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Hello to All,

Even though the groundhog saw his shadow, we are within six weeks of spring and certainly you will be into your colonies at least to check on them even before that.  For now though we are confined to ordering new equipment, repairing old, and reading, reading, reading.

First let me remind you of the coming meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 19.  As you remember, we meet at the Good Zoo in Oglebay at 7:00 pm.  Our speaker will be our own Annette Gantz, describing her first year as a beekeeper.  We expect to have several individuals who will be taking the Novice Beekeeping Program as our guests at the meeting, and I’m sure Annette will have much to offer to them.  In addition, I hope that those of us with some experience will be on hand to answer questions and offer advise. Remember, 2015 dues are due in February.  Also, please remember that if the weather is inclement, we work off of the schedule for Wheeling Park High School.  If class is cancelled for the school that day due to the weather, our meeting is also cancelled.

The Novice Beekeeping Class has not yet been filled, and if you know of anyone who would be interested in taking class, please pass on the information.  In addition, please invite any guests to attend the February meeting.

I realize that it is early in the year to define your losses, but we are forced to order bees as early as possible.  To do so, I ask you to survey your needs and bring your orders to the February meeting.  The nucs have been sold out, but we do have access to the same packages as last year.  As you remember, they proved to be very health and quickly built up strong colonies.  Packages will again be id="mce_marker"25, but I MUST KNOW BY THE FEBRUARY MEETING WHAT YOUR ORDER IS.   Unfortunately, I cannot promise anything after that meeting.  If you can’t make the meeting, please call or write to me (304-242-9867 or  As Mama always said, “he who hesitates is in deep dodo”.  Mama was always right!!

The club hats are in and I think you will be pleased with them.  The bee logo is large and easily recognized.  Now people with quickly realize that the proud owner of the hat is nuts.

If you are looking for a course to take this spring, the Western PA Beekeeping Seminar is offered February 13-14 at Cranberry, PA. (  The Tri-County Beekeepers Association will offer their spring program March 6-7 at Wooster, Ohio.  Information can be found at

Well, that’s all that is on my list, so try not to get too excited about visiting into your colonies again and I look forward to seeing all of you in February.