Keeping bees on Long Island since 1949.

From the Editor's Desk: February 2019

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I was greatly relieved today. Yesterday when I came home from work I went out to the apiary and saw John Holden’s bees flying and a lot of bees
on my hive #1 near the fence. John keeps one hive in my yard since he can’t have them at his home. It was almost swarm like, very frantic and all
I could think was my hives were dead and Johns bees were robbing the hive. I saw nothing in hive #2 and #3 had been dead since fall. I was really
nervous when I went out today all suited up. Everyone was out except the dead hive, but still not sure if it could be robbing.
I opened # 2 and the bees poured out of the hole in the inner cover. They still had a lot of fondant and I lifted one frame that had honey, brood and
nectar. I went to hive #1 and it had even more bees which was probably why they were out the other day. Very little fondant and no honey on the frame
I pulled. I will slice some up later and throw it on quickly tomorrow. Feeling much happier. Now just hope the ground hog is right about that early spring.
I will order one nuc to replace the dead one and hope for a good year.

I think we have had a record number of new members join the club since the end of December to the present. Please extend a warm welcome to the following new
beekeepers: Carolyn Adamo, Sotiria Amigdalos, Carole Bennett, Regina Buck, Liza & Michael Clarke, Lynn Contursi, Chris Fairbairn, Daeiliasz Furmanik,
Linda Gibbons, Haydee Gomez, Deborah & Bridget Hanley, Esther Hou, Joe Ianucci, Kim Kittredge, Holly Klokis, Karen LaSorsa, Donna & Lucas Lee,
Richard Lee, Nicholas, Mazard, Anna McCarroll, John Most, Maggie Murphy, Deborah Pangallo, Daniel Pickney, Corey Pickney, Althanasios Plakas,
Georgine Podhorszky, Rev. James Rea, Katia Read, Milienos Savvas, Lori Schultz, Justin Schwartz, Arthur Schwartz, Bridget Siegel, Kari Stirnweis,
Thomas Stirnweis, Melissa Taylor, Senna Washington, Spencer Whittaker, Charles G. diPierro, Matthew Claeson, Alex Hardie, Archimedes &
Michael Perdios, Brad Learmonth, Joseph Taglieri, AFC-Express, Robert Vila, Lilia Orlova, Andrea O’Keeffe and Katherine Luberto.

We had a large number of renewals as well, by check, cash and Paypal, BUT only 1/3 of last years members have renewed so far. Please send your dues as
soon as possible so we will have the money for the exciting programs we have planned for you!
DUES DUES FOR 2019 ARE DUE!
Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, or go to the club website
Longislandbeekeepers.org and use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.
TO AVOID A LONG LINE AT THE NEXT MEETING PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHECKS MADE OUT TO LIBC FOR $35
OR BRING EXACT CHANGE. THANKS!

President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

Dear Friends and Club Members,

Great news! Phil the groundhog emerged recently in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and didn’t see his shadow! Closer to home, Staten Island’s own groundhog, Chuck, agreed too. Those two weather predictors are as reliable as it comes - according to some. I’m just happy that they’re here to assure us that spring will be here early!

With spring comes busy bee activities. Are you ready? Besides getting your bee equipment and bees in order, the next few week of “down time” are also the right time to keep up and beef up on your beekeeping knowledge. To start, I urge you to check out our club website. There are other excellent online resources too, such as the Bee Informed Partnership (https://beeinformed.org/) and New York Bee Wellness Workshops (http://nybeewellness.org/). You may also want to read a beekeeping magazine such as Bee Culture Magazine or the American Bee Journal. They are full of the latest beekeeping news and information. Reading a new beekeeping book or reviewing a favorite are good ideas too.

If you prefer YouTube videos, University of Florida‘s Honey Bee Research & Extension Lab http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/honey-bee/extension/, Honey Bee Research Centre at the University of Guelph https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3mjpM6Av4bxbxps_Gh5YPw/videos, and Cornell’s Dyce Bee Lab https://pollinator.cals.cornell.edu/resources/, for example, are great places for outstanding videos. Keep in mind that what you see working in Florida or Canada may not work quite the same for us here on Long Island. Besides understanding where the information is coming from, please also keep in mind the experience and background of the presenters. I recommend you read and watch videos with a healthy bit of skepticism. Remember that local knowledge is most relevant to our local beekeeping conditions, which is a great reason for you to connect with members of our own club.

Our club is doing its part to help educate new beekeepers through our meetings and our annual spring beekeeping classes. Thanks to Grace and Moira’s hard work these past two months, over a hundred new beekeepers are now more prepared and equipped to take on the challenges and rewards of beekeeping. We also want to thank our instructors, Tom, Marianne, Andrew, Moira, Grace, Joan, Roy, and Pete, among others. Learning from experienced members, some of them with over 50 years of beekeeping experience right here on Long Island, is the best way possible to improve your beekeeping ability. Please take advantage of that and seek out these mentors at our club meetings.

Thank to our Program Director, Moira, we have the best meeting program anywhere. Looking ahead, we have scheduled several outstanding speakers to present at our meetings. Please keep these dates in mind:
  • February 24 - Tim McMahon, “How Honeybees Differ From Native Bees”
  • March 24 - Dr. Juliana Rangel, “Factors That Affect the Reproductive Quality of Honeybee Queens and Drones”
  • April 28 - Christopher A. Logue, “NY Department of Agriculture - What is Happening in NY?”
  • May 26 - Tech Team Information, “Ask a Master Beekeeper”
  • June 23 - Dr. Kristen Traynor, “National Honey Bee Disease Survey & Pesticide Results”
  • July 28 - Club’s Annual Club Picnic

Bee well, and we’ll see you at the club meeting on Sunday, Feb. 24!
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Next Club Meeting on Sunday, February 24, 2:00

Guest Speaker: Tim McMahon - How Honeybees Differ From Native Bees?



Tim McMahon is and EAS Master Beekeeper and a Georgia Master Beekeeper. Mr. McMahon has been keeping bees for over 12 years and has been involved in beekeeping with local, state and regional clubs. He has also spent countless hours in the field collecting native bees for the USGS Native Bee Lab and for the Smithsonian Institution. In February, Mr. McMahon will take part in his fifth trip to Costa Rica with a group from the University of California Berkeley to study native bees of Central America. In his spare time, Mr. McMahon is a Chemical Engineer for the US Patent Office and has two sons who think their father is completely nuts for keeping bees.

Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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Sunday, February 24: Beekeeping 101

Interested in beekeeping, but not sure of what's involved? Attend our free beekeeping for new-bees class: Beekeeping 101.
Before our regular monthly meeting, from 1:00 to 1:45, you can learn some of the basics of beekeeping and find out if it's right for you.

Behind the Barn: If the weather permits, and you want to watch a beekeeper open the hives behind the barn, then you will need to wear a proper veil and clothing.

