NOTE: August Meeting will be on Monday 22nd


Dear reader,

Greetings! We hope you and your bees have been having a great summer! This months meeting has been moved to August 22nd ( the 4th Monday), we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Hudson Valley Hives and the Olive Library would like to invite you to its ribbon cutting ceremony being held that night at 6:30 p.m. ( just prior to the meeting) for the completion of their very own observation hive on display. Blake Overton has built and installed the observation hive as his Eagle Scout project. It would be wonderful if we could have our members attend this ceremony, the more the merrier! Hope to see you there.

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August 22nd Meeting- Emergency Response Kits

The Bee Informed Partnership at the University of Maryland and USDA Agricultural Research Service piloted a new service to aid beekeepers experiencing crashing hives that require immediate attention in the fall/winter of 2012-2013, and we are now offering this as a full scale service. This long overdue initiative comes in the form of an ‘Emergency Response Kit,’ (ERK) aiming to gain a better understanding of the factors that contribute to colony loss. Tom Sotiridy will be bringing a kit to this months meeting for us to discuss and explore... 

For more information please visit HERE



Daily Freeman: Olive Free Library to unveil honeybee observation hive on August 22nd

Daily Freeman 08/06/16

WEST SHOKAN >> The Olive Free Library will unveil its new honeybee observation hive at a special ceremony on Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m..

The hive was built as an Eagle Scout project requirement by Blake Overton, a John A. Coleman High School senior and a third generation beekeeper.

It features a pipe that allows bees to enter and exit to search for nectar and return to care for the hive. A kiosk with a screen shows informational slides about honeybees.

Overton first approached the library’s board two years ago with a detailed plan that included CAD drawings, a fundraising plan and a detailed budget. He funded the project using an online fundraising site.

The Olive Free Library hosts a monthly beekeeping support group and offers an introductory beekeeping course each January.

For more information about this presentation, contact the Olive Free Library at (845) 657-2482.

Please note the date has been moved to August 22nd! Click HERE for the Daily Freeman webpage article. 



Recognizing American Foul Brood (and other diseases)

This video will help you to identify and diagnose American foul brood present in a colony. It's easier to identify than you may think, the symptoms are so different than any other disease you might see...  


West Coast Buzz

While visiting near Portland, Oregon at L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park this July, Lindsay Brower took the opportunity to admire all of the honeybees that were busy foraging on a variety of wild flowers in bloom.

"It was wonderful driving over 6,000 miles across our beautiful country and discovering so many honeybees whom made me feel like I was traveling with a piece of 'home'" -Lindsay Brower


Bee Health App

iPhone & Android

The Bee Health app is based on current scientific knowledge to address honey bee diseases and pests. It is a handy resource to help beekeepers and other users to detect, diagnose, manage and treat honey bee diseases and pests. It includes pictures and treatment options which will aid beekeepers in adopting appropriate pest management practices. Thus, beekeepers can improve bee health and enhance on-farm food safety and biosecurity practices in their operations.

Download the free Bee Health app from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry today. To find the app, search App Store or Google Play store for “bee health”.


Hudson Valley Hives is a beekeeping group that  meets at the Olive Free Library on a monthly basis and discuss all things beekeeping. The meeting starts with a short seasonal appropriate presentation followed by general open discussion. It is very informal and we welcome anyone interested to participate. If you are just thinking about getting started in beekeeping, a new beekeeper, or a seasoned beekeeper, you will benefit from the group discussions.

• What: Bee Group

• Where: Olive Free Library, West Shokan

• When: 3rd Monday of the Month - 6:30PM

Rob Overton
Lindsay Brower


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