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Sunday, May 10, 2015

May Meeting Reminder & Upcoming Events

Happy Mothers Day everyone!!  We hope you enjoyed the day & were able to enjoy time and celebrate the special women in your life.

Reminder that the monthly meeting for May is tomorrow, Monday the 11th at 6:30 pm at the U of I extension.

Dave will be bringing the new extraction equipment.  He will talk about what it is and how to use it.  If you are a dues paid member, use of the equipment is included in your membership.  There will be an instruction sheet & contract to sign for those who check out and use the equipment.  We ask that you treat it gently & with respect & return it in a timely fashion, clean & in good working condition.

There will also be a summary about swarm controls.  Tis the season.

The ISBA Board met in Springfield, and have invited the Southern Illinois beekeepers clubs to participate in creating and hosting the Summer Meeting. 

Here are the details:

When: Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Where: The Brown Pavilion at Effingham Community Park, East Temple Avenue, Effingham, IL 62401 - this pavilion holds 100 -150 people.

Link to park website:   http://www.effinghamparkdistrict.org/facilities/pavilions.aspx  

The park on Google maps: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Community+Park/@39.12501,-88.532965,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x8873976b5c6cafdd:0xd785d4ef88b9e48 

Who will speak?: Mark Antunes, prior president of Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, who will present on "The Irradiation of Bee Hives for Sterilization". 

Catering: Niemerg's Steak House – pick up. Please look at their delicious menu: http://niemergssteakhouse.com/wordpress/?page_id=1990 >

Crossroads Beekeepers will be taking care of hospitality for the attendees.
We will be in charge of refreshments and drinking water, picking up the catering and placement and disposal of garbage bags, etc.

We hope if you joined us for bee school that we'll continue to see you at the monthly meetings.  If you've recently joined or been a member for a while thank you for your continued support.

Happy Beekeeping!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Apiary Field Day Rescheduled

The Apiary Field Day has been rescheduled for Sunday April 26th.   Apiary tour times are 1:00 p.m & 2:30 p.m to ensure everyone can see what's going on & that there is plenty of parking. We will be looking inside the hive, observing techniques on how to work your hives, what to watch for inside the hive, queen marking, smoker lighting, & more. Veil required.

DIRECTIONS:
GPS Coordinates: 39.278976, -88.564279
Link for Map Quest Directions: http://mapq.st/1CAzNJg


From U of I Extension in Effingham:
1. Leave U of I Ext. going S on Wenthe Dr. (.2mi)
2. Turn Right onto Evergreen Ave. (.3mi)
3. Turn Right onto Keller Dr/IL Rte 32/33 (3.8mi)
4. Turn Right on IL Rte 32 going N towards Stewardson (7.7mi)
5. Turn Right on CR 400, which is .6 mi N of the Stewardson Citgo Gas Station. (2.9mi)
6. Turn Left on 3100 E (.4mi)
7. Turn Left at the top of the hill by the mail boxes and bee hives.
You're at Quicksall Farm.

From Casey's General Store in Neoga:
1. Go S from Casey's on Rte 45 (3.6mi)
2. Turn Right onto the Centerline Rd, which is CR 400 N (4.8mi)
3. Turn Right onto 3100N (.4mi)
4. Turn Left at the top of the hill by the mail boxes and bee hives.
You're at Quicksall Farm.
Emergency Ph # if you're lost: 217-347-5937
Watch here for updates/cancellations in case of rain. We will reschedule. Hope to see you there!!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Field Day Reminder

Tomorrow, April 19th, is the field day. Apiary tour times are 1:00 p.m & 2:30 p.m to ensure everyone can see what's going on & that there is plenty of parking. We will be looking inside the hive, observing techniques on how to work your hives, what to watch for inside the hive, queen marking, smoker lighting, & more. Veil required.

DIRECTIONS:

GPS Coordinates: 39.278976, -88.564279
Link for Map Quest Directions: http://mapq.st/1CAzNJg


From U of I Extension in Effingham:
1. Leave U of I Ext. going S on Wenthe Dr. (.2mi)
2. Turn Right onto Evergreen Ave. (.3mi)
3. Turn Right onto Keller Dr/IL Rte 32/33 (3.8mi)
4. Turn Right on IL Rte 32 going N towards Stewardson (7.7mi)
5. Turn Right on CR 400, which is .6 mi N of the Stewardson Citgo Gas Station. (2.9mi)
6. Turn Left on 3100 E (.4mi)
7. Turn Left at the top of the hill by the mail boxes and bee hives.
You're at Quicksall Farm.

From Casey's General Store in Neoga:
1. Go S from Casey's on Rte 45 (3.6mi)
2. Turn Right onto the Centerline Rd, which is CR 400 N (4.8mi)
3. Turn Right onto 3100N (.4mi)
4. Turn Left at the top of the hill by the mail boxes and bee hives.
You're at Quicksall Farm.
Emergency Ph # if you're lost: 217-347-5937
Watch here for updates/cancellations in case of rain. We will reschedule. Hope to see you there!!

