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									                                      The BuzzWord
                                                           September 2010
                                 Welcome to the Madison County Beekeepers Association’s Newsletter.

                            “The BuzzWord” is published for, and by the members of the Madison County Association, to
                            inform its members of matters pertaining to the business of beekeeping. Edited by Family Bradshaw.

       The object of this Association shall be to assist in checking the spread of bee diseases; to spread information concerning improved methods of production;
 to secure recognition of the industry at state and county fairs; to inform the public as to the value of honey as a food; and of the importance of the business of
 honey production; and the value of bees to other crops; and to elevate the business of beekeeping to a place of eminence among agricultural activities.

                     The Prez Sez                                                   Don Love, our Secretary, for a list of all
                                                                                    suppliers that currently honor the
Thanks to all for your confidence in                                                certificate. Also, see Don if you would
electing me again as your president. I                                              like other suppliers added.
will endeavor to serve you well. I do not
plan any major changes in the way                                                   A volunteer or two is needed to manage
Harold ran the association meetings. I                                              the Botanical Garden Observation hive.
would like to see some organizational                                               Bill Mullins and Harold Green are stepping
changes but that is a matter to be                                                  down from managing the hive. The
handled later.                                                                      Garden staff has expressed their
                                                                                    appreciation to me on several occasions
The Association did not do a group                                                  for the way Bill and Harold have managed
medication buy this year because we                                                 the hive. They will be a hard act to
used up Bill Mullin’s good will. Bill                                               follow.
handled the group buy for the past 10
years and always did a super outstanding                                            The Annual Alabama Beekeepers
job as he does with any project he is                                               Association convention will be held
involved in. I had planned to pick up                                               October 8 and 9, 2010 in Montgomery.
the project this year but to do so I                                                Remember that you can pick up
needed to get in touch with all members                                             beekeeping supplies from Rossman Apiaries,
either by email or telephone. I could                                               The Walter T. Kelley Co.., and Brushy Mountain
not do either because we had no current                                             Bee Farm at the convention and save
roster.                                                                             shipping charges. (See “News and
                                                                                    Events” for more details.)
I need your help in reconstructing a
membership roster. I will pass around                                               Get your honey off your hives and get
what I have managed to stitch together                                              started medicating by 15 September if
at the next meeting and ask that you                                                possible. I have recently updated the
make corrections and or additions as                                                medication guide on I do
needed. I will finalize the list and post it                                        not have instructions for treating ABF
on with password protected                                              with Tylan (Tylosin tartrate) listed but I
access to all members.                                                              am working on it. It is pretty simple for
                                                                                    large users but for a guy with 2 hives it
I also need to make sure that all dues                                              becomes much more difficult. Whatever
paid up members have a current                                                      you do, follow the label on all medications
membership card as you may need one                                                 to protect yourself from health hazard for
to take advantage of our State Sales and                                            you and others that eat your honey.
Use Tax Certificate of Exemption. See
Submitted by Bob Fanning, President MCBA                        •     Store dark combs (dark from
                                                                brood) with Paradichlorobenzene (PDB).
                     VP Corner                                  •     Store “non dark” combs cross
                                                                stacked, in an open area with good air
As I begin my first term as VP of the                           and light.
MCBA I see many challenges ahead of the                         •     Make sure your bees have 100 lbs
orginazation, but I am also grateful for all                    of food for winter. If they do not have
the talented beekeepers within our ranks.                       adequate stored honey, feed sugar water.
Part of my job as VP is to schedule                             •     Feed as needed before the weather
programs for the meetings. This is where                        gets cold. You can feed for survival in
I would like to ask each members                                cold weather but if the bees have the
feedback on programs for next year.                             opportunity to store food where it is most
I have several in mind such as "Honey                           advantageous to them, they have higher
