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Editor's Desk

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

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  

From the Editor's Desk: July 2017

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Much thanks to fellow beekeepers who are helping me with the lifting, Steve, Lorraine, Jim and Don so I have been able to do my mite check (very few) and treat, remove the treatment and check the one poor hive. That one seems to be a drone factory, either a laying worker or poorly fertilized queen. It did give us a good opportunity to examine for mites looking at all the drone brood, no mites. Wish I had some chickens to feed the larvae to. We have one more plan to try to save the hive, keep tuned. The other ladies are happily buzzing.
More new members joined this month, please welcome Astor Apiaries, Kevin Pain, Michael Moroney, Jeffrey Denecke, Ronald Williamson, Janet Gemmell, Anne Hansen, Edward Hague, Barbara and Frank Johnson.

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. Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira to update your classified ads RAMOI@aol.com,

From the Editor's Desk: June 2017

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Checked my hives today, two of the three were ready for a second honey super. The third needs another few days. The ladies were very busy and happy, the nice warm weather has definitely been an improvement in their mood. I have a new lawn company so I am supplying him with a veil if needed now that they are so much more active. My first varroa mite roll was great, only one mite found in each hive. Going to schedule another one soon.
I’m running out of superlatives for each meeting. Another great attendance, new members, let’s welcome Larry Gentile, James Foote, Fabio Ferreira, Ellen Jeanne Dwyer, Kate Glinert, and Townsend Weeks.

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. Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira to update your classified ads RAMOI@aol.com,

From the Editor's Desk: May 2017

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The bees are so happy today, sunny, hot, the rain is gone for a few days, flowers blooming all over. Now beekeeper has to check for mites and add a honey super.
We welcome more new members: Katherine Redman, Jon Lochner, Kathleen Rezler, GardenFork Media LLC, Douglas Poat, and Maggie Kirwin.

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. Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira to update your classified ads RAMOI@aol.com,

From the Editor's Desk: April 2017

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It was so exciting to see bee poop on my windshield yesterday! John hived his package on Sunday and his girls checked out their new property and made sure to mark my car so I knew that they were there! The new plastic cages are very nice and light and so much easier to get all the bees out than the old wood and wire mesh ones.
I am looking forward to receiving my nucs, hopefully next week so the air will be buzzing soon. The flowers are calling, I have daffodils that aren’t the most interesting, still have crocuses, but the hellebore is blooming nicely. They are hard to see the bees since I have the Lenten variety which is purple and the bees don’t show up as easily. I should plant another variety.
I think last month’s meeting was an overwhelming winner with 120 members attending! The line of new members and members renewing their membership before the deadline was amazing. We welcome these new members: John Lesser, Steven Schwartz, Ginger Dammann, Alexandra Johnson, Jonathan Albright, Richard Desney, Pat Zoll, John & Colleen Riley, Matthew & Katina Bertolino, Chris Gartung, Ed Mirasol, Peggy Coyle, Patricia McLaughlin, and Steven Niggles.

Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Please mail your check or pay online using PAYPAL.
Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly.

From the Editor's Desk: March 2017

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Standing Room Only at the last meeting. Great meeting with excellent speaker. Lots of wonderful information at Beekeeping 101 with many new beekeepers checking in. Some are looking for mentors, so if you get a call from some of these new members, please give them help when you can. Remember what it was like when you were a newbee! Welcome to the club Simon Bromberg and family, Tore Wubbenhorst, Troy Nelson, Fanny Silva, Matt Francisco, Caitlyn & Mike Hanft, Christopher Gee Jr. Maria Tom, Jay Borow, John Tietjen, Ronald Williamson, Amanda Oswald, Pam Donovan, Judith Pittigher, Edward Otero, Ed McGarr, and Mohammad Khan.


Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Please mail your check or pay online using PAYPAL.
Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly.

From the Editor's Desk: February 2017

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Another fantastic meeting with lots of new members. We welcome to the club: Bhivani and Joe Jaroff, Lauren Walsh, Colin Sealy, Stephanie Arroyo and Joseph Pilkington, Bruce Talmage, Peter Kohlmann, Alexandra Hurley and Kerry Reetz.

Please remember your dues are due in January, and to prevent long lines at that meeting a check in the mail or PAYPAL ahead of time is GREATLY appreciated.
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.

Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Please mail your check or pay online using PAYPAL.
Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly.

From the Editor's Desk: January 2017

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I had a great holiday visiting my son and his family in California, just outside of Los Angeles. One afternoon I spent an hour photographing honeybees on the huge jade plant in the garden. The fragrance was amazing and the girls were enjoying collecting the nectar. That evening we spent some time exploring the new microscope my grandkids got for Christmas. Here is a picture of 4 year old Mia examining the leg of a honeybee from a prepared slide. It was lots of fun.
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I have received a few renewals for membership 2017 but a large number of new members. We welcome Thomas Glover, Jennifer Krauss, Sheila Routh, Giuseppina Mannino, Kevin Gersh, Isabelle Salvaterra, Joseph Campanella, Cynthia Chapman, Diana Cristiano, Martin & Barbara Haerter, Lori & Carmine Mileo, Aluce Taudel, Robert Mozer, Bremelin Romero, Patricia Sheehan & family, Alex Lieberman-Cribbin, Bernard Kennedy, Jane Testa, Fermin Ortiz, Jane Kosovsky, Carissa Herb,and Brian Breult,
Most of these new members paid via Paypal which is very convenient, however it did not give me personal information, address and phone number. I would appreciate it if these new members could email me with this information for our data base. Thanks.

 
 
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A new Honeybee has arrived at the Breault Apiary! Welcome to Seren who was born Dec 17th, 7lbs 15ozs 20in! Congratulations from the rest of the hives!
 
Please remember your dues are due in January, and to prevent long lines at that meeting a check in the mail or PAYPAL ahead of time is GREATLY appreciated.
   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.
 
Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Please mail your check or pay online using PAYPAL.
Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly. Also please update your copy for your ads. See the notice from Moira at the end of the newsletter.

From the Editor's Desk: December 2016

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The last meeting was another full house, lots of very positive comments on the excellent speaker. Thanks to Phyllis Stein for taking some great pictures to show how much we all enjoyed the meeting. We received new memberships  at that meeting Timothy McQuade, John Thiele,Michael Kaufman,  and Thomas Santorelli. Welcome to the club!
Our Holiday Party was a festive success. Thanks to Joseph Matza for making the arrangements, sorry you were sick Joe, we missed you. Thanks also to Moira for the fun door prizes and arranging the grab bag gifting. Everyone went home with neat bee stuff! Anna Bischoff and Moira also led us in our annual sing-a-long of the Twelve Hives of Christmas, much to the amusement of the other diners in the restaurant.
I wish you all a very Happy Holiday and Healthy New Year. Looking forward to a terrific year of beekeeping and friendly meetings. Please remember your dues are due in January, and to prevent long lines at that meeting a check in the mail or PAYPAL ahead of time is GREATLY appreciated.
   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.
 
Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Please mail your check or pay online using PAYPAL.

Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly. Also please update your copy for your ads.

From the Editor's Desk: October 2016

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Have we all recovered from our very successful conference? Thanks to our Program Director Moira Alexander, Treasurer Joan Mahoney and all the members of the Board for the excellent program. Sitting at the Registration Desk, Debra and I received many compliments from the members as they walked back and forth on how much they were enjoying the speakers, the vendors, the venue, the lunch, an all round pleased crowd. A few glitches will be discussed at the next board meeting to make sure next year will be perfect, even though we can’t control the rain!
As we have every month, two new members to welcome to the club, Chris Gerdes and Sandra Tytel. And a few members renewed their membership. Thanks also to Phyllis Stein for taking the great photographs. We can only post a few in the newsletter.

 A few members asked at the last meeting if we could video the speakers’ presentations at the meetings. I discussed this with the board and since many of the speakers have material that is copyrighted it is not permitted for us to video unless they give us permission.
 

