Hello Fellow Madison County Beekeepers,

It is a new year and hope everyone is getting excited about the 2020 beekeeping season.  I wanted to let everyone know about the Eastern Kentucky Winter Bee School this Saturday, January 18 at the Perry County Central High School in Hazard, KY.  The following is a copy of the information regarding the meeting …
2020 Beekeeper Education Events Jan. 18, 2020. Eastern Kentucky Winter Bee School. Perry County Central High School, Special Speaker: Dr. Clare Rittschof, University of Kentucky. Topic: Robber Bees. Mail preregistration to Perry County Cooperative Extension Office, 933 Perry Park Road, Hazard, KY 41701 by Jan. 10, 2020. $20 per adult by Jan. 12, 2018, $25 at door. Lunch included family rates available, vendors, present. Doors open at 8:00 a.m., and the program concludes at 3:30 p.m. EST. Door prizes are available. Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky Perry County is our sponsor. KSU’s John Haney will have the autoclave available to sterilize bee equipment. For questions about registration or event cancellation: Charles May, (606) 436-2044 or cmay@uky.edu
Several of the membership will be attending and plan to meet at the McDonalds by Walmart in Berea, Exit 76, at 7:00 am and we can carpool together depending on the number of persons interested in attending.
Another email will be sent out hopefully later this week regarding our next MCBA meeting on January 27 at the Madison County Extension Agency off Duncannon Road. Please be aware that dues will be collected this January 27 for MCBA (this is our only fundraising exercise) and supports our group for the year.  I don’t think that you could find a better deal for a year of potluck, good company, and beekeeping information.
I want to add that if you ordered an Apimaye Beehive from Hank Yacek he will have them available at the meeting – the cost is $225 per hive without frames (cheaper than expected) and there will be two additional hives available for purchase if anyone is interested.  Please contact Hank at    :
and let him know if you are going to pick up your hive at the meeting and don’t forget your money for Hank if you have not already paid for your hive that was ordered.  I want to extend everyone’s “thank you” to Hank for taking on this project.
Thank you for your continued interest in the MCBA and I hope to see everyone at the meeting on January 27.  If interested please feel free to meet us at McDonalds Saturday, January 18, at 7:00 am for the trip to Hazard.
Kent J. Kessler

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