Tuesday, October 8, 2019


Bennington County Beekeepers’ Club

Thursday, October 10, 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 September meeting included in this mailing.

8:00 pm              Presentation by Kirk Webster:  
‘20 Years as a Treatment-Free Commercial Beekeeper’

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




Announcement: Club member Joanne Beck has some honey to extrude, but does not have an extruder. Please contact her ( vtbecks@gmail.com ) if you can help her.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Bennington County Beekeepers’ Club
September Meeting
Thursday, September 12, 2019
7:00 pm Meeting
Crispe Room of the Vermont Veterans’ Home


Our speaker at this meeting will be Anne Frey, EAS Master Beekeeper, who will talk about “Cut-Outs”. We will also have a discussion of fall management issues. Meeting will begin, as always, with a potluck supper. Please bring a dish to share.


Also, please consider participating in the tri-national Mite-a-Thon:

Mite-A-Thon is a tri-national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize Varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America within a two-week window. All beekeepers can participate, creating a rich distribution of sampling sites in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Their Varroa monitoring data will be uploaded to www.mitecheck.com.



For further Mite-a-Thon information and to participate, please go to www.mitecheck.com .


Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Dear Bennington Beekeepers,

Your help is requested at two events on Saturday, August 24:

(1) The Sun and Fun Festival, an environmental festival, at the 2nd Congregational Church in Bennington from 10:00-3:00.  Melany Letourneau is organizing it and needs volunteers to help run a booth with her. Folks could come for a couple or few hours.  Melany: 802-442-5783

(2) The Bennington Farmers Market, also on Saturday August 24, our club will have an educational booth and needs volunteers to help run a booth.  Hours are 10:00-1:00.  Jeanne 802-823-7955.

Please reach out to Melany or/and Jeanne if you can help at either or both of these events!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Bennington Beekeepers August Meeting in the Wild


Here's a friendly reminder that our next meeting will be August 8, at 4 PM at Jeanne Davis's bee yard. Her address is 173 Pratt Road in Pownal, VT.

Please bring a dish to share as well as a veil.We will be delving into a hive.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019


Dear Bennington Beekeepers,

Happy Summer!

Please be aware that our next meeting will be (pending weather): August 8, a picnic and bee-yard visit at Jeanne's home on Pratt Road in Pownal,VT, at 4 PM. Bring a dish to share and a veil. Another announcement with more information will follow before the event. 


In the meantime, NPR's Living on Earth series did a segment on Turning Backyards Into Pollinator Heavens.
" Recent studies show insect populations are in sharp decline, and as many as
 40% of insects may be facing extinction in the coming decades. That
 includes critical pollinator species such as bees, which play an essential
 role in ecosystems as well as our food system. Now lawmakers in Minnesota
 have approved a new program that pays homeowners to convert their lawns to
 pollinator-friendly habitat. Host Bobby Bascomb talked with Sarah Foltz
 Jordan, a Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces
 Society, about what people can do to make their own yards more pollinator-friendly."

 You can listen to the segment at this link:

https://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=19-P13-00026&segmentID=7 

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/