Penquis Beekeepers


In Memorium - Clement Richardson
It is with great sadness we report that one of our dearest members, Clement Richardson passed away on Friday, June 7th.  Clement had been keeping bees for well over 60 years and was one of the original 10 members of Penquis Beekeepers.   He also was instrumental in the organization of MSBA.  His quiet ways will be dearly missed by us all.  If you would like more information about service times and places, please refer to his obituary in the Bangor Daily News

Penquis Beekeepers is a diversified group of primarily back-yard beekeepers located in central Maine. Our group was established in 2005 with only a handful of members and has steadily grown to 65 + members today. Our ever-continuing goal is to foster and promote successful beekeeping as well as any matters pertaining to the honeybee in the state of Maine with emphasis on our local counties. Membership varies from lifetime beekeepers to individuals just getting started with honeybees.   

Monthly meetings are typically held the second Tuesday of every month at the VFW on Cedar Street in Dexter from 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Any variation to regular meetings is noted in each month’s meeting’s minutes of which all members receive by e-mail.

During June and July we hold our monthly meetings at our local apiary in Dexter for open hive demonstrations. Members are encouraged to bring their bee suits, veils and gloves to these demonstrations. September through April meetings we typically have guest speakers covering various topics on beekeeping along with our regular business agenda. Our Annual Meeting is held in December at which time new officers are elected, a pot-luck supper is enjoyed along with our sometime- rowdy Yankee Swap.

Members are eligible for borrowing books from our “Penquis Beekeepers Clayton Carr Memorial Library”. Many books, and DVD’s are available to borrow. Please see “Our Library List” for a complete listing. Also, as Penquis Beekeepers is a chapter member of Maine State Beekeepers Association, our members are also eligible to borrow books and DVD’s from the MSBA Library.
For additional information, please email PenquisBeekeepers@gmail.com  

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YouTube Video

You've probably heard about the threat to your bees from Varroa mites. Take a look at this video from Michigan State University to learn how you could reduce the risk.(Note: if you found this video helpful, check out the next video in this series, Making A Plan for the Varroa Mite) or the first in the series ("Why Did My Bees Die") which explains possible explanations for heavy hive losses for beekeepers.
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