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Christmas Party 2014

November 20, 2014 in Uncategorized by pcba-admin

Come join us for the PCBA Annual Christmas Party!

Saturday, December 6th at the Duxbury Senior Center, 10 Mayflower St., Duxbury

Celebrate the holidays with your favorite beekeeping friends!

Social Hour at 5:30 PM
Dinner Hour at 6:30 PM

This is a potluck dinner. No cooking on site, but you can warm up your goodies.

Join us for a Yankee Swap with a $10 gift.

Let us know what you are bringing, contact Dolores, 

Hap-bee Holidays!













Get Directions -> Duxbury Senior Center

Monthly Meeting – Reminder

November 17, 2014 in Monthly Meeting by pcba-admin

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Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday,

our Monthly Meeting is moved up one week to this Wednesday, November 19th,

7-9 PM, Pembroke Community Center.

There will be a special presentation by Dr. Alex Lu, Dick Callahan, and Ken Warchol.

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Monthly Meeting – November

November 16, 2014 in Uncategorized by pcba-admin

Wednesday, November 19, 7pm – 9pm

Alex Lu, Dick Callahan, and Ken Warcholbee2

The conventional wisdom says that a number of factors are responsible for bee colonies collapsing, from viruses, to climate change, to multiple pesticide exposures. But a study by Harvard professor Chensheng (Alex) Lu shed light on the primary role in sudden bee losses from a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids.


A wonderful Boston Globe story describes how Professor Lu joined beekeepers Dick Callahan and Ken Warchol to conduct their neonicotinoids study. Come listen to all three speak about their research.


Alex Lu, Dick Callahan, and Ken Warchol open a hive in Northbridge, where they are studying the effects of pesticide exposure on honeybees.


Get Directions -> 128 Center St, Pembroke, MA 02359


Speaker Biographies



Chensheng (Alex) Lu, PhD, MS

Associate Professor of Environmental Exposure Biology

Department of Environmental Health Harvard School of Public Health

My research focuses on understanding how pesticides affect ecological and human health. My research follows the gene-environment interaction paradigm in which I characterize pesticide exposures using biomarker approach first and then seek for mechanistic interpretations for the adverse health effects. As of July 2014, I have published 63 peer-review articles. Several articles that I published have gathered significant attention by the scientific and general communities, and have been quoted numerous times.

My public health service involves in implementing practical methodologies, such as the integrated pest management (IPM), at the community level aiming to mitigate exposures to pesticides. My ongoing collaboration with public housing authority and residents living in Boston’s low-income public housing is making a significant impact on adapting IPM practice so less pesticide is being used in residents’ dwellings. I am also actively engaging in public speaking events to translate research findings on the subject of pesticides and human health to general public.

I am currently serving on two national committees organized by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) to provide continuing review on the Vietnam War veterans’ health in relate to exposure to Agent Orange and to review California’s 21st Century risk assessment for pesticides, respectively. In addition, I serve as a member on the  Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) to US Environmental Protection Agency under the authority of the Federal Insecticides, Fungicides, and Rodenticides Act (FIFRA) since 2004. I am an Associate Editor for Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP, impact factor 7.79), one of the leading peer-review journals for environmental health, since 2006, and as an ad hoc reviewer for approximately 20 scientific journals. Before joining Harvard, I was an Assistant Professor at Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, from 2004-2008. I received my PhD degree from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle WA, in 1996.



Dick Callahan

PhD in Pesticide Toxicology from U. Mass Amherst


Dick is a biologist and bee hobbyist. He currently has twelve hives and investigates the sublethal effects of insecticides on honeybees. Dick received his PhD in Pesticide Toxicology from U. Mass Amherst in 1968.  He determined that sublethal exposures of birds to insecticides disrupted estrogen metabolism; later linked to thin egg shells. He developed the method used to destry agent Orange and designed and ran the largest marine environmental survey with 19 Universities participants. After a 20 year career as an environmental scientist he spent 20 years founding and running pharmaceutical and electronics companies.  In retirement he returned to various biological pursuits, including bee keeping, and research. He has raised a National champion canary, horses, many kinds of birds, snakes, bonsai and orchids. He currently has an African Grey parrot (Liberty), a standard poodle (Sky), an exotic cat (Spot) and seventeen Koi. Dick has been active in environmental organizations for 45 years and believes in a responsible and knowledgeable use of chemicals in agriculture as well as in human health. He and his wife Peni travel and spend quality time with their three children and six grandchildren.

Four years ago Dick was asked by Ken Wachol and Chensing (Alex ) Lu to collaborate with them investigating the effects of sublethal exposures of neonicotinoid insectisides on honeybees. Tonight they will share with you what they have found.



