CCBA June Meeting, 6/24 at 2:00p

Hi all,

We had an interesting visit in May to Aaron Fisher's place - eye opening details about commercial bee operations.  Thank you, Aaron, for hosting the group! I know we peppered you with questions but was a good day and fun to see your operation.

Our next meeting, set for Saturday, June 24th, starting at 2:00p, will be held at Delissa and Nate's Apiary.  Their place is located at:  2929 Grahamton Rd, Morrisdale PA 16858 .  Nellie and I will both be gone that weekend on family trips but I'm sure it will be fun to see this apiary set up and talk about how they've gotten things started.  All beeks have a story to tell :-)  I hope lots of the club can take part.

I sent out info today on the listserv about the Queen Rearing education event - being held at the Gingrich Apiary in Bethel - check it out! hoping some members can participate and come back to tell us all about it.

Hope you and your bees are enjoying our intermittent sunshine!



May Meeting for CCBA

We will meet at Aaron Fisher's apiary, Fisher Bee Farm, Saturday, May 20 at 2p  - see more of how a commercial operation runs;  Queen Bee Ln, McVeytown;

Hope many of us can attend - should be interesting!


April meeting for CCBA - THURSDAY April 27th (not Sat. 4/22)

We will be back at CPI in Pleasant Gap - starting at 7p. 

1) presentation on Feral Bees  - project run by PSU faculty
2) the 'bee calendar' - what to do when - open discussion

Bring a snack to share if you can - hope to see everyone there!

Dee & Nellie


March 2017 Meeting - hope to see everyone at the CCBA meeting, Wednesday, March 22 at 7p;  we will meet at CPI in Pleasant Gap - all are welcome.  If you just want to come check out the club, please join us - no obligation!

Everyone - bring a dessert or snack to share!  We will review the results of the member survey done early this year, then have parallel discussions: 1) for new beekeepers - how to install a package of bees and basic equipment
2) swarms - best practices for managing/minimizing and if you see one, how to catch it!

Hope to see everyone there!

Dee & Nellie


2017 Centre County Beekeeping off to a great start!

The club's initial meeting for 2017 was held at CPI in Pleasant Gap on Feb. 22.  About 60 people attended - new and old members, experienced and beginning beeks! We want to welcome everyone back and a special hello and welcome to new folks joining us!

We owe a special thanks to Joe DeLuca and Paul Donovan who have led this group for several years - great job!  New officers were installed - Nellie Bhattarai and Dee Bagshaw as Co-Presidents and Fran Cooley as Treasurer. One of our members kindly noted the following main points for the meeting:

  1. Joe stepped down as President, and Paul stepped down as Treasurer after years (and I mean YEARS) of faithful service.
  2. Dee and Nellie stepped up as co-Presidents, and Fran stepped up as Treasurer (dues, which are $10 per individual or family, can go to Fran Cooley, but they can wait for the next meeting you attend). Kindly extend your thanks to all of the aforementioned folks for keeping our club up and running.
  3. Joe provided an overview of equipment for beginners (there was a large number of new beeks).
  4. Craig Cella mentioned that he will be making packages available to the club ($113). Warren Miller will be making deep nucs available to the club from Aaron Fisher's bees ($120, delivery April 8). Joe Riley (Spring Creek Honey) will have bees available in May. The contact info for these folks is on the club website - www.centrecountybees.com
  5. A lot of people suffered losses this winter in their hives - discussed some reasons.
  6. Steve McAninch and another beek will be offering a workshop for beginning beeks THIS SATURDAY, 2/25. 
NEXT meeting: March 22, 7p at CPI in Pleasant Gap - topics and details to follow soon.  For more regular updates, go to the website and sign up to be on the listserve - this is where announcements are made, questions are asked and answered about your bees - join in!