Monday, June 3, 2019


Bee Yard Event postponed
Dear Bennington Beekeepers,

Due to an emergency, John Letorneau has requested that we postpone the June 2nd bee yard site visit until June 23. 



Sunday, June 23, 2019
2:00 p.m. hive visit

We’ll be meeting at Melany and John Letourneau’s bee yard on Mount Anthony Rd. in Pownal.  Bring a veil, gloves, a drink and sunscreen.  We’ll be looking into hives and discussing what we see, what’s going on and what beekeeper management might be coming up next.  



In Pownal go to Mount Anthony Rd. by turning west from Route 7 at the Pownal Center Fire House (North Pownal Rd.) and travel west till you see Mount Anthony Rd.  It will be the next right after passing Carpenter Hill Rd.  Travel north from the foot of Mt Anthony Rd., about 100 yards up on the left look for the bee hives.


Please check our website for updated announcements: www.Benningtonbees.blogspot.com/

Our Club still needs volunteers for the Farmers Market and Sun and Fun Environmental Fair (both are on Aug. 24)  and for the Pownal Valley Fair on July 27. If you can volunteer to represent the Club at either or both these events, please contact Jeanne Davis ( jdavisbwheat@comcast.net )

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Bennington County Beekeepers’ Club

Sunday, June 02, 2019
2:00 p.m. hive visit


We’ll be meeting at Melany and John Letourneau’s bee yard on Mount Anthony Rd. in Pownal.  Bring a veil, gloves, a drink and sunscreen.  We’ll be looking into hives and discussing what we see, what’s going on and what beekeeper management might be coming up next.  




In Pownal go to Mount Anthony Rd. by turning west from Route 7 at the Pownal Center Fire House (North Pownal Rd.) and travel west till you see Mount Anthony Rd.  It will be the next right after passing Carpenter Hill Rd.  Travel north from the foot of Mt Anthony Rd., about 100 yards up on the left look for the bee hives.


From New York, take Route 22 to Route 346 in North Petersburg.  Travel a few miles on 346 till you have crossed into Pownal, at the first major turn in the road take a left onto North Pownal Rd.  It’s just past the N. Pownal post office and just before a garage called Jelley’s and a congregational church.  Travel up N. Pownal Rd. till you see the turn for Mt. Anthony Rd on the left.  I believe it’s the second road on the right.  Travel north from the foot of Mt. Anthony Rd., about 100 yards up on the left look for the bee hives.


From Bennington you can take Mt. Anthony Rd. to the south and travel all the way to almost the other end.  The road may be muddy and / or bumpy but it’s scenic.  Some would rather drive to Pownal Center and travel to the beeyard as is stated above.

Please check our website for updated announcements: www.Benningtonbees.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, May 7, 2019


Bennington County Beekeepers’ Club

Thursday, May 09, 2019
7:00 p.m. meeting
Crispe Room at the Vermont Veterans’ Home



7:00 pm              Pot-Luck Dinner:  Please bring a dish to share.

7:35 pm              Business Meeting:  Please read the minutes from the April meeting included in this mailing.

8:00 pm              Open Discussion. Please come ready to tell us about what you’re doing, to ask any questions you have, and to share any gadgets or processes related to your beekeeping!


Location:           The Crispe Room at the Vermont Veterans’ Home
                           325 North Street
                           Bennington VT 05201

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Transportation of bees or used equipment into the State
From state inspector Dave Tremblay 
david.tremblay@vermont.gov
Title 6 : Agriculture Chapter 172 : Inspection Of Apiaries
(Cite as: 6 V.S.A. § 3032)
§ 3032. Transportation of bees or used equipment into the State

(a) No bees, used equipment, or colonies shall be brought into the State of Vermont unless accompanied by a valid (government) certificate of inspection within the previous ten months from the state or country of origin stating that the bees, used equipment, or bee colonies are free from bee disease.
(b) Any person...who transports... used equipment or colonies to a point within this State shall provide the secretary with a copy of the certificate of inspection not more than 72 hours after entry into this State.
Buying bees in Vermont? - make sure the Vermont Apiary program has inspected them!
§ 3028. Traffic in bees; inspection; certification
A person engaged in the rearing of bees for sale shall have his or her apiary inspected by the Secretary at least twice during each summer season and, if any disease is found which is injurious to bees, shall at once cease to ship bees from such diseased apiary until the Secretary declares, in writing, such apiary free from all such diseases, and whenever the Secretary shall find the apiary rearing bees for sale free from disease, he or she shall furnish the owner with a certificate to that effect.
Do you have bees? Help us prevent disease outbreaks and register your apiary location!
§ 3023. Duties to report
It shall be the duty of any person who is the owner of any bees, apiary, colony, or hive to report to the Secretary in writing:
(1) the location of all such apiaries and number of colonies. The location of an apiary shall become its registered location;
(2) the change of location of any apiary within two weeks unless the change of location is to provide pollination services and the colonies will be returned to a registered apiary. Hives from a registered apiary may be moved to another registered apiary without reregistering;
(3) the discovery of a serious disease within any of his or her colonies;
(4) the transportation into this State of any colonies or used equipment, except as noted in subsection 3032(c) of this title; and
(5) the fact that he or she is engaged in the rearing of queen bees or any other bees for sale, if applicable.
thank you - we are all in this together.
Direct questions about these laws to Dave's email address listed above.

Monday, March 25, 2019


 Meeting Announcement   April 11, 2019  7:00 PM

Our next meeting will include a potluck, election of officers and a speaker. 
Aaron Morris of Round Lake NY will be sharing his experiences and tips in making spring splits.

Election of officers:  If you would like to run for office in the club please let Jeanne know before the April meeting.

A club runs on the work of many folk. 
Please look at the following needs and let us know if you can help:
·         Outreach to future speakers
·         Potluck organizer
·         Set up and take down of Crispe Room furniture
·         Publicity
·         Beginner Course organizer



SABA Spring Seminar  March 30, 2019 Malta NY
Speakers: Dr. Kim Skyrm (MA Director of Bee Inspectors), Michael Bush (treatment free writer), Anthony Nearman (U of MD, VanEngelsdorp Lab) Saturday, March 30 8 am – 4:30 pm at the HVCC TEC-SMART facility at 345 Hermes Rd. in Malta NY Register by March 23.

Apimondia info is sent to us through the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association:
APIMONDIA 2019 The next international conference for beekeepers to be held in this western hemisphere will be in Montreal, 8-12 September. Please see conference details and outlines of the program: www.apimondia.org. The program will include presentations by world-renowned researchers and practitioners at the Palais de Congress, 1001 Jean Paul Riopelle Place.

Additional discounts on the $375 CAD full pre-registration fee (about $250 USD) will be available if you sign-up through Stephen Wilson, with the code, which he will provide, no later than 26 March. He is acting as a Registration Ambassador for SABA and other local beekeepers to attain the special discounts. After 30 March the conference registration will increase to $445 CAD. Please contact by email: stephenwilson282@gmail.com or by phone: 518/861-8020

Wednesday, January 2, 2019


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 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28 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