Ken Warchol

Worcester County Bee Inspector

Ken Warchol is a 6th generation beekeeper keeping honeybees his entire life. After college, Ken served two years in the army with the 101st airborne division and then taught high school for 36 years at Northbridge High School before retiring in 2009. He started as an apiary inspector for the state of Massachusetts in 1977 working during the summers and continues in that position today. Ken served as Vice-President, President, Bee School Director, and Program Chairman for the Worcester County Beekeepers over the years and continues as Program Chairman bringing in some of the top apiary scientists in the world to speak at meetings. Ken was the WCBA Beekeeper of the year in 1987 and the state beekeeper of the year in 1988. In recent years,Ken runs 120 of his own hives and has been involved in working on a 4 year USDA study with Jeff Pettis of the USDA Beltsville Bee Lab and on a 4 year Harvard University study with Dr. Alex Lu. It is safe to say that Ken has not had a chance to enjoy retirement working with bees now instead of students. He says he will enjoy retirement when he retires from retirement.

massbee 2014 Fall Meeting

November 15, 2014 in Uncategorized by pcba-admin



November 15, 2014

Red Apple Farm
455 Highland Avenue
Phillipston, MA 01331


Michael Palmer - Commercial Beekeeper of French Hill Apiary in St Albans, Vermont.
Dan Conlon - Owner and operator of Warm Colors Apiary, where he raises honeybees to produce regional honey from the fields and forests of Western Massachusetts.
Ken Warchol - Sideline Beekeeper, Worcester County Bee Inspector.

Also: We will have commercial exhibitors as well as a raffle and a silent auction to benefit the association. Silent auction contributions are welcome as always.

The meeting is free to members and 2014 bee school students. Non- member attendance is $15. Lunch is $12 and requires preregistration. Get the forms here  A Saturday deli luncheon buffet will be provided and must be reserved in advance. There will be coffee and tea available Saturday morning. We are asking for contribution of Honey-baked goods for the morning break. Thank you! For additional information, please contact

Vendors attending our fall meeting will include: NOTE-Contact vendors in advance to place orders and save on shipping


Brushy Moutain Bee Farm

Mann Lake


8:00–9:00 Registration and Honey Show Entries (All Honey Show entries must be checked in before the meeting begins).
9:00–9:05 Welcome Rick Reault – MBA President
9:05–10:30 “Keeping Bees in Frozen North America”- Mike Palmer
10:30–10:45  Morning Break Coffee and Raffle Tickets
10:45–12:00 “Avoiding Common Mistakes” -Ken Warchol
12:00–1:00 LUNCH
12:30–1:00 Red Apple Farm Tour – Al and Nancy Rose
1:00–2:15 “Comb Honey Production in the Northern Champlain Valley” – Mike Palmer
2:15–2:30 Honey show Awards–Judges
2:30–3:45 “Planning for Successful Wintering”–Dan Conlon
3:45-4:00 Raffle & Door Prizes–Dave Thayer


More Information ->

Get Directions -> Red Apple Farm


Executive Board Meeting

October 27, 2014 in Executive Board Meeting by pcba-admin

Tuesday, November 4th at 7 PM, Hanson Clubhouse

This is your club, this is your meeting. Join us, get involved, volunteer, and let your voice be heard!

All our welcome to discuss the Club’s business.

Get Directions -> 228 High St Hanson, MA 02341

Monthly Meeting – October

October 13, 2014 in Monthly Meeting, Uncategorized by pcba-admin

Wednesday, October 22, 7pm – 9pm


Best Bees


       Join us for an informative talk from Noah-Wilson Rich of Best Bees!



Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D. (1982 – present) was born in Manhattan, NY. He grew up in Fairfield, CT, and moved to Boston for college in 2000 to attend Northeastern University, where he earned a B.S. in biology in 2005. Noah1He founded The Best Bees Company while in graduate school at Tufts University, as a means to raise funding for his research to improve honey bee health. In 2009, Noah won the Dow Chemical Company’s Student Sustainability Innovation Challenge. In 2010, Noah competed in the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Elevator Pitch Competition for Best Bees, and won 1st place for the Life Sciences and runner up overall. In 2012, Noah gave a Ted talk about urban beekeeping. In 2014, Noah published his first book, “The Bee: A Natural History” through Ivy Press, Ltd. (UK) and Princeton University Press (US).


Bees pollinate more than 130 fruit, vegetable, and seed crops that we rely on to survive. Bees are crucial to the reproduction and diversity of flowering plants, and the economic contributions of these irreplaceable insects measure in the tens of billions of dollars each year. Yet bees are dying at an alarming rate, threatening food Noahsupplies and ecosystems around the world. In this richly illustrated natural history of the bee, Noah Wilson-Rich and his team of bee experts provide a window into the vitally important role that bees play in the life of our planet.

Earth is home to more than 20,000 bee species, from fluorescent-colored orchid bees and sweat bees to flower-nesting squash bees and leaf-cutter bees. This book takes an incomparable look at this astounding diversity, blending an engaging narrative with practical, hands-on discussions of such topics as beekeeping and bee health. It explores our relationship with the bee over evolutionary time, delving into how it came to be, where it stands today, and what the future holds for humanity and bees alike.

    • Provides an accessible, illustrated look at the human-bee relationship over time
    • Features a section on beekeeping and handy go-to guides to the identification, prevention, and treatment of honey bee diseases
    • Covers bee evolution, ecology, genetics, and physiology
    • Includes a directory of notable bee species
    • Presents a holistic approach to bee health, including organic and integrated pest management technique
    • Shows what you can do to help bee populations


Get the book now!! The Bee: A Natural History


Get Directions -> 128 Center St, Pembroke