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July 25, 2013 - Beekeepers are asked to be on the look out for a man passing bad checks.

Reports from several beekeepers in Southeast Michigan have been coming in telling how a man is approaching honey producers, purchasing honey, and writing bad checks.

The bad check writer, who goes by Abdul Aljhain, contacts beekeepers and routinely asks to purchase comb honey. Afterwards, this same person will then ask to purchase larger quantities of honey, typically in 5 gallon buckets. He then will offer a check, oftentimes off of a business called US Central Wholesale, with a 7 Mile Rd., Livonia, address. This location is a closed business, and given phone numbers aren't working or answered. Several home addresses are also given, located either in Detroit or Hamtramck. None of which are correct.

Honey stolen, so far, have been reported to be $200 by one beekeeper, and $700 by another. Other beekeepers have had losses also, but dollar amounts were not given.

If you are approached by this person, do not sell them honey. Instead, get a detailed description of the person, including the license plate of the vehicle they drive, driver's license information if possible, and report it to the police. Also, please forward this information to Michigan Beekeepers' Association Secretary, Don Schram, who will pass the information on to the beekeepers involved.

Please share this information with other beekeepers and honey sellers in Michigan
Views: 3523 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2013-07-25 | Comments (1)

[size=14]Hello there just a friendly reminder that there will be a Mid-Michigan Beekeepers meeting on July 11th, doors open 6;30P.M. Meeting starts at 7:00p.m.

This meeting will be a informational meeting on how your hives are doing, questions on what should be done, and the hope that we can get Terry Kline here to talk about his new experience in splitting hives. I hear if your ready to work, this new split technique is the one for you; as this way will keep you busy and hopping. We want to hear how your bees are doing.

This meeting I will need the photos of the beekeepers of our club with their name and location written on the back of the picture.

Remember the:

Michigan Honey Festival is on the 27th at the Imlay City County Fairgrounds starts at 10:00a.m. until 5:00p.m.

They will be having a honey tasting for the public, if you want to participate with your honey or Volunteer to work check with Terry Toland or Melissa.

[cThank you any questions please email me at
Views: 5459 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2013-07-06 | Comments (0)

Hello there just a friendly reminder that there will not be a Mid-Michigan Beekeepers meeting on Thursday July 4th! It will be held on July 11th, doors open 6;30P.M. Meeting starts at 7:00p.m.

This meeting I will need the photos of the beekeepers of our club with their name and location written on the back of the picture.

Remember the honey festival is on the 27th at the Imlay City County Fairgrounds starts at 10:00a.m. until 5:00p.m.
They will be having a honey tasting for the public, if you want to participate with your honey check with Terry Toland of

Three other announcements

1. I was contacted today by a lady that has bees in the eve of her house. Can you either forward the contact information for someone who will take care of that kind of removal or have someone contact her. Her info is below. Joyce 8106866600 or

2. Hello, I have 2013 queens and a few 5 frame nucs for sale. The queens are grafted from my Michigan survivor stock and locally open mated.
If you would please pass this along to the club members. Contact me for more details.

*S&Bee Honey Containers, LLC*

2256 Blackmore Street
Saginaw, MI 48602

3. Jim Withers has queens available Jim Withers 810-736-0128 or810-516-9917
Views: 4116 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2013-06-25 | Comments (0)

Hello Fellow Beekeepers,

This Thursday, June 6th is our club meeting, held at the Otisville Community Center 130 E. Main St. Otisville MI. Doors open at 6:30p.m. meeting starts at 7:00p.m.

If any one has a picture of them working with their bees please bring a picture to the June and July 11th meeting. I would like to make a picture book of our club and what area you keep your bees. I thought that would draw new people into beekeeping during our honey festival in July and our fall and spring conference meetings.

Also if you have your cages, Dave Anthony will be there to collect all bee cages, before the meeting and after the meeting.

Our speaker tonight will be Rich Wiske, presentation will be other product of the hive, Pollen, Propolis and Wax. Rich has been beekeeping for many years and he has many area of knowledge and plenty of topics he can share with us.

We will also need help with the Clubs table at the honey festival July 27th . I am committed to two places the same day and different times. Please get with me and lets get who and when by the next meeting settled.

Elections for officers for our club will be coming up in August if any one interested in any position please see me at the meeting.

