Aug
24
to Aug 25

WVBA FALL STATE MEETING

  • Robert C Mollahan Research Center (map)
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The Fall State Meeting will be held again this year in Fairmont at the High Tech Park in Whitehall.  Meeting will be held on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday.  Consider entering one or all categories in the Show (Honey, Beeswax, Pollen and Baking) - it's a lot of fun and a good learning experience.  More information will be in the Fall WVBA Newsletter.

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Jul
27
6:00 PM18:00

MCBA Family Picnic

  • East Marion Park (Wave Tek) Pavilion 1 (map)
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Beekeepers, family and friends are invited to spend a leisurely evening at East Marion Park - the large pavilion across from the entrance to Wave Tek.  MCBA will furnish the meat for the grill, as well as drinks, plates, cups, etc.  Dinner will be around 6:30 p.m. just bring your favorite covered dish.  This is an informal, social event.  A presentation on Fall Management will be given as well.

A Honey show will be held following the rules posted on the WVBA website.  This will be a good practice run for the honey show at the state fall meeting the following month.  Judging will be by Steve Roth, Master Beekeeper and co-chair of the WVBA Master Beekeeper Certification Program.

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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

MCBA Field Day

Field Day – A look through the hives with State Apiarist Wade Stiltner.  It will be held at 3 Springs Farm.  Please bring protective clothing.  Please bring a bag lunch.

 

3 Springs Farm – is located on Sweeps Run off State Route 73 South of Middleton Mall, watch for Sweeps Run sign and turn right toward the Middletown Community Center. Travel 1 mile on Sweeps Run, drive way on left to turn at top of driveway, bee yard is on right by red barn.

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Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

MCBA APRIL MONTHLY MEETING

Please come join the MCBA for our monthly meeting from 7-9 p.m. at Eldora UM Church on Sapps Run Road.  We will be having an "Open Discussion" on beekeeping.  Please come join us and share your questions or stories on Beekeeping with friends.  See you there!

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Mar
23
to Mar 24

WV Spring Conference

The Spring Conference will be March 23rd & 24th and will be hosted by Raleigh County Beekeepers Cooperative and the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective.  This event will be held at the Tamarack Conference Center in Beckley, WV.  Featured Speakers will be Dr. Debbie Delaney and Dr. Parry Kietzman.  Plan to come on Friday the 23rd to tour the Beckley Exhibition Mine and Coal Camp.  For more information visit raleighcountybeekeepers.com or look for registration forms in the WVBA Spring newsletter.

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Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

MCBA MARCH MONTHLY MEETING

Come join the MCBA members for our monthly meeting on March 22, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. at Eldora UM Church on Sapps Run Road.  Riveting topic for the evening will be "Hive Beetles" with Charlie Maxwell.  This is a very informative presentation so please be sure to attend!

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Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

MCBA FEBRUARY MONTHLY MEETING

The next monthly club meeting will be Thursday February 22nd, 2018 at Eldora United Methodist Church on Sapps Run Road.  Wade Stiltner WVDA Apiarist will be our key speaker for the evening.  Exciting topic for the evening "Through an Inspector's Eye".  Should be a great time, please mark your calendars and we will see you there

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Feb
15
8:30 PM20:30

MCBA Beginning Beekeepers Short Course

Hive Treatments & Questions

A. Pests and Predators & Ways to Deal with Them - Joyce Frey WV Master Beekeeper

(Varroa Mites, Tracheal Mites, American Foulbrood, Nosema and Pests such a Small Hive Beetles, Wax Moth, Skunks, Bears, Mice and Ants)

B. Q&A - Panel of Instructors

Overall review of most important points in all 6 of the classes.

 

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Feb
13
6:30 PM18:30

MCBA Beginning Beekeepers Short Course

Seasonal Management                                                                       

A.  Spring Management – Tim Tennant WV Master Beekeeper

             Early spring, Late Spring and Summer Management

      B.  Fall Management – Tim Tennant WV Master Beekeeper

      Fall Management and Summary of Year Management Practices

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Feb
6
6:30 PM18:30

MCBA Beginning Beekeepers Short Course

3. Harvesting Honey

A.    Supering (Chapter 5, Pg 73-74) – Ron Southern
        Strong colony needed, Excluders, Adding supers, always start with 10 frames
B.    Methods (Chapter 6, Pg 85-88) - Rossie and Elaine Wilson
       (Honey and moisture), Shake and brush, Bee escape, Fume board, Blower
 C.   Comb Honey and Extracted (Chapter 6, Pg 88-97) - Chuck Cienawski
        Product preparation & Storage of Honey and other products (wax, pollen, propolis)
 

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Feb
1
6:30 PM18:30

MCBA Beginning Beekeepers Short Course

2. Bee Biology, Making Honey

A.    Individual & Community Biology (Chapter 2) – Amy & Otto Kaiser
Queen, Worker, Drone, Development Stages, Function, work of each “Caste”,       
Pheromones, Food, Reproduction, Hive population varies, Swarming, etc  
B.    “Nectar Flow” (Chapter 5, Pages 79-84) -  Tom Kees, WV Master Beekeeper
Bloom Chart, Bees like some foods better than others (just like humans)       
 

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Jan
30
6:30 PM18:30

MCBA Beginning Beekeepers Short Course

The Beginning Beekeepers Short Course Spring Classes will be held January 30th, February 1st, 6th, 13th and 15th from 6:30 p.m to 9:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Municipal Building in Kingmont.  A hands-on workshop will the held on Saturday, February 10th at 10:00 a.m.

