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

Monday, December 24, 2018


Bennington County Beekeepers Club

January 10, 2019 at 7pm


Our Speaker will be Chris Cripps of Better Bee talking about Varroa.  If you want Chris to bring an order from Greenwich with him, he’s very willing to do so.  Just place your order ahead of time.

Chris is about to be the past president of the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association and is an owner of Betterbee in Greenwich.  Chris has been a large animal vet and is currently involved in training veterinarians in issues around the use of antibiotics as treatments for American Foulbrood.  Chris has spoken to our group in the past and we are glad to welcome him back.


7:00 Pot Luck Supper: Bring a dish to share

7:30 Business Meeting

7:45 Speaker

8:45 Questions


The Crispe Room, Vermont Veterans Home
325 North Street
Bennington, VT 05201

*Our Beginner Short Course will be on January 24, 31, February 7, 14, and 28.

*The Vermont Beekeepers Association Winter meeting will be on January 29   at the VT Farm Show in Essex Junction VT  (at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds).  The summer meeting will be in the southern part of our state on July 13.

For more information, contact Jeanne Davis at jdavisbwheat@comcast.net or                                           802-823-7955                                        

Also please note that Better Bee has already begun taking nuc and package bee orders a full month ahead of their usual ordering dates.
Initial ordering began December 15th. 

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!