Production and Marketing", Beehive                              survival rates.
Equipment and its uses, or
improvements", "IPM", "Inside the Hive                                    News and Events
and what to look for", "Healthy bees and
medications", "Beekeeping History and its                             For the time being, the Young
effects", and "Queens and Bees". Now                                 Beekeepers Program is suspended
this is just a few ideas, but I would like to                   due to cost and lack of success.
hear from you if you are interested in
presenting a program, or any ideas for                          Madison Parade - The MBA Board of
presentation.                                                   Directors is looking into details regarding
                                                                the participation in the Madison Parade in
   Since beekeeping is such a diverse                           September. This is entirely dependant on
hobby, I'm interested too know if                               whether the membership desires to
members in the MCBA are interested in                           participate. If you would like to
focus groups, to learn and present more                         participate, be prepared to volunteer at
about such subjects that I have listed,                         the September meeting.
please let me know your thoughts. See
you at the next meeting in September,                           The November “Eating Meeting” will be
and the Eating meeting the second                               held at Gibson (same as last year) on the
Tuesday of November at Gibbsons B'Q on                          second Tuesday evening of the month.
south parkway at 6PM.
Submitted by Roger Owens, Vice-President MCBA
                                                                Meeting Presentations - Give some
                                                                thought about what programs you would
                                                                like to see during next year’s meetings.
              Beginners Corner
Note: For additional information and more detail explanations   These programs are for our benefit, so let
on recommendations for beginning beekeepers please see our      the president know what we would like to
pages on and click on the current months.
                                                                be informed about.
•     Get your honey off and hives
medicated as soon after 15 Sept as                              MBA Picnic – Do we still want to hold a
practical.                                                      picnic next year? Think about it and let
•     Click here for details on medication                      the president know at the next meeting.
options and recommended application
recommendations.                                                Observation Hive – We are in need of a
•     Watch for weak hives and combine                          new observation hive and some
if needed.                                                      volunteers to maintain it. Give it some
                                                                thought for discussion.
                                                 1 cup chopped onion
       Alabama Beekeepers Association            3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
       2010 annual convention                    2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
                                                 2 Tbs chili powder
The 2010 convention will be held October         1 tsp ground cumin
8 & 9 at the Taylor Road Baptist Church          1 tsp salt
in Montgomery Alabama.                           1/2 tsp dried oregano
                                                 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
The church is located at 1685 Taylor             1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
Road, Montgomery, Al 36117. Take Exit            1 can (15-1/2 oz.) red kidney beans,
9 off I-85 and go south. The church can          undrained
be seen as soon as you turn onto Taylor          1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
Road.                                            1/4 cup honey
This is the same location as was the 2009        2 Tbs red wine vinegar
convention. Speakers are as follows: Dr.
Keith Delaplane from the University of           1. Using a cheese grater, shred tofu and
Georgia, Dr. James E. Tew from Ohio              freeze in zippered bag or airtight
State University Kent Williams-                  container.
commercial beekeeper & past president
of EAS, and Sherry Ferrell from Ohio             2. Thaw tofu; place in a strainer and
State University.                                press out excess liquid.
Fred Rossman (Rossman Apiaries), The
Walter T. Kelley Co., and Brushy                 3. In large saucepan or dutch oven, heat
Mountain Bee Farm will be at the                 oil over medium-high heat until hot; cook
convention. Orders placed with either of         and stir onion, green pepper and garlic 3
these suppliers will be delivered to the         to 5 minutes or until vegetables are
convention with no shipping charge (you          tender and begin to brown.
must be there to pick them up or arrange
to have someone pick them up). Place             4. Stir in chili powder, cumin, salt,
your orders timely and request delivery          oregano and crushed red pepper.
at the Alabama Beekeepers Association
annual convention. Their trucks and              5. Stir in tofu; cook and stir 1 minute.
trailers fill up pretty fast and once full, no   Stir in diced tomatoes, kidney beans,
more orders can be taken from that               tomato sauce, honey and vinegar.
supplier for the 2010 convention delivery
so be sure and place your order as early         6. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and
as possible. Check your normal delivery          simmer, uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes,
costs; it may be that your convention            stirring occasionally.
delivery savings will cover your
convention expenses!                             Note: For those who cringe at the
See you at the convention. Click here for        thought of Tofu in chili, you can
complete details and latest updates.             substitute meat. If you want to secretly
                                                 use Tofu though, I won’t tell anyone.
           RECIPE CORNER

