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ABF E-Buzz — November 2012

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Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

by Tim Tucker, ABF Vice President and ABF E-Buzz Editor

Welcome back! I hope your waistline has recovered from the Thanksgiving weekend and that your family had a great time to gather together. We do have so many things to be thankful for as citizens of this great country of ours. Sometimes we can get bogged down focusing on our problems and there are many to deal with in our profession. I am still getting reports of those who are having problems with bees that are too poor to make it through the winter. If you have experienced losses, we would appreciate you reporting your estimates as we are trying to get a handle on what and where the problem areas are. You can just drop me an e-mail with your status at tuckerb@hit.net.
We would like to request a bit of assistance from you in helping us to select a number of new people for the Board of Directors, who will be elected at the upcoming ABF annual conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania in January. This is a perpetual issue, as the ABF is set up with a continuous overturn of about half of our Board members each year, which has its benefits, but also creates this need for new people who are interested in being involved. In the past, this issue has just been handled during the state delegates' meeting and the SIG meetings on the Wednesday of the conference. One of our challenges in the past has been our last-minute scramble to come up with nominees. This year we hope to get proactive on this issue of nominees and hopefully conduct our elections from a more informed standpoint. So, if you have any inclination that you would like to be involved or have someone you know who is interested, we would love to hear from you. If we don't get everyone's input into this, we will find ourselves again just electing someone in the room at the time who may or may not have even thought about it. Give it some thought and see if you can inspire a few people to take a more active role. We all will get better representation through this process.

In this month's issue of ABF E-Buzz, you will find tons of great information and news. The "Bee Aware" article deals with a new report from the National Honey Board on the analysis of raw and processed honey. We also have Anna Kettlewell back with a report on our Honey Queen and Honey Princess and their travels around the country. I don't know how Anna keeps their schedules so organized! We also have a recipe for a honey cough drop that's absolutely great.  There's a review on a new book from May Berenbaum titled, Honey, I'm Homemade, which has some wonderful recipes in it. May will be one of our featured speakers at the upcoming conference in Hershey, where I am sure you can pick up a copy and get her to autograph it for you.  All this and much much more to keep you informed and up to date. As always, we thank you for spending some time here at the ABF E-Buzz and if there's anything you would like to see printed into the next issue, just let me know. Have a great December!

The Buzz on the Hill: ABF November Legislative Update

by George Hansen, ABF President

While the Farm Bill stagnates in the lame duck session, the ABF is continuing a push to improve honey bee habitat on federal lands and conservation projects. Below is a portion of the letter being circulated for signatures from farm and conservation stakeholders. By the time you are reading this, perhaps the Farm Bill will have gotten legs. Certainly the list of organizations signing on this letter will have grown. Currently, the AHPA, NAPPC and Ducks Unlimited have joined us. You can definitely help in this effort by making your legislators aware of this issue and by asking for their support.

The Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250

RE: Request for Actions to Increase Forage for Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

Dear Mr. Secretary:

The undersigned organizations recognize the urgent need to develop substantial habitat and forage for honey bees and other pollinators in the United States. We encourage you to strengthen USDA's commitment to habitat and forage for honey bees and other pollinators through conservation policies and programs.

It is in the economic interest of agricultural producers and the American public to ensure a healthy, sustainable population of honey bees and native pollinators. Pollinators are essential to the production of an estimated one third of the human diet and to the reproduction of at least 80 percent of flowering plants. Insect-pollinated agricultural commodities result in significant income for agricultural producers and account for $20 billion in U.S. agricultural output yearly.

Critical habitat loss has presented a major challenge to honey bee health and colony numbers in recent years, posing a substantial threat to the pollination of our food supply. Honey bees, the pollinating "work horse" of modern agriculture, require a rich supply of nectar and pollen from blooming trees, shrubs and plants in order to thrive. Changes in farming practices, wide scale agricultural herbicide usage, urban sprawl, aggressive weed control measures, and altered land management policies have each significantly reduced the amount of sustainable habitat available for honey bees and other pollinators.