Current officers for our club are: President-----------Barb Applebee
Vice President----Greg Tobin
Treasurer------------Wilda Dodder
Secretary----------- resigned
Member at Large:
Jim Withers
Brad Perez

Just a reminder our July meeting will be held on the 11th due to the 4th of July fall on our meeting night. Also Remember that August 10th is our club picnic held behind the old meeting place Richfield Township hall pavillion, grill starts at noon eat at 1:00p.m. there will be a white elephant auction so please bring a brown bag gift something old, new not too expensive. A dish to pass and the club will furnish the meat and drinks and place settings.

If any one has any queens please let me know, I have a few beekeepers looking for some.

Thank you and have a great week.


Barb Applebee, President
Mid-Michigan Beekeepers Club
Views: 6289 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2013-06-04 | Comments (0)

Sorry this website has had me locked out of it. I am working on building a new one that I can add pictures videos and more that I can't do here. Just an update note,

Not quite 5 miles north of our old meeting place of Richfield Township Hall.

Take M-15 from Davison north of the old meeting hall about 5 miles of so go to the second stop light that will be in Otisville. Turn right and were right on the right hand side. It will be a brown and green building. If your coming from Vassar you will stop second light that will be Otisville and your will turn left and it will be on your right hand side as well.

We have a much bigger place and tables to sit at and take notes, hold your coffee.
Our last meetiing we had a great turn out and I look forward to having more join.

I will try to keep this site open until our new one is ready. Any questions email at or call me 989-975-0161.


July 20th MBA Picnic The picnic will be held Saturday, July 20 from 10am to 6pm at the Oren Best Farm, 14688 Shilton Rd. Lake Odessa, MI 48890 (click here for a map). Sunfield is located just west of Lansing.

Join us at Oren Best’s commercial beekeeping operation and see how a large honey producing farm works. Activities and tours of the operation will be had.

Please bring a dish to pass, along with table settings, and maybe a lawn chair. Meat will be provided (rumor is that the Best’s are roasting a pig).

Bring a smoker and your favorite smoker fuel and join in on the smoker lighting contest! Forklift rodeo demonstrations will also take place.

Primitive camping for tents, trailers and RVs will be available, and a bonfire is slated for the evening.

The picnic is free to all MBA members and open to all beekeepers and people interested in bees.

July 27th Michigan Honey Festival Inlay City 10am to 5pm

August 1st Mid-Michigan Beekeepers Club Meeting

August 10th Mid-Michigan Club Picnic 12:00p.m. at
Richfield Township Hall Pavillion

September 5th Mid-Michigan Beekeepers Club Meeting

October 3rd Mid-Michigan Beekeepers Club Meeting

November 7th Mid-Michigan Beekeepers Club Meeting

December 5th Mid-Michigan Beekeepers Club Meeting

We will take vote on our Christmas Party at the October meeting.

Views: 6110 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2013-04-08 | Comments (0)

Good Afternoon Everyone,

With November is just a few days away, it is time for Mid-Michigan Beekeepers Club Meeting.

When: Thursday November 1st, 2012

Where: Richfield Township Hall 5381 N. State Road Davison MI 48423

Time: doors open at 6:30p.m. Meeting starts at 7:00p.m.

This year looks like the cold weather is starting early. Hope everyone is staying warm.

I would like you to think on a date that we can hold our club Christmas party.

Also we are going to be placing a bee order earlier than last year due to the shortage of bee and the demand of bees. Dave Anthony talked with me at the Fall Conference he is taking first come first serve basis for the bee orders; as soon as the order blanks are available.

We also have Bob Hollis and Don Schram who will also be taking orders for bees as well, so please think on that as well. I know that is very early, hard to tell what you may need for bees. I am just passing along what I was told.

It is getting that time to add candy boards to your hives if you haven't already. This month meeting Jim Withers will be talking winterizing your bees. Some beekeepers use Candy boards,
I know Don Schram uses 5# sugar on a newspaper in his hives for the winter. Some beekeepers wrap their hives in tar paper, some don't. Each beekeeper uses what works best for their hive.

Now that the bees are going to be settled down for the winter, it’s time to start thinking ahead for spring preparation: Washing your suit, cleaning out old boxes, building new boxes etc. I hope to get the hand out printed off so it will be available for this meeting.