Registration form is available on this website under the Beginning Beekeepers Short Course button.  Or contact Amy Kaiser at 304-368-0609.

 


1. Equipment

A. Getting Started – Louisa Householder    
     Choosing a location, Packages vs. Nucs, Suppliers, When to Order, Local vs. Out-of-State     (Chapter 4)
B. Personal Equipment and Components of a Hive (Chapter 3) – Barry & Lisa Kniceley
     Bee veil, Gloves, Smoker, Hive tool, Optional items, etc., Hive Body, Supers, Frames,              Foundation, Queen Excluders, etc., Importance of “Bee Space” (1/4”- 3/8”)  
 

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Jan
27
7:30 AM07:30

Honey Bee Expo - Parkersburg, WV

A one day workshop at WVU's Parkersburg Campus by the Mid-Ohio Valley Beekeepers from 8:30 - 4:30.  Registration is from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.  For information and registration forms, visit the website at http://movba.org/2018_honeybee_expo.htm. Several bee supply vendors will be there - a complete list can be found on the above website.  If you contact these vendors prior, they will bring your order there for pickup and save you the shipping charges. 

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Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

MCBA Monthly Meeting

Monthly Meeting at Eldora United Methodist Church, Sapps Run                       

Annual dues and registration at 6:00 followed by a meeting at 7:00 with information on nucs, packages, and queens. Queens must be paid for tonight.  Sign up for mentors and refreshments.

        Please fill out and bring your registration form and have correct payment. 

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Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

MCBA Harvest Dinner

Please come join the Marion County Beekeepers Association for our Annual "Harvest Dinner" at Eldora United Methodist Church on Sapps Run.  This is a covered dish dinner so please feel free to bring your very special dish.  Meat, drinks and dinnerware will be provided by the club.  It is a great time for fellowship with your beekeeper friends and great food!  Hope to see everyone there.

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Sep
22
to Sep 23

WVBA FALL CONFERENCE

WVBA will hold their State Fall Conference this year in the Mollahan Building at the High Tech Park in Whitehall, WV.  Meeting will be held on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday.  Guest speaker for the weekend will be apiculturist Alex Zomchek from Miami University.  West Virginia's new Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt will also speak on Saturday September 23rd.  There will be several wonderful speakers conducting breakout sessions throughout the two days. 

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Aug
19
4:00 PM16:00

MCBA Covered Dish Picnic

Beekeepers, family and friends are invited to spend a leisurely day at Mary Lou Retton Youth Park from 4:00 p.m. to dusk for fun and fellowship.  Charlie Maxwell will be speaking about "Small Hive Beetles" for our hives.  MCBA will furnish the meat for the grill as well as drinks, plates, cups, napkins and silverware.  Dinner will be served around 4:30 p.m. - Just bring your favorite, YUMMY covered dish.  This is a very informal, fun, social event filled with lots of entertaining beekeeping stories. 

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Jun
17
10:00 AM10:00

MCBA Field Day

Please come join the Marion County Beekeepers on Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at 3 Springs Farm for a Field Day.  The day will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Our speaker will be Wade Stiltner, WVDA Apiary Specialist, and he will be going through the club hives doing Inspections, Making Nucs, and answering Bee Questions, etc.  

Directions - 3 Springs Farm is located on Sweeps Run Rd off State Route 73 South of the Middletown Mall.  Sweeps Run sign on the right turn toward Middletown Community Center.  Travel 1 mile on Sweeps Run Rd, driveway on left, turn right at top of driveway.  Bee yard is next to the big red barn.

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May
18
7:00 PM19:00

MCBA Monthly Meeting at Eldora United Methodist Church

Please come join the Marion County Beekeepers on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Eldora United Methodist Church.  Our speaker for the evening will be Joyce Frey, WV Master Beekeeper.  Her topic will be "Sustainable Beekeeping - How We Can Maintain and Increase Our Bee Population".  Please come join us.  See you soon!

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Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

MCBA Monthly Meeting at Eldora United Methodist Church

Please come join the Marion County Beekeepers on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Eldora United Methodist Church.  Our speaker for the evening will be Paul Cappas, President of WV Beekeepers Association.  His topic will be "Oxalic Acid Training".  Please come join us to learn what it takes to keep our bees Healthy.  See you soon!

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Apr
21
to Apr 22

WV Spring Conference at Oglebay Park

WV Spring Conference hosted by Tri-State Beekeepers.  To be held in beautiful Oglebay Park in Wheeling, WV,  Jamie Ellis, Univ. of Florida, Phil Craft of Bee Culture Magazine fame, and Dr. Krishna Urval of Wheeling will be the keynote speakers for this event. More complete information and registration forms will be in the WVBA Spring Newsletter.

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Jan
28
7:00 AM07:00

Honey Bee Expo - Parkersburg, WV

A one day workshop at WVU's Parkersburg Campus by the Mid-Ohio Valley Beekeepers from 8:30 - 4:30.  Registration is from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.  For information and registration forms, visit the website at http://movba.org/2017_honeybee_expo.htm. Several bee supply vendors will be there - a complete list can be found on the above website.  If you contact these vendors prior, they will bring your order there for pickup and save you the shipping charges.  

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