We recommend and support actions to focus on the following priority areas:

  • Encourage maximum participation in conservation programs, continuing to work toward acreage goals outlined in the Farm Bill.
  • Establish and maintain the maximum amount of habitat possible on the ground available. Protecting existing pollinator habitat and encouraging the establishment of new habitat should be a priority in all conservation programs and allowable management practices, including haying, grazing and weed control.
  • Establish affordable pollinator-friendly seed mixes, including non-native legumes, which have been widely used in agriculture, at the larger scale needed for honey bees, to encourage wider use of such mixes on conservation lands and for cover crops.
  • Offer cost-share assistance and incentives through EQIP and other programs to encourage larger-scale, pollinator-friendly plantings.
  • Strengthen policies and programs to allow and encourage access for the placement of bee hives on CRP land, other ag conservation lands and federal lands.

We stand ready to work with USDA to achieve increased habitat and forage for honey bees and other pollinators.

American Beekeeping Federation

Bee Aware: National Honey Board Weighs in on Raw and Processed Honey

by Tim Tucker, ABF Vice President and ABF E-Buzz Editor

The big news this month is that the National Honey Board (NHB) has released the results of its evaluation of honey titled, "Comparison of Vitamin, Mineral and Antioxidant Levels in Raw and Processed Honey." The purpose of which was to determine the validity of claims regarding raw and filtered honey. It is surprising and has information that will likely stir controversy among those selling honey with claims that filtered honey is inferior to unprocessed honey. Some claims have been made that honey that has been filtered to remove the pollen and all debris is "no longer honey."  The NHB found that 82 percent of respondents to a survey believed that raw honey was more nutritional than processed honey. The NHB determined in 2012 that it was necessary to find out if there is a difference in nutritional value between raw and processed honey and how honey might be changed from heating and processing.

The vitamins and minerals to be tested were selected based on the average quantities found in honey nationwide. Using honey compositional data from the NHB, researchers chose to test for vitamins B12, folic acid and pyroxidine; minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium; and both the hydro- and lipophilic antioxidants. After testing for vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, the samples were sent to ABC Labs (Gainesville, Florida) to complete the pollen analysis of all nine samples. The pollen analysis included a summary of the pollen concentration values, which are calculated in grains per 10 g. The honey was melted and blended at 140°F for 18 hours. This helped to homogenize the honey, thereby reducing the variability between samples. Two samples were taken after blending and labeled "Blended 1 & 2."
The entire batch was allowed to settle at 130°F for 12 hours. After settling, the honey was manually skimmed to remove foam and extraneous solids on the surface of the honey. It was then flash heated to 175°F for approximately seven minutes. At that point, the honey was filtered using diatomaceous earth (DE). It was flash cooled to 130°F and held for packing into containers. Two final samples were taken and labeled "Filtered Samples 1 & 2." The honey was then packaged at about 120-130°F.

The data show that processing honey did not result in the destruction of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants analyzed. From shortly after being removed from the hive until the time the honey is heated and filtered during processing, the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in honey change in varied ways. For instance, calcium, magnesium and potassium all experience slight increases after processing, though the level of significance changes. On average, honey's calcium levels increase 0.8 percent after processing, magnesium rises 8.9 percent and potassium goes up 14.1 percent. Additionally, the hydro, lipo and total antioxidant levels in honey increase post processing. Total antioxidants increase an average of 8.4 percent, while hydrophilic rise 7.6 percent and lipophilic rise 15 percent. In many cases, heating and filtering honey does not have a negative effect on honey's mineral and antioxidant levels. While the tested minerals and antioxidants showed slight increases after processing, the vitamins showed either no change or a slight decrease. Folic acid and vitamin B12 experienced no measurable change during heating and filtration, and pyridoxine dropped 9.6 percent. In addition, pollen was completely eliminated after filtration.
It is important to look critically at the data in a study such as this to hypothesize as to why such changes in honey's vitamin, mineral and antioxidant levels would increase after heating and filtration. There are a few potential rationales that are all worthy of additional discussion. The research indicates that a balanced approach to the promotion of honey as a healthy, unique ingredient is warranted by this study. Neither raw nor processed honey is superior to the other in every way. Both filtered and unfiltered honeys provide benefits that are not found in most other sweeteners, which will continue to set honey apart from many common sweetening ingredients. Click here to read the full report.

Bee There: Celebrate the New Year with 600+ of Your Closest Beekeeping Friends!

by Robin Lane, ABF Executive Director

2013 is quickly approaching and now is the time to make attending the 2013 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow at the Hershey® Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania, one of your New Year's resolutions!