A Honey of a Chili                                           For the Holidays

1 package (15 oz.) firm tofu                     Honeyed Yams
1 Tbs vegetable oil
6 medium yams
1 tsp. salt                                  Old-Fashioned Honey, Maple Syrup, Sorghum
1 tsp. cinnamon                              Recipes; Bear Wallow Books
3 Tbs. butter
½ cup honey                                  Honey-Ginger Cookies
¼ cup orange juice
2 tsp. grated orange rind                    3 cups sifted flour
                                             2 tsp. baking powder
Cook unpeeled potatoes in a small            ¼ tsp. salt
amount of boiling salted water. Drain,       2 tsp. ground ginger
peel, cut lengthwise. Place in shallow       1 cup shortening
baking dish and sprinkle with salt and       1 cup sugar
cinnamon. Heat honey and orange juice        1 egg
and pour over potatoes. Sprinkle grated      1 cup honey
rind over potatoes. Bake in 400 F oven       1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or
20-25 minutes, basting twice or more         walnuts
with liquid in dish.
                                             Sift together flour, baking powder, salt
Old-Fashioned Honey, Maple Syrup, Sorghum    and ginger; set aside. In large bowl,
Recipes; Bear Wallow Books                   beat shortening, sugar and egg until
                                             smooth and fluffy. Beat in honey. With
Honey Glaze for Ham                          wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture until
                                             well blended. Stir in nuts. Drop by
¼ cup honey                                  rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, on
¼ cup apricot juice                          lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake in
2 tsp. prepared mustard                      375 F oven for 10-12 minutes, until
                                             lightly browned.
Blend and spread on ham during last half
hour of cooking by basting or brushing at    Old-Fashioned Honey, Maple Syrup, Sorghum
5 minute intervals.                          Recipes; Bear Wallow Books

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William T. Bradshaw
118 Cheyenne Trl.
Huntsville, AL 35806
          Madison County Beekeepers Association Minutes
                    Meeting was July 8, 2010
Meeting was called to order at 6:30 by the Vice President Bill Mullins. He
welcomed guests and gave some introductory remarks.
Beginner’s corner presentation was made by Bob Fanning.
He stated the following:
    1. Please use the Association’s Honey Extractor if you need one. Dale Rohe
has it and will be glad to loan it to you.
    2. This has been a good honey year. Take honey off now to reduce the area
the bees have to protect from the hive beetle. Put honey supers back on if you are
near cotton.
    3. Beware of the wax moth. Protect combs with PCB or use other methods.
    4. Keep bees strong. A few SHB on the hive inner cover is no problem.
   5. Don’t forget when buying jars that they are tax free.
   6. Medicate bees by Aug. 15 or Sept. 15 if you are near cotton.
   7. You may make splits this year because of the late spring. Don’t split a hive
unless it is very strong.
   8. Mix weak colonies with strong colonies using the newspaper method.
   9. Leave 60-100 lbs of honey on the hive for winter. Feed if not enough food.

  The report from the nominating committee was as follows:
       President – Bob Faning
       Vice-President - Roger Owen
       Secretary – Don Love
       Treasurer – Beth Dunson
       Board of Directors - Bill Mullins will fill Bob Faning’s remaining 2 years.
Tom Morgan and Ray Latham nominated for 3 year terms.
The report was approved by a voice vote. There were no nominations from the

There was no old or new business.
Gadget night concluded the meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 7:47.

Minutes submitted by
Secretary Don Love

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