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Beekeepers Buzzing around Hampden Academy

More than 200 beekeepers will arrive in Hampden this month for the annual meeting and conference of the Maine State Beekeepers Association. The event brings together beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike from all over Maine to hear guest speakers, meet other likeminded folks and see some of the many vendors.

Peter Cowin, aka The Bee Whisperer, is President of Penobscot County Beekeeper’s Association. “We are very excited to be hosting the MSBA’s annual meeting and conference. We in Penobscot are a brand new club and it’s a great honor for us to bring the meeting to Hampden. This is the furthest north and east the MSBA has held its annual meeting. It is a great opportunity for down east beekeepers and non-beekeepers to go to the meeting without having to travel down to Augusta or Portland.”

The meeting will be held at the new Hampden Academy at 89 Western Ave, Hampden. Doors will open at 8am on Saturday October 18th. Dr. Dewey Caron will be key note speaker. With more than 43 years experience in honeybee research, he will deliver two talks aimed to inform both the experienced and inexperienced at beekeeping. He will look at the basics of opening the hive and reading the brood frame as well as bee stewardship. He is the author of many beekeeping books and a widely sought after public speaker. Tony Jadczak, is the Maine state apiarist and bee inspector, he will give an update of beekeeping in Maine in 2014. Erin McGregor-Forbes, former President of MSBA will be talking about the conclusions drawn from a three year study she has undertaken on the survival and performance of honeybee colonies using southern reared and northern reared queens. Matt Scott, who has now retired from positions of Deputy Commissioner of Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; Chief Biologist of DEP and President of MSBA, will talk on the Impact of climate change on beekeeping.

There will be vendors and a huge selection of raffle items, the proceeds of which will go to the MSBA and all the good work they do.

The meeting is open only to members of the MSBA and will cost $35 which includes lunch, drinks and snacks through the daylong event. If you would like to attend you can preregister by joining MSBA ($15) and getting your ticket on line at www.mainebeekeepers.org/annual-meeting/ Cost of admission goes up to $45 plus membership if you register on line after October 11th or at the door.

Penobscot County Beekeepers Association, as hosts, are organizing the event, recruiting vendors and assembling the raffle assortment. If you are interested in being a vendor or donating a raffle item please contact them at pcbamaine@gmail.com

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