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Dennis Keeney Obituary



Dennis Keeney



Dennis Clark Keeney, age 60, of Dillsburg, Pa. passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 at home. Born Nov. 11, 1953 in Lebanon, he was a son of the late Clarence I. Keeney and Ruth E. (Frantz) Keeney of Rehrersburg, Pa.


He was employed at the PA. State Farm Show Complex for over 25 yrs., and for several years was a Pa. State Bee Inspector. He was the owner/operator of Keeney & Ziegler Apiaries, Bethel, Pa. In 1987 after his uncle Paul Ziegler suffered a heart attack, Dennis took over the management of the apiary.

  He graduated in 1971 from Tulpehocken High School, where he was active in music and sang in the District Chorus. He later studied at Elizabethtown College where he sang with the Concert Choir and at West Virginia University, graduating with a degree in Agronomy.

  Dennis was an experienced beekeeper, a breeder of queen bees and was named Beekeeper of the year in 2003 by the PA. State Beekeepers Association.

  He was a member of the Carlisle Church of the Brethren, Eastern Apicultural Society, PA. State Beekeepers Association, Berks/Schuylkill Beekeepers Association and the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association.

  Dennis had a great appreciation for nature and enjoyed hunting.

  In addition to his mother, surviving are his wife Elaine L. (Garvick) Keeney, daughter Christen M. Keeney of Dillsburg and two brothers, the Rev. Delmas L. Keeney of Mechanicsburg and David N. Keeney of Coudersport.

  There will be a viewing from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 at Malpezzi Funeral Home, Mechanisburg. Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 at Little Swatara Church of the Brethren, 31 Rehrersburg Rd., Bethel, where there will be a viewing from 10:30 a.m. until time of services. Burial will follow in the Little Swatara Cemetary. Memorial contribution may be made to: Honey Bee Research c/o Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, 2565 Southside Rd., Canton, PA 17724-7880



 October, 2012



The bill to amend the Food Safety Act, House Bill 2565, was signed into law by the governor of PA.  It exempts honey producers who process and sell all their honey from one premise from registrations.   It does not exempt the producers from inspections.  Read the text of the bill Here.

January, 2012

More Evidence points to Pesticide as Cause of Mass Bee Deaths!


Read story HERE!

July, 2012

EPA Bails on Bees, rejects petition to Ban Pesticide!

Read the story HERE!


Deadly Fly Parasite spotted for first time in Honey Bees!

The Parasitic Phorid Fly (Apocephalus borealis) was spotted in San the story published on PLoS one website HERE.

January, 2012


Bees in Crisis....

A comprehensive situation report.

(November 29th, 2010) Over the last decade, beekeepers, scientists, environmentalists and politicians have been lamenting the alarming unexplained decline in honey bee populations in Europe and North America. Jeremy Garwood reports on the scientific battle to save the bees ... if only we could finally agree on what's actually killing them!(Read the report HERE)




April 5, 2012


Use of common pesticide linked to bee colony colapse!


Go HERE  to read story.

Bayer CropSciencelaunches new bee health website!

You can check it here

2011 NASS Honey report

Read the latest report of the 2011 honey production statistics from the

National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) here.



New Demons Found.

The CCD Trail Gets Much Warmer.

In 2007 a team* was formed to search for the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder. Using mass spectrometry-based proteomics, a technique modified by the military for screening samples for pathogens, they found a fungus and an unusual virus associated with samples from colonies with CCD symptoms.

An insect iridescent virus (IIV) in bees from CCD colonies is new to the U.S. It shows similarities to an IIV first reported in India 20 years ago, as well as to an IIV found in moths. The method of its introduction to bees in North America remains a mystery but it probably arrived in infected bees, or it crossed over to bees from another insect.

The entire paper is published in the online Journal Plos One. Find it at:

Nature's Corner

October 29th Update!

Check out Ron's update on his Nature's Corner page.


October, 2011

French Beekeepers hold mass demonstrations in the street to say:

NO! to Syngenta's neonicotinoid insecticide 'Cruiser'.

Read the story HERE.

Beekeeping Merit Badge is NOT reinstated says BSA!

As you may be aware, Christopher Stowell, a Boy Scout and 14 year old beekeeper from Oklahoma, recently led a campaign to reinstate the Beekeeping Merit Badge.
BSA recently announced its response to Christopher's request, and the news is mostly good. While BSA is not agreeing to reinstate the Beekeeping Merit Badge, it is agreeing to incorporate beekeeping activities into several different existing merit badges.
Emphasis of the importance of bees and beekeeping will be added to or enhanced in eight existing merit badge pamphlets: Bird Study, Forestry, Gardening, Nature, Plant Science, Pulp and Paper, Environmental Science, and Insect Study. All of this will be accomplished by the end of 2015. One of those badges, Environmental Science, is needed for a scout to attain Eagle rank. Although the BSA is not reinstating a merit badge specific to beekeeping, it is making changes that provide opportunities to expose over 100,000 boys a year to the joys of beekeeping.
Beekeeping projects, such as working with a colony or harvesting honey, will be considered for addition to one or more of those merit badges so that interested scouts can earn advancement recognition for their beekeeping activities. The BSA believes this will increase the awareness of honeybees and their critical impact on our environment, and training America's young people about caring for this important natural resource.