Beekeepers’ Potluck Supper for March 13th Meeting, with short presentation on smaller, lighter hives

Hi folks–

Two or three times over the years we have had a “Beekeepers’ Potluck Supper” for one of our meetings, with a request that people bring a dish in which honey is an ingredient.  So we will have another Beekeepers’ Potluck for our March 13th meeting, at 6:30 PM in the vestry building of the West Auburn Congregational Church, 811 West Auburn Rd in Auburn. Perhaps if you can, send me an email (whiss@bates.edu) to let me know what you would like to bring, so we don’t end up with 15 plates of honey peanut brittle.  I will do a big platter with meat, to provide at least one main dish.  But in the past, people’s favorites have covered a good variety, so bring what you like to make, and don’t feel that honey is a requirement, just a suggestion.  (So bring those lobsters, standing rib of prime rib, or Lafitte-Rothschild ’59 wine, even without the honey ingredient…)

Also, we will have a short presentation from Jonathan Mitschele on a topic probably important for several of us: how to adjust as the heavy weights of deep boxes full of honey become a problem.  Below is a description:

Small is Beautiful, Light, and More Successful.

I have realized that I am not really up to lifting 60 lb supers off of the top of a hive that is nearly as tall as I, so I am changing the way I do things with bees. I am running two-queen side-by-side hives that consist of a pair of stacked 4-frame nuc boxes sitting on a modified 10-frame bottom board and covered with a standard 10-frame telescoping outer cover. I find survival is better than it is with standard 10-frame hives and honey production is about the same. The best part, of course, is that a full 4-frame medium nuc box (a) weighs less than 25 lbs, so easily lifted, and (b) has only four frames in each box, so doing an inspection and finding the queen is a breeze. With a table saw, a dado blade, and some scrap lumber you can make your own boxes. Come to the March 13 ABC meeting to learn more.

And, with all of our meetings, they are open to the public, so feel free to invite a friend or bring your family if they would enjoy it, or someone is thinking of taking up beekeeping.  We had 25 attending our Feb. meeting with Phil Gaven, so will hope for an equally good turnout for our Potluck.

Bill Hiss

whiss@bates.edu

207-576-4497

Master Beekeeper Phil Gaven to present to ABC on Wed, Feb. 13th

Androscoggin Beekeepers Club Offers Presentation by Master Beekeeper Phil Gaven

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club will have a presentation by Master Beekeeper Phil Gaven:

A giant step toward sustainable beekeeping can be made by multiplying your number of queens from survivor stock.  We will discuss methods for backyard queen rearing with the ultimate goal of spending less money buying bees.

The presentation will be at the Vestry of the West Auburn Congregational Church, 811 West Auburn Road in Auburn.  A brief business meeting and brain dump on our hives at 6:30 will be followed by Phil’s presentation at 7:00.  Coffee and desserts will be served, and the meeting is open to the public.

Phil Gaven with his wife Meghan and daughters Maura and Caitlin have owned the Honey Exchange in Portland since 2011.  Starting with a single hive of bees in 2008, over the several years their enthusiasm grew as they mentored new beekeepers, did presentations at local schools, took classes and kept reading about and studying honeybees.

The Honey Exchange expresses their admiration for all honeybees do for the planet.  It is a central place where beekeepers can extract their honey conveniently, and buy the equipment they need for their apiaries.  The store gives everyone an opportunity to learn about honeybees, safely see the workings of the bees in their observation hive, and support local beekeepers who sell their honey, beeswax products, and other products of the hive.

Jen Lund, Maine State Apiarist, will speak to ABC on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 6:30

 

Jennifer Lund - Maine State Apiarist

Jennifer Lund – State of Maine State Apiarist and Bee Inspector

Read more: http://mainebeekeepers.org/beekeeping-resources/maine-bee-inspector/#ixzz5ZPxu2U7h

Jen Lund, the Maine State Apiarist, will speak to the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club on Wednesday, Dec, 12 at the Vestry Building of the West Auburn Congregational Church (811 West Auburn Road, Auburn.)

The business meeting and general info swap of what is happening in our hives is at 6:30, and Jen will speak at 7:00.  She will speak either on the latest information on how to deal with varroa mites, or how to do a hive autopsy.  We all have varroa issues, and at least in my five years in the club, we have never heard how to do a hive autopsy, so either presentation should be intriguing.

Desserts and coffee will be provided.

Call Bill Hiss with any questions:  207-576-4497 or whiss@bates.edu

Our January program will either be Phil Gavin from the Honey Exchange in Portland or our annual Beekeepers Pot Luck Supper, with all the dishes including honey.  Our Feb. meeting will be the other program of the two.

 

 

November 2018 Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club (ABC) will be held  Wednesday, November 14th at the vestry of the West Auburn Congregational Church, 811 West Auburn Road, Auburn, ME 04210.  Club business will be conducted from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM followed by the presentation “The Maine Bumble Bee Atlas: A Multi-Year Citizen Science Project to Survey Bumble Bee Species in Maine” by speaker Kalyn Bickerman-Martens.
Kalyn (kalyn.bickerman@umit.maine.edu) is a PhD candidate in Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maine and her work focuses on the health of Maine’s bumble bees and wild blueberry pollination. Her research interests include disease ecology and the natural history of Maine. Kalyn helps to coordinate the Maine Bumble Bee Atlas, a citizen science project led by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to document the diversity, distribution, and abundance of bumble bee species in Maine.

Sorry, but no Beekeeper Pot Luck Supper in the blizzard!

Hi folks–

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.

Sorry!

Bill

Shoveling out the hives!

January 10, 2018 Meeting Cancelled

Friends–

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!

Bill Hiss

whiss@bates.edu

Open Hive Day – June 10

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.

May 2017 ABC Meeting

 

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 Spicer, VP of the Maine State Beekeepers Association, President of the Knox/Lincoln Beekeepers and co-owner of Spicer Bees will be visiting us. 

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.  
 http://spicerbees.com/
[207 549-480spicertree@aol.com ]

Stay tuned!   This is the last official meeting of the season.  Open Hive events will be planned and posted.