   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.
 
Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Please mail your check or pay online using PAYPAL.

Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly. Also please update your copy for your ads.

From the Editor's Desk: November 2016

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This unseasonable fall weather has really caused my bees to be a little testy. I had treated for mites last month and when it was time to remove the treatment I just used Nitrile gloves instead of my usual full length ones. THAT WAS A MISTAKE! The bees were so nasty, they went right up my sleeve and I suffered seven stings, the most I have ever had in over 30 years of beekeeping. Needless to say I finished my job as fast as possible, went into the house, got a Benadryl, an ice pack and put my EpiPen next to me just in case and sat down to prepare for a Benadryl induced nap. When I went in to feed fondant a few days later they were still riled up, maybe because there is just no forage out there for them. I checked the fondant several days ago and they are working it vigorously. I will have to give them some more next week to fill up those bee bellies!
We welcome more new members to our club, Walter Golschmidts, Shamma Murphy,  Brian Breault, Christine Haines,  Fermin Ortiz, Kathryn Moravick, James Lauffer,Carissa Herb, Anne Hansen-Crowley, Michael Kaufman, & Diane Katz.

 

   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.
 
Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Please mail your check or pay online using PAYPAL.

Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly. Also please update your copy for your ads.

From the Editor's Desk: September 2016

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Thanks so much for the wonderful beekeepers John, Joe and Lorraine who came to help me take the honey supers off my hives. Joan and David came to check out the whole process and we had a great time. John was able to extract almost 20 pounds of honey from his hive and I got about 80 pounds from my three hives. That was two new nukes and one swarm hive all on new frames. The big mistake I made was not using a queen excluder since I did not have drawn comb. The girls don’t like going up through the excluder when there is new frames. So the queen had free rein and she traveled up all over the place and I found brood in the honey supers I had been planning for. That was disappointing.
We welcome more new beekeepers to the club this month, Jennifer Butts, Jeffrey Hemphill, Bob Smullen, Dominick Costanza, J.Craig White, Claudia Ortmann, Benjamin Pardo, Althea Travis, Bob Reilly, and Michael Yacubich. If all the members of the club showed up at a meeting we would be standing outdoors, wouldn’t that be amazing. I hope all of you will come to the conference on October 9th, plenty of room, good food and excellent speakers to give you a great overview of being a beekeeper! Bring your checkbooks to the September meeting or pay via
PAYPAL or mail checks to Joan Mahoney. We’ve moved the location East to make it easier for our members to attend, let’s fill the hall. 

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John, Joe, Lorraine, Joan and David, my great helpers
 
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Conni checks memberships, Deb shows the club library
 
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Moira has a group ready for beekeeping 101
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Moira knows how much fun we beekeepers have!
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Moira, George and speaker Virgina Webb, some of her prize winning honey and medals.
 

   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.
 
Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Please mail your check or pay online using PAYPAL.

Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly. Also please update your copy for your ads.

From the Editor's Desk: August 2016

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Everyone knows it is getting to be harvest time. Where ever I go I am asked “Do you have honey yet”. I already have a list of potential customers and am just hoping that the filled supers that I saw at last examination will be as full next week when I begin my extraction process. I ordered some fancy jars for gift giving and tomorrow I start to get the honey area of the garage prepared.
I am really looking forward to this month’s meeting and seeing Virginia Webb again. I met her at Apimondia Dublin in 2005 and was so impressed with her wonderful exhibit of honey and honey products. She will have a lot to teach us about preparing for a honey show!
There was no meeting last month, but we still had some new members sign up. Welcome Matthew Daley, Brendan Upton, Lesley Sondey, and Debra Cardone
 

   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.
 
Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Please mail your check or pay online using PAYPAL.

Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly. Also please update your copy for your ads.
 

Letter to the Editor:

Dear Editor: I wanted to reach out to show my appreciation to the Long Island Beekeeper’s Club for allowing me to come speak on the topic of the “importance of Liability Insurance” last December. Since that meeting I have received calls from members both with follow up questions and with requests for Liability Insurance!. The topics presented during the meeting were both educational and fun as it showed me “the their side of the business”. Far too often I get stuck behind my desk and don’t get to experience the real life stories of what I am insuring. So for that I am grateful!
I also wanted to share with the club an offer that I make to all my current clients. The opportunity for a free cup of coffee! If anyone has questions concerning any aspect of insurance (both including bees or otherwise), AI invite you to bring your questions to me and we can answer the over a cup of coffee! I am available to meet with members of the club either at my office or at their homes, whichever is easiest, and the best part is, the coffee is on me!
Thanks again for allowing me to be a small part of such a great organization and I look forward to attending future meetings as a member.
All the best,
Matthew Daley
Farm Family Insurance Agent

From the Editor's Desk: July 2016

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This heat is making it hard for beekeepers to work the hives. Fortunately Thursday was a cooler day so I was able to go into the hives with my friend Meredith and see how things were progressing. WE could not lift the honey filled supers to check the brood chambers, but there is lots of honey and I added another super to each hive. This will be the best harvest that I have had in a long time.
I am really looking forward to the August meeting and seeing our speaker Virginia Webb. I met her at Apimondia in Dublin, 2005 and was completely amazed with her exhibit. We will be in for an interesting meeting and hope to learn alot on preparing for honey judging.
We welcome new members to the club, Claudia Vogel, Christopher Peterson, Brian Heenan, Susan Kristensen, Craig Incandela, Robert Martinez, Jennifer Brown, and Keith Kebe.

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.
 
Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Please mail your check or pay online using PAYPAL.

Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly. Also please update your copy for your ads.

From the Editor's Desk: June 2016

The new bees and swarm hive are so busy. I added supers and since I bought some new equipment I had to add my traditional screen door handles for ease in lifting. They were all very mild and happy to be examined, lots of brood, pollen and honey going in. I think it is going to be a productive year.
My church held a Spring Fair and I had a table to sell my wares of lotion bars and lip balm and some new soaps. I didn’t sell as much as I had hoped, but did a lot of education to the people who stopped by. More and more people are interested in beekeeping, as evidenced by our recent meetings. There were 100 people at our last meeting and new members joined. Welcome to these new beekeepers: James Wipper, David Faverio,Domenico Grella, George Berotti, David Guzzetta, Heather Littlefield, Abby Link, Mica Marder, Frederick Foelsch, Davis Crowley, Henry Piechucki.
 
This picture was sent to me by my friend Jan North of Blue Point.Thanks Jan for such an interesting piece of history of beekeeping.
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This photo was taken of bee boles in an old drystone wall  made  hundreds of years ago to fence in an orchard on a small farm near Burford,  Oxfordshire, England.. This side of the wall faces east.  Farmers made straw skeps and placed them in the niches. That helped to  keep out wind and rain.  The wall is close to the farmhouse. Honey and beeswax were prized  commodities.  Such walls are now registered landmarks.


Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Please mail your check or pay online using PAYPAL.
Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly. Also please update your copy for your ads.

Do you have a beekeeping story to tell or information or pictures you would like to share with fellow beekeepers? Please send text and pictures to the editor of Beeline at this email address: Connistill@aol.com

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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: April 2016

Thank you to Grace for picking up my new bees and hiving them for me and delivering them since I could not lift after my recent surgery. They are very happy in their new apiary. Lorraine came over Tuesday and we added another box and everyone was very calm and busy. Then while Lorraine and I were relaxing after our labors I happened to look at the bushes in the rear of my yard and low and behold this is what I saw!
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Lorraine said “what is that” and I said “Beekeeping 201, capturing your first swarm!
Courageous woman that she is we got a bucket, ladder and a few tools and after an hour or so of shaking and trimming we hived the swarm. Thanks Lorraine, I couldn’t have done it without your help, and you now have added this experience to your beekeeping list!
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We want to welcome another new group of members to our ever growing list: Charles Calabrese, Ken Koch, Andy & Chris Kepert, Robert Schwartz, Judith Vaughan, Imran Ahmad, Christopher, Vilchek, Matthew Gavieta & Miriam Staana, Susan Reichert, Todd Balch, Carrie Davis Crowley, and Frederick Foelsch

 
Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Please mail your check or pay online using PAYPAL.

Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly. Also please update your copy for your ads.

Do you have a beekeeping story to tell or information or pictures you would like to share with fellow beekeepers? Please send text and pictures to the editor of Beeline at this email address: Connistill@aol.com

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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: May 2016

My surgery went well and I am recovering nicely. Thank you for the lovely flowering plant. I can’t wait to put it out for the bees to enjoy the blooms as much as I have. The poor bees have been so confused with this crazy weather, one day they are wearing their winter coats and the next their summer frocks! I hope this weekend will start to keep the temperatures steady and warmer with just the proper amount of rain.
We missed having a meeting last month, so the next few month’s schedules are jammed packed with great speakers and activities. SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR 4th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON October 9, 2016!
Even though we didn’t have a meeting we still received new memberships by mail. We welcome these new members to the club: Thomas Wilk, Thomas Earl,Christina Mitchell,& James Xixis. .

Thank you so much for those of you who have already paid your dues. If you haven’t already paid, please bring your cash or check to 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.

Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly. Also please update your copy for your ads.

Do you have a beekeeping story to tell or information or pictures you would like to share with fellow beekeepers? Please send text and pictures to the editor of Beeline at this email address: Connistill@aol.com

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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: March 2016

Last month’s meeting was a record breaker. STANDING ROOM ONLY with 140 people in attendance. We have had so many people join the club since the beginning of the year and I forgot to list them in the last newsletter. So here is the new members so far for 2016. Please join me in welcoming them., Anthony Arno, Valerie Ashton, Marie Becher, Bruce Bluemel, Chih-Mark Chen, , Karen Donegan, Josephine Elsener, Barbara Felle, Larry Festa, Henry Frost, Ellen Gomez, Alberto Goncalves, Diane Guner, Peter Haarmann,Mark Henken, Annie Heroux, Jay Hoffman, Paula Kluse, Terri Kohler, Gerald Latter, Craig Lawrence, John Lovett, John Machado, Brendan Marshall, Wai-L in Ng, Sarah, Linda Obernauer, Scott Parris, Linda Parsons, James Pfister, Anthony Planakis, Gary Pouliot, Jean Marie Posner, Theresa Potter, John Ryley, Katy Sacher, Marlene Sautkulis, David & Phyllis Stein, Nicola Stone-Chang, Matthew Sullivan, Robert Sullivan, James Tyrrell, Richard & Mark Waldmann, Morgana Washingten,

I lost my two hives in the fall due to mites and wax moth infestation. I am looking forward to my new girls and some new equipment soon. John has his hive at my apiary and they are doing fine. I took a picture of the girls working the crocuses yesterday.
I have had several members ask me to user blind copy when sending the newsletter. I thought I had learned how to do it, tried to do it just now and it still didn’t work. I’ll have to call AOL and get someone to help me. Sorry, you’ll have to wait till next month.


We are looking for a new site for the
2016 LONG ISLAND BEE CONFERENCE...
ANY SUGGESTIONS?
The clock is ticking.... Please contact Moira at ramoi@aol.com

Thank you so much for those of you who have already paid your dues. If you haven’t already paid, please bring your cash or check to 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.

Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly. Also please update your copy for your ads.

Do you have a beekeeping story to tell or information or pictures you would like to share with fellow beekeepers? Please send text and pictures to the editor of Beeline at this email address: Connistill@aol.com

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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: February 2016

LIBC Elections
Nominations at February Meeting

LIBC Members - we need you to get involved and volunteer to keep our beekeeping association growing and strong!
We are looking for new officers who can lend some time and energy for our wonderful community. If many people share the work there will be joy in the sharing and people won't get burnt out.
We are also looking for members who wish to volunteer for the Hospitality committee so we have yummy things to nibble on during the meetings.
Position of President is Open!!! Volunteers for nominations are eagerly accepted.


We are looking for a new site for the
2016 LONG ISLAND BEE CONFERENCE...
ANY SUGGESTIONS?
The clock is ticking.... Please contact Moira at ramoi@aol.com

Thank you so much for those of you who have already paid your dues by mail or PayPal. If you haven’t already paid, please bring your cash or check to 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.

Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly. Also please update your copy for your ads.

Do you have a beekeeping story to tell or information or pictures you would like to share with fellow beekeepers? Please send text and pictures to the editor of Beeline at this email address: Connistill@aol.com

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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: November 2015



Our Honey Judging Contest was a huge success as always, lots of entries, with many categories. Congratulations to Helen Mecagni for winning Best in Show with her highest points from her Water White Honey, Amber Honey and Light Amber Honey. First Place Winners were Bill O’Hern, Charles DiStefano, John Hardecker, Guissepe Caso, Second Place Guissepe Caso, Charles DiStefano, Roy Baillard, Helen Mecagni, , Third Place Christine & Kathryn Moravick, Lorraine Leacock, Helen Mecagni, Honorable Mention, Joan Mahoney, John Hardecker, Dorothy & Stan Gorecki, Marsha Greenman, John Quinn, Marianne Sangersland, Michael Ryan, Conni Still all for their honey.
Honorable Mentions were given to Marsha Greenman for her Cookies, Peter McCabe for his Gadget. In the Art First Prize went to Joan Mahoney for her Beeswax, Second to Charles DiStefano for his Beeswax. In the Bee Artwork category Barbara Munzer received a First Prize, Catherine Watson a Second Prize, and Risa Gold a Third Prize.
Congratulations to all the winners and a Huge Thank You to Fred Munzer and Rich Blohm, our great judges for their hard work.


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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: December 2015

Our holiday party was a huge success, thanks so much to Joe Matza and Moira Alexander for their arranging the restaurant and the door prizes. Thanks to Anna and Grace for leading us in our annual rendition of the Twelve Days of Beekeeping much to the enjoyment of the other diners in the restaurant as well. The grab bag gifts had some wonderful bee items, it’s amazing how many gift items are out there for us collectors!
Please remember that your dues are due for 2016. I am having more surgery probably mid January and will not be at that meeting. I would appreciate it if you could please send your dues by mail or by Pay Pal. That will avoid long lines for whoever is taking the dues in my absence. A Very Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year to you all!

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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: October 2015



I hope everyone had a wonderful time at the conference today. I was so sad to have missed it, but just recuperating from major surgery I didn’t have the stamina to attend. Hope to see you at the next meeting.
Our last meeting brought us another new group of beekeepers to welcome: James Smith, Nancy Smith, David Tifford, Andrea Cayea, Ira Barocas, Ty Knox, Christopher G. Hansen-Crowley and Anne A. Hansen-Crowley

Don’t forget that the Honey Judging Contest is this coming meeting. You must be a member in Good Standing to enter the contest. If you have not paid your dues this year, you must have your check or cash in hand before you can submit your honey or entry for the contest!!!!! Please try to come a little earlier to take care of this business so the meeting can get started on time.


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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: September 2015



It was a hot dry summer, the flowers didn’t give up much nectar so the bees didn’t produce as much honey as last year’s bumper crop. But I still harvested a little over 50 pounds from the one good hive. The requeened hive finally failed and Ray helped me combine it with the thriving hive. John came and helped remove the honey and then we had a little NEWBEE Extraction Party with Lorraine, Jennifer and Jim getting Extracting 101 lessons. It was fun, sticky and I showed them my technique with some of my equipment devised to assist the older beekeeper with handicapping conditions. Then my grandson came to visit during the week and helped bottle and label which makes him very proud to help and gives him something to bring back to school to tell his friends about. I have all my pre-orders set up to deli ver, made sure my regular customers get taken care of first. I purchased pretty hexagonal small jars for gift giving this year. When you don’t have a huge yield you find a way to still give presents that look fancy but are cost effective. All in the packaging! Now to get the lip balms and lotion bars and soaps cranking for the fair so I still have a table full to sell. Need to keep these girls profitable for me. They eat lots of fondant all winter. I hope you all did well.
We welcome two new members to the club this month. Robert Lodi and Jonathan Ramsay.


