* The last regular meeting of the ACBA will be on November 9, 2017 and will be our annual pot luck dinner. Also, we'll be holding an election for at least one board member as Doug Galloway has been elected as President of the Caldwall Beekeepers Association (congratulations Doug!) We'll be sending out notifications for the pot luck dinner for replies on what each person can bring, but NO ONE has ever left the meeting hungry!
* If there is anyone willing to step up and help out with any position, please don't hesitate to speak up...we have a strong board and maybe there is a need for new faces/new direction. The board usually meets in February to line up the year's activities, but otherwise the meetings are done via e-mail. If you have questions about the board, duties, etc., don't hesitate to ask any of the current officers or board members.
* This month's meeting will be held at the Ashe County Agricultural Center Office, located at 134 Government Center Drive in Jefferson, NC.
March 9 - Randy Baldwin will talk about nucs (Door Prize - "Harry B Healthy" made by Maggie McClelland
April 13 - B. Townes, President, Wilkes Bee group, will tak on foragng (Door prize - 1-2 bee-friendly plants potted by Maggie McClelland).
May 11 - Bob Cole wil discuss Swarms: How to manage the capture and use them (Door prize - book from Bob Coles, "First Lessons in Beekeeping"
June 8 - Greg Fariss, NC State Apiary Inspection and E.A.S. Master Beekeeper will speak on pests and diseases.
July 13 - Jime Miles will talk about queen rearing (the old fashioned way) with two hands-on classes at Baldwin bee yard (small fee)
(Saturday - dates to be determined - queen rearing classes at the Baldwin bee yard. Dates dependant on availability of queen cells and the weather.
August 10 - Doug Galloway will speak on treatments for hive health (Door prize - grease patties)
September 7 - discussion on making stuff (recipes/demonstrations if possible) by Maggie McClelland, Helen Baldwin and Joy Lewis. (Door prize - lotion bars, candle, healing salve, etc.)
October 12 - Greg Fariss to speak on winter prep.
November 9 - end of the year potluck dinner and elections.
Parties in Watauga interested in beekeeping, the Allegheny bee group's evening meetings have been changed to the second Tuesday of the month, beginning in March.