Beekeeping in the News


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:  

The park on Google maps:,-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: >

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!!! 


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 , 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.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bee School 2015

 Click here to Download Flyer and Registration Form!

Crossroads Beekeepers is pleased to announce Bee School 2015!  This year's beginners bee school will be different from the past, in that it will take place on four evenings over four months, then will end with a field trip to a local bee yard.

Session 1 will take place on Monday, January 12th, from 6:30-8:00pm.
Session 2 will take place on Monday, February 9th, from 6:30-8:00pm.
Session 3 will take place on Monday, March 9th, from 6:30-8:00pm.
Session 4 will take place on Monday, April 13th, from 6:30-8:00pm.
Field Day will take place on Saturday, April 18th.  Time & Location to be Announced.

All classes will take place at the University of Illinois Extension Center, 1209 N. Wenthe, Effingham.

Cost for the workshop is $20.00 per person, with a 50% discount available for additional members of your immediate family.

For more information, please download the below flyer and registration form.  You can also contact Larry Quicksall at 217-347-5937 for more information or specific questions.

Monday, December 8, 2014

December Bee Meeting

The next meeting of the Crossroads Beekeepers will be Monday, December 8th at 6:30pm at the U of I Extension Center, 1209 N. Wenthe, Effingham.

Please enter the west doors and go downstairs….listen for the buzzing of the beekeepers! As always, the general public is invited to attend.

This meeting is for our Christmas Celebration and will include installation of our officers for 2015, the awarding of the 2014 Beekeeper of the Year, watching a video of funny beekeeping bloopers and silly antics, as well as great food and fellowship.  We will also provide information on the 2015 Bee School.

All club members are encouraged to bring Christmas treats and goodies to share, especially those made with honey!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Report on November Meeting

The Crossroads Beekeepers held their monthly meeting on Monday, November 10, 2014, at the University of Illinois Extension Center in Effingham.  Twenty-six members and guests were present for the meeting.

Larry Quicksall, club President, called the meeting to order and announced the passing of chartering club member John Michl of Saint Marie.  John passed away at his home on Thursday, October 30th, and his memories were presented to the club by his wife, Rose Michl, and granddaughter, Arianna Goss.

Officer reports were presented, and Dave Dhom also shared recent information about the Illinois Queen Initiative and the Illinois State Beekeepers Association.

Club elections were held for the 2015 club officers, and the following were elected for a one-year term:
  • Michelle Barnick – President
  • David Dhom – Vice President of Programming
  • Nick Brummer – Secretary
  • Nelda Campbell – Treasurer
  • Rose Michl – Membership Director

Current officers and officers-elect will meet prior to the next meeting.  The 2015 officers will be installed at the December 8th meeting.

Elections were also held for the 2014 Beekeeper of the Year, which will be announced and presented at the December meeting.

Barb Brayfield and Michelle Barnick provided the meeting’s program on various products that can be made from the hive as gifts for the Christmas season, including beeswax, infused honey, soaps, lotions, and balms.

The 50/50 drawing was won by Arianna Goss and the door prize of soaps and lotions was won by Travis Dollarhide.

The next meeting of the Crossroads Beekeepers will be held on Monday, December 8th, at 6:30pm in the basement of the University of Illinois Extension Center, 1209 N. Wenthe, Effingham.  Enter the west doors and go downstairs.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October Meeting - Speaker on Mite Control

The next meeting of the Crossroads Beekeepers will be Monday, October 13th at 6:30pm at the U of I Extension Center, 1209 N. Wenthe, Effingham.

Please enter the west doors and go downstairs….listen for the buzzing of the beekeepers!  As always, the general public are invited to attend.

Don Bennett, beekeeper from Wayne City, Illinois, will be our speaker for this month's meeting. Don and his wife Cathy operate Scrub Hill Apiary, and Don will be speaking on the use of organic acids for the control of parasitic mites in honey bee colonies. He has experience in using formic acid mixtures and has been investigating the use of oxalic acid by beekeepers in Europe and South America for highly effective and low cost treatments to preserve bee hives from the destructive Varoa mites. Oxalic acid is being promoted by the American Beekeeping Federation who has applied to the EPA for approval based on European research and regulation. When approved, a safe and inexpensive mite control tool will become a reality. Organic acids are not conventional pesticides and use naturally occurring substances to attack mites without damaging bee health or causing honeycomb contamination if prepared and applied properly.

Following the presentation, nominations will be taken for the 2015 officer elections that are held at November's meeting.  Positions available include President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Membership Director.  All paid members are eligible to run for these offices. 

REFRESHMENTS!!!  Please bring your favorite treats to share following the meeting.