The excitement is building for the annual meeting of the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF), which promises to be one "sweet" event you won't want to miss! And with an anticipated attendance of more than 600, this is sure to be the must-attend conference of the year – beekeepers from all over North America and beyond will gather to share ideas and develop new contacts. In addition, the 2013 conference will be a very special one because the ABF will be celebrating its 70th anniversary.

The conference agenda is filled with areas of interest to all beekeepers, including:

  • Keynote speaker, May Berenbaum, professor and department head of entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Featured speaker, Dr. Rob Page, vice provost and dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and foundation professor of life sciences, Arizona State University
  • Key legislative and industry updates
  • Shared Interest Group meetings
  • Serious Sideliner Symposium with a focus on "How I Do It"
  • Research updates from the Tucson, Beltsville and Baton Rouge Bee Labs
  • Interactive workshops
  • The American Bee Research Conference
  • 2013 American Honey Show
  • 2013 American Honey Queen and Princess coronation
  • Field trip to commercial beekeeping operations of Brushy Mountain Bee Farm and Hackenberg Apiaries

These are just a few of the educational and networking opportunities slated for the 2013 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow. Visit the conference website and select the meetings, workshops and optional activities that are right for you and register online today. And while you are registering for the conference, don't forget to make your hotel reservations at the Hershey® Lodge and take advantage of the discounted group rate of $119+tax per night.

With 40+ presentations from industry leaders, 14 interactive workshops and 35+ exhibitors, beekeepers won't want to miss a second of this conference. We are excited to see you in Hershey and can't wait to share this conference with you!

Bee Informed: Register Today for ABF's Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar Two Sessions Scheduled for December

Beekeeping 101: Flight and Foraging Dynamics
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 3:00 p.m. HST
Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, professor emeritus, Michigan State University

Diseases of the Honey Bee Part One: Honey Bee Brood Diseases
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 3:00 p.m. HST
Dr. Marion Ellis, professor of entomology and apiculture specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Even though the busy holiday season is right around the corner, don't stop taking your beekeeping education to the next level. Register today for two new sessions in the ABF's "Conversation with a Beekeeper" Webinar series – "Beekeeping 101: Flight and Foraging Dynamics," Tuesday, December 11, with Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, and "Diseases of the Honey Bee Part One: Honey Bee Brood Diseases," Wednesday, December 12, with Dr. Marion Ellis. Both sessions will be held at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Dr. Roger Hoopingarner

SESSION DETAILS: Beekeeping 101: Flight and Foraging Dynamics

Join us as we learn how bees fly and their foraging habits, along with the nectar and pollen loads of the worker bees.

Dr. Roger Hoopingarner got his start in beekeeping as a boy scout 65 years ago. With that interest he went on to receive his B.S. degree from Michigan State University in Entomology and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His doctoral research was on the genetics and environmental factors in queen rearing. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, he joined the faculty at Michigan State University's Entomology Department where he remained doing research, teaching and extension in insect physiology and apiculture for 38 years.  His research interests involved fruit pollination, disease transmission, population dynamics and insecticide interactions with insects and animals.

Dr. Marion Ellis

SESSION DETAILS: Diseases of the Honey Bee Part One: Honey Bee Brood Diseases

This session will describe honey bee brood diseases and their management. It will include pathology, etiology, epidemiology and abatement measures. Sanitation measures and disease prevention will be emphasized, and the stresses that predispose bees to diseases will be reviewed. An introduction to breeding bees for resistance to diseases and update on antibiotic resistant strains of American foulbrood will be included.

Dr. Marion Ellis is a professor of entomology and apiculture specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology from the University of Tennessee in 1972 and 1974, respectively. He then served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru and El Salvador, teaching apiculture at the Escuela National de Agricultura and offering educational workshops for beekeepers. After completing his Peace Corps service, he spent four years at Iowa State University working on controlled pollination of plant germplasm collections and 15 years as the Nebraska State Apiculturist. After 21 years of applied apiculture work, he returned to school and completed a Ph.D. in entomology at the University of Nebraska in 1994 where he is currently a professor of entomology.  He offers educational programs for new and experienced beekeepers.  His research interests include bee diseases, bee parasites and how bees are affected by toxins.