Our meetings are held at
Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown.
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From the Editor's Desk: January 2019

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DUES FOR 2019 ARE!
   Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, go to the club website Longislandbeekeepers.org and use  PAYPAL,  or pay directly at the next meeting.
TO AVOID A LONG LINE AT THE NEXT MEETING PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHECKS MADE OUT TO LIBC FOR $35 OR BRING EXACT CHANGE. THANK YOU!
Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters. Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira Alexander at ramoi@aol.com and put LIBC classified ads in the subject line.
 I apologize for the problem that AOL has caused by not allowing me to send bulk mail, preventing me from sending the email newsletters. Grace Mehl is hopefully going to send this month’s edition until I get my computer set up properly with help from Rick Cannone. I have included some of the material from November and December that was important, the rest I will forward to George to add to the Website when he can. Thank you for your patience.

President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

Dear Friends and Club Members,

On behalf of the Long Island Beekeepers Club’s Board of Directors, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! May 2019 be an exceptional year for you and your honey bees.

The Board has been busy at work planning another exciting year for our members. Under our First Responders’ Program, for example, several of our most experienced members expect to visit at least 20 members’ bee yards by July, to provide one-on-one education and to inspect for early signs of disease or pests. Please contact Donal, our Vice President, with questions or to sign up to participate.

We have a wonderful speakers’ program planned for the year. Thanks to Moira, our Program Director, we will be seeing Dr. Juliana Rangel of Texas A&M in March and Dr. Kristen Traynor from the University of Maryland in June, along with many other notable speakers at our monthly meetings.

Education and information are critical in keeping our bees healthy and thriving. This year, we’ll continue to hold 30-minute lectures before our meetings, starting at 1:00 PM. Grace, our Education Director, is now calling these presentations "What's Happening in the Hive This Month". Additionally, as weather permits (definitely not this week!), Donal will hold his “Open Hives” outdoor sessions at the beehives behind the Barn, also at 1:00 PM.

Thanks to Conni, our Membership Director, our monthly newsletter, “The BEELINE”, continues to be packed full of outstanding materials and information for us. If you have bee-related questions, please send them to Conni. She will find the answers for you, and your letter might just appear in her “Dear A-Bee” column!

If you’re interested in being involved with the club’s outreach activities, please contact Rick, our Outreach Director. He’ll be happy to send you to fairs and schools. Rick is currently spearheading a potential project that will expose our members to interesting hand-on beekeeping experiences and publicity!

As you know, the club is run by volunteers and we could use many more. If you're interested in participating during the club meetings or being on the Board, please contact George, our Immediate Past President and Webmaster, or our club Secretary, Marianne. We will put your talents to good use for our members.

Lastly, please mark down the 2019 club meeting dates on your calendar and be prepared to join us at the club on these Sunday afternoons:

January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28, May 26, June 23,
July 28 (annual club picnic), August 25, September 29, October 27 (Honey Judging Contest),November 24, and December 8 (Annual Holiday Party).

With your participation, I know 2019 will be a sweet and golden year for us all. Happy beekeeping!!

Next Club Meeting on Sunday, January 27, 2:00

Guest Speaker: Brenna Taver - How Does Nosema Impact Your Bees?

Brenna Traver received her PhD in Entomology from Virginia Tech in 2011. She continued on at Virginia Tech following the receipt of a USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate the impact of different in-hive pesticides on pathogens and immunity in honey bees. In 2014 she accepted an Assistant Professor of Biology position at Penn State Schuylkill, where she teaches various molecular and genetics courses. She continues to focus on how pathogens, specifically Nosema ceranae, are impacting honey bee colonies. She has given over 40 presentations at both scientific meetings and at extension events, is co-author on more than 35 additional ­­­­­­ presentations, has 13 conference proceedings, published 12 peer-reviewed articles, 5 extension articles, and one book chapter. She works closely with undergraduates, working with over 20 students on research projects during the past few years, and is currently the Theta Chi Theta Chapter advisor of the national biological honor society, Beta Beta Beta.

Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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LIBC Meeting Schedule for 2019

January 27th: Brenna Taver - How Does Nosema Impact Your Bees?

February 24th: Tim McMahon - How Honeybees Differ From Native Bees?

March 24th: Juliana Rangel - Factors That Affect the Reproductive Quality of Honeybee Queens and Drones

April 28th: Christopher Logue, NY Department of Agriculture - What is Happening in New York?

May 26th: Ask a Master Beekeeper

June 23rd: Kristen Traynor - National Honey Bee Disease Survey & Pesticide Results

July 28th: Club Picnic

August 25th: TBA

September 29th: Jon Zawislak

October 27th: Honey Judging Contest

November 24th: Honey Tasting Contest

December 8th: Holiday Party

NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets Beekeeping Listening Sessions

The NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets will be hosting a series of two-hour listening sessions around the State to share steps we have taken to enhance the vitality of pollinators and to learn more about the challenges facing the beekeeping industry. These sessions will be held in the Hudson Valley, Capital Region, and Central/Western regions of the state. The agenda and locations for the sessions are as follows:
  • Brief overview of the current bee health law and NYS inspection program focus (30 minutes)
  • Brief overview of the Pollinator Protection Plan and progress on action items (30 minutes)
  • Open discussion with participants (45 minutes)
  • Wrap up (15 minutes)

Capital Region:
Monday, November 19 from 2 – 4 p.m.
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Pride of NY Room
10B Airline Drive, Albany, NY 12235

Central/Western NY:
Thursday, November 29 from 4 – 6 p.m.
Geneva Public Library, Community Room
244 N Main Street, Geneva, NY 14456

Hudson Valley:
Thursday, December 6 from 2 – 4 p.m.
Westchester County Cornell Cooperative Extension Office
3 West Main Street Suite 112, Elmsford, NY 10523


Beekeeper Listening Session Letter - final

Early 2019 Beekeeping Classes

Information on beekeeping classes can be found here on our website.

Next Club Meeting on Sunday, November 25, 2:00

Guest Speaker: Bob Deemer presents the “Bee Health, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

Bob will discuss the signs, symptoms and controls of major bee health issues.

Bob Deemer started his beekeeping adventure at the age of 18, while obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture at Delaware Valley College. Under the teaching of Dr. Robert Berthold, his dedication to beekeeping and beekeepers increased. Upon graduation Bob took a position with the Pennsylvania Dept of Agriculture as an Apiary Inspector. His job as an inspector put him in contact with beekeepers both large and small in a 10 county region of eastern Pennsylvania, primarily dealing with American Foulbrood identification and control.

Bob arrived in NY State in 1991 and has held numerous positions with fruit and vegetable processors, working with farmers to produce many of the brands you eat every day. Bob is also a graduate of the Cornell University program, LEAD NY Class XI.

Bob has served on the board of directors of numerous non-profit organizations to include Agri-Business Child Development, Wayne County Cornell Cooperative Extension (Chairman), Christian Research & Counsel, NY Bee Wellness as well as serving on numerous Cornell Extension funding and advisory boards.

In the fall of 2017 Bob got the opportunity to make his beekeeping interests and his work life one. He did this by taking the position of General Manager, NY for Barkman Honeys newest plant in Victor, NY. Barkman Honey is a family owned honey packer in operation since 1960 in Hillsboro, KS. Barkman Honey is known for their brands, Busy Bee, Naked Wild Honey, Bee Harmony and many store brands across the country.

