Clinch Valley Bee Club
The goal of the Clinch Valley Beekeepers Association is to attract people into beekeeping and to educate the public about bees for the ultimate benefit to our environment.
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The Bees. If the weather is good, the nectar flow may continue this month. On hot and humid nights, you may see a huge curtain of bees cooling themselves on the exterior of the hive.The Beekeeper. Continue inspections to assure the health of your colony. Add more honey supers if needed. Keep your fingers crossed in anticipation of a great honey harvest.
Get Ready for Summer
Tom Ramey obtained seed packets of "bee friendly" flowers earlier this year. The remaining inventory is now on sale at a reduced price. A collection containing 8 seed packets with different flowers in each envelope is available for only $3.00. Buy some for yourself or as a gift.Let your neighbors know important they are to our bees.
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The featured speaker at the February 2013 CVBA meeting was Wayne Yates of Bloomingdale Apiary, who spoke about his queen bee breeding operation. Wayne is a certified master beekeeper, a state bee inspector and a Tennessee queen breeder. His goal is to breed queens that are locally adapted to improve bee colony hardiness to climate, pests and diseases in East Tennessee. Queens that are at least 42 days old sell for $15. Bloomingdale Apiary is located at 2238 Idle Hour Road in Kingsport TN. For more information, contact Wayne at (423) 288-6536 or (423) 302-7901 (cell).
CVBA PICNIC FRIDAY, July 18 - 7:00 PM
Lots of food, fun and prizes!!!! There will be door prizes, bingo, a pie eating contest and more!!! Hamburgers and hot dogs and the trimming will be provided. Please, bring a side item, chips, desert etc. to share with everyone. Looking forward to seeing you ALL there!!!
CVBA holds regular monthly meetings at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Thursday of each month
Treadway Fire Department,
1851 Mountain Valley Hwy
Thorn Hill, Tennessee 37881
Mark Your Calendars! Upcoming Events
July 18: CVBA Picnic (Friday) 7:00
August 21: Dale Hinkle speaking
September 18: Howard Kerr speaking- Winterizing your bees
October 16: Joyce Capps speaking - Making Lip Balm AND Elections
November 20: Thanksgiving Dinner & Kathy Sailer- "Making Candles"
December 18: Christmas Party/dinner
SUPPORT THE CLUB
2014 Beekeeping Calendars
Our one-of-a-kind CVBA 2014 beekeeping calendars are now available for a bargain price of $5 each. They are full of wonderful pictures and key things to watch for each month with your bees. Thanks to everyone who provided photos!
2015 Beekeeping Calendars
Tom Ramie will have Honey Mix Seed Packages from Roundstone Seed Company for sale. They are $2.50 per pack and will sew a 15 x 15 plot.
T-Shirts and Hats
We have new T-shirts and Hats available for sale!
Pick up our wonderful cookbook with hundreds of recipes submitted by our members. It is a steal for $10!
Also, try the recipe of the month at each club meeting. Joyce Capps chooses a recipe each month to make and share with members.
Cleaning Frames? Save Your Slumgum!
As you clean up old frames and replace the foundation, remember to save your wax scraps for the club’s slumgum fundraiser project. Put the scraps in the barrel next to CVBA’s supply shed in the Treadway Fire Department parking lot. Once we accumulate enough, our slumgum contact will pick it up and pay the club for the privilege!
There is a list of members of the CVBA that have overdue books or DVD’s in this month's newsletter. Please try to remember and bring them to the next meeting so that others can enjoy them. Some of them are many months, even a year overdue, so it might be something that has long been forgotten and needs to be hunted down. If you have any questions regarding these, please call Lynda Eskola at 423-733-2017 or see her at the June meeting.
Also, if you have accidentally picked up the CVBA copy of “Two Million Blossoms” thinking it was your own, please return it to the library. We are missing the copy that the club purchased for loaning out. This book is one of our most popular and it would be a shame to lose it.
We are always open to any new ideas in organizing the library or book and DVD suggestions for purchase. Your input is greatly appreciated.
If you would like to use the club’s extraction equipment to collect your honey, you must have your hives inspected first. Ron Coleman will be willing to help anyone, just give him a call. (423-944-3230)