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President's Corner



Next Meeting June 19th, 2017 7:00 PM

Ken Hazard "Preparing to exhibit hive products at the fair.”

Ken and his wife, Judy are certified honey judges and will be judging your honey entries at the fair. His talk will cover what you need to consider to compete for a blue ribbon in the fair. It will include the fair rules from the 2017 Premium book; Issues to consider when harvesting your honey crop; the judging points for the 8 classes of honey products and points on other entry classes for wax products. He will also cover some basic rules for entering Bakery products. During the talk Ken will reference critical points to keep in mind if you are planning to sell your honey at the Fair.

Beekeepers Q & A

The Beekeepers Q & A will resume for the month of June. We will be meeting in our Regular meeting room at 6:30. So bring your questions, observations and notebooks so you can ask, and get answered those questions that too often don’t get asked during the regular meeting.

First-time users

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Swarm list

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Mentor list

MCBA has a strong mentoring tradition. If you are interested in learning more in a one-on-one setting, go to our online mentor list and give a call to one of our volunteers. Be sure to read the expectations of a mentee so you can get the most out of the experience.

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Become a member

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MAY 31, 2017 CATCH THE BUZZ – USDA HONEY BEE DISEASE DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES COLLABORATION BETWEEN USDA-ARS, APHIS, & BEE INFORMED PARTNERSHIP STARTS TODAY. A joint collaboration between the Bee Informed Partnership, the USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory and USDA-APHIS has been established in the short term to primarily provide for free diagnostics of honey bee brood for American foul brood disease and other brood diseases. We will also offer other pest and disease diagnostics for a nominal fee. Please see for additional information.


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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: Ann Cicarella
18820 Shelburne Road Shaker Heights, OH 44118

Vice President: Kim Flottum
7011 Spieth Rd Medina, OH 44256

Secretary: Kim Barkfelt
4717 Kingsbury Road Medina, OH 44256

Treasurer: Ron Zickefoose
10294 Cleveland Road
Creston, Ohio 44258

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