Also, the extractor kit has been ordered.  It will be at the May meeting so everyone will have a chance to check it out. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Upcoming Events

REMINDER:
The final session of bee school is April 13th at  6:30p.m.  Dave Dhom will be presenting.  The subject will be "Your first year of beekeeping."  A short survey will be passed out so you can share your thoughts and opinions about bee school.  We want to make sure we're meeting your needs and continue to grow.  You may turn it in after the field day.

The regular club meeting topic will be "Splits" presented by Don Bennet.

There will be a sign up sheet for members who would like to help with the ISBA summer meeting June 27th.  Dues paying members will also be asked to vote on the purchase of some big ticket items for club use.

BEE SCHOOL FIELD DAY:

Will be held Sun April 19th at Larry Quicksall's farm.  We will run two groups through the bee yard.  One group at 1pm and one group at 2:30 pm.  A sign up sheet will be available at the meeting Apr 13th  for you to reserve your time.  We're running two groups to ensure everyone gets the most out of their experience.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:

Veil and gloves.

TOPICS COVERED:

Gear, smoker lighting, checking your hives, making splits, marking and clipping,

IN CASE OF RAIN:

New date will be announced.

Directions will be forthcoming via Larry.

GENERAL UPDATES:

Officers meeting was held April 6th.  We discussed the final day of bee school and field day, upcoming club meeting topics and activities.

June 27th:  ISBA Summer Meeting.
July 13th:  Honey Extraction
Aug 10th:  Honey Competition.  We would like to make this a bigger event and open it to other clubs and the public.
Sept 12th:  Family Field Day at Ballard Nature Center.  Open to the public.

We will be asking for help with the Aug 10th and Sept 12th events.  Stay tuned for volunteer sign ups.

We hope to see you at the next meeting.  It is free and open to the public. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Upcoming Events


Reminder:  Our next meeting is Monday, March 9th at 6:30 p.m. at the U of I Extension in Effingham.  The public is welcome to attend and there is no charge.  The regular meeting will cover spring hive preparation.  It will also be our 3rd session of bee school.  Lisa Dohm will cover getting and feeding your first bees.

Crossroads Beekeepers has some exciting events in the works for 2015.


The ISBA Board met in Springfield, and have invited the Southern Illinois beekeepers clubs to participate in creating and hosting the Summer Meeting.  

Here are the details:

When: Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Where: The Brown Pavilion at Effingham Community Park, East Temple Avenue, Effingham, IL 62401 - this pavilion holds 100 -150 people.

Link to park website:   http://www.effinghamparkdistrict.org/facilities/pavilions.aspx  

The park on Google maps: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Community+Park/@39.12501,-88.532965,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x8873976b5c6cafdd:0xd785d4ef88b9e48 

Who will speak?: Mark Antunes, prior president of Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, who will present on "The Irradiation of Bee Hives for Sterilization". 

Catering: Niemerg's Steak House – pick up. Please look at their delicious menu: http://niemergssteakhouse.com/wordpress/?page_id=1990 >

Crossroads Beekeepers will be taking care of hospitality for the attendees. 
We will be in charge of refreshments and drinking water, picking up the catering and placement and disposal of garbage bags, etc.

We have also confirmed the date for our family field day at Ballard Nature Center in Altamont.  It will be held September 12th.  The event will be open to the community and cover a range of honey bee topics and activities.  It will be geared toward children and their families.  The details concerning time etc... will be forthcoming. 

We encourage everyone to come out and participate in these activities.  If you would like to volunteer time or resources, please let us know.  Thank you.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Bee School Day 2

Session two of Crossroads Beekeepers bee school is tomorrow night. February 9th from 6:30-8 pm at the U of I extension center in Effingham. Michelle will be covering hive components & equipment. Jason Weaver will be in attendance & will have some equipment for sale. If you purchase from him you will receive your order at the March meeting. The regular meeting will be covering bee vacs with Dave Dhom, Rick Russel, and Dave Koenigstein. We're looking forward to another good turn out!! Hope to see you there!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Weather for January 12 Meeting & Bee School

1pm Update: I just drove the post office in Effingham, and streets are clear without any ice.  I also don't see any precipitation on the radar, so I think we are good to go for Bee School 2015 and for the January meeting of the Crossroads Beekeepers.  See you there!!! 

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We are keeping a close eye on the weather for tonight's monthly meeting and the first night of Bee School 2015.  At 7:45am the road surface is fine with only water and no ice in town.  I cannot speak for hiways and Interstate conditions.  If we decide to cancel tonights meeting/school information about the closing will be posted at this site, on our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/crossroadsbeekeepers , and on the radio at WXEF 97.9FM.

If you would like to make a post about weather conditions, please use our facebook page as it will be monitored throughout the day.