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September 2022

Please remember NBBA meetings meet on the Fourth Wednesday of each month. We will be meeting in person September 28th. Meeting are being held at the Cheshire Community center the address is 119 School street, Cheshire at 7:00pm.

This month we will have a special guest speaker; retired apiary inspector, Ken Warchol. Ken will be discussing Fall and Winter bee management. He will also have some special honey tasting samples to share. 

  A raffle and soft refreshments will follow.

 Prior to Ken’s talk, the NBBA will hold election of officers for 2023. Current nominations for officers are;

President: Bob Balawender

Vice President: Steve Marko

Secretary: Robin Malloy

Treasurer: Charlene Gennari

Anyone interested in nominating someone for an office or would like to run for an office, most attend this meeting. 

   A raffle and light refreshments will follow. 

   Wednesday, October 26th, at 7PM, will be the last monthly meeting of this year at the Cheshire Community Center, 119 School Street for the Northern Berkshire Beekeepers Association. 

 IMPORTANT! Meetings for 2023 will resume in January. At that time, ALL membership dues will need to be paid in order to receive further NBBA information. Yearly dues are $10.00 per person.

August 2022

Last month meeting offered two wonderful an unique presentations.

The first was offered by Bob Balawender. Bob took the time to go over extracting, bottling and marketing honey. While the presentation its self was wonderful and informative, This was a truly unique experience. While Bob was presenting he was simultaneously helping a local boy scout from Dalton achieve his Gardening merit badge. Bob helped him achieve the requirements of Preparing a honey super for use on a hive or colony and prepare honey for sale during his presentation. Thank you Bob!!

Next, we were blessed with an in person visit from Jessica, Massachusetts new regional state inspector. It was wonderful to have this visit as members got to ask a variety of questions and have them directly answered.

Q:How many times can my hives be inspected? A: Hives can be inspected twice a year.

Q: How much is it to have an inspection done? A: Free! This is free service paid for by taxes to ensure the health of hives.

Jessica went into a very informative discussion on the importance of cleanliness and sanitation of hive tools. During this discussion she mentioned that its best to clean hive tools with a metal scrubber to remove propolis and follow that up with a good wipe down of alcohol. This is especially important when visiting/ helping a friend with their hives both before an after interacting with any hives outside of you own.

Thank You Jessica!

To schedule your inspection or obtain more information please visit https://www.mass.gov/apiary-program-honey-bees

Please remember NBBA meetings meet on the Fourth Wednesday of each month. We will be meeting in person August 24th. Meeting are being held at the Cheshire Community center the address is 119 School street, Cheshire at 7:00pm.

We cant wait to see you there!!!

July 2022

NBBA meeting will meet the Fourth Wednesday of each month. We will be meeting in person July 27 . Meeting are being held at the Cheshire Community center the address is 119 School street, Cheshire at 7:00pm.

Massachusetts has a new state inspector. If you have not scheduled your state inspect and are looking to do so more information can be obtained here: https://www.massbee.org/breaking-news-from-dr-kim-skyrm-ma-chief-apiary-inspector/

The NBBA will also be holding an information table at the Cheshire block party on Saturday July 23. If you are able and willing to volunteer please let us know by sending an email to Northernberkshirebeekeepers@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you at this months meeting on the 27th and Block party on the 23rd!!

June 2022

Northern Berkshire Beekeeping Association (NBBA) held an election on May 25, 2022, for the proposal of new board members.

In ordinance with the Berkshire
Beekeeping Association constitution all new board members had a nominating committee of 2 persons,
(Sherry Zepka & Jeff Burdick members of the NBBA)

A motion was made in person at the meeting on 5/25/22 by Robin Malloy (member of NBBA) and votes were unanimous for the new board members which are as follows:

President: Bob Balawender
Vice President: Steve Marko
Secretary: Felisha Pulley
Treasurer: Charlene Gennari

NBBA meeting will meet the Fourth Wednesday of each month. We will be meeting again June 22. Meeting are being held at the Cheshire Community center the addess is 119 School street, Cheshire at 7:00pm.

Please join us this week as Felisha Pulley Certified Honey Analysis will be offering and introduction to honey sensory. This will be a fun an exciting understanding of how honey is graded internationally, the qualities it posses and of course flavor! This means taste testing!