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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: August 2015



Hi beekeepers. We missed you all last month. With no meeting and me on total bedrest and major computer problems I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get out a newsletter for July. Hope this one will find you all working on getting your hives extracting or ready to, as am I. John came over the other day and we found bad news and good news. His new hive is working and building comb and storing honey, but not greatly. My requeened hive is failing badly. Little brood with evidence of chalk brood, first time I have ever had that before. I will have to speak to my next door neighbor about trimming the mulberry tree that might be creating too much shade on my hives. My western hive is amazing! Three supers of capped honey and one that needs capping. Very busy bees, hanging out on their porch and enjoying the slightly cooler day. We did see some hive beetles and put in a new trap and tomorrow I will clean the burr comb from the inner cover to give them less places to hide. We will plan to pull the honey when I get back from visiting my grandkids. Finally! I had to postpone the July trip because of my back problems. Can’t wait to see my family.
We welcome new members Dennis Pantoliano and Kate Soroka.

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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: June 2015



Hope your bees are doing well. My re-queened hive is still weak. I gave it another frame of brood from the strong hive last week, hoping to boost it until the new brood hatches. The strong hive has tons of bees. It swarmed into a tree two streets away. I didn’t find out exactly where it was until they took off again, so I couldn’t capture them. I saw lots of empty queen cells but no queen. Found eggs and new larva and new brood. If I had found the queen I could have given a whole super to the weak hive, but I have no idea where she’s hiding. So I have my fingers crossed on the survival of the new girls.
I found an old photo from a meeting while clearing some files and realized that there were probably about 20 or so members at that meeting just a few years ago. We have come a long way since then, growing to over 200 paid members. This month we welcome new member Joseph Cardali, Keith Kebe

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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: May 2015



I have been keeping bees since April 7, 1980 and this year was my first experience in requeening! Both hives survived our brutal winter but one was not doing as well as the other. The brood pattern was spotty and I knew the queen had to be removed. I was fortunate to purchase a new one and thanks to my fellow beekeeper John Holden we opened the hive and found the old queen on the second frame we checked. We scooped her up into a vial with a few friends and then put the new queen into place, loosening the candy plug. After two days I checked and she was still in place. I poked at the candy some more and checked again in two days. Still no movement. Now I was beginning to panic, so I tried to pry more candy away and checked again in two days. She still hadn’t escaped so I took a blade and popped the other plug out and she ran right down into a frame. So now I’ll have to wait a few more days to check for eggs and hope for the best. Meanwhile I threw out my back lifting the three supers that were on top, so my chiropractor is getting to be a regular visitor. UGH!
Last month’s meeting was another huge success with a great speaker and lots of new members. We are happy to welcome Wane R. Dougal Jr., Joshua Kaplan, Chris Gee, Patrick Cannone, Thomas Delio, Jennifer & James VonEiff, and Christian Reina

Do you have an up-to-date Epi-Pen? Thanks to Richard Stark, here’s how to get one for little or no money. On your computer, go to Epipen.com. Click on $0 Co-Pay offer. Fill out the form to see if you are eligible based on your prescription policy. Get a prescription from your doctor and bring the $0 copay card and RX to your pharmacy and you can get your Epi-Pen for up to $0. This offer expires 12/31/15.

Since we are getting new members every month, the membership list changes constantly. I have an up to date list on my computer and send it to George regularly to post on the website. If you would like a copy for your own information, so you can find out who is in your neighborhood, email me and I will email you a copy. If you do not have email, call me or ask me at the meeting and I will bring a copy for you to the next meeting. Just remember, it changes monthly, so I will only do this quarterly to avoid the great amount of paperwork required. Thanks.

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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: April 2015



Are your bees playing hide and seek? My girls keep peeking out and yelling what happened to the sun and warm weather! I’ve been feeding slices of fondant and so far they are happily eating it but I can’t wait for some warm days to be able to actually get into the hive and look around.

Last month’s meeting had a full house again, lots of people came for Beekeeping 101, some stayed for the rest of the meeting, some left. Other members just came for the formal meeting, so it is hard to get a real head count but 75 of you did sign in. We keep seeing new faces and we have some new members to welcome this month: Joan Tifford, Thomas Hildebrandt, Judith Koslofsky, David Stroehlein, Christie Cotty, Deborah Waring, Patricia Jones, John Lanphear, Laurie Sponza, Craig Couvopoulo, Timothy O’Keefe,Shahin Ahdieh, Kimberly Hess,Matthew Ross, Thomas Naccarato and George Deabold. A few old friends renewed their memberships too, and we are glad to see you are back with us. Please remind your friends that have not renewed their membership that they will not be receiving a newsletter until they send that check!

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.

Please remember that dues were by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Please mail your check or pay online using PAYPAL.
Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly. Also please update your copy for your ads.

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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: March 2015



Last Sunday was the first day the snow in my back yard was soft enough to attempt a visit to my hives. Just as a precaution I used a walker to make sure I didn’t slip on underlying ice and donning a veil and optimistically putting slices of fondant in my pockets I ventured out. The temperature had reached a little over 50 degrees and as I approached the hives much to my delight I saw activity. And when I got up to them, there were bees flying actively and there was spots of yellow bee poop all over the white snow surrounding the hives. I opened them up and there was still fondant left and bees spilling out. I gave them the extra fondant, welcomed them to a new year, and did a happy dance all the way back to the house. Now I will continue to feed them and monitor the need for a super as soon as the temperature stabilizes a little more and the dandelions start to bloom!

Our meeting last month was filled with many new faces and lots of old faces that we hadn’t seen in a while. It was good to see you all. We welcome new members:Nancy Hall, Peter Treiber, Mark & Marianne Sunderland, Nick Cacoperdo, Jeremy Jones, Dorothy Gorecki, Scott Brown, Chris Algieri, Philip Scala, Eileen Aivaliotis and family. Thanks to the other members who have sent their membership renewals by mail and PayPal.


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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: February 2015



Saint Gobnait, Patron Saint of Bees and Beekeepers

Gobnait (Gobnet, Gobhnet, Gobnaid, Gobnata, or Gobnatae), was born in County Clare, Ireland, sometime in the 5th or 6th century. Gobnait is Irish for Abigail (“Brings Joy”). As the patron saint of beekeepers, her name also has been anglicized as Deborah, meaning “Honey Bee.”

Monasteries and oratories in Gobnait’s time would have resembled stone beehives. A Clochán is dry-stone hut with a corbelled roof, dating from the early Middle Ages or earlier. Most archaeologists think these structures were built on the southwestern coast of Ireland since the Bronze Age. An “Oratory” was a small stone Church for reading the Gospels aloud (all 150 Psalms were memorized for use in their daily prayer: praying the hours). Many of the Oratories were only large enough to hold twelve people—the number of monks considered optimal in early Irish monasteries. Some later Monastic communities had hundreds of monks—and their families! Some of the Celtic Monasteries allowed married monks—the position of Abbot sometimes even passing from father to son.
One of the miracles attributed to Saint Gobnait was that she protected a parish by unleashing a swarm of bees. She was also known for her care of the sick. One story tells how she kept the plague out of the village of Ballyvourney in Ireland by designating it consecrated ground. Saint Gobnait’s Day is February 11th is still celebrated by the community of Ballyvourney, in County Cork. During a Mass at the well, everyone takes water from it. She had a strong relationship with bees and used the properties of honey in the treatment of illness and healing of wounds.


