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Issue No. 18 - January 2011 The President Speaks By Loyd Luna

Thanks to all who supported AABA this past year. I think we were successful on several fronts.

Ned Wall's survey of members identified several areas for improvement.

The October 9th social was a great success. We had 35 folks attend the potluck. We will repeat it again this year if someone steps forward to organize it.

The organizational display took first place at the Maryland State Fair; the theme was "Our Future Rides on the Wings of Honey Bees." That earned our treasurer $100.

Our club volunteers also manned the sales booth for an entire day answering questions from the public and selling honey. That earned us another $415.

The Anne Arundel County Fair honey competition was also quite successful. We had more entries from AABA members than in past years, but still not enough.

As noted in the Treasurers report, we have 167 registered members; only 76 paid their dues for 2010. If you have not paid your $3.00 dues, you will be deleted from the membership list. You can pay at our February meeting or mail a check to: Doris Luna, 754 Carlisle Drive, Arnold, MD 21012.

Our librarian, Carl Guerci, Jr., has quite a collection of books related to beekeeping. A listing of books in his library is available on our web site. Check them out and put them to good use. He can bring them to our regularly scheduled meetings.

My partner, Don Thompson, and I have lost three of our five colonies this winter. Check your colonies for food supplies. If they are sparse, feed fondant. There is a recipe on the web site.

Our web master, Ollie Snyder, has made a number of improvements to the AABA web site. Visit and find out about extractor rental, meeting dates, speakers and topics, plus links to other beekeeping organizations. This should be your first source of information about AABA and its activities.

Enrollment for out short course is booming. We already have 45 students.

We will have an election of officers at our first meeting on February 15th.

2011 AABA SCHEDULE By Bart Smith, AABA Program Chairman

We meet on the third Tuesday of every other month, starting in February, at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville. The schedule and speakers follow:

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. "The Fine Art of Producing Ross Round Comb Honey" By Joe Brotherton

Joe will discuss and show the equipment necessary to produce Ross Round comb honey sections. This method of honey production does not need an extractor but it does require advance planning and there are many tips that Joe will give in order to get a good crop! Joe is an enthusiastic beekeeper that enjoys the hobby, an AABA member for many years, and one of the larger beekeepers in Anne Arundel County.

TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011, 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.: "Open Hive Demo"

Help examine the honey bee colonies at Arlington Echo.

You will be able to see the progress of overwintered colonies and new colonies that were established from packages during the Short Course.

"Panel of Experts"

The second half of the evening will be devoted to beekeeping questions. Get answers from the experts about how to manage your bees or deal with any other issue regarding beekeeping.

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011, 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.: "Open Hive Demo"

Examine the honey bee colonies at Arlington Echo and observe the results of the May honey flow. Also, see the continued progress of new colonies that were established from packages during the Short Course.

"Preparing Your Colonies for Winter - Starting in June!" Bart Smith

Having trouble getting your colonies to survive the winter? Bart will discuss what you need to do starting now and the rest of the year in order to have healthy bees that will survive the winter and therefore make a crop of honey in 2012! Bart is a long-time member of the AABA, and he currently manages the bee disease diagnostic lab at the USDA Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2011, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.: "Preparing Honey for Gift-Giving, Sale and Competitive Shows" Dave Morris

Dave will discuss how to prepare top notch honey (and other products of the hive) to be used as gifts, for sale, and for show at the Anne Arundel County and State Fairs. Dave is an EAS master beekeeper that has kept bees as a hobby for many years. He is past president of the Maryland State Beekeeper’s and Bowie-Upper Marlboro Beekeeper’s Associations, and is an expert honey judge (Dave has judged honey at the Anne Arundel County Fair multiple times).


Back by popular demand, we will again have a pot-luck social – sometime in late September, time and place to be determined.

***This year we will try to answer some beekeeper questions regarding colony management at every meeting, and time permitting, have a panel discussion during each program – in addition to the "Panel of Experts" listed for the April meeting.

2011 SHORT COURSE By Loyd Luna

This will be our fifteenth year to offer a Short Course--Beekeeping, A Honey of A Hobby.

Last year 51 people completed the course.

The fees for this year's course remain the same -- $25 for individuals, $30 for family, and $5 for students.

Here is the schedule:

Session 1 (March 15) Introduction Loyd Luna

Honey Bee Biology Rick Derrick

Session 2 (March 22) Spring and Summer Management Loyd Luna

Session 3 (March 29) Fall and Winter Management Steve McDaniel

Session 4 (April 5) Maintaining Healthy Bees Bart Smith

Nectar Sources Bart Smith

Session 5 (April 9) Honey Extracting Bridgett Kennedy

Products of the Hive Bart Smith

Equipment Assembly Free State Bees

Hive Management/Manipulation Bart Smith

Installing Packaged Bees Bart Smith and Loyd Luna

An application form is at page below.

Sessions 1 - 4 are 7-9 P.M.; Session 5 is 9 A.M. - 1 P.M. The course coordinator is Loyd Luna (410) 757-5797;

Dave Polk, Free State Bees, in Waldorf, Maryland has asked that the following two items be included in this newsletter.

