one. Combining weak hives, starting winter nucs and requeening package bee hives are chores to consider now...

It's a nice afternoon so I am off to a bee yard somewhere....

See you at the meeting!

Peggy Garnes,

Committee Announcements

Executive Board Meeting - July 9, 2014 6pm at Root Lunch Room


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Nancy spent hours making the booth look great!!
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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
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  • 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

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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