Potomac Highlands Beekeepers Association (PHBA)

www.potomachighlandsbeekeepers.weebly.com

 

Elvin Rose

President

emrose0206@yahoo.com

2878 Fort Run Road

Moorefield, WV26836

304-434-2520

Kirby Vining

Vice President

nulliparaacnestis@gmail.com

16 Franklin St NE

Washington, DC 20002

202-234-0427

202-213-2690

Ruth Martin

Secretary

rmartin4154@gmail.com

619 Peach Tree Farms Ln

Romney, WV  26757

304.822.3878

Steven Martin

Treasurer / Web

smartin3675@gmail.com

619 Peach Tree Farms Ln

Romney, WV  26757

304.822.3878

                                                        

PHBA Meeting Summary September 18, 2014

1.  7pm, Opening and Welcome - President, Elvin Rose.  As usual the meeting was held at the Bank of Romney Community Center Building, Main Street, Romney.  There were Nine members present.

2.  Secretary Report - Ruth Martin.   No comments/corrections were received regarding the August 20, 2014 minutes.  Motion was made to approve the minutes as written.  All were in favor.  The minutes are posted on the Association Website - www.potomachighlandsbeekeepers.weebly.com and Facebook - Potomac Highlands Beekeepers)

        

3.  Treasurer Report - Steve Martin.  Financial Report given and is on file.

4.  Old Business.  

-  Janet Rose is coordinating our Club’s donation to the Fall Conference.  The WVBA Fall State Meeting – September 19 and 20, 2014 – Jackson’s Mill – near Weston WV.  Several members brought in items to be donated for Door Prizes.  She will tag the items with our Club name so we are better recognized around the state.  The Rose’s and Jeff McIntyre are attending the conference.

-  Honey tasting.  A couple folks brought in honey samples.  One was very dark, nectar source unknown, and the other a light medium.  That source was mostly from Locust, Raspberry, Tomato, Pepper, and other farm product blooms.  

5.  New Business

6.  General Discussion - tasks that should be conducted in September:

7.  Next Meeting:  October 16th -  Last meeting of the year, Club Pizza Party...

8.  7:55 - Adjourn and refreshments


Potomac Highlands Beekeepers Association (PHBA)

www.potomachighlandsbeekeepers.weebly.com

 

Elvin Rose

President

emrose0206@yahoo.com

2878 Fort Run Road

Moorefield, WV26836

304-434-2520

Kirby Vining

Vice President

nulliparaacnestis@gmail.com

16 Franklin St NE

Washington, DC 20002

202-234-0427

202-213-2690

Ruth Martin

Secretary

rmartin4154@gmail.com

619 Peach Tree Farms Ln

Romney, WV  26757

304.822.3878

Steven Martin

Treasurer / Web

smartin3675@gmail.com

619 Peach Tree Farms Ln

Romney, WV  26757

304.822.3878

                                                        

PHBA Meeting Summary August 20, 2014

1.  Elvin Rose,  President called the meeting to order at 7pm, Bank of Romney Community Center.   He welcomed members.  There were 17 members and two guests present.  

2.  Presentation.  Herb Everhart and Jennifer King of Eversweet Apiaries gave an informative talk and demonstrations on various hardware pieces, feeding techniques, and methods for medication.  Followed up by a Presentation on Integrated Pest Management (IPM)  and Medications Overview.  Here is a link to the Presentation, and it is also on the PHBA website under the More tab.  They are both knowledgeable and are available to assist you with your questions and have a wide variety of supplies at their store. .  Contact information is 304-876-3832, or www.eversweetapiaries.com, or on Facebook Eversweet Apiaries.  

A motion was made to contribute $25 to our speakers.  The motion was seconded and approved.  

We then broke for Refreshments and Networking.  Thank you to the Kessels and Fishers for the refreshments.  And also to everyone else who brought in goodies.  

3.  Secretary Report.  Ruth Martin had posted to Facebook and the club web site - www.potomachighlandsbeekeepers.weebly.com and also emailed the June meeting minutes to members for review and comment.  There were no corrections and a motion was made to approve the minutes as written.  The motion was seconded and the minutes were approved.  THERE WAS NO JULY MEETING.

