Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Licking River Beekeepers Association held its February meeting at the Bath County Extension Office on February 10, 2014. President Bruce Barnes called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.  Bob Fore led the invocation.
Members in attendance:

Bruce Barnes
Regina Barnes
Charlotte Dombroskas
Becky Fontes
Ashley Fore
Bobby Fore
Lori Fore
Charles Francis
Kevin Hale
Jenny Howell
Ethan Howell
Harold Howell
Gary Lewis
Charles McDaniel
Betsy Meadows
Thom Meadows
Randy Russell
Roxie Russell
Allan Welch
Celesta Welch
Tessia Welch

Charlotte D. moved and Bob F. seconded that we dispense with the reading of last month’s minutes since the new Secretary forgot to print a copy from which to read.

Co-Treasurer Gary Lewis reported a balance of $2,888.30.

The bulk of the business portion of the meeting concerned our upcoming Beekeeping School on Saturday February 22, 2014.  We have not found an affordable caterer. Becky F. agreed to check additional options in Maysville area.  Bruce B. offered to donate bottled water from Cowan Honey Station. Bob Fore continues to do a great job coordinating and seeking additional vendors and speakers.

Setup for the school will occur Friday February 21 from 5:00 to 7:30pm. Registration will open Saturday at 8:00am so volunteers assisting should arrive by 7:30am. The Fores, Barnes and Charles indicated they would be available for cleanup.  Additional volunteers will be welcome.

All attendees introduced themselves in round robin fashion.

We then discussed plans for having a program as part of each meeting in the future to enhance the educational opportunities for our members. Each of us should consider and suggest topics or even speakers of interest. Kevin Hale surveyed the attendees regarding losses to date during this harsher than usual winter.  He also discussed the wisdom of checking hives if there is a day with a temperature above 50F. This inspection should not involve disturbing the cluster, merely assessing the food stores available to our bees and providing supplemental food if needed.

One final business item: Charles F. looked into a company that can produce hats with our logo. Charles M. moved and Charlotte D. seconded that we authorize him to order 50 hats for sale to club members and school attendees.

The meeting adjourned at 8:05pm. Various side discussions about our beloved bees continued after the formal end of the meeting.

Respectfully submitted,
Becky Fontes, Secretary

Saturday, January 18, 2014

2014 5th Annual Northeastern Beekeeping School

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Monday, January 13, 2014

January 13, 2014 Monthly Bee Meeting
Members in attendance:

Bruce Barnes

Charles McDaniel

Kevin Hale

Becky Fontes

Charles Francis

Charlotte Dombroskas

Bobby, Lori and Ashley Fore

Jim Coss

Brandon Thorpe

Justin Thorpe

Whitney Allen

Gary Lewis


Bruce called the meeting to order at 6:30PM.

Meeting was held at the Bath County Extension Center!  Charles Francis gave invocation.  Lori Fore read minutes from last meeting.  Charles McDaniel made motion to accept them as read and it was seconded by Charles Francis.  Motion passed.

Charles McDaniel gave the treasurer’s report and we have $2613.30 in account.  Bobby Fore made motion to accept report and Jim Coss seconded it.  Motion carried. 

Gabe Brown from Ky Bank needs the meeting minutes and officers to sign a new signature card. 

Nominations were held and new officers were elected. 

Bruce Barnes was elected for President.

Kevin Hale was elected for Vice President. 

Betsy Meadows was elected for Treasurer. Gary Lewis will be helping with Treasurer, too. 

Becky Fontes was elected Secretary.

 Congratulations to all. 

Bruce talked about this past year and all the things that the association has accomplished.  The next couple of months we need to be thinking about what we want the association to do within the next year as well as the next five years.

Jim Coss requested help with finalizing the speakers for the bee school.  Bobby Fore volunteered and will be meeting with Jim to help out.

Kerry Taylor, from the Maysville Community and Technical College has been promoting the bee school.

Bruce spoke to several Ky Farm Bureau’s and they will not be able to donate anything for the bee school this year.  Bobby Fore will be calling Carl Alfry from the Mountain Bee Keepers and see what information Carl has as it relates to the food for the Bee School and for additional donations.  Also Bobby will be checking with Gary Hamilton about the Pre-Registration for the school.

Be thinking about what you would like to help with during the Bee School.  A lot of help will be needed if we would like this school to go well.  The registration tables are going to need to have at least 6 people helping.

Charles Francis made a motion to adjourn and Jim Coss seconded. 

If you did not make this meeting, please plan to join us next month at the Bath County Extension office on 10 Feb at 6:30pm as usual.  We will be finalizing the bee school.  Please plan on attending. 






Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Next meeting

The next meeting will be on Monday, January 13, 2014.  It will be held at the Bath County Ag Center in Owingsville, KY.  We will be discussing the upcoming bee school and electing new officers.  Really hope to see all members.  It will be a busy meeting. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

LRBA Monthly Meeting November 11, 2013

Members in attendance:
Bruce & Regina Barnes
Jim Coss
Joseph Littleton
Kevin Hale
Becky Fontes
Gary Lewis
Bobby, Lori and Ashley Fore
Non Members:
Carrie Taylor
Dennis Perry

Bruce called the meeting to order at 6:30PM.

Gary gave the invocation.

Lori read October meeting minutes; Ashley made motion to accept them as read.  Jim seconded and motion carried.

Gary Lewis made motion to give LRBA Buttons from O’hana Button Mill to New LRBA members at registration.  Ashley seconded the motion and it passed.

The upcoming Bee School was the main topic of discussion during this meeting.  The school will be held in Maysville at the Maysville Community and Technical College, 1755 US Hwy 68, Maysville, KY  41056.

We are in the planning stages on getting speakers, the food vendors, as well as equipment and craft vendors who wish to sell their wares. The date of the upcoming school will be February 22, 2014.

Jim is working on speakers for the school, which will be all lined up by Jan 1.  Bruce is working on donations.  Bobby is working on contacting the TV stations and newspapers.  Carrie Taylor will try to get the Bee School on the school Marquee and bulletin board.

Jim made a motion to extend the time that we are able to stay in the building by two hours, for cleanup purposes.  Joseph seconded and motion passed.

Members will still continue to pay for registration.  Vendors will not pay for table, however, they will be paying $5.00 a head for lunch.  They are to donate something for the door prizes as well.  Bobby made a motion, it was seconded by Gary and motion carried.

Becky made motion to allow Jim $300.00 for bringing in the keynote speaker to the school.  Kevin seconded and motion carried. 

Dennis Perry will be e-mailing his ag students about our bee school when all the details are ironed out.

This year we will be passing out evaluations at the bee school.  That way we will hopefully get some feedback for next year. 

Gary Lewis made a motion to adjourn and Ashley seconded.  Motion carried. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Oct 14, 2013 Monthly LRBA Meeting


Members who attended:
Bobby, Lori and Ashley
Joseph Jefferson
Jim Coss
Bruce Barnes
Allan, Celesta & Tessia Welch
Martha Whittington
Becky Fontes
Charles Whittington
Charlotte Dombroskas
Charles McDaniel
Kevin Hale

Wow, what a nice crowd!  Bruce Barnes brought the meeting to order.  We went around the table and introduced ourselves and Bobby gave the invocation.

Lori read the meeting minutes from September.  Becky made a motion and it was   seconded by Jim to accept the minutes. 

Bruce wanted to be sure to add Maysville Technical College is where to February Bee School is going to be. 

Charles read the treasurer report and Becky made a motion to accept the report and Jim seconded it. 

The price for the bee school will be as follows:  Adults 13 and older-Preregistered $20.00, at the door-$25.00.  Children 12 & younger-$7.50, no requirement to preregister.     Becky made motion to accept $7.50 for children and Ashley seconded.  Motion carried.

