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Anyone interested in adding their names in our Mid-Michigan Beekeeping directory, please let me know at the following address: The following information as your provide it will appear in our directory.

You’re Name: ______________________________________________________________
You’re Business/Farm/Apiaries Name: ____________________________________
Address: __________________________________________________________________
City/State/Zip: _____________________________________________________________
Home Phone: ______________________________________________________________
Cellular Phone: _____________________________________________________________
Email address: ______________________________________________________________
Beekeepers Club: ___________________________________________________________

If there is anyone you may know of that would like to be in our Mid-Michigan Beekeepers Directory pass this information on to them as well.
The phone number is you choice if you want either published or just one. The whole purpose of the phone directory is allowing everyone to know their fellow beekeeper. By some chance someday they need help or have some question with their hives they have the opportunity to call one of their club members or some other beekeeper closer to their hives.
I am going to set the closing date for the directory for April 30th. This way I can get them made up and distributed by the first of July the latest to everyone. Thank you.

Barb Applebee
Mid Michigan Beekeepers Club
Views: 1212 | Added by: Secretary | Date: 2010-03-02 | Comments (0)

Hello Friends,
   What a beautiful morning.  I went out to kick the furnace on in my workshop this morning so it can warm up for today's project, hive-top feeders.  On my way back into the house I heard a strange noise from high above.  I looked up into the bright blue sky and beheld 3 beautifully white swans followed by 9 darker colored swans which I'm guessing were cygnets (younger swans) flying northwest.  As I stood in the still crisp air I next heard water dripping from the eaves of my barn as the sun began to melt the snow on the roof.  Ah, spring is in the air.  Yet I'm torn between emotions.  I can hardly wait for spring to fully arrive, but am I ready with all my equipment?  Is there anything I'm forgetting?  Why oh why haven't I already created a checklist to ease my worried mind?  I shall endeavor to do so this evening....first thing on my checklist is to create a checklist.  How about you?  Are you ready for spring and the new beekeeping season? 
   Maybe we should add that to our agenda Thursday night at this month's meeting.  Try making up your own checklist and bring it to the meeting.  We can share some ideas and maybe help each other with things we may have overlooked ourselves.  We have a lot to cover at this month's meeting; ordering bees, honey bee sex, starting new hives.  Wow, I shall have to find a way to be succinct....I hear you laughing.
   Finally, I will have pre-registration forms for this month's ANR beekeeping conference.  Last year the lines went down the hall of the Kellogg Center.  You may save yourself some standing time in a long line by pre-registering.
   Looking forward to seeing everyone at the meeting.  The only dress requirement is that you wear a smile.
Jim Withers
Views: 932 | Added by: Jim | Date: 2010-03-02 | Comments (0)

Oh and I forgot to add this. It is a new video I uploaded to you tube with a quick tip or two for making the frame building process go a little quicker. Here's the link:


Jim Withers

Views: 1003 | Added by: Jim | Date: 2010-02-21 | Comments (0)

[size=8] Hi everybody. Just wanted to remind everyone about March's meeting. I'm going to talk a little bit about queens. Mostly relating to the why's, how's and when's of queen creation. We also are going to go over setting up new hives and installing packages or nucs. Finally, we'll talk about springtime for overwintered bees.

We will be putting together a group order for bees so those interested be sure to bring your checkbook.

There will be a raffle for a free package of bees donated by AWS bees.

So don't miss out on the stimulating conversation and the chance to win free bees!

Hope to see everyone there.

Good Night All
Jim Withers

Views: 1139 | Added by: Jim | Date: 2010-02-21 | Comments (0)

This Saturday the the 13th of February the 4-H meeting will be at 12:00 PM at Jim Dodder's house.

Jim Withers

Views: 1038 | Added by: Jim | Date: 2010-02-08 | Comments (0)

Hello Beekeepers,
It is getting time to place orders for new bees. Please read the enclosed pricing list and see which way you want to order.
 Jim Wither and Jim Dodder would like to know if we are ordering bees as a group for a discount rate or ordering individualy. If we are going to order as a group we will have to have all orders together for our March meeting. This will help get our order organized and ready and everyone will know what each has to pay.
Attached you will find the three price list for bees.
                                                                 (1) Dave Anthony has 2 pages)
                                                                 (2) Bob Hollis.
Their  order date for the bee have to be ordered and paid in full by March 25. Delivery date has been noted for April 10, 2010.
 (1) Dave Anthony Bee must be picked up within 24 hours after they are delieverd to Dave's farm. He charges $6.00 for cages for the bees, and that fee will be returned when the cages are returned and are in good shape. If you wanted your queens marked before you leave Dave's farm there is a $1.00 fee.
(2) Bob Hollis Bee delivery is scheduled to be delivered to Jim Dodders house on April 10th.
                                                                    (3) Don Schram
(3) Don Schram bee order deadline is March 28, 2010. You have two option of paying, (1)  25% down ($23.00) down and $62.00 upon pick-up. (2). pay the fill amount of $92.00. His delivery day is set for April 24, 2010. You need to choose where you want your bee delivered to either White Lake or Davison.
Please review the attached order blanks and those interested in ordering together as a group or if you have any questions contact  Jim Wither or Jim Dodder at the email or phone number below.
Jim Withers at  <>,   810-736-0128
       Jim Dodder at <>,     810-399-2750     
Thank you for your cooperation and patience with these longer emails. I do apologize to anyone who gets double emails. Take care and have a great week.  
Jim Withers
Jim Dodder
Barb Applebee
Views: 1943 | Added by: Jim | Date: 2010-02-07 | Comments (0)

The 4-H meeting scheduled for Febuary 13th will be at 10:00 AM.
Views: 1069 | Added by: Jim | Date: 2010-01-27 | Comments (0)

Hello Fellow Beekeepers,
I am passing this along to those who are interested in joining the Beekeepers 4-H group.
On Saturday February 13, there will be a regular meeting with information on how to
become a 4-H member and will picking officers at this time. 
If you are not able to attend please contact Jim Dodder at 810-339-2750 for confirmation of becoming a 4-H beekeeper.
Thank you for all your cooperation and promptness in this matter.
Jim Dodder
Views: 1256 | Added by: WildRose | Date: 2010-01-26 | Comments (0)

I am looking in to getting my first hives soon. I have the opportunity to buy out a retiring beekeeper. He has 2 established hives that are part of the sale. I'm not really sure what to look for as far as health wise in the hives. If anyone has any advice for me, it would be greatly appreciated.
Views: 1199 | Added by: s_kingsbury | Date: 2010-01-23 | Comments (0)

I need help! I am looking in to getting my first hives from a retiring beekeeper. Being as new as I am, I'm concerned that I'm not going to get a good deal. I'm mostly worried about the health of the bees. I know you can't really dig into the hives this time of year to really get a good look. Hes selling all of his honey equipment, 2 established hives, and 2 empty ones. Any help that you can give would be great, my e-mail is


Views: 1033 | Added by: s_kingsbury | Date: 2010-01-22 | Comments (0)

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