Announcements

 

MITE ALERT!!

Our bee inspector Ken Warchol is seeing lots of hives around Worcester County with high mite counts -- deformed wings and headless brood. If you are seeing this in your hives, he advises treating NOW with oxalic acid or Apivar -- don't wait till November.

 


EXTRA QUEENS?

Are you combining hives? Have an extra queen to give away? Please contact Kathy deGraaf to help find someone who needs a queen.

 

THANKSGIVING BANQUET NOV. 4

Join your fellow beekeepers for our annual turkey dinner, raffle, and awards ceremony. Our speaker will be Dianne Benson Davis on Eagle One: Raising Bald Eagles. Don't forget to get your reservation in by Oct. 27!  You can find the form on page 7 of the fall newsletter.
We need donations for the food baskets to be raffled -- please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help!
 

OCT. 7 VIDEO AVAILABLE ONLINE

We have posted an online video of Dr. Eric Mussen's talk on Advanced Honey Bee Nutrition from our Oct. 7 conference:

Nutrition Needs in the Honeybee Colony

 


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

President -- Kathy deGraaf

Vice President -- Barbara MacPhee

Secretary -- Angela Hogue

Treasurer -- Phil Gaudette

Directors for 2017-2020 -- Dick Callahan & Norman Mercier


A HUGE THANK YOU to our outgoing President Mary Duane for all her work these past two years, and to our outgoing Secretary Barbara MacPhee for her many years of service in that role. THANKS MARY and BARB!!

 


HIVE INSPECTIONS ARE AVAILABLE

The MA apiary inspection service is now available. If you are interested in having an inspector check your hive, or any hive that died, please submit an online inspection request here:

MDAR Apiary Inspection Request Form


You can also call 617-626-1801 to request a visit from an inspector.

 


MA POLLINATOR PROTECTION PLAN

The MA Pollinator Protection Plan has been released and can be found at http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/agr/farmproducts/apiary/pollinator-plan.pdf

 


WCBA EXTRACTORS

WCBA has several extractors available for rent to our members. For details see here.

 


DOES YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS NEED UPDATING?

If your membership is up to date but you are not receiving club emails (quarterly newletter & important announcements), please contact our treasurer Phil Gaudette to update your email in our records.

 


MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS DUE AUGUST 31

Membership has its benefits!  Quarterly newsletter, discount on beekeeping trade journals (Bee Culture and American Bee Journal), free admittance to the WCBA indoor meetings which include our March and October speaker meetings, discount honey jar ordering, club honey extractor program and much, much more.  Don't delay, renew today!


Membership renewals are due by August 31 every year.  Dues are $15.  You can renew by mail or at any of the club meetings.  The membership renewal form can be found here.