Please bring any questions you may have on your fall harvest and hives, we can address them after the winterizing session.

Take Care and hope to see you all at the meeting.

Views: 17386 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2012-10-29 | Comments (1)

MSU Receives Funding for National Crop Pollination Project


The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Michigan State University $1.6 million to lead a national crop pollination research and extension project.

The five-year project will focus on supporting specialty crop yields and profit by supporting wild and managed bees. The project will look at specialty crop pollination and develop region- and crop-specific Integrated Crop Pollination management approaches to diversify pollination sources and maintain consistent crop yields.

These may include honey bees, wild bees and alternative managed bees such as bumble bees. The extension component of the project will develop recommendations on how to manipulate farm landscapes to support native bee and honey bee populations, by drawing on the team's research in specialty crop farms across the nation including almonds in California, cherries in Michigan, pumpkins in Pennsylvania and blueberries in Florida.

Melville Kennedy
8068 Kensington Blvd. Apartment 193
Davison, MI. 48423
Views: 6334 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2012-10-08 | Comments (0)

Rules for Voting:
1. You must be a current member of the MBA in order to vote. This means that your membership dues must be paid for 2012. You can click here to check your membership status. Note: the status is of September 1, 2012. If you have renewed your membership since then, then the list will not reflect your renewal.

2. If your membership type is “single” then you are entitled to vote once. If your membership is type “family” then you are entitled to vote twice.

3. Votes may be cast at the 2012 fall conference or submitted as an absentee ballot prior to the conference. Absentee ballots must be received, not sent but received, on or prior to Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Further instructions for absentee ballots is provided below.

4. Write in candidates are provided for any office. Any write in candidate must be a current member of MBA.
Views: 10447 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2012-10-02 | Comments (0)

Good Afternoon Fellow Beekeepers,

The fall season is amongst us and the colder weather seems to be coming in. Wouldn't hurt to add a little sugar water on the hives to help aid in the honey building storage for the winter seasons. Our guest speaker this month is Joyce Hung presenting the Medical Benefits of the Hive. Joyce will also have items for sale at the meeting. I ask that any talking be held to a minimum during her presentation due to Joyce is soft spoken and a little hard to understand at times.
There should be a schedule of the fall conference classes available that evening. The website is back up and running, I was on it today. If there are any beekeepers who are not interested in listening to our guest speaker, please let me know before we start the meeting and we will have a breakout session in the other room. I thank you ahead of time for your cooperation.

Reminder that the MBA Fall Conference will be held October 5 & 6 doors open at 8:00 a.m. both days. If you can make the meeting on Saturday, please do as there is a business meeting at the end of the day. There will be voting on a few officers and district representatives and you need to be present to vote. No abscentee ballots are accepted.

Bob Hollis is running a special of 10% off everything in stock except frames. Please contact Bob for more information at 810-338-1523.

Take care and look forward to seeing you this week.
Views: 19743 | Added by: Sweetpea | Date: 2012-10-02 | Comments (0)

Instructions for Absentee Voting
An absentee ballot is available for those current MBA members who wish to vote in this manner. The absentee ballot may be printed and sent by mail to the chairman of the election committee (instructions are on the ballot). Or the ballot may be completed on-line and submitted via email.

To download the absentee ballot, click here. Then save the document to your local machine. Open the saved ballot. You should be able to complete the ballot on your computer. You can then either print the ballot and return it via US mail or return the ballot by email. Buttons are provided on the stub for either choice.

Please carefully read the instructions on the ballot. Any errors on the ballot may be cause for rejecting your vote. NOTE: You must include your name and signature (0r email address if submitting by email) on the stub in order for your ballot to be counted. The stub will be detached from your ballot prior to counting. Your name is required in order to verify your membership status and to check off your name on the polling list.

If you are sending the ballot back by email, there is a “Submit by Email” button on the ballot’s stub. Click this button after you have completed the ballot. NOTE: You must include your name and email address on the stub in order for your ballot to be counted. When you click the “Submit” button, your email client should launch with the ballot attached. At that point you can simply send the email.

If your local email client does not launch, then save the ballot to your local machine, open it and proceed from there.

Questions regarding the election may be directed toward Bryan Allen, the chairman of the election committee. Bryan may be contacted by phone at 810-701-2621 or by email at
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