Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bee School Session 2...

Hampden County Beekeepers Bee School January 2013

When: Thursday, January 24th at 7pm

Where:  Willimanset Heights Improvement League (WHIL)
118 Mount Vernon Rd.
Chicopee, MA 01013

This will be our second session of bee school for 2013.

HCBA Members Tom Flebotte and Lee Duquette will cover the topics of PROTECTIVE CLOTHING and HIVE ASSEMBLY.  Hammers are optional!    

All members are welcome to attend. 

Our last bee-school break was a huge success thanks to everyone who brought something!  Those who would like to are again invited to bring a snack to share. 

Bee well!
Jessica Martin
HCBA Secretary
(860) 978-5388

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2013 Bee School Agenda...



The 2013 beekeepers school will be held at the Willimanset Heights Improvement League (WHIL) 118 Mount Vernon Road, Chicopee, MA, 01013 from 7 – 9 on two Thursday evenings each month, beginning January 10, 2013.  Please arrive before 7:00 p.m.  Class starts promptly at 7:00.

January 10

Introduction to Hampden County Beekeepers Association

                                              Speaker: Jim Stefanik - President

Topic 1 & 2

Introduction to Beekeeping

                                              Speaker: Ken Warchol

January 24

Topic 1

Protective Clothing              Speaker: Lee Duquette / Tom Flebotte

Chapter 3
Topic 2
Hive Assembly Workshop – Bring a Hammer

                                              Speakers: Lee Duquette/Tom Flebotte

February 7

Topic 1

Sources of Bees

Chapter 4

                                              Speaker:  Tom Flebotte

Topic 2

Installing Bees

                                              Speaker: Tom Flebotte

February 21

Topic 1

Dynamics of the Hive

Chapter 2

                                              Speaker: Ken Warchol

Topic 2

Queens & Swarms

                                              Speaker: Ken Warchol

March 7

Topic 1

Spring & Summer Management

Chapter 5 & 8

                                              Speaker:  Jeff Rys

Topic 2

Bears & Other Invaders


March 21

Topic 1

Challenges of Beekeeping

Chapter 8

                                              Speaker: Ken Warchol

April 11

Topic 1

Fall & Winter Management

Chapter 6 & 7

                                              Speaker: Jeff Rys

Extracting Honey

                                              Speaker: Jeff Rys

April 25

Topic 1

Beeswax Products & First Aid

                                              Speaker: Tom Flebotte & Kim Dermeski

Topic 2
Question and Answers, Certificates and Raffle

                                            Speaker: Jim Stefanik

Outdoor Workshop: Date and Location to be announced

In case of snow call: Jim Stefanik @ 413-786-1790 OR Jessica Martin 860-978-5388

Jim Stefanik
Vice President:
Jeff Rys

Jessica Martin
Cheryl Robare

Mike Koleczek
Tom Flebotte
Mark Ditzner

Fair Directors:
Tom Flebotte
Jim Stefanik
Don Mayou


DIRECTIONS: 118 Mount Vernon Road

From Route 91 Take I-391 toward Chicopee
Merge onto MA-141 /Grattan Street via Exit 4
Turn Left onto Rolf Avenue
Turn Left onto Dale Street
Turn left onto Mount Vernon Road
#118 is on the right hand side apx 1 mile can also assist you in your driving directions.