The sessions will be conducted via the GoToWebinar online meetings platform, which means the presenter will have a visual presentation, as well as an audio presentation. Upon entering the session online, you may choose whether to listen to the presentation through your computer's speakers or through your phone.

Reserve your spot today by e-mailing Grayson Daniels, ABF membership coordinator, at graysondaniels@abfnet.org or by calling the ABF offices at 404.760.2875. Registration will close 48 business hours before the scheduled session. Twenty-four hours before the session the registered participant will receive an e-mail confirming participation, along with the necessary information to join the session. If an e-mail address is not provided, the ABF will call the participant with the information. Questions for the speaker must be submitted 48 business hours in advance to Grayson Daniels.

If you are unable to make the session, don't fear! Each session will be recorded and available on the ABF Web site for member-only access.

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Bee Proud: Entry Deadline for the 2013 American Honey Show Fast Approaching

by Robin Lane, ABF Executive Director

The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) invites you to enter the 2013 American Honey Show, which will be held during the 2013 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  This is a prime opportunity to showcase your bees' abilities to produce the purest honey, the best wax and the most goodies.

The Honey Show will showcase the best examples of honey and beeswax. It includes 12 classes for honey, four for beeswax and the gift basket class.  Also, the Honey Show Committee has announced that the theme for the Honey Gift Basket class this year will be "Winter Wonderland."

After the entries are judged, they will be auctioned to benefit the American Honey Queen Program.

Click here for the official show rules/regulations and entry form. NOTE: The entry form and appropriate fees must arrive at the ABF offices by Friday, December 14, 2012.

Questions? Contact the ABF office at 404.760.2875 or via e-mail at info@abfnet.org.  You can also download some helpful Honey Show hints and tips by clicking here.  Good luck!

ABF 2013 Annual Conference: Call for Auction Donations!

by Robin Lane, ABF Executive Director

Each year during the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) annual conference, attendees are given the opportunity to experience outstanding live and silent auctions. The ABF is never at a loss for must-have auction items, including:

  • Beekeeping-related artwork, including paintings, stained glass and hand-carved pewter items
  • Honey and honey-related products
  • Unique clothing items
  • Beekeeping supplies and instructional books
  • Antique beekeeping items, such as smokers and hive tools
  • Household items in a bee motif, including coffee mugs, glasses, cheese trays and plates

The ABF is already on the lookout for items for the 2013 annual conference, January 8-12, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Do you have an item that you would like to donate? Your contribution will be instrumental in helping the ABF bolster its general fund, which enables us to carry out our programs to serve the U.S. beekeeping and honey industry, as well as work to preserve and protect honey bees to ensure a quality food supply and environment.

If you are interested in donating an item to either the silent or live auction, please contact Robin Lane at robinlane@abfnet.org or 404.760.2875 for additional information and to let us know the item(s) you will be donating. We will accept donations up until the conference, but for planning purposes it would be helpful to hear from you by Friday, December 14, 2012.

Thank you in advance for your support of the ABF. We look forward to hearing from you soon and to seeing you in Hershey in January. And, if you haven't already done so, be sure to register now for the conference. Additional information, including all registration rates, guest room accommodations, the conference schedule, invited speakers, session topics and much more, can be found on the conference website at www.nabeekeepingconference.com. Be sure to check the website often, as additional conference details will be posted as soon as they are made available.

Bee Inspired (to Cook): Book Review of Honey, I'm Homemade

by Tim Tucker, ABF Vice President and ABF E-Buzz Editor

May Berenbaum is Swanlund Professor of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She has written several other books and is recognized worldwide as one of our top experts on honey bees. This new book gives some great tips on how to use honey and some wonderful recipes that I haven't seen anywhere else. It has a good explanation of how bees make honey and why they eat it. This Quick Pumpkin Pudding recipe is a timely treat for your upcoming Christmas table. We always fix pumpkin recipes during this time of year and put lots of nutmeg in these dishes, as it is believed to be a mood enhancer. So, double up on the nutmeg during these short days of the year. I am fixing this soon!