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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: January 2015



Just two weeks ago I was sitting on my new deck having a cup of coffee and watching my bees come and go on cleansing flights. I hope they got back into their clusters before the temperature plummeted again. I am looking forward to the Spring and being able to enjoy watching the bees from this new vantage point. The entire kitchen was demo’d down to the studs and I can’t wait till the reno is done. All my bee “stuff” is packed up and I discovered that I had a few duplicates. So keep watch at the next few meetings because I will be bringing some things in for the raffles. I’m getting pretty tired of eating frozen TV dinners from the microwave, can’t wait for a real kitchen again. Will post picture hopefully next month.

We welcome some new members this month. Richard and Susan Barkey, Joseph Desiderio, Ernest Herrington, Mark Katzenberger, Martin Kenna, Elizabeth Marcellus, Karen May, Bryan Pedigo, Keith Perry, Arlene Verante.

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Holiday Party recognizes our Master Beekeepers, Fred Munzer, Peter Bizzoso, Richard Blohm and Ray Lackey.
Not present were John Moloney and Max Riedener.


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A festive bee trimmed cake for our Holiday Party.


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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: December 2014



Welcome to the new members: Elizabeth Marcellus, Richard & Susan Barkey, Keith Perry & Arlene Verante, Bryan Pedigo, Martin Kenna
Finally got my garage (honey house) cleaned up and all the buckets ready for next year. Next I have to make a few more batches of cosmetic products and then clean off the entire work counter. My kitchen renovation includes bringing the old cabinets down and putting them under the work bench instead of the saw horses that have been there forever. That will give me much more usable and neat space. Hopefully it can all be done before the weather gets nasty and I want to get the car into the garage!! Guess I’m not going to get much decorating for Christmas this year. Wreath on the door might be all I can do, I have to pack up my 100 skeps that are in my kitchen! My Bee Christmas tree in the dining room will have to do double duty for Santa this year. My bees and I wish you and all your loved ones a Happy and Healthy Holiday and New Year.

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Congratulations to Tim Perry, winner of the Top Bar Hive Raffle!

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Guest Speaker Chis Kohl of Sweet Valley Hives with his Warre Hive.



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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: November 2014



Welcome to the new members: John Lovett, George Yakaboski, Daniel Messina and Kimberly Fitzgerald.

Blue Ribbon Winning Recipes:
Apple, Ginger, Honey Jelly, Conni Still
1 cup prepared apple juice, (used juicer to obtain juice from apples)
3 cups honey
1 tablespoonful grated ginger
½ bottle Certo pectin

Measure juice into saucepan. Add honey and mix well. Place over high heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. At once stir in ginger, then Certo. Then bring to a FULL ROLLING BOIL and boil hard for 1 minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat, skim off foam with metal spoon and pour quickly into glass jars. Cover at once and seal according to Ball jar directions. Makes about 5 medium jars.

Local Raspberry-Honey Cello, John Hardecker
2 quarts raspberries
1 quart 190 proof grain alcohol (Everclear)
3 cups honey
Soak raspberries and alcohol.
Mix and strain to remove solids.
Add honey.


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Club Correspondence: Letters to the Hive

Dear Long Island Bee Club,
We would like to thank you for supplying us with the bees we’re using to conduct our study. This donation helped us to acquire the necessary samples very easily and quickly, which allowed us to start our research as soon as possible. Also, we were able to collect a large variety of bees from one central location instead of having to drive to different areas, which helped tremendously. We will be sure to send you the results of our study once we are finished so you can see that your bees were used purposefully.

Thanks again,
Zack Abrams and Nicole LaReddola, Commack High School
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Dear Long Island Bee Club,
We would like to thank all of you for participating in our project! We couldn't have gone through with this project without the generosity of all of your donations. We aim to put these bees to good use, and contribute something great to the beekeeping world!

Sincerely,
Jungsoo Ahn, Kristin Orrach, Sydney Sirota, and the rest of the Commack High School Science Department
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Dear Conni,
I cannot make next Sunday's meeting but just wanted to thank the board for a wonderful conference! I learned so much and it was terrific to meet so many beekeepers. Clearly it was a lot of work to put together. Thank you so much for your efforts!

Paul Romanelli

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: October 2014



Welcome to the newest members of the club: Dave and Julie Kapuvari, Lorraine Leacock, Isabella Rossalini, John Machado, Melissa Beasley, Carolyn McQuade, John, Sofia, Nancy Witzenbocker, and Douglas McDermott.
Last month’s meeting was amazing. Eighty nine beekeepers buzzing around to hear the Master Beekeepers Forum and the wonderful presentation by our scholarship winner Julie Kapuvari. Then we had a honey tasting and honey yield competition and there were very happy winners and here are some photos to show you how much fun we all had.
Honey Tasting: First Place, Moira Alexander, Ties for Second Place, Conni Still, Marsha Greenman, Helen Mecagni, Paul Romanelli and Charlie DiStefano.
Honey Yield: First Place, Richard Meyer 110 lbs/hive, Second Place, Conni Still 80 lbs/hive, Third Place, Jim P. 50 lbs/hive.
Congratulations everyone for keeping such productive and happy bees.


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Julie Kapuvari and her dad, Dave, gave a wonderful presentation of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project that she accomplished with her scholarship from the Long Island Beekeepers Club.

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Dave Kapuvari, Master Beekeeper Ray Lackey, and Julie Kapuvari.

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Moira was happy to find out that her honey was judged to be the BEST tasting. It was very delicious as were all the entries. Thanks to Lidia and Frank Kiss for the prizes of saplings of Evodia “Bee Bee” trees.

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Moira sets up the honey tasting competition as Lidia Kiss looks on.

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Moira has the chart to compare the honey yields and Richard Meyer from Amityville was the winner!


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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: September 2014



I had to peel myself from the stickiness of my honey house to work on this newsletter. This was the best year I can remember for me, a wonderful yield of lovely honey. The bees were so mellow and I am busy bottling the honey in between all my other activities and a great visit from my family from California. I must send thanks out to John Holden for helping me with the lifting to take the honey off the hives. Couldn’t have done it without your help John!
This month’s meeting will be fun. Bring a jar of honey for the tasting contest, make sure your dues are paid up for next month’s honey judging contest. And don’t forget to send in your checks for the conference. Without your support for this great project we will not be able to continue bringing this excellent programming to our local area.
Welcome to new members: Jim Coleman, Lynne Coleman, Dawn Cozine, Dianek Birkel, Leslie Clarke, and Doris and Ed Nostrand.

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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: August 2014



Our meeting at Sweet Pine Apiary was a buzzing success! Lots of new faces joined us for a lecture to the newbees and a tour of Ray Lackey’s apiary and honey house. We had lots of delicious refreshments thanks to everyone and great talk and mingling between sessions.We welcome new members Anita Von Himmel, James Coon, and Ursala Altomare Here are some pictures of the honey house and new members thanks to Peter McCabe and John Mix.

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Peter and Miriam check out the honey house.

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Bruce and Charlie looking over Ray’s equipment.

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Isabella and Graheme chat with Ray.

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Conni at the Girl Scout Camp in Yaphank giving a tasting of honey after the lecture on honeybees.

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: July 2014



The summer heat is finally here and the bees are so busy. I added a third honey super and in the next day or so will go back into the hives and check again for small hive beetle and mites and the overall health of the hive. But they seem to be “busy as bees” and doing what the books say they should. This is the first year that I have folks calling me to reserve honey, so I am hoping for a wonderful harvest.
We welcome new members this month: Bruce Matters, Chris Edmonds and Jean Schieck

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: June 2014



We welcome new members this month: Catherine Watson, Mary Ellen Cubbon, Alexandra Hurley, Sister Mary Lou Buser, Sister Heather Ganz, and Ben Moran.

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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.

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: May 2014



I spent a lovely Mother’s Day visiting the mothers of all my bees. It was a beautiful day just perfect for a hive inspection. So I checked my hives and found that my queens are doing exactly what good mothers should be doing, laying tiny eggs in a perfect pattern. The larvae was glistening and surrounding the brood was packed cells with brilliant yellows and oranges of pollen. Nectar looked nice and full so I quickly added a honey super and praised the girls for all their good work. They were very calm and just kept busy despite my interruption. A perfect afternoon for a beekeeper. I topped off the day with filling the bird-feeders and the hummingbird feeder. Hopefully I will have a hummer visiting my yard of buzzers soon.