We cant wait to see you at this Months meeting.

August 2019

Our meeting for August will be Tuesday, the 27th at 7pm at the Adams Visitor’s Center. Non- members are welcome, and membership at the meeting.

 

Light refreshments provided, as well as a great monthly raffle benefitting the club.

 

Ken Warchol, Mass State Bee Inspector, will be presenting- and we will have a chance to talk about recent hive inspections. Ken’s presentations are always entertaining as well as educational and we hope to see you there!

January 2019 Beekeeping Events

Happy 2019 All! 

Our NBBA meetings began tonight- it was great to see club members and some new faces as well. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 26th at 7pm at Adams Visitor Center. Hope to see you there!

Here are some upcoming local beekeeping events:

 

  • Beginning Beekeeping Courses

 

Bennington County Beekeepers Club is offering free (donations welcomed) beginner beekeeping classes. Learn about the life of honey bees, the skills and equipment needed to care for them and the many challenges they face.

Classes meet at Vermont Veterans Home, in Bennington, in the Crispe Room. January 24th and 31st, February 7th, 14th, 28th 6:30-9pm

 

To sign up or for more info contact Jeanne Davis- 802-823-7955 or jdavisbwheat@comcast.net

 

 

  • State Apiary Educational Events 2019

 

Held at UMass Agricultural Learning Center Farm, 911 North Pleasant street.

Amherst, MA 01002  10am to 12. Bring veil and proper clothing.

 

Saturday, 4/13- Winter Evaluation and Spring Management Part 1

Saturday, 5/11- Spring Management Part 2

Saturday, 6/8- Summer Management

Saturday, 7/13- Pests, Parasites and Pathogens

Saturday, 8/10- Fall Management Part 1

Saturday, 9/14- Fall Management Part 2

Saturday, 10/12- Winter Prep

 

For more info: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/mdar-state-apiaries

 

 

  • Berkshire Backyard Beekeepers: Berkshire Botanical Gardens

 

Upcoming beekeeping workshops and events:

  • *Creating a Varroa Management Plan – Hannah Whitehead, Honey Bee Extension Educator
    • Saturday, March 9, 10am-noon at Berkshire Botanical Garden
  • Honey Bees under the Microscope – UMass Honey Bee Extension Center
    • Saturday, February 9, 10am-noon at UMass Amherst
  • *Utilizing Natural Queens and Making Nucs with Jack Rath, Betterbee
    • Saturday, February 16, 10 am – noon at Berkshire Botanical Garden
  • *Beekeeping 101: An Introduction to Beekeeping
    • Saturday, March 16, 9 am – 4 pm at Berkshire Botanical Garden

 

*Denotes a class held through Berkshire Botanical Garden. Register at berkshirebotanical.org/events. Contact the host organization for all other events.

Next Berkshire Backyard Beekeepers Meeting: Tuesday, February 12 at 6pm

 

Please feel free to ‘bee’ in touch with questions! northernberkshirebeekeepers@gmail.com

 

January 2018 news

January 2018 Beekeeping 

Hi All,
Happy 2018!  There a number of events later in the month that you might be interested in (including our first meeting of year)   I hope your bees are doing well.  It’s been quite a winter so far!

January Beekeeping Events

1 January NBBA Meeting

Our first meeting of the year will be at 7PM, January 23rd at the Visitors Center in Adams. Open discussion.  Bring your questions and observations and let us know how your hives are doing!

2)  Beginning Beekeeping Course

The Bennington County Beekeepers Club will again offer a free (donations welcomed) beginner course for new beekeepers.  Learn about the life of honey bees, the skills and equipment needed to care for them and the many challenges they face.  Classes will meet at the Vermont Veterans Home, in Bennington, in the Crispe Room on January 25, February 1, 8, 15 and March 1 from 6:30-9:00 PM.  To sign up or for more information call Jeanne Davis 802-823-7955 or e-mail jdavisbwheat@comcast.net

 

3) Introduction To Beekeeping  Seminar

 

 Three of our members are hosting an “Introduction To Beekeeping” seminar on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the Adams Visitor Center from 1 to 3 PM.   Bob Balawender, Sherry Zepka, and Shira Wohlberg, will discuss how to get started in beekeeping, equipment needed, and how to have a pollinator friendly community. The seminar is free and open to the public. Honey and honey related products will be available for purchase. For more information call 413-743-3356.