Bob lives with his Wife Pamela in Wayne County, NY between the shores of Lake Ontario and the Fingerlakes. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for beekeeping with the public and numerous area beekeepers clubs.


Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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LIBC HoneyBee Conference - October 14, 2018

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6th Annual Long Island Honey Bee Conference
Hosted by the Long Island Beekeepers Club
Sunday, October 14, 2018
 
Sisters of St Joseph Conference Center
1725 Brentwood Road
Brentwood NY

Registration and Breakfast starts at 9:00 am
 
Ross Conrad from 10:00 to 11:30
Lunch starts at noon
Samuel Ramsey from 1:00 to 2:30

LIBC Members: $30
Non-Members: $40


Includes Continental Breakfast and Box Lunch

Click here for more info

Next Club Meeting on Sunday, September 23, 2:00: Honey Judging and Honey Tasting Contests

Long Island Beekeepers Annual
Honey, Wax, and Mead Judging Contest
Honey Cookery and Gadget Contest

Bring your best Extracted Honey, Comb Honey, Creamed Honey, Beeswax, Mead, Baked Goods, Honey Spreads, Arts and Crafts, Photographs, and Gadgets to this year's contest and you might win a ribbon!
Contest rules can be found here.
All entrants must be paid-up members in good standing as of October of the current calendar year. Section 6 of the Bylaws states that “only members in good standing and members of their immediate families who are present can enter contests if a member is absent, a member of his family may represent him in case of extenuating circumstances can enter items for him.”


Honey Tasting Contest
All club member are invited to bring an unlabeled sample of their bees finest to the meeting.
Remember, everyone can enter as long as they are a club member and you have honey to share in an unmarked jar.


Our meetings are held at Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown.
The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.
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President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

Dear Friends and Club Members,

This month’s meeting will be on Sunday, Sept. 23rd. We’ll have our annual Honey Judging and will be watching a Bee Movie as well. How exciting is that? As always, please bring your tough questions to our many experienced and enthusiastic “Meeting Mentors”!

The “Bee 101” talk before the meeting will be presented by Grace, our Education Director and the newest Master Beekeeper. The topic will be “Winter Bees vs. Summer Bees”. You don’t want to miss it!

Lastly, as you know, our October 14, 2018 Honey Conference is just around the corner! So, please sign-up for the conference if you have not yet done so, thanks! You can register by simply click here.

From the Editor's Desk: September 2018

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Honey harvesting is almost done and as usual the unexpected has happened. The wonderful hive that overwintered and was going beautifully into the early summer had three honey supers and was the first to be opened with the fantastic help from Jim and Jenn Voneiff and their daughter Lizzie. Much to our dismay there was no honey, just wax moths! All the way down, nothing, the queen had obviously failed some where between July and late August and no brood and therefore not enough bees to fight off the creepy wax moths. What a devastating way to start the harvest.
Fortunatly the remaining two hives were lovely and one hive had done an interesting complication by making a double layer of comb separating from the frame. This delighted me because I was able to remove it using brand new disposable utensils and put it into a brand new container to deliver it to several friends who are kosher since it was untouched by my equipment, just in time for the Jewish New Year.
REMEMBER THIS IS THE HONEY JUDGING MEETING!  YOU MUST BE A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING TO PARTICIPATE! Bring your honey in the proper size jar, filled to the correct line, no labels! Come as early as possible and form a quiet line with your entries according to last month’s categories.
We welcome more new members to our ever growing club: Sean McArdle, Danielle Miscioscia, Diane Miller, Suzanne Figurski, Mark Altchiler, and Pamela Kelly
 
DUES FOR 2018 ARE WAY OVERDUE!

   Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, go to the club website Longislandbeekeepers.org and use  PAYPAL,  or pay directly at the next meeting.

Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters, AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE HONEY JUDGING CONTEST!  Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira Alexander at ramoi@aol.com and put LIBC classified ads in the subject line.

From the Editor's Desk: August 2018

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There are hot bees this month. They are busy as ever, but hanging out to keep cool, the front of the hives are covered with bees. I had to check my less productive hive last week, thanks to help from Lorraine to do the lifting. Since it was so hot I chose to go birthday suit under my bee suit. Won’t do that again after getting a few stings right through the fabric! Fortunately I only get little red dots, maybe I won’t suffer from arthritis in that particular part of my anatomy, LOL!
Our Second Annual Picnic was a wonderful success, weather holding off to allow 135 members to enjoy a great afternoon of meeting, greeting and getting to know each other.
And we had some more new members sign up this month! Welcome to: Jordan Pincus, Anthony Barbera, Amanda Lerch, Laura Eppig, and Barbara Walsh,
DUES FOR 2018 ARE WAY OVERDUE!
Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, go to the club website Longislandbeekeepers.org and use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.
Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters, AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE HONEY JUDGING CONTEST! Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira Alexander at ramoi@aol.com and put LIBC classified ads in the subject line.

President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

Greetings from sunny (and hot) Hampton, Virginia - a few hundred miles south of Long Island - at the 2018 EAS (Eastern Apicultural Society) Conference.
Over the past few days Moira, Rich, Wally, Grace, Andrew, Debbie, and I enjoyed wonderful presentations on different aspects of beekeeping by many famous, super-experienced beekeepers and academics. Lorraine was here as a vendor bringing our number to eight members present, including three who took part in the EAS Master Beekeeper certification program, our club was very well-represented indeed. I'm happy to report that all three have passed the multi-part exam! Additionally, I understand that Joan, Marianne, Chris, and Neil have just obtained Cornell University’s Master Beekeeper certifications as well. Congratulations to all. It appears that our club has gained seven new Master Beekeepers since July! More resources for our newer members, that's great!
 
Attending club and regional conferences really helps us improve our beekeeping skills and connections. I want to encourage you to take advantage of future EAS conferences (2019 will be in South Carolina) as well as ones organized by other clubs or groups, not to mention our very own mini-conference on October 14, 2018. 
 
We'll have more to report on this week-long learning trip to EAS at our club meeting on Sunday, August 26.  At this upcoming club meeting, as usual, from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm Grace will speak about “Readying Your Hives for Winter (in August)” at the Barn, and Donal will lead the open-hive session at the hives in the field. Remember to bring your veil if you plan to be near the hives with Donal, thanks. Our regular meeting will start at 2 pm. The keynote speaker this month will be Paul Cappy, our NY State Bee Inspector. Please come early, help us setup the chairs, and mingle with other beekeepers.
See you at the meeting!

Steve

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Next Club Meeting on Sunday, August 26, 2:00

NYS Apiary Head Paul Cappy will be discussing American Foulbrood and NYS apiary registration.


Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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Honey Bee Breeding and Genetics Survey

Cornell’s Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies is starting a project on honey bee genetics and breeding, and we are looking for beekeepers’ input. 
 

The survey measures New York State beekeepers’ interest and experience buying or breeding bees with particular genetic traits. In the future, we will use the results to evaluate different stocks of honey bees. Completing the survey should take 10-20 minutes. 
 

