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President's Corner

April showers hopefully will bring many May flowers and warm weather soon!

Last month was a soggy mess! No work could be done in the club's bee yard but we did get to check on the 3 surviving hives. They are doing well and have syrup/pollen patty on to support their growth. Joe Rielinger has been out on several occasions and is currently assembling the Modern Beekeeping Hive to be added to our yard. Bee Smart has donated one of their new feeders and an uncapper, too. The uncapper will be available to use with the club's extractor. I have quite a stack of wood and rails for the bee yard for our construction projects. Just need some dry time so the vehicles won't get stuck in the mud.

There were many training events and seminars last month. Hopefully everyone got to attend a couple...Dr. Jim Tew had a full house for the MCBA meeting on March 17th. I believe it was our second largest attend meeting yet! Robber screens, shims and other bee supplies were available for the members to purchase. Spring was in the air!

Adam Stearns still needs honey for the marathon and help with the seed bomb project. Please contact him if you are able to contribute honey or assist in packaging the seeds.

The Executive Committee will meet on April 24th and if you have any questions or concerns you like entertained, please contact me so I can address the issues of the club. Your participation is what makes our club work so well!

This year my focus will be on the club's bee yard. If you are interested in assisting with the bees, forage plants or just keeping the bee yard maintained, please give me a call! I am looking into Hive Tracks for our club to monitor all the hives and progress in the bee yard. This application allows you to keep notes on a computer...maybe this will solve some note taking issues. (remember taking notes?) We will need volunteers to build hive stands and a storage shed. Please bee involved if you have the time...

See you at the meeting!

Peggy Garnes,

Committee Announcements

Executive Board Meeting - April 24, 2014 6pm at Root Lunch Room


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Picture of the month

Half of Beginner's Class 2014... 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

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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