 

4) Turning Your Hobby into a Business: What it does it mean, and what does it take?

 

Hosted by the the Columbia County Beekeepers Club

Presenter: Mary Kate Wheeler, serves as the Applied Economic Analyst for the NYS Beekeeper Tech Team, based at Cornell University. She loves helping people achieve their business goals, and recently launched a new Financial Analysis and Business Benchmarking program for beekeepers.

 

Have you ever thought about turning your surplus honey into cash? Or growing your beekeeping hobby into a source of income? Building a business can be exciting and rewarding, but it is not for everyone. This talk focuses on what it means to go into business, what it takes, and whether or not it would be a good fit for you. During this presentation, participants can expect to:

• Review the differences between pursuing a hobby and managing a business
• Assess their strengths and motivations for going into business
• Understand why a customer-centered business model is key to success
• Learn about the core functions that make up a healthy business
• Identify important steps in the business planning process
• Receive a to-do list of the tasks necessary to launch a startup honey business

This is a free event, open to the public.

So that we can provide enough seating for everyone in advance, we ask that you please RSVP as soon as possible at the following site:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/turning-your-beekeeping-hobby-into-a-business-free-pls-rsvp-tickets-41225588846?aff=efbeventtix

Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA
125 Humane Society Road 
Hudson, NY 12534

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

5) There is a Youtube video on the Massachusetts Apiary Program that you might find interesting

I hope to see you all at the meeting on 1/23.

Bee Well!   Bonnie

September meeting and year end banquet

Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7 PM at the Adams Visitor Center, Adams, MA
• Guest Speaker : Tony Pisano
Topic: Making your own beekeeping equipment.
• Raffle items are always appreciated.
• See Sherry at the meeting for banquet reservation or if you want to buy t-shirts.
Other news:
1) Annual NBBA Banquet: Date: Friday, October 13. Location: Bass Water Grill.
Attached is the RSVP form. Please bring your RSVP form and payment to the meeting.

2) 2018 NBBA Officers: At this point, we have candidates for all positions. Unless, other members are interested in the President position, officers will be confirmed at the banquet and election ballots will not be needed.
3) Worcester County Beekeepers Assoc. All Day Conference Oct. 7 9am-3:30pm
The WCBA will be hosting our an All Day Conference on October 7 from 9am to 3:30pm at Quabbin Regional High School in Barre, MA. Our speakers will be Dr. Eric Mussen from the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda from Clemson University who will be presenting on:
Nutritional Needs in the Honeybee Colony
The Future of Bees in Sustainable and/or Organic Crop Production
Behavioral Resistance to Varroa Mites
The Foraging Behavior and Other Behaviors of Honeybees Within the Colony
Cost is $10 for non-members, free for members (membership is available at the door for $15). Lunch can be ordered in advance for $10 using this form (must be received by Sept. 30).
4) Home in Williamstown with honeybees is seeking a beekeeper to remove them. Email Sue @ jericho900@gmail.com for more information.

5) Bee Yard Locations available in:
• Alford, MA,
• Blackington area of North Adams are still available if anyone is interested in a new bee yard location. If you are interested, let me know and I’ll get you the contact info.
• Washington. MA (Johnson Hill Rd) Eric Vincelette, ericvincelette@gmail.com or
(413) 329-7207

Bee Well! Bonnie

 

Northern Berkshire Beekeeping Association
2017 Banquet RSVP

The 2017 NBBA Banquet will be held at the Bass Water Grill in Cheshire (287 South State Road/413.743.1911) on Friday, October 13th. Cocktail hour starts at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm.

Please return this form and a check for your meal to Treasurer Sherry by October 1st. Make checks payable to NBBA. You can hand this form and your check to Sherry in person at our meeting, or mail it to her via the club’s mailbox at NBBA, PO Box 2, North Adams, MA 01247.

Meal Options are: Chicken Cordon Bleu $25, Seafood Stuffed filet of Sole $25, or Prime Rib $35

 

Name: Menu Option: Cost:
__________________________ ____ Chicken  Sole  Prime Rib __¬¬____
__________________________ ____ Chicken  Sole  Prime Rib ______
__________________________ ____ Chicken  Sole  Prime Rib ______
__________________________ ____ Chicken  Sole  Prime Rib ______
Total Meal Cost: ______

If you pay your dues at the same time as you pay for your meal, the club will pay $5 towards your meal. A single membership gets $5 off one meal. A family membership gets $5 off two meals.