Honey bee breeding and genetics survey

Thanks for your support,
Scott McArt, assistant professor of pollinator health (Entomology)
Emma Mullen, honey bee extension associate (Cooperative Extension / Entomology)
Ellie Andrews, PhD candidate (Development Sociology)

Sunday, September 23: Honey Judging and Honey Tasting Contests

Long Island Beekeepers Annual
Honey, Wax, and Mead Judging Contest
Honey Cookery and Gadget Contest

Bring your best Extracted Honey, Comb Honey, Creamed Honey, Beeswax, Mead, Baked Goods, Honey Spreads, Arts and Crafts, Photographs, and Gadgets to this year's contest and you might win a ribbon!
Contest rules can be found here.
All entrants must be paid-up members in good standing as of October of the current calendar year. Section 6 of the Bylaws states that “only members in good standing and members of their immediate families who are present can enter contests if a member is absent, a member of his family may represent him in case of extenuating circumstances can enter items for him.”


Honey Tasting Contest
All club member are invited to bring an unlabeled sample of their bees finest to the meeting.
Remember, everyone can enter as long as they are a club member and you have honey to share in an unmarked jar.


Our meetings are held at Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown.
The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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Long Island Beekeepers Club Extractor Lending Program

Learn more about the Club's new Long Island Beekeepers Club Extractor Lending Program by visiting the Member Services page.

From the Editor's Desk: July 2018

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Bees are busiest bees ever. I was sitting on my deck and they are just going back and forth all day long. John came over and we checked each hive and didn’t see the queens but there was plenty of brood, nice patterns, eggs and larvae. Found small amount of drone brood in each hive and a few mites  so treated them.  I hope to check in with them on Tuesday to see if more supers are needed.
The last meeting was full again and here are --more new members to welcome: Gregory Stewart, Robert Blacharski, Craig Banger, Terri Newman, Mark and Gina Melton, Gordon Cinco, Christopher Thomas, Jay Wayne, Jesse Stoff,
DUES FOR 2018 ARE WAY OVERDUE!

   Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, go to the club website Longislandbeekeepers.org and use  PAYPAL,  or pay directly at the next meeting.

Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters, AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE HONEY JUDGING CONTEST!  Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira Alexander at ramoi@aol.com and put LIBC classified ads in the subject line.

Club Picnic on Sunday, July 22, 1:00

Club Picnic


We will not have any type of meeting or 101 classes on July 22nd. This is your time to BEE SOCIAL.
The picnic will begin at 1pm, RAIN OR SHINE
It will be held inside the barn where it is air-conditioned. Your spouses and families are invited to attend.

Looking for a setup crew to help get tables and chairs setup at 12:30.

You are asked to bring a salad or dessert to contribute to the party.
  • Last names beginning with A - L: please bring a salad...with a serving spoon
  • Last names beginning with M - Z: please bring a dessert.

You will take your salad or dessert HOME with you at the end of the party or when you leave.

The club will provide soda and water to drink at the event.
If you want another type of beverage please BYOB.

The club has hired someone to provide and cook the hamburgers and hotdogs.

We need an accurate number of people attending so that we have enough burgers and dogs for everyone, so you DID NOT SIGN UP and would like to attend please email at Ramoi@aol.com and tell me the number of people attending.

JIVE with the HIVE! We'd love to hear some live music at this event. We invite anyone that plays an instrument to bring it along and share your musical talent with us!


Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown.

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EAS 2018 Annual Conference


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EAS 2018 Where it all began



August 13 - 17, 2018
Short Course: August 13-15
Conference: August 15-17


REGISTER NOW!


Join the Eastern Apicultural Society for the annual Short Course and Conference, a week-long educational experience featuring internationally known research scientists, extension apiculturists, apiary inspectors and beekeeping experts at every level.
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The nearly 70 speakers and their bios can be viewed on the EAS 2018 web page along with the full Short Course and Conference Schedules, plus a description of special events!
Pack your veil for hands-on experience with expert instructors; the onsite apiary will feature Top Bar and Warre hives in addition to Langstroth hives.
Don't forget to bring your
Honey Show entries. If you don't want to compete, you can participate in the Honey Exchange by bringing 3 of your products to exchange. And please consider bringing a donation to the annual Auction. The generous donations from attendees like you are what makes the auction such a great fundraiser and allows EAS to support the researchers who share so much of their knowledge at the conference.
Thanks to our SPONSORS! Vendor Slots are still open and available for the best EAS vendor hall space in recent memory! Sponsors & Vendors Register here
NEED A HOTEL? Please book any EAS hotel accommodations through our EAS links on the website New this year, we’ve partnered with a roommate and carpool service- search for EAS 2018 at https://conferenceshare.co/

856-234-1799| registrar@easternapiculture.org  | www.easternapiculture.org/

How can you get there?


40% of the US population is within one day's drive (10 hours or less) of Hampton, Virginia.
20 Minutes from two International Airports:

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Norfolk (
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    Newport News/Williamsburg (
  • 15 Minutes from Amtrak Train Station
    5 Minutes from Interstate-64

    Hampton Roads Convention Center:

    1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton|VA

    July Thoughts on Hive Management

    From the hives of Moira and Grace:

    Winter management starts now!  The Long Island nectar flow is slowing down and soon will end.  Some nectar will still be coming in, but, the opportunity to make and store honey is almost over.
    Beekeepers need to evaluate their hive, queen health and performance to determine actions to be taken to prepare for fall and winter.
    -          This means you have to do a thorough inspection of the colony, all the way down through the bottom box to the bottom board.
    -          Each and every time you go into the hive, look for the following:
    o   Brood pattern
    o   Health of the brood
    o   All stages of brood (capped, larvae, and eggs) to show presence of the queen
    o   Population as compared to space
    o   Resources (Pollen, Honey, open Nectar)
    Beekeepers need to use the information they find to correct problems within the colony.  Absence of egg and small larvae could mean queen loss.  Backfilling of nectar into the brood box now (as opposed to during a heavy nectar flow) can be another indicator of queenlessness.  Options include moving egg and larvae from another colony to provide an opportunity for making a new queen.  It also indicates if they need a queen or if there is a virgin queen present (then they will just cap the brood).  Another option is to purchase a mated queen from a queen breeder.  For this situation, check the LIBC classified to see if a queen is readily available locally, or, we recommend the following queen producers:  Oliveras Honey Bees, Old Sol Bees, or Strachan Apiaries.  The presence of brood will delay the development of “laying workers”, so adding brood from another hive will buy you time to fix the queenless issue.
     
    This is a great time to take and extract excess honey while there is still nectar to forage because the bees are not protecting it as aggressively.  You need to leave minimum of 60 lbs of honey (meaning capped) in the hive.  Realize that the bees need food for daily sustenance through the fall as we have insignificant fall nectar flow.  Real honey is the best food for bee survival.  Sugar syrup is a back up food, and does not contain all the micro-nutrients of honey.  Realize that you must continually check for stores and start feeding when you determine the bees have started eating their stored honey.  
     
