First off, thanks to everyone who participates in this forum. This site is truly a gem for those off us just starting out and who need to mine information in order to temper our excitement and intimidation. Which brings me to point number two (and my introduction): I'm a new beekeeper in south-central Wisconsin. Actually, I don't have the bees yet (they come in April), but everything else is ready and waiting. I'm learning new things everyday in preparation and I'm sure once the package is installed in the hive, I'll have plenty of questions for you all. I look forward to participating.