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.

 

 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Leading Researcher to Speak on Honeybee Stress and Colony Collapse Disorder


Leading Researcher to Speak on Honeybee Stress and Colony Collapse Disorder

On Thursday, November 12, 2015, Dr. Clint Perry from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London will present a talk on his research into Honeybees at a meeting of the Franklin County Beekeepers Association.  His research has included studies into how bee stress relates to colony collapse disorder. This includes chronic forager deaths and how this can send the colony down the road to catastrophic results.  The meeting will be at 7:00 PM, November 12th at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Center which is located at 185 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg.  The meeting is open to the public.   You do not have to be a member of the association and there is no cost to attend. Directions are available at:  http://extension.psu.edu/franklin/directions.  The workshop is handicap accessible.  If you need specific accommodations, please contact Penn State Extension in advance at 717-263-9226. 

Dr Perry’s other research delved into the bee brain to determine how it assesses risk.  Dr. Perry is currently involved in setting up another research project in Australia.


Dr. Perry earned his PhD in Neurophysiology from University of Colorado. He is currently a Marie Currie Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.  This is a great opportunity to listen to one of the leading researchers into colony collapse disorder and see what research is being done to help our bees.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Oct. 15, 2015 Would You Like to be a Beekeeper? workshop


Would You Like to be a Beekeeper?

 
Have you ever wondered what is involved in being a beekeeper and working with honeybees?  If so, plan to attend the informational meeting, “Would You Like to be a Beekeeper?" on October 15, 7:00 p.m., at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg.  The Franklin County Beekeepers Association is sponsoring this introductory meeting on beekeeping for the general public.  In particular, it is for those who may be interested in starting their own hives and learning a little bit more about what is involved. The meeting will include a brief introduction to the honey bee, beekeeping information resources and time requirements for managing hives.   A brief overview of tools, equipment, start-up costs, and ordering bee packages will be presented.  The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about beekeeping.  There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.  For more information about the meeting or the Franklin County Beekeeper Association, contact Randy King at 328-9256. 

Franklin County Beekeepers Association 36th Annual Banquet


Franklin County Beekeepers Association 36th Annual Banquet, Tuesday, Oct 6th, - 6:30pm at the Central Presbyterian Church

40 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg(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.  Beverages, dinner rolls, butter, honey & table coverings will be provided.  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.)

 
SPEAKER - Jennifer King with Eversweet Apiaries, Located in Kearneysville, WV http://www.eversweetapiaries.com/.  Eversweet Apiaries was organized thirteen years ago to develop a business of producing honey and helping to increase the number of bees in the local area.  The business has grown into a bee equipment supply and information source covering most aspects of bee equipment supply and free bee education.  Currently, they operate an average of about 100 hives of bees all located in a 5 mile radius of Kearneysville. WV. 

 
GRADUATION OF THE 2015 BEGINNING BEEKEEPING SHORTCOURSE CLASS PARTICIPANTS

 
SILENT AUCTION

Monday, August 10, 2015

NATIONAL HONEY BEE DAY CELEBRATION Aug 22


NATIONAL HONEY BEE DAY CELEBRATION

SATURDAY AUGUST 22nd 9:00am - 3:00pm

1st ANNUAL FCBA PICNIC, 2nd ANNUAL HONEY BEE SWAP

Flea Market and Yard Sale

At Kingsland Apiary, 7920 WARD DR. Mercersburg, Pa 17236

 

THE FRANKLIN COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION is sponsoring the above event which will be open to the public and advertised in two local papers and flyers.

 

Spaces are available and free to set up. Set-up begins at 8:00am.

 

The picnic is free to all members and their guests. Please bring a side dish, cookies, snacks or dessert to share. Also bring chairs if you are able to. Any questions please feel free to contact Randy King 717-328-9256

 

 NOTE: You will be able to order FCBA TEE SHIRTS at the FCBA BOOTH!

 

DIRECTIONS to Kingsland Apiary, 7920 WARD DR. Mercersburg, Pa 17236: FOLLOW THE BEES AND ARROWS. We will have pictures of bees with arrows pointing the way when you get within a few miles of the event. 

From RT116: Take RT16 west through Mercersburg toward McConnellsburg.......

........go halfway to the top of the mountain and turn onto RT456. Only turns to the left.

Continue south on RT456 (little cove road) going past Saunderosa Camp Ground. The next right turn is WARD DR. (small stone road). Continue one mile on Ward Dr to the fourth house on the left.  Long driveway.  Park in designated areas.

 

From RT30:  Take RT30 west to RT75 in Fort Loudon.  Make a left onto RT75 south.  Make the first right onto Mountain Road. Continue on Mountain Rd to COVE GAP.  Make right onto RT16 west toward McConnellsburg…..  SEE ABOVE DIRECTIONS.