    Beekeepers should evaluate the strength of all colonies within an apiary and consider equalizing to minimize robbing potential.  Moving capped brood from stronger colonies to smaller colonies now will give your weaker colonies a chance to develop a larger population for winter cluster.  Robbing often becomes a problem in the summer and fall on Long Island due to the lack for forage.  Smaller colonies are unable to guard and protect their resources, especially with large entrances.  So, reducing entrance sizes or adding a robbing screen will assist in this.  Bee Smart sells a robbing screen that fits 8—10 frame boxes and you can get them directly from him locally (see LIBC classified).
     
    Water is critical for hives during the summer heat as they use it to cool the hive to maintain optimum temperature for the brood.  Many hives will “beard” to give the colony a better chance to cool the brood/hive by moving a large portion of the bees outside on the hive front.  Ventilation helps the bees to cool the hive by creating a flow of air.  Screened bottom boards and ventilated (screened) inner covers help them do this.
     
    If you haven’t already done so, now is the perfect time to test for mite load.  We have covered this before, but, you can watch the demonstration on mite testing at:  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=video+on+mite+testing&&view=detail&mid=DBF2DF0502C967E03054DBF2DF0502C967E03054&&FORM=VDRVRV
    This is the time of year to treat for mites to stay ahead of the mite infestation by treating.  Be aware of temperature and specifics of the mite treatment you choose to use.  Read and follow the directions of the specific treatment.  Treatments can be extremely hard on your bees and queen, therefore, after treating make sure you still have a laying queen.

    Next Club Meeting on Sunday, June 24, 2:00

    Guest Speakers: Joan Mahoney presents the "Mite Test Demonstration", Moira Alexander's presentation on "Honey and Wax Preparation for Honey Competition", and the "Bee Swap"




    Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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    From the Editor's Desk: June 2018

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    Our May meeting was another wonderfully successful meeting. Just shy of 100 names signed in, I think a few people slipped in without taking the time to sign in, but a full house was evident. We had four new members sign up at the meeting and I have had even more on Pay Pal the past few weeks. Please make sure you stop by the desk to pick up your new membership cards and give me your phone numbers to update our database and say hello. We welcome these new members Wayne Smsith II, the Jenny B Project, Carl Zanetti, Robert Sterner, Matthew Doherty, Kathleen Nugent, John Moss, June Mosca, Olivia Campbell, Andrew Thayer, Laurie Appel, Amanda Steadman and Paul Carovinci,
     
    DUES FOR 2018 ARE DUE!

       Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, go to the club website Longislandbeekeepers.org and use  PAYPAL,  or pay directly at the next meeting.

    Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters, AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE HONEY JUDGING CONTEST!  Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira Alexander at ramoi@aol.com and put LIBC classified ads in the subject line.


    President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

    It’s May, the temperature is warming and our industrious busy bees are flying around from flower to flower making sweet honey! What can be better than this? Well, our action-packed monthly bee club meeting, of course.

    Keeping our bees healthy is the key to sustainable beekeeping. Therefore, for the second year in a row, our club is purchasing mite treatments in bulk to make them available in small quantities for our members at-cost. Members who placed orders in April with Education Director Grace Mehl can pick them up at our next meeting, on Sunday May 27. Grace will also be discussing adding supers, taking honey and extracting. VP Donal Peterson will conduct monthly open-hive session at the back of the Barn – weather permitting. Bring your veils.

    Important announcement: our club is one of the three clubs in New York State participating in a year-long USDA program called Honey Bee Health First Responder Project. The grant will enable our club to sponsor at least 2 experienced club members for training on identifying the pests and infectious diseases that threaten our honeybees. Our “first responders” will conduct outreach and education sessions within and outside our club as well as hands-on inspection and assessment of members’ colonies to find and eliminate honey bee diseases before they become a serious threat. This is very exciting! We need interested members both to participate in the project as responders and to sign-up apiaries for inspection and assessment.

    Back to the exciting meeting planned for this Sunday. Our keynote speaker is EAS Master Beekeeper Ken Williams. Ken is a beekeeper of 30 years; he raises 1500-2000 queens per year, teaches queen rearing courses, produces nucs, honey, and provides pollination services. He will be discussing treatment v. non-treatment, making splits, queen production, and troubleshooting issues great and small. You don’t want to miss his presentation. Bring any and all of your tough beekeeping questions!

    Lastly, please save these dates: July 22, 2018 for our annual club picnic, and Oct. 14, 2018 for our mini-conference (keynotes: Samuel Ramsey & Ross Conrad).

    See you at the meeting!

    Steve

    From the Editor's Desk: May 2018

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    My nucs finally arrived and I was able to hive them successfully. I hope Wednesday or Thursday will be pleasant so I can go and check them and see if I can find the queens and make sure she is laying. John Holden came to check on his hive and installed a Tom Seeley design swarm box on the other side of my yard. I held my breath as he climbed the ladder, but it went without a hitch. Now keeping an eye on it to see if any neighboring swarms want to take up residence.

    Another successful meeting with more new members joining our ranks. Welcome to DawnMarie Schmitz, Irenusz Szczesny, John Lovett, Kimbe Meares, John Sperduto, Tammy Paladino, Janet Metcalf, Kurt Rose, Maureen Kumar, Meredith Page, Doreen Oliveri, and Maggie Gray

    Next Club Meeting on Sunday, May 27, 2:00

    Guest Speaker: Kent Williams

    Kent Williams has been a beekeeper for 30 years, and provides nucs, honey, and pollination services on a small scale, and also raises about 1500-2000 queens per year. He is an EAS certified master beekeeper, a past president of EAS and the Kentucky State Beekeepers, and teaches a queen rearing course throughout beekeeping season.


    Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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    LIBC in the News

    "North Shore beekeepers, assemblymen work together to save bee colonies"
    Read the entire article at: http://tbrnewsmedia.com/north-shore-beekeepers-assemblymen-work-together-save-bee-colonies/

    Beekeeping 101 Class Schedule

    Interested in beekeeping, but not sure of what's involved? Attend our free beekeeping for new-bees class: Beekeeping 101.
    Before our regular monthly meeting, from 1:00 to 1:45, you can learn some of the basics of beekeeping and find out if it's right for you.

    Below is a list of our planned topics for the class. Also, every class will have "Plants Blooming for Bees this Month" and a recommended reading list.

    May: Methods of Supering & Taking Honey and Extracting
    June: Queen Evaluation
    August: Winter Preparations (Resources, Queens, Mites)
    September: The Last Treatment and Winter Bees versus Summer Bees
    October: No class
    November: To Wrap or Not to Wrap, and Storing Equipment
    December: Clustering and Temperature Management
    January 2019: Winter Feeding and Clustering
    February: 2019 Spring Management
    March 2019: Inspections or What to Plant for Bees

    Next Club Meeting on Sunday, April 22, 2:00

    Guest Speaker: EAS Master Beekeeper Bill Hesbach, owner of Wing Dance Apiary in Connecticut

    He will be discussing the "The Dynamics of Honey Bee Flight and Sexual Reproduction."
    In part one, we will discuss how for decades honey bees managed to elude a scientific explanation of their mastery of flight until ultra high-speed videography and an understanding of air turbulence provided the first fascinating clues.
    The second part will cover the biology of what happens after a queen finishes her mating flights both before and after egg laying starts. We will trace the migration of sperm through the queen's body and her fascinating ability to fertilize eggs for the production of workers and hold back on the fertilization of drones.

