!!!!! FIRST OUTDOOR MEETING -- SATURDAY MAY 7 at 1PM
Don't miss our first hive opening of the year! Details and directions can be found below under Events. Please bring protective equipment (veil etc.).
REQUEST YOUR HIVE INSPECTION!
In 2016 your hives will not automatically be inspected unless you file a request with the Chief Apiary Inspector, except in the case of a health emergency. Please submit your form as early as possible to allow for planning of inspection rounds! The form can be found here:
You can submit the form by email, snail mail, or by phone.
To submit by snail mail: print the form and fill it out (or fill it out online and print it), then mail it to:
Department of Agricultural Resources
101 University Drive, Suite C4, Amherst, MA 01002
To submit by phone: call the Worcester County Inspector Ken Warchol at 508-234-6833 and request him to fill out the request for you.
JAR ORDER PICKUP -- SATURDAY MAY 7 from 8am-12pm
Orders MUST be picked up at this time -- any jars left at the end of pickup will be sold and your payment will not be refunded! WCBA does not have room to store jars. Find someone who lives near you to pick up your jars if you cannot make it during this window.
22 Valley Street, Spencer, MA -- directions and phone# are in the spring newsletter
SEASONAL APIARY INSPECTOR JOB POSTING
The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is seeking applicants for the position of Apiary Inspector to work in either the Boston/Metro area or in Southeastern Massachusetts (Plymouth, Norfolk, Barnstable counties). You can apply online by visiting this link:
DOES YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS NEED UPDATING?
If your membership is up to date but you are not receiving club emails (quarterly newletter & important announcements), please contact our treasurer Phil Gaudette to update your email in our records.
MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS ARE PAST DUE
Membership has its benefits! Quarterly newsletter, discount on beekeeping trade journals (Bee Culture and American Bee Journal), free admittance to the WCBA indoor meetings which include our March and October speaker meetings, discount honey jar ordering, club honey extractor program and much, much more. Don't delay, renew today!
Membership renewals are due by August 31 every year. Dues are $15. You can renew by mail or at any of the club meetings. The membership renewal form can be found here.
BEEKEEPING BILLS IN THE MASS LEGISLATURE
On Nov. 17 there was a hearing of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture regarding three bills related to honeybees and beekeeping. Information about the bills can be found HERE.