Welcome to Medina Beekeepers! Today, a few minutes ago, is officially the first day of Spring. Now if we can just hang in there until the weather starts to cooperate. Watch your hives for food. If your girls are living in the upper box or are massed at the top, a little fondant or moist sugar is cheap insurance to carry them until the temps warm a bit. If your bees are hauling pollen they should be OK for protein. I see light yellow and some bright orange pollen coming in. For second year beekeepers, it is best not to feed your hives sugar syrup this time of year. That was necessary the first year until they drew comb and raised enough workers to take care of the hive.
Thanks to all who participated in MCBA's Beginner Class and Intermediate Class. Peggy Garnes, Kim Barkfelt, Michele Colopy, Ron Zickefoose, and Mary Simonelli all helped to make these events fun and successful.
New Meeting Location for MCBA !!!
Effective with the October meeting MCBA will meet at 7:00 pm in Williams on the Lake at 787 Lafayette Rd in Medina. Williams on the Lake is just West of the fairgrounds on Lafayette Road. It is the Octagon Building in the back. 
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.
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.
If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please also go the the mentor list and add yourself to the page. Thanks for volunteering.
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USDA Honey bee Disease Diagnostic Services
USDA Honey Bee Disease Diagnostic Services, Beltsville MD is back up and running.
The USDA-ARS is extremely pleased to welcome Samuel Abban to the Bee Diagnostic Service.
Mr. Abban has ten years experience with honey bee disease diagnostics and research and he will ably run this program. Sam will board July 10, 2017 and with assistance from Bee Research laboratory staff will begin analyzing past and future samples submitted to the service. We will focus on brood samples as a means of addressing concerns over foulbrood disease and antibiotic prescriptions.
Please be patient as we dig through a substantial backlog of samples, but our aim is to strengthen the USDA Disease Diagnostic Service for another 100 years.
Finally, words can’t describe our thanks to the Bee Informed partnership for their support of Sam and bee diagnostics while we waited for an opportunity to bring Sam onboard with USDA.
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President: Ann Cicarella
Vice President: Kim Flottum
Secretary: Kim Barkfelt
Treasurer: Ron Zickefoose
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20 March 2018