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The Limestone Beekeepers Guild

Bee Space, The Limestone Beekeepers Guild Web Newsletter

Meeting date:

Thursday, March 16, 2017 7:00 PM
Trousdale Room, South Frontenac Library,
4412 Wheatley Street, Sydenham ON

In the Beeyard

The bees are still tightly clustered and doing their best to keep themselves and their queen warm. On warmer days you may see (and likely already have seen) bees out on cleansing flights. Try to resist the urge to remove tops and check on your bees, these are still early days.
On a mild day when the bees are in flight and the cluster is not so tight ( 10C plus) , you can check to make sure that your colonies have enough food to get them through until early nectar sources begin flowing. Grab the back of your bottom board and lift slowly, if it feels like you could pick up the colony easily you need to provide food to your bees so they do not starve. Left over honey frames, sugar cakes or fondant are the only sources of food that are safe to use this time of year.
Consider reading a good beekeeping book, checking out a video (University of Guelph has some great ones online at www.uoguelph.ca/honeybee/videos.shtml), or signing up for a beekeeping course. Ontario's Tech Transfer Program opens course registration this month.
Finally, if you haven't already, please consider joining the Ontario Beekeeper's Association, there are many benefits to being a member, including an inexpensive insurance policy for beekeepers as well as a bimonthly journal.

New Meeting Format:

Elaine, Harley and Bill have been working hard and putting our heads together to try to find ways to fill the big shoes that Bill Lake has left empty as our Past President. Here's how it will look:

7:00 - coffee, cookies, juice and beekeeping buzz we thought we'd change it up and start out the meeting with everybody's favourite part chatting with friends about our favourite topic.

7:30 meeting commences. Bill will begin with a few business items including sign up forms for Mentoring & Spring Medication If you are interested in either, sheets will be passed around.

Open question & answer period. Meet a Beekeeper a new feature that we plan to have each month where we learn about one of our own members. We'll start with Elaine Peterson, our treasurer and the proprietor of Bee Happy Honey.

Science Feature a brief section on facts and stats about bees and beekeeping.

Storytime a short reading from the book "Safe to chew" written by Beekeepers for Beekeepers and others

Mentoring & Medication If you are interested in either, the sheets will be passed around.

Small group 4 corners activity When do you unpack? What do you feed? What about varroa? Do you monitor? Do you treat? Let's learn from each other.

There will be the opportunity to enter a draw for some beekeeping swag and more...

Limestone Beekeepers Guild Swag

Get your Limestone Beekeepers Guild tee shirt(s) the meeting, featuring the Guild's new logo. They are $15.00 each, cash only, please! Various sizes available. There are a limited number of Limestone Beekeepers Guild Travel Mugs. For $10.00. They will be available at the meeting. Bill Lake has a limited number of hive tools. They will continue to be given to longstanding members of the Guild.

Classified Ads

Maxant Chain Uncapper for sale, Call George at 613 389-6117.

Upcoming Dates

March 30-31 Ontario Beekeeper's Association Spring Meeting in Alliston
April 20 Limestone Beekeepers Guild meeting
May 18 Limestone Beekeepers Guild meeting

Limestone Beekeepers Guild - BEE SPACE PAGE TWO- USEFUL INFORMATION Web Page www.limestonebeekeepers.ca
Find us on Face Book Limestone Beekeepers
Membership $15.00 and $20.00 per year

Correspondence can be mailed to:
Limestone Beekeepers Guild, c/o Harley Gallagher 420 MacDonnell Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4E4
Meetings are held at the Township of South Frontenac Public Library, Trousdale room, 4412 Wheatley St. Sydenham, On.

Bee Inspectors

Brian Lacey           Brian.lacey@ontario.ca          613-853-5325
Karen Whiteman        Karen.whiteman@ontario.ca       613-298-4098
Brent Halsall         Brent.halsall@ontario.ca        613-447-4479
Faye Bryers           faye.bryers@ontario.ca          613-859-8321

Beekeeper Registration:

Go to Ontario Beekeepers Association website: www.ontariobee.com
Under the section New Beekeeper Start Here    
Click on the picture. You will see Frequently asked Questions    
Click on the sentence: Do I Need to Register my hives if I only have one or two?
Click on here,
this will take you directly to the form.
You can print the form, fill it in, and return by mail or fax. Or you can fill in the online form and return by e-mail.
The return address, fax number and e-mail are all at the end of the document.

Bee Suppliers, Nuc and Queen Suppliers

Company          Phone           Website or Email               Contact

Busy Bee         613-275-1112    busybeebeekeepingsupplies.ca    Martin
Bee Supplies     1 844-287-9233                              and Monika

Propolis-etc     613 253-2337    propolis-etc.ca
                 1 855 933-2337

Dancing Bee      905 753-2623    dancingbeehoney.com              Todd

Peter Mewett     613 395-3225    earlyqueenarrivals.com

Robert Stevenson 613 389-9578

Neil Carter613   315 2688    Neilcarter50@gmail.com

Vern Price       613 928 1090    bigbayhorse@xplornet.com
                 613 803 5410
Graeme & Nora Peterson(613) 240-0317 Graeme (Munster p/u)
(613) 328-8563 Nora (Joyceville p/u)   bees@gridly.ca
Note: These are Debbie Hutchings' Queens and Nucs

Nancy Cole 613-377-1586 nancecole@gmail.com

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