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.

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: April 2014



Anxiously awaiting my new bees with new brood chamber freshly painted and new Bee Smart stands to aid my aged back. Planning to put up a pot of syrup next week in preparation to feed the girls when they arrive. I hope the crazy snow we had last night has not delayed their travel plans. Another new year of beekeeping awaits us.

If you received this month’s newsletter then you are the wonderful members who have paid your dues for 2014. Thank you. If you know any members who ask why they did not receive a newsletter, please gently remind them that dues were overdue and must be paid to be put back into our database. We are happy to welcome some new members, Donna Sinetar, Timothy Perry, and Robert Kleehammer.

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: March 2014



Tomorrow is the Ides of March, so we must all beware of the evils that might befall us. Like finding that our bees did not survive the horribly cold winter. Nothing more devastating than opening the hive to see all those poor frozen bees. Now I start all over again, again!
March is the deadline for DUES! In an effort to get the LIBC membership list properly updated, if you have not paid your dues for 2014 this will be your last newsletter. We will remove your name from our email and snail-mail database . So if you want to remain in touch with your fellow beekeepers and our excellent program planned for this year please get your dues paid by the end of March.
Did you know that St. Valentine is the patron saint of beekeepers? Show honey bees and their keepers some love today. Start planning your pollinator garden for the spring! from Kim Eierman at EcoBeneficial!

Welcome to the new members: Linda Weed, Roy Baillard, Barbara Curtis, Mark Leuly, David Anderson, and thanks to the 16 members who renewed their membership this month.



IT’S TIME FOR YOUR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

LIBC memberships run from January 1 to December 31. All memberships should be renewed annually within the first two months of the year. Membership forms are at each monthly meeting’s greeting table. Cash and checks (written to LIBC or Long Island Beekeepers Club) are accepted at meetings or checks can be sent via snail mail to our membership secretary, whose address is noted at the bottom of this message, or through PAYPAL.

Your paid annual membership is an invaluable support to the beekeeping community. Funds go toward speaker fees, LIBC’s wonderful library materials, and operating costs. Our monthly meetings are open to anyone who wishes to come, and our Beelines newsletter is emailed to anyone who signs up to receive it. LIBC embraces everyone interested in supporting the health of honeybees and broadening knowledge about their value and the need for their gentle care.

Above and beyond these valuable activities, your membership benefits include:
● LIBC Library — Materials are lent for a period of one month, from one meeting to the next.
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●LIBC Yahoo Group Access.
● Discounts for Beekeeping Periodicals — Bee Culture and American Bee Journal.

We will be preparing a membership directory. If you DO NOT want your name listed in the directory please indicate that on a note with your membership checks.

If you DO NOT want your name listed as INACTIVE please send in your dues by March 1, 2014.

Of course to avoid a big long line and waiting at the meeting, please feel free to mail your check, or at least have the check written or have correct change of $35 ready. Thank you.

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: February 2014



Another great meeting with a wonderful presentation. Landi sent us a copy of her formulas for her great cream, lotion bars and lip balms. Look for them on our club website. These are the same ones I’ve been using with great success. Give us something to do while we wait for the snow to melt!
At the last board meeting it was decided that the Swarm List will be removed from the newsletter and be kept on the website. Only members in good standing will be included on the swarm list, so if you want your name to remain on that list please make sure you have paid your dues for 2014.
Please remember to let us know if you want your name included in the member directory that we are getting together. It will NOT be put on the website, but be given to members only for their information.
We welcome the new members that joined at the last meeting, Michale Attanasio, Bob Moire, James Pfister, Diane Coglietta, Patricia Hafen,Sara Shepherd, Mary Ann Lento and Joseph Matza,

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: January 2014


IT’S TIME FOR YOUR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
LIBC memberships run from January 1 to December 31. All memberships should be renewed annually within the first two months of the year. Membership forms are at each monthly meeting’s greeting table. Cash and checks (written to LIBC or Long Island Beekeepers Club) are accepted at meetings or checks can be sent via snail mail to our membership secretary, whose address is noted at the bottom of this message, or through PAYPAL.

Your paid annual membership is an invaluable support to the beekeeping community. Funds go toward speaker fees, LIBC’s wonderful library materials, and operating costs. Our monthly meetings are open to anyone who wishes to come, and our Beelines newsletter is emailed to anyone who signs up to receive it. LIBC embraces everyone interested in supporting the health of honeybees and broadening knowledge about their value and the need for their gentle care.

Above and beyond these valuable activities, your membership benefits include:
● LIBC Library — Materials are lent for a period of one month, from one meeting to the next.
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●LIBC Yahoo Group Access.
● Discounts for Beekeeping Periodicals — Bee Culture and American Bee Journal.

We will be preparing a membership directory. If you DO NOT want your name listed in the directory please indicate that on a note with your membership checks.

If you DO NOT want your name listed as INACTIVE please send in your dues by March 1, 2014.

Of course to avoid a big long line and waiting at the meeting, please feel free to mail your check, or at least have the check written or have correct change of $35 ready .Thank you.

We welcome new members this month, Tom Tyrrell, Graheme Williams, and Bruce Roberg, Christopher Kelly, Ligia Santos, Matthew Juvet, Jeffrey Hollman, and George Hohenstein.

Your continued support will give the club the opportunity to move forward with educational programs, the cost of printing and mailing newsletters and other mailings, guest speakers and other endeavors that make our club the long-lived organization that it is.

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: December 2013


Our Holiday Party was a great success as usual, lots of great talk and food, wonderful grab bag gifts, raffles and door prizes and of course we ended with a rousing rendition of the “12 days of Beekeeping” led by Anna and Moira. It was wonderful seeing some members who have been not able to make regular meetings. Special recognition was made to Grace Mehl for making her apartment available to some of our guest speakers, greatly appreciated, Grace. We were very happy to announce Beekeeper of the Year 2013, Moira Alexander, in recognition of all her excellent work in bringing us such amazing programs this year and helping organize the great conference. Thank you again Moira, it is a much deserved award! Here are some photos thanks to Joan and Bill Mahoney.

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Moira Alexander, Beekeeper of the Year 2013. George has a great raffle gift to give out.

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Special thanks to Grace for her help. This table had lots of winners!

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Joan calling out Door Prize Numbers. Here were more lucky winners

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Anna organizing the sing-a-long. Everyone sings “Five Stinging Bees!!”

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: November 2013


Here are a few pictures from the Long Island Honeybee Conference at St. John’s University.

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Moira and Ray getting everyone in the right place at the right time!

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Setting up the Registration Table, expecting 110 beekeepers to the conference!

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It’s hard to decide where to put your raffle tickets when there are so many great prizes to choose from!


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Please send text and pictures to the editor of Beelines at this email address:
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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: October 2013



I had a lovely time watching honeybees working a shrub at my local bank yesterday and shot a few nice photos. But I didn’t recognize the plant so I stopped at my nursery to find out what it was and if it was suitable to plant in my apiary. Turns out it was a Cherry Laurel, blooming unseasonably. Knowing that its relative Mountain Laurel can produce toxic honey I contacted our Master Gardener Juergen Jaenicke who promptly responded with information regarding the toxic values of this attractive ornamental plant. Sadly I will not risk putting this bush into my apiary, but hope my honeybees are getting some much needed nectar and pollen from the local bank landscaping.

Again I am so happy to report the well attended meeting last month, great meeting with Dr. Tom Seeley.

We welcome new members Mary & Michael Amrosio, Shawn Meaney, Carrie Davis, and Risa Gold.

Was anyone at the Smithhaven Mall this past weekend? A neighbor was there and saw a rally on Save The Bees! There were posters regarding GMO’s but she didn’t have time to get any more info and I didn’t see anything on the local media. Curious who sponsored the event. Wish we knew about it to support it.