        

4.  Treasurer Report.  The report was approved as presented and a copy is on file.  

5  Old Business.  

-  Honey Fest feedback.  Steven Martin reported that the Honey Fest was fun and was able to connect with numerous folks who showed interest in beekeeping and local honey.  Nice turnout.  The club was invited back for next year to participate at the Romney Farmers Market festivity.  

-  Elvin thanked Ruth Martin for submitting an article to the State Newsletter.  

        

6.  New Business.

-  Club Donations of Door Prizes for the Fall Conference.  

-  Bring your item(s) to the September 19th Meeting

-  The Conference is Sept 19-20, 2014 at Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp, Weston, WV.  Conference information is on the WVBA Beekeepers Association website.  Early Registration ends Sept 2, 2014.

-  Club Honey Tasting!  Several members brought in jars of their recent harvest for others to taste.  It was interesting tasting honey from different areas and seeing an array of colors too.  Thanks Kirby Vining, for your initiative!

-  Heishman Estate Auction is being held September 6, 2014 at 10am.  

7.  September Refreshments.  The Martins will provide Snacks, and Jeff McIntyre will provide Drinks.

8.  Meeting was adjourned at 9pm.  Refreshments followed.

Prepared by:  Ruth Martin,  Secretary, Potomac Highlands Beekeeping Association


Potomac Highlands Beekeepers Association (PHBA)

www.potomachighlandsbeekeepers.weebly.com

 

Elvin Rose

President

emrose0206@yahoo.com

2878 Fort Run Road

Moorefield, WV26836

304-434-2520

Kirby Vining

Vice President

nulliparaacnestis@gmail.com

16 Franklin St NE

Washington, DC 20002

202-234-0427

202-213-2690

Ruth Martin

Secretary

rmartin4154@gmail.com

619 Peach Tree Farms Ln

Romney, WV  26757

304.822.3878

Steven Martin

Treasurer / Web

smartin3675@gmail.com

619 Peach Tree Farms Ln

Romney, WV  26757

304.822.3878

                                                        

PHBA Meeting Summary June 19, 2014

1.  Elvin Rose,  President called the meeting to order at 7pm, Bank of Romney Community Center.   He welcomed members.  There were 12 members and three guests present.  

2.  Secretary Report.  Ruth Martin had posted to Facebook and the club web site - www.potomachighlandsbeekeepers.weebly.com and also emailed the April meeting minutes to members for review and comment.  There were no corrections and a motion was made to approve the minutes as written.  The motion was seconded and the minutes were approved.

        -  Ruth announced to the group news that our friend and colleague Bob Noel, (May speaker on Honey B Healthy) has had a stroke and is hospitalized.  He’s making progress.  Please keep Bob and his family in your prayers.

3.  Treasurer Report.  The report was approved as presented and a copy is on file.  

4.  Old Business.  


-  Annual Club Picnic.  There will be NO PICNIC, and NO JULY MEETING.  Too many schedule commitments and conflicting events to hold the picnic.  We will resume with the August 21st meeting.


-  1st Annual Honey Fest.  Saturday, August 2, 8am - 12pm.  This event will be co-located with the Romney Farmers Market.   Everyone is invited to bring honey, and other honey/beeswax products for sale. Bring your tables and Canopys.  NO Fee, NO price setting, NO limits.  

-  Elvin Rose announced that Angie Heishman has opened up a new Honey B Hut in Stephens City, VA just off of I-81.  Stay tuned for Grand opening announcement.

-  Steven Martin reported that Ed Forny, of Geezer Ridge Farm may be selected as the new State Inspector.  

-  Robin Mills (joined club June Mtg) reported about 2 new books on Bumble Bees that he read about in the Washington Post.  

5.  June Presentation.  Paige Tighe shared interesting Honey bee trivia and a few Folklore Stories.  She gave everyone a Handy Dandy Guide to Storytelling the Bees!  Thank you Paige!

