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Upcoming Dates to Remember

Bucks County Beekeepers Association (BCBA)

Tuesday, March 13, at the Plumbsteadville Grange, Plumbsteadville. Contact Gary Schongalla-Bowman at gschongalla@verizon.net for more information, ** (previous email) email ** or visit their website

Franklin County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course

Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Franklin County Extension Office, located at 181 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg. There will also be a field day at a local apiary on Saturday, March 24 or 31 (depending on weather). For additional information or to register, contact Penn State Cooperative Extension at 717/263-9226.

Heartland Apicultural Society Annual Conference

Thursday-Saturday, July 11-13, at Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN. Details at the HAS website

EAS Conference and Short Course

Monday-Friday, August 5-9, at West Chester University, West Chester, Pa. More information at the EAS website.    EAS Speakers
EAS Planning Committee Update
EAS Planning Committee Update 2
EAS Planning Committee Update 3
EAS Planning Committee Update 4
EAS Planning Committee Update 5
EAS Planning Committee Update 6

Ag Progress Days

Tuesday thru Thursday, August 13-15, at at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa. Details

Central Western Beekeepers

Saturday, October 5, 6:00 p.m.at St. Johns Reformed Church. Pot Luck Dinner. For more information, contact Robert McMillin, email rmcmill@zoominternet.net.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, October 26, 1:00 p.m. Our Lady of the Lakes, Catholic church social hall at 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro, PA, 16412. For further information, email Tara Miller at beecharmer1@verizon.net.

Centre County Beekeepers

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. at Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology (CPI), Pleasant Gap, PA. Elections and social gathering. For more information, visit www.centrecountybees.com, or contact centrecountybeekeepers@gmail.com.

Jefferson County Beekeepers

Sunday, November 24, 2:00 p.m. at Hartzell's Honeys and Bee Supplies, Brookfield, Pa. For more information call 814-653-2054.

Beginning Beekeepers Class – Beekeeping 101

Three classes will be held on Monday, January 13, Wednesday, January 15, and Monday, January 20 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the Penn State Extension of Allegheny County Pittsburgh.
Registration: http://burghbees.com/?product=beekeeping-101

Honey Bee Expo 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the West Virginia University/Parkersburg WV. Early registration $20.00 per person if received by January 3 ($25.00 per person at door). Sponsored by the WVU Extension Services and the Mid-Ohio Valley Beekeepers’ Association. For application or information call (304)375-4919 or visit www.angelfire.com/nb/movba/expo2014.html.

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, February 1, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Soergel Orchards, 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford, Pa. Registration required by January 25, 2014. Details and registration at http://extension.psu.edu/beginning-beekeeping.

PennApic Essay Contest

Entries required by Saturday, March 1. The Pennsylvania Backyard Beekeepers Association is sponsoring an essay contest for youth to win a free beehive complete with honeybees or, as an alternative, $100 in vendor credit at its Spring Workshop! Any young person up through the age of 17 may enter the contest by writing an essay about the value of honeybees and why he or she is interested in owning a hive. All entrants will receive a free one-year membership to PennApic. View Details

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Penn State Extension Westmoreland County 214 Donohoe Road, Greensburg, Pa. Registration required by February 1, 2014. Details and registration at http://extension.psu.edu/beginning-beekeeping.

Advanced Beekeepers Class – Beekeeping 201

Saturday, March 15, 8:30 a.m. at the Penn State Extension of Allegheny County Pittsburgh. “What to Expect in Your Second Year and Beyond". See information at the Burg Bees Website.

Spring Honey Bee Assessment and Care

Wednesday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Wiley Apiary on the Penn State Campus, University Park. With all the issues affecting honeybees today, it is important to monitor hives closely. Maryann Frazier, Senior Research Associate at Penn State will show participants how to assess the post-winter health of hives, prep hives for a new season, feed bees until the pollen is plentiful and install nukes or packages of bees. Participants will open and "read" hives and assess feeding needs, queen health and size of hives to insure strong hives for the coming season. Maryann will also discuss recent research focusing on monitoring and managing mites in the hive. She will discuss whether nukes or packages work best and where to order these as well as new queens. Further details and registration.

PSBA Summer Picnic

Saturday, August 9, at the Wade Fisher Bee Farm, 3950 Ferguson Valley Road, McVeytown Pa. 17051. The PSBA Executive Board will meet at 10:00 a.m. General gathering at noon, with lunch to follow at 1:00.

Our hosts are planning to roast a pig and will provide all paper products (plates/cutlery/napkins etc.). All guests are asked to bring a side dish/desert or drink to share and their own lawn chairs.

The location features the primary apiary and honey extraction facility for the Fisher’s, a small zoo with various animals, and a creek for cooling off. Plus the opportunity to fellowship with other beekeeepers! A Queen Swap and scoring hives will be demonstrated. New PSBA 110th Anniversary T-Shirts will be available.

