Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2017 FCBA Beginning Beekeeping Basics Course


2017 FCBA Beginning Beekeeping Basics Course

The Franklin County Beekeepers’ Association is conducting a five session Beginning Beekeeping Basics course for anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper.  The Thursday evening classroom sessions will be on March 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2017, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Building located at 185 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg.  There will also be a field day at a local apiary on a Saturday in April.  Cost is $40.00 per family.  For information, contact Penn State Extension at 717/263-9226 or by email at FranklinExt@psu.edu.  Subjects that will be covered include an introduction to beekeeping, bee biology, beekeeping equipment; maintaining healthy bees, installing packages and apiary colony management.  Registration is required and is limited to the first 50.  You do not have to be a member of the Franklin County Beekeepers’ Association to register.  Registration includes a beekeeping manual, refreshments and membership in the Franklin County Beekeepers’ Association.

Bee Breeding Around the Globe -February 16, 2017, FCBA Meeting


Bee Breeding Around the Globe -February 16, 2017, FCBA Meeting

 

                Dr. Kirsten Traynor of Flickerwood Apiary in Middletown, MD is the featured speaker at the Thursday, February 16 Franklin Co. Beekeepers' Assoc. Quarterly Meeting.  The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA (next to the extension office).  Dr. Traynor will speak on “Bee Breeding Around the Globe.”  Dr. Kirsten Traynor & Michael Traynor of Flickerwood Apiary have met with bee breeders in many parts of the world to learn unique techniques to improve the qualities of their bees. Her presentation will describe how a club in Denmark teaches all new beekeepers how to rear their own queen, so they can start their first hive. She will also talk about her visit to Buckfast Abbey, where Brother Adam bred the unique Buckfast bee. Dr. Kirsten Traynor highlights some of the best aspects of bee breeding they’ve studied in their world travels.

                Dr. Traynor received the prestigious German Chancellor Scholarship from the Humboldt Foundation in 2006-2007, annually awarded to ten American leaders in their field. She and her husband drove over 50,000 miles throughout Western Europe to study the differences between European and American beekeeping, reporting their findings through 50+ published articles in national and international magazines. At the same time she interviewed scientists and medical doctors, gathering information for her book: Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey.

                Fascinated with the social complexity of a honey bee hive, Kirsten earned her PhD in biology from Arizona State University. While a grad student, she spent almost a year in Avignon, France in the lab of Dr. Yves Le Conte as a Fulbright Fellow. She currently investigates how pesticides impact honey bee health for the University of Maryland in the lab of Dr. vanEngelsdorp and is the editor of Bee World, published by the International Bee Research Association. Follow her on Twitter @FlowersLoveBees.  Flickerwood Apiary:  http://www.mdbee.com/flickerwood/index.html

Monday, October 3, 2016

2016 Franklin County Beekeepers’ Association Graduation, Banquet and Silent Auction


You are invited to the:

2016 Franklin County Beekeepers’ Association Graduation, Banquet and Silent Auction

Thursday, October 6, 6:30 pm, Central Presbyterian Church, 40 Lincoln Way W, Chambersburg, PA 17201. (on the southwest corner of the main fountain square in Chambersburg, Intersection of Rt. 30 & Rt. 11.)

COVERED DISH DINNER - Each family bring 1 hot and 1 cold dish-and plates, silverware, etc.  We will have soft drinks, dinner rolls, butter, honey & table coverings will be provided. We will be having a silent auction if anyone would like to donate bee equipment, tee shirts, hats, soap, ceramic, flowers, garden stuff, honey, pollen, gloves, tools, baked goods, ect. It doesn't matter what it is.  It doesn't have to be extravagant. 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS  and GRADUATION FOR FIRST YEAR BEEKEEPERS

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS – Kirsten & Michael Traynor, Flickerwood Apiary, authors of “Smart and Simple Beekeeping.”  

GOOD FELLOWSHIP - Please come.  You need not be a member of the Franklin County Beekeepers' Association to attend.  (Invite other beekeepers whom you may know, and who are not on our mailing list.) 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

FCBA Fall Workshop – Getting Ready for Winter, July 28, Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm


FCBA Fall Workshop – Getting Ready for Winter, (hands on)

July 28, Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Franklin Co Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg

 
From Randy King – Workshop Topics: “Workshop will cover the following beekeeping topics:  preparing your hives for winter, covering, making cozies, moving, feeding, making fondants and candy, hive weights (do they have enough food?).  Taking care of the bees that take care of your winter bees.  What are winter bees?”

