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Bee School for 2015

December 15, 2014 in Uncategorized by pcba-admin

Registration for 2015 is now OPEN

The Plymouth County Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce registration is open for the 2015 Bee School session.

Do you have a strong desire to learn the art of beekeeping?  Have you always wanted to get involved and didn’t know where to start? If you are serious and are willing to take on an exciting new challenge, PCBA can teach you what you need to know to become an active member and practitioner in the beekeeping community right here in Plymouth County.

quote2-aClasses are held at the Pembroke Community Center, every other Thursday evening, from 7 PM to 9 PM, with an “Ask the Instructor” session beginning at 6:30 PM, starting in January and going through April. In this 8-class series of lectures you will learn about the woodenware needed to set up a hive, where to purchase it and attend workshops on assembly; understand Integrated Pest Management to keep your hive healthy; and many of the potential uses for various bee products.

quote2-bYour $50 fee include all classes, a text book, informativequote2-b handouts, mentoring by an experienced beekeeper, in addition to a year’s membership in the Club for you and your family. PCBA holds meetings every month bringing in guest speakers, presentations on current topics, an Annual Picnic, honey tasting, a Christmas party, the ability to sell your products at the Marshfield Fair, and so much more. Hurry and sign up today, seating is limited, and on a first come, first served basis.

Come and join the fun!!!

Candle Making Workshop

December 8, 2014 in other by pcba-admin

Saturday, December 13th, Hanson Clubhousehoney tasting2

There will be a wax candle making workshop, at the Hanson Clubhouse, starting at 10 am, hoping to end by 2 pm. Let the Group know if you would like to participate so they can co-ordinate the workload.

Feel free to stop by and learn about the process of beeswax candle making, talk bees, and make new friends!

Children under thirteen get a candle free!!

To sign up, you must contact:

John Phillips at 781-293-2297

Ben Natale:

Harold Barnes:

Hope to see you there!

Did you know, Beeswax Candles…………

  • Reduce allergies as they draw pollutants from the air
  • Burn at a higher temp making them last longer and drip less, and shine brighter
  • Paraffin candles release toxins in the air, beeswax candles absorb toxins from the air
  • Renewable energy source – beeswax
  • Naturally floral and honey scented!

Get Directions -> 228 High St Hanson, MA 02341

Executive Board Meeting

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

Tuesday, December 2nd 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

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

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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.