Directions from Mt. Union
Where 522 and 22 merge(Just outside of Mt. Union), continue on 522N, 22E for approximately 7 miles to Ferguson valley Road, Make left hand turn onto Ferguson Valley Road, in approximately 1 mile Queen Bee Lane will be on your left.
Directions from Lewistown:
Get on 522 S bypass at Lewistown, follow approximately 11 miles to red light in McVeytown. Continue strait on 522S/22W for 7 miles to Ferguson Valley Road, Make right hand turn onto Ferguson Valley Road, in approximately 1 mile Queen Bee Lane will be on your left.
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Ag Progress Days

August 13-15, at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, 2710 W. Pine Grove Rd.,Pennsylvania Furnace, PA 16865. Details at agsci.psu.edu/apd. To volunteer at the PSBA Booth, contact Aaron Fisher at aaron@fisherbeefarm.com or call 717-242-4373.

National Honey Bee Awareness Day

Saturday, August 16 Check with your local association, as there are multiple associations hosting special events.

Honey Bees and Blooms Swap Meet

Saturday, September 6, 11:00 a.m. at Kingsland Apiary, 7920 Ward Dr., Mercersburg. Bee and flower themed flea market, food, games, buy, sell, trade, fellowship with beekeepers. Details and directions

Fifth Annual Philadelphia Honey Festival

Friday-Sunday, September 5,6,7, at Bartram’s Gardens, Wyck Historic House, and Wagner Free Institute of Science. The 3-day festival is free, educational, and open to the public!   Flyer  Visit Website

York County Beekeepers

Saturday, October 11, 5:00 p.m. Annual Banquet at the Winterstown Fire Hall. For more information, contact honeybeewhisperer@gmail.com

Lycoming County Beekeepers

Tuesday, October 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Montoursville Borough Hall. Contact Darryl Rebuck at 570-435-0445 for more information.

Lancaster County Beekeepers

Tuesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. at Dutch Gold Honey, Lancaster. Honey Round-Up: Discussion on winter preparation, a gadget competition, and honey tasting. For more information, contact Jim Pinkerton at 717-653-5911 or email.

Beekeeping 101 (Beginning Beekeepers course)

Saturdays, October 25 & November 1, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension of Allegheny Co., Pittsburgh. Visit the Burgh Bees website for additional information.

2 Cs and a Bee Beekeepers

Saturday, November 8, at Keystone Restaurant, Ebensburg. Annual Banquet and Election of officers. More information at their website or by email.

Wayne County Beekeepers

Monday, November 10, 7:30 p.m. at Wayne County Park Street Complex, 648 Park Street, Honesdale. For more information, contact Orna Clum at 570-677-7268 or oclum@comcast.net.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, November 12, at the Monroe Co. Environmental Education Center, Stroudsburg. For more information, contact Bob Armstrong at 570-620-9421 or email.

Beekeepers of Susquehanna Valley

Tuesday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. at the Union County Government Center, Lewisburg. Email info@thebeeyard.org or visit www.thebeeyard.org for more information.

Chester County Beekeepers

Thursday, December 11, 7:00 p.m. at the West Chester Borough Hall. Visit the CCBA website at www.chescobees.org for more information.

North East PA Beekeepers

Tuesday, January 7, 7:30 p.m. at 32 Comm St., Honesdale. For more information, contact Charles Kinbar at purepahoney@gmail.com or call 570-497-6402.

North American Beekeeping Conference

January 6 - 10, 2015 at Anaheim, CA. For more information, visit http://nabct15.com.

Pennsylvania Farm Show

January 10 - 17, 2015 at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. If interested in volunteering, contact Aaron Fisher at 717-242-4373 or Stu Mathias at 717-533-2231 for more information.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Thursday, January 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Lehigh County Ag Center, Allentown. Steve Finke will present Colony Extraction. Contact Steve Finke at 610-737-7676 for more information or check their calendar.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, January 22, 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Skippack. Speaker: Mark Hannings from Farm Family Insurance Co. will discuss the benefits of tailored protection for your apiary and assets including liability protection. This information is beneficial for beekeepers with 1 hive to 50+ hives and everything in between. Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or dpboylan@comcast.net or visit their website: for more information

12th Annual Honey Bee Expo

Saturday, January 31, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 a.m.) at the Campus of WVU, Parkersburg, WV. Sponsored by Mid Ohio Valley Beekeepers' Association. Cost: $20.00 if pre-registered by January 13th, 2015/ $25.00 at the door. Children 12yrs. and younger/ $8.00. Contact Teresa Wagoner at 304-375-4919 or visit their website for more information

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Intro to Beekeeping

February 4, 18 & March 4,18, 7:00-9:30 p.m. at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, PA Details including discounted early-bird signup.