6.  General discussion focussed on swarms (having and capturing), robbing the honey, and requeening options.

7.  June Refreshments.  Thanks to everyone who brought refreshments.

8.  August Refreshments.  The Kessel’s and Fisher’s will provide refreshments.  

9.  Meeting was adjourned at 8:25.  Refreshments followed.

Prepared by:  Ruth Martin,  Secretary, Potomac Highlands Beekeeping Association



Potomac Highlands Beekeepers Association (PHBA)

www.potomachighlandsbeekeepers.weebly.com

 

Elvin Rose

President

emrose0206@yahoo.com

2878 Fort Run Road

Moorefield, WV26836

304-434-2520

Kirby Vining

Vice President

nulliparaacnestis@gmail.com

16 Franklin St NE

Washington, DC 20002

202-234-0427

202-213-2690

Ruth Martin

Secretary

rmartin4154@gmail.com

619 Peach Tree Farms Ln

Romney, WV  26757

304.822.3878

Steven Martin

Treasurer / Web

smartin3675@gmail.com

619 Peach Tree Farms Ln

Romney, WV  26757

304.822.3878

                                                        

PHBA Meeting Summary May 15, 2014

1.  Elvin Rose,  President called the meeting to order at 7pm, Bank of Romney Community Center.   He welcomed members.  There were 16 members and three guests present.  

2.  Presentation by Bob Noel, Researcher of Bee diseases and Developer of Honey-B-Healthy, Amino B Booster, and a Vegetarian Vitamin and Mineral supplement.  www.honeybhealthy.com has information on all of these products as well as articles on diseases, recommendations for feeding supplements, and overall honey bee informational fact sheets.  Contact information is also provided.  The presentation was most informative.  Thank you Mr. Noel.

3.  Secretary Report.  Ruth Martin had posted to Facebook and the club web site - www.potomachighlandsbeekeepers.weebly.com and also emailed the April meeting minutes to members for review and comment.  There were no corrections and a motion was made to approve the minutes as written.  The motion was seconded and the minutes were approved.

4.  Treasurer Report.  The report was approved as presented and a copy is on file.  

5.  Old Business.  

-  Annual Club Picnic.  The date has been set for Sunday July 20th.  A location must be decided.

-  Elvin reminded the group of WVDA labeling requirements if you are selling your honey commercially, at stores, farm stands or farmers markets.

-  1st Annual Honey Fest.  Saturday, August 2, 8am - 12pm.  This event will be co-located with the Romney Farmers Market.   Everyone is invited to bring honey, and other honey/beeswax products for sale. Bring your tables and Canopys.

6.  June Presentation.  Paige Tighe will tell Folklore Stories on the Honey Bee and other Interesting Honey Bee factoids.

7.  June Refreshments.  Jeff McIntyre will bring snacks.  Steve/Ruth Martin will bring drinks.

8.  Meeting was adjourned at 8:25.  Refreshments followed.

Prepared by:  Ruth Martin,  Secretary, Potomac Highlands Beekeeping Association


Potomac Highlands Beekeepers Association (PHBA)

www.potomachighlandsbeekeepers.weebly.com

 

Elvin Rose

President

emrose0206@yahoo.com

2878 Fort Run Road

Moorefield, WV26836

304-434-2520

Kirby Vining

Vice President

nulliparaacnestis@gmail.com

16 Franklin St NE

Washington, DC 20002

202-234-0427

202-213-2690

Ruth Martin

Secretary

rmartin4154@gmail.com

619 Peach Tree Farms Ln

Romney, WV  26757

304.822.3878

Steven Martin

Treasurer / Web

smartin3675@gmail.com

619 Peach Tree Farms Ln

Romney, WV  26757

304.822.3878

                                                        

PHBA Meeting Summary April 17, 2014

1.  Elvin Rose,  President called the meeting to order at 7pm, Bank of Romney Community Center.   He welcomed members.  There were 14 members.  

2.  Secretary Report.  Ruth Martin had posted to Facebook and the club web site - www.potomachighlandsbeekeepers.weebly.com and also emailed the March meeting minutes to members for review and comment.  There were no corrections and a motion was made to approve the minutes as written.  The motion was seconded and the minutes were approved.

4.  Treasurer Report.  Received $20 from Ed Barbe.  This will pay Club dues for 2014 ($8) and the State and Club dues for 2015 ($10).  It was past the March 31 deadline to send membership into WVBA for 2014.  8 Paid up members including 2 new members. Total 2014 members now at 27.  We reviewed the club ledger online using a chromebook and projector.  The report was approved as presented and a copy is on file.

