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Apiary Outing Date Change


We will be meeting at the club apiary this SUNDAY (not Saturday) at 1 PM to wrap up the hives for winter. 



1953 - 2014


   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


National Honey Board

The National Honey Board has much to offer beekeepers.   Check out

  Looking for some documentaries on bees?

Check out this link on

Discovery News Here


Are you new to beekeeping?


Check out our 'Library' page for a list of suggested reading material & our video library.

Beekeeping Basics - (Formerly Fundamentals of Beekeeping) - Text covers the basics of beginning beekeeping $7.50. Information on managing parasites, pests and diseases; honey production and processing; pollination; handling beeswax; pollen trapping; and a guide to important floral sources.

(on-line pdf version)* Available from Penn State Publication Distribution Center, 112 Ag. Admin. Bldg., University Park, PA 16802 Phone 814-865-6713 *(The on-line pdf version is free).



Posted 7/8/13


APIVAR approved for use in all 50 states


Apivar has been approved now for use in beehives in all 50 states.  This treatment is based on a miticide called "amitraz" and is a new treatment.  The instructions say to remove honey stores during the 42 day treatment.  Mann Lake and Brushy Mountain Bee Farm are a distributors.


For more information, see

 Silence of the Bees 


If you haven't viewed this production that was aired in the winter of 2006 or if you would like to view it again you can watch it on your computer now by clicking HERE


Posted 4/4/14.

2013 - Highest losses of Bees in the U.S.

Dan Rather Reports - Buzzkill, see video - HERE


Posted 1/22/14 

A rapidly mutating virus jumps from plants to Honey bees!

May be linked to colony collapse disorder! Read the whole story HERE!


Observation Bee Hive

The Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Assoc. maintains an observation bee hive at the Wildlands Conservancy, 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA.

In the photo at right, L.V.B.A. 2010 V. Pres., Bob Milot, explains the inner workings of the ob-hive. The photo above was taken at the Wildlands Conservancy during our Honey Bee Awareness day.

Need an extractor? 

  Is this your first year harvesting a honey crop? If you are a member of L.V.B.A. you can rent the club extractor for a nominal fee ($20) and extract your honey harvest without the expense of buying one. You'll have the use of the stainless steel, manual extractor, an electric uncapping knife and a uncapping tub to separate and drain your cappings.   A filter and bottling  bucket are included too.  You just need the bottles for your honey.

   To reserve a time slot contact:

Steve Finke @ 610-737-7676

Hive Equipment


A Regional Gamma Irradiation Program for PA Beekeepers


The LVBA recommends that you irradiate any old equipment that you have found or bought to be sure it's not infected with American Foulbrood spores (which can lay dormant for 70 years or more). This service is organized by Mark Antunes and usually takes place in mid-March.  The LVBA may consolidate equipment from members and send it all down together.  Cost is typically about $7-8 per deep hive box (much cheaper than burning the equipment and starting over).


If you plan to irradiate old, used beekeeping equipment, please check with the LVBA leadership on a possible trip or contact Mark Antunes directly at: or call him at 215-257-7121 (home) or 484-955-0768 (cell).


  Please see document HERE to learn all of the details about Gamma Irradiation, preparation of equipment and costs.


 Pennsylvania has 3 new Master Beekeepers!

Our new Master Beekeepers are:

Frank Licata;  Monroe County, Warren Graham; Chester Cnty.,  Andrew Jones; Huntingdon Cnty.  


Congratulations to all of you!

 First Beehives from Biblical Israel discovered!

Archaeologists find remains of Honey Bees from 3,000 years ago!

Read the complete story here

Is Honey Kosher?

Click here to read the complete story.

Honey Labeling Regulations,

Info & Tips

Are you thinking of selling your honey? Do you have a label? Does it have all of the information that is requred? You can find the information you need to know about labeling Honey HERE


Also see our REGISTRATIONS page.

60 Minutes

Why are the Honey Bees Disappearing?

This 60 Minutes production is a few years old but not too old to watch again. To view Part 1 of the 60 minutes video on YouTube click HERE continue to view Part 2 HERE

If you are a grower of Bee pollinated Crops

If you are a grower of Bee pollinated crops and rent Honey Bees for their service PLEASE click HERE to read "Protecting Honey Bees from Chemical Pesticides" published by: Maryann Frazier, Senior Extension Associate, Penn State.

View the 'Dan Rather' video - "Bee Aware"