Tuesday, November 13th at 7:30 P.M. at the West Barnstable Community
Building on Route 149. Open discussion on pollen and pollen traps;
what type feeder to use, what works for you and why; and marketing
your honey, - jars, labels, plus product variety. Time left for
plenty of questions.
The following members volunteered to bring goodies and drinks to
this meeting: Donna Tanis, Sandy Wilkins, Joe Miksch, and Mark Marinaccio.
In Lieu of From the Prez (who
is out of town)
We will promote our December Holiday Market meeting. The evening
(12/11/07) will feature products and crafts of our members. If you
are looking for stocking stuffers (lip balms and soaps), candles
for the table, beeswax creams and lotions, honey, honeystix, queen
bee candy, and cookbooks, please join us. To those members who knit
or wood work, you are welcome to display your wares for sale. This
evening is meant to be fun, informative, and assist members to sell
their wares. We could use a few tables as the numbers available
at the community building are slowly disappearing.
The glassware has arrived and is stored at Ed Osmun’s farm on
Lombard Rd, in W Barnstable. The B.C.B.A. Glass Store is available
– by appointment – on the first and third Saturday’s
of September. Call George Muhlebach at 508-362-8693 or email him at
firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your pickup time.
Prices are as follows: 24 x 8 oz - $9.00, 24 x 16 oz - $9.00, and
12 x 32 oz - $7.00
George will not have change. Please bring correct amount or a check.
Meetings of Interest
Southern New England Beekeepers Assembly (SNEBA)
Saturday November 17, 2007
Unitarian Society of New Haven,
700 Hartford Tpke, Hamden, CT
Theme: Healthy Bees
Speakers: Dewey Caron, Jennifer Berry, Janet Brisson, Larry Connor
As The Bee Movie enjoys all sorts of advertisements, keep in mind
that BCBA has a variety of teaching aids for schools and clubs.
In addition, the National Honey Board has “launched”
a few new websites with links for kids and family. Log onto www.honey.com/beemovie
for fun tips and a link to the movie.
There is a new addition to the library. A copy of “Natural
Beekeeping” by Ross Conrad was recently purchased directly
from the author. Conrad made two presentations at the state meeting
in October, but they really lacked much information. His “organic”
approach does not vary much from many of your management practices
and he encourages the use of “soft” miticides for varroa
and tracheal mites. Scanning the book, there is an interesting read
on organic apiculture and how organic honey production has yet to
As cool weather approaches and the hives finally have put on much
weight with winter stores, beekeeping moves inside. Not just equipment
repairs, but inventory is tallied to consider replacement come BCBA’s
winter order. We also find it the best time to make a batch of creamed
honey using a modified Dyce method. The crystals will set best at
57 degrees, perfect in a wine cooler or unheated cellar.
And speaking of equipment, the Massachusetts Beekeepers’
Association is re-establishing an effort to irradiate used bee equipment.
This sterilization process will destroy American Foulbrood spores,
Nosema spores, and other organic pathogens (not chemicals or pesticides).
Your equipment will be packed into specifically sized boxes and
trucked to the site on a designated day. A minimum number of boxes
will be needed to commit to the project. A deadline of January 25th
has been selected and irradiation will follow in March. We are waiting
to hear how much equipment will fit into one box and the final cost
per box. What is needed is a county coordinator who must collect
fees, collect boxes, deliver to irradiation site, and pickup equipment
Any member purchasing used equipment, or experiencing unexplained
die-offs should consider this program. BCBA has had two members
this season with AFB and this is a concern as no single source can
be identified. Your equipment will realize longer life and help
control these diseases.
As you consider your Christmas list, an idea for that person with
everything might be a donation to Heifer Project International in
his/her name. $30 will send a hive of bees to a family and we all
know where that leads you.
I saw a program on the television the other day about Jerry Seinfeld’s
new production called “Bee Movie”. I am very much into
animated movies. Technology has allowed artists to create the illusion
of reality using pixels. In every sense of the word, what they create
is wonderful. This movie, at least those portions showed, was OK
animation. I’ve seen better productions.
What really bothers me is the story line. The entire movie is
based on the premises that the drones of the hive do more than mate
with the Queen. It portrays them as gathers of nectar and pollen.
It suggests hierarchies within the hive that couldn’t possibly
work. It reminds me of the Disney animated movie showing Winnie
the Pooh greedily trying to get honey from a wasp nest hanging high
up in a tree. How difficult would it have been to be somewhat accurate?
We, as a nation, are concerned that our children might not be
competitive with the rest of the world in the fields of science
and technology, and yet we give them light-hearted cartoons depicting
gross inaccuracies about an insect on which our very existence depends.
Yes, I will probably see the movie, feeding with my admission
fee the downfall of civilization as we know it. I will probably
laugh at the comedy and overlook the discrepancies in the storyline.
But what damage is done under the veil of artistic expression? Maybe
none, I’ll never really know. Perhaps we can put this need
for correction on shoulders of the teachers, too.
Please return all books and videos to this meeting, so the library
staff can update our lists. Thank You.
The schedule has been prepared and is available on the club website.
» 2008 Bee
Bee Culture has featured a few of our very own members contributions
over the years. The following appeared in the September 2007 issue
compliments of our “poet Pam”.
Ode to the New Queen
Come Majesty your new home waits close by,
beside the green thicket beneath the blue sky.
Around the honeysuckle vine, grow roses and sweet columbine.
Your golden girls sweet nectar seek in sunny glade by sheltered
And in the early morning sun they gather dewdrops one by one.
Mid-summer days are drowsy, warm and fair
While the scent of sweet pepper bush fills the air.
September brings short days, cool nights, and the blue jay’s
Announcing the reds, golds and russet hues of fall.
Time to collect, prepare and preserve all that your girls have shared
Then to settle in for the long winter scene,and a well-earned rest,
“My Carniolan Queen.”