Monday, October 29, 2018

BCBC November meeting goes on the road

Please feel welcome to attend our November meeting, which will be held this Thursday, November 1, at 7 PM, in Room 203 of the Physics building at Williams College (Williamstown, MA). 
Dewey Caron will deliver a talk on honey bee 'language' entitled "What Are the Bees Saying?", jointly sponsored by the Bennington Beekeepers' Club, the Northern Berkshire Beekeepers' Association, and Williams College. 
Parking for the event is located in Spring Street in Williamstown, see the email from Erin Kiley which contains a map showing the parking area and the short walk to the Physics building. You can also see a copy of a map of the campus at this link:


Monday, September 24, 2018


Bennington County Beekeepers’ Club

Thursday, October 11, 2018
7:00 p.m. meeting
Crispe Room at the Vermont Veteran's Home
Agenda

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

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

8:00 pm  Presentation by Andrew Munkres of Lemon Fair Honeyworks, Cornwall, VT:  
Sustainable Beekeeping Practices

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


Club member Gunny Gundrum is looking to sell all of his 40 years’ worth of beekeeping equipment. This includes new bottom boards, frames, covers, packages of foundation, as well as used boxes, a 4-frame hand powered extractor with settling tank, jars, swarm traps, stainless steel drain trays, two boxes of combs with honey and 4+ boxes of frames with drawn comb. Also included is a hive of bees, new this year from Antoine, that we mite tested (very low 2/300 bees) and that are doing very well.  Gunny hopes to sell the whole collection in one sale. If you are interested call him at 518-368-3409 or 
gunj200@yahoo.com . If you are interested in only parts of what he has to sell you can leave him a message but he's really hoping to sell it all as a complete package.




As always, if you would prefer to receive these notices via e-mail, please let Erin Kiley know: emkiley@gmail.com , or call 603-724-0514 or 413-662-5144.

Monday, September 17, 2018


Bennington County Beekeepers Club Meeting Minutes
www.Benningtonbees.blogspot.com/
September 13, 2018

In attendance: Andy Waterman, Tom Slavin Jr., Jim O’Clair, Sarah Costin, Robert & Sierra Brown, Kaitlyn Dunn, Jason Dunn, Jeanne Davis

The meeting began with a potluck supper at 7:00pm.

Marianne Zwicklebauer has donated a new Sundance pollen trap that the club will raffle.  Thanks!

Two beekeepers: Gunny Gundrum and Anne Frey have hives and equipment to sell.  Contact information was given.

Upcoming Events: 

October 11 meeting with guest speaker Andrew Munkres of Lemon Faire Honeyworks in Cornwall VT  “ Sustainable Beekeeping”

November 1 meeting with guest speaker Dr. Dewey Caron.  This is jointly sponsored by the Bennington County Beekeepers Club and The Northern Berkshire Beekeepers Association and will take place at Williams College, 7PM, in Physics #203.

Review of Summer Events:

Our club had its summer meeting in early August at Betterbee in Greenwich.  It was a potluck lunch and a visit to their nuc yard which was led by Dr. Jack Rath.  We also had a table at the following summer events:  The Bennington Farmers Market, The Pownal Valley Fair and Sun and Fun Festival at the 2nd Congregational Church in Bennington.

Business:
The balance at the June Meeting was $1516.46.  We have had no expenditures and 2 deposits for a total of $115.00.  Also we earned $.20 interest since June.  The September balance is $1631.66. (From Dave Sicko)

End of Meeting

We had a discussion about Fall Management, what we need to be doing and various ways beekeepers are treating or preparing colonies for winter. 

Doorprizes were given out.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Bennington County Beekeepers Club
Change of Date and meeting time

September 13, 2018 at 7pm

This is a change of date and topic!  The previously posted speaker will be rescheduled for later in the year. 
On Thursday night, we will have an open meeting with a potluck and open discussions.