3 eggs, ¾ C honey, ½ t cinnamon, ½ t ginger, ½ t nutmeg, ½ t salt, 1 ¾ C pumpkin puree, 1 C undiluted evaporated milk


Beat eggs lightly. Add honey, spices, salt and pumpkin. Mix well. Add undiluted evaporated milk. Butter or oil a deep 9- inch pie pan. Pour pumpkin mixture into pan. Bake at 325 degrees for one hour or until knife blade comes out clean. Cool thoroughly before serving. Serve with honey sweetened whipped cream if desired.

Recipe was originally from Charlie Ott of Ott's Honey, who contributed the recipe to A Book of Favorite Recipes, the Central Illinois Tourism Council, in 1988.

Bee Educated: Learn How to Grow Your Knowledge and Understanding of Bees and Beekeeping

by Robin Lane, ABF Executive Director


The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) is pleased to announce a new online educational program available at a discounted rate for all ABF members the Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES).  Under the direction of Dr. David Tarpy, associate professor and extension apiculturist, Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University, the BEES network is an online resource for beekeepers at all levels.

The system is Internet based and promotes an online learning community among beekeepers.  The structure of the BEES network is broken into three levels of complexity (Beginner, Advanced and Ambassador) and three areas of content (honey bee biology, honey bee management and the honey bee industry). New courses and content areas are also in development and will be introduced soon. More information can be found at http://entomology.ncsu.edu/apiculture/BEES.html.

Through the end of the year, ABF members will be given the opportunity to participate in the program at a 20-percent discount (click here for coupon; coupon must be presented at time of registration). Dr. Tarpy also recently conducted an "ABF Conversation with a Beekeeper" webinar, where he introduced, in detail, the BEES Program. Click here to access the session.  Log on and learn more about this outstanding educational program today!

Honey Queen Buzz: 2012 Promotions Still Going Strong

by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair

Queen Alyssa addresses attendees of the Apimondia Symposium in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

The holiday season is finally upon us! The Queen and Princess's schedules are finally slowing down a bit, but they kept very busy during November, promoting honey use for the holidays.

Princess Danielle participates in honey show judging at the Texas Beekeepers Association Convention
in Killeen, Texas.

Conventions were on tap first, including promotions with the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association, Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, Texas Beekeepers Association and Apimondia Symposium in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.  Alyssa and Danielle kept busy giving educational and civic group presentations prior to and during these meetings.  In addition to community programs, they had the opportunity to update the groups on their promotional work for the year.  Consider inviting the Honey Queen or Princess to your state meeting any time during the year.  They are great speakers and can give you great ideas for honey promotions in your state.

Additionally, both Alyssa and Danielle had the opportunity to visit Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  Students at this college participated in a research study to develop an American Honey Queen Program Wikipedia page.  A professor at the college approached the Queen Program to develop this site for the organization for free.  To cap off the students' work, Alyssa and Danielle were invited to participate in a kickoff of the site with promotions with the Culinary Institute of America and other local events.  We send our special thanks to Dr. Candice Lowe-Swift, who spearheaded this project and provided the program with another social media outlet!

December will bring one last promotional trip for Alyssa and Danielle before we enter 2013. We continue to accept your requests for 2013 promotions, so contact me soon to get these dates on our calendars (414.545.5514 or honeyqueen99@hotmail.com). Happy promoting!

Bee Active: First Annual Beekeepers Ball

by Tim Tucker, ABF Vice President and ABF E-Buzz Editor

Most of you haven't had the opportunity to meet Sarah Red-Laird, who goes by the title Bee Girl. She operates the non-profit organization Bee Girl and is busy as can "bee" representing the industry in the Northwest and throughout the Rogue Valley in Oregon.

Sarah Red-Laird

Sarah's interest goes back quite a number of years. Her aunt had a few hives of bees, which piqued her curiosity. It wasn't until she went to college that her interest in bees really started with exposure to research on CCD and training bees how to sniff out bombs. While at the University of Montana, Missoula, she became involved with Jerry Bromenshenk and Bee Alert Technology, Inc. Most of her honor studies revolved around the bees and actually getting some hands-on experience with colonies that were being used for research. She did manage to land a job as a researcher for a year, but found that she knew she needed to return home to the Rogue Valley. Her interests were not only education, but in the bees themselves.

