March 2014 ABC Meeting Announcement

EAS Master Beekeeper Chris Rogers

EAS Master Beekeeper Chris Rogers

The March 2014 meeting of the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club (ABC) will be held Wednesday, March 12 in Room 116 of Edward Little High School in Auburn.  Club business will be conducted from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM followed by the presentation “Spring Hive Management” from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Our speaker for March will be Chris Rogers of Backwoods Bee Farm in Windham, Maine.  Certified as an Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) master beekeeper in 2013, Chris is currently showing his dedication to Beekeeping instruction by teaching a five week beginners bee class through Auburn Adult Education. During his presentation “Spring Hive Management”, Chris will describe the necessary activities beekeepers in southern Maine must consider as we enter Spring.  Chris’ ABC sponsored presentation is open to the public.

February 2014 Meeting Summary

2/12/2014

Preparing the must.

February 2014 Club Meeting:

Club President Bill Hiss provided a summary of speakers for upcoming meetings.  Bill also noted that he received and is storing lumber from former ABC president Blaine Richarson.  This lumber can be used by club members for construction of hive equipment during a future club event.

Vice President Pete Schlax presented a proposal for changes to the Androscoggin beekeepers club website.  He suggested moving from a hard coded HTML site to a WordPress instance.  Members in attendance supported the proposed change.

Club treasurer Charlie Armstrong presented a treasurer’s report which included a statement of the club’s current bank balance.  Charlie also noted that former club president Blaine Richardson had several items (coffee cups, tee shirts, etc) with ABC labels which were purchased from Blaine with club funds.  These items will either be sold to interested club members or will be provided to speakers as tokens of appreciation.

February 2014 Speaker Presentation:

At our February (2014) meeting, Brian Pride of Bee Pride in Lebanon, Maine gave an excellent presentation about mead making, bee’s wax processing and candle making.  Brian, along with his wife Peggy, treated the audience with a well balanced talk that mixed Brian’s “tell” with plenty of “show”.

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