Paying Dues?
 Yes – Individual ($10) Yes – Family ($15) No

 

Total Cost of Meals: $_______

+ Dues Included: $_______ ($10 Individual, $15 Family)

– Discount from paying dues now: $_______ ($5 if Individual, $10 if Family)

Total Enclosed: $_______

 

Questions? Email Bonnie at bhfrank1@gmail.com /(518) 794-8450

April 2017 newsletter

NBBA April Meeting Notice and Newsletter

Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7 PM at the Adams Visitor Center, Adams, MA

· Guest Speaker: Chris Cripps from Betterbee
· Topic: Swarms & Splits
· Chris is willing to bring orders to the meeting, so if you need something from Betterbee, this is a good opportunity.
· Raffle items are always appreciated.
· See Sherry at the meeting if you owe dues for 2017.

Other news:

1) May 13th NBBA will be represented at 2 of the Farmers Market events being sponsored by Tractor Supply, 10AM – 5PM
Locations:
Tractor Supply, 898 Crane Ave., Pittsfield, MA (Richard Klapper)
Tractor Supply, 826 Curran Memorial Highway , North Adams, MA (Barbara C., others?)

2) May 13th 10AM – 5PM
BEAT (Berkshire Environmental Action Team) Spring Enviro Action Fair & Expo
Location: The Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton, MA (We need volunteers.)
More info at http://www.thebeatnews.org/BeatTeam/

3) Bee Yard Locations available in Alford, MA, and the Blackington area of North Adams are still available if anyone is interested in a new bee yard location. If you are interested, let me know and I’ll get you the contact info.

4) Temporary Break for USDA Disease Diagnostic Service
“Due to a staffing crisis, the USDA-ARS Bee Disease Diagnostic Service in Beltsville, MD will be on hiatus, effective immediately. The University of Maryland Bee Lab has graciously supported Mr. Samuel Abban as he leads this 100-year old program, but Samuel is now needed fulltime for a critical University project. Every effort is being made to finalize the hiring of Samuel as a USDA employee so that he can continue this program. Please do not submit new samples until further notice. Samples in hand will be held in cold storage pending our ability to staff this program. In the meantime, the Bee Informed Partnership offers a paid service for analyzing colony loss samples, https://beeinformed.org/programs/emergency-response-kits-2/. We are extremely sorry for this disruption and look forward to continuing this program as part of USDA-ARS efforts to help beekeepers. Please contact us regarding urgent needs. Jay Evans, Research Leader, USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory, Beltsville, MD 20705 jay.evans@ars.usda.gov, 301-504-514

5) On a personal note, I am using up my beeswax supply and will be needing more. If you have any extra beeswax that you might be interested in selling or bartering for, let me know.

Bee Well!
Bonnie Frank, NBBA Secretary

March 2016 Meeting

Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 7 PM at the Adams Visitor Center, Adams, MA

· Guest Speaker: Amie Collins from Betterbee
· Topic: Spring feeding and inspections
· Amie is willing to bring orders to the meeting, so if you need something from Betterbee, this is a good opportunity.
· Raffle items are always appreciated.
· See Sherry at the meeting if you owe dues for 2017.

Other news:

1) There is Bee Clinic from 11 AM -1 PM on March 25th at the Nassau Country Value Ace Agway. They are located at 3517 US 20, Nassau NY. I believe the clinic is being run by the Norray family, who are selling nucs through that store. They are asking folks to sign up. I assume it can be done by phone. Their phone number is: 518-766-3717.

2) Ken Warchol, as always, gave an informative and entertaining presentation last week at the Berkshire Botanical Society. It was very interesting and well attended. I was glad some of our members were able to attend. I have attached a 2 page handout from Ken outlining what you should expect to see week by week from a 5 pound package.

3) The individual from Alford, MA, is still looking for someone interested in placing hives on his property. If you are interested, let me know and I’ll get you his contact info.

Bee Well!
Bonnie Frank, NBBA Secretary