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ACBA regular meeting

October 10, 2019

* Greetings, and happy October!

* The featured speaker at the Thursday, October 10th meeting is Greg Fariss, NC Apiary Inspector for our area. Greg has spoken to our group several times, and while his presentation typically focuses on pests and diseases, he’s always been open to answer questions related to other matters.

* Hope to see you at the County Extension Office - meetings are held at the Ashe County Agricultural Center Office, located at 134 Government Center Drive, Jefferson, NC...meetings begin at 7 PM, but food (pizza and Maggie’s delicious treats) and good company are available at @ 6:30 PM :)

Other Notes:

* Dues for 2020 will be taken Thursday, so if you’d like to get that out of the way, Liam will be happy to oblige. Dues remain the same: Individual - $10, Family - $15.

* Incredible as it seems, this will be our final regular meeting of the year!!! Our annual end-of-the-year potluck dinner will be held next month (November 14), so mark the date! More info will be provided over the next few weeks.

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3rd Annual Mite-a-Thon

September 7-21, 2019

* It's still not to late to participate in the 3rd Annual Mite-a-Thon.

* Open the link for all the particulars and JOIN THE COUNT!

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Posts from Catch The Buzz – Bee Culture for 09/09/2019

Kim Flottum | Bee Culture

This is a post that was forwarded for all beekeepers information and, hopefully, utilization...check it out!!

* The resulting varroa mite information will be published as described here.

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Honey Meth??

Good Grief1

* See an article about an unfortunate traveler and the aftermath of his trying to bring honey via the BWI airport.

* Travelers beware!

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Doug Hart Request

August 14, 2019

* Doug is in need of a dehumidifier to dry out some uncapped frames of honey.

* Is there anyone in our ACBA that could loan one to Doug for a few days? Thanks!

* Contact Doug at 954-682-3848 (C) or 828-386-1398 (H) or send him a message, e-mail =

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September 7-14, 2019

* Open the below link to learn more about the "Miteathon" being held on the website...

Log into the site to join the event...

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ACBA regular meeting September 12, 2019

ACBA regular meeting

September 12, 2019

* The September regular meeting of the ACBA will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

* Here are some of the particulars:

- We had a fun time with Randy and his lesson on extracting last month! He put a few members to work practicing their extracting skills, including visitor Joel, the good-natured son of our president, Ken.

- Jim Rash will be the featured speaker at the meeting Thursday, and you won’t want to miss it! He’ll cover beekeeping month by month - what’s going on with the bees each month, and what we need to be doing. With winter approaching, this is particularly timely.

- Speaking of what the bees are doing now, Randy was called to get a swarm yesterday, and he did a split. First time for either (for him, anyway) in September.

- First time happening for me was a lulu of a sting in the temple a couple of weeks ago. I apparently unwittingly walked smack dab in the path of a 'girl on a mission' who had built up so much momentum, the stinger was buried deeper than usual. I don’t know if that set off the systemic reaction or not, but when the crazy itching and red rash appeared on my arms and trunk, I landed in the ER, where I received the works and orders to get an Epi-pen. The nurse in charge relayed an incident with another woman with a ‘reaction’ who also had no trouble breathing, but by the time she was whisked to the exam room, they feared they might have to intubate her.

- Meanwhile, our visiting daughter missed out on the hurricane excitement in Charleston but was stung in the upper eyelid while standing in what she thought was a relatively safe zone. She didn’t have a systemic reaction, thank goodness, but the time spent trying to get the/a bee out of her hair delayed the removal of the stinger about a minute. She decided the hurricane would have been preferable.

- Meanwhile, Part 2, one of our members, Shelia, reported that her son had been stung a few times on the hand while helping work in the hives and also had a bad reaction. Benadryl was sufficient for him this time, but they’ll be on the alert for a potential next sting.

- If you haven’t subscribed to Bee Culture it’s loaded with info! This looks like it might be a particularly enticing article, so check it out!

- The Autumn Leaf Festival will be held at the Museum of Ashe County History on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10-2. If you have something bee- and/or honey-related (or maybe even something else?), please come out! We’ll have a table or two (or three) set up with honey, products made with beeswax, etc., in the ‘bee’ section, and we’ve always had plenty of room for expansion :) There is no fee for participating in this festival, which has always been fun, and you keep all of the proceeds from what you sell. If you haven’t had a chance to take a peek inside the museum, this is a great opportunity to see what an incredible museum we have. Click here to learn more about the festival, but ignore the date in the link - it’s outdated! If you don’t have anything to show and/or sell but would like to come help, PLEASE DO! It’s great fun to meet folks, and the 4 hours pass quickly. For more info, contact me via email or phone (336-982-8289).

- Besides all the eggs Teri Goodman has graciously brought to the past few meetings for door prizes, Doug Ehrhardt brought a bag full of hive tools and other treasures to hand out as door prizes. Everyone should win SOMEthing this time - a bonus reason for coming!

* Meetings are always held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Ashe County Agricultural Center Office located at 134 Government Center Drive in Jefferson, NC (click here to open a map, if needed).

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