2 Cs and a Bee
Beekeepers' Association

"Encompassing Blair, Cambria, and Clearfield counties and including beekeepers from around the state and region who share our common goals"
"My son, eat thou honey, because it is good, and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste."
Proverbs 24:13

Our Objectives: The advancement and improvement of the beekeeping industry and the state inspection. The eradication of diseases in all apiaries. The disbursement of knowledge regarding the value of the honeybee as a pollinating agent and the value of the honey as a food.

Announcements

August 22nd, 2015

August Meeting of 2 Cs and a Bee will be held at the Canoe Creek State Park Pavilion #3 (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) beginning at 10 AM. This will be our annual Picnic and Auction. Please note that this is a Saturday. For more information contact our Secretary: secretary@ccbee.org or at (814) 472-7637.
Directions will be posted at a later date.

2 Cs and a Bee will have a display at the following events:
DateFairCoordinator(s)
July 26 - Aug 1 Bedford County Fair Ed McCreary
Aug 3 - 8 Clearfield County Fair Kim Ream
Aug. 9 - 15 Huntingdon Fair George Lear
Glenn Mosholder
Aug. 16 - 22 Williamsburg Community Farm Show John & Sharon Wagner
Aug. 16 - 23 Somerset County Fair Yvonne Durst
(not officially done by association, but by one of our members)
Sept. 6 - 12 Cambria County Fair Bernie Svidergol
Sept. 14 - 19 Green Township Community Fair (Cookport) Van & Marilyn Smith
Sept. 15 - 19 Sinking Valley Fair Gary & Jessica Long
Sept. 22 - 24 Hollidaysburg Community Fair TBA
Presidential Memorandum

Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators
Read the article...

Plants for Honeybees

Northern American nectar sources for honey bees
Bees in the Garden
Bee-friendly plants
A Honey Bee Menu for Pollen and Nectar

Pesticide Research Article: (January 2014)

"Common crop pesticides kill honeybee larvae..." Read the article

Bee Swarms Article

"The Secret Life of Bees":   Article from Smithsonian.com about Thomas Seeley, biologist from Cornell University, and his study of bee swarming.

Honey Sale Laws

HB2565   ACT_106   Honey Sale And Labeling Act
Guidelines for the Sanitary Operation of Honey Extracting Facilities
Selling Honey in PA

Pesticide List

A list of chemicals with detailed information is available in various formats:
Pesticide List (Spreadsheet Format)
Pesticide List (HTML Format)

Protecting Honey Bees from Chemical Pesticides

If you are a grower, farmer, have honeybees pollinating your crops, or are a beekeeper, here is an article on protecting your bees from chemical pesticides.
It is written by:
Maryann Frazier
Senior Extension Associate
Penn State
Protecting Honey Bees from Chemical Pesticides

Colony Collapse Disorder

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is the name that has been given to the latest, and what seems to be the most serious, die-off of honey bee colonies across the country. It is characterized by, sudden colony death with a lack of adult bees in/in front of the dead-outs. Honey and bee bread are usually present and there is often evidence of recent brood rearing. In some cases, the queen and a small number of survivor bees may be present in the brood nest. It is also characterized by delayed robbing and slower than normal invasion by common pests such as wax moth and small hive beetles. (From the Mid-Atlantic Apiculture site)

Recent Research Article: (January 2012)
"A New Threat to Honey Bees, the Parasitic Phorid Fly..." Read the article

Additional CCD information at Mid-Atlantic Apiculture