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

FCBA New Beekeeper Check-up and Summer Meeting, Monday, May 2


FCBA New Beekeeper Check-up and Summer Meeting, Monday, May 2

Monday, May 2 at 6 PM at Richard Paine's Apiary,1020 Swamp Fox Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202
 
This is a must come for new beekeepers and any other beekeepers that would like to or need to learn how to catch swarms, make artificial swarms and split hives. We will also cover mite counts and controls and what to do in case of dearth, spotting the queen and other pertinent information about your new nucs and building up a strong and healthy hive.  Call 375-2352 the day of the field day if weather is questionable.

Instructions:  Make sure to wear the appropriate clothing--long sleeved shirt, etc.  Wear light color clothing (no bright floral prints).  Avoid scented soaps, shampoos, body powders, perfumes, etc.  If you have them, bring your bee veil, white coveralls, etc.  Bring questions, in order to get the most from this "hands on" experience.  Call 375-2352 the day of the field day if weather is questionable.  BRING YOUR OWN FOLDING CHAIRS!

Directions: 

From Route 316 – From off of Rt.316 turn onto Rt. 914 (Swamp Fox Rd).  Go 1.5 miles and look for his honey sign on the left.

From I-81 - Take I-81 to PA 914 Exit (Exit 10).  After exiting I-81, take Rt. 914/Swamp Fox Road east (away from Marion).  After 1 mile, Swamp Fox Road makes a sharp turn to the left.  Keep on Swamp Fox Road for another 1 mile and look for his honey sign on your right.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

2016 Beginning Beekeeping Short Course Field Day


Beginning Beekeeping Short  Course Field Day

 

Saturday, April 9 (weather permitting), 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

At Richard Paine’s Apiary (375-2352), 1020 Swamp Fox Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202. Call 375-2352 the day of the field day if weather is questionable.

 

Directions: 

From Route 316 – From off of Rt.316 turn onto Rt. 914 (Swamp Fox Rd).  Go 1.5 miles and look for his honey sign on the left.

 

From I-81 - Take I-81 to PA 914 Exit (Exit 10).  After exiting I-81, take Rt. 914/Swamp Fox Road east (away from Marion).  After 1 mile, Swamp Fox Road makes a sharp turn to the left.  Keep on Swamp Fox Road for another 1 mile and look for his honey sign on your right.

 

Maps and directions from your home are available on-line through Mapquest: http://www.mapquest.com/directions/

 

Instructions:  Make sure to wear the appropriate clothing--long sleeved shirt, etc.  Wear light color clothing (no bright floral prints).  Avoid scented soaps, shampoos, body powders, perfumes, etc.  If you have them, bring your bee veil, white coveralls, etc.  Disposable gloves provided.  Bring questions, in order to get the most from this "hands on" experience.  Call 375-2352 the day of the field day if weather is questionable.  BRING YOUR OWN FOLDING CHAIRS!

 

What to do if you are stung:  If you have been stung by a bee, wasp, hornet, or yellow jacket, follow these instructions closely:

 

1. Bees leave behind a stinger attached to a venom sac. Do not try to pull it out as this may release more venom; instead gently scrape it out with a blunt-edged object, such as a credit card or dull knife.

2. Wash the area carefully with soap and water. This should be continued several times a day until the skin is healed.

3. Apply a cold or ice pack, wrapped in cloth for a few minutes.

4. Apply a paste of baking soda and water and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.

5. Take acetaminophen for pain.

(From:  University of Maryland Medical Center:  http://www.umm.edu/non_trauma/bee.htm)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

2016 BEGINNING BEEKEEPING SHORTCOURSE



2016 BEGINNING BEEKEEPING SHORTCOURSE

The Franklin County Beekeepers’ Association is conducting a five session short course on beginning beekeeping for anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper.  The Thursday evening classroom sessions will be on March 3, 10, 17, & 24, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Building located at 185 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg.  There will also be a field day at a local apiary on a Saturday in April.  Cost is $40.00 per family.  For information, contact Penn State Extension at 717/263-9226 or by email at FranklinExt@psu.edu.  Subjects that will be covered include an introduction to beekeeping, bee biology, beekeeping equipment; maintaining healthy bees, installing packages and apiary colony management.  Registration is required and is limited to the first 50.  You do not have to be a member of the Franklin County Beekeepers’ Association to register.  Registration includes a beekeeping manual, refreshments and membership in the Franklin County Beekeepers’ Association.