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Beekeeping basics at Pinedale Hall

by Mikaela Kuefler

Yellowhead County hosted their annual course
on Beekeeping Basics at the Pinedale Community
Hall on February 18.
Owner of Lola Canola's Natural Honey, Patty
Milligan, presented to local residents about honey
bees and how to care for them. “The course has
been running for the past three years and is always
a sell out,” said Agricultural Services Coordinator
Melissa Marquis.
Records show that in 2016, Alberta has 316,400
hives and 1390 beekeepers. Alberta also produces
approximately 30% of Canada's honey crop (40
million pounds) because the industry is geared
towards large commercial production.
In addition, there has always been a strong
community of hobbyists, which is growing in
numbers. Throughout the years, hobbyists have
been interested in honey bees due to the urban bee
keeping, local food, and slow food movements
[promotes an alternative to fast food and strives to
preserve traditional and regional cuisine]. People
have also increased their interest in bees because Owner of Lola Canola's Natural Honey, Patty Milligan, taught the beekeeper's course, hosted by
of the decline in honey bees and the popularity of Yellowhead County at Pinedale Community Hall on February 18. photo Mikaela Kuefler
gardening and growing of fruit trees.
Bees come from the Hymenoptera order and hives, such a s Langstroth and Topbar hives. The “One bee can visit up to 500 flowers each day
from the Apidae family, which includes 20,000 Top-bar hive is increasingly popular in our area. A and a hive visits millions of flowers. They'll be
kinds of bees having short and long tongues. All top-bar hive is a single-story frameless beehive in going beyond the borders of your yard,” said
of these carry pollen. “Pollen collection is what which the comb hangs from removable bars. Milligan.
defines a bee,” said Milligan. Also covered was parts of the hive and “The course was very successful and was full
There are five different kinds of honeybees but equipment. Equipment used includes the suit, again this year with a waiting list of over a dozen
beekeepers typically work with European smoker, bee brush, and hive tools. people. Yellowhead County hosts these courses
honeybees, or Apis mellifera. Good locations for hives are in places where because we can see the need for them and because
There are three types of European honeybees, bees can forge, get water, have shelter from the of the interest from our residents. We want
such as the worker, the queen, and the drone. wind and sun, have a south/east entrance, and everyone in the County who has an interest in
The workers are typically the bees we see flying have protection from livestock and predators. bees to be able to attend at least one of these
around. They are the 'engines' of the hive and their Alberta has two honey flows, between May-June courses. We will continue to host them until their
bodies are adapted to carry out many tasks. It is (using dandelions) and July-August (using alfalfa, popularity starts to decline which I don't see
the non-reproductive female workers that carrying clover, and canola with a bit of dearth in happening anytime soon,” said Marquis.
the stinger. between).
The drones only function is to pass on the hive's The course
genetic material. They mate with the queen and recommended beekeepers The nominations are:
will die after. They are reproductive males and do to plant different kinds of President - Sharon Hawboldt
not have a sting. In the fall, they are kicked out of flowers to attract Vice President - Sandy Moore
the hive. different kinds of
The queen is considered the mother of the hive pollinators. It also Treasurer - Bogusha Pomerenke
and is the reproductive female with a long suggested to plant to Secretary - Katie Olsen
abdomen, laying 1200 eggs per day. extend the season, going
Participants also learned about different types of into the fall. Board member nominations are:
Becky Bayley, Catherine Benko, Darlene
LED street lights for County Chouinard, Deanna Mitchener, Debbie Bezaire,

Debbie Ceelen, Doris Sinclair, Karl Dalzell,
hamlets discussed Louise Connolly and Pam Thesen.

by Adrienne Tait complete change more difficult. Dinner Tickets are available at
It was recommended by The Chamber Office, Monday to Thursday
Fortis has advised Yellowhead administration and directed by
County that they are in the process council to have Fortis prepare a from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. $20/each
of changing their street light heads lighting plan for the hamlet of No charge to attend the AGM.
on existing lighting over to LED Marlboro. Once the plan was
lighting in order to take advantage of received community consultation
the new technology. with the residents of Marlboro would ANNUAL GENERAL
The opportunity was presented to take place before proceeding with
make advancements within the any plan. MEETING
hamlets to the existing lighting. As It was recommended that one more
such administration reviewed the street light be placed in the hamlet of
existing lighting and presented Robb. Thursday, March 23, 2017
council with observations and Decorative street lighting for the
recommendations during the main streets of Wildwood and 7:00 p.m.
Committee of the Whole meeting on Evansburg was also recommended as
Tuesday, February 21. they already have underground
With many of the hamlets being power run in those areas. at Galloway Station Museum
serviced with overhead power on Councillor Giezen requested
wooden poles, or a mixture of another street light be considered for 223 55th Street, Edson
underground, above ground, metal Wildwood as well.
and wooden power poles, the change Council and administration agreed
to metal poles with new lighting that changing to metal poles with
could be costly as power would also LED lighting and underground
have to be run underground. To add power would be more cost effective
to the challenge some houses are if it is done in conjunction with
serviced from the front of their utility upgrades. 211-55th Street, Centennial Park, Edson, AB * T7E 1L5 *
respective lots while others are The matter will come before Phone: 780-723-4918 * Fax: 780-723-5545
serviced from the back making a council at a future council meeting.
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