Sitting here having my coffee-wishing it would warm enough to go outside!
Here we are in November and we have had our first bit of snow and the temps are dropping. I hope everyone has winterized their hives-removed all mites, heavy weights and wrapping if you must. The windbreaks need to go up soon as the northern winds will be starting to bring in the cold temps! I was surprised to see yellow jackets out yesterday when I was in the bee yard-I think I must be the capitol for them here in Medina.
November 2nd was the OSBA meeting in Plain City, Ohio. The speakers were Phil Craft and Michael Bush and each had packed rooms. It's always interesting to me that something new comes out each time I listen - or is it just sticking in my brain better as I get older. The vendors kept busy and many offered free shipping for the orders! (my favorite)
This month is elections. Please consider throwing in your hat-this is a great way to give back to the club. We have many talented members so please consider a position. We have lots of committees that need volunteers if a board position seems too much.
Honey and hive evaluations will be discussed and questions asked. Bring or email your information so Paul can post it on the wall!
This month's speaker is John Grafton-he will let us know if we are winning the battle on pests and diseases. So bring a snack to share, listen to John and then visit with members! It will be a great time.
Winter is on our heels and I am looking forward to the quiet of wintertime.
See you at the meeting!
Someone left a black notebook at the Beginner's Meeting on Oct.21,2013.. Please contact me to return it.
Looking for a Bee Yard Steward
Welcome to the Medina County Beekeepers Association's website. We hope you enjoy your time here and can find what you want about bees and beekeeping.
The Medina County Beekeeper’s Association 2014 Beginning Beekeeper’s Class
The Medina County Beekeeper’s Association 2014 Beginning Beekeeper’s Class offers 2 independent classes in January and February. Classes will be held at the A. I. Root Company Conference room, 623 W. Liberty Street, Medina OH 44256. Doors open a half hour before class begins.
The first class is an all Saturday class held on Jan 18, 25 and Feb 1, 2014, from 9 AM until 2:30 PM each Saturday for a total of 15 hours instruction.
The second class is held evenings on Tuesdays from 7 PM until 9:30 PM, on Feb 11, 18, 25, March 4 and 11, for a total of 15 hours instruction.
For the Saturday classes please bring a lunch, beverages and snacks will be supplied. For Tuesdays, beverages and snacks will be provided.
Additionally, there will be 3 Saturday field days, 1 in March, 1 in June and 1 in August at the Club’s apiary on Smith Road.
Pre-registration is strongly urged so we can anticipate attendees, but if you can’t send in your registration, please call Peggy Garnes to let us know you are coming. You can reach her at 330-723-6265 or email. The registration form can be found in the October 2013 newsletter on page 5. Just follow the link "Newsletters" then open the October 2013 newsletter, you can then print the registration form and send it in to the address on the bottom of the form.
Cost is $70.00/family, which includes 1 year family membership in the Medina Beekeeper’s Association, several handouts, and one set of the texts The Backyard Beekeeper and Honey Bee Diseases and Pests, by Steve Pernal . CASH OR CHECK ONLY! Current members of The Medina County Beekeepers, who have paid for and taken the class previously, (per club Treasurer Records), may re-take the class for free, but do not receive the text book though it can be purchased for $20.00. Please call or send in the registration form so we know you will be attending.
Class instructor is Kim Flottum, with several club members participating also.
A minimum of 10 students is required for each session or we will have to cancel the session.
Beeyard Steward Needed
The club is still in need of a person or persons to help with the club beeyard. If you would like to help, please contact Peggy or Kim.
WANTED: County Bee Inspector for Summit and Cuyahoga County for the 2014 season
If you are interested or have suggestions, please contact Barbara Bloetscher, ODA State Apiarist , Bbloetscher@agri.ohio.gov 614-728-6373 and/or Cindy McGinnis at same number.
Other Counties will be looking for County Inspectors too, so please contact us if you are interested in being the Inspector for other Counties. read more ...
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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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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