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2013 COBA Beekeeper of the Year: Dan Wampler with Pres. Rod Pritchard and Barb Bloetscher
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My thanks to Mike Albaugh, Dan Wampler and Will Merrill for participating in the Senior Living Festival on October 31, 2013. The Senior Living Festival, sponsored in part by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging provides an opportunity for older adults to visit with vendors and providers of health care services for individuals in the Central Ohio community. As a participant for the second year in the event, COBA gets the chance to educate up to 1800 attendees of the event on bees and beekeeping. It never fails to surprise me at the interest in bees and the health of bees from all types and ages of individuals. We had the pleasure of sitting next to Michele Rapp (dressed in an outfit with purple lights on it for Halloween) of the Columbus Explorer Club who showed us a video of the club outing to extract honey and become beekeepers for a day. As beekeepers, we often forget the things that we do with bees are exciting and truly an adventure for some and not just a job. It’s time to once again reflect upon the wonders of the honey bee and the reason we became involved with bees and beekeeping. Let’s shake off the bad news from 2013 and have fun with your bees.
OSBA Fall meeting, November 2, 2013:
I had the pleasure of attending the Ohio State Beekeepers Association (OSBA) fall conference on Saturday, November 2 at the Tolles Career Center in Plain City, Ohio. The event was extremely well attended and a huge success in terms of numbers for our state association. Phil Craft and Michael Bush, the main speakers, as well as a host of others told of the many troubles we face as beekeepers and the risk facing our bees. We also heard from others that are trying to do something about the issues. One of those is the Buckeye Queen Cooperative and the Hartland Cooperative. Both organizations have been formed to increase the quality of the queens coming into Ohio and to produce northern queens that will meet our needs without the risk of mixed genetics coming from open mated southern queens. We have heard the stories that “hot” bees have been reported in Ohio this year and the sooner we flood the drone areas with good quality drones from Ohio and other northern queens the better prepared we’ll be to deal with the issue. It was good to see so many of our COBA members in attendance. I would like to say thank-you to John George, COBA member and OSBA President for putting on such a fine event. John made a decision not to run for OSBA office this year and we all thank him for his work on behalf of us at the state level.
The Central Ohio Beekeepers Association is a non-profit organization under the rules of the State of Ohio and is dedicated to promoting bees and beekeeping in Central Ohio.