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With that in mind, please note that If you are planning to order either NUCS or bee Packages...you need to call Steve Roth (304) 242-9867 TODAY (2/19/15) so that he can place the order. We have 15 nucs still available and 3 pound packages available. Expected delivery is late April. We would like payment within 30 days if possible. Nuc payments made out to John Welty and Package payments made out to Steve Roth. 

Our next club meeting will be as scheduled on THURSDAY, MARCH 19th at 7:00pm at the Good Zoo.


Welcome to the home page of the Tri-State Beekeepers Association. We are a group of hobbyists in Ohio, Marshall, and Belmont counties who are dedicated to promoting beekeeping. We meet monthly and host local and state speakers in an attempt to educate beginners and foster camaraderie among more seasoned members. The meetings are always casual and supportive, drawing on the knowledge of veteran members in an exchange of techniques and know-how. We foster novice beekeepers through a mentor program, pairing an experienced member with a newbee.
Here we are checking out the bees.
We support a speakers bureau with individuals enthusiastic about presenting programs on bees and beekeeping for private and civic groups. The Tri-State Beekeepers Association welcomes all interested individuals to contact us for an informative and memorable experience.
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Hello to All,

Even though the groundhog saw his shadow, we are within six weeks of spring and certainly you will be into your colonies at least to check on them even before that.  For now though we are confined to ordering new equipment, repairing old, and reading, reading, reading.

First let me remind you of the coming meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 19.  As you remember, we meet at the Good Zoo in Oglebay at 7:00 pm.  Our speaker will be our own Annette Gantz, describing her first year as a beekeeper.  We expect to have several individuals who will be taking the Novice Beekeeping Program as our guests at the meeting, and I’m sure Annette will have much to offer to them.  In addition, I hope that those of us with some experience will be on hand to answer questions and offer advise. Remember, 2015 dues are due in February.  Also, please remember that if the weather is inclement, we work off of the schedule for Wheeling Park High School.  If class is cancelled for the school that day due to the weather, our meeting is also cancelled.

The Novice Beekeeping Class has not yet been filled, and if you know of anyone who would be interested in taking class, please pass on the information.  Information regarding the Novice Program is found below.  In addition, please invite any guests to attend the February meeting.

I realize that it is early in the year to define your losses, but we are forced to order bees as early as possible.  To do so, I ask you to survey your needs and bring your orders to the February meeting.  The nucs have been sold out, but we do have access to the same packages as last year.  As you remember, they proved to be very health and quickly built up strong colonies.  Packages will again be id="mce_marker"25, but I MUST KNOW BY THE FEBRUARY MEETING WHAT YOUR ORDER IS.   Unfortunately, I cannot promise anything after that meeting.  If you can’t make the meeting, please call or write to me (304-242-9867 or sroth29201@comcast.net.)  As Mama always said, “he who hesitates is in deep dodo”.  Mama was always right!!

The club hats are in and I think you will be pleased with them.  The bee logo is large and easily recognized.  Now people with quickly realize that the proud owner of the hat is nuts.

If you are looking for a course to take this spring, the Western PA Beekeeping Seminar is offered February 13-14 at Cranberry, PA. (extension.psu.edu)  The Tri-County Beekeepers Association will offer their spring program March 6-7 at Wooster, Ohio.  Information can be found at tricountybeekeepers.org.

Well, that’s all that is on my list, so try not to get too excited about visiting into your colonies again and I look forward to seeing all of you in February.




With great pride the TriState Beekeepers Association announces the partnership with West Virginia Northern Community College to offer our 2015 Beekeeping for the Novice Course.  The College has generously offered to house the course in their Education Center.

The course will again be presented by John Grafton.  John is a graduate of the Agricultural Technical Institute of OSU at Wooster, Ohio.  He served as one of three bee inspectors in Ohio and assisted in the development of the Eastern Apical Society Master Beekeeping Course.  Two of the awards John has received are the Ohio State Beekeepers Association’s Ohio Beekeeper of the year award and the Exceptional Service Award presented by the Apiary Inspectors of America. John has held various offices in OSBA and is a past president of the organization.  We are very fortunate to have an individual of his expertise offering this program.

The course will consist of six installments to be presented from March 17 through April 21 from 6:00-8:45 pm at the West Virginia Northern Community College, Education Center located at 17th and Eoff Streets in downtown Wheeling.  The program will follow a textbook and lecture format.   We are able to provide it at a cost of $30.00 per person plus the cost of the textbook priced around id="mce_marker"7.00.  That is just $5 per class!!  Every topic needed for successful beekeeping will be covered, concluding with the demonstration of the colony installation.  While aimed at the inexperienced beekeeper, even the most seasoned hobbyist can gain some new ideas.  Reservations may be made starting January 1, 2015 and are limited to 25 students so advanced registration will be required.


WHEN:           Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:45 pm March 17 through April 21, 2015. 

WHERE:         West Virginia Northern Community College, Education Center located at 17th and Eoff Streets. 

WHO:            John Grafton as the guest of TriState Beekeepers Association

COST:           $30 per person includes all 6 lectures.  Textbook to be purchased for about $17.  Individual lectures cannot be  attended.  This is a package course.

REGISTRATION:  Reservations beginning January 1, 2015 can be made by calling Steve Roth (304) 242-9867 or through the      TriState Beekeepers Association website at http://tristatebeekeepers.com.    Enrollment is limited to 25 students so advanced registration will be required.