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Beekeeper classes set for February 2019

VW independent/submitted information

CELINA — Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association will be holding its fifth annual Beginning Beekeeping Class Saturday, February 9, 2019, at the Richardson-Bretz Building in Celina.

The Richardson-Bretz Building is located behind the Mercer County Library and the address is 119 W. Fulton St. in Celina.

The class will begin at 8 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. There will be doughnuts and drinks available and a one-hour lunch break at about noon. Topics that will be discussed will include honeybee casts, caring for honeybees, honeybee biology, honeybee nutrition, equipment needed, parts of the hive, pests and diseases, and products from the hive. There will be demonstrations on assembling hive equipment.

The club will also provide information on ordering bees from Northern Climate Stock. The cost of the class is $50 and includes Honey Bee Biology and Beekeepingby Dewey M. Caron, with Lawrence John Connor; and a one-year membership to GGLBA and the Ohio State Beekeepers Association.

Beekeeping Supply catalogs, literature, and handouts will be distributed to all enrollees, along with chances to win many beekeeping door prizes. The book is a $65 value and the club memberships are a $35 value.

Dwight Wells of Tipp City will be the main instructor. Wells is a recognized speaker in many states and collaborates with Dr. Greg Hunt of Purdue University on improving the “Indiana Leg Chewers”, a genetic strain with traits that attack the pest, Varroa Mite. Wells has also taught queen grafting and is director of Sustainable Genetic Technologies Network, a collaborative effort in artificial insemination with Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio.

Registration is limited to 35 people and is on a first come, first served basis. Enroll by contacting Richard McNaughton at 419.733.7424 or Mark Beougher at 419.305.8662. Checks are made payable to Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association and sent to: GGLBA, c/o Treasurer Richard McNaughton, 303 E. Market St., Celina, OH 45822.

Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association (GGLBA) meets monthly at the St. Marys Community Library on the second Tuesday of the month. The meeting is from 7-9 p.m. and is open to the public. For more information, visit the organization’s Facebook page or on the web at

GGLBA practices and teaches sustainable beekeeping with local adapted genetic stock.

POSTED: 12/19/18 at 1:04 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles