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Summer Picnic 2015


Join us for our
Annual Picnic
Saturday July 18, 2015

Washington County Fairgrounds

392 Old Schuylerville Rd., Greenwich, NY 12834

Meeting Theme:



10:00 am   Welcome by President Mark Berninghausen

10:15 am   Dr. Jack Rath—“Wintering the Betterbee Way”

11:15 am   General membership meeting

12:00 pm   Potluck lunch- Limited quantity of roast chicken, drinks, and locally made honey ice cream will be available, $7 suggested donation.

1:00 pm   Alan Tremblay “Canadian Hive Wraps”

1:45 pm   John Gibbs—“Indoor Wintering”

2:30 pm   Paul Cappy—”Cheap Insulated Winter Cover”

Open house at Betterbee just a couple miles down the road from the fairgrounds (9-4 pm).   Call in your orders ahead of time for pickup.

Our Speakers:

Dr. Jack Rathis a northern queen breeder, veterinarian, and co-owner of Betterbee. He has been keeping bees since he mail ordered this first hive in1968 from Montgomery Ward.

Alan Tremblayis a beekeeper in the Southern Tier, and is a neighbor beekeeper to Joe Rowland. Allen originally comes from Canada, where he was a commercial beekeeper producing clover honey. He kept at least 1000 colonies of bees, and he was very good at wintering them in Canada. He uses the system he developed to winter his colonies in NY. The honey he produces in NY is sold at the NYC Green Markets. He has a very successful second career owning his own business as a tax consultant. This includes preparing the yearly federal and state tax returns for his clients.

John Gibbs caught his first swarm in 1983 and it was love at first sight. He just couldn't leave them alone. Through the years it got worse, he kept adding more and more hives and he’s still loving it. But with every winter came such a disappointment. In 2006 they were thinking about the next five year plan. The cost in fuel, or trucking, to go south had been kicked around. They started really thinking about inside wintering so he built a building to just for this. He says it is a lot easier then you may think. Today they can winter 3000 hives. This building enables them to send bees to California, a big plus for the business. It worked out for them, but yes, there is more to it then these words.

Paul Cappy is head apiculturist for the NY Department of Agriculture and Markets, Division of Plant Industry.



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