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April 2013 – January 2014

Apr
10
Wed
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ Brighton Agfinity Store
Apr 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Featuring Miles McGaughey, Boulder County Beekeepers Association president on making splits and nucs.

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May
18
Sat
Brighton Beekeepers Hive Inspection @ Apiary
May 18 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am

This Saturday, May 18, we’ll meet at the apiary at 8:00 a.m., inspect the hives, then sally over to Azadores (in the figure 8) for discussion and refreshment.  The apiary is located 15841 Riverdale Road.  Take Hwy 7 west out of Brighton; before climbing the first big hill (about 1/2 mile), turn left onto Riverdale Road; proceed about 1/4 mile.  The single-story white house with black shutters will be to the right.

The hives are accessible by crossing a horse pen, so please bring appropriate footwear.

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Jun
12
Wed
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ Brighton Agfinity Store
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Featuring Don Studinski, owner of Honeybee Keep and an Advisor to the Colorado State Beekeepers Association.

Don Studinski, beekeeper and entrepreneur, will discuss the sometimes controversial issue of smoking the bees with slides of splits using no smoke and using smoke. Two split techniques are covered: find the queen and don’t find the queen. Thetiming and motivation for splits is also covered in the context of living with varroa mites. Audience participation with questions is encouraged while time permits. We wrap up with topics including current local conditions, feeding and what’s happening in the beekeeping world today.
An enthusiastic promoter of permaculture techniques applied to the world of beekeeping, Don comes from the high-tech world of cubicles and computing.  After a BS in Computer Science from LSU, he immediately started a career with IBM.  A decade later, he completed a MS in Computer Information Systems and contributed to Avalon Imaging, StorageTek and McKesson where, as Director of Quality Assurance and Senior Project Manager, he decided to end his time in high-tech.
Don’s current focus is on honeybees that live.  They must live among all the challenges of our time and in our local climate. Don has written about beekeeping for Bee Culture magazine, Living Systems Institute and Pesticide Action Network. He offers a year-round beekeeping mentor program which involves on-line and in-person educational opportunities. Students participate locally and from around the USA.  You can find details about Don’s products, services, teaching programs and reference articles at his website, HoneybeeKeep.com.
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Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ Brighton Agfinity Store
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Our next meeting is Aug 14th  at 6:30 PM in the ACE meeting room.
Our speaker, David, a local Greeley beekeeper.  He will share his care and
management practices, as well as pest management and feeding.  Plus honey super management.
He will show us how to make the winter covers he has been using on his hives.

 

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Jan
8
Wed
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ Brighton Agfinity Store
Jan 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Brighton Bee Club Meeting on January 8, 2014, will again be held at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs conference room at Agfinity.  The featured speaker will be David Izaguirre, of Greeley.  David has a large apiary in Greeley, managing just under 100 hives.  His last presentation to us pertained to the insulating and winter feeding of the colonies for winter.  This month he’ll address spring buildup, feeding, splits, and other timely information for March and April.
In addition to preparing those of us who already have hives carrying over the winter, Mr. Izaguirre will offer a beginning beekeeping class on Saturday, February 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Agfinity’s upstairs room.  The fee is $20.00 per student, and a Subway lunch will be provided.  Even those of us who are old hands at beekeeping could probably use a refresher and pick up a couple new ideas.
January is the month to collect member’s dues.  Please have $20 cash or check available for David Brenton to collect.  The $20 dues covers each family, not each person, for the year – what a bargain!  Once collected, the club can forward to the CSBA its share of the dues, for membership with the state club.  Don’t hesitate!  Good things come in small packages, and this small membership fee certainly provides good things.
As her final offering to the club, former Treasurer Diana Heyneker presented the 2013 accounts, indicating a deposit of $860 from sale of honey this last fall.  With that input, the club’s ending balance was $1,085.00, with which the club can expand its apiary and purchase equipment to assist club members with beekeeping chores.  Some monies will go toward enticing excellent speakers and advertising efforts.  In retrospect, Brighton Bee Club is becoming a beneficial and recognized community entity.  Congratulations on giving the pollinators a well-deserved boost last year!
Keep up the momentum – we’ll see each other Wednesday night!
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