5.  Old Business.  

-  Spring Conference in Fairmont.  Elvin and Janet Rose, and Jeff McIntyre attended.  They reported that the conference was very informative and well attended.  Elvin and Janet especially enjoyed Kim Flotem’s presentation on “10 Rules for Modern Beekeeping”.  1) Have a good Queen, 2) Look for good Genetics, 3) Have good pest control, 4)  Control Swarming, 5) Ensure a safe environment, 6) Have enough room in the hive, 7) Have enough food, 8) Work towards having healthy hives, treat with medications when necessary, 9) Prepare the hives for winter, 10)  Keep feed and water fresh

-  Fall Conference at Jackson’s Mill.  September 19&20.  Try to make it if you can.  More information will be on the WVBA website.  www.wvbeekeepers.org

-  Janet Rose discussed Club donations that were given as door prizes at the Spring Conference.  This is a great way for the state clubs to participate and be known throughout the beekeeping community.  She made a motion that our club provide a few door prizes for the Fall Conference.  The motion was seconded and passed.  We will be discussing ideas at future meetings.

-  Steve Martin pulled up the club’s webpage to show a few important tabs.  www.potomachighlandsbeekeepers.weebly.com.  We reviewed and discussed the Local Suppliers under the Suppliers tab.  We also looked at some of the other tabs.  You are encouraged to review the website and bring ideas for improvements and changes.  If you take pictures of your events or activities, let’s post them to the website.  It’s OUR website so let’s make it the best possible.  Thanks for input from the Kessel’s and Ed Barb - already making it better!  

-  Steve Martin contacted Herb Everheart of Eversweet Apiaries to invite him to speak at one of our club meetings.  His daughter is his PR person.  She corresponded with Steve back and forth via email and will be confirming a date for his visit and talk to our club later this year.  She said he most definitely will love to come talk to us.

6.  New Business.

        -  HONEY FEST at the Romney Farmers Market.  Everyone welcome!  Bring your good to sell or educational materials.  Date and more details will be announced at the May meeting.  Steve Martin has coordinated with Meg Cooksey, Romney Farmers Market Manager about this event and she is thrilled.

7.  April Presentation:  Steve Martin gave a presentation on Dividing Honey Bee Colonies.  When to divide for Swarm control, Locations for the divides, Queens and Divides, and Managing Divides and a Calendar tool to help you manage your tasks.  He also talked about beneficial trees to plant that provide an excellent pollen and nectar source for bees.  Dan O’Hanlon discussed The Little Leaf Linden (Tilia Cordata) in the Spring Newsletter.  It is a fast grower, beautiful and great for the bees.  It can be purchased from Northern Trading Company.  It was very informative and generated a lot of discussion.  Thank you Steve!

8.  May Presentation:  Bob Noel will bring his latest research on two new viruses, and it will be a discussion type meeting.  Sure to be interesting and educational.  Bee health is critical to all of us.  

9.  May Refreshments.  Drinks - Rose’s;  Edibles - Boland’s

10.  The next club meeting is the May 15, 2014, at the Bank of Romney Community Center, Romney, at 7pm.

11.  Snacks and networking were enjoyed by all!  Thank you!

12.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm

Prepared by:

Ruth  Martin

Secretary, Potomac Highlands Beekeeper Association


Potomac Highlands Beekeepers Association (PHBA)

www.potomachighlandsbeekeepers.weebly.com

 

Elvin Rose

President

emrose0206@yahoo.com

2878 Fort Run Road

Moorefield, WV26836

304-434-2520

Kirby Vining

Vice President

nulliparaacnestis@gmail.com

16 Franklin St NE

Washington, DC 20002

202-234-0427

202-213-2690

Ruth Martin

Secretary

rmartin4154@gmail.com

619 Peach Tree Farms Ln

Romney, WV  26757

304-822-3878

Steven Martin

Treasurer / Web

smartin3675@gmail.com

619 Peach Tree Farms Ln

Romney, WV  26757

304-822-3878

                                                        

PHBA Meeting Summary March 20, 2014

1.  Elvin Rose,  President called the meeting to order at 7pm, Bank of Romney Community Center.   He welcomed members and guests.  He also thanked Kirby Vining for chairing the February meeting in his absence.  The guests introduced themselves.  There were 18 members and 6 guests present.  Guests Charles and Sherryrobin Boland, and Jeff McIntyre became members tonight.