    Bill Hesbach is an EAS certified Master Beekeeper and a graduate of the University of Montana’s Master Beekeeping program. He is an active educator in local area bee clubs and the president of the Connecticut Queen Breeders Cooperative. In addition to running Wing Dance Apiary where he produces artisanal honey, Bill is an author and his writings on different aspects of beekeeping can be found in Bee Culture, BEEKeeping and Bee Craft magazines.

    Bill is an advocate of sustainable beekeeping and serves on the board of the Connecticut Back Yard Beekeepers Association and assists the Connecticut Beekeepers Association in their statewide efforts to educate beekeepers. Among his many interests in beekeeping, bee biology and two-queen systems are among his favorites. As a bee ambassador, Bill conducts educational seminars in local schools, area universities, and is a regular guest speaker at other regional bee clubs.

    Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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    From the Editor's Desk: April 2018

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    I had six inches of snow on Easter and that afternoon my bees were flying. Tuesday it was warm enough to pop the hive open and add some more fondant. One lady was so happy she walked on my bee suit sleeve and left a trail a bee poop dots! I am going to lift them off with scotch tape and mail them to my eight year old grandson who is fascinated with bee biology so he can look at the poop under the microscope. Hope he finds something interesting. Set up my other hives waiting for my nucs to arrive, hopefully after the coming snow storm on Saturday.

    We had one hundred three people sign the clip board at our last meeting and I counted at least fifteen more people who forgot to sign in! We are tipping the scales for all time records for attendance! Two more members renewed this week as well as new members joining via Paypal all the time.

    Welcome the new members Janet Metcalf, Katie Stockhammer, Theresa Labrozzi, Karen Ulrich

    DUES FOR 2018 ARE DUE!

    Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, go to the club website Longislandbeekeepers.org and use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.

    Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters, AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE HONEY JUDGING CONTEST! Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira Alexander at ramoi@aol.com and put LIBC classified ads in the subject line.

    Next Club Meeting on Sunday, March 25, 2:00

    Guest Speaker: Michele Colopy on Pesticides Wintering in Your Hives

    The health of honey bees is impacted by the cumulative effects of pests, pathogens, pesticides, and poor forage. Learn the pesticide exposure routes for bees, the synergistic effects created, and how we can work to reduce pesticide exposures, and ensure healthier honey bees.

    Michele Colopy has been the Program Director of the Pollinator Stewardship Council since March 2013. Her father was a beekeeper in southeast Ohio. She keeps honey bees in the city, and has replaced her crabgrass front yard with pesticide-free pollinator flowers for her honey bees and native pollinators.
    The Pollinator Stewardship Council is a nonprofit organization of beekeepers whose mission is to defend managed and native pollinators, vital to a sustainable and affordable food supply, from the adverse impact of pesticides.

    Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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    From the Editor's Desk: March 2018

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    My surviving hive is still flying today after two nor’easters. We have another due tomorrow and I am just praying that these girls will get huddled up close again. I didn’t see them on the crocus or snow drops and I have yet to ever see them on the witch hazel. Hopefully they are over at Camp Edey, the Girl Scout Camp directly west and the Sans Souci Lakes where the skunk cabbage is native. They still have fondant, waiting for the snow to melt so they can find the dandelions!

    Please welcome these new members, Amy Smith, Michael Rocco, Michele Garr, Richard Brown, Trish Devenish, Michelle Peluso, Patricia Werner, Jasmine Wolber, Brett Klug,Neil Rodgers and Kathy Scalzo.

    DUES FOR 2018 ARE DUE!

    Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, go to the club website Longislandbeekeepers.org and use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.

    Any member who has not paid their dues by March 31, 2018 will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters, AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE HONEY JUDGING CONTEST! Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Conni to update your classified ads connistill@aol.com

    Next Club Meeting on Sunday, February 25, 2:00

    Guest Speaker: Stewart Jacobson on Varroa Resistant Queens Are the Foundation of Sustainable Beekeeping

    The vast majority of honey bee scientists agree that the varroa-mite complex is the number one reason for colony losses. This is not to minimize the roles of habitat destruction. Varroa Resistant queens are of critical importance to increasing the survival of honey bees. We need many more queen producers to focus on raising them. Varroa resistant breeder queens are readily available and small scale producers in this region can raise daughters that will be both resistant to adapted to the Long Island environment.

    Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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    From the Editor's Desk: February 2018

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    What a crazy month! Bees flying last week, bee poop all over windshield, fed with five slices of fondant and they seemed very happy and busy. Today three inches of snow flurries! Can’t wait to see what the Super Blue Moon will bring and the Ground Hog will bring this week.

    This month’s meeting had to be the record breaker, There were 112 sign ins and I know some of you didn’t sign in! Fifty members renewed their memberships and 24 families joined the club We welcome them and the other new members who joined via email: Nancy Miller, Gabriele Handley, Brian Georgens, Joseph Magnoli, Victoria Cautela, John Mauceri, Brian White, Scott Muller, TJ Adams, Mark Ciechanowicz, Richard Fredericks, Deborah Trainor, Phylis Byrne, Andrea Bertolino, Sandy & Andy Maliszewski, James Aiello, Diane & Adam Gorecki, Robert Anderson, Brian Beatty, Edith St.John, Sharon & Don Hoey, Barbara & Ron Wallace, Jennifer Vorbach, Deb Kimmelman, Brian Heenan, Alma Murphy, Scott furrer, Thomas Whelan, John Condzella, Leonard Carolan, Tamara Read, Kathleen Kelly, James C. Schultz, Erin Cathey, Grete Eide and Dan Battaglia.These new members come from all over the island from Far Rockaway to Cutchogue, from Northport and Oyster Bay to Oakdale and Southhampton and everywhere in between.

    I’m sorry we ran out of membership cards, but they will be ready at the February meeting in a box in alphabetical order where you sign in, so pick yours up when you come in. And those who have no card ready……

    DUES FOR 2018 ARE DUE!

    Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, go to the club website Longislandbeekeepers.org and use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.

    Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters, AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE HONEY JUDGING CONTEST! Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira to update your classified ads RAMOI@aol.com, LIBC

    Next Club Meeting on Sunday, January 28, 2:00

    Guest Speaker: Wally Blohm on Bee Venom Therapy



    Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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    From the Editor's Desk: December 2017

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    Our holiday party was a buzzing success, more members attending than ever. Lots of fun, thanks to Joseph Matza, Moira Alexander, Grace Mehl, and Anna Bischoff.

    We have received so many new members that I have had to set up a second group list on my computer because we maxed out the space on the existing list! What a fantastic club we are! Welcome these new members:

    Mario Spiciarich, Cynthia Rodriguez, Nancy Miller, Teresa Evans, Anthony Maucri, Rob & Eileen Taborsky, John & Annette Kuruc, Gary & Sherry Mionis, William James, Dawn Frawley, Evan Bell, Bernard Pontillo, Gabriele Handley,

    Please check your email and spam file for the 2018 bee conference survey sent on Nov. 12, and take a few minutes to complete it for the club?

    DUES FOR 2018 ARE DUE!

    Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.

    Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters, AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE HONEY JUDGING CONTEST! Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira to update your classified ads RAMOI@aol.com, LIBC

    From the Editor's Desk: November 2017

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    The record breaking temperatures in the month of October kept our bees flying so many days. I hope they were finding some good forage. I gave my ladies a nice supply of fondant and they seemed very happy to receive it. Hopefully they got into a nice cluster before the cold night hit.

    Meanwhile all my honey is ready to go to the Christmas Fair at my church this Saturday, lotion bars, lip balms, lotions and soaps have my garage smelling of peppermint and cinnamon and vanilla. Gift bags made adorned with chenille bees. Load the car tomorrow and hope for a successful sale.

    We welcome more new beekeepers to the club this month: John Mauceri, Brian White, Scott Muller,and John Moss



    Please check your email and spam file for the 2018 bee conference survey sent on Nov. 12, and take a few minutes to complete it for the club? We would like to have the results in by 11/20 in time for the meeting!


    Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.

    Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters, AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE HONEY JUDGING CONTEST! Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira to update your classified ads RAMOI@aol.com, LIBC

    Next Club Meeting on Sunday, November 26, 2:00

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    Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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    Next Club Meeting on Sunday, September 24, 2:00

    Guest Speaker: Dr. Deborah A. Delaney, Assistant Professor of Entomology at University of Delaware


    Annual Honey Judging Contest
    Doors open at 1:45, the meeting starts promptly at 2:00
    Our honey judging contest isn’t just limited to extracted honey, it also includes comb honey, creamed honey, chunk honey, beeswax, mead, honey cookery, arts and crafts, and gadgets. You can see the entire list of products and rules here.

    Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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    From the Editor's Desk: September 2017

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    I finally finished extracting and bottling all my honey and ended up with two 2 ounce bears left over, filled every jar I had in the honey house. A wonderful harvest and I went out and thanked my ladies for their good work and the great prize of Best Tasting Dark Honey. What a thrill that was. Now this weekend will be to clean the garage, it has been a real challenge dodging bees every time I go in and out. It is amazing how quickly the bees know the door is open and they sense the drops of honey are there for them to clean up and they buzz right in.
    Then next week I have to get my entries ready for the honey judging contest. Don’t forget to prepare your honey properly. NO LABELS! No fingerprints, bring a spare lid, and MAKE SURE YOU ARE A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING. USE PAYPAL!

     

    We welcome new members to the club, Michael Zicolella, Guy and Monica Zicolella, Nancy Vazquez, Nancy Voyles, Karen Luciano, Daniel Raynor, Anthony and Laura Iaconetti,
       Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, use  PAYPAL,  or pay directly at the next meeting.

    Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters, AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE HONEY JUDGING CONTEST!  Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira to update your classified ads RAMOI@aol.com, LIBC

    Hallockville Museum Farm 37th Annual Country Fair: Bee Club Ambassadors Needed

    We still have spots open to represent the LIBC at this event please call Rick at 631-445-6266 to volunteer and more information.

    Note: This is an educational event. Honey will NOT be allowed to be sold at our booth.

    Dates and Times
    September 9th & 10th
    10am to 5pm

    Hallockville Museum Farm
    6038 Sound Avenue
    Riverhead, NY 11901
    Phone: 631-298-5292
    http://hallockville.com/

    Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage: Bee Club Ambassadors Needed

    We still have spots open to represent the LIBC at this event please call Rick at 631-445-6266 to volunteer and more information.

    NOTE: This will be an educational event however we WILL be able to sell our honey at an agreed upon price. $1 per jar will be donated to the club.

    Dates and Times
    Saturday September 16th 10am-6pm
    Sunday September 17th 10am-6pm
    Saturday September 23rd 10am-6pm
    Sunday September 24th 10am-6pm

    Long Island Fair
    Old Bethpage Village Restoration
    1303 Round Swamp Road
    Old Bethpage, New York 11804

    https://www.lifair.org/
    Long Island Fair Office: 516-874-0502
    Old Bethpage Village Restoration: 516-572-8401

    The Lady in the Hive

    By George B. Schramm

    (With apologies to Raymond Chandler and Philip Marlowe.)

    It looked like another dark and stormy night. So I took off my wet sunglasses and squinted at the bright sunshine of a cool spring day. The Kingsley Apiary was, and is, on Olive Street, near Sixth, on the west side. The garden in front of it had a fresh coating of immaculate green sod. A hatless pale man with a face like a halibut was planting dandelions into the sod and looking as if it was breaking his heart.

    I went past him through an arcade of wisteria into a small field with short white columns scattered about. Tiny yellow and black dots moved about on the stages in front of each column like little girls at a dancing class. A neat little blonde sat off in a far corner on a small bench under the shade of maple and well out of harm's way.

    She wore black slacks and under the unzipped white jacket a dark yellow shirt and a silk scarf of lighter shade around her neck. The edges of the hive tool in the breast pocket looked sharp enough to slice bread. She wore a linked bracelet and no other jewelry. In front of the pushed back white veil her gold hair was parted and fell in loose but not unstudied waves. She had a smooth ivory skin and rather severe eyebrows and large gray eyes that looked as if they might warm up at the right time and in the right place.

    I held out my plain card, the one without the honeybee in the corner, and asked to see B. Kingsley. She looked down at the card and pretending to ignore it said: "Have you an appointment?"

    "No appointment."

    "It is very difficult to see Ms. Kingsley without an appointment." That wasn't anything I could argue about.

    "What is the nature of your business, Mr….?"

    "Personal."

    "I see. Does Ms. Kingsley know you, Mr….?"

    "I don't think so. She may have heard my name."

    I grinned at her and said, "But maybe the best way to find out is to ask her."

    "I don't like your manner," she said in a voice you could have cracked an acorn on. But there was a little sly laughter behind her eyes now.

    "That's all right," I said. "I'm not selling it." She reared back as if I had hung a week-old mackerel under her nose. After a moment she stood up turned her back on me and said over her shoulder: "I’m Ms. Kingsley and I'll give you exactly three minutes. God knows why."

    Beatrice Kingsley marched briskly behind one of the gleaming white hives and pulled a shiny smoker out of a copper and mahogany box, shoved in a handful of pine needles and lit it with a large butane lighter. She took her time about it. It didn't matter about my time. When she had finished this, she pumped a little smoke into the air and said: "I'm a busy woman. I don't fool around. I take great pride in my apiary and my expertise as a beekeeper. You're a licensed inspector your card says. Show me something to prove it." I got my wallet out and showed her things to prove it. She looked at them and slapped them away with the back of her hand. The celluloid holder with the license in it fell to the ground. She didn't bother to apologize.

    "Everything is jake," I said. "You can check on it."

    "Not necessary. I guess you might do, but don't get flip with me. And remember when I hire a man he's my man. He does exactly what I tell him and he keeps his mouth shut. Or he goes out fast. Is that clear? I hope I'm not too tough for you."

    "Why not leave that an open question?" I said.

    She frowned. She said sharply: "What do you charge?"

    "Twenty-five a day and expenses."

