Join us at the  AABA meeting on Tuesday July 20   Join us to learn about Mission Beelieve,  followed by how to prepare a winning honey show entry.
The honey show season is up on us.  Learn tips and tricks on how to prepare wining honey show entries.  Our state fair is open this year, so are various county fairs.  Also the MSBA honey show is ON for this year.   Win some prize money.  
6:30 President Ryan Smith moderates Open Questions and Answers, a discussion of what we are seeing in our hives
7:00 Tristan Bannon and Monica Schmitt-Rutledge:  Mission Beelieve
Celebrating their first year in operation, Mission Beelieve is using beekeeping to help first responders and veterans.  Learn more about their organization and how you can help
7:30 Monica Schmitt-Rutledge:   How to have winning Honey Show Entries
Monica Schmitt co-founder and director of Mission Beelieve is also the vice president of the Carroll County Beekeepers Association.  She competed in the Extracted Honey Division (280 total entries) in the EAS Honey Show and won the Best in Show Silver Plate for her locust honey.  Monica will offer guidance on how to prepare your honey show entries for success
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Our next AABA meeting will be held on May 18th.

6:30 Q&A moderated by President Ryan Smith. This is an opportunity to ask your questions, and get inputs from fellow club members
7:00 Lessons learned from the MCBA Training Apiary, Maureen Jais-Mick
Maureen Jais-Mick, Manager of the Montgomery County Beekeepers Association Bee Yard, will speak on
“Lessons from the MCBA Training Apiary,” including the yard’s purposes, apiary beekeeping philosophy,
legal requirements, bee yard rules, and day-to-day management.
7:30 Beekeeping in Europe, Allan Storm
Storm will provide a discussion about beekeeping in Europe.  By late Middle Ages, beekeeping was well
established in Europe due to the demands for wax and candles by the church.  Almost every region had
its traditional form of housing for bees.  Some had hinged doors or open backs that could be covered until
time to remove honey.  He will also talk about some of the European regulations and how they manage
the threats of honey bee health, hive management, and honey quality control.

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Tuesday November 17
6:30 meeting open discussion begins, all welcome
7:00 Winter Feeding for Bees, Debbie Hewitt
7:30 Observing Honey Bees at Home  Frank Linton, EAS Masterbeekeeper

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Observing Honey Bees at Home
You cannot be a good beekeeper if you don’t know much about bees. And it is hard to learn much about bees when they are hidden away in an opaque wooden box in a far corner of the yard. What to do?

One possibility, one I learned a lot from, and recommend, is to keep a small colony in a glass hive in your house, an observation hive. I kept an observation hive in the room where I spent a lot of time, and every time their tone changed, I took a look.

I saw more in a year than many backyard beekeepers see in a lifetime. And every year is different. In this talk I will show you how to keep bees in an observation hive and provide several examples of the ‘learning opportunities’ that the bees gave me.

Frank Linton, Ed.D, retired artificial intelligence engineer, and Research Associate at Appalachian State U., has kept honey bees since 2005. An EAS-Certified Master Beekeeper, one of his main interests is in finding ways to use remote sensing technologies to monitor and improve honey bee colony health and productivity.

Author of The Observation Hive Handbook, maintainer of the websites and, contributor to beekeeping magazines, invited speaker at beekeeping associations and civic groups, and mentor to new beekeepers, Frank runs a few hives near his urban apartment and invites swarms of honey bees to take up residence on his balcony.


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