Mark your calendars for the 7:00 P.M. January WSBA meeting at
Stedman's Bee Supplies in Silverdale, WA. All are welcome.
Highlights of the 2016 Christmas Party
Past President Frank Wilson announces Elizabeth Bianchi as the 2016 Beekeeper of the Year.
Mrs. Stedman was honored for her many years of beekeeping support.
The 2016 WSBA Christmas potluck dinner was a fun time of sharing. Thanks to all who attended and participated.
Frank Wilson presenting Brenda Smith with a "Bee the Difference" pin in appreciation for her educational contributions to the beekeeping community.
Our condolences to Ted Gill and Brandy Williams on the the loss of Ted's mother.
Our best wishes and hope for back pain relief and healing to Jason Deal.
Our hopes and prayers that our colonies will survive this very cold winter and multiply in the spring.
This photograph is of the Vermont Queen that Brenda Smith has in her Green Hive, taken October 2016 when the hive was bubbling with bees. Brenda says that her queen is worth every penny of the forty dollar purchase as her plan is to split this hive in the spring to keep Vermont stock in her apiary. When Michael Palmer visited our group in October, he remembered Brenda had one of his queens and smiled as he said, "Oh yeah, she's a #58!" He really is passionate about his queens.
Charles Schaefer brought to our attention an excellent article in the December 2016 issue of American Bee Journal entitled, "The Australian SAP Beetle, Brachypeplus Basalis Erichson: A New Honey Bee Pest in America." While the article is too lengthy to reproduce here, it can be found online at http://americanbeejournal.com/december-2016/.
Glenn Cheney, Managing Editor of New London Librarium wrote:
"I’d like to let you and your beekeepers association know of a new book that should be of interest. The title is Dr. Jamoke’s Little Book of Hitherto Uncompiled Facts and Curiosity’s about Bees, by Hezekiah Jamoke.
The book walks a fine line between facts that beekeepers don’t know yet would be of interest to people who know little about bees. It goes into biology, religion, history, myths, health, etymology, geography, environment, beekeeping, and a variety of other areas that range from serious to silly. It’s the only book where you can find out what animal uses tools to harvest honey, how many full beehives equal the weight of the space shuttle, who uses tubular beehives, and how the Greek goddess of bees relates to the Spanish word for honey. It also has a detailed explanation of how to install queens, which should be of interest to new beekeepers."
You can download an excerpt from the book atNLLibrarium.com/bees. The list price is $9.95, but Amazon is offering it for only $7.00.
Education is a key ingredient to our club's success. Here is our own Brenda Smith at Pinecrest Elementary School last spring teaching first graders about honeybees. Hats (and hoods) off to Brenda!
A young man showed up to work for the old beekeeper. First day on the job, the beekeeper says, "Paint all those bee hives." The young man looks at all the work and says "You don't seem to realize that I have a College Education." The old beekeeper thinks for a moment and says, "I'm sorry, I'll show you how to hold the paint brush."