    "Absurd," she said. "Far too much. Fifteen a day flat. That's plenty." I said nothing. She seemed a little surprised that I said nothing.

    She leaned over the hive and pointed with her smoker. "I haven't hired you yet," she said, "but if I do, the job is absolutely confidential. No talking it over with your inspector friends. Is that understood?"

    "Just what do you want done, Ms. Kingsley?"

    "What do you care? You do all kinds of inspection work, don't you?"

    "Not all kinds. Only the fairly honest kinds." She stared at me level-eyed, her jaws tight. Her gray eyes had an opaque look.

    "For one thing I don't count drones," I said. "And I get a hundred down as a retainer - from strangers."

    "Well, well," she said, in a voice suddenly soft. "Well, well."

    "And as for your being too tough for me," I said, "most girls start out either by crawling down my shirt or stinging me to show who's boss. But usually they end up very reasonable - if they're still alive."

    "Well, well," she said again, in the same soft voice, and went on staring at me. "Do you lose very many of them?' she asked.

    "Not if they treat me right," I said.

    "Have a hive tool," she said.

    I took a hive tool out of the copper and mahogany box and put it in my pocket.

    "I want you to find my queen," she said. "She's been missing for a month."

    "Okay," I said. "I'll find your queen." She patted her smoker with her left hand and quickly pulled it away while a hissing sound escaped from between her lips. She stared at me solidly. "I think you will at that," she said. Then she grinned. "I haven't been burned like that in four years."

    I didn't say anything.

    She ran a hand through her thick gold hair. "She's been gone a whole month," she said. "From that hive over there." She tilted her head and my gaze followed the direction she indicated. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the burnt fingers of her left hand go into her mouth.

    "What have you done about it?" I asked.

    “Nuffing. Nuf a fing...”

    I reached over and gently pulled the fingers from her mouth. Her eyes apologized.

    "Nothing. Not a thing. I haven't even been in there." She waited, wanting me to ask why.

    I nodded, gathered my exhibits together from the grass and put them away in my pockets. "There are more angles to this than I can even see now," I said as I lifted the smoker from her grip. I walked over to the hive and started to do what she was paying for.

    The sun wasn’t much higher in the sky when a small droplet of water fell from the tip of my nose and stained the hive cover as I adjusted it into place. From behind me a voice laughed “Given up already?” A sharp cold laugh. I turned slowly.

    She still had the white jacket on. She stood with her back to the sun. Her gold hair had a faint halo. “No,” I said, “I found what I was looking for.”

    "Your queen is dead" I said. "If it's any news to you." Ms. Kingsley stared at me and moistened her lips. I lifted my hand and between my thumb and finger was the elongated abdomen of a queen bee, but nothing more of it.

    “How dare you” she hissed. “I didn’t pay you to kill her with your bumbling.” She started to advance towards me with anger in her hips.

    Before she could take the second step I was at her side. My left arm wrapped around her waist pinning her right arm against my stomach. She let out a small choked sound and her left hand came up to claw at me. I caught her wrist and began to twist it behind her back. As I dropped my right hand I let go of her wrist and yanked the hive tool out of her breast pocket.

    Her body went limp and her whole weight sagged against the arm that was around her waist. Her eyes were staring at the hive tool when her face writhed against my chest and I think she was trying to scream.

    There on the gleaming edge of the tool was the head and crushed thorax of a queen bee. Her diaphanous wings twinkling slightly in the breeze.

    Ms. Kingsley’s moist eyelids dropped closed as I undid the scarf around her ivory neck. The silk square fell out of my hand and fluttered down into the grass between two hives. I guided her sobbing frame gently onto the lawn crushing a dandelion beneath her. I laid the hive tool down beside her.

    As I headed back toward the arcade of wisteria I glanced back at something. Something that had once been a queen.

    Next Club Meeting on Sunday, August 27, 2:00

    Presentation: Summer and Fall Hive Management In Your Apiary - Things to Consider


    Also, the LIBC 2017 Best Tasting Honey Contest


    Contest Guidelines
    • There are two categories: dark honey and light honey
    • Only one entry per apiary
    • Bring an unlabeled jar with enough honey for members to taste (1/2 pound minimum)
    • There will be four tables of honey to taste, and attendees will vote to select one winner from each table
    • To determine the winning jars, judges will be selected from members who are not participating and will select one winner in each category
    • Winners get a plaque and bragging rights
    • Please try to arrive at the meeting early, between 1:30 and 2:00, to enter your honey

    Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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    From the Editor's Desk: August 2017

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    A big THANKS to Joe Matza for helping me harvest my honey today, lifting the honey supers is the hardest part of beekeeping for me. The bees really fooled me, moving the honey around so what I thought were three full supers per hive had lots of empty frames. I’ll start extracting tomorrow and find out how much I really have. Not as much as last year I think. Lots of bees followed us into the garage, so I grabbed a few for some apitherapy in my knees. They itch right now, trying not to scratch! Now to get everything ready for the Honey Judging Competition!
    We welcome new members to the club, Julie Cummings-Bosch, Nicole LaBarbera, Sheila Stocker, Janet Brinton, John Mattick, Robin Bahnsen and Michael Schroeher.
       Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, use  PAYPAL,  or pay directly at the next meeting.

    Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters, AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE HONEY JUDGING CONTEST!  Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira to update your classified ads RAMOI@aol.com, LIBC


     
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    Congratulations to Moira Alexander who is our Newest Master Beekeeper! We are VERY PROUD OF YOU!


     

    Letters to the Editor:
     
    Hi Conni, 
    Just a suggestion, but this may be a good time to introduce club members to the Holst Milk test. I learned it from Ray Lackey in his bee classes - simple test. Attached is a pdf for the homemade test and a link to a test kit sold by Mann Lake. I found the Holst test pretty easy to use...done it twice and thankfully no positive results. I have not tried the Mann Lake test..
    https://www.mannlakeltd.com/afb-test-kit-american-foulbrood
    George Lehmuller
     
    To Conni:
    From John DeNatale
    Thought you would enjoy this!
    Subject: From egg to the air:                               
    21 days of bee development condensed into one mesmerising minute:
    http://tinyurl.com/y7y77yea  

    Next Club Meeting on Sunday, July 23, 2:00

    HONEYBEE SOCIAL


    Rain or Shine
    In addition to a plant sale and barbecue there will be our annual BEE SWAP.

    You can bring bee related items and either sell them or swap them...
    All items must have a tag with your name and asking price.
    We will have tables setup outside for you to display the items for sale.

    The club will provide the hamburgers, hot dogs, water and ice tea.
    We will also have some snacks to get the party started.
    In addition we will have veggie burgers and we will brew a pot of coffee for the desert table.

    If you would like to come please contact MOIRA at Ramoi@aol.com
    The deal is if your last name ends in A-L you bring a salad
    If your last name ends in M_Z you bring a dessert to share....

    You may BYOB ...beer or wine... Realize that the club is not condoning drinking and driving. ;-)

    WE NEED PORTABLE BARBECUES FOR COOKING

    Hope to see you there and PLEASE no one is allowed to talk about varroa...
    Wear your club t-shirt for a group photo, or at least wear a smile!

    Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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