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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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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.