She says, "It's amazing how much interest there is in bees and beekeeping today." This inspired her to found Bee Girl and she helps to provide the area with a guide to the beekeeping business. Along with her board of directors, interns and volunteers, she provides support and education to beginning beekeepers looking for advice. She also has been able to connect with beekeepers around the world through Facebook and social media. Sarah visits schools and civic organizations to spread the word of the honey bee and is also in the beginning stages of the Rogue Beekeepers Club. They meet for a time of information and a pint, most times at Paddy Brannan's Irish Pub.

It was very fortuitous that Sarah was able to attend the 2012 ABF annual conference in Las Vegas and meet a host of new friends and contacts. Through these connections, she was able to make contact with those who interpreted her passion for the bees and thought she was a perfect fit for taking Kim Lehman's position with the Kids and Bees Program. Kim has been at if for many years and is ready to take things a bit slower, and this year will be helping Sarah learn the ropes of the program in Hershey, Pennsylvania, at the ABF annual conference in January. It's a tough act to follow, but we are sure that Sarah is up to the task of filling in for Kim and being the ABF contact to kids across the country each year during the annual conference.
On October 13, 2012, Sarah began her fundraising career with the First Annual Beekeepers Ball in Ashland, Oregon, which is where she resides. It was a time to celebrate the bees and the honey harvest. All of the food and beverage was provided by sponsors and many came out to support the cause. Everyone had to dress like a honey bee and there were some great costumes.

Bee Girl also works with 1% for the Planet, which is a great organization that helps team up sponsors with non-profit organizations to provide financing for the needs of particular causes. A sponsor donates 1 percent of its revenues to the non-profit and there is a great relationship in that the sponsor gets to see the fruits of their giving and contributions.

If you like, you can contact Sarah at www.beegirl.org or www.facebook.com/SarahBeeGirl. We look forward to working with her ideas and interests to further the Kids and Bees Program and hope you come to Hershey to meet her!

Bee Thoughtful: Think Outside the Bee Box This Holiday Season!

Do you have a hard-to-buy-for beekeeper on your Christmas list? Do you have a friend or family member who loves bees and honey? Might we suggest making a donation in their honor to the ABF Friends of the Bee fund? For as little as $25, your loved one will have their name published in the ABF Newsletter and receive an FOB bumper sticker. Mention you saw this announcement in the ABF E-Buzz and receive a second sticker free! Please call our offices at 404.760.2875 or e-mail us at info@abfnet.org to make your donation today.

Bee Thinking

Last month's riddle master was ABF member Eloise Naylor. Below is the answer:

Riddle: I am not defined by size or color, many claim to be my mother. I'm bent or formed by light and fire, and always close when you perspire. If you leave me you'll not see, first one then two, or maybe three. To push and pull you can depend, trusted and true like a best friend. Handy and helpful as the smoker's fire, we work together until we tire. What will I be or what am I, the answer is not apple pie.

Answer: Hive tool

So, here's another riddle for you to wrestle with.  Think you know the answer?  The first to e-mail Tim Tucker at tuckerb@hit.net will lay claim to another fun ABF prize.

You might run o'er me with your bee truck, but it might not hurt unless you get stuck. A simple square lends part of the clue, the first little word will come easy to you. Don't give up now, please don't leave. I know you can find me if you believe.

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ABF Welcomes New Members — October 2012

  • Gordon Firestein, Hawaii
  • Michael Janik, Nevada
  • Ingrid Logterman, Wisconsin
  • Jonathan Logterman, Wisconsin
  • Therese McCarthy, Michigan
  • Troy McClain, Kansas
  • Mary Sue McLane, Georgia
  • Jesse Miles, Michigan
  • Rebecca Moretto, West Virginia
  • Victor Nyman, North Carolina
  • Phill Remick, New Mexico
  • Patrick Wayne Rose, North Carolina
  • Karen Sabath, Nebraska
  • JoAnne Sabin, Minnesota
  • Andrew Brouwer Salko, Connecticut
  • M. Scepansky, Virginia
  • Gordon Sorrel, Texas
  • Stephen Syrett, Virgina


Recipe of the Month: Honey Ginger Throat Drops

Seems like the perfect time of year to incorporate honey into something that helps us get through those tough winter coughs and colds. A combination of ginger tea, sugar and honey pull this together. Learn how to make your own throat drops at http://sarahmcgill.squarespace.com/recipes/2011/8/20/honey-ginger-throat-drops.html.