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Club to Have Booth at Appalachian Lifestyles Celeb...

In the interest of protecting, preserving, and developing historical and cultural resources, the Downtown Waynesville Association sponsors the heritage themed 5th Annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration to be held Saturday, June 13th, 2015 on Main Street in downtown Waynesville, NC.  HCBees will have a booth demonstrating the basics of beekeeping and an observation hive at the event. The club needs a few more members to volunteer for two hour time slots to run the booth.  Please contact board member Jon Serenius to volunteer.  You may sell your honey at the booth.

Swarm Season is in the air

Hello Beekeepers,

It has been a while since I have made any comments on the web.

We had a successful beginner’s bee school and OTS Queen Rearing seminar.  Thanks to all that were involved to make it a great day.

We installed three packages of bee last week and the queen is already out of her cage and beginning to lay her brood nest.  While I was in that particular bee yard I check on a hive.  To my surprise I found several queen cell with larva in them.  YIKES could have lost a swarm, but not now.  We remove all the cell and place them into nucs with plenty of bees.  Now instead of one hive I now have six out of that one.  Oh well.  With the rain that is planned this week we are sure to hear of a lot of swarms taken place.  Let me encourage to be on top of your hive, checking for swarm cells.  I was in that hive just three week ago and was not expecting the result I saw. It pays to be proactive with your bees.

Our first honey flow is just a few weeks in front of us, so get them supers ready to go on in the next few days.

I am still looking for a few beekeepers to volunteer at the NCSBA meeting in July.  If you are interested shoot me an email at

We will be offering the certify exam on May 5th at the Haywood County Extension Center in Waynesville.  The time will be at 5:30pm.  You must be a member of the NCSBA to take the exam.  Bring your membership number with you.


Happy Beekeeping,

Brother Allen


National Colony Loss Management Survey

Lets make Haywood County #1 from NC in responses!

Dear Beekeeper,

Beekeepers needed!  Thank you for your interest in participating in the National Colony Loss Management Survey organized by the Bee Informed Partnership and sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Please go to our online survey at
and complete the survey there.  It will be live on April 1st and close on April 30th.&n! bsp; Plea se do not complete the survey more than once. Information about past Winter Loss and National Management Surveys and the annual reports can be found online at

The Colony Loss Survey has evolved from our winter loss survey because last year we found that commercial beekeepers lost 25% of their colonies over the summer, and so we are now starting to monitor and report annual, in addition to
winter losses.  The National Management Survey is conducted annually in conjunction with the Colony Loss Survey. Designed to take about 30 minutes, the 2 surveys are  aimed at looking for relationships between colony loses and
colony management (including  disease treatment strategies, supplemental feeding, etc.) and/or other factors that may influence colony health (such as colony location, honey production, and forage type). Your ! participa tion in this
research is voluntary and your responses will be kept confidential. In any publication or presentation resulting from this research, no personally identifiable information will be disclosed.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at  Once again thank you for your participation.

Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp
Project Director, Bee Informed Partnership
University of Maryland

Club to host NCSBA Summer Conference

The 2015 North Carolina State Beekeepers Association Summer Conference will be held at the beautiful Lake Junaluska Conference Center here in Haywood County this July 9th, 10th, and 11th.  HCBees is honored to have been chosen to host the event.  The club is seeking up to 30 volunteers to help make the event successful.  Please contact club President Brother Allen Blanton to let him know if and when you can volunteer.  Send him an email through the Contact Us link above.

Advanced registration for the conference is $35 for a NCSBA member and is due to the NCSBA by midnight, June 20th.   2015-Summer-ADVANCE-REGISTRATION FORM. 

For information about the conference posted by the NCSBA, click here.

2015 Intermediate Beekeeping School

Registration is now closed.  For more info contact Brother Allen

The Haywood County Beekeeping Club will offer an Intermediate Beekeeping School on Saturday, April 11th at the Haywood County Extension Center.  The day long session will be led by master beekeeper Mel Disselkoen of Michigan.  He will present his OTS (On the Spot) Queen Rearing System.  The session costs $25 and is now open for enrollment to all interested beekeepers as space allows.  To register, email Brother Allen at  Please also click the bee school tab above and select, print, and mail the application to HCBC PO Box 1391, Clyde, NC 28721.  Thank you.