Dave has been a faithful supporter of AABA for many years; he has taught the equipment portion of our short course, and equally important, he has provided very high quality equipment to many of our members at very reasonable prices. In fact, he is the only local provider in our area. The only thing more valuable is the advice and assistance he has given to scores of our members.

Free State Bees is selling packages for early April 2011 pick-up in Waldorf. I've got 200 packages on order from Hardeman's. A 3lb package with marked Italian queen is $81 and with a marked Russian queen $84. I will also be getting individual queens, $20 for marked Italian and $23 for marked Russian. To order, please send an email to (that's the best way) or leave a voice mail at 301-580-9313. Be sure to include the number of packages with which type of queen and your name, address, and phone/email contact information. Payment is by check or cash before March 15th. Send to Free State Bees, 2420 Mill Hill Rd, Waldorf, MD 20603-3752. I accept PayPal with an additional fee to cover processing. Please email or call if you have any questions.

For a variety of reasons, but most significantly because I want to spend more time with my family, I've decided to sell Free State Bees. Free State Bees has been in operation in southern Maryland and the Annapolis area for over 30 years, and I hope very much that there's an enthusiastic beekeeper out there who might be interested in purchasing the business and expanding their beekeeping hobby and passion into running a bee supply home business. I've enjoyed getting to know the members at the local and state clubs, and getting a chance to teach others at the short courses. Helping new beekeepers to customize their "starter kits" is probably what I'll miss most about no longer operating Free State Bees. If you're interested in learning more about taking over the business, please call me soon at 301-580-9313 or send an email to

TREASURERS REPORT FOR 2010 By Doris Luna, Treasurer, AABA

We had $1,709.80 in the bank on 1/1/10. Income from 76 of our 167 member dues ($3.00 per annum) was $228, profit from the Short Course was $178.76, extractor rental was $90, income from MD State Fair was $412.15 and $100 for 1st prize, for a total of $1,008.91. Added to the beginning balance equals $2,718.71

We spent money for speaker’s fees, refreshments, postage and printing, door prizes, the AABA social, and office supplies. Total expenses: $828.17. The bank balance at the end of 2010 was $1,890.54, which includes some deposits for the 2011 Short Course.


While I doubt that you will hear of much campaigning by these candidates, at our February meeting you will be asked to cast your ballot for or against the following nice folks who have agreed to stand for office:

President – Loyd Luna
Vice President – Ned Wall
Treasurer – Doris Luna
Secretary – Lindsay Barranco
Chairlady, Publicity – Amy Jameson
Chairman, Programs – Bart Smith
Chairlady, Competition – Amy Jameson
Chairman, Awards – Dwight Fielder
Chairlady, Refreshments – Carolyn Grant
Librarian – Carl Guerci, Jr.
Web Master - Ollie Snyder

The floor will be open for nominations, and we hope for dozens.



4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup raisins
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
Near East Couscous

Lightly flatten chicken breasts. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with nutmeg, salt and pepper. Combine orange juice, honey and raisins in a large skillet; heat. Add chicken. Cover and simmer 15-20 minutes or until chicken is tender; remove. Dissolve cornstarch in water; stir into orange juice mixture. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Return chicken to skillet; stir in almonds. Heat. Serve chicken and sauce with couscous prepared according to package directions. Makes 4 servings.


1 (15 1/4 ounce) can pineapple chunks, undrained
2 medium oranges, peeled and sectioned
1 medium apple, peeled and diced
1 banana, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup honey

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine orange juice, lemon juice and honey in a small bowl; mix well. Pour over fruit, tossing gently. Chill thoroughly. Yield: 4-6 servings.    


FOR: Anyone interested in bees.

SPONSORED BY: Anne Arundel Beekeepers Association

PLACE: Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center 975 Indian Landing Road Millersville, MD 21108

DATES: March 15, 2011 - 7:00 to 9:00 PM
March 22, 2011 - 7:00 to 9:00 PM
March 29, 2011 - 7:00 to 9:00 PM
April 5, 2011 - 7:00 to 9:00 PM
April 9, 2011- 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

FEES: $25.00 SINGLE $30.00 FAMILY $5.00 STUDENT - OPTIONAL TEXT - BEEKEEPING FOR DUMMIES - $20.00 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Loyd Luna - (410) 757-5797 DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: February 28, 2011 PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A FIVE SESSION COURSE; YOU SHOULD PLAN TO ATTEND ALL FIVE SESSIONS. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

COMPLETE AND RETURN THE APPLICATION BELOW. Name: ____________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________ City: ____________________ State _________ ZIP _______________ Telephone: Home ( ) ________________ Work ( ) ____________ E-Mail ____________________________________________________ I want: Text _____ book(s) @ $20.00 each - Total _____ Course Fee: Individual @ $25.00 each _____ Family @ $30.00 each _____Total number & names of attendees Student @ $5.00 each _____ ___________________________ Grand Total Paid: $ _____ ___________________________  

Make checks payable to AABA and return the application and check to: Doris Luna, Treasurer - AABA, 754 Carlisle Drive, Arnold, MD 21012 by February 28, 2011. November; until they stop taking the sugar water, or the temperature drops below 40F. I use table sugar syrup, two parts sugar to one part water; the heavier sugar syrup helps the bees remove the water quicker and easier to manufacture honey. .