Jim and Bobby are going to try to contact speakers for the Bee School.

The November Meeting will be with the Mountain Bee Keepers to discuss the Bee School.  Jim will be contacting them and will come up with a time. 

 Bobby will be contacting the Library in Morehead to possibly hold the November meeting there. 

Charlie made a sheet for checking out the extractor.  So now it will need to be filled out whenever the extractor is checked out.

Kevin Hale, from Menifee County, gave some wonderful information on winterizing your bees.  Sorry for those that were not there.  After he was finished, Jim made a motion to close the meeting and it was seconded by Bruce. 
1:1 Sugar Water:
            Take straight High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and add a like amount of water
            Homemade 1:1 (2gallons of syrup)
                   10# granulated sugar
                               5 qts water
                   Prefer to heat water to boil, remove from heat and add sugar and stir
                   Add 4-8 teaspoons of Honey B Healthy per gallon
                   Option: 1 teaspoon of Clorox bleach per gallon
2:1 Sugar Syrup:
            Straight HFCS equals 2:1 mixture
            Homemade 2:1 (2 gallon syrup)
                  20# granulated sugar
                  5 qts water
                  Prefer to heat water to boil, remove from heat and add sugar and stir
                  Add 4-8 teaspoons of Honey B Healthy per gallon
                 Option: 1 teaspoon of Clorox bleach per gallon
Protein patties:
              Purchase pre made patties or purchase protein powder and mix as instructions indicate
Hard Sugar Blocks:
            1 pint water
            6 # sugar (12 Cups)
            6 teaspoons HBH
            Two 7”x7”x1.25” cake pans or two 9” pie pans (makes two 3# pans)
            Heat water to boil, add HBH, add sugar and mix, heat to 245 degrees mixing occasionally, remove from
                        heat and let cool to 190 degrees, stir quickly and pour into pans, let harden (don’t let it get
                        to hard while cooling or you can’t pour it).
Sugar/Protein Cakes:
            3 Cups protein powder
            9 Cups sugar
            2 Cup 1:1 syrup
            Mix together to consistence of peanut butter and form into patties on wax paper.
Candy Boards:
                 Same recipe as hard sugar blocks only doubled recipe
                 Mix 10 # sugar with minimal water for a mixture like gravel
                 Mash into form and let dry and harden (don’t make it too wet)
                 Place can while forming board or cut hole in center for ventilation
Wet Sugar:
              Mix sugar and very little water until gravel consistence and place on wax paper and place directly on top of frames
Essential Oil Supplement (Similar to Honey B Healthy):
            Google essential oil for bees or homemade HBH

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

LRBA monthly meeting minutes

Members in attendance:

Bruce Barnes
Joe Jefferson
Kevin Hale
Becky Fontes
Charles Francis
Charlotte Dombroskas
Bobby, Lori and Ashley Fore
Thom & Betsy Meadows

Bruce called the meeting to order at 6:30PM.

Meeting was held at the Ag Center!

From the start of the meeting Bruce brought an article on winterizing your hive, that article and many others are available to read at  We had a wonderful talk about preparing your hives for winter.  We need to thank Kevin Hale for bringing so much information to the meeting.  So, thank you!! 

Lori asked if she could put the Bee School on the Fleming County’s Chamber website.  She will be checking to see where else the advertising can go.  Bruce said to “go ahead”.  The Bee School will be the last Saturday in February, the 22nd.  For those of you that have not gone, it is very informative and there will be just about something for everyone.  Even for those people that do not enjoy being around bees!!  Namely Lori Fore.

We voted of the logo the Association and Bobby Fore’s logo won!  Congratulations go out to him! 



Charles Francis made a motion to adjourn and Becky Fontes seconded. 

If you did not make this meeting, please plan to join us next month at the Bath County Extension office on 14 Oct at 6:30pm as usual. The upcoming Bee School in February will be one topic of discussion.