Hello all - what strange times we are in!  Hope your bees are busy with early Spring waking up - this is a critical time for them as they raise early brood but without lots to forage.  Please keep a close eye on them and supplement as makes sense.  A few more weeks and we'll be headed into prime season!

Out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling the scheduled club meeting this week.  If some of you were planning to order bees at the meeting, please contact the vendors directly (see some info below) - don't wait for the April meeting - might be too late, at least for packages.

If you were planning to get feeders from Aaron Fisher, please make other arrangements or perhaps this can happen at the April meeting.

For all the new Beeks - ask lots of questions here or ask for help as you get started into the Bee Year.  More experienced beekeepers will be glad to help.

We hope this unsettled time passes and we'll be able to get together in later April.

Where to get bees when you are starting from scratch:

CC (Craig Cella) - Contact at (570) 725-3682. Offering package bees from GA. Cost is $129. Approximate delivery date is April 20.

JR (Joe Riley) - Contact at (814) 353-8505 or (814) 404-1669. Offering Packages from a GA queen breeder. Cost is $125. Approximate deliveries will be April 11th and April 18th. Joe also is offering 5-frame nucs the 2nd week of May. Mediums and deeps will be available. Purchaser will borrow and return supers, or provide a super for the 5-frame nucs. Cost is $150/nuc. 

WM (Warren Miller) - Contact at superbee22@hotmail.com. Offering 5-frame deep nucs with an internal feeder in a six frame OSB box which the purchaser can keep. Bees are of mutt lineage from Fisher apiaries in Lewistown that have been overwintered in FL. Cost is $135 cash, to be delivered the first weekend in April at the CPI school around 9PM. 

Club Suppliers

• Sometimes available from 2nd year beekeepers
CC (Craig Cella) - Contact at (570) 725-3682


Hi Beekeepers!

Time to get 2020 underway!  Our first meeting will be held:

February  20th (Thursday) -regular meeting-  Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology (CPI), 540 North Harrison Rd, Pleasant Gap, PA, 6:30 pm
Topics: Meet and greet and welcome new members;  plan for club Beekeeping 101 Workshop; vendors available for bee orders;  then parallel discussions: 1) getting started in beekeeping, getting bees and obtaining equipment, 2) late winter and early spring preparation/bee calendar,

Bring a snack to share if possible - meet your fellow beekeepers!  Bring a friend!

Hope to see everyone there!   See 2020 Meeting page for other dates for this year.


Everyone is invited, along with family, to a CCBA year end picnic. Sunday afternoon, Oct. 6th, 1-4p, at Kathryn Miller's place in Boalsburg  (211 Harris Ave, Boalsburg). 

Club will provide a main dish (chicken & pulled pork, rolls) place settings and drinks - please bring a side dish, appetizer,or dessert type dish to share;  also bring folding chairs for your group. If its rainy, Kathryn says we can be in her breezeway and house :-)   We'll talk about what the club wants to do going forward, when to offer our next Beekeeping 101 workshop, officers for the new year, etc.  Also plenty of conversation about our bees, winter preps - whatever is on your mind!

Hope to see you all there! Bring a friend who's interested in learning more about beekeeping!

   Please do, if possible, RSVP by Oct. 1 so we can get approximate numbers to expect.


Thanks to Nellie and Deepu for hosting our August meeting!  Was interesting to see her top bar hive in action.

Please take note of this opportunity below to attend a workshop with Michael Bush being held by the North Central PA Beekeepers.  If enough interest, we could car pool.  Please let Kathryn or Dee know if interested in attending.

North Central PA Beekeepers Assoc.
2019 Fall Seminar

Speaker – Michael Bush from Omaha, Author of “The Practical Beekeeper”
Date – Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time – 9-4
Location – Gunzburger Building, Coudersport, PA (side entrance off Water St.)
Lunch included – please bring a dessert to share.
Price - $15 per club member
$20 per non- club member
To get this rate - Reservations and checks must be received by Friday, October 11th.
Any reservations received from October 12th thru October 18th will cost $25 per person. NO RESERVATIONS TAKEN AFTER Friday, October 18th.
Limited Seats so get in your reservation ASAP.
Make checks payable to North Central PA Beekeepers Assoc.
Mail to Joan Bradley, PO Box 635, Shinglehouse, PA 16748
Hope your bees are happy!


August CCBA meeting: 
August 24th at 2p;  meeting a Nellie's apiary;  we'll discuss winter prep, help her treat her hive; 

Directions: 305 Homestead Lane...If coming out of State College, on 322 (S Atherton) East towards Boalsburg, pass Kelly's restaurant and Angelo's pizzeria, take the next right onto West Drive and then a right onto Homestead Lane and we're the 3rd house on the right, across from the yellow mailbox.

Hope to see everyone there  - sorry for the late notice!