7:00 Pot Luck Supper: Bring a dish to share
7:30 Business Meeting
7:45 Discussion of Fall Management and Treatment options

Crispe Room VT Veteran’s Home
325 North Street

Bennington, VT 05201

Announcement: Club member Gunny Gundrum is looking to sell all of his 40 years worth of beekeeping equipment.  This includes new bottom boards, frames, covers, packages of foundation, as well as used boxes, a 4 frame hand powered extractor with settling tank, jars, swarm traps, stainless steel drain trays, two boxes of combs with honey and 4+ boxes of  frames with drawn comb.  Also included is a hive of bees, new this year from Antoine, that we mite tested  (very low 2/300 bees) and that are doing very well.  Gunny hopes to sell the whole collection in one sale.  If you are interested call him at 518-441-5220 or gunj200@yahoo.com . If you are interested in only parts of what he has to sell you can leave him a message but he's really hoping to sell it all as a complete package.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Bennington County Beekeepers Association and the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association Joint Picnic Meeting August 4, 2018 at Betterbee in Greenwich, NY

12:00-3:00 PM
Bring a potluck dish to share
Bring a chair
Swap meet. Price any items you wish to sell and we'll have them available in the Betterbee drive area.

We will have an apiary visit so please bring a protective clothing.

This meeting may include a video in the Betterbee classroom.  All parts of the afternoon may be altered by the weather.

Betterbee is open till 4:00 on Saturdays, so if you like, you can send in an order ahead of time so it can be ready for pickup.
Hope to see you!

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Bennington County Beekeepers Club- August Meeting
Saturday 08/04/2018
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Our August meeting will take place jointly with the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Club, and will be hosted at Betterbee in Greenwich, NY. 

We may have a beeyard tour, oxalic vaporizer demo and/or a swap meet. We'll let you know for sure about these activities ASAP. Please plan on the potluck and beeyard visit; bring a dish to share and safety gear.

Rain date: Saturday, August 25
Rain date of rain date: Sunday, August 26

Location: 8 Meader Road
Greenwich, NY 12834
800-632-3379

Other news:
·       We still need a couple hours' more help at the Pownal Fair booth on July 28
·       We still need a couple hours' more help at the Fun and Sun Fair on August 25
·       If you are interested in either, contact Jeanne Davis: jdavisbwheat@comcast.net, 802-823-7955

Hot weather reminders:
·       Make sure your hives have access to water: some put out poultry watering feeders, others use Boardman feeders of water at each hive entrance.
·       Crack open the top lids to help air ventilation.
·       Check for mite levels with an alcohol test for best accuracy and rinse the bees 3 times to get all the mites out for your count.
·       Remove large areas of drone brood before they hatch to decrease the number of varroa emerging.


For more information, or if you would prefer to receive notices via e-mail, please contact Erin Kiley
at emkiley@gmail.com, or 413-662-5144.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Upcoming Summer Events Calendar

May 20 - World Bee Day (United Nations)

May 21 - SABA meeting on cut comb honey production 

May 22 - Nothern Berkshire Beekeepers meeting on Spring Management 

June 2 - Bennington Beekeepers field visit to John and Melanie Letourneau's apiary in Pownal 

June 9 - Langstroth Bee Festival, 2nd Congregational Church, Greenfield MA 9:30-12:30.  Looking to carpool?  Call Jeanne 802-823-7955 Our pastor Rev. Lorenzo Langstroth invented the modern moveable frame beehive in 1852. He wrote the first apiary manual here, "On the Hive and the Honeybee," still in world wide use today. Every June since 2010, Bee Fest celebrates the importance of bees today with free fun kid activities and informative lectures by leading experts.

June 14 - Bennington Beekeepers Club discussion meeting, no meal, 7:00, see earlier post.

June 23 - VT Beekeepers Association summer meeting Swanton VT. 

June 23 - Betterbee Field Day, free but must sign up ahead of time.  Speaker Dr. Kirsten Traynor 9-3 pm 

June 30 - Bennington Farmer's Market Our club will have an exhibit/table. Do you have some honey to sell?

July 28 - Pownal Valley Fair Bennington Beekeepers booth, We need volunteers for our table, set up and take down.  2 hour shifts are needed 10:00-3:00 

We are still negotiating a site and date for our club picnic in August, look for further details soon.

August 25 - Sun and Fun ecological fair at 2nd Cong. Church Bennington.  We need volunteers for our booth, set up and take down.  2 hour shifts are needed