2.  Elvin reminded everyone to get their hives registered if they have not already done so.  The registration form is available at http://www.wvagriculture.org/images/Marketing/ApplicationforApiaryRegistration2-08.pdf

3.  Secretary Report.  Ruth Martin had posted to Facebook and the club web site and also emailed the February meeting minutes to members for review and comment.  There were no corrections and a motion was made to approve the minutes as written.  The motion was seconded and the minutes were approved.

4.  Treasurer Report.  8 Paid up members including 2 new members. Total 2014 members now at 23.  Membership cards were presented individuals who have paid dues.  The deadline for WVBA membership is March 31.  Still awaiting 7 members dues. Dues collected during the March meeting will be sent to WVBA for cards.  If anyone misses the deadline they can contact WVBA directly for state membership.  The club balance was reported and is on file.  People can still join the PHBA anytime during the year for $4 to be eligible for special drawings or offerings the club may have.  

5.  Old Business.  There was nothing to report.  

6.  New Business. Spring meeting is April 5, 2014 in Fairmont at the Trinity Assembly of God Church.  Elvin and Janet Rose will be attending.        

7.  March Presentation:  Ben Cooper

-  Demonstration on how to make “bee bread”.  Simply by taking a drawn frame, spraying it with sugar syrup, and sprinkling dry pollen over it.  By inserting this bee bread frame in with a nuc or package of bees it helps to feed and stimulate the colony.  Mann Lake has a supply of various size containers of the Ultra Dry Pollen.  

-  Ben talked about the importance of fattening up the bees for winter so they can better care for each other in the hive.  Bees have an amazing molecule in their bodies called Vitellogenin that allows them to store protein reserves, make royal jelly, promote the longevity of queen and “winter bees, is a part of their immune system, allows them to brood up in spring in the absence of pollen, and has an effect upon their foraging behavior.  Read more about Fat Bees at http://scientificbeekeeping.com/fat-bees-part-1/

-  Beekeeping from the Ground UP!  This presentation focussed on the hive foundation.  Ben covered many different types of foundations.  The main point was that you NEED to have a GOOD BASE.

-  Concrete blocks.  But beware of critters that may take up residence in the holes.

-  Screen bottom boards on wooden base.  Should be at least 18” of the ground.  Don’t stack too many boxes on the hive because it can get top heavy and you may accidently tip it over.

-  A top bar hive.  Stable criss/crossed legs are stable if wide enough apart.

-  Warre bee hive.  With shavings in the bottom may draw insects or SHB.

-  Modern Poly Hive Stand.  Stable but not quite tall enough.

-  Stone pavers.  Good to use with weed block.  Put down before putting a hive stand.

-  Fancy English Wicker stand.  Nice, attractive, stable.  Good for demonstrations or garden talks.

-  Be creative!  Paint faces on your hives, or flowers, or whatever suits you.  They don’t have to be white.

-  Multiple hives on a single base structure.

-  Pedestal base.  Good for damp areas or areas that may flood.  Must be secured though.

-  Always use weed block to keep the area around your hive open and clean.

-  16”x16” paver blocks make a real nice foundation.

-  HIVETRACKS. com  is a real good tool to help manage your hives.

-  Nucs should or must be inspected before being sold (varies by state).  Be ethical dealing bees.  

-  The WVBA owns 8 extractors throughout the state for loan.  The local extractor is located in Martinsburg with the EPBA www.wvepba.org/.  It’s a 9 frame electric extractor and can be borrowed for 3 days at no cost.  The EPBA also has one for loan, a 9 frame hand crank for $5/day.  Details will be provided.  

8.  Web Demo:  Steve Martin gave a brief demonstration of the PHBA website to include club minutes, membership roster, and where to find resources and links.  We will be continually updating the website so that it is a useful tool for all of us.  Will be adding a “Market Place” page where items can be advertised for want, sale, trade, etc.  Please feel free to share links that will improve the website.  Email you links to Steve or Ruth.