I will have a membership spot set up at the conference for anyone who needs to pay their dues in time for the Honey Judging Contest on October 27 so bring your check books or plenty of cash! There will be raffles as well for you to take chances on, lots of wonderful gifts that have been donated by generous members. Hope to see you at the conference and don’t forget to bring your honey and bee related items for the honey judging contest and bee swap! A busy month for LIBC!

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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: September 2013



Our last meeting was filled with interested beekeepers learning about topbar hives. It certainly gave me some food for thought. I will have to do some research this winter as I think how much harder it is to lift those supers. Thanks to good friends who helped me when I came back from my vacation with a bad asthma attack and couldn’t breathe. I had help pulling my honey and extracting it and I will be forever grateful. This was my best season in a long time and now I just have to finish bottling the lovely golden treasure. Welcome to new members Paul Romanelli, Ann Osborn, James Xikis, Michael O’Neill, Joseph Gallo, Gerald Raffa, Paul Panebianco and Mariane Dayton, and I. Abdullah
The information for the Honey Judging Contest is in this month's issue of the newsletter. Please remember if you are not a member in good standing you must pay your dues before the contest in order to enter your honey for competition. Don’t be disappointed at the last minute. Pay now for 2013!!!

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: August 2013




I had a lovely vacation in Aruba, a wonderful island with beautiful blue water and tall palm trees blowing with warm trade winds. There were no mosquitoes or flies or any insects that I saw until my last day on the beach. I was sitting on the chair getting ready to go back to my villa and putting on my shoes when suddenly out of nowhere a HONEYBEE landed on my leg! All I could do was look at her and think it was Clifford checking up on me!! She flew off into the blue and I didn’t see any bees on any of the flowers anywhere. Strange!!!


Letters to the Editor:

Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2013 06:44:02 -0700
From: randy oliver
Subject: Re: Time Magazine COVER story - A World Without Bees

Such doom and gloom would have been appropriate in 2008, but by now, it
just shows how far behind the times "Time" has become.

Yes, the article disappointed me. I was interviewed by the author (a
senior editor) for nearly an hour, an stressed the point that I hoped that
he could be the one who could finally write an objective practical article
that went beyond parroting popular fears. He was given the actual facts
about bees hardly being in danger of extinction, the vast differences
between the issues facing hobbyists vs commercial beekeepers, etc. In
reading the final product, I can see that he followed the usual media
method of thinking that in order to produce a "balanced" article that one
must give credence to each and everry extreme or misinformed view, rather
than making the effort to truly investigate a subject deeply and come up
with an independent accurate assessment.

And thanks for the info on the bubble apparently bursting in the UK. I
continually ask the bee equipment supplier about sales, wondering when this
is going to happen in the U.S.
--
Randy Oliver
Grass Valley, CA
www.ScientificBeekeeping.comJennifer Berry
presented by
Susquehanna Beekeepers Association &
Southern Tier Beekeepers
"What is Natural Beekeeping?
Practical tips on keeping bees alive in today's world"
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Cornell Cooperative Extension Auditorium, 840 Upper Front St. Binghamton

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: July 2013



Last month I told you about a little girl who was afraid of bees. Well, thanks to Robin Blakely and her loan of a child’s bee suit I have a great ending to that story. Jillian, age 6, and her mother Karen came to visit me on July 4. First we went into my garage were we chatted about the books she had read about bees. I showed her some of my bee photos and then we donned our bee suits. We then went into the back yard at the furthest point from the hives. She could see the bees flying and we talked about the flight pattern and the bees going to the flowers for nectar and pollen and water. I told her we could walk closer as soon as she felt comfortable and soon she lead the way until we were just a few feet away from the hives. She remained really calm and interested and said that she would like to come back another time and see the inside of the hive. A few days later my grandson Adam, 8 years old, came to visit and had his first visit to the inside of the hive. Here are photos of Jillian and Adam maybe two future beekeepers!.


Jillian and Karen


Adam and Grandma Conni

We had a great meeting with Dr. Tew and our run of new memberships continues. Welcome to our new members Marie Page, Eugene O’Neil, Brad Learmonth, Virginia M. Hoge, Bhavani & Joe Jaroff, Joanne & Jim Healy, Marita & James McCrea, Frank Keen, Marsha Greenman, Glenn Aldridge, Nick Corleto, Claudia Vogel, Steven Cecchini, & Clifford Ohmberger.


Our June meeting, Dr. James Tew

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: June 2013



I received an interesting phone call the other day from my local librarian. Since I had done an exhibit at the library of bee related items several times, she was very aware of my hobby. A woman came into the library and checked out a number of childrens’s books on bees and began a conversation with the librarian about her daughter’s extreme fear of bees. She was hoping that reading the books would help to educate her on the importance of bees in our environment and overcome this fear. The librarian called me to see if I would speak to this mother and see if I could help the situation. We had a pleasant chat and after she has read the books to her child we are planning a visit to my apiary. We will start with a walk around my garden, looking at the flowers and then go to the backyard where we can see the hives from a distance. Depending on her willingness we will approach a little closer so she can see the bees coming and going. I wish I had a children’s bee suit that she can wear, but at least I can show her an empty frame and talk to her about the parts of the hive. Hopefully it will gradually help to overcome this extreme phobia and make her comfortable around our wonderful important friends, the honey bees. I’ll keep you posted on my success. (If anyone has a child’s suit that I can borrow, please let me know).
More new members have joined us, welcome Rachel Stephens, Robert Fabiano.

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Letters to the Editor

I attended one of the advance screenings of this film, yesterday, at the Film Forum in Manhattan. I give it two thumbs up.

The cinematography was outstanding, and I can recommend the movie for that reason alone. It felt like we had a bee's-eye view inside the hive and out, in the life of a honey bee. Even the human scale scenes were of the highest visual quality, from the Austrian Alps, to the peach orchards in China, the almond groves of California and the rocky peaks of Australia.

But the movie is not without a story line. I felt that it was a most comprehensive review of most of the current issues surrounding honey bees in today's world, including; migrant beekeepers, colony collapse and Africanized bees.

This movie will appeal to non-beekeepers and beekeepers alike. We'll be talking about it for years to come.

Carl Flatow

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: May 2013



I hived my two nucs successefully and checked them several days later to see if they needed more sugar syrup. They had not taken down much syrup and have been flying well. Looking through the frames in the first hive I spotted the queen even before I saw her white dot. I have been a beekeeper for over thirty years, and I am still surprised at the thrill I get when I see the queen as she quickly moves over the frames into the darker corner of her hive with her retinue following her. Hive two was not as successful in locating queen or eggs and there had been some queen cells when I received it. Today was the day I was supposed to go back to check again, but of course it is raining. I hope tomorrow clears up so I can make sure I have a queen and everything is in order. I also need to make sure they have enough syrup since we had these few cooler days.

Our meeting was another fine group with several new members. We welcome Stephen Halliday, Mark Pueschel, Dai Dayton,

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: April 2013



Our March meeting was a record breaker. Between the Beekeeping 101 class and the regular meeting and annual meeting we had many people coming and going, but it seems the head count exceeded 100! What a great accomplishment for our club and heads of our committees and fellow beekeepers to see the growth of this long-lived organization.

There was a line of members to pay their dues and to date we have 130 paid members and many more on the mailing list who have not yet paid. Please send in your dues as soon as possible, it is making these great programs available to you and we have lots of great things in store this year.

We welcome new members Irina Potapova, James Purtee, Maria Hoffman, Don Pelchuck, Lasha Tartarashvili, Thomas Hancock, Steve Chapey, Walter Doroski Jr., Suzanne Cahill, Jo Rambo, and Adolf Koenig to our club. And if anyone knows Judith Landry please have her contact me. She paid dues but I did not receive an information sheet and cannot send her the newsletter since I do not have her email.

