We keep trying to have a meeting, but maybe the bee gods are angry, or need more good will from us. But we are supposed to get 6″ to a foot of snow tomorrow, starting in mid-day and peaking right at the early evening hour when we had hoped to have our Beekeepers’ Pot Luck. So with regret, we will cancel for Feb. I will be out of the country for our March meeting, but will talk to Charlie and Pete to see if they are able to get our Pot Luck Supper or another program on for the second Wednesday of March.
Thanks for your patience. We have missed some meetings this fall, and my fault, due to family travel, other duties and some minor knee surgery. We will not try to have a meeting this month on Jan. 10th.
We will have a meeting in Feb, but our normal second Wednesday, Feb. 14th, is also Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. So we will meet the previous Wednesday, Feb. 7th, at 6:30 PM in the vestry of the West Auburn Congregational Church, 811 West Auburn Road. We will have our 3rd annual “Beekeepers’ Potluck Supper,” so bring a dish that includes honey in some way!
No December 2017 ABC Meeting
Dec 13, 2017
Please note that there will be no meeting for the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club December 2017.
Unfortunately the ABC meeting for this month has been cancelled.
Due to the late nature of this notice, please alert your friends who were planning to attend Wednesday’s gathering.
Open Hive Day – June 10th
Diane Blais, Androscoggin Beekeepers Club member, will be opening her hives for us on June 10th at 10:00 a.m. Come, watch and learn!
Bring your veil, gloves, and your curiosity.
Diane is located at: 353 Randall Rd., Lewiston, ME Her phone is 207-576-7998 if you have questions.
The next meeting of the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club (ABC) will be held Wednesday, May 10th, Club business will be conducted from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM followed by the presentation. The meeting will be held at the vestry building of the West Auburn Congregational Church, 811 West Auburn Rd, Auburn, ME 04210. All are welcome. For more information about the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club, please visit our website at http://androscogginbeekeepers.org.
David and his wife Susan are an educational resource for beekeepers across Maine but especially to those in the mid-coast area. Come with questions and a desire to learn more about how we can best manage our local hives.
[207 549-480, email@example.com ]
Stay tuned! This is the last official meeting of the season. Open Hive events will be planned and posted.
Androscoggin Beekeepers Club
April 2017 Meeting Announcement
The next meeting of the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club (ABC) will be held Wednesday, April 12th, Club business will be conducted from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM followed by the presentation. The meeting will be held at the vestry building of the West Auburn Congregational Church, 811 West Auburn Rd, Auburn, ME 04210. All are welcome. For more information about the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club, please visit our website at http://androscogginbeekeepers.org.
Volunteer bee keepers across the state collected pollen for a pesticide analysis in a University of Maine study. Twenty seven volunteers from every county in Maine were represented in this study. The pollen was screened for 192 different pesticides by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Twenty five pesticides were detected with an average of 2.9 detections per site. Findings were further analyzed by landscape type including blueberry agriculture, other agriculture, and non-agriculture, as well as by pesticide type. Elissa Ballman grew up in Texas and obtained her Bachelor of Science from St. Edward’s University in Austin where she studied ground nesting wasps and invasive ants. She received her Master of Science in Entomology from the University of California-Riverside where she studied vibrational communication in sharpshooters. Since 2012 she has worked for the University of Maine as a research associate primarily studying invasive species and insects associated with blueberry. She spends her free time gardening and playing roller derby.Upcoming Meetings:
- May 10th: David Spicer, President, Knox-Lincoln Beekeepers. Master bee-keeper and co-owner of Spicer Bees, a firm founded when Rick Cooper retired, to offer his same services to the mid-coast and central Maine. Topic TBA, but David was the organizer of the MSBA conferences for the last two years. http://spicerbees.com/ [207 549-5480, firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Sonya Sampson ABC Vice President
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Notice the eggs in this frame below.
Bringing in nectar on new comb.
A good queen laying pattern.
Look at the honey!
The bees were covering up the drone comb with honey comb.
These queen cells were chewed open. It looks like the hive probably swarmed or was superceded. A lot of drone comb too!.
Beautiful spring honey.
These girls are filling every space that they can.
At the May Meeting, several club members asked about possible sources for more bees this Spring/Summer. We were contacted by someone at Stone Corner Farm in New Sharon, Maine about hives and nucs for sale. None of the regular club members have experience with bees from Stone Corner Farm, but we wanted to pass this along for interested members. Here’s the message we received:
Nuc’s for sale for mid June pick up. $140 with a $35 box deposit which you get back when you return the nuc box.
Hives for sale – top, bottom board and 1 deep and the bees and queen. $225.
Also used equipment including: deeps with frames, supers, bottom boards, candy boards, shims, tops, inner covers.
All of our hives have been inspected by Tony Jadzack.