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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
4. Hands-on Workshop (Field Day)
Students will learn how to assemble some bee equipment with help from members of the MCBA. This is a beneficial hands-on learning experience. Held at 3 Springs Farm on Sweeps Run Rd off State Route 73 South of Fairmont, WV.
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)
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)
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.
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”)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please come join the Marion County Beekeepers on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Eldora United Methodist Church. Our speaker for the evening will be Michael Staddon, WV Master Beekeeper. His topic will be "Management Techniques and Mite Loads". Please come join us. See you soon!
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.
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!
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!
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.
This months meeting with be an Open Discussion (swarm prevention, etc.) Please be sure to join us at Eldora United Methodist Church to get your questions answered.
Please come join us for the February MCBA Monthly meeting held at Eldora United Methodist Church. Topic for this meeting "Inspector's Viewpoint" with WVDA Apiary Specialist Rebecca Moretto.
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.
New Meeting Place - Eldora United Methodist Church
Annual dues and registration at 6:00 p.m. followed by a meeting at 7:00 with information on Nucs, packages, and Queens. Sign up for mentors and refreshments. Please fill out and bring the enclosed registration forms and have correct payment.