I am looking forward to getting my bees this weekend. It is sad not to see anyone flying, so I have sugar syrup ready and waiting, and my flowering quince is all in bloom in anticipation.

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: March 2013



We missed having a February meeting, so hope to see you all this month. The NEWBEES will have an opportunity to get some extra information by coming early for instruction by one of the Master Beekeepers. A refresher for anyone else is welcome too. Hopefully the rest of us are checking our equipment, feeding if needed, and planning for a wonderful Spring.
We welcome three new members, Robin Blakely, Nowell Baptiste, and Timothy Cerniglia Jr. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Please Pay Your Dues
Your continued support will give the club the opportunity to move forward with educational programs, the cost of printing and mailing newsletters and other mailings, guest speakers and other endeavors that make our club the long-lived organization that it is.
Annual dues are $35. Please send a check to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, payable to LIBC, use
PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.

Letters to the Editors:

Dear LIBC members
Something very bad happened to our bees that I would like to share with you. One of my medical students, who started beekeeping last year with 2 hives on Sands Point, talked to me this week about some very dark combs on one of his hives that had died. Having not seen it, I told it was probably wax darkening that normally happens, Then, as I looked yesterday through the 3 Hofstra hives, those colonies had also died; my hands become covered in a black deposit that was all over the lower combs. Not normal. Not only that, my eyes felt irritated that night and I was looking around for the source. Nobody else was experiencing it. This could be scary. Same story for our 5 hives on City Island that had died. We thought it was a black mould. Could be that Sandy blew in some really bad stuff that killed all of these colonies. Question is, if so, what else might those “purported” toxins have affected and where did they come from? I am getting samples of this “black stuff” from the different locales and will have them analyzed…..any thoughts on this… HPLC maybe? When the new packages come in maybe I should get rid of all the lower frames with the black deposit on them. Anybody else experience this? Lets discuss.

Regard, Patrick & Nancy

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: February 2013



What a great meeting we had last month! Standing room only with 83 members in attendance. The panel discussion of four of our Master Beekeepers was lively as was the discussion which followed. When you get four Masters together you get at least 10 different opinions. Add new beekeepers and seasoned beekeepers it made for an interesting meeting. As always the refreshments were delicious. Thank you for all who brought the tasty treats. The swap and sale had some interesting items. Hopefully that will be an ongoing event.

There was a lovely long line to pay dues at the meeting, 30 members are now in good standing. And we welcome these new members with their families: Robert K. Walz, Irina Potapova, James Purtee, Maria Hoffman, Don Pelchuck, Judith Andry, Matthew Oleanik, and David & Phyllis Stein. That leaves the other half of our members who have to pay their dues yet. Please send them to me as soon as possible to avoid waiting in line. Thanks.

Please Pay Your Dues
Your continued support will give the club the opportunity to move forward with educational programs, the cost of printing and mailing newsletters and other mailings, guest speakers and other endeavors that make our club the long-lived organization that it is.
Annual dues are $35. Please send a check to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, payable to LIBC, use
PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: January 2013



Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all are ready for the busy year we have planned for you. This is the time to get your equipment in good shape and plan for Spring. With the lovely weather we are having maybe it will be here before we know it. I may be warm enough for me to check my ladies tomorrow. I would like to be able to give them another batch of syrup if they need it.
The recent edition of the American Bee Journal has a great article on the Super Storm Sandy and how it affected the Northeast. There are some quotes from our members and a photo also. If you do not subscribe to this good journal and would like to see me for a coupon for a discounted price for members of LIBC.
We welcome new members Veronica Sayers, Bette Lou Fletcher, Joanne Pitfick, Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann and thanks to the members who have already sent in their renewals.
Don’t forget that January 2013 your dues are due. Please try to mail them early so we can avoid the long line we had last year.

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: December 2012



We are looking forward to our Holiday Party. Please remember that we usually have a grab bag of bee related gifts valued up to $20. There will also be a raffle for a gift basket and some great door prizes. This is a wonderful time for meeting and talking and having fun with fellow beekeepers in a relaxed setting with lots of good food. Please let me know as soon as possible if you plan to attend.

We are sorry to tell you that Moira Alexander has suffered another loss. Her brother died suddenly so please keep Moira in your thoughts and prayers as she and her family go through another difficult time.

Another member of our club that needs our good wishes is Pete Bizzoso as he prepares for knee surgery. We hope to see you jumping around in good shape soon Pete!

I don’t have the full schedule for the club for 2013 but our January meeting should be exceptional. We will have a panel discussion with four Master Beekeepers presenting and then a question and answer period. It should be a lively and interesting program so mark you calendars.

Don’t forget that January 2013 your dues will be due. Please try to mail them early so we can avoid the long line we had last year.

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: November 2012




Here is the birthday cake my niece Mandy made for me for my birthday this month. The queen bee on top is wearing a crown! My kids surprised me with a lovely party and it was wonderful to have my whole family together for this milestone celebration.

Our honey judging contest last month was a great success. We had many good entries. Eleanor Bizzoso won Best in Show with an excellent frame of capped honey.

We welcome new members to the club: Deborah Klughers and Joseph Cass.

I received several phone calls, one from Pat Bono of Empire State Beekeepers Association regarding a call she received from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and another from Mary Weaver of the American Bee Journal. Both of these calls were to inquire about the condition of the bees on Long Island after Hurricane Sandy. I received back about a dozen replies. Most of the replies were from Suffolk beekeepers who did not suffer much damage to their hives. I heard from Wally Blohm about a beekeeper on the East End, not a member of the club, who had some hives “float away”.

I haven’t heard from many people in Nassau, but some of the people I called still had no electricity or inter-net service. I did receive a copy of the Ulster County Beekeepers newsletter and they listed a great deal of damage to the NYC bee hives. I also learned that the Pennsylvania Beekeepers have volunteered to assist those beekeepers in New Jersey who have suffered major losses. If you know anyone in the club who has had significant damage please let me know so we can inform the Senator and also Mary Weaver for her article. Also if there is a need hopefully someone will be able to assist in whatever way possible.

Did any of you have trouble with the gas shortage? I was almost out of gas and the lines were miles long so I just went out to my hives and whispered to my girls about my problem. The next thing you knew there was a swarm of bees around the gas tank of my car and it was being filled with ………………..BP! (Ha Ha)

Don’t forget to bring samples of your Mead to this month’s meeting. We can have a Mead tasting. Also if you have a copy of Beekeeping for Dummies, Howland will be happy to autograph them for you.

Moira is working diligently on the Holiday Party. Please send your checks to her as listed below.

Don’t forget the grab bag gift, bee related theme, limit $20. Also if you have any bee items that you would like to donate to a gift basket raffle that Moira is putting together please bring it to this months meeting.


Here is the recipe for my Blue Ribbon Honey Truffles.
1 pkg Honey Maid Grahams crushed in food processor
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoonfuls honey
1 pkg Candy Melts, White Chocolate
Honey
Mix crushed honey grahams with softened cream cheese and 2 tsp honey. Form into small balls using small meatball scoop. Place on wax paper lined cookie sheet and freeze for about 1 hour.
Melt white chocolate or candy melts. Dip cookie-cream cheese balls into chocolate until covered and place on wax paper lined cookie sheet.
Drizzle with honey.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Enjoy!


Judge Ray Lackey hard at work with his assistant Ginny.


Honey Judging Entries with their Ribbons

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: October 2012


This has been a busy month for the club for our education and outreach and lots of fun. We sponsored booths at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration and spoke to many school groups and families. There was also a honey judging contest and ribbons and dollar prizes were awarded. We were also represented at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum the Columbus Day weekend and also at the fair at Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center Fall Wildlife Festival at Jones Beach . We handed out the LIBC leaflet and lots of literature from the National Honey Board, answered many questions and of course the observation hive is always a huge success. Maybe we will find some new beekeepers at our next meetings.


Moira, Andrew, Conni, Grace at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.



Bayard Cutting Arboretum