9.  April Presentation:  Steve Martin will give a presentation on Dividing Honey Bee Colonies.  When to divide for Swarm control, Locations for the divides, Queens and Divides, and Managing Divides

10.  April Refreshments.  The Tighe family will provide the drinks, and Jeff McIntyre will provide snacks.  Thank you!

11.  The next club meeting is the April 17, 2014, at the Bank of Romney Community Center, Romney, at 7pm.

12.  Snacks and networking were enjoyed by all!

13.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm

Prepared by:

Ruth  Martin

Secretary, Potomac Highlands Beekeeper Association


Potomac Highlands Beekeepers Association (PHBA)

www.potomachighlandsbeekeepers.weebly.com

 

Elvin Rose

President

emrose0206@yahoo.com

2878 Fort Run Road

Moorefield, WV26836

304-434-2520

Kirby Vining

Vice President

nulliparaacnestis@gmail.com

16 Franklin St NE

Washington, DC 20002

202-234-0427

202-213-2690

Ruth Martin

Secretary

rmartin4154@gmail.com

619 Peach Tree Farms Ln

Romney, WV  26757

304.822.3878

Steven Martin

Treasurer / Web

smartin3675@gmail.com

619 Peach Tree Farms Ln

Romney, WV  26757

304.822.3878

                                                        

PHBA Meeting Summary February 20, 2014

1.  Kirby Vining, Vice President called the meeting to order at 7pm, Bank of Romney Community Center.   President Elvin Rose was not present due to being out of town.  Kirby welcomed members and guests to the club’s first meeting of 2014.  There were 16 members and 1 guest present.  Our guest Dan Dawson became a member tonight.

2.  Secretary Report.  Ruth Martin had emailed the minutes of the final meeting of 2013 to members for review and comment.  There were no corrections and a motion was made to approve the minutes as written.  The motion was seconded and the minutes were approved.

3.  Treasurer Report.  Steve Martin presented distributed West Virginia Beekeepers Association (WVBA) cards to members who had paid their 2014 dues at the last meeting.  Dues was collected from four members tonight.  WVBA had asked that clubs submit their membership dues prior to April.   Members need to pay $10 dues for 2014 membership prior to or at the March 20th meeting.  Mail payment to Steven Martin, at the address shown above or pay at the March meeting.  The fee will be sent to WVBA for cards.  If anyone misses the deadline they can contact WVBA directly for state membership.  The club balance was reported and is on file.

4.  Old Business.  There was nothing to report.  There has not been any feedback received regarding the Spring Board Meeting.

5.  New Business.  Group discussion

        - WVBA Newsletter - We are asking for a volunteer to write short articles for the newsletter.   Good forum for our club to showcase what we’re doing.

        -  Most members have been reporting high survival rate.  Most members treated for mites last fall.  The weather has been warm for a few days and the bees were able to get out for a cleansing flight.   TIP:  It’s helpful to provide a top entrance for the bees - some people drill a small hole in the top box.

        -  Bee packages and equipment can be purchased all over but these are some of the ones our club members use.  We still don’t have word on whether or not Honey-b-Hut will be selling products.

Nucs (Nucleus Colonies)

Mountain Meadow Bee Company, Points, WV

Les Messer

304-359-1332

Mountain State Honey, Parsons, WV

Paul Poling

304-478-4004

alisapoling@mtnstatehoney.com

Bee Packages

Bob Wellamayer, Front Royal, VA540-428-0420 or 540-229-5359

Beekeeping Equipment Suppliers

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm

Mann Lake

Pigeon Mountain Trading Company

Long Lane Honey Bees

Patterson Creek Apiary, Burlington, WV

Ed and Bill Barbe

304-289-3163

Brian Umstead, Greenspring, WV

304-

        -  Sping Management.  

--  Check for mites and treat if necessary.  TIP:  If using stips, poke a rount toothpick through the strip to hold it between frames.  If it’s too long, trim it with scissors so it hangs straight.

                --  Use Fumadil-B for Nosema

                --  Use Terramycin for Foul Brood.

                --  Used equipment can cause seious problems.  Best to use new.

                --  Prepare equipment for expansion after the brood starts hatching.  

--  Be prepared for splits and swarms.

6.  March presentation:  Ben Cooper, beekeeper, will give a presentation on ................

        

7.  The next club meeting is the March 20, 2014, at the Bank of Romney Community Center, Romney, at 7pm.

8.  Snacks and networking were enjoyed by all.

9.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:30pm

Prepared by:

Ruth  Martin

Secretary, Potomac Highlands Beekeeper Association