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, February 7, at the Westmoreland Co. Coop. Extension, Greensburg. Hosted by Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers Association. For additional information, call 724-774-3003 or visit the extension website: http://extension.psu.edu/beaver

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, February 7, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place, Mount Joy, PA. Contact Jim Pinkerton at 717-653-5911 or visit the website: www.lancasterbeekeepers.org

5th Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium

Sunday, February 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Temple University, Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. Details and registration at the event's website.

North Central PA Beekeepers

Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office, Coudersport. Discussion will be on “How did your bees do this year”. For more information, contact Joan Bradley at 814-697-7586, email: snowmobilj@frontiernet.net

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Friday, February 13, Officers/Directors planning meeting PTBA. Contact Dave Taylor at 570-378-3728 or check on www.susquehannabeekeeping.com for updates.

Western Pennsylvania Beekeeping Seminar

Friday and Saturday, February 13 & 14, at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry, Mars, Pa. (Hotel name has changed but physical location is same as last year.) Main speakers include Jerry Hayes, former Chief of Apiary Inspection for Florida Department of Agriculture and author of, “Classroom” Q & A column for the American Bee Journal and Dr. Diana Sammataro, researcher and one of the authors of The Beekeeper’s Handbook.

Along with break-out sessions on value-added products, bee biology, cooking and disease and pest control, a special Beginning Beekeeping workshop will be offered all-day Saturday as a separate track of the seminar. (Additional $25 fee over the registration cost).

All of the major beekeeping suppliers will be on-hand in a special Vendor Area. Participants can pre-order their 2015 supplies and pick them up at the seminar.

Registration is $50 and opens at the beginning of January 2015. Call 724-774-3003 or visit the event's website for details, agenda, directions, and to register.

An evening with Ray Olivarez and Kim Flottum

Tuesday, February 17, 7:00 p.m. at The Woodlands Inn, 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes Barre, Pa. Ray Olivarez is the owner of Olivarez Honey Bees and manager of over 10,000 hives. Mr. Olivarez will be speaking about “Where Your Bees Come From” AND Kim Flottum – editor of “Bee Culture Magazine” and author of The Backyard Beekeeper, Better Beekeeping, Honey Handbook, and the Beekeeper’s Journal will be speaking about “Starting Right With Bees and More”. Book signing available. Limited seating. RSVP (required) to: Pa-Events@MannLakeLtd.com

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Thursday, February 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Lehigh County Ag Center, Allentown. Dr. Robyn Underwood will review her work at The Rodale Institute. Contact Steve Finke at 610-737-7676 for more information or check their calendar.

Capital Area Beekeepers Beekeeping 101

Friday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. at Pennsylvania State Farm Show Bldg., in the Monongahela Room (2nd floor). Please use the Maclay St. Entrance. $5.00/person. Registration required by Feb. 9th. "Is beekeeping for me?" For more information, visit the website.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers - Introductory Beekeeping Seminar

Saturday, February 21, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.at Berks Ag. Center. $45 fee includes books, 1yr. association membership and more. For more information contact Bill at 610-678-7630.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, February 26, 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Skippack. Speaker: Mark Antunes – “Coming Out of Winter Strong”. Mark will present tips and strategies for making the transition in your apiary from winter to spring. Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or dpboylan@comcast.net or visit their website: for more information

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Friday, March 13, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Bldg., Montrose. Speaker, Dr. Dewey Caron, University of Delaware. Contact Jim Perkins, Program Chair at 570-967-2634 or check on www.susquehannabeekeeping.com for updates.

Chester County Beekeepers Annual Conference

Saturday, March 14, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (registration at 8:00-9:00) at The Merion Science Center at West Chester University, West Chester, PA. Details.

Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association (SABA) Seminar

Saturday, March 21, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.at the HVCC TEC-SMART Extension building at 345 Hermes Rd. in Malta NY. Guest speakers are Allen Dick of Alberta, Canada, Meghan Milbrath of Munith, Minnesota, and also Dr. Wyatt Mangum, well-known for his articles in ABJ, and author of a new book on Top Bar Hives. Further details and Registration available at their website.

Capital Area Beekeepers Short Course

Saturdays, May 2 & 9. Part I: Will start at 8:00 a.m. at the Dauphin County Agriculture & Natural Resources Center, 1451 Peters Mt. Road, Dauphin, Pa. Part II: Will start at noon at Dave Anderson's Apiary, 7081A Colebrook Road, Palmyra, Pa. The cost of the Short Course is $40 which includes a CABA membership. For additional information please contact John Novinger, 717-365-3215, email jdnovinger@epix.net.

PSBA Annual Conference

Friday and Saturday, November 13 & 14, at the Best